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Deep Thoughts 9-22-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Austin Texas rain NFL-Brandon Marshall Ray Rice Adrian Peterson Tom Brady and Robert Kraft

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Fall is a great time of year to be in Austin, Texas. For the next two months, we get what many of you have in the summer. The days are generally warm and sunny with gradually cooling nights. It is not great for swimming, but it is nice for just about anything else. The remnants of Hurricane Odile spent a few days in Austin last week and gave Julie and I a nice surprise. Very early on Thursday morning, Julie stepped out of bed to find ankle deep water in our bedroom. We are unwilling pros by now, so we knew the routine. Buckets, mops and towels and a few hours had the water removed.  But, in looking at the pictures of the destruction the storm did in Cabo San Lucas, I suppose we got off easy. I have been designing a drain solution in my mind and with the nice weather ahead…I plan to put my plan in motion. I am not looking forward to the digging and concrete work I have to look forward to…but it sure beats scooping water at 5:30 in the morning.

 

 

 

                                                            It will take a lot of digging but I am going to figure it out...

 

 

 

I have been thinking long and hard about events in the NFL and I have found some peace in my thinking. With the headlines of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson blasting our senses, it has been tough to enjoy the football that we have seen so far. We see the bad behavior of the players and the obvious attempt by the league to cover up the mess and it makes us angry. Each day there is another layer of the onion peeled away to provide us with more details to chew or stew on…if you will. I hear people say that the game has lost its way and that today’s players are not worth their time. I beg to differ. The game of football is still the same game that it has always been. Oh, I know that the money is different and that some of the rules have changed…so what? The players playing today represent society today...just as players in the past represented society at that time. As several writers at the Gab have pointed out, there is bad behavior in all walks of life. The problems we see in the NFL are the same things happening on Wall Street, Main Street, that street and this street. The difference is that the media is not necessarily looking on these streets in the same manner that they seek out the high profile athletes of professional sports.

Radatz wrote a terrific blog on Sunday. If you missed it, you should take a moment and check it out:

http://www.yougabsports.com/pt/Football-Justice/blog.htm

I completely agree with everything that Radatz expresses. The thing that really resonated with me is the point about the media not grabbing scoops anymore. Once upon a time, this was the job of the media…to be the first to grab the scoop on a story. With the advent of technology, the scoop is no longer available for today’s media. Now, the media is left to dig through leftovers to try to find another angle to a story that has already broken. It is why we see a daily rehash of events with a slightly different spin or sometimes just analysis of details that have already occurred. This is why a big media event like Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson never seems to go away.

 

 

 

 

 


I recently had a discussion with a couple friends on facebook. One point of discussion was that athletes have a responsibility to be role models. As Radatz writes…we expect kids from nowhere that reach the NFL to have poise and etiquette. Is it realistic to think that a football player that is suddenly flush understands how the privileged are supposed to behave? I am not making excuses for athletes, but I think we should realize the fallacy of our expectations. Players are people that act as adults how they saw parents and others behave in their childhood. The way to handle this is the same way anyone learns…have rules and hold them accountable if they screw up. Let’s talk about the story of Brandon Marshall, the wide receiver for the Chicago Bears. Marshall was an amazing talent in Denver, but because of off field and onfield incidents was traded to Miami. He did not get along very well in Miami either, so he was traded to Chicago. Marshall was guilty of horrible behavior. Numerous instances of violence seemed to follow Marshall and led to him actually being stabbed by his wife. In 2011, Marshall was diagnosed with a mental illness called BPD. Since that time, Brandon Marshall is a new man. He has learned through therapy how to deal with the symptoms of his illness. It should be noted that Marshall does not attempt to excuse his past behavior by blaming his actions on his disease. Here is exactly what Marshall believes, "I'm making myself vulnerable, and I want it to be clear that this is the opposite of damage control.” I find it very telling that Marshall chooses not to attempt to do what the NFL has done…damage control. Brandon Marshall is an example of a player that left behind unacceptable behavior and learned a different way. Today, Marshall is working hard to attempt to bring discussion of mental health into polite conversation. It is his goal to become for mental health what Magic Johnson has become for HIV. In case you have wondered about his lime green shoes, it is the color that he has chosen to promote mental health awareness.

