Posted on: January 15, 2013 4:46 am

Bama over Notre Dame - My Favorite Football Game

Wow, I've felt satisfaction and happiness over the result of quite a few football games in my time. One of them was the 1975 Sugar Bowl when the Bear finally got the eight year monkey off his back. Another, of course was the 1992 Sugar Bowl when Alabama put a miserable stretch of years behind us and reclaimed a level of play we had always expected, but were not getting.

The Texas game was pretty good, but I knew when McCoy got hurt that the excuses and sour grapes would never be silenced. LOL

Last year's LSU game was pretty good, but I get no satisfaction from watching all those field goals, especially since there were two missed ones and an XP.

The 2009 SEC CG was a big win, a convincing win, and very fun and gratifying ... possibly more so than the next two NC wins to follow.

But this is officially my Favorite Football Game ... EVER

The Top 10 Reasons Why This Is My Favorite Football Game Ever:
10. It cures the 40 year old sting of the '73 Sugar Bowl loss, the 24-23 game that was decided by a missed XP.
9. Alabama got out to that lead early and took all the tension out of it. I don't need tension to enjoy a win, and believe me I've lived through plenty of wins (and losses) with plenty of tension. LOL
8. Balanced offense. There was one yard difference between rushing and passing yards, and there were a LOT of both.
7. It was a beat down sufficient to destroy the trolls that have plagued this board for the last several weeks             
6. It had everything for Bama; dominating defense, great runs, long passes
5. It was a National Championship win, but more ...
4. It was a REPEAT National Championship win, but more ...
3. It was the THIRD in FOUR years! I was just a bit too young to fully appreciate Bear's three in five years.
2. The national accolades for the team are piled high and sweet.

But the #1 reason that this is my favorite football game of al time is -
1. All of the above with No Stinkin' Field Goals! LOL The Tide took care of business in the red zone to put this game away, scoring the proverbial "early and often" in every possible way ... long run, short run, screen pass, short pass, and long passes. Just beautiful.

It would be hard to argue that this was not the perfect football game ... at least if you are an Alabama fan. Smile
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Posted on: January 6, 2012 11:15 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 11:16 am

College Football Playoff vs Championship Game

There have been some fans complaining about the rematch aspect of this year's National Championship game.  I wonder if the fans whining that there should be a playoff instead of the BCS Championship game realize the following:

If you used the BCS Standings for a 16 team playoff, and used the reverse seeding method per the basketball tournament, you would have have TWO replays out of the eight first round games: LSU-Georgia and Ok St-Oklahoma. Why replay THOSE two blowouts? ROFLMAO

Assuming all the higher seeds win, in the second round you would have one replay out of four games: Oregon-Stanford. Why replay THAT blowout? LOL

Then, again assuming wins by the top seeds, you would STILL have LSU-Bama in the final. Since that game went into overtime in regulation, that is the only one of the four replays that seems a valid reason for a rematch.

More than 25% of the games in this hypothetical tourny would be rematches. I'll bet this would not be an unusual rate of rematches in ANY year of college football.

The best two teams played their way to the BCS title game. There is no possibility of a "split championship". The winner is the champ. That's why they are playing a CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. ROFLMAO Sour grapes, I believe that most people understand that.
Posted on: May 25, 2010 1:57 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2010 2:09 pm

Coaching longevity ... the stuff of legend?

CBS just posted their take on how secure major college football coaches are in their jobs:

While their assessments are interesting if speculative, what I did find fascinating were the accompanying statistics.

What I found most disturbing about the list is that coaches entering their fourth season at their schools are at the median for length of tenure. This means that as I type this note, more than half of the coaches in the upper echelons of NCAA football have only coached their schools for three seasons or less. There are 22 coaches who will be on the sidelines for the first time at their current school later this summer. That's out of 121 schools.

So one sixth of the schools changed coaches for whatever reason after the 2009 season. That's a pretty high turnover ratio, especially for contracted jobs where, with certainty, in most of these situations either the coach or the school did not honor their end of a contract, at least in the aspect of the term of the contract. If you still had any belief, and I don't expect you did, about the sham of "amateur athletics", this should shake those beliefs to the core. Only the small schools now have any semblance of displaying a relaxed atmosphere about giving it the 'ole college try'. The bigger schools are officially frying pans for coaches, staff, and to some extent the "student athletes". In my opinion, the biggest shame in the college football fishbowl this year is Florida State, who forced out a coach that deserved to stay at that school as long as he desired if they had losing seasons every year from now until that date. There never was a real tradition of winning at FSU before Bowden arrived, and now they're too good for him. Pshaw. Texas Tech makes that list too. Hurrying a very successful coach out the back door the very day before his bonus is due is just too transparent. And if it wasn't for that reason, and they are guilty not of greed but stupidity in their timing, it doesn't get the TT "front office" off the hook from where I stand.

