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V.23 No.41 | 10/9/2014

sports

A Funny Lady Tackles a National Obsession

Susan Cooper's great compromise

Albuquerque author Susan Cooper wanted a funny, informative book about football. She discovered she’d have to write it herself.
V.23 No.40 | 10/2/2014

Crib Notes

Crib Notes: Oct. 2, 2014

From APD to UNM, test your knowledge of last week’s New Mexico news with the Alibi pop quiz, Crib Notes.
V.23 No.37 | 9/11/2014

Crib Notes

Crib Notes: Sept. 11, 2014

From UNM athletics to t-shirts that didn’t jibe with TEDxABQ, test your knowledge of last week’s New Mexico news with the Alibi pop quiz.
V.23 No.32 |

news

The Daily Word in cruel hierarchies, BrBa autopsy and sentinel wells

The Daily Word

An alleged robber was really just scratching himself.

Our mayor is doing something about chronic poverty and homelessness.

Regular safety inspections at WIPP went undone because the agency in charge of those sorts of issues didn’t know if it had the authority to inspect a Department of Energy site.

The local board of education wants to meet in closed session about superintendent Winston Brooks but they keep postponing the matter.

In the cruel hierarchy of college football, UNM walk-on and Roswell native David Anaya gets a break.

In the southeast part of town, a "smiling man" was accused of automobile theft.

Starting today, scientists will begin drilling “sentinel" wells in the Trumbull Village neighborhood near Kirtland Air Force Base.

Here’s a new LA Times article about the autopsy of some teevee show called "Breaking Bad."

Warning fellow Scots about the dangers of police militarization using Albuquerque as an example, a resident of Dundee writes, “Get the guns back in the boot of the armed response team cars where they belong.”

A 26-inch catfish was caught at Tingley Beach using shrimp as bait.

V.23 No.24 |

news

The Daily Word in APD protest, Kit Carson Park and Mr. Clean

The Daily Word

This morning, Metro Court Judge Christina Jaramillo overturned some of David Correia’s conditions of release. The tenured UNM professor and activist will now be allowed to attend City Council meetings.

Yesterday, Mr. Clean visited the Isotopes at home.

During Wednesday’s picketing of APD Chief Gordon Eden, employees of Hotel Albuquerque confronted protesters.

Sandia National Laboratories and the City of Albuquerque are partners, yo.

Maloney’s is closing.

Diego Sanchez, a UFC fighter, took home $140,000 after his recent Albuquerque appearance.

A rare, native New Mexican jumping mouse is now on the endangered species list.

In Taos, "Kit Carson Park" is no more.

The NM Class-A Six Man High School Football All Star game was recently played in Burque.

A 24-hour Denny’s will soon open in Edgewood.

V.23 No.6 | 2/6/2014

news

The Daily Word in the Super Bowl, Groundhog Day and Philip Seymour Hoffman

The Daily Word

The Seahawks won the Super Bowl.

Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter.

Rest in peace, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Dylan Farrow accuses Woody Allen of sexual abuse.

A fisherman survived 13 months adrift in the Pacific.

How do they make that yellow first down line on the football field?

J. K. Rowling says Hermione should have hooked up with Harry.

Look at these Star Wars football helmets.

City Council will consider changes to APD oversight.

Bridget Romero is on the loose.

Will it finally rain today?

Happy birthday Morgan Fairchild.

V.23 No.4 | 1/23/2014
The play that sealed the game for Seattle over San Francisco
Image via ESPN.com
The play that sealed the game for Seattle over San Francisco

sports

Super Bowl XLVIII Set

Broncos and Seahawks win division championship games

The final four teams in the National Football League have been whittled down to two. The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks will meet on Sunday, Feb. 2 in Super Bowl XLVIII.
V.23 No.2 | 1/9/2014
Game-winning touchdown thrown by Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton
NBC via ESPN
Game-winning touchdown thrown by Andrew Luck to T.Y. Hilton

sports

2014 NFL Playoffs Begin with a Bang

A weekend full of winning visitors, almost all of the games coming down to the wire and some spectacular performances.
V.22 No.48 | 11/28/2013

news

The Daily Word in talking business, short football games and KHAAAAAN!

The Daily Word

How to talk business.

How Adam Levine talks business.

How Jaden Smith talks business.

NFL games contain only 11 minutes of football.

Learn about aluminum.

Bjork explains TV.