 

 

 

 

 

As a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, I must admit that I had to hold my nose while watching the team in the 90s. While it was awesome to see the Super Bowl wins, it was embarrassing to see what Michael Irvin and many other Cowboys did off the field during this time period. Since that time, the stench has been the behavior and ineptness of Jerry Jones. I have refused to turn my back on the Dallas Cowboys, because this is my team. Likewise, I refuse to leave the game because of a few knuckleheads. Allowing the actions of a few players dictate my action as a fan is ridiculous. I am not suggesting that we accept bad behavior, but simply call it what it is...a reflection of where we are as a society. I hear some say that the NFL must be vigilant against tarnishing the shield. There is an image to uphold and anyone causing damage to the reputation of the NFL must be admonished. With this, I completely agree...but must qualify the statement. I have an issue with those that would be more concerned with damage control than doing the right thing. I am reminded of words from the movie Scent of a Woman:

Be careful what kind of leaders you're producing here. I don't know if Charlie's silence here today is right or wrong. I'm not a judge or jury, but I can tell you this: He won't sell anybody out to buy his future! And that, my friends, is called integrity. That's called courage. Now that's the stuff leaders should be made of. Now I have come to the crossroads in my life. I always knew what the right path was. Without exception, I knew. But I never took it. You know why? It was too damn hard. Now here's Charlie. He's come to the crossroads. He has chosen a path. It's the right path. It's a path made of principle that leads to character. Let him continue on his journey. You hold this boy's future in your hands, committee. It's a valuable future. Believe me. Don't destroy it. Protect it. Embrace it. It's gonna make you proud one day, I promise you.

As an industry, the NFL must do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. I am sick and tired of watching people make decisions based upon the right "image". If you do the right thing, the image will be taken care of. Integrity is in short supply today and that is too bad. We worry too much about how actions are perceived and should focus on what we believe in. If hitting a woman is wrong, then by God...put rules in place and move forward. Obviously, there are men everywhere that are not learning that it is wrong to hit a woman. Hopefully, the story of Ray Rice will be the beginning of young men learning the right way.

 


We see so many negatives today, that we often overlook the positives that football brings to the lives of young men. I had the pleasure of watching a video of a young Georgetown Texas football player and felt compelled to share here:

 

 

This young man understands what is necessary to be successful. It is a totally awesome example of all that is right with the game of football. While we are constantly reminded of the bad in the NFL, remember that there are many players just like Apollos that play the game. We forget this, because there is no value for the media to analyze this type of story.

 

 

 

Did you see that Mark Wahlberg left Patriot owner Robert Kraft hanging? LMAO...

 

 

 

Leave it to Tom Brady to make things right...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Brady shows off his photoshop skills in putting a high five up for his owner...exactly as you would expect from the leader of his team!

 

 

Did you realize that every single point in the week 3 matchup between the Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots were scored by a player with "kowski" in their last name? Amazing as it may seem, the only players to score a point in this game were: Rob Gronkowski, Stephen Gostkowski and Sebastian Janikowski. While this is a funny item, I would think that Patriot fans might find this tidit of news to be a tad worrisome. A win is a win, but it is clear that the offensive line is causing Tom Terrific a bit of problem. But, I would say to Patriot fan...Coach Bill will figure it out. My guess is that a 300 yard passing day and 3TDs are soon in the cards for Brady. While on that subject, have you noticed that many teams have stolen the Seahawk and 49er secret to 2013 success? Defense and running the ball have been much more in vogue this year. Of course there have been a few shootouts, but more teams understand that scoring a bunch of points does not always result in a win. Here are some fantasy numbers for 2014 that I found interesting:

QB: 1,408 FPTS (Fantasy Points), down 6.6 percent from 2013 and 3.4 percent from the 2011-13 seasons combined.
RB: 1,555 FPTS, up 13.8 percent from 2013 and 7.1 percent from 2011-13.
WR: 1,821 FPTS, down 9.3 percent from 2013 and 7.3 percent from 2011-13.
TE: 679 FPTS, down 6.5 percent from 2013 and 5.7 percent from 2011-13.

