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The Sammy Curse!

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There’s alot of superstitions in sports. With the Madden Curse being one of the most infamous ones. Well here’s a lesser known and a newer one. The Sammy Curse.

What is the Curse and how did this start

This is more of a gambling thing. But the history of this is scary consistent and has a history dating back to 3 years ago. With the 2012 Florida State Seminoles team.

The knock I had on them were that they were playing a very weak schedule and blowing teams away were a result of this. They would soon take Auburn to the woodshed after a slow start.

Following years 

This would again happen to me in the following year with my own Ohio State in 2014-15. In the beginning of the year following a rough performance against Navy and then the following week Iagainst VT where we lost at home. I wrote us off along with the rest of the nation.

They would soon improve the offensive line which was my biggest knock on them and become the best team in the nation at the right time. With a 3rd string Quarterback.

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This year I wasn’t a big fan of Alabama and Clemson. Both not only went to the playoff. But won their semi final games convincingly.

This March Madness. I said one of the most overrated teams were Oklahoma and Villanova. In this year’s starting a weak era of college hoops.  But they both made the final four. Now with all those being said. Teams I bought high on. Only one of them are remaining and that’s UNC.

I promise you guys I watch sports. Whether it’s a 3 year strand of bad luck or a real curse. It is what it is.

Until next time. I’ll see you guys later!

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MSU’S STAYING POWER AND THE THE MEDIA’S FALSE PERCEPTION’S

 

For several weeks now, I’ve read so many articles that explain why MSU will finish 6th or 7th in the SEC Western division.

I read these same articles last preseason. I’ve read a lot of “MSU just doesn’t have enough to compete in 2014″, and “Mullen has not recruited well enough to win big in Starkville.” Well, we all know how that ended, don’t we?

As I scan over the 2015 preseason articles, it amazes me how they always begin with “this MSU team lost too many starters to repeat the 2014 season” and end with “the MSU staff just has not recruited well enough to lose that much talent and compete again in 2015″

For one, that’s the media being extremely lazy. Last year it was “Dan Mullen could not win big because he hadn’t recruited well enough,” and now it’s “he can’t win because the Bulldogs lost too much talent”.

Well, according to recruiting gurus and the star ranking system, the players replacing last years starters in 2015 are far more talented, aren’t they?

Help me out here. It can’t be both ways, so which is it? Something just isn’t adding up.

Secondly, this MSU team returns the undisputed best quarterback in the SEC, and possibly in the entire nation. That itself should count for something, right?

Nope, not with today’s media, which is either lazy or blind. You make the call.

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Last but not least, when you actually take the time and do a little research, the Bulldogs didn’t lose as many starters as it might seem. At first glance, most don’t realize that. So, I appeal to the media with this: “Dig a little deeper, guys, it’s not that hard.”

Will we win the SEC? Probably not. In my opinion, however, our chances are greater this year than they were last year. Dan Mullen has silently built a program that will have sustained success. I’m going to go ahead and predict that the world will realize exactly that fact in 2015.

And because nine out of ten media members are lazy, I’ve decided to dig a little deeper for you. You can thank me later. Actually, just wait until the 2015 season has come to a close. I’ll accept your, “thank you” then.

OFFENSE –

Starter lost:
Blaine Clausell: 2*

Replacement:
Martinas Rankin 4* or
Rufus Warren 3*

MY TAKE:
Losing a 4 year starter at left tackle normally isn’t the best thing in the world to have happen, but Rankin comes in as a highly rated juco prospect, and Warren had a very solid spring. Rankin was not able to secure the left tackle position during the spring.

Trust me, it’s not because he’s a bust. Rufus isn’t going to go away that easily. The kid has the size and athleticism to play in the NFL. He gained much needed experience last season after moving over from tight end. Left tackle will be a strength in 2015.

Starter lost:
Ben Beckwith 0* walkon.

Replacement:
Devon Desper 3*

MY TAKE:
Ben may not have even started a game last year if Jamal Clayborn had not been injured and hadn’t had a few personal issues on top of that. Don’t misunderstand me. Ben did a fabulous job, but Desper has much more upside and even started against Texas A&M last year. Desper graded out very well in that game. He’s no newcomer to SEC football.

