No way to sugarcoat this, it’s been a tough week, and quite frankly, this is the most pissed (in real life) I’ve been in quite some time.
Is this America anymore? Seriously, we give up our right to watch shitty movies at overpriced theatres because North Korea says so? Just curious North Korea, where were you when 007 made a movie and JAG and NCIS had episodes about you? Look, this movie was one of many rolled out each and every year that are stupid and cater to low hanging fruit here in America. I’m certainly not a fan of whoever these alleged “stars” are in Hollyweird, but when we get to a point in our country that we are going to be influenced by a shadowy group to pull a movie (no matter how shitty) from theatres, then we’ve lost. We’ve lost our freedom and it’s only gonna get worse from here.
Hey Hollyweird, where the hell were you two years ago when the embassy or whatever in Benghazi was getting bombed out and our government went after a filmmaker claiming his movie had something to do with it when the truth was it was terrorists? Glad to see you so “principled.”
And then to make matters worse, Hollyweird goes crawling to Al Sharpton after embarrassing e-mails? Sharpton then goes public accusing Hollyweird of being racist? Hey Reverend Al, Hollyweird is many things – hypocritical, a freak show, arrogant, self-delusional, manipulative, perverted, borderline criminal, all at the top of a very long list, but they are certainly NOT racist.
We restart relations with Cuba because it’s politically expedient and helps Obama better deal with Guantanamo? And by the way, where was all of this government intervention when SGT Tahmooresi was locked up in Mexico?
We’re done. Free Speech is just a saying – it’s gone, unless you belong to one particular group of thinkers. Religion is under attack from all sides. Freedom of the press is a joke – that’s bought and paid for. And who do we go to again from redress of grievances? The military is being gutted - let’s just call all the military home and surrender. We might as well be like France at this point – they seem to be our role models anyway – at least this government thinks we should be.
Oh, one last thing Hollyweird. I absolutely LOVE how you talk about free speech and first amendment, I just wish you’d be a bit more tolerant of the majority of THIS country who doesn’t think like you.
Cuba? Obama is right – we’ve tried for 50 years to break em, and it didn’t happen. So what’s the point? What’s the saying “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” Get ready because I have a suspicion that not only is Obama going to close Guantanamo, he’s gonna give the entire base back to Cuba.
Oh, and nice try to the talking heads, who no sooner did the news come out did they go with the “I wonder which Cuban Baseball players can be picked off for MLB Now? It’ll be so much easier.” Not cool, you look like a bunch of vultures.
Watch for a very interesting news cycle between now and the time Congress comes back – Obama is gonna drop the hammer on a lot of shit and we are all going to be surprised.
San Francisco (NFL). You would think that with 7-7 season (including being dominated by Seattle), no chance at the playoffs, coaching staff pretty much gone, and ownership/management VERY concerned about public image looking hard at EVERYTHING that the last thing a 49er wants to do is get into the news for yet another police/court issue. Well, this just goes to show you that these players never gave a damn about the team: Ray McDonald, he of the recent domestic violence charges is now having a search warrant executed on his home because ALLEGEDLY there was a recent rape there.
You think maybe that player behavior might just have a little something to do with Jim Harbaugh not really wanting to coach there anymore? If I recall right, he wasn’t too pleased with that aspect of players activity.
Oh, and today they host San Diego in a game Colin Kaepernick said “we’re playing for pride.” Pride Colin? Are you freaking kidding me? This team won SEVEN games DESPITE themselves and you want to wait until Game 15 before you break that term out? Wake up dude.
MLB Hot Stove. By my standards, I have had an incredibly crazy week, but as I sit down to write this blog for Saturday, I’m intrigued by the thought that San Diego is the team that seemingly has done so well. Matt Kemp (LAD), Wil Myers (TB), Justin Upton (ATL), Derrick Norris (OAK), and now Will Middlebrooks (BOS) all are coming to America’s Finest City.
