I haven't watched College Gameday in at least 2 years. Thanks for the reminder why. Lol. Same with Sportscenter, selection shows, etc. In the pre-internet days, you needed shows like this to give you the "instant" news and highlights that you wanted/needed to see. Now the internet takes care of all of that for you...what you want when you want it minus any blabbering that you don't want to hear. Other than showing live events, you'd think at some point the rest of ESPN would become irrelevant.
I thought the Mocs got a favorable draw. The other half of the bracket (led by NDSU) is tougher. The EKU/IDSU winner should be a winnable matchup. #2 vulnerable OVC team vs. the #5 team from the MVC. (Interestingly, like UTC, Indiana St. has not been to the playoffs since '84.) If UTC wins, they will (presumably) play at an overrated New Hampshire team. NH went undefeated in FCS play, but they got to dodge both the #2 and #3 teams in their conference (both playoff teams) due to their conference having so many teams.
Having the home playoff game on the same day as the Main X 24 event will either be a great day for the Southside or be one big charlie fox trot. Can't decide which yet.
Agreed that it's not a true democratic playoff, but does it have to be? Since the NCAA has chosen to be hands-off on the process, I can't see the Power 5 ever letting in the smaller guys just to get an extra tune-up game.
The smaller FBS teams should consider creating their own playoff too. They have virtually no chance against the big boys and simply playing in the bowl system isn't going to help their exposure. Yes it would mean having another national champion (that the NCAA won't recognize), but I think it'd be better than lumping all of the FBS together in one tourney.
That model works well for the FCS because there is a lot parity between the conferences and there are no conference title games. Can't say the same about the FBS. Does seeing the Sunbelt Champ play the SEC champ sound like fun? I don't think so. Letting all conference champions get a shot sounds like the right thing to do, but it lessens the appeal of the playoff. That said, I think the FBS should stop at 8 teams if/when they decide to expand.
Agreed that in the end, the conferences will do what makes more money. If going to 32 playoff teams and phasing out the bowl system means more green, we'll see that eventually.
Agreed that the Pioneer League has no business having an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. Not sure why those teams are competing on the FCS level anyway. And yes, the FCS should have held steady with 16 teams. No byes and move the championship back to mid-December.
From Hargis' article:
[The biggest change to this year's FCS bracket is that it expanded to 24 teams, up four from previous years, with 13 at-large bids. Under the new format, UTC would have gotten a bid to last year's playoff.]
Actually, the field expanded to 24 teams last year.
Here's a history of the number of teams in the FCS playoffs. It might be an indicator somewhat of what's yet to come at the FBS level. Playoffs began in 1978 with 4 teams. Expanded to 8 teams in 1981. Expanded to 12 teams in 1982. Expanded to 16 teams in 1986. Expanded to 20 teams in 2010. Expanded to 24 teams in 2013.
Since that game was so long ago, it will probably be seen as a "good" loss since the score was close. The fact that we got whipped on the field won't matter at this point. Our offense was still struggling (especially the line) and the only reason we were in that game is because of the 2 pick-sixes.
In-n-Out is good. Chick-fil-A is a little on the pricey side for fast food, but it's tasty. If dining in, the overall experience (food, service, cleanliness, etc.) is better than the typical fast food joint. I think that's why a lot of people like it. And yes, the Christian values and culture that drive the company are part of the appeal as well.
Several people that I know who have manned the drive-thru window at Chick-fil-A say they've heard quite a few orders for "chicken burgers" over the years. Lol.
I was thinking the same thing about Checkers, JMC. Interesting map. Surprised by how popular Krystal is in our state. I know its roots are here, and I certainly love 'em (though I haven't had any in a while), but there are a lot of people who get queasy at the mere thought of eating them. If Chick-fil-A sold burgers, they would be a strong #1 in our area and in most of the South on that map. That place is always packed.
Never heard of Culvers. Never heard of Whataburger either until you mentioned that joint on here a while back, JMC.
At one point, Ted wanted Luther for one of his radio stations. Interesting read:
Lincoln wasn't even the main speaker that day in Gettysburg. A politician/orator from Massachusetts named Edward Everett was the lead guy and he gave a 2-hour speech. After that, Lincoln gave his now-famous remarks that took just a couple of minutes. In this case, less was certainly more. Maybe being President had something to do with that.
Goodell cowered to the media blowhards after his Ray Rice decision and has clearly lost confidence in his ability to be fair. The ruling on AP is clearly unfair and Goodell is only doing it to appease the liberal/pc camp. There is no other reasonable explanation for his decision.
In the next CBA, the players need to get Goodell out of trying to be the morality police. Put the onus on the teams where it belongs to properly handle player discipline. Let Goodell stick to handling matters that directly impact the game like Spygate, concussions, and game rules.
LeBron is saying he wants fewer minutes. This after saying last month that he wants fewer games. What NBA great ever said he wanted fewer minutes in his prime? Unbelievable. Before LeBron opens his mouth about anything, he needs to ask himself whether his comments will make him look lazy, entitled, or wussy (or all 3). If so, keep those thoughts to yourself.
Walt was originally going to name his new mouse Mortimer. But his wife hated it and suggested Mickey instead. Good call, Mrs. Disney. Only 4 men (including Walt himself) have been the main voice for Mickey over the past 86 years.
Why do you have Arkansas below LSU, TN, and FL in the power poll? The Hogs are clearly better than all 3.
The NFL has erred by suspending Peterson. They have gone overboard on this case. I hope he is able to win a quick appeal and get back to the field as soon as possible. There is absolutely no reason why he needs to miss any more time than he already has.
Bill Price to Ridgeland? Price has a good track record with the Ws, but the only folks I've ever heard say good things about the guy live on the mountain. Other folks use less than impressive adjectives. So if Mariakis is as good of a guy in the inner circles as he is known to be to the rest of us, then hiring a guy like Price doesn't seem to make much sense for them.
Tough to see the Lakers struggle like this, but they set this team up to fail with bad recent personnel moves. These bad moves include firing Phil for the 2nd time, firing Mike Brown after a bout of impatience, hiring D'Antoni with a system that was not fit for the players on the roster, signing an aging and less-effective Steve Nash to a multi-year deal, signing Kobe to an unbelievably overpriced extension, and last but not least, hiring Byron Scott whose system doesn't jive with the current roster which was compiled to do well in D'Antoni's system. The Lakers get a pass for losing Dwight Howard...that guy is an underachiever and would never be happy playing with a tough but proven winner like Kobe.
Dumb and Dumber Rushmore (from Friday):
"You know why I like you Harry? 'Cause you're a regular guy...and that's why I want you to stay regular. Yes sir...one-half teaspoon for fast, effective relief."
"We got no food, we got no jobs, our pets' HEADS ARE FALLING OFF!"
"I got robbed by a little old lady on a motorized cart...and I didn't even see it coming!"
"You know, Lloyd, just when I think you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this. And totally redeem yourself!"