Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
In an unrelated note, two county deputies were killed in my hometown of Seminole, Ok while attempting to serve an arrest warrant last night. My prayers are with the families.
What a crappy way to start out the day.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Phog U 164
CU Later 100
Willie and Friends 81
Iowa State 33
This totals 674. Problem is, it should tally 672 (32*[6+5+4+3+2+1]). I sent a message to a spokesperson at the Big 12, but they apparently are getting ready for a media conference or something, and completely blew me off.
Same problem, except different, in the South:
Boone State 130
Dust Pirates 89
Cash Machine U 33
This totals 675. Again, we should get to 672, but we're three points off here. Where are the three extra points? Well, we can presume they are NOT in the Texas Aggies total, unless someone else voted them seventh in the division.
If the conference responds, you'll be the second to know.
- Only 32 votes this year, as opposed to 51 last year.
- 31 of 32 voters picked Texas A&M last in the South.
- Baylor has several fourth place selections as well, my guess is around 12 writers selected Baylor 4th, with Tech 5th.
- OU and Texas were picked tied for first. I don't know what the tie-breaker format is for the Preseason poll. Mack Brown will be politicking to be declared the champion on College Football Live later today, I'm sure.
- Four voters picked someone other than OU and Texas to be in second place. These votes appear to be split between Boone State and the Dust Pirates.
In the North:
- Three voters selected Missouri for first. These voters must have mistakenly mailed in last year's ballot.
- Iowa State was the nearly unanimous pick for last in the division, with the Wildcats presumably garnering the other last place vote.
- While Nebraska and Kansas were selected the top 2 teams in the North, there were at least ten writers that has someone else in the 2 slot.
- Second place in the Big 12 North is a crapshoot to figure out without the detail of number of votes for each team for each slot. However, from the information I could back into, it looks like Colorado had the most second place votes, and the most fifth place votes.
With the handing chads/math mistake, it's tough to break down with more certainty.
As the LandThieves Investigate Team finds out more on this story, we'll keep you advised.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Back in the day, I think Bill Snyder did the single best coaching job ever by breathing life into the Wildcat football program. However, the coaching staff of Leavitt, Mangino, Venables and Stoops is gone. Josh Freeman is gone. Snyder has his customary mix of juco transfers to close the gap, but I see too much turmoil in the program, and Ron Prince just wasn’t a good hire (note to self: don't hire an offensive coordinator as a head coach if his last three teams have decreased production from the prior year). I see the Wildcats as 3-9 this year, with wins against UMass, Louisiana-Lafayette and Tennessee Tech. They might suit this guy up.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
First, let's take a look at Golic's resume. He played from 1986 - 1993 for the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins. The Oilers and Dolphins did not make the playoffs in Golic's years there, and the Eagles went 1-4 in the playoffs from 1987-92, when Golic played on the D-line there. They never even made it to the NFC Championship game.
Now, Cris Carter. Carter was a great WR and played for the Eagles from 87-89, Vikings from 90-2001, and finished his career in 2002 with the Dolphins. We know from research on Golic that the Eagles didn't win any playoff games from 87-89, so let's look at the Vikes. The Vikings were 4-8 in the playoffs during Carter's tenure, with two appearances in the NFC championship game. In 2000, Carter's experience and knowledge of what it takes to be a champion helped the Vikings get beat 41-0 in the NFC title game. Cris Carter never played in a Super Bowl.
But he's going to criticize Tom Watson, a man who won eight major championships during his career.
Even worse is ESPN NBA analyst Tim Legler, who is constantly telling us what it takes to win championships. Legler played 10 years in the NBA, which is an impressive feat. However, his playoff experience? 3 games, 19 minutes. Total.
