Friday, April 20, 2007

Twice in Two Weeks? It is the Apocalypse

1. A group of playoff proponents have a questionable theory on how to break out of the bowl system and get a D-1A playoff: Boycott the Rose Bowl. What's your take on the never-ending playoff vs. bowls debate?

Well for one, it bothers me that this debate is viewed as somehow mutually exclusive. That if the NCAA suddenly goes to a system where the best X teams are allowed to play in a tournament format that every other team playing in the Mrs. Winner’s Chicken: Congratulations on Scheduling 3 OOC Cupcakes and Making it to 6-6 Bowl ™ will be left out in the lurch. Basically the whole concept of a mixed bowl\play-off system just creates an environment in which I get to watch more football. Much like more tacos, beer, and porn I just can’t view this as a bad thing.

The other thing that bothers me is everyone griping about these kids having to play the extra games. Last time I checked the NCAA just allowed a 12 game regular season with any team that would be contending for the national title more likely than not playing in a conference title game and then a bowl game. That’s a 14 game schedule with only 9 of the games consisting of actual conference games. That gives 5 games of wiggle room for OOC scheduling and setting up a bracketed tournament. I’m fine with allowing 8 regular season conference games, 2 OOC games, and then using the conference title games plus major bowl games to represent the national title game. In the end the national title teams would probably 15 or 16 games in the regular season. That’s not a huge increase and not really a major impact on these kid’s academics.

So in summary people that are against a college football play-off want the terrorists to win.

(Probably against a college football play-off too.)

2. What change to our football personnel makes you happier this year: Taylor Bennett at quarterback, or John Bond as offensive coordinator?

As much as I did the happy dance when Reggie couldn’t play in the Gator Bowl, I am still much more excited about John Bond. Nix was part of Reggie staying on the field. Nix was part of Reggie never progressing as a QB being his position coach and all. Nix kept calling plays for passes that our QB was incapable of making. Nix was the one that kept forgetting that Tashard Choice was just gouging the opposing defense in both the UGA and Wake Forest games.

Reggie Ball is possibly legitimately the worst 4 year starter at QB in the history of college football, but you have to point some fingers at his position coach for all of those years.

In short Pat Nix should die of gonorrhea and rot in hell.

3. Last weekend, Steve Spurrier spoke out against South Carolina's practice of flying the Confederate flag over the state capitol. Should football coaches get political like that, or just stick to coaching?

I think this pretty much should fall under the actor\musician rules of shut your fucking trap and go back to providing me the entertainment that I pay you for. However, this was purely a recruiting ploy by Spurrier and don’t doubt that for a second. The man is an evil genius after all.

4. There are always rumors at Georgia Tech of expanding our varsity athletics programs. What programs would you like to see added next? One for men, one for women.

Since it was my sport of choice from sixth grade through high school, I would like to see GT add a varsity wrestling program. In truth though the school could never really be that competitive in it since Georgia is not a hot bed of wrestling talent and I just don’t think it resonates much as a sport outside of those who were participants. So if I was going to pick a sport that could be both potentially popular and have some success for the school then I think men’s soccer would do very well at Tech. There is some solid soccer talent in this state and the ACC is a good soccer conference.

Since this post is making me follow Title IX (I knew the 19th Amendment was a mistake), then I guess I will go some distinctly chick sport like Field Hockey or something. God knows we aren’t adding gymnastics since we ain’t competing with UGA in that.

(Women should stay home and make babies!)

5. The matchups were just announced for the 9th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge in basketball, and GT plays at Indiana (the teams' first meeting since 1969). In the history of the challenge, the ACC has won 48 out of 75 games, and has "won" every year. Is this a tradition you care about, or would you rather see something started with another conference, e.g. an ACC/SEC Challenge or ACC/Big East Challenge?

I think it’s a neat tradition, but I’d like to see the ACC rotate it to a different conference. For instance an ACC\Pac-10 challenge would be great since it could settle a lot of those East Coast Bias arguments and provide some really great basketball while the schools are at it. An ACC\SEC challenge would be great as well, but I agree with Jeff’s point about how it wouldn’t really increase viewer ship for ESPN to broadcast in overlapping fanbases.

6. Lightning Round!! Other Conferences Edition!! (Cue "The Matrix" fight music) Name the first thing that comes to mind:

Big East: Improved greatly in football. Overrated for basketball.

SEC: Red Man

Big Ten: Slow

Pac-10: Hippies

(Pac-10 fans want to think they're good at football, but really they just smoke pot and smell bad.)

Big XII: Texas and 11 other schools in football. Kansas and 11 other schools in basketball.

Sun Belt: I could not name a single school in this conference without a Google search.


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