Florida has the fewest question marks of the three going into the season so I don't really have a problem with these rankings. The loss of Percy Harvin will hurt UF more than a lot of people think BUT Texas has had to replace almost their entire front four on defense (and has no dependable TE) and OU had to replace four o-lineman, two WR's, and two starting safeties.
I agree....the coaches poll reaks of favortism and uninformed decision making (since coaches aren't capable of watching every single team and/or just have someone else fill out their ballots.) Every poll differs in some way, sometimes drastically. IIRC, the recent sports illustrated poll has Florida, USC, OU, UT in that order. Pre-season polls are just for bragging rights anyway.
posted by ksb122 at 11:02 AM on August 08
The plain truth, mickster, is that Bob Stoops knew what he needed to do to work the system. After OU took their loss at the hands of Texas, Stoops took a step back and realized that if he wanted to have any chance in hell, he needed to run the score up in every game and pray for a Texas loss. It is the same thing Stoops always does when he has the talent to and doesn't care whose throat he steps on in the process. This guy is the most classless coach in the nation and since the media tends to like him, he gets a free pass almost every time. Say what you will, sooner, but when Stoops has his first string offense in the game with two minutes left in a 30 point blowout-still throwing the ball-he is trying to run up the score.
Bob Stoops is no saint, my friend, contrary to what the Sooner nation thinks. Oklahoma learned the hard way that they did not belong in the national title game in 2003 or 2004 and they certainly do not deserve it this year.
I find it amusing that OU doesn't want a rematch with Texas this year. Texas had been clamoring for a rematch on neutral site but Stoops is having no part of that. Why tempt fate twice right? OU's best chance to win a national title is to not play Texas again.
posted by ksb122 at 08:29 AM on December 09
I am not disappointed with the way this season played out for Texas. It would have been nice to see them play for another national title but UT managed a division co-champion campaign after being picked to finish 3rd in the big 12 south. I was figuring three losses for sure, maybe even four. In my opinion, the reason Texas FANS are complaining is because the 'horns were overtaken by a hated rival(the players aren't the ones complaining about making a BCS bowl).....and the trash talk will not subside until October of next year. It should be a slug-fest, to be sure.
For the record, Mack Brown was campaigning. At no time did he ever "whine". He was just doing what every other coach in his position would have done. The whining would have started if all of Stoops' sixty-point efforts would not have been enough to overtake Texas.
posted by ksb122 at 12:28 PM on December 08
Great job by Azinger and all the rookies that played a big part in the win but for my money, the image I'll most remember is Boo riding his driver off the tee box. Almost fell off the couch laughing at that one.
posted by ksb122 at 04:33 PM on September 22
" Houston (+7) at PITTSBURGH O/U 43.5: Every year, hope springs anew for fans in the Houston area and then the Texans are forced to actually start playing. Steelers 26, Houston 20"
Ouch! Thanks for the high, hard one to all Texans fans. Then again, it wouldn't be funny if it wasn't true. I hear Houston is thinking considering signing Tatum Bell to shore up the running game. Thank God for college football....
posted by ksb122 at 04:57 PM on September 05
To all the Spurs haters,I agree Manu flops alot (i get especially irrited when he drives the lane, heaves up a prayer and, whether he makes it or not, immediately put his hand on his mouth like he got popped) but there are players that are plenty worse. kirilenko comes to mind as well as derek fisher. CONSPIRACY THEORY ALERT: All the flopping in the world doesn't matter because the NBA decides before the game starts who is going to win. It's been pretty obvious to me that, since the playoffs have started, the NBA is going to do anything to get the lakers/celtics into the finals so they can try to rekindle the good old days from magic/larry. How many times must I watch kobe duck his shoulder and bull through a defender to get a basket and not get called for charging? Or how about Duncan getting knocked on his ass while making a shot and not getting an "and one" call. Better yet, the jersey grabbing celtics that seem to never get called for anything they do wrong. The NBA is the perfect opportunity to pull of this stunt because the referees are in a perfect position to add/take points off the board and virtually control every aspect of a game including killing momentum. David Stern is as crooked any as commisioner in pro sports. He fixed the NBA draft in 1986 for christs sake, does any one really think he would turn a blind eye pre determining games if it was going to make a little extra money. and for anyone who thinks my opinionis wrong or that it's just down right bullshit i give you tim doneghy(or however you spell his name. I d not believe he was the only NBA ref to pull this crap off and he already he admitted he would ref games in his favor. Instead of trying to punish floppers I say do something so that the officiating is more even.
