Rio Grande Rivalry Resumes
Lobos win and the Pit gets a new name
Hangover Sports Roundup: Lobos beat Aggies in OT, Colts lose
Whenever the Lobos and Aggies collide, you can forget about records or standings. Overtime was needed to decide who would win the first of two meetings of the season. The Lobos had a 17-point lead in the first half but the Aggies eventually tied the game. Kendall Williams had a chance for a game winning shot but it rimmed out sending the game into overtime. The Aggies had all the momentum when the extra period started but the Lobos stepped up and came away with the 84-78 victory. Besides the second straight road win for New Mexico, the experience of playing a close game against a rival will prove to be very valuable when Mountain West Conference play starts. In the meantime the Lobos get a well deserve break until December 11th when they face the Aggies in a rematch at home.
Now that the college football season has ended, it's time for fans to get disappointed and watch pointless bowl games until the BCS national title game in January. As expected Auburn and Oregon disposed of their opponents, setting up what should be a every entertaining title matchup. It'll be interesting if either team's defense can create a gameplan to avoid an offensive spectacle. TCU plays Wisconsin in a consolation game disguised as the Rose Bowl. At least TCU gets to prove why they deserve to be considered for the national title.
After the Cowboys nailed the game winning kick in overtime against the Colts, many are wondering if Peyton Manning run of consecutive playoff appearances has come to an end. Manning threw four picks in the 38-35 lost causing many critics to question if Manning has lost his mojo. But keep in mind the Colts have a .500 record and play well at home despite many injuries to key positions. Now the Colts may miss the playoffs, but it doesn't mean Manning has entered into the last days as a premier quarterback in the league. Instead of labeling Peyton Manning as 'washed up' lets wait until he has all of his weapons back before giving the final judgment.
Hangover Sports Roundup:Strikeforce Returns,NMSU beats UNM
Strikeforce made their return into the mixed martial arts spotlight with a new logo and exciting fights on Saturday night. MMA bad boy Nick Diaz used his unique boxing technique to defeat KJ Noons by unanimous decision. Even though Diaz won, he was unhappy and continues to state he's not getting the respect he deserves. Meanwhile KJ Noons seems to be in no hurry to get a third match with Diaz and may look to compete in another boxing bout.
After some complaining from 135ibs women's champion Sarah Kaufman, she finally got her wish when she faced Marloes Coenen on the main card. Kaufman's wish turned into a nightmare when Coenen submitted Kaufman with an armbar in round two. Despite some clinching, the bout was mostly exciting and hopefully Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker will continue to promote women's MMA in his organization. In other action, lightweight Josh Thompson spoiled the Strikeforce debut of Gesias Cavalcante by unanimous decision despite almost being submitted in the first round. Also welterweight prospect Tyrone Woodley continues to be one of the most impressive rising stars in MMA by finishing Andre Galvao by TKO in the first round.
If there was one football game in which I rather watch MTV's Jersey Shore it was the annual rivalry game between New Mexico State and the New Mexico Lobos. Seven turnovers, five of which were the Lobos, made this game one of the worst games of season. The Lobos had their opportunities but too many mistakes and bone headed moves cost them their first win of the season. NMSU didn't even score an offensive touchdown and yet they had most of the momentum. It's sad these two teams represent the culture of football for New Mexico. Despite losing to the Aggies back to back years, Lobos Head Coach Mike Locksley's job is still safe. Firing Locksely means paying him a massive buyout and changing coaching philosophies. The best thing Lobos fans can do is hope for some of Locksely's prospects to show potential. Meanwhile they'll try to regroup and take criticism from the local media and fans while they prepare for San Diego State.
Boise State and TCU should send over a huge gift to South Carolina for the beatdown they gave No.1 Alabama. The normal power defense of Alabama vanished as South Carolina ran up and down the field, scoring 35 points on the Crimson Tide. Alabama Head Coach Nick Sabin will have to convince his team to not give up on their national title hopes. Despite Alabama losing, Boise State and TCU will have to hope other power teams falter in order to have a shot at the BCS National Title.