1. NFL Lockout: Why Taking the Owners' Side Is Ridiculous!

    Let me step back a bit. Of course this is a dispute with two parties, both of whom have their own legitimate arguments, and the owners do have some...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about over 3 years ago 517 reads 1 comments

  2. Ahmad Black: The Man The Steelers Need To Close The Deal!

    Yes, the Steelers have offensive line needs. Yes, the Steelers need help at WR and at DL. But Ahmad Black is their No. 1 need in the draft, and the Steelers had better hope he is available and take him if he is...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about over 3 years ago 792 reads 1 comments

  3. Cam Newton and the 2011 NFL Draft: The Best Teams and Situations for Him

    Let's face it; dual-threat QBs haven't won many—or some say ANY—Super Bowls. As Cam Newton is a dual-threat QB, why should any NFL team draft him, especially in the ...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about over 3 years ago 2,026 reads 28 comments

  4. Overrating Matt Ryan: Very Good But Not Great (Not A Franchise QB)

    At some point, the national and local media have to tell the truth about this Matt Ryan . When Ryan was drafted No...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about over 3 years ago 4,575 reads 165 comments

  5. Cam Newton: Why He Needs To Return To Auburn For His Senior Year!

    Normally, I don't advocate a player returning for their senior year. The reason is that usually players don't improve much from their junior to their senior seasons...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about over 3 years ago 2,866 reads 11 comments

  6. Mark Richt Reprieve: Why It Is Actually Good To Bring Back Richt for 2011!

    Georgia fans are probably upset that Mark Richt is getting yet another shot to lead a Georgia program that has been performing horribly on and off the field. And that is understandable...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about over 3 years ago 1,353 reads 4 comments

  7. Tennessee Titans Coaching Decision Should Not Be Jeff Fisher Versus Vince Young

    One thing that really irks me is how Jeff Fisher supporters (including his media organs Paul Kuharsky, Jim Wyatt, David Climer, David BoClair and Joe Biddle, plus a few pliant ...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about over 3 years ago 1,864 reads 25 comments

  8. Duck Delusions: Answering Some Oregon Misconceptions About Auburn

    I must say that after all the nasty venom the past few years, I am surprised at the civil discourse between Auburn (and SEC) fans and Oregon (and Pac-10) fans. From the SEC, we haven't heard any of the "Oregon would finish No...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about over 3 years ago 1,102 reads 16 comments

  9. Tennessee Titans' Problem isn't Jeff Fisher's Coaching

    Preface: Yes, I know that Jason Babin was named to the Pro Bowl. I also know that Babin—and Dave Ball —benefit from a scheme that gets them sacks at the expense ...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about over 3 years ago 1,545 reads 29 comments

  10. BCS National Championship: Nightmare Scenarios For Auburn And Oregon

    You have seen all the breakdowns and other analytical stuff. But this will try to keep it simple: the absolute nightmare scenarios for Oregon and Auburn. (I am not talking about injuries to star players or anything like that)...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about over 3 years ago 2,502 reads 76 comments

  11. Will Muschamp: Why He Was The Right Choice For The Florida Gators!

    A lot of people — including Gator fans — didn't like the Will Muschamp hire. Instead, they wanted someone with head coaching experience, and "the big name...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about over 3 years ago 1,202 reads 3 comments

  12. BCS Championship Breakdown: How Oregon And Auburn Really Match Up

    Now you may have seen some very worthy efforts at comparing Oregon to Auburn. However, the vast majority of them are "basketball" type comparisons...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about over 3 years ago 1,150 reads 30 comments

  13. Bowl Predictions: 6 Reasons Why Oregon Should Fear the Auburn Tigers

    Of course, Auburn has the unfinished business of playing No. 16 South Carolina. Of course, Steve Spurrier has lost to the same foe twice in a season only once—to an Alabama team that won the national title in 1992...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about almost 4 years ago 721 reads 29 comments

