6 Notable Games From 2016 Rivalry Week

6 Notable Games From 2016 Rivalry Week

There is nothing better than a deep rivalry paired with football.
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The second-to-last week of regular season college football, also known as rivalry week, graced viewers with football heaven this past weekend. The College Football Playoff looming above the heads of athletes and coaches has amplified these rivalries to the point where even newborns are gifted from birth. The result? A weekend dedicated to sitting on the edge of your seat and waking up the next morning to a lost voice.

1. Ohio State vs. Michigan (30-27)

Where do I begin? Fourth-and-1, six seconds left with overtime looming overhead—the first in Ohio State vs. Michigan's 113-game rivalry. On-field scuffles, overtime and then double overtime later. Ohio State came out victorious this year and Michigan may be out of playoff contention. Harbaugh may disagree with the call prior to the final play, which allowed a first down, but we'll see what the selection committee officially decides.

2. Penn State vs. Michigan State (45-12)

This game may have been predictable, but Penn State winning the Big Ten East was not. Penn State's 2-2 start this season and losing 49-10 to Michigan did not strike me as potential title-winner material. Penn had a 35-0 lead in the first half alone, while the Spartans are losing what got them to the College Football Playoffs just last season. On the bright side, Penn State is regaining its balance and it's a joy to watch.

3. Kentucky vs. Louisville (41-38)

Lamar Jackson, Heisman-favorite, ended the game breaking Howard Stevens' 1,429 rushing yard mark while also breaking Deshaun Watson's previous record for single-season touchdown record within the ACC. A 47-yard field goal with 12 seconds left in the game was what determined the fate. Jackson threw three interceptions, which hopefully does not affect his Heisman Trophy race.

4. Alabama vs. Auburn (30-12)

Although not a huge surprise, you can't help but feel some form of satisfaction when Alabama wins (maybe due to the fact that Nick Saban is one of the greatest college football coaches in history). Auburn was first on the board with a field goal, however 20 minutes into the game they still hadn't gotten a first down. Alabama led 13-9 at halftime and is unlikely to shift from their No. 1 ranking.

5. Florida State vs. Florida (31-13)

Dalvin Cook joined Sammie Smith, who in 1988 also had three consecutive 100-yard games against UF. UF was 0-12 for third down efficiency and has not had an offensive touchdown against FSU since the two played in 2014. Great game for the Seminoles, but for the Gators this is just a warning for a possible repeat of how they ended last year.

6. USF vs. UCF (48-31)

GO BULLS (although this was no surprise). The War On I-4 ended with USF extending the longest active streak of games with 30-plus points (at 16 games currently) and the Bulls ending their season with a record of 10-2. UCF led two minutes into the game, but Marlon Mack returned with two running touchdowns accompanied by Juwuan Brown's 22-yard fumble return.

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hor air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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A Layman's Praise Of Brian Gutekunst

Ted Thompson's successor has improved the team by leaps and bounds.
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When it comes to the big, wide world of sports, I haven’t said much as of late. Not that my layman’s opinion means much in that big, wide world, but my absence of commentary doesn’t mean that I’ve totally disconnected. Rather, in the midst of the NFL offseason, and standing in the midway points of the NBA and NHL seasons as well as the infancy of the MLB, there hasn’t been a whole lot to talk about.

At least, not a whole lot I saw worth talking about. While the NFL would like to try and control as much of the sports calendar as possible by holding their annual draft at the end of April, I resisted the urge to jump on top of the myriad headlines that ESPN and the rest were pumping out.

But, with the news that my hometown Packers have signed former Jaguars’ tight end Marcedes Lewis to a one-year deal, I felt now was the perfect time to comment on the state of their roster.

In short, I like it.

If you’ve followed any of my previous articles, you’ll know that I was highly critical of Ted Thompson’s last few years in Green Bay. Imagine my giddiness then, when news broke that Ted Thompson had bowed out of the general manager role in Green Bay and the mantle had been passed on to longtime scout and personnel man Brian Gutekunst.

Imagine my joy when Gutekunst not only drafted two of the draft’s top cornerbacks at the end of April, but also gamed the Saints out of their 2019 first round pick, and for the measly price of moving back four slots from the 14th to the 18th overall pick in 2018.

And imagine my pure, unadulterated bliss when Gutekunst picked up Jimmy Graham and Muhammad Wilkerson, as well as Packers veterans Tramon Williams and Davon House, in free agency.

Now, if you know anything about the state of Packers roster-building in the Ted Thompson era, then you would know that these sorts of gems had become foreign concepts, especially over the last five years or so. The Packers rarely pursued free agent big fish like Graham, unless you count aged veterans like Julius Peppers or Jeff Saturday.

Gutekunst, seemingly, has changed that.

Now, granted I don’t entirely agree with everything that Gutekunst has done. I was blindsided by the Demarious Randall for Deshone Kizer trade, which I still hold was a poor decision, no matter how better the Packers’ secondary is even without Randall or how badly the team thought Aaron Rodgers needed a better backup (is Deshone Kizer really “better”?). I was also bowled over by the Jordy Nelson release. While I understand not paying him his original contract, which had far outpaced his actual ability, keeping Jordy would’ve meant one more senior cog in an already deadly passing attack.

Yet, despite my misgivings about some of his decisions, I still think that Gutekunst’s affect on the team has been a net positive. On paper (which is always a sticking point) the Packers are much improved over where they were a year or two ago, on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

The latest cap in this feather being Marcedes Lewis. With the signing of Lewis, the Packers tight end corps is now one of the most senior in the league, with a combined 27 seasons of experience between the top three ends. Additionally, every one of the Packers new tight ends was drafted in either the first or second rounds.

With the blocking ability of Marcedes Lewis and the deep strike potential of Jimmy Graham, alongside the speed of Davante Adams on the outside, Randall Cobb out of the slot, and an intensely talented stable of running backs behind Aaron Rodgers, I feel confident that this offense will be able to tear through the competition like nothing else.

Lewis seems likely to be thinking the same thing, as both Graham and Rodgers were the catalyst in helping persuade him to come over to the Dairyland. There seems to be something in the water in Green Bay, and Lewis seemed to want a piece of it.

Now of course, this too is all the conjecture of a layman. Maybe this team crashes and burns. Stranger things have happened. Yet, with all of the changes in the franchise from the front office on down to the field, I would be very, very surprised if the it didn’t all result in the most competitive Packers team that’s been seen in years.

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