The Greatest Goal in UMBC Soccer History

Admittedly, I don’t know much about the small college in Baltimore, Maryland other than it’s mascot is a retreiver and according to wikipedia they’re notable alumni consists of a guy named Duff who apparently is a pastry chef on The Food Network and Kathleen Turner may or may not have attended classes there at some point.

But then this happened: Christos FC, an amateur Baltimore soccer team that never practices and is headquartered in a liquor store, was playing a fourth-round U.S. Open Cup match against D.C. United of MLS. In the 23rd minute, Mamadou Kansaye scored on a free kick to give his club a 1-0 lead over the three-time Open Cup champs.

Kansaye, like many of Christos FC’s players, played soccer at UMBC.  And the liquor store crowd went crazy:


2017 College Football Re-Rankings

Reranking the New Year’s Top Ten Teams

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Not only do we now have two finalists for the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T and a clear No. 1 and No. 2 heading into Monday’s game (8 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App) between Alabama and Clemson, we also have a completed season for everyone else.

We know more now than we did on Dec. 4, when the CFP selection committee laid out the semifinals and the rest of the New Year’s Six bowls, decisions that weren’t devoid of controversy at the time. That means we can rework the speculation of the final CFP rankings into something that is (slightly) more objective, as the two human polls will do on Jan. 10.

So here’s a reranking of the 12 teams selected for the New Year’s Six bowls.

1. Alabama

The struggling passing game sent up an itty-bitty red flag, and it’s difficult not to raise an eyebrow at offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin’s sudden departure for his new job and the elevation of Steve Sarkisian. But the result of the CFP semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl was nonetheless a decisive 24-7 takedown of Washington. The Crimson Tide are the defending national champions, and as they look to become the first 15-0 team in college football history, they are the kings until someone else takes the throne.

2. Clemson

The Tigers’ 31-zip domination of Ohio State was spectacular football in all phases. Quarterback Deshaun Watson and his team seem to be peaking at the right time, riding late-season momentum after they suffered their only defeat, a stunner to Pittsburgh. It’s not difficult to make a case that Clemson is a more complete team than Alabama. It’s also not difficult to wonder what Watson might do for an encore in a championship rematch against another outstanding Crimson Tide defense, particularly with receiver Mike Williams healthy and available this year. Clemson can propel itself upward one spot with a fairly obvious accomplishment Monday.

3. USC

Maybe it’s an emotional reaction to the Trojans winning truly one of the most entertaining games you’ll ever, ever see — a 52-49 thriller over Penn State in the Rose Bowl, decided on the last play — but we’re promoting the Trojans over two playoff teams. Only Alabama and Oklahoma can eclipse USC’s nine-game winning streak, which also includes a win over Washington and a team that beat Ohio State (Penn State).

4. Penn State

Maybe it’s an emotional reaction to Penn State’s gutty effort in losing truly one of the most entertaining games you’ll ever, ever see, but we’re promoting the Nittany Lions, too. Here’s a guess we’re not the only ones whose opinions of this team are higher today after a bowl loss than they were before the Nittany Lions took on USC. And, well, they are the Big Ten champs.

5. Ohio State

Making a distinction between Ohio State and Washington is difficult, particularly with the Big Ten and Pac-12 being mostly bad-to-mediocre in the postseason and both teams getting whipped in CFP semifinals. The edge here comes down to the major criticism of the Huskies all season: their nonconference schedule. You can’t ignore that the Buckeyes posted the most impressive nonconference victory this year: a blowout win at Oklahoma, the Big 12 and Sugar Bowl champ.

6. Washington

The Huskies’ defense proved it was ready for prime time against Alabama, holding the Crimson Tide to 17 offensive points. The Huskies looked like just about everyone else against the Alabama defense, however, which was bad. While you could make a case that things might have been more competitive without several notable miscues, that can be said about just about every game. Washington proved itself as a good team this year, but it’s not yet in Alabama’s class.

