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Tonight, the College Football season ends the way it has the past 3 of 4 years, #1 Alabama playing #2 Clemson

 

The site, Levi Stadium home of the 49ers 2014 photo By Jim Bahn, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

Some college football fans and media wonder why the same teams are always in the Playoffs and why can’t there be a limit to times in a row being in the 2-game system.

I don’t know if rules for that would be fair or not, but it is abundantly clear that Alabama and Clemson have been the top two teams every year and have played three out of the past four title games.

Both teams come in at 14-0 for the season.

The Crimson Tide won 45-40 in 2016, and 26-23 in overtime in 2017. The Tigers pulled the upset in 2017, 35-31.

Tonight, they meet again as the number 1 and 2 teams respectively.

#1 Alabama has been the dominant team since Nick Saban took over at the Tuscaloosa school. They are poised to win their third national title in four years and sixth since 2009. That is a decade of constant dominance in college football.

QB Tua Tagovailoa in action (courtesy Rolltide.com)

The Tide running attack sometimes gets overlooked due to their all-star wide receiving corps. They use three running backs, led by The Harris’ Damien and Najee. They usually can find holes in any defense even Clemson’s.

QB Tua Tagovailoa can pick apart the best o defenses and if the Tigers can’t pressure him, it will be a long night and a rout. Backup Jalen Hurts may see time behind center as well.

The Tide’s receiving corps of Henry Ruggs III, Derek Kief, Jerry Jeudy and Davonta Smith are all fast, athletic, elusive and physical.

Alabama’s defense is tough, being 16th in the country in yards allowed per carry. But their pass defense can be vulnerable at times.

#2 Clemson, under 11th-year head coach Dabo Swinney (115-30), are making their fourth straight playoff appearance, third championship game in four years. The team just gets better and better every year and is all alone as the benchmark school in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Their defense is one of the nation’s best and is fast, talented and athletic. It begins with their front four, no doubt the best in the country. They have allowed opponents only 2.4 yards per carry and 93 yards per game. Their secondary can struggle at times. That is probably the only weak part of the team overall.

That fact that Clemson is back in this game is a story in itself.

During the early schedule of games in September, Swinney showed he is willing to gamble especially with his offense. He replaced the athletic Kelly Bryant with true freshman, Trevor Lawrence. Fans and media questioned him but what can you say about a coach who repeatedly has his team in the college playoffs and national championship game plus, 54 wins in four years. Impressive!

He made the move to jump-start at offense that sputtered at times under the erratic Bryant. He wanted Lawrence, who at 6’6, 215 pounds, has the size and skills that the NFL wants and watching closely. After he took over, the Tigers offense rolled as he was a consistent, steady performer providing a school record for touchdowns with 24  and and just 4 interceptions. They became formidable. Lawrence also got help in the backfield from RB Travis Etienne.

Trevor Lawrence (courtesy Clemson Sports Information)

Etienne has piled up 1,463 yards, 8.31 per carry and 21 touchdowns.
Tonight’s game is a tossup! No clear edge as the team’s are evenly matched. Probably will come down to a mistake or a field goal at the end.

Championship game

Cities around the country bid to host each year’s championship game. The playoff group’s leaders make a selection from those proposals, in a similar fashion to other large sporting events, such as the Super Bowl or NCAA Final Four. Officials say the championship game will be held in a different city each year, and that bids must propose host stadiums with a capacity of at least 65,000 spectators.[58] Under the system, cities cannot host both a semifinal game and the title game in the same year.

 

Season Champion Runner-up Score Venue
2014–15 4 Ohio State (13-1) 2 Oregon (13–1) 42–20 AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
2015–16 2 Alabama (13–1) 1 Clemson (14–0) 45–40 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
2016–17 2 Clemson (13–1) 1 Alabama (14–0) 35–31 Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
2017–18 4 Alabama (12–1) 3 Georgia (13–1) 26–23 OT Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
2018–19 1 Alabama (14–0) vs 2 Clemson (14–0) TBD Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California
2019–20 Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
2020–21 Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
2021–22 Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
2022–23 Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, California
2023–24 NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

 

Appearances

For the list of College Football Playoff New Year’s Six Bowl Appearances, see College Football Playoff New Year’s Six.
For the list of College Football Playoff National Champions, see College Football Playoff National Championship.