While this is only represents three games, it is still a reminder that the NFL is the ultimate copycat league. If you are successful, teams notice and adjust.

 

 

 


That is all I have today , but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…

 

 

When you're riding in a time machine way far into the future, don't stick your elbow out the window, or it'll turn into a fossil.

If you were a pirate, you know what would be the one thing that would really make you mad? Treasure chests with no handles. How the hell are you supposed to carry it?!


 

 

Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own.

 

 

 

 

Buzz from the Bleachers
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

My first year here at the Gab, all the way back on May 25, 2010, I wrote an article about pay for play in high school athletics. Since then I've had the privilege of being able to coach on a JV football team and to hear so many great stories from our proud poppas here like B.O.B. and my partner for the past year of so Jeff. In the wake of our Michigan primaries and my old high school's two school millage proposals, I've decided to revisit the issue. First, I'd like to bring my original argument to the table.

In keeping with the political tone we've been into this week or so, I'd like to bring up a big sports issue that is sweeping the nation: the debate on pay to play high school sports. I'd like to start by saying that I have some perspective on both sides of the issue.

While I was going through school, sports were a huge part of my extracurricular education. In addition to much needed exercise and socialization, they provided me with work ethic and leadership skills. I feel I learned just as many life skills playing sports and participating in other activities as I did in the classroom.

On the other hand, I know that the economic crunch has hit schools particularly hard. Like everyone, schools are being forced to do more with less. Given the choice between cutting classes and cutting sports programs, I would much rather see sports go. Given the choice between cutting sports programs or making people pay, I would much rather have them be pay for play. What I would propose, however, is to find other ways to keep sports a viable part of the schooling experience.

While reading the Detroit News yesterday, I came across a story about increased fees to participate in sports in Novi schools. Currently, students pay $175 per sport at the high school level. The new budget will raise the price to $350 and up the price to $200 at the middle school level. I may not have my hand right on the pulse of school budgeting, but don't most of the sports already have the equipment? I know there are other expenses to consider, but aren't there other options?

My main concern here is that this new plan will take the option of the high school sporting experience away from already struggling families. Most schools have a bit of a fund for underprivileged students, but how much can they really have? It seems to me that in a lot of districts, especially here in MI, that there can't possibly be enough for all the cash strapped families. Whatever the case, the opportunity to play a sport shouldn't be held back from a kid  just because he is from an underprivileged family. There will be plenty of time for that kind of cold reality to come home for these kids. They shouldn't have to face it so early. Sports might be their best chance to improve their lot. Bottom line, a parents economic standing shouldn't keep a kid on the side line.

How can schools afford to keep their programs going? Well, let's go back to the parents. When I was in high school, if a team needed new uniforms or something, they would go and ask the Mom and Dad's club. This was an organization started by parents to support the school sports programs as well as any other clubs or organizations like drama or the robotics team.  The parents would hold fund raisers through the year to build up a good supply of money. They also ran the concession stands at the games, so all the proceeds went to the kids. I don't know how prevalent this is/was at other schools. I know band boosters are rather common. Either way, it seems to me that if schools and the parents would sit down and think about things, solutions could be found. Everyone needs to come together to keep kids in the game.

To take this a bit farther, you have to wonder how high school sports don't raise more revenue. Looking at my old high school which is just a small suburb in metro Detroit Michigan, I can get a few ideas. It costs $4 a game to attend varsity football games. Each season there are generally about 9 games. Ten if you count scrimmages. There could be playoffs, but that money generally goes into the state pot. This season, four of those games were at home. If a person went to all home games, the school makes $16. Season passes (for any fall sporting event) can be purchased for $25. Students, of course pay less. 

Garland Public Schools in Garland, Texas charges $4 for students and $6 for adults for advanced pusrchases. They also have reserve seats. Seats on bought on game day cost $7 for students and adults. These folks would stand to make $24 if they had the same schedule as my former high school and $28 if those folks didn't think ahead. There is also the idea of merchandise and concessions.

