Thursday, December 27, 2007
Friday, December 21, 2007
Now that I've gotten my own gratuitous plug out of the way, there's a few things I'd like to blab about before I get to my weekly picks...
-It's been over a week since the Mitchell Report was made public, and we still haven't heard from the biggest name it contained, the Rocket Roger Clemens. I mean, technically, both he and his shill of a lawyer have made statements, but is that really the way an innocent guy would react? Pettitte already came clean and they were fingered by the same guy (pun intended). The longer he remains publicly silent, the more guilty he looks. And listen, I'm not saying this alleged rapist and roid peddler, Brian McNamee, isn't above suspicion when it comes to his testimony, but there's a lot of smoke here for their not to be fire. Come clean, Rog, and most fans will forgive and forget. Not me, mind you, but I don't really care about your fat ass anyway, so winning me over is gonna take a lot more than a few tears and a nice prepared statement. Maybe exiled Sox GM Dan Duquette was right about you Rocket. Maybe the only reason you didn't fade off into retirement when you were done with the Sox, was because you were on the "juice." Lookin' like a good call now, Dan, isn't it? You still don't get a pass on calling Jose Offerman the replacement for Mo Vaughn, but this is step in the right direction buddy....
-I have to give credit where credit is due, no matter how much I may have ripped a person in the past. In this case, I give props to Boston Celtics head coach, Glen Rivers. My biggest knock on "Doc" since the Big 3 have arrived has been that I don't think he's a good enough "in game" coach (X's and O's) to take this team over the top in the playoffs. Well, in a playoff type game on Wednesday night, Rivers drew up a great play to get Paul Pierce the ball in the final seconds, but the Truth simply missed the shot. He also made a key substitution late in Tony Allen, who came up with a huge steal late to keep the C's in contention. Sure, you can point to the fact that it was Allen's suspect D on Chauncey Billups in the final seconds that cost the Celts the game, but I can't see how you blame that on Doc. This isn't rec league ball. If you have to be told not to fall for an up-fake, or how to properly contest a shot in the final seconds, then there's not much any coach is gonna do at this point to change that. It was a bad play, by a good defender, but more importantly, it was a good move, by a bad coach. Let's see if you can keep it up Glen, because I promise if you do, those last second open shots are gonna be fallin' more often than not...
-Jonathan Papelbon is the owner of the ball that represented the final out in the '07 World Series. Well, what's left of it that is. Paps left the ball on his counter where his dog, Boss, got to it and tore it to shreds. No offense to Papelbon's intelligence (here comes an offensive comment), but I can't say I'm surprised in the least that this happened. Once a hillbilly, always a hillbilly. I love ya, Paps. I just don't think I'll be letting you borrow any of my shit anytime soon...
-Thanks to a unique balance of luck and skill, I find myself this week in the Championship game of my fantasy football league. I come into the game as a 24 point favorite according to the "projected points total," but I feel it's going to be a fierce, nip and tuck battle. I've already made out with more loot than I could have reasonably expected before the season started, but don't think for a minute I don't want to win. Screw the loot, man (lie). I want the one thing that only a Yahoo! Fantasy Sports league can give me, a tiny trophy for my Yahoo! Fantasy Sports profile. When I look at my personal fantasy history, I wanna see 2007 Champion, and a tiny golden piece of delicious justification right along side it. Let's do it for the hardware, boys! Let's win this one....for Rooch!...
Usually, I give you a nice little song and dance to go along with my picks, but seeing as time is an issue for me this week, I'm just getting down to brass tacks. I know, I know. You're craving my knowledge and advice, but I'm sorry, this is all I got for ya. Hey! You should be lucky you're getting anything at all, you freeloadin' bastards...