College Football Playoff appearances by team

Teams that have won the College Football Playoff

Appearances Team W L Pct Games
5 Alabama 6 2 .750 Lost 2015 Sugar Bowl


Won 2015 Cotton Bowl (Dec. 2015)
Won 2016 CFP National Championship


Won 2016 Peach Bowl
Lost 2017 CFP National Championship


Won 2018 Sugar Bowl
Won 2018 CFP National Championship


Won 2018 Orange Bowl (Dec. 2018)

4 Clemson 4 2 .667 Won 2015 Orange Bowl
Lost 2016 CFP National Championship


Won 2016 Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 2016)
Won 2017 CFP National Championship


Lost 2018 Sugar Bowl


Won 2018 Cotton Bowl (Dec. 2018)

3 Oklahoma 0 3 .000 Lost 2015 Orange Bowl


Lost 2018 Rose Bowl


Lost 2018 Orange Bowl (Dec. 2018)

2 Ohio State 2 1 .667 Won 2015 Sugar Bowl
Won 2015 CFP National Championship


Lost 2016 Fiesta Bowl (Dec. 2016)

1 Georgia 1 1 .500 Won 2018 Rose Bowl
Lost 2018 CFP National Championship
1 Oregon 1 1 .500 Won 2015 Rose Bowl
Lost 2015 CFP National Championship
1 Florida State 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 Rose Bowl
1 Michigan State 0 1 .000 Lost 2015 Cotton Bowl (Dec. 2015)
1 Notre Dame 0 1 .000 Lost 2018 Cotton Bowl (Dec. 2018)
1 Washington 0 1 .000 Lost 2016 Peach Bowl

College Football Playoff appearances by conference

Conference Appearances W L Pct Championships # of teams Teams(s)
SEC 6 7 3 .700 2 2 Alabama (5)
Georgia (1)
ACC 5 4 3 .571 1 2 Clemson (4)
Florida State (1)
Big Ten 3 2 2 .500 1 2 Ohio State (2)
Michigan State (1)
Big 12 3 0 3 .000 0 1 Oklahoma (3)
Pac-12 2 1 2 .333 0 2 Oregon (1)
Washington (1)
FBS Independents 1 0 1 .000 0 1 Notre Dame (1)

The 2018 Championship Game featured SEC teams Alabama and Georgia. The SEC has a record of 6–2 (.750) in games against other conferences.

 

ALL GRAPHICS WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

Daily Almanac for Monday, January 7, 2019

DAILY ALMANAC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.almanac.com

 

(courtesy https lcrmarion.org)

DISTAFF DAY

The day after Epiphany (January 6) was traditionally the one on which women went back to work after the 12-day Christmas celebration. A distaff is the wooden rod (staff) that holds the flax or wool on a spinning wheel. The term distaff came to refer to both women’s work and the female branch (distaff side) of the family. As is often the case, it’s hard to go back to work after the holidays and not much got done! The women’s husbands would mischievously try to set fire to the flax on their wives’ distaffs, while the women, lying in wait, would retaliate with humor by dousing them with buckets of water. The English poet Robert Herrick wrote: If the maids a-spinning goe Burn their flax and fire their tow. Bring the pails of water then Let the maids bewash the men.

 

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2019 NHL Winter Classic: Bruins wins game at Notre Dame Stadium, 4-2 over Chicago; Dublin, Ohio native Sean Kuraly stars

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

Notre Dame Stadium aerial view 2009 photo by Tysto in Public Domain via wikipedia commons

2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Postgame Notes

Boston Bruins 4 at Chicago Blackhawks 2, Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind.

 

KURALY, BRUINS RALLY FOR WINTER CLASSIC VICTORY

Dublin, Ohio, native Sean Kuraly scored the tiebreaking goal with 9:40 remaining in regulation to help the Bruins rally from a pair of one-goal deficits and defeat the Blackhawks in front of a sell-out crowd of 76,126 in the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind.

 

Kuraly, who scored the overtime winner in Boston’s final outing of 2018 (Dec. 29 at BUF), became the first Bruins player to register a tiebreaking, winning goal in consecutive team games since Brad Marchand did so in three straight contests from March 3-8, 2018.

 

Kuraly now has three game-winning goals in the regular season (122 GP) as well as one in the playoffs (16 GP) – that was scored in double-overtime of Game 5 in the 2017 First Round at OTT (2-0—2).

 

Kuraly has recorded three goals in his past five outings after totaling one through his first 34 games of 2018-19.

 

With the victory, the Bruins (22-14-4, 48 points) – who started the day on the outside of the playoff picture – leapfrogged the idle Sabres (21-13-6, 48 points) and Canadiens (21-14-5, 47 points) to move into third place in the Atlantic Division.

 

COMEBACK TREND CONTINUES IN OUTDOOR GAMES, 2018-19

The Bruins staged the 12th comeback victory in the NHL’s 26 regular-season outdoor games (46.2%). They also overcame a deficit in their other outdoor win, rallying from a 1-0 hole to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime in the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Fenway Park.

 

Overall, 275 of the 612 games contested thus far in the 2018-19 season (44.9%) have seen a team overcome a deficit of at least one goal to win.

 

RASK, PASTRNAK HIT MILESTONES IN BRUINS’ WIN

* Playing in his 469th NHL game (all w/ BOS), Tuukka Rask made 36 saves to earn his first outdoor win (1-1-0) and surpass Tiny Thompson (468) for the most regular-season appearances by a goaltender in Bruins history. Rask’s 248 career wins rank second in franchise history behind Thompson (252).

