Posted on: January 2, 2009 2:02 pm

The Pac-10 and the East Coast Bias

Ray Ratto recently wrote a blog detailing the Pac-10's "easy bowl schedule" and stubbornness in choosing not to play day games during conference play that would supposedly allow them to get more love from East Coast pollsters. There is a lot more to this aside from just playing primarily night games. The Pac-10 Conference doesn't need to change anything to start sitting at "The Big Boys Table", because it already has been doing that forever. You cannot fault the Pac-10 for winning all of their bowl games this year and claim that it is solely because of an easy schedule. Arizona defeated a ranked and highly regarded BYU team, Oregon upset a Big 12 power in Oklahoma St., and Oregon St. showed tremendous defense in their win over Pitt. Cal beat an under manned Miami team, but you can't blame them for the suspensions that crippled the Hurricanes in the Emerald Bowl. Lastly, USC showed the Pac-10 superiority in handily defeating Penn St. in the Rose Bowl. You cannot fault a conference for winning the bowl games they are invited to and they have agreements with. In the future, perhaps the team can schedule more agreements for higher profile matchups, but to claim that the Pac-10 is a second tier conference and needs to do more to bow down to the East Coast powers that be is blasphemy.

Posted on: December 27, 2008 6:01 pm

The Signing of Singletary

It's about time. I am glad to see that the 49ers have finally lifted the interim tag off of Mike Singletary and have signed him to a deal to be the official head coach. Just in these last few weeks, I have been in awe of his passion and ability to lead the team. You can tell by his temperament and demeanor that he is dead set on winning. I have been particularly impressed with the discipline that he is impressing on the team. The benching of Vernon Davis helped to make sure the team take notice that antics detrimental to the team will not be tolerated. He makes sure that all the players put the team before themselves, and that is something that seems to be missing all too often in our contemporary sports world. The passion and spirit he brought when he was playing with the Bears has been carried over into his coaching career. I am hoping that "Samurai Mike" will help continue to carry this team on their re-ascendancy for many years to come.

Posted on: November 17, 2008 5:33 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2008 5:37 pm

RANKINGS? We're talkin' about RANKINGS?

I am continuously awe struck by the amount of attention paid to early season NCAA basketball rankings. Who the hell cares who the preseason favorite is? Odds are it will inevitably be nowhere near the same in the long run. The fact of the matter is, the games that we witness in November will have little to no baring on the outcome of the season. At this point, every team is on a much more level playing field because each team is still trying to learn to play together on the fly and "top" teams are much more susceptible to loss. UCLA and Duke faced real scares this past week, and Kentucky fell victim to the daunting squad at VMI. Do you think these games would have been as close in say January or February when the freshman are much more up to speed and the team has congealed as a unit? I think not. These preseason and early season rankings have no real baring on how a team will pan out. The real tests for many teams do not begin until conference play begins, and it is at this time that cream really rises to the top. I can see that my boys down in Westwood are currently ranked #4 in the latest Associated Press poll, but I will not think about it for more than a second until at least December.

Posted on: September 3, 2008 10:06 pm

Baseball Has No Place in Florida

Through my daily scanning of SportsLine, I came across this article today on the pitiful attendance of only 600 at this afternoon's game between the Florida Marlins and Atlanta Braves in Miami. Never-mind the inclement weather or fact that neither team is necessarily competing for a playoff spot, I have never heard of a regularly scheduled game having such a low attendance. Its absolutely absurd. How can a team that has managed to put together two world series wins in fifteen years as a pro franchise be so loathed by their city and fans? The story the Marlins have laid forth thus far in their pro tenure is amazing. Despite low attendance to match a low payroll, they have managed to put together competitive teams through superior scouting and finding scrappy, quality players who play for the love of the game. How can someone not want to go to the ballpark and see Hanley Ramirez, Josh Willingham, Andrew Miller, Cameron Maybin, and Dallas McPherson give there all on a day to day basis? How those players put up with the utter disrespect put forth by their fans is beyond me. This epidemic does not seem to be confined to southern Florida as similar practices have been common place with the Tampa Bay (formerly Devilish) Rays as well....and they have held the best record in baseball at times this year. I don't understand the lack of support showed to the professional teams in Florida, when the state has such a rich baseball tradition. Florida State and the University of Miami routinely make trips to Omaha in the Spring, and Florida high schools are some of the most talent rich baseball programs in America. This love for baseball has just seemingly not been able to translate to the professional level. A symbiotic relationship between management, players, and the fans must be developed quickly for these franchises, or I fear they will leave the sunny Florida panhandle for greener pastures, and at this point, quite frankly, I don't think I would blame them.

Posted on: August 26, 2008 6:18 pm

Instant Replay and the Death of Sport

I was saddened to learn today that Major League Baseball will be instituting instant replay for home run calls starting this Thursday. I have never been a fan of instant replay for baseball, football or any sport for that matter. Instant replay removes one of the most integral and exciting aspects of sport, the human element. We have become so consumed with technology these days and precisions and preciseness that the human aspect of sport continuously loses meaning. What makes sports fun and exciting is the fast pace and imperfect elements. Instant replay damages the human element of sport, and has no place in baseball or professional leagues anywhere.

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