Week 16 Picks
New England Patriots (-21) vs Miami Dolphins
Buffalo Bills (+3) vs New York Giants
Jacksonville Jaguars (-13) vs Oakland Raiders
Philadelphia Eagles (+3) @ New Orleans Saints
Minnesota Vikings (-6.5) vs Washington Redskins
San Diego Chargers (-7.5) vs Denver Broncos
Last Week: 3-3-0
Overall: 53-38-4 (.579)
I have seriously been slackin' on my college hoops analysis so far this season, but I promise I'll pick up the pace...just not this week. Don't get it twisted, I've been watchin' a lot of games, but I just aint got the time to get as in depth as I'd like right now. As for the poll, there wasn't much change this week, but expect that to change as conference play approaches. Two games sure to alter the lineup are coming this Saturday with Georgetown @ Memphis and Texas @ Michigan St. Make sure to check those games out, and keep comin' back for the college hoops lowdown. I promise to stop slackin' om my pimpin'. You just gotta trust...
College Hoops Top 10
1. Memphis (9-0) 1
2. North Carolina (10-0) 2
3. Kansas (11-0) 3
4. Washington St. (9-0) 4
5. UCLA (10-1) 5
6. Georgetown (8-0) 6
7. Indiana (8-1) 7
8. Pittsburgh (11-0) NR
9. Texas (11-0) 8
10. Butler (10-1) 10
just missed: Marquette, Duke, Tennessee, Michigan St.
dropped: (9) Duke
Oh yea. 16 year old Jamie Lynn Spears (named after her dad...seriously) is pregnant. Feel free to laugh as much as you'd like at the Spears family, and their freakishly white trash tendencies, as those ass backwards money hungry hicks deserve every last second of it. Apparently they agree, as the Spears' TV people are considering airing a show about the teen's pregnancy! Haven't these idiots learned anything from their older skank of a daughter? I got $20 says Jamie has triplets, and then makes millions when the tape of her gas station bathroom stall "conception" leaks it's way onto TMZ. I'm taking action at 3 to 1, and 7 to one that Joe Francis (Girls Gone Wild) or Rick Solomon (Paris Hilton, Shannon Dougherty, Pamela Anderson) are somehow behind it. God Bless the South for providing us Yankees with enough retards to keep our tabloid pages and cable boxes stuffed to the gils. Yeee hawwww, you crazy bastards, and keep it comin'...
Friday, December 14, 2007
Now, what are we to make of these names? Well, I for one am not shocked by a single player I see on that list, nor would I expect any other reasonable fan to be shocked. The fact is, when steroid use in baseball was exposed by the likes of Jose Canseco and Ken Caminiti, everyone, from the clubhouse attendants, to the players, to the general managers and owners, were immediately guilty by association. You knew that if guys were juicin', then other guys new about it, and other guys were enabling them to do it without being exposed. We're all guilty. We all sat back and lapped up the McGwire/Sosa home run race. We all went to the stadiums, filled the seats, and bought the hot dogs we swore off after the '94 strike. When I say everyone is to blame, I do mean everyone. If the fans were so disgusted by what they saw on the field, they would have stopped watching, stopped going, and they didn't. That's where it all starts, and while I'm not saying we as fans should be held to the same standard, we also can't sit back and rip the league, when many of us knew that a lot of this could be going on. These names, are no more than "evidence" for George Mitchell to prove that he actually did some work. Judge for yourself if you think the job he did was worth while right here, with the full report. I've also added some condensed material courtesy of Deadspin.com and espn.com...
Full Mitchell Report: http://assets.espn.go.com/media/pdf/071213/mitchell_report.pdf
Roger Clemens Section: http://deadspin.com/sports/key-pages-in-the-mitchell-report/roger-clemens-gets-an-ass-shot-333660.php
Complete List of Players: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3153646
*Funny names on list include: F.P Santangelo, Mo Vaughn, David Justice, Eric Gagne, Ron Villone, Nook Logan, Glenallen Hill, Chuck Knoblauch and Lenny Dykstra. Hey Mo, great publicity for your new car wash, eh buddy?
