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Skydiver with UCF-Penn State game ball landed outside stadium (Video)

ucf-skydiverPenn State and UCF got their 2014 football seasons underway on Saturday across the Atlantic Ocean in Dublin, Ireland.

Not surprisingly, there were pregame festivities at Croke Park Stadium, which included skydivers representing both teams delivering game balls. As we can see above, Penn State’s skydiver did what we have come to expect in such situations.

UCF’s skydiver, on the other hand, wasn’t as fortunate as he missed the stadium altogether.

Penn State went on to win the game 26-24 thanks to a 36-yard field goal by Sam Ficken as time expired.

I mean, if there was ever a sign Saturday wasn’t going to be Central Florida’s day, their skydiver landing on a railway line outside of the stadium had to be it, right?

H/T SB Nation

Dana Holgorsen’s hair is out of control

Dana Holgorsen hair

Dana Holgorsen did a good job keeping his West Virginia Mountaineers competitive with Alabama before losing their season opener 33-23 on Saturday. One area where things weren’t quite as close for Holgorsen however, was the hair category. The guy lost that battle in a blowout.

That dude’s hair started to wilt like a flower in heat. It became progressively messy by the quarter. By the time the game ended, he was in full-on Big Ern McCracken mode.

Big Ern McCracken hair

Holgorsen’s hair was just as bad from the back, too.

Hey Holgy, you might want to try a visor or hat and see how that looks. Maybe see if Spurrier has an extra one.

Jordan Westerkamp makes amazing behind-the-back catch (Video)

Jordan-Westerkamp-catchThe 2014 college football season is merely a few days old, and already we have a strong candidate for catch of the year. We feel confident in saying that the behind-the-back catch Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp made on Saturday may not be topped in the next four or five months.

A Florida Atlantic cornerback tipped a pass that was intended for Westerkamp and nearly intercepted it, but the sophomore receiver still managed to make the play. The catch would have been mind-boggling if it happened in the open field. The fact that Westerkamp was able to secure the ball and keep his feet in practically defies physics.

Here’s another angle:

We saw some amazing plays throughout the course of last season, but Westerkamp’s catch probably tops them all. You just watched SportsCenter’s top play of the week.

GIFs via SB Nation, Anthony Slater

Nick Saban frustrated with his soft D (Video)

Nick Saban angryNick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide went into halftime Saturday with a 20-17 lead in their season-opening game against West Virginia, but the head coach was not satisfied with his squad’s effort.

During his halftime interview with ABC, Saban expressed his frustrations.

“The big thing for me is we gotta play better on defense and special teams,” said Saban. “Defensively we’ve made a lot of mental errors. We’re not doing the stunts right. We’re soft. So we really need to get ourselves some poise on defense.”

Well said, Mr. Nick. Let’s see if we can make your D harder in the second half.

Stephen Hill’s agent blames Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow for Hill’s release

Stephen-HillThe New York Jets released wide receiver Stephen Hill on Saturday. Hill, a former star at Georgia Tech, has been a disappointment since the Jets drafted him with the 43rd overall pick in 2012. But as far as the 23-year-old’s agent is concerned, Rex Ryan and company set Hill up to fail.

After Hill was cut, his agent Alan Herman criticized the Jets for not putting his client in a position to succeed.

“I’m disappointed in Idzik and Rex with the way the whole thing went down there,” Herman told Jim Corbett of USA TODAY Sports. “Two years in that kind of situation is disheartening.

“He didn’t have a chance that first year with that whole Tim Tebow-Mark Sanchez fiasco. … His second year, Geno Smith was learning how to play quarterback. So they never threw the ball deep because they wanted to simplify things for Geno.”

Hill ran a 4.36 in the 40-yard dash at the 2012 NFL Combine and was at one point an extremely promising young talent. While he hasn’t exactly played with Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, Hill has had some brutal drops in big situations. His progress has also been hampered by knee injuries.

We all know the Tebow experiment was a disaster and Sanchez was below-average at best. However, there are plenty of wide receivers across the NFL (Larry Fitzgerald, Josh Gordon, Andre Johnson, etc.) that have carved out impressive careers with poor quarterback play. That’s a pretty lame excuse from Hill’s agent, who anticipates his client will be scooped up quickly.

“I would think the Browns would put in a claim,” Herman said. “(Coach Mike) Pettine knows him and they need receivers and Stephen can stretch the field.”

Are the Browns really the best team for Hill? What if the whole Hoyer-Manziel thing becomes a circus? At least his agent will have someone to blame.

Michael Sam released by Rams

Michael Sam money gesture

The St. Louis Rams released Michael Sam as part of their final roster cuts on Saturday afternoon, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

While it had long been reported that Sam was on the roster bubble, his fate with the Rams will come as a surprise to people who watched the former Missouri star throughout the preseason. There were times when Sam did a great job of pressuring the quarterback, registering two sacks, two QB hits and four QB hurries on 133 preseason snaps.

Sam is slightly undersized for a defensive end and it not exactly a freak athlete, but many felt he had showed enough to earn a spot on the Rams roster. The fact that he does not play on special teams made it a tougher decision for the Rams. St. Louis will likely try to keep him on board as a practice player, but don’t be surprised if Sam finds a home elsewhere.

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Lee Corso drinks beer with Stone Cold Steve Austin (Video)

ESPN’s College GameDay kicked off the 2014 season with a bang on Saturday morning. We mean that quite literally, as the program featured everyone’s favorite crazy uncle, Lee Corso, drinking beer with Stone Cold Steve Austin and firing fake guns with Kirk Herbstreit.

Stone Cold was the first guest of the year, and the WWE legend did not disappoint. He brought a couple of his trademark barley pops with him and shared one with Cordo while the crew made their picks:

Stone-Cold-Lee-Corso-beer

And even though the entire panel picked Florida State to beat Oklahoma State in Saturday night’s game, Corso and Herbie decided to fire off some cap guns in honor of the Cowboys anyway.

Has it been a long spring and summer or what? Life is back to normal.

GIF via SB Nation
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