Great story, Sebe. Yep...Johnny Football took the trophy. And I agree that Notre Dame is going to get waxed in the BCS championship by Bama.
Jaw-Ja would wax the Golden Domers as well. But....we'll never know. If Wisconsin can hang 70 on the Huskers there is no telling what the Dawgs will do to them.
Hi Jimmy: Nebraska is wacky - that's for sure. All season on the ESPN "College Pick'em" site, the Nebraska games were invariably the hardest to call. There was little consistency from game to game, and many games seemed to come down to the last few minutes. Their QB was unpredictable - stellar performance (including 90 yard touchdown runs) in one game, and poor performance (fumbles and picks) the next. They are really more a Big 12 team still than a "true" Big 10 team. The Big 10 has been third-rate for some time now.
Manziel certainly looked older than "just 20" last night. I guess that's what made his fake IDs so effective. Looking at his numbers and the Alabama game, the voters got it right in giving him the award, even though he was a freshman (albeit a red-shirted one).
I've had a while to think about the 2014 "playoff system," and I agree with Sporty, Tiger5 and others that they really ought to have an eight team playoff - instead of just four seeded teams. This is especially evident after reading a recent Sports Illustrated article which discussed a "mock" selection/seeding conference for a four team playoff. See:
After I read this article, the terms "Chinese Fire Drill" and "Goat Rope" came to mind, along with the acronyms SNAFU and FUBAR. With only four teams, the end result could be even more controversy than we now have with the BCS system.
No problem. The bowls begin on Saturday, and ESPN has all 35 set up to pick winnners with "confidence" levels in their College Bowl Mania feature. You have to have an account with them - my son and I collaborate on the picks using his account. I told him if he wins I want my cut in 10s and 20s. Tens of thousands of people participate in their "pick'em" features for football and basketball, so there's little chance that we'll even get close. But you never know.
I really don't watch those early Bowl games due to the teams in my opinion are really not that great. I will begin watching watching them after Christmas. But I will be watching the FCS Championship game.
Understood. I don't really watch them either, and would just as soon there only be about 16 total bowls where the "best," most competitive teams would play and the stadiums would be full. Those early games really are just "sham-bowls," IMHO. I used to have the same attitude about college basketball, wondering why anybody would watch the games prior to March 1st each year. I do watch some of the "earlier" basketball games nowadays, mainly because after the end of the NCAA football regular season, there isn't much else in the way of "live sports" on TV on weeknights besides college basketball.
You are correct. "Sham Bowls". Consolation Bowls. IMHO as well....
I will give a little credence sometimes on New years Eve that may have a good game going on. But the REAL Bowl Games are beginning January 1, 2013....
"If only pro football was this good."
Amen. The NFL, although not exactly the same I realize, reminds me of professional wrestling sometimes. It seems to be more TV entertainment than sport these days.
Now you have Roder Goddell trying to stop kick offs. Time for him to leave. This watering down the sport. I know that he is trying to put into place safety measures for the players. But enough is enough. Football is a contact sport. Players who are in the NFL or any professional sport knows that the potential for injury is imminent. It goes with the territory. This year you can tell that the sport is watering down due to high scoring. This unprecedented in the NFL. This is due to the Defense hands are beginning to get tied on the type of tackles they can do. You can barely make a hit these before a personal foul flag is thrown.
There appears to be a dust-up coming involving Mr. Goodell and the NFLPA. With Paul Tagliabue's recent action on the Saints NON-bounty program, there may be some heat for Goodell to move on. Condoleezza Rice is waiting in the wings; her dream job is to be NFL Commissioner.
It would suit the league just fine if every game ended up 60 to 50. I suppose they are catering to this ADD society though. To me, a TD ought to be a special event. The NFL would love to look like the Big 12. Personally, I find no enjoyment in that style of football. The Big 12 ignores defense. The NFL tries to legislate it out. That's the only difference. The NFL just hasn't been as successful but they will keep trying, you can bank on that. Do not be surprised if they take a defender or two off the field. Honestly, I would not be surprised in the least.
Now that is interesting. I do agree that Goddell has really burned some bridges between management and the NFLPA. His time may be up as to the recent events occurred with former NFL Commissioner Paul Taglibue.