Breakdown of Jameis’ first preseason appearance.

Alright, hope you get some enjoyment out of this. Wanted to do this for myself, mainly. But, if this helps anyone else kind of break down what Jameis did in his first preseason start, then great.

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(Photo via Buccaneers website.)

1st Possession. Started on own 5 yard line.
1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 5 Handoff
1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 3 Handoff
3rd and 4 Incomplete Pass Jameis sees his TE break back. Throws the ball high. Might have been a good thing. Double coverage. Might have been picked if on target. Bad choice. Bad throw.
2nd Possession. Started on own 13 yard line. 1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 10 Incomplete Pass Jameis sees V-Jax on a good read. Crossing route. Pass is high and behind him. Good choice, just a poor throw.
3rd and 10 Incomplete Pass Jameis gets pressured because the RT did not provide any resistance to the DE. He’s hit as he throws the ball. Ball falls short of intended target. Looked like it’d have been a tough completion even if not hit, though.
3rd possession. Started on own 22 yard line. 1st and 10 Sack Play action by Winston. As soon as he looks up, there’s a DE in his face. He didn’t have a chance on this play. Came from the blind side.
2nd and 19 QB Scramble Pocket starts to break down almost immediately. Jameis recognizes it. Gets out of the pocket for a 5 yard gain. Slides down (not well) to avoid a hit.
3rd and 14 Completion Jameis stands in the pocket, fires a dart downfield to V-Jax for 40 yards. Did a good job of standing in the pocket and absorbing a hit after the pass.
1st and 10 Handoff
1st and 10 Completion Play action roll out. Jameis finds Murphy on the sideline for a gain of 18 yards.
1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 10 Incomplete Pass Jameis throws to ASJ near the goal line. Pass it a bit high. Good coverage. Would have been a tough completion. Worth a shot.
3rd and 10 Incomplete Pass Jameis makes a nice read and throws a good pass to V-Jax at near the 1 yard line. Pass is dropped, would have been a 1st and Goal (if not, a TD) if Jackson could have held on.
4th Possession. Starting on own 38. 1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 8 Interception Watched this play about 8 times while doing this break down. I’m 100% convinced that this INT was not on Winston. Clear missed DPI/Holding committed on Mike Evans. His arm was literally being held just before the Safety intercepted the ball. Good read by Winston. I think Evans makes the catch if he’s not interfered with. The one negative thing that I’ll say about this pass, is that if Evans is not interfered with, and makes the catch, the safety may lay a pretty big hit on him. Jameis needs to protect his receivers and make sure he’s not leading them into danger. He’ll see this on film and correct it.
5th Possession. Starting on own 20. 1st and 10 Incomplete Pass Jameis throws the ball to Mike Evans again. Ball is behind the WR, but Evans adjusts. This was another missed DPI. CB never turned his head or made a play on the ball. Evans had no chance to catch this pass because of the defender, who made no play on the ball.
2nd and 10 Handoff
3rd and 4 Sack Awful snap over Jameis’ head. Clearly on the center. Jameis falls on the ball and is sacked.
6th Possession. Starting on own 10. 1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 6 Sack/Scramble Center/QB snap exchange issue. Ball is fumbled. Jameis picks it up. Scrolls out to his left. Is tackled for a loss of 6 yards.
3rd and 12 False Start
3rd and 17 QB Scramble Jameis doesn’t see anyone open. Escapes a sack (in the end zone.) Scrambles up to the 9 yard line, but more importantly, avoids the safety. Takes a hit (helmet to helmet) as he was giving himself up. There was some debate about this. He did not slide well, but he clearly was giving himself up. If that’s Manning/Brady/Rogers, it’s a 15 yard penalty.
7th Possession. Starting on own 24. 1st and 10 Completion Jameis throws a short pass to Stocker who breaks a tackle and runs along the sideline for 18 yards.
1st and 10 Completion Jameis checks down to the RB out of the back field (Rainey) for 5 yards.
2nd and 5 Completion Jameis threads the needle to Louis Murphy on a crossing pattern. 12 yard gain. Really nice pass/read here.
1st and 10 Completion Play action, Jameis stands tall in the pocket and fires a dart to Louis Murphy on the sideline for 18 yards. This is a classic Jameis throw. Perfect anticipation. Only WR could get to it. Really nice to see this.
1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 5 Completion Jameis throws to Murphy for 7 yards. Another nice pass here. Pass is behind the line of scrimmage. Murphy cuts it up for a nice gain.
1st and 10 Handoff
2nd and 7 Incomplete Pass Jameis tries to find Bell in the end zone. Pass is high, which was likely a good thing. WR was in double coverage.
3rd and 7 QB Scramble Jameis surveys the field. Doesn’t see anything. Pocket is closing in. He jukes and gets outside the pocket, sprints towards the end zone and leaps into the end zone. Good job recognizing that he didn’t have anything and making a play.
2 pt conv Incomplete Pass Jameis rolls out to the right and tries to find Shepard. Defender seemed to be on WR’s back before the ball got there. No call. Not sure if WR could have gotten to the ball, but it was close. Tough window. Jameis only really had one option due to the designed roll out.
8th Possession. Start on own 36 yard line. 1st and 10 Completion Jameis throws a short pass to the left for 1 yard to Myers.
2nd and 9 Completion Jameis checks down to James for 13 yards. Defense was in a prevent here, so this was a relatively easy play.
1st and 10 Spike Jameis rushes the team to the line and spikes the ball with 1 second left.
2nd and 10 Incomplete Pass Jameis scrambles out of the pocket and throws a hail mary (from his own 41 yard line – 5 yards deep in the end zone). WR gets his hands on the ball, but can’t hold onto it. Pass traveled 64 yards in the air. Arm strength looked fine on this play.