Here’s the latest in bicycle technology.

Remember your teddy bear?

Watch Van Damme’s Volvo commercial.

Who are you calling psycho?

Why did Groupon die? For one, they didn’t have a newspaper.

John Lennon got detention. A lot.

Mmmm, delicious stale bread.

The weather is still the news in New Mexico.

Happy birthday Ricardo Montalban.

V.22 No.40 | 10/3/2013
Via LoboTV

sports

Lobos Drop High-Scoring Game Against UNLV

Despite rushing 400 yards in first half

On Saturday, the University of New Mexico Lobos started hot. The cherry-and-silver squad scored 21 points in the first quarter, running up 217 yards in the first twelve minutes alone. However, the energy couldn’t be sustained. The Rebels of UNLV came out with almost as much steam, and the Lobos ultimately fell 56-42, scoring consecutively less per quarter in a game that had seemed an almost-certain win at many points early in the evening.

While the Lobo offense hummed in the first quarter, UNLV came right back at UNM in the second quarter. The Lobos registered another 14 points, UNLV another 21, and come halftime, the score was knotted at 35-35. The running game maintained their domination of the offense, especially for the Lobos, who gained another 183 yards. The two teams combined at half for 749 yards, but the tied score wouldn't remain that way for long.

The Rebels started to utilize the passing game and took advantage of a Lobo fumble, holding the previously unfettered running game to a mere 97 more yards in the entire second half. Two consecutive touchdowns by UNLV in the span of a mere three minutes seemed to break the Lobos’ willpower to mount any kind of comeback.

With the loss, the Lobos drop to 1-3 for the year. Coach Bob Davie said, post-game, that the first half was unbelievable but admitted that the end result depended on being able to stop the other team. Lobos' offense has proven their capabilities, especially in the first half of Saturday's action, but the defense of the cherry-and-silver needs to continue to work in order to right UNM's year.

Looking past the sting of the defeat, the night also brought about a school record of three players each rushing for more than 100 yards: Kasey Carrier, Carlos Wiggins and quarterback Cole Gautsche each accomplished the feat.

V.21 No.18 | 5/3/2012
The late, great Junior Seau
The late, great Junior Seau

sports

Junior Seau Found Dead

News broke on Wednesday that football legend Junior Seau had been found dead. He was shot to death, according to the preliminary reports, but word started leaking pretty quickly that it looked like a case of suicide. This can still be termed a shooting death, sure, but there's a lot more impact to the word suicide.

In the days before this awful event occurred, the NFL had been aflutter with news of the Saints bounty program. Sports Illustrated was even linking to this article with the header "The Final Shoe Drops." It's incredible to think that a sport that is literally predicated upon players hitting one another could find itself so aghast at the existence of this bounty program.

The connecting factor between these two stories, of course, is the commissioner of the National Football League: Roger Goodell. Charged with protecting the sport that Americans cherish, and preserving its place at the top of the nation's sporting pyramid, Goodell has done more than a passable job. Football is constantly surpassing its old records: more money made, more games shown, bigger audience for the Super Bowl; the list goes on.

However, there's no denying that while Goodell has shown genuine concern about the concussion issue, that very issue is much larger than we previously understood. Take, for example, the case of former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson, who shot himself to death last year. In his autopsy, it was concluded that Duerson was the victim of a neurodegenerative ailment symptomatic of concussions.

Junior Seau, by all accounts, was a highly successful, positive-thinking role model, celebrated in his community, by his team, and even by a large portion of the country, especially in his playing days. His intensity may have put some people off, sure, but practically everyone who was living in Southern California in the early and mid-90s was rooting for him. He doesn’t seem like a suicide risk at first glance, but the connection between getting your brain addled on a regular basis and coming down with serious depression afterwards seems like it's becoming more and more clear with every incident the sports-loving public suffers through. The saga of Barret Robbins and the litany of lawsuits concerning concussions seem to suggest we as an audience (and participants!) are reaching the breaking point.

It should be abundantly clear that I am not a medical expert, nor has it been confirmed that Seau actually killed himself. And plenty of people suffer through concussions and go on to lead rich, full, successful lives.

Despite the above disclaimers, though, if Roger Goodell's duty is to serve as the vanguard of the National Football League, there have got to be some common sense steps taken before the damning proof has been served. Americans love football and want to continue to, but as concussions and health care of ex-players are increasingly presented in the news, plenty of NIMBY mothers and fathers are going to extend those cares beyond their backyards and onto their children. Everybody wants to raise the next successful quarterback. But what if the risk is too high?

