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NFL Final Four

January 26, 2017

What looked like a fabulous Sunday of NFL Football last week ended up being a letdown. Both Conference champion games were basically over by halftime and we now have a Super Bowl with New England and Atlanta. Of course, New England is the favorite. But I will preview the game next week as we get the traditional week off from football prior to the Super Bowl.

We saw a playoff coming out party for Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan is his team’s 44-21 blowout victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC game. Ryan, the likely MVP of the league, came into the season with a reputation of not playing well in playoff or big games. Not any more, as he threw for 392 yards and four touchdowns against the overmatched Packers. The Falcons have a ton of offense and they will need to put points on the board against the Pats.  

If Ryan does win the MVP vote, Tom Brady will likely come in second. After he led the Patriots to a convincing win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brady is now 7-4 in conference championship games. Yes, that means he will be playing in his seventh Super Bowl. You can almost count on the nation rooting for Atlanta next week. New England, despite the amazing accomplishments of the 38-year old Brady and head coach Bill Belichick over the past 17 years, is the team everyone loves to hate. Unless you reside in the Northeast that is.    

ACC Hoop Talk

We are just a little over a month away from March Madness so I thought I would summarize the ACC season thus far in 2016-2017. As predicted in these pages, the conference is very deep this campaign. Seven schools already have 15 wins and six of them (Florida State – 7th), (North Carolina – 9th), (Virginia – 12th), (Louisville – 13th), (Notre Dame – 14th) and (Duke – 17th) are nationally ranked. In other words, the conference is loaded.

I looked back and believe that a single conference has not been this strong since the 2010-11 Big East sent 11 teams to the NCAA Tournament. The regular season is closing in on the half way mark and Florida State, UNC, and Notre Dame are on top with 6-1 marks. Surprisingly, Duke is back in seventh place with a 3-4 ACC record. I thought the Blue Devils, along with the Tar Heels and Cavaliers, had legitimate chances to win the ACC and the National Title.

Pardon me while I insert Florida State in for Duke. The Seminoles, along with Notre Dame are the surprises in the conference while Duke has been disappointing. Still, the Blue Devils are one of 12 schools the ACC potentially will send to the Dance. There’s no chance all 12 end up making the tournament since they will beat up on each other come February, but 10 is a real possibility.

Florida State has the ingredients to be special. Jonathan Isaac is truly one of the most athletically gifted freshmen in the country. Pairing him with the talented guard duo of Dwayne Bacon and Xavier Rathan-Mayes and you have the recipe for success – a big man and two excellent backcourt players. The Seminoles are fun to watch. I can see them hanging on to edge out the Tar Heels for the regular season ACC championship. Then the real fun begins. 

















































NFL Final Four

Clemson Rolls The Tide

Sid’s Top Moments In Sports - 2016

NFL Noise

NFL In December

College Playoff Controversy

What Would You Have Done?

Rivalry Week Is Here

Wild College Football Weekend

ACC Hoops Will Be Strong

Panthers Regain Winning Form

NFL & Domestic Violence

Slip Sliding Away

Another Woods Letdown

What A Game

No Shortage Of Ego

Bathrooms & Sports

NFL Hypocrisy

Carolina Panthers Preview

Why To Watch College Football This Fall

Baseball Races Heating Up

A-Rod's Non-Descript Farewell

Medalists And Taxes

Let's Follow The Money

NBA Hypocrisy

Two At Troon

Duncan Hanging Them Up

Durant's Decision

Charlotte Hornets And Free Agency

Professional Sports Coming To Vegas?

LeBron's Legacy

Will We Get A Classic?

Braves Could Be The Worst Team Of All Time

Panthers' College Free Agent Signing

Curry Repeats As MVP

NFL Draft And The Carolina Panthers II

NFL Draft And The Carolina Panthers

When Will The Money Run Out?

Saying Wow Was An Understatement

What A Game!

Syracuse And The Madness

Hornets Quietly Buzzing

NCAA Madness

Peyton’s Place In The Game Is Set

LeBron And The Cavs

UNC Asking What Just Happened

Clemson Tops List

Panthers Got Beat Up

Why I Like The Panthers

How This Super Bowl Team Was Built

Panthers Held On For Dear Life

NFL Playoffs Continue

NFL Wildcard Playoff Matchups

Panthers Did What?

