Love how Dave puts the pressure on him RE: following Manning.
I’m a huge sports fan. I tune in for events that the average American would never waste their time on. I enjoy strange sports action like Wednesday night MAC football, Carling Cup soccer action from England, hell, I’ve even been known to dabble in rugby and cricket, because why not? I guess what I’m saying is that when I tell you I watch (and enjoy) far too much sports on television, I hope you believe me. It’s with that thought in mind that I reveal this next information. I turned off the national championship game last night. It was unbearable; the single worst sporting event of the past twelve months, all apologies to the Butler-UConn national championship game. With a whole fourth quarter to go I said to hell with it and played my new copy of NHL ’12, where I’m quite certain I racked up more goals than either of those two teams scored points.
Alabama is technically the national champion this morning. They probably are the most dominant defense ever assembled on a college football field. They definitely dictated the action last night. But tell me why they deserve to win an undisputed claim at the national championship? They played a cookie-cutter regular season schedule, boasting only two wins worth mentioning (Penn State and Arkansas). And for those who are delusioned by the alleged “dominance” of the SEC, I would be willing to vehemently argue with you that they were maybe the the third best conference this season (the Big 12 was by far the best, with the Big Ten giving the SEC a run for second place). Wins over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt don’t fool me. Even Florida isn’t worth bringing up at this point. And in the ultimate irony of all, Alabama actually lost to this same LSU squad just a couple of weeks ago. On their home turf. In the ugliest game of all time, at least until last night’s disaster. But they’re definitely national champions now, this game being a total difference maker.
What disappoints me the most is that I know for a fact Oklahoma State, Stanford, and maybe even those Boise State Broncos could have given Alabama a better game last night than LSU. Football is first and foremost about personnel. Coaching can go a long way, as Saban demonstrates on a yearly basis with his defenses, but the most important thing is always the athletes on the field. Oklahoma State might have just an average defense, but their offense contained one of the most athletic receiving corps in the history of college football. When you throw in that their spread offense was born to temper and pick apart the blitz-happy offenses of an Alabama, there’s simply no way you could convince me they couldn’t have hung at least a couple touchdowns on the Tide. Brandon Weeden would have sat back with one and three-step drops all day, dinking and dunking an overwhelmed Alabama defense that surely never faced an offense anywhere close to as talented as the Cowboys.
Stanford definitely would have given them a run for their money. Apparently the SEC has made an executive decision that quarterbacks are not a necessity. Cam Newton literally won a national championship and SEC title by himself last year, just because the conference was so completely shocked by the notion of a great quarterback. Are you telling me Andrew Luck couldn’t have thrown at least a pair of touchdowns against the Tide? Most especially with those tight end-heavy formations the Cardinal have become so famous for in these last couple years? Throw in that Stanford’s ultra-talented offensive line easily would have handled that ‘Bama front four, and well, you see why I have serious questions about the legitimacy of their national title claim.
College football has some big decisions to make in the coming weeks and this game was complete evidence of that fact. What’s sad is they’ll make only minor changes and call the system 100% fixed. But it’s not. So, you say you want a four-team playoff? How does an annual contest between two SEC teams, a Pac-12, and a Big Ten team sound?! That’s how it’s going to be. The three most powerful (and intelligent) men in college football are the respective commissioners of those conferences. It’s no coincidence that they’re also the wealthiest and the only ones never mentioned in possible realignments that could break up their respective conferences. And there’s no way they’re just going to cede that position of power. There will be no sudden, world-altering breakthrough whereby the Boise States of the world suddenly get a chance to show they can hang with the big boys. It’s going to be the same story, the same discrimination, the same joke. College football has always been built on self-preservation. The puppet masters are merely going to disguise the controlling mechanism.
I guess I just simply don’t understand it. And I’m sure any SEC fan out there would be the first to bring up this point. I’ll argue it anyway. Tell me how a sport that touts the sacred nature of the regular season is willing to hand its national title to a team that couldn’t even win its conference? Tell me how a team that couldn’t even beat a divisional rival in the regular season suddenly has the right to claim a national championship after one measly “title” game? You can’t. It’s impossible.
There is no way to solve the hypocrisies and discrepancies of college footballand in the most infuriating aspect of all, that’s exactly the way the people in power want it.
Generation Y, where I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m actually looking forward to a week of Tebow hype after that game last night. NFL is king!
Did he say “neither one” or, you know…
While a lot of media types are going to spout off about how much money he is leaving on the table, act like the smartest person in the room by informing them that that’s not necessarily the case. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the following on Twitter, hinting strongly that owners will push hard to get a rookie wage scale in place by next season:
Not with the rookie cap coming.
-NFL people want the wage scale to begin this yr.
-Owners will work to implement wage scale in ’11.
Here’s the full story, from SI:
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck says he will stay in school for another year instead of entering the NFL draft.
Luck was widely considered to be the No. 1 pick by Carolina if he chose to leave school early. But he made his announcement Thursday that he wants to remain at Stanford so he can graduate as scheduled next year.
Luck led the fifth-ranked Cardinal (12-1) to a school-record 12 wins this season, including a 40-12 victory over Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl on Monday night. Stanford is set to finish the season in the top five of the AP poll for the first time since the unbeaten 1940 team finished No. 2.
It is still up in the air whether current Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh will stay. This move certainly might help the school’s case as the combo of the two could potentially push them to a preseason number one ranking.
The ladies of Stanford women’s basketball ended the University of Connecticut’s 90-game win streak. No matter how you feel about the Huskies passing John Wooden and his UCLA squads, it is impossible to deny that winning that many games in a row is impressive, if not amazing. However, with only passing UCLA by two wins, it is hard to imagine people will speak of both UCLA and UConn 10 years from now in the same sentence. Whether it is fair or not is impossible to decide because it is impossible to compare two entirely different sports. And I think we can all admit, men’s and women’s basketball are played completely differently. UConn doesn’t want to be compared to UCLA, and UCLA doesn’t want to be compared to UConn. Each streak is individual and each may never be broken again.
Stanford jumped out to an early lead and despite a few runs from the Huskies, never relinquished that lead. Maya Moore was off her game all night and also showed that she may not be as mentally tough as she leads us to believe. We say tonight that this young star is, in fact, human. When asked about the streak and how impressive it was these past weeks, she would say that all you have to do is watch how hard they compete in practice to see how hard they work. Well, that may be the case, but tonight, she did not compete until the end of the game. She quit on a play with just over a minute left allowing an easy Stanford layup that basically sealed the deal. I can’t believe Geno Auriemma will let that go anytime soon.
That being said, you have to give a lot of credit to Stanford. Maybe they caught a perfect storm where UConn wasn’t entirely on their game, but they certainly took full advantage and exploited the hell out of it. They played solid, Stanford basketball. UConn gets a lot of teams to play out of their element, and Stanford didn’t fall into that trap at all tonight. It was quite impressive. Stanford was the last team to beat them and seemed to be the only team that really ever had a shot at doing it again… ever.
This is the first time I have watched (mostly) an entire UConn game, and I noticed a few things. They get away with a lot of hand checking and fouling away from the ball, especially in the post. I wondered throughout this game whether that was typical over the past 30 or so games for the Huskies.
This was an incredibly entertaining game to watch despite some absolutely terrible basketball plays and turnovers. Both teams played their hearts out, and it was obvious how badly each team wanted to win. Even with 40 seconds and a eight point deficit, you couldn’t help but feel like UConn still had a fighting chance. You don’t always see that in men’s games.