Fans react to Andy Dalton’s big day

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 8:42 AM

Andy Dalton had perhaps the best game of his career on Sunday in leading the Cincinnati Bengals to a 31-7 win at the Cleveland Browns.

Dalton, amid demands that he should be benched, completed 25 of 30 passes for 286 yards and four touchdowns. He entered the game the 30th ranked quarterback in the NFL.

For once, positivity surrounded Dalton.






Packers QB Brett Hundley confident going into first career NFL start

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:26 PM

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley isn’t lacking confidence going into his first career NFL start on Sunday.

With two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers out for several weeks with a broken collarbone that will require surgery, the third-year pro from UCLA has been tasked with leading the Packers’ offense for the foreseeable future. On Wednesday afternoon, Hundley made it clear that he is definitely up for the challenge.

“I’ve been doing this my whole life,” Hundley said on Wednesday (via Rob Demovsky of ESPN). “Aaron’s a Hall of Famer, and I want to be a Hall of Famer one day. I will lead this team. We’re all going to have fun, we’re all going to go out there and play football. It’s still football at the end of the day, and our goals are still in front of us.”

Hundley saw the first extensive action of his NFL career when he stepped in for Rodgers against the Vikings in Week 6. The 24-year-old completed 18-of-33 passes for 157 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 39.6.

While he was far from great last Sunday, it is worth pointing out that the Vikings do have one of the better offenses in the league. Hundley’s first career start will be coming against a much less formidable defense in the New Orleans Saints.

“We’re going to keep what we do best, and that’s playing this offense,” said Hundley. “Obviously being the starting quarterback now, just like Aaron when he was, he had a lot of choices – what he wanted to do, how he wanted to do it – and same with me. The coaches are doing a really good job with the game plan.”

Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy has confidence in his new starting quarterback, but he also made it clear that he won’t throw too much at Hundley this week.

“He clearly won’t carry the responsibility into the game that Aaron Rodgers carries into it; I think that’s obvious,” McCarthy said Wednesday. “I’d be an idiot if I asked him to do that. But also, I think that’s really for [all] the other young guys who are playing. We don’t ask all our younger players to do all the things that our veteran players do because they don’t have the experience.”

Playoff points up for grabs as Wayne gets set to host Springfield

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:20 PM

Wayne WR L’Christian “Blue” Smith (right) and Springfield DB DeSean Bradley. Wayne defeated host Springfield 38-14 in a Week 9 GWOC National East high school football game at Evans Stadium on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
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Wayne WR L’Christian “Blue” Smith (right) and Springfield DB DeSean Bradley. Wayne defeated host Springfield 38-14 in a Week 9 GWOC National East high school football game at Evans Stadium on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(Staff Writer)

One of the marquee games in Week 9 of high school football in the Miami Valley pits Wayne against Springfield on Friday night in Huber Heights. 

Both teams are 6-2 on the season, and both would be in the playoffs in Division I, Region 3, if they started today. 

Coach Jay Minton’s Warriors are fourth in the region with a chance to pick up a huge allotment of computer points if they can close the season with wins over the Wildcats and Trotwood-Madison, a Division III powerhouse. 

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After back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, this has been a different type of campaign for Wayne. 

The Warriors were blown out by Pennsylvania powerhouse Pine Richland in their opener and lost to Centerville in Week 6 before beating Beavercreek and Fairmont on the road the last two weeks. 

“I think we’re more battle-tested now than in previous years when we’ve just kind of cruised through ‘em, so I look at the positive on that,” Minton said. “It takes a toll on you, so I guess you give and take a little bit.”

RELATED: Wayne’s Reigelsperger commits to Minnesota

Friday night will be Senior Night for the Warriors, including star receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith. 

The Ohio State commit goes into Week 9 second in the GWOC in receiving yards with 779 and tied with teammate Steven Victoria for fifth in the league with 45 catches. 

Smith admitted he has mixed emotions heading into what could be his last home game for the Warriors depending on how the computer points shake out. 

Ohio State verbal commit Blue Smith is looking forward to a strong ending to his career at Wayne and ahead to being a Buckeye.

"I’m happy and at the same time I’m sad,” Smith said. “My last regular season guaranteed game on this field, so I just want to go out with a bang. I’ve had a lot of memories here. I’ve played with a lot of great players, man, so it’s just continuing my legacy. Hopefully we can get the job done.” 

RELATED: More than 20 area players have made college commitments

In Springfield, Wayne will face a familiar foe very much in need of a win. 

The Wildcats, also playoff participants last year, are eighth in the region this week but can move up in a hurry if they beat Wayne and Fairmont (currently sixth) in the last two weeks of the season. 

“Every year since (coach Maurice Douglass)’s first year up there they’ve gotten better,” Minton said. “I think they’re just progressing each year, and they’ve always got some really good athletes. Their athletes are sensational. I think that’s what you see in them. Every year they get more comfortable knowing the expectations of Mo and his staff.” 

Former Wisconsin star Vince Biegel shares emotional message in return to football

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:24 PM

Vince Biegel was an absolute stud when he played for the Wisconsin Badgers from 2013-2016.

The former Badgers’ linebacker racked up 131 tackles (28.5 for loss) while recording 15 sacks over his four-year career. Then, with the first pick in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, his hometown team — the Green Bay Packers — selected him.

In May, the team held its rookie orientation camp, and soon after, Biegel had to have a foot surgery, causing him to be out since then. Specifically, the injury was described as a Jones fracture, which was the exact same injury Biegel sustained as a Badger his senior year.

On Wednesday, though, the former Badger standout was finally able to practice.

Here’s what he posted on Twitter:

After the practice, according to packers.com, Biegel said it felt really good to be back out there.

“It was good to finally be out there, being around with the Packers, flying around with other teammates and most importantly getting my first practice under my belt,” Biegel said. “Obviously, a long way to go. I still have a long way to knock off the rust. But it really did feel good to be out there and have a healthy practice under my belt.”

Duke makes ACC history with record number of players in NBA

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 9:54 PM

Since taking over the Duke basketball program in 1980, coach Mike Krzyzewski has developed a  ton of NBA talent.

Throughout his illustrious coaching career, Coach K has won 998 games — including five NCAA championships — and in turn, has sent well over 50 players to the next level.

Twenty-one of those players are currently on active NBA rosters as the 2017-18 season kicks off. That’s an ACC record.

As head coach of Duke and the United States men’s national team (1990, 2006-16), Coach K has coached over 100 NBA players in total.

The Blue Devils, who were upset in the Round of 32 by South Carolina in March, will open the regular season against Elon on Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.