Tuesday Thoughts: The return of the Charlotte Hornets

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Tuesday Thoughts: The return of the Charlotte Hornets

Growing up in Kentucky I obviously love basketball. When I was young I was a huge fan of Michael Jordan. I was also a fan of Larry Johnson who played for the Charlotte Hornets. I also thought the hornet’s team colors were unique and cool.

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The Hornets were established in Charlotte in 1988 and played their finalize season in North Carolina in 2002. They then relocated to New Orleans. Charlotte would establish a new NBA franchise in 2004. The majority of basketball fans anticipated the new team mascot name to the “Flight.” These being a duel win with North Carolina being made famous for aviation pioneers and basketball being a game that specializes in elevation off the ground. Instead the franchise chose the nickname….bobcats.

What a disappointment.

At the start of the 2013 season New Orleans changed their nickname from hornets to pelicans. Another great opportunity missed. New Orleans Spirits maybe, but pelicans?!?!

Therefore, because the name hornets was free again, Charlotte will officially be the hornets again in the 2014-15 season. Click here for the Yahoo press release article with the new logos.

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Tuesday Thoughts: Predicting the future of NCAA Football 2014

Let me look into the crystal ball and forecast the future of NCAA football in the year 2014!

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Trending Upward:  UCLA

Jim Mora has done an excellent job as head coach of the Bruins in his first two seasons. He finished 9-5 in year one and 10-3 this past season. The year before he took over the Bruins finished 6-8….yes you read that correctly…6-8. He is 2-0 in the battle for the victory bell over rival USC. The year before he arrived on campus the Bruins lost to the Trojans by the score of 50 to zero.

The Bruins defense put Virginia Tech on lock down in the Sun Bowl. Junior quarterback Brett Hundley will return and already has the attention of NFL scouts. I look for UCLA to win the Pacific-12 next season and be in the four team national championship playoff.

 

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Trending downward: Louisville

Louisville loses both, Junior Teddy Bridgewater to the NFL and coach Charlie Strong to Texas. I was not surprised to hear of Bridgewater leaving as his numbers were sure to be far less in the ACC next season as compared to playing in the “fake big east” this season. However, I was surprised that Strong left for Austin. Louisville is a great college athletic program and a great city. With the program moving to a tougher conference in which the Cards can eventually compete in and thus make a legitimate case for the national title playoffs, I thought Strong would stay in The Ville. If Louisville finishes 6-6 next season I would consider it a good season.

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On the Hot Seat…..

With the “resigning” of Mack Brown from Texas this season and the “resigning” of Bobby Bowden from Florida State after two national titles, the landscape of NCAA football coaches shows no regard for tenure and accomplishments. The same holds true for newer coaches such as Auburn’s former head coach Gene Chizik, who has fired 2 seasons after leading the Tigers to the national championship. In other words, no coach is safe.

Even though he is the winningest coach currently in college football, as well as, the longest tenured coach, Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech will be on the hot seat next season.

In 2012 the Hokies were 7-6 and finished 8-5 in 2013. Television commentators have made comments about the lack of talent on the sideline in Blacksburg. People are noticing the decline to top recruiting prospects signing with the Hokies.  A third season of not living up to the standard Beamer created with 7 conference championships, 13 ten plus win seasons, and 8 BCS caliber bowl appearances may cost him his job.

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And the Heisman goes to…..

Trevor Knight of Oklahoma smoked the Alabama secondary in the Sugar Bowl. Most critics said Oklahoma would not win due to Nick Saban having time to prepare the Tide. That did not affect Knight who tossed 4 touchdowns passes. He has experience as a starter in a stellar conference, so I look for 2014 to be the year of the Crimson and Cream Knight!!


Tuesday Thoughts: Which location would you like to see develop a bowl?

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Recently, on the radio show we discussed which location should develop a bowl game. Here are some of the responses.

