Two of the most historied college football programs square off for the fourth time ever on Saturday night.
No. 2 Alabama takes on No. 8 Michigan at Cowboy Stadium. It is the only game this Saturday that features two ranked teams. To make it even sweeter, these two teams have a good chance of playing in the BCS National Championship. The loser of this game could see those title hopes go out the window. This is a must-win game for both teams to get a signature win on their resume.
This is the 2012 version of Oregon vs. LSU. The Tigers gained a ton of momentum after their signature win in the season opener against the Ducks in 2011.
Alabama and Michigan are hoping to do the same.
Alabama has to reload after losing 11 starters from last years team.
Trent Richardson, Marquis Maze, and Brad Smelley are all gone. Richardson was a Heisman finalist last year and was the sixth leading rusher in the nation.
Maze, Smelley, and Richardson were the top three receivers for the Crimson Tide last year.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have put all their poker chips in the center of the table and are hoping to catch an ace on the river.
They made a blockbuster deal that sent James Loney and four minor-leaguers to Boston for Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto.
The Dodgers are taking on a ton of money as Gonzalez, Crawford, and Beckett are owed $250 million collectively after this season.
This move is something Dodger fans have been waiting quite some time for. Their previous owner, Frank McCourt, was too busy buying yachts, resorts, and luxuries to please himself.
He could care less about putting the best team on the field.
Things have changed quickly with the new Dodgers' ownership group.The Guggenheim Baseball Management group purchased the Dodgers for over $2 billion and they can care less about writing checks.
There is one thing on their mind: contending for World Series. (Not one, not two, not three, not four...)
Nobody thought the San Francisco 49ers would be a fumble away from the Super Bowl last season.
The Cincinnati Bengals were suppose to finish towards the bottom of the AFC in 2011. They shocked everyone and made the playoffs with one of the best rookie quarterback/wide receiver combos in NFL history.
The Detroit Lions and Houston Texans finally lived up to expectations and made it to the postseason.
The Denver Broncos' prayers got answered and Jes... I mean Tim Tebow helped get them their first playoff win since 2005. (I promise, no more Tebow talk after this, just turn it to ESPN for that.)
Over the last decade there have been at least five teams make the postseason that missed it the previous season.
Will the Philadelphia Eagles live up to the hype this year? Can the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys finally play up to their talent? These are just some of the teams that have a chance at making the playoffs in 2012.
On August 15, the San Francisco Giants were delivered devastating news that could derail their playoff hopes. Their All-Star MVP left fielder, Melky Cabrera, tested positive for testosterone and was suspended 50-games.
All of Cabera's numbers are now tainted for this season, and some might even say his numbers from last year are tainted as well.
From 2006-10, the "Melk-man" never batted over .300. Never had a season with a slugging % over .420. He had one season with over 70 RBI in 2007 with the New York Yankees. He never scored more than 75 runs in a season.
In 2010 with the Atlanta Braves, Cabrera's stats were: .255 batting average, 4 home-runs, 42 RBI, .671 OPS, 50 runs, and only had 34 extra-base hits in 147 games.
In 2011 with the Kansas City Royals, he had a career season: .305 batting average, 18 home-runs, 87 RBI, .809 OPS, 20 stolen bases, 102 runs, and 67 extra-base hits in 155 games. Cabrera had career highs in batting average, home-runs, doubles, RBI, SLG%, OPS, hits, and runs scored in 2011.
The start of the college football season is right around the corner.
Only 16 days to go.
We will soon be entering the best time of the year for sports.
Major League Baseball is entering the stretch run with the post-season right around the corner.
The NBA will be starting on time this season, and this is one of the most anticipated seasons in quite some time. Fans can't wait to see Dwight Howard and Steve Nash playing with Kobe Bryant in Hollywood, whether you love em' or hate em'.
The NFL season opener is 22 days away. The Super Bowl champs open up against America's team: The Dallas Cowboys.
There is not a better time of the year for sport fans.
(Sorry hockey fans, no one cares if you guys are locked out with all of this madness right around the corner.)
With college football creeping up, there are some serious contenders to win the Heisman, but there is one guy who has the best seat in the house to take home the 78th Heisman Trophy.