  14. Mea Culpa, Nebraska Fans, Mea Culpa!

    Well, I wrote this column questioning the Nebraska hype a few months back . Not the general direction of the Nebraska program, mind you, but the Nebraska hype THIS SEASON...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about almost 4 years ago 534 reads 3 comments

  15. Texas Isolation: TCU Should Leave the Mountain West Conference?

    Just a year ago, the answer to this question would have been a resounding no. The Mountain West was by far the best mid-major conference in the nation. It possessed a winning record against the Pac-10 over the past few years...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about almost 4 years ago 1,570 reads 23 comments

  16. Oregon Ducks Fans: Please Admit That East Coast Bias Does Not Exist

    OK, Oregon Ducks fans, and Pac-10 fans in general, time to step up to the plate and admit the truth: east coast bias does not exist. It never has and it never will. Just take the last few years...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about almost 4 years ago 929 reads 27 comments

  17. Gainesville Brain Drain: Why The The Florida Gators Problems May Not Go Away!

    There are a number of theories for the hard times that the Florida Gators are experiencing this year. Urban Meyer's health issues. No Tim Tebow. The SEC catching up to the spread zone read option offense...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about almost 4 years ago 1,804 reads 14 comments

  18. Why Alabama Would Likely Lose the National Title Game (Especially to Oregon)

    Say what you want about Alabama. They have as much tradition as any program in college football. They have as much talent as any team in college football. They have the best coach in college football's modern era...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about almost 4 years ago 1,646 reads 52 comments

  19. College Football's West Coast Bias: Should Oregon Stay No. 3 With Weak Schedule?

    Should an Oregon team who played New Mexico, FCS Portland State, and Tennessee out of conference be in the national title picture? That is the question, folks...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about almost 4 years ago 736 reads 8 comments

  20. Angry Georgia Bulldogs Should Blame Mark Richt, Not Mike Bobo

    Yet again, a talented Georgia team begins what appears to be a promising season based on all the players from top 10 and top 5 recruiting classes returning. Yet again, the returns from such a season are, well, less than promising...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about almost 4 years ago 4,302 reads 14 comments

  21. Oregon Fans, Your Hammering Tennessee Was No Big Deal, OK?

    First of all, allow me to congratulate you on a very impressive win against the Tennessee Volunteers. Giving Tennessee its worst loss ever in Neyland Stadium is something to talk about, as Tennessee is a great program that plays a lot of great programs...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about almost 4 years ago 980 reads 10 comments

  22. Hypocrites: The Notre Dame Fans Who Whine Every Year about Their Bad Defense

    Year in, year out, it is the same thing. "Our defense stinks. We can't stop anybody. We lack speed, explosiveness, and big-play ability. Our front four is pretty good, but our LBs and DBs are mid-major caliber...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about almost 4 years ago 773 reads 51 comments

  23. Albert Haynesworth and the Redskins: Stuck With Each Other For The Time Being

    Say all the negative things that you want about Albert Haynesworth, they will probably be true. I am not going to defend him as a person or a player. Troublemaker, distraction, quitter, narcissist, malcontent, locker room lawyer, you name it...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about almost 4 years ago 846 reads 5 comments

  24. LSU's Bayou Malaise: The Trouble With Jordan Jefferson and the Tigers

    LSU has the talent to win at least 11 games, possibly more, and contend in the SEC. However, they look like a team that will struggle to reach 8 wins and bowl eligibility. The problem is not the defense, which is very good if not great...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about almost 4 years ago 1,738 reads 30 comments

  25. Nebraska Football: Will Someone Please Explain This Huskers Hype To Me?

    Now it is one thing to have Nebraska ranked No. 8 preseason. Nebraska did win 10 games last year with some rather strong performances to close the season, and there also aren't very many teams out there that look great or even very good...

    Gerald Ball Written by Gerald Ball about 4 years ago 1,462 reads 23 comments