Not that I don't agree that the SEC is on top of the college football world right now, but "SEC champion" should not equal "BCS title game participant" without any further qualification, any more than "undefeated AQ team" should automatically put a team in the game.
posted by Etrigan at 11:13 PM on December 08
has more bowl wins than any other conference since 1998.
More teams than any other conference since 1998, too.
posted by Etrigan at 11:10 PM on December 08
Also, I feel like it shouldn't even be close as far as long FGs in Denver vs. everywhere else. Like, three of the five longest ever were in Denver? It should be the top five all by themselves, then about a five yard gap, then all others.
posted by Etrigan at 06:38 PM on December 08
Of the four previous 63-yard field goals, two of them were in Denver (Elam, Janikowski).
Ah, that makes sense. The announcers only talked about Dempsey's kick from 1970. I guess they don't care about ties of records.
posted by Etrigan at 06:17 PM on December 08
And it would not have been a 65-yard field goal, either.
It kind of surprised me that no one's managed to hit a superlong field goal in Denver before. I mean, isn't that the point of having a football team in Denver, to let Janikowski hammer out a 70-yarder once a year?
posted by Etrigan at 06:00 PM on December 08
ESPN's FantasyCast app is going completely batshit crazy on the Miami-Pittsburgh game. Currently, they're calling the game 28-24 Steelers with no first-half scoring, and previous iterations have included a -7 4Q (yes, that's negative seven points) for Miami.
posted by Etrigan at 04:55 PM on December 08
Typical Wolverines move to go 3-5 and shit on Ohio State for losing one game in two years.
Seriously? Being happy our biggest rival lost is "shit[ting] on" them?
Also, I can assure you that there isn't a Michigan fan in the world who thinks there's any form of "rivalry" between us and Penn State. Sorry.
posted by Etrigan at 03:17 PM on December 08
Penn State really oughtn't be patting anyone on the head just yet. Give it a few more years and it won't be quite so creepy.
posted by Etrigan at 02:02 PM on December 08
This is seriously the greatest game of the year so far.
posted by Etrigan at 02:00 PM on December 08
I guess ESPN Legal probably wouldn't let them get away with the title "Oh Look Another Story About How Dan Snyder Is A Dickhead".
posted by Etrigan at 01:25 PM on December 08
We woulda rather it'd been us, but the UM attitude regarding MSU success is still very much "Good for you!" followed by a patronizing pat on the head.
posted by Etrigan at 11:50 AM on December 08
Cue the Incredible Hulk end theme music.
posted by Etrigan at 10:18 AM on December 08
To be perfectly fair, it's not like the BCS has *never* taken a team that straight-up lost its conference title game.
posted by Etrigan at 12:12 AM on December 08
Well, it's not like he's the first Heisman winner to have had some level of legal trouble. Hell, Johnny Rodgers had a felony conviction when he won.
posted by Etrigan at 02:06 PM on December 07
Texans fire Kubiak.
posted by Etrigan at 12:23 PM on December 06
Tomlin fined $100K.
posted by Etrigan at 11:30 AM on December 04
Did that include Notre Dame last season? Because they played more AQ teams than Alabama (10 vs. 9), fewer FCS teams than Alabama (0 vs. 1), and in an odd scheduling quirk, played the team with the most national championships from each of the AQ conferences.
And yet, they make one of the more compelling reasons that the voters should not exalt undefeatedness over all else.
posted by Etrigan at 06:26 PM on December 03
Orgeron has been at USC for more than a decade over two stints. He was there before Kiffin and Carroll both.
posted by Etrigan at 04:47 PM on December 03
So after a night of thinking about it, my issue at this point is as much with the process as the actual hire; Sarkisian is no worse a choice than Orgeron would have been. But it's one thing to throw out Kiffin in the middle of a clearly badly started season. It's another entirely to throw out Orgeron the day after the season ends and to do so essentially via the press. No one was pursuing 8-4 Steve Sarkisian for a better job -- it would have been trivially easy to spend the next month letting Orgeron get the team ready for a bowl and telling him, "Hey, we'd love to do a full sit-down formal interview once you're a little removed from the day-to-day coaching pressures, so let's talk mid-December." And then say, "Well, Ed, we love you, but you're just not the direction we want to go for a head coach right now, but we'd love for you to stay on as OC and RC and Head Coach in Waiting, and by the way, here's the biggest raise you've ever seen in your life because we can afford it because we're USC."
