Archive for November 26th, 2008

WATERCOOLER CHAT: BALL STATE PERFECT, BROWNS BUMMED, LEBRON IN NY

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The underdog story continues.  The Ball State Cardinals, a small Indiana school that’s a complete afterthought in the college football landscape, finished the regular season a perfect 12-0.  The last team standing in their way was in-conference rival Western Michigan.  But WM didn’t stand a chance against Ball State.  Ball’s quarterback, Nate Davis, threw for 273 yards and a TD, but more importantly, he had 120 RUSHING YARDS, AND THREE RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS.  These type of stats attract NFL scouts, and now Nate Davis will be a hot commodity come draft day.  Congratulations to the Ball State Cardinals, and their hometown, Muncie, Indiana.  Ball State 45, Western Michigan 22.

NFL

There’s even more bad news for Cleveland Browns fans.  Three weeks ago they benched their quarterback Derek Anderson in favor of the young heart throb 2nd-year quarterback, Brady Quinn from Notre Dame.  Quinn looked decent over his first three games, but due to a broken index finger, he has been ruled out for the rest of the season.  Now the Browns, whose playoff hopes have been extinguished, will turn back to Anderson.  This is extremely frustrating for Cleveland, as they were predicted to have a VERY strong season this year.  Better luck next year, guys.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

#25 Davidson, last year’s NCAA Tournament sleeper took on unranked Loyola, MD.  Not exactly a big deal in the sports world, except that Davidson is home to the NCAA’s leading scorer, Stephen Curry.  What was notable about this game is that Curry was held to 0 POINTS.  They double teamed him all night, and Davidson STILL won the game.  This might mean that while Curry is intergral for their success, they could just be a solid all around team.  Major conference teams should not treat them lightly come tournament time.  Davidson 78, Loyola MD 48.

NBA

The New York Knicks played host to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Cavs routed the Knicks 119-101, but that’s not the point.  The fans fully embraced LeBron who looked rather comfortable playing in New York.  The Knicks are making a huge push to get him in 2010, but LeBron has said that it’s not so much about playing in a big market, but he plans to go (or stay) with whatever team he feels has the most potential to win championships.  He even cited Tim Duncan, who has spent his whole career in small market San Antonio, and has even taken a paycut so they could retain their all-stars Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.  As of now, LeBron’s choice is completely unpredictable, but he won’t have to worry about it for a year-and-a-half.  However, this doesn’t mean that sports writers won’t write about it every day until Decision-Day.

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