The almighty New York Times ran a story before the Green Bay Packers played the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday afternoon. The feature was about Packers quarterback extraordinaire Aaron Rodgers and his relationship with his father, Ed Rodgers. It stated that the two no longer communicate and the relationship is so strained that quarterback Rodgers returned a Christmas gift to father Rodgers in 2014, and they are still estranged.
When Clemson Dabo’ed Czar Nicholas on Monday, the Tigers were given exactly 60 minutes to crumble the fiefdom that Nick Saban and Alabama had been busy assembling for the past five years. The Dabo Swinney-led Tigers, with quarterback extraordinaire Deshaun Watson at the controls, needed 59 minutes and 59 seconds of it to accomplish the task, but they did, indeed, prevail.
The friendships among college coaches has always been an inspiration although it would not require a research expert to confirm that among the ole timers who won a lot of big games, there were more than a few accomplished carousers and hard core imbibers. Nonetheless, they seemed to enjoy one another’s company and were not attracted to the game to get rich quick which seems to be driving coaching aspirants today.
The week’s news was dominated not by bowl games, but by none other than Coach K. Of course, it depends on your particular inclination as to which Coach K you’re most concerned with — Coach Mike Krzyzewski or Coach Lane Kiffin.
To almost no one’s surprise (with the possible exception of Ohio State fans), Alabama and Clemson will have a return engagement in what is ostensibly a game for the bragging rights as the best college football team in the entire world. How Alabama and Clemson arrived at this occasion for the second straight year is, at least, interesting.
Fresh off of a trip from Orlando, the Model Lady Blue Devils rolled to a 69-33 win against Armuchee Tuesday in Armuchee. The game was a battle of the two remaining teams undefeated in Region 7-AA play.
Georgia’s matchup with TCU in the forthcoming Liberty Bowl brings about reflections of the original promoter of the holiday game and, of course, Frank Sinkwich, who set a record for total offense versus the Horned Frogs in Miami that ranks with the beset individual performances ever in any bowl game.
I’m not sure you can call it a trend just yet, but an interesting scenario is developing in college football. Taken to the extremes, the scenario could ruin bowl games as we know them and certainly have an inpact on who will be invited where in the future.
The Rome YMCA’s Arsenal Soccer Club was well represented at the D2 Tournament this weekend in Hampton and Griffin. Two teams won their division and have advanced to the finals this Saturday. The winners would then represent the state of Georgia at the Region 3 Presidents Cup Tournament in Tulsa OK next June versus representatives from 12 other states from NC to TX. The Presidents Cup is open to all teams below the top (1 or A) division in the state. Those teams compete in the State Cup in May 2017.
Let me start off by sending my most sincere congratulations to Rome High for winning the 5A Georgia state football championship. Let me also hurriedly say that I am in no way qualified to write about the mighty Wolves. The entire staff of the Rome News-Tribune is absolutely committed to high school football and does an amazing job.
Lady Chargers head coach Brandan Harrell is trying find the right combination with an injury-plagued team. His combination proved well enough Saturday for a 59-54 win over the Lady Titans of Albany Tech for a GCAA conference win.