Pat Haden fucked this up, badly.
posted by Etrigan at 07:13 AM on December 03
Great. Turf out a guy with six Pac-12 wins for a guy with five.
posted by Etrigan at 06:58 PM on December 02
I don't think anyone here is seriously advocating Ohio getting dumped if they beat Michigan State. I'm certainly not. But "undefeated trumps all" is a bad rule.
posted by Etrigan at 05:04 PM on December 02
So the next question is has there ever been an undefeated team from an automatic-bid conference not play for the championship when a team with a loss did?
No, but in 2007, a two-loss LSU jumped a one-loss Kansas.
posted by Etrigan at 01:46 PM on December 02
I can't think of a year when there was an undefeated team in an automatic-bid conference that went undefeated and didn't play for the title. Even in a weak year, the Big 10 isn't the WAC or the Mountain West.
Auburn 2004. The BCS put USC and Oklahoma (also undefeated) in the title game, and USC annihilated Oklahoma. Auburn fans have insisted ever since that they would have done better.
posted by Etrigan at 01:05 PM on December 02
Yeah, that officiating team is going to get fiiired. Because if I'm any coach in the league, I'm not putting up with that shit.
posted by Etrigan at 11:30 PM on December 01
How is cutting those down to the top four any less controversial than the top two has been in most of the BCS years?
It moves the pain. An excluded third- or fourth-ranked team has more to be upset about than an excluded fifth- or sixth-place team.
It moves the pain. An excluded third- or fourth-ranked team has more to be upset about than an excluded fifth- or sixth-place team.
I think people will quickly adjust to the new format and start getting all verklempt when it's three conference champions and a good 11-1 team. The cries of "Why punish someone who lost a conference championship game when Team X stayed at home?!?" and "What about the champion of this other conference?!?" will ring even louder than the occasional hosing of a third undefeated team.
I think the four-team playoff is likely to grow pretty quickly, because of the money and ratings it will generate.
Agreed. It'll be at least six as soon as the current contract expires.
posted by Etrigan at 06:30 PM on December 01
OSU has to play in the Big 10, weak or not.
This is the same kind of hidebound thinking as "undefeated trumps all" that I was talking about. If the Big 10 is weak, then it's weak. It doesn't matter that it should be better; it is unquestionably in a down cycle, and running the table in it doesn't mean you're necessarily as good as a team that beat teams that are better right now.
posted by Etrigan at 04:07 PM on December 01
I have a degree from Michigan. That's why I hate them, and I admit it freely.
However, this thing:
There's no getting around the fact that the Big 10 isn't as strong as other conferences this year, but is that the fault of Ohio State?
No, but it's not to their credit either. Remember that BYU has a national title solely because they went undefeated in a year where no one else did. Does anyone believe that the 1984 Cougars could have beat any of the top power-conference teams?
We're less than a year from Notre Dame getting a collective "Well, they're undefeated, I guess..." shrug and then taking the worst pantsing in official BCS title history.
Undefeated shouldn't be a free pass into the title game -- if a team does well in a weak conference (and yes, the Big Ten is weak this year) and beats three crappy non-conference teams (and no, I don't care whether Cal "should" have been good -- they sucked, and beating them in 2013 meant nothing), they absolutely should not automatically jump over a 12-1 team that beat good opponents.
That way you could be all smug and condescending...
Really? You're taking it that personally?
posted by Etrigan at 03:06 PM on December 01
Without a horse in this race, I want the last non-playoff season to end in controversy.
We do have a playoff. We're just expanding it from two teams to four next year. And if you don't think that won't be just as full of controversy, take a look at the distinct possibility that Missouri beats Auburn. How is cutting those down to the top four any less controversial than the top two has been in most of the BCS years?
posted by Etrigan at 01:53 PM on December 01
Doesn't Ohio State need to get past Michigan State's defense next week before we talk about whether or not the Buckeyes deserve a shot at the national title game?
The unspoken assumption in all college football championship arguments is "If Team X wins its remaining games."
posted by Etrigan at 07:00 AM on December 01
If Auburn wins the SEC, I think it will squeak past Ohio State in the rankings because the computers like it better.