Of course there are concerns – rampant rumors of arthritis in Kemps hips, and Upton’s struggles with productivity. Both are coming in to a park that is notoriously stingy to hitters as well.
But when you look at this team, they have the pitching, and as I said the benefit of a very large park to work in. And by the way, San Diego is no slouch in Summer time.
Christmas Music. Here’s a few more carols for ya, as we speed towards the big day. First off, I gotta go back to my childhood once again with the Peanuts and Snoopy for “O Christmas Tree”…
Secondly, you all know that I pretty much have no use for “the boss” (capitalization left lower case on purpose), but he sure did this song well. So yeah Gabbers, Santa Claus is comin to town:
Finally today, since we are now well into Hanukkah, let’s give Adam Sandler a shout out:
SEE YOU ALL TUESDAY TO CELEBRATE FESTIVUS
Hello my friends. Whew, this past weekend was crazy, with another one coming. Stay sane my friends, stay sane…
Hanukkah. I want to wish a Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate. Tonight is the first night and it runs all the way through Christmas Eve.
Army/Navy. Don’t tell me this wasn’t a game worth watching. Don’t tell me this game was about 6-5 vs. 4-7 with two antiquated offenses. Don’t tell me that Army didn’t score an offensive touchdown. Don’t tell me that it meant nothing. What I saw was both sides leaving everything they had on the field, and quite frankly, I loved both teams defenses – you can’t play the triple option any better than these two did. Navy won their 13th consecutive game over Army, but it was a damn dogfight – Army gave them everything they had and then some.
And you know what, when I see the raw emotion post-game coming from both sides, but especially Army, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever felt in sports.
NFL. I want to thank the Cincinnati Bengals for what they did Sunday. Total dominance. I don’t normally like the taunting, but when Rey Melaluga took 15 yards for getting right in Johnny Trademarks face with the money sign, I literally laughed my ass off. It was clear to me that this kid was woefully underprepared! He wasn’t ready for the speed of the game, and a desperate opponent who needed the game for playoff purposes. How in the hell could he not be ready? I get losing, but by 30 points and less than 100 yards passing? Are you kidding me? I hope this brought his arrogant ass down a peg. Sorry, I know there are folks who disagree, but it’s how I feel. Other stuff:
- Hey SF, how embarrassing is it for you drama queens to be knocked out of the playoffs by Seattle? I hope you take that sting with you into the off-season and let it burn. Time for the GM to get to work. Oh, and now the SF players are going to get loud w/their frustration? Please, you are the ones who stunk it up. Own it! You wanna be pissed? Get your asses to the gym off season, work together, and stop with all the bullshit drama. In the meantime, you can make it up to the fans to at least beat San Diego come Saturday Night.
- Is it really true that the only place Green Bay has NEVER won is Buffalo? Thanks Aaron Rodgers for effing up my fantasy playoff game and congrats to the Steel City Dawgs.
- Minnesota sure gave Detroit a game. Teddy Bridgewater had 300 yards on Detroit?
- If I’m Cleveland and I have seven wins after 14 games, I’m happy no matter what.
- I’m telling you now, watch out for St. Louis and Jacksonville next season.
- I truly can’t believe that Andrew Luck has SEVEN pick-sixes in his short career.
- I know Peyton Manning was sick, but is it time to worry about him?
- Dallas actually withstood the pressure? Happy for Jeff – that is all. Oh wait, DeMarco Murray broke his hand? Uh oh…
- Memo to Miami, might be time to question your Head Coach right about now? Outscored 27-0 in the second half of a game you had to have?
- That NFC Wild Card Weekend is gonna be something regardless of who plays whom.
Adrian Peterson. What a shock – the union is filing a federal lawsuit against the NFL re/Peterson. Are these idiots tone deaf? Memo to the union: It’s not good PR to defend AP. Yes, one child died due to abuse from somebody else, and then he takes a switch to a second kid and bloodies him up?
