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Week 5 College Football Rankings 2014

LSU plays Auburn this week, so if you’re interested, here is my LSU/Auburn Rivalry blog. Rank/team/previous 1 Auburn 1 2 Florida St. 3 3 Alabama 5 4 Oregon 4 5 Oklahoma 2 6 Miss. St. 10 7 BYU 7 8 TX A&M 6 9 UCLA 16 10 Nebraska 23 11 Ole Miss 8 12 Notre Dame 12 13 Ga. Tech 17 14 LSU 13 15 Arizona 22 16 E. Carolina 14 17 Baylor – 18 Georgia 15 19 S. Carolina 9 20 Louisville...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

LSU’s “Scrimmage” Game in Preparation for Auburn

Before I get to the main topic, I’ll mention a couple other things. Once again, please check out my LSU-Auburn Rivalry blog. I’m apprehensive another streak will come to an end. It’s much shorter than Mississippi St. was though: LSU has won three in a row and six of seven. Also, I had an observation about the computer ratings that I didn’t notice at first. Even though...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

LSU @ Auburn and SEC West Notes

No SEC West team has a loss outside of the SEC West yet. That may not change in the next few weeks, but one thing is certain: the number of undefeated teams in the division will be reduced considerably from the current number (5). Below are the upcoming intra-divisional games. Two games in each of the next two weeks are between pairs of currently unbeaten teams. October 4 Texas A...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

What Happened: LSU-Auburn Reaction

I’ve added to and updated my LSU-Auburn Rivalry blog. I guess I should start by giving credit to someone I talk to who goes by scurds. He predicted Auburn would win easily. I’m glad no one offered me LSU +21 (that was his predicted margin of victory for Auburn), because I would have taken it. There is a bit of a caveat to that: he seems to enjoy picking LSU to do poorly, and...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 6 College Football Rankings 2014

LSU plays Florida this week, so if you’re interested, here is my LSU/Florida Rivalry blog. Dak Prescott evades an Auburn defender last year. I rank the two teams #1 and #3 going into their game Saturday. Rank/team/previous 1 Auburn 1 2 Florida St. 2 3 Miss. St. 6 4 Ole Miss 11 5 Arizona 15 6 Notre Dame 12 7 Ga. Tech 13 8 TCU 23 9 UCLA 9 10 Alabama 3 11 Marshall 24 12 Oregon...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 7 College Football Rankings 2014

Arizona kicker Casey Skowron sits on the field after his missed field goal attempt reduced the number of undefeated FBS teams to six. Rank/team/previous 1 Florida St. 2 2 Miss. St. 3 3 Ole Miss 4 4 Auburn 1 5 Notre Dame 6 6 Baylor 17 7 Alabama 10 8 Arizona 5 9 Oregon 12 10 Marshall 11 11 Georgia – 12 Oklahoma 15 13 Mich. St. 16 14 Ga. Tech 7 15 Minnesota 20 16 USC – 17 Nebraska...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild Card World Series!

Last season, both Wild Card winners were out before the LCS round. The Pirates were ousted by the Cardinals in five games in their NLDS, and in the ALDS, the Rays were taken out by the Red Sox in four. This year, the Royals and the Giants are not willing to go quietly. Since their respective Wild Card games, neither team has faced elimination – indeed, to the certain chagrin of...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Thursday Night Football — Jets and Patroits

New York Jets and the New England Patriots do battle at Gillette Stadium in  Foxborough, Massachusetts, The jets won the toss and have deferred *First quarter *NE – Tom Brady at the helm, has never lost on a Thursday. Brady unloads a hail Mary pass to Shane Vereen for the first touchdown of the game, 13:31 into the game and its a NE 7 – 0 lead. *Jets – Geno Smith at the helm...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

LSU Week in (P)Review

I hadn’t really talked about just how LSU is coming along as a team and x’s and o’s in a couple of weeks, so I thought I’d do that now. Miles tells reporters to “have a great day” before LSU beat Tennessee to win the SEC in 2007. This last game was Les Miles 100th win at LSU. Maybe it’s appropriate that we didn’t beat Mississippi St. in the last second. It just...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

New Theme: Penscratch

Today we have a brand new free theme especially for writers and bloggers! Penscratch Penscratch is a clean, sophisticated theme for sharing your writing. Whether you’re working on an analytical essay, an anthology of poems, or a piece of long-form fiction, Penscratch makes for a pleasant reading and writing experience all around. Choose between a one- or two-column layout by...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons at Baltimore Ravens Preview

Atlanta has a tough road matchup in the Baltimore Ravens. (Brynn Anderson) After losing a key home game to the Chicago Bears last week, the Atlanta Falcons – riding a three-game losing streak – hit the road again to take on the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens (4-2) are fresh off a 48-17 blowout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Joe Flacco tossed a career-high five touchdown...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Rivalry Series: LSU-Kentucky

Series facts LSU leads, 39-16-1 In Baton Rouge, LSU leads, 23-5-1 In Lexington, LSU leads, 16-11 Currently, LSU has won three in a row at home and five of six in the series overall. Longest home/away streaks Home winning streak – LSU, 12 games, 1955-1975 Home unbeaten streak – LSU, 13 games, 1953-1975 Road winning streak – LSU, 5 games, 1978-1986 Kentucky won two in a row at...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 6 Recap: Back on Track

