Tag:March Madness
Posted on: July 14, 2009 11:58 am

NCAA Hippocracy v 'Yes We Can' NCAA Playoff

Now that we lost one major 'Stick in the Mud,'  it is time to act.  Let's get the rest of these self-serving bums out of the way by an act of congress. 

The 'Yes We Can' College Football Plan is tribute to Obama and his statement about the one thing he would change in sports if he could-  Adding a College Football Playoff.

Simply put-  The 'Yes We Can' Plan

Regular Season- Starts August 23rd
(earlier for some but not all) and it is done Thanksgiving Weekend.  Regular Season is limited to 12 Games,  not including 1 approved Conference Championship game.  Done by Thanksgiving Weekend.

1 "Legacy" Bowl- Rose, Cotton, etc. before December 8th.

The next 2 weeks, we would have pre-set, League specific stadiums that would be like March Madness- starting after December 15th 

Rd 1: Dec 15, 16, 17, 18
Rd 2: Dec 22, 23

Midwest Bowl Series, Big 10 # 1 Seed, (or Big 12, MAC depending on previous year 1st Round), then the 3 nearest, highest ranked 'at large schools'

Rd 1 Arrowhead Stadium- Toto Bowl,  Browns Sadium- LeBron Stay Here Bowl- as the highest bidding major venue
Rd 2 Winners to Lambeau Field for the Lombardi Bowl as the highest bidding major venue

Southern Bowl Series - SEC #1 Seed, (or Big 12, C-USA depending on previous year 1st Round) then the 3 nearest, highest ranked 'at large schools'

Rd 1 Miami- Everglades Bowl, New Orleans- Jazz Bowl as the highest bidding major venues
Rd 2Winners to Dallas for the Jerry Jones Memorial Bowl as the highest bidding major venue

East Coast Bowl Series - ACC #1 Seed, (or Big East, Ivy depending on previous year 1st Round) then the 3 nearest, highest ranked 'at large schools'

Rd 1 Philly- Brotherly Love Bowl, DC- Obama Bowl as the highest bidding major venues
Rd 2 Winners to New York for the Jersey Bowl as the highest bidding major venue

West Coast Bowl Series - Pac 10 #1 Seed, (or WAC, Mountain West depending previous year 1st Round) then the 3 nearest, highest ranked 'at large schools'

Rd 1 San Fran- Pelosi Bowl,  Seattle- Cobain Bowl as the highest bidding major venues
Rd 2 Winners to LA for the Glitter Bowl as the highest bidding major venue

A-  Auto-Bid/ Bowl Conference affiliation for next year if seed loses in the 1st Round, Conference loses auto bid next season until they can win it back.  Hear that Mountain West?  Big 10?  Big East?  Win, and you are in!! Lose, and you lose your Auto Bid, got it Buckeyes?

B- 1-4 Auto-bid get 'home' bowl preference, as in USC Can pick between Seattle and San Fran Bowl.  

C- Rd 1: Dec 15-23rd

D- Rd 2:  Final 8 Jan 1, 2- - 4 New Years Day Bowls, with the D III and D II Championship games preceding them.  

E- Final Four Jan 7,8 is 1 Pre-set paid for Venue, with a Two Came Card.  Like Basketball, but no Monday game.  GOOD!

F- Championship:  Jan 15- Final Game is Pre-set, paid for Venue.  Could be same venue as Final 4 to really drive up bidding by the Cities.

Now the Drawbacks and Arguments:

Draw Back 1:  "We should have been #16."  Answer:    At #17 to #20, your performance is too far off of national Championship status.  Look as Michigan State.  Don't lose to Ohio State and Penn State then.  Georgia, I don't need to tell you who not to lose to.

Draw Back 2:  Scheduling During Finals.  So what.  Look at March Madness.  That takes just as much time.

Draw Back 3:  At Large Bids getting bad travel opportunities due to proximity- say Florida in Chicago: Same arguement as #1- Win your conference in a conference that wins it's Round 1 games, and you are all good.  Or, win your road game in Chicago, you national Champion you.

Draw Back 4:  4 Bowl Games (only ) on New Year's Day.  Hey, we can at least not have them overlapping each other, and feel free to throw in the D-III & D-II games, and maybe even a High School All-star or a Blu/Gray Game for non-invitees.  There you go.

Draw Back 5:  Season goes to long.  Well, Basketball goes from Mid- October to Early April.  25 weeks.  We are talking Early August to Mid January.  25 Weeks.  NEXT!

Any more drawbacks?  I want to hear them, but not stupid comments on how we won't be allowed becuase we are not in charge.  We have Obama on our side.


So there it is.  Who has the power to make this happen?  We might.  We elected a Black President who was born before segregation and busing had ended.  He is on our side.  Let's get on the Agenda!!!

Posted on: March 9, 2009 1:09 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2009 3:26 pm

Ignore the Big 10 at your Own Demise: A treatise

I feel that we need to put this out there, not because this is a new topic but because it is a runaway topic.  How do I know? My wife was listening in to the MSU- Purdue post game from CBS and asked me "Why do those guys not like the Big 10?. 

During the '4 question' part of the discussion, the comment was made, that "Surprisingly, . . . I do think that the Big 10 should be in the discussion about a #1 seed.  They have an impressive resume, but ---- the Big East and the ACC are so dominant over them."  her question was "what is surprising about a team that wins a major conference by 4 games and might be considered to get the top seed?"

Why are so many down on the Big 10?  Defense. Writers and Networks hate it, nearly as much as  fans from opposing schools.  But it wins. 

Here is an NBA example that you may remember-  In 2004 the Pistons made it to the NBA Finals against the Lakers.  The discussion was not who would win the title, but whether the Lakers would win in 4 or 5 games.  For a week.  If you remember, that was won by the Pistons in 5.  With Defense.  Since then, the NBA and writers and fans have done all they can do to deride that kind of play.  I will never forget the deflation ESPN and Sportcenter had as the Pistons cruised.  They were really down on that style.

Fast-Forward to 2009 and the Big 10.  The same dynamic is happening.  The Big 10 has become a defensive quagmire, probably due to officiating that 'lets the bigs play.'  Whatever, but Outside of the Big 10, everyone hates it.  Or is jealous.  The Big 10 plays defense.  Hard. 

Michigan beat Duke.  Michigan is not that good.  Illinois beat Louisville, and the Illini are not that good.  Yes, UNC thrashed MSU earlier this year, but Suton was out, Raymar was sick, and Delvon Roe was coming off of 2 knee surgeries a few months earlier.  They were riddled with problems.  There is some equity between the two conferences. 

Beyond that, it is incomprehensible that the same team that DESTROYED Pitt last year (with speed and defense) minus Neitzel but plus Draymond Green, Korey Lucious, and Delvon Roe (a better team) is not considered even on their par.  They out rebounded them 33-20.  Bobby Knight picked Pitt as a lock, as did many others.


I watched the Duke UNC game and I paid attention to the guards and where they picked each other up.  They lay WAY back on the point guard when defending.  Also, I saw that the defenses keep the paint well defended, but give up the 12-18 footers much easier. 

The result is less turnovers. Good for TV.  More Scoring.  Good for TV.   Dominant (help) inside play, complete with double and triple teams.  TV loves the blocks, and dunks, the only way to score with 4 men in the paint. 

We shall see if defense matters.  My feeling is that it does a little bit.










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