This is long over due and I have a ton of topics to touch on so I’ll try to be squirrel moment free on every thing I want to talk about.
-The BCS System gets ridicule from sports analysts, coaches, and fans regardless of if they get it right or not. I remember last year various conferences and experts were mad when the BCS Championship game was a rematch between Alabama and LSU. Was it a good game? Yes. Was it the right call for those teams to play for the title? It’s hard to say. Did the BCS system get it right this year? It depends on who you ask. If you’re Northern Illinois, you’re loving it because your team was selected to play Florida State in the Orange Bowl. If you’re Georgia, you’re irate because Florida got the Sugar Bowl bid over the Bulldogs who just played a game against Alabama that will go down as the best SEC Championship game in recent memory (it may even stand the test of time as the best SEC Championship game of the decade). But, let us all be patient (and tolerant) of this BCS Bowl System. Hopefully, a 4 team playoff will please the critics and the fans, but something tells me that even when this is put into practice in 2014, the team(s) left out of it will complain that they should be put in.
-With the BCS Championship game of Notre Dame vs. Alabama yet another title game featuring an SEC team, with the potential of the Crimson Tide keeping the streak alive of the SEC Conference winning the BCS Title (which has been going on since January of 2006). And with every year that an SEC team that goes to the BCS Title game and wins the game, I hear more and more talk from their fans saying that they’re the NFL minor league or that they’re the best conference in college football. Ok, maybe a few of their players get drafted high in the first few rounds of the NFL Draft every year, but not all players from the SEC who go into the draft will get selected. This is the case for all players from all conferences. And the best team from the SEC would get man handled if they played the worst team in the NFL. Why? Because every NFL team is a team of professional players who train and practice every day to play football and get paid for it. Teams in college have to attend classes while playing football and they get compensated by getting athletic scholarships (for those who earn it). There are some players that, somehow, get some cash compensation for playing for their school, but that is a conversation for another day. What I’m really trying to get at is this- for every Alabama and Georgia in the SEC, there is the bottom feeder teams in football like Kentucky, who finished their season at 2-10. Given the fact that Kentucky is better known for their basketball program over their football program, they still have to play a season. Every conference has their teams that consistently will be at the bottom of their conference, period.
– NBA Commissioner David Stern issued an apology to the NBA fans for the game which featured the defending Champion Miami Heat playing the San Antonio Spurs minus 4 of their starters who were sent home to rest for their next game. Head Coach Greg Popovich said that with their 4th game in 5 days, it was a decision to rest Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green to make sure they’re available for the entire season. But given that it was a Nationally televised game on TNT, Stern apologized for a coaching decision and warned that sanctions would follow. Sure enough, he fined Popvich $250,000 for something he has done before. He has done this a few times last year with no fine or warning what so ever, and he gets fined when the commissioner is present at the game. Now, if Popovich rested his players for a home game, I can see why the fine would come. The game on TNT was in Miami, so fans didn’t pay for their tickets to see the bench of the Spurs play; they went to that game to see LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and company play. For David Stern to fine the Spurs head coach, who has won coach of the year a few times in his career at San Antonio, that much for something he has done in the past is just simply ridiculous. http://whatdoumeme.com/media/created/5r3iu4.jpg