it was a long day yesterday. I found myself agreeing with Hairball. Saban talking about minor NCAA rules as if he cares for any NCAA rules is simply incredible and then Bert AND Saban made sense when they said kids who don't get drafted into the NFL ought to be able to go back to school (like they can in college hoops). Three idiots all said something semi-sane in the same day. I may just turn on CSPAN and see what is going on in Washington!
can there be a longer than lifetime ban? what in the world?! we can joke back and forth with the SEC guys about recruiting violations and cash to players. this doesn't hold a candle to that! we're talking about sick sick stuff that IS AGAINST THE LAW. someone's sister, someone's daughter ... sexually assaulted. and these guys not only didn't stop it they covered it up and in one case, the Pepper report, says they retailiated against a woman who reported.
this is Penn State time here. this University needs to take a break from athletics until they can figure out some priorities. and Art Briles must never coach again. ever.
you're dead right but does anyone really imagine the NCAA will ever do the right thing? "Hey, the NCAA stood up for what is right and acted in a reasonable and intelligent manner" said NO ONE EVER.
there's never a bad time to think about the Bucks. and we'll just call it "rescuing" a kid from that mess...
here's a tweet from an ESPN recruiting guy...
Baylor QB commit Kellen Mond was already looking around quite a bit before Bears' coach Art Briles was dismissed Thursday. A Big Ten recruiter just told me he expects Mond, the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback, to decommit today or within a few days because of the news. Mond is also heavily considering Ohio State, Auburn, Florida and others.
maybe he can get on at Louisville with Petrino. their lack of character and low regard for women seem to match up well...
the article makes clear that whether we like them or not, alt unis are here to stay because they matter to the kids.
and would anybody stand a chance if Bama actually had cool unis? they seem to be doing pretty well in those "least liked" unis they sport...
So the biggest rival to Duke and Coach K offers up a smear campaign with no proof and somehow that is (1) certainly true and (2) noteworthy?
There is NOT a lot of smoke around Coach K and Duke. What there is a lot of people who are envious and jealous of his success constantly trying to besmirch it and take something away from it ... WHICH IS EXACTLY LIKE THE SCUMMERS TRY TO DO TO US.
You'd think we'd be smart enough to recognize this kind of nonsense and just laugh at it (like Coach K does while polishing his NC rings). And when it comes out of Coach Slimey Cal you'd think we'd all be smart enough to discount everything he says by 1000%.
I never get the hating on Coach K. What he did was wrong, and being forced to admit (i.e. caught in a lie) is even worse. But the guy is a great great coach - and he's never hit a player, hit his wife or done anything remotely akin to such. Maybe that is why this got attention - "oh we finally got him now." Really? Is this a story if some mid-major coach did it? I think not. It's just all the Duke haters crying and whining one more time. You'd think that the fans of a team that gets hit with that kind of thing toward our own coach all the time would take a deep breath and maybe decide this is not the complete end of western civilization.
You need to go visit. For a week.
As you can see there's plenty of mixed opinions here - "I love it," "It's the end of the world."
I live in Dallas and cannot abide Houston. It's kind of a Dallas snotty thing but it's mostly the oppressive humidity and heat and hurricanes. Houston is a swamp and living there reminds you every day. As a bonus if you're on the south or east side you get the petrochemical industry. Stinky swamp with cancer! I wouldn't want to live there - would choose Denver over Houston in a heartbeat.
But that's me. Go visit. Go see. Houston has nice parts, medium parts and places you don't want to be caught in after dark (like about every other major city in America). It does offer a lot of great restaurants and don't forget Texas high school football, which is absolutely amazing and incredible.
Texans are the best - friendly, helpful, and very conservative in their values (a plus for me since I'm conservative too! HA!).
And if you move there you can always jump on I-45 and head north to a fantastic city here in Dallas! ;-)
The Texas State Fair is notorious (or celebrated) for frying all sorts of stuff, including bacon, butter (yes, you read that right), Snicker bars, Oreos and just about anything else they can batter and deep fry (including corn bread soaked in Coca-cola for "fried Coke"). As one who has sampled these confections - like fried smores - I must say THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY AWESOME.
Way to go Duke! And UNC's coach screws it up again!
You may be right (not saying you aren't) but I'll bet Urban & Co would not be happy to have to prepare for that wishbone/flexbone nonsense every year!
I always wonder what they do with these high school coaches they hire just to get their players. They don't want these guys as coaches so what do they do with them? "Hey Biff, can you get coffee for us and then go help the equipment guys paint the field?"
Welp ... I wish we'd gone with UA or Adidas or just about anybody besides the Univ of Nike. I loathe how their swoosh appears all over everything (it's not about you, Nike, you're just a supplier to us) and how they put together templates so that it looks like teams are all playing for them, instead of being singularly unique and awesome on their own.
And yes, I know that UA and Adidas have put out some wretched "alt unis" but I'm not a big fan of some of the weird looks Nike has put us in.
That said, it's a pile of money and that's a very good thing. I'm guessing UA and Adidas had the chance to jump in there and up the ante and didn't so more power to the Athletic Department for getting the best deal for the best school!
This is my thought... what was the reasoning behind doing that?! What if they had minor bowl games on New Year's Eve, the Big Six on New Year's day (I admit it: the Rose Bowl must be played New Year's afternoon), and then Saturday afternoon/evening had been the two big playoff games? What was wrong with that plan?
Maybe Flordida and A&M can just swap QBs.
The real question is where did those guys in the picture up top get those Buckeye top hats?! SWEET!
These write ups are just the best. So helpful! Thanks so much!
I was 36 seconds too late...
while I hate Harbaugh as much as anybody - he's so pompous - I have to admit this is a pretty good answer:
"But I always say my reaction to the coach vs. coach buildup is — he's not going to be blocking anybody, he's not going to be tackling anybody. I'm going to be over on our sidelines blocking and tackling nobody."
Use your fingers. That's the best way to feel...
Yeah, I'm not up for the Mark May Show and all the national nonsense. It was fun ending that last year, and it's been kinda fun being the flavor of the month for so long ... but the national press knows the Bucks produce clicks and views and they are gonna pile on us to get those clicks and views.
Not mine. I'll be downloading the podcast from 11w but other than that... I'm good. I don't need to analyze what happened. I saw it. I know all too well what happened.
In some ways talk of coping here makes me wince a little. Do we need to cope? Seriously? Did terrorists shoot your friends? Does your wife have breast cancer? Did you lose your job? So maybe perspective helps. It's a game. It's a really important game, but in the end, it's a game. No one died. No one got hurt. The essentials of life go on.
That said, it hurts to lose and it hurts to lose when we play poorly and woulda/shoulda/coulda won. So rant and moan a little, then pull up that Bama game on the DVR...
We all knew the run would get stopped eventually. If we ran the table this year what about next year? Eventually someone is hanging on an L on us. No one wins them all, not even Urban Meyer.
It could be worse. We could be irrelevant to the national conversation, not worthy of national television and a team that has never won a national championship. Cope? Meh. We'll be fine. We ARE fine! We're the Buckeyes!
hate the Bert but it's a great idea. more and more teams are realizing that getting in the cfp is about having a resume. a good win over an SEC team (or from their standpoint, a B1G team) helps.
gotta be home and home though. we go south for all the bowls.
doesn't look like satire now...
this from today's Skull Session: