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1Dec/113

COUNTERPOINT: WHY NFL WEEK 12 WAS BETTER THAN COLLEGE RIVALRY WEEK

USC UCLA Football Rivalry WeekBy Ari Ivy, Intern, at 8 a.m. |  Rivalry Week has come and gone, and while I may be a bit biased in stating that any week in the NFL is more entertaining than Rivalry Week, the simple truth is that the competition between teams in the NFL makes for much more stirring drama than even the most important rivalry games in college football. Maybe I would be able to get caught up in Rivalry Week hysteria but as a University of California Irvine alumnus, it‘s hard for me to get caught up in the excitement when we do not even have a football team to support. I am not bitter, but it should be noted that our school decided to not establish a football program at the expense of building arguably the most impressive science library in the nation. Again I am not bitter towards my alma mater since I enjoy cheering for the educational growth of UCI students....OK maybe I’m just a littler bitter.  After all, the FOOTBALLPHDS—Rock Mayock, Jaboner Jackson, and Darryl “Doubletap” Jenkins—all went to USC and can get distracted by Trojan football at times but I’m more unbiased.

27Nov/118

RIVALRY WEEK, NFL IN LA EDITION: SPEARMINT RHINO IN CITY OF INDUSTRY VERSUS DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES

spearmint rhino city of industry versus los angelesBy Jaboner Jackson 12:30 p.m. | A long and fruitful FOOTBALLPHDS Rivalry Week comes to a close today with the only thing that matters—the return of the NFL to Los Angeles.  As we have covered extensively on this website, both Majestic Realty and AEG  have engaged in a philosophical battle to return professional football to Los Angeles.  Majestic Realty has focused on the suburban benefits of its planned City of Industry venue, Los Angeles Stadium (LA Stadium), while AEG has sought to expand its urban sports and entertainment complex in downtown Los Angeles with Farmers Field.  Although the FOOTBALLPHDS have long said goodbye to the gentlemen’s clubs of our business school days in exchange for more intellectually stimulating relationships with our wives (and ex-wives), the memories of lap dances, Victoria’s Secret body spray, and ATM withdrawals persist.  Let us get right to the crux of the post-game festivities by exploring the most active club in both City of Industry  (COI) and downtown Los Angeles (DTLA), Spearmint Rhino, to see which venue will provide the ultimate fan experience after a day of Sunday football.

26Nov/112

RIVALRY WEEK: THE ALABAMA VS AUBURN IRON BOWL AND THE WORTHINESS OF MOVIE SEQUELS

iron_bowlBy Rock Mayock 3:45PM  Saturday evening, right now as a matter of fact, features one of the most divisive rivalries in all of sport, Auburn vs. Alabama. This rivalry epitomizes the loathing between the haves and the have nots, public institutions and private institutions and tigers and elephants. Who will win the battle of Alabama supremacy?

24Nov/114

RIVALRY WEEK: ARMY VERSUS NAVY PREVIEW, THANKSGIVING FEAST VERSUS SUPERBOWL GRUB BATTLE

army-navy-logoBy Jaboner Jackson 10:30 am | Rivalry Week continues at footballphds.com as the FOOTBALLPHDS and the Wonderful Staff break out from the office to visit parents, in-laws, and family for the Thanksgiving weekend.  In honor of the all-American holiday of Thanksgiving, today we examine the greatest rivalry in college football—Army versus Navy.  No other rivalry is filled with such tradition, pageantry, and heart-pounding pre-game flyovers.  This year’s Army-Navy game will be held on December 10, 2011 at 11:30 pm on CBS.  The game will be held in the nation’s capital, where FedEx Field will be shaking with enthusiasm.  And in a return to tradition, the Army-Navy game will be the only college game on the docket that day.

23Nov/116

RIVALRY WEEK: USC VS UCLA AND BATTLE OF WEATHER GIRLS JACKIE JOHNSON VS JACKIE GUERRIDO

ucla-vs-uscBy Rock Mayock 9:30AM  On Saturday Slick Rick Neuheisel leads his UCLA Bruins to the Coliseum to face Lane Kiffin’s red hot USC Trojans. Slick Rick has his work cut out for him seeing as USC has won the last four meetings and overall leads the rivalry 45-27-7.

22Nov/114

RIVALRY WEEK: TEXAS VERSUS TEXAS A&M AND SHAKIRA VERSUS PAULINA RUBIO

aggies versus longhornsBy Jaboner Jackson 8 a.m. | Under order of the incomparable Rock Mayock, all of the FOOTBALLPHDS are investigating the world’s greatest rivalries during College Football Rivalry Week.  Rivalry week kicks off this Thanksgiving as the Texas Longhorns take on the Texas A&M Aggies.  The Longhorns have had a disappointing season thus far with a 6-4 record overall and 3-4 record in the Big 12.  Meanwhile, the Aggies have played well enough to win 4 conference games for an overall record of 6-5 and Big 12 record of 4-4.  The Longhorns will rely heavily on their run game to control the clock while the Aggies will air the ball out with Ryan Tannehill under center.

21Nov/113

RIVALRY WEEK: WHO HAS THE BETTER SHIRTLESS WORKOUT, TIM TEBOW OR BRIAN ORAKPO?

brian-orakpo-is-strongFlorida Gators Football Training CampBy Rock Mayock 10:15PM  It is Thanksgiving week therefore it is college rivalry week. What better way to celebrate these hallowed times than to break down rivalries of the sporting and non-sporting worlds which have been hotly contested within the FOOTBALLPHDS office.