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Posted on: December 21, 2011 6:28 pm
 

The End of an Era

Its a shame that our BCS system is so flawed...I mean right now, under 100 scrimmages are left for the legends of our current College Football class. And to add further insult to injury, only a few of these guys get to have a meaningful match left to play.

Its the end of an era for Kellen Moore, the leader of the amazing Boise State Broncos, who led the Broncos to just 3 losses in his 4 years at the helm. He goes down in history as the all-time winningest QB, no one has ever before won more games that Moore has at Boise State. No team has lost as few games over a career as he has. There can be no arguing that Kellen Moore is a great Quarterback, and its just a shame that the Broncos will go on without him from now on, and that they can't even bring him to one last big game. Because of a missed Field Goal. Not even an Offensive fault, or even a Defensive fault. Two of Moore's Three losses have been so because of missed Field Goals at the last second, and last year's match against Nevada included 2 of them. One of the best QBs of all time misses out on anything worth playing for a second consecutive year because of a missed Field Goal. And to make matters worse, it was a very close loss to another ranked team. Moore now finishes his career against an abysmal 6-6 Arizona State team, which will take his 11-1 Broncos to an easy 12-1 record, a record on bettered by LSU's soon-to-be 14-0, and Houston's soon-to-be 13-1.

Same kind of thing goes for Robert Griffin III. But his small bowl game is due to losing games by his own team, his own faults. Baylor played incredibly well, but in the end, they'd be in a BCS game had they beaten the other guys in their conference. They controlled their own destiny, Boise didn't. Same with Luck, had Stanford taken Oregon, they'd almost definitely be playing in New Orleans for the National Championship. But Luck failed. Moore didn't fail, his Kicker did. Twice in two years.

Case Keenum is the other guy I'm sad to see go. He led Houston to 12-0 heading into the C-USA Championship Game, but fell at the final hurdle to Southern Mississippi. Had he won the Cougars that game, they would be one of only 2 undefeated teams. Yet, the voters and the SEC bias would still have Houston barely in the Top 10, if there at all. Keenum and Moore never controlled their own destiny, because people wanted a Bama/LSU rematch before Boise St and Houston lost anyway. Stanford and Oklahoma St losing just further reiterated their point. Keenum and Moore are now playing in below-par bowl games despite both teams only having 1 loss and worthy of the At-Large spots. Neither controlled their destiny, the voters in a flawed and messed up system did.

Don't get me wrong. RG3 deserved the Heisman, bloody hell he played a great season and chose the best moments to shine. And Andrew Luck will make a great NFL QB, I can see some MVPs in his future. But the fact is, Moore and Keenum will be left in the dark because they lost once, the former only thrice in four years, the latter battling a whole season missed due to injury, and all because of a "voting" system that only rewards whoever gives them the most money.

If every game is a playoff, why have we got LSU and Bama again? Why don't we make a 16 team playoff, that way with 120 FBS teams, getting to the final 16 will still be as hard as ever, but at least we'll have a real playoff to send off our Seniors on a high note (a game that actually has meaning), and to truly determine if the AQs are better than the Non-AQs, because I bet, I bet, that Boise State would be in the NCG in such a playoff, and Houston would make it to the Semis.

Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:30 am
 

My Top 25 Ballot (as of 11/11/11)

(Okay, so I'm writing this on the 10th of November, but I didn't want to annoy some people with the whole DD/MM/YY or MM/DD/YY argument, so its staying as 11/11/11.)

1. LSU (9-0, 6-0 SEC) -Who can argue with this? LSU is the best team in the nation right now, period.

2. Oklahoma State (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) -Good luck staying there Cowboys, barely got past a hurt K-State, no hope against Oklahoma.

3. Stanford (9-0, 7-0 Pac-12) -Destiny is in their hands. If they keep winning, they're #2, lose and their title hopes are gone.

4. Boise State (8-0, 3-0 MWС) -Boise St deserves to make the NCG end of, but any rational person can't rate them higher than this. Played horribly against UNLV.

5. Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) -2nd best 1-loss team ATM, but when they beat OSU, they'll win the Big 12 and maybe get to #2.

6. Alabama (8-1, 5-1 SEC) -A loss is a loss, end of story, but Bama are too good to chuck lower than this, but NC hopes are dashed.

7. Oregon (8-1, 6-0 Pac-12) -The loss to LSU in week one hurt their NC chances, but they'll stir some things up if they beat Stanford.

8. Arkansas (8-1, 4-1 SEC) -Good enough to be in the Top 10, especially after last week, but there out once LSU beats them.

