Posted on: September 19, 2011 7:47 pm

Texas is going to the SEC & NOT the Pac 12

With the developments today of Texas & Oklahoma receiving permission from their respective boards of regents it had me thinking for a moment about seeing the Longhorns coming to Seattle to play the Huskies or seeing them having to play USC every year and how GREAT that would be!
I then stopped and thought about it and the more I thought about it the more it made more sense for Texas to NOT join the Pac 12 but rather the SEC.
Geographically it makes sense, it would give the conference football dominance in the gulf coast from Texas to Florida, up through South Carolina and up to Kentucky & Tennessee.
It would also make sense to move Auburn & Alabama to the SEC east while keeping the rest of the west in tact and adding both Texas & A&M.
The SEC also has a national TV deal with CBS which would give Texas exposure on the national level on a major network that would trump even their own Longhorn network.
Another reason I say it makes sense for Texas to join the SEC is fan travelling, the furthest a Texas fan would have to drive to get to an away game is 17-18 hours which is completely doable, that also translates into little more than a commuter flight for the fan that wanted to fly.
It would also reopen the old rivalry between Texas & Arkansas from their SouthWest Conference days.
Add Oklahoma & Oklahoma State to the SEC west, move Ole Miss & Miss. State there and that would make the SEC even more the power conference in the country.
In the end I just don't see the Big12 teams joining the Pac 12, as great as the Pac 12 is I think revenue wise, fan interest wise it doesn't make sense.
Sure Texas fans would get excited for them to play USC or UCLA but would they really get excited for Utah, Oregon state or Washington State?
I am sure within a week we'll hear that at least Texas is joining the SEC and even if Oklahoma did go to the Pac 12 the Red River Rivalry would still be played between Texas & Oklahoma, there's too much history & too much revenue at stake and they would make sure the game was scheduled every year.
I do think though at the end of the day it makes sense for Oklahoma, Oklahoma State & Texas to join A&M in the SEC for a whole host of reasons and would remove any doubt that the SEC is THE football power conference in the NCAA.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: March 23, 2011 10:18 am

Mike Brown - head "Bungler" of Bengals

Mike Brown in case you don't know is the owner of the Cincinnati Bengals, he took over the team in 1991 after the passing of his father - NFL legend Paul Brown - who BTW the Cleveland Browns were named for.
Mike Brown also annointed himself defacto GM at that time, he fired the most successful coach in franchise history - Sam Wyche, he then went on to hire David Shula - who has a great football name being the son of HOF'er Don Shula but that is where the similarities with him and his dad end and David lost 50 games FASTER than any coach in NFL history.
He then hired Bruce Coslet who was equally as disaterous and had the Bengals spinning their proverbial wheels in the mud almost as fast as Shula did.
In fact the most successful coaching hire Brown's made is Marvin Lewis and even he is at a .455 winning %, over all in his 20 years at the helm the Bengals have a .361 winning % which if you were a GM of any other tyeam would have had you fired by now but now Brown, nope, when you own the team you can do what you like and apparently that means running the team further and further into the ground.
Let's also not forget his abysmal draft record with a decent choicxe here & there but over 95% of his picks have not worked out or they've had repeated run ins with police all of which goes back to scouting & researching the background of the players they draft.
They employ 1 scout, not 5-6 like most NFL teams do, they have 1,  they promised Marvin Lewis they would change that but still haven't done so.
He has had public feuds with players who want to be traded out of his organization from Corey Dillon to Chad Johnson & now Carson Palmer all of which fought and fought to gain their freedom - only Corey Dillon received his being traded to the New England Patriots for a second round pick.
Chad Johnson still is on the Bengals roster as is Palmer - who has threatened to retire if the Bengals don't trade him but Brown says he will NOT trade Palmer.
I have to ask Bengal fans - HOW is this even remotely acceptable? How do you put up with a losing product year after year, bungled draft after bungled draft, the childlike "I'm taking my ball & going home" attitude with players like Johnson & Palmer, how is that acceptable?
If a player even the QB of the team EVER tried to force a trade in the Patriots organization Bill Belichick would have that player traded faster than you can say "Fumble", they just would be no doubt about it.
Belichick wouldn't be trying to "show who's boss" to the player, you don't wnat to play here, we'll get someone who does oh and you will be traded to where WE will receive the most value from.
To call Brown's attitude shortsighted is being kind, it's selfish and serves to only boost his ego that he can take a hardline with his QB, it doesn't improve the team, gets them no value to build upon, makes the organization look badly and puts the coaching staff in a difficult position.
I don't blame Palmer, he wants out, he's tired of the losing and the failed promises from the front office and though I don't normally back players who demand a trade in this case can you really blame him?
The Bengals could do very nicely for themlseves by trading him, get a player and a pick or 2 extra draft picks in return, sure they won't be first round picks BUT you do build your team in the lower rounds, why not make the MOST of the opportunity to give yourself more chances to select a player that could very well become a franchise player or at least a solid contributer to end the YEARS of futility!
Mike Brown will have none of it, just as the Lions did with Barry Sanders and received absolutely NOTHING for him after he retired when they wouldn't trade him.
Palmer says he will retire and move on to another facet of his life, he's made money, has a family that he would be able to spend more time with but it shouldn't HAVE to come to that, it just shouldn't but sadly it will.
Palmer will retire, the Bengals will get nothing for him and Mike Brown can stroke his ego that he was the hardline, old school guy who showed the superstar player who was boss.
That's fine and if at the end of the day that's what drives him and not the success of the franchise he is steward for than so be it, I just think it's doing Bengals fans a great disservice and in the end isn't that who Brown should think about first and foremost?
Aren't the fans the reason he's able to earn the living he does and gets to live the dream of EVERY NFL fan - to be GM of an NFL franchise.
Aren't the fans who the players always credit and who are the lifeblood of ANY professional sports team?
If you've answered yes to those questions than WHY is Mike Brown putting them behind stroking his ego?
Bengal fans deserve better but unless Mike brown has an epiphany of epic proportions than it isn't going to happen and THAT is what is most sad in this whole saga.
Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:49 am

