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Posted on: November 4, 2009 1:50 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2009 11:02 am

 Please ignore Washaun Ealey. A cheap shot is a cheap shot is a cheap shot. It doesn’t matter if Ealey thinks so.

Part of this Brandon Spikes thing is about the power of the internet. Spikes’ eye gouge was shown Saturday during the CBS telecast. The replay became viral Sunday afternoon on YouTube. Amazing that it wasn’t an issue to millions of people watching live but after millions of people alerted by the internet replay, Florida felt compelled to do something. Not because Spikes necessarily committed a penalty but because he’d been caught on camera.

A fine whine from Iowa: The e-mail from Iowa sports information this week starts with the sentence, “It seems popular for national pundits to criticize the University of Iowa football team these days …”

The e-mail then goes to inform the reader that Iowa has defeated more teams with winning records than Cincinnati, TCU, Oregon and Boise State. The winning percentage of its opponents is higher than Oregon, TCU, Cincinnati and Boise State. Iowa has defeated as many top 25 BCS teams as Oregon (three).

One point: What are the Iowa flaks bitching about? Their team is No. 4 in the BCS and a heartbeat away from the national championship. It is essentially ranked as the best team in the country beyond Florida, Alabama and Texas. Not bad for a team that wins games with cushion shots.

Attendance issues: TCU and Boise State fans might be whining about which school deserves to go to a BCS bowl, but they aren’t showing up to watch their teams.

There were 11,000 empty seats in Fort Worth on Saturday to watch the Frogs shut out UNLV. It’s not like the game was widely televised. Once again, Versus did its best to keep TCU a secret.  Amon Carter Stadium only holds 44,000.

Boise State can’t sell out 33,500 Bronco Stadium but still has plans to expand the stadium.  Idaho Statesman columnist Brian Murphy breaks it down perfectly.

At least those two schools fans aren’t front runners. Only 67,700 showed up at Florida State to watch the Noles play N.C. State. That’s the smallest crowd at Doak Campbell Stadium since 1993.

 Notre Dame sports information has compiled the remaining schedule strength of the top 25 teams in the BCS. Turns out that the Irish, No. 22 in the BCS, have the third-toughest remaining schedule behind Ohio State and Pittsburgh.

The remaining four games are against Navy, Pittsburgh, Connecticut and Stanford. Will beating those four be enough to raise the Irish into the top 14 where they will need to be to get a BCS bowl? We’ll see.

More to the point is whether ND can run the table. Navy (6-3) and Pittsburgh (7-1) are bowl eligible. Stanford (5-3) and UConn (4-4) could be.

 A.J. Green has a “pulmonary contusion”? That’s what they’re calling a bruised lung at Georgia. At least it wasn’t an eye gouge.

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Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2009 8:49 am

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C'mon Dodd, are you really pretending you don't know exactly what Iowa is doing here?!  The word is posturing.  The writers on this site do it day after day after day for the SEC, so it should be no shock when a school in the hunt for the NC is telling people exactly why they deserve a bump in the polls.

In order for Iowa to have a shot at the NC Game, they must improve their ranking in the human polls.  Yeah, they are #4 in the BCS, but if they don't get a little help in the human polls, they could be shut out of the NC Game even with a perfect record.  If they move up to #3 or #4 in the human polls, with help from the computers they are much closer to getting into the game.  Then, with a loss by one of the top 2, they could much more easily assume one of those top 2 positions in the BCS.

Also, assuming a win at Ohio State they should regain #1 in the computers and without a Big 10 championship game, they are sitting for a week while other big names are playing, which always hurts in the polls.  Just ask Alabama.
Uh, yeah.  Bye bye Iowa. lol

Since: Aug 7, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2009 10:22 am

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Cinci's home opener was against SouthEast Missouri State.
Sorry for not wanting to watch practice.
They've also set attendance records.

On the field, Cincinnati's stats show that they just might be the best team in the country.

Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2009 8:31 am

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I guess if it was a black guy with dreadlocks and people actually watched womens soccer and it made millions of dollars for the school and sports writers weren't so clueless and....  then maybe someone woulc care...

Of course no one saw spikes getting poked in the eye causing him to miss downs.. getting his eye washed out, etc...

This is why America is generally stupid..... most believe what they're spoon fed by less than intelligent individuals...

Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2009 7:26 am

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Funny how nobody cares about this whole game and all the cheap shots.. one very very serious...

Maybe if the team were black and had dredlocks and had viewers and the sport made millions of dollars and had national viewership and sports columnists weren't so clueless... .

The complete lack of any attention is why the brandon spikes issue is overated and deserves not attention.....

Of course nobody saw him getting poked in the face before this incident .. and having to sit out several series washing his eyes out... did they?    No.. that would mean people had to be actually paying attention and not mouthing off over a single clip...

Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2009 7:21 am

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Funny how no one is complaining about this:  Maybe if the offenders were all black with dread locks and it were men and it was a sport that made millions of dollars and had viewers and those who write columns had a clue and....

Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2009 7:57 pm

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Uh, chief.  No one is scared of TCU.  lol

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2009 4:04 pm
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Since: Aug 8, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2009 2:37 pm

National notes - ATTENDANCE

DD, this is a nice article, the BSU and TCU cases, well, these schools are putting the most they can on their stadiums, and facing some weak opponents wont help for a sell out crowd, of course that on the verge of an undefeated season and a possible BCS bowl, the fans should do anything possible to be there, they are winning and actually competing for something big. It reminds me the LA Rams or LA Raiders, with half empty stadiums, but, since they move, LA is screaming and building a new state of the art stadium to get a team back. The other posters that are claiming about the frogs and the broncos, do you live in Forth worth or boise? are you attending the games? if both answers are yes, then you're right, but if the first answer is yes and the second is no, give me a break and stop talking about the small school big stadium complain and get yourself into the stadium.


Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2009 11:30 am

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A little reality here...We'll take #4 right now but everyone has to agree that Iowa is the 'time will tell' story of the year (still, but time is running out)...Northwestern could beat the Hawks - it's reality, then a tough game at the Shoe...and who knows what kind of weather for the Minnesota game. 

But...if Iowa smokes Northwestern with a solid complete game (which they have not had to date except for maybe Iowa State) - and they win on the road at Ohio State - the Minnesota game and how the Hawks perform in that one becomes HUGE for the BCS...I have my ticket!

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2009 10:59 am

Your underwear

Clearly, Dennis has spent too much time in the Missouri.  Dude is one angry individual who just loves to hate.  Does he give any love to any team or anyone?  Dennis, you clearly bitch more than the national debt.  You are at the top of the bitch totem pole and you have 'b.i.t.c.h' stiched into your underwear.

The only national media personalities that have given Iowa any sort of credit has been Herbstreit, your boy Doyle and some cats from the Big Ten Network. 

Everyone else is just waiting for the "I told you so" game.

SI gives the Hawks a little regional cover love - or an SI cover jinx!

The mutt has had enough!

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