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BCS Playoffs – 2007 Matchups

Posted by Patrick on 13 Dec 2007

Let’s assume for a minute that the NCAA’s FBS, that would be the organization formerly known as Division 1-A, were to institute a playoff system with this years teams.  And just for laughs let’s say it’s a 16-team tournament even though the top 10 teams are the only “BCS bowl” team under the current hokey-ass, lamefied system.  Using that bracket as a basis (go to ESPN if you can’t visualize a 16-team bracket), let’s look at what the matchups would be and which one would be the “best”.  Also, yell loudly when you spot a “bad” game in any round.

First Round:
1 Ohio State
vs 16 Tennessee
8 Kansas vs 9 West Virginia

5 Georgia vs 12 Florida
4 Oklahoma vs 13 Illinois (I’m yelling loudly)

3 Virginia Tech vs 14 Boston College
6 Missouri vs 11 Arizona State

7 USC vs 10 Hawaii
2 LSU vs 15 Clemson

The best matchup in this round, if you ask me, is USC vs Hawaii.  I’m tempted to say it’s UGA versus Florida in a rematch of the annual world’s largest cocktail party, but honestly Florida should be scared of UGA right now.  So no, USC vs Hawaii.  We’re talking about Petey Carroll and his pretty boy JD Bootylicious with all that offense taking on Juniper Jones and Colt 45 Brennan and all their offense.  Neither team really does well on defense – yeah, ok USC at least fields 11 capable athletes, but let’s face it that their defense is the reason they’re not in the top 3.

Best chance for an upset:  Arizona State over Missouri in my book.  Though it’s not really an upset, I think WV would take out Kansas as well.  My picks are in bold.

Second Round:
1
Ohio State vs 9 West Virginia
5 Georgia vs 4
Oklahoma
3 Virginia Tech vs 11
Arizona State
7 USC vs 2 LSU

The best game in this round, and probably the best matchup you are going to get out of these teams, is Georgia vs Oklahoma.  Face facts folks, at the end of the 2007 season, Oklahoma is scary good – Georgia is omfg scary good.  Let’s also realize that Georgia was 1 triple overtime Tennessee game versus Kentucky away from being in the SEC title game against LSU, whom they would have taken behind the woodshed and been ranked #1 or #2 at the end of the season – frankly I think they are the hottest team in college football right now – maybe they weren’t for the whole season, but for right now, they are executing with the most horsepower.  But what makes this matchup so great is that Oklahoma is the true #2 team in my opinion.  OU got lots of dap for winning the Big 12 with pollsters, but found themselves at #4 regardless.  Sadly, only one team can move forward, and I’m picking Georgia in a close, physical battle.

Best upset chance: West Virginia destroys Ohio State in a laugher.

Semifinals:
9
West Virginia vs 5 Georgia
3 Virginia Tech vs 2
LSU

I just raved about UGA, so I’ll talk about why VT will beat LSU.  It’s because of Les Miles and his general inability to manage a game; in this match he’s going to do something boneheaded and it’s going to cost his hard-working team the game.  Not to discredit VT, because they are going to put points on the board vs LSU’s mediocre secondary and “hey he breathed on me so throw a flag” mentality.  This team may be spouting about “we were only 2x 3OT losses away from being undefeated”, but at that point, a loss is a loss – if you’re a good enough team, win the game in four quarters and keep your panties on your waist whining about triple overtime.  if your defense could hold a goal line, they wouldn’t have lost either game anyway.  I’ve got VT over LSU somewhere in the 31-20 range.

Championship Game:
5 Georgia vs 3
Virginia Tech

Yes, so it comes down to this for all the hypothetical marbles you want to throw into the circle.  As I already said, Georgia is omfg scary good right now.  Like cakerockstheparty said in such eloquent words, the dawgs are “out for blood”, Turnbull A.C.’s be damned.  I’ve got them taking this tournament against VT in a game somewhere around 27-23 – a close one.

So, if you’re a Georgia fan, let me hear some love! 

Will college football ever see a playoff? Yes.  Will we be old, crotchety men shaking our canes at the TV by then? Maybe.

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ESPN taking the sex appeal route? Ok by me

Posted by Patrick on 21 Jun 2007

Maybe it’s the just way the timing of the summer reporter and anchor schedules happened to work out. But I beg to differ on this subtle but noticeable move that ESPN is flirting with recently by introducing more sex appeal in the anchor slots for their studio shows and remotes. Let’s take a peek at what I mean.

