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If you needed any evidence that we’re not going to see a college football championship playoff anytime soon, today’s news that college commissioners think it’s a non-starter and that the NCAA approved two more bowl games for next year should suffice. You see where this is trending, right?
I’m on record as being in favor of a playoff (as you probably are, too), but it’s just not going to happen. You’ll never come up with a format that pleases everybody and you’ll never get college football to give up the
hopelessly archaic system tradition of the bowls.
The arguments against a playoff that get trotted out seemingly every year range from the realistic (fan travel) to the ridiculous (negatively impacting academics). In-between is the reality that too many people are already making a lot of money and won’t give up their self-interests.
$222 million went to schools that went to bowl games last year (about $3.5 million per). A playoff reduces the importance of the bowls and exacerbates the braying of idiots like Scott Cowan and Neil Abercrombie who already complain that they’re not getting their due.
There’s a theory that those who have a vested interest in college football actually want there to be controversy most years, to keep people talking. There’s probably something to that.
But even though fans want to see a playoff (most years, it seems) and there are those in the media who want to see a playoff (though it would keep the talking heads like Jim Nantz from making their oh-so-clever BCS/BS jokes),Â the people who’d have to make it happen don’t seem to want to make it happen. Time and again, coaches and commissioners and college presidents decry the idea.
34 winners instead of just one. $222 million to 68 schools instead of more money to fewer schools. Not hard to do the math on this.
First, the cartoon.
Later, the rest of the story.
EDIT – Here’s the rest of the story: the above cartoon ran in The Sporting News.
On November 28, 1988.
The more things change….
|Shots on Goal||76||10.9||377||10.8|
Reckless Foul (9): Dyachenko (DC), Franchino (LA), Fred (DC), C Gomez (COL), Hernandez (SJ), Igwe (NE), Olave (RSL), Smith (NE), Talley (RSL)
Professional Foul (3): Corrales (SJ), Moffat (CLB), Thompson (NE)
Dissent (3): Conrad (KC), Gray (COL), Gutierrez (CHI)
Game Disrepute (3): Gallardo (DC), Kovalenko (RSL), Segares (CHI)
Tackle From Behind (2): Boswell (HOU), McDonald (LA)
Delaying a Restart (2): Hejduk (CLB), Hesmer (CLB)
Persistent Infringement (2): H Gomez (COL), Thomas (CHV)
Deliberate Handball (1): Donovan (LA)
Diving/Exaggeration (1): Alvarez (DAL)
Pushing/Holding (1): Garcia (KC)
25 years ago today, then-Cubs manager Lee Elia unleashed his infamous postgame tirade against the Wrigley Field faithful (audio here, not even remotely safe for work). It’s a part of Cubs lore, and Elia will be back at Wrigley today to mark the occasion.
Of course, it’s a lot funnier now, with the Cubs holding the second-best record in baseball (as Annie Savoy said, “You could look it up“). At the time, it was scandalous – not the kind of thing you heard (or printed) every day. Now it’s cause for a laugh and fond remembrances.
With all the hullabaloo about the NFL Draft this weekend, I thought it would be fun to see how the guys from 2003 have panned out.
Keep in mind these guys were the subjects of those “This is the guy we wanted” stories five years ago. Most of them have contributed, some have been stars and a few are out of the league.
