Daily Archives: May 23, 2008

Aloha, Mr. Paterno.

JoePa channels his inner Jeff Spicoli.

“To be frank with you, I don’t know what the reasons are not to have a playoff,” Paterno said during a speaking appearance in Pittsburgh. “You can talk about missing class and all that kind of stuff, [yet] you see basketball go on forever. You have a lot of bogus excuses, but obviously the majority of people who have the say don’t want it.”

Bogus, dude.

Jeff Spicoli: What Jefferson was saying was, Hey! You know, we left this England place ’cause it was bogus; so if we don’t get some cool rules ourselves – pronto – we’ll just be bogus too! Get it?



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Georgia’s ten most memorable plays, 2007 edition

What’s the offseason for, if you can’t make lists?

Similarly to my ten best SEC games retrospective, I thought, starting tomorrow, I’d take a shot at listing the ten most memorable plays of Georgia’s last season. (And no, I’m not doing brackets.)

“Memorable” means just that. Sometimes plays stick with us because they happen at momentous times during the course of a college football year. Sometimes we remember the individual effort of a player to make something remarkable happen. And sometimes it’s the nature of the play itself that affects how a game – or even a season – turns out.

What I won’t include on my list are plays where Georgia was simply a fortuitous beneficiary, such as Oklahoma State’s bad snap on its first punt attempt of the season, or plays that might have been the difference in a loss, as was the case with Stafford overthrowing Moreno on what would have been a touchdown in the South Carolina game.

And I think we’ll skip the Tennessee game while we’re at it, too.

Feel free to toss in your favorites, as well.


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Apples and oranges

With the Football Championship Subdivision (the division formally known as Division 1-AA) expanding its playoff field to 20 schools, its members are struggling to adjust their schedules to accommodate the longer postseason. It looks like the bye week is going to be sacrificed.

Something else is going by the wayside: the twelfth game.

In the absence of an off week, the recurring idea of adding a 12th regular-season game seems all but dead. The message: FCS programs see more value in increased playoff opportunities than in the revenue of an additional home game, somewhere in the neighborhood of $40,000 in ticket sales alone at SDSU. [Emphasis added.]

That, of course, is the opposite of how the numbers work in D-1. I point this out not to say which is better or worse, but simply to note that this is one reason I discount the “all the other divisions have football playoffs, so why doesn’t D-1” argument. The financial structures are completely different.

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