7. Oklahoma

The Big 12 champs’ whipping of Auburn in the Sugar Bowl gave the conference a solid, perhaps partially vindicating, 4-2 bowl record. The Sooners took care of the No. 2 team in the SEC, and their in-state buddies in Stillwater stomped the Pac-12 South Division champ, Colorado. The Sooners’ much-maligned defense dominated Auburn, which might inspire some snarky “SEC offense” talk.

8. Florida State

The Seminoles provided the second-most-entertaining game of the postseason with their 33-32 win over Michigan in the Orange Bowl. Deondre Francois‘ 12-yard touchdown pass to Nyqwan Murray with 36 seconds left was the money play, but the money player was Dalvin Cook, who rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown. The Seminoles’ win should make up for a “down” 9-3 regular season and propel them toward another run at the ACC title next year.

9. Michigan

The Wolverines are back in Big Ten and national contention under coach Jim Harbaugh, no doubt, but the bottom line of this season is they lost three of four when it mattered most. Great teams find ways to win. Michigan found ways to lose at the end of the season.

10. Wisconsin

The Badgers could have embarrassed themselves by not taking Western Michigan seriously in the Cotton Bowl, but they took care of business in a 24-16 victory. The Badgers ended up as the Big Ten’s fourth-best team, but that still earned them a final top-10 ranking here. That said, our decision to drop the Badgers three spots despite their bowl win is in response to the CFP selection committee’s irrational exuberance for the Big Ten, which went 3-7 this bowl season.

Broncos’ Talib Is Gonna Beat Harry Douglas’ Ass This Summer

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Aqib Talib Promises To Beat Harry Douglas’s Ass

Aqib Talib and the rest of the Broncos defense were furious with Titans receiver Harry Douglas after Douglas threw a cut-block right into Chris Harris Jr.’s right knee yesterday. Talib brawled with Douglas on the very next play, but that apparently wasn’t enough to satisfy his desire for revenge.

After the game, a still-fuming Talib stood in front of reporters and told them that he was going to beat Douglas up when he sees him in Atlanta. Broncos PR staff promptly ended the interview:

Talib wasn’t the only one who was still mad after the game. Harris Jr. called Douglas a “sorry receiver” during his postgame press conference, and said that Douglas should be fined for the hit. Defensive end Derek Wolfe claimed that the Titans’ offensive line was also playing dirty all game, and offered an invitation to Douglas:

Despite the anger and threats coming from the Broncos, Douglas maintained that his block on Harris Jr. was perfectly legal.  To Douglas’s credit, the block was technically legal: Harris Jr. wasn’t engaged with another blocker and was looking right at Douglas when the block came. That’s the kind of standard issue cut-block linemen and linebackers have to deal with all the time, but not something that cornerbacks normally out in space do. This is football, though, and technical legality doesn’t necessarily absolve a play from being dirty or dangerous.

Antonio Brown Is A Video Game


Post-turkey, pre-couch nap, during your adult beverage digestif’, you may have noticed the garbage-fire of an attempt at competition that the NFL gave us Thursday night.  The Andrew Luck-less Colts showed less commitment towards employment than the button on most people’s jeans, losing to the Steelers  28-7.  Judging by the final score, the trainwreck doesn’t look overly butcherous, but this game was never actually close.

The real take from this Scott Tolzien-Colts offensive snooze-fest was witnessing Antonio Brown dismantle an entire team over and over and over again.  Brown amassed 3 receiving TDs while only being targeted six times last night, finishing with five receptions for 91 yards total.  On paper the yardage isn’t incredibly impressive, but the numbers turn ludicrous-speed when you factor in that 60% of the time he had his hands on the ball, the play ended with dancing in the endzone.  Antonio Brown is unguardable, Big Ben is getting healthy and Le’Veon Bell is back to beast-mode, which is why the Steelers can’t be counted out for a playoff run this season.  RIP to the Colts DB Vontae Davis’ knees and ankles.

NFL Playoff Picks & Predictions – Degenerate Gambler Edition

Casino De Niro

What a weekend we have ahead of us huh!?!!?  Vegas is humming like the north-end of a south-bound lady-of-the-night making her living behind dive bars and strip clubs in the old part of downtown.  THIS IS FOOTBALL BABY!

