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College Football Awards

It’s that time of the year again, time for my college football awards.

I’ll give you my winner and my top three for the Heisman because that’s what the voters get to do.
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Football and Bubba

Junior Seau died yesterday.  Tragic loss of life. A loss of life that brings up many questions in my own parenting as I sit here on, potentially, the eve of the birth of my son.

Will I let my son play football growing up? I really recommend this read by Andy Staples at si.com on the head trauma problems and whether or not he’s going to let his son play football.

It just seems to dangerous right now. Way to dangerous. Concussions, brain damage, let alone all the other injuries that could come with playing football. The risk doesn’t seem worth the reward.

I’m pro team sports. Very pro team sports. Character, work ethic, teamwork, diligence, amongst a list of other things. I love football. I played growing up. I think every guy should be able to throw a football around with his buddies. I’m pro defense. That’s what I played in Midget football (really, it’s called Midget Football back home). But, I do think that something has to happen especially with head injuries for me to let my son play.

It’s weird. Looking back on my High School career I often wished I would have played Football. Everyone made the team, and I wish I would have been a part of that. I only weighed 105 when I graduated High School so I wouldn’t have gotten a lot of playing time anyways. But the team aspect would have been great. And now, I don’t think I could allow my son to have the experience that I wish I had.

The risk is not worth the reward.

What say you?

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Bracket Madness

You may or may not know that I won most of the brackets I entered this year.  My picks were pretty on point.  You can see one of the winning brackets here.  I finished in the overall place of 9772, which is the 99.8 percentile, and I ran the East Bracket, which is always one of my goals.

Alas, that’s not what this post is about.  This post is inspired by Johnny Carpenter or @jonayonthespot or Gideonitis.

I hate what picking a bracket or any fantasy sport does to me. It’s utter madness.  Last night, while watching the championship game I rooted for Kentucky. I hate Calipari. I think he stands for most of what’s wrong with College Basketball (he’s not the only one, he’s probably just the best at it). But, I rooted for Kentucky. I pulled for the favorite. Why? Because I picked them, and I’d get some sweet shirts out of the deal. Thanks Robert Redd.

I don’t just do this in College Basketball. I do this in Football, Nascar (yes, I play fantasy nascar), golf (yes, I play fantasy golf), and any other sport I pick fantasy teams in.

I hate it.

I also can’t stop it. Fantasy sports have changed the nature of watching the game and I’ve found myself along for the ride.

I wish I could finish this post with I don’t want to be along for the ride, but I will enjoy those shirts when they get here!

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Wahoo Through and Through

After watching the Super Bowl and hearing Chris Canty say Wahoowah in front of 100 million people, I’ve been thinking about being a wahoo myself.

Ok, let’s be honest, I was thinking about it before then and that’s not the reason I was thinking of it, but I thought it was a good intro…

Anyways.

I’m a wahoo. Through and through. This morning I found more evidence for this. Evidently I only buy orange and blue hygiene products. Yup. That’s right.

Toothbrush. Orange and Blue.
Deodorant. Orange and Blue
Razor. Orange and Blue.

None of that was done on purpose but I must be more attracted to the products that use the colors of my beloved wahoos.

Weird huh?

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Super Bowl 46

I’m sitting here watching The Replacements and I thought I’d get my Super Bowl thoughts out there before the big game.

I’m pretty over all the hype, so I’m pretty stoked we had our retreat this weekend so I didn’t have to listen to it all. That’s a reason I’m watching The Replacements. No pre game talk about the same stuff I’ve heard all week for me. And who doesn’t love Keanu? (I did watch Speed before this too…)

I’m rooting for the Giants. I think the Patriots will win. I’m really afraid it’ll be a blowout.

So. Here are some thoughts I have on the game. In no particular order.

1. Roman numerals are stupid.
2. I think Eli makes a great case for being more clutch than Peyton with a win. More clutch. Not better. Unless you think more clutch is better and I would be fine with that.
3. Brady may be in the running for best ever with a win.
4. I’m glad there are no hokies on either team, but there are some Hoos.
5. It would be weird to watch the game at 230. I’m looking at you, West Coast.
6. I’m interested to see how the Giants try and cover the TightEnds. They’ve been dominant this year.
7. I think it’s ridiculous that the Patriots don’t have enough cornerbacks and Edelman has to play defensive back. That’s not novel, it’s stupid.
8. I think Gronk will play.
9. I wonder how old next years super bowl halftime show will be?

