Posted on: January 10, 2012 10:14 pm

How many hypocrites?

Last night, we saw a dominating display of defense from Alabama to crush the no 1 team in the nation. This morning, instead of reading about how great they were, we were given a bunch of articles and comments about how the Crimson Tide didn't even win their conference so how can they be the best team in the nation.

Using the same logic, no non division winner should be allowed to win a title game - no more Packer and Steeler superbowl wins from recent past, no Mavericks NBA title from last year and the list gets longer and longer.

So why is it OK for a non division winner to win in the professional game, but in the college world everybody just complains. Face up to it, it's completely hypocritical, and before you bang on about repeat matchups, the Packers played the Bears three times last year and the Falcons twice, rematches happen, deal with it. Now stop complaining and enjoy a game that was won with defense for a change because I doubt the NFL playoffs will provide one.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:07 am

Albert Haynesworth

This guy is a joke - not because of his inability to turn up in shape and earn the fortune his been paid, not because of the head stamping incident, but this:

"I'm an older guy and I think they brought me in here to play hard and also to teach some of the younger guys how to play," Haynesworth said. "I'll be somewhat of, I guess, a mentor . . . Get off the ball and disrupt and show them really how good it is that the grass ain't greener on the other side always."

ESPN website today

Really Albert, you want to be a mentor? Take a good look at yourself and what you did over the past three years and seriously ask yourself if you think you've created a good example that others should follow.

Get back to being a dominant player, drop 60lbs and show a true work ethic before you say anything else.

Mentor, more like a delusional idiot with an over inflated ego. 

Category: NFL
Posted on: April 16, 2011 3:54 pm

18 Games is too many

This is the post I was intending to write last week when things went terribly wrong. It was a little like the old exam hall panic when you're buddy is asking for extra paper after an hour while you've got seven lines of scribble. You know you need to write more, but have no valuable content so just keep filling pages with crap.

So, we were having a conversation at work last week about the NFL mediation and the expansion of the season to 18 games. 18 games is only for those teams that have no postseason. Last year the Packers played 20 games, had 16 players on IR and a further two - Woodson and Shields - get injured in the SuperBowl. In order to get through the season, they would have needed upwards of 70 players.

Now while that is possible, although I don't think acive rosters will expand by that many (think of the owners paying another 18 guys $400K a year) the conversation turned to how much talent there is coming out of college.

A few years back, there were 28 teams in the NFL, 53 players per team is around 1500 players on active rosters. If we went to 60 players on active rosters (a 14% increase for a 12% increase in games played) for the 32 teams we would have 1900 players on active rosters.

Making a huge leap that there has been no overall increase in the talent level coming out of college (which without research is tough to say definitively but is a fair assumption), we would have much diluted talent levels as the season wears on. Personally, I would rather not watch a Super Bowl filled with players that perhaps wouldn't have made an active roster 5 years ago.  

Cut the preseason by all means, but those games don't matter that much anyhow, but extending the regular season ultimately will dilute the talent level too far.

Category: NFL
Tags: 18 games, NFL, Packers
Posted on: April 14, 2011 2:48 pm

Now the Government is involved

Now the Government is trying to decide how to run the NFL I await with interest at how ridiculous the results will become. Using Federal logic, teams will be able to borrow wins from future years so they can compete today. First into the hat will be the Detroit Lions who plan on using wins from the next 11 seasons to amass a 12-4 record this year. This years losses will be blamed upon previous years mistakes and will then not count.

Look for teams to go 16-0 (or 18-0) just to annoy the 72 Dolphins and give TV announcers something to talk about. Don't worry, the Patriots will still lose the Superbowl.

I also look for 11th hour standoffs between the AFC and NFC regarding scheduling with one side demanding that points scored at the end of the game are shared equally amongst all participants to ensure that all teams share the sacrifice of having to win and lose.

Large signing bonuses will be a thing of the past as fans will protest at stadia all around the country if overpaid players don't perform. Look for fans to ask for refunds on PSLs, beer and everything else they bought on credit during the run up to yet another failed Suprebowl attempt.

The biggest changes will come from the way offense and defense interact. In keeping with the way the Libyan conflict has been handled, look for offensive coordinators and quarterbacks to solicit as much input as they can before calling plays. Whether this involves polling the practice squad players (the NFL equivalent of Turkey) or possibly some other teams entirely is open to questions. As delay of game penalties stack up, look for inflationary pressures on the four down system with proposals to raise the "down ceiling" to at least 6 or 8 before the end of the year. Whether the yard can hold up as the standard unit of distance is open as well. There may be a move to incorporate the meter as the standard unit, allowing for a 1st and 9.144 to become a 2nd 13.716 after a 4.572m penalty for a false start.

This blog post has rambled for which I apologize. It was supposed to be a serious comment on the 18 game season, but went off track.

Category: NFL
Posted on: April 6, 2011 1:18 pm

I'm a hater

I'm not a sports junkie, but I'm pretty close. Whenever the TV is available and I have time I will migrate to some sports channel to watch pretty much anything. I have some favorite teams but when I have no interest in the teams playing, I always end up favoring one fo them over the other for no real reason. This view then tends to jaundice my view for the rest of the game, match, whatever.

Now I have a few favorite hates - Arsenal, Jimmie Johnson, Denver Broncos, Michigan State, but always end up hating one of the two teams. For example, UConn vs Kentucky in the Final Four. Dont have any interest in either team, but got ticked that Kentucky lost. Now, UConn beat Butler who beat Michigan State last year, so I now wish UConn lose every game.