Jerry’s travels. Starting tomorrow, Jerry is gonna spend four days in Denver with his Football buddies from Sioux Falls celebrating their fantastic 11-1 season which was capped off with a dominant bowl win over Central Oklahoma in the Mineral Bowl down in Missouri. They’ll be getting their party on and having a good time.
NBA – Sacramento Kings. Late Sunday Night, Head Coach Michael Malone was fired. Sacramento was 11-13 and haven’t had this good a record in EIGHT FREAKING YEARS. The reason for firing him was that they wanted to go uptempo – a style of play that the team as currently constructed can’t possibly run. Clearly the ownership and management are going with style over substance.
Christmas Music. Here’s two more that really get me pumped up for the season. The first one, I go back to the Boston Pops with a pretty nice video and a Christmas Medley:
The second one is a bit more progressive with the Mannheim Steamrollers version of Carol of the Bells:
Welcome to the weekend version with your host, the Bad Penny himself…UNCLE B.O.B. This weekend should be the big Christmas Parties (work and home) weekend for many. I wish you all an enjoyable and safe time if you partake in the parties.
Today is a very busy day for the ole hermit known as myself as I will be attending the Wreaths Across America ceremonies this morning, which is honoring vets by putting holiday wreaths at the graves of veterans. I will also be putting the finishing touches on tomorrow’s town VFW Kids Christmas Party, and participating in the town parade doing some advertising.
Before you all head out to start your weekend, let me drop a few tidbits on ya:
Weather. Yes, the “Storm of the Year” hit us here in NORCAL, and my house wasn’t without damage. Heavy winds blew off shingles and exposed wood, and the rain got in and caused water leak in my bedroom. Small price to pay I suppose for getting water out here. Need a new roof anyway and I expect we’ll be getting that in the next few months. For the time being, temporary fixes are in order.
Ugly Sweater Craze. Before I start, This ugly sweater fetish has got to stop. People look like damn fools and in a few years they are gonna regret getting their picture taken.
Sons of Anarchy. I kept hearing about this show, about a biker gang located in Northern California, so Tuesday I finally took a peek at what it was all about. Well, it was the series finale of all things – a two hour show. What got me interested was the references to the areas (cities and towns specifically – Stockton, Lodi, etc.) near where I live.
I watched it and it was definitely better than that garbage reality show “The Devils Ride”. Wasn’t too keen on the ending, but it is what it is.
Pretty good show with Peg Bundy, her rack, and Jimmy Smits, and others.
UFC. C. M. Punk saw how bad the direction in WWE was going so it makes sense that Phil Brooks goes to the UFC. And why not? Lesnar, Lashley, and Bautista all tried it to varying degrees of participation and success. But at age 36, can he hang with the Middle and Welterweights who are bound to be much younger? My understanding is that Brooks/Punk holds multiple black belts in jiu-jitsu and practices kenpo. Question is, does he have real wrestling in his repertoire? I’m not a UFC guy, but I think I’ll watch this just to see how he does.
WWE. Vince McMahon going on Stone Cold’s Podcast and publicly saying that his talent basically sucks and needs to step up is a cop out – perhaps Vince and HHH need to take their own advice and step it up. The talent is there – it’s creative that’s the problem the same ole shit week after week is what’s driving people away. How many weeks in a row do we have to start off with 20 minutes of talk and end with the same ten guys charging each other in the ring. It’s the same shit and people are tuning out and not going to shows like they used to. Take the chance, feature Cesaro more and if he sucks on the mic, work with him – hell, bring the Rock in to teach him. More Cesaro and less Big Show and Mark Henry is a good thing!
It’s like anything else in business nowadays, leaders blaming workers rather than stepping up their own game, thinking outside the box, improving their leadership and communication skills, and skillfully influencing employees to do better, and making things better for everybody – apparently it’s easier to remain with the status quo – which increasingly has a short shelf-life and publicly call out your workers and throw them under the bus. News Flash Vinnie Mac: The Rock, Stone Cold, HBK, and the Undertaker aren’t coming through that door - Work with what you have.
