Daily Archives: March 22, 2010

Orrin Hatch doubles down.

Few organizations have been met with more public scorn and condemnation over the past several years than the Bowl Championship Series. In fact, I think it could be said that, on most days, even Congress has higher approval ratings.

No, not about that.  (Who’s he kidding, anyway?)

This.

… there are other problems with the BCS that are less widely acknowledged, but far more damaging; namely, the means by which the BCS distributes revenue, even among equal participants in its games. Under the current BCS regime, six privileged conferences are guaranteed full shares of the BCS revenues, leaving the remaining five conferences with much smaller shares, even if one of them is fortunate enough to send a team to a BCS bowl. In fact, just last season, two nonprivileged conferences each sent a team to the BCS, yet both received only a fraction of the amounts paid to their counterparts from the privileged conferences. Keep in mind, we’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

On this count, Utahns have even more reason to cry foul on the BCS. It is important to remember that this money is divided among colleges and universities, all of whom use the funds to build facilities for student athletes, offer scholarships and fund academic programs. Yet, even though they have been competitive on the field and in the marketplace, schools from our state have been shortchanged, not due to any fault of their own, but to an inequitable system.

This arrangement is troublesome on a number of levels. First, there is a strong argument to make that the BCS violates our nation’s antitrust laws, which outlaw contracts designed to reduce market competition. In addition, the BCS system clearly harms consumers throughout the country by reducing the quality of competition and throwing up roadblocks in front of potential competitors.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the BCS constitutes an arrangement among educational institutions to decide in advance which schools will benefit and which schools will be left out in the cold, regardless of the quality of their performance. We charge these same institutions with the task of preparing our young people to be active and ethical upon entering the job market. The BCS is, by its very nature, antithetical to that mission.

There’s a lot of bullshit packed in there.  Competitive in the marketplace? Puh-leaze.

In comparison to all the money talk, Hatch devotes roughly one paragraph griping about competition on the field.  Perhaps that will give you a sense of his priorities.

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Monday ??????s

I’ve got questions.  Who’s got answers?

  • Why isn’t a kid with this name playing for Kentucky?
  • Can Steve Spurrier truly be happy if he can’t legitimately threaten to bench his starting quarterback?
  • Does this really matter?
  • If Georgia being thin at the wide receiver position is a good reason not to allow A.J. Green to return punts, is being thin in the secondary a good reason not to let Brandon Boykin return kickoffs?
  • Congrats to Goldberg, but which do you think is larger, The National Jewish Hall of Fame and Museum or the shed that Mike Leach confined Adam James to?
  • Is Sam Bradford proof that you can go home again?
  • So which is it for Tennessee – do the Vols “have a lot of work to do”, or are they on an even keel with Oregon?

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When there’s not much happening, it’s time for a poll.

The old saw that the defense is usually ahead of the offense in spring ball is going to be tested in Athens this preseason.  The defense, both coaches and players, should be challenged with the installation of Coach Grantham’s new 3-4 scheme.

The offense?  Chugging right along

Compared to their defensive counterparts, Georgia’s offensive players are breezing through spring practice.

Returning nine starters made it easy for the unit to begin spring practice in full stride.

“We’re installing things pretty fast, going pretty fast with things,” quarterback Aaron Murray said. “That’s just because the guys know what they’re doing out there. We don’t have to take it slow. We’re pretty much rapid fire right now.”

With so much experience returning, less time has been spent teaching, with fewer repetitions needed to get formations and plays in sync.

So, with that in mind, check out the poll du jour.

Of course, your comments, tongue in cheek or otherwise, are welcomed.

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I can hear Uncle Verne already.

At least in one sense, John Brantley assumes the Joe Cox mantle this season.

Brantley

AP Photo/John Raoux
After patiently waiting his turn for three years, John Brantley is ready to be the starter. [Emphasis added.]

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Even in Montana, they know about devaluing the regular season.

An alert reader e-mailed me with this note from Stewart Mandel’s Twitter feed:

College hoops regular season in a nutshell. Kansas won Big 12, beat KState three times. All anyone will remember is KState Sweet 16, KU not.

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