Last Chance U Season 2 Review

by Matthew Thompson

The makers of Last Chance U struck sports documentary gold during the filming of Season 1. You had the less physically talented incumbent quarterback trying to stave off the super-athletic newcomer and the nation’s longest winning streak coming to an end in an overtime battle against their rival – both of which felt ripped straight out of a football movie. You had sympathetic characters to root for like Ronald Ollie and Ms. Wagner and a villain to hate in Buddy Stephens. And then of course you had the bench-clearing brawl that ended their season. It would have been hard to make up something this good. The recently released second season of the Netflix docuseries was always going to struggle to deliver on the same level. While it is certainly still entertaining to watch in year two – especially for a football junkie like me – it doesn’t come close to matching the brilliance of the first season Continue reading

Takeaways: One Week to Go in College Football’s Regular Season

by Matthew Thompson

It has been a while since I have chimed in on the college football season. With the last set of rankings released by the committee before they choose who will be in the playoff, I thought I’d give some thoughts on where the season is at and how the new playoff system is shaping up Continue reading

Takeaways: A Thin Line Between Rub and Pick

by Matthew Thompson

This is why I love football. The Florida State-Notre Dame matchup on Saturday night was best game I’ve watched since last year’s National Championship. Despite being the right call (and going in my team’s favor), I do wish there didn’t have to be a penalty on such a pivotal play, but it didn’t mar what was a riveting showdown between two of last few remaining unbeaten teams in the country Continue reading

Takeaways: Last Week’s College Football Craziness

by Matthew Thompson

I unfortunately haven’t had the chance to do anymore Takeaways since the football season started. Thinking up new features for the site, doing one or two entries, and then never doing them again is kind of my thing. And usually by the time I try to write one of these Takeaways the next week of football is already about to begin. That is true today, but I thought the wildness that was last weekend’s slate of college football action deserved a quick look Continue reading

Takeaways: College Football Week 1

by Matthew Thompson

Hey everyone. Takeaways is hopefully going to be a regular feature I do throughout football season. Maybe not weekly but just to check in with either college or pro football every now and then. I’ll just talk about a few things that struck me about the sport that week and what I was taking away from the weekend that was in football. Today I will start with a few things that caught my eye in the opening weekend of college football Continue reading