Author: Mark Knudson

The Mark Knudson Column: Purple Reign – Destiny’s Darlings Will Get Cosmic Payback By Being First To Host Super Bowl

By Mark Knudson                @MarkKnudson41               Special to WoodyPaige.com By now, all football fans know that in 51 tries, no NFL team has ever hosted the Super Bowl. A handful have come close, although none have come any closer than the 2017 (-’18) Minnesota Vikings. After their miraculous walk off “Miracle in Minneapolis” victory over the New Orleans Saints, the Vikings are one game away from playing in Super Bowl LII in their own building. Over those first 51 seasons, there have been a few teams that reached the post season before bowing out just short of reaching the big game...

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The Mark Knudson Column: No More Miracles – This Olympic Hockey Tournament Should Draw A Penalty

By Mark Knudson                @MarkKnudson41               Special to WoodyPaige.com If you were alive and aware in February of 1980, you witnessed the single greatest moment in sports history. The “Miracle on Ice” – The Olympic hockey team representing the United States made up of college players and professional washouts – pulling the stunning upset of the ultra-powerful Soviet Union. Team USA ultimately won our nation’s first Gold medal in the sport since a similar upset in the 1960 games. The 4-3 win over our country’s hated rivals (and not just in sports) in the semi-finals was the equivalent of the Stanford...

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The Mark Knudson Column: S-E-See You Later – The Big Ten Is Now The Best Conference In College Football

By Mark Knudson                @MarkKnudson41               Special to WoodyPaige.com For the second time this decade, College Football’s national championship game will feature a pair of teams from the same conference – Alabama and Georgia from the wildly popular AND wildly UNpopular Southeastern Conference. Love ‘em or hate ‘em. Back in the 2011 season, Alabama and LSU reprised a regular season game that was a complete dud. In that game, the Tigers tripped up the Tide 9-6 in an overtime battle of field goals. The rematch began much the same way before Alabama pulled away to win 21-0. Fans were not enthralled,...

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The Mark Knudson Column: The Year In PREview – What 2018 Has In Store For Sports Fans

By MARK KNUDSON     @MarkKnudson41     Special to WoodyPaige.com January 8th, Atlanta: Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield throws three touchdown passes and runs for another has Oklahoma, seeded second in the four-team College Football Play-off takes down fourth-seeded Alabama 38-35 to win the school’s eighth national title and their first since 2001. During the traditional post-game handshakes, Mayfield grabs the crotch of Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban as the two share an awkward chuckle at midfield. February 4th, Minneapolis: The Jacksonville Jaguars, who entered the AFC play-offs as the #3 seed, topple the favored Philadelphia Eagles 17-13 to win Super Bowl...

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The Buddy Martin Column: Mercy, Mr. Percy — Can These Rumors Possibly Be True? Dilly Dilly & Merry Merry!

By BUDDY MARTIN     @BuddyShow     Special to WoodyPaige.com BUDDY ‘S STOCKING STUFFERS: Why do I keep hearing about Percy Harvin sightings on the Florida campus and suggestions that he has been retained in some capacity as a member of Dan Mullen’s staff? Seems to me Percy’s relationship as a player with Mullen’s trusted offensive assistant Billy Gonzalez was anything but stellar. Things can change mightily over a decade, however, and perhaps time has healed all. My sources insist something is going on with Harvin at Florida, but they’re not sure what. Stay tuned. Seems like there has been surprising good...

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