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My Thoughts On Everything & Championship Picks

The winner of the “Living with Sportz” Fan of the Day for Jan 10th is Aaron Knox. Aaron is a huge Oregon Ducks fan and is on radio row tonight in Glendale. Aaron works for the Tampa Tribune and has been a guest on the LWS Radio show. Aaron is definitely “Living with Sportz.” Congrats Aaron!!!

DO NOT MISS—Living with Sportz Radio is Tuesday Night. The Radio Show will be on at 8ET/ 7CT/ 6MT/ 5PT every Tuesday. My special guest this week will be Dave Krieg. Krieg was a 19 year NFL quarterback for 6 different teams. He spent 12 years with the Seattle Seahawks after making the team as an undrafted free agent. He attended Milton College is Wisconsin, a college that no longer exists. This will be a terrific guest. Join me on Tuesday night.

Coryell Factor-Don Coryell did not make the final 17 for induction to the class of 2011. I admit that this upsets me and I wonder if true NFL fans realize the impact this man left on the NFL. I will no longer be posting the Coryell factor until the finalists are announced for next years class. A new saga begins today –Don Coryell, Hall of Fame 2012


This Bowl Season, I will be picking each and every Bowl game against the spread and rating them with a 1-5 star. The 5 star picks will be my best plays. I will post those plays on the days of the games. I will keep a running total of games throughout the Bowl season. If a 4* wins it will be scored a +4 in the Star Count. Lets have a GREAT Bowl Season.

5*–Take it to the Bank
4*–Extremely Strong Play
3*–Bet it with confidence
2*–I like it but be careful
1*–You are an action junkie

Season Record 69-55
11-3 in Top Picks this season


COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL PICKS Jan 10th (Against the Spread)


There are 2 plays for the Championship Game

3***—AUBURN -3 against Oregon

4****—Auburn/Oregon UNDER 74

It is extremely hard to go against the SEC in a championship game. I also believe that this game will be more defensive than anticipated as the defenses have had over a month to prepare for this game. Oregon & Auburn are tempo based offenses and I see the timing of both offenses struggling at the start of the game with all of the time off. Therefore, I see this being a slow starting game with plenty of excitement in the second half. Have fun and enjoy the game.

Today’s Article:

I apologize that I have not been writing on a regular basis lately. I have been extremely ill and hopefully will be back to 100% soon. I also ask that you send prayers this way as my wife Kellie’s step-father, Ed McQuiston, is in the ICU at a local hospital. 2011 hasn’t exactly started off well but on the bright side, it has to get better.

Today, I am going to catch you up with my feelings and emotions about all of the happenings in the world of sports.


The Seahawks definitely stunned the world on Saturday afternoon. I believe this is why the NFL is so entertaining for all of us to watch. “Any Given Sunday” applies even in the playoffs. I find it ironic that even after their victory on Saturday, the Seahawks still have a losing record and are in the fight to win the Vince Lombardi trophy.

Don Coryell being left out of the final 17 nominees to the Hall of Fame, baffles me. Why do I feel like I am the only one that feels that this great coach, innovator and man is being ignored by the Hall of Fame committee. If you enjoyed the games this past weekend, you owe a bit of thanks to Don Coryell. Someday, the committee will wake up and realize the impact of Don Coryell.

Congrats to Aaron Rodgers on his first playoff victory in Philadelphia,

How good will the AFC divisional playoff games be next week? Jets at the Patriots and Ravens at the Steelers. Talk about Must See TV.

College Football

I miss the days when the later you played a bowl game, the more important the game. Bowl games with inferior teams on January 8th and 9th diminish the importance of Bowl games. Kentucky vs. Pitt and Nevada vs. Boston College should be played in December not in January. It has been 38 days since Auburn and Oregon played their last games, do we really think we will see the same teams that we watched all season long?

I said all season long that I only wanted the best two teams playing in the championship game and the BCS got let off the hook again. It will be years before we get the playoff that so many college fans want. Want to know who is responsible for this–

College Football Coaches are responsible for the current bowl structure. Coaches like the fact that they can win the last game of the season. Coaches like their jobs, they are not fans. They like the paychecks and don’t want the added pressure of a playoff system. The most common phrase used by television commentators over the last month was, “Don’t tell me Bowl games don’t matter to these teams.” This phrase was used when we were watching bowl games with Syracuse, UCF, S Florida, Washington, Army, Florida Intl, Troy and other non football powers. We all watched these bowl games because we had no other options. The BCS will talk about television ratings but they will not talk about possible television ratings if we had a playoff. The only way to force a playoff in college football is if we did not watch the current bowl games and I can only say, “Any football game is better than no football game.” Coaches are more worried about their own job security and they can keep their jobs with a 7-5 record as long as they win a bowl game, that is unless your name is Ralph Friedgen.

Still high profile coaching jobs to be filled at Michigan, Pitt, UCONN and Stanford. The musical chairs game of college coaching continues. Dominoes will fall as jobs are filled.

So many high quality collegiate players have announced their intentions of entering the NFL Draft early. Mark Ingram, Julio Jones, Marcell Dareus, JJ Watt, AJ Green, Jamie Harper, Patrick Peterson, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Mallet are some of the high profile players to leave for the dollars of the NFL. You have to respect a player like Andrew Luck who turns down the opportunity to cash in as the #1 pick to return for next season and the Stanford Cardinal.


My deepest sympathies go out to former Major League Manager, Dallas Green, and his family as his granddaughter was one of the victims of the senseless tragedy in Arizona. I send prayers to all of the families involved in this tragedy.

College Basketball

Maybe college football has the right formula, even if I don’t like it. With March Madness right around the corner, I admit that I have not paid close attention to the regular season. With all of the bowl games and NFL playoffs going on, my attention hasn’t switched to college basketball yet. The regular season does not matter as much while knowing that 6, 7 or 8 teams from each premier league get into the dance. Case and point, has anyone seen what Steve Fisher has done at San Diego State? When football ends, I will turn my attention to the hardwood.


The NBA has been great to watch so far and with football season winding down, it will only get better. The Spurs have been the surprise of the league so far. The Heat struggled at the start of the year but now seem to have gotten the chemistry that so many anticipated. David Stern should hug LeBron every time he sees him as his move to the Heat has helped the league. Whether you like LeBron or not, you have to admit that he effected both the Heat and Cavaliers by “taking his talents to South Beach.” At the time of this writing, the Heat are in first place in the Southeast Division with a record of 29-9 while the Cavaliers are in last place, 16 games out of first place with a record of 8-28. Does anybody feel sorry for the Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert? The NBA playoffs will truly be exciting this year.


We are only a month away from the Daytona 500 along with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training.

The great thing about Living with Sportz is that there is always something to look forward to. Enjoy the game tonight, I will be watching.


About livingwithsportz

I was a professional baseball umpire for 11 seasons from 1979-1989. I follow all sports and read and study everything to do with all aspects of sport. I am now a 50 yr old man who feels the need for a new career and am hoping to get into the sports information age. I love starting discussions about controversial sports and life subjects. I am originally from Wisconsin. I am a diehard cheesehead and have been a lifelong Packer and Badger fan. I have lived all over the country and hope to give an interesting perspective to sports.


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