Watch how many SEC coaches vote Auburn - Florida State - Alabama - Clemson - OSU.
posted by Etrigan at 09:37 PM on November 30
On edit--maybe you wrote that before Alabama lost. Tht would make much more sense.
Yes. Hence the time stamp.
And win streaks shouldn't be a factor. The championship isn't for 2012-2013.
posted by Etrigan at 09:30 PM on November 30
I'm not sure whether I'd rather lose by one than go to OT against that team, but either way, Ohio has much less of a claim to the BCS title game squeaking that win against a 7-4 Michigan team, so I'm happy, overall.
posted by Etrigan at 05:30 PM on November 30
Ryan Erxleben, Tech's leading rusher on the day.
posted by Etrigan at 02:49 PM on November 29
Torrey Smith posted a photo of Tomlin on Instagram.
As ever, do not read the comments.
posted by Etrigan at 02:42 PM on November 29
Prolonged diva fits are beyond acceptable; they are a no class act we don`t expect from Brady.
I think it's the expectation that's the issue. Of course Peyton Manning argues calls -- "everyone" knows he's an angry demigod who exists only on the field and therefore may smite any mere mortal who dares challenge his perfection. And of course Tony Romo argues calls -- "everyone" knows he's a whiny choke artist. But "everyone" knows that Tom Brady is the smiling aw-shucks sixth-round draft pick who just feels gosh-darn lucky to be there and listens to his coach and just tries real hard, y'know? So when he bitches out the ref, it's counter to "everyone's" expectations, and it feels weird, so we notice it more.
posted by Etrigan at 10:35 PM on November 25
Best game of the season.
I've been trying to figure out for the last four hours whether this was an amazing game between juggernauts who refused to lose or a crappy game that neither team was able to win, and I'm still not sure.
On the one hand, some amazing defensive play by Denver; on the other hand, Peyton Manning seemed weirdly unwilling to go for the throat in the first half, then far too willing to grind it out on the ground as his lead evaporated (Manning handed it off to Moreno alone more times than he threw it to everyone).
On the one hand, shitty special teams play is hilarious; on the other hand, shitty special teams play deciding games just feels wrong to me (I know, you gotta win in all three phases or whatever the new catchphrase is, but it still feels wrong).
On the one hand, it's good to see Boston fans turn on their team before halftime; on the other, the Patriots rewarded them for doing it.
Still not sure.
posted by Etrigan at 05:12 AM on November 25
9-0 is definitely gaudy, especially against weak teams, but 9-2? Nah. 9-2 is 13-3, which is good, but not OH MY GOD good (oddly, 13-3 teams are sub-.500 in the Super Bowl); I'd classify 9-2 as "good, with at least one exploitable weakness."
posted by Etrigan at 02:50 AM on November 25
I don't think 9-2 is "gaudy," nor that there is a "best team" in the AFC at the moment. Would I put money on the Patriots playing in New Jersey in February? Sure, but not very much.
posted by Etrigan at 01:07 AM on November 25
Assuming there weren't a lot of other people who tuned out in Q1 of Fumblefest XIV.
posted by Etrigan at 11:54 PM on November 24
I was 1.4 points down with the Carolina D, and they got 2 for the pick. TOTALLY LEGITIMATE CALL.
posted by Etrigan at 11:25 AM on November 19
That isn't even Madden-level cheating. That is some old-school Bo Jackson Tecmo Bowl shit there.
posted by Etrigan at 09:50 AM on November 19
Artful Gauche was the minority owner of the Steelers for a couple of years in the '40s.
posted by Etrigan at 11:29 PM on November 17
Even the Big Boss Man had a price for the Million Dollar Man.
posted by Etrigan at 06:05 PM on November 11
Firing him was like a new owner buying the Patriots and dumping Bill Belichick after three losing seasons.
I don't mind any coach being fired -- that's the way things go, and if you're 3-13, well, something was wrong. But Jones disposed of Landry, and he could easily have said, "Look, Tom, this isn't working out, and I'm going to find another coach, and I want you to lead the search and become Head Coach Emeritus or Chief of Operations or something like that with no power but that acknowledges your contributions to this team." But no, he had to be all Jerry Jones about it.
posted by Etrigan at 05:43 PM on November 02
Minnesota Golden Gophers DC/Interim Coach Tracy Claeys on how much his team loves their regular coach.
posted by Etrigan at 10:44 PM on October 27
That Lions-Cowboys game (particularly its last three or four minutes) was brutal to watch, for this Lions fan.
