Heisman Dark Horses to Know in 2017

For those new around here, let me share something that will become abundantly clear over the course of the college football season: I love the Heisman Trophy. For all its faults, my youthful fascination with the award endures. That's a contributing factor to The Open Man's Heisman Top 10, a regular breakdown and ranking of…

7 Surprise Teams to Watch in College Football 2017

Like a 250-pound running back barreling out of Alabama's backfield, The Open Man College Football Preview Listapalooza simply cannot be stopped! The emergence of surprise contenders is one of my personal favorite inevitabilities of any college football season. Who could have predicted Troy ascending to the Top 25 a season ago -- and I like…

2017 NBA Draft is Full of Hidden Gems

NBA draft buzz hovers around the lottery names, which is to be expected. However, team success in the NBA is often the result of unearthing hidden gems from the latter-half of the first round, into the second round. The San Antonio Spurs built around such prospects, drafting Tony Parker No. 28; Manu Ginobili No. 57;…

Colorado Football Keeps The Faith In Its Comeback

Head coach Mike MacIntyre describes "the Four Fs" on which the Colorado Buffaloes are built: "Foundation, family, future and football." Add a fifth F for the Buffaloes: faith. Sefo Liufau and Chidobe Awuzie both sported crucifixes at the Pac-12 Conference's Media Days this July in Hollywood. "The crosses symbolize a lot for us," Awuzie said.…

Saturday Six-Pack, Friday Edition: Week 1 Picks

Everyone make it through Opening Night unscathed? Good, because there's little time to catch your breath before diving into the Friday edition of Week 1 picks, served up cold in the Saturday Six-Pack. First-time readers might understandable be asking themselves: why is a column laying out Week 1 picks for a Friday night called Saturday…