Category Archives: Football

Column: How to fix Allstar games

By JD McKay

The NBA All-Star game is Sunday, which is a joke just like the NFL Pro Bowl and the other two major U.S. sport All-Star games (baseball, football, hockey), but other than Russell Westbrook none of the players really care. Which in turn makes me, the fan, not care either. But after watching the NFL Pro-Bowl about three weeks ago, I know that something needs to change.

The NHL All-Star game is a toughy. The NHL is the most violent sport already, so an exhibition game is not worth the risk to players. However, to make things more interesting, in 2016, the NHL made their game a four-team tournament, using their four divisions as teams and playing three-on-three rather than the typical six-on-six. They also have been using a skills challenge since 1990. The idea of the skills challenge is for players to show off their athletic abilities in events like speed skating, shot power, and shot accuracy. I like what the NHL has done to their All-Star game, and it is just too dangerous to get players out on the ice hitting for no reason in an exhibition.

The NFL Pro-Bowl is the worst. The players do not care at all, and the NFL is not really doing anything. Football obviously has a higher risk of injury than all of these except hockey, but the NFL can do different things to make the game more enjoyable for fans. One change has been made. Last year, the NFL added a skills challenge packed with dodgeball, an obstacle course, and best catches. But more can be done. If the players do not want to play a full pads game, they can go for a game of seven-on-seven football. The idea of seven-on-seven is all passing with only seven players per team, no lineman except for a center to snap the ball. The NFL could do a six team seven-on-seven tournament. The fans would vote in the players; then a middle linebacker and quarterback would be paired together. They would then draft their team.

The NBA game is all about the player attitudes. They do not care. Basketball can still be dangerous, but compared to football or hockey, it is much safer. If the players would be willing to play harder, it would be interesting. However, the players will not care until they have a real reason, a green reason. The NBA could promise bonuses to the players of the winning team, giving the players a reason to play to win.

Lastly, the MLB is one of the most watchable games. It is a typical baseball game, but pitchers pitch for two innings, tops. They could stay as it is, or to make this a little for interesting, pick four celebrities to pick teams with players voted on by fans. The team would play a three-inning game, tournament style. The other change the MLB should make is a true skills challenge, they have a home run derby, but they do not have a legit skills challenge like the other sports. They could do an outfielder’s accuracy and far throw contest, a pitch speed contest, and stick with the homerun derby.

Those sports all need to make a change. Baseball’s change is relatively small, and hockey’s may just be too dangerous, but football and basketball need to change. Hopefully, they will, but I am not really expecting it.

The Unbeatables play Underdogs in Super Bowl LII today

By: JD McKay and Adam Hynes

This Sunday will double as one of the best and worst days of the year. The best part does not need any explaining, but it is the worst because we will need to wait six months until the first NFL preseason game. Plus, Tom Brady’s going to win, which will ruin my February.

First, two weeks ago I picked Brady to lose to Blake Bortles. I will never again pick Brady to lose a playoff game at home while Bill Belichick is the head coach. Or at least until he is in his 50s and had won his 15th Super Bowl the year before.

Now seriously, Brady is the most successful quarterback in NFL history, and I would be foolish to pick him over Nick Foles. Foles is a solid NFL starting quarterback, but Brady is too clutch and too experienced and too good to lose this year.

One factor that will play a role Sundey is the health of Rob Gronkowski. Gronk is a beast anywhere, but especially in the red-zone. However, last week Gronk got hit against his head and left the game with a concussion. He practiced with the team Saturday, and he will play probably play Sunday, but if he does not make it out of concussion protocol on time that could give the Eagles a much needed boost to bump them toward winning their first Super Bowl.

Bottom Line- The only way for the Eagles to win is to play the whole game like the Jaguars first half last Sunday, and not blow it like the Falcons did last year. Unfortunately, the Patriots Belichick and Brady dynasty are too good to let that happen again, and Patriots proved last Sunday they can beat one of the best defenses in the NFL. I think the Jaguars’ defense and the Eagles’ defense are comparable, so I am taking the Patriots 33-28.


It is the matchup no one’s been waiting for: Tom Brady vs. Nick Foles.

Most people are not going to like it, but I am pretty sure we all know who is going to win Super Bowl LII. The New England Patriots are going to win, and it probably will not be close. That is, unless Nick Foles does not throw for three touchdowns, 350 yards and no picks like he did last game against the Vikings, which I highly doubt could happen again, especially against the Patriots.

The Pats have looked unbeatable throughout the whole season. They started the postseason by thumping the Titans 35-14 in the AFC divisional round, then played a close game in the AFC championship game at the Jaguars. The Patriots still came out on top, but we all knew what the result was going to be from the start. I am pretty sure all of America, including me, expects nothing different from what we have seen from them all season.

