Posted on: April 7, 2010 12:10 am
Hail Moutaineers on your run to the NCAA Final Four. It didn't work out the way you wanted but, it sure as hell was fun watching you play.
West Virginia Plays Old School Offense
Posted on: March 23, 2010 3:35 pm
CBS' Dennis Dodd reported today that the commissioner of the Pac-10 has had conversations with the Big 10 and Big East about holding a championshp game with less than the NCAA-mandated twelve teams.
Posted on: March 20, 2010 4:24 pm
Just when Big Ten expansion rumours were starting to quiet down, whistling in from the heartland of the nation comes this gem:
Radio host Steve Daece in Des Moines, Iowa quotes "sources in the Michigan athletic department" believing that Notre Dame, Rutgers, and Boston College are likely to be announced as winners of the Big Ten Beauty Pageant in 2-3 months. Posters in Iowa have on the one hand alleged that Daece's source is the guy who drives the Little Debby Snacks truck to cafeteria and on the other hand lauded Daece as an accurate prognosticator. So anyone's guess on the validity of this one is, well, valid.
So let's look at this premise. 1. Notre Dame. Duh! Yes the Big Ten will be happy to open its doors to the Golden Domers despite being spurned in the past. Rumours from the Big Ten indicate that ND will have to do the courting this time. This is like that hot chick that shot you down has to give you a sign that she's interested now. So if ND looks coyly at the Big Ten and smiles, they're in.
2. Rutgers. Yes I can hear the wailing and gnashing of elitist teeth already. No Texas? Uh, no. But the Big Ten deserves better. Yes and I deserve to retire right now to a life of playing golf, drinking good bourbon, and doing whatever the hell I feel like. Ain't gonna happen. Let me spell it out. The Big Ten Network wants to make more money. They want the NY/NJ television sets. A lot of them. Sorry Michigan, Penn State and whatever other Big Ten school that has at least one alumnus in NYC, you're just not getting it done. Furthermore, the duo of Rutgers and Notre Dame on the BTN is a pretty good argument to get it on the basic tier. And maybe, just maybe the BTN can get a bump in Philadelphia rates (4th largest DMA) with Rutgers in the fold as well. So despite many Big Ten fans' belief that Rutgers isn't worthy of the Big Ten, the fact remains that the Big Ten Network isn't worthy of getting on the basic tier in the NY/NJ area without them. Deal with it.
3. Boston College. Now this one to me is a stretch. Yes, you traditionophiles, BC has it, they have a rivalry with ND, they've had success in football having made it to the ACC championship twice. But if you talk to the ACC, you kinda get the impression that they're not that happy with new member Boston College. Well at least their bowl partners anyway, that try to shun the Eagles every year because of their poor fan support. The fact is, even the ACC Championship draws poorly when BC's in it. BC wasn't in the original "5 team report" bandied about in the Chicago Tribune. Add in that BC's 44,500 seat Alumi Stadium would be the smallest in the Big Ten and BC looks like a questionable choice. How about Boston TV sets? Boston has the 6th largest DMA, better than any Big Ten home city with the exception of Chicago (Northwestern). The TV argument is there along with adding another state to the Big Ten footprint. Will BC really increase the pie of the Big Ten Network enough to justify its addition? I don't have the answer but from what I read, BC has been somewhat of a disappointment in the ACC TV wise. Could it change if they're playing Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State instead of Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Georgia Tech? My guess would be yes.
How about Notre Dame's coattails? Suppose ND says we'll only join if we can bring BC with us. Now why Notre Dame would do this other than that they're both private Catholic schools is beyond my comprehension. In fact Notre Dame apparently got rather tired of being beaten by Boston College on the football field and has not renewed the series. Notre Dame doesn't need to bring rivals to the Big Ten, it already has plenty.
If Notre Dame is campaigning for BC's admission, it would explain why the Eagles are being mentioned now while being omitted from the "Report of Five." The idea of the Big Ten's two eastern outposts located in the DMA of over 10% of the nations total number of TV sets does have some allure to it. You would think that the Fighting Irish would have a few fans in New York and Boston as well. If the trend is toward superconferences, the Big Ten would pluck some prime real estate in the NYC, Philadelphia, and Boston areas if it does pull this off. Who knows, maybe the ACC would be happy to swap out BC and swap in a West Virginia, that actually has rivalries with Maryland and Virginia Tech? Well it passes the giggle test anyway.
Posted on: March 14, 2010 12:21 pm
And the plot thickens even further. So is the Big Ten plan to cherry pick one or more Big East teams if Notre Dame doesn't come around? Well don't wait to long Jim Delany. You may have competition soon. It's called the Atlantic Coast Conference. Hold it, the ACC already has 12 teams. Expansion for the ACC has been a money-maker by some reports, but hasn't put the ACC in a position to challenge the SEC. Miami is still trying to return to a dominant team. Virginia Tech and Boston College have both made the ACC championship the past few years. With embarrassing results attendance wise. So you'd think the ACC would have had enough expansion for a while.
Well think again. According to an article in Sports Business Journal, the ACC's television negotiations with ESPN aren't really going that well. Seems the ACC thinks they should get a 60 to 70% increase. ESPN apparently has told them, "Sorry, you're not the Big Ten or SEC." The reason? According to unnamed media executives, the "weakness of the ACC's football teams."