The immediate reaction to reading some of these names, especially Roger Clemens, is one of "well, what now?" Mitchell himself recommended that none of these players should be punished for their past discretion's, but I say dumping their names into this media circus is doing just that. Then, just when it seems Mitchell has passed the buck to Selig as far as retribution, Selig says there will be punishment, but that they will give it out based on a case by base basis. So, doesn't that suggest the possibility that nobody will be punished? OK, you gave me the names, but without an actual punishment already in place. What good did that do? My secondary reaction was, all the actual information Mitchell seems to have collected, either came from rats like former Yankee/Clemens/Pettitte trainer, Brian McNamee (who claims to have purchased and injected steroids into both Clemens and Pettitte), and former Mets clubhouse roid distributor, Kirk Radomski (who basically sold roids to anyone who was anyone in the pros over the past decade) or from Federal investigations involving current and former players (namely BALCO and the latest pharmacy bust in Albany). Both McNamee and Radomski are facing charges against them for roid peddling, and neither was under oath when giving information to Mitchell and his cronies, so how much stock can be taken in what they say? And if they can't be taken for their word, then what if anything did this report even prove? Another sketchy claim is the one against Baltimore Oriole, Brian Roberts, who got his name on the list because former roommate, Larry Bigby (also named in the report) told investigators that Roberts told him he had used steroids years before. You trying to tell me these sources would hold up in an actual court? You can't be serious. That doesn't mean these players aren't guilty, but to say this is the evidence that you gathered to prove it, and these canaries are your main witnesses, just doesn't make your case all that credible.
No matter, George Mitchell needed to produce names, so due process be damned, he's gonna drag these people through the mud. Wow, and I thought this thing was supposed to help give the game credibility, not make it look dirtier than a Mexican pay toilet.
So, now that we've got all these names, and Georgie Mitchell answered the $20 million question of "Is baseball dirty", with a resounding "Yes!", what do we do now? Do we punish players like Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Miguel Tejada with the same asterisks we threaten Bonds with? Or do they get passes because they didn't cheat on their wives, and taxes while at the same time cheating the game, as Bonds did? Forget on the field punishment like suspensions, I want to know how these guys are going to be treated in the court of public opinion. Me? I'm gonna fry 'em up in the same pan that I've had Barroid simmerin' in for the past decade, and I expect the rest of you to do the same or risk being labeled a racist or hypocrite. Make no mistake, if these charges are true, then Roger Clemens is the new Barry Bonds, and is just as culpable as Barry Bonds. He was a superstar, 3 time Cy Young Award winner and sure fire Hall of Famer before he reportedly ever picked up the needle, much like Bonds. And it seems the only reason he did steroids was to gain continued popularity, much like many speculate were Barry's motives. If Barry's guilty, then so is Roger, plain and simple. Mind you, I don't see this report alone as enough to prove anyone guilty, but should it's finding's lead to more information on certain players, then I'll feel even more justified for piling it on. Again, to me, this report isn't about the names, but I'll be damned if I'll let a guy like Clemens turning out to be a roid head (something I've speculated for years) pass through my mind without taking some serious cracks at him. These guys come off as holier than thou, and for something like this to tarnish their image, well I say they brought a whole lot of it on themselves.
What we learned from the Mitchell report, is that baseball is dirty and needs to be scrubbed from top to bottom before any reasonable progress can be made. What we'll remember about the Mitchell report, is the names that were in it, and in it's aftermath, the struggle of those men to attempt and clear their names.
I'm glad this investigation was conducted, but I wish Bud Selig kept the list of the names to himself, at least to start. Releasing this "list" comes off as self serving and will only do to distract people from the actual problem, the corrupt sport itself. If you can't punish these players, then why bother listing their names? I mean, I guess if there were already names out there, then it's OK to list them, but if the list isn't all inclusive (as opposed to if there was a league wide test), then I don't really see the good in releasing it at all. But since it has been released, and the damage has been done, then we're simply left to comment on the aftermath. Are all the records tainted? Is the game itself still a cesspool for drugs and scandal? These are questions that are about to be answered a million times in the coming days, weeks, months and years. With the release of this report, baseball may have caused one it's darkest days, while at the same making way for a bright future, but we're years away from knowing if that is truly the case. For now, it's time to sit back, and count the bodies, because it's gonna be a long time before we have them all tagged, bagged, and sent off the "morgue" that is social oblivion...