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Quarterback Smorterback

I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of all this Quarterback talk.  I’m tired of quarterbacks getting all the credit for everything.  I’m tired of quarterbacks winning the MVP when it should have been the kicker (see the national championship game).  I’m tired of all the quarterback sound bites.  Just tired of it.

On the radio this morning, I heard a sound bit from the Herd.  He said that you can win with a bad quarterback, but you can’t win the super bowl.  It’s sound bites like that that just continue the trend of this trash of an idea.

Tired of it.

There’s a lot more to a football team than the quarterback.  You can win without great quarterback play.  I would even argue you can win super bowls without them.

Three of the four teams left this weekend focus on defense.  It’s the major focus.  They also all have great running games.  That’s their strategy for success.  It’s not as much about the quarterback.

It is possible to win without a great quarterback.  It’s possible to win without a great running back.  It’s possible to win without a great cornerback.  You just have to work around it.  Stop giving the quarterback that much credit.

The odds are stacked for the offense.  The quarterback can’t even be touched anymore, of course he’s going to put up great numbers.  I’m not impressed.

I’m tired of the MVP of the year always being a quarterback.  I’m tired of the MVP of the Super Bowl automatically being the quarterback.  It’s ridiculous.  And as far as I’m concerned it’s the easy way out.

I don’t like the Patriots, but I really hope they lose big time this weekend so that it’s clear that defense and a running game win championships.

 

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UVA dook thoughts

First of all, I don’t really believe in moral victories when it comes to sports teams.  I just don’t.  So, I’m not going to give you we should hang our head high after hanging with and almost beating dook last night talk.  (Also, I have taught my computer to learn how to spell “dook”).

However, there were some things that gave me great hope from last night.  So, instead of moral victory talk I’ll say what I’m excited about as we continue further into the ACC season.

1. Akil Mitchell.  Last night showed the athleticism that Akil has and I’m excited to highlight that down the stretch.  That put back jam at the end of the game was nasty and I want to see more of that.  I thought he and Mike worked well on the block moving the ball to each other also.

2. Mike Scott.  Well, we already knew Mike was a big part of the offense and could score whenever he wanted against weaker opponents.  Last night showed he can take over games against bigger guys down low.  I had concerns about him going up against the Plumlees and Reggie Johnson.  He’s disproved those thoughts handily.

3. Jontel didn’t turn the ball over last night.  That’s impressive against an aggressive dook team.  Very impressed.

4. We played very well in one of the most hostile environments in college basketball.  That is a very good sign as we continue to go on the road and eventually end up playing at neutral sites.  I like that we were able to rise to the occasion last night.

5. Anybody else notice that Assane didn’t miss any shots last night?  Made all his field goals and free throws?  And won the opening tip?  Did that really happen?

 

So, those are five positives from last night heading into the teeth of the ACC season.  You notice anymore?

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BCS National Championship Game

So, I watched the Rematch last night.

And I liked it. A lot.

I love defense. And it was there. I don’t think I’ve ever seen defense like that before. I honestly have to think that Alabama team had one of the best defenses ever. Ever. That was domination. 39 rushing yards and less than 100 yards total in a BCS Championship Game. I love it.

Watching the speed of the defense and their ability to cover sideline to sideline was mesmerizing. That doesn’t even mention the domination of the defensive front. They dominated that side of the game like they were playing against the JV squad.

To be upfront, I had picked LSU and rooted for LSU during the game. I didn’t think that Alabama should have been playing in the game but not only did they play they dominated. There was just never any point where it felt like LSU was gonna crawl back into the game.

Alabama was better defensively, offensively, and from the coaching side. I couldn’t believe that LSU kept running the option. It made no sense why they kept trying that when clearly Alabama had the speed and ability to shut that down handily.

One ridiculous side note. Nick Saban brought a laser scanner if some sort for all of the team meals. He wanted to make sure all the food was properly cooked so there wouldn’t be any food poisoning or ill effects from that aspect. That’s incredible attention to detail and a but superfluous as far as I’m concerned.