So, I’d like to make a few points and not take up too much of your time.

Jameis went 9-19 in his debut. Not to pick apart those numbers or make excuses, but let’s look at how he got to those 10 incompletions.

  • First two incompletions were bad passes. 1 was a bad read & bad pass. 1 was a good read, but a bad pass.
  • Third incompletion was due to OL. Lots of pressure and Winston got hit while throwing it.
  • Fourth incompletion was a good read. Pass was a bit high. This is on Winston trying to make a play.
  • Fifth incompletion was a drop by Vincent Jackson. Jameis threw him a catchable ball. Unfortunate for Winston.
  • Sixth incompletion was the interception. Still believe this was a missed DPI/Holding on the defender. I’m not putting this one on Winston
  • Seventh incompletion was also a missed DPI, if you ask me. Mike Evans was pretty upset no call was made. However, think this would have been a tough play if defender had turned around. So, I’m not giving Winston a pass here.
  • Eighth incompletion was a pass that was too high in the end zone. Jameis may have been trying to force the ball here, or might have known he didn’t have anything, so he was getting rid of the ball.
  • Ninth incompletion was a spiked ball to kill the clock.
  • Tenth incompletion was the hail mary.

So, of his 10 incompletions, I’m faulting him for 5 of them. Giving the offensive line 1 of them. Giving VJ 1 of them for his drop. Giving the zebras 1 of them for the missed call. (The spike/hail mary count as incompletions, but let’s be honest with those. They’re virtually irrelevant.) Now, I know that drops happen and missed calls happen. These things will happen in the regular season. But, I think in preseason, we need to focus less on the result and more on what actually happened during the play.

So, when looking at it, I don’t think Winston had a bad game at all. He started slowly. His first few passes were bad. But, when looking at the status of his offensive line, I think he played pretty well actually. He did a good job recovering from both bad snaps. He started inside of his own 15 yard line three times. He made plays and had some really nice throws.

Jameis to VJ (Minn)

He obviously has a lot to work on. But, I’m very encouraged by Winston’s first start. There is a lot that he can build on here. I’m looking forward to his next start to see how much he’s grown in just a little over a week.

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If enough of you enjoyed this, I’ll do it for his next game also. It takes a while to do, though. So, feedback is appreciated.

Go Bucs. Go Jaboo.

What do I do when Jameis plays my NFL team?