Puerto Rico: A true tropical destination that is unique and helps a struggling economy. They have a national soccer stadium which was renovated in 2012 that holds 22,000.

Mexico City: The NFL has played games here before, as recently as the year 2005. International series American football games can draw attention. Just look at London England.

Cincinnati: Home of the Bengals is Paul Brown Stadium. It is also one of the few professional venues not to host a bowl game.

Daytona: My pick as a future destination for a bowl game. The Bristol Motor Speedway will host Virginia Tech and Tennessee in college football action in 2016. If all goes well Daytona would be a premier destination to put a good ACC v. SEC bowl game.

Bowl Preview: The Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO

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It is the 100th edition of The Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO! This bowl game got started in 1902, took a break from play during World War 2, and is now celebrating game 100! Historically this match up features Big Ten and Pacific-12 schools and that is the exact match up we have this season. From the Big Ten is the conference champion, Michigan State Spartans (12-1 record) and from the Pacific 12 is the conference champion, Stanford Cardinal (11-2 record).

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Team History

Sparty got to Pasadena by claiming their 8th Big Ten title. This is their 5th rose bowl appearance and first since 1998, a game in which they were victorious.

For the tree cardinal, they are making back-to-back appearances and playing in their 13th rose bowl. Last season they played in this very match up and won over the Big Ten’s Wisconsin.

Coaches

Mark Dantonio has been the head coach at Michigan State since 2007. In his time he has lead the team to  2 conference titles and 7 straight bowl appearances.

Stanford’s David Shaw is in his 3rd year. He too has 2 conference titles. He also won the Rose Bowl last season.

The Game

Michigan State sophomore QB Connor Cook has been steady for most of the season and has ip[roved all season. I mean this guy was only 6 of 16 in game one against Western Michigan but was the Big Ten title game MVP  with 300+ yards and 3 TDs over the Buckeyes of Ohio State. Running back Jeremy Langford has had 8 straight games for over 100 yards. The Spartan offense  loves long drives and hopes that they can keep the Cardinal defense on the field and wear them down.

Stanford has beaten 6 different teams in the top 25 where as the Spartans beat only 3 teams in the top 25. Las Vegas Caesar’s Palace has Stanford has a 5 point favorite.

Prediction: MSU 35 – Stanford 24


On Tonight’s Show…….Dec. 19, 2013

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Welcome to the BCS football preview show! The show staff will analyize the Rose, Orange, Fiesta, Sugar, and National Championship game. Special guest contributors include:

Also, which bowl game is the toilet bowl this year? Should players be given swag bags? We debate this and more on The Shot Clock!

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The Top 3 Sports Books of All Time

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I love to read! It was my favorite subject as a child and teenager. I do think it is hard to write a good sports book, whether it be fiction, non-fiction, or an autobiography. It is difficult to keep the reader attention, especially when the author replays sporting events play-by-play. All of these books are available in The Steve Black Show Store.

3. Bo Knows Bo

A lot of athletes think they are a top college recruit, but Bo Jackson was a top college recruit. He recalls the stories of university helicopters landing on his street during recruiting visits. The details about the trickery of sports agents which cost Jackson college eligibility are included.

 

2. Playing for Pizza

The best author in America in my opinion is John Grisham. He has written 3 novels about sports fiction and by far the best one is Playing for Pizza. It revolves around a former NFL quarterback who gets cut for the final time in the pros. He decides to take a starting QB job for an Italian football team.

 

1. Friday Night Lights

Clearly the best sports book ever written. A true story about the Odessa Permian panther’s football team in the 1980s and their quest for a state title. Booster donations help the team fly to games, coaches’ real feelings with harsh words about players are included, and the pressure from the town to win at all costs is detailed in the player’s lives.