Ya bunch of degenerate, gambling, Draft Kings-Fan Duel flunkies!  Let’s get it ON!

NFL history was made last weekend, I beat my previous record of 100 beers in 36 hours (2.78 BPH) with a staggering NEW HIGH-SCORE rate of 3.1 BPH (beers per hour) as I screamed into the TV on Sunday night with great conviction: “Fuggin Redskins are racists, the helmets prove it!  A-A-Ron is so good though, and he’s bangin that orie-asian lady on the TV-movies…..who’s her name?  LLLhonda LLousey?”  

I’m told that it all went downhill from there,  I remember darkness and a vague recollection of porcelain pressed against my cheeks.  Take that for what it’s worth.


Last weekend, for the first time ever, all four road teams were victorious in the same playoff round.  So, what the hell does that mean for this weekend’s games?  NOTHING.  Not a damn thing.  What a stupid question.  Seriously, we’re all now dumber for you asking that question.

Having said that, here’s your predictions for the Divisional round of the playoffs:

Chiefs @ Patriots

The Pats are a 4-point favorite in this one, playing at home in a divisional playoff game…and last time I checked they STILL have Tom Brady and the Mad Genius Bill Belichick at the helm.  They get Julian Edelman back this week from a 7-week injury hiatus.  The Patriots haven’t lost a home playoff game since 2012, and  IT’S THE FAHHHKKKINNNN PATRIOTS!  Are you kiddin me!?!?

PATS by 7 for the win and the cover.

BB and TFB

Packers @ Cardinals

Arizona is a 7-point favorite in this matchup.  BET THE HOUSE ON ARIZONA COVERING this spread.  Are you kidding me!?!?  Two weeks ago the Cards put the Discount Double-Check on the Packers 38-8 and made Aaron Rodgers look like Charlie Brown’s special-needs cousin (Lenny Brown).  Seriously, Rodgers was on his ass more than a quadriplegic bobsledder in that game.

Cards by 17 for the win and MORE than the cover.


Seahawks @ Panthers

Carolina is a 1-point favorite, playing at home in the house that Cam built.  THIS is the game of the weekend.  Last week’s Seattle “win” (The Vikings lost that game) in Minnesota was a a disgusting display of football played in the worst conditions I’ve seen since Sylvester Stalone was hanging off that icey-thundra of a cliff in that action flick back in the 90s……what was that movie called?  “Rock Climber”?  Yeah, that’s it.

A few GREAT plays by Russell Wilson saved the Seahawks from Mother Nature and the Vikings.  He’s a MAAAAAAAGIC MAAANNNNNN.  Who’s air is this?  It’s Russell Wilson’s air:


Carolina’s dream-season will end this weekend ladies and germs.  I love me some Cam Newton, but they’re gonna run out of steam and the dabbin will be extremely Seahawk-one-sided on Sunday.  Seattle’s experience and winning formula is gonna prove to be too much meat for Carolina’s hot sauce.

Oh yeah, did I mention that Beast Mode is back?

Seahawks by 4 for the win and the cover.

Dec 9, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) is accompanied by safety Kim Chancellor (31) and free safety Earl Thomas (31) on a 19-yard interception return for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers @ Broncos

Denver is the 7.5-point favorite in this one, playing at home in the Mile HIGH (weed) City.  “Ain’t no mountain HIGH (weed) enough, Ain’t no river LOW (Steelers) enough, Ain’t no river WIDE (point spread) enough……to keep me from getting to YOU (Broncos) babe (weed).”

The Steelers are INCAPACITATED by injuries.

Antonio Brown=OUT

DeAngelo Williams=OUT

L’Veon Bell=OUT


Roethlisberger is an ogre of a man and apparently doesn’t need knees, shoulders or even arms to play football.  If the NFL was the Academy Award Nominated Film “The Revenant”, then Big Ben would be the Mama Bear that kicks the shit outta Leonardo DiCapprio and leaves him for dead.  In that same scenario, does that make the Bengals Leonardo DiCapprio?  Hmmmmmmmm, interested sub-topic brewing…….


