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31Dec/113

PREVIEWING THE 2011 KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER BOWL: ILLINOIS VS UCLA

Kraft Fight Hunger BowlBy Rock Mayock 11:00AM  Today’s bowl line up will feature perhaps the biggest throw away game from the 2011 bowl season, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Illinois (6-6) is red hot coming off of a 6 game losing streak and UCLA (6-7) is the first team in a decade to go a bowl with a losing record. Incidentally both Illinois and UCLA be coached by interim head coaches seeing as though they fired their sitting head coaches immediately after the conclusion of the regular season. Sounds all of the makings of a great game, right?

31Dec/112

PREVIEWING THE 2011 SUN BOWL: GEORGIA TECH VS UTAH

hyundai_sun_bowlBy Rock Mayock 11:45PM  The Pac-12’s hopes for snapping an 0-3 skid in post season play rests squarely upon the broad shoulders of Kyle Whittingham as Utah faces Georgia Tech in tomorrow’s Sun Bowl. Utah (7-5) enters the contest on a hot streak having won 4 of their final 5 games. Conversely Georgia Tech (8-4) enters the contest on shaky footing having lost 3 of their final 5 games.

30Dec/114

THE ABS BELONG TO…

Sanchez looking VERY hunkyBy Rock Mayock, 8:00AM  New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. Why are the FOOTBALLPHDS dedicating a Name the… segment to a struggling QB who’s team is on the brink of being eliminated from playoff contention? The answer should be obvious. The man is incredibly hunky and he is quickly amassing a collection of conquests that makes Derek Jeter envious.

29Dec/112

PREVIEWING THE 2012 VALERO ALAMO BOWL: WASHINGTON VS BAYLOR

2011-Alamo-BowlBy Rock Mayock 9:45AM  12-Days into bowl season the Pac-12 is currently 0-2 after Cal’s 10-21 loss to Texas. Tonight features another Pac-12 vs. Big 12 matchup when Washington (7-5) faces Baylor (9-3) in the Valero Alamo Bowl. This matchup will pit two prolific offenses against one another as Keith Price leads his Huskies against Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III’s Bears. What can we expect in this game aside from a ton of points? Let’s break it down.

29Dec/117

BEST AND WORST SONGS OF 2011

Lil-Wayne-6-foot-7-foot-video-01By Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | When the FOOTBALLPHDS are blogging, we are either blaring music from our speakers to focus ourselves or keeping an eye on a DVD for background noise.  Music especially helps us create the most grammatically correct articles and eye catching charts possible, which makes sense since in our old lives (meaning before our wives and/or ex-wives made us stop), we used to DJ.  Our DJ’ing days are (mostly) long behind us now but we still love a good bass line, kick drum, and opportunity to chat up go-go dancers.  So without further ado, let’s review the Best and Worst Songs of 2011.  As always for our music selections: Parental Advisory because Explicit Lyrics abound.

28Dec/112

THE DEGENERATE GAMBLER’S DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO COLLEGE BASKETBALL WAGERING

By Scott Franklin 9:50PM  Admittedly my nerves were frayed starting out last week amid high expectations and I faltered out of the block.  I was able to recover by the end of last week and started a nice heater that I look to continue into this week.

28Dec/113

PREVIEWING THE 2011 HOLIDAY BOWL: CAL VS TEXAS

PrintBy Rock Mayock 4:00PM  As part of our ongoing preview of Pac-12 bowl games today we will evaluate one of the gems of bowl season, The Holiday Bowl. Always an entertaining matchup between the Pac-12 and Big-12, the 2011 installment of The Holiday Bowl will pit the California Golden Bears against the University of Texas Longhorns. 

28Dec/1118

NFL IN LA: MARK DAVIS, OAKLAND RAIDERS, AND ESTATE TAX PLANNING SCENARIOS

Mark Davis Estate Planning RaidersBy Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. |  Yesterday, footballphds.com investigated the role the Oakland Raiders play in the race between AEG and Majestic Realty to return the NFL to Los Angeles.  A large part of our analysis hinged on the estate tax implications for the Oakland Raiders that began to materialize in earnest upon the death of Al Davis.  Today we delve deeper into the estate tax issue for the Raiders as only we can to detail how estate taxes figure prominently into a possible relocation of the Raiders to LA Stadium in City of Industry.