I do support some teams, Tottenham, U of M, the Packers, but tend to root against teams rather than for their opponent. I have no idea what this says about me, but I'm positive it's not good, it probably kills my blood pressure, but it's never dull when the TV is tuned to sports.

Tonight, I think there may be a baseball game on to watch, if it's not the Brewers, I wonder who I will hate by 10.00pm.
Category: General
Posted on: March 17, 2011 4:50 pm

We need a Cinderella

Sports is supposed to be all escapist for those of us stuck in the real world. Adrian Peterson's frankly ludicrous comments about being a slave (has he been to the Ivory Coast?) simply highlight the fact that many sports figures are totally out of touch with the rest of us.

The NFL is on strike, or lockout or something else because there's not enough money for everybody, The football power that is Ohio State is getting hauled over the goals for some infractions that have no real impact on the football field, the NBA is in the great situation where sub-500 teams are fighting for the playoffs and hockey fans are protesting that players aren't getting suspended. Throw in the terrible situation in Japan, the fighting in Libya and the disaster that is the US economy and we desperatedly need a feel good story from somewhere. It's not the entertainment world as they seem overly focused on Charlie Sheen - another rich guy that has no idea about the real world. For me it's down to the NCAA tournament.

So come on 15 and 16 seeds and the play in teams, knock off the 1s and 2s and give me a way to escape from the depressing stories that threaten to overwhelm us.
Category: General
Posted on: January 7, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: January 7, 2010 11:43 am

Why qualifying for the playoffs is overrated

OK, so the playoffs are here. Big whoop. Jets fans are excited because they made it, Packers fans are excited because they've already beaten Arizona once and Prisco reckons they are a surprise team. Cowboys fans are excited because they may win a playoff game. About the only guy that isn't excited is Belichick cos Welker got hurt.

As for me, I don't see why getting into the playoffs means you're successful. Other than in baseball, there are just too many teams "allowed" into the playoffs:

NHL 16 out of 30
NFL 12 out of 32
NBA 16 out of 30
MLB 8 out of 30.

In the four big sports 52 out of 122 teams make the playoffs - some of whom don't even have winning records. Take out baseball and you have 47.8% of the teams qualify for the postseason. If your team gets bumped in the first few rounds, you're just like the Detroit Lions without, of course, the benefit of a high draft pick. At least in baseball you have ot be the best of the non division winners, not just 8th worst overall.

What's the point of living and dying for six weeks as your team gets to the post season only to watch them lose in 1, 3 or 4 game sweeps depending on the sport? I'm sure the TV revenue is great, I'm sure the players get an extra check and the owners get some more cash, but the fan's season ends in crushing disappointment.

Personally, I'm glad the Packers have at least one more game to play, it makes the winter go a little faster knowing that Sunday afternoon, as the snow falls and it gets dark, I'll have something to watch, but if they lose on Sunday, I won't think the 11-5 season was a success. Yeah they improved, yeah Raji and Matthews look like great picks, but until they get to the Super Bowl, and be at least the best team in the conference, I won't call it a successful year. It's just too easy to make the playoffs, especially in the NFL where there are at least four teams in each conference that probably don't have a chance at the start of the year. Going out on a limb, in the NFC, I don't see the Rams, Seahawks, Lions or Buccaneers making it next year. So now the Packers have a 50-50 chance of making it in and we haven't finished this season yet.

So, if making the playoffs isn't good enough, why are we so darned happy that our team gets there, or am I totally missing the point?
Category: General
Tags: MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Packers, Playoffs
Posted on: December 18, 2009 12:21 pm

Running up the score

OK, It's about time for the annual blog post. I promise to try and do better this year, but note that I don't say I will do better, just promise to try. That kind of doublespeak is what you get for hanging around with my boys for too long.

In the last couple of days, I have had two unrelated conversations about what is decent and fair in sports concerning high school teams and the final score.

My eldest son plays 7th grade basketball, the 8th grade team (which they travel with and is very good) played last night and after the first quarter were up 24-0 and leading 37-1 at half-time - at which point we left for a two hour drive home in the snow. Now looking at the scoreboard this looks like a clear case of running up the score. I don't know the final score, but I have to think it was 60 plus to less than 10.

However, there are 18 boys on this basketball team and at least a dozen of them are very good players. They handle the ball well, run more than I ever did as a kid and play as a team very well. Last night's opponents had 11 or so boys (many smaller than our team's) and quite honestly couldn't buy points - missing layups, free throws and having macy shots roll around and out. The coach had third and fourth string players in during the second quarter.

Against that, our old school which is small and rural (10-15 kids per class) got beaten 50 something to 10 earlier in the week and at an unrelated community meeting I heard a lot of complaints about this "running up the score". This also reared it's head in the NFL with our old friends the NE Patriots doing it a few years back.

Now having been on both sides of a big loss (and actually having been yelled at while coaching Little League for winning 10-1 and asking for a rule interpretation that led to an out for the other team), I have strong opinions on this.

In short, I really don't think teams need to apologize for:

1. Being more talented than the other team
2. Working harder than the other team
3. Trying to make sure the rules are followed
4. Having more luck than the other team.

Not playing your hardest against another team is as disrespectful as winning by 70 points. You're saying we are so good we are not taking you seriously.

Now should you play full court press, steal home, take timeouts to give you a better shot at scoring more points maybe not. But if you're better than the other team, that's life. By arguing that we should not try 100% to be the best we can at all times, all we are doing is propagating a mindset that if I don't work hard, someone will bail me out or change the rules to help me.

And that is too prevalent in our society to begin with.
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