The Eagles have their strong spots, with a better defense than the Pats and how well they played in their 38-7 blowout win against the Vikings. When you take it down to the wire, however, the Patriots are just too skilled of a team to be beaten. They have most likely the greatest quarterback and coach of all time, the best tight end in the league, and are just better than the Eagles. I think Philadelphia will give them a good game for the first half, but the Patriots will pull away in the second half for a lopsided win.

Final score: New England 37 Philadelphia 17

Column: Strong defenses lead teams to NFL conference championships

By JD McKay

The Blake Bortles-led Jacksonville Jaguars will beat the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots in Foxborough Sunday afternoon. This will certainly not be because of Bortles, who is probably the worst QB still left in the NFL playoffs, but the Sacksonville defense will eat Brady alive. Brady is at his worst when he is hit several times. In playoff games where he is sacked four or more times he is 2-3. One of his wins was last year in the Super Bowl where the Falcons blew a 28-3, lead and the other was in 2005 against the Jaguars where he won 28-3.

New England’s attempt to compensate for that will be a monster name Rob Gronkowski, the man probably grown in Bill Belichick’s basement. The Jaguars will need to take him away in short passes with Jalen Ramsey to get their pass rushes to Brady.

Final score- Jags 21- Patriots 20

In the NFL we have quite possibly the goofiest QB matchup in an NFL title game ever. Nick Foles is starting for the Eagles because MVP candidate Carson Wentz is injured. Playing for the Vikings is undrafted previously backup quarterback Case Keenum. The Eagles have the upperhand in this category, but it is like have a C- instead of a D+. The Eagles have a ridiculously talented group of running backs. Jay Ajayi and LeGarrette Blount should make stopping the Eagles in the red zone nearly impossible. The Vikings have a defense that should be able to keep Philadelphia out of the redzone. While the Eagles are at home, the Vikings have one thing on their side, “Bring it Home.”

“Bring it Home” has been the saying Minnesota this season because Super Bowl LII is set to be played in Minnesota at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings will be competing for their city and the chance to be the first team to play the Super Bowl at their home stadium.

Final score- Vikings 31- Eagles 13

It’s a bad dude’s journal

Photo by Tori Roberts

By JD McKay

“Be the badder dude!”
This phrase is one I hear often at football practice.
“The team with the badder dudes wins.”
“A bad dude will get 25 reps.”
“Be a badder dude than the guy you line up on.”

Football is not my life, but it is a big part of it. When I am not playing football, I am watching football, or I am at church wearing my Andrew Luck or Notre Dame jersey. My football season never ends. The Sunday after the season ends, I am back to long snapping and workouts until the first day of track season.

I am a diehard Colts and Yankees fan, and my favorite athlete is Aaron Judge. I will root for any Indiana college team, as long as they are not playing my Fighting Irish.
I will not watch the NBA until June. You could say that I am a Pacers fan but my winters belong to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Sports have been a part of me the same way Sunday morning church has been. As a little kid, I was always out in the backyard playing football by myself, and when my mom said it was too cold to go outside, I would play football in the living room. On Sunday afternoons, I would watch the Colts with my dad in my Peyton Manning jersey.

My passion for sports combined with my goofy personality has motivated me to write my weekly sports column. My column will be published every Wednesday, and I will give you my input, a bad dude’s input, on everything Floyd Central sports and in the sports world.

Highlanders face Columbus East tonight for sectional championship

By JD McKay

Tonight the Highlanders will attempt to redeem themselves after a 55-7 loss earlier this season against the Columbus East Olympians. Entering this sectional championship game, FC has won four straight since being thumped by East, including two straight wins over rival New Albany.

While losing by 48 points sounds bad, players and coaches believe there were some positive points in the game.

Senior fullback and linebacker Zach Rodgers said that the Highlanders played defense well at the beginning of the game, forcing two fourth downs against East on their first two drives.

Tonight, FC will change the approach used last time they played East.

“We’ll blitz a little bit more, we’ll be a little more aggressive and not sit back. We’ll try to dictate what their offense does, not let them do that to us, and change our coverages a little bit,” said assistant coach Alan Hess.

Two main improvements are needed to win this week: stopping East’s senior running back Jamon Hogan, and moving the ball on offense.

In their last bout, Hogan had 163 yards and two touchdowns to power East’s offense.

Hess said FC needs to tackle Hogan better to beat East.

The Highlanders double tight-end formation was successful in the second half, and that could be key to a Highlander win tonight.

“We need to run the ball down their throat, and get yardage every play, and get first downs,” said senior running back and defensive end Jason Cundiff.

According to Hess, tonight’s keys to success are “maintaining our gaps, playing with incredible passion, and pursue like wild banshees.”

Bottom Line- This incredibly talented East team will make winning Floyd’s third sectional, and second under head coach Brian Glesing, incredibly difficult. However, because of senior leaders, and players that believe they can win, this might be the team to finally beat the seemly invincible Hoosier Hills Conference powerhouse.