Still, according the Chicago Tribune, football programs routinely struggle to catch up to their costs. An October 28, 2011 article estimates that some of the most successful programs can drop around $100,000 a year to play. That's hard for any school to catch up to. Even if a school is big enough to earn notice on ESPN, they are generally only paid $1,000 a piece to play, a mere fraction of the ridiculous sums the network pays for college or pro leagues. Things can get worse when you look at coaching salaries with elite teams, equipment costs, and video editing equipment. 

Some schools are turning to advertisers to off set some of the cost. Some have begun streaming live feeds of their games on websites and selling advertising space. Still, the brunt of the cost will be passed down to players.

A solution may call for many ideas rather than just one. Schools can help ease the pay for play tide by adding a slight increase to ticket sales, say a dollar or two, capping off tickets at $8. It may be harder for some parents, but it's a pittance compared to college or pro prices. It's even comparable to minor league venues. Another solution may be to try to limit the size of some squads, though this would surely be unpopular. While some schools have big enough squads that they are forced to cut players, trimming the group down to an economical size may go farther than pay for play in denying kids the right to the field. (The Chicago Tribune article estimates a standard uniform to cost at least $550 per player.) My best idea remains the involvement of parent groups to help fund and support high school athletics through fund raising activities. (I've also had hopes of being able to sponsor one boy and one girl for a season should I ever be placed in a district that uses pay for play. And yes, I've talked it over with the GF and she'd be cool with it.)

Another expensive trend that can be stopped is the switch to artificial turf. Converting to turf costs in the neighborhood of one million dollars. While some may clamor for millages and bond issues, the economic stress makes the passing of such measures highly unlikely in most communities.

Despite the economics, football remains the top draw in high school athletics. Still, the options for funding our Friday night lights are not promising. Pay to play schemes limit who can go out for the team. Such ideas also increase the strain between parents and coaches over playing time. Advertising and raising prices only serves to cheapen the last remaining pure football in the country, though ESPN and other big market players have been trying to overexpose high school athletics for years now. I believe that small increases in ticket prices ($1-2 max), ad revenue from local businesses, more parent fund raising, avoiding unnecessary expenses, and perhaps even some generosity through sponsorship from generous donors can help address the problem and do it in a way that won't cheapen the game we all love. 

That's about all for this week. I think the topic came to me pretty easy because I started reading Friday Night Lights today. I hope to include my review of it next week. If I remember right, Jeff's boys have played the team chronicled in that book/film/tv series. Still, from what I've read it's a great book and worth a look. I picked it up cheap from my local Salvation Army (they have books 5 for $1, so I tend to stock up). Thanks for reading and as always feel free to share your thoughts and your suggestions. 

Week 4 College Football Rankings 2014
Category: NCAA
Tags: ALABAMA ARKANSAS AUBURN BYU FLORIDA ST. GEORGIA TECH MISSISSIPPI ST. NEBRASKA NCSU OKLAHOMA OLE MISS OREGON RUTGERS S CAROLINA

(Logos are posted for teams that are new to the rankings for the year.)

Rank/team/previous
1 Auburn 1
2 Oklahoma 3
3 Florida St. 4
4 Oregon 2
5 Alabama 5
6 TX A&M 6
7 BYU 10
8 Ole Miss 9
9 S Carolina 11
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10 Miss. St. –
11 Penn St. 12
12 Notre Dame 8
13 LSU 7
14 E. Carolina 15
15 Georgia 13
16 UCLA 17
Ga Tech
17 Ga. Tech –
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18 Rutgers –
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19 Arkansas –
20 Okie St. 25
21 Washington –
22 Arizona 23
Nebraska Logo 1972
23 Nebraska –
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24 NC State –
25 Virginia 19

Out of rankings: (14) Pittsburgh, (16) Boston Coll., (18) Va. Tech, (20) USC, (21) Louisville, (22) Ohio St., (24) Missouri

Explanation and future rankings

I’m putting this at the bottom because it’s probably too boring and technical for many of you, but I do get questions about these things often.