posted by ksb122 at 10:55 AM on May 30
Well if pierce had done more of this phenominal scoring in game 6, I wouldn't have had to hit the blackjack table in Vegas to try to win back the money I lost on the Celtics. Sadly, the table's were about as kind to me as the fighting lebrons that night.
posted by ksb122 at 01:01 PM on May 19
OK, back to the subject at hand. Unless I'm mistaken, didn't clemens state in a video on youtube that he was never injected with anything, steroids or otherwise, by anyone. I've always been a huge Clemens fan but if his youtube video states that and he is now telling 60 minutes he WAS, in fact, injected but it was just B12 and lidocaine, it makes him look like a fantastic moron.
posted by ksb122 at 08:59 AM on January 04
Since it wasn't mentioned in the article, I feel obligated to pimp my Colorado Buffaloes win over then #3 Oklahoma. Clearly not the biggest sports story of the year worldwide......but it was for me.
posted by ksb122 at 09:52 AM on December 15
They should just rename it the ESPN trophy. Seemingly every time I turned on ESPN, the college analysts ( and some anchors) were touting Tebow. It seems like they do this in years that there is no clear cut favorite. It doesn't matter to me if Tebow scored 100 td's, a QB shouldn't win college footballs highest honor if he can't translate his good stats into wins. Seeing as how the QB touches that ball on ever down, he should be winning games. Besides that, he is clearly not the most important player on that team.....they won a national title last year in the same system with Leak at QB (only 1 loss, by the way). I feel like McFadden should have won. His number were better than last year, his best game of the year came against the #1 team in the nation, and since he took turns at QB I think it's pretty clear he was the most important ( and best) player at Arkansas.
posted by ksb122 at 08:42 AM on December 09
I didn't see the match but my guess would be the "sales projection" variety of laser. They are easier to smuggle in as opposed to, say, a (excuse me....THE) death star. One might have to have mighty large pockets for that.......
posted by ksb122 at 03:23 PM on December 03
"Football is life in Argentina—especially for Boca Juniors fans. The diehard supporters have earned the nickname “La Doce”—the 12th Man." Texas A&M is getting their lawsuit ready as we speak.
posted by ksb122 at 01:21 PM on November 14
Both teams only have one conference loss so the winner of the game is the outright winner of the Big Ten and, thus, would earn the automatic berth for the BCS bowl.
posted by ksb122 at 10:28 AM on November 12
How much buzz is the Dolphins/Giants game even generating in London?
posted by ksb122 at 10:50 AM on October 26
Funny that they would ban Kimmel for his comments but allow Tony Kornheiser to go on air and allege that Eli Manning's last name was the only reason he was drafted in the top slot. The exact quote, I believe, was; " Does anyone really think Eli Manning would have gotten drafted #1 overall if his last name wasn't Manning?" Ron Jaworski was very quick to correct him but I would think that someone who is supposed to be a sportswriter by trade would have a little more knowledge about, you know, sports and stuff. Anyone who saw Eli Manning play at Ole Miss knows what he was able to accomplish with a very mediocre team and, therefore, knows why he was drafted first overall.
posted by ksb122 at 09:25 AM on October 18
Not only have the Patriots been accused of this before (and received and "sternly worded" letter from the league office to stop) but Manigini used to coach under Belichick. It stands to reason that he would have intimate knowledge of the sideline activities and would therefore know what to look for. If it seems that Mangini "just can't beat the Patriots" then maybe it's because they are stealing his defensive calls. In my opinion, and I am not a fan of any team the Patriots have throttled in the past (save the Texans-who everyone throttled), these actions call into question everything about the Patriots from Belichick being a coaching genius to the nations love affair with Tom Brady. It really is amazing what a 6th round pick at QB can accomplish when he knows what play the defense will be running.
posted by ksb122 at 10:55 AM on September 12
"Wonder how far they would throw me?" I've seen some of the "bubba's" that compete in that.....trust me, wouldn't want to be on the mattress when they throw it.
