8 Bold Predictions For The 2013 College Football Season

I know it’s only May 26th, but if you are like me, you never stop thinking about football season and it is never too early to give you 8 predictions for the 2013 season.  So check them out and remember where you heard them first when College Gameday is repeating them.

  1. BridgewaterJohnny Manziel will not finish in the top 5 of the 2013 Heisman voting.  Manziel will not have the luxury of a signature win vs. Bama this season and the departure of Joeckel will be felt more than most think.  Mix that with seasons I feel Braxton Miller, AJ McCarron and Teddy Bridgewater are going to have and a monster 20 sack year from Jadeveon Clowney and Manziel will be out of a New York invite.
  2. Texas, Virginia Tech and USC will all be looking for new head coaches in 2014.  Lane Kiffin getting ousted at USC isn’t really a surprise, but the Mack Brown and Frank Beamer were once sacred cows at Texas and VT respectively.  This just shows the “Win or Get Out” mentality that runs college football today.
  3. TarheelThe ACC Title is going to have to go through Chapel Hill.  The Tarheels have the ACC’s best coach (Larry Fedora), best offense and Bryn Renner will have a breakout Sr. season.  VT is on the decline and getting the Hurricanes at home give the Heels a light track to the ACC Championship game.
  4. Bobby Petrino and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are BCS busters.  Willie Taggert left Petrino with a stocked cupboard that includes stud RB Antonio Andrews.  If the Hilltoppers can open the season with 2 road wins vs. the SEC (Kentucky, Tennessee), look for them to be 6-0 when LA-Lafayette comes to town.
  5. Notre Dame will slip back into the shadows of the college football world.  The BCS hammering Alabama gave them will take some time to wear off, but the loss of QB Everett Golson will hurt more.  The schedule is brutal as always and the Irish will drop at least 4 games this season. Continue reading
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LebronThe ALL-NBA TEAMS were announced on Wednesday and for the most part they got it right.  Lebron James led all players with 595 points by receiving all 119 first place votes.  Check out the list and let me know what you think about it.

ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM

LeBron James, Miami: (119 first place votes) 595 points

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City: (102) 555

Kobe Bryant, LA Lakers: (91) 521

Chris Paul, LA Clippers: (97) 537

Tim Duncan, San Antonio: (45) 392

GasolNo arguments from The Sports Dump on the first 4 on this list, but Marc Gasol was the anchor of the league’s best defense and should have been on the 1st team over Tim Duncan.  I know Duncan has had a renaissance season this year, but Gasol’s 2012-2013 season can’t be overlooked.

ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM

Carmelo Anthony, New York: (24) 397

Blake Griffin, LA Clippers: 132

Marc Gasol, Memphis: (38) 295

Tony Parker, San Antonio: (16) 273

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City: (20) 306

LamarcusThis is where I feel Duncan should be slotted and Blake Griffin needs to be dropped to the 3rd team for LaMarcus Aldridge.  Aldridge posted another 21 point-plus season and had career best rebound and assist numbers to go with it.  I think his injury down the stretch hurt his stock, but not enough to drop him to the “Also receiving votes” list.

ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM

David Lee, Golden State: 79

Paul George, Indiana: 73

Dwight Howard, LA Lakers: (17) 203

Dwyane Wade, Miami: (3) 145

James Harden, Houston: (5) 253

curryOutside of James Harden and David Lee, my 3rd team is very different.  Joining Blake Griffin are Stephen Curry and Joakim Noah.  Curry has arrived and this is Wade’s last season on this team.  Howard’s season was still very good, but Noah’s toughness and defensive grit gives him the edge on my 3rd team.

 

NBA Playoffs: Round 2

The first round is in the books and things are heating up. Unfortunately, injuries have been a major storyline thus far and have robbed us of several great players. The Oklahoma City Thunder may have suffered the biggest hit when they lost Russell Westrbook for the duration of the playoffs with a knee injury. The Thunder were considered the favorite to come out of the West, but now the conference is completely up for grabs. Let’s take a look at the four remaining series.

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I Thought I Had A Gambling Problem

picture-192Henry Gibbohm lost $2,600 at a New Hampshire carnival trying to win a $100 Xbox Kinect.  He blew his life savings on a game called Tubs of Fun.  After he went home a licked his wounds, he went back the next day to complain to the manager and received $600 and a giant rasta banana for his troubles.  The Manchester Police are currently looking into the game, but have already lost most of the department’s petty cash during the investigation.