Last week, I asked a question of my followers. The question was: “If you’re a die hard of another team (not the Buccaneers) & a huge FSU fan, what’s it like cheering against Jameis?” Responses were mixed, but they were absolutely great. So, let’s get into them.

Some people said they wouldn’t root against their team, but would root for Jameis to do well:

Next, folks said they would NEVER cheer against Jameis; even if that meant cheering against their team.

Next, some people were still pretty undecided as to how they would handle this situation.

Some folks were perfectly fine because they became Bucs when they took Jameis.

Lastly, I was asked a pretty good question in return.

To close, I think that Jameis Winston was a once in a lifetime type of player. He impacted so many of us. He was absolutely phenomenal on the field. He was a someone that FSU fans loved interacting with. He was someone we were proud of. He was someone we defended. He was someone we cared about, in so many ways. He was our leader. We were so invested in him, that it was easy to continue to follow him. Besides, a win for Jameis is a win for FSU, so we’ll continue to cheer for him. It’s very impressive to me that almost everyone who answered my question said they’d support Jameis going forward. The capacity of that support differed, but he obviously had quite an impact on FSU fans. That impact can’t be understated. We all love Jameis.

Jameis Winston: My thoughts and expectations.

In one week, Jameis Winston will take the next step in his football career. He will step on to the field at U.S. Bank Stadium and he will play in his first ever NFL game. Albeit a preseason game, there’s a certain excitement coming with it that enforces the fact that this just isn’t another preseason game. I can’t remember a time in Tampa Bay, when there was this much excitement heading into a new season. Even in 2003, the year after the Bucs won the Super Bowl, the excitement level going into that season wasn’t this high. Training Camp has been full and has set records. People are wearing number 3 jerseys with Winston’s name on the back everywhere you look. There’s an excitement around Buccaneers football that hasn’t been around for a long time.

When Jameis steps on the field next Saturday night, it’ll be the first time he’s played in a competitive football game since January 1st of this year. He played that game for Florida State University, a place where he had success like few others have had at the college level. He was the youngest player to ever win the Heisman Trophy. He led the 2013 Seminoles team to a National Championship as a Redshirt Freshman. He made dazzling and jaw dropping plays. He collected several awards and accolades. He was a leader like no other. His personality was infectious. His teammates loved him. His fan were countless. His supporters defended him through everything. He was a once in a lifetime kind of player and at Florida State, he will be missed.

It’s somewhat strange. Jameis Winston is now playing football in my home town. However, I still feel like I’m going to miss him being at Florida State. There’s no denying, I feel lucky and blessed that he’s here in Tampa. But, that doesn’t mean that I won’t miss him in Tallahassee. But, thinking about him in Tampa just fascinates me. We’ve all had players who we absolutely loved in college. They’re at the University for 3 or 4 years and then they depart for the NFL. We still follow them a little. But, for the most part, if we have an NFL team we follow, it becomes tougher to have that same following. When the Buccaneers started losing games and it looked like we had a shot at Winston, I began to get excited. When we finished last in the NFL and got the first overall pick, I was thrilled. When Roger Goodell called Jameis’ name first, I was beside myself. My favorite player of all time at FSU would now be the Franchise Quarterback for my hometown team for the next 15 or so years. That’s amazing to me.

I think Jameis is a once in a lifetime type of player. He has all the skills needed to be successful. He has a leadership that is unlike many others. Teammates like him. They want to play for him. They want to be around him. His work ethic is like nobody else’s. He is consistently the first guy in and the last guy out. His drive and determination are unmatched. He has all the tools needed to be a great QB in the NFL.

When looking at realistic expectations, I think it’s fair to assume there will be some bumps in the road. Jameis will have bad games. He had them at FSU, he will have them in Tampa. He will also have games where you won’t believe you’re watching a rookie quarterback. On the field, he will do things that make you shake your head and he will do things that make your jaw drop. But, he will never speak bad about his teammates, coaches, or team. He will always lead and take ownership, even when the mistakes aren’t his. I think Jameis will have a successful season. I don’t care about the stats (though, I do think he’ll have an above average year stats wise.) I don’t care about the TD:INT ratio (though, I also think that will be good.) I care about wins and losses. Jameis will win more than 2 games. He will improve the Bucs in that aspect. In fact, I see him tripling or quadrupling the win total (6-8 wins).

