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Posted on: November 24, 2008 11:02 am
 

The Wacky World of College Football

I have a hard time not laughing.  Not because I truly find the situation funny, but moreso that I use the laughter to hide the pain.  Unfortunately for fans, cash is king in college football, and for that reason alone, we will never see a playoff, no matter how many times a situation like the one in which we currently find ourselves in occurs.  The three way tie atop the Big XII South standings is the best argument for a playoff system.  Texas beats Oklahoma, who beats Texas Tech, who beat Texas.  It's fantastic, and honestly, who wouldn't want to see a late December/early January semifinal/final matchup between 2 of these teams.  The Big XII is about to be punished for having too many great teams, and that's a travesty.  One of the hottest teams in the nation (Oklahoma), might not even make their conference championship game.  No one, save Florida, has looked as good down the stretch as the Sooners.  Why not let these kids settle the score on the field?  As the system stands, this is where I see the BCS bowls settling on for games:

National Championship Game - Oklahoma vs. Florida

Fiesta Bowl - Texas vs. Utah

Sugar Bowl - USC vs. Alabama

Orange Bowl - Cincinnati vs. Georgia Tech

Rose Bowl - Penn State vs. Oregon State

These are obviously hinging on the idea that Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State by a large enough margin to jump Texas in the BCS standings and earn a chance to play in the Big XII Championship game against Missouri.  It also hinges on Georgia Tech winning the tie breaker in the Coastal Division of the ACC, then beating Boston College (who would also likely have to win a tiebreaker in the Atlantic Division of the ACC to get into the championship game).  I'm feeling pretty comfortable with those picks, except maybe Georgia Tech (the ACC is more screwed up than the Big XII South right now).  Now, this is why we need a playoff.  Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, and Oregon State have no business playing in BCS games, and because of conference tie-ins, will replace more deserving teams from Boise State, Texas Tech, and Ohio State.  Such is life in college football though, I suppose.  Hang in there sports fans, if nothing else, this should be another exciting finish to the year.

Posted on: November 12, 2008 4:28 pm
 

It's Not My Fault...

I've already commented about this on another thread, I just thought it deserved another go.  Listening to Mike Martz cry and complain about how the re-spot cost San Francisco the game on Monday night makes me sick to my stomach.  Seems Coach Martz suffers from a severe case of short term memory loss.  Or, better yet, maybe he thinks that if he can complain enough about this it will draw our attention away from the ineptitude 2 plays prior.  Let's not forget that the 49ers managed to waste 20-25 seconds trying to spike the ball after the first down that got them into scoring range in the first place.  Who in their right mind substitutes inside a minute with no timeouts and the clock running?  Next, he had more than enough time, not to mention guys in the press box, to tell him that Frank Gore's knee was down at the 2 1/2 yard line.  At that moment he should have told Shaun Hill to spike the ball to stop the clock, then call a more appropriate play for the situation.  Instead, he pretends like he had no idea that the ball would be respotted and calls a draw, not with featured back Frank Gore, but with back-up Michael Robinson.  Of course, in a finish sweet as poetry for the Cardinals, Robinson is stopped at the one, game over. 

At this point, you expect someone in Martz's position to come to the press conference and own up to the fact that he made a bad play call.  Not tonight baby.  Martz has the audacity to blame the refs, who coincidentally made the correct call on this one, for why they lost the game.  It honestly sickens me.  Be a man, admit you made a mistake, admit you panicked under pressure.  Don't worry Mike, no one will think less of you, we can all still remember your last few year in St. Louis and Detroit.  In fact, we honestly expect you to make decisions like this.  Had the play succeeded he would have had no problem soaking up the praise of his offensive prowess, but the second something happens that makes him look inept, he passes the buck.  Don't forget Mike, when you point your finger at someone else, there are 3 more pointing right back at you.

Posted on: November 5, 2008 11:42 am
 

Hope

I decided today to take a step back from the world of sports and focus for a moment on something much bigger.  Something historic took place yesterday in the United States of America.  Voters turned out in all ages, races, religions, and creeds in record numbers, and for the first time in the history of this great nation, we have elected an African-American as President.

Barack Obama won the most powerful position in the country on the promise of a single word: hope.  Take away a man's hope, and you take away his will to live.  President-elect Obama turned the power of hope into a creed that has stretched through the many highlights and lowlights of this country.  That simple phrase: Yes we can.  But it is far more important now to remember that the road ahead is littered with pot holes, pitfalls, and land mines.  Yes we can, sure, but more importantly, yes we must.  President-elect Obama has shown us hope; he has shown us his desire to lead this great country from the depths of financial instability.  He has shown us his vision of restoring the good name of the United States of America throughout the rest of the world.

Regardless of the candidate you supported in this election, it is now our duty as Americans to stand shoulder to shoulder with one another and do anything and everything in our power to support this man.  Sure we may not always agree with his decisions, but when it comes down to it, we must trust his judgment.  We must have faith that he is truly acting on what he belives is best for this great country.  We must have faith...we must have hope.

 
 
 
 
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