posted by ksb122 at 10:24 AM on August 09
The only problem I have with the whole deal is that it doesn't seem like the NCAA was really "punishing" OU. As mentioned above, 2 scholarships in college football doesn't amount to squat and vacating the wins for a lackluster 2005 season (sandwiched between two pretty good seasons) is almost doing the program a favor. The real question is would the NCAA have punished OU at all if the infractions happened in '04 or '06? I personally don't think so.
posted by ksb122 at 08:57 AM on July 12
It will be hard for the NBA to justify suspending any player from either the Suns or the Spurs in game 4 if they wouldn't even suspend Baron Davis for a blatant elbow to Derek Fisher.
posted by ksb122 at 04:51 PM on May 15
not to nit-pick, yay-yo, but as a spurs fan i remember vividly that it was .4, not .6 seconds, lol. seriously, though, i pray that his daughter makes a full recovery.
posted by ksb122 at 11:48 AM on May 10
everett-there are plenty of people in congress (john mccain leading the charge) that view the UFC, and MMA in general, as a brutal sort of human cock-fighting. given the first opportunity, they would push hard to shut it down. the only reason the fights are being sanctioned in more states now is because there hasn't been a catastrophic injury/death as a result of an MMA fight. that is why the ref's keep a close eye on the action and stop the fights when one fighter "can no longer intelligently defend himself". sometimes it results in what could be viewed as a premature stoppage. my statment was "thought out" fine, it just wasn't explained in enough detail to someone who is clearly a casual MMA fan.
posted by ksb122 at 10:57 AM on July 16
trox/terrapin: thanks for the info, i wasn't aware of that.
posted by ksb122 at 02:55 PM on July 14
correction: i saw on another board that arlovski was scheduled to have an MRI on his left knee/ankle for damage sustained by one of sylvia's kicks. not sure of the validity of this but it would sure explain WHY arlovski stopped pressing the action toward the end of the fight.
posted by ksb122 at 02:32 PM on July 14
honestly, what are the odds Klinsmann would even come to coach USA?
posted by ksb122 at 02:18 PM on July 14
"Frank Mir looked pretty good, though." sure, if he were a center in the nfl. it's been a while since the main event(s) lived up to it's billing. to defend arlovski for a moment, he stopped throwing the leg kicks and advancing forward because of torn ligaments in his knee. as far as the stoppage in the ortiz/shamrock fight, there are so many people that view mma as human cockfighting that the first time a fighter is seriously injured in the ring, the UFC will be shut down. that's why the refs tend to be cautious-overly cautious in some cases. even though it was a bit anti-climactic, i though it was a good stoppage because tito hit ken with 5 solid unanswered elbows. he even had time to stop, reset, a load up on te second one.
posted by ksb122 at 02:12 PM on July 14
surely you're joking, bonkers. this comes as no surprise to me at all. it's no secret universities do everything they can to get these kids to pass, even if it's not within the rules. some are just better at hiding it than others.
posted by ksb122 at 08:32 AM on July 14
the way he plays kinda reminds me of michael jordan. maybe he should file a $832 million lawsuit against nike and jordan...
posted by ksb122 at 04:10 PM on July 13
"Even when I go to the gym I'm being accused of playing ball like him (Jordan)," Heckard said. i doubt it. i agree with grum, it's people like this that have turned lawsuits into the punchline of a joke.
posted by ksb122 at 04:06 PM on July 13
catfish, the other options at the top weren't much better. they all had/have question marks. having watched lamarcus aldridge play at texas, i don't think he had much more upside if any. morrison-questionable defense/athleticism. tyrus thomas-questionable shooting, still young and raw. shelden williams-questions on size in the post. i don't doubt your assessment of andrea, there were just no real standouts this year.
posted by ksb122 at 01:57 PM on June 29
i said statistically, go look at their career stats.
posted by ksb122 at 12:49 PM on June 29
houston only has one and a half superstars. mcgrady is 27 years old with a 58 year old back. since swift and battier, statiscally, are very similar, i felt it should have been an even trade with the rockets holding onto the #8 pick-whether it was rudy gay or someone else. BUT, they don't pay me to make that decision so i'll just say that i thought it was dumb and move on. it would be nice to have peja, though.
