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Comment 06 Feb 2016

For what it's worth, the point of Pitino's stories is 1) he talked in the summer about how special this team was with their attitude and unselfishness.  He wasn't sure how good they'd be, but they were a great group of kids to coach.  And 2) he feels betrayed a little by the administration.  Supposedly neither Pitino nor Jurich were consulted before determining to self-impose a post-season ban.  He feels the decision was rash and harsh.

It's also interesting that people down here take the exact opposite approach from OSU fans.  Fans are most upset that it is an in-season ban, which is what fans wished Gene Smith did.

Pitino does not recruit one-and-done players, except in the form of two fifth-year transfers they have this year, which are Damion Lee and Trey Lewis.  With the way the NCAA works, those are really the two people that are being punished.  It's not a big deal for Pitino to miss a tournament.  It's not a big deal for the University to lose out on an appearance.  Players that have been there for a while won a title 3 years ago, Sweet 16 two years ago, and an Elite 8 last year.  Damion Lee and Trey Lewis have never been to the tournament, came to UofL for one year to play, are well liked, and now are really the only two people being punished.

I imagine even a two-year ban starting next year would not have bothered Pitino as much as a in-season ban imposed a few weeks from the end of the season basically on two kids for something they were not involved with.

Comment 28 Jan 2016

Admittedly I haven't bothered to read all the comments, but like an American male, this topic has come up in numerous conversations before.  To me, you have to break it down into two categories.

First are the records that are difficult to break but possible to achieve nonetheless.  Sticking with baseball, the most iconic one is Joe D's 56 game hit streak.

The second category are records that are untouchable because the rules or nature of the game has changed.  This would be Cy Young's 511 wins.  With 5 (and sometimes 6) man rotations and more use of the bullpens, pitchers aren't even getting the opportunity to have anywhere near that many wins.  Andy Petite played 18 years and only has ~400 decisions, let alone wins.  Some are questioning if we'll see very many 300 win pitchers in the future.  So, until the game changes, this is not being touched.

There are other records that likely are not getting touched either, such as Gretzky, Ripken, numerous records of Wilt, and team accomplishments like the Celtics or UCLA.  But those are at least possible to achieve.

Comment 17 Jan 2016

What was the call at the end when Roethlisberger's threw the ball backwards, Von Miller scoops for the score, but then decides to put the ball down before he scored, and then dance anyway.  I know they didn't call it a fumble or a lateral (and it made no difference), but how was it not a fumble or a lateral?

Comment 12 Jan 2016

Two things:

1) Part of the drop off it is because it's not the first year of the playoffs.

2) The ratings for the game are in line with the ratings for the BCS championship games not featuring Ohio State, Texas, or Notre Dame.

So i wouldn't quite classify it as a bad thing or even surprising.

Comment 10 Jan 2016

Thought I was going to be one of the few that didn't really care.  This is quite surprising.  If Clemson wins, it'll be meh for me.  If Bama wins, i'll be a little upset (nothing against Saban or the players, just hate the media and SEC hype like everyone else).  So I don't see how it's worthwhile to watch a lose-lose.

Comment 10 Jan 2016

Exactly.  There is no reason other than for ratings and so ESPN can dedicate shows about what the committee will do and then dedicate more shows about what the committee did do.  Basketball has been seeding teams with a committee for a long, long time and they release it once, right after all the conference tournaments are done. 

Comment 21 Dec 2015

Those refs should be serving one right along with him.  They did nothing to prevent the issue from escalating and should have ejected him immediately from the game.

Comment 14 Dec 2015

I knew Mack was good but when he intercepted the ball and then outran Braxton and Dontre for a TD, as a linebacker, I thought holy cow that guy is going to be amazing.

Comment 05 Dec 2015

The "simulated" BCS is wrong as history has shown us there is no way an undefeated P5 at this point in the year would be behind a 1-loss team.  So Iowa would 100% be #2 in the BCS era.

Comment 03 Dec 2015

I guess I'm not positive a 1-loss ACC champ is getting left out.  So if Bama and Clemson (and Stanford) lose, and a conference is getting two teams in, I'm not positive its the B1G instead of ACC Champ UNC and 1-loss Clemson.  I'm fully onboard with Bama and Stanford losing.  I think that's what we need.