Just to get to the point, what I’m going to do is make next week (and possibly the following week) a transitional period. I will compute and publish my computer rankings, but I won’t use those for my official top 25 right away. I’ll try to ease into that. For instance, if I don’t have a team ranked this week, but they’re #10 in the computer ratings after next week, I will put them between #15 and #20, then maybe if they’re still #10 the following week, it won’t be as dramatic to actually rank them #10. Or maybe they’ll lose, and it won’t be a seesaw from unranked to #10 to #20-something.

I’ve already made some changes in anticipation of what may happen in moving toward that system. I gave very little weight to any preseason preconceptions about given teams or their opponents.

I did my best to do the ratings above fairly, but it has gotten difficult, and that’s why I can no longer use a fully subjective system going forward. I continue to second-guess myself and remain unsatisfied.

There are a lot of conflicting motivations at this point. I’m still moving from “Are you going to be a good team?” to “What have you proven?” At the same time, I don’t want to put a team in the top 25 based on an early-season scheduling quirk and have that team get blown out. It will take some time before the teams that look good in games and teams that look good based on objective measures line up.

There is a team like this every year. In 2011, Stanford didn’t really play anyone until October 22, then they played three of the next four against ranked teams and the fourth game was against Oregon St. on the road (which is rarely an easy win). Then the Cardinal still had to play Notre Dame (who was also ranked at the time) later on in November. This was the year they played in the Fiesta Bowl despite losing big to Oregon.

Anyway, getting back to this year, Florida St. is a good example of some of the difficulties. The Seminoles are not even in the top 10 based on wins and losses that have happened so far this season (a loose description of what my computer rankings consider). They beat Clemson, who I really believe is a good team, and Oklahoma St., who might be a good team also, but that doesn’t do it at this point. Clemson doesn’t look any better than Northwestern because the Tigers are winless against FBS competition (but both Clemson and Northwestern have an FCS win). Florida St. doesn’t get credit for beating an unsuccessful (so far against Division I anyway) FCS team, nor do they get credit for a bye week. So that leaves Oklahoma St. The Cowboys have a somewhat respectable win over UTSA, but beating the team who beat UTSA is hardly something to hang your hat on.

Oddly enough, Florida St. has a good chance to improve its rating by beating North Carolina St., who I do not believe is a good team, but three FBS wins at this point over teams with four combined FBS wins makes them look good for the moment. All three of those teams are probably well below average, but that won’t be clear until later.

There is a preliminary step in the process where I get initial ratings of teams between 0 and about 7. So if right now, North Carolina St. is 6 and Clemson is 1, maybe in a couple weeks, they’ll both be 3.5, and at the end of the season Clemson might be about 5 and North Carolina St. about 2. So Florida St. might get similar credit for the two wins combined for the rest of the season even if neither team ends up anything like what has shown up so far.

It helps Florida St. that Clemson will likely get a wins of some quality by playing North Carolina and North Carolina St. in the next two weeks. Oklahoma St. isn’t playing a great team in Texas Tech, but that will be an opportunity for them to add some substance to their resume.

The other major contenders already rate highly. Alabama, Oklahoma, Auburn, and Oregon all rate in the top 7 of the current computer ratings. Florida St. is still in the top 20 though.

So what I’m going to do is release my first computer ratings next week (a week earlier than originally planned), but I’m still going to do subjective ratings for next week and possibly the week after that. They just won’t be purely subjective. Let’s say the winner of Miss. St. and Texas A&M comes out #1. I might move Miss. St. up to #5 or A&M up to #3 or #4, but I wouldn’t rank either #1, at least not for a couple more weeks.

It’s also possible I’ll do another transition week after October 4. In other words, the subjective ratings may overlap with the computer ratings for a couple of weeks, but what I feature here will be the subjective ratings.

Also, sometimes for the first few weeks of the computer rankings, I change the top 5 of what I post here. I always make clear what those changes are, and I never make any subjective changes on my ratings site. I try to keep any subjective preferences off of that site.

