SEC AND BIG TEN DOMINATE TOP 25 NCAAF RANKINGS: This is reflected in this week's rankings, which shows five teams in the Big Ten: #8 Ohio State, #9 Nebraska, #14 Michigan State, #25 Minnesota, and six teams in the SEC: #2 Mississippi State, #5 Alabama, #10 Auburn, #11 Mississippi, #17 Georgia, #20 LSU dominating the other conferences.
The Hurricanes are rated #33 and head into a showdown with arch-rival #1 Florida State this coming Saturday. Hide the women and children!
BOXING HAS GROWN OLD: Bernard Hopkins just finished demonstrating how the once popular sport of boxing has faded with time. A guy you've probably never heard of -- Sergey Kovalev, took it to the soon-to-be 50 year-old self tagged "Alien," and pitched a shutout.
The one sided bout for unification of the three light-heavyweight titles was never in question. The real question? Where are the new charismatic champions that fans cannot wait to see? New versions of fighters like: Ali, Sugar Ray (Robinson and Leonard), Tyson and Jones Jr.?
FLASH!!!! -- DOLPHINS SEASON TO BE DETERMINED THIS THURSDAY: This is not hyperbole, but fact. A win and they are right back in it, along with the three other teams tied in the fight to see who gets the two Wild Card spots. A loss and they face the realization of traveling into Denver to stop a would-be three game slide. Not a good place to be.
They will need to do this without star blind-side protector, Branden Albert, who is out 12 months after tearing both his ACL and MCL on Sunday. They will have to do it without their other off-season weapon, Knowshon (or is it No-show?) Moreno and perhaps even without the mysteriously ailing Lamar Miller. Fans will note that Albert's 53-man roster spot was filled by LaMichael James, a running back. This does not bode well to all those who seek to see offensive balance. Talent is talent, after all.
All points considered, one should be optimistic. This year's Dolphins are one of the best teams fans have had in decades. Like so many other "up-and-coming-teams," they must learn how to close out tightly contested games. Fans would be wise to remain steadfast and recognize that it's all part of the learning process.
Lastly, and with deference to Mr. Leodis McKelvin's guarantee, the Dolphins win on Thursday. Every member of the home team surely comprehends the importance of this game, and will likely deliver a win.