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March Madness Mastery Contest: DO IT!


Once again, you’re invited to join the official DudeYouCrazy March Madness Mastery Contest presented by the DudeYouPodcast.

We’ll be throwing random prizes out after each round, but what really matters is this: The winner gets a 60 minute Podcast appearance and full control over content of the episode.  This could be your big break!  Having 60 minutes of air time could be like The Voice meets Last Comic Standing assuming you are a good singer and/or a comedian.  If not it’s a lot like a podcast!

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That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

Yesterday’s College Football News Today: Really Important Notre Dame News, Texas Booster Apologizes, Braxton Miller Back to Lose More Games


Notre Dame Steps Up in Apparel???

According to ESPN, Notre Dame is moving from Adidas to Under Armour.  Is this a step up?  Does Nike just not give a rip?  I don’t understand.  Under Armour is cool for me to workout in. At home.  But in my mind the apparel manufacturer still lags the appeal of a more universally accepted brand like Nike.

And I know, Auburn and South Carolina wear Under Armour.  That’s great.  Prior to that and up untill 2009 (I think) Russell Athletic provided Auburn and South Carolina’s attire.  That wasn’t a typo.  Russell Athletic is legit though.  When I was in middle school my team wore Russell Athletic.  Russell Athletic hooked the Robertsville Middle School Rams up!

Notre Dame now joins the ranks of South Florida, St. John’s, Northwestern, Utah, Boston College, Texas Tech, Hawaii and Maryland as an “Under Armour” school.  That’s pretty much a murderer’s row of athletic prowess right there.  Including Auburn and South Carolina, the 10 Under Armour schools (not counting Notre Dame) in this article combined for 52 wins over FBS foes in 2013.  That’s killer.

 

Texas Booster Boo Hoos

Red McCombs who said Charlie Strong would make a good position coach apologized for what he said and promised to help Strong at Texas.

Lost in all of this “controversy” is the fact that Charlie Strong would make a good position coach!  He’s overqualified for that job, but Red was on to something there.

 

Braxton Miller Back To Lose

How many teams in the country are currently riding two game losing streaks?  There can’t be that many, but Ohio State is one of them.

And, quarterback Braxton Miller has apparently grown fond of losing, so he’s coming back for another season of college football.  God for you, Brax.  Get that education.

 

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

The King Is Dead, Long Live The King


FUTURE HISTORY

The future is now.

With apologies to Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Princeton, USC, and their combined 103 National Championships (quick, guess who has the most!), but none of it ever happened. Locally, Herschel Walker and Vince Dooley didn’t shock the world in ’80, Clemson never went undefeated back in ’81, Miami never had that great run in the late ’80s, Tech can shut up about ’90 forever, the Ol’ Ball Coach never got one at his Alma Mater, the SEC didn’t have the historic run over the past 7 years, and this play that won the game Monday?

 

Never happened.

If you listen to talking heads, basement dwelling bloggers, and even the casual fan, next year is when college football will finally be in the business of picking a real champion with the introduction of the much-anticipated playoff system in 2014. Following that line of thinking, the previous years of college football (1869-2013) were inadequately decided, and therefore this litany of false champions never happened.

The national nightmare is over.

I’m not going to sit here and defend the majority of the history of college football, because frankly, the sport doesn’t need defending. But, as of late, it has become popular to use the BCS as an example of all that is wrong with college football, when in reality it’s just the latest (and not the last) target for natural frustrations with the limitations of the postseason of an increasingly physical and time-consuming sport.

IN THE BEGINNING…

How did we get here? It’s a fair question, and one that is easily answered by visiting the BCS official website, and glancing at the history. Cliff notes version, prior to 1992 Bowl Games and their associated conference tie-ins were the defacto rewards for finishing at the top of your conference, and a regions fans could count on traveling to set destinations every year. In 1992, the Bowl Coalition took the first stance against the old guard, enabling flexibility in Bowl tie-ins, helping work towards the ‘best match-ups’.