|1||CIN||Carson Palmer||QB||USC||61||61||Starter, two-time Pro Bowler|
|2||DET||Charles Rogers||WR||Michigan State||15||9||Caught 36 balls in three years and is out of the league.|
|3||HOU||Andre Johnson||WR||Miami (FL)||70||70||Two-time Pro Bowler. Over 1,000 yards receiving twice. 103 catches in 2006.|
|4||NYJ||Dewayne Robertson||DT||Kentucky||77||75||Has missed only three games in his career.|
|5||DAL||Terence Newman||CB||Kansas State||77||75||Pro Bowl 2007. 75 starts in five years. 16 interceptions.|
|6||NOR||Johnathan Sullivan||DT||Georgia||36||16||Started 12 games as a rookie, out of the league after three years.|
|7||JAX||Byron Leftwich||QB||Marshall||49||46||Three-year starter in Jacksonville, played three games for Atlanta in 2007, released in February 2008.|
|8||CAR||Jordan Gross||OT||Utah||80||80||Only first-rounder to start every game since his career began.|
|9||MIN||Kevin Williams||DT||Oklahoma State||78||78||Three-time Pro Bowler. All Pro twice.|
|10||BAL||Terrell Suggs||DE/LB||Arizona State||80||64||Two-time Pro Bowler. 45 career sacks.|
|11||SEA||Marcus Trufant||CB||Washington State||78||78||Pro Bowl 2007. 16 interceptions.|
|12||STL||Jimmy Kennedy||DT||Penn State||56||30||Part-time starter for four years in St.Louis, three games in Chicago in 2007.|
|13||NEP||Ty Warren||DE||Texas A&M||79||67||Starter since second year.|
|14||CHI||Michael Haynes||DE||Penn State||42||4||Four starts in three years and then out of the league.|
|15||PHI||Jerome McDougle||DE||Miami (FL)||33||0||Never started a game. Shot by robbers in 2005. Missed 2007 season with injury.|
|16||PIT||Troy Polamalu||S||USC||72||56||Four-time Pro Bowler. All Pro in 2005. 10 career interceptions.|
|17||ARZ||Bryant Johnson||WR||Penn State||77||39||210 catches in five years as a part-time starter.|
|18||ARZ||Calvin Pace||DE||Wake Forest||67||38||Moved from DE to LB, where he is a starter.|
|19||BAL||Kyle Boller||QB||California||53||42||Part-time starter.|
|20||DEN||George Foster||OT||Georgia||64||54||Starter in Denver, went to Detroit in a trade.|
|21||CLE||Jeff Faine||C||Notre Dame||66||66||Three years in Cleveland, then to New Orleans. Signed with Tampa Bay for 2008.|
|22||CHI||Rex Grossman||QB||Florida||32||30||Oft-injured. Took team to Super Bowl in fourth year.|
|23||BUF||Willis McGahee||RB||Miami (FL)||61||55||Three 1,000-yard seasons and a Pro Bowl berth in four years after missing 2003.|
|24||IND||Dallas Clark||TE||Iowa||67||64||179 career catches, 25 career TDs.|
|25||NYG||William Joseph||DT||Miami (FL)||55||17||10 starts in 2005. Injured all of 2007 and signed with Raiders for 2008.|
|26||SFO||Kwame Harris||OT||Stanford||72||44||Started every game in 2005 and 2006.|
|27||KCC||Larry Johnson||RB||Penn State||56||36||Two-time Pro Bowler, All-Pro once, two seasons of 1700+ yards rushing and 17+ TDs.|
|28||TEN||Andre Woolfolk||CB||Oklahoma||39||11||Was out of the league in 2007 but has resurfaced with the Jets.|
|29||GBP||Nick Barnett||LB||Oregon State||78||78||Starter at MLB since arrival.|
|30||SDC||Sammy Davis||CB||Texas A&M||71||32||Three teams in five years. Traded to San Francisco in 2006, then signed with Tampa Bay, where he played 14 games in 2007.|
|31||OAK||Nnamdi Asomugha||CB||California||77||54||8 interceptions in 2006. 2nd Team All-NFL by AP.|
|32||OAK||Tyler Brayton||DE||Colorado||79||48||Reserve defensive end. Signed with Carolina for 2008.|
First-round picks should have slightly longer careers than later-round draftees (I don’t know how much longer or if that’s even true, because I haven’t run the numbers, but intuitively, that’s what I’d expect). As you can see, though, this isn’t an exact science, and teams do still miss (sometimes badly) with first-rounders. Remember that when you get all giddy about the guy your team drafted this weekend.
So Miley Cyrus is “embarrassed” by the implied-nude pictures of her that will be appearing in June’s Vanity Fair (wow, first the LeBron cover and now this – Vanity Fair just can’t catch a break, can they?).
First off, she should be embarrassed. So should Annie Leibowitz. Because Ms. Cyrus looks like she was just pulled out of the East River in time for an audition for Lost Boys II: Electric Boogaloo.
I know she’s incredibly precocious. I know she’s very talented. I know she’s going to be worth a kabillion dollars by the time she’s 18. I know she’s an international sensation and on a different plane from your basic, garden-variety 15-year-old.
But she’s fifteen years old. Fifteen. She was born a couple of weeks after Bill Clinton was elected.
In my mind, there’s one person who should take the ultimate responsibility for this: it’s not a 15-year-old girl who is sliding so fast on the Fame Luge that her naturally-suspect decision-making processes are even worse; it’s not a 58-year-old, world-class photographer (though she deserves a bit of backlash, but artists get so full of themselves sometimes that their decision-making processes go all to hell, too); it’s not a 94-year-old magazine; it’s not an 84-year-old media company. Read the rest of this entry »
Celebrate Mother’s Day With Gifts From MLSgear.com!
Are you sure? I mean, my mom and I have had our moments, but you think I want to get her something from MLSgear.com? For Mother’s Day?
Are you insane?