As you’re reading this, I’m prepping for the drive from Los Angeles to the Bay Area with the Mrs. for Saturday’s game. Given that we got engaged on the Marin Headlands, this song by one of her favorite performers is the obvious choice for this week’s soundtrack. Gonna’ warn you, though… this week’s reflection is… uh… verbose.
Hopefully you’re either recovering from the long weekend or making plans for the next one… as an educational moment, though, be sure to know what you’re doing. As for me, I had a great weekend up above the treeline and enjoying some music that made me remember my college days… so, it’s also your soundtrack.
As I studied the statistics from year #1 to year #2 at Meyer’s three previous colleges, I noticed that the rushing offense and scoring offense improved at all three programs. Outside of those statistics, it’s hard to recognize any trends.
Good news for OSU fans… bad news for the B1G.
How many (of the SEC’s top 6 programs) would Ohio St have beaten? Would they have won 3? I don’t know.
It’s always nice to know that someone is thinking of you, right? Anywho, as you can imagine, the response was pretty interesting: Spencer Hall brought his usual crack-analysis (why the UC photo at the top, though?), while other voices brought a bit more reason into the discussion. At any rate, with Coach Meyer talking openly about the Tide and Saban having his mind on the doin’s up in Columbus… this is going to be a hell of a season.
Today marks the sacred celebration of Festivus, so we here at tBBC have been prepping for the Feats of Strength- JoeD used to wrestle, Rob and Jason have Buckeye football backgrounds, but my money’s on Jim… I think he brings a ton of tenacity to the table.
Anyway, another important Festivus tradition is the “Airing Of Grievances”… and we turn the mike over to our friend and investigative reporter Westy, who weighs in on the state of the sport in Columbus and beyond.
So what do you say now that the news has been handed down? The Ohio State University will be punished with additional scholarship losses, and most notably no Bowl game in 2012. If you’re anything like me you spewed a line of almost incomprehensible obscenities and threats at your radio while driving back to work from your lunch break. But pause for a moment and take a look at the bigger picture with me, if you will. College football is broken. No not in this “everyone is cheating, oh heavens to betsy!… quick get Grandma off the roof!” sense of the word broken. It’s broken in the sense that it’s dominated by greed and money, and the game quite frankly doesn’t matter anymore. Let me list for you a few of the plethora of reasons college football is broken…
The biggest source of sports news in the world is ESPN. This goes for college football as well. There are other sources out there (you’re reading one right now), but if you want to talk the head honcho — you talk ESPN. ESPN has a financial contract with the SEC; a FIFTEEN year contract worth several billion dollars, to show SEC games on their family of networks. They are in every sense of the phrase, “in bed” with the SEC. Pause and think about that for a moment. The number one source of college football commentary, reporting, news, etc … has a vested interest in seeing only ONE of the eleven major college football conferences succeed. Am I the only one who noticed the conflict of interest there? Am I the only one who doesn’t wonder aloud if all of their hardcore investigating into Ohio State, Penn State, Oregon, UNC, USC, etc, etc… is just a bit curious since they by in large ignored situations at Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, LSU… How many of you can tell me what the cases even WERE at all four of those SEC schools?
Think for a moment if the President of the United States, (be it Barrack Obama, George W Bush, Harrison Ford, whoever…) had all of the major new networks on his side. Let’s say that maybe those networks have a contract with the President, where they get to show his public addresses on their networks, in return for a huge chunk of money. No switching to Fox or to MSNBC for the opposite prospective, they both like the guy and dislike his rivals…. Does that make your stomach turn a bit? Does that make you wonder about the “slant” they’re giving their information? ESPN is to sports, what MTV is to music, only ESPN doesn’t air Jackass (although you’d never know the difference if you looked at their commentary line up, ahem, May/Holtz/Corso/Herbstriet/etc). Read More
Eric welcomes new tBBC member Jason Winrow with a podcast all his own!
Jason played Offensive Line (Guard) for Ohio State from 1990-1993, eventually being drafted by the New York Giants. He now writes for us here at the BBC, as well as his own blog “The State of College Football”.
Jason and Eric talk the NCAA/OSU situation, Amateurism – with a special look at Jason’s vision for a College Football Playoff – Jim Tressel and Luke Fickell!
Jason has some fascinating things to say, so make certain not to miss it!
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