Thank goodness for Christmas cards. That's another way of introducing this week's flotsam from the ether.
From: Sean McIrvin
Dennis, I completely agree with your opinion about the conference championship games when you say "The logical thing is to keep the conference title games, if you must, but get rid of the divisions. Play off the best two teams in the league ..."
Having said that, why not take it a step further and recommend the same for the NFL? Why have conferences and divisions? Have the schedules randomly picked with some rivalry games in there (i.e. Kansas City/Oakland/Denver and Washington/Dallas).
Take the 16 teams with the best record, give four a bye the first round, and have them go at it. This year is the perfect example of why I have been asserting this opinion for years.
Who from the NFC would prove worthy in this scenario besides Dallas, the New York Giants, Seattle, Chicago and maybe one more? Instead you have a bunch of teams in the AFC who should be in the playoffs but will likely be left out because the AFC is much tougher (San Diego and Kansas City are two). Get the tradition of bowls and conferences/divisions out of college and professional football.
Or, take it step further. After all those playoff games, stage this big Bacchanalian orgy of a championship game. Price the tickets at $500 so that not even the most dedicated fan can go.
Fly in a bunch of hookers, corporate hotshots, the latest rap/country/pop stars, Terry Bradshaw, add a shot of vodka and serve chilled.
Oh wait, they already do that. It's called the Super Bowl.
From: John Parrish
I am so glad that the ACC is being exposed as a second-tier football conference.
The addition of Miami and Virginia Tech only created a Big 3 plus 9, but that appears to have being reduced to the Big 2 plus 10. My contention is that the conference did not rise to meet Florida State, but just the opposite happened. Only time will tell if Miami and Virginia Tech follow suit.
Parrish The Thought:
Yeah, you never know when those football sleeping giants in Chapel Hill and Durham are going to wake up.
From: Herb Conner
What's the deal with everyone jumping on the Mississippi coach? I'm no fan, but the report I read said he called Tulane's coach and said he heard that they were folding the program and wanted info on some of their players.
No one, as far as I could tell, has said he made any contact with any of the players directly. Doesn't sound like an ethical problem to me, unless there's more than what's being reported going on.
Let me put it to you this way: Say your next door neighbor called saying he heard you and your wife were getting a divorce, then wanted to know if she was available for a "sleepover."
Now you have some idea how Tulane coach Chris Scelfo felt.
Can you explain to me what is happening? We have a war in Iraq and our international image is worse than it has ever been. And Congress is looking at the BCS and threatening to interfere with Philadelphia's business over T.O. Do they not have anything better to do?
I've been asking myself that ever since those Congressional dolts nodded knowingly while Raffy swore he never took 'roids.
"The greatest offense in college football history walked off the Coliseum turf for the last time." All possibility of objectivity in your column was gone after stating that as a conclusive fact.
That's kind of the idea of writing a COLUMN, having an OPINION. That doesn't mean you agree with it or that it's necessarily right, but it's what I believe. It was enough to make you send an e-mail, so mission accomplished.
Dennis Dodd is the new JINX (forget the SI Jinx).
He writes how Va. Tech has passed by Miami. Miami spanks Va. Tech. Then Va. Tech loses to a pathetic Florida State and ends up outside the BCS. He implores people to show some love to LSU. LSU is dominated by Georgia. Keep Dennis from writing about your team. He is the new CBS SportsLine.com Jinx.
Let's put the jinx to the test. Where do you work? I'll be there in the morning chatting up your boss about the web sites you've been visiting (wink, wink).
From: Bill Allen
The Rose Bowl does at last present a clear-cut choice for deciding the national champion. But then the whole BCS formula breaks down.
Penn State and Oregon should play to decide which of the 10-1 teams is superior. Sorry, Ohio State and Notre Dame; two losses should never catapult you into the second-best matchup when there are two one-loss teams from the Big Ten and Pac-Ten or any other major conference.
Mr. Dodd's effusive and indecipherable blather notwithstanding, the BCS is still a sellout to the bowl and commercial power players and has little to do with what is best for college football and its fans.
I agree whole-heartedly with your last paragraph. Unfortunately, your argument falls apart in the first two grafs.
The BCS is designed for one thing and one thing alone, to try to arrange a 1 vs. 2 game if possible. It worked this year. It hasn't in other years.
You're the first person I've heard demand a Penn State-Oregon game to determine who is "superior." Last time I checked, there is exactly no public outcry for that game. You might want to check, we don't have a playoff. The winner of that game will have proved what, exactly?
The game that everyone wants to see (after the Rose Bowl) is Penn State-Notre Dame. The bowls, though, wanted selection flexibility when the BCS was formed. That's why, again, only a 1-2 game was assured. You might not agree with the 1-2 teams but it is, what it is -- better than the old format.
If we were back in the old bowl system, Texas would have been in the Orange Bowl playing Ohio State (probably) and USC would be in the Rose Bowl playing Penn State.
So if what we have is worse than that, I'll be willing to hear an enlightened rebuttal.
From: Chioke Hassan
Hey! Dennis Could you see Barry Switzer comeback to the sidelines?
Where have you been? That's where he spends every Saturday cheering on the Sooners in his letterman's jacket. Really.
Remember this quote: "Washington will be in a Rose Bowl again before Notre Dame is another national championship game." Nice. What will happen first: (1) Dodd shows some respect for ND, (2) Dodd admits he was wrong about something ... anything!! (3) Dodd gives up sports writing to become SEC media representative. I'm hoping for No. 3 myself.