9. Houston (9-0, 5-0 C-USA) -This is where I wish the 12-0s had a playoff. They're great, but won't get ranked any higher than this.

10. Clemson (8-1, 5-1 ACC) -I reckon Clemson could take a few of these other Top 10 teams, but their loss to G-Tech hurt 'em bad.

11. Virginia Tech (8-1, 4-1 ACC) -Only this high because if they beat Clemson, they get the BCS bid, nothing of note otherwise.

12. Penn State (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) -Hard schedule to finish, if they win out they'll go up, if they don't they'll fall big. But at least they'll be happy in the showers right?

13. South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 SEC) -Only above Georgia because UGA has a hard road to the SEC CG and South Carolina don't.

14. Kansas State (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) -Played awesome against OSU and deserved the win, that counts in my book.

15. Georgia (7-2, 5-1 SEC) -If they win the SEC East then they'll be in the Top 10, but there's still a long way to get there.

16. Michigan State (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) -The rankings hate them, so I'll stick with the Status Quo. These days no one has a clue who'll make the B1GCG.

17. Wisconsin (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) -PSU has no IC losses, Wisky has 2, down they go. Unlikely to get anywhere near the division leaders.

18. Texas (6-2, 3-2 Big 12) -I haven't been a fan of the Longhorns at all this year, but they had a great game against T-Tech, so they can't be that bad.

19. Michigan (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) -Michigan won't get ahead of MSU, but they deserve to be in the Top 20. Unlike what the AP guys think.

20. Georgia Tech (7-2, 4-2 ACC) -Georgia Tech took down Clemson and their NC hopes, and could still take down Georgia and their division hopes.

21. Nebraska (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) -Losing to Northwestern is almost an unforgiveable sin, but its hard to argue that they're worse than #21.

22. Southern Mississippi (8-1, 4-1 C-USA) -While they may have a record worthy of the Top 12, they're stuck in C-USA and behind Houston, lucky to be ranked.

23. Auburn (6-3, 4-2 SEC) -They're a lot better than we thought they'd be at the start of the year, but not good enough. Lucky to be #23.

24. Cincinnati (7-1, 3-0 Big East) -The best news that the Big East has had is that Boise will give them a ranked team every year. Cincinnati hasn't been tested, SOS is like Boise's, except BSU are undefeated.

25. TCU (7-2, 4-0 MWC) -They won't be ranked for long. BSU will ease over them, but for now, they're better than any #26 team.
Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:30 am
 

My Top 25 Ballot (as of 11/11/11)

(Okay, so I'm writing this on the 10th of November, but I didn't want to annoy some people with the whole DD/MM/YY or MM/DD/YY argument, so its staying as 11/11/11.)

1. LSU (9-0, 6-0 SEC) -Who can argue with this? LSU is the best team in the nation right now, period.

2. Oklahoma State (9-0, 6-0 Big 12) -Good luck staying there Cowboys, barely got past a hurt K-State, no hope against Oklahoma.

3. Stanford (9-0, 7-0 Pac-12) -Destiny is in their hands. If they keep winning, they're #2, lose and their title hopes are gone.

4. Boise State (8-0, 3-0 MWС) -Boise St deserves to make the NCG end of, but any rational person can't rate them higher than this. Played horribly against UNLV.

5. Oklahoma (8-1, 5-1 Big 12) -2nd best 1-loss team ATM, but when they beat OSU, they'll win the Big 12 and maybe get to #2.

6. Alabama (8-1, 5-1 SEC) -A loss is a loss, end of story, but Bama are too good to chuck lower than this, but NC hopes are dashed.

7. Oregon (8-1, 6-0 Pac-12) -The loss to LSU in week one hurt their NC chances, but they'll stir some things up if they beat Stanford.

8. Arkansas (8-1, 4-1 SEC) -Good enough to be in the Top 10, especially after last week, but there out once LSU beats them.

9. Houston (9-0, 5-0 C-USA) -This is where I wish the 12-0s had a playoff. They're great, but won't get ranked any higher than this.

10. Clemson (8-1, 5-1 ACC) -I reckon Clemson could take a few of these other Top 10 teams, but their loss to G-Tech hurt 'em bad.

11. Virginia Tech (8-1, 4-1 ACC) -Only this high because if they beat Clemson, they get the BCS bid, nothing of note otherwise.

12. Penn State (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) -Hard schedule to finish, if they win out they'll go up, if they don't they'll fall big. But at least they'll be happy in the showers right?

13. South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 SEC) -Only above Georgia because UGA has a hard road to the SEC CG and South Carolina don't.

