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Why Olympic Football Needs to Happen

In Football on February 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

With the Winter Olympics set to begin on Thursday, CDH has the games on the mind. But we’re not thinking bobsled — we’re thinking football. Today, Ian Brickey takes a closer look at the possibility of American football as an Olympic sport.

Will an Olympic gold medal rival a Super Bowl championship as the top achievement in football? It could happen sooner than you think.

The International Federation of American Football received provisional recognition from the International Olympic Committee in a Dec. 10 vote. Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez reported that the IOC could vote as soon as 2017 to approve football as a full-fledged Olympic event, with competition beginning at the 2024 Summer Games.


The IOC cited football’s international growth in popularity as the rationale for the decision. The IFAF currently features 64 member countries and offers three versions of the game: tackle, flag and beach. Football was previously featured as a demonstration program at the 1904 and 1932 Summer Games. Read the rest of this entry »


In the Emperor’s Shadow

In Football, William & Mary on September 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

After back-to-back losing seasons, it looked as if Jimmye Laycock’s time as head football coach of the William and Mary Tribe was coming to an end. But reports of Laycock’s demise were greatly exaggerated. With a 3-1 record — the only blemish, a near-upset of West Virginia — the Tribe are off to their best start since 2010, a season that ended in a Colonial Athletic Association championship for the College. After the Tribe’s second round loss to Georgia Southern, CDH’s Jack Lambert wrote a retrospective on Laycock’s tenure at the College.

Originally published Dec. 3, 2010 in The Flat Hat— 

“We came in and played very, very well. We came to play, and once we started playing, we didn’t stop. We played it all the way out.”
— Jimmye Laycock after the Tribe’s Nov. 20 win against Richmond.

Is that it, you wonder? After thirty years as a head coach, are those the only words Jimmye Laycock has left? Vague, empty words? Read the rest of this entry »

2013 NCAA Tournament Extravaganza

In Basketball on March 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm

In which the CDH staff looks at each of the Four Regions in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, makes Final Four picks, and cracks jokes about your favorite teams.

It’s here. It’s finally here. March Madness is upon us. April may be the cruelest month, but March is the most exciting.

If you haven’t filled out your bracket yet…well, you’re too late, because the games already started. (And no, you can’t get your $10 buy-in back, Scott. It’s not my fault that you thought all the games were in Central time.)

It’s time to settle into your couch at home in front of the television, or pull up an online game stream at work that you minimize whenever your boss comes around, because no work is getting done for the next few weeks.

The CDH staff has prepared a March Madness primer, breaking down each region, making Final Four picks, and gratuitously insulting Duke.

Someone in your bracket pool picked them to win it all. Unfriend them.

Someone in your bracket pool picked this asshole to win it all. Unfriend them.

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10 Degrees: The 2013 CAA Tournament

In Basketball, William & Mary on March 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

This year’s Colonial Athletic Association Tournament had highs, lows, upsets and plenty of purple.

For 364 days out of every year, Richmond, Va. is a black and gold town. Black and gold banners hang in storefront windows, black and gold stickers adorn countless car bumpers, and black and gold flags fly from front porches from Midlothian to Carytown. But on Monday night, Richmond was painted purple.

After an upset 70-57 win over the Northeastern Huskies, the James Madison Dukes punched their ticket to the 2013 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. It’s okay if you didn’t see that coming — neither did they:

James Madison Fans celebrate the Dukes's upset victory over Northeastern Monday night.

Weird indeed.

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The CAA is Dead, Long Live the CAA

In Basketball, William & Mary on December 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm

The Big East is gone. The Atlantic 10 is bracing itself. And the CAA is waiting for the pieces to fall.