Still stand by that statement and the SEC. Go VolsCocksDawgsTigersTideGatorsDoresWildcatsBulldogsRebsHogs.
Hi Dennis; As long-time fans and current parents of a Notre Dame student, we will be enjoying our nachos on Jan. 2nd at the Fiesta Bowl.
Don't forget to wash it down with some Charlie Weis Kool-Aid.
Hey, you loser. I never got a response from you because you are a chicken (bleep). The Pac-10 has mopped the floor in five of its past six BCS appearances and is the superior conference to all others.
Sorry, USC doesn't count. It has seceded. That program is on Neptune, not of this world.
From: Chris Lopez
Can you please explain to your readers how No. 5 Oregon got left out of a BCS bowl game while No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 22 Florida State were shoe ins?
Apparently, the BCS system worked well for all ... except Pac-10 school Oregon. Apparently, something still needs to be fixed.
Lost In Eugene:
There is virtually no compelling argument for Oregon.
1. It is exactly one game better than Ohio State or any other 9-2 team.
2. Ohio State was co-champ of the Big Ten. Oregon lost to Pac-10 champion USC by 33 at home.
3. Win your league. That's why Florida State is in.
4. Ohio State automatically qualified by finishing No. 4 in the BCS.
5. That meant Oregon was in a pool with Notre Dame, LSU etc. It was the Fiesta's choice. They went with a school with 80 years of tradition, countless All-Americans, national championships and legends. It's called a brand name. Even though Oregon is flush with Nike money, it doesn't have enough of Swoosh to overcome ND.
From: Mike Cerrato
I don't understand the religious side-comment you made in regard to Kansas teaching Intelligent Design (Monday).
Why were they embarrassing themselves? Can I infer from your comment that people who believe in something bigger than them look foolish? And the ones that actually step forward and confirm it through debate are embarrassing themselves?
I have read that paragraph numerous times to make sure I understood you correctly, and I cannot come up with any other explanation. I am sorry, but your article portrays Kansas as a racist, black-hating state made up of idiots because they believe in God.
Sir, are you from Kansas? Have you spent time in Kansas? How can you paint with such broad strokes? Hiring black coaches might be an integral issue in sports but is a minor part of overall race relations in this country. Yet, you use it to make a whole state look like the headquarters for the KKK.
Also not to get technical, but there was the Nebraska-Kansas Act. This piece of legislation was enacted to counter the Missouri Compromise, which originally made both territories free.
Due to this new legislation, Kansas was known as "bleeding Kansas" because of the clashes between pro-slavery and anti-slavery groups. Why don't you look these up; Emigrant Aid Company and Eli Thayer.
In fact, some of the most radical abolitionists hailed from Kansas. So Dennis, is it possible that there are people in Kansas who possess enough intelligence to believe a black person has every right to the head coaching job at Kansas State as white person does, even though they believe God?
I understand the overall point to the article, but don't lump in a whole state with the brass from one university and top of it off with a inference that says, "Hey, are you surprised it took so long, these are the same people that want to teach about God!" For the record, I am from Long Island and consider myself moderately religious.
Running off at the Cerrato:
For the record, I'm from Kansas and consider myself informed about life in these parts. I was merely trying to point out the state's conservatism. Ever hear of Bob Dole? Oh, and we just recently allowed Sunday liquor sales.
Whether you agree with Intelligent Design or not, it WAS a national embarrassment that there was a debate about teaching it in Kansas schools. At least that was the feeling I had when I saw stories splashed across the front page of the New York Times.
Or maybe it was shame. People must think we're yokels. Call me crazy but I believe in the separation of church and state.
Your article on the hiring of Floyd Keith was informative and interesting for an alumni like myself. My only question was why the bash on Kansan intelligence at the end??
Your opinion on whether there is a God or not is your right to have, but why ruin a nice piece of news with your silly opinion?
Respectfully, Jay Newcomer. God is real and loves you very much!
I'm pretty sure I never mentioned The Big Guy's name or questioned his existence in that piece. Come back in off the ledge, Jay.
How can you rank the SEC behind the Big Ten and the Pac-10? Good defenses always make good offenses look bad. Ask any coach.
Second, maybe each team in the league has two losses because there are so many good teams. There is more parity in the SEC and each team is beat up pretty good by the end of the year. I love the Big Ten. I am a UGA fan and normally beat them every year in a bowl game.
Jake the SEC Snake:
By your logic, if everyone in the SEC was 6-5, it would be because "there are so many good teams." The more losses, the better? This just in: Two-loss teams do not play for national championships.
And I'm soooo tired of this "they beat each other up" argument. LSU beat up everyone pretty good a couple of years ago. USC has been doing some beating up for three years.
Can't you just admit it was a down year for the SEC? Having a gaggle of great defenses is no different than the Pac-10 having a lot of good offenses.
Tiebreaker? A 34-game winning streak and consecutive national championships.
From: Vance Voth
Please reply -- I'm sure you get flooded with all kinds of feedback, but prove me wrong and please answer my questions below. I just want to know if you have ever been to Manhattan, Kan.? If so, when?
Yes, more times than I can remember, starting in 1981. And as recently as Monday. That's why the dateline read MANHATTAN, Kan.
From: Michael Davis
Regarding Ron Prince, who gives a rat's ass if he's black! Can he coach?
Your story on the BCS and bowl matchups was excellent. Funny stuff. Great writing line after line. One of your best reads.
Back to Reality:
Yes, but was it respectful to the SEC, Pac-10 and Intelligent Design believers?