Week 3 College Football Picks

These are in order from my most confident pick to least confident.

Tulsa (Pick) at Florida Atlantic
Arkansas State (+16.0) at Miami-FL
Idaho (-2.5) vs. Western Michigan
Minnesota (+14.5) at TCU
UTEP (-12.0) vs. New Mexico State
Cincinnati (-11.5) vs. Toledo
Wake Forest (+14.5) at Utah State
Brigham Young (-19.5) vs. Houston
Texas A & M (-31.5) vs. Rice
Florida (-17.5) vs. Kentucky

Last Week’s Record: 5-5, Overall Season Record: 11-9

Week 3 Upsets to Watch Out For

These are in order from least shocking to most shocking:

Louisiana Tech (+4.5) at North Texas
South Carolina (+6.0) vs. Georgia
Central Michigan (+7.0) vs. Syracuse
Bowling Green (+7.0) vs. Indiana
Minnesota (+14.0) at TCU
Wake Forest (+14.0) at Utah State

Last week’s record: 3-5 (Best Pick: NIU (+7.0) over Northwestern), Overall Season Record: 6-8

Brad’s List of Top 50 Greatest Sports Movies of All-Time

Here’s the list.  Feel free to comment and debate.

1 Rocky
2 Hoosiers
3 Rudy
4 Field of Dreams
5 Rocky IV
6 Tin Cup
7 Wimbledon
8 Brian’s Song
9 The Longest Yard
10 The Blind Side
11 Slap Shot
12 The Natural
13 Caddyshack
14 Jerry Maguire
15 Rocky Balboa
16 Secretariat
17 Dodgeball
18 Bad News Bears
19 Facing the Giants
20 Major League
21 Sandlot
22 Mighty Ducks
23 Rocky II
24 Moneyball
25 Rocky III
26 A League of Their Own
27 Blue Chips
28 Eight Men Out
29 White Men Can’t Jump
30 Rookie of the Year
31 Space Jam
32 Cinderella Man
33 Cool Runnings
34 Miracle
35 Heaven Can Wait
36 The Scout
37 Mystery, Alaska
38 Fever Pitch
39 Celtic Pride
40 Radio
41 Bull Durham
42 Ali
43 Bend it Like Beckham
44 Little Big League
45 Angles in the Outfield
46 The Air Up There
47 The Waterboy
48 The Junction Boys
49 Happy Gilmore
50 The Great White Hope


Breakdown by Sport:

Baseball 14
Football 10
Boxing 8
Basketball 6
Golf 3
Hockey 3
Olympics 2
Tennis 1
Horse Racing 1
Misc. 1
Soccer 1

Week 2 Upsets to Watch Out For

These are in order from least shocking to most shocking:

Nevada (+3.5) vs. Washington State
Toledo (+3.5) vs. Missouri
Central Mich (+3.5) at Purdue
Michigan (+4.5) at Notre Dame
UTSA (+7.0) vs. Arizona
NIU (+7.0) at Northwestern
Iowa State (+12.0) vs. Kansas State
East Carolina (+16.5) at SC


Last week’s record: 3-3 (Best Pick: UTEP (+7.5) over New Mexico State), Overall Season Record: 3-3



Week 2 College Football Picks

These are in order from my most confident to least confident.

Tennessee (-17.0) vs. Arkansas State
Iowa State (+12.5) vs. Kansas State
UL-Monroe (-14.0) vs. Idaho
NIU (+7.0) at Northwestern
Colorado (-17.5) at Umass
East Carolina (+17.0) at SC
New Mexico St (Pick) at Georgia State
Oklahoma (-25.0) at Tulsa
Maryland (-12.5) at USF
UCLA (-24.0) vs. Memphis


Last Week’s Record: 6-4, Overall Season Record: 6-4

Greatest Sports Moments By Year

Here is a compilation that I’ve been working on for a few weeks.  I have closely analyzed each year in sports and have selected the “greatest” sports moments every year from 1950 to 2014 (so far).  Greatest is intended to mean most significant in this case, and I have included only “on the field” moments for this list.  For example, the Munich Massacre, OJ Simpson Trial, and Nancy Kerrigan-Tonya Harding scandal were certainly significant sports moments, but because they took place off the field of play, they are not included below.  I tried to be as objective as possible in evaluating the various sports moments each year, as games that I both enjoyed and despised are featured below.  However, because I favor certain sports over others, there is a certain amount of bias in which events are included. 

