Category Archives: Football

History in the Making

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The last time a double digit number graced Fordham’s record was when they went 1-10 my sophomore year. I remember standing on the sidelines witnessing loss after loss. If you told me that I would be cheering for an undefeated team my senior year, I would have told you I thought you were crazy. But just yesterday I stood on the sideline of Jack Coffey field for the very last time, watching the Rams win their 10th game of the season, becoming one of the last teams in the FCS to remain undefeated.

Screen Shot 2013-11-10 at 8.40.58 PMCoach Joe Moorhead leads the Rams to this historic season in only his second year coaching. Talk about a quick turn-around! He entered as coach the year after that sad season with only one win, coaching the Rams to six wins last year. Just one year later, Fordham is having its best season since 1930 with its highest national ranking ever at 7. This is no small accomplishment with a history marked by the legendary Vince Lombardi.

Moorhead said that he and his coaching staff came in determined to lay a foundation of discipline and attention to detail, focusing on the little things both on and off the field.

“Football wise, our goal is to a perennial Patriot League champion, competing for a National Championship on a yearly basis,” said Moorhead in an interview with Fordham alum, Jack Curry. “I think for us to be able to achieve our highest ranking in the school’s history and accomplish a bunch of firsts from a program standpoint is a testimony to our coaching staff and the support we receive from our university community.”

See below for the entire interview.

From a sideline perspective, this season has been amazing. It has been an unbelievable experience to cheer for such an explosive team. I can also thank Fordham Football for my tremendous arm strength, seeing as we do pushups for each point score, totaling to over 1,000 in the season. What a difference compared to a mere 50 my sophomore year.

The Rams have to beat Lafayette and Colgate to complete a perfect season. While they can’t win the Patriot League because they started giving scholarships, Fordham hopes to make a statement in the FCS playoffs. All I can say is that I’m proud to be a Ram!


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NFC Quarterback Woes

The NFC East is undoubtedly the weakest conference in the NFL. It’s unheard of that had the Giants won on Thursday, they could have been one game out of first place with a 1-5 record. One thing is for sure, it certainly isn’t the year of the QB in this conference…

1. Robert Griffin III (RGIII): Sophomore Slump

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Personally, I think he came back too early. Coming off extensive knee surgery, the Redskins QB missed training camp and pre-season, with his first live rep taking place Week 1 against the Eagles. He seems to be step behind this year. Last year, through 4 games, he had 41 rushing attempts with 234 yards compared to this year with 18 attempts and 72 yards rushing. In Week 6 alone last year, he had 136 yards rushing. Either everyone has caught on to his style or RGIII lost a few steps.

2. Tony Romo: Choke

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Tony Romo. As a Cowboys fan, I have mixed feelings about Romo. His numbers are always amazing, but where’s the playoff magic? Romo chokes…that’s his M.O. Take last week against the Broncos. Romo had the game of his life, breaking the Cowboys franchise record of passing yards with 506. He had the highest rating in the NFL last week but his unbelievable performance is completely overshadowed by his interception to Danny Trevathan with two minutes left in the tied game. The Broncos ended up winning the game with a field goal.

3. Michael Vick: Out?

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Michael Vick’s start is questionable this week due to his early exit in last week’s game as a result of a hamstring injury. Is Vick past his prime or is Chip Kelly’s offense prematurely aging him?  I guess we’ll see on Sunday.

4. Eli Manning: Still not Peyton

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I have to be honest, my heart is breaking for Eli. He certainly isn’t completely responsible for the Giants’ disastrous  0-6 start but 15 interceptions, come on bud…you’re better than that. He looks so unsure of himself as he drives down the field. Granted, his O-line is doing nothing to help the situation and he is fighting pressure from all angles. The defense hasn’t shown up much this year either, giving up an NFL-high 182 points. Peyton however, is having quite a season. Will he match his brother in championships this year?

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You’re fired!

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As Week 5 of the college football season came to an end, so did the jobs of two big time coaches. Both Lane Kiffin of USC and Paul Pasqualoni of UConn were fired after another devastating loss by these two storybook teams.

Many argue that these two coaches were never good for the job. Kiffin was hired as a 34 year old coach who never led a team to a winning season, failing both the University of Tennessee as well as the Oakland Raiders. His status as the son of renowned defense coordinator Monte Kiffin gave him the brownie points he needed for USC to give him a chance. Many people were appalled that the school handed a National Championship program over to a young guy known for his losing records.  While he did face several unfortunate sanctions due to improper gifts given to Reggie Bush before his tenure began, he still failed to coach ranked recruiting classes to winning seasons like the Trojans are used to. He was fired just hours after the 62-41 loss against Arizona State last Saturday, leaving the Trojans with a 3-2 record.

