Here we go again with another potential controversy with the BCS. Anyone who listens to Idaho Sports Talk knows I am an Ohio State Buckeye apologist. I will also say that I am tired of the SEC claiming a one loss team has earned the right to play in the BCS Championship game no matter what. The "strength of schedule" argument is fine when talking about two teams with the same record, but that's not the case this year.
When I read that SEC Commissioner Mike Slive was verbally rooting against Ohio State in the Auburn press box Saturday night, it made my disdain for the SEC even worse. Why is the Commissioner in the press box instead of some corporate suite? Doesn’t he know there is no cheering allowed? They make an announcement prior to every game.
Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs told USA Today that it would be a “disservice to the nation” if Auburn is left out of the Championship game. Their sense of entitlement is ridiculous. If Ohio State doesn’t get credit for winning 24 games in a row dating back to last season, then Auburn shouldn’t get credit for the fact the SEC has dominated the BCS championship game recently.
For years we have heard that SEC teams beat each other up during the regular season. I don’t buy that argument. In my opinion it is no different than the top teams in any conference beating each other and their lower level foes. Here are a few facts about this season.
Five of Auburn’s conference wins came against the bottom half of the SEC:
Arkansas (0-8) Tennessee (2-6) Mississippi State (3-5) Ole Miss (3-5) Texas A&M (4-4)
Alabama had 6 conference wins against the bottom half of the SEC:
Arkansas (0-8) Kentucky (0-8) Tennessee (2-6) Mississippi State (3-5) Ole Miss (3-5) Texas A&M (4-4)
Why is that so different than Florida State or Ohio State?
Florida State had 6 Conference wins against the bottom half of the ACC:
North Carolina State (0-8) Wake Forest (2-6) Maryland (3-5) Pittsburgh (3-5)
Syracuse (4-4) Boston College (4-4)
Ohio State had 6 conference wins against the bottom half of the Big 10:
Purdue (0-8) Northwestern (1-7) Illinois (1-7) Indiana (3-5) Michigan (3-5) Penn State (4-4)
This argument will become a moot point if Ohio State loses to Michigan State in the Big 10 Championship game on Saturday. My opinion is not jaded enough to think a one-loss Ohio State team would be more deserving than a one-loss SEC team. In that case Auburn should get the nod based on the fact they beat the number one team in the country. But don’t tell me Auburn is entitled to play in the championship game because they are in the SEC. That argument is getting old.
Championship Game Dreamin'
The Balding Eagles/co-written by John Patrick
ALL BUT TWO GAMES DOWN...
AZTECS MUST GO DOWN...
A CHAMPIONSHIP TO PLAY...
ROCKY LONG MUST PAY...
REVENGE IS WHAT WE SEEK...
ON THIS SATURDAY...
GIVE THE BALL TO JAY...
NEED TO WIN THIS GAME...
THIS AND EVERY GAME...
IF FRESNO STATE WE PLAY...
DERRICK CARR IS AFRAID...
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME DREAMIN’ ...
WHICH QUARTERBACK WILL PLAY?
LOST TO ROCKY LONG...
LAST TIME THAT WE PLAYED...
WE WILL BRING THEM TO THEIR KNEES....
KICK THEIR AZTECS PLEASE...
THE AZTECS THEY MUST PAY...
ROCKY BETTER PRAY...
YOU KNOW THE BRONCOS NEED TO WIN...
A LOSS WOULD BE A SIN...
A FRESNO STATE REPLAY...
BEAT US TWICE, NO WAY...
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME DREAMIN'...
WHICH QUARTERBACK WILL PLAY?
CHAMPIONSHIP DREAMIN’ ...
WHICH QUARTERBACK WILL PLAY?
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME DREAMIN’...
WHICH QUARTERBACK WILL PLAY?
Ajayi-mian Rhapsody: a song about a running back and his jar of pickle juice!
Is it from Vlasic?
is it from Claussen dills?
a jar of green pickle juice
Ajayi will give us thrills
Keeps cramps away
so we give the ball
he just won't go down
he's agile just like a cat
you can hit'em high, hit'em low
it won't matter he will score
he ain't just some Jay Schmoe
when he hits his beast mode, he's Jay....Ajayi
starts with cucumbers
brew'em in a pot
pickle juice, pickle juice
just dont do the fumble
5 point 9 per carry
very, very scary
score some more, more, more, more, more, more more
drink some more!
Ooooh Yaahhh, Ooooh Yaaahhh.....Oooh Jayyyy...
two-seven on his jersey
doesn't drink green tea
dives into the end zone
that's what we want from Jay...Ajayi
drinks a jar of pickle juice!
