Posted on: May 15, 2010 10:27 am

Knocking elitst message board fans...

Okay, I like to have good natured jibes at some of the Big East schools... (hey, I'll admit it, if USM could get in there, while Louisville was there, I'd be a happy camper.).. but I usually stay off limits when it comes to the fans.

But now... oh, you guys have really opened the flood gates, particularly those of you at the ncaabbs boards... because I'm about to blast some schools fans (although I know of one cool Louisville fan on BigGoldNation's message board.).

I'm gonna have to paraphrase here, as I don't have the exact quotes to recopy, so I may get a few things here or there wrong.

I can understand the use of sarcasm and cynicism... but you BE fans truly do take the cake when it comes to elitism. 

There was a long going discussion at one point, of "If the BE is raided, who do we bring in to keep the conference up?".  Now let's not forget that the BE hasn't lost their AQ status.. and with the teams that were on the 'threat list" (Pitt, Rutgers, UConn and Syracuse...) would you guys explain to me why you would still lose your status?  The reason I ask is that Syracuse hasn't been a football threat in forever... The other three, okay, they're flirting with the 30's and 40's repeatedly. 

So you bring in a UCF, ECU.. fine  .. Memphis?  Not so much (80's to 100's.. okay, maybe a good substitue for Syracuse).

One of the 'reasonable' arguments against USM (who I had been hoping for AQ promotion, but not to the Big East as you'll see.) was their markets... (to me, the more reasonable argument against USM was geography... we're even a distance from UCF and USF (if UCF is selected).   We'd be the island university.

but the vitiriol from the fans was "You're not worthy of consideration!  What have you done!  You'd be valued lower than Temple"  (the temple who was ranked 108th as of three years ago, and had a high of 80 ranking last year.).    Well, okay, we're not "good enough for you guys in the Big East..."

This vitriol was coming from candidates for the Big East as well as certain fans of BE teams (In particularly the Appalachian guys.. Lville and WV).

Then the rumour comes out that now the Big-12 is now going to be looking to replace their loss teams.    And the one key statement that came out was .. "We're not looking to expand in current states"; So Houston, TCU, Rice, etc. are outta luck... even though I think a few texas teams would be good add-ons, particulary Houston and TCU.  But I can understand why the B12 doesn't want already existing state teams.

But i'm getting sidetracked...

Guess who's now saying they should be considered for the Big-12 expansion?    Oh wait, that couldn't be fans of Memphis, Lville, WV, etc.?    Why yes, yes it could be!   It appears that they all want to move on to "greener" pastures... wait.. wait the Big East (even without those four (PLUS ECU and UCF) aren't good enough for you guys?   But apparently USM isn't even good enough for that conference... talk about a double slam.

So I really really want to point something out to the Big-East and the "want to be big easterners'...

There's something you should notice about the Big-12 universities (including the soon to be "Ex-B12 univerisities".)

Texas, TexA&M, TTech, Ok, OkSt, Neb, Missouri,  IaSt, Kansas, KState, Colorado, Baylor.

Other than Baylor does anyone notice what kind of universities we have?   State flagship universities...   So let's take a look at some of the barb-throwers.

Memphis.. uhm... Tennessee flagship ?  Nope. that'd be Tennessee
(and no, Memphis, noting that your originall school name of "Memphis State University" does not make you an actual state flagship... it just makes us wonder about your geography skills.)

Louisville.. uhm... Kentucky flagship?  Nope.. that'd be Kentucky

W. Virg... okay, I'll give you WV.

Cincinnati???   Nope... that'd be Ohio State .

So outside of West Virginia... that's strike one...    Does that mean that USM is at an advantage?   Of course not.. but it feels good to say... Hey guys, this time, you dont' look like you're "good enough" for a conference... so just keep dreamin' kids!

Is it spiteful?  Probably... but you know what?  After reading all the vitriol you guys threw at my school.. it feels good to say "You're just not good enoughj"   Besides, I thought the Big East was a very good thing, and would be just _fine_ with decent replacement candidates?  (okay, now watch the big-12 prove me wrong, and I'll have to eat a LOT of crow by offering Memphis a slot...)

Posted on: November 26, 2009 3:04 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2009 3:05 pm

Here's why the BCS will forever be questioned

While suffering through a poor Detroit Lions performance (yeah, I was rooting for the upset... want GB out of teh playoff hunt :) ), i got to thinking about something that a coworker told me today (considering Alabama/Auburn were playing today).

If Alabama wins against Auburn and faces Florida in the SEC-Championship team.
Texas loses to a&M...
TCU wins out...

Alabama beats Florida in the SEC championship game....

A coworker of mine heard a report saying that a 1-loss Florida SEC team would still end up with a better point standings in the BCS than TCU does, and by their own guildelines, the BCS would be obligated for a rematch with Alabama/Florida...  or so he claims?   Or am i missing something?

