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;…

Week 3 FCS Showcase: Northern Iowa Visits Eastern Washington

FCS offered up a loaded Week 2 on paper, and it delivered on the field. The Game of the Week -- Eastern Washington's visit to North Dakota State -- was every bit as good as advertised, going into overtime with the host Bison escaping on a touchdown run. Despite the heart-break, Beau Baldwin has to…

FCS Showcase Week 2: Eastern Washington Visits North Dakota State

FCS juggernaut North Dakota State has five national championships since the 2011 season, and all of one loss to competition outside of the Missouri Valley Football Conference. That loss came last season to Montana out of the Big Sky, a conference also home to Playoffs regular Eastern Washington. Eastern Washington invades the Fargodome Saturday for…

4 Week 1 FCS Games Power Five Could Lose

Power Five programs schedule FCS opponents for one reason: pick up a confidence-building W. There's a reason so many such matchups dot the first weekend of the college football season -- or that the SEC loads up on them the week before Thanksgiving. Inevitably though, some of the sport's power brokers learn to #FearTheFCS. And…

Game Balls: Happy Canada Day

Another happy Friday to you all, a pleasant July, and a merry Canada Day to our neighbors up north. Much like America's own Independence Day, Canada Day celebrates the nation's gradual departure from the British Empire with the ratification of the 1867 Constitution Act. See, before England craved isolationism, it sought to unify the world…

College Football Saturday Week 1 Odds and Ends

Another season opener, another overtime thriller. This is getting to be old hat for Tulsa, which matched last year's 38-31 double overtime defeat of Tulane with a 47-44 overtime win over FAU Saturday. Wide receiver Keevan Lucas was the hero a year ago with 13 receptions, three touchdowns and 233 yards. He was the hero…

Vernon Adams As Starter Is Helfrich’s Aggressive Title Play

Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich wouldn't name Vernon Adams the Ducks' starting quarterback if the Eastern Washington transfer didn't impress in just two weeks of practice. Likewise, Helfrich wouldn't hand the reins of Oregon's explosive offense to a one-year stand-in if the coach didn't see national championship potential for the coming season. Vernon Adams' competition…