, Gloucester, MA

December 5, 2012

Crunch Time

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Altman starts strong

The Springfield College men’s basketball team has gotten off to a stellar 6-1 start to the season and a former Rockport standout has been a key contributor.

Josh Altman, a former star at Rockport High and a Sophomore guard at Springfield, has played 17 minutes per game off the bench this season while putting up solid numbers.

The 6’3” 205 pound Altman is averaging 9.0 points per game on the season, fourth on the team. He also leads the team with nine three pointers on the year to go along with six steals, seven assists and 15 rebounds.

Altman’s best game came in his teams 88-75 win over Bridgewater St. on November 17. In that game Altman connected on seven of nine shots, including all three attempts from beyond the arc for 21 points. Altman also had 12 points in his Springfield’s big 70-64 win over Amherst College last week.

Lesson not learned

The BCS National Championship game between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama may be one of the highest rated if not the highest rated college football game of all time. Two storied programs, two fierce defenses and two rabid fan-bases battling for football supremacy.

The rest of the BCS, however, is looking as bad as its ever looked and really calls into question the system. The BCS is supposed to feature the best teams in college football and we get that with the title game and the Fiesta Bowl clash between Oregon and Kansas St., but the other three matchups are downright terrible if we are looking for marquee teams in marquee matchups.

Five loss Wisconsin, who won the Big Ten conference and qualified for the Big Ten championship only because the two teams in front of it, Ohio St. and Penn St., are under NCAA sanctions, will square off against Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

Florida will face off with Louisville of the hapless Big East in the Sugar Bowl and Florida St. will meet Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl, a matchup nobody is excited to see.

This season there are far better matchups in non-BCS bowl games such as the Cotton Bowl (Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M), the Chick fil-A Bowl (LSU vs. Clemson), the Outback Bowl (Michigan vs. South Carolina), and the Capital One Bowl (Georgia vs. Nebraska).

The BCS is supposed to feature the five best matchups, this year three of those bowl games don’t live up to the billing, not even close.

Edelman to IR

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after breaking his foot during Sunday’s 23-16 win over the Dolphins. Edelman has been solid this season when healthy and his injury leaves the Patriots very thin at the receiver spot with Rob Gronkowski hurt.

-Compiled by Nick Curcuru