Dallas traded up to take cornerback Morris Claiborne with the sixth pick.
Dallas traded up to take cornerback Morris Claiborne with the sixth pick.

sports

Hangover Sports Roundup

NFL Draft, Bulls lose Rose, Clippers shock the Grizzlies

NFL Draft Recap

D. Rose is out for the season with a torn ACL.
D. Rose is out for the season with a torn ACL.
While some football fans think the NFL Draft resembles the male version of “America's Next Top Model,” most cannot contain their excitement whenever they see the commissioner give his awkward handshake to the new recruits of the league.

The Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins took the suspense out of their first two picks in selecting Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III (respectively), but the draft still contained some surprises. Cleveland Browns General Manager Tom Heckert chose to overhaul the offense by selecting Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Oklahoma quarterback Brandon Weeden in the first round. Current Browns starting QB Colt McCoy showed some promise last season, but the Browns needed to make some power moves to make sure they’re no longer an afterthought. Another surprise was the Dallas Cowboys moving to sixth pick of the first round to select LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. Even though the Cowboys had to give up 14th and 45th overall picks to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it was a necessary sacrifice to ensure Dallas improve its much-criticized defense.

As for the University of New Mexico, no Lobos were selected in the draft, but three defensive players have signed free-agent deals to play at the next level. Leading the pack is Carmen Messina, who shockingly wasn't selected but signed a contract with the improved Detroit Lions. All-Mountain West safety honorable mention Bubba Forrest was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals and defensive end Jaymar Latchison used Twitter to state he signed a contract with the Green Bay Packers.

NBA Playoffs

Chicago Bulls vs. Philadelphia Sixers

Blake Griffin and the Clippers overcame a late 27-point deficit to edge the Grizzlies.
Blake Griffin and the Clippers overcame a late 27-point deficit to edge the Grizzlies.
Everything was working perfectly for the Chicago Bulls in game one against the Philadelphia Sixers. The Bulls bench was performing well and the starters were showing why they were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Derrick Rose's triple double was almost in sight with 1:22 remaining in the fourth quarter. Then the unthinkable happen: Rose drove in the lane and tore his ACL. Pain and fear was written all over Rose's face as he was helped to the locker room. The Bulls went on to win game one, 103-91, but it seems their title hopes have all but disappeared. An 18-9 record without Derrick Rose in the regular season means Chicago has reacted well without their captain. Now its up to Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Richard Hamilton to step up and prove the Bulls are still a serious threat to win the title.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers

It was a party in Memphis as the Grizzlies had a dominate 27-point lead in game one. With the Clippers down by 21 in the fourth, head coach Vinny Del Negro removed point guard Chris Paul from the game. But Paul pleaded with Del Negro for one more shot to at least gain a moral victory. Instead, Paul had seven assists and hit two clutch free throws to take a 99-98 lead with 23.7 seconds left. Rudy Gay had a chance to be the hero but missed a fade-away jumper to give the Clippers the stunning victory. Now Los Angeles has stolen home court and the momentum of the series. To make matters worse, rumors have now heated up regarding tension between Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph. The Grizzlies have tons of potential and have good fundamental skills to make a respectable run in the playoffs. But if they can't put a stop to their issues, the Clippers will embarrass the Grizz.

V.21 No.15 | 4/12/2012
Denver Broncos / Ben Hays

Sports

Bombs Over Bay-Bay

The Broncos’ budding wideout talks game time, overtime and Tebow time

Eleven seconds and 80 yards later, a perfectly threaded pass from Tim Tebow completed the shortest OT period in National Football League history. It also thrust 24-year-old Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas into the sporting spotlight with his swift sprint to the orange- and blue-shaded end zone.
V.21 No.6 | 2/9/2012
Photo by Paul Sancya

sports

Superbowl recap

Manning might be Brady's kryptonite

The Giants beat the Patriots again, and all of a sudden, we've got a new meme. The idea that Tom Brady is incapable of beating Eli Manning gained some serious traction on Sunday night, as the New York G-Men beat New England's favorite son for the second time in the biggest game of them all.

