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Comment 27 Jan 2015

I know recruiting is all about massaging the egos of these teenagers, but I imagine they were trying to point out that the kid was being presented with a great opportunity to attend a highly rated university that, without football, he wouldn't have the grades to being accepted in to. That's no great flaw in him. The truth is the vast majority of high school seniors don't have the grades to be accepted.

Can't believe I'm defending TSUN on this one, but the kid seems like he doesn't really do a lot of honest self-evaluation (another common trait he shares with most high school seniors).

Still funny though.

Comment 21 Jan 2015

This is my last reply for this thread. Your post was hard to read it was so riddled with mistakes. (Here comes the name-calling argument from you).

Why did Big 12 and Pac 12 games do better on ESPN than Fox? Same content. Only variable is the channel.

Big12/Pac12 games do better on ESPN than Fox (let alone FS1). Look at my link, that's a fact. B1G games would conceivably do better on Fox than Big 12 games on Fox. This is part of your argument and I agree with it.  So why wouldn't B1G games do better on ABC/ESPN than Fox/FS1? It's a simple chain of logic that you're just not grasping.

- Big12/Pac12 on ESPN > Big 12/Pac12 on Fox

- B1G viewers > Big12/Pac12 viewers

- B1G on ESPN >  B1G on Fox

I can't simplify it any more than that. You're willingly docking yourself viewers by choosing Fox over ESPN.

And what worst (what's worse is) Fox never showed any BIG12 games on Fox it's (its) flag ship during a Saturday after noon, well it wasn't in there (their) contract either.

They had numerous primetime 7:30 kickoffs and still got their ass kicked in the ratings by ESPN's afternoon slate. Again, that's a cable company beating a nearly universally broadcast channel in Fox. Compare apples to apples with FS1 and ESPN and it's a joke.  Big 12 football is entertaining to watch. Casual fans love scoring and the Big 12 throws the ball around more than anyone. Yet they're still not migrating to FS1 in droves. Here is another point you're completely whiffing on. Imagine what ESPN's ratings would be if they kept their content off of ABC like Fox kept a lot of their content on FS1 to boost ratings.

Now spit out more "ESPiN, ESECPN, SEC Bias", and whatever is today's super high-brow acronym. Walk away feeling like you won the debate despite your argument being based on your emotional opinion of ESPN.

Comment 20 Jan 2015

Since you seem intent on dragging me back into this, here are the weekly ratings for games.

You're comparing college football on ESPN and NFL on Fox. They're not equivalent. Fox, CBS, and ABC are equivalent (not in production value, just in broadcast accessibility). Fox Sports 1 and ESPN are equivalent (sports cable packages). Look at the shit numbers Fox/Fox Sports 1 put up the entire year. ABC/ESPN trounced them every time timeslot for timeslot.

Outside of the conference championship games (B1G and Pac12) and the Michigan State/Oregon matchup, they never even got more than 3 million viewers. And that's Fox, not FS1. I stopped counting ABC's 3 million+ broadcasts at 30 (thirty!). FS1 struggled mightily to even crack a measly million viewers.  ESPN routinely coasted past that. Clemson vs Wake Forest on a Thursday night had 1.9 million. Georgia vs. Kentucky had 2.8 million. Virginia and Virginia Tech in a meaningless season ender between mediocre squads pulled in 3.05 million. And these are ESPN's bad matchups absolutely dominating some of FS1's better matchups.

Casual fans won't turn in to FS1. The B1G can go there and get paid handsomely. Their ratings might even be a little better than the 2014 ratings from the Big 12 and Pac 12. However, I am of the opinion that getting paid a few million dollars more is not even close to worth the loss of exposure to the recruits and casual fans across this country that tune in to ESPN on a daily basis.

And most of all, I can't take a company seriously that hasn't updated their promo videos from fucking robots playing football. Their production is dated, stale, and uninteresting. Fox sucks.

Comment 20 Jan 2015

There is a clause in the contract where the B1G retains the option of taking 51% ownership at some point. I'm not sure on what year that is though.

edit - It appears I may have been mistaken. Fox held the clause to take 51% ownership.

Comment 20 Jan 2015

CincyOSU nailed it. Buckeye Nation and the Midwest fans will find their games no matter if we sell the rights to ESPN, Fox, Bravo or the Oprah channel.  However, casual fans and recruits are far less likely to put forth that effort. ESPN is familiar, comfortable, and far more accessible in the current landscape.

Comment 20 Jan 2015

The ESPN Hype Machine is real. ESPN's production and style are second to none. Fox just doesn't have the cache yet with the average sports fan. Fans are more apt to just flip on ESPN than go searching for programming on Fox. This would result in lower ratings for B1G games. For that reason, I can't see the B1G going completely away from ESPN. I think you will see one of three scenarios.

A) Re-sign with ESPN completely

B) Re-sign with ESPN and FOX gets B1G Game of the Week (like SEC and CBS)

C) Re-sign with ESPN and FOX for a hybrid package (like the Pac12)

Comment 09 Jan 2015

Mark May = heel in pro wrestling. Don't be the guy shouting at the TV during scripted programming.  Every time someone creates a Mark May post on the internet, his job security gets better and better because conflict means ratings.

Comment 06 Jan 2015

Ross, are you concerned about the success Alabama was able to have when Henry was running left against the right side of our defense? In both of his explosive plays, that outside linebacker (Perry on the first TD, Lee on the second long run midway through the 3rd quarter) was in a very tight alignment and allowed Henry to get to the edge. It seemed like that was a vulnerability that Alabama failed to exploit more than they should've.

Comment 05 Jan 2015

Ohio State is 6-1 in BCS/Playoff games when wearing their road whites. Ohio State is 1-3 when wearing their home scarlets. Time to improve that home record.

Comment 03 Jan 2015

Braxton needs to do what's best for him. I hope he realizes that the vast majority of our fan base would cheer for him wherever he goes. But if he turns it into a public feud, it could change that reception.

Comment 03 Jan 2015

Looks like Monday, January 5th at noon on....the SEC Network. Ha. Ha. Ha.

Comment 03 Jan 2015

Did you watch them against FSU? They were fantastic in the red zone and made a few goal line stands. This isn't the Oregon D-line from the 2010 Rose Bowl. We can definitely win and I wouldn't pick against us, but if we don't go out there with the same level of intensity and focus as we did against Bama, it could get ugly. Oregon is very good on both sides of the ball.

Comment 03 Jan 2015

They have great history and facilities. Neyland (100,000+ capacity) is one of the best stadiums in the country. Plenty of draw for Tennessee.

Comment 03 Jan 2015

There are pros and cons to 8.  I think guaranteed spots for conference champions would lead to more aggressive scheduling in out-of-conference games to "test" your team so to speak. But I'm comfortable with only giving 4 teams a shot for a while to see how it goes.

Comment 11 Dec 2014

I think you need to specify your qualifications for "most difficult". Physically difficult and mentally difficult are completely different animals. That being said...

Quarterback on offense, followed closely by Center.  MLB on defense.

I see OT listed a lot in these polls and often wonder why. As long as you have the requisite size/agility, the rest just comes down to technique. You're frequently one-on-one, sometimes even getting chip help from a TE or a back. As long as you're getting good communication between yourself and your G next to you for blitz pickups and D-line stunts, OT isn't that complicated. However, my views about it being easier could certainly be shaped by my experience and familiarity with playing TE and OT.

Comment 04 Dec 2014

If Tressel wants to get back into coaching and it would make him happy, go for it. I would support that move and would cheer for him anytime they weren't playing the Buckeyes. He'd be a great fit for Nebraska.