T?   Didn't we just see this game?    And what happens if Florida were to win the matchup?  

Alabama:   We beat you in the SEC-Title!  We're the best!
Florida;      We beat you in the Bowl Championship Game!  We're no 1

What then?  A rubber match?   Or was my friend misinformed about the standing of Florida?  If not, can the BCS simply turn down a higher pointed team?  (that opens up another kettle of fish...)

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Alabama, BCS, Florida, SEC, TCU
Posted on: October 12, 2009 11:07 am

Apparently, Glad I didn't watch this saturday...

WHAT THE ... you iknow what?   I never thought I'd say this, but I swear this team is falling apart at the seams.   You get the lead back and then... If it's not the defense it's the specail teams.. if it's not the special teams it's the fumbles.

I really don't know what else to say about this team at the moment.

THe worst feeling is, as quoted by CBS:  "give Louisville its first win over a Football Bowl Subdivision team in nearly a year".

I'm just sick to my stomach (and no, not from the swine flui) now from the performance of our team the last two weeks.. it's almost as if they said, Okay, we can't beat Kansas, so we're not good enough to play for 60 minutes.

I really thought L-Fed would have this team back on track after ripping into them over the UAB game... now.. I dont' know what the hell he (or our defensive coordinator in particular)  are doing.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 7, 2009 12:49 pm

KU loss, disappointment.. UAB loss, frustration!

Okay, I can forgive the KU loss for USM.   We just got outgunned by the time it was done.. but we were in that game.

The UAB loss... I don't get it.   I know, I know, the fumbles by Parham, the loss of Davis, the non-attendance by Fletcher and the ongoing injury to DeAndre Brown.  But I honestly don't get this loss.

Fedora said we were a BCS contending team.. so WHY, why is it when you're playing a team that cannot pass the ball at all (no offense UAB fans), you simply play pass defense ALL Game?    USM got beat by 3 basic plays.. Run left, run right, and QB draw.  That was it!   That's what beat us.

You cannot tell me that the UAB quarterback was more dangerous than Sewell or Reesing.. or any harder to bring down.  ALl season our defense has struggled to bring down scrambling quarterbacks when we'd even make those mythical arm tackles.. but that performance was just PATHETIC.

I know LFed's got this program going the right way, and we're still one game over .500...but if our defensive coordinator doesn't wake up, that winning seasons streak is in definite danger this season, especailly with Tulsa, Rice, and Houston still on the schedule...

Fortunately, i think this is Bye week (don't have my handy-dandy schedule in front of me), to get it right, and I hope Fedora rips into his own coaching staff, and challenges the DL to DO THEIR JOBS!

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Larry Fedora, UAB, USM
Posted on: September 30, 2009 12:18 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2009 12:19 pm

Over my Saturday Disappointment

Yes,, USM Lost to Kansas University...  We had our opportunities to get ahead of Kansas and change the entire complexion of the game.  How well would Kansas play from behind?  I don't know.. I know they had troubles kill our momentum when we got it (and when we gave it back), but that week they were the better team and they won.. not much you can argue on that one.

Austin Davis finally looks like he knows what he's supposed to do with those Option pitches.    GO back and watch the first three games.. he'd run the play, and regardless of whether or not 3 players were honing in on the pitchman, he'd pitch it anyway.  If I didnt' know better, he was acting afraid that he'd be hit... but then came the Kansas game... and boy has Austin matured in just one week.

He took chances, ran quarterback draws, kept the ball on option plays.. he was looking like an all-American athlete out there.  Unfortunately, it came in a loss (and was due in part to that screwball 4th and 1 call at the end of the first half), but it was his play that kept us in the game.

Now as for Deandre Brown... i know you're worried about that leg, D.. but you gotta be wiling to admit your'e going to be hit.    Look at the other guys... Look at what Parham and Baptiste did... they went up for balls and they took shots...   Right now, D.. you're a 'Big play" receiver and that seems to be all... too many drops, too many worrying about the incoming hit from the opposing players.   (although pulling in that underthrown bomb in the middle of the field was a thing of beauty, even though it hurt your shoulder on the landing).

If you don't get hit now, you're going to get hit later.. find out how good your body really is, take the shot and hold on to those balls.

We could have been 4-0 going into C-USA play, but I'll be willing to take 3-1... now we just need to run the table.. and make sure we containt that Houston offense in a few weeks...

Posted on: September 26, 2009 11:34 am

Doug Lesmerises backs me up :)

Without realizing it, of course... last blog entry I complained about the issues of the polling system and what I would do to correct it (within reason of course).