A lot has happened in college sports in the last three weeks. Actually, only one thing happened, and the rest was speculation. But that one thing could have major effects on conference alignments. Last week, the Big East’s seven Catholic schools voted to leave the conference. The move effectively destroyed the Big East, but its ramifications won’t stop there. Non-BCS conferences have become the collapsing stars of the college athletics universe, raiding their neighbors to stave off implosion for a few more years. Anywhere from one to five conferences could see their members poached by other conferences, and no conference is safe. Read the rest of this entry »

FJM-style takedown on College Football playoffs

In Football on November 21, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Some people have thoughtful and carefully considered opinions on the upcoming FBS playoff system. You will not find those people in the “sound off column of the local newspaper’s sports section.

College football is set to debut a four-team playoff system in 2014, replacing the tried-and-true method of “randomly picking a team.” Many fans see the new set-up as a long-awaited step toward crowning a true FBS football champion. But not everyone is pleased with a playoff.

Over the weekend, one angry Luddite wrote a letter to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, criticizing college football’s abandonment of tradition. Like most letters to the editor, this one requires a bit of translation. Thankfully, CDH will serve as your interpreter as you enter the rabbit’s hole that is the mind of a BCS defender. Read the rest of this entry »

FJM-style takedown on CAA realignment

In Basketball, Football, William & Mary on May 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm

In keeping with his reputation as a proactive, take-charge athletic director, William and Mary A.D. Terry Driscoll awoke from his annual summer hibernation to release a statement on Old Dominion University and Virginia Commonwealth University leaving the Colonial Athletic Association.

Reading Terry Driscoll is like listening to Miles Davis — it’s all about the notes he doesn’t play. Luckily, we here at CDH happen to be expert Driscollologists trained in the art of deciphering bureaucratic bullshit. (Also, it was a slow weekend.)

So, I present to you, with a tip of the hat to Fire Joe Morgan, the official CDH guide to William and Mary’s statement on CAA realignment. Read the rest of this entry »

Validation of an A**hole: The John Calipari Story

In Basketball, Long form on April 6, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Dear John,

Congratulations, you bastard.

I really want to yell at you, but I can’t, you smug son of a bitch. There’s absolutely no way this will be taken away from you, is there? Unless it comes out that Anthony Davis’s conspicuous 1-for-10 shooting night was the product of some half-brained, pointshaving scheme manipulated by the Miller Lite version of Arnold Rothstein, there is no way the chickenshits at the NCAA will take this away from you. Read the rest of this entry »

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Spartan

In Basketball on March 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Friday night was supposed to be a precursor, a tune-up game. The Missouri Tigers were going to romp on the Norfolk State Spartans for 40 minutes in the second round of the NCAA tournament, and everyone knew it.

Sure, Norfolk State had gone 25-9 in the regular season, but the Spartans played in the MEAC — the MEAC. (Can you even name half of the teams that played in the MEAC?) Mizzou had gone 30-4 in its final season in the Big 12 — one of the better basketball conferences in the nation. The team had defeated the Kansas Jayhawks in Columbia and had nearly repeated the feat in Lawrence. Senior guard Kim English was one of the best college players in the country. Missouri fans were excited, pundits were impressed, and the Tigers were playing with an eye toward the Final Four. A team like Norfolk State was not about to stop them. Forty minutes later, the Tigers walked silently to the locker room. Missouri had fallen in one of the worst upsets in tournament history. Read the rest of this entry »

2012 CDH March Madness Breakdown: Part 4

In Basketball on March 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm

This final installment of Crim Del Harris’s March Madness bracket picks/literary reference boast-off brings us back to T.S. Eliot: “I will show you fear in a handful of dust” might be the most prescient description of the Syracuse – UNC-Ashville game. And with that, the Orange limped into the waste land that is the round of 32.

Unfortunately, the South Region began tournament play before we could post a prediction. I could pretend that I was in a bubble under a rock chilling with the other guy from the allegory of the cave all day yesterday and post a bracket forecast. But the Virginia Commonwealth-Wichita State game deserves coverage — primarily because I actually picked VCU to win (I believe in Shaka Smart).

So instead of false predictions, I’ll post the South region from my actual bracket. Read the rest of this entry »

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