Well, I figure since we're already talking about cheating, and undermining the game, I might as well start off my picks this week with the New York Jets against the New England Patriots. It seems like years ago now, but it was just earlier this year that the Jets and their sphincter of a coach, Eric Mangina, turned the Pats into the NFL for cheating. Now, on the eve of what many are predicting to be the biggest revenge beat down since we nuked the Japanese, the Patriots are flipping the script, and claiming they caught the Jets performing "illegal filming" last year, and didn't turn them in to the NFL. What's good for the goose, eh Mr. Hoodie? No matter, the real deal in this one is the weather. With second part of the season's first Noreaster expected to dump a nice wintry mix up through the start of the game, it not only limits the expected offensive output, but it pretty much eliminates the Jets chances to score. I've heard the theory about how bad weather is a great equalizer, and I think it applies here. Problem for the Jets, is they are such an inferior squad, that even a storm created by Zeus himself isn't gonna save them from Captain Tom and the 24 point spread. Three touchdowns for Tom Terrific, one for the defense, and the Pats creep by the number, 28-0. Just another footnote to a legendary campaign boys. Time to step aside and let the real men do, what the real men do...
Wanna keep talkin' roids? We can do that. In the 2005 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers picked Shawne Merriman in the 1st round (suspended roid user) and Luis Castillo in the 2nd round (had tested positive for roids before the draft). Sure, Merriman may be out this week with a non roid related injury, but I was reaching for a seg way, I got one, and now I can get to the game. I like the Chargers against the Lions this week because both teams are moving in completely opposite directions. Since their loss to Kansas City in week 4, San Diego has gone 7-2, with their only losses @ Jacksonville and @ Minnesota. Detroit, meanwhile, has apparently run out of Jon Kitna's Jesus power, and are currently mired in a 5 game losing streak. Tack on the fact that the Lions are coming in fresh off a come-from-ahead tank job against the Cowboys, which probably all but ended any sort of play off chances they had, along with taking any lingering wind from their sails. We all saw this coming with Detroit, so I figure we might as well cash in on watching it happen. Look for LT to have a big week for both my fantasy team, and his actual team, and look for the Bolts to roll.
In the next game, I'm jumpin' back on the bandwagon, and takin' the Colts in a big way over the Raiders. Easily explained: The Colts seem to be back to playing like the Colts after their defiling of Baltimore last Sunday night, and the Raiders are going into the game with the plan to switch QB's on and off. Yeah, I can't say I like your chances, Raider nation. Jamarcus Russell might be the future, but for now, he just isn't ready for a defense like the Colts, and when he's in expect Indy to get at him and force a few turnovers. Don't look now, but Marvin Harrison is getting healthy, and the Colts are on a roll...
Now, if you told me at the start of the season that I would be picking the Browns/Bills game, I would have told you I must have been violating one of my cardinal rules when it comes to picking games. "Don't pick a winner in a game between two teams that suck" Well, to the surprise of nearly everyone, not only do these teams NOT suck, but they're both right in the hunt for one of the final AFC play off spots with only 3 weeks to go. The reason this game attracted me, is the fact that the Bills are the only team in the game with a serviceable defense, and they are getting nearly a touchdown. I know they are usually offensively inept, but I think Trent Edwards improved play, along with the return of Marshawn Lynch, should be just enough to keep pace with Derek Anderson and the Browns offense. Not totally buying the fact that Buffalo can win this thing, but I think it's a coin flip, with a high certainty that it will be close at the very least. Take the Bills at 6, but no lower than 4.5.....You know, just in case I'm scary right, and they lose by 5 on a last second TD...
With my final pick of this roid fueled week, I'm throwing all my chips in with David Garrard, MJD, Fred Taylor and the Jacksonville Jaguars. This pick is driven by two major emotions I feel. First, seeing as Garrard is my new fantasy quarterback, I want him to do as well as possible in this my semifinal weekend. Secondly, I hate the Steelers, and there's nothing I'd like to see more than watching Shittsburgh fall flat on their face a week after getting embarrassed by the Patriots. A few weeks ago, I would have had the Steelers above the Jags in the AFC power structure, but I think this game will go a long way towards proving who's playing better as the season winds down....
