Random New Year’s Day observations

Nothing like New Year’s Day, a comfy chair, a clicker and a nearby bathroom, I always say.

  • Could yesterday possibly have gone any worse for the Big East?  West Virginia lost to an ACC team that defined mediocrity this season and the less said about Cincinnati’s showing against Florida, the better.
  • Speaking of Cinci, the Sugar Bowl folks have to be wondering when they’re going to host a compelling game next… nothing’s been close since the Dawgs lost in 2006.
  • The look on Gene Chizik’s face when the Outback Bowl game finally ended was priceless.  And as bizarre as the overtime period was, who could blame him?
  • Brent Musberger’s gushing about Pryor “growing up before our eyes” sounded like the rabbi at my bar mitzvah.  But Herbstreit’s delivery the entire game, at a level somewhere between normal conversation and a shout, was even more irritating.  Too bad, because it distracted from a great coaching job by Tressel and his staff.
  • Speaking of gushing, if Verne Lundquist and Thom Brennaman had a bet about who could fawn over the GPOOE™ the most, Uncle Verne lost.  For the first time in my life, I was grateful for Meyer and Tebow piling up the score, as I was able to avoid watching the second half.  Tim, I owe you one, buddy.
  • I’m not sure which was more embarrassing, the state of the field for the Cap One, or LSU’s clock management in the last minute of the game.

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  2. JaxDawg

    Tebow had a terrific game, but here in Jacksonville (as of 8:30 am at the local coffee shop) the arrogant Gator jerk levels are at an all-time high. One older guy actually said that he still thinks FL is better than AL and that they would win that game if they played again. He also said that Brantley would be a better qb than Tebow, at least passing wise. As a bystander, I couldn’t help but ask him if he watched the game and thought that Brantley could do better than that? “No”, he says.

    Then I looked at the entire group of Gators (9 or 10) and remarked that Cincy ain’t Bama and that the reason they lost that game was b/c AL smoked ’em. There is a reason Tebow looked so bad against Bama – they brought the wood.

    I did think Tebow’s post-game comment about Meyer playing more golf was pretty funny. He’s a good kid but I am certainly glad he is done.

    It was also refreshing to hear Barnhart and Tillman both say that Meyer is done at Florida.

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  3. heyberto

    I didn’t watch all of the game and I flipped around a bit, but Good ole’ Uncle Verne didn’t let the Big East / ACC matchup of the Gator Bowl prevent him from gushing over Tebow yesterday.. makes me wonder how much we’ll have to listen to him talk about him next year. It ain’t over!!

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  4. Brandon

    Cheesy Musberger line of the day (after LaGarrette Blount scored his touchdown in the first half): “To put it bluntly (haha play on words) he’s a load”. Man, I can’t wait for that guy to retire.

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    • Kuma

      I rolled my eyes at that one too. Also, maybe it’s my east coast football bias, but I thought the gushing over how the Rose Bowl is the pinnacle of achievement in any sport (or some such) was over the top also.

      I thought Brent’s looking old, though. If we’re lucky, his retirement won’t be far away…

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  5. Brandon

    While Verne’s love for Tebow is certainly the most passionate I have ever heard Verne get, he has a tendency to really overplay personal stories, I’ve had several non-UGA fan friends tell me they really tired of the whole David Greene and David Pollack pee wee football video and shots of their parents, I of course didn’t really think it was overblown at the time but in the years since I have gone back and watched a lot of those games and it is brought up along with other general praise of the two in damn near every game, all in all I still like Verne, Thom Brennaman is another matter, that guy is absolutely terrible.

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    • fetch

      Thom is one of the worst announcers I have ever heard. I remember thinking during the 07 Sugar Bowl that it sounded as if it was the first game he had ever seen.

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  6. Turd Ferguson

    I thought it was funny hearing Brennaman respond to the other guy (didn’t catch his name) suggesting that Tebow’s mechanics aren’t ideal for the NFL. There was a moment there during which Brennaman really seemed to be taking it personally. Like a father hearing someone criticize his beloved son …

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    • Russ

      The other guy was Brian Billick, 30 year NFL coach and coached the Ravens to their Super Bowl win. I’d guess he knows a little more about NFL talent than Brennaman. It was funny hearing that conversation.

      Billick also told Brennaman (after Brennaman was complaining about the Tebow backlash) that the media overblows (didn’t mean for that to be a pun, but it fits) the entire Tebow story and so it’s understandable.

      Even my wife got tired of the Tebow slobberfest.

      I’ll say this, though. Tebow played as good a game as I’ve seen him play. Of course, Cincy looked just like Hawaii out there.

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  7. shane#1

    Brandon, what do you expect from a guy that can’t spell Tom? The new Year highlights for me were JoePa’s interview and Bowden’s last game. Paterno’s love for the game and his comments about college football were a breath of fresh air in this over-hyped era. Pappy Bowden was a real example of grace and dignity in a difficult situation. The low point was Tebow still being in the game in a blowout and Meyer calling two TOs in the fourth quarter. I for one am thankful for CMR and the way he carries himself.