Although that Missouri had a good chance to win the SEC for a while in the championship game last year, I’m still glad I didn’t take the leap and make them #1. They should never have been regarded as the top team to beat in the country last year. I also wouldn’t want to take that step early on for A&M, Miss. St., Arizona, N.C. St., or UCLA. On the other hand, if one of those teams is undefeated and rises to the top a month from now or more, I’m not going to alter anything.

Earlier rankings:
Preseason
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

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Tuesday's Tantrum - 9/23/14
Category: FEATURED

I am now one month ESPiN-free and continue to feel good about it, especially after I read about the ignorance that came flying out of Ray Lewis’ cakehole Sunday Morning – if he said what is attributed to him, the NFL needs to very publicly put the bad-mouth on the four-letter TMZ Network – who needs to give Lewis some time off.  But there some other things I may be giving up very shortly, #1 being…

Twitter all of a sudden out of nowhere this weekend became a celebri-tard/Kar-trash-ian open porn zone.  Like a lady said “Haven’t we already been down this road with this woman?   Hard to be upset that a nudie “leak” got out.”  Sorry folks, it’s intentional both on her part and on Twitters.  Are celebrities that hard up for attention that they gotta go there? 

And Hope Solo?  I could have gone w/o seeing that and trust me folks, if you haven’t seen it, don’t go rushing to find it, you’ll only be disgusted.  I’m certainly not a prude, but I’m not about to catch hell from “the boss” for checking out porn because I inadvertently find it in the open on my timeline.    Oh, and who is Vanessa Hudgens? 

By the way Twitter, if the wannabe skin-a-max girls weren’t enough, thanks for all the KKK and white power shit that was polluting my timeline as well.  I get first amendment and shit Twitter, but at some point aren’t they violating some kind of rules here? 

MiLB Sacramento.  This week the AAA River Cats changed their affiliation from Oakland (a perennial AAA winner) to SF (an abominable AAA minor league team) because the owner thinks they can get more butts in the seats.  Uh, how can you get more people to attend a lesser product? 

NFL.  Look at San Diego steppin up...

Carolina taking that kind of ass-whoopin at home is shock enough, but to Pittsburgh???  WOW!!!  If Cam Newton is that hurt, do you think maybe he should sit?  While I’m on SNF, hey Carolina, I realize Pittsburgh fan travels well, but where were your fans in your own stadium?  Getting shouted down, that’s where you were.  Hell there were more Carolina fans on Twitter during the game.  That’s bad.

Will the real Pittsburgh Steelers please stand up?

I have nothing concrete to base this on, but I am more convinced than ever that Adrian Peterson will be a Dallas Cowboy in relatively short order.  

How long has it been since Cleveland has played three consecutive consistently competitive games?

How in the world did the Miami Dolphins beat New England in Week One?   Mama B.O.B. ain’t happy!

For that matter, what the hell is going on in New England?  If that offense struggles with Oakland and Miami, New York has to be salivating.

Seattle may have won, but are teams finding a weakness in Seattle’s defense?  They sure as hell seem to struggle with the crossing routes.  Oh and to that D-Lineman who thought it would be a good idea to talk shit to Peyton Manning – how’d that work out dumb ass – he only came back to break your defense off to the tune of 80 yards in 40 seconds without a time-out?  And Dickie Sherman, you look mad bro?

Is this where we say watch out for…wait for it…CINCINNATI???

     

NFL – San Francisco.  Boy are those pics a familiar site to SF fans.  Same story, different week.  Short DB’s getting thrown over, immaturity of taking penalties, constantly whining about the refs (SF deserves mega fines up to and including ownership), and awful play calling.  And what’s going on with that O-Line?  Hey Colin Kaepernick, you worried about your offense yet bro?

PS, there is no way in hell that I believe that Kaepernick dropped the racial slur that he’s accused of. 

NFL Troubles.  Props to Fox Curt Menefee for breaking off the NFL and owners Sunday Morning. 

Proctor & Gamble have pulled out of a Cancer initiative/partnership with the NFL during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and more corporations are expressing their public displeasure with the NFL including Anheuser-Busch, McDonald’s, Visa, Campbell’s Soup, and Pepsi.  The one I find VERY interesting is Visa – a bank/credit company who may have more cash than the NFL is bound to get the NFL’s attention.  I’d say props to these businesses, but we all know they aren’t doing their thing on principle; it’s all about the bottom line.

