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: January 11, 2012 5:34 pm

Change in the BCS... they should listen to me.

Two postings in one day you say? Full of hot air you say? Wonderful.

So the BCS is considering change again. Have they contacted me yet about advising them through this process? No, but they really should. It’s a really easy fix and its right under their noses.

First thing is first, give in to Mr. Jones and his Jerry world. Add the Cotton Bowl to the rotation. Then just because you can add the Peach Bowl as well. Why? First because it makes adding Jerry less special and that makes me happy. Second because you know Arthur Blank is ready to bulldoze the Georgia Dome down to ground to build his own Arthur Blank Wonder Stadium Inc.... That will happen soon, just wait. So now you have 6 sites that can host "BCS" games. That’s the first thing the BCS needs to do.

The second thing the BCS is needs to do is stop branding these bowls "BCS Bowls" Take them all out of the equation. The BCS should be 3 games; The BCS National Semi-Final 1-4 Matchup, The BCS National Semi-Final 2-3 Matchup, and The BCS National Championship Game. And before you go crazy about what about my Big 10-Pac 12,000,000,000 (see what I did there? Exaggeration is funny), take a breath. I’m going to get to that. By taking those bowl games out of the situation you can add some legitimacy to the situation. At the end of the bowl season the top 4 teams (no matter what conference or if they won the conference or any of that crap) move on.

So how do you do this without pissing off the current Orange, Sugar, Fiesta, and Rose? Easy. Keep them in place, don't tell them how to pick teams for their bowls, and make those sites (along with Dallas and Atlanta) apart of the rotation for the "BCS Final Four." I know you like that. So what if the Bowl System is outdated and boring. The powers that be like it, the networks like it, and the students love them. So don't get rid of them. Just place the "BCS Final Four" after them. Everybody gets to have their cake and eat it too. This year we would have 1. Alabama vs. 4. Oregon and 2. LSU vs. 3. Oklahoma State. If we Alabama and LSU won again and we had a third helping of Bama vs LSU people wouldn't be as mad. Because it gave Oregon and Oklahoma State a chance. And really fans wouldn't be too mad. How many times in the NFL Playoffs have we seen teams meet for the third time in one season?

One knock for this is that it lengthens the season. That it puts students in a bad situation. I say :P to you sir. Yes that’s text speak but whatever. Almost all the major D-1 football programs are set up in a way were "student" athletes have every resource available to never miss practice, games, and etc. This would be no different.

It would work and you know it.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:27 am
Edited on: January 10, 2012 9:31 am

My National Championship

Last night Alabama beat LSU 21-0 in the BCS National Title Game. There was no split when the AP had Alabama #1 in their poll. Do I think this was wrong? No, but there is an asterisk. I believe this year was the ultimate year where there needed to be a split National Championship. Here is where my split went:

Alabama: They lost one game all year and they avenged that loss with a win in the National Title game. And don't believe the hype. They did not "dominate" LSU or "crush" LSU. They won a defensive game based on field position. They did win though; they beat the team that beat them. So
they share the National Title.

LSU: For them I just say ditto. All above applies. Oh and they had more top 25 wins and beat Alabama in their stadium. They deserve a split as well.

Oklahoma State: They in my opinion had the best year of all. The fiesta bowl win was necessary to get them into a piece of this title pie but they got it. Beat a great Stanford team propelled them here.

Boise State: I am convinced this team will never get a shot. Kellen Moore deserved better then a very crappy Arizona State team. They lost to a damn good TCU team. A TCU team that is better than the Iowa State team that beat Oklahoma State.

I know nobody will agree with me here. But you can't argue with this. Why bother, the BCS gives me an out every time. Until there is a playoff and teams like Oklahoma State and Boise State get left out then there is always an argument. If only LSU would have won. Hard to argue with undefeated....

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