What has Veterans Day have to do with Sports??? Who bought a poor condition Honus Wagner Card?? When did a basketball game break out in College Football?? NFL in Europe?? Big East Expanding, say it ain’t so?? You can find it all out inside this edition of Rants and Raves.
It looks like the Big East is ready to expand its football conference to 10 teams. Some of the teams being mention are Villanova, TCU, Central Florida, Houston and Temple.
It might be better for the Big East to expand to 12 teams. Have 6 teams in each division and have a conference championship. Two logical choices are Villanova and Notre Dame. Villanova is a power in FBS football, and Notre Dame, even though they aren’t a powerhouse anymore, always draw a crowd wherever they go. But, the main thing is, the Big East doesn’t have to alter any other sports in the league because these two teams already participate in them. You can let Notre Dame continue to negotiate a separate football television contract, while the Big East can exclude the Irish in any football revenue generate by the Big East Network. Of course the Irish will still make way much more money in the deal, but they would be part of a conference and give bigger exposure to the Big East.
The next two teams in the conference (for all sports) could be TCU and Central Florida. Central Florida would give the Big East more access in the lucrative Florida football talent pool, plus it gives a natural rivalry with South Florida. Admitting TCU would give the Big East a top ten team and it gives TCU a yearly chance for a legitimate access to a bowl game.
With the addition of Notre Dame, TCU, Villanova and Central Florida the Big East gets greater access to the State of Florida (Central Florida) an up-and-coming powerhouse (Villanova) and instant credibility (Notre Dame and TCU).
Here is an update on the T-206 Honus Wagner card. Collector Doug Walton had the winning bid of $262,000 for the poor condition card. The card was laminated, each corner was cut and it had a crease in the middle of the card.
ESPN is breaking up “Sunday Night Baseball” announcing team. After 21 years together, Jon Miller and Joe Morgan will no longer be the voices of Sunday baseball. Both their contracts will not be renewed. While they worked well together for most of their time together, the broadcast started to get boring 4 years ago. The only request I have is not to hire Curt Schilling please.
If the NFL does well in Europe, NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell would like to see a franchise in England. How it will go is, the NFL will increase the number of NFL games in England, then if attendance is good for these games, then they would put a team in England. My take for the name of the team would be “London Foggers.”
Usually you see a 67-65 Michigan win over Illinois in basketball. But in football!! Yikes!! But, that is what happen last Saturday in front of 105,000 people in Michigan. No Michigan football team ever scored 67 points. Wow, I find that hard to believe!! This is the type of game I personally like. It had 132 points and the teams combined for 1,237 yards of offensive.
As a veteran I just want to say to all who have served, and to those presently serving, in the Armed Forces, thanks for the sacrifices you have made to serve our great Country. 98% of all Americans just don’t know how much “REAL” freedom they have, and they take it for granted and even abuse it.
God Bless this Great Country!!
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