1. The College World Series remote in Omaha. Who is anchoring that coverage? Yes, it’s the uber-hot, single, smokin’ University of Florida graduate Erin Andrews. Granted, she has some chair time to her credit in her pre-ESPN days, and I give Erin dap for being much more than just a hot body in front of a camera, but this is probably the hottest girl in sports reporting today, and ESPN has taken her out of the dugout/sideline role and put her in a chair. Solid move ESPN, it has me watching.

2. NFL Live: This is normally hosted by Trey Wingo or Merrell Hoge. Who’s filling the chair on the right today other than football sideline reporter goddess Bonnie Bernstein, keeping Mark Salisbury at bay. I love Bonnie because she understands the strategies behind the game and not just what she reads the day of a shoot. Yes, she’s a capable anchor, but again ESPN has taken one of their own hotties and given her a lot more face time with the camera. Again, solid move ESPN, I watch reruns of NFL Live a few times a day.

3. SportsCenter. There isn’t much new here but it’s worth mention — they rotate anchors multiple times daily and take the best show for the overnight reruns. Chris McKendry was out for quite awhile (I believe for maternity leave) but she’s back and as hot as ever. They decided to bring over and do some makeover work on Cindy Brunson, who I actually thought was hotter with the glasses, but she’s still taking the sexy-news-lady role and doing ok with it using her new look. And don’t forget Michelle Bonner, who is on my “to do” list but maybe she’s not on everyone’s; Suzy Kolber who needs no introduction; and Linda Cohn who has her moments but is a bit more motherly than the other girls.

4. NASCAR coverage. All I need to say is Shannon Spake. I want to see more of this girl on TV — she doesn’t bubble up on google well at the moment but, give her time. I’ve got her in the top 10 of my “to do” list.

5. ESPN’s Bureau reporters. Have they even hired a guy in the last.. I dunno.. forever? Ask yourself, men, who you’d rather look at giving you a report: John Clayton or Colleen Dominguez? Pfft. Rachel Nichols or Sal Paolantonio? Pfft. Lisa Salters, Wendy Nix, and Holly Rowe or Woody Paige, Jay Mariotti and Michael Smith? (ok, the guys may be funnier, but hawt they are not).

and I’m not even mentioning WNBA game coverage, but just to get Stacey Dales’ name in this post, I just did.

To round out the gambit, here is what I think ESPN needs to do:

a. Get a hottie on Baseball Tonight. I think this would be great for Erin Andrews since she usually does baseball games.
b. Oust someone from NBA fastbreak and put in a hottie. Hire someone new like Sue Bird if she retires. She’s hot enough.
c. Find a way to get Amanda Beard on the staff (and my staff). She was on the HotSeat the other day and the studio nearly melted down.

Thoughts?

edit 24 June 07 I’m getting a *lot of hits here from people looking for Amanda Beard’s nudie Playboy photos. I have seen them — she’s pretty smokin’ in them, but the photos themselves are almost tame enough for FHM or Maxim. There’s a few uncovered topless style photos in all their glory, there’s one camel toe shot where it’s still left to your imagination thanks to a carefully placed belly chain, and the rest are as suggestive and as teasing as what you’d see in FHM. So, gents, I’m sure you’ll find them eventually — WordPress would flip out if I tried to host them — but they’re not the creamiest cheese in the dip.

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Rachel Nichols will join Sunday NFL Countdown

Posted by Patrick on 19 May 2007

If you’re a fan of Rachel Nichols, which I know I am and thousands of others are as well, you’ll be pleased to know that she will be joining ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown team for the coming season, this according to her bio on ESPNtv.com.

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NCAA Hoops: Who ya Got?

Posted by Patrick on 12 Mar 2007


I was born into the SEC, there’s just no other way to say it. My alma mater (which would be Georgia) isn’t in the field this time around, but with 5 schools representing the conference, I think it’s a solid showing for a football/baseball conference. Partisan arguments aside, let’s look at the top few seeds tournament-wide and see who the NCAA is rimjobbing and who actually deserves their place:

Midwest Regional
#1: Florida 29-5, 13-3 conf
The defending champions are coming off of their third consecutive SEC title win after obliterating a pretty good Arkansas team 77-56. The Gators are #3 in the coaches poll and are the overall #1 seed in the tournament. Experts give them about a 10.4% chance of winning it all again this year. But I don’t think they deserved to be the #1 seed overall, despite being the defending champs and having a solid season. I think this is a little bit of fluff on the NCAAs part. If they win it all, I’ll eat crow.

#2: Wisconsin 29-5, 13-3 conf
I was impressed by Wisconsin earlier in the year, but after an absolutely embarrassing show against Ohio State in the Big 10 tournament finals, in which they amassed a piddly 49 points, I believe they clearly deserve a #2 seed after being the top-ranked team for parts of this season.

