Category Archives: Blowing Smoke

Thursday morning buffet

Rise and shine, peeps.

  • A Big 12 championship game could mean as much as $2.5 million-$3 million per school each season, but Bob Bowlsby claims the odds are no better than 50-50 that the conference suits will have a vote on it.  Uh hunh, right.
  • Deposed Mizzou president says football player’s strike was “the equivalent of throwing gasoline on a small fire”, but he is “willing to accept some of the responsibility for what happened”.  That’s mighty white of him.
  • Further tales from the wussification“You can’t assume this is safe for these guys anymore, which is a bummer.”
  • Ian Boyd explains why the free safety is the most important position against the spread.
  • Here’s an early (way too early?) look at Georgia’s 2016 depth chart.  Kendall Baker seems to be a guy to keep an eye on.
  • With regard to recruiting rankings, Bill Connelly posits that the ‘Bama bump is real.  And it’s spectacular okay.
  • Stewart Mandel hits on the same thing I noted a couple of days ago about the direction Big Ten recruiting is taking these days:  “There’s a twinge of hypocrisy to see this happening up north, where fans have long cast aspersions at Southern schools for what they perceived to be ethically questionable methods of ‘roster management.'”  You’ve come a long way, baby!


Filed under Big 12 Football, Big Ten Football, Blowing Smoke, Georgia Football, It's All Just Made Up And Flagellant, It's Just Bidness, Recruiting, Strategery And Mechanics, The Body Is A Temple

Use the Force, dope.

There are no words.

Remember, this guy gets paid to say shit like that.


UPDATE:  The full quote –

If he was misinterpreted, it’s because he’s not someone who gets the benefit of the doubt.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Blowing Smoke

Bill Hancock, you’re such a kidder.

If anybody out there seriously believes this drivel

Then Hancock added: “We don’t make decisions based on television numbers. I don’t have a TV number that influences my measurable for success.”

… please contact me.  I’ve still got a fantastic investment opportunity involving ocean front property in Hahira to discuss with you.  But it won’t last long!


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Blowing Smoke

Bill Hancock, steward of the game

You know, I’d really like to buy into this kind of thinking:

I have no problem with the so-called commercialization of college sports. The players and coaches who participate in nonrevenue sports aren’t conflicted, either; they know they are kept afloat because of money generated by football and men’s basketball.

The reality is that every industry, including journalism, is trying with varying degrees of success to figure out ways to sustain itself without compromising its values. In some instances, we have had to reconfigure our definition of values.

The challenge for administrators like Hancock is to preserve the collegiate atmosphere even as the event grows. I enjoy the N.F.L. playoffs, but there is a difference that should be preserved between top-tier college football and the N.F.L.

For a traditionalist like Hancock, this means using marching bands, rather than headliner acts, at halftime. It means making sure that the colleges, not corporate sponsors, receive most of the tickets, ensuring that most of the fans in the seats actually — and passionately — care about who wins the game.

But then Hancock has to open his mouth and I realize it’s just a pipe dream.

“It’s important to those of us who are stewards of the game to resist the outside pressures to make it something other than college sports,” Hancock said. “We do not want this to become a Super Bowl or even talk about it as a Super Bowl. We want to create a collegiate feel about the game so that when people leave the event, they knew that they were attending a college football game.”

That’s a tough task, but an achievable one, if university presidents can wrest college football away from the conference commissioners and business interests that have controlled it for decades.

Oh, puh-leeze.  If the presidents were that unhappy with the direction their commissioners – fuck it, their employees – were taking their business venture in, they could sack the lot of them.  Instead, those guys are getting raises along with everybody else.

The battle over souls was lost a while ago.  Don’t try to make this out to be anything other than the commercialized product it is.  We’ve had our intelligence insulted enough already.


Filed under Blowing Smoke, College Football, It's Just Bidness

Oh, brother.

Honestly, how can I let this pass?


Filed under Blowing Smoke, The NCAA

This is why you can’t have nice things, student-athletes.

Putting lipstick on a pig ain’t cheap.  What, you’d rather see that money spent on cost of attendance support?


Filed under Blowing Smoke, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major

There you go again.

Bill Hancock’s flapping his gums again, with the usual results.

Bill Hancock, the executive director for the College Football Playoff, believes there isn’t interest within the college football industry to expand to eight or 16 teams in the future.

“I’m not hearing the drum within our business,” Hancock told “I’m hearing it from journalists. I think we need to give this a chance. It’s such a remarkable new innovation for the game. There is no talk in our group of expanding.”

Not sure who’s in “our group”, but I guess that means he’s not including John Swofford or a bunch of head coaches.

I’d say it’ll be fun listening to him spin his denial at the presser the CFP holds when it announces the expansion to eight participants, but who am I kidding here?  He’ll just blink a couple of times and then pivot to denying that the playoffs would ever expand to sixteen teams.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Blowing Smoke