• Why do we play all of these bowl games? Because they’re fun

    Put some new batteries in the remote control. Make an extra run to the grocery store for snacks. Go ahead and ask your wife for forgiveness because she is not going to understand. Bowl season starts Saturday with five games. Can you name them? (New Orleans, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Famous Idaho Potato, Camelia). It […]

  • Some advice before the first CFP rankings: Relax.

    Tonight the 12-person selection committee for the new College Football Playoff will release its first Top 25 rankings. Those rankings will begin what promises to be a very intense debate over which four teams make the playoffs. Before those rankings are released and this debate begins please let me offer this piece of advice: Relax. […]

  • Winston’s conduct threatens to take joy out of FSU season

    Jameis Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, is an embarrassment to himself, his family, his teammates, his coaches, his university and everybody who cares about college football. And yes, that includes the media who cover it. When Winston, who had already been part of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct, was caught shoplifting and then […]

  • Time to start thinking of college athletics in a different way

    The NCAA Division I Board of Directors voted Thursday to allow the 65 schools in the top five conferences to have more autonomy when it comes to making rules. So now what? Let’s start here. The world as we know it in college athletics is not coming to an end. But it is going to […]

  • New rule: You hit a female and you’re done

    I don’t know Devonte Fields, other than the fact that he is a great football player for Texas Christian University. He has already been chosen as the preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year. He was the conference’s defensive player of the year as a freshman in 2012. Fields missed most of the 2013 […]

  • Five Burning Questions as SEC Media Days begin

    I remember the first time more than 500 members of the press showed up for the circus (and I mean that affectionately) that is SEC Football Media Days. I don’t remember the year but I do remember thinking: “This is ridiculous. It can’t possibly get bigger than this.” Again, as usual, I was very, very wrong. Here’s how […]


RSS Tony’s articles for AJC Sports

  • Eight team playoff? It ain’t gonna happen anytime soon December 11, 2014
    Just a few thoughts as we close the book on the 2014 regular season: 1) The eight-team playoff isn’t going to happen anytime soon: Now that the first four-team playoff is set, some fans and some media are now clamoring for eight. If we just had eight, they argue, we wouldn’t have the hurt feelings […]
  • Outside the CFP, Peach has the best bowl matchup December 9, 2014
    If there is no national championship hanging in the balance, I’ve always believed you need two things for a quality bowl game: Good teams and good storylines. In that vein, here are my top five bowl games “outside” of the four-team playoff: 1) Peach: No. 6 TCU (11-1) vs. No. 9 Ole Miss (9-3), Dec. […]
  • The selection committee did some thing wrong, but they got it right December 7, 2014
    Five things we learned on the last weekend of the regular season: 1) The selection committee did some things wrong but ultimately got it right: The journey looked a little strange and disjointed at times but in the end the semifinal matchups of No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State (Sugar) and No. 2 […]

RSS Recent posts from Mark Blaudschun, A Jersey Guy

  • Time to do the Nostradamus thing December 20, 2014
    It is bowl season and it is the time when coaching changes in football turn into lots of speculation. It is also time to take our turn at filling the role of Nostradamus and predicting some future events in football and…Read more →
  • Addazio extension the right move December 18, 2014
    Steve Addazio received a contract extension from Boston College  through the 2020 season on Thursday. In the grand scheme of things, back-to-back 7-5 seasons should not merit all that much attention. But at BC coming off back to back 4-8…Read more →
  • Michigan makes its run at Harbaugh December 18, 2014
    So this much we know about the Michigan situation. It wants Jim Harbaugh to be the next football coach. It is willing to pay him NFL type money–7 million a year–to run the Wolverine football program. What we still don’t…Read more →