I'm not sitting here saying I only want to listen to players who have won championships (Joe Montana in the booth was a nightmare), but please don't talk like you know what it takes to win, when all your experience is finding out what you don't have to win. I realize failure is part of the road to success, but these gents never finished the road, but talk like they can't lift their hands because of the championship rings.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Lou Holtz coached the Minnesota Golden Gophers in the 1984 and 1985 football seasons. In 1988, the NCAA detailed major infractions involving the Minnesota football and basketball teams included the period Holtz was at Minnesota.
Lou coached the Notre Dame Fighting Irish from 1986 – 1996. In 1999, the NCAA issued a report detailing major infractions involving the football team from 1994 to 1998. Again, Holtz was head coach during part of that period.
Lou coached the South Carolina Gamecocks from 1999-2004. In November 2005, the NCAA issued a report detailing major infractions against the football program covering the period Holtz was at South Carolina.
Lou may have just been a victim of circumstance to happen to be the head coach when this cheating was going on. But it's an interesting coincidence, don't you think?
Nonetheless, he is deified by many. I'll admit I find him entertaining to listen to, but at least recognize the legacy. It's a similar record as Jim Harrick, or Jackie Sherril, but with more charm. And an ESPN contract.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
LTP: What sort of penalties will the Trojans receive?
NCAA: We’ve conducted a very thorough investigation, and we’ve decided the Trojans have suffered enough. Since Reggie Bush left, and housing was no longer provided to the Bush family or other Trojan athletes after the Yahoo! story, home values in Los Angeles County have fallen 40%. We think We think the Southern California fans have suffered enough.
LTP: You’ve got to be kidding me? You’re not going to punish the Trojans at all?
NCAA: We considered several penalties for the Trojans. However, our investigation did not indicate that anyone within the program was involved. Since several programs recently have cried foul for penalizing the program for fans or past coaches actions, we decided to take this new approach. Since Reggie was no longer with the program, and the agents aren’t associated with the program, there’s no penalty.
LTP: The Trojans don’t have to vacate any wins? Or Championships?
NCAA: Actually Reggie Bush has to vacate several Facebook friends. We felt like his Facebook profile was enhanced by his profile as a Trojan athlete, when in fact he was a professional. We’ve provided a list of 200 USC coeds that he must remove from his Facebook friends list.
LTP: Will the Trojans have any scholarship reductions?
NCAA:: We have made it very clear to the USC athletic department that any further scandals in the USC program could result in severe penalties to the Fresno State program.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
- Boone State is a 3 point favorite to Georgia - the Pokes are one of the "sleeper" picks that everyone is picking. Which doesn't make them much of a sleeper. If Gundy's boys win this, they'll be favored in the following six games and likely be 7-0 when they host Texas. I would take Georgia and the points.
- Oklahoma is a 21 point favorite to BYU - that's a pretty beefy spread to a 10-3 team that has a bunch of 24 years olds on the roster. The Fightin Mormons return Max Hall as he pursues a PhD. I would pick the Sooners to win, but not to cover.
- Oklahoma is a 10 point favorite on the road at Miami - if Miami ever gets an offensive philosophy again - and they might with new OC Mark Whipple, this is a tough spread to cover. Nonetheless, I'll take the Sooners and give points.
- Oklahoma is a 3 point underdog to Texas. This seems about right to me, though I'd take the Sooners and the points.
- Boone State is a 7 point underdog to Texas at home. The last two games ahve been settled by a total of 7 points, both Horn victories. Take Boone State and the points.
- Oklahoma is a 9.5 favorite at Nebraska - 9.5 is a big spread on the road, but I believe in my Sooners.
- Oklahoma is a 9 point favorite at Texas Tech - The Sooners last won in Lubbock in 2003. It could happen again, but I would take the Dust Pirates and the points.
- Oklahoma is a 10.5 point favorite at home vs Boone State. In Norman, Stoops Sooners have won by 37, 43, 28 and 32, and lost by 3 to a Les Miles coached squad. Take Sooners and give the points.
As always the above predictions are for amusement purposes only. I'd be a skinny gambler.