I have neither the time, the skills, nor the expertise. When do I start?
Ugh, I can't believe we're doing this. What a sad day.
Jim Harbaugh isn't even relevant at the Harbaugh Thanksgiving dinner.
Bert's lookin' bad. Real bad.
I don't know what you'd have to do to "break" whatever that is. I don't think it's much of a "record" per se. More like a neat fact.
BEST BRIAN ROLLE HIGHLIGHT VIDEO EVER.
He's not the only one to have done that: http://www.baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats20.shtml
Oscar Robertson with an insane 181 NBA triple doubles - that is a record that doesn't have a close 2nd (Magic Johnson is #2 with 138). No 3-point line in those days, either. He also averaged a triple double over his first 5 seasons in the NBA - which is ridiculous.
In what way does it matter in the slightest?
Right, so it warranted a head shot retaliatory strike, which went unflagged. By that logic, there really shouldn't be a Steelers player left alive at this point.
Oops, here's another example. I can do this all day btw.
Ryan Shazier had a worse hit that went un-penalized IN THE SAME GAME.
And I already gave at least 2 other examples, the hit on Huber 2 years ago that almost decapitated him, and the hit on Colt McCoy that almost did the same thing. In neither case was the Steelers player penalized....correction, the hit on Colt McCoy did draw a fine, but not a flag. You didn't address either of these examples, which means you're paying about as much of attention to the argument at hand as you are to the football games themselves. Go read some more pro-Steelers blogs - of course you're going to read a few pro-Steelers articles, and then magically conclude that ALL sportswriters and fans have concluded a certain way. Funny, many of the fans here think Burfict's hit on Brown wasn't technically bad at all. Nice generalization...again, maybe if you say it loud enough and often enough it'll be true someday.
I'm not good at tolerating BS, either. Again, you're completely and utterly missing the point, and you're assigning thoughts to me that I don't have, nor have I stated in this argument. "The refs called the game against the Bengals, therefore they MUST be Steelers fans" - no, that's not my argument. But maybe if you, and all the other Steelers apologists, keep changing the argument, eventually maybe the argument will become that.
If the Bengals had won, the narrative would have been about how the Steelers played a dirty game, and their coaches were out of control. The Steelers won with the help of the refs, so the narrative from the Steelers camp and the Monday Morning QB is about how the Bengals are the ones with those problems. You have the luxury of saying Burfict is a dirty player because you won the game as a result of his penalty, but the refs have been targeting him as a dirty player for his whole career. If he's marked as a dirty player, refs are instructed to be on the lookout for his dirty play, and he never gets to escape that, no matter how clean of a hit he makes - if it's a hard hit, he's going to get flagged. That's the whole concept behind the fact that their are stiffer penalties for "repeat offenders." Whether he's actually at fault for anything, the refs are on the lookout for him, and are itchy with throwing a flag in his direction.
The rest of us who actually paid attention to what went on the other night see the Steelers for exactly what they are, and the longtime pattern that their dirty play goes unpunished.
Who said anything about a league-wide conspiracy? You can turn the knob down on your drama meter. It is not uncommon for referees to be on the lookout with certain players. In this case, we actually have video evidence that the referees were hyped up before the game, assembling at the 50 yard line expecting a fight to break out during warmups. It's clear Burfict is a marked man, while other players that play just as hard are not.
Such typical Steeler fan nonsense. Where were you when one of your dirty players almost decapitated Kevin Huber? No call. What about the cheap head shot on Colt McCoy that pretty much ended his career? Again, no call.
Steelers are the dirtiest TEAM in the league, and their fans never seem to see it, because they get away with it. The refs had it out for Burfict even before he took the field last night. He doesn't play any differently than Troy Polamalu ever did.
Blowouts in bowls happen. They have always happened. 6 of the first 8 Rose Bowls ended in shutouts...one of them actually ended in a 0-0 tie!
You don't know what's going to happen out there. When you put closely ranked teams together, you'd think there'd be some semblance of competitiveness. This year the bowls just happened to suck. Next year, they might all be awesome. Who knows.
They didn't have the exact same season. They lost to Ole Miss in mid September 43-37. Ohio State lost to Michigan State in late November after amassing something like 40 yards of offense.
Ohio State didn't look great all year, and it bit them in the ass when it mattered most. They didn't complete a single pass over 16 yards against Notre Dame. I don't think whipping a ND team that was missing 11 starters is a good enough barometer for you to be this upset about not going to the college football playoff. It's just bad sportsmanship.
I don't know what you mean. They played everyone in their conference, and emerged with the best record, which means they were the champion. Ohio State missed Northwestern and Iowa, and didn't win the chance to play Iowa. Besides, the Big Ten champ DID go to the playoff along with Oklahoma. So, I don't know what you're getting at. The only other team that might have had a gripe about Oklahoma is Stanford - who had 2 losses, and rematched a 4-loss team in their conference title game that they already beat once.
An FCS team wouldn't affect their conference record. C'mon, man.
Agreed. There was absolutely no controversy over the top 4 spots this year. There were no 5th or 6th teams with equivalent resumes.
I don't see the problem (other than your stat about 83-0...Iowa scored 16). We did not blow anyone's doors off this year, and demonstrated a complete lack of offensive identity for 11/12 of the season.
Buckeye fans need to quit acting out like this with the hindsight glasses on. Yeah, we probably would have crushed Alabama and Stanford RIGHT NOW. But based on the season we had, sorry, no one could have predicted that, and Ohio State didn't deserve it. Ohio State only played 2 games of importance all year, against Michigan State and Michigan, and went 1-1 to close it out. A lot of people around here were thinking Michigan State would clown Alabama, who is nowhere near the team they were last year or the year before.
Gotta win the games. Stop expecting the committee to just give Ohio State a free pass.
Anyone have a count on how many Alabama starters are planning on the NFL next year? That number inversely correlates to how well they'll play in the game, according to Nick Saban.
No way. Despite having a more impressive season by year's end, Michigan State never threatened to jump up beyond Alabama. What we're really talking about here is whether the preseason rankings are ever going to change. This is what affects the strength of schedule through the middle of October. The SEC as a whole will continue to get the benefit of the doubt so long as they continue to dominate the recruiting rankings. It's really hard to impress anyone when the worst teams in the SEC lands 4- and 5-star QBs, while Indiana, Purdue, and Illinois out there still trying to tie their shoes properly, and then fires their coaches mid-season.