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Wrapping Up The First Weekend Of The Year As Fast As I Can

Posted in NFL Football, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2011 by thelasthonestman

The key word for me is: busy.  As in, I’ve had a busy weekend to start 2011, and the next couple of days are going to be equally as hectic.  But enough happened this weekend that I needed to touch on it, so here’s a quick wrap-up before I get to my NFL Playoff picks later in the week.

— A hearty congratulations to TCU for their victory in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin, culminating a 13-0 season and a chance to win the national title in their next game against .. oh, that’s right.  There is no tomorrow for this year’s Horned Frogs, thanks to the eternal stupidity of the B(C)S.  Still, it was nice to see one of the non-BCS conference teams yet again prove that they’re as worthy of playing for the title as the teams from the traditional “power’ conferences.

— And speaking of those “power” conferences, I wonder if we’ll hear Ohio State president Gordon Gee spout off again about the strength of the Big Ten and disparage teams like TCU the way he did back in late November when he dismissed the credentials of schools from non-BCS schools as unworthy.  “We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day,” Gee had said at the time — conveniently ignoring the cream-puff part of Ohio State’s schedule that featured Marshall and Eastern Michigan, two schools whose football teams might have had their own trouble beating the Little Sisters of the Poor in 2010.

What Gee should have said then was “We play very fine schools on any given day — and we usually lose royally to them.”  Or at least, that’s what it seemed like the last couple of days, as the Big Ten embarrassed themselves this weekend going 0-5, with Michigan and Michigan State getting outscored 101-21 in their humiliating losses — that’s in addition to Wisconsin’s loss to those “undeserving” Horned Frogs.  The Big Ten has proven itself to be over-matched more often than not in recent years when it comes to the Bowl Season, and this year was just more of the same.

"Let's see if I have this straight -- if there's no 2011 season, I can't lose any more games, right?"

— After my piece on Friday on coaches that I thought should be headed for the unemployment line, reports leaked that two of the head men in question — Gary Kubiak from Houston and Jason Garrett from Dallas — were probably going to be retained for 2011.  If true, there’s drastically different reasons for those decisions — Kubiak’s retention after he signed a two-year extension after last season screams out “There’s a lockout coming and I don’t want to pay two head coaches” from Texans owner Bob McNair, while Garrett earned his retention by going 5-3.

I still think neither is the answer for their teams.  Assuming both come back next year and that there’s actually an NFL season for us to watch (a big assumption at this point, as crazy as that should sound),  Garrett may last longer than a year in his new position, but I think I have a better chance at getting hired as an NFL coach myself than Kubiak surviving yet another season of disappointing results — which is exactly what he’s going to bring to the Texans if he stays.

Not pictured: A team deserving of a trip to the playoffs in 2010

— And finally, the NFL has to be thrilled to see a 7-9 team in the Seattle Seahawks backing into making the playoffs after beating the equally hapless St. Louis Rams on Sunday night in a game that I frankly has trouble sitting through and watching.  Even my fantasy football leagues have a rule that says you have to finish at least .500 to make the playoffs — but the NFL doesn’t?  Mercifully, the Seahawks playoff run should be as brief as it will be painful for Roger Goodell to watch.

Later this week, I’ll be back with my 2nd Annual Crappy Playoff Predictions — be sure not to miss it!

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Another Year With The B(C)S

Posted in College Football, Rants, Sports with tags , on December 6, 2009 by thelasthonestman

Another college football season almost gone — another chorus of schools screaming for a national title shot that will never come their way, thanks to the clusterfuck that is the B(C)S.

After one of the most unimpressive showings in recent Big 12 Championship game memory, barring a revolt by the pollsters, we’re going to be watching Texas play Alabama for the National Title in Pasadena.  But are we really getting the two best teams in the country if that’s the case?  The answer is — who knows for sure?

Texas certainly didn’t look like a national title contender Saturday night against a Nebraska team that might not even be in the top-25 by the end of the weekend.  If not for a somewhat controversial call to put a second back on the clock at the end of the game — after an ill-advised play by Colt McCoy that nearly ran out not only the clock, but any chances Texas had at a title — then we might be looking at the worst nightmare of the “Power Conferences” — TCU, Cincinnati, or Boise State playing in a title game.  That would be a travesty, right?

No — what it would be is tremendously exciting — but we’ll never see it in our lifetimes unless much-needed changes are made.  The B(C)S is a creation of the major conferences — and really, we’re only talking about four conferences here (the SEC, Big 12, Pac-10, and the Big 10 — though the latter hasn’t exactly been the home to much high-quality football for a while now) — invented to throw just enough of a carrot to rest of the college football landscape while forever denying the majority of schools any chance at claiming the sport’s ultimate prize.

Well, I call bullshit on the BCS BS and all of the reasons given for why some sort of a playoff can’t be implemented.   Worried about the Bowl structure?   Keep them — it’s not like the majority of them matter anyway anymore.  They haven’t in a long time — at least not since classics like the Gator Bowl turned into the Eveready Long-Lasting Battery Bowl between two teams that finished 6-6 on the year.   Run eight teams into a playoff — implementing the major bowls — and let the rest of the teams get their consolation prizes in the minor bowls before the real fun starts.

The arguments about athletes missing classroom time?  Really?  Are we talking about players for major school actually attending classes that matter — or even attending at all?  Besides, an elimination of a regular season game — putting us back at 11 instead of the 12 teams can currently schedule — would serve two purposes: making room for the playoff structure as well as hopefully eliminating the cupcakes that seem to be a requirement for any major school’s schedule these days.  And let’s not forget that come mid-December, athletes won’t have classes to attend anyway due to the holidays.

But at always, don’t hold your breath waiting for the right, intelligent thing to happen; there’s too much money involved right now going into the pockets of too many schools with power over the system — and they’re not going to give up that control willingly.  And until the day comes that they do, we’ll be left with a lot of what-ifs — and a “national champion” that is as much of a popularity contest sometimes as it is a testament to the better football team.

Ain’t Gonna Be No Rematch

Posted in College Football, Sports with tags , on December 5, 2009 by thelasthonestman

With the one-sided drubbing that Alabama laid on Florida Saturday afternoon, it’s safe to presume that the national title picture has cleared itself significantly.

Alabama, obviously, is in.  And if Texas wins the Big 12 Championship Game tonight against Nebraska, then they will meet the Crimson Tide in Pasadena.  Simple enough.  But what if the Cornhuskers pull off the upset — then what?

What shouldn’t happen is the possibility that some experts have tossed out there — that a Texas loss might lead to a rematch between Alabama and Florida.  As dominant as the SEC has been in years previous, at times there seemed to be something lacking in the performances of the conference’s top teams — Florida looked sluggish in several games, and Alabama had close calls against an unranked Tennessee squad and Auburn.  While there’s no argument that an unbeaten Crimson Tide squad deserves its place at the top of the college landscape right now, there also shouldn’t be any argument that Florida doesn’t deserve a spot in a title game over other contenders like unbeaten Cincinnati, TCU — and yes, even Boise State.  In the event of a Texas stumble, hopefully the pollsters and the computers will realize the obvious as well.