Bus should NOT be garaged in HOF

I will first admit that when I was a teenager there was no college football team more popular in my circle of friends than Notre Dame -
I know surprise huh? an Irish Catholic kid from Boston and his group of friends were Notre Dame fans, shocker you say!
I LOVED watching Jerome Bettis wearing his # 6 and rumbling down the field, running over opposing defenses and saying to myself that
he was going to be something special once he entered the NFL.
Looking back on it yes he did have a good NFL career, he was productive, lasted longer than most backs - which I believe the average career for an NFL running back is 3.2 years, but with all this talk about the Hall of Fame despite my past Notre Dame & Jerome Bettis fandom I would have to say that he was NOT one fo the best of his era.
To me that is the measuring stick for the Hall of Fame, were you the best of your era, did you dominate, were you special week in and week out on a consistent basis and I can't say with a resounding YES! that the Bus was all that.
He never lead the league in rushing, only once did he average 100 yards a game in a single season(1997 he avgd. 111 per game) though he did have a season where he averaged 97.5 yards a game (2001) too so I will give him that because it was pretty close, he's 22nd. in TD's alltime, good but not GREAT, not HOF worthy in my opinion.
I'd be interested to hear form other NFL fans and what you consider your criteria for HOF consideration, is it strictly a numbers thing? or do you also take into account what they contributed to the team and would you put Jerome Bettis into the HOF?

Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:29 pm

Mike Sweeney'll fight ya!

Ok, so I know this is a few weeks late but really up until now I didn't have the forum I do now so I thought I'd get it off my chest.
I am of course talking about "Nap gate" in the Mariners club house where a respected reporter's reputation was besmirched and has subsequently been treated as an outcast because of something he reported on that seems extremely plausible to me.
For the uninitiated the story goes like this: The M's need Ken Griffey Jr. for pinch hitting duties one night, he's nowhere to be found only to be eventually located napping in the clubhouse.
The story hits the papers and it of course caused the firestorm that you would expect it to, Junior denies it, demands that the parties who told the reporter Larry Larue about the incident to step forward and be accountable which he knows is NOT going to happen.
This is where I have a problem with the whole story, The M's hold a closed door meeting, players only in which Mike Sweeney basically calls out the "cowards" who dare share this information with a reporter,giving the whole "Our clubhouse is sacred" schpiel.
THEN he goes on to challenge to fight the guilty parties which just sounds like something out of elementary school or even junior high, "I'll fight ya! I'll meet you at the flagpole after 7th period and I'll kick yer ass!"
Oh yeah, Mike, you big tough guy, yeah bully your teammates who don't particularly feel loyalty to Junior or perhaps they feel loyalty to the team that they play their asses off for and see a guy getting a pass who isn't doing much for the team.
I understand that the guys like to keep the business in house but really, these things are going to get out to the media and threatening to fight your teammates will only make you look like the jock bully from junior high tryign to impose some sort of clubhouse justice.
If he had a modicum of stroke within the clubhouse he wouldn't have to resort to threats because he'd have that respect from his teammates already ingrained within the clubhouse and while there's guarantee that the story wouldn't have gotten out the young players who did speak up would have given pause before doing so.
I still think it's a good thing the young players who spoke up did, it shows that they care about the team and everyone doing their fair share and no one skating by.
So Mike Sweeney can put away the tough guy act, stop challenging players to fights because in the end it only makes him look foolish, the only ones who look even more foolish are the ones who think this type of behavior is ok or good to engage in.
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