Most of you know that I unashamedly “fan girl” over Jameis Winston. I don’t deny it. I don’t try to hide it. It’s even become somewhat of a joke that my followers on social media mess with me about. But, I’ve never enjoyed watching a player more than Jameis Winston. He’s a special talent. He’s a special player. He’s a special person. He’s going to do special things in Tampa.

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Go Bucs. Go Noles. Go Jaboo.

Top 10 Hits in FSU’s History (Part 2: Defense)

Alright, so I was asked to do this for the defensive side of the ball since you guys seemed to enjoy the offensive side so much. This was much easier. Don’t have a lot of old stuff, because it’s tough to find videos for everything. But, here are my Top 10 Defensive Hits in FSU’s History.

  1. Greg Reid knocks Marcus Lattimore out of the Georgia Dome.

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2. Stanford Samuels clobbers Roscoe Parrish.

ss hit on Roscoe Parrish

3. Nigel Bradham lays the hammer!

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4. Greg Reid is at it again! This time, he destroys a Maryland receiver. Maybe this is why they left the ACC for the “B1G” conference.

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5. Xavier Rhodes crushes Joey Phillips.

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6. Lamarcus Joyner gets penalized for being too rough. Bad call. But, well worth the hit!

Lamarcus Joyner hit vs Duke

7. Shade Tree drops a bomb!

shade tree hammer

8. Nick Moody helps Jeff Demps get rid of his mouth piece.

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9. Lamarcus sends Chase Rettig for a slide!

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10. Reggie Northrup takes a Notre Dame player’s helmet off and then gives us The Robot!

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So, there you have it. Those are my top 10. I know I missed some. I’d be more than happy to make a GIF of your favorite FSU hit! Leave a comment or Tweet me and I’ll get you a GIF of anything I missed.

Go Noles!

10 Hardest Hits From FSU’s Offense

Was requested to do this. I’m not great with videos, so it was easier to just GIF these. May do one for defensive hits also. But, was asked to do a top 10 list of hardest hits ever from the offensive side of the ball. So, without wasting any more of your time with words, here are my top 10.

  1. Greg Jones destroys Dexter Reid.

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2. Greg makes the list a second time (but not for the last time) for this hit on Sean Taylor.

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3. Nick O’Leary lays the BOOM on Travis Blanks.

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4. Cyhl Quarles picks off a pass. Then Jarmon Fortson makes him wish he hadn’t.

Jarmon Fortson

5. Nick O’Leary with a suplex tackle against Louisville.

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6. Chris Thompson runs over a Clemson defender en route to the end zone. (unfortunately called back due to penalty.)

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7. Devonta Freeman blows up a Duke defender as Karlos Williams scores. (I love Jameis raising his hands knowing it was a touchdown before Los even crossed the line of scrimmage.)

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8. Greg Jones makes his 3rd appearance on the list, as do the Clemson Tigers. Here, he runs over half of the defense and flattens #9 and #2 on his way to the end zone.

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9. Rodney Smith with a huge block vs North Carolina State.

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10. Kelvin Benjamin lays a huge block to spring Karlos Williams for a touchdown.

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There you have it. My top 10 biggest hits from FSU’s offense. Did I miss any? Are there others you would like to see? Leave requests in the comments and I’ll do those also.

Go Noles!

Top 10 plays from FSU’s 2014 season

1. Jameis hurdles OKST

There is no comparing this play to any other. This was the most impressive thing that I saw Jameis Winston do this year, physically. I don’t care about his 40-YD Dash time. I don’t care about his vertical. This play tells you all you need to know about the athlete that he is. 


