Clinger’s Corner: Let’s talk sports


College Football

So here we find ourselves, week 14 of the college football season. For some fans comes excitement, for others, anticipation. There wasn’t much of a shake up in the Associated Press Top 10 after week 13, but here’s your update as well as a few other nuggets of information.

1. Alabama 12-0 and will play #15 Florida for a SEC title

2. Ohio State 11-1 after defeating That Team Up North, 30-27 in double overtime

3. Clemson 11-1 and will play unranked Virginia Tech for the ACC title

4. Washington 11-1 and will play #9 Colorado for a Pac-12 title

5. Michigan 10-2 lost to Ohio State and will not be playing for a Big-10 title

6. Wisconsin 10-2 and will play #8 Penn State for the Big-10 title

7. Oklahoma 9-2 and still has one game remaining against #11 Oklahoma State

8. Penn State 10-2 won the Big-10 East over OSU and Michigan

9. Colorado 10-2 won Pac-12 South

10. USC 9-3 finished behind Colorado in Pac-12 South

Notable: Western Michigan finally moves up from #14 to #13, won the MAC West and will play unranked Ohio University for a MAC championship, still the only other undefeated team in FBS at 12-0.

The Navy Midshipman, currently #20 in the AP polls, will take on unranked Temple for the American Athletic Conference championship.

Professional Football

Guess what?! The Cleveland Browns are still working on their perfect season after this last weekend. Cleveland is now 0-12 on the year. But, it leads me to a question…what is more surprising? The fact that the Browns are winless or that the San Francisco 49ers are 1-10?

Also, I must say that it’s a shame that the Miami Dolphins and the New York (football) Giants are riding six game winning streaks and nobody is noticing. The Dolphins find themselves behind the New England Patriots, per usual, despite the hot streak. The Giants? Oh yeah, they are cast to the shadows because the Dallas Cowboys are riding a 10 game winning streak. The only team to beat Dallas this season? The Giants, in week one…ouch.

Anyways, here are your division leaders after last week…

AFC

East- New England Patriots 9-2

North- Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers 6-5

South- Houston Texans 6-5

West- Oakland Raiders 9-2

NFC

East- Dallas Cowboys 10-1

North- Detroit Lions 7-4

South- Atlanta Falcons 7-4

West- Seattle Seahawks 7-3-1

Ezekiel Elliott of the Cowboys has 1199 yards rushing this year and leads the NFL, still. Julio Jones of the Falcons still leads the NFL in receiving with 1140 yards. Drew Brees is having another phenominal year, even at 37 years of age and leads the league in passing yards with 3587.

College Basketball

I have not been able to watch enough college basketball this year so far. So, all I have to offer, other than my own confusion, is the Associated Press top 10 teams.

1. Kentucky 2. Villanova 3. North Carolina 4. Kansas 5. Duke 6. Virginia 7. Xavier 8. Gonzaga 9. Baylor 10. Creighton

Professional Basketball

The story so far this year has been Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder. His team has played 19 games as of the moment that I am typing this. Westbrook not only has eight triple doubles already, but the guy is averaging a triple double. With 30.9 points per game, 11.3 assists per game and 10.3 rebounds per game, he is doing something that only Oscar Robertson has done. Sound familiar? How often do you read these things?

Anthony ‘Brow’ Davis still leads the league in scoring, averaging 31.6 points per game. He also still leads in blocks per game with 2.8. Hassan Whiteside pulls down a league best 15.1 rebounds per game. James ‘The Beard’ Harden is still dropping dimes at a league best 12.2 assists per game. Chris ‘CP3’ Paul is swiping the ball 2.8 times per game. Some guy named Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz is shooting the ball at 62.9% this year to lead the NBA. Channing Frye of the World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers has the best three-point shooting percentage at 48.5%, even though this Steph Curry guy has made the most threes with 75. Yeah, and unfortunately the Golden State Warriors are finding their stride and have now won 12 straight games…

Here’s the standings folks…

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division: Toronto Raptors 11-6

Central Divisin: Cleveland Cavaliers 13-2

Southeast Division: Charlotte Hornets 10-7

Western Conference

Northwest Division: Oklahoma City Thunder 11-8

Pacific Divison: Golden State Warriors 16-2

Southwest Division: San Antonio Spurs 14-3 (have won nine straight games)

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By Chad Clinger

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