Starter lost:
Dillon Day 2*

Replacement:
Jamaa Clayborn 3*

MY TAKE:
Jamaal has started before so this will not be anything new to him. This guy has tremendous upside. Jamaal will be a stud in 2015, if not an all-SEC performer. Day was a terrific player for the Bulldogs and a tough son-of-a-gun, but his talent level doesn’t compare to that of Jamaal Clayborn. I’m very high on this young man.

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Starter lost:
Robert Johnson 4*

Replacement:
Fred Brown 3* or
Joe Morrow 3* or
Donald Gray 4*

MY TAKE:
This position is loaded. Actually every wide receiver position is loaded in 2015. Did anyone ever think that they would see the day where the rebels and Bulldogs had the top two wide receiver units in the SEC? I know I didn’t, but that could very well be the case in 2015. Fortunately we have the best quarterback in the SEC throwing it to ours.

Any three of these guys could start here next year. Gray has the most upside, but he’s the least experienced one. Morrow will be the starter much like Robert was in 2015 (only on the depth chart). Morrow came up big the last few games of the year, but Gray and Brown are the future here, and that future is bright.

Starter lost:
Jameon Lewis 2*

Replacement:
Fred Ross 4*

MY TAKE:
This is a massive upgrade. Again, unless you have done your homework, then you wouldn’t know this. Ross is the reason Jameon never gained his normal playing time after he healed last year. Fred Ross is a stud. Do not be surprised if he’s an All-SEC performer and our best receiver in 2015. I know that’s a bold statement with a guy like De’ Runnya Wilson on your team, but it could pan-out to be true.

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Starter lost:
Malcolm Johnson 2*

Replacement:
Gus Walley 3* or
Darrion Hutcherson 3* or
Shelby Christy 3* or
BJ Hammond 3*

MY TAKE:
There are tons of options here, but Malcolm was very good. Walley is a better pass catcher than Malcolm, but Malcolm was a good football player with a high IQ. This is the toughest loss on offense by a wide margin. We “might” lose a little here, but then again we might not.

Starter lost:
Josh Robinson 3*

Replacement:
Ashton Shumpert 4* or
Aeris Williams 4* or
Dontavian Lee 3*

MY TAKE:
This unit will be a strength in 2015. There is a reason J-Rob lost carries at the end of last year. That reason is Ashton Shumpert. He may not even be the starter by mid season. There is tons of talent at running back, and if you’re a die-hard MSU fan, you know that you should never worry about this position. We are always good here. I don’t expect that to change in 2015.

DEFENSE –

Starter lost:
Jay Hughes 3*

Replacement:
Jamal Peters 4* or
Brandon Bryant 3*

MY TAKE:
Safety was a nightmare for the Bulldogs last year. Injuries, inexperience, and suspensions took its toll by year’s end. I fully expect that to change in 2015. Kivon Coleman locked down one safety position in the spring. His inexperience showed at times last year and at other times he looked very good. I fully expect him to be a different player this year.

At the other safety spot, either Peters or Bryant have superstar potential. Both will be freshmen in 2015, but there’s no denying their gift from God. Don’t be surprised if these two guys aren’t both starting at the safety position by mid season. Safety is a position that will be much improved next year.

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Starter lost:
Bernardrick Mckinney 2*

Replacement:
Richie Brown 3* or
Gerri Green 4*

MY TAKE:
Richie will start and will be a solid linebacker for the Bulldogs before he leaves school, but Gerri Green is the future. This young man is a monster. He has B-Macs size and freak athleticism and he is a sideline to sideline guy. Barring injury, I don’t expect Gerri to stick around for a Senior season. He is that talented. At times we will see both of these guys on the field at the same time. Linebacker, like running back, should never be a concern for any MSU fan.

