Saturday morning buffet

Sample the wares, friends.

  • One of Mike Bianchi’s reasons that college football is better than March Madness:  “We don’t ignore the sport during the regular season and then act like we’re experts during a three-week stretch at the end of the season.”
  • At least Dan Shanoff is honest about what’s fun about the first round of an extended tourney.  (Hint:  it ain’t about validating the regular season.)
  • A libertarian look at why the Big East may be doomed.
  • Some crazy talk from Texas Tech’s new coach on his offense:  “I’m not here to make drastic changes, but we’re going to make subtle changes on what we do and how we do it on offense,” Tuberville said. “I think we can be just as explosive; not that what they’ve done here in the past isn’t good, but I think we can make it better.” Bwahahaha, Mr. 3-2.
  • I know Derek Dooley’s got a lot on his plate these days, but this story doesn’t do him any favors.
  • All things considered, you can understand the sentiment behind this comment from a Tennessee linebacker:  “Coach Thompson’s been great,” Johnson said. “It’s nice to see a familiar (coaching) face.”
Advertisements

15 Comments

Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Big East Football, Tommy Tuberville - Mythical National Champ

15 responses to “Saturday morning buffet

  1. Phocion

    Following that link on the GVE is absolutely hysterical. Vols fans just don’t learn, do they? They will make any excuse to cover for their coach…but as soon as he is gone they excoriate the man. (Lather, Rinse, Repeat)

    If ever I wanted to start a revolution somewhere in the world and needed an army of myrmidons to accomplish it, Tennessee is the first place I would go for volunteers!

    Like

  2. Macallanlover

    I don’t think that story has hurt CDD, the player was dismissed by Kiffin before he arrived. Easy to see how he could overlook something as insignificant as Warren wanting to return, the guy has been bizarre since his recruiting days and going to Tally, returning to Knox, and being involved with multiple disciplinary actions. He wasn’t on the new coach’s, or the fans’ radar any longer. I doubt Jimbo gave him any consideration either.

    Vol fans that I know are supportive of the stance taken by CDD so far. Only the young rowdies, and there are many of them, don’t see the correlation of lack of discipline under CPF/Junior and their fall to mid-level SEC East program. There will be some pain as the program tries to get it’s feet back under it, but it is a price they will have to pay for the excesses of the past. I have no opinion whether this patience will last long enough for CDD to succeed, but the more mature among the Vile fans seem to be pleased with the first few months and the classy way the new coach has handled everything. Of course, that pressue can change quickly if they continue to play .500 football with no signs of making the turn.

    Like

    • Phocion

      It isn’t that CDD did the wrong thing…there was no need to let a person like Warren back on to the team…but to deny that anyone had approached him, then be shown his error, and then have his memory restored in a manner that allows him to give some detailed information is what it is. But it is the constant “Rah-Rah” of the Vols fans that irritates. Fulmer and Kiffy could do no wrong, and practically every actions was vociferously defended, until they were out. It gets a little comical, that’s all.

      Like

      • Macallanlover

        I understand, I live amongst them. A minority of their fans, mostly older and more mature, have decent values and should not be painted with the same brush. They have embarrassed by the lack of discipline in Fulmer’s last few years and certainly were disgusted by Kiffin the entire time. These are not the more vocal fans one sees dominating internet boards, in many ways, much like UGA fans. I don’t deny they have a large classless group that give them a terrible reputation, but I feel the same way about many UGA fans who go to other teams’ boards and act poorly. I hate they are able to give the impression they speak for all, and I some UT fans feel the same way.

        CDD is a big change from the way things have operated in Knoxville. I don’t know if he simply forgot about Warren, or considered him so insignificant given all he he has on his plate that the situation didn’t seem to apply. I can see no reason he would attempt to mislead, especially when he is trying to raise the standards. Warren wasn’t one that exited after he was named HC so he may have interpreted that situation differently.

        Like

  3. NM

    Totally unexpected nugget from Cato article: “Since 1998, the year the BCS started, only three non-BCS teams have made the Final Four”

    So much for basketball being the Utopia for little guys that can’t get a fair shake on the gridiron…

    Like

    • Phocion

      Just another reason why Basketball and the NCAA Tourney aren’t a good comparison to football and a proposed playoff.

      With only 5 players on the court at any one time the game can be dominated by a single player. Victories in a football game require TEAM efforts. One guy with a hot hand can toss in a ton of points and take over a basketball game without too much assistance from his team mates. Same goes for getting a dominating opponent into foul trouble. A couple early fouls and he is going to be spending a lot of time on the bench watching the game. That just doesn’t happen in football.

      But, that same guy isn’t going to be that hot for everyone of the 6 games required to win the tourney. A guy/team like that can take down a favourite or two, but they won’t make it all the way.

      Like

      • A guy/team like that can take down a favourite or two…

        But that’s why most people love March Madness. And there’s no reason that wouldn’t happen in an extended football playoff either.

        Like

        • ConnGator

          I wish the SEC would send Vandy to the Big East and replace them with Clemson. The ACC can poach Central Florida, and all would be right with the world.

          That would be a much better SEC East.

          Like

        • Phocion

          If the guy that is hot on a football team is a Running Back that scores three touchdowns, he needs an offensive line (and lead blocker) that opens holes for him. If that guy is a Quarterback, he needs that line to block and receivers that get open and catch the ball.

          In basketball, a hot 2-guard (think Jordan or Kobe) can pick up the ball anywhere he wants to on the court and get himself open for all the jumpshots and drives to the basket that he wants.

          What has a one man team ever accomplished in football?

          Like

          • Macallanlover

            +1 Solid point. That is the primary, but not the only, reason why engaging in basketball/football comparisons are a waste of time. It is also why it is so dumb for a RB, returner, receiver, DE, LB, QB, Kicker, etc., to act like a prima donna after a score or big hit. So many other players must contribute to the success of any one play, even if they are far away from where the play ends.

            Like

            • Phocion

              The best game dominating individuals that I can think of on a football field were Barry Sanders and Bo Jackson. Those two guys could take over a game with the least amount of help from their offensive line…Barry just made guys miss him 5 yards deep in the backfield and Bo either ran them over or ran away from them. Neither of them have rings on their finger.

              Also, neither of them made it about ‘me’ on the field. They made all the great plays and then just handed the ball back to the ref. Football needs more guys like them and less Chad Johnsons.

              Like

              • Macallanlover

                Not to be partial, but Herschel was the only CFB player I saw that was better than Bo Jackson. Same with HW, everyone knew he was going to get it, UGA had nothing else in the tank, but he still dominated…..for three years! Also just handed the ball back to the ref, every time.

                Still, even those players needed help. One very dominent basketball player on a five man team will overcome the impact of any one football player on a 22 man team.

                Like

            • I’m so relieved to hear you guys say this.

              The next time somebody posts the ol’ “every other sport has a playoff” card, I know I can count on you to jump in and point out the error of their way. 😉

              Like

              • Macallanlover

                Too busy pointing out the error of your way Senator. These sports have LESS need for a playoff, with 35+ games across all geographies (around 60 in baseball), and some that can have all competitors on the same course at once (golf), it is football that needs more interaction. But then, you already know that.

                I would appreciate YOUR support if that silly argument ever comes up again.

                Like