Monday, July 31, 2006

TOTFF: Part 1, Episode 5, "The Voices of Farnsworth"

This week, we meet the voice of Farnsworth sports, Troy Flemstone. Conrad is excited to have a veteran broadcaster like Troy on board, but quickly finds out why he was available in the first place. Flemstone hosts the first broadcast of "Ferret Forum" and it gets wierd very quickly.

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Consider Schedules

You're a smart person, so you've done your homework. You're working on handicapping the 2006 college football season, and you know where the best players are, which schools have the best coaches and where the best teams are. You've got it all figured out, and you know how the season is going to play out now, don't you?

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Friday, July 28, 2006

TOTFF: Part 1, Episode 4: "WWFD-What Would Freddie Do?"

Fighting Ferrets' week comes to an exciting close as Conrad has his first major confrontation with someone on his staff, then kicks back and throws down a few cold ones with Freddie Ferret.

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Coming Tuesday, August 1: "The Voices of Farnsworth"

Thursday, July 27, 2006

TOTFF: Part 1, Episode 3: "First Day Of School"

"Fighting Ferret Week" continues on The CourtMaster blog with Episode 3 of our adventure. Having survived his first meeting with Freddie Ferret, Conrad reports for his first day on the job and gets his first exposure to the cast of characters who are now a part of his life. It does not go smoothly.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

TOTFF: Part 1, Episode 2, "Introducing Freddie Ferret"

After accepting Old Man Farnsworth's offer, Conrad settles in at Farnsworth U. In today's episode he meets his new roommate; Freddie Ferret. Freddie is the school's mascot and Conrad was quite unprepared to share a room with a six-foot tall ferret.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

TOTFF: Part 1, Episode 1: "Welcome to Farnsworth"

The adventure begins today! Our hero, Conrad Kondratowicz, takes the first steps toward a new direction for his life by heading toward Farnsworth University. As they say, nothing will ever be the same again, both for him and the school.

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Monday, July 24, 2006

Introducing "Tales of the Fighting Ferrets"

Today I am unveiling the beginning of a project that has been in development for several years. It is a story I hope you enjoy and I welcome your feedback as I go along. The schedule is:

Tuesday-Part 1, Episode 1
Wednesday-Part 1, Episode 2
Thursday-Part 1, Episode 3
Friday-Part 1, Episode 4

Tuesday, 8/1-Part 1, Episode 5

New episodes to follow every Tuesday.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

The Best Players You Don't Know

When you're handicapping games in any sport, knowledge is power (and often wealth). I'm going to introduce you to some outstanding college football players that you have probably never heard of. That knowledge will give you a leg up in picking sleepers when the season starts. You'll thank me later.

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

College Football: Key Early Season Games

It's always a challenge when a new season begins to handicap college teams. With graduations, early entries into the NFL, transfers and injuries, many teams have drastic changes in personnel from one season to the next. One approach to consider when deciding your early bets is picking a few early games to watch so you can start figuring out trends and accurately evaluate how teams are likely to perform throughout the season.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Underachieving College Football Coaches

When you're trying to beat the odds, it's just as important to know which teams are likely to disappoint as ones that will be surprise winners. Over the years, several coaches have made a name for themselves that they probably would like to change. These are the men who win the recruiting rankings in February but by November have come up short of expectations; the leaders that turn a solid 8-9 win team into one scraping for a bowl bid.

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Monday, July 10, 2006

An Early Thought on ACC Football

Chris Graham of the Augusta Free Press (VA) recently interviewed me for a piece where he is looking to identify the early favorite to win the ACC football title this season.

My early pick--the Clemson Tigers, who have not won the league since 1991. Mitchell Light, a senior editor at Athlon Sports, and Steven Lassan, a senior editor at, also weighed in on the Tigers' chances this season.