Well it's all come down to this. In a couple hours the top college football teams will know their fates.

It's a forgone conclusion that Alabama and Oregon will be the top seeds with their dominating performances over the weekend, with each winning their conference titles.

However, four teams hopes teeter on the discussion between the college football playoff committee.

In my opinion here's who gets in...

In: 


#3 Ohio State - I wrote this team off a couple weeks ago, and with even more adversity added with the death of Kosta Karageorge and the loss of T.J. Barrett for the season, it would be interesting to see how this team responded. 59-0 over Wisconsin is how they responded. This past week I told someone the only way that THE Ohio State gets in is if they beat Wisconsin 80-0. Well 59-0 is pretty damn close. Ohio State's only loss was earlier in the season. At this point they are a top 4 team.

#4 Florida State - The Seminoles haven't lost in over two years, while this year has been a struggle they still haven't lost a game. How can you not have an undefeated team from a major conference in the final four.

Out:

#5 Baylor & #6 TCU
Baylor and TCU are good teams but I think OSU leaped them both. Yes, TCU won 55-3. But it was over a pathetic Iowa State team, while Baylor squeeked by Kansas State. Many people have linked these all season because of their strength of schedule and "Win-Loss" strength. However, the fact that the Big XII doesn't play a conference championship game hurts them. Earlier in the season Baylor beat TCU in nail biter. In my mind that was the Big XII championship. Therefore, Baylor is the true champ. But it still doesn't make Baylor better than Ohio State. Baylor and TCU had great runs but it ends here.

Here's who I got going:
#1 - Alabama
#2 - Oregon

#3 - Ohio State
#4 - Florida State
 


Those would make some pretty compelling match-ups. Jimbo vs. Saban, and what would have been a Rose Bowl match-up in Oregon vs. OSU.

It should be a fun time for college football. 


Glens Falls Dragons new logo
There was some exciting off-season news surrounding the PGCBL this week. The former Glens Falls Eagles announced a name change and will now be known as the Glens Falls Dragons. Here is their new logo!

I really love this logo. It's great to see a team in the PGCBL re-brand their organization to gain excitement surrounding the team and bring in new fans. 

The Dragons also made a splash by adding two former major league pitchers to their coaching staff in Dave Palmer and Jon Matlack.

Most people will remember Matlack from his days pitching for the Mets. In 1972, Matlack won Rookie of the Year honors.  The following year along with Tom Seaver, and Jerry Koosman he helped pitch the Mets into the 1973 World Series. Matlack pitched 13 years in the major leagues and finished his career with a 125-126 record with a 3.18 ERA between the Mets and Texas Rangers.

Matlack pitching for the Mets (ESPN Photo)
It will be exciting to see these former big league pitchers in the dugout next season. They will only help the development of players, draw in fans, and grow the organization and league.

Who do you blame for the New York Jets 1-4 start? Rex Ryan? John Idzik? Geno Smith? If you said yes to any of those then you may be right. However, the biggest problem with the Jets is the culture surrounding the organization. 

(Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
When Rex Ryan took over as a head coach of the Jets in 2009, he brought a brash, loud, and energetic attitude to the Jets who were coming off  three seasons of the quiet, reserved Eric Mangini. This was a breath of fresh air for fans who desperately wanted their team to be relevant again. Soon the Jets surrounded their organization with players who were loud and charismatic as their head coach including Bart Scott, Antonio Cromartie, and Santonio Holmes.

At first the antics of the Jets were cute and people could excuse their cockiness as the made it to two consecutive AFC championship games. Then the honeymoon was over.

Suddenly the Jets were entrenched in Tim Tebow, and the "Butt-Fumble." They had hit rock bottom.

In 2013, John Idzik was hired to ultimately change the culture of the organization. It was a forgone conclusion he was going to fire Rex Ryan after the 2013-14 season. However, the Jets surpringsly finished 8-8 and Ryan kept his job

Expectations going into the the 2014-15 season were high. The Jets had added Eric Decker, Chris Johnson, and Michael Vick who would compete with Geno Smith to be their starting quarterback. It was playoffs or bust for the Gang Green. All three additions have been "brutal" at best.

The Jets also believed Geno Smith would be a better quarterback and leader this season. However, he's even worse than last year and was benched last game.

After five games into the season the Jets are 1-4, and are coming off a trouncing at the hands of the San Diego Chargers. Now the lifeless Jets face one of the most potent offenses in the league in the Denver Broncos.  I guess "rock bottom" didn't account for the Jets.

The Jets organization over the last six years has developed a culture of being mouthy, cocky, and undisciplined. Whether it's a coach calling time-out during a game tying play, another coach tripping an opposing player on the sideline, or a player dropping an "f-bomb" at fans. Winning teams and organizations don't do things like this. But the the Jets do. Why? Because it takes away press from the winning team who plays in the same stadium. The Jets believe their best marketing tool is their antics on and off the field. It gets people talking, it gets people going to the game, it makes revenue. It's the culture they have created...which is why the don't win.

