1. Alabama's 12 Mythical National Championships

    One afternoon, I was traveling through a rural Alabama town. The cotton crop was harvested. Trailers were stacked high with white cotton against a blue sky. The town seemed abandoned on a weekend...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about 6 years ago 47,121 reads 90 comments

  2. Americans Love the Little Guy, Too: How the Chattanoogas Win the Money Games

    Winners Americans love winners. We can’t get enough of their games on TV or tickets to home games. We love boasting, especially the arguing. We have school pride...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about 6 years ago 954 reads 5 comments

  3. A Magician's Trick: This Weekend's College Football Upsets Strike a Chord

    This weekend’s football action finally gave me an appreciation of how my parents felt one Christmas. The table was set with the best china and special friends had been invited...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about 6 years ago 484 reads 0 comments

  4. Timber! Oregon State Beavers Topple Top-Ranked Southern Cal

    Unranked Oregon State surprised the Trojans once again in Corvallis, improving to 2-2 by dominating USC's offensive and defensive lines in a 27-21 victory Thursday that left Pete Carroll and his No...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about 6 years ago 449 reads 1 comments

  5. Money for Nothing - Big 12, Big 10 and SEC Non-Conference Games Were Snorefests

    Wanna play smashmouth football? Ready to pound it against the best? Possibly endure a beatdown? Most conference teams don't want to take that chance in the first three weeks. For them, "preseason" college football whimpered to an end after Week 3...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 561 reads 12 comments

  6. An UnAssociated College Football Poll: Week Three

    Here is the third of my UnAssociated Polls. The first two weeks, I gave out points to teams based solely on their strength of schedule for opponents in general categories, then how they did against those teams...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 225 reads 0 comments

  7. A Modest Proposal for Post-Season College Football

    While the season still has a number of games to be played, the Big East and the ACC look weak this year. The Big East projected leader, West Virginia, was owned by East Carolina last week. The Pirates also took out Virginia Tech the week prior...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 1,421 reads 4 comments

  8. An UnAssociated College Football Poll: Week Two

    Here is the second of my UnAssociated Polls, which will emphasize not only how teams did, but also who they played. Points are awarded in the following way. 1.0 point for winning against a BCS opponent 0...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 281 reads 5 comments

  9. Natural Enemies: Fighting Irish and Wolverines

    This week, families are split, good neighbors fall out, and the worst emotions of Othello rule us: “Now by heaven, My blood begins my safer guides to rule, And passion, having my best judgment collied, assays to lead the way...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 1,018 reads 7 comments

  10. An UnAssociated College Football Poll: Week One

    Here is the first of my UnAssociated Polls, which will emphasize not only how teams did, but also who they played. For the first week of college football, standings are separated into whether you played a BCS team, a non-BCS I-A team, or a I-AA team...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 639 reads 9 comments

  11. Irish Rising - What to Expect from Notre Dame in 2008

    Four Ps – Pressure, Pound It, Protection, and Position. Pressure – John Tenuta’s pressure defensive philosophy and unpredictability will clearly be evident in the Irish defense...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 337 reads 2 comments

  12. How the Pac-10 and Notre Dame Saved College Football

    (photo courtesy of The Wizard of Odds) Let's Fast-Forward to September 21, after the first four weeks of college football...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 465 reads 3 comments

  13. Soviet Union Medal Count Compared to China and USA

    Vladimir Putin has long deplored the breakup of the Soviet Union, describing it as the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the 20th century...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 1,534 reads 8 comments

  14. Weightlifting, Shooting, Synchronized Diving, Badminton and Judo - Oh, My

    So in war, the way is to avoid what is strong and to strike at what is weak. - Sun Tzu, The Art of War To this point, the Chinese have amassed an impressive 47 medals. Their 27 golds are unparalleled - an impressive 57% of their total medals...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 622 reads 1 comments

  15. Beautiful Women With Swords - Vezzali, Granbassi, Heidemann and Trillini

    With two Olympic gold medals in her trophy case, Valentina Vezzali, the defending champion, won her third straight Olympic gold medal in an exciting women’s individual foil medal match...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 5,941 reads 0 comments

  16. Gold, Silver, and Bronze: American Women Sweep in Saber Fencing

    American women swept the medals in saber fencing today. Mariel Zagunis won America’s first gold medal. First, she had to overcome Becca Ward, 15-11, in the semifinals...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 585 reads 2 comments

  17. Ten Reasons Why the Olympics Are Better Than Football

    10. These athletes compete just to be swifter, higher and faster. 9. Millionaires play for free. The opening ceremony with Yao carrying the flag. 8. No fantasy swimming. 7...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 26,640 reads 6 comments

  18. The Willingham Effect - Offensive Line Recruiting Under Ty and Charlie

    I wished Tyrone Willingham well. I believe he is a generally well-intentioned person with good moral values. To his credit, he has never said anything against Notre Dame, who finished paying his five year contract last year...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 19,418 reads 34 comments

  19. Notre Dame Football: To Join or Not to Join—Conferences' Strength of Schedules

    In my previous article, many of Notre Dame’s “conference” of eight current opponents have a longer tradition playing the Irish than most of their conference opponents! Examples: - Michigan State has played only Michigan more than Notre Dame...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 2,010 reads 17 comments

  20. What Does Fox Sports Think of Notre Dame?

    I was struck by some comments made by a Fox Sports writer after one of her recent articles. The article was entitled “Jimmy Clausen: Failure to Launch”...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 626 reads 16 comments

  21. Should Notre Dame Join a Conference—or Stay Independent?

    Let’s talk Independence. You don’t have to look far on message boards or in sports articles to see advice to Notre Dame to “join a conference”—usually without clear ...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 2,536 reads 14 comments

  22. Fool Me Once....ESPN Suspends Jemele Hill

    First, Dana Jacobsen, now Jemele Hill. Jemele, didn’t you get the Jacobsen memo? ESPN may have hired you to be confrontational, but don’t either of you understand that being offensive, ...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 15,330 reads 17 comments

  23. Counterpoint: A Scholarship is More Than Enough for College Athletes

    With some of the eye-popping dollar figures that some conferences and universities generate from their football programs, a few vocal advocates feel athletes should get their due cut...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 2,454 reads 7 comments

  24. God, Country, and Notre Dame

    God, Country, and Notre Dame is more than an inscription above an entrance to the Sacred Heart Church on the campus of Notre Dame and more than the title of Father Ted Hesburgh’s autobiography...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 194 reads 2 comments

  25. Open Mic: 1985 World Series, "the Call"

    Sports can tie up your heart more than a redhead—just ask Red Sox or Cubbie fans. You give a team your love, wait expectantly for their re-emergence from the offseason, and rejoice as your love triumphs all season long...

    Michael Collins Written by Michael Collins about over 6 years ago 3,626 reads 6 comments