Memo to WWE: When Sirius XM has a two hour wrestling show and all they talk about is Ring of Honor and how much better their product is than yours, it pretty much tells you all you need to know about your product.
WAIT, WHERE’S THE SPORTS YOU SAY???
NBA. Well, I guess Tragic the Myopian (err Earvin Johnson) is at it again, adding his voice to something that isn’t really welcome (what else is new with this clown?). He actually had the audacity to say that losing is the best option in the NBA and that he advocates the Lakers losing so that they can get a high draft pick. That ought to make Commissioner Adam Silver real happy - one of the greatest players of all time advocating losing.
That Carmelo Anthony is such a badass eh? Threatening to kick his teammates asses after games? Uh yeah tough guy. Hey Melo, just admit you signed with the NY Tricks for the money then planned to engineer a trade. It's easier that way then having to go through all your drama - yet again.
- I wasn’t really that in tune with what was going on with Darren Sharper, but damn. The State of Lousisiana AND the Feds want some of this guy for Date Rape, and just this week he was indicted? WOW. Dude could have a life-long reservation at the Graybar Motel?
- Was horrified Tuesday to hear of the car accident of Cam Newton. That’s scary, and it has nothing to do with Football. Best wishes to Mr. Newton for a speedy recovery.
- How funny was it to see Kaepernick get into a verbal w/Oakland LB Sio Moore and Kaep telling him “I’m coming for you in the 2nd half?” Hey Colin, how bout focusing on your own play rather than letting opponents get into your freaking head?
- Adrian Peterson's appeal was denied. So what, he gets paid and he's fresh for next season, wherever he ends up. Seattle?
MLB Winter Meetings. Just wanted to try to keep it about stuff we haven’t already talked about.
- I don’t know about the rest of you, but I absolutely LOVE the Nelson Cruz to Seattle signing.
- I’m trying to understand San Diego wanting to trade Yasmani Grandal plus some for Matt Kemp. San Diego should be looking at Kemp’s many, MANY injuries.
- And once again the threat of “New Stadium, or the team moves”. This time its in Tampa. If I’m the politicians there I just laugh at that prospect, call their bluff and say “Did you see what a new stadium did for Miami?”. Story is right here.
- Apparently Jon Lester is going to the Cubs and a ton of people are saying that the North Siders are “winning the offseason.” Well, let me introduce you to a quote from former MLB Pitcher and now SF broadcaster Mike Krukow: "I heard someone say the Cubs are winning the offseason. Well, when the Hell have you ever seen a parade for winning the offseason?"
Christmas Music. DJ Uncle B.O.B. is back with a few more video carols for your pleasure. The first is in honor of our Boston contingent here at the Gab:
Let me say this, I love when the Pops do this, but I also found a version performed by the United States Marine Corps Chamber Orchestra here, so I’m putting the same song on twice:
One final one is R&B, may I present one of my favorite songs from Mr. Donnie Hathaway:
Hey Gabbers. I saw this picture from California Highway 1 in Northern California and I thought I’d share.
Speaking of my home, we FINALLY got some (a lot of) rain here, and it was so freaking welcome. It was just a drop in the bucket (no pun intended) to what we need, but it’s better than nothing and at least the dams and lakes got some water in them. To my California friends down in the Bakersfield area, you got a lot of rain in that last storm, and boy do I hope it helped at least temporarily. You see, some communities in that area are completely bone dry and have to have rationed water shipped in. My teammates parents live down there and those folks get less than 10 gallons of water a day per person.
Hoping for a wet winter in the valley, and a snowy one in the mountains, but at the same time, I hope the rain is slow and steady enough so that it doesn’t trigger more mudslides or floods. Thoughts and prayers to those in the LA area who got hit with the mudslides after bad fires in the Summer.
As for later this week, we’ve got a HUGE (once in a couple of years) storm coming in Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We definitely need it, and I’m sure the Christmas skiiers are getting totally amped up for it.
