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Big Ten Fans: Time to Unite!

Posted on: August 17, 2009 10:34 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2010 12:18 pm
 

Last year, the SEC and the Big 12 have dominated college football while the Big Ten had a percieved weakness, causing a imbalance in power. However, the Big Ten is currently getting stronger, but we need to unite as Big Ten fans by creating a Big Ten Coalition. To do this we need to:
Improve weakest teams
Reconcile rivalries
Create alliances
Strenghen our standing COMPLETED (Big Ten improved from 1-6 to 4-3 in bowl games)
Overthrow the SEC and Big 12 football teams when necessary (Penn State defeated LSU in the Capital One Bowl, but there is still much more to do)
Overthrow USC in the Rose Bowl when necessary (USC did not play in the Rose Bowl)
The SEC and the Big 12 will eventually weaken from power struggles, but we as the Big Ten will unite, grow stronger, and stay strong. GO BIG TEN!

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Since: Jul 17, 2010
Posted on: July 17, 2010 11:11 pm
 

Big Ten Fans: Time to Unite!

Of course every other year you should have your last regular season game at your home stadium. I would like to see locked in division rival games, to end the regular season every year, spread out over three days of the four day thanksgiving weekend, so all the games would be televised, without any game competing against any other game’s broadcast time slot. A lot of fans have a long thanksgiving weekend; this would allow fans to watch every game live on television. Scheduling the games this way would also allow you to travel to as many as three of the six games. It would do what no other conference can, put together six sold out games in the same week. I think this would create a buzz that can help with bowl invitations to the ten teams that can not play in the championship game.

This is Thanksgiving Weekend for Big Ten Rivalries.

Eastern Time Zone Division Games

3<sup>rd</sup> Day
The Game
Michigan
Ohio State

2<sup>nd</sup> Day
The Land Grant Game
Pen State
Michigan State

1<sup>st</sup> Day
The Old Oaken Bucket Game
Purdue
Indiana

Central Time Zone Division Games

3<sup>rd</sup> Day
The Polka Game
Nebraska
Iowa

2<sup>nd</sup> Day
The Slab of Bacon Game
Minnesota
Wisconsin

1<sup>st</sup> Day
The Land of Lincoln Game
Northwestern
Illinois




Since: Jun 5, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2010 10:59 pm
 

Big Ten Fans: Time to Unite!

I have moved the vote to another site. For more voting, go to:




Since: Jun 5, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2010 12:26 pm
 

Big Ten Fans: Time to Unite!

There has been a change of plans regarding counting of votes for Big Ten resolutions.

Starting today, a college or university will have two votes to avoid confusion between votes within a college or university.
Therefore, Wisconsin will have 2 yes votes.

As of January 15, 2010

Illinois- 1 yes vote
Indiana- not voted
Iowa- 1 yes vote
Michigan- not voted
Michigan St.- not voted
Minnesota- 1 yes vote
Northwestern- 1 yes vote
Ohio St.- 1 no vote
Penn St.- not voted
Purdue- not voted
Wisconsin- 2 yes votes

Yea- 6
Nay- 1
Present- 0
Not voted- 15



Since: Jun 5, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2010 10:43 pm
 

Big Ten Fans: Time to Unite!

Alabama has won against Texas 37-21 in football, but it is another sign of a power struggle between the SEC and the Big 12. Meanwhile the Big TEN improved from 1-6 to 4-3 in bowl games (1-1 vs SEC, 0-2 vs Big 12). However, the BCS still had chosen winners and losers, not allowing underdogs such as Michgan and Illinois to participate in a bowl. So I still favor BCS reform by using a four region system.

West- Pasadena, CA or the Northwest
East- Miami, FL, or the Northeast
Midwest- New Orleans LA, Glendale, AZ, or the Midwest
South- New Orleans, LA or Glendale, AZ

Locations should be changed every year similar to college basketball and world sports.



Since: Jun 5, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2009 7:44 pm
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Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2009 10:12 am
 

Big Ten Fans: Time to Unite!

This week finally brings this long thread  into a very tough reality for all of us.  For the first time this year the Big Ten has five schools in the hioops Top 25.  And Wisconsin faces Ohio State when there are few other games that matter.

Any media outside Madison or Columbus writing much about any of this?  If the same situation week was occurring in the ACC or even Pac-10, ESPN would deliver wall-to-wall coverage.   Every single one of us loses in this environment--whether you just don't like Ohio State is NOT the point.

The problems of weather and a smaller recruiting pool are very real, but fans and officials of other conferences are outsmarting us in marketing their conferences.  The proof is the Heisman. How could Ingram possibly beat Gerhart and CJ Spiller with better numbers for winning teams? How could he beat Suh?--that amazing Nebraska defender who led the Huskers to wildly outperform all predictions? Igram had lesser numbers and little impact on Alabama's ranking.

So how did he win? Because the SEC knows how to play politics. The Big Ten hasn't done this effectively for years. 