While a big story at the water cooler today might revolve around the half time show and the maybe-controversy of Madonna's guest M.I.A. flipping the bird, there was plenty of football to comment on, too. The game, while sloppy in many places, proceeded at a pace that was far from predicted. The 38 total points fell pretty easily under the Vegas-based line of 53, and probably surprised many people who were expecting an offensive slugfest.

With two points scored in the first six minutes of play, the Giants seized control of the game quickly, thanks to an unusual safety. Brady had attempted a pass from his own end zone, which was ruled intentional grounding, resulting in the two points and a return of possession to the Giants.

Just five and a half minutes later, the Giants cashed in on that drive, making the score 9-0. The Patriots were seemingly on the ropes. However, New England started the second quarter by chipping in a field goal after five minutes. They proceeded to make two strong defensive stands, sandwiched by an anemic offensive set of three-and-out, but followed up that weakness by going 99 yards in just under 4 minutes—a performance that netted them a touchdown and the lead to go into halftime.

After the halftime controversy that wasn't—although it's probably a good thing Heather Wilson isn't our Representative here in New Mexico anymore—the big surprises started coming. The slow start might have been expected, given Super Bowl-sized nerves, but surely no one counted on 19 points in the first half being repeated in the second.

The Patriots grabbed a lead, seemingly confident even as the Giants first kicked one field goal and then another, to pull within two points. But the fourth quarter opened with Brady throwing it deep, only to be intercepted. The following drive by the Giants, while resulting in no points, killed enough clock that things were getting to an end point, no matter what. With that same two-point lead, the Patriots were in a delicate position.

That perilous footing proved to be disastrous when, following a null Patriots set, Eli Manning orchestrated a big drive, sparked by a dazzling 38-yard Mario Manningham sideline catch. The Giants milked the clock and got deep enough field position that Patriots coach Bill Belichick gambled on allowing the touchdown to go through, leaving Brady and co. just under one minute to put together a game-winning drive.

But it wasn't to be. Patriot receivers had ket drops as the game dwindled, and Brady's final Hail Mary pass was batted up in the end zone, falling just out of reach of a diving Rob Gronkowski. It resulted in a 21-17 G-Men win.

Belichick and Brady are now 3-2 in Super Bowls together, and Manning is 2-0. No one can deny the Patriots their place as a dynasty, but it appears there is a new force to be reckoned with at the top of the heap.

V.21 No.3 | 1/19/2012
A potential Superbowl rematch is in the cards
A potential Superbowl rematch is in the cards

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NFL conference championships coming up

So, it'll be San Francisco versus the New York Giants and New England versus Baltimore. All for the right to go to the biggest game of the year. No more upstart Broncos, no more defending-champ Packers. No more surprise Texans, and no more record-breaking Saints.

Obviously, the majority of the public wants to see a rematch of Super Bowl XLII with the Patriots facing the Giants. It's not that simple, though.

In order to get past the 49ers, the Giants will have to overcome the underdog story of the year. With Alex Smith (he of the No. 1 pick who has disappointed in almost every one of his six previous seasons in the NFL) gunning, the 49ers have impressed upon nearly everyone by now the fact that they are a serious team. By beating the New Orleans Saints in dramatic—if not overwhelming—fashion, the 49ers have proved that its sometimes-anemic offense (especially in regards to the passing game) is not a problem and its defense is a facet upon which they may hang their collective hat.

The Giants, on the other hand, rolled over the Green Bay Packers in such demonstrative fashion that their offense, which was well-heralded previously, may become secondary to a defensive unit that sacked opposing quarterback Aaron Rodgers four times. The Giants also had their way on offense, with Eli Manning picking apart the Packers' defense in way that was rather embarrassing.

In the AFC, the New England Patriots put an end to the miracle story of Tim Tebow's Broncos. The team-that-could just ran into a buzz saw and was clearly outmatched. Tebow outlived expectations this year and should be proud of the wins he (and the Broncos defense) managed this season, as well as making it to the playoffs, but the Patriots offense hung 45 points on the vaunted Broncos defense.

New England looks to continue its performance next weekend against the Baltimore Ravens, whose defense is miles ahead of the Broncos. The only hitch in the Ravens' game plan could be found in their regular season record: Of the four games they lost, all were away from home. Next week they'll play at Gillette Stadium, where New England is a tidy 7-1. That sole loss, by the way? It came to the New York Giants.

Both games will be televised on Sunday, with Baltimore and New England at 1 PM on CBS, and New York playing in San Francisco at 4:30 p.m. on Fox.


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