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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.

Category: NCAAF

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2009 3:36 pm

National notes

So TCU and Boise are only getting a little over 30,000 per home game.  How much does Cincinnati get? 

30,421 in their home opener, 32,910 against Fresno.  In a 35,000 seat stadium

But that doesnt fit with your nonBCS story, does it.  Forget about the fact that Cincinnati is no different than TCU or Boise State, except that they get automatic access to the BCS if they win their 8 team league.

Yeah, it's about as fair for you to mention attendance numbers as it is for Cincinnati to be getting special treatment over TCU and Boise State by the BCS.

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 3:19 pm


I get it.  No longer can you folks in the media say that TCU can't compete on the field, so you resort to attendance issue.  Attendance??  Luckily, TCU only has 8,000 students and 71,000 living alumni.  That way, bigger schools don't have to get their butts whipped by them.  They can simply say that they aren't any good because they have less fans.  Wow....I  BTW...TCU gets as many fans in the seats as Cincy, so they just get a pass, huh?

Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2009 2:54 pm

Dodd's Cheap Shots

Yes, Dodd---a cheap shot is a cheap shot, and you take as many cheap shots at the Gators as you can.

Brandon Spikes' act was flagrant and unsportsmanlike, and he deserved to be punished.  Almost every member of the Gator Nation would agree with that position.  However, you aren't at all offended by eye-gouging and cheap shots.  You FEIGN outrage and indignation, but the simple truth is you aren't bothered by players who engage in this sort of behavior, you are bothered by GATORS who engage in this sort of behavior.

This bit of YouTube infamy would have been a good opportunity to address a problem in the sport of football, a widespread practice of on-the-sly and in-the-pile thuggery and brutish behavior.  You, Mr. Dodd, had the perfect vehicle to raise the issue and draw attention to it.  You might have been able to start a national dialogue on the matter, and maybe you could have made a difference down the road.  Who knows how many kids would have benefited from a reformed football culture where eye-gouges, knee shots, throat jabs, ball shots and the like aren't tolerated on any level by anybody?

Instead, you and your bandwagon of wailing hypocrites took the opportunity to vilify Brandon Spikes, Urban Meyer, the University of Florida, and the entire Gator Nation.  You pretended that Spikes was some sort of anomoly, a criminal, a wolf among sheep.  You let similar acts from other players on other teams pass without comment.  Mark Ortmann ACTUALLY injured another player, his coach shrugged at the behavior, and you said nothing.

Shame on you, Mr. Dodd.  Truly, people like you are part of the problem.  Instead of defining the issue and working towards a solution, you engaged in hateful, divisive hate-mongering, heaping scorn upon Brandon Spikes from your supercilious perch.  Brandon Spikes, by the way, doesn't have the advantage of a CBS sponsored soap box to defend himself against your insults, and his coach probably wouldn't let him enter the blog-fray anyway.  But I'm pretty sure you know that.

Talk about cheap shot.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2009 2:53 pm

National notes

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.

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 2:49 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2009 2:35 pm
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Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2009 2:33 pm

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haha  yea im not sure what the iowa thing was about...    iowa might be ranked 4 but people across the nation do not seem to give the much credit...  a win is a win and currently iowa is undefeated,  a bunch of close wins will help in the long run more than blowing everyone out,  the hawkeyes will be able to know how to handle adversity better in the game, later on in bigger games

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2009 2:22 pm

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Dodd, die and go to hell.

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