Posted on: February 16, 2012 10:25 am
Edited on: February 16, 2012 10:26 am
 

Our Sports Society

This is not going to hit home with most of you but I have to say it. It’s eating at me too much. The sports culture and our society as a whole are disgusting. Recently CBS Sports Eye On Baseball Blogger C. Trent Rosecrans posted this blog:

http://eye-onbaseball.blogs.cbsspor
ts.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22297882/348
35705
.

Maybe I am crazy but as hot as you may think Kate Upton is, she is NINETEEN years old!!! C.J Wilson one of the gawking ballplayers in the ad is 31 years old. Just Verlander is 28. I understand that this is just a commercial and Kate Upton has basically posed nude in Sports Illustrated (don’t get me started on that) anyway, but it seems wrong. Before seeing this ad I did not know who she was and had not seen her modeling. The first thing I noticed was how young she looked. I am 27 years old myself and will turn 28 a month after she turns 20, but when I looked at her (and not at her breast like everybody else in the world) I saw a young woman way too young to be gawked at. Like I said at the beginning, this is most likely not hitting home for most of you but that is because this is intended for you, and for the rest of our society for that matter. I’m not an activist or some ultra conservative, but for me this is morally wrong. I am only 8 years her senior and knowing that there are many marriages in this country alone where the age difference is much more then 8 years but I do not feel comfortable looking at her in such a blatantly sexual manner. When I looked her up and went to her Wikipedia page and learned that she was a model and aspiring actress I decided to Google image her to see what the fuss was about. I was truly appalled. I don't dislike women in such a way that sexual images appall me, but more over that many of these images were taken when she was only 16, 17, and 18 years of age. I just don't understand what is going on here. I do get it the sexuality part. I was 12-25 once as well. It’s just shouldn't we have more common sense than this. Our country is appalled by sexoffenders (rightfully so), as seen in the popularity of shows like To Catch a Predator. So why is it ok for 16 year old girls to be selling scantily clad bikinis?

But back to my point. As much as I hate our society for this it’s the sports world that is the worst. Just go to your local Buffalo Wild Wings or Hooters and tell me I’m wrong. And please don't argue to me that these women choose this life and it’s their body their right BS. As adults we have the responsibility to see the right example for the next generation. Everything from watching the way too sexual sports ads (see above) during televised sporting events to the high school cheerleader who 'HAS' to put out to get/stay with popular sport playing boy our culture is wrecking the role of women in our society. If you really want to argue that these women have a choice in what they are doing then fine.
Just skip the fact that the whole point I am making is that as a society we are cultivating this. They have the choice because of our current state of society. This sadly won't change. Sports are currently the most popular event in society. Look at TV ratings, attendance, and merchandising. And the sports culture likes is crappy ways and won't change. It will never be about what is right, no matter how much I wish it was.

Category: General
Posted on: February 15, 2012 12:42 pm
 

Conference Expansion/Realignment

This story is making me sick. It really is. In the early nineties the SEC expanded to 12 and then the Conference Championship Game followed. It took a two or three years for people to notice and realize that, "Holy Moly! There is lots of money to be made!" After that is two decades of blurry crap. First the SWC (The University of Texas, and don't say anybody else. No one else mattered) got tired of not being relevant and made a deal with the devil and the Big 8. After that was the ACC money grab followed by anarchy. Yes I know that is too much hyperbole but whatever. I’m
mad about this so deal with it.

I grew up watching Big East football and basketball. Living in Connecticut my favorite basketball team was the Huskies and even though I didn't have a single favorite football team I followed the Hurricanes. The Big East was perfect back then, it did what it needed to do. But then the ACC came and did what it wanted to do, not what it needed to do. My mother grew up in South Carolina, pretty much in Clemson territory so I never hated the ACC before, but now... The Big East broke. I want it fixed, but now with new parts from Idaho and Texas, but with the parts I remember. Virginia Tech, Miami, and Boston College. I miss you, we all miss you. Come back and Screw the ACC! It would work wonders now!
Wait no it won't. It wouldn't make you as much money. Lets exclude the fact that no matter what its making old white people richer, but in the ACC your making old white people super richer!!!