In 1995, the Bowl Alliance further loosened the historical ties to Bowls, adding verbiage for at-large bids to the biggest games, shaking up lower Bowl tie-ins, all again with the stated intention of getting to the ideal match-up of top teams to cap the season. After the 1997 season, the Alliance negotiated with the Rose Bowl, the (then) Pac-10 and Big Ten to include “The Granddaddy of Them All” in the National Championship rotation, joining the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar. Thus was born the BCS.

Now, the BCS as we know it has changed and evolved from not just it’s inception, but year to year. According to the aforementioned BCS website, the stated goals are:

The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is a five-game college football showcase. It is designed to ensure that the top two teams in the country meet in the national championship game and to create exciting and competitive matchups among eight other highly regarded teams in four other bowl games.

I think that there is little debate that the past 15 years have produced the top teams playing for the national championship, and exciting matchups in the rest of the games. A quick glance at the national title matchups bear that out.

1998 (1) Tennessee 23 (2) Florida State 16
1999 (1) Florida State 46 (2) Virginia Tech 29
2000 (1) Oklahoma 13 (2) Florida State 2
2001 (1) Miami 37 (2) Nebraska 14
2002 (1) Miami 24 (2) Ohio State 31 (2 OT)
2003 (1) Oklahoma 14 (2) LSU 21
2004 (1) Southern California 55 (2) Oklahoma 19
2005 (1) Southern California 38 (2) Texas 41
2006 (1) Ohio State 14 (2) Florida 41
2007 (1) Ohio State 24 (2) LSU 38
2008 (1) Oklahoma 14 (2) Florida 24
2009 (1) Alabama 37 (2) Texas 21
2010 (1) Auburn 22 (2) Oregon 19
2011 (1) LSU 0 (2) Alabama 21
2012 (1) Notre Dame 14 (2) Alabama 42
2013 (1) Florida State 34 (2) Auburn 31

 

Look at those games. LOOK AT THEM. Barring the occasional blow out of a team that truly didn’t belong (Notre Dame!), these were competitive games, and some of them downright classics. Even more importantly, year by year, I don’t see a place where another team has a legitimate claim to replace one of the two teams in the final (again, go home Notre Dame, you’re drunk).

The problem for most people, from what I can make out, has been with the process, not the results. Detractors didn’t like how ‘messy’ it was, or how it seemed to favor big conference teams, discounting that college football has always been and will always be ‘messy’, and has always and will always favor big conference teams.

Actually, an unexpected side effect of breaking automatic ties into Bowls was allowing of smaller division schools to play on the biggest stages afforded by the BCS. In the last 8 years, 8 teams from non-automatic qualifier conferences played in BCS bowls, while the previous 61 years had seen only 5 such teams play in one of the BCS Bowls.

2005 Utah (then-member of MWC) Fiesta Bowl
2007 Boise State (MWC) Fiesta Bowl
2008 Hawaii (MWC) Sugar Bowl
2009 Utah (then-member of MWC) Sugar Bowl
2010 TCU (then-member of MWC) Fiesta Bowl
2010 Boise State (MWC) Fiesta Bowl
2011 TCU (then-member of MWC) Rose Bowl
2013 Northern Illinois (MAC) Orange Bowl

 

LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND PLAYOFFS

Look, I get that people think that this new playoff season will cure all that ails, but the fact that college football isn’t college basketball is a GOOD THING to me. The bigger the playoff gets, the more it dilutes the importance of the regular season, and introduces more randomness, as opposed to recognizing greatness.

Don’t believe me? Check out college basketball ratings regular season vs. March Madness. Hell, how many college basketball games have you watched this year not involving a team you cheer for? Meanwhile, in college football, #MACtion Thursdays are a thing. Teams including, but not limited to, Ball State, Kent State, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan are must-see TV for college football heads, and for good reason.

