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Fordham’s Jon Severe mentioned in ESPN Freshman Focus by Jay Bilas

January 2, 2014

Jon-Severe2In his weekly report, Jay Bilas takes a look at five freshmen who have excelled this season but are not getting the attention they deserve. The first one on his list is Fordham’s freshman guard Jon Severe. The guard has been averaging 20.5 points a game though his first 13 games of the non-conference as the Rams head into A-10 play next week. He ranks 9th in three point field goals made per game with 3.5 and hopes people will start to add his name to the category of Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, and Julian Randle by the end of the year. Check out the video below…

https://twitter.com/JayBilas/status/418791480908464129

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:10216638

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Marquette hoops freshman PG Duane Wilson to redshirt this season

December 27, 2013
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(AP) – Marquette freshman and key point guard recruit Duane Wilson will redshirt this season because of a left leg injury.

Wilson missed most of the preseason after sustaining a stress fracture in mid-October. Marquette announced the move Friday and said Wilson only recently returned to practice on a limited basis.

The Golden Eagles (7-5) play their final nonconference game Saturday against Samford before opening in the new-look Big East on Tuesday at Creighton.

This is a very smart decision for the young point guard. You never want to put a player in danger of hurting themselves again or causing injury to another part of their body. It will be nice for Duane to learn Marquette’s system and have his cousin, Jamil Wilson, a senior forward on the team carry him under his wing. I expect the future back court of JaJuan Johnson and Wilson to be a dominant force for the future of the program. And I also look at this like the case of Junior Cadougan who decided to play his freshman year rather than sit out the entire season. If Junior would have sat, he would have been the starting point guard for this Marquette team and who knows where they would be right now with #5 running the point. So take a big sigh of relief Marquette fans and understand that Wilson will make the Golden Eagles better next season rather than pushing him right now…

Unbelievable Upset! Fordham beats Temple 30-29 to begin season 3-0

September 15, 2013

Fordham footballToday made it 12 teams! 12 FCS (DIV 1-AA) have defeated FBS (DIV 1-A) teams this season. Fordham defeated Temple in Philadelphia, PA 30-29 thanks to a 29 yard touchdown strike from Mike Nebrich to a leaping Sam Ajala in the end zone with 4 seconds left on the clock (Highlight below). With the win, Fordham is now 3-0 on the season and beat an FBS opponent for the first time since 1954 season with a 13-7 win over Rutgers.

This season has been special so far for Fordham. Last week they beat #8 ranked Villanova on their home turf for the first time in school history, this team advance to 3-0 for the first time since 1988, and the Rams played their first game at an NFL stadium since 1983 when they faced St. Norbert’s College at Lambeau Field.

So where does this win rank in Fordham Football history? It may not be at the top, but it certainly is very high compared to recent history against FBS schools (Losses to Buffalo in 1993 and 1995, Army and UConn in 2011 and Cincinnati 2012). Last time Fordham was relevant in the FCS was 2007 when they lost to UMass in the first round of the FCS Playoffs. This team has struck magic in the early going and I hope they can keep it up going into next week.

The Rams host Columbia University next week at home for a 1:00 p.m. contest in the annual Liberty Cup game. I know the stands will be packed with maroon and white as fans will start entering Jack Coffey Field with smiles on their faces.

It’s a new era of Fordham Athletics. This is just the first step in bigger success coming to multiple programs. It’s time to get excited in the Bronx.

Photo of the Week: Johnny Manziel Taunt

September 3, 2013
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This is one of the worst things you could do as a Heisman trophy winner and as a star quarterback in college football who just got off on a ridiculous scandal. Texas A&M beat Rice 52-31 and Johnny Manziel had the nerve to start taunting the Rice players after touchdowns. This photo here shows him signing autographs on his hand to the Rice players and then handing it out to them after a score. I am sorry but that is very uncalled for and very immature on his part. I show this photo because it should be a sign to athletes around the country that if you don’t play the game with respect, you will end up looking like #2 in College Station. You definitely don’t want that. The key is learn from your mistakes and get better. We shall see what Mr. Manziel does in week 2…

Mets Matt Harvey gets the nod to start the All Star Game for National League

July 15, 2013

Via ESPN:

mets_rNew York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey will become the first major league pitcher in nine years to start an All-Star Game in his home ballpark.

National League manager Bruce Bochy named Harvey as the NL starter for Tuesday night’s game at Citi Field. The last pitcher to start an All-Star Game in his home ballpark was Roger Clemens with Houston in 2004.

