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Washington, DC (via Cincinnati, OH)

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: 85 Yards, Holy Buckeye, Miracle on Ice
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Craig Krenzel, Evan Spencer
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Freddie Banks (seriously. And no, I can't explain it)
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Washington Capitals
  • NBA TEAM: Washington Wizards
  • MLB TEAM: Washington Nationals
  • SOCCER TEAM: Tottenham

Recent Activity

Comment 01 Aug 2015

Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Moderate is my vote. I've seen too many of these go the opposite of how they should or be much closer than anyone thought.

Comment 01 Aug 2015
I know people like to talk about it, but realistically we are never going to see two teams from the same conference. Think about after the conference championship games- you are going to have five champions and four slots. Every other team (except ND) either just lost in the conference championship games or didnt even win their division. You're going to take someone who didnt earn a thing (non-div winner) or someone who you just saw lose over not one, but two conference champions? Never going to happen. Thr conference championship games are effectively the first round of the playoffs.
Comment 30 Jul 2015

Not where I work. Even in the 10+ inch days we were expected to be in.

Comment 30 Jul 2015

Oh yeah, love the whole state. Phoenix is actually my least favorite part, but it's where I could get a job to let me move. 

Comment 30 Jul 2015

That's part of it.....been in the DC area for the last 25ish years after moving out of Ohio, and I am done with winter. No more snow.

Comment 30 Jul 2015

Oh and DJ,you leave Arizona alone. I'm moving to Phoenix tomorrow morning. In late July. 

Comment 30 Jul 2015

Gotta say, Dan Mullen's idea isn't a bad one. I think I would raise the gpa though. Make it 2.75 get the fifth year of eligibility. It shouldn't be easy and should reward higher levels of student in the word student-athlete. Meanwhile those toward the athlete side can still academic redshirt or use four years. 

Comment 29 Jul 2015

There are a lot of good, well-thought out points on both sides in this thread, but for me it basically comes down to fuck the Patriots.

Comment 28 Jul 2015

I love Ginn, but his speed was more straight line speed; his acceleration and change of direction are no-where near Braxton's. 

Ginn is a better punt returner and better deep threat receiver, Brax is ridiculously dangerous getting the ball close to the line and using his cuts and acceleration to create space.

Bottom line for me is Braxton is the perfect H-Back and Ginn is the perfect deep threat WR. I would never put Ginn at H-back.

Comment 27 Jul 2015

No doubt Texas is the big prize.

I think it has become clear though that Texas prefers being in a smaller conference that it can dominate and control to being in a conference where it isn't top dog. There was no reason not to take the P12 (then P10) deal that was on the table, and when it comes to adding schools to the B12, Texas seems to be okay with schools that add no real financial value, like Houston. The other schools in the B12 want to add value, which usually leads to some combo of Cincinnati, BYU, and Memphis.  

I'm off the opinion that Texas is more likely to become a Notre Dame type independent than to join another conference. That's why Oklahoma is the lynch-pin to further realignment. They're the only other big time school in the B12 that everybody wants. 

Comment 27 Jul 2015

Yes, that is a flash in the pan. 

Miami was a flash in the pan. A two decade flash, but a flash. They were nothing before and they've been nothing since.

TCU built their record against minor conference teams and has no championships. How would that be greatness? 

Comment 27 Jul 2015

I should add though, that is my bet IF the B1G expands.

I actually think we're done. Not because we want to be, but because of external circumstances. I think the only conference change we are going to see anytime soon is that two of these four will join the Big 12: Cincinnati (virtually a lock, and will hurt B1G recruiting), BYU, Memphis, Houston.

Oklahoma is the one and only factor that can break expansion wide open if they leave the B12 without OkSt. And it has to be without OkSt- after the big B12/P12 merge fell through, Ok and OkSt tried to go P12 and were turned down. The P12 had no interest in OkSt.

For the most part, I expect little conference movement from here......but if it happens it will be sudden and big time.

Comment 27 Jul 2015

18 would be either Notre Dame or a team from the east. There aren't any other western teams with a sufficient footprint and AAU or close to AAU membership. Remember, the AAU research money completely dwarfs the football money. It matters to the B1G a lot.

The target list for the B1G is actually really short, because each school must add to the contractual footprint, be in a state with one or more major media markets (or many mid levels), not be in a state already added or being added, and be AAU or close: Texas, Notre Dame, Oklahoma (possible, not a lock due to AAU), Kansas, Virginia, North Carolina OR Duke (not both), Georgia Tech.

There has been some noise that Florida State is an outside possibility, but I don't see it.

Delaney also wants states that add to the future demographics (hence huge interest on his part in the VA, UNC, GA Tech combo), and the B1G prefers to be contiguous with no gaps between states.

If I was a betting man, I'd say the most likely next four are VA, UNC, GA Tech, and Kansas. Don't worry about the much-ballyhooed Grant of Rights agreements. I've worked in contracts and procurement all my career, and trust me when I say no contract is ironclad. There is always a way. 

Comment 26 Jul 2015

The B1G will never take Kansas State or Oklahoma State. Two reasons:

1) The AAU matters. Oklahoma isn't in it, but is borderline. KSU and OkSU are not going to get there. Research dollars dwarf football dollars.

2) The B1G contract (and most others) is based on subscriber footprints. If you add Oklahoma, the state of Oklahoma is added to your footprint and the number of cable subscribers (NOT the number that view games, and not the number of BTN subscribers) determines your cash. If you add a second school, you add exactly zero dollars as they are in the same footprint. Basically you just COST each school in the B1G by adding a school that brings in nothing. You will never see again a second team from a state where the B1G already has a team.....with ONE exception- Notre Dame, because they are considered contractually to be a special case with a National footprint. The dollars for them figure differently. 

And there is the problem- I believe the B1G would love to add Kansas and would take Oklahoma, but the respective state legislatures will not let KSU and OkSU be left out. So the B1G can't take Kansas or Oklahoma, or for that matter Texas (see Texas Tech) at present. 

Comment 26 Jul 2015

Exactly- the money can't be right. The B1G's current deal pummels the B12, and the B1G's upcoming deal- which adds the NYC, Baltimore and DC TV markets- is going to be even larger. Nobody can match what the B1G is about to get per team, and right now only the SEC can match it. 

You can forget about anybody moving from the SEC or B1G. Ever.