On the other side, only 18 coaches are entering at least their 10th season with a school. Only eleven have, as I type, completed their 10th season with a school. Let me tell you, its hard to build (or maintain the illusion) of tradition or loyalty at a school when you can't stick with a coach for at least several years.

Of course, not all of this is on the schools. It has become increasingly trendy over the last few decades for successful coaches to jump programs. At times I suspect they do it as much from the fear that they can't maintain what they just accomplished than they think they are making a step up. Now, there is no question that I was spoiled growing up a Bama fan. Bear Bryant had many lucrative offers to leave Bama, but stayed the course and became a legend because he did. Granted that Bama was the Bear's 4th school before he settled down, but settle down for good he did. He gets a pass for two of the moves. At Kentucky, he wasn't satisfied with playing second fiddle to basketball, and from Texas A&M he was "called home".

Will we ever again see coaches with the longevity in a job of Bryant, Paterno, or Bowden? I would like to think so, but I think the odds are long. Frank Beamer at Va. Tech is the closest there is at 24 years on the job. Congratulations to both him and Va. Tech for staying the course. The longest current tenures at what I consider the "Destination jobs" for coaches is Brown at Texax (12 years) and Stoops at Oklahoma (11 years). Don't expect Lane Kiffin to hold the USC reins until there is more shuffle in his walking than his jobs.

The sad thing is that most of the time when your average old football program fires a coach, they don't really improve with the next guy. Its all a ploy to sell tickets, just like the pros do. Except there is no difference. The only difference between major college football as a business and pro football as a business that that the players don't get paid (that they let us know about except by accident LOL).
Posted on: June 3, 2009 11:50 am

College Athletics Ethics 101

This was originally posted as a reply in a thread where several people were arguing about which school's athletes or coaches had done the worst things:

Isn't it somewhat silly to be arguing about whose guy(s) that did something bad was worse than the other guy? LOL

Coaches are adults and certainly know better, whether its personal conduct or breaking NCAA rules. In my opinion (and to brag a bit I suggested this in casual settings long before I saw other people suggest it on the air or in writing), NCAA sanctions should travel with the coach, as well as stay with the offending institution. The have been a couple of recent examples of concrete movement in that direction, and when it happens officially, it will stop a LOT of cheating. On the personal level, coaches (and their staffs) have to learn and learn quickly that their behavior WILL be held to a higer standard. Is that fair? Of course it is. Many of these guys make big time salaries, including the assistants. If they want to go out and get drunk, there are plenty of lower profile careers they could find where that won't be as much of a problem. If they want the high profile job and the monster salary, they better realize that behaving themselves goes with the territory.

As for student-athletes, I'm sick of people saying, "Well, they're just kids." Sure they are still young, but by 18 they are young adults. They can vote, drive, marry without permission, enter into contracts on their own, and in many places drink alcohol legally ... and they want to in the places that are still 21 to drink.

Many "kids" that go to college support themselves through school, working and studying hard. Regular college kids that try to drink and party their way through school wash out with low grades. Athletes are propped up by every contrivance possible to keep them in and on their scholarship, even at the 'clean' schools.

People, most especailly fans casual to serious, forget that college sports started out as, and still should be, friendly competitions between STUDENT athletes. The rush to prop up guys who couldn't be bothered to study anywhere in K-12 needs to stop. If it did, then you'd better believe that the ones who want to play would study and make their grades. And let's not get confused about that, they all CAN make the grades if its important to them.

Schools can't always control boosters, but when they find out about a booster taking things outside the rules, his connections to the school should be immediately revoked, and any kids he tainted immediately kicked out. Fairness doesn't start with the NCAA. Fairness starts with a commitment to unimpeachable ethics by each athletic program. If a program is clean at the top, and scrupulously self-policed at all levels, you don't have to worry about bias.

I'm a lifelong Bama fan, and every year I badly want them to win ALL their games. That makes me part of the problem.
Posted on: May 28, 2009 10:25 am
Edited on: August 8, 2010 12:58 pm

Response to Doyle

Greg Doyle just posted a blog titled "Paterno, selfish old man".