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Starter lost:
Matt Wells 4*

Replacement:
Zack Jackson 3*
JT Gray 3*
Traver Jung 4*

MY TAKE:
“Cheetah” will be the toughest player to replace on the defense. I expect Zack to be the starter as far as the depth chart goes because he’s a senior, but Gray & Jung are the two who will play the most. They are highly athletic kids with great speed. I’m afraid to say which one will end the year as a starter, but I will say this position is easily three deep.

Starter lost:
Preston Smith 2*

Replacement:
AJ Jefferson 4*

Preston will not be easy to replace, but who outside of the MSU fan base even knew who this guy was last preseason?

His replacement? AJ Jefferson and please remember this name. Much like Preston, he is a very good candidate for a breakout year as a Junior. His motor is non stop and AJ makes up for his size with athleticism. Again, remember the name AJ Jefferson, because I have a good feeling that rival coaches already know the name after the spring that he had.

Starter lost:
Kaleb Eulls 4*

Replacement:
Chris Jones 5*

MY TAKE:
Much like Robert Johnson & several other “starters” on last years depth chart, Kaleb was just that. A depth chart starter. Kaleb did play a whole lot, but there’s no denying that Chris Jones is a major upgrade here. That’s not a shot at Kaleb, because Chris Jones would be an upgrade to almost every other defensive tackle in the SEC. He’s had a solid first two years in Starkville, but in 2015 he puts himself in talks of being a top five or top ten pick. The talent level and tools this young man possess are rivaled by no other defensive tackle in the country. In 2015 you will see just that.

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Starter lost:
PJ Jones 4*

Replacement:
Nick James 4* or
Nelson Adams 3* or
Cory Thomas 3*

MY TAKE:
If spring is any indication of Nick James, then it looks like the switch has flipped. If that carries over, then this is a massive upgrade as well. PJ, like Kaleb had a very solid career at MSU. They provided a lot of experience last year and that was big, but these guys aren’t nearly as talented as their predecessors.

With that said, Nick isn’t a lock to be a starter. Both Nelson Adams and Cory Thomas will have a say in that. Nelson has a non stop motor and is a very difficult match-up whether he’s on the inside or outside. I love to watch him play football.

Cory on the other hand is a Chris Jones clone as far as build and skills. You put the same number on those two and put them on the field at the same time and you probably couldn’t figure out which is which. Am I saying Cory Thomas will be as good as Chris Jones before he leaves Starkville? No. What I am saying is that he has a opportunity to be that good. It will be up to him and what he’s willing to put into it. This guy’s size/speed/athleticism combination is off the charts.

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Okay media, I’ve done the research for you. Now it’s your turn to take it and run. There’s a lot of talent returning in Starkville. In fact I would argue that the 2015 bulldog team is more talented than the 2014 bulldog team. I think I would be correct.

Don’t keep looking at last years depth chart and assume we cannot compete because of the starters we lost. It is quite simply misleading. Don’t be foolish and ignorant. Do your homework and you will know that the number one quarterback in the nation isn’t lacking talent behind him. In fact, he’s the leader of a more talented team. The ball is in your court. Let’s see if you take advantage of it or will you again underestimate MSU, like it is the MSU of the past?

Wake up – not only to the reality of talent on this bulldog team, but to the ability of Dan Mullen and his staff as well or you’ll be looking like foolish, AGAIN!

#HailState

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Guidelines of Tweeting Recruits….

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It’s finally here!! The eve of National Signing Day for college football  recruits. Many of you have waited for this day ever since the regular season was over. Many of you have seen, talked, tweeted about your opinions  on creeps/creepers out there when it comes to tweeting at/to recruits so I figured we would give you some guidelines of what you should and shouldn’t do when tweeting recruits.

But let us first remember these kids get on social media for the attention and they love it. If they didn’t want the attention they wouldn’t be on social media asking “show me some love” at a particular school/fan base. Not to mention the negative stuff they see I would assume they just look over and keep on going.  Even though these are kids, they aren’t dumb or naive enough to have social media sway their future life changing decision.