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  8. Macallanlover

    Yesterday’s bowl match-ups just continued to prove why the bowl system is meaningless, and lacks drama. So much more could be done with the last month+ of the season. I love CFB so I watch (but no longer go to the games), but it would be great to see this all build to something meaningful.

    So the nation’s third best team suffered a terrible beatdown at the hands of the SEC runnerup last night? Any of you really think Cincy is the 3rd best team in the nation this year? I didn’t think so. Yet, the best of the football minds voted them to a high position in the “human polls”. And it was confirmed by the unbiased genius of the computers. It was even validated by the unorthodox Mumme Poll.

    This “poll method” is no way to crown someone as “champion” folks. I am not suggesting that the winner of the 8 team playoff I propose would always be the uncontested “best” in the nation, but they would indeed be a Champion, just like other NCAA Champs. At least it would have been earned, not the questionable result of a such a flawed system as the polls we currently employ, and then universally ridicule for where teams are placed. Even when allowed to vote we fall into the same trap based on someone being undefeated, or winning a conference title. On the field, teams gets a chance to earn it, or blow it. That is so much better than some geek who was a HS equipment manager making that determination for them by denying them an invitation to the party.

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    • Hackerdog

      And yet, the playoff proponents claim we need a playoff so that we can include Cincy, TCU, and Boise State in the national title picture. And all these flawed polls would be used for seeding purposes. Anything short of a 64-team playoff does nothing to cure your objections. And a 64-team playoff would introduce more flaws than it fixes.

      Here’s hoping I never have to see UGA play MTSU in the first round of the CFB playoffs.

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      • Ausdawg85

        If you line-up FBS into 8 conferences, 12 teams each, 2 divisions each, you eliminate the polls with a natural 16 team playoff (that begins at the conference championship level), but avoid wildcard and other NFL nonsense.

        Of course, you gotta cut 24 teams from the FBS, go to potentially 15 games, and get everyone to agree.

        Will probably happen under the Palin administation.

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    • Yesterday’s bowl match-ups just continued to prove why the bowl system is meaningless, and lacks drama.

      Are you serious? The Outback Bowl was crazy fun to watch. The Rose Bowl was excellent.

      The worst game of the bunch was between the two highest ranked teams – you know, the ones most likely to be in a playoff.

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      • rbubp

        Undoubtedly everyone understands that blowouts will happen in the first round of a playoff system that includes teams that have been guessed to be so high in the rankings by opinions and statistics.

        If anything the lopsided games between the “top” teams are just what Mac says, an indictment of the believability of the current system. At least with a playoff the whittling process would create closer games in the latter rounds (usually, of course, not always).

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        • Puffdawg

          Everything the McCain presidential campaign did was irrelevant because he lost the election. We need a playoff now. Errr, um, sorry, wrong thread.

          Seriously, the Cincy team everybody said got screwed was proved to be a “fraud.” They are conference champs though, which is a nice achievement for them. It’s just that they obviously were not qualified to be in the MNC discussion, which is exactly what the BCS contended.

          One other bone I have to pick: why is everyboduy so pissed at the Fiesta Bowl? They took what they thought were the best teams available to them. How does that mean they tried to screw Boise and TCU? If anything, it’s the opposite. Do you think they would really try to sabotage themselves to protect the “big boys?”. Playoff PAC is a joke.

          And happy new year to all!

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          • rbubp

            Seriously, the Cincy team everybody said got screwed was proved to be a “fraud.”

            A fraud ranked number 3 in the country by the current opinion-off and non-common-opponents scheduling. Now, after their arses got beat down all over the field, they will assume a much truer position between spots 10-20 or so.

            Proven by playing the game head-to-head, of course.

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        • Macallanlover

          Exactly, the SECCG was a blowout of sorts but it was exciting because it actually meant something, and you knew you were getting the best effort of all involved. I think one of the biggest problems with bowls is the different approaches team/coaches take towards them. It is like pre-season NFL, just an exhibition.

          This is not to say you don’t get great games or finishes, like the whacky finish with AU, or Boise/OU, but you don’t watch these games intently like you would if it were advance or go home. I think as the bowls continue to sell themselves to the highest bidder (ticket sellers) and ignore the matchups you will see further declines in attendance by even passionate fans. With a playoff, fans will sacrifice and scratch to be a part of it. Everyone has their opinion, and reasons for it.

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    • Yesterday’s bowl match-ups just continued to prove why the bowl system is meaningless, and lacks drama. So much more could be done with the last month+ of the season. I love CFB so I watch (but no longer go to the games), but it would be great to see this all build to something meaningful.

      The problem here is your expectation for and understanding of what the bowl games are.

      The season (but for one game) ended weeks ago. These are the equivalent of the Pro Bowl. Just exhibition games for the most part.

      CFB is set up just fine. Quit trying to turn it into the NFL (which completely blows).

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      • Macallanlover

        You sir have a total misunderstanding of my position. I 100% agree that bowl games are just exhibitions, therefore expendable. And I don’t watch ANY NFL until the bowls are over (OK on a rainy day I may see a few plays, but I haven’t watched an entire NFL game since the Superbowl.) And, I don’t care for the NFL playoff system, specifically the % of teams allowed to participate which demeans the season, but it is undoubtedly better than having NO system at all.