What amazed me about the "2nd team to win with -4 turnovers" was that the 1st time it happened was less than a year ago.
Also, Calvin Johnson has the second best yardage day in NFL history and scores only one TD, considerately leaving three other receptions inside the 5 for someone else's fantasy team to pick up.
posted by Etrigan at 05:25 PM on October 27
I know there's Reasons for sending Jax to London, but who thought that the best way to sell a game in a country that loves 1-0 soccer duels was to send a pretty good SF team to pants the Jags so relentlessly?
posted by Etrigan at 02:54 PM on October 27
With 63 points on the board, I'm surprised there was only one.
posted by Etrigan at 09:23 PM on October 19
Which side was Capone betting on, is the real question.
posted by Etrigan at 08:16 PM on October 16
Getting really hard to be a Lions fan.
posted by Etrigan at 08:39 PM on October 07
That Manning bootleg was unbelievably beautiful.
The only way it could have been better is if zoomed-in video showed that he had his hands in his pockets and the audio from his helmet mike had him whistling nonchalantly.
posted by Etrigan at 07:06 AM on October 07
He is an elite QB... long bouts of very good quarterback play tainted by how it ends.
Sorry, but "how it ends" is the point of the games. We don't add up passer ratings or 40 times or total points scored over the course of the season to determine the champions. You have to get closer to the Lombardi than a single playoff win to be in the same conversation as Rodgers, Young, Brady or Manning.
posted by Etrigan at 10:56 PM on October 06
He didn't make a challenge, is the thing. He thought the booth would overturn the call if they only had more time to do it -- at which point he should have challenged, not called a time out. That's what the challenge system is for, but Meyer tried to play it "smart," and it should have cost him, which it did.
posted by Etrigan at 10:47 PM on October 06
Dallas has shown the NFL what it takes to (almost) beat Denver.
"Score a lot of points at home and hope that Peyton Manning breaks his neck" is not the best blueprint.
posted by Etrigan at 08:32 PM on October 06
When the reviews are called by the booth, and there is a guy whose only job is to decide if a play is close enough to merit another look, there is no reason that I timeout should ever be necessary to get a replay on a play that gets overturned.
The booth official wasn't doing that, though -- the Buckeyes were about to go for the field goal when Meyer called time out.
I don't know if Urban Meyer knew there was a chance of getting the call overturned when he called that timeout or not
No one seemed to be doing anything but waiting for the replay official to make that call. That was a coach's challenge in all but name.
there is plenty of precedent for coaches calling timeout ahead of an eventual review, and being returned their timeout when the call changes in their favor.
I don't recall that happening "plenty" of times, but I don't recall it not happening. Either way, that time out was not in any way erroneously called and definitely should not have been given back (which it wasn't, to the refs' credit).
posted by Etrigan at 02:26 PM on October 06
I'm not (usually) a conspiracist, but I am a Michigan alum, so I'll just say that the B1G refs are totally protecting the Buckeyes, and Urban Meyer can go fuck himself for screaming to try to get that timeout back after it was the only thing that got him the four points that ended up winning the game.
Oh, and that last-second TD shifted the margin from 4 to 10, and the spread was 6.5, so I bet a lot of people got very happy in the last second.
posted by Etrigan at 11:28 AM on October 06
Jigger StatZ, thank you.
posted by Etrigan at 07:49 PM on October 04
'94, also J-school. The first game I went to was Fresno State; the last, a winner-take-all against UCLA. Lost both.
posted by Etrigan at 06:18 PM on September 30
By the way, for Texas fans: is Yu Darvish somehow disproportionately disliked in Texas?
Yes. Short version: If his stats are so great (and expensive), how come the Rangers aren't better? The usual complaint when the complainers can't actually complain about anything but really want to complain about something.
posted by Etrigan at 05:30 PM on September 29
TEBOW, WHY NOT?
posted by Etrigan at 04:57 PM on September 29
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