Harvey will join Clemens as well as Esteban Loaiza (Chicago, 2003), Pedro Martinez (Boston, 1999) and Steve Rogers (Montreal, 1982) as the only pitchers to start an All-Star Game at home since expansion in 1961, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

“What a tremendous year he’s had,” Bochy said of Harvey. “It really wouldn’t have mattered what city we were playing in; with the year that he’s had, the impressive numbers that he’s put up, he would have been the starting pitcher.”

Among NL qualifiers, Harvey ranks first in strikeouts (147), second in WHIP (0.92) and third in ERA (2.35) and opponent batting average (.196). He has taken three no-hit bids into the seventh inning this season.

Harvey said he came into the season motivated to step up and fill the void created by reigning Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey‘s departure.

“It was a role I wanted to take and something I took pride in,” Harvey said. “Having this opportunity and getting the nod is one step closer. I’m very proud of it, and obviously it’s more drive to keep going and hopefully not make this my last All-Star Game.”

This is huge for Mets fans all around the country. The fact that Flushing has not hosted an All Star Game since 1964, Bruce Bochy needed to do something big for the organization and the city. He made the right decision going with the young ace. I am very excited to see #33 take the mound tomorrow and deliver in front of a packed Citi Field crowd. I expect him to be very effective and pitch a few scoreless innings while making the American League look silly striking out at the plate. The lights are now shining bright on this 24 year-old and that is just the way he wanted it to be…

ESPN suspends Rob Parker for comments

December 14, 2012

Via ESPN:

ESPN_Robert_Parker_2012ESPN has suspended commentator Rob Parker for comments he made regarding Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said: “Following yesterday’s comments, Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice. We are conducting a full review.”

Parker, appearing on ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday, was asked about Griffin’s role as a black quarterback. Parker questioned Griffin’s “blackness.”

“Is he a brother or a cornball brother?” said Parker, who is black.

Later, he said he wanted to find out more about Griffin and how he deals with black teammates and others in Washington.

“We all know he has a white fiancée,” he said. “There was all this talk about he’s a Republican, which, there’s no information [about that] at all. I’m just trying to dig deeper as to why he has an issue. Because we did find out with Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods was like, I’ve got black skin, but don’t call me black. So people got to wondering about Tiger Woods early on.”

robert-griffin-III-adidas-adizero-5-star-3Robert Griffin II, the quarterback’s father, told USA Today Sports Thursday night : “I wouldn’t say it’s racism. I would just say some people put things out there about people so they can stir things up.”

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, told The Washington Post in an email Friday: “Robert can certainly take care of himself. Nonetheless, I hope that our men and for that matter, my own kids, will never beg for authenticity from someone who can only talk about the things that other people have the courage to do. People need to be held accountable for the offensive things that they say.”

 Every time I listen to him on ESPN, he always talks about race or something about how African American players don’t get the credit they deserve. I am so happy ESPN has suspended him. He never brought anything to the table really and he just reiterated the same points all the time. And for him to call out Robert Griffin III like that was absurd and that really got to me watching that show. RG III is a good kid with good family values. That’s what everyone wants to see in your star QB and for Parker to call him out on his so called “blackness” was absurd and out of control. As a journalist, this topic and post makes me very upset because people would rather talk about issues that don’t have facts than arguments that bring up discussion and insight. In the end, this brought up one discussion for Mr. Parker and his television career. Good Bye Rob Parker…

Tim Tebow to stay with Jets for 3 years. He needs to start…

October 10, 2012

Via ESPN:

Jets owner Woody Johnson says backup quarterback Tim Tebow will “be with us for three years,” and also backs struggling starter Mark Sanchez.

Johnson tells CNBC on Wednesday that despite some speculation that the Jets could try to trade Tebow after this season, his first in New York, the team will “absolutely” keep him for the duration of his contract.

Johnson adds that he and coach Rex Ryan have not discussed making a quarterback change, saying that Sanchez “played great” in a 23-17 loss to Houston on Monday night.

The Jets owner would not say the team would never make a switch because “never is a long, long time period,” but adds that he sees “the same things in Mark Sanchez that I saw when I first met him.”

Tim Tebow needs to be the starter for the Jets. He is an athlete and a playmaker. Mark Sanchez is a complete passer. He would work with an offense like the Patriots or Cardinals not with the Jets. They also do not have a running game this season. When they had a running game with Greene and Tomlinson, it set up play action with Keller, Holmes, and Edwards. Now, Sanchez has no one and he needs to be benched for a player who can make others better. It’s gotta be Tebow Time in New York. Sanchez is well, not good…