Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hump Day Sports

ROMO ADDRESSES ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Dallas Cowboys star, veteran quarterback Tony Romo is healthy enough to return to work, but he made it clear Tuesday, he has no plan to stop the momentum created largely by rookie Dak Prescott, a Haughton alum.
Reading from a prepared statement, Romo addressed the media for the first time this season, taking on the elephant in the room by the trunk. Early in the presser, Romo said, “Football is a meritocracy. You aren’t handed anything. You earn everything, every single day, over and over again you have to prove it. That’s the way the NFL, football works.

“A great example of this is Dak Prescott. He’s earned the right to be our quarterback. As hard as that is for me to say, he’s earned that right. He’s guided our team to an 8-1 record and that’s hard to do. If you think for a second that I don’t want to be out there, then you probably never felt the pure ecstasy of competing and winning. That hasn’t left me. In fact, it may burn now more than ever.

Wrapping up what had to be a gut-wrenching address, Romo said, “I’m not gonna allow this situation to negatively affect Dak or this football team by becoming a constant distraction. I think Dak knows that I have his back, and I think that he has mine. Ultimately it’s about the team… it’s what we’ve preached our entire lives.”

The Cowboys entertain the Ravens Sunday at noon.
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TIGERS SQUASH SOUTHERN MISS

A red hot Antonio Blakeney led LSU past Southern Miss Tuesday night in Baton Rouge, 78-61. The Tigers improve to 2-0 with the win. Blakeney, a sophomore from Sarasota, Florida, must have felt like he was on the beach trying to toss jumpers into the ocean with a 9-14 shooting night including 3-for-3 from beyond the arc. In addition to the 26 points in the box score, Blakeney added six assists and one steal.

Australian import, Duop Reath combined with Blakeney to stretch a first half five-point lead into a fourteen point advantage by reeling off nine straight points. Reath finished with 10 points as did Wayde Sims. Brandon Sampson was the second-leading scorer with 11 points.

Southern Miss closed the 12-point halftime deficit to four early in the final frame. Sims and Jaln Patterson buried a three-pointer apiece to stretch it back to a ten point lead. Blakeney’s sharp-shooting finished off the threat with a seven-point flurry over a four minute stretch.

LSU next faces North Florida Friday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS ELICIT... A YAWN

The College Football Playoff rankings for November 15th included less shake-up than expected after a round of upsets last weekend. Despite losses by Clemson (previously ranked #2), Michigan (#3) and Washington (#4) didn't result in massive turnover in potential playoff participants.

The new rankings include Alabama, of course, remaining in the top spot. The Crimson Tide still have a mulligan at their disposal; they can afford to lose the Iron Bowl or the SEC Championship and most likely find themselves in the Field Of Four vying for the national championship. Clemson's loss at home to unranked Pitt dropped the Tigers from that number 2 spot "all the way down" to 4th in the rankings. Michigan lost on the road against a middle of the road Iowa team and was punished by dropping from 3rd to... uh, 3rd. Apparently, the playoff committee was just waiting for Washington to lose, dropping the Huskies to 6th.

The new top four begins with Alabama, followed by one-loss Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson. Louisville is on the outside looking in at 5th, followed by the Huskies, Wisconsin, Penn State, Oklahoma and Colorado. LSU moved north eight spots, from 24th to 16th after their dominating win over Arkansas.
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