2. Smith’s Pick-6 vs UF

Nothing was going right. Jameis was an interception machine. We couldn’t move the ball at all. My phone was buzzing with trolls who I’d talked so much smack to over the year. Leading 9-0, UF was deep in FSU territory. A touchdown would have been huge for the Gators and would have put them up by two touchdowns and two 2 point conversions. However, Terrance Smith and the Noles had other plans. He picked off a Treon Harris pass and took it back 94 yards for a TD. The score was cut to 2 points and the Noles took the lead (and never looked back) shortly after. 

3. Forth down stop in OT vs Clemson

I was more excited after this play than I was after the eventual TD that won the game. When we made this stop on 4th down, with the best kicker in America (yes, I’m looking at you Groza Award Voters) the game was over. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard Doak erupt like it did on this play.

4. Lane’s TD vs UL

I still don’t know how this pass made it. But, I’ll just let you try to figure it out. Not a ton to say about this. Crazy luck? Perfect pass and perception by Jameis? God’s Noles? I’m not sure. But, I just couldn’t leave this off the list.

5. Roberto’s GW FG vs BC

It wasn’t the longest kick of his career. It wasn’t even the most difficult (though if you were to ask him, he’d probably tell you that none of them are difficult.) But, it was one of the more important ones. If not, it was the most important kick of Roberto’s career. After a very difficult week for the school, a miserable day weather-wise, and a sluggish second half, Roberto lined up for the potential game winning field goal. Of course, he nailed it. FSU walked away as a winner and Roberto had his first career game winning kick. Oh, and it was his mom’s birthday. So, this was probably the icing on the cake for their family.

6. Strip by Goldman vs Clemson

I was in a state of pure depression. I could not believe that we were about to lose to Clemson. I’d driven 4 hours, had a 4 hour drive ahead of me, and was just miserable. I was sitting down with my head in my lap. I happened to look up and see our guys jumping up and down. When they crowd realized what had happened, pure elation set in. This play, saved the division, the streak, and my (along with most of #FSUTwitter’s) emotions.

7. Dalvin’s GW TD run vs UM

Any time you beat Miami, it’s fun. So, naturally the play that finishes that off is going to be a top play, one would assume anyways. But, what I like the most about this play is the picture (see below) of the absolute carnage that is Miami’s defense. Dalvin and our offense were able to wear them down and this play is evidence of that.

8. Jameis’ Forced Fumble vs UL

We had finally scored to end the first half. It looked like we had some momentum. Then, on the first play of the second half, Winston throws his third interception, and my stomach sank. I figured the game was likely over and he just didn’t have it. But, in one of my favorite Jameis moments ever, he didn’t quit. He hustled back, forced the fumble, and FSU had the ball back. FSU didn’t score on that drive. But, they did on their next two, which got them back in the game. Great hustle play from the leader of the team.

9. Green TD vs NCST

This was one of the neater plays of the season, in my opinion. It’s significance may not be easily recognized. But, after Christian Green’s grandfather had passed away, that notorious Jameis Winston told him, “Christian, I’m going to get you one.Be ready for it.” The touchdown itself was a pretty neat one as well. Green managed to stay in bounds. It was a nice moment for Green and Winston.

10. Nick O’Leary Suplexes UL defender

I’m not sure that this play had huge significance, but it’s just so freaking cool. After a Jameis Winston interception, Nick O’Leary lays the wood on the UL defender with a Suplex. I was so pumped up after this tackle that I didn’t even mind the interception.

Games We Wish Twitter Was Around For

Well, the Twitter-verse was buzzing last night. Klay Thompson sent social media into frenzy with his 37 point performance in the 3rd quarter of the Warriors’ win over the Kings. Klay set an NBA record and he set fire to our phones, laptops, and tablets.
This got me thinking. What did we do before social media when amazing things happened in sporting events? Did we just read about it in the paper the next morning and then chat about it at school, lunch, or the water-cooler? The instant gratification of being able to talk with hundreds of fans about a sporting event is one of the neatest things about social media, Twitter specifically, in my opinion.
So, my immediate question after Thompson’s performance was, “If I could see Twitter’s reaction for any “Pre-Twitter” game, what would it be?” Twitter was founded in March of 2006. So, I posted this question online and got some good answers. In no specific order, here is my list of the top 10 games I’d love to see try to break the internet.