Even though the Broncos Quarter Back situation is a tad bit……um…….sketchy?  I still take Denver’s defense and the hopeful ability to run the ball over the completely emasculated Steelers.  Denver has weapons on the outside that can make plays even if Peyton can’t throw the ball more than 15 yards, and the Denver running game has started to find it’s stride the last few weeks.  Denver has tallied up 325 total rushing yards in the last two games, 2 rushing TDs and a very decent yard per carry average at 6.37.

Broncos by 10 for the win and the cover.


So if you’re counting fingers and toes at home, that’s New England win and cover, Arizona win and cover, Seattle win and cover,  and Denver win and cover.  Four games, all spreads covered.

No go forth to love and serve the football gods.  Praise be to cheerleaders with short skirts and questionable morals.



Former Nebraska Star Running Back Lawrence Phillips Found Dead In Prison Cell


Reports today coming from Kern Valley State Prison in California state that the former stand-out Nebraska Running Back was found dead in his prison cell today.  Prison officials are ruling it as a suicide, Phillips was 40 years old.

Phillips had been serving a 31-year sentence for multiple felonies but was recently charged with the murder of his previous cell-mate, Damion Soward, when Soward was found strangled to death in his cell last April.

“I feel myself very close to snapping,” wrote Phillips in a letter dated March 5, 2015. “My anger grows daily as I have become fed up with prison. I feel my anger is near bursting and that will result in my death or the death of someone else.”

Phillips was the star running back on the University of Nebraska’s national championship teams in 1994 and 1995, a first-round pick, (sixth overall) in the 1996 NFL draft.  He played for three seasons with the St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.  In 2009 he was sentenced to 31 years in prison for two separate incidents, driving his car into three teenagers and assaulting an ex-girlfriend.

It’s Bowl Season, Here’s a List Of What To Watch

National rankings from LEAST-interesting bowl game to the MOST-interesting bowl game according to CBS SPORTS (sorry CSU/Nevada fans) :

40 Arizona Bowl: December 29, 7:30 p.m.

Nevada (6-6) vs. Colorado State (7-5): This is just a Mountain West Conference game that won’t be nationally televised. Doesn’t sound very fun.

39 Cure Bowl: December 19, 12 p.m.

San Jose State (5-7) vs. Georgia State (6-6): I’m happy that Georgia State qualified for a bowl, as it’s a major turnaround for the program, but this is not an appealing matchup.

38 Independence Bowl: December 26, 5:45 p.m.

Tulsa (6-6) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6): The only appeal of this game is it’s your last chance to watch Frank Beamer coach. Other than that, well, it’s No. 38 for a reason.

37 St. Petersburg Bowl: December 26, 11 a.m.

Connecticut (6-6) vs. Marshall (9-3): Somewhat interesting matchup stylistically, but not the most appealing of teams, nor game time.

36 Liberty Bowl: January 2, 3:20 p.m.

Kansas State (6-6) vs. Arkansas (7-5): It’s a matchup of Power Five teams. So it has that going for it. It should also be over in less than three hours. That’s better.

35 New Mexico Bowl: December 19, 2 p.m.

Arizona (6-6) vs. New Mexico (7-5): One team that had a disappointing season against another that surpassed expectation. In other words, one team that will want to be here, and Arizona.

34 Pinstripe Bowl: December 26, 3:30 p.m.

Indiana (6-6) vs. Duke (7-5): This game may end up being great because Indiana is lovingly known as Chaos Team. Nothing about an Indiana game is ever what you think it is, so if I have it ranked this low, it’ll be amazing.

33 Quick Lane Bowl: December 28, 5 p.m.

Central Michigan (7-5) vs. Minnesota (5-7): A mid-tier MAC team against a Big Ten team that lost more games than it won in Detroit on a December evening. What more could you ask for?

32 Texas Bowl: December 29, 9 p.m.

No. 20 LSU (8-3) vs. Texas Tech (7-5): I just can’t help but look at this matchup and see a blowout one way or the other. So even if it’s two Power Five teams, I don’t expect it to be good.

