On CFB Ending Shorts

On BCS Championship
Congratulations to Alabama for winning the BCS Championship, as known as the Mythical Champion of College Football. It’s pathetic to think that the new BCS Director plans to stick with the current format.

I feel Texas QB Colt McCoy’s pain. To be injured in a huge game after such a great career must be difficult.

Besides being a political columnist, George Will loves sports – thus the topic occasionally appears in his column. This column about college football is a good read.

On the Sugar Bowl Retrospective
Although congratulations to the Gators, I’m still stinging from the Bearcats poor showing at the Sugar Bowl. Knowing odds were against UC, I was hoping for a respectable showing. Instead, I got a nightmare.

Best Florida Decision: After winning the toss, the Gators’ decision to defer was brilliant. Knowing that scoring on the UC defense would not be a problem, Coach Meyer showed confidence in his defense to stymie the Bearcat offense. I knew UC was in trouble after the first two possessions.

Bearcats Critical Moment: During the first possession and after a first down, RB Jacob Ramsey ran 11 yards for an apparent first down. Wrong – a holding penalty called the play back and the Gator line applied the pressure.

On Tebow
Tim Tebow’s terrific career at Florida is over. Now he awaits the NFL draft and people argue whether or not he’ll make it at that level. Although time will determine his NFL accomplishment, the more I read and hear about the man, I bet he will be very successful in the more important game of life.

I wonder how many people watching the Sugar Bowl checked the Bible verse he displayed on the black under his eyes. For those who didn’t, here’s Ephesians 2: 8-10

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

They’ve Earned it Rankings Week 9 ’09

Week 9 allowed the Ducks to make a serious statement and the Longhorns to show that they are a serious contender.  Other than that, most teams held serve.

Up- Oregon, Florida, Cincinnati, Texas
Down- Iowa, Ga. Tech, LSU, TCU
New – Boise
Out- USC

They’ve Earned It Top 10

  1. Oregon (7-1) Next: @ Stanford
  2. Alabama (9-0) Next: LSU
  3. Iowa (9-0) Next: Northwestern
  4. Florida (8-0) Next: Vanderbilt
  5. Georgia Tech (7-1) Next: Wake Forest
  6. Texas (8-0) Next: Central Florida
  7. Cincinnati (8-0) Next: UConn
  8. LSU (7-1) Next: @ Alabama
  9. TCU (8-0) Next: @ San Diego State
  10. Boise (8-0) Next: @ Louisiana Tech

Besides games involving the top 10 teams, here are the potential ranking-impact games.

  • Ohio State @ Penn State
  • Houston @ Tulsa

As I’m also keeping a curious eye on Va. Tech @ ECU, a big BOOOOOO to Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, and Mississippi for playing nonD1 teams at this point in the season. That’s pathetic and shame on the SEC for the way they schedule league games.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 6

Politics
During the automaker hearing and subsequent discussions, members of Congress slammed executive compensation. Since members of Congress get an annual cost of living adjustment (COLA), I wonder if they would forgo their COLA and any raise until they operate the federal government at a budget surplus for two consecutive years? Ah yes, the dilemma of practicing what you preach.

Wow – sitting president’s age twice as fast as the rest of us. Now that’s pressure.

It appears Norm Coleman will be known as the one losing to a wrestler and a comedian. For Coleman’s sake, I sure hope Joe the Plumber doesn’t move to Minnesota after returning from his journalism stint.

I find Ann Coulter to be much more obnoxious than Rush Limbaugh.

Pondering

SUV and truck sales are rising. Isn’t it amazing how quickly people forget? Here’s a good article on rising gas prices.

Is anyone troubled by the fact that Russia has cut off natural gas to much of Europe?

Sports
Congratulations to Florida on winning the mythical national championship game. By the way, the game has nothing to do with which conference is better.

Although the UC Bearcats didn’t play well in the Orange Bowl, I give credit to Va. Tech for getting the job done. Congratulations Hokies!

Since I have a warm spot for nonBCS schools, great job Utah! Too bad voters are too ignorant and/or too biased to notice. Wonder if they even watched? Here’s a great article by Dan Wetzel.

OUCH, said this proud MAC grad whose conference was winless this bowl season. Didn’t that also happen last year?

Sports fans like good stories about community involvement by players. Here’s a new site to see, and check the Athletes on Board link.

Shout Outs
To be in a commercial and listed as a sponsor by Basic Bloganomics is an honor.

I’m looking for to an upcoming exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center: On Race: Are We so Different? It runs here from mid-January to late April. Checkout the exhibit’s site; including its virtual tour!

It will be worth a few minutes to view MSNBC’s The Week in Pictures.

If you didn’t see it, CBS News did a great piece on how Brad Pitt aged in his latest movie.

Let’s hear it for the guy who used a blow torch to melt the ice on his porch. It sure takes all kinds to make this world go around.

They’ve Earned It Top 10: Week 3

Sorry about the delay of this feature. This past Sunday, Hurricane Ike remnants blasted much of Ohio with damaging winds knocking out 90% electricity in greater Cincinnati, led alone surrounding rural areas. Unfortunately for us and no fault of theirs, Duke Energy sent many local crews to the Texas coast to help with those devastating efforts. Once the damaged hit us, a limited number of crews can only do so much. Nonetheless, our problems are nothing to those on the coastal region, thus my thoughts and prayers go to everyone their. And thank you Panera for access!

 

2008 continues to be an interesting season. With only three weeks completed and since I continue to deplore scheduling nonD1 schools, schools playing nonD1 schools to this point is a big negative. Maybe, week 4 will bring some of those schools into the ranking next week ─ but not yet!

 

Scheduling byes, now common, creates a games-played discrepancy. Fortunately, this will take care of itself as the season progresses.

 

They’ve Earned It Top 10 Countdown

10. Wake Forest

9. Wisconsin

8. Auburn

7. Utah

6. Alabama

5. Oregon

4. Florida

3. Vanderbilt

2. East Carolina

1. USC  

 

An editorial: I continue to be appalled with results of the major polls. Pollsters continue to ignore achievements as East Carolina, continue to give huge support to expectations without current results (LSU and Ohio State to name a few), thus continuing to show favoritism. Heck, Florida State is getting many votes for beating not one, but TWO nonD1 schools.