Week 15 Picks
New England Patriots (-23) vs New York Jets
San Diego Chargers (-10) vs Detroit Lions
Buffalo Bills (+6) @ Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts (-10) @ Oakland Raiders
Jacksonville Jaguars (+4) @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Minnesota Vikings (-10) vs Chicago Bears
*Kyle Orton is going to be the starting QB for the Bears on Monday Night. That should be enough of an explanation of my pick...
Last Week: 3-4-0
Overall: 50-35-4 (.584)
It's beginning to become redundant, but I really haven't watched nearly enough college hoops for my liking so far this season, so I don't know how qualified any of my analysis really is. That being said, just one look at Gus Johnson, and I can't helped be excited for college hoops again. Woooo Eeeeee! Here's my updated top 10, with the same ten squads as last week. We're getting close to conference play, so expect some wild changes, but for now the ship is steady as she goes...
College Hoops Top 10
1. Memphis (7-0) 1
2. North Carolina (8-0) 2
3. Kansas (9-0) 3
4. Washington St. (9-0) 4
5. UCLA (8-1) 5
6. Georgetown (6-0) 6
7. Indiana (8-1) 8
8. Texas (9-0) 9
9. Duke (9-0) 10
10. Butler (8-1) 7
just missed: Marquette, Oregon, Tennessee, Xavier
As promised, I'm bringin' you at least one team each week that I will spotlight as a potential March Madness "sleeper" team. Don't be caught unprepared when it's time to fill out those brackets, people!
Holy Cross Crusaders (7-1) Patriot League
*When you're stuck in a weak conference, you have two options. Run out and play a bunch of high ranked teams in the pre season, much like Davidson (3-5), or go soft and build your team with sites set on winning your conference, like Holy Cross. When your biggest non conference wins are Hofstra, Fairfield and @ St. Josephs, you sure as Hades better win your conference if you want a shot at dancin', and that's what the Crusaders are aimin' to do. Led by 6'11" senior center, Tim Clifford (14.9 ppg / 5.0 rpg), the defending America East champs look to repeat, and better their first round knockout in last year's Big Dance, courtesy of Southern Illinois.
Finally, in what I'm deeming the most appropriate news story of the week, we have Paris Hilton doing an ad campaign in the nude for "champagne in a can". Something classy, made to look like something cheap. What an advertising match made in heaven. Oh well, at least she's pretty much naked. Wait, I've already seen her having sex on film...multiple times. Hell, toss me a 6 pack of champagne. I figure I'm gonna need at least that to get my mind of all this steroid talk...
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Next Week vs New York Jets (3-10)
I can't wait to watch Belichick and Brady try to score as many points as humanly possible against Eric "the Rat" Mangini and the New York Jets. The spread opened at 24, and something tells me it's only going up! This is gonna be saawweeeeeeeeeet! Time to meet your maker, you fat, Soprano guest starring, non-genius, round, round rat of man...
Friday, December 07, 2007
Last Week: 4-2-0
Overall: 46-31-4 (.593)
Providence College Friars (5-3)
*PC has been plagued by two things the past several years under coach Tim Welsh. 1) underachievement and 2) inconsistency. Providence can never seem to beat the team's they should on a regular basis, while at the same time never being able to push themselves over the top for big wins against top notch opponents. Sure, it's tough playing in the Big East, but with returning stars like Geoff McDermott, Weyinmi Efejuku (Way-Me F-eh-jew-koo), and Brian McKenzie, it's probably this year or bust for Timmy and the Friars. If they can dance their way into the big tourney this year, you'll have to like their chances with good guard play, tough 2-3 zone defense, and a great swing player like the 6'8" McDermott that can help glue it all together.....oh....and the day after I wrote this, Providence promptly went out and pulled a...well...Providence. Fell behind big to South Carolina, came storming back, and lost in the final minutes on some Efejuku missed free throws. Way to go fellas...
Rhode Island Rams (9-1)
*OK, so maybe the first two sleeper teams reside within 40 minutes of my house, but that doesn't mean I'm playing favorites. Head coach Jim Baron has a team led by his son, Jimmy, pointed towards an Atlantic 10 title and a "likely" NCAA birth. Little Baron, along with senior forward Will Daniels, are combining for over 33 points per game and shooting better than 37% combined from downtown.
