Monday Morning Quarterback for December 23rd

When you play in the NAIA, you normally do not get much publicity outside of your local area, unless some wild play happens in a game that makes a sports network’s play of the of the day segment.

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I was looking online at www.espn.com yesterday and noticed in the NCAA Football section that there was an article on the recent NAIA Football National Championship game this past Saturday in Rome, Georgia.  The game featured Grand View of Iowa and The University of the Cumberlands (one of the teams we follow on the Steve Black Show).

If you are a fan of the Patriots, I know you are still hurting from the 35-23 loss, but what impressed me was that there was actually an article on the game on ESPN’s site.  You can view the article here.  It was interesting to me that Grand View won the championship in only it’s sixth year as a football program.

I do not know what kind of publicity Grand View received in Iowa, but the Cumberlands (which is located in Kentucky), got more publicity from the Knoxville, Tn. market than it did from the Lexington, Ky. market during their program’s historical run through the playoffs.  I guess that is what happens when you have Georgetown College in the Lexington market.

I will have more next week MMQ about the Cumberlands, as well as the Williamsburg High School football team, as they both had great football seasons this past Fall, but today it was just nice to the see the NAIA get a little shout out on a national website.

Have a GREAT week and Merry Christmas!!

Favorite 30 for 30 Film

My favorite ESPN 30 for 30 Films is the Pony Excess.  It was the story of Southern Methodist University (SMU) of the early 1980’s.  Repeated offenses by the football program while on NCAA Probation lead to what we now know as the infamous “Death Penalty”, meaning no football at SMU for 2 years beginning in 1987.  Here we are now in 2013 and the program, under head coach Jim Jones, has finally come back to some respectability.  None the less, the SMU Football Program has never fully recovered from the Death Penalty after close to 26 years later.

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What is your favorite 30 for 30 Film?  Please leave a reply.

Jim Valvano Quote

I am watching the ESPN 30 for 30 film Survive and Advance on the 1983 North Carolina State Basketball Team’s NCAA Title run.  It reminds me of one of Jimmy V’s famous quotes.  Here it is….

To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. Number one is laugh. You should laugh every day. Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. But think about it. If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.

Jim Valvano at the 1993 ESPY awards