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College football is back

September 2, 2010

Finally I have a reason to consistently cut my TV on for something Other than Family guy or UFC. Today starts another season of BCS chaos and confusion that I will faithfully watch every time I get the chance to. Though I always claim i’ll boycott college football until they institute a playoff system, I always find myself glued to the television like an addict. I need to buy the biggest bag of Doritos that I can find, the couch potato tradition has returned.

Go Longhorns!

Today’s matchups (9/2/10)

6:30 PM ET Presbyterian at Wake Forest
7:00 PM ET Southeast Missouri State at Ball State
7:00 PM ET Rhode Island at Buffalo
7:00 PM ET Hampton at Central Michigan
7:00 PM ET Murray State at Kent State
7:30 PM ET Marshall at No. 2 Ohio State
7:30 PM ET Florida A&M at No. 13 Miami (FL)
7:30 PM ET Towson at Indiana
7:30 PM ET Norfolk State at Rutgers
7:30 PM ET Minnesota at Middle Tennessee
7:30 PM ET Southern Miss at South Carolina
8:00 PM ET Florida Atlantic at UAB
8:00 PM ET Northern Illinois at Iowa State
8:00 PM ET Southeastern Louisiana at Tulane
8:30 PM ET No. 15 Pittsburgh at Utah
9:00 PM ET North Dakota at Idaho
9:05 PM ET Eastern Washington at Nevada
11:00 PM ET No. 14 USC at Hawaii

AP top 25:

1 Alabama
2 Ohio State
3 Boise State
4 Florida
5 Texas
6 TCU
7 Oklahoma
8 Nebraska
9 Iowa
10 Virginia Tech
11 Oregon
12 Wisconsin
13 Miami (FL)
14 USC
15 Pittsburgh
16 Georgia Tech
17 Arkansas
18 North Carolina
19 Penn State
20 Florida State
21 LSU
22 Auburn
23 Georgia
24 Oregon State
25 West Virginia

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Mike Williams: The rebirth

August 30, 2010

From 2002-2003 Mike Williams torched opposing college football defenses. The 6 foot 5, 230 pound wide receiver ran wild for a total of 2,579 yards along with 30 touchdowns as a USC Trojan. After two years of dominating the college ranks Mike Williams decided it would be best to take his talents to the NFL, but making this choice after only completing two years of college would end up back firing on the stand out receiver.

The NFL has a rule stating that only players three years removed from college can make themselves eligible for the NFL draft. This rule was legally challenged by another stand out athlete, Maurice Clarett who was suspended by Ohio State following his 2002 freshman year after he decided to make himself eligible for the draft. After a court case the judge ruled that the NFL could not legally stop Clarett from entering the draft. Hearing the ruling, Mike Williams hired an agent and entered the 2004 NFL draft. But eventually the United States courts of appeal overturned that decision which made Williams and Clarett ineligible for the 2004 NFL draft.  So after a long two year lay off from the field, Williams was eventually selected 10th pick overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2005 NFL draft, but this Williams was not the same football player who once dominated the college field.

He was out of shape with less than impressive conditioning and he often dropped many passed that were thrown his way. After only two seasons with the Lions Williams was traded to the Oakland Raiders where his less than impressive play continued. After dropping a crucial pass in a game against the Tennesse Titans, Williams was quickly released and his football career was in a downward spiral. Ironically in 2007 Mike Williams ended up signing with the Titans, but after weight issues with Williams reportedly at one point having been 270 pounds he was released from the team in 2008.

At this point it seemed as if Mike Williams was going to be one of the biggest NFL bust in recent memory, but sometimes you have to get knocked around a little bit before you can get back up. Last November Williams returned back to the USC campus and his goal was simple, to make a comeback. He had changed his conditioning and attitude by dropping down to 130 pounds, the same weight that he was in college. With this rebuilt frame Williams attempted to tryout for the Seattle Seahawks who are now coached by Pete Carroll, the same coach Williams played for at USC. After showing flashes of what made him once a great player, the Seahawks signed Williams to a one year contract, giving Williams one more chance to prove he can still be a great player. This year in the preason, the 26 year old Williams looks like he may be turning himself into a respectable NFL wide receiver.

So far during the preseason Williams has a total of 149 receiving yards and one touchdown over a three game period. It is reported that he is turning heads in practice and looks like he can be apart of the turning point of a struggling franchise. In a time where many NFL stories are disheartening it’s good to see at least one bright spot in the league. I sincerely hope that Mike Williams can rebirth his career, he is a very talented player who seems to be heading down the right path. I think we can all learn from his story, all it takes is a little motivation and some will power to rebound when it seems like everything is going down hill. He is proving that we all can get second chances but we have to take full advantages of them and be willing to put in the work for second chance to be a successful one.

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Pure insanity

August 24, 2010

This might be the craziest sport i’ve ever seen.