31 Birmingham Bowl: December 30, 12 p.m.

Auburn (6-6) vs. Memphis (9-3): Memphis without Justin Fuente against an Auburn team with major changes on its own coaching staff. I don’t have the highest of hopes.

30 Cactus Bowl: January 2, 10:15 p.m.

West Virginia (7-5) vs. Arizona State (6-6): This game not only has a late start time, but it will last about five hours. You’ll probably be better off going to bed.

29 Foster Farms Bowl: December 26, 9:15 p.m.

UCLA (8-4) vs. Nebraska (5-7): Two great Power Five brands, two not-so-great teams.

28 Idaho Potato Bowl: December 22, 3:30 p.m.

Akron (7-5) vs. Utah State (6-6): The reason this game is ranked ahead of some of the others is that these two teams are a lot closer to one another in their football-playing ability. So while they may not be great teams, they could make for an exciting game.

27 Camellia Bowl:  December 19, 5:30 p.m.

Ohio (8-4) vs. Appalachian State (10-2): If you haven’t taken the time to watch Appalachian State this year, give the Mountaineers a shot. They’re fun. Not sure how fun this game will be, but App State’s cool.

26 Bahamas Bowl: December 24, 12 p.m.

Middle Tennessee (7-5) vs. Western Michigan (7-5): Again, this is ranked here based on the similarity of the teams. It should be close. Besides, what else are you going to do on Christmas Eve? Spend time with your family?

25 Hawaii Bowl: December 24, 8 p.m.

San Diego State (10-3) vs. Cincinnati (7-5): This game could prove to be quite entertaining, and again, what else are you going to do on Christmas Eve? Spend time with your family?

24 Poinsettia Bowl: December 23, 4:30 p.m.

Boise State (8-4) vs. Northern Illinois (8-5): The idea of a Boise State-Northern Illinois game is great, as these are your two Cinderellas of the last decade. It’s just, this year the glass slippers broke and there was blood everywhere.

23 Armed Forces Bowl: December 29, 2 p.m.

California (7-5) vs. Air Force (8-5): An Air Raid offense against an option offense will provide an interesting contrast of styles. I just don’t know if these teams will make for an interesting game.

22 Sun Bowl: December 26, 2 p.m.

Miami (8-4) vs. Washington State (8-4): If both teams show up wanting to play, this could be a sneaky-good matchup in El Paso.

21 Military Bowl: December 28, 2:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh (8-4) vs. No. 21 Navy (9-2): This game has a shot to be finished in under three hours, which is always a bonus. I suggest tuning in for no other reason than to watch Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds.

20 TaxSlayer Bowl: January 2, 12 p.m.

Penn State (7-5) vs. Georgia (9-3): Penn State-Georgia certainly sounds like a good game given the two schools, it’s just, the two teams aren’t all that great this year. I expect this one to be close, but I also expect it to be ugly. So maybe not the best hangover cure.

19 Belk Bowl: December 30, 3:30 p.m.

NC State (7-5) vs. Mississippi State (8-4): This is an interesting matchup, in my opinion. I fear a possible blowout, but I believe this one could prove to be more entertaining than you might think just looking at it on the surface.

18 Heart of Dallas Bowl: December 26, 2:20 p.m.

Washington (6-6) vs. Southern Miss (9-4): A very good offense against a good defense. I always enjoy matchups like this.

17 Music City Bowl: December 30, 7 p.m.

Texas A&M (8-4) vs. Louisville (7-5): This bowl matchup would have sounded a lot better before the season began, but even so, it could still make for a fun game.

16 New Orleans Bowl: December 19, 9 p.m.

Arkansas State (9-3) vs. Louisiana Tech (8-4): Games like this are why I do these rankings. You may look at this matchup and write this one off, but I’m telling you, this game will be worth your time. You don’t have to know the teams to enjoy a game.

15 GoDaddy Bowl: December 23, 8 p.m.

Georgia Southern (8-4) vs. Bowling Green (10-3): Another “sleeper” game. I love the matchup of Bowling Green’s spread attack against the Georgia Southern option running game.