 

2014 Tri-County / 25E Football Awards

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On the December 5th edition of the show we announced our 2014 Tri-County / 25E football awards! Below is the list of award winners. Congratulations to all the teams and players in the area on their accomplishments this year! To listen to the show click the link below or you can always listen through the archives.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/steveblackshow/2013/12/06/the-steve-black-show-is-williamsburg-the-new-title-town

 Player of the Year – Honorable Mention

Pineville: Connor Ford, RB

Lead the mountain lions to their first home playoff game victory in the Bart Elam era with 1,100+ yards rushing for 15 rushing TDs and 4 receiving TDs.

Bell County: Justin Green, LB

The only defensive player up for POY. He led the team with over 100 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 1 fumble recovery for a touchdown.

Middlesboro: Ryan Pittman, RB

1,300+ yards, 115 per game and a score per game, 12 TDs on the year.

Knox Central: Matthew Barger, QB

The panther playmaker had 6 touchdowns rushing , 3 touchdowns receiving, 5 touchdowns passing, and 2 other touchdowns on special teams  with over 1,000 all purpose yards.

Lynn Camp: Aaron Mills, QB

Exploded against Jellico TN for 2 TD passes, 1 TD run, 1 TD reception, kicked an extra point and scored a 2 point conversion.

South Laurel: Jonathon Jenkins, QB

1st year starting QB, leading the team to 3 victories in year 1 of Matt Rhymer’s tenure.

Williamsburg: Dalton Sizemore, QB

31 passing touchdowns, 12 rushing touchdowns, leading the jackets to the state title game.

Corbin: Jake Coppock, RB

The redhounds needed a leader to emerge on offense this season and Coppock was that person. He slowly emerged as the man who got most of the carries in the redhound running game. Scored a pair of touchdowns in Corbin’s 1st round playoff victory over Henry County.

Whitley County: Austin Ysidro, RB

Switched from QB to RB and was thrown into the # 1 running back spot early one when teammate Zac Mills was injured.

 

Player of the Year

North Laurel: Gabe Blair, RB

He now stands as North Laurel’s all time leading rusher. This season alone he had 1,670 yards rushing with 21 touchdowns. He carried this team to a tie for school record wins with 8 and led the Jaguars back to the playoffs for the 2nd straight season. He did all of this in Class 5A football as well!

 

 Other Awards…..

QB of the Year: Dalton Sizemore, Williamsburg

RB of the Year: Ryan Pittman, Middlesboro

WR of the Year: Corey Shelton & Skylar Griffith, Williamsburg

O-Line of the Year: Williamsburg

Defense of the Year: Corbin

Coach of the Year: Jerry Herron, Williamsburg

Game of the Year: Corbin v. Bell County

Highlight of the Year: Middlesboro upsets Bell County on log mountain!

 

On Tonight’s Show……Dec. 12, 2013

 

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As high school football ends we turn our attention to basketball. From the Redhound Varisty Club, Terry Joe Martin, talks to us about the Cumberland Falls Invitational Tournament.

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How do you get your football fix year round? CEO of CoachXO.Com, Shane Sams tells us all about his podcasts, forums, and products!

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Of course we will talk UK sports too. Joining the conversation will be UK assistant student life director, Dustin Adams.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/steveblackshow/2013/12/13/the-steve-black-show-cumberland-falls-invitational-tourney

On Tonight’s Show….Dec. 5, 2013

It all comes down to this……

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The KHSAA Football Championships begin tomorrow morning with 1A kicking off at 11am. That match up features the # 1 team from the Tri-County/25E area, the Williamsburg Yellowjackets taking on the defending champions, the Mayfield Cardinals! Williamsburg football head coach Jerry Herron and Athletic Director Gary Peters return to discuss the magical journey to play on the carpet!

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Also, Joe Brunk of PurplesNation.Com, returns to discuss the Bowling Green Purples 5A title match up against Pulaski County Maroons. Which color wins??????

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Finally, from FOX Sports’ SouthernGameday.Com, sports writer Ashley Gulick joins us for a special interview as we talk about the BCS, Heisman Trophy, UK football, and much more!

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