That being said, I just saw Doug Lesmerises top 25, and while I don't agree with him completely, I gotta congratulate him.  He proved me right, a lot of the reports I'm now reading are blasting the Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter for not going with the group think.  

The key line he said in a quick interview on the Gameday show:   "I don't use this neutral field matchup routine, because it didn't happen".   WELL SAID DOUG!!  We should be seeing a rating based on the BEST teams in the nation based on their performance.

Hopefully, Doug, you've set a trend, because it sounded like all but IDIOT Craig James agreed with your theory (James was sticking to the "history says" and "neutral field" issue.).. Even Kiper agreed with him, which shocked the you know what out of me.

I'd probably disagree with Doug on some of his picks, but I have to commend him for standing up for what he believes and what he sees.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 25, 2009 5:08 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2009 5:11 pm

Polls = Poppycock

After reading Doyle's "article" about the 'overrating' of teams due to their conference in early polls, I have one question for Mr. Doyle.. Did you have a vote in the AP poll and if you did, can we ask where you ranked the Rebels?

That being said, Mr. Doyle brought up some points that were obvious to most fans of college football that seem to be a "revelation" To other sportswriters.     Polls are OPINIONS nothing more.  So why is it that a National Championship based on sports reporters "opinions" more relevant than Joe Q Public? 

Let's point out a few points.

AP Polls   Most reporters based on the east coast, don't keep up with west coast games.    Think about it.   If Oregon/Washington dont' finish until midnight central time, that means it's 1 a.m. on the east coast, and most reporters are under deadlines to get their articles completed, so they see about the same as Joe Public.. Highlights.  That's their grading criteria more often than not.

Conference "priority" :   Why is it that a Big-10 team is given higher credentials than an MWC team?   Why is a SEC team given priority over a C-USA team?  History.    Would any reporter explain to me why what happened 4 or 5 years ago is relevant to this season?

Recruiting grades:    I know , i know.. these are the kids from high-school who are "all-stars".   Most high recruits usually get the priviledge of a redshirt season... So they don't even fit into an equation the following year.   But I hear "University X" had a top 20 recruiting class.. based on what?  Stats from teens who may or may not have reached their physical development?

The one thing the BCS did right... they don't count the polls until Week 6 (i Think it's 6) into their calculations.   But a few things get to get straightened up.   But why is it that an Oklahoma loses to a (then undefeated) BYU...  but they only drop from 3 to 13, and since BYU was beaten handily by Florida State, they haven't dropped below 2-1 FLorida State?    (still unranked, with Oklahoma still a top 10 team).  WHat has Oklahoma done to prove that their record (BYU - L , Idaho State/Tulsa - W) is more valid than FLorida state (Miami - L, BYU/Jacksonville STate - W).

What happened to proving something with wins/losses rather than sportswriter's opinions?  When the BCS dropped a couple of ranking systems from their formula, did it not seem suspicious that the polls dropped were ones based on wins, losses, and statistics, and not one of the opinion polls (reporters or coaches?)    Name one coach that has time to keep up with _ALL_ 120 Division 1-A teams in the country.

And this is what the BCS wants to base their mythical "national" champion on?    A small subset of public opinion?     Does anyone else see the problem with this?

Other than the team that wins the national championship the previous season, shouldn't the best teams be the ones with the fewest losses?    Did you know that at hte moment, there are exactly 25 teams in the nation that are undefeated .   (PDF still shows Ole Miss as undefeated, as it hasn't been updated yet).  Should these 25 teams not be the top 25 teams in the nation until they are defeated?    When you narrow down the undefeated teams, then you can argue about everyone underneath them... but until then 0 losses = best teams in the nation.

There is a way to fix this.. but of course, I can assure you it's not going to happen... because these schools want their "BCS money".

Note: We are only including Football schools in this..

First:    We are going to allow polls, however, as you will see, they are very limited as to what they're involvement will be.
Second:   We are going to convert the entire country into 5 "super conferences"  of 24 teams per super conference... you can go to 6/20 if you wish.. it's up to you.

Each Super conference very simiilar to the NFL.. you'll have 2 Divisions, with 2 subdivisions.

East Conference:   First Division - sub conference a and B.   Secon division - Sub Conference A and B

You'll play your Sub-Conference teams (5 games), you'll play 2 teams from your B conference (rotating of course), and then you have to play the other two conferences that finished in the same position you did in the standings.  (so if you finished 3rd in East-First-A, you'll have to play the team that finished 3rd in East-2nd-A and East-2nd B).

That's 9 games... that will give you TWO OOC game that you're free to schedule as you wish... there's your 11 regular season games
If you decide to schedule a Jacksonville State, that's your business... if you think it's what you need to be "Impressive".

Now that we're done, now you've got 4 division champions determined...  A vs. B,  C vs. D..   Winners face off... that's 13 games to set your playoffs in motion.   Winner take all..