14 Miami Beach Bowl: December 21, 2:30 p.m.

Western Kentucky (11-2) vs. South Florida (8-4): The Willie Taggart Bowl. The Hilltoppers are a good team that can put up a lot of points, while the Bulls had a very strong finish to the season.

13 Holiday Bowl: December 30, 10:30 p.m.

No. 25 USC (8-5) vs. Wisconsin (9-3): USC is a better team than its record suggests, and Wisconsin didn’t have a great season, but it’s solid too. Attractive names and what should be a close game.

12 Outback Bowl: January 1, 12 p.m.

No. 13 Northwestern (10-2) vs. No. 23 Tennessee (8-4): Northwestern has a tendency to make games rather ugly, but I’m still intrigued by the matchup of its defense against the Tennessee offense.

11 Las Vegas Bowl: December 19, 3:30 p.m.

BYU (9-3) vs. No. 22 Utah (9-3): It’s The Holy War. In Sin City. That’s all you need to know.

10 Boca Raton Bowl: December 22, 7 p.m.

Toledo (9-2) vs. No. 24 Temple (10-3): Two teams who were competing for that Group of Five bid to the New Year’s Six all season long now face one another in a lower-tier bowl game. Should still be an upper-tier game, though.

9 Citrus Bowl: January 1, 1 p.m.

No. 14 Michigan (9-3) vs. No. 19 Florida (10-3): A classic matchup of schools, and what should be a very enjoyable game for anybody who appreciates good defense. I wouldn’t expect a whole lot of points here.

8 Alamo Bowl: January 2, 6:45 p.m.

No. 15 Oregon (9-3) vs. No. 11 TCU (10-2): Before the year began, these two teams were definite playoff contenders. Things didn’t go to plan, but if TCU gets healthy on offense in time for this game, watch out. It’ll be fun.

7 Sugar Bowl: January 1, 8:30 p.m.

No. 16 Oklahoma State (10-2) vs. No. 12 Ole Miss (9-3): I have a feeling this game will be a lot more competitive than the last time Ole Miss took on a Big 12 team in a major bowl game. It’d be hard not to.

6 Peach Bowl: December 31, 12 p.m.

No. 18 Houston (12-1) vs. No. 9 Florida State (10-2): Houston earned the auto-bid from the Group of Five, and it gets an interesting matchup with Florida State. I really want to see how Tom Herman, Greg Ward Jr. and company do against the big boys.

5 Russell Athletic Bowl: December 29, 5:30 p.m.

No. 10 North Carolina (11-2) vs. No. 17 Baylor (9-3): The Bowl Game Most Likely To Feature 100 Points And 1,000 Total Yards Award goes to …

4 Fiesta Bowl: January 1, 1 p.m.

No. 8 Notre Dame (10-2) vs. No. 7 Ohio State (11-1): It wasn’t that long ago both of these teams were ranked in the top four. Neither finished there, but the two of them together makes for a top four bowl matchup.

3 Rose Bowl: January 1, 5 p.m.

No. 6 Stanford (11-2) vs. No. 5 Iowa (12-1): If you enjoy two good football teams trying to beat one another up for three hours, you’ll enjoy this matchup. If you enjoy amazing football players that do a little bit of everything, you’ll enjoy Stanford’s Christian McCaffery. You’ll just enjoy this game, I promise.

2 CFP Semifinal — Cotton Bowl: December 31, 8 p.m.

No. 2 Alabama (12-1) vs. No. 3 Michigan State (12-1): The only reason I have this game ranked second instead of first is I feel like, with these two defenses, this game has a chance of being “ugly.” Not bad, just not the most aesthetically pleasing. Still a great game, though.

1 CFP Semifinal — Orange Bowl: December 31, 4 p.m.

No. 1 Clemson (13-0) vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (11-1): I bet this one is more competitive than when these two met in a bowl last season. I also bet there will be some great offense and defense on display by both teams. You may not like these games being on New Year’s Eve, but trust me, this game will be better than whatever party you’re at anyway.