Date Night w/Mrs. B.O.B. We have far too few of these, but Saturday Night we were given comp tickets to watch my beloved Sacramento Kings host Orlando. The Kings lost and didn’t look particularly good doing it, but it was so much more than that. Dinner at the Texas Road House, the game, and on the way home drove downtown and caught “the Fabulous 40’s”, a zone of houses from 40th to 48th street in mid-town Sacramento that are all lit up for the holidays.
NFL – SF. Hey SF, you were so busy talking shit to Oakland that you forgot one thing - you had to play the game! Once again, another team got into your domes and punked you, and this time it was a formerly 1-11 team. Congratulations SF, your fall is complete, you lost to the Oakland Raidahs and gave up a passing TD to a 6-7 350 pound O-Tackle. Damn, last week it was Richard Sherman, this week it's Oakland, and next week? Yep, Dick Sherman again - this time up there.
San Francisco is D-O-N-E and apparently has assumed the title “Factory of Sadness.” It was interesting to note a newspaper article from here that quoted Marcus Lattimore the recently retired SF 49er and great RB out of South Carolina as saying the players absolutely love Jim Harbaugh. If that is true, then the players sure have a funny way of showing their support for him. Hey SF, if a Rob Ryan defense can hold you down, and Oakland can hold you to under 250 yards of total offense, you’re clearly doing something wrong.
I said it last week SF, it's all about heart and pride. Do you have it? Do you have the self respect and dignity to stand up and fight. Hell, Arizona does, and they have far more problems than you do.
NFL. Pretty evident that the separation has begun.
- I for one am not surprised Oakland beat SF.
- Carolina and New Orleans decided they wanted to try their hand at UFC. Psst, y’all ain’t shit.
- I find it incomprehensible that Kansas City has not thrown ONE touchdown to a WR all season.
- Minnesota winning Sunday may be the absolute final nail in Rex Ryans NYC coaching coffin.
- Seattle is just dominating again.
- Arizona finds ways to win and overcome adversity. SF should take notes.
- Hard to believe that it was Buffalo who held Peyton Manning without a TD pass in a game.
- Miami has to run the table, but that ain’t gonna happen if players are screaming at their Head Coach.
- I guess New England has pretty much wrapped up the #1 seed in the AFC.
- Cleveland, you’ve improved but you can’t be giving games away. Damn. I was hoping Hoyer could hold out, but it seems the Dawg Pound wants Manziel in there.
CFB Playoff. (1) Alabama vs. (4) Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl and (2) Oregon vs. (3) Florida State in the Rose Bowl. I gotta believe that Alabama and Oregon just run right through their opponents. A very good and respectful debate in the Facebook page, where we all agree that this was about who could bring in the most $$$ to at least some degree. I just wish the powers that be would admit it.
CFB Playoff Selection Aftermath. Like I told Beeze yesterday, I can’t get past this nagging thought that Wisconsin laid down for Ohio State to get them (and the conference) in the playoffs. Ohio State is far better than Wisky (who mentally can’t play in a big game) and I'll never say that they shouldn't have won, but nobody is going to convince me that OSU is 59 points better than Wisky ever, especially considering that O-Line and Melvin Gordon.
The Big 12 certainly without a shadow of a doubt made a TON of miscalculations here, but it seems that they got the message on Sunday morning, with their awful commish talking about how their teams MUST do better on OOC scheduling and trying to petition the NCAA to get a waiver so they can have a Championship Game with just ten teams.
Personally, if I'm the Big 12:
- I'm eliminating "Co-Champions" immediately. The truth is that Baylor is the Big 12 Champs. TCU blew a big lead to Baylor and they lost. Sorry TCU, but it is what it is.
- I'm going recruiting and on my list would be Boise State, North Dakota State (who has beaten both K-State and Iowa State in their houses), BYU, or maybe even Houston or Rice so that at the very least you can bring more talent in and get a conference championship game.
- I'm recruiting the hell out of the non-SEC power conferences to start playing home and homes, particularly the Big 10. Bring back Nebraska, go out and get Ohio State. Think about this for a second, had Baylor played two NON-cupcakes out of their three, there would have been no way Ohio State could have snuck in the back door - an make no mistake that's what they did. Certainly there would have been no way the Playoff Committee could have justified Ohio State over Baylor.