As dysfunctional as the Jets have been this season, they are still in contention to win their division and make the playoffs...but in reality the will not win the Super Bowl. The worst thing for the Jets is for them to finish 8-8 or 9-7 and make the playoffs and lose. A result like that may keep Rex Ryan around and the obnoxious culture he's created with his players and other coaches around.

The best thing for the Jets is for them to finish the season 2-14, and be embarrassed game after game. Embarrassed so bad that Woody Johnson and John Idzik would finally take action and change the culture surrounding the organization, including the dismissal of Rex Ryan. It would allow the Jets to finally get a coach who is disciplined, firm, and all-business. It would also allow them to get a high draft pick and take a franchise quarterback they've desperately needed.

The healing can't begin soon enough...
This is an exciting time of the year with the baseball playoffs on the horizon, football season starting, and further down the road college and professional hockey starting.

It's also a time to transition for me as a parent as I get my children ready for the upcoming school year. Once my kids are in school and we've settled into the fall season I'll be jump starting my blogging again with New York-Penn League playoffs, college & high school football, and NCAA and pro hockey.

Thanks for supporting my blog. Please take the time to read the previous posts I've done on my blog through the summer.


Here are photos from the game between the Somerset Patriots and Long Island Ducks on August 22, 2014 at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, NY.

In a game that included seven errors, the Patriots put up six runs in the fifth inning and defeated the Ducks 8-3. 

Former big league pitcher, Mitch Talbot (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Brandon Bantz (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Jeff Dominguez takes a cut (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Cody Puckett makes the play (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Ty Wright (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Corey Smith breaks his bat (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Matt Zielinski (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Edwin Maysonet with a throw to first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Fehlandt Lentini (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Jeff Dominguez (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Lew Ford (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Bill Hall takes a rip (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Luis Montanez (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Montanez rounding third after his home run (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Adam Donachie (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Brendan Harris makes a throw to first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Brandon Bantz (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Cody Puckett with a cut (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Damaso Espino (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Play at second (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Puckett tries tot turn two (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Dan Lyons (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Fehlandt Lentini squares to bunt (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Ducks Manager Kevin Baez arguing a call at first (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Adam Bailey (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Bantz with a throw to second (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Joash Brodin (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Former big leaguer, Daryle Ward (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Talbot gets the hook (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Doug Arguello (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Brendan Harris has words with the first base umpire (Photo Credit: Howard Kaplan)

Bill Hall loses it after being ejected from the game (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Jan Vazquez (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Josh Lansford (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Adam Bailey (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Jan Vazquez (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Bob Zimmermann (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Former Minnesota Twin, Juan Rincon (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Fehlandt Lentini (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Evan Crawford (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

Jason Lowey (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

The 2014 Albany Dutchmen season is over but it was a memorable one with the teams second consecutive trip to the PGCBL playoffs.

Like many college summer league teams, the Dutchmen will have a hard time retaining most of their players for the 2015 season. Most players in the PGCBL are in their freshman or sophomore years in college and once they get more playing time at the college level their stock usually rises, resulting in them going to other leagues around the country to gain more exposure in hopes of getting drafted and playing professional baseball.

With that being said, here are my top five prospects from the 2014 Albany Dutchmen to watch out for down the road.

#1 - Demetrius Webb (C - Indiana University) - Webb was the best defensive catcher in the PGCBL during the 2014 season. He seems to have to command of the game and his pitching staff. His arm put fear on base-runners eyes as he sniped off runner after runner who took a little much of a lead off a base. Many people would compare him to a young Yadier Molina. While his defensive skills are established, his offensive is still a work in progress. Webb should get a shot to play more at Indiana next spring and establish himself as one of the best catchers in the Big Ten.

Demetrius Webb (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
#2 - Sean Aspinall (OF - Azuna Pacific University) - Aspinall was the most athletic player on the Dutchmen this season. His stats speak for themselves with a .336 batting average with 26 RBI, and 8 stolen bases. The 5-tool talent also displayed a rocket for an arm in the outfield.
 
Sean Aspinall (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
 #3 - Austin Foote (LHP - Indiana University) - Foote was one of the better left-handed relievers in the PGCBL this past season. He's ability to work out of tough situations was impressive. He's composure is well beyond his years. He's still extremely young and can only get better as he pitches more in college.

Austin Foote (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
#4 - Drew Tolson (RHP - Baylor University) - Tolson won't over power you with his stuff but he knows how to pitch and commands the strike zone.  His off speed pitches can be devastating at times. In 54.1 innings pitched he only allowed 6 walks.

Drew Tolson (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)
#5 - Cam Miller (C/1B - Baylor University) - Miller showed a lo of power this summer with a .350 slugging percentage. Like many of his teammates he is still young and learning the game. Once he learns to hit, his confidence will come and he'll be putting up even better power numbers.

Cam Miller (Photo Credit: Corey Mansfield)

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