West Regional
#1: Kansas 30-4, 14-2 conf
These kids are talented, but young. They play in the Big 12 north division, which was significantly weaker than the south this year. Despite losing one game on a last second prayer to A&M and winning the regular season conference title and the conference tournament by beating a talented Texas team 88-84, Kansas has their moments of youth demonstrated by losses to schools like Oral Roberts.

#2: UCLA 26-5, 15-3 conf
Last year’s runner-ups in the big dance had another strong year. They won the regular season Pac-10 title with the contributions of guard Arron Afflalo, who is the Pac-10 player of the year. The Bruins are a solid #2 seed, playing their first/second round games near home will help them shake some nerves.

East Regional
#1: North Carolina 28-6, 11-5 conf
The Tarheels are one of the youngest teams in the tournament with 3 starting freshmen and sophomore Tyler Hansbrough, but they are also one of the most talented. What troubles me about UNC is that they are on a downward skid — they’ve lost 3 of their last 5 plagued by turnovers and just poor defense, and in their win against Duke Tyler Hansbrough suffered a broken nose in what is now dubbed “the foul” here in WordPress-UNC circles. Many experts give UNC a 15%+ chance to win the tournament, I think their youth and Hansbrough’s mask will be factors in the E8.

#2: Georgetown 26-6, 13-3 conf
I think this is a little bit high of a seed for G’town. I remember a span this season where they got romped 2x at home by Old Dominion, then Oregon, and lost a third straight game at Duke. The tide turned when Georgetown won at Michigan, and they rolled to the Big East tournament championship. Last year they made the S16, and probably in line for the same or worse fate this year, looking at a potential matchup against either BC or Bobby Knight in the second round.

South Regional
#1: Ohio State 30-3, 15-1 conf
The Buckeyes are probably my overall #1 in this tournament, but it’s going to be just like football season in the end, I’m afraid. The tournament committee has given them a fluffy escort to the F4 this year, and it certainly looks like the South bracket is the weakest for a power team like this to just mow the lawn on. The biggest challenges facing tOSU on their way to Atlanta are A&M and Memphis, both looking good but both also known for failing to execute in these conditions. If they do not make the F4, it will be a disappointment for such a good club.

#2: Memphis 30-3, 16-0 conf
Fluff. Maybe if their 22-game (current) win streak included any ranked teams, I’d give Memphis some dap. 16-0 in Conference USA isn’t saying a lot this year, including a fairly close game against Houston (closer than its final score) to win the conference tournament. Memphis should have been a #3 seed in my opinion, as A&M is probably more deserving in their own bracket. This is a young team, as well, and their weak schedule hasn’t done much to prepare them for the power teams down the tournament road. I don’t see Memphis beyond the S16.

Who have I got?
Well, I like the way Florida is playing right now, but as a #1 seed I can see that sense of superiority getting in their way, as is classicly a flaw in SEC teams in most sports. I like the way UCLA and Texas look right now. I won’t count out Boston College because I think they have a good chance against Georgetown. If Florida loses in the S16, I like Wisconsin’s chances if they can take the first few game and get their act together.

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Does Beckham have an Injury Clause?

Posted by Patrick on 6 Mar 2007

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After what I’m sure was a nearly heart-stopping moment for LA Galaxy GM Alexei Lalas, when David Beckham injured his knee in the 69th minute, it raises the question on Beckham’s contract. Does he have an injury clause? Looking down the line at a roughly $27.5M base salary with the MLS team, it would be a severe hit to not only the LA Galaxy, but to the entire MLS if it turns out that Beckham can’t play.

Here in Denver, where the Rapids call home, there is already chatter in the community about the August showdown with the Galaxy visiting here. I’m sure the place will sell out by MLS standards, and I will also be making an appearance, since I am a bit of a Rapids fan. But, if Beckham weren’t going to play, how many people would lose interest in attending? Simple answer: lots. It wouldn’t matter if he didn’t even get a single touch in the entire match, people will come if Becks is going to be on the field, and if he isn’t, chances are they won’t “waste” their time attending the match. That’s the simple truth of Americans — if we know in advance we won’t be getting what we want, will we still do a thing?

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Barbaro Needs Foot Transplant — Seeking Donor

Posted by Patrick on 10 Jan 2007

KENNETT SQUARE, PA. — Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro has suffered a significant setback in his recovery from laminitis in his left hind foot, and owner Gretchen Jackson is desperately soliciting breeders, trainers and veterinary sources for a replacement foot, a source close to the horse said late Tuesday on the condition of anonymity because the source is not allowed to speak to the media.

