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Maryland born Braves fan–Matt Singer

Matt Singer may have been born in Potomac, Md., but his love of sports was born in the south. As the Braves prepare to move to Cobb County, Singer is just happy to be in the same state as his favorite team.

Singer fell in love with sports at a young age playing baseball. He played infield, primarily third base, all the way through high school. He says that while he played a variety of sports, he stuck with baseball the longest and ultimately attributes his passion for sports to it.

While Singer was raised in Maryland and still calls it home, the team he calls his own is found in Georgia. The first time he saw the Braves play was a series against the Orioles, and Chipper Jones caught young Singer’s attention. He was sold. The son of a yankee Detroit Tigers fan and Philadelphia woman had become a Chipper loving, tomahawk chopping Braves fan.

“That’s one of the reasons I actually came down to UGA– to be as close to Atlanta as possible,” said Singer.

Singer is currently majoring in advertising and marketing. His dream job would be to take his love of the Atlanta Braves to the next level– as General Manager, of course. Singer’s career aspirations aren’t limited to the sports world, as he is a huge fan of entertainment in general.

“I always knew I wanted to do something in entertainment,” said Singer. “Going up the music industry would be pretty cool, too, I’ve always thought.”

Lucky for Singer, he goes to a school in city with a great music scene. Singer has found that Georgia Theater Rooftop is one of his favorite places in Athens, and has seen multiple concerts at the Theater.

Potomac probably wouldn’t be the first place one would look for a Braves fan. In fact, one would probably assume that anyone in that area has AL East allegiance, but I guess Singer grew up in the wrong state.

“I always knew I liked the South better,” said Singer.

Michigan WR sets record

In the 2000 Orange Bowl, Tom Brady, who was the arm behind the Michigan Wolverines at the time, threw for 369 yards to defeat Alabama. On Saturday, the number 369 became relevant for Michigan once again as fifth-year senior Jeremy Gallon broke the Big Ten record for most receiving yards in single game with that magic number.

Gallon, a Florida native and somewhat undersized wide receiver, has been part of an offensive dual threat for Michigan with sophomore tight end Devin Funchess, who was named to the midseason watch for the John Mackey award. Gallon’s record breaking yardage and two touchdowns out-shined Funchess’s 4 receptions for 89 yards, giving him well-deserved Big Ten recognition. He doubled (almost exactly) his career high, which had been 184 at Notre Dame earlier this season.

“I guess they focused in (on Michigan wideout Devin Funchess) and forgot about me,” said Gallon during a post-game press conference.

Chris Daniels (Purdue), who also hailed from the state of Florida, previously held the Big Ten record with 301 yards. Gallon took down Daniels’ record just three days after the record’s fourteenth anniversary.

In breaking the Big Ten record, Gallon also slashed the school record for receiving yards in game. The record of 246 yards was previously held by Roy Roundtree.

The Wolverines 63-47 win over Indiana on Saturday gave Michigan their 19th consecutive win at home. Next week, the Wolverines will travel to Michigan State. Michigan’s offense is hot, but then again, so is Michigan State’s defense. Saturday’s match up should allow both teams to battle out whose strength is stronger.

Ohio State/Miami Herald Second Day Story

As Ohio State continued their winning streak with a 32-24 win over Iowa on Saturday, several implications needed to be addressed–mostly coming from the crazy nature of college football this weekend in general. While this story may not be considered traditional “second day story” form, I like that it touched several area’s of interest: the targeting ejection, the AP standings, and what’s ahead for OSU. I wish the score of the game had been put higher in this, but nonetheless, I think this did a good job of taking several key aspects of the game and laying them out for the reader.

A more story-ish piece that I really liked coming out of Big Ten reporting this week focused on Michigan’s win over Indiana. Although this was a gamer/second-day story blend, Mark Snyder’s angle and lede really stood out to me and had personality. He highlighted the records set during the game yet went beyond the play-by-play and numbers to create a more interesting piece.

Dri Archer back in the spotlight

While a cartoon may have kickstarted Dri Archer’s Heisman campaign, an ankle injury on the opening drive of Kent State’s season ended his chances all too soon. After setting a school record for touchdowns in a single-season, Archer had high hopes for his senior year.

Archer had played only one series since the injury until Sept 28 against Northern Michigan. He scored his first touchdown of the season against Northern Michigan with 6:21 left in the first half. He averaged 12.2 yds rushing and had 121 all-purpose yards in the Golden Flashes’ first win since their season opener against Liberty.

Archer told reporters, “It was nice to get back out there with my teammates.”

“Having Dri back was huge,” head coach Paul Haynes told The Plain Dealer. “All the teams know who he is and where he is on the field. You don’t have to give him the ball all the time to make things open up.”

The Golden Flashes played undefeated Northern Illinois on Saturday, whom they lost to in the 2012 MAC championship. Archer put up noteworthy numbers despite losing 38-24. He had four receptions for 80 yds. He was named East Division Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday for his 100 yard kick off return, tying a school record. The Golden Flashes found the Dri Archer they created a Heisman hype around.

Kent State heads to Ball State this weekend, where hopefully Archer will remain hot and injury free for what’s left of his season.

The Kenny Guiton Trilogy

The Buckeyes begin conference play this week, taking on Wisconsin at home. It seems as though starting quarterback, Braxton Miller, will make his return after being injured early in the game against San Diego State. Three weeks and three games later, Kenny Guiton will return to the bench with two new school records and three wins. The trilogy is over, book closed.

That can’t be the end….Can it?

Miller was carted off the field during the first quarter of the San Diego State game on Sept. 7; enter Guiton. The story begins. In the three games that Guiton led the team, the Buckeyes out scored opponents 170-41, including a 76-0 shutout of Florida A&M.

Guiton set a school record for touchdown passes in a game. He set a school record for longest play from line of scrimmage. He received the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week two weeks in a row. He had a completion rate of 68.1% for those three games. All of these being true, he still has not faced a Big Ten opponent.

Miller, who led the team to an undefeated season in 2012, has the conference experience that head coach Urban Meyer wants.

“Braxton is 13-0 as a starter [since the start of last season] and has done very well with his improvements. Meyer told several media outlets that he expects Miller to start Saturday against Wisconsin,” says Meyer to ESPN.com.

Meyer told the News-Herald that Guiton has earned a few snaps, but didn’t specify how many or would he would get to take those. So it seems for now Guiton’s story is just a three game, non-conference series.

Exit Guiton; Enter Miller.