Category Archives: Blowing Smoke

Bill Hancock dares us to cross that line. Okay, this line.

Perhaps sensing that football fans on the East Coast want to par-tay a little on New Year’s Eve, the movers and shakers directing the college football playoffs agree to move the start times for the semi-final games up an hour.

The CFP will move the 2016 semifinals — the Fiesta and Peach bowls — from 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Due to the shift, the Orange Bowl will shift from New Year’s Eve afternoon to the night of Dec. 30. Staging of the Peach and Fiesta bowls will be decided when match-ups are announced on Dec. 4.

I’m sure the huge drop in television ratings had nothing to do with the change of heart.

“The first two years have shown us that the playoff is extremely popular with fans and that we successfully struck an appropriate balance creating a new event while maintaining the great traditions that have enabled college football to hold such an important place in the country’s culture,” Hancock said

Keep blowing that smoke, Bill.  It’s a good thing the 31st falls on a Saturday.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Blowing Smoke

There’s preseason happy talk, and then there’s Mike Cavan.

This is a mite breathless, if you’re asking me.

“In this short period of time, I’ve been fortunate enough to watch what’s happened with Coach Smart,” Mike Cavan, a special assistant to the head coach, told the crowd at the Macon Touchdown Club jamboree this week when introducing Smart. “He’s got the best staff at Georgia I’ve seen in a long time. There is more excitement there than I’ve seen. I’ve been there a long time and I’ve played (quarterback) on a championship team in the 60s. I coached in the 70s and on a national championship (team) in the 80s and three more SEC championships in the 80s. And I promise you, I’ve never seen the excitement there is right now at the University of Georgia with our fans, with our players.”

It’s a promise, by Gawd!

Can we at least wait until we see the G-Day QBR numbers before we rate the new staff?


UPDATE:  Here’s one from the memory bank.

The early 1980s remain the golden era of Georgia football, but with Georgia playing for its second straight SEC championship tonight against LSU in the Georgia Dome, are the Bulldogs in the midst of a new golden era?

Twenty years from now, will players like David Greene, David Pollack and Sean Jones be remembered like Herschel Walker, Buck Belue and Kevin Butler under coach Vince Dooley?

”We went through some awfully, awfully good times there in the ’80s,” said Mike Cavan, running backs coach under Dooley from 1975-85 and now a consultant for the Georgia Athletic Association’s development office. ”This football team now seems to be on that same track. I see this going on for a long time now here at Georgia.”

I guess Kirby’s successor will ring in a new era of excitement, too.


Filed under Blowing Smoke, Georgia Football

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