Posted by Scott Lewis under ESPN, NCAA Football on Dec 12, 2013
The latest entry in ESPN’s 30-for-30 series, Youngstown Boys, directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, will premiere on Saturday, December 14, at 9 p.m. ET after the Heisman Trophy Presentation on ESPN. Youngstown Boys is the second effort in the documentary series from the Zimbalist brothers, with their previous entry, The Two Escobars, standing as one of the most celebrated films of the collection.
Via ESPN official release:
Youngstown Boys explores class and power dynamics in college sports through the parallel, interconnected journeys of one-time dynamic running back Maurice Clarett and former elite head coach Jim Tressel. Both emerged from the working-class city of Youngstown, Ohio—Tressel as the head coach who turned around the football program at Youngstown State—before they joined for a magical season at Ohio State University in 2002 that produced the first national football championship for the school in over 30 years.
Shortly thereafter though, Clarett was suspended from college football and began a downward spiral that ended with a prison term. Tressel continued at Ohio State for another eight years before his career there also ended in scandal.
Youngstown Boys instantly sets itself among the top tier of the 30-for-30 series’ films. Fans of films like The Two Escobars, The Best That Never Was, and Once Brothers will be satiated by the story’s powerful portrayal of relationship dynamics, success, struggle, and redemption.
We spoke with co-director Michael Zimbalist about making the film, its themes, Clarett and Tressel, and the NCAA.
Posted by Sean Tomlinson under Predicting on Dec 12, 2013
For most, the month of December is a joyous time filled with the blessings of the season, and a reflection on another year gone by. But for those who enjoy the addictive degenerate outlet that is fantasy football, it’s a conflicting time.
First and foremost, it’s a time when you can win all the monies, which is always nice because money can be exchanged for goods and services. This is a month when the demand for goods is high, especially from that special someone on your list this year who’s getting a hot dog toaster under the tree. But that only applies to a dwindling number of you now that most leagues are in the semi-final stage, while many others saw their fantasy dreams fade.
Here, have a song.
But really, even with the excitement of winning monies, it’s hard not to look ahead a little bit on the calendar and start to feel that shower cry urge. Win or lose, fantasy football is over next week (no, you have a problem).
So it’s on that gleeful note that I remind you this is the final Thursday night game of the season, which is actually a happy thing since they’ve mostly been horrendous. But this one game will determine a whole lot of fantasy outcomes, and who advances to the fantasy Super Bowl next week. Of course, there are also real-life consequences at stake between the Chargers and Broncos, with the former clawing for the playoffs, and the latter pursuing home-field advantage.
But we care little about that here. Here’s where our caring lies.
Posted by Jack Moore under Primary Sources on Dec 12, 2013
“I believe in rough games and in rough, manly sports. I do not feel any particular sympathy for the person who gets battered about a good deal so long as it is not fatal.”
Teddy Roosevelt, in 1903, defending football as injuries threatened football’s status in American universities.
Posted by Justin Bourne under One Man's Opinion on Dec 12, 2013
Jay Feaster’s took over the Flames when they were in rough shape, and he managed to take them from there to…well, still rough shape. He hesitated on a rebuild, meaning the team and fans suffered longer than necessary before arriving at the conclusion everyone else was at – they needed an entire overhaul.
The Flames hired Brian Burke as Team President, and here we are now, roughly an hour later (ballpark) and the GM is out and Burke is deciding who comes in. The press conference is coming this morning.
Quick everyone, Brian Burke Feaster presser BINGO: “this wasn’t an easy decision”, “direction”,”philosophy”, “I’d like to thank Jay”….
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) December 12, 2013
@wyshynski “change of culture” “we wish Jay the best” “change is always difficult” “what’s best for the hockey club”
— adater (@adater) December 12, 2013
— steve simmons (@simmonssteve) December 12, 2013
The point is, you know what’s coming out of that.
The consensus seems to be that Burke is going to take over, not as the actual GM, but as the puppet-master of sorts. You know, hire a guy he can manipulate into doing what he wants so he’s back making actual on-ice hockey decisions. I don’t necessarily agree that he’s that devious.
What I do think, is that this had to happen. A lot of Flames fans wanted it to happen for awhile (as it goes with floundering franchises), and others are surprised it happened at such a random point, but whatever: it simply had to happen. They’re bad, they know it, and “more of the same” isn’t a great call from that position.
The Flames are in a position where anyone who gets the job as GM can do whatever they like. You’ve got draft picks, prospects and no expectations. The replacement GM is the most important hire in a looong time for this club, because anyone with a correct philosophy on how to build a team has the time and resources (Burke says they’re going to be a cap team) to get it done. There’s no excuse for failure for the Flames new GM.
Watching Feaster run the Flames was like watching a teen learn to drive a stick. Stops, starts and stalls. They were right to get him out of the driver’s seat; now they just need to make sure they replace him with someone who can operate the machine.
As some of you may be aware, I recently started a new gig here at theScore that sees me write/talk about the NBA as a whole on a full-time basis, so while I won’t be able to provide RaptorBlog posts and general Raptors commentary with nearly the same regularity, I hope you’ll continue to read/listen along with me this season (You can read my season preview here and my predictions here).
As for the Raptors, what I’m going to try to do is take some time every weekend to post my wide ranging thoughts on the week that was in Raps Land, in a similar fashion to how I usually wrote my “Thoughts On the Game” posts. Again, I’m hoping you’ll stop by on weekends to get the little bit of Raptors ranting I’m still able to do on a regular basis.
Other than, most of my Raptors thoughts and observations can be found through twitter, where I’m prone to my fair share of passionate Raps-related tirades.
As for the coming season, I’m predicting a 40-42 season for Toronto that results in a No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, though if Cathal Kelly’s Toronto Star report proves correct, Masai Ujiri and MLSE may blow things up before such a mediocre finish is allowed to fully take rot.
For what it’s worth, Kelly’s source indicates a 45-day deadline for the Raptors, which would take us to December 13. The Raps play Philadelphia in the 21st game of the season that night, and I’ve got them as a 10-11 (7-14 worst case scenario, 12-9 best case scenario) team at that point, so the question is really what will Ujiri find acceptable to continue with, and what’s his line in the sand of ‘we can’t go on like this’?
I also feel like with the Honeymoon period that exists between Raptors fans and Ujiri, he wouldn’t have lost any support had he decided to blow things up as soon as he got here to put this team in a better position to properly take a strategic step backwards this season, so I don’t quite understand the point of now reportedly setting a hard deadline on whether to tank or not if that’s they’ve wanted all along.
In any event, a Raptors season opener wouldn’t feel quite right without at least a little drama (last year it was DeRozan’s extension), so let’s get this intriguing season of questions under way, shall we?
For the first time ever in a UFC video game, EA Sports’ upcoming UFC title will feature playable female characters, headlined by UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and top bantamweight contender Miesha Tate.
“This is a great moment for videogames and for Mixed Martial Arts,” said Dean Richards, General Manager, EA SPORTS UFC. “In our commitment to delivering the most realistic fighting experience ever achieved, we wanted to represent the full spectrum of talent and diversity of all the fighters in the sport, including women who have become an undeniable force to be reckoned with.”
I’m not one for long goodbyes, but as previously mentioned in our last show, TBJ and theScore are going in separate directions, meaning this post marks the end of our tenure here.
Thank you to theScore for the opportunity to make something that shows just how much fun the NBA can be. And thank you most of all to anyone who’s listened, watched, read, commented, emailed or in any other way been even a small part of TBJ over the past three years. It has been awesome.
Bye for now.