Bottom Line: We rise or sink together.  Two teams in the Big Ten are regular newst in football. Only one in basketball.  That means all your team support doesn't get past the campus for most of us.  This is crazy.  It IS vital we build an alliance and put pressure on our schools and the Big Ten office in Chicago to start playing PR and the political game the way the Big 12 and SEC do. 

Example:  Coach Steve Lavin and this site's Gary Parrish are big believers in Wisconsin basketball. Is anybody in the Big 10 building on this? Not at all. It's sad. Those of us who know college sports and marketing communications need to press Big Ten officials to wake up. Now.

Another yes vote from Wisconsin.



Since: Jun 5, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2009 3:38 pm
 

Big Ten Fans: Time to Unite!

I do respect your need for additional teams to the Big Ten, but I object to the fact that the rivalries help the Big Ten. In fact, those rivalries are tearing apart the Big Ten. And I also object to the two division system because it could tear apart the Big Ten even furthur. Why not that we have a top 2 team conference game or have no conference game at all with 12 teams. Or we start our own conference playoff system allowing all the teams to participate, with the winner getting the highest bid, runner-up #2, etc., or participation only by the conference champion and schedule the games Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday. Either we schedule the location with the upper seed being the home team (similar to the NFL) or schedule it in one neutral location (similar to college basketball).

When regular season ends November 20, 2010:
First Round: November 26/27 or 27/28 (Top 5 with 11 teams or Top 4 with 12 teams have a bye. If 16 teams, no bye, a difference from Big East basketball)
Second Round: December 3/4 or 4/5
Semifinals: December 10/11 or 11/12
Championship: December 17/18 or 18/19

When regular season ends November 27, 2010:
First Round: December 3/4 or 4/5 (Top 5 with 11 teams or Top 4 with 12 teams have a bye. If 16 teams, no bye, a difference from Big East basketball)
Second Round: December 10/11 or 11/12
Semifinals: December 17/18 or 18/19
Championship: December 24/25 or 25/26

When regular season ends December 4, 2010:
First Round: December 10/11 or 11/12 (Top 5 with 11 teams or Top 4 with 12 teams have a bye. If 16 teams, no bye, a difference from Big East basketball)
Second Round: December 17/18 or 18/19
Semifinals: December 24/25 or 25/26
Championship: December 31/January 1 or January 1/2

National Championship should be no later than January 9

Another situation is an FBS playoff system with or without conference championships:

When regular season ends November 27, 2010:
Week 1: December 3/4 or 4/5
Week 2: December 10/11 or 11/12
Week 3: December 17/18 or 18/19
Week 4: December 24/25 or 25/26
Week 5: December 31/January 1 or January 1/2
Week 6: No later than January 9

When regular season ends December 4, 2010:
Week 1: December 10/11 or 11/12
Week 2: December 17/18 or 18/19
Week 3: December 24/25 or 25/26
Week 4: December 31/January 1 or January 1/2
Week 5: January 7/8 or January 8/9
Week 6: No later than January 16

When you use the playoff system, there is no advantages given artificially, nor are the underdogs held back by the BCS system. I hope that everyone supports a full playoff system.



Since: Jun 5, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2009 3:09 pm
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Since: Jun 5, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2009 3:07 pm
 

Big Ten Fans: Time to Unite!

Voting on Big Ten Resolution 1 for the Creation of a Big Ten Coalition as of December 28, 2009

Illinois- yes
Indiana- not voted
Iowa- yes
Michigan- not voted
Michigan St.- not voted
Minnesota- yes
Northwestern- yes
Ohio St.- no
Penn St.- not voted
Purdue- not voted
Wisconsin- yes

Yea- 5
Nay- 1
Present- 0
Not voted- 5

Let's support the path to conference unity and college football reform!



Since: Nov 26, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2009 7:02 pm
 

Big Ten Fans: Time to Unite!

I don't understand what it is you are proposing here.  Jim Tressel has been recruiting nationwide, as Ohio State appeared in what, 3 National Championship games in like 4 years??  We get players from all over the country, not always the # 1 rated guys, but good young men who can be taught how to play the game at the college level, while getting an education at the same time.  We lost the games because of what I said in my other post here.  Isn't the Big Ten Conference a coalition? Do not the head coaches of Big Ten teams get along and support one another???  I would not believe that JoePa would trash any other university in the Big Ten to convince a guy to go to Penn State.  Jim Tressel the same. I can't think of one in the conference that would. 

Now if you are talking about us fans, well, I do root for EVERY Big Ten team in every Bowl they play in, even "that team up north".  I hate all the ballyhooing of the SEC and Big 12 and the Pac 10 for that matter by the sports media.  I hate it when one of OSU's own, Kirk "I think I am the world's greatest college analyst" Herbstreit disses Ohio State and the Big Ten.  I have lost all respect for the boy ! ! !  At any rate, I vote no.  The rivalry's are great, they have Paul Bunyon's Axe, and all those other trophies for games between interstate rivals, and I think they help make the games fun.  Let's not get too serious about all this, or we will become like the No Fun League.  Have fun, and be a good fan with good sportsmanship toward others, win or lose. 


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