I’m not at all disappointed that Alabama won. I’m confused about the season. LSU beat three BCS bowl winners (Alabama, Oregon, West Virginia), Alabama looked like the best team in the country last night, but OK State only lost to Iowa State immediately after a tragedy that no one can imagine. A playoff only up tells you who was the best at the end of the year, the BCS was supposed to take care of the whole season. It fell short this year.

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College Football Thoughts

Ok, I’ll give some college football thoughts as the regular season comes to an end.

First.  Heisman trophy.  Votes were due today I believe.  If I had a vote and had to rank my top three (which I think is how they vote).  Here is how it would be.

1. Tyron Matheiu. CB. LSU

2. Robert Griffin III. QB. Baylor

3. Montee Ball. RB. Wisconsin.

To me, the Heisman is about the best player in college football.  I really think it’s the Honey Badger.  Guy just has a knack for making things happen and is the leader on one of the best defenses in the country.  It should be noted that he played no offenses snaps but scored 4 TDs this year.  That’s sick.  Hands down, my pick for top player of the year.

Second, BCS stuff.

Honestly, I think Alabama is the second best team in the country.  However, I think that Ok State should have been ranked second.  Their list of accomplishments is better than Alabama’s.  I think their wins are better than Alabama’s.  Way better.  Their loss is worse, but it came on the heels of tragedy and they should get their shot at LSU.

Also, it’s ridiculous that vpi made it into a BCS game.  Ridiculous.  They lose their conference championship game and get to play a better opponent than Clemson.  Ridiculous.  (Also, I realize that most teams in the ACC will play a better opponent than WVU because the Big East is a joke this year).  vpi didn’t beat a single top 25 school this year.  Weak.  Get them out of there and give Boise a shot.

Ultimately, like everything else wrong with College Football, I blame Craig James.  #firecraigjames

Third, Coach of the Year.

Dear Facebook friends, I know you all love Mike London.  I do too.  He’s been fantastic.  Especially when they show his old police photo.  However, you can’t really think he’s qualified to be national Coach of the Year can you?  Yeah, me either.  So, please stop inviting me to vote for him.  If I click the link to vote, I’m going to vote for Bill Snyder.  So, you’d be better off to not send me that link.

That’s all for now.  What are your thoughts?

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Tebow

Ok.  I’ve been thinking about this one for a little while now.  I’ve blogged in the past about how I hate McShay and Mel Kiper and don’t really see them as adequate evaluators of talent, especially when it comes to the quarterback position.  My case in points will be Cam Newton and Tim Tebow.  Which are actually great examples because Tebow wins and obviously Newton has NFL talent.

Anyways, I really wanted to get some thoughts out there on this whole Tebow ordeal that has been happening. It’s taken me a little longer to add to the debate because I just don’t get it.  I don’t understand what the fuss is about.  I don’t understand why people are down on Tebow and the Broncos and aren’t happy about what is happening.

The guy is winning football games.  Actually winning the vast majority of his football games this year.  He’s brought his team from out of the picture to a chance to win the division.  What’s the big deal?

First thought.  Some guys are just winners.  It’s what they do.  They find a way to win and they inspire those around them to win.  Tebow seems to be that guy.  He did it at Florida and he’s doing it with the Broncos.  People around him play harder because there’s something about him.

Second thought.  Who cares how you win?  So what if they run the ball more than normal.  Who cares?  Isn’t winning what matters?  Nobody complains when Peyton Manning and the Colts just throw the ball, and no one complains when Brady and the Pats do the same thing.  If they don’t throw and still win, still sounds like winning to me.

Third thought.  He’s actually not the worst throwing quarterback out there.  Some of his passes bounce to the receiver.  Some of his passes go high.  So what?  He completes winning passes.  He’s also not dealing with the best of receivers out there in Denver.

Fourth thought.  I actually heard on the radio that good receivers won’t come to Denver if he’s the quarterback.  Really?  That’s an actual argument?  If they keep winning, people will come.

Fifth thought. Tebowmania.  It’s a good thing for the NFL.  It’s a good thing for the Broncos.

Sixth thought.  I really don’t like McShay or Kiper.

Seventh thought.  Just win baby.  I’d take Tebow in Washington in a heartbeat.  Sorry Sexy Rexy.

So, if you’re one of those radio pundits or what not and you diss my boy Tebow, I’m going to turn the channel.  You’ve been given fair warning.

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