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Phoenix, AZ (via Cincinnati, OH)

MEMBER SINCE   November 23, 2011


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

Recent Activity

Comment 14 Oct 2020

I was actually looking forward to LSU v Florida. That game could have had a score of 100-98. Was going to be a fun watch.

Comment 12 Oct 2020

Georgia's defense this year is awesome but their offense is below average. Really depends on if Bama's defense is a bad as it just looked.

That said, Georgia is most often basically just Wisconsin with the added ratings points given any SEC team. I guess the edge goes to Georgia because they DID take that championship back in 1981 and Wisconsin didn't. I am impressed with their defense but haven't really seen anything from them, this year or others, that indicates they're really better than, say, Wisconsin or Penn State.

In fact, most of the years Georgia has been in discussion for the playoffs it was a bit of a travesty that they were getting more press than those two teams. They benefit from the SEC rating bump more than any team other than Texas A&M.

Comment 04 Oct 2020

Playoff contenders or contenders to actually win the championship?

Champ contenders list is Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson in that order for me.

Playoff contenders add Florida, Georgia, Penn State, TSUN, Wisconsin, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, and Oregon. 

TBH the fourth team in the playoffs is completely irrelevant. Nobody is beating those top 3 outside of those top 3 in the playoffs. During the season? Maybe, depends on COVID and timing/sleepwalking, etc. Once in the playoffs though the 4th team has no shot.

Comment 04 Oct 2020

AP and Coaches poll really need to be ditched. So much bias and inconsistency all rolled together.

Why not do a different poll, all in tiers.

Tier 1: National title contenders, may rank only 6 teams max (may rank less)

Tier 2: Conference Champ contenders, may rank 2 teams per conference that are not ranked in tier 1 (may rank less)

Tier 3: Bowl contenders, may rank 50% of total number of Division 1 teams

Tier 4: Non-Bowl contenders- everybody else

Teams placed only in tiers. So tier 1 teams are all "#1" when showing rankings for games. Tier two are all "#2". Makes it much, much easier to see quality wins.

Finally, at end of year each ranker is evaluated, criteria TBD but effectively some hard data number to determine number of times a team ranked in Tier 1 or Tier 2 that later fell out and either did not win conference or qualify for playoffs. Compare individual record of ranker versus the average or mean or whatever. Those consistently misjudging are dropped from future voting. 

So, want to put 5 SEC teams in Tier 1? Go for it.....but you better hope most of them make it to the playoffs.

Comment 03 Oct 2020

LeBron is probably a greater player than MJ.....but anybody that knows anything at all about the two human beings knows that MJ would never, ever lose to LeBron head to head. There's a good chance LeBron would end up crying on the court.

There has never been a stronger more win-oriented person than MJ. 

Comment 02 Oct 2020

I agree that to beat Wisconsin you stop the run game, but that isn't what you said......you said they had no skill position players. They routinely produce running backs who outproduce ours both in college and in the pros.

They also routinely have NFL draft picks at WR.....

Sorry but I just don't agree with you. Or at least with your original statement, before you modified it into a different discussion.

Comment 02 Oct 2020

This is a strange statement.

Five of the top ten RBs in yards in Big Ten history are from Wisconsin. That's half of the all time leaders all on one team in the conference. Ron Dayne, Johnathan Taylor, Montee Ball, Melvin Gordon, and Anthony Davis. If you want to talk rushing TDs, add in James White. 

At WR, Wisconsin has two receivers with more yards than ANY Ohio State receiver in history- Lee Evans and James Abbrederis. If you want to go yards per reception or TDs instead, Lee Evans stats are almost the same as Devin Smith.

Are these not speed or skilled positions? RB and WR?

For Iowa I might agree with your statement, if you exclude TE. Iowa consistently has good TEs, which is a skill position.

If you were talking defense, then you should know 3 of the top 5 all time leaders in interceptions are from Wisconsin- Jamar Fletcher, Jim Leonhard, and Jeff Messenger. Two of the top ten are from Iowa.

Maybe tackles for loss? Top ten Iowa has Mitch King, Ohio State has Joey Bosa, and Wisconsin has Chris Borland.

I'm just not sure what you mean. Wisconsin consistently produces high quality all-time best running backs, and they have many receivers who both perform well in college and are drafted into the NFL. Iowa produces solid TEs. Both hold their own on defense.