In it, he criticized Joe Paterno for stating that the Big 10 needs a 12th team, and it might come from the Big East. He also criticized the ACC for expanding with three Big East teams, and took a cheap shot at Penn State players.

Here's my response:


Every once in a rare while (very very very rare while LOL) we get a sensible column or blog from Doyle.

This wasn't it.

If he were discussing a child's birthday party, and 5 year old little Joey wouldn't let the birthday boy play with the football he'd unwrapped just minutes ago, then Doyle would be right on target.

This is not a child's birthday party, this is big time football and big time business. Sympathy or worry over a rival conference have nothing to do with it. In fact, the "Big East" has no long standing football tradition compared to EVERY OTHER major conference, and it would take decades of football excellence before it will ever be thought of the same way conferences who have established their reputations thru decades of play are.

The ACC was selfish for building their conference into the modern mold? Cry me a river, please. (OK, really, please DON'T). We are in the era of the conference championship game, with the money and national championship boost in prospects that brings. All the ACC did was face the facts of the modern system and find compatible and willing schools to fill out the required roster of teams. There was nothing selfish about it. If CBS had an opening for three writers (and truth be told by all rights they SHOULD), and hired them from FOX, would that be selfish? No, its just business.

The circumstance that the Big 10(11) has allowed itself to go this many years without getting into the 12 team cradle is quite surprising, and actually shows some level of incompetence among their decision makers. It certainly needs to happen, and every year spent with 11 teams and no championship game just deprives their conference.

Joe Paterno speaking publicly about this is not selfishness ... its not like no one else in the conference is aware of this need and no one else is considering the alternatives. He is just the guy who happened to speak about it at this time. I'm not a Penn State fan, but I do know that Joe Paterno isn't going to spin anything he says. He's as straight-forward as they come. Forthrightness does not equal selfishness, forthrightness is actually a virtue, Greg.

And I can guarantee that there are a number of schools in the Big East that would welcome ... coaches, players, and fans ... a chance to be in the Big Ten. Why are they in the Big East now? The Big East is an accumulation of formerly independent schools who found they needed a conference on the modern college football stage. There is no history, no loyalty, no warm feeling for a conference that never was until eastern independents found they needed a home. That's why Va Tech, BC, and Miami left when called to a traditional conference, and why another team will jump at the chance to move to the Big 10(12) if called.

By the way, the shot at Penn State players was just absurdly cheap, and you know it. EVERY school gets some problem players anymore, and Penn State has no worse record for that than any other school, and much better than many.

Posted on: May 2, 2009 10:03 am

ANOTHER waste of time and money by Congress

It seems this happens every year.

Congressmen from states who felt that they were snubbed in the previous season's BCS picks raise a cry of unfairness.

This year, its Utah and Texas, but every year seems to have its roll cal of idiot lawmakers wasting their time, the public's time, and the public's money on BS like this. Do these guys have a serious ethical commitment to changing the "current system", whatever it might be that year, to a playoff?

No, they don't. But they can score some free publicity with the home folks voing in their next election, and this is what they're really after. They spend enough public money and time when their real campaign window comes around, let's not have them doing it now as well. Even if this were a valid topic of concern form lawmakers, and it isn't, they do have FAR, FAR more important work to be doing. Nine out of ten of these guys vote on bills they have never read, just been given summaries or and recommendations of by thier staff (or told how to vote on by their party.

I suggest that they use this WASTED time to at least learn something about the laws they are voting on that are their real business, the reason they get PAID by the public ... the job they were ELECTED TO DO.

Did ANY of these fools campaign on a program of changing the BCS system to a playoff and get elected to their office on that basis?

No, and I guarantee that. Actually for the most part, they weren't even elected on their own stand on any issues, but how successfully they managed to twist the words and view of their oppoents in negative campaign ads, no matter who that oppoenent was or how they really felt on issues. With that sort of unethical behavior getting them into office in the first place, I suppose I shouldn't be too surprised that they can't clean up their act and do their job, and do it right, once they squeeze their inflated heads thru their office doors in DC.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: March 17, 2009 6:25 pm

Fighting penalty 'losses'- money well spent?


As a neutral observer, I have no emotional attachement to whether Florida State retains 14 wins or not that the NCAA just forfeited.

Is the penalty excessive? It sounds like it on the face of it.

I do know what is unquestionably excessive though. The amount of money a state institution is about to spend to defend whether or not it should be acknowledge as winning some GAMES. The guy they hired won't come cheap. Could the money they spend on this likely futile effort be better used on some academic facilities? Some financial aid to students? Some starving children in a third world county?