        If you think there isn’t a better plan than emulating the NFL, you have not spent much time studying the issue. You are entitled to your opinion about CFB, but don’t mischaracterize my position.

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  9. I didn’t hang around for the first half and I had much of the first half on low volume, but much of what I caught was Brian Billick taking a steady crap on Tebow’s NFL prospects.

    Were it not for the four-going-on-forty years of hype we’ve been subjected to in the Tebow era, I might’ve felt like it was kind of brutal to spend so much of his (should I capitalize the “H” there?) last collegiate game tearing him down. As it was, it just seemed like some long-overdue balance.

    Is it me, or has his release time actually gotten longer this year?

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  10. Intelligent comments here. I think I’ve found a site to visit regularly.
    I’m in agreement with your take on the announcing in the NYD bowl games. A bit over the top, no? However, Musburger’s under-stated, low-toned approach works for me. He seems to allow viewers with a brain to infer things without pointing out the obvious.
    Tebow. If the young man wishes to be rid of those who ridicule him for his Christian beliefs, perhaps he should consider backing off on splashing his face with scripture and praising his God for tossing that 80-yard bomb for a TD.

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    • Russ

      Ha! My wife looked up the verse that St. Timmy gifted on us, and it basically said something about not flaunting your faith.

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  11. Farsider

    I’d glad somebody else noticed the Herbstreit thing. I asked my wife several times during the Rose Bowl, “why is he shouting?”. Does not take a lot of reflection to see that it was because the game involved his alma mater. In a race between him and Musberger to see which was the most annoying, I’d call it a tie.

    I agree that Cap One field was a joke, but my main question is how a team superior in talent across the board could lose to PSU. Was the crappy field the equalizer, or was it The Hat’s coaching?

    I’m sure that rushing sound we heard at the end of the Outback Bowl was Chizek’s butt un-puckering. He narrowly avoided one of the most embarrassing bowl losses in I don’t know when.

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    • 69Dawg

      The field was a great equalizer. Fields like that slow everybody down to basically the same speed. LSU lost it’s speed advantage and the water bug backs like Hollway would just slip and slide. PSU was easily the winner of the sloppy field bowl.

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    • bort

      You really think LSU was better across the board at every position?

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      • rbubp

        They probably weren’t, but if LSU had a an athletic advantage it certainly would have been mediated by that field.

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        • Bort

          It certainly didn’t cause LSU’s receivers to drop all those passes in the 1st half.

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          • Macallanlover

            No, it didn’t, but the condition of that field definitely minimized the LSU passing game which played right into PSU’s wheelhouse. I suspect the entire Big 11 would like to have all football games played in those conditions against SEC, Big 12, and PAC 10 teams. No excuse for a field having turf that loose for a game where so many fans have spent that much money to attend. I know they can do nothing about the weather but that field was horrible before the rain came.

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  12. Puffdawg

    Loved it when Herbstreit said Pryor was the most scrutinized man in CFB. Priceless. Poor, poor Terrelle.

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    • Paul

      Herbie just picks up what Pryor is puttin down about people making mistakes, murdering people and stealing cars.

      Thug life!

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  13. D.N. Nation

    Brennaman was, as expected, absolutely brutal. Thankfully Billick was around to shut him the hell up.

    Also dug it when Thom took offense to people being “snarky and sarcastic” about Tebow. I’m sure that has nothing to do with overkill from folks like you, you dork.

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  14. Puffdawg

    Also forgot to ask if y’all noticed those guys saying how Urban Meyer came into Florida and immediately cleaned out all the trash and thugs. Hilarious comments by people who obviously are not qualified to be making them.

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  15. Macallanlover

    The best part of the bowls involving SEC teams to me, despite the lackluster effort by the SEC, is knowing SEC officials will not be calling the games. I am impressed by the consistency of the games called by officials from other conferences. Not that every call will be made correctly, but the standards of what constitutes pass interference, celebrations, holding, etc., seems to apply equally throughout the game.

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    • Ha. This is another one of those areas (as with coaching evaluation) where CFB fans all say the same thing about their own conference/team compared to others.

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    • Mayor of dawgtown

      It’s not that these refs from other conferences don’t blow calls-they do. It’s that you never get the feeling that the bad call was on purpose to further an agenda. I get the latter feeling watching SEC reffed games involving the “favorite teams” (FLA, Bama, LSU) all the time.

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  16. Brennaman even started back in on his “If you hate Tebow, you hate humanity” speech from last year’s MNC game.

    Thank fonking Dawg FOX is done with the BCS after this year.

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  17. Irishdawg

    I fell asleep in the 2nd half of the Sugar Bowl abortion, but it’s good to know Thom Brennaman is just as big an embarrassing jackass as he was last year. Good Sweet Mary, what makes a grown man hero worship a college kid like that? Especially one as dorky as Tebow? If I ever see Brennaman in person, I’m going to piss on his shoes.

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