- I'm taking a hard look at the leadership in this conference. How can you not convince the committee to get a team from your conference in? Ohio State and their holier than thou fans (specifically ESPiN) pointed to Baylors schedule to sell their case. Who stood up for the Big 12?
- I'm taking a very hard look at showcasing my conference much better than it is. The Big 12 is really the Big 2 (Texas and Oklahoma), with one (Texas) who is in it for themselves. During the rare bad seasons for the Big 2, all of a sudden Kansas State, TCU, and Baylor look pretty good to the conferences? That's where the Big 12 loses their argument. Part of life these days is advertising - this conference must sell it's tradition, but at the same time it has to showcase ALL that it has to offer.
- Finally, I put Iowa State on notice - The Big 12 can't have this type of sustained poor play in their conference, especially when they are losing to FCS teams. Lost in all the talk over the weekend was how TCU got hurt by playing Iowa State last. Really? If that's the case, then does it really matter when you play I-State? I-State is being used as an excuse and that works to the detriment of the conference.
But I continue to repeat this about the Big 12, and it's a fact of life for them when it comes to CFB: They have to do it far better than the other four power conferences. They have to go undefeated AND (unlike the other conferences) they can't have any cupcakes. Of all the power five conferences, the Big 12 is the one that has no margin for error, unless we are talking about Texas and Oklahoma.
CFB Bowls. I see a few games that I might take a peek in on: Navy/San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl. I always like the Sun Bowl for some weird reason and watching Arizona State/Duke isn’t a bad matchup. Oklahoma/Clemson is yet another, as is Notre Dame/LSU.
But one of my memories as a kid was always the Orange Bowl which this season will be Mississippi State and Georgia Tech – one of the better matchups they’ve had recently. One thing I noticed is that the Orange Bowl will be played on New Year’s Eve. That’s very different from what I remember. I guess I’m a traditionalist at heart - Usually it was the Orange Bowl Parade on 12/31 with the game (and much more prestige) being on New Year’s Night.
But the one that really caught my attention was the Arkansas/Texas matchup and I just know Jeff is gonna yak about that tomorrow, and quite honestly, I hope to be able to catch some of it.
MLB. This pic is from Raley Field right here in Sacramento, post storms. The timing was interesting because it tied in to a twitter request I got this week, which was to vote on the best MLB ballparks. Because it was an Sporting News and ESPiN poll, I would have expected the votes to be stuffed in favor of certain places, but in a nod to how MLB has grown, that wasn’t the case and I was pleasantly surprised. The vote goes by AL and NL and was now in the final eight. In the AL it was between Boston and KC, Baltimore and Minny, while in the NL, it was between Pittsburgh and Milwaukee, Wrigley and SF.
Apparently, there seems to be a lot of agreement at least with me and the voters to this point. If it were up to me, I would say Minny and SF, but that’s just because those are the ones I’ve been to, and like I said in the Summer, if you happen to be in the Minny area during MLB season, do yourself a favor and go. And really, what needs to be said about AT&T?
Bowling. Been a busy week on the bowling front. I joined a travel league and will start in January or February, was invited to a local tournament where I placed 2nd and qualify for the biggie come June, and still have my Monday league.
Douchebag of the Week. Well, I blasted Rolling Stone on Saturday, but today I’m going after Time Magazine. ALLEGEDLY they are putting out the trial balloon that their “Person of the Year” could be the Ferguson protesters. Let that sink in for a minute…
Late addendum to this: As it turns out, the Ferguson rioters WILL NOT be the Person of the Year. Fortunately, some folks came to their senses and the Prime Minister of India apparently won the readers poll of Time's Person of the Year with 16% of the vote. The protesters were second place w/9% of the vote.