CFB.  So really, how do we know who is good and who isn’t?  And we insist on ranking teams?  Hell if the ranking structure was honest, why aren’t Boston College and East Carolina getting a look? 

Florida State stunk up the joint while Clemson said “No thanks, I really don’t want to win this game anyway”, Oregon struggled against Wazzu, Missouri lost to Indiana (?), and Oklahoma was in a dog fight against a West Virginia team that couldn’t spell defense, let alone play it.  Meanwhile, South Carolina let Vandy hang around, East Carolina hung 70 on RANKED North Carolina one week after beating RANKED Virginia Tech, and Mississippi State cruised into Death Valley and punked LSU.  Meanwhile, how is Nebraska ranked?  Oh, and there were still cupcake games out there to be sure. 

Meanwhile, that team that isn’t “power conference worthy” known as BYU?  Yeah, they’re 4-0 and beat a squad (Virginia) from a conference that refuses to play them in the future (ACC) and another “Power Conference” program in Texas.  But this is where the “freezing out” of BYU comes into play because they play nobody left of consequence unless you want to count Boise State.                                

Penn State is in an interesting position, 4-0 with two weeks in between games at Michigan (10/11) followed by two weeks to prep at home for Ohio State (10/25).  If they can take advantage of that unusual break, the table is set for them when they get to November 29th hosting Michigan State.  Oh my god will folks blow a gasket if they are 11-0 when they play Sparty. 

Speaking of Michigan, I can only imagine what is going on in Ann Arbor this week – fans have to be beside themselves, losing to Utah like that.  Meanwhile Brady Hoke is wishing he was back in San Diego.

Don’t get me started on FSU’s handling of Jameis Winston.  They look real bad.

 “The best stories aren't on the cover. They're the kid at the end of the bench, the fan who snuck into the game,

the coach who shouldn't be alive. They're the ones that are hardest to find, and hardest to forget.”  -- Rick Reilly

One Good Story.  This week, it’s almost unbelievable:  A Los Angeles (NL) fan living in Charlotte, NC donated bone marrow to a young San Francisco (MLB) fan here in the local area and the kicker is that the donor and recipient are completely unrelated.  Better than my recapping it further, please read here

Douchebag of the Week (DBOW).  Floyd “Money” Mayweather, the Executive Committee here at the DBOW were wondering when you’d be making your first appearance, and you sure didn’t disappoint.

It seems “Money” is a licensed promoter and runs “intense sparring sessions” where two fighters go at it until somebody quits while everybody else in the gym has money riding on it, apparently this is known as “dog house rules”.   In one instance, Hasim Rahman, Jr. and Donovan Cameron fought for 31 consecutive minutes.  Allegedly the Nevada Athletic Commission is involved for “clarification.”

Floyd, this ain’t the movie Lionheart, this is real life and not that you care, but you are messing with the lives and livelihood of real people.  You’re a real piece of work.  No, eff that, you’re a piece of trash, just like that bitch in the movie.  Now fly your damn lear jet up to NORCAL and come pick up your case of Massengale.  

Musings From The Hoodwood 9-23
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL College Football MLB

Jameis Winston...is the boy really that clueless???

 

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where its hard for the locals not to be disillusioned with the state of the NFL today

 

Goodell’s continued fumbling

I dunno, Roger Goodell just seems to make one mistake after another. He hasn’t made a faux pas in the classic sense but his continued bullheaded and almost tone deaf attitude to the growing crisis that is developing in the NFL is just amazing. Goodell to me comes off as someone that just doesn’t get it. His smug, I am the football god mentality wore thin with me a long time ago. It just annoyed me to no end that when all this mess with Rice and Peterson was going on that Goodell seemed distant, even standoffish. It just amazed me that the head man of such a pub conscious league like the NFL would be so quiet and then just now be giving a full press conference like he did late last week.  I honestly think that the NFL has overplayed themselves so much that the media and fan backlash will be palpable.