 

David Pastrnak posted 1-1—2 in his outdoor game debut, raising his season totals to 24-26—50 in 40 outings. He became the first Boston player to reach the 50-point milestone within the team’s first 40 games of a season since 2006‑07, when Marc Savard hit the number in the Bruins’ 39th contest (14-38—52). Pastrnak’s 24 goals are tied for fourth in the NHL this season, behind only Alex Ovechkin (29), John Tavares (26) and Jeff Skinner (26).

WINTER CLASSIC QUICK HITS

* The Bruins improved to 267-239-83 (617 points) in their 589 regular-season meetings with the Blackhawks, who fell to 243-265-81 (567 points) in the head-to-head series. The teams face off one more time in 2018-19, on Feb. 12 at TD Garden.

 

* Blackhawks teammates Patrick KaneDuncan KeithBrent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews each appeared in their sixth regular-season outdoor NHL game (all w/ CHI), the most in League history.

 

* Twelve Blackhawks players appeared in their first outdoor NHL game, including goaltender Cam Ward (32 SV), who was playing in his 686th regular-season contest. Eleven Bruins players made their outdoor game debuts. (Numbers do not include backup goaltenders Collin Delia and Jaroslav Halak, who dressed but did not play).

 

* With an assist on Dominik Kahun’s second-period goal, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews (2-5—7 in 6 GP) tied Henrik Zetterberg (0-7—7 in 4 GP) for the most points in outdoor NHL game history. Toews’ five assists in outdoor games rank second only to Zetterberg’s seven.

* The Bruins improved to 2-1-0 in their three outdoor game appearances; Patrice Bergeron (1-1—2) and Zdeno Chara have played in all three games with Boston. The Blackhawks fell to 1-5-0 in their six outdoor contests.

 

NOTRE DAME STADIUM SEES SECOND-HIGHEST NHL CROWD

The sellout crowd of 76,126 for the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic marked the second-largest crowd for an NHL game, behind only the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. (105,491).

 

The League’s 26 regular-season outdoor games have drawn total attendance of 1,389,739 – an average of 53,452 per game.

 

OUTDOOR GAME NOTES AND TRENDS

* The NHL staged its 26th regular-season outdoor game and 11th Winter Classic. There also have been nine Stadium Series, four Heritage Classics, one Centennial Classic and one NHL100 Classic.

 

* This marked the 15th outdoor game at a football stadium. There also have been 10 hosted by baseball parks and one staged in a soccer stadium.

 

* Road teams improved to 16-8-2 in the League’s 26 regular-season outdoor games. Home clubs fell to 10-13-3.

 

* Teams that score first dropped to 15-8-3 in the NHL’s 26 regular-season outdoor games.

 

NHL PLAYS RARE GAME IN INDIANA . . .

The NHL returned to Indiana for its sixth regular-season game in the state – and first since 1992. The Blackhawks have played in all six such contests, including a 3-2 loss to the Bruins on Jan. 21, 1954, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Coliseum in Indianapolis.

. . . UNVEILS 2019-20 SLATE OF EVENTS

The NHL announced the locations and dates for its 2019-20 outdoor games and All-Star Game:

 

2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic

Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets

Oct. 26, 2019

Mosaic Stadium

Regina, Sask.

 

2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic

Dallas Stars vs. TBD

Jan. 1, 2020

Cotton Bowl Stadium

Dallas, Texas

 

2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend

Jan. 24-26, 2020

Enterprise Center

St. Louis, Mo.

 

2020 NHL Stadium Series

Colorado Avalanche vs. TBD

Feb. 15, 2020

U.S. Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium

Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NHL sets 2018-19 Jewel Events schedule

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NHL PUBLIC RELATIONS; COURTESY NHLmedia.com

 

 

The NHL has announced all locations and dates for its 2019-20 outdoor games and All-Star Game:

2019 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic
Calgary Flames vs. Winnipeg Jets
Oct. 26, 2019
Mosaic Stadium
Regina, Sask.

2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic
Dallas Stars vs. TBD
Jan. 1, 2020
Cotton Bowl Stadium
Dallas, Texas

2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend
Jan. 24-26, 2020
Enterprise Center
St. Louis, Mo.

2020 NHL Stadium Series
Colorado Avalanche vs. TBD
Feb. 15, 2020
U.S. Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium
Colorado Springs, Colo.

 

Sunday, January 6, 2019 Almanac

DAILY ALMANAC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.almanac.com

 

(courtesy International Salon and Spa Academy)

EPIPHANY

According to the New Testament’s Gospels, on this date the Magi, the three wise men or kings, venerated and brought gifts to the infant Jesus. The word epiphany is not specific to Christianity, as Zeus’s alias, “Epiphanes,” can attest. It comes from the Greek epiphaneia, meaning “manifestation.” In many countries, Three Kings Day is a traditional time of gift giving. Bake a King Cake with a lucky bean inside! Whoever finds the bean is the king of the feast.

 

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