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October 31, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
OVER THE WEEKEND I listened to a a trio of panelists that I respect have a discussion on whether the SEC is overrated. They seemed to concur that it just might be. Allow me to retort. The SEC won seven of the last eight BCS titles for a reason. Auburn came within a last-minute drive against a supposedly unbeatable Florida State team of making it eight in a row last January. Obviously, the four different SEC teams that were responsible for making that happen were only able to do it because of unwarranted bias from the poll voters and computers.
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October 30, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
It looks like a quiet November is ahead for the St. Joseph football team. The Wildcats (7-0), the No. 1 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings, likely will play just one game between their regular-season finale Nov. 8 against Ocean City and an anticipated appearance in the Non-Public 1 state championship game the weekend of Dec. 5. NJSIAA director Jack DuBois, who oversees football, said Tuesday that the Non-Public 1 field likely will...
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October 30, 2014
COLLEGE FOOTBALL'S new playoff era finally arrived last night. You could tell, because ESPN treated it almost like the Vatican was naming a Pope. As if we expected anything less. So for starters, what did we learn from the replacement for those much-maligned BCS Standings? Well, the 12-person Selection Committee, which on Dec. 7 will tell America the four teams that will be in the inaugural FBS tournament, had Mississippi State and Florida State first and second. No shock there, since the only two remaining unbeatens from one of the Power Five conferences are rated that way in both the media (Associated Press)
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of supporters of the Central Bucks High School West football team went to a public school board meeting Tuesday night to express their dissatisfaction with last week's announcement that administrators had canceled the rest of the season amid allegations of hazing. In measured yet passionate cadences, a dozen community members - including parents, a student, a recent alum, and an assistant coach - took turns addressing members of the Central Bucks school board, saying their decision had been made hastily, affected students beyond those on the team, or was an overreaction.
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October 29, 2014 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
TO ALL THOSE folks who figured the selection committee for that new four-team playoff was going to somehow reinvent the wheel - and you know who you are - it might be time to reconsider. I keep hearing how the panel, which is down to 12 members now that Archie Manning has taken a leave of absence due to health issues, will be able to weigh all the information differently than the way voters and the even-more-dreaded computers did before. And thereby, I'm assuming, come up with better answers/solutions.
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October 29, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
DOYLESTOWN - The streets of Doylestown were abuzz last night after news spread of the Central Bucks School District's decision to cancel the rest of the CB West High School football season amid allegations of hazing by its players. Television news vans patrolled the streets as passersby wondered aloud what had happened. Earlier yesterday, a letter from Superintendent Dr. David P. Weitzel, addressed to the school district's community, described alleged hazing, which he said included requiring "a rookie to grab another player's private parts while fully clothed.
NEWS
October 28, 2014 | By Ladd Biro, For The Inquirer
I don't spend a lot of time regretting decisions I've made in life, mostly because there's nothing I can do about them now. Still, I regret targeting Nick Foles ahead of Andrew Luck in my drafts this year. And though Foles hasn't been a bust by any stretch, I don't think this mistake is going to end so well for me. When it comes to fantasy drafting, most of us have regrets, don't we? Seriously, who thought DeMarco Murray would be a record-breaking beast? And weren't most so-called experts convinced that Antonio Gates was all washed up?
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October 28, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rancocas Valley football team faces a new challenge this weekend: A home game. "I actually don't mind road games," Rancocas Valley coach Dan Haussman said. "I think it keeps us regimented because there's less free time. You're more structured. "With home games, you have a little more time, and I think you have to be a little more aware of the possibility of distractions. " Rancocas Valley (6-0), the No. 9 team in The Inquirer Top 25, will play its first home game of the season Saturday at 2 p.m. against No. 15 Cherokee (3-3)
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October 27, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Palmyra football coach Jack Geisel has made defending the two-point play a point of focus this season. That focus proved to be the difference Saturday. The Panthers kept the Rams out of the end zone three times on two-point conversion attempts, as Palmyra won, 21-18, at Riverside in a West Jersey Football League Freedom Division game. "We've been out there giving up points," Geisel said of his defense on two-point attempts this season. "We came to play on the two-point play. " The defense also provided the winning score.
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October 27, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Since football, or more precisely football-viewing, is overwhelmingly the favorite pastime of 21st-century Americans, it's no surprise that it too has become a polarizing subject. Those who love the sport subscribe to a heroic narrative: It's a colorful, compelling, athletic spectacle, one whose participants embody the virtues of teamwork, strength, and dedication. Others see football as a militaristic farce. Its coaches are egomaniacal martinets. Its players are incurious lemmings.
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