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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: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 8:36 pm

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No, I asked why you're bitching about me pointing out that TCU doesn't fill one of the smallest stadiums in Division I-A when it is one of seven undefeated teams in the country. If you're trying to alibi for one empty seat you're high.

I've heard all the excuses: Well, Thursday night games aren't good because of traffic. Well, it was the opponent. Well, it was hot. If this team was 5-5 they'd be letting people stand along the sidelines. C'mon, step up TCU..and Boise..and Cincinnati.

Kansas, a basketball school, is regularly filling a 50,000 seat stadium for a 5-3 team.

Your serve.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2009 8:25 pm

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Are you serious?!  I'm sorry to burst your bubble, Dodd, but the top 3 teams don't have to go to the pollsters and say, hey, we are worth more than you're giving us because they just get it because of their name and past success.  Yes, Iowa has played a lot of close games, but they have done it against one of the toughest schedules in the country and still they are behind "powerhouses" like TCU and Cincinatti.  There is no reason, given who the teams have played, that you can look at Iowa winning by close margins and think it less of an accomplishment than beating the Virginia by 16 or Miami(OH) by 24!

The human polls are giving more respect to teams beating no-namers big than a team who is beating good football teams by smaller margins.  Iowa is simply trying to improve their stock.  If this were a corporation, this would be similar to a News release of third quarter earnings.

Oh, and just in case you're wondering what "posturing" means: to act in an affected or artificial manner, as to create a certain impression.

Sounds pretty similar to what Iowa is trying to accomplish, acting in a way that would create an improved impression of their football team!

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2009 7:27 pm

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ozark, how in the hell would you know about Boise fans?  I live here and have been a fan since the early 1990s, and most of the people I know have been fans for longer than that.  Boise's had a football tradition for decades, albeit at lower classifications until 1996.  I don't know where you're meeting the "bandwagon" BSU fans, but they're not in Boise.  The stadium's actually pretty close to full if it doesn't sell out, and the economy's been the reason this year.  I believe the attendance record was broken for the Oregon game.

Iowa State....played for any big dollars lately?  The last I remember was Seneca Wallace's team getting beat down in Boise a few years back.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2009 6:49 pm

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sheep  I was at Ole Miss in the late eighties and the stadium at that time had no lights and seated about 40,000. Ole Miss was stuck back then with playing half their games in Jackson 150 miles away. The usual three games we got on campus were Tulane, Arkansas State and Vanderbilt. Those are three schools that aren't bringing fans. They finally put in lights and all the sudden games were selling out. They dumped playing games in Jackson and now have a stadium that seats 62,000 and is usually at capacity. Good teams on any home schedule are gonna bring fans. I don't see UNLV(the academic equivalent of Temple in the west) is gonna bring more than however many fans can get on the plane with the team. They don't even attend games in Vegas. Why would they go to Fort Worth? The national writer did ask why.

Since: Oct 9, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 6:25 pm

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Boohoo.  You Gator fans have it so tough.  I'd rather have a team of referees on my side than Dennis Dodd any day.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 6:15 pm

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Because..genius...TCU was in the SWC.  That was a "power conference" probably when you were in diapers...the 90's.  At that time, TCU played, in conference, Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas (till late 80's), Texas Tech, Rice, Baylor and Houston EVERY YEAR.  Let me ask you, do you think that UNLV, a sorry team from over 1000 miles away, is going to bring more or less fans that UT, A&M, Arky or Tech? 

Not every team just began playing football since you were born....

OH WAIT...I just saw that you may be Dennis Dodd????!!!!  If much football could you really know.

Tell me it isn't you.  I thought you at least had some sense of history. 

Tell me if you think that UT, A&M, Arky or Tech would bring more than those in our conference.  You need to look no further than when we played Tech a few years back.  Sellout...and when we played Baylor....over 40,000. 

I really hope that the national college football writer for CBS didn't actually ask why TCU's stadium is 44,000.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2009 6:06 pm

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Dodd Being an Ole Miss fan I always knew Temple was no academic giant. You are the one making that claim. Newsflash Dodd. Temple went down the tubes years before Bobby Wallace showed up on campus.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2009 6:03 pm

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As a Big 10 fan I am hoping Iowa loses.  They're an average football team which has just gotten things to go their way this year so far.  If they make the national championship they'll make OSU's losses look good.  Please Iowa, lose in the next few weeks so we don't have to worry about you.

90% of Boise fans have been "fans" only for the past few years.  It's annoying how many bandwagon Boise State fans there are out there.  I'd also like to point out then when Iowa State played TCU in the Houston bowl a few years ago we had just as many fans as TCU did.  Most BCS schools have bigger and better fan bases-- that is why they get to play for the big dollars.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2009 6:02 pm

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Georgia's Nick Williams seems to hit quarterback Tim Tebow late . During the SEC conference call Wednesday morning, Meyer said, "That should have been a penalty in my opinion."

Did you really just write that Nick Williams "seems" to hit Tebow late?

Take a look at this video link and let me know if you still feel that the word "seems" is appropriate, jackass...


Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2009 5:52 pm

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Dodd Rice University built a 72,000 seat stadium back in the early fifties and the school enrollment is only about 3,000. They used to fill it all the time back in the glory days. They even had a Super Bowl there back in the 70's. tcu's stadium was built probably around the time Davey O'Brien and Sammy Baugh were playing for the Frogs. Stanford used to have an 86,000 seat stadium and it was always half empty. They tore it down to 50,000 and guess what it still is half empty.

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