Check back next week for more picks, and updates on other college hoops teams. Maybe even a few teams that don't play their home games in Rhode Island....
Oh, and if the Pats actually needed motivation to win this week or from here on out, I give you the main reason they need to go undefeated. To shut up former Miami Coke Head/'72 Dolphin, Mercury Morris, and his freakin' mouth. There's a reason we hadn't heard from your dumb ass in the last 30+ years, and if New England keeps winning, it better be another 30 before we hear it. And then it better only be when the Miami Dade police pull you're beaten corpse from the Everglades after a run in with Michael Irvin and his "cousin." We're comin', Merc. And we're bringin' Hell with us!!!!!
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Leave it to the Washington Redskins to screw up something as simple as a tribute to a fallen teammate. In an attempt to honor their murdered comrade, Sean Taylor, head coach Joe Gibbs and the Washington Redskins decided that they would play the first snap of the game with only 10 players on the field instead of the normal 11. Only problem was, they never informed the Bills, who then ran the ball up the middle for a first down. Nice try, Joe, but it only works when you tell the other team. Kinda like, calling two timeouts in a row only works when you...well...OK well that never works and it cost your team the game, but you see where I'm goin,' right? Damn, man, just go back to NASCAR. First, you just aren't a great coach anymore. Second, you managed to screw up Sean Taylor's "day" in every way possible. I'm just surprised you didn't somehow splice a clip of you shouting racial epithets at Taylor into the memorial video shown on the jumbo tron before the game. Truly embarrassing, yet at the same time, truly Washington. You deserved a better sendoff than that, Sean, and I can only hope you were doing something better than watching that game on Sunday afternoon. I heard Heaven has ski ball!
Overall: 12-0, 2007 AFC East Champions
Last Week: New England Patriots 27 Baltimore Ravens 34
For New England to go back to blowing people out, that's the key. Give Brady time, and he will deliver, just as he did in the final drive last night. Which oh by the way, hate to break it to ya, wasn't a touchdown. By rule he didn't catch it, but also by replay rule, there wasn't enough information to overturn it. Gotta love the rules, right? Not to mention the timeout called by defensive co-ordinator, Rex Ryan (only the head coach or a player on the field are allowed by the rules to call timeout by the way) on a play that the Ravens stopped Tom Brady on a 4th and 1. Or even the next play, where the Pats were stuffed again, only to get another shot because of a Stephen Neal false start penalty. Talk about having a few go your way in the clutch. I can see why some Baltimore fans would be clamoring for an investigation into a conspiracy, but it was just bad luck for them, and great luck for the still undefeated Patriots. However, if they want to win this weekend, they're gonna need to play a lot better than they have, or all the breaks in the world might not save them...
Next Week vs Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3)
I still don't think the Steelers have a shot, but then again I thought Baltimore was dead to rites too so you never know. Willie Parker and the Steeler o-line have watched Brian Westbrook and Willis McGahee run rough shot on the Pats D the last 2 weeks, so you have to expect they plan on doing the same thing. They have the 3rd best rushing attack in the NFL at 138.3 yards per game, which attacks a definite Patriot weakness. And they rank #1 in the NFL in pass defense, attacking the Patriot's number one strength. A perfect storm perhaps? Eh, not so much. Pittsburgh is still only 2-3 on the road, and really haven't been too impressive in their last 3 (2-1) against Miami, the Jets and Cincinnati. They definitely have the talent and the match ups to give the Hoodie and friends a good fight, but you have to like the New England's chances at Gillette in a playoff type atmosphere.
