Back in 2007 and just a few days before historic Super Bowl 41, I spoke with Claude Humphrey and later crafted a story that led with this assertion: "A lot people think Claude Humphrey should be in the NFL Hall of Fame."
Seven years later, Humphrey, who graduated from old Lester High School in Binghampton before going on to Tennessee State University and the NFL (where he played from 1968 to 1981), has made it into the NFL's shrine.
Last Saturday (Feb. 1st), the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Selection Committee held its annual selection meeting, electing Humphrey – an exceptionally talented defensive end – as part of the seven-member Class of 2014.
The No. 24th ranked University of Memphis Tigers trounced Rutgers 101-69 at the FedExForum on Tuesday night. The victory yielded these post-game reflections.
Head coach Josh Pastner
"This was a great win for the Tigers and we played well. Converting on 26 assists on 36 made field goals will make me happy any day of the week. We did a great job in sharing the ball. Establishing a post presence early on in the game set everything else up. I love that Austin Nichols went 8-of- 9 from the floor. He and Shaq Goodwin had some great moves down there below the rim. Chris Crawford had a big game with his 11 rebounds as well as Joe Jackson with eight assists. Our free throws (17-of-21) were better than in previous games. We held them (Rutgers) to 41 percent from the floor and did some positive things defensively. Overall it was a very good game and a lot we can take heading into our big game this weekend."
With their once guard-heavy roster skimmed down to two backup point guards, the Grizzlies chose to insert Nick Calathes into the starting lineup following Conley's injury against the Minnesota Timberwolves last Friday night.
Usually hitting the floor in limited minutes so Conley can take a breather, Calathes answered the starter's call of duty Saturday at the FedExForum, helping lead the Grizz to a 99-90 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Before tip-off, the Grizzlies announced that Conley would be out for at least a week.
"I knew coach had a lot of confidence in me," said Calathes, who scored a career-best 22 points. "He started me. My job was to run the team. The big thing was to just get the win and not turn the ball over."
Fox Sports sideline reporter Pam Oliver is expected to rouse quite a bit of attention at Sunday's Super Bowl, all because of a little misplaced hair, Philly.com reports.
As it turns out the veteran TV sports reporter made the grievous mistake of having a bad hair day and it ignited a twitter storm with people comparing her to Chewbacca and more. Her auburn highlights were a bit wonky, her hair did look a little messy, the news site notes, but it still left more than a few people wondering since when sports was about criticizing the reporter's looks instead of paying attention to the analysis.
Sadly, this has not been Oliver's first ride in this rodeo. She has long been the subject of cruel tweets and comments about her hair virtually every game day. There are several parody Twitter accounts about her hair. However, Oliver has a job to do and she lets these things just roll right off her shoulder.
Wednesday night (Jan. 29) North Carolina and Georgia Tech were scheduled for primetime coverage, but thanks to an ice storm in Atlanta the University of Memphis-Central Florida game was upgraded to ESPN2 coverage. And the nation got another look at what this Memphis squad has to offer.
Now, Central Florida has an elite caliber player in Isaiah Sykes. He could have been the best player on the floor for either team, but his 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists weren't enough for the Knights.
Knotted at 39, the Knights looked poised to upset the #22 ranked Tigers after the first 20 minutes. But those hopes would be dashed in the second half as Memphis rallied for a ten-point win 69-59.
The biggest football story yesterday came out of Chicago, not New Jersey. It wasn't around the best teams in professional football, but rather an average team of amateurs. And ultimately, this story may end up being the biggest sports story of the year.
Yesterday a group of Northwestern players began the process of forming a labor union. They're hoping to be recognized as employees of their university rather than the student-athletes they currently are.
Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter reached out to National College Players Association President, and 2001 UCLA linebacker Ramogi Huma, to help he and his fellow teammates earn athlete representation. He felt that they deserved to have better rights than current NCAA rules provide.
Are you ready for the Super Bowl? You know, the big game at the end of the football season? Have you been religiously glued to your TV sets each and every Sunday afternoon watching every game, analyzing every single play and offering color commentary on your Facebook timeline?
Well, this week's column is not for you. Lol!
No...really! Somewhere there's someone out there who just doesn't get it. There's actually a person who's thinking even as I speak, "I don't get it." There's someone out there who has not watched a single game this season but will be amongst some of the biggest football fans in the world on this Sunday. They'll be pretending to be enjoying the game, but thinking to themselves, "I don't get it." They will be easy to spot because they will be the ones going to the restroom "after" the commercials.