posted by ksb122 at 12:38 PM on June 29
i commented on this in the link a few spots down but you're absolutely right, chemwiz. this was a terrible decision. i didn't realize charlie casserly was picking for the rockets now. the rockets send an average player form their roster and a young talent full of promise to the grizzlies for a player who is....um.....well, average. just plain dumb!
posted by ksb122 at 11:16 AM on June 29
take heart, celtic fans, it could have been worse. word out of houston is that the rockets are going to trade rudy gay (#8 pick) and stromile swift to the grizzlies for...drumroll please...shane battier. huh? battier's career numbers are only a fraction better that swift's. looks like an even trade to me, i guess the rockets just threw in the #8 pick in the draft to "sweeten" the deal.........or something...
posted by ksb122 at 08:44 AM on June 29
no love for big baby, weedy? he may make robert traylor look good but he sure made lamarcus aldridge (top five pick cough, cough) look baaaaad in the tourney.
posted by ksb122 at 04:32 PM on June 28
.....neither can i...
posted by ksb122 at 04:22 PM on June 28
posted by ksb122 at 01:41 PM on June 28
you're right, rumple, the big roly-poly guy is from LSU. he decided to stay in school unlike his teammate, tyrus thomas. his name escapes me at the moment so let me go look..........
posted by ksb122 at 01:40 PM on June 28
A tale of five 20-somethings whose freespirited roadtrip becomes a terrifying descent into madness. When they find themselves isolated in a rural Texas community, they fall into the clutches of .........the newest nike product?
posted by ksb122 at 08:04 AM on June 28
every fan of every team will hammer a guy if he stinks. were philly fans just "saying how it is" when they cheered an injured michael irvin. your city thought so much of it's fanbase, it put a jail in the football stadium, for cryin out loud!!!!
posted by ksb122 at 04:31 PM on June 23
"....it's crazy enough that it just might work." isiah thomas was quoted saying that at the steve francis press conference earlier this year. if that is the kind of logic a general manager of a multi-million dollar franchise is going to use, is it any surprise to anyone that he fired a hall of fame coach in larry brown to coach the team himself. the guy is clearly in over his head.
posted by ksb122 at 10:15 AM on June 22
there's no question the officiating in the NBA is the worst of all pro sports. everyone gets hosed by the refs at some point during the season/playoffs-the mavericks don't have the exclusive on that. no matter what cuban says, i don't think the NBA has a vendetta against cuban himself or the mav's organization. so a couple of calls didn't go the mav's way at the end of game 5-so what? it's about time the mavericks had a little bad luck in these playoffs...good luck is what got them past the spurs. i don't remember cuban complaining about the officiating after the bad calls at the end of game 3 and 4 in the spurs series. those two foul calls (both on dirk, coincidentally) allowed dallas to put the game in their favor. cuban says he wants the officiating to get better in the NBA but doesn't complain when the calls go in his teams favor. so now he comes off as nothing more than a whiny, hypocritical jackass.
posted by ksb122 at 04:40 PM on June 20
the only negative remark on the whole predictions page concerns the US? nice....real nice
posted by ksb122 at 05:52 PM on June 19
according to the statment from joe derossi, howard asked for the timeout twice before it was granted. besides, shouldn't avery johnson have said something in the huddle after the first foul shot? the mavericks have only themselves to blame for letting this one get away due to missed free throws (howard 2, nowitzki 1) down the stretch.
posted by ksb122 at 12:47 PM on June 19
players are allowed to go into the backcourt on sideline throw-ins, it happens all year. it's nice to see the mavericks get screwed on a late foul call for a change, seeing how they won games 3 and 4 in the spurs series in much the same way. i wonder how long it will take the cuban-nator to hammer the league for this.
posted by ksb122 at 10:35 AM on June 19
what i think is funny is how defensive and sarcastic most soccer fans get about their sport when threatened with a different opinion. just because soccer is so popular worldwide, doesn't mean you can stare down your noses at the rest of us who aren't as interested. lighten up....
posted by ksb122 at 08:31 AM on June 19
in my opinion (and the leagues too, apparantly) there's a difference between a hard foul and a flagrant. if shaq was just trying to knock people around, at least he gave the appearance he was going for the ball. stack didn't even do that, he just ran across the floor and barrelled into shaq out of, what seemed like, irritation at the way the game was headed. having said that, i think the suspension is bogus but the mavericks are deep enough to compensate.