The playoff will move bar conversations from who deserved to be in the National Title game (under the BCS, a specious debate) to who deserved to be in the playoffs. And we’ll all be back here in 2 years or 4 years or whenever the playoff expands, doing this all over again, especially since the playoff participants will be decided by a committee, not just computers.

Didn’t have faith in the computers? Search twitter for any committee member the first time a team gets snubbed, or we end up with a run of all-SEC National Title Games, and bask in the hate. Meanwhile, the most corrupt institution in sport (apologies to FIFA) continues to line it’s pockets on the backs and at the expense of unpaid labor. It’s fannnnnnnntastic.

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Sports Nirvana + Fantasy Football + Week 16 NFL Picks


I know all my faithful readers (?) were heartbroken about missing my picks last week, but let’s be honest: if you’ve been following my NFL picks this year, me not posting probably saved you money. Well, I’m back now and ready to help us all recognize the most wonderful (sports) time of the year. Annually, we bemoan the dog days of summer as the nadir of the sports calander, but far too rare is it to recognize that December for the high point it is.

Firstly, it’s December, which means gratuitous days off work and holiday parties; the best way I’ve heard it put is that December is the Friday of months, a point with which I could not agree more. Athletically, we get to watch the end of college football which brings the rivalry games, all culminating in Championship weekend, and then we get Bowl Season (requisite DYC Bowl Challenge plug!) which gives match ups we wouldn’t normally get to see. Over in the NFL, the race for the playoffs is in full swing, as teams lobby not only to get in, but compete for favorable seeding. The NBA is off and running, dropping nightly dimes that will continue to ruin nights out planned during the week. College basketball is happening, I guess. Though, this year I have found myself watching these amazing (and they are amazing) freshmen more than I would readily admit. Hell, the MLB even schedules free agency around now, if you’re into that sort of thing. These are truly the best times to be a sports fan, and the fact that it’s cold outside just gives you more of an excuse to park yourself in front of the TV with your drink of choice, and soak it all in.

Monday night, Justin Tucker kicked his team to a victory, and himself into Fantasy Football Valhalla, not only by the amazing number of points he scored, but also by openly acknowledging those who had him on their Fantasy teams after the game.

 

I know the first rule of blogging about Fantasy Football is that no one cares about your team, but please believe me, if I had this guy on my team, that might have been all I wrote about this week. As such, I weep for anyone who ran into the buzzsaw that was Justin Tucker last week, as we should all be at or near the Championship for your league.

Dude's Note: Who got a win from Justin Tucker in a for-pay fantasy league?  THIS GUY! Trailing by 13.35 points with only Tucker left to play, I needed a big game.  I GOT A MONSTER.

Dude’s Note: Who got a win from Justin Tucker in a for-pay fantasy league? THIS GUY! Trailing by 13.35 points with only Tucker left to play, I needed a big game. I GOT A MONSTER.

 

A quick note on fair play: when organizing your league and setting up the two-week per round playoffs (single week is for psychopaths), organize it so that Week 17 and teams resting their players won’t swing a championship. It’s easy to organize, and most importantly, it’s the right thing to do.

Last things last, picks. As always, home teams are in bold.

Dolphins (-3) over Bills

Miami continues it’s unlikely run to the playoffs at the expense of a Bills team helmed by the inconsistent EJ Manuel. After turning in the worst performance of his young career against the Bucs, he accounted for 3 touchdowns in last week’s win over the Jags. The Phins just beat the Patriots. Sorry Buffalo/Toronto.

Bengals (-7) over Vikings

Minnesota is getting Peterson back, but they still have Cassel under center this week. Bengals are playing to solidify playoff seeding, so look for them to step up at home. Note to the new Bengals punter: head on a swivel my man. Head on a swivel.