1. Miracle On Ice

On February 22, 1980, the United States defeated Russia to advance to the Gold Medal Game in the 1980 Olympics. “Do You Believe in Miracles” would have probably been trending for the next week. This game was arguably the greatest sports victory in any sport in America. The reaction for this would have been incredible.


2. The Play

In 1982 Cal and Stanford faced off. Neither team had a particularly great season, but the winner would have bragging rights for another year. After Stanford kicked a FG with less than 5 seconds left, they kicked off to the Golden Bears. 5 laterals later, the band on the field, and one of the greatest sports calls of all time, Cal was in the end zone and had miraculously come away with the win.


3. The 2004 ALCS

I couldn’t just pick one game here. The meltdown by the Yankees and the comeback by the Boston Red Sox would have been something trending on Twitter all the way through November. You know the story. New York held a 3-0 lead in the series and led in the 9th inning of game 4. The Red Sox won two walk off games in games 4 and 5. Curt Schilling played through a tough injury in game 6 and the Sox blew the Yankees out in game 7. So many things to talk about in this 4 game stretch.


4. Kobe Bryant goes off for 81 points

I chose this because it was televised. Wilt scored more, but since there’s no live copy of that, it would have been impossible for people to know about it. Kobe’s performance was live for the world to see. Shot after shot after shot just kept falling into the basket. This would have set a buzz that would have been a lot of fun.


5. The Tuck Rule Game

There are a lot of things about this game that would have made it fun for Twitter. First of all, who doesn’t love a snow game? This game was just short of a blizzard. We all know what happened. Tom Brady pump faked. He got hit and dropped the ball. What was originally ruled a fumble was reversed to an incomplete pass. The Tuck Rule was born. The reaction to this would have been similar to Dez Bryant’s catch which was reversed in the Cowboys/Packers game this year. Madness.


6. Steve Bartman becomes a legend… for the wrong reason.

If you think about it, Bartman is so lucky that Twitter didn’t exist when this happened. With the Cubs leading 3-0 in the 6th game of the series and 3-2 in that series, Bartman deflected a ball that Moises Alou was trying to catch in foul territory. Just after that, the Cubs scored 8 runs, won the game, and the series. Bartman had to be escorted away and one would think he kept a pretty low profile in Chicago after that event. Steve Bartman would have been trending for all the wrong reasons if Twitter was around.


7. The “Non” Push-Off

Game 6. Bulls vs. Jazz. Michael Jordan hit the game winner with 5.2 seconds left. There appeared to be a slight push off, but nothing was called. The Bulls held on for a win after John Stockton missing on a potential game winning 3-pointer. So much would be discussed here. MJ’s 6th and final ring. The game winning shot. The non-call on the potential push off. It would have made for some interesting social media for sure.


8. The 2006 Rose Bowl

It has been dubbed by many as the “Greatest College Football Game of All Time.” The excitement from this game and all of the stars who showed up so big was magnificent. Twitter was created just a few short months later. But, oh how I wish it would have been around as Vince Young ran towards the corner of the end zone and sealed the victory for the Longhorns.


9. The Choke at Doak

This game was one that many would have probably turned Twitter off early in the 2nd half. But, for those who decided to continue following (live and on Twitter) were in for a treat. Florida led 31-3 heading into the 4th quarter. The complaining from #FSUTwitter would have been some of the worst that we’ve ever seen. But, after the Noles rolled for 28 straight points, the trolling that would have gone on towards UF fans would have been remarkable.


10. The Shot – Duke vs. UK

The game itself was good enough to spark the energy of Twitter. 200+ combined points. Overtime. Duke. Kentucky. This game was everything you could want as a college basketball fan. Heck, you couldn’t ask for anything more as a sports fan, in general. But, the end of the game would have sent shockwaves through social media. Duke trailed 103-102. Grant Hill’s full court pass to Christian Laettner was caught. There was a turn and a dribble. Then, Laettner hit a shot that will forever be remembered. He sunk the bucket and Duke won 104-103. Two games later, the Blue Devils won the title. But, it wouldn’t have been possible without the heave and the hoop.