That was my plea. It will go unheard and that’s ok. As I have grown up(if you call it that) I have learned you do not always get what you want. And sometimes the things you love are taken away from you, and unless you’re Liam Nesson and a badass you cannot get it back. So here is my plea to the federal government and the NCAA (and don't start about jurisdiction, these football teams cross state lines and they are pooling money together). Please put a end to this. The NFL can do what it wants, but the College level is for AMATURES. Stop making student athletes go 2000+ miles for multiple conference football/basketball/track/wrestling
events. Yes I know at the end of the year there will be some travel because of tournaments or bowl games but those teams will have earn those trips because of the games they play locally in there conference. It is out of hand. So here is what I think needs to be done. College Level Sports should be limited to 10 teams per Conference/Association/Whatever. It should also limit the amount of games/tournaments that these teams play in. For instance having a college football team playing 14 games in one year is insane (2002 Ohio State for instance was 14-0). So is basketball teams getting close to 40+ if they go deep in the tournament. In football it should be no more than 12 games. That means you should play the 9 conference games plus 1 nonconference game during the regular season, and two if there is a playoff. If in that year you don't make the playoffs but make a bowl game you will only play 11 games that year. That is ok. That will happen to most teams. If you try to change it, teams playing in the playoffs will be playing 13 or 14 games and that is unacceptable. In basket ball the 18 game conference schedule is perfect. Add 6 non conference games with the possibility of 6 tourney games (deep run) and you have 30 games. That is totally acceptable and it’s a system that can still make a lot of people a lot of money.

Will this ever happen? No. Why you ask? Because our government wants us to make money. So when there is a way to make a lot more money they will not intervene. They should. But they won't.

 
Category: NCAAF
Tags: NCAA
 
Posted on: February 3, 2012 12:56 pm
 

NFL Expansion

I really hate this idea, but it keeps popping up its ugly head. I think it’s bound to happen because of greed in the system but I still don’t want it to. If it does it wont be fast, first it will be L.A and Las Vegas, then merge with the CFL, then finally London and Mexico City. Godell wants to be a world sport, but he needs to conquer all of North America first. If they do here is what I think would be reasonable, I know it moves some teams around but I like how it would line up. Dallas to the south may make fans mad but it wouldn’t matter too much. They would still play the Redskins like every year. Just like New England and Indianapolis do now. It wouldn’t be so bad. Same with Miami, Kansas City, Baltimore, and Indianapolis. Regional will be better for expanding outside of the US. And with that, I hate having to put London and Mexico City but I think that is what Roger Godell wants his legacy to be. He was the commissioner who put a team in London. And by the time this is all said and done, the Labor agreement will be up again and I bet 18 games will happen. So 40 NFL Teams with an 18 game schedule? Oh and all in the next 10 years. Then by 2030 it will be 48 teams in 10 differn't countries! When will it stop!? Well I wish it would be 32, but if it stopped at 40 I wouldn't mind either.

AFC                                                        NFC

EAST                                                      EAST

N.E.                                                        London
N.Y.                                                        N.Y.
Baltimore                                                Toronto
Montreal                                                  Philadelphia
Buffalo                                                    Washington

NORTH                                                    NORTH

Kansas City                                             Green Bay
Pittsburgh                                               Detroit
Cincinnati                                               Chicago
Cleveland                                               Minnesota
Indianapolis                                           Winnipeg

SOUTH                                                  SOUTH

Houston                                                New Orleans
Tennessee                                             Atlanta
Jacksonville                                           Dallas
Tampa Bay                                            Carolina
Miami                                                    Mexico City

WEST                                                     WEST

Denver                                                  San Fransico
Los Angeles                                           St. Louis
Oakland                                                Arizona
San Diego                                             Seattle
Las. Vegas                                            Edmonton

Category: NFL
Posted on: February 3, 2012 9:47 am
 

Super Bowl Pick

It has been a week and half since my last blog post, and it has been for good reason. I am a huge Patriots fan and don't want to talk about the superbowl until its over, or at all depending on the outcome... So here is my pick for the Super Bowl.

Patriots 27-24 over the Giants 
Category: NFL
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:36 pm
 

NFL Conference Championship Games...

Where did I go right? Well not very many places. I picked New England to win in a shootout. They won but not a shootout. New England looked good where it really needed to on Sunday, the line of scrimmage. Both the defensive and offensive fronts looked particularly good against the Ravens. Brady wasn't on but he didn't need to be. I think this bodes well for the Patriots. The defense needs confidence going into the superbowl and they got it. Brady needs something to prove, I think he has that now. It was a good football game, even without the shootout. The Ravens played good enough to win but fell just short. They shouldn't hang their heads in any possible way. Ravens will be back next year and I wouldn't bet against them winning the superbowl in Ray Lewis' probable last season.