Comment 16 Sep 2020

tic toc, tic toc, tic toc.

Burning that clock.

"Oh no, unfortunately we can no longer start until mid November so instead we are going to sync up with the P12 and hold some bullshit "championship"."

Which is more likely- 1) Folks who have risen to the tops of their fields and control millions and millions of dollars are complete idiots, or 2) Those folks have an agenda and are willing to look like idiots in order to make it happen. 

Comment 14 Sep 2020

They're either not going to vote to play, ever, or they are going to go the dinosaur grandpa route of aligning with the P12 for some BS "championship". 

The original pre-cancellation plan was perfect- allowed for moving of games due to needed cancellations. Would have been best to proceed. Second best would have been to cancel and use that time to plan for a set start date, with milestones publically announced and mitigation plans for risks.

Instead we're going align with the weakest power conference for a late season that a) will be missing all of the best players who will have opted out, and b) will not feature the early enrollees that could use development b/c that is not allowed by the NCAA.

So freaking stupid.

Comment 13 Sep 2020

You would trade the NYC media market for the Athens, OH media market?

The B1G contract gets payment for everybody who has BTN, even if they never watch. The YES network carries the Yankees. Both are owned by FOX. Guess what package you have to buy in NYC to get YES? Oh, the one with BTN.

Rutgers is a massive cash cow. I know they suck at football, but I'm not sure why people keep pretending money doesn't exist.

Comment 13 Sep 2020

Actually the 60% thing is up in the air unless/until the B1G proves the original 11-3 vote was within the rules of their bylaws. They have not done so- and will have to do so on Monday for the Nebraska court. The fact this vote is taking place today, one day before proof is required, implies perhaps the original vote was not taken in accordance with the bylaws.

If the original 11-3 vote WAS within the bylaw rules, then yes, a total of 9 schools (60%) must vote to overturn it.

But, if the original 11-3 vote WAS NOT within the bylaw rules, then the default situation is in fact to still play the season. It would then take 9 schools to NOT play.

Also, one other angle- It is worth pointing out that one portion of the bylaws already out there states that the 60% rule applies to any action that will reduce revenue (i.e. cancelling a season) but it does NOT say in that section that 60% is required for any action that is revenue neutral or will increase revenue (i.e. restarting the season). Other sections, however, were redacted so who knows.

No way to prove it right now, but I personally think the original vote was not within the bylaws and that is why we've seen all this action right before the B1G is required to reveal the full bylaws and vote information to the court. I think there was a vote taken, absolutely, but that it did not follow the bylaws.

Comment 12 Sep 2020

It would be the Rose Bowl committee signing off on it, so it would be the Rose Bowl. The NCAA doesn't control the Rose Bowl. There can be two in one year if that is what the folks that do control the Rose Bowl decide they want to do.....and they're all besties with the P12 leadership.

Comment 12 Sep 2020

This is why the original B1G COVID season schedule, with all its bye weeks meant to absorb changes, was such a better choice than whatever we are going to get.

Cancellations and delays are going to happen. Five weeks ago these dummies had a plan in place to account for that, now we'll either have no season or one where very cancellation is a big deal.

So freaking dumb to have cancelled.

Comment 12 Sep 2020

If the P12 and B1g approached the Rose Bowl and said "hey, we're having a spring season and would like to hold our champ game in the Rose Bowl", there would 100% be a second Rose Bowl. 

The Rose Bowl would not pass up the chance to support its historical matchup, call it a second National Champ game, and make $.

Scott knows this.

He isn't lying- he has a plan. His plan would suck for the B1G, but it fits with what a lot of the B1G schools want.

Comment 12 Sep 2020

Oh no, he wasn't lying- he was trying to get the B1G to move to a winter or spring start so his conference isn't left alone. P12 completely wants a Rose Bowl versus the B1G- they just want it at the end of spring, not with an October start.

Comment 12 Sep 2020

Said SEC will beat each other up so Florida, Oklahoma and two ACC teams- Clemson and Notre Dame. Both are favored by at least 14 pts in all their games.

Said Ohio State is in if they play, and called out the other guys to say whether they agreed. Only Brady answered and he agreed.