Possbily they are happier in their hunger knowing that Florida State spent a lot of money so they could say they won some games.

Possibly some kids that are having a hard time buying the unconsciounably expense college textbooks are happier as they try to work their way thru school knowing that no money was available to help them out because FSU needed to say they won some games.

One thing FSU accomplishes by turning this into an expensive legal battle is certain. In modern times no one is fully responsible for anything, and any outcome one doesn't like is certain to make a run thru the courthouse that is expensive for someone involved. Florida State is reinforcing its support of that much despised but often acted upon attitude.

Congratulations, Florida State, you win one contest for sure ... being an institutional brat.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: December 17, 2008 3:26 am
Edited on: January 8, 2009 1:39 pm

True Story behind the Auburn Hire

Dateline: Enterprise, Alabama

Although Auburn was rumored to be vying for several successful coaches, it is true that the number of people they actually spoke to and were turned down by was very small. Most coaches who found themselves in the rumor mill placed frantic calls to their agents, with instructions to call Auburn and make sure their names got OFF the list. Thus Auburn earned the distinction of being the first college needing a football hire who had coaches PROACTIVELY taking steps to turn them down before Auburn could ever contact them.

Finally, in desperation, Auburn representatives showed up at the home of virtually their last hope. They arrived at 1 AM in the morning, having turned off the headlights of the car they arrived in, and turning off the engine to coast the last block to his house. They had previously sent an assistant SID to watch his back door just in case he got wind they were on the way, to prevent any clean escape.

Still, after a heated discussion, they were turned down in person. I got the exclusive interview with their last viable candidate, Bubba Wells, coach of the Dauphin Jr. High School JV team in Enterprise, Alabama.

"No way, man!", Bubba told this reporter. "Sure, they came in throwin' a lot o' loose talk about money around, but I got my self respect to consider! That job has historically led men to become the most hated man in the State of Alabama, except for a few months at a time in years way on back when someone was runnin' against George Wallace!"

Dauphin Jr High School, with a long tradition of sometimes winning the city title against the other Jr High in town, had an off year this fall, finishing at 4-5. The win total, however, had intrigued Auburn athletic officials hungry, nay desperate, for a higher winning percentage than they had managed this year.

Said Wells, "Well, we normally do a might better, last two years we wuz 6-3 and 5-4, but this year we had a undersized squad, but that's the chance you take when you can just play the 7th graders. You know, there's no consistency. Two years ago there 'uz four fat boys we got onto the team. Now they won't sell tater chips or regular sodas in the school anymore, and the fat boys are gettin' harder to come by."

Wells, who teaches four classes of civics and one hour of gym each day, previously coached a Pop Warner League team when his kids were younger.

"My daughter was the best quarterback they ever had on that team", he recalled. But that's ancient history. She's a senior at the High School this year. Of course she can't play football for Enterprise High, she plays softball. Auburn did recruit her for football for next year, them needin' quarterbacks and all, but that girl, she's got her own head. Say's she don't want to play for no sissy school."

Auburn officials declined to comment on the record, but an unnamed source (since he's about to be replaced anyway, we'll name him, it was their locker room janitor/offensive coordinator), confirmed that the Auburn AD was "creamin' to get the Wells hire done".

"He was sure disappointed that Coach Bubba said no, and then no again, and finally Hell No would you PLEASE get the HELL outta my house before I set the dogs on you!"

With every other name crossed off their wish list, Auburn finally was reduced to approaching Chizik. Said our source:

"You know, they were pretty sensitive about going with the funny name thing twicet in a row. Auburn has always had to endure enough farm jokes without their coach havin' to be named TUBER-ville, for gawd's sake. They figure at least this time, even tho the name reads funny, no one anywhere will ever be able to figure out how to pronouce it, so after they pondered on that a while it actually got to growin' on them and they just had to have him come here. You know, they went thru so many years where you could never tell the team when they was behind at halftime to "Never say Dye", and then they had the TUBER-ville jokes to deal with, they kind o' liked the idea of having a coach who's name is so far out there that they don't have no unfortunate coincidences to deal with."

Chizik, who after taking over a mediocre program in the woefully weak (not so) big 12 and running it straight into the ground, was reportedly considering retiring from football coaching to take a job grading dirt roads. According to friends, the Auburn offer set him into a stupor, it was such a shock.

"His wife had to slap him six times and pour half a bottle of corn liquor down his throat to get him to come around", a neighbor reported.

Remember folks, you heard it here first!!

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