Year Moment
1950 Babe Didrikson Zaharias wins all “3” grand slams of golf
1951 Bobby Thompson Shot Heard Round the World
1952 Rocky Marciano wins Heavyweight Titel over Jersey Joe Walcott
1953 Ben Hogan wins all “3” grand slams of golf
1954 Willie Mays World Series Catch
1955 Jack Fleck pulls shocking U.S. Open upset over Ben Hogan
1956 Don Larsen World Series perfect game
1957 UNC wins first NCAA Bball title with 3 OT victory over Kansas
1958 Colts win epic NFL Champinship Game over Giants
1959 California wins epic one point NCAA Bball title game over West Virginia
1960 Bill Mazeroski walk off World Series home run
1961 Roger Maris hits 61 home runs to set MLB Record
1962 Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a game
1963 Jack Nicklaus wins first Masters
1964 Muhammad Ali wins heavyweight title over Sonny Liston
1965 Ali retains heaveyweight title with KO of Sonny Liston
1966 England wins controversial World Cup Soccer Championship
1967 Green Bay Packers win inaugural Super Bowl
1968 Bob Beamon 29 foot gold medal long jump
1969 Joe Namath guarantees Super Bowl Upset
1970 Willis Reed Inspires NY Knicks to NBA Title
1971 Ali-Frazier I: Fight of the Century
1972 Soviet Union screws U.S. in bball gold medal game
1973 Secretariat wins Triple Crown by 31 lengths
1974 Muhammad Ali upsets Foreman in Rumble in the Jungle
1975 Muhammad Ali beats Joe Frazier in Thrilla in Manilla
1976 Indiana Hoosiers have undefeated college bball season
1977 Seattle Slew wins horse racing triple crown
1978 Affirmed Beats Alydar to win last Triple Crown
1979 Michigan State beats Indiana State in NCAA Title Game
1980 Miracle On Ice
1981 Larry Bird wins first NBA title
1982 “The Play” Cal-Stanford
1983 NC State “Cardiac   Pack” win national title
1984 Doug Flutie Pass
1985 Villanova Cinderella Championship
1986 Jack Nicklanus wins Masters
1987 Keith Smart jumper gives Indiana national title
1988 Kirk Gibson World Series Home Run
1989 Joe Montana Super Bowl Drive to beat Bengals
1990 Buster Douglas upsets Mike Tyson
1991 Giants beat Bills in closest Super Bowl ever
1992 Christian Laettner Shot
1993 Chris Webber timeout blunder
1994 George Foreman becaomes oldest heavyweight champ
1995 Northwestern football wins Cinderella Big Ten Title
1996 Kerri strug’s courageous vault to gold
1997 Michael Jordan Flu Game
1998 Michael Jordan’s Last Shot with Bulls
1999 U.S. Ryder Cup Final Day Comeback
2000 Titans “Longest Yard” vs. Rams
2001 Goran Ivanisevic bets Patrick Rafter in epic Wimbledon final
2002 Patriots upset Rams in Super Bowl
2003 Ohio State shocks Miami in 2OT to win BCS Title Game
2004 Boston Red Sox end Curse of the Bambino
2005 Tiger Woods chips in on 16th hole of Master’s en route to win over DiMarco
2006 Geore Mason upsets Uconn to make Final Four
2007 Boise State beats Oklahoma in Fiesta Bowl
2008 Kansas beats Memphis in NCAA Title Game with buzzer beater
2009 Syracuse beats Connecticut in 6 overtimes in Big East championship game
2010 Isner-Mahut Wimbledon Marathon
2011 VCU and Butler make Cinderella Final Four runs
2012 Norfolk State and Lehigh pull off simultaneous 15 over 2 upsets
2013 Andy Murray ends great British drought
2014 Florida State’s final drive ends SEC reign of terror


Breakdown by Sport

College Bball 14 1957, 1959, 1976, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1992, 1993, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
Boxing 8 1952, 1964, 1965, 1971, 1974, 1975, 1990, 1994      
Baseball 7 1951, 1954, 1956, 1960, 1961, 1988, 2004        
NFL 7 1958, 1967, 1969, 1989, 1991, 2000, 2002        
Golf 7 1950, 1953, 1955, 1963, 1986, 1999, 2005        
College Fball 6 1982, 1984, 1995, 2003, 2007, 2014        
NBA 5 1962, 1970, 1981, 1997, 1998          
Olympics 4 1968, 1972, 1980, 1996          
Tennis 3 2001, 2010, 2013            
Horse Racing 3 1973, 1977, 1978            
Soccer 1 1966              

CFRA Announcement

For those of you who are regular followers of my blog, you will know that I am the current coordinator of the NCAA-recognized College Football Researchers Association Poll.

The College Football Researchers Association was originally founded by the late Anthony Cusher of Reeder, North Dakota in 1982. It was an organization modeled after the Professional Football Researchers Association (PFRA) consisting of college football fans and writers dedicated to researching and analyzing the history of the game. The CFRA retrospectively elected national champions from the years of 1919-1981 based on a poll created by Harry Carson Frye and also voted on present-day national champions during the years of 1982-1992. They published their results in a monthly bulletin produced by Robert Kirlin of Spokane, Washington until after the ’92 season when the association ceased operations and several successor organizations, operating under different names, were created.

In fall of 2009, under the coordination of myself and others and with the involvement of past members, the College Football Researchers Association was reorganized, and a group of both new and original CFRA voters was assembled to recreate this influential poll. Basically, the CFRA poll functions like any other weekly college football poll with each of its voters submitting a top 25 ballot after each Saturday’s games. The polls are then posted each Monday morning on our organization’s website: www.cfrapoll.com.

Now, we are looking to further expand the poll by adding other avid college football fans who would like to participate. If you would like to become a CFRA voter, please e-mail me at bmatthews85@gmail.com and I will get you put on our mailing list and give you information on how to submit your weekly poll. It would also be great if you could provide me with your name, location, and brief description of your college football interests and involvement so that I know a little bit about each of the voters. We will probably allow for new voters to join throughout the first few weeks of the season, but there will be a deadline about when additional participants can be added.