News and Notes
*Well, things seem to be really heating up in the Johan Santana sweepstakes as baseball begins their Winter meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. The Yankees imposed a Monday deadline for dealing with the Twins, which has come and gone, and now Boston seems poised to snag the 2 time Cy Young winner. Reports are that the Twins are deciding on which Red Sox package they want to take, either the one with Ellsbury or the one with Lester. This story is really boiling right now, so getting into too much might be a little pointless before there is more info, but it's good to see that the Sox are still trying to add Santana to an already formidable rotation, and keep the momentum they just got with their championship. As for the Yanks, what is Hank Steinbrenner's deal with deadlines? Right, we believe you, you won't go after Santana anymore. Oh, and you're not gonna negotiate with A-Rod either, right? If George were dead, he'd be spinning in his grave. What kind of spineless tactics are these? You're the Yankees, man. Freaking act like it. People need you, you don't need them! Hahaha. Have fun with Phil Hughes, while we're Philling our trophy cases with multiple World Series trophies! Muuuuahahahahaa
*At this point, I feel like I'm wasting my breathe, but as a responsible journalist I feel it's my obligation to bitch and moan about the BCS. After a wild final weekend to the season, which saw newly crowned #1 Missouri lose to Oklahoma for the 2nd time, and #2 West Virginia fall to un-ranked Shittsburgh, the pollsters and the BCS committee had a real mess on their hands. When all the work was done, they decided that new #1 Ohio St. would face off with the best 2-loss team, LSU, in the National Championship game. Now, setting aside the fact that Ohio St. is a huge FRAUD, and that any poser conference that doesn't even have it's own title game (Pac 10 & Big 10) doesn't deserve a shot at the National title, and focus on the fact that this is the worst system that major sports has ever seen to determine a champ. According to BCS protocol, we know the following things to be true. 1) All teams finishing in the top 15 in the BCS are eligible to be in a BCS Bowl game and 2) Each conference can only have a maximum of 2 teams in BCS bowls. Other than that, it is up to the discretion of the BCS selection committee to match up teams they think should be playing in these games, or supposedly, the best 8 teams in the country.
OK, so 1 and 2 fall into place. You can argue about Ohio St., who beat absolutely nobody this season, but like I said that's so not even the real issue. The Rose Bowl, has USC vs Illinois. USC is one of the hottest teams in the nation, so no beef there, but if Ohio St. doesn't deserve a shot at the title, then how the Hell does Illinois, the #13 team in the BCS jump all the way into the Rose Bowl?! Oh wait, I know. It's politics as usual. The Rose Bowl wants a Pac 10 vs Big 10 match up, and decided to take Illinois, the next best Big 10 team, over higher ranked squads like #6 Missouri, #11 Arizona St. and #12 Florida. First, your poll tells me those teams are better than Illinois, but then your selection committee tries to say Illinois is more worthy? What the fuck is going on here!? Don't look me in the eye, and tell me any team coached by Ron Zook (pictured above) has any chance in Hell of winning a big time bowl game. Should you try and do that, sir, I will call you a liar! We know he can recruit, but his team has no right to be in that game, if not for the simple fact that had they not been chosen, nobody would have thought it was the least bit odd at all! Missouri has the biggest beef of all. Not only were they #6 in the final poll and not get into a BCS game, but the Kansas team they just beat two weeks ago, and #8 in the poll, is heading to the Orange Bowl to face Virginia Tech! What a freakin' hose job!
I know there isn't a perfect system out there, but I also know that an 8 team playoff is always going to be less controversial, and turn out the right champion, more often than not. I seem to say this every year, but after this season, I see more need for a playoff than ever. What it comes down to, as always, is money. All the bowl committees and the NCAA need to sit down and figure this shit out, and the sooner they do it the better. There has to be a way for all these bowls to keep their games and for a playoff to occur at the same time. At the very least, have this new BCS Championship game be a +1 game, where 4 teams basically play a national semifinal before getting to the title game. Just give me something! Maybe it's good that the shit has hit the fan so they are forced to re-evaluate their system, but seeing as this isn't the first time the BCS has been shrouded in controversy, I don't necessarily see them making a change, no matter the uproar. It's just a shame man. I'm not naive, but letting money get in the way of this, when there will still be plenty to go around when all is said and done, is just stubborn and arrogant...
*Don't look now, Eli and Peyton, but here come the McCown boys! Not quite the Manning's, but not quite the Leaf's (or would it be Leaves?), brothers Josh and Luke McCown put on quite a show this weekend. Little brother Luke, 26, led his Tampa Bay Bucs to a win by going 29-37 for 313 yards, 2 TDs and a pick, while big bro Josh, 28, threw for 141 yards and 3 TDs for Oakland in a win before giving way to JaMarcus Russell. Good work, McCown boys. And to think, they didn't even need their dad pulling power moves at the draft, or starring with them in soup commercials to get it done. Simply amazing...
