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Mason:Bear with me while I throw some numbers at you.3,147. 28. 8-0.Can’t figure out what they mean? Those are Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell’s passing yards, touchdowns, and the Red Raiders’ record (in that order, of course).Absolutely ridiculous.Harrell has proven himself as, statistically, the best quarterback in college football. He’s thrown for almost 400 yards more than the next highest challenger — Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford, who has played the same number of games as Harrell (though Bradford has him bested in the touchdown department by one, but both trail David Johnson of Tulsa’s 32).His interceptions have also dropped dramatically from a year ago — just five so far this season compared to 14 a year ago. He’s also been sacked a mere three times, which doesn’t necessarily reflect on him, but it shows he’s getting the ball to his receivers quickly.But that aforementioned unbeaten record has Texas Tech at No. 6 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Red Raiders are one of four top 10 teams without a blemish on their record and are eyeing up a BCS bowl bid.But wait, you say. What tough teams have Harrell and the Raiders beaten? True, their only win against a ranked opponent came this past weekend against then-No. 23 Kansas. You can’t fault Harrell, however, for the schedule. All the man does is throw for five scores against both the Jayhawks (to go along with 386 yards through the air) and Texas A&M (oh, and he posted 450 yards passing in that game). I know a certain Badger team that wouldn’t mind having those numbers.Tebow? Te-boo. McCoy? More like McBoy. Moreno? Know-way! Harrell for Heisman!Zetlin:OK Count Dracula, you want to play numbers games? Fine, feast on these:360.242.It’s funny you pick Harrell for Heisman because the real trophy winner will be standing across the field from him on Saturday. Oh, and he’s 8-0, too, just so you know.As for those numbers? The first would be Harrell’s total attempts this season; the second is Colt McCoy’s total. Get it?Of course you’re going to have higher totals when you throw the ball 78 more times! Want some more?18.104.22.168.Harrell’s completion percentage versus McCoy’s. 81.8 percent, Mason! Against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Missouri (I know they have no defense, but the other two are legit).Not only is McCoy the best player on the best team in college football (the Texas Longhorns, for those of you who don’t know), but he’s the best player, period: a sure-thing recipe to bring home the Heisman.But I’ll be fair with you, Mase, because I like Harrell too. If the Red Raiders win on Saturday, I’ll concede this PCP immediately. Too bad they don’t stand a chance. Get ready for Tech to get trounced!The crazy part is, Texas head coach Mack Brown said earlier this season the Horns were going to be better next year. Plus, McCoy already said he’ll be staying for his senior campaign. Scary.Colt McBoy? More like Colt McJoy, when he’ll have one leg up and one arm out come December.
He had been up against Briton Mo Farah, who claimed a historic Olympic double-double in the 5000m and 10,000m, and South African Wayde van Niekerk, whose Olympic gold medal-winning run in the 400m also eclipsed the world record set by Michael Johnson.In the female category, Almaz claimed the title after smashing the 10,000m world record in Rio.Picking up brilliantly where she left off in 2015 as the world 5000m champion, 25-year-old Almaz proceeded to rewrite the all-time lists in the 5000m.After a 14:16.31 performance in Rabat, she threatened the world record with a 14:12.59 run in Rome, the second-fastest performance of all time.That momentum continued in late June at the Ethiopian Olympic trials for 10,000m where she triumphed in 30:07.00, the fastest ever debut over the distance.In Rio she went faster still, opening the Olympic athletics programme with a stunning 10,000m world record of 29:17.45 that knocked more than 14 seconds from a record set 23 years earlier.At 5000m, Almaz took Olympic bronze and won the Diamond Race.She beat off competition from Jamaican Elaine Thompson, who won golds in the 100 and 200m in Rio before helping Jamaica to a silver medal in the 4x100m relay, and also Polish Olympic hammer champion and world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk.Share on: WhatsApp Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (2ndL) reacts after he crossed the finish line head of USA’s Justin Gatlin (R), Canada’s Andre De Grasse (L) and France’s Jimmy Vicaut to win the Men’s 100m Final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. AFP PHOTOMonaco, Principality of Monaco | AFP | Sprint king Usain Bolt won an unprecedented sixth IAAF male Athlete of the Year award on Friday, Ethiopian Almaz Ayana picking up the female award after her record-setting 10,000m gold in Rio.“I live for the moments I walk into the stadium,” said Bolt, who will retire next year. “I love competing, I dream of being in the stadium competing against the best.Bolt, previously winner in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, was rewarded for another blistering season that saw him claim three gold medals (100m, 200m and 4x100m relay) at the Rio Olympics for the third consecutive Games.The 30-year-old dominated the 100m in 9.81sec and came back four days later with a 19.78sec victory in the 200m to secure a third straight Olympic title over both distances, a first.The following day he anchored Jamaica to victory in the 4x100m in 37.27sec, the fourth fastest of all time. His 9.81sec gold medal-winning performance in Rio was the second fastest in the world, his 19.78sec in the 200m the third fastest.Bolt ended his season unbeaten in six individual finals, having made history as the first athlete to win three consecutive Olympic triples.“It’s definitely a big deal,” Bolt said of the award.“When you get to be athlete of the year it means that all the hard work has paid off, so if I can win it for a sixth year means as much as the first one.”