Dont’s:

  1. Promises to get him laid.                                                                                             -Why do you think it’s a great idea to promise or tell a recruit that you can get him laid? The truth is you probably can’t get laid yourself, so just don’t.
  2. Show your assets!                                                                                                           -Ladies no need to show your tits or cleavage to a recruit via tweet.
  3. Negative shots at a recruit.                                                                                       -If they don’t pick your school, why do you feel the need to tweet negative comments to them?
  4. Negativity tweets about Rival Schools                                                             -If a recruit is looking at your rival school and NOT your school at all don’t be that guy that tracks them and sends them delusions of grandeur lies/rumors about said rival school. You look like an even bigger toolbag than normal.
  5. Try to be their best friends.                                                                                        -You don’t care about this kid so don’t pretend you have his best interest in mind.
  6. Using Faith or Religion.                                                                                               -Now there is NOTHING wrong with you professing your faith if you you’re going to live it but if you use it in some attempt to use it as a recruiting tool, you’ve got bigger issues in life that you need to address… and PLEASE don’t give me I’m being a hypocrite while you profess you’re a christian in your bio all the while you’re tearing down a recruit, constantly cussing/slandering your so called “rival” twitter handles.

Acceptable things to do:

  1. Tweet AT them.                                                                                                              -Its okay to tweet at them. Meaning “Would love to have “Recruit Name” stop by campus for a visit.
  2. Congratulate them on their accomplishments
  3. Congratulate them on their signing decision                                                 -Once they have committed somewhere congratulate them and move on. There is no point for you to belittle a kid for not choosing your school or your rival school as mentioned above. MOVE ON!!!

Don’t give me an “It’s wrong” or it’s a “NCAA violation” crap. Bottom line with NCAA, they can’t govern their own selves much less try to monitor every single piece of social media out there.  Social Media and Recruits are here to stay. As hard as it is for me to say, like it, deal with it or ignore all together. But don’t sit there and say you’ll ignore it and troll the people who do it.  So take note people and start doing right!

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The Egg Bowl – A deciding factor in the West for years to come!

 

The reality of things is that both schools now have very good football programs. Sure, they are programs with different styles. They have coaches and players with different styles and different back grounds, but the common ground is that they are part of our great state of Mississippi.

One program has a staff that, according to recruiting services, recruits better. The other has a staff that is able to better develop talent. Both have coaches that still make mistakes. They have coaches that have been successful, but both are still young and learning to be “seasoned” head coaches.

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Both fan bases frequently have moments when they want to scream at our head coaches, “What the heck are you doing?” But, that is all just a big part of this metamorphosis our teams are undergoing. The fact is, we are both going to experience success as long as these two men are leading our programs and we are all going to have to collectively calm ourselves. We must adjust to, and learn to cope with the ups and downs. Just like small children blossom into adulthood, the transition from inferior, to mediocre, to quality, to a great football program is a growing process and with that comes “growing pains.” The Egg Bowl is a game that has once again become a very competitive, very heated rivalry where the home team has a distinct advantage. It is no longer a game where one team is head and shoulders above the other.

Yes, there will be years that we are both replacing two or three year starting quarterbacks and there will be some slight struggle to find the next “fit” at that position, but as we have seen this year, all teams occasionally go through those difficulties. There will be those occasional years where we get only 6 or 7 wins, but we are bottom feeders of the SEC no longer. It is time for the rest of the SEC to take notice.

Both fan bases must be patient with their coaches during these years. Both schools have been known to get a little impatient and irrational during downturns, but these are not your Mississippi State and Ole Miss football teams of the past. The fans are becoming accustomed to getting “more.”

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These two programs are being led by intelligent, hardworking men who are passionate about their jobs and who love their respective teams. We must appreciate that, understand what they are trying to accomplish in the “bigger picture”, and continue to support them during their down years just as much as we do during their best years.

The world will take notice soon as the two Southeastern Conference Mississippi teams have built consistent programs…WINNERS! Looking at this in reality, I see neither of these teams being “one-hit wonders”. This has the look of a beginning of something bigger… The look of something completely new. It is something none of us foresaw… Two Mississippi programs that can be considered powerhouses of the SEC rather than bottom feeders.