Christmas Music. Can you believe we are down to the last three blogs before we start tracking St. Nick on the NORAD tracker? We are now starting to head into the Christmas party season, and as has been my habit, I add a few of my favorite carols during the weeks leading up to Christmas. Here are two to kick off the season:
Speaking of Music – Mariah Carey. Apparently the Kate Upton of the music business (yeah, you guys know where I’m going with that reference – just watch the video below) took some heat for her poor rendition of her song at Rock Plaza in NYC last Wednesday in front of a TV audience. I say piss on that. For all her ALLEGED diva antics and ginned up tabloid stuff, this chick can belt out a tune like no other – and she had a bad night, so what? Anyone that can get flash mobs to do her song repeatedly year after year deserves props and respect. Hell, I’d rather have flash mobs singing and dancing to her rather than looting and destroying. So I’ll recognize her for the great voice she is with her 2012 performance:
Here are my conference rankings:
- PAC 12. Well, Oregon swatted away Arizona Friday Night 51-13. Jerry was in the stands enjoying the game at Levi’s and he said it was a blast.
- SEC. So, Alabama jammed up Missouri. What a shock. They’re in.
- Big 12. TCU ran up in Iowa State 55-3 or whatever and trust me, while I absolutely HATE running up the score, it was absolutely needed - but the bottom line here is they lost to Baylor, who apparently beat K-State which had the talking heads yapping all night long. But again, what are we looking at here in this conference? Baylor is the Champions - there is no such thing as "Co-Champs" when one team wins head-to-head. Pull your head out of your ass Big 12.
- ACC. Once again, Florida State got by a very tough Georgia Tech team. Question is will that squeaker be enough to keep thim in the top 4. It kills me to say this, but if we're gonna penalize teams for scrub schedules, Florida State should be held accountable too, and really while it would hurt me as a fan in the short term, it might actually force that program to evaluate a whole lot of crap in their program, especially their schedule.
- Big 10. Ohio State literally destroyed Wisconsin - big shock there right - they had to? Look, here's the question with the Big 10 - when are the rest of the programs going to figure out that the one thing that will help them immediately is speed? Urban Meyer may be an opportunist, but he saw the opening and new he wasn't going to lose in the Big 10 if he instilled his speed offense in Columbus.
- "Lower Six". Props to Marshall, Northern Illinois, and Boise State for winning theirs. Memo to NCAA D-1 - if the "Power Five" are gonna have a playoff, why not the champs of the "lower six"?
CFB Playoff Official. Well, here we go: (1) Alabama vs. (4) Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, which is in essence a home game for Bama. (2) Oregon vs. (3) Florida State in the Rose Bowl, which is pretty darn close to a home game for Oregon.
It's clear to me how this thing is gonna work - the big name programs get the benefit of the doubt, the up and comers don't. It's also clear to me that ESPiN has major lobbying power in this thing and it concerns me. When nearly all of ESPiN is going on TV and radio all night Saturday screaming that Ohio State deserves to get in, then you've got a problem. Who advocates for the up and comers and the Big 12?
The Big 12 got screwed - but they had a hand in it themselves, and while Herbstreit is a hypocritical SOB, he's right - the cupcakes are what is killing teams. Everybody plays cupcakes, but the Big 12 schools ARE NOT gonna get the benefit of the doubt over the established programs. But I wonder - what if it was Texas and Oklahoma rather than TCU and Baylor how the committee would have ruled.
Memo to talking heads, games in the early part of the season should be counted - so ESPiN, stop spinning that Ohio States loss was "a century ago" - the fact is they lost to a 6-6 team, and the ONLY reason Ohio State got into the dance was based on name and legacy.
CFB – Army/Navy. I talk about this year after year, and everybody has their “go to” CFB rivalry game. But for my money, this is THE rivalry in CFB. It has contributed so much to the history and tradition of CFB. Yeah, I know in general that neither team is attractive since prior to 1970. And this year it’s worse as Navy is only 6-5 and Army is awful, but for one game, we get to go back in time and watch a bit of history and at the same time honor our future leaders.