Clueless Jameis?

There was a point in time where I really liked Jameis Winston. He shows poise beyond his years, played a cool yet focused game and seemed to just “get it” having a shockingly calm media presence. But as time has worn on the shine has worn off and Winston is behaving like another version of Johnny Football, an entitled brat who just doesn’t get how lucky he is. Winston, as you know was supposed to be suspended for the first half of their big game against Clemson for shouting obscenities in a student union cafeteria. I wasn’t perturbed by that. I know I did some pretty nutty things in college, my soundtrack was often very expletive laced. But Winston being as high profile a player and campus personality should have known better and known that the microscope was on him at all times. He cant get away with the antics that I would have. Winston compounded his error by lying to his coaches about what happened and getting the suspension lengthened to a full game. Winston further compounded his error by then dressing in full uniform and pads and warming up before the game. He had to be told by Seminole coach Jimbo Fischer that he needed to go back into the locker room and get out of the pads. He did and was a visble cheerleader on the sidelines but did not play in the Noles thrilling 23-17 OT win over the Tigers. Fischer said in a later press conference that Winston’s suspension “hit home” and that he was the starter in the Noles next game against NC State. Winston has had a few minor run ins and was of course under investigation for sexual assault but has never been arrested. Winston’s antics may have likely cost him millions of dollars as teams may be reconsidering making him the face of their franchise going forward, especially with the mess that is going on in the NFL. Many teams may eschew the talented though troublesome QB just to save themselves that much money in bad pub.

Is Michigan really that bad?

It’s a really sad time in Ann Arbor, it seems that the once deeply respected Maize and Blue is turning into another Big Ten (plus 4) also ran. After being humiliated by Notre Dame in their final meeting of the foreseeable future the Wolverines retreated home to beat up on some non-con victims ahead of their conference schedule. All seemed to be going to form as the eased past a winless Miami-Ohio and sert their sights on Utah. The problem was that the Utes weren’t rolling over and taking the L like a patsy. Taking the fight to the Wolverines in the Big House the Utes dominated the Wolverines in the run game, They hounded QB Devin Gardner into a host of mistakes and when it was all over had a stunning 26-10 win in front of a stunned sullen Michigan crowd expecting another walkover  win. The Michigan offense is nearly nonexistent and wins have suddenly become tougher to get the Maize and Blue and 3-7 in their last ten and have one touchdown in their last three games against teams in the Power 5 and that was a meaningless late bowl game score in a loss to Kansas State. The grumbling for head coach Brady Hoke’s head are getting louder especially with hated rivals in Michigan State, Ohio State and Notre Dame looking so much better. The calls for a really big name like a Les Miles or Michigan man Jim Harbaugh to come back to his alma mater are starting to grow more fervent. The coaches and players are all saying the same thing that Hoke is their guy and that they are dedicated but the natives are getting restless and if they lose the little brown jug to Minnesota next week, the catcalls will most certainly get louder.

Phat Dap or Head Slap? You decide

This week I cant decide if I want to give KTVA reporter Charlo Greene dap or a slap for her antics here, watch the full report and you decide

 

reporting a story then quitting on air at its conclusion and finding out that she was the owner of the company in question. Im not a weed smoker but wouldn’t down someone who does. But could be called a ballsy play or just crazy.I felt kinda bad for Alexis Fernandez who was caught totally off guard by the move and stammered through the rest of the report

 

Quick Hits

Indiana gets beat by Bowling Green, then goes to Mizzou and upends the Tigers meanwhile BG goes to Wisky and get run over literally by the Badgers…can you explain this to me?

My beloved Bearcats struggled to beat neighborhood rival Miami, I thought that they could catch Ohio State napping, but they had two weeks to prepare and after Gunner Kiels wow debut wont be caught unaware. Im going but I have a bad feeling.

Could Cousins push RGIII to the trading block?

How did the Braves fall off that fast?

Why is one of my fantasy teams 0-3 and one of the higher scoring teams while my 3-0 team hasn’t cracked 90 points in any win?

Posts on Thursday and Friday until next post fellow sports fans!

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