Week 6 is in the books and the Bears have returned to the win column, at least for one week. In a game we expected to be a shootout, the Bears defense – led by 3 mostly unknown linebackers – held the high powered Falcons offense, who had been averaging 46 points per game at home, to 13 points. I’m happy to say that a win is a win, but, we wouldn’t be giving this game a fair...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Starting Next Week: Blogging 201

Blogging 201: Branding and Growth starts Monday, October 20. If you’re a recent alum of Blogging 101 looking to build on the skills you’ve developed so far, or a blogger looking for new ways to grow your site and its audience, this is the course for you. What will Blogging 201 cover? We’ll introduce tools to increase your traffic within WordPress.com as well as through...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the World in Nine Photos

Do you love stories from around the world? Check out the work of the following nine photographers on WordPress.com and allow your imagination to take you away… Nathanael‘s monochrome photo of the Star Lite Motel in Mt. Airy, North Carolina, conjures images of wayward romances and clandestine meetings. We loved the marquee’s message, “Forgive and forget its human to err....
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Falcons lose 27-13 to Bears in must-win home game

Julio Jones didn’t have his best game. (John Bazemore) The Atlanta Falcons used to be seemingly unstoppable at home. There was an aura of invincibility whenever the Falcons were in the Georgia Dome hosting an opponent. Through their first two home games, they averaged 46.5 points and 528 yards. Those averages are in stark contrast to the 19.3 points and 372.3 yards on the road...
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Add Gmail, Calendar, and Drive to Your Site

The content you publish on your site is the result of a lot of behind-the-scenes activity — and we’re not talking only about drafting posts and pages. Emails, meetings and events, documents and spreadsheets: as business owners and publishers you have a lot to juggle. We’re excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Google to offer our users the incredible power of Google...
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Week 7 College Football Rankings 2014

Arizona kicker Casey Skowron sits on the field after his missed field goal attempt reduced the number of undefeated FBS teams to six. Rank/team/previous 1 Florida St. 2 2 Miss. St. 3 3 Ole Miss 4 4 Auburn 1 5 Notre Dame 6 6 Baylor 17 7 Alabama 10 8 Arizona 5 9 Oregon 12 10 Marshall 11 11 Georgia – 12 Oklahoma 15 13 Mich. St. 16 14 Ga. Tech 7 15 Minnesota 20 16 USC – 17 Nebraska...
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October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Friday Picks: Week 6 (2014-15)

The Giants have looked as good as any team in the past three weeks. Can they make it four in a row on Sunday Night? If anything is predictable this week, it’s that we’ll see a lot of division shake ups after the dust has settled. Eight out of the fifteen matchups in Week 6 are division games and could be the difference between playoff births when it is all said and done. The...
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October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago Bears Preview

Devin Hester status is questionable heading into Sunday’s game against his former team. (Ann Heisenfelt) The Atlanta Falcons already face a must-win game, and it’s only Week 6 of the 2014 NFL season. The Falcons host the Chicago Bears in what will be their only game at home in the Georgia Dome until November 23. Atlanta plays a “home” game against the Detroit Lions in London...
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October 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Is It Bad To Be Excited By Evan Turner’s Potential?

Yes, it’s only preseason. Yes, his time at the Pacers was underwhelming. But Evan Turner can play multiple positions and create for himself and his teammates. The former #2 pick was a solid player for a struggling 76ers team for the best part of 4 seasons. Unfortunately for Turner, the status of being taken as the second overall selection in the 2010 draft has often overshadowed...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Back to Blogging: Ten Themes to Inspire You Right Now

Carving out your very own corner on the web is important to you. You may be a brand-new user on WordPress.com — if so, welcome! — or a veteran blogger returning to an old habit. Recently on the Verge, Lockhart Steele, the editorial director of Vox Media, talked about getting back to blogging. On a noisy internet with many platforms, some are bringing their blogs back from the...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Calls for Johnny Manziel? At 2-2, not a peep

For the time being, Brian Hoyer is giving Cleveland fans what they want: a chance to win. I don’t have to tell you how Johnny Manziel dominated headlines for months after he was drafted on May 8. Whether they wanted to see him succeed or fail, fans wanted to see Johnny play. Even when Brian Hoyer was announced the starter a few weeks before the regular season opener, we were...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

New theme: Harmonic

Today, we have a brand new free theme for you to enjoy! Harmonic is a unique theme that really lets your content sing. Maybe you’re a band looking to make your home on WordPress.com. Perhaps you’re a photographer looking to showcase your work. You may be a blogger who just wants a theme that looks a bit distinctive. Harmonic has you covered. With Harmonic you can build your...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

The Current State of the 2-3 Atlanta Falcons

It’s gut check time for the Falcons. (Seth Wenig) We’re only entering Week 6 of the 2014 NFL season and while there is plenty of football left to be played, there are glaring issues with the Atlanta Falcons that prompt questions as to whether or not this team will advance to the postseason. As it stands, the Falcons hold a 2-3 record, having lost two in a row. However, that...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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