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Leonard Fournette is the best kind of different

Ivan Maisel has a great article at titled “Leonard Fournette: The best kind of different.” I think Maisel is on to something here about the pheome known as Leonard Fournette.

Forgive me for writing a story that reads like just got T-boned by Buzzfeed. Forgive me for preaching gospel sourced in feel and potential and wonder and three football games. In each of them, Fournette has rushed for more than 200 yards. No one in the history of the Southeastern Conference — neither Herschel nor Bo nor running backs with last names — had ever done that.
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Leonard Fournette Is a Beast commentary on week three:

1. Leonard Fournette is a beast–a Heisman beast (see 1st video below).

2. Ole Miss had the wackiest play of the day (see 2nd video below).

3. Louisiana Tech is better than their record shows and should have won that heartbreaker today (see 3rd video below). Continue Reading →

Coach Dabo Swinney cancels fundraiser after backlash from gay rights groups

Here’s the long and short of it. The Palmetto Family Council (PFC) planned to hold a fundraiser to honor Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney for his charitable work. Gay rights groups and Clemson students found out about it and raised a stink because of PFC’s opposition to gay marriage. Dabo Swinney cancelled his appearance at the event in order to avoid controversy. Read the rest here.

A nasty double-clutch reverse dunk

This did not happen during a slam dunk contest. This happened during a game earlier today between the Cavs and the Knicks. Iman Shumpert alley-oops the ball to J. R. Smith, and Smith throws down a nasty double-clutch reverse dunk. Again, this happened during the game.

(I love doing these myself, but it’s fun to see others try it too.)

Is God a cosmic fan in the sky or disinterested observer? Or neither?

A new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute says that many Americans believe God plays a role in who wins and loses NFL football games. From the poll:

Majorities of Americans (53%) and sports fans (56%) say that God rewards athletes who have faith with good health and success; more than 4-in-10 of Americans (45%) and sports fans (42%) disagree…

About 1-in-4 (26%) Americans and 27% of self-described sports fans say that God plays a role in determining which team wins a sporting event. About 7-in-10 Americans (71%) and sports fans (69%) disagree.

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Leonard Fournette blows up an Aggie defender

I haven’t blogged much on football this season, but I’m ending my neglect tonight. And it’s all inspired by a smashmouth play by freshman running-back phenome Leonard Fournette. In LSU’s victory over A&M earlier this evening, Fournette had one run in which he ran right over an Aggie defender. It was positively Hershael-Walker-esque. He blasted the guy. It was painful to watch. See it for yourself above or below. Wow. Continue Reading →

Odell Beckham Jr’s catch of the decade

Last night, Odell Beckham Jr. had what many people are calling the best catch by a receiver in a very long time. It was certainly the catch of the day and the catch of the year. But it might also be the catch of the decade and even of the century. The NBC announcer says it’s the best catch he’s ever seen. Continue Reading →

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