Author: Mark Knudson

The Mark Knudson Column: When I’m 64: Who Will Be In, Who Will Be Out When College Football “Super Conferences” Arrive?

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com It’s only a matter of time (and TV lapsing TV deals) before College Football morphs into a miniature NFL, only twice the size. A 64-team league, including four 16-team “Super Conferences” is seen by most as being pretty much inevitable sometime within the next decade. If the number 64 sounds familiar, that’s because college basketball (and volleyball, baseball and softball) have utilized this nice round number for many years for making their post-season neat and clean. For example, after the preliminary “play-in” games of March Madness have narrowed the basketball bracket from...

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The Mark Knudson Column: The Coors Field Effect: Why Colorado Rockies Pitcher Chris Rusin Should Win National League Cy Young Award

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com It’s a 25-year old argument that continues to fall on deaf ears. If the national media (post-season award voters) continues to punish players from the Colorado Rockies for playing half their games at hitter-friendly Coors Field, shouldn’t Rockies pitchers get rewarded for doing the same? They never ever have and likely never will. Still, it’s more than fair to ask why the “Coors Field Effect” only trends in only one direction? When the 2017 MLB post season is over and the annual awards begin to be passed out, it’s likely the both...

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The Mark Knudson Column: The Year Of The Upset All Over Again? Point Spreads Be Damned – Never Expect Another Season Like 2007

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com There have been a lot of great teams and great college football games over the past decade – Alabama’s dynasty, Ohio State’s miracle run to a title behind a third-string quarterback, Clemson’s amazing title game win a season ago. But it’s been 10 years since we witnessed the most incredible season in college football history. It’s a history that doesn’t figure to repeat itself any time soon. Flash back to 2007: “The Year of the Upset.” It was truly remarkable. It started with the unthinkable: The much celebrated Appalachian State upset of...

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The Mark Knudson Column: See You In September – Stanton? Blackmon? Goldschmidt? Arenado? NL MVP Will Be Decided Down The Stretch

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com If the Major League Baseball season ended today, the voting for the Most Valuable Player in the American League would be easy. Houston’s Jose Altuve would be the runaway choice, based both on his stat sheet (he leads the AL in batting average, hits and eight other categories) and the good ol’ fashioned eyeball test. Altuve’s Houston Astros have owned the AL West from the outset of the season and he’s been a biggest reason why. He’d be a slam dunk. But the season doesn’t end today, and a lot can happen...

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The Mark Knudson Column: Gimme a Ring – Ernie Banks Nephew Wants Cubs To Give Family The Steve Bartman Treatment

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com Bobby Johnson was a very good baseball player. As a catcher and first baseman, he played eight seasons in professional baseball, three of those with the Texas Rangers in the early 1980’s. Primarily a back up in the bigs, in three seasons he handled almost 500 chances and made just two errors, adding nine home runs. He was never quite as good as his uncle, though. Of course, very very few have been. Johnson’s uncle was Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. “One of the things that pointed me toward baseball...

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