posted by ksb122 at 06:12 PM on June 16
the foul on shaq was called as a flagrant 1, which is two shots and the ball for miami. had it been a flagrant 2, the heat would have gotten two shots and the ball and stackhouse would have gotten the boot- then we may have seen a suspension. as it stands, stackhouse should be in the lineup for game 5 and it's nice to see that the series in interesting again. it looked like dallas might run away with it.
posted by ksb122 at 12:48 PM on June 16
D-Wade's play was nothing short of spectacular last night. not only for all the points he scored but also with his defense on the last play.
posted by ksb122 at 08:16 AM on June 14
well put, graymatters. avery johnson doesn't seem to get enough credit for the coaching job he has done thus far in the playoffs. dallas never makes it past san antonio without key game planning and adjustments by avery.
posted by ksb122 at 02:15 PM on June 12
"Thank you for attempting to have the remaining universe change its mind." i was only stating my opinion, weedy, which is the whole premise of websites like this. i think the quote from herm edwards is valid where sports are concerned, however, i grew up in a country where everyone plays the game to win, not avoid the loss (i.e. a 0-0 tie being worth a point).
posted by ksb122 at 08:07 AM on June 12
i don't see any problem pulling for your national team during an international event, whether you're a fan of soccer or not. i don't like soccer but i will pull for the US team. it's not about my love of the sport- it's about my love for my country and wanting to see it succeed. after the US loses, and they inevitably will, i probably won't watch another soccer match. and, regarding the second post, i don't think soccer is boring or slow and i'm sure it takes a great deal of athletic ability but a 0-0 draw IS a waste of time. to take a quote from herm edwards " you play the game to win.....hello?!!!" what good does it do to go out there and play for 2+ hours then have the game end in a draw? pointless...
posted by ksb122 at 10:12 PM on June 11
hell, rcade, the whole team looked hopeless at the foul line. if that is the best the heat can do when dirk AND josh howard are having bad shooting nights, this series will be over before you know it.
posted by ksb122 at 08:31 AM on June 09
"it was defenily johnson" ...and it was a smaller bird on the receiveing end of a randy johnson fastball......and yes, that bird disintegrated. at least this one was still in one piece.
posted by ksb122 at 11:10 AM on June 07
ok, i've heard diop's name come up a couple times here and by the media as having an impact. so i did some research because i, personally, did not think he had been a factor. i was right- round 1: 19 minutes pg; 1 ppg; 5 rpg round 2: 16 minutes pg; 4ppg; 5 rpg round 3: 26 minutes pg; 1ppg; 7rpg he's also averaging 1 block and 1 steal per game. these are not numbers of a difference maker. the mavericks are a good team but not because of diop. nowitzki(sp), josh howard, and guard play is why they are great. diop has gotten schooled the entire playoffs. in fact, his best game was game two against the suns when he had 4 points;11 rebounds; 2 blocks;1 steal. i think the mavericks take this in 6-7 but it won't be, solely or in part, because of diop's play.
posted by ksb122 at 08:48 AM on June 06
texas/fat joe- since "rapper" article was written before last season, i wonder who he'd put with texas now?
posted by ksb122 at 02:30 PM on June 05
kyrilmitch-the NBA predetermines who wins these games/series. if anyone one person draws too much attention to the piss-poor officiating, someone in a high profile enough position might get hip to what's going down. so they fine them to shut them up. NBA has become no better than WWE, the only difference being, at least WWE admits their fights are predetermined....
posted by ksb122 at 08:14 AM on June 05
i still think the officiating stinks but i don't think i have ever liked NBA officiating. you know the old saying, though, conspiracy theories are like a$$holes........
posted by ksb122 at 07:49 AM on June 03
TBH, of course it won't. what fun is basketball (or any sport, for that matter) without conspiracy theories?
posted by ksb122 at 07:39 AM on June 03
agreed, mustang, and the NBA is doing everything they can to make sure EVERY series is going to a game 7.
posted by ksb122 at 03:56 PM on June 02
i think fans in san francisco might disagree with you.
posted by ksb122 at 09:15 AM on June 02
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