That gives you 5 conference champions... and NOW you can look to the polls

Take the 3 top ranked teams in your polls who didn't win their conference championship.. and throw them in there.   (If you go with 6 conferences, you only take the top 2 ranked teams)...  you now have your playoffs.    The conference champions with the best rankings get the top seeds of the playoffs, the ranked non-champs get slots 6. 7, and 8.

Now there are some cons in there...   How do you set up the conferences?  Geographically of course... YOu want something to talk about, you set up it as much as you can in geographics... Yes, some smaller schools are going to bring down some numbers, but you know what.. deal with it.  Treat it like a sport and not a business for once.... Here's an example (Feel free to move teams as you see necessary).

The Southern Superconference:

Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, East Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Houston, Kentucky, La-Lafayette, La Tech, LA-Monroe, LSU, Marshall, Memphis, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Southern Methodist, Southern Mississippi, Tennessee, Troy, Tulane, UAB, Vanderbilt.

East:    Army, Boston College, Buffalo, Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, Florida Atlantic, Florida Int'l, Florida State, Georgia TEch, Louisville, Maryland, Miami Fla, Navy, North Carolina, NC STate, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, S Florida, Syracuse, UCF, Virginia, VIrginia Tech, Wake Forest

Midwest:    Air Force, Arkansas STate, Baylor, Cincinnati, Colorado, Col. St, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Middle Tennesee, Missouri, Nebraska, Rice, Okalahoma, Ok. State, Tulsa, TCU, Texas, Tex A&M, Tex. Tech, North Texas, West Virginia, W. Ky, Wyoming

Heartlands;    Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, central Michicagn, E. Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kent STate, Miami Ohio, Michigan, Michigan state, minnesota, N. Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio, Ohio state, penn state, purdue, temple, toledo, W. Michigan, Wisconsin

West:   Arizona, Ariz. State, boise state, BYU, Cal, Fresno State, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico state, Utah, ORgeon, Oregon State, New Mexico, San Jose State, USC, Stanford, SD state, UTEP, UCLA, UNLV, Utah State, Washington, Washington State

Let each region of the country find their 'champion'.. and then compete for the real National Champion...

Posted on: September 24, 2009 11:04 am

Rivarly restored... MSU vs. USM

At least for two years.     While i'm waiting to hear the final results from the MSU-USM home-and-home matchup agreement (at least I'm HOPING it's home-and-home), I got to wondering.

For USM fans, which non-C-USA matchup would be most important to us?

Mississippi State?   Ole Miss?   Louisville?  

I leave Alabama and Auburn off this list, because it was always a road game for us, with no return games ever allowed, and we were forced to deal with Pro-Alabama/Auburn officiating 99% of the time.  (No, that's not sour grapes, there are documented examples).

MSU and OM were always long instate rivals, and the team that managed to win the three games took pride in being the "Mississippi State Football Champions"  (kind of like how somehow despite our horrid basketball teams, we  managed to beat UNO, LSU, and Tulane to be the unofficail "Louisiana State Basketball Champions". 

But then i got to thinking, was there any rivalry for USM more "heated" than Louisville?     Everyone remembers how Favre became a college-household name with his 60 yard hail mary that bounced from one Louisville player to a USM player who took it in for a score.  Or how there were always fights and scrums in the past when our teams met.

So which is it USM fans?    Which team do you miss playing the most?  (even though we now get both Louisville and MSU in the future... Come on Webbels.. not scared of us are you?  Not with your #4 ranking... you coudln't be 'scared' now could you?)

Now before I cut off, I had an idea, let's take our three heated rivals... MSU, UM, Louisville... and we schedule a repeating cycle with all three teams.   Say the first week (or second week,if you really want a pre-game warm up with Alcorn, MTSU, Jackson st, etc.) of the season.. we kick the season off right.

2010 -  MSU @ Hattiesburg
2011 -  USM @ Louisville
2012 -  UM   @ Hattiesburg
2013 -  USM @ Starkville
2014 -  Louisville @ Hattiesburg
2015 -  USM @ Oxford

And then repeat the cycle in 2016...    Let's face it.. Bowl games don't want in state rivals, which was our best chance to meet either of our in-state rivals  (there was always talk that hte Liberty Bowl would lift that ban for USM - UM or MSU. but reportedly "Ole Miss balked" at that.. true or not, I don't know.)

It's a sure-fire money / attendance winner for all three schools...   I've never known a Louisville - USM game not to sell out, and would wager that on even terms (Home-and-Home), USM and OM/MSU would be a sure-fire sell out for both schools.    If any of the three teams were national title contenders, and got bumped in that week, there are still 10 to 11 weeks (which is why IMO, it should be week one of the season) of the season to rebound.
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