March madness

The Cindis of the basketball world crashed and failed before any could reach the Final Four, but for Chris Vannini, who’s an advocate of CFP expansion, that’s a feature, not a bug.

Yeah, who needs a compelling regular season and conference playoff, anyway?

Football’s postseason expansion will be driven by money, like every other one (including college basketball’s), so I can’t really get too worked up by his “CFP expansion cannot fail; it can only be failed” take.  It would have been a lot quicker to admit to a love of brackets and call it a day, though.

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39 responses to “March madness

  1. dawg100

    I just don’t understand why done things can’t be different than other things?

    Why do we need college football to be like an event we have just 2 months later in college basketball?

    The college works series is a different format than other events and that works for them.

    Leave college football as is. The playoff works, and the regular season is still compelling and important.

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  2. RangerRuss

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing hardwood floor finish.

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    • Down Island Way

      Depends on which hardwood floor finish you stopped sniffing, there existing different sniffing types, length of sniffing, whether you are sniffing late at night or a early riser sniffer, your actual sniffing style…#SNIFFSNIFF

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    • Illini84

      We just finished renovating our rental including totally replacing the floor joists, sills and floor. We used Rubio Monocoat, very little smell and you can walk on it in a day! https://www.monocoat.us

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      • RangerRuss

        Now is a great time to sell those rental properties, I84. With the price of vacation rentals doubling in the last year that cash would come in handy. Plus not having to deal with renters. I won’t miss that.

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        • Illini84

          We got really lucky. We’ve owned the house next door for 20+ years and our last tenants moved out in September. We knew it had problems but it turned out that powder post beetles had eaten up the floor joists and sills. We have a neighbor who is really good and he jumped in and redid the whole house. He has a waiting list two years long so we were very fortunate. The houses here in Normaltown are really close together and we want to control who is there. We listed it on Zillow and under up renting it to a couple who live in LA and plan to use it 3-6 months a year!!! This is the slab of cherry that we got from a guy in North Georgia who has a mill. It turned into a nice counter! https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51824501220_fd25e841fb_b.jpg

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          • RangerRuss

            That’s a big, nice piece of wood. You don’t see that every day. I’m assuming you’re going to finish it with polyurethane or similar?
            Holding on to rental property next door makes a lot of sense, especially in your neighborhood.

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            • Illini84

              Yea, it was dumb posting a pre-finished pic. Here’s what it looks like now. I was two pieces of cherry joined together. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51829652249_1b3cbf39e8_b.jpg

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              • RangerRuss

                That’s just gorgeous, I84. I like the rough edges.
                I have a black cherry tree in my bottom land about that diameter and approximately 20 feet before it branches to a “Y”. I’m kind of a tree hugger and would never cut it just for profit or decoration. I do keep my eye on it though. The day it shows deterioration it’s coming down and hopefully put to use as well as yours.

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                • Illini84

                  We didn’t actually meet the gentleman who owns the mill and property, he’s friends with our contractor. We drove up there and got to see the longhorns he keeps as pets!

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    • Man I’ve been huffin’ Murthy’s Oil Soap since the 80’s

      Straightens out my stigmatism

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      • RangerRuss

        That Lloyd Bridges bit always cracks me up. It brings to mind a couple of ol boys that kept a half pint milk carton of gasoline behind the backstop of the elementary school where I also practiced Little League Baseball. They’d huff that shit during last period PE and lay back in the pine straw under the trees hidden from the teachers. Once they were still there when I came to practice a couple hours later. Coach ran ’em off, confiscated and poured the gas on some poison ivy.
        As they staggered down the road Coach Black said, “Those two won’t be worth a shit for anything.” He was correct.
        Search Leonard Maurice Drane.

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  3. “The real Final Four were the friends we made along the way” may make Vannini feel warm and fuzzy, but it’s a dumbass reason to expand the CFP.

    Also, fuck Duke and UNC.

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  4. MGW

    Any article/argument that goes like this, “CFB should do X because of Y,” is utterly misguided unless “Y” is either money or lawyers.

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  5. stoopnagle

    And nobody watched any of it until March.

    It’s been a lot of fun up until yesterday. But again, I didn’t watch any basketball until the tourney.

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  6. Staples was making the same argument on his podcast this morning. Expansion is good because teams will have a chance, and we’ll still get the 4 at the end. In other words, follow the money … Staples supports it because more content is good for business.

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    • Down Island Way

      Watching college football teams get shutdown, that have no business being invited to the cfp isn’t good for any conference, expanding the college baseball championship game/games lost me as a pedestrian viewer and my viewership for march madness might be in the 55 minute neighborhood…give me UGA sports or give me an adult beverage…GO DAWGS!

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      • Staples was trying to make an argument this morning that UCF in 2017 would have been a dangerous team. Just because they beat a totally disinterested and banged-up Auburn team meant they would have given Alabama problems in Tuscaloosa. It made absolutely no sense.

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        • otto1980

          Michigan was supposed to be a dangerous team. Peterson was supposed to be even better at Washington than Boise St. He was crushed by Bama.

          A playoff will lead to more blowouts in the playoff and a less interesting regular season. All of which will lead to fewer games worth watching.

          Staples is wrong.

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  7. Gaskilldawg

    Is there any event in the United States that some pundit won’t use as a reason to expand the ersatz college football playoff? “CODA winning Best Picture demonstrates the need for playoff expansion!”

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  8. Harold Miller

    When playoff expansion is your hammer…

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  9. otto1980

    PS Bring back the BCS

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  10. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    I like how euro (NOT mls)soccer does and how baseball used to do it – regular season decides who the best team(s) are/were.
    You don’t need a 12-18 team end of season tourney to determine which team was the best.

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    • That’s all well and good with 20 teams that all play each other multiple times throughout the season, but there are 128 teams in CFB and we barely even play our conference-mates within a decade. If we’re conceding that CBB and CFB are way different sports, we have to also concede that CFB and Premier League soccer are on different planets.

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  11. 123 Fake St

    Anybody that watched the games yesterday could argue to Mr. Vannini that both games were blowouts and difficult to watch.
    I think I spent ten minutes total on both games.

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  12. W Cobb Dawg

    Meh. Championship game is next Monday night. Let’s wait and see the ratings before we go calling the tourney a success.

    The only reason I watched yesterday was because St. Pete was in it. Turned it off once the final result was evident. I’ll watch again in about 360 days.

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  13. Illini84

    I watch it all and love it!

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  14. archiecreek

    Expand the college football playoffs to be like college basketball??
    Tejas A&M (former home of the 12th man) said…
    Hold MY beer!!

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  15. RangerRuss

    If the CFP expands to 12 teams there will be many more Metchies and Williams out there. The whining will eventually reach a level that it’s drowned out by my tinnitus. A 15 game season already favors teams that invest greatly in depth. More games could increase the Dawgs advantage but the risk of career ending injuries isn’t worth it.
    I see most of the ones screaming for expansion never had their face planted in the dirt. Greedy cunts.

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  16. “We should play more games, risk more injuries, and charge more money so that we can end up at the exact same place” is a take, I guess.

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  17. Texas Dawg

    Since they seem hell bent on creating drama, let’s have a playoff starting day one. You lose on opening day and your season is over. That way every game will matter. Makes almost as much sense as what they want to do.

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