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Paul Pasqualoni, along with Associate Head Coach George DeLeone, was also fired immediately after the Week 5 loss to Buffalo which left the Huskies with a 0-4 start.  The Huskies are not ready to give up on their season and look forward to pushing ahead with more success. It’s argued that Pasqualoni’s method is too antiquated for the changing game of football. While he has a history of success in college football as former head coach of Syracuse, his methods are not translating into wins anymore, leading the Huskies to a 10-18 record during his tenure. A running game that used to top the nation is now last in the country with only 45.8 yards rushing per game.

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So its a new beginning for the gridiron gangs of USC and UConn. Only time will tell what the second half of the season will bring for these struggling powerhouses.

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Just Can’t Get Enough Manning

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Okay, last post about the Mannings for a while- but it seems that the sports world just can’t get enough of this QB family dynasty.

Check out this post I found on Buzzfeed yesterday about the Manning family. I found it very funny- especially after writing a post about the Manning Bowl a few weeks ago. After reading it, I can’t help but agree- I wouldn’t mind being the fourth Manning.

32 Reasons You Wish You Were The Fourth Manning Brother

Just when I thought I had enough Manning for a while, I was flipping through channels when I come across ESPN’s Book of Mannings, an original film that debuted tonight. It was halfway done when I found it so I decided to wait to watch it but I read nothing but positive reviews on Twitter. I will let you know what I think!

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Sibling Rivalry

500x305-harbaugh-bros-sbThere is no bigger rivalry than brother versus brother. We have all seen our fair share of sibling rivalry, dating back as far as The Book of Genesis in the Old Testament of The Bible. Today, while most brothers aren’t killing each other or stealing birthrights, there are still some pretty heated competitions. Usually it is seen that the older brother is the more successful, better-off brother. Take the Harbaugh’s for example. In last year’s highly dramatic Super Bowl (mainly because Beyoncé brought the house down) the two brother’s teams went head to head. Winner: older brother John.

However, time and time again we are reminded to never sleep on the little brother either. Duwayne Dunham’s 1994 film, Little Giants is a perfect reminder of that. Danny O’Shea’s team of misfits somehow defeats his bigger brother, Kevin O’Shea’s juggernaut.

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29manning.xlarge1There is one thing both the O’Shea’s and the Harbaugh’s would agree on, coaching amongst siblings is nothing compared to strapping it up against your brother, especially when both are top 5 quarterbacks in the NFL today. Luckily for us sports fans, Archie and Olivia gave us Peyton and Eli. Peyton and Eli is a true sibling grudge match. Peyton enters today’s matchup with 4 MVPs and 1 Super Bowl Ring while Eli has just has his 2 Super Bowl Rings and Super Bowl MVPs to show for. It seems that Peyton is always edging Eli. For example, week 1 of the 2013 season. Older brother racked in 462 passing yards with a mere 7 touchdown passes, tying a single game record. Eli came in just short, 450 yards with 3 TDs and a pair of pics in the week one loss to the Cowboys. It’s not hard coming up with evidence to say why Peyton is the better brother. Even ESPN helps reiterate #18 ‘s dominance.

But saying Peyton is clearly the better QB is a bit rash. Eli has Peyton’s number in the playoffs, and more specifically against one guy seemingly unbeatable by Peyton, Tom Brady. Eli, in almost every Giants Pats matchup has proven to be the more dominant quarterback, something his older brother couldn’t even do. Not only has Eli dominated against Tom Brady in the Super Bowl twice with his pinpoint accuracy and icy veins, he successfully knocked down the once indestructible Patriot dynasty of the 2000s.

Needless to say it is more fun for us fans to critique the brothers, who both have proven to be equally great in their own regards. However, they don’t necessarily look at it that way, or at least that’s what they say. Eli and Peyton have been each other’s biggest fans. Recently, Eli was there to help Peyton after a physically and mentally taxing neck injury. This injury sidelined Peyton from the 2011-2012 season and left many doubting his ability to play, including former owner Jim Irsay, who passed on resigning Peyton in order to draft Andrew Luck #1 overall in 2012.

Regardless of the outcome, Peyton and Eli seem to have a ton of fun together. Together, they create a hysterical tandem, which can be noted in many of their commercials. Enjoy some of their best commercials together below after you watch them battle it out in Manning Bowl III.

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