By Joe Fuentes
First off, let me introduce myself, I am Joe Fuentes, from the CITY of Chicago, let me be clear, not the ‘Burbs. I am starting my 5th year as a senior at KU, majoring in Communications. I am a co-host on the Friday Night Sports Express on KJHK Friday nights at 6pm. I started college at Holy Cross College, across the street to Notre Dame. After two years I transferred to KU; however I am still a big supporter of the Fighting Irish. As a Northsider from Chicago, I cheer for all major sport teams: Cubs, at times the Sox, Da Bears, and Bulls. Also, I am a huge soccer fan, especially for Manchester United. As time goes on you will learn more about me.
KU Football Preview:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to the Charlie Weis Era. Come Saturday the KU football team will begin the road back to relevance from the shambles that former coach Turner Gill left it in. I personally believe that the first two games will be the most important to the beginning of the Weis era due to the relatively easy teams they face up against. If the team loses to either South Dakota State, a Football Championship Subdivision team (Division II), or Rice University, a Conference USA team which finished 4-8 last season, then Lawrence we have a problem. We might as well get the mentality of a Cubs fan and keep waiting for next year. KU fans will lose interest in the team all together, question Weis as a choice, and start their countdowns till basketball season begins (62 days, just in case you were wondering).
In my eyes, the team will win the first two games, allowing Weis to show Jayhawk fans why he is the right man to lead the program. Unfortunately, or fortunately in Weis’ case, he doesn’t have much to live up to, thanks to Turner Gill. The team can only go up from winning just 5 games in 2 years, and having the worst defense in the country last year by allowing 43.8 points per game.
As much as I would like to believe in my fantasy prediction of the team going 6-6 to allow us to go to a bowl game, even if it is the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, I know it is not a reality. Since KU is in the Big 12, one of the strongest conferences in the country, I think the team will be lucky if they even get to 4-8. Good luck Charlie.
5 Predictions for the 2012 College Football Season:
• Alabama wins the National Championship again
• Florida State will play Alabama in the game (Take a look at FSU’s schedule and you will see why)
• Geno Smith, QB West Virginia, will win the Heisman trophy
• Matt Barkley would have won the Heisman. If he had not thrown 3 picks in the season finale loss to Notre Dame which in turn drops USC from National title talk.
• Missouri will finish in the bottom half of the SEC
• How about that blockbuster Dodger Red Sox trade? Are you kidding me? The Dodgers add $258 million to the payroll with the addition of 4 players. Now you just hope they don’t make the playoffs.
• The two games I am most looking forward to this weekend: Michigan vs. Alabama at Cowboys Stadium and Notre Dame vs. Navy in Dublin, Ireland.
• Over the weekend, Carolina Mudcats Single-A player, (Cleveland Indians minor league team), Justin Toole played all 9 positions in a 9 inning game over the weekend. It is not the first time it has happened in the minors as Triple-A Las Vegas in 1994 had two players in the same game play all 9 positions. In the majors it has only happened 4 times the last time being in 2000 with Shane Halter of the Tigers.
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