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Comment 25 Nov 2015

I tend to disagree - great recruiter.  Well above average coach, thinking about the various tourney runs.  His teams (in my mind) have always taken time to get the defense in place, and some years the system (zone) doesn't work out.

Isn't the team without this year's top recruit (Mitchell)?  They lost a ton last year, from a team that wasn't great.  They're going to be bad.  But personally I won't throw Matta under the bus.  There is no one out there available who will be better at both aspects (recruiting and coaching), and destabilizing only makes things worse.

Comment 16 Jul 2015

This is why I love Spielman doing games, and for a short period, Bernie Kosar.  Neither were as polished as a Keith Jackson, but always have honest, insightful comments that go deep inside the thinking of a positional player.

Comment 15 Jul 2015

Yeah.  I cut the cord a few years ago, my parents have cable as they're retired and would go nuts without it.  I still turn the box on on Saturday afternoons at home (not having the energy to visit when there's nothing I truly want to watch) and weep a little when the only option via antenna is Temple vs Southern Illinois.

I'm all for ending the ESPN hegemony, love that Fox Sports 1 is taking a crack at it.  On the other hand... there is a product called "Sling TV" which packages ESPN, the deuce, AMC, TBS, TNT, etc that you can get streaming for $20/month (on your tv via Roku stick, Amazon stick, Chromecast, etc).  I'm very tempted to bow at the evil altar again during the season (no fees for startup/cancel, so 4 months on, 8 months off is a possibility).

Comment 28 Jan 2015

They're closer than I expected, but on the other hand, the Carolina-Arizona match-up was against two of the smaller market teams.  I couldn't find the rating numbers, but in terms of viewers - Lions-Cowboys, 42 million, Bengals-Colts 28.3 (same as OSU-Bama), Ravens-Steelers 28.0, Panthers-Cards 21.7.  Similar patterns in the prior years - top wild-card weekend game is in the 40s, avg viewers in the low 30s.

That is against OSU-Bama, which is about the best matchup you could plan for in college football.  Would Mississippi St - Michigan St have fared nearly as well?

Comment 27 Jan 2015

I would hardly say terrified.  If you recall the NC game set a record for Vegas betting on an NCAA game, and that still pulled only 20% of the action of the most recent Super Bowl.  Give me a college game anyday, but the truth is college is a much younger brother of the pros.  If the NFL wants Monday and Saturday for playoffs, the CFP will move to a Tuesday or Friday.  There is no way one will go up against the other, and the NFL will always win.  Realize at the least that the NFL owns a good chunk of the CFP venues (Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta).

Comment 14 Jan 2015

There is some speculation that Zeke got hot when Cardale's big arm stretched the field. Hard to say if he just developed over the year, or if that made a big difference...

Comment 13 Jan 2015

The guy has been on fire, and unflappable, his stock may never be higher.  As a pro-prospect, he feels scarily similar to JaMarcus Russell (though perhaps Cardale has learned a lot more, earlier, about developing a work ethic).  Good luck to him either way.