Category Archives: College Football

Playoffs already under way for college football

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Josh Adams and Notre Dame are among several one-loss teams still with a shot at the playoffs./Bleacher report

By Ray Hamill

The great thing about college football is that it’s the only sport where the playoffs essentially begin midway through the regular season.

That’s what happens when you only invite four teams out of 125 or so to the postseason party. When that’s the case, there is little room for error for any team that wants to be considered a contender, and any of them that lose early know they cannot afford to lose again.

With the first official playoff rankings due out this week, it will be interesting to see how the committee reacts to a Saturday that saw two of the top four teams falling.

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HSU football crucial to local community for so many reasons

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Like many small school college teams around the country, HSU football is a big part of the local community. Football Scoop

By Ray Hamill

I’ll never forget the first big sporting event my father took me to as a child back in Dublin.

It was a hurling championship game at Croke Park, one of the largest and most historic stadiums in all of Europe, and as I climbed the steps of the cold grey stands for the first time ever that day, I remember feeling a tremendous sense of awe at the sight of the bright green field and the intense nature of the occasion.

That moment is a pivotal one for sports fans all over the world. It is an initiation of sorts, a rite of passage, a coming of age when you get to see the big stage up close for the first time ever.

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Another labor of love

 

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By Ray Hamill

I’m delighted to announce the publication of my new book, Help, My Horse is Drowning!, available now on Amazon and any other book sites with suitable good taste (or who don’t know any better).

It’s a humorous look at the world of sports and how it impacts us on a daily basis, told through a series of anecdotes and observations from a lifetime association with sports.

From tales of the schoolyard and growing up in a sports-mad family back in Dublin City, to NFL Sundays in the bars of Northern California, Help, My Horse is Drowning! covers a wide gamut of stories, offering intriguing insights to the history of the sports we love and more than a few observations on the lovely madness of it all. Read more

Mariota wins Heisman, hopes to avoid curse

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By Ray Hamill

Congratulations to Marcus Mariota who joined a very illustrious club of recipients when he was named the winner of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday.

The award capped a big week for the Oregon quarterback. On Sunday, his team was included in the first ever four-team national championship playoffs, and on Thursday he stole the show at the national college football awards ceremony, being named Most Outstanding Player and Player of the Year, as well as taking home the top quarterback award. Read more

Just what are the best rivalries in sports?

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By Ray Hamill

One of the oldest and most enduring rivalries in all of sports was back on center stage Saturday when Army played Navy for the 115th time.

And that got me wondering, just what is the greatest rivalry in sports?

It’s a question I’ve raised before with a variety of guests on my weekly radio show and one that always results in a passionate discussion, and about the only certainty from it all is there never is a consensus top pick.

But what makes a great rivalry? Read more

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