The headline to Terence Moore's latest Fanhouse column is "Memo to BCS Bashers: Stop Whining." He then precedes to go through the tired old mantra of why the Bowl Championship is working. Here's what Moore doesn't get: it's not.Sure, whoever Number One and Number Two are at the end of the year will play for the BCS Championship. The problem is with all those other games. It's called the Bowl Championship Series. The purpose of it, as stated on the BCS's website is "to assure a match up between the top two teams — correcting a major flaw in the bowl system — while maintaining and enhancing the traditional bowl system that's nearly 100 years old." It's that last part where the BCS has been getting wrong.In the past few years the BCS Bowls leading up to America's Favorite Fictional National Championship haven't been really much to call home about. The last huge game was probably the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, where Boise State beat Oklahoma (maybe the Game of the Decade). Other than that the BCS Bowls have been fair to middling.The Problem is the Bowl Committees are extremely territorial. Most of them have one conference or another pretty much wrapped up every year. And the result are some really lame match ups. Remember in 2008 where Rose Bowl featured with USC and Illinois, and the Sugar Bowl had Georgia facing Hawaii? How many people would have rather seen USC play UGA? Everybody that turned those games off or just plain didn't watch.There's a reason the BCS Bowls are moving from FOX to ESPN in 2011: the ratings. If Rupert Murdoch had wanted to outbid ESPN he would have. Instead, several BCS Games will beMaybe a baroque playoff system is too much for ask for at the moment. But could the BCS at least make some movement toward playoffs, however illusionary?Here's what is needed right now: A guaranteed face-off between the third and fourth place teams in the BCS poll. Put it on in prime time on New Years Day and fans will have a reason to gather around the TV that night.Moore doesn't seem to see the absolute flaw in the BCS. It provides a Champion (no matter how questionable it can be at times), but it doesn't do a good job at providing a complete package of quality games at the end of the college football season. If it did, it wouldn't be facing a future on basic cable.(via Fanhouse)
There's nothing better in the morning than waking up to a rumor about Notre Dame replacing Charlie Weis. This ones a doozy: Fanhouse reports on a story that Bob Stoops could Oklahoma for Notre Dame. Please Kill Me Now.Just because 2009 has been an annus horriblis for Stoops and the Sooners it doesn't mean that he's ready to jump ship. Stoops' chances at a BCS title/bowl game in 2010 are better at OU than they ever will be at ND. And as much as Domers want to believe otherwise, it's going to be that way for years to come.(via Fanhouse)
An internal audit by the University of Michigan has discovered Rich Rodriguez didn't file papers regarding how much time his players dedicated to football. This after some of his players accused him of violating NCAA time limits for football related training. Oops! Even worse. The audit looked at seven different Wolverine men's and women's sports. Only the football program was lacking in keeping time records. It's not quite a smoking gun, but if UM loses to Ohio State in might be enough for some to call for his job.(via Rivals.com)
If you're a college or pro football fan hoping to find that Chucky wearing a visor and polo shirt in your team's colors you're out of luck. Everybody's favorite ex-Buccaneers coach (at least the one not named Tony Dungy) has inked a long term deal with ESPN to stick with Monday Night Football. Oh well, at least we still have Lane Kiffin to kick around. Then again, the phrase "long term contract" in sports doesn't really mean much anymore, does it?(via The Sporting Blog)
Sad news to report out of Alabama. Taylor Fortinberry has announced the retirement of his J.T. Bowtie character.I honestly half expected this to be a load of bull. And I wouldn't be surprised if the Bama-banged, sunglasses wearing fratboy made another appearance. In other words, don't hold your breath that this is the last we see of Mr. Fortinberry's alter.Still, it does give me an excuse chance to honor the passing of a modern day folk character:Goodbye J.T BowtieThough I never knew you at allYou had the grace to hold yourselfWhile those playing 'Bama crawledYou out of the woodworkAnd you yelled into our brainsThey set you on the treadmillAnd they made you change your nameAnd it seems to me you lived your lifeLike a fratboy in the windNever knowing who to cling toWhen the death threats set inAnd I would have liked to have known youBut I was just a bloggerYour candle burned out long beforeYour legend ever did
Michigan lost another game, this time to Wisconsin. The Wolverine Nation is not going to be amused by this one. One more loss and UM can kiss the postseason bowl games goodbye. The bad news is UM has one last game, and it's to Ohio State.Even worse for Michigan, Rich-Rod and Tate Forcier aren't seeing eye to eye reportedly. Forcier's had to deny rumors he wants to transfer, in fact. He really needs to stick around. With luck he'll be playing for Les Miles in a year or so. Maybe sooner.(via Detroit Free Press)
Someone paid $5,250 for an absolutely obscure Atari 2600 video game on e-bay. Apparently "The Music Machine", described as a knockoff of Kaboom!, was a game aimed at the Christian market and only sold in Christian bookstores (sort of like how the the Guitar Hero knockoff Guitar Praise is sold today). Thus finding one in mint condition (still wrapped in plastic no less) is pretty rare. Either this means the recession is really over, or someone with money wants in rub it in everyone's face.(via plugged in)
The epic opera known as Die FlerderWeis isn't quite over yet, but there's a plus-sized lady wearing a viking helmet at the edge of the stage waiting for her cue. The Fighting Former Irish of Notre Dame lost to Pittsburgh 27-22. The Irish faithful, possibly the most delusional fanbase north of the Mason-Dixon line, are clearly going to want Charlie Weis fired after this. The sad part is that in all probability Weis gets fired, gets replaced by the coach de jour, and and the tragic operatic cycle of The Golddomedammerung will begin again.