Bowling For (fill in the blank)

Rose Still Outside Looking In

College Football Playoff Pairings

Be Careful What You Ask For

Cam Getting Some MVP Play

NFL Thoughts

Who Would Have Thunk It?

Relentless Royals

Another Week, Another Win

Panthers Gain Credibility

Pitfalls For USC

Panthers Got Defensive

Panthers Are Rolling

Panthers Win Again

Panthers Win Ugly

Can Panthers Three-Peat?

College Football Preview

Just What The NFL Needed

UNC Delaying Tactics

Some Refreshing News

Deflate-Gate Revisited

The Smoltz Story

Ty Lawson Needs A Wake Up Call

Florida State Police Blotter

World Cup Win For US Women

Hornets Select Kaminsky

Goodell/Brady Have Their Meeting

LeBron & The Cavs Fall Short

ESPN Taking Heat

NBA Finals

Edwards Back In Winners Circle

NFL To Change Football Rules

Deflate-Gate Hits Pats Hard

NFL Draft News

What’s Up With Deflate-Gate

What? Tebow Again

Get Used To Spieth

Duke Claims Title

The Familiar Four

NCAA Tournament Continues

March Madness

Tark The Shark

Duke Is Gearing Up For March Madness

I Don’t Get It

Yankee Hypocrisy

Honoring Dean Smith

Common Sense

Get Your Mind On The Game

NFL Championship Sunday

Panthers Eliminated

Panthers Move On

Panthers Playoff Bound

Sid’s 2014 Bowl Predictions

Kobe vs. Michael

Where Did That Come From?

Goodell Takes A Hit

Fragile Cavs

RG III Needs To Look In The Mirror

Heels AD Still Has Williams’ Back

Bumgarner Saves The Giants

Optimism Abounds With The Hornets

An Unlikely World Series

Winston Off Field Turmoil Continues

Panthers Rebound

October Baseball

Panthers Facing New Questions

Reality With Rice

Panthers Win, Panthers Win 

Carolina Panthers Preview

College Football Preview

When Will Manziel Show Some Poise?

A Tragic Racing Moment

NCAA Football Talk

Got Off Easy

ACC Football Preseason Poll Is Out

LeBron Changes Image

LeBron Still Undecided

Game Effort By USA

The Decision II

Spurs Claim Dynasty Tag

Sour Grapes

Heat Make NBA Finals Again

Cavs Win Lottery (Again)


Panthers And The Draft

Not So Sterling

NBA Playoff Action

Phelps Diving Back Into It


Final Four Fodder

NCAA Hoop Madness

March Madness, 2014 Style

One and Done

Heels Heating Up

Setting The Record Straight

Martin And Incognito

Bobcats Appear To Be Moving Forward (This Time)

A Super Letdown

Super Bowl Preview

Broncos and Seahawks Reach Super Bowl

Panthers Were Not Ready

Seminoles End SEC Streak

2013 In Review

Sid’s Bowl Picks

Mack Brown Resigns

BCS Gets It Right

Did You See The Classic?

ACC Hoop Preview

NFL Coaching Hot Seats

Panthers Are The Talk Of The NFL

Ravens Not Flying So High These Days

A Jeff Gordon Sighting

World Series Preview

Craziness Within College Football

Dissension In Tar Heel Land

SEC Football Rules

Nickname Controversy

Panthers And Rivera Lose Another Close One


NFL, 2013 Style

Panthers Are Cam’s Team

Heels Sticking With Hairston

NCAA Hypocrisy

Does NASCAR Need Young Talent?

Crash & Burn?

PHIL-thy Good

An All Star Night

Charlotte Signs Jefferson

NBA Free Agency And Charlotte

LeBron vs. Michael

Major Problem For Tiger

Police Blotter Hits Tar Heel Hoop Program

NBA Finals Are Set

Irish Eyes Are Not Smiling

NBA Final Four

Tiger May Be Having His Best Season Ever

NBA Playoff Action

No Draft Buzz With The Panthers

NBA Playoff Preview

Tiger Should Have Been DQed

Baseball Is Back

Final Four Fodder

Sweet 16 Madness

March Madness

He’s Back

Kelly’s A Hero

Who Said Girls Can’t Race?

Danica Is On The Pole

King James

Flacco & The Ravens Hang On



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