Where did I go wrong? Everywhere else. Between picking the shootout and picking the 49ers I had a bad Sunday. This was a damn close game, but it really didn't seem like it should have been. The 49ers were better, until when it mattered. And what is worse for them? They could be a one hit wonder... I’m not sure if this team has what it takes to make it back here next year. Bringing Alex Smith back is a start, but they need a change of pace back, a possession receiver, and a deep/speed threat. The defense will continue to be stellar but they will need to prove to me another year before I can truly believe in this team. The Giants on the other hand.... are a team that will continue to perplex me. Talent wise they shouldn't be here(division champs? Yeah. Superbowl Champs? No.), record wise (9-7), and Quarterback wise (Eli the lesser). Yet they still are here. Talent is no longer a question, just consistency. But what’s a losing streak in the regular season mean when your in the superbowl? Record? Well its 3-0 in the playoffs. Eli? Well a win away from having more rings then Payton. But with all that said the Giants will also not be back. It’s their M/O. They won't even make the playoffs next year. The Giants are the team that climbs the mountain and then takes a year off at the local pub down on the base.

So who wins the Superbowl? Well not a team coached by a Harbaugh. But maybe
next year.  

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Full Time Refs?

I wanted to post about this subject on Monday but decided to stew on it for awhile. The truth is that this is a complicated issue. But as always I have your solution. It’s easy and will never happen... The NFL needs to contract with a company to provide fulltime officials. This would be perfect for the NFL. Officials who can truly be held accountable for the actions, just not to the NFL. It allows them to safe face on both fronts. The "Ref Company" would be responsible for rewarding/reprimanding officials for game performances. The fans can keep complaining, just aimed away from the NFL which is what it truly wants anyway. By having fulltime officials the officiating will improve as well. The company can keep physical fitness standards, which can include sight and endurance. Improve the game? Check. Save face with the fans? Check. Win Win all the way.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Full Time Refs?

I wanted to post about this subject on Monday but decided to stew on it for awhile. The truth is that this is a complicated issue. But as always I have your solution. It’s easy and will never happen... The NFL needs to contract with a company to provide fulltime officials. This would be perfect for the NFL. Officials who can truly be held accountable for the actions, just not to the NFL. It allows them to safe face on both fronts. The "Ref Company" would be responsible for rewarding/reprimanding officials for game performances. The fans can keep complaining, just aimed away from the NFL which is what it truly wants anyway. By having fulltime officials the officiating will improve as well. The company can keep physical fitness standards, which can include sight and endurance. Improve the game? Check. Save face with the fans? Check. Win Win all the way.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:36 pm
 

Super Bowl Favorites?

There have been a lot of articles and blogs talking about the Conference championship games and who the favorites are and who is the favorite left to win the superbowl. Vegas put out its odds Sunday night and the media followed soon after. What is blowing my mind is how little respect and acknowledgement the 49ers have been getting. All they did was have tied for the second best record in the league, beat Pittsburgh who beat New England, then beat New Orleans. So a Giants team is hot and your write off the 49ers? It’s almost funny. I don't think they are laughing. The 49ers average over 27 points per home game. Hold opponents under 20 points per home game and have the best special teams in the league. That doesn't count for much in today’s NFL though. I get that the Giants are hot. But honestly they are not as hot as the Saints were. The 49ers seemed to be the splash of water the Saints needed to get back to earth, and I may be the only one, but I believe that the 49ers will be the same for the Giants. Eli has had a great year this year and proved that he is an Elite quarterback. It won't be enough. San Francisco's defense is what will win this game. They cause turnovers, they beat you up, and they win at the line of scrimmage. The Giants are hot and they are a good team, that also counts for something but not enough here. With San Francisco's offense peaking right now and the overall stellar caliber of the special team and defense I can't but think they should not only be the favorite to win this game but to move on and win the superbowl. They beat the Giants on Sunday. It’s not a landslide but it’s noticeable.

49ers 27-17 over the Giants

In the AFC Championship game I do agree with Vegas. The Patriots should win this game. The Patriots have flaws on defense; the Ravens have flaws on offense. But as an overall team, I believe the Patriots have the edge. San Francisco and New York proved that defenses still win in the playoffs, but does the Ravens D have enough team speed to keep up with that 2 TE spread? I just don't see it. This game will turn into a classic shoot out. The Ravens offense is not spectacular but unlike the Broncos the Ravens have the QB and receivers to pressure the patriots’ weak secondary. It won't be close, but it will be entertaining.

Patriots 52-36 over the Ravens

      
Category: NFL
 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com