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NCAA: Death By A Thousand Cuts


One of our passion projects here at Dude You Crazy has been chronicling the slow but needed death of the NCAA cartel that runs college sports. I searched our site for ‘NCAA’ and negative qualifiers, and won’t link every one here for brevity’s sake but the total number is staggering.

Today, it was leaked that the University of Oklahoma is looking to increase Bob Stoops’ salary to over $5 million a year. That’s right, the same coach who last year said to The Sporting News, and I quote:

“[Y]ou’re not the first one to spend a hungry Sunday without any money.”

No one called him a liar for saying that, but when Shabazz Napier suggested the same thing this spring, he was said to be exaggerating, and people openly questioned his plight. As mentioned on the soon-to-be award-winning Dude You Podcast, O’Bannon v. NCAA has been raging for almost two weeks now, and while there are places to keep track of the progress of testimony, Charles Pierce of Esquire has been doing a GREAT job recapping the fall of the NCAA in back to back columns.

Here’s part one, “How It Ends” which features the following quote:

“[T]he plaintiffs are asking to be paid some of the ancillary money the NCAA made off of all the work they did playing their sports, a relatively simple idea for any human being who has ever actually earned a living, but, apparently, a concept so alien to the NCAA that just talking about it seems to get that organization concerned that it has contracted a virus from a distant world.”

Here’s part two, “Dispatches From the NCAA’s Deathbed” which features this gem:

“This is very bad news for the NCAA because, with her outsider’s eye, [Judge] Wilken is immune to the threadbare piety in which it wraps its heedless commercialism. All the usual buck-and-wing that works on elements of the kept college press is completely lost on her. In fact, she seems to be quite aware of — and, occasionally, quite amused by — the fundamental absurdity of much of the defense’s case.”

Both are absolute must reads, and if you are still on the side of Emmert and his cronies after this, then you might be a lost cause.

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2014 NFL Draft Live Blog


Welcome to my favorite time of year, the NFL Draft. Now, when I say time of year, I mean the actual draft; not the needlessly extended by two weeks run up TO the Draft. That’s unbearable. On my old site, I ran these live blogs for the 2007 and 2008 drafts, and they were always well received, so we’re running it back for the Dude You Crazy audience. By the way, HOLY CRAP, was I wrong a lot about these players. But not as wrong as Mel Kiper, so I’ve got that going for me. Which is nice.

The biggest wrinkle this year is the NFL allowing players who decide to come to the Draft in person get to pick personalized walk up music. Ignoring the fact that going to the Draft is almost never a good idea (you’re just as drafted at home with family as you are in NYC getting screamed at by Jets fans), I’m excited to see who picks what. Guarantee Manziel comes out to some awful Drake song, but everyone else will be interesting to see.

Oh, and if anyone wants to pick a certain blogging ex-football player this year, the NFL better get ready to pay some royalties to one Vincent K. McMahon Jr., and pipe in some Jim Ross to announce the pick.

See you all back here at 8 tonight.

8:00 - And here we go. For reference, I’ll be flipping between the ESPN and NFL Network feeds, depending on which talking heads are making me less nauseous at any given time.

8:02 - OH GOOD, ALOE BLACC! ESPN ran me off in RECORD time.

8:04 - Did you know that the Draft was pushed back two weeks because they FORGOT to book Radio City? Some stupid James Dolan musical dislodged the most profitable sports league in America.  And now they’re gonna swing this into a week long Draft eventually. They can’t even screw up right.

8:06 - REALLY impressed with the (well-deserved) sustained booing of Roger. I’m gonna bestow him the David Stern most lustily hated commissioner award. Big night for him.

8:10 - Holy crap ESPN. Gruden, Berman, Kiper AND Ray Lewis? You getting paid to throw this fight against NFL Network? Though, Marshall Faulk’s bow tie is ridiculously big. It’s the Merril Hoge tie knot of bow ties.

8:15 - The Super Bowl was February 4th. According to my laptop, it’s May 8th. The Texans are taking the WHOLE 10 minutes because the NFL has ads to sell. I hate everything.

8:18 - Clowney to the Texans. Of course they did. We’ll see how he fits in a 3-4, but this is a bit of an upset for me. I was really hoping that he would come out to Skynyrd. REALLY excited to see all those clips against UGA. Kind of proud that Mike Mayock is determined to continue to hate for no good reason. Good on ya.

8:27 - Robinson to the Rams! He and Marshall Faulk are wearing the same size bow tie. One of them is a 6’5″ tackle, and it looks normal on him. Wait, Mayock was willing to dump on Clowney, but just invoked Orlando Pace when talking about Robinson? I’d love to know the agent that represents either (both) of them.

8:30 - Something lost with the popularity of the Draft? The lack of country as hell suits. Go google Karl Malone Draft Suit. Google will auto-fill it for you.

8:32 - And right about HERE is when that Green Room starts to get smaller and smaller, and those lights get hotter and hotter. Bortles is good, but UCF just churned out a top-3 pick. I don’t know if I like this new world.

8:35 - Deion Sanders post draft interviews > Suzy Kolber’s post draft interviews.

8:37 - The Toronto (not yet) Bills just picked up Sammy Watkins, and that Damian Swann missed tackle on that slant route STILL hurts.

8:40 - Constant replaying of the Swann blown tackle reminds me: this live blog is brought to you by Stoli and lemonade.

8:44 - “Mack’s suit is too shiny and is a little tight in the shoulders.” – My girlfriend. She works in fashion.

8:48 - One day, someone will have to explain to me the upside of going to the Draft as a player. Either you go first, or it gets more awkward with every 10 minutes passing, and as the room empties, more and more cameras settle on you. HUGE no win situation.