Can't you just see the ACC honchos, scratching their heads and saying, "Hmmm, I wonder where we can get some good football teams that will make the TV networks give us more money? Well we certainly don't want to geographically expand our footprint. Going to Boston College is far enough already. If we could only find some decent teams a little closer than Boston College. We could revamp divisions, save some travel costs by going to geographical divisions with only a few out of division games. We could come up with a rival for BC. And of course, we could get some more money out of those TV devils. If only there were some teams that could do that. Are there any teams like that close to Boston College? Or if not, how about Maryland, who's the next farthest north. Aren't there some schools around there that have strong football teams?"
Nah forget it. The ACC wouldn't know how to go about getting teams from other conferences to join. Just not something they'd do. Never mind.
Posted on: March 12, 2010 7:51 pm
How can you not like Bill Stewart? He comes across a genuine, straight-shooter. And crazy like a fox. Stewart in his folksy way today basically said that he sees a future without the Big East. He's not worried, because West Virginia will probably land in the SEC or the ACC. Yep, he said it. Here it is.
Posted on: March 7, 2010 5:41 pm
Yeah I know, I know. The Chicago Tribune says Rutgers is the leader. Big Ten fans that think their conference should expand only for a storied program are unhappy. Pitt fans that feel their history and location count for everything are livid. Rutgers fans who would love to see Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State in Piscataway are optimistic.
Posted on: September 3, 2008 5:26 pm
Ok, in the interest of full disclosure, here are my votes.
1. USC - Trojans don't need a 1AA tuneup. Ask Virginia.
2. Georgia - Georgia beats cupcake #1
3. Missouri - Tigers move up with big win over Illinois
4. West Virginia - See Georgia
5. Ohio St. - See Georgia
6. Texas - See Georgia
7. Florida - Memo to Hawaii. Never visit the SEC again.
8. Wisconsin - See Georgia
9. LSU - Appy State learned LSU is not Michigan
10. Oklahoma - See Georgia
11. Auburn - Ok, so it's not a state-wide thing with Louisiana-Monroe
12. Alabama - Alright Saban, you impressed me.
13. Fresno St. - Damn Bulldogs!
14. Oregon - Ducks roll. Or should I say waddle?
15. Penn St. - Big win over Coma Carolina
16. USF - See Georgia
17. Texas Tech - Yeah, you shoulda been here in my preseason poll
18. Kansas - See Georgia
19. Cincinatti - See Georgia
20. Arizona St. - See Georgia
21. UCLA - Not completely convinced but beating TN has to be worth something
22. East Carolina - Note to Big East. Scoop up the Pirates. NOW!
23. BYU - Missed you in preseason poll. Sorry Cougs.
24. Utah - Yeah, Michigan's O is new but the Utes beat up their D too.
25. Wake Forest - A rare ACC winner last week.
Barbarian Report on the big week by Utah, East Carolina, and Fresno State on the way!
Posted on: July 7, 2008 4:52 pm
Courtesy of the Greek, I have been honored with selection to the group of pollsters for this top 25 CFB poll. I am thrilled by the opportunity to prove that I know as little about who the best 25 teams are as the mavens of the AP, Coaches, Harris Interactive polls, and that stupid computer.
This reminds me of a stock market theory that says the market does what it wants to do, and that a group of dart-throwing monkeys can pick stock winners just as well as some high-powered stock brokers. What can I say, I was always partial to the winged monkeys in the Wizard of Oz. So it is my honor to be one of your dart-throwing monkeys this season. Without further adieu, here are my preseason submissions to the Best Damn Poll in the Land. Feel free to critcize, laugh, applaud, or respond inappropriately.
1. Southern Cal - The Trojans are loaded. Don't expect another loss to Stanford
2. Georgia - SEC Champions ride Jersey kid Moreno to the Championship
3. West Virginia - The whole O line is back plus Pat White.
4. Ohio State - Twice burnt by the Buckeyes. You're working your way up this year.
5. Missouri - TIgers turn the tables on the Big 12 South.
6. Texas - The Longhorns are back.
7. Florida - Tebow's better, but not enough to get by Georgia.
8. Wisconsin - Wiscy's good, but OSU's better still.
9. Louisiana St. - QB?
10. Virginia Tech - ACC champs, good D, offense?
11. Auburn - The spread takes root in Alabama.
12. Oklahoma - Sooners lose 2 out of three to Lone Star teams.
13. Tennessee - Florida, Auburn, and Georgia hand Vols their only losses.
14. Oregon - Quack Attack! Ducks come up roses.
15. Clemson - Lose to Hokies in ACC Championship
16. Rutgers - My homer pick. Hey! Fuhgedaboudit!
17. Penn St. - Joe's last hurrah.
18. South Florida - Bulls are #3 in Big East, just barely.
19. Kansas - Schedule's a lot tougher this year.
20. Fresno St. - The Bulldogs may have a nasty surprise in store for some BCS teams.
21. Cincinnati - Strong showing against Sooners gets Bearcats noticed.
22. Arizona St. - Losses to Georgia, Southern Cal, and Oregon early hurt.
23. Illinois - The fourth best in the Big 10.
24. Alabama - Saban hits the turning point. The Tide is rising.
25. Pittsburgh - Wannstedt's recruiting finally pays off. Pitt joins the Big East party.