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September 06, 2009

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Coach

The very next television commercial I see that makes athletes out to be 'heroes', I'm going to smash the television's glass face in.

This is only if I'm out in public some where, like at a bar, not in my own home, no way... and of course, I'm going to run like the dickens immediately after I smash their television.

Coach

Also, too bad Navy didn't beat Ohio State right there in Columbus... you realize what a size and speed disadvantage Navy was at against OSU, not to mention how much NFL track talent OSU has, versus how little if any at all Navy has? This game of football is strategic, it takes teamwork and it takes good coaching, and Navy was far and away the better team in those respects, but alas, all the advantages of size and speed and NFL track talent and the home field too, it all conspired to make the inferior team OSU come out just ahead of the superior team Navy... too bad.

Also, what Blount did at the end of the Oregon Boise State game? Not only was it a single quick punch he threw at that guy's jaw (which didn't even leave a mark I bet), and not only was he provoked into doing it (and the BSU Coach jumped in like his own player was the one who was doing something wrong), and not only did he apologize right afterward (and seemed sincere to me), but do you know that in the NHL what Blount did maybe gets you nothing more than a penalty, maybe gets you nothing at all? They drop their gloves and stand there toe to toe in the NHL, and try as best they can to blacken each other's eyes and punch each other's teeth out... and no one is suspended, and the crowd actually cheers all of this on, the referees stand there and let them punch each other's teeth out, and ESPN then shows it as 'sports highlights", and nobody is suspended and nobody ever apologizes...

Blount's full season suspension was extreme to say the least, it was really nothing at all he did to the guy who provoked him (and whatever it was, it was done in a heated moment and he apologized immediately afterward).

And in the NHL?

They'd say Blount was a pansy of some sort, "why didn't you punch his teeth out and blacken both his eyes, that's what we do, and the crowd loves it and the referees allow it and ESPN shows highlights of it, and nobody gets suspended and we never apologize!"

Suspending the guy for a whole season and what remains of his college football career, is just plain crazy.

Coach

Also, I was glad to see both I-AA Richmond and I-AA William & Mary defeat their supposedly superior I-A opponents.

And not only of course did I-AA Northern Iowa narrowly miss defeating their I-A opponent, but a Top 25 opponent at that!

I-AA UMass and Southern Illinois and Weber State and Appalachian State all played well enough on the road against their supposedly superior I-A opponents, that they'd have probably won those games on their own field... and I-AA Villanova, they beat their I-A opponent also!

I guess what I'm saying is there's not as much a gap in play and talent between I-A and I-AA as lots of people imagine.

There are more than a few I-AA teams that could both compete and win in Division I-A (this past weekend proved that three times), and there must be five teams at least in the Colonial Athletic Association that can beat as much as half the teams in Division I-A.

It's an extraordinary prejudice, even a conceit of sorts, that has people running down I-AA teams as though they were the minor leagues or Little League.

I'd like to see more inter-divisional play, not less, and I'd like to see some of these I-AA conferences (especially the CAA) recognized as being Division I-A (so as to qualify for Bowl games).

Anyway, quite a few I-AA teams showed their supposed superiors this past weekend just how the game is played, how it's a game of conditioning and preparation and teamwork and coaching.

I was glad to see it.

Cool Hand Mike

Terrelle is obviously an English major.

easy

That speaks volums about Ohio State and the people they are recruiting. I don't kill people.

Penn State Clips

Coach:

"I guess what I'm saying is there's not as much a gap in play and talent between I-A and I-AA as lots of people imagine.

"It's an extraordinary prejudice, even a conceit of sorts, that has people running down I-AA teams as though they were the minor leagues or Little League."

Since 2005 the ACC is 33-3 against I-AA schools. And two of those losses were by Duke, which is 6-42 over that span. Most of the games weren't competitive. I suspect other BCS conferences would show similar results.

"I'd like to see more inter-divisional play, not less, and I'd like to see some of these I-AA conferences (especially the CAA) recognized as being Division I-A (so as to qualify for Bowl games)."

That's a decision schools make. To move to I-A from I-AA requires significant spending to pay for more scholarships, bigger stadiums, etc. And most wouldn't meet the I-A attendance requirements.

Why would they want to go to a bowl game when they can compete in National Championship playoffs?

Penn State Clips

Coach:

"Blount's full season suspension was extreme to say the least, it was really nothing at all he did to the guy who provoked him (and whatever it was, it was done in a heated moment and he apologized immediately afterward)."

It didn't start with the lineman taunting Blount, it started before the game with Blount talking trash. And to say he "apologized immediately afterward" is inaccurate. Immediately afterward he was punching his teammates!

"Do you know that in the NHL what Blount did maybe gets you nothing more than a penalty, maybe gets you nothing at all?"

Do you know what happens to an NCAA player who fights? He is tossed from the game and suspended for as many games as he has had fights that season.

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