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Tom Nieman

Sumner Numners

Austin Sumner had just thrown for 326 yards and 3 touchdowns… and by looking at and listening to the SDSU quarterback you would not be able to tell if the Jackrabbits had just beaten Butler 55-14 (they had) or had just lost at Northern Iowa (they did last year). “Rusty in the first half… just fundamental stuff… real stupid stuff that I’ve got...
Filed Under Football | College | South Dakota State University

Honey, Does This Mascot Make My School Look Offensive?

Because you can never have too many conversations about school mascots….. The University of Denver joins the Summit League this year (Welcome!) and the school seems to be having an identity crisis. A little bit of background here: http://www.denverpost.com/du/ci_23829741/du-pioneers-mascot-committee-recommends-against-adopting-new And here:...
Filed Under College

Lally

Initial names are cool. AC Green (LA Lakers) EF Hutton (money, the old fashioned way) JG Wentworth (structured settlements) LL Cool J (stands for Ladies Love) SS Minnow (doomed sea vessel) TJ Hooker (TV cop) You get the idea. And then there is South Dakota State University linebacker, T.J. Lally. He says his given name...

Who Knows?

South Dakota State kicks off the football season Saturday night at home against Butler.  And while we (men, sports guys) don’t know much about much, here is what we do know. What we know about:  SDSU’s football team The Jacks went 9-4 last year.  They made the playoffs.  They won a playoff game.  They graduated some really good players...
Filed Under Football | College | South Dakota State University

Tough Calls

The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee has recommended several changes for the upcoming season.  The changes will likely be approved on June 18 and go into effect this November. The most notable, in my mind, is an adjustment in the block/charge call… the toughest and most controversial whistle in the game. The most recent change in this...
Filed Under Basketball | College

Total Speculation

Totally unconfirmed reports from a dubious and non-existent source in the Chicagoland area indicate that the Summit League will cease to exist immediately. Oakland University has taken its ball and gone (closer to) home to the Horizon League. Indiana University, Purdue University Fort Wayne has discontinued all athletic programs and will...
Filed Under Basketball | College