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The Best College Quarterback Ever?

Black news - commentary on sports - watching and wonderingLast Saturday I decided to watch the game between Michigan and Notre Dame. Both teams have fallen on hard times, and each of them was trying to regain their Mojo. It was also a home game for the Irish, and perhaps due to divine intervention, it is nearly impossible to beat them in their own stadium.

I had read that Michigan had a new, sensational quarterback. He has set some school records the previous week against Connecticut, or some other unimportant school. This was to be his first start in the shadows of the Golden Dome. Over the years, some of the greatest football players have just wilted on the nearly hallowed ground at Notre Dame. This was likely to be the case for Mr. Denard Robinson, the erstwhile quarterback for the Wolverines. It was expected that Notre Dame would not only win the game, but that they would chase him back to his home state of Florida.

The first thing I noticed about Robinson is that he runs faster than any quarterback that I have ever seen. The second was that he does not spend any time dancing; he picks a direction and then he takes off, and then everyone else is behind him. His speed and running ability were spectacular, but there was even more. He has the passing accuracy of someone like Tom Brady, and the determination of a two-year-old after a piece of candy.

If he can avoid being injured, they can stencil his name on the Heisman Trophy right now. In the game against the Irish, he carried the ball 28 times and gained a record 258 yards. He also completed 24 of 40 passes for 244 yards. This was more than just a day's work; it was almost a career by itself. No one else has ever done this in either a college or a professional game. Michigan is still in the rebuilding phase, so we won't likely see Mr. Robinson in the Rose Bowl this season. However, chances are he will be here before his career is over.

USC's victory over Virginia by a score of 17-14 was as ugly as a win can be. They had 13 penalties, which is more than any Trojan team has committed since 1988. This is a team that appears to be begging to be beaten, and that will happen sooner than later.

UCLA was simply pathetic against Stanford. Stanford? Is this the same school that everyone used to beat up? For heaven sakes, those guys are all real students! I just cannot believe that Stanford won by a score of 35-0. Someone had better check to see if they are putting anything else in their Gatorade. UCLA had a big problem, and three years ago, Rick Neuheisel and Norm Chow appeared to be the answers. They were so desperate to improve the football program, that they overlooked Neuheisel's previous NCAA transgressions, and made him the head coach. There was a general feeling that he was a bad boy, but also that he could be the one to make a winner. So, they held their noses and took the plunge.

Bruins fans have suffered so much over the years, that they now have very low expectations. If a school like Ohio State, or Alabama had lost by such a lopsided score, the coach would be hiding from the posse. However even UCLA has a breaking point.

If Neuheisel wishes to remain after this season is over, he had better find a way to win some games.

Lamar Odom played an important part in the TEAM USA's basketball victory. I think that this was a great experience for him, in terms of working with other great athletes, and being coached by the one and only Coach K. The environment of the Lakers can be toxic for those who are not mentally tough enough to deal with the self-centered Kobe Bryant. It has always seemed to me that Odom did not exactly know what was expected of him. So, I thought he just hung around and hoped that no one would yell at him. Maybe after the great experiences that he had this summer, things will be better for him and the team.

Eric Gordon also played well. He has a lot of talent. Unfortunately for him, he is still with the Clippers, one of the worst organizations in the NBA. The biggest stars of the NBA chose not to participate. I suspect that they were shocked that team of mostly young NBA Players won the Gold Medal.

Matt Barnes and Floyd Mayweather were both arrested in the same week for domestic violence. That is something we can all be sad about. They are now wealthy men, but they do not seem to understand what that means.

[Contact John Randolph Rogers via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]


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