Was that a goaltend at the end of the UCLA-SMU game?

That was the game-winning shot! Except the ball never went in. It was ruled a goaltend and UCLA took the lead and won, advancing to the next round.

Take a look at these two angles. Is that a goaltend? The shot looks off and there appears to be a chance that it would have missed the rim entirely. Maybe the refs think it could have grazed the rim.ย We’ll never know. But from these angles, it looks like it would have missed.

However, the risk is too high to be even trying to grab the ball that close to the rim. And it’s odd that the officials can’t go to replay on something like that. Still, it may not have had any chance of going in, but chancing it by reaching for the ball that close to the rim warrants a call. Not a fair call, but it was the call that had to be made.

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Can you beat me in my tournament pick ‘em?

It’s that time of the year again! The brackets are set and it’s time for you to fill them out. Can you beat me? Join my bracket pick ‘em game. I will not pick Kentucky to win. But will you?

The Cardale Jones praise? I don’t get it

So earlier in the day, Cardale Jones tweeted this.

Some speculated that he would announce his entry into the NFL Draft. Some hoped that he’d stay at Ohio State. His stock is really high so leaving for the pros made sense. He then held a nationally televised press conference for his announcement.

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The College Football Playoff National Championship game gave us what we needed

After letting the events of last night sink in, I can now fully appreciate the beauty of this new playoff system. If we were still under the BCS rules, Ohio State wouldn’t be champions. In fact, they wouldn’t even have a chance at the title. This is what I think the college game needed and we got a great taste of why it was a success.

One of the things that makes college football’s new system great is the chance for teams to prove that they are deserving of a title shot despite not being ranked at the top. I wonder if the playoff will expand in the future. But for now, we got a great glimpse of what goodness can come.

Ohio State proved to me that their defense was phenomenal and their running game controlled the entire tempo. I am was thoroughly impressed with Cardale Jones and his poise despite his lack of prior playing time. The Oregon offense never got a chance to get into a good tempo and as a result they just look baffled on the field. Even though it wasn’t that close, I was hooked watching this game and I know that a part of it was because I witnessed the two games on New Year’s Day and wanted to see its conclusion.

Good job, NCAA. You got something right. Now don’t mess it up going forward.

Adidas has created very ugly Miami uniforms

The U left Nike to sign with Adidas and Snoop Dogg may have given us a glimpse of what their new jerseys could look like. They look terrible.

I know Snoop has brand loyalty to Adidas, but he seriously can’t think this is good looking, right?

The College Football Playoff was a complete success

The College Football Playoff made its debut yesterday and even though there is one more game left, I consider it a complete success. The one issue that the BCS created was the possibility of several worthy teams that should be considered for the championship game were left out. It was not fair and it didn’t bring any excitement. After all, just selecting two teams as championship contenders instead of having teams fight for the right was downright silly.

What we got yesterday was a glimpse of the future. There might be an expanded playoff in the future, but this final four approach works. We got the four best teams in the country in a playoff to determine who is the champion.

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Seattle Seahawks and Auburn Tigers: Game recognize game

Last night the Seahawks ran a play that looked really similar to something we’ve seen. The Auburn Tigers posted this to remind everyone where the read option pass play came from.

Following the game, Pete Carroll acknowledged the origin of the play.

โ€œWeโ€™ll go anywhere to find a play,โ€ the Seattle coach said afterward. โ€œAnd that one-uh, Muschamp at Florida, no โ€ฆ Auburn. They ran it. Give Gus Malzahn credit. Thatโ€™s a great play. I kept telling them [the offensive staff and players] this summer, โ€˜Itโ€™ll work, itโ€™ll work.โ€™ But it didnโ€™t work all summer.โ€

Great play. Surprised that it’s taken this long for teams to full embrace plays that succeed in the college game.