Folks, enjoy this rivalry while it’s at it’s pinnacle. Love and respect your friends that cheer for the rival school. Have fun with smack talk every chance you get because I can assure you that both sides will get their chances to turn the smack around to the other side. Have fun with the “new” Mississippi State and Ole Miss programs. Don’t turn it into hate. Keep humble and never forget what we have come from to get here.

We may never see two better coaches, or two leaders of this stature at both schools, at the same time, ever again. It might be next year or it may be in five years, but take heart and have patience. We will both witness history before these two coaches are done.

Here is my most sincere congratulations to “The School Up North” for wanting it more on Saturday night than Mississippi State did. You weren’t about to let my Dawgs beat you on your home turf and you did everything you needed to do to win that game. You deserved to win, and you did. Congratulations.

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CFB Week 12: Jake’s Picks

We are down to the final three weeks of the regular season and things are serious.  We are in the fourth week of the college football playoff drama and things should only intensify.

It’s a huge week in the state of Mississippi and we will get to that shortly, but first let’s look at some other games that have huge implications as well.

Last Week: 5-0

READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE AT MAROONANDWHITE NATION.COM

 Yearly Predictions: 37-20

 

No. 11 Nebraska at No. 22 Wisconsin

It’s a Big-10 showdown as Nebraska looks to stay on top of the Western Division and Wisconsin can create a log jam at the top.

In the grand scheme of things, if Nebraska wants to make a serious run in the college football playoff rankings, they have to win this game.  They are currently 16th in the rankings, but a win here puts them in position to play for the Big-10 championship which could propel them close to the top four.

Big Red 27 – Wis CANSIN 17

 

No. 9 Auburn at No. 16 Georgia

It’s the battle of Jekyll and Hyde between the Tiger of Auburn and the Dogs of Georgia.  Georgia has looked like world beaters one week and chumps the next.  Auburn was sitting comfortably in the college football playoff until they were dinged this past weekend against Texas A&M.

Georgia still has a chance to win the East if things go right, but must win Saturday.  Auburn can save face and still finish in the upper half of the West and head to a big bowl game.

Coin Flip:

Butt Fumble 31 – We Richting 30

 

No. 20 LSU at Arkansas

It’s the battle for the boot as LSU travels to Arkansas and this should be another throw back, knock-em down type of game.

LSU is coming off a heart breaking defeat to Alabama in overtime, while Arkansas had the week off.  The Hogs need two wins to become bowl eligible for the first time in eons.  Many feel Arkansas will ding someone in the west before it’s all said and done this year and Saturday could be the day.  Arkansas has played well in close losses to Alabama and Mississippi State and had Texas A&M on the ropes.

With this being at home, I give the edge to the Hog Mollys.

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No. 2 Florida State at Miami

Florida State has been living off that Auburn karma all season long, while they are undefeated; they have hardly looked the part of a defending national champion.  Close wins against the likes of Clemson, Notre Dame and Louisville has them looking like they are on borrowed time.

Don’t take my word for it though, as the college football playoff committee just docked them a spot from two to three in this week’s poll.

Miami is a very good team this year and would love nothing more than to ruin the Noles season.  Karma is running out in Tallahassee and could be on empty Saturday.

The U 34 – Pass the Crab Legs 31

 

No. 1 Mississippi State at No. 4 Alabama

I don’t think I have to tell you what this game means or get into the matchup to much as we have done this at nauseam all week here at MWN.   The goal is now simple.  Beat Bama and State can stay number-one in the country and lock up the west at home next week against Vanderbilt.

A loss isn’t the end of the world as the Bulldogs could still make the CFB Playoff by winning out.

But – this is truly State verses the world this weekend as very few pundits are picking the Bulldogs and other fan bases are wanting their teams to get into the CFB Playoff, so they will be pulling for Alabama as well.

It all comes down to quarterback play and turnovers for me in this game and I give the nod to Number-15 in Maroon.

I think State comes out and punches Alabama in the face and holds on late.   This is their moment, they have prepared for this game and time for a long while now.  This team is battle tested and now they can taste success and see the finish line.  Get those Champaign glasses out and get ready.  It’s coming Saturday.

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