8:52 - Jake Matthews?

8:56 - You’re here for jokes, not analysis, but MAN. I always thought he was better than Robinson, especially in pass protection, and if you think me bailing on Chad’s Draft prediction blog wasn’t me wanting to not jinx this, you are outside your mind.

9:00 - Potentially unpopular opinion alert: I miss the Draft being on the weekend. I know the NFL loves their sweet, sweet prime time money, but waking up on Saturday, ordering an unhealthy number of wings, punishing yourself with booze, and doing it again the next day? Man. Guess I’m just getting old.

9:02 - Man, I forgot how ugly these new Bucs jerseys are. Wait, is Lovie Smith going to stick with (insert first name) McCown all year? I know he said Glennon is not his quarterback of the future.

9:05 - HUUUUUUGE swerve by the Browns, taking Justin Gilbert. On the one hand, I’m glad Cleveland isn’t going to ruin J. Football, but watching him fake-clap as he watches these other cats get drafted isn’t fun either.

9:12 - Anthony Barr gets bonus points for staying at home. The all-time leader for how to get drafted is Joe Thomas, who was fishing with his dad when the phone rang. I feel like you should know these things.

9:16 - That sponsored tweet by Barry Sanders made me sad. Ebron will always remember the day he got drafted…which will always help him remember the date he proposed. I’ve had friends propose on their own birthdays for the same reason.

9:20 - Live look in at the green room at pick 11:

9:25 - Will Muschamp! Comin in hot!

9:30 - I’m just really glad Odell Beckham isn’t going to be playing in the SEC anymore. Guys like this aren’t gone until you watch them get drafted. Good riddance.

9:38 - Rams continuing the NFC West arms race. Their d-line was terrifying, and just got terrifying-er. It’s a word.

9:40 - ESPN, I give you a chance, and you slap me in the face MORE Aloe Blacc? NFL Network, take me the rest of the way.

9:45 - Bears had no choice but to take a DB. Now, they have to hope they have enough picks to replace the rest of the defense. As for the Johnny Football watch, well…

9:50 - Logic would dictate that the Cowboys address their obvious and many defensive shortcomings. Jerry Jones is on the clock, so there’s no telling what happens. That said, Manziel’s girl is vying for the Brady Quinn’s Girlfriend award for wishing she had just stayed at home. UPDATE: Someone says it’s his sister. Should have known Johnny wouldn’t play favorites. Game recognize game.

9:54 - WHICH ONE OF YOU DRUGGED JERRY JONES? I mean, moreso than usual. Still Jerry needed defense, so he got an offensive tackle because of course he did.

10:00 - CJ Mosley, another “Glad he’s out of the SEC” All-Star.

10:05 - I’ve been sucked into the over-coverage of the Draft this year, like everyone else, but man. I never imagined that Johnny Football would be the front runner to get Brady Quinn’d. Another benefit of the weekend Draft is that the NFL doesn’t have to try to convince these cats who don’t get picked to come be on camera the next day.

10:18 – Fun fact: refreshing your Stoli takes longer than refreshing your browser. James out of Tennessee seems like a stretch to me, but this Miami front office knows what it’s…nope, couldn’t do it with a straight face.

10:26 - Brandon Cooks. Bust. Book it. Yeah, I still hate the Saints, what about it?

10:35 - The Packers continue to be a well-run, successful organization who have figured out the whole “Alabama has good football players” thing.

10:38 - Do it Chip. Be a god and draft Manziel. Set the internet on fire.

10:43 - I’m really gonna miss JFF. The Browns. *throws remote*.

10:47 - On the upside, he’s already used to running for his life. We’ll see if it works in Cleveland. (SPOILERS: it won’t work).

10:53 - Kansas City takes Dee Ford out of Auburn, who stayed at home like a G. Great player, but is this just an excuse for me to run the Andy Reid Kool Aid Man gif? Of course it is. You know me so well, internet.

11:00 - The Spurs just hung 70 in the first half. What? I’m a great multi-tasker.

11:03 - Wait, which one of y’all told Teddy to go the Draft? And I’m not one of these new-fangled Teddy haters, I been talking bad about him since I started here. Just ask Chad.

11:10 - Chip with a little bit of a stretch at 26, but they needed a linebacker and they got a linebacker. ANALYSIS.

11:15 - Curious about the draftees walk up songs? Me too! Deadspin found a list. I bet we don’t hear R. Kelly tonight.

11:20 - Kelvin Benjamin, welcome to being the only receiving threat for the Panthers. Another smart player who stayed at home. I bet Teddy wishes he’d stayed at home in a polo. WHAT IS THE UPSIDE TO GOING?

11:26 - Pats take Easley out of Florida, who tore his ACL in practice this year. Now, watch all the talking heads and Marshall Faulk’s bow tie tells us what a great pick it is, since the everyone is afraid to cross Belichick.

11:32 - NIU DB taken in the first round. Go drunk Draft, you’re home.

11:39 - Am I excited to see who the Seahawks take so I can go to bed? Maybe. Though this vodka and football is probably going to keep me up for a while because I’ve been essentially brainwashed by the NFL at this point. I haven’t even checked the Spurs score in like 10 minutes.

11:43 - And by Seahawks, of course I mean the Vikings. Plus, it might even be Teddy Bridgewater, and what a weird ending this would be.

11.46 - Sleep in tomorrow Teddy, no need for that second suit, you’re not coming back! Congrats to all 32 guys whose lives changed tonight, sorry to all 32 dissapointed fanbases who are disappointed because fans are annoying, and never forget:

The List

The List

 

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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!

Join via ESPN here!

 

 

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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