Early on in the BSU-BYU football game I had the feeling it wouldn't be the Broncos night. Whatever the coaching staff had game-planned, it wasn't working early. I expected to see more designed runs for Grant Hedrick. Some of Hedrick's throws did not look good at all, and many that were on the mark were dropped. I have no doubt that if Joe Southwick had been able to play, the game would have been much closer. But this was a team loss. It's hard to single out any position group.
The Boise State defense made some nice adjustments after halftime but, their DB's were still outmatched in size. I will take a 6'4" receiver over a 5’9" cornerback every time. Fumbles are going to happen, but how many are acceptable for Jay Ajayi? He has rushed for over 900 yards and 12 touchdowns. With Ajayi's big play potential you have to keep giving him the ball and live with an occasional fumble. Personally I would like to see him get a few more carries per game.
So For the third time this season Boise State will need to regroup from a loss and play much better in a road game at Colorado State.
Lou Reed, a member of the rock group "The Velvet Underground" died on Sunday at the age of 71. Although they were before my time, I give credit to any band that has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I will leave it to smarter people than me to figure out their legacy. I have never been a fan of Reed's solo hit "Walk on the Wild Side." As a matter of fact, it's on my list of songs I don't care if I ever hear again. Van Halen's version of "Pretty Woman" makes that list too along with “Katmandu" by Bob Seger.
I saw the movie "Gravity" on Saturday. I would give it a review of "one small coke” and "one small popcorn." The visual effects were impressive. Sandra Bullock was good, but the plot was thin. I was hoping for a little more story and less of astronauts slamming into spacecrafts.
It often amazes me what some people of Boise find to complain about. The new building at the corner of 8th and Main is an impressive addition to the Boise skyline. Yet some people have found the time to express their displeasure that the spire on top of the building makes it look like an LDS Temple. I am not Mormon but I think the building looks good the way it is.
Thanks to Breaking Bad I will never look at an old RV the same! Today millions of people are coming to grips with the fact that Breaking Bad has come to an end. You could look for a long time before finding a critic with something negative to say about the series. Now that it has ended, I might as well give my two cents on what many people say is the best television show ever made. Idaho native Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman, Bryan Cranston as Walter White, and all the other tremendous characters took us on quite a ride over the last few years.
In my opinion, Breaking Bad is similar to many Alfred Hitchcock movies. A regular guy is forced to make decisions after being thrown into extraordinary circumstances. In this case, it's Walter White, a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who turns to making meth in order to earn money for his family after his death.
I had heard a lot of good things about Breaking Bad, so I finally started catching up on Netflix. I was a couple of seasons behind when I saw the first episode. Netflix was the perfect vehicle for many people like me. It allowed us to watch multiple episodes in a short period of time, instead of the customary "weekly" waiting period for the next episode.
Over the course of five seasons mild-mannered Walter White turns into his alter ego Heisenberg, the biggest drug kingpin in the southwest. He was a family man one minute, and ruthless the next. It happened in a believable way through intelligent, engaging scripts and flawless acting. When you thought you knew what would happen next, you would be thrown a curve ball. Or, if in the off chance you did have something figured out, the show would take you extra steps that you weren't anticipating. Unlike even the best television dramas, there were few wasted scenes in the entire run of the series, a total of 62 episodes. Everything was done for a purpose. The characters, with all their human flaws, were riveting to watch. I am glad the series ended before it lost any of its dramatic impact.
I am like many of the critics and fans of the show. I would consider it the best television show I have seen. At least to this point. It's not too late to decide for yourself, but beware, in the end you may need some Breaking Bad rehab.
It's probably an understatement to say I am not a big fan of change. After all, I have eaten pizza almost every Wednesday night for 20 years. For me, there's no reason to fix something that isn't broken. That's what a lot of us felt about the Boise State football team.
Following Boise State's loss to Washington in the season opener, a lot of Broncos fans were up in arms about the new up-tempo, no-huddle offense. I can understand their frustration since the result was a mere six points. The shifts and motions were gone and so was the scoring. Many people, myself included, were left wondering why Chris Petersen and the coaching staff would make such a drastic change.
It reminded me of when after winning the 1997 Masters by 12 strokes, Tiger Woods decided to change his swing to make it more efficient for the long term. The changes didn't pay off immediately. He won once in 1998. But he won 27 tournaments the following four years, including seven major championships.
While Woods had the time to be patient, Boise State fans want results now. And, I am sure that Petersen does, too. He is not going to sacrifice a season waiting for results. Yes, the Broncos' new offense was much more efficient against UT Martin, but it remains to be seen how the changes will work against stiffer competition. I have wrongly doubted Petersen before. I expect to be proven wrong this time, too. He is a two time winner of the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award for national coach of the year — and I like my pizza with double pepperoni.