Memo to the World Wide Leader: It's cool mentioning that Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson is in favor of a playoff during the pistol whipping game against Duke. But do you have to repeat it at least three times? It's admittedly not much of a game. But surely your announcers could find something else to talk about. Oh wait, this is Pam Ward we're talking about here. Never mind.
Kotaku takes a look back at ESPN NFL 2K5, and asks if this was the best sports-related video game ever made. This was a title made before EA Sports gobbled the exclusive rights to the NFL for the Madden franchise, so it was one of the last of its kind. The article also discusses why sports games don't get the attention or respect that regular video games do. Pretty interesting article. Go check it out.(via Kotaku )
This is the annual Georgia Tech PSA that appears during the televised games:I can believe Techies waste time spend their time engineering tricycles. Making tricycle engines, well, that's another matter.
Hi, Pouncer the Tiger. How are things at Memphis? How's Coach West doing? Oh yeah, he got canned this week. And he pretty much threw the program under the bus on his way out. At least you've got John Calipari and that Final Fo...oh yeah, he dumped you for Kentucky. And that Final Four appearance was wiped off the record because of the Derrick Rose mess. Oh well, at least you have the future. No matter how bleak it is.(apologies as usual to Matthew Gasteier)
LeBron James announced his desire to change his jersey number next year from number 23 to number six. About darn time. Wearing Michael Jordan's number was possibly the ultimate in smugness when he started doing so as a rookie. The NBA should just go ahead and retire Jordan's number altogether, like MLB retired Jackie Robinson's number 42 league-wide. James side so last night.James' says he wants to wear number 6 (which he wore in the Olympics) next hear. Ah, now here's an interesting one. Bill Russel wore number 6 for Boston. Julius Erving wore it for Philadelphia. So James would have company on an historic level with that number. Number 6 isn't as owned by them as 23 is owned by Jordan, but it would be kind of nice if James he could totally own.Besides, there's already one major Number Six out there...The Prisoner. Most science fiction geeks could tell you that Number Six was the number given to an otherwise anonymous secret agent played by Patrick McGoohan in a British TV series called The Prisoner. He found himself trapped in a strange community/prison called The Village. (A remake of the show will be starting on AMC this Sunday).There are some strange analogies here with Lebron James and The Prisoner. Next year James could find himself in a strange city where he's more a prisoner than a king.(via Chicago Sun-Times)
According to SI.com * The Who is reportedly going to be the halftime performers at Super Bowl XLIV in Miami. Or at least what's left of them.Ever since Janet Jackson and her you-know-what the NFL has shied away from acts that were at their peak before Taylor Swift was born. It would be nice if the NFL would try to get an artist from My Generation for halftime. Okay, they had Prince and Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen. But they were around when I was in middle school. Why not the Dave Matthews Band or Foo Fighters? Heck, the MLB had Jay-Z and Alicia Keys perform before a World Series game. The MLB! The league that won't expand instant replay had the biggest rapper in the world and the NFL gets a band where half the original members are dead.I get a funny feeling I know why The Who got the nod: CSI. Super Bowl XLIV will be on CBS this year. This is the network the CSI franchise of shows is on. And all three shows features The Who in their opening credits. Not a bit of a stretch there, eh?I shouldn't complain about The Who. They would be better than Up With People or one of the Freudian nightmare inducing Olympic opening ceremonies. Its just that news of The Who performing just isn't exciting. If Black Lantern Keith Moon and Zombie John Entwistle were going to be on stage with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend I'd be more enthused.(via SI.com. Warning: link may be NSFW)
You know that Verizon commercial where the iPhone lands up of The Island of Misfit Toys? You know, this one?This may be the saddest commercial ever. Sad like walking into a K-Mart sad. Sad as in all of Joy Division's songs wrapped up into one massively depressing dirge sad. It's just sad.
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