Jon Finkel

That Time I Spent New Year’s Eve with Nick Saban – Sort Of

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By: Jon Finkel It’s New Year’s Eve and just as the ball is dropping and the champagne is popping on the east coast, the Cotton Bowl trophy is being raised and the dance moves are popping in Arlington, Texas, as the University of Alabama’s football players celebrate their semi-final playoff victory on the field at AT&T Stadium. But while the game is over and Saban’s …

Cardale Jones: The Rise of an Improbable Leader

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By: Jon Finkel What makes a leader of men? Poise? Confidence? Rising to an occasion? Perhaps it’s the ability to rally men to a cause, or to make them believe they can achieve greatness. On the football field, rarely are those traits embodied in a National Championship game by a quarterback as green as Ohio State’s redshirt sophomore starter, Cardale Jones. And yet, last night …

Never Forget Herschel Walker’s Iconic Duel vs. George Rogers

By: Jon Finkel Thirty-six years later and it still gnaws at him. The best high school running back in the state of Georgia decided to attend … the University of South Carolina? The same South Carolina that Georgia hadn’t lost to in 14 games; that he himself, Mike Cavan, the former quarterback for Georgia, was undefeated against? How could this big, fast kid from Duluth …

Cal’s Legendary Coach: Pappy Waldorf

By: Jon Finkel Among the many forms of endearment that a man can hope for upon exiting his role as an iconic football coach at a major university, the highest honors are clearly the following: A stadium with your name on it, a statue on campus and being the namesake of a local sports bar or restaurant. For Pappy Waldorf, the head coach of the …