NFL Says Hit On Bengals Punter Was Illegal

Chiefs (-7) over Colts

My crystal ball (not an actual crystal ball) says that while Charles and company don’t do what they done did last week, they still win over an Indianapolis team that has struggled to find a consistent identity since losing Reggie Wayne. Yeah, they are going to win their division, but when the opposition is the Jags, Texans, and Titans, isn’t ‘winning’ the division just a result of being the least worst? That, and not having to start Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Rams (-6) over Buccaneers

So…Greg Schiano could have shut us all up, and probably saved his job with a win, or even a competent showing, against the Niners last week. Unfortunately for him, they got mollywopped, and he’ll be a college coordinator next year. Fortunately for all of us, we get to bet against Tampa Bay on the road twice to end the season. IT’S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!

Browns (+2.5) over Jets

Should the Jets be favored over anyone at this point? Even at home? The saddest part is that this defense has been outstanding, and a lot of fun to watch this year. If you like a tough front four that stifles the run, and destroys quarterbacks, tune in to this one. That is, if you can supersim (Madden!) past the Jets on offense.

Cowboys (-3) over Washington Professional Football Team

They have to win, just so Romo can Romo away the playoffs next week against the Eagles.

Panthers (-3) over Saints

Speaking of terrifying, young defensive fronts, Carolina come on down! What’s that? They’re also in the Falcons division? Fantastic. New Orleans hasn’t been good on the road all year Drew Brees era, and that is especially when they have to go outdoors in December/January.

Jaguars (+5.5) over Titans

Can we flex this game to never?

Broncos (-10.5) over Texans

Wait. Peyton Manning with passing records in sight, indoors, with playoff seeding on the line, and after a week of people second guessing him after a sub-par performance in on one of the League’s classic sloppy Thursday night debacles? The line can’t be high enough.

Lions (-9) over Giants

Detroit proves week in and week out that they are just not mature enough of a football team to be trusted not to shoot themselves in the foot. But, the masters of self-sabatoge are coming to the D, and they’re bringing Eli Manning’s astonishing 25 interceptions with them. Crazy enough that the Lions had a stranglehold on the division a few weeks ago, but now they’ve got to close out against the Giants and at the Vikings next week to get a shot at the playoffs.

Seahawks (-10.5) over Cardinals

The road to the Super Bowl in the NFC runs through Seattle, which means bad news for other teams. G’night Zona.

Steelers (+7) over Packers

Is Rodgers playing or not? Nick Foles has been doing just fine for my fantasy team so far in the playoffs, but if I can get a hungry, returning Mr. Discount Double Check back for this last week…it’d be worth a second look.

Raiders (+10) over Chargers

Ah, it’s the “These are the AFC West Teams missing the playoffs” Bowl. To be fair, San Diego can still mathematically make the playoffs, but it doesn’t look likely. Looking back at their close losses (which have been all of them), it’s easy to imagine a world where this team is a contender in January. Just might be January, 2015.

Ravens (-2.5) over Patriots

Okay, so when do things stop working out for the Pats? By my estimation, they have lost the services of four of their five most important players this year (Haron Aernandez, Gronk, Vince Wilfork, and Jerod Mayo) and they headed into last weekend with a firm grip on the 1-seed in the AFC. Even with that loss, they’re slipping no lower than the 2-seed, and they’re facing a lucky as hell desperate Baltimore team that has an outside shot at the 3-seed. Lots of numbers in that there paragraph…

Bears (+3) over Eagles

If the Cowboys win, it won’t matter what happens in this game, as next week’s Dallas/Philadelphia game will decide the NFC East, and Tony Romo will hand the division to the Eagles on a silver platter. People don’t forget, Tony.

Falcons (+12) over Niners

We’re gonna need more power ups.

Steven Jackson Bowls Over Josh Wilson Thanks To Secret Powerup

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Talking Saban Rumors, Bowl Games and the Heisman: This is the DudeYouPodcast


Andrew Hall (@dudeyoucrazy on the Tweets) and Chad “The Former Intern” Floyd (@chad_floyd) discuss conference championship games, the Heisman race, the ongoing Saban to Texas rumors and the upcoming Bowl Season.

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