Barbaro’s chief surgeon Dean Richardson explained to the horse’s owners that a foot transplant or prosthesis will significantly increase Barbaro’s recovery time as well as his ability to “perform” his expected stud duties once his recovery is complete. The transplant would be the first of its kind performed on a horse suffering from laminitis. This statement comes only a week after the horse’s cast was replaced in attempt to realign the bone for healing.

Because Barbaro is still young, and his natural foot will continue to grow towards its full, adult size as he ages, Richardson said that he is unsure how a replacement foot will fair, but that he’s confident in a series of prosthetic replacement feet, which would be developed by Orthotic Prosthetic Associates, Inc.. The prosthetic hooves would be the first of their kind, and would be custom-fit to Barbaro’s proportions and weight to provide maximum range of movement, load bearing ability, and comfort.

In either scenario, Dr. Richardson expressed enthusiasm for the procedure; evidently it’s going to be expensive and he’ll get a fat check from the Jacksons for the attempt regardless of the outcome.

no, not really

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Responding to Darrent Williams’ Death

Posted by Patrick on 2 Jan 2007

There aren’t many things that sadden me deep down — I’m a surviving war veteran, and I’ve had many experiences over my adult life which have collectively numbed my sensitivity to things like death and denial. One thing that I’ve still not developed a tolerance for, however, is senseless drive-by shootings. No, I maintain a rather strong distaste for this gangster-style act of cowardice and I continue to feel compassion for the families of drive-by victims and especially “unintended” targets who also suffer as a result of them.

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard that Broncos CB Darrent Williams was a victim of one such drive-by shooting just as 2007 fell from the womb. I live in Denver, and I’m here to say that this painful issue hits very close to home for this entire town. The location where the shooting happened isn’t necessarily what you’d call the Compton district of downtown Denver. Around 11th and Speer Blvd, which is more or less an A to B thoroughfare on the south end of LoDo, the stretch Hummer limo that he and Broncos WR Jevon Walker were in, along with others, was hit by no less than 10 rounds from a car which pulled up alongside it at this traffic light. Jevon wasn’t hit, Williams died, and 2 other guys were injured but not critically (I haven’t heard who they are).

Local news reports that this probably started as an argument at a club in downtown, but that Darrent wasn’t even part of the argument (directly, it’s said). So, here we are again with a true thug-style situation where people argue at a club, and then someone gets stupid afterwards and starts shooting. If I had to guess, I’d probably venture that the argument was about why the Broncos didn’t make the playoffs, since they’d lost a game which sealed their fate earlier in the evening to the struggling 49ers and Denver, as we all know, oozes Broncos football. Throughout the season, people around Denver wrongly laid blame on Darrent for games that the team lost, when in fact I can’t look at any loss this season and say it was purely his fault that they lost.

Part of this bias is that he play alongside Champ Bailey, who is quite simply the best CB in pro football with little argument, and John Lynch, who is just the hardest-hitting, most-capable FS in the league. I saw it as an opportunity for the young Darrent to learn from the masters, and it was evident that he had learned a lot in his 2 seasons with the team. What’s unfortunate is that lots of the media is to blame for this mindset being instilled in the Denver faithful.

Above all, with this awful crime, I have to say that I’m angry it happened, and I’m sad for his family. At 24, he was definitely a rising star in the NFL and had at least 10 more seasons as a pro. Ridiculous events like these make me sick, and as a military sniper I want to be on the execution panel when these thugs are brought to justice.

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Welcome to Denver, Mr. Iverson

Posted by Patrick on 20 Dec 2006

Let me say up front, I’m not a basketball fan per se, but this is big news local to me.
Counting down to the January 2, 2007 game between the Nuggets and the 76ers will now be a news item here in Denver, where the Nuggets, who are not historically known for blockbuster trades, have dealt Andre Miller, Joe Smith and a few draft picks in exchange for Allen Iverson and Ian McFarlin.

Averaging 31+ points per game this season as the bearer of the scoring burden for the 76ers, AI joins Carmelo Anthony, who was leading the entire NBA in scoring until the 15-game suspension started yesterday, and a solid core Denver team that is having a pretty solid season thus far. I hope that once AI gets settled, he provides some veteran mentoring to Melo and helps that kid grow up a little in the league. It’s not about talent, it’s about stuff like what happened in New York where cooler heads should have prevailed.

AI’s first game with the Nuggets is probably this Friday, though there is a home game tonight (sold out, but there’s a freakin’ blizzard in Denver today).

See also: Denver Nuggets @ NBA.com

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