*You know, maybe this isn't actually a "story", but whenever I can point out that I'm right, I like to take that opportunity. Does anyone here remember the ESPN phone that came out in the last year or so? You know, the phone that, in the age of Blackberry's, PDA's and Smart Phones, offered you access to....wait for it....ESPN! Woo Hoo! It's ESPN, and it's a phone! Sorry, but I just never understood why anyone would want an inferior phone with access to the Intraweb, when there are so many better devices out there that would give you ESPN online and oodles of other delicious features. All I know is, I never see ads for it anywhere, I never see anybody with one, and I'm glad for once that a nation full of idiot consumers, refused to be fooled. Kudos to you, America. Way to hold strong!
*This isn't a real story either, but it is another real shot at ESPN. Mike Greenberg, while a decent journalist and above par SportsCenter guy, has got to be the biggest tool on the planet we call earth. I got this guy pegged like you wouldn't believe. He was a huge loser in high school, but now that he has access to all sorts of cool "jocks" and movie stars (drama kids?), he pretends like he's a cool guy, trying to play off the fact that he's still a nerd. You follow me? It's like, he thinks he's the man, because he's a metrosexual nerd that wears hemp necklaces and has the physical stature of a Twizzler. Maybe it's just me, but I can't stand the guy. His shtick is old, it was never that funny, and I'd really love to see someone more worthwhile carrying that morning show on ESPN. It's a popular show, so I'm probably in the minority, but the reason I have a blog is so I can bitch about this shit. So there it is...
*And in traditional MLB fashion, George Mitchell's Report on Steroids won't be released until "before Christmas." First it was November. Then it was the start of December. Now, it's yet another "non-deadline," described as some time in the next 3 weeks. What's the matter, George? You've had plenty of time to leak all these names you allegedly have, yet you still keep pushing the date back? What's your deal? Now, when names do surface before your report is out, you're gonna look like an even bigger tard, man. We know you have the names, we know MLB is having you hold them back until after the "hot stove" trade season is over, so please stop trying to play us like fools! This is just another prime example of any publicity being good, and Major League Baseball constantly needing to keep itself in the news. If I didn't love the Sox with every bone in my body, a lot of the decisions this league makes would drive me to think about an absolute assault on all things baseball. Instead, I'll keep my cool, and simply bitch at the system that has allowed the Sox to grab 2 World Series titles in the last 4 years. See that. I have cake, and I'm eating it. And, if you're wondering. It's an ice cream cake, and it's delicious...
Last Week: 4-2-0
Overall: 46-31-4 (.593)
*Once the reason why my record was even respectable, now the New England Patriots are starting to hold me back. In the last two weeks, I've gone 0-2 with the Pats, and 8-2 with the rest of my picks. Am I saying I won't take the Pats to cover against Pittsburgh? Guess you'll just have to wait and see. Hopefully not too many of you will die of anxiety waiting to hear my pick, because I can't really afford to lose any readers at this point...
Last Week: Make It Reign 126 HeHateMe 47
Overall: 9-3-1, 3rd place
1st Rd of Playoffs vs Sean Mysterio Jr. (8-5-0)
*Sure enough, a week after saying I didn't feel my team was heading in the right direction, they go out and blow the doors off every other team in the league en route to an 80 point victory. OK, but was it a last gasp, or a sign of good things to come? We'll find out starting Thursday, as my playoffs begin with match up against my good friend, Seante Philippowitz. He's won 6 in a row, but I've had a sick team all season. Something has to give, and one of us is going home with no shot at any post season glory, or cash. I hope TO saved some of that popcorn, cuz I think I'm gonna need it!
One final thing, here. If you're as sick of Rachael Ray on your TV every five minutes as I am, but you still want good cooking tips for this holiday season, go to the same guy you'd go to if you wanted to win the Lombardi Trophy. That's right....