14. Kansas State (7-2, 4-2 Big 12) -Played awesome against OSU and deserved the win, that counts in my book.

15. Georgia (7-2, 5-1 SEC) -If they win the SEC East then they'll be in the Top 10, but there's still a long way to get there.

16. Michigan State (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) -The rankings hate them, so I'll stick with the Status Quo. These days no one has a clue who'll make the B1GCG.

17. Wisconsin (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) -PSU has no IC losses, Wisky has 2, down they go. Unlikely to get anywhere near the division leaders.

18. Texas (6-2, 3-2 Big 12) -I haven't been a fan of the Longhorns at all this year, but they had a great game against T-Tech, so they can't be that bad.

19. Michigan (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) -Michigan won't get ahead of MSU, but they deserve to be in the Top 20. Unlike what the AP guys think.

20. Georgia Tech (7-2, 4-2 ACC) -Georgia Tech took down Clemson and their NC hopes, and could still take down Georgia and their division hopes.

21. Nebraska (7-2, 3-2 Big Ten) -Losing to Northwestern is almost an unforgiveable sin, but its hard to argue that they're worse than #21.

22. Southern Mississippi (8-1, 4-1 C-USA) -While they may have a record worthy of the Top 12, they're stuck in C-USA and behind Houston, lucky to be ranked.

23. Auburn (6-3, 4-2 SEC) -They're a lot better than we thought they'd be at the start of the year, but not good enough. Lucky to be #23.

24. Cincinnati (7-1, 3-0 Big East) -The best news that the Big East has had is that Boise will give them a ranked team every year. Cincinnati hasn't been tested, SOS is like Boise's, except BSU are undefeated.

25. TCU (7-2, 4-0 MWC) -They won't be ranked for long. BSU will ease over them, but for now, they're better than any #26 team.
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:07 am
 

Would you ever support your rival?

No matter what the sport, no matter what the level of play, rivalries are always important. Rivalries are what makes sport so entertaining, so exciting, and in the end, they are what makes sports sell tickets. Without rivalries, all games would seem meaningless because every game would be the same old story. Your team's rival is your rival and is a team never to be supported. Period.

So this entry comes from my homeland, New Zealand, where the biggest sporting event ever to reach our shores is in its final stages. The 2011 Rugby World Cup is about to end, and as always the All Blacks are touted big favourites to win the final. The reason? We are playing the mediocre France in the final...And we just kicked out Australia in the Semifinals. For anyone who may not be aware, Australia is our biggest rival, always has been, and always will be. We are neighbouring countries and therefore enjoy each other's land for holidays, but despise their teams, especially in the biggest matchups of the year between the All Blacks and the Wallabies, always for either the Webb Ellis Cup (World Cup) or Bledisloe Cup. Naturally, we share a mutual hatred for each other when we meet on the rugby field. Kiwis never want Aussie to win, and they never want us Kiwis to win. "Anyone but Aussie" is the favoured quote for when we pick our teams to support.

So the story pretty much goes, in New Zealand's fortress, Eden Park, where the All Blacks have not lost at for 17 years, the All Blacks took on the Wallabies, who have never lost to the All Blacks in a World Cup, in the semifinals. The All Blacks ended up winning 20-6, much to the dismay of many Aussies but especially their biased journalists. 

So when has a rivalry gone too far? Would you ever support your rival team, even against a team you don't care about? Would a Texas fan support Oklahoma against someone even like Middle Tennessee St? Would I ever support Utah if they played East Carolina?

The answers should be: Never, No, Probably Not and NO! Chances are that Okla and Utah would win, but I'd still take on the underdog.

In a nutshell, Australian journalists have accused us of being bad sports, bad fans and only supporting our teams. Which is of course false. Sure, we booed their best players, mocked them when they screwed up and supported anyone they played in matches, but is that too far? We've never supported Australia, and they've never supported us, its a mutual agreement. We're gonna mock Quade Cooper because he's a Kiwi who defected. We're gonna diss their coach because he's a New Zealander who left after we kept our coach on the job. Rivalries are there for that sort of thing, we're gonna gloat and use bragging rights. It was the marquee game of the season.

If we were really all that bad of sportsmen, we wouldn't of gotten near sold out crowds to matches involving teams like Japan, Canada, Russia, USA or Namibia. If we only supported our teams, then only 7 of the 48 games would have been full, but that wasn't the case. Most media centres have applauded us, but the Aussies are a bit jealous that they're only playing for 3rd place.

So, have we really gone too far in the rivalry by packing a crowd full of 60,000 Kiwis all supporting Ireland play Australia? I think not.

So Australian Media...What the Ruck?
 
 
 
 
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