The NFL is not College Football, period.

ESPN: "The Senior Bowl is closely scrutinized by personnel directors and coaches from all 32 NFL teams. Tebow has received a wide range of conflicting evaluations for his potential as an NFL quarterback. Even though many personnel men have told ESPN he will struggle in the league if he plays quarterback, at least a half-dozen general managers or coaches say he not only will be successful as a pro quarterback, but also likely to be chosen in the first round." Look, I'm not a Time Tebow fan, mainly because I can't stand the Florida Gators, but, the guy is a great athlete. If he wants to play in the NFL he should do what's asked of him by the NFL team that selects him. He should convert to a tight end, or receiver. He could fill that niche spot made valuable by the new wild cat offense. The bottom line is, he'll have a spot on an NFL roster, if he truly wants to play professional football.

Heck, he could be a starting quarterback in the NFL, for the Raiders, they'll play just about anyone at that position.

ESPN: "Pete Carroll has reached an agreement in principle with the Seahawks on a deal to be their next head coach, multiple NFL sources confirmed early Saturday morning." - Have NFL teams learned nothing? Bobby Patrino, Nick Saban, Dennis Erickson, Steve Spurrior, and Lou Holtz, do those names ring any bells? All these GREAT college coaches failed at the pro level. Why? Well folks, that's easy to answer, THE NFL ISN'T COLLEGE. I believe it was Spurrior that complained he didn't have the players. Well, duh! In college you can grab the cream of the crop from high school, in the pros you're getting the best of the best. That field goes from 119-120 Division 1-A college teams down to 32 pro teams. As a coach you have to trust the management team to build a great team for you to coach, then you have to coach them, not coddle them like a bunch of kids. You have to treat them like men. You have to stack your skills as a coach against the best coaching minds the NFL has to offer.

Let's see if Carroll can make the transition, he was ok the first time around.

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Boise State #1 in 2010?

ESPN: "If the Broncos wore, say, Florida's laundry, or USC's, or Ohio State's, they'd be the landslide No. 1 team heading into next season. Amazing how much a team's uniform and tradition can affect how we look at it." - There's no way on God's green earth the BCS would ever rank a mid-major #1, not gonna happen. If you look at Boise State's record over the past five years you'll notice something very interesting, they don't lose very often. Now they've closed out the 2009 season with a 14-0 record. Only one other team has done that, Ohio State. Boise State had better finish #2 in the final 2009 BCS standings, nothing else makes sense.

We'll continue to have great college football, no doubt about that, but we'll never really know who the best team in the land is because they don't play for it.

It's time to BUST the BCS, and have a playoff system. Come on guys, you know it's the right thing to do, just do it.

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Who is it for?

ESPN: "The slippery-slope argument can often be a slippery slope, but we're not asking 'What if?' here, we're asking 'What is?' The idea that only playoff-bound teams' resting players is costing fans is absurd from any perspective. Sure, the Colts rested Peyton Manning and other prominent players, but do Giants fans deserve any less of a refund for the egg that their team laid in Week 16 against the Panthers? Should Raiders fans get free tickets for having to sit through their organization's inane affection for JaMarcus Russell and Darrius Heyward-Bey? What about the fans in Washington who have sat through a lame-duck second half? And none of those fans even get to see their teams in the playoffs!" - NFL, leave the game alone. If a team wants to rest players, it's their choice, period. What if starters were forced to play and they lost anyway? Teams lose, even with starters.

I pointed out how lame the Raiders were to keep working with JaMarcus Russell in the comments from a post earlier in the week.

Could it be the NFL is considering this for gambling and fantasy football leagues? I think the answer could be yes.

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Too bad it's a joke

The Onion: "Cowboys officials called Jones Sunday night to inform him he was being cut from the team, ordering the 66-year-old owner to clean out his luxury box and remove his personal belongings from the premises immediately. Jones, who was reportedly stunned to be removed from his ownership duties, issued a statement on his website thanking himself for all his hard work and years of service." - Jerry Jones and Al Davis, two peas in a pod.

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Real life, or fantasy?

ESPN: "The NFL will ask the competition committee to review integrity-of-game and competitive-balance concerns with clinching playoff teams that choose to rest starters at the end of the season." - Is this the first evidence of fantasy football influencing the game? Why would the NFL care what a team does with its' starting lineup? Are you going to make injured players play, probably not, so why bring up such a stupid question?

One day we'll have a scandal around fantasy football. One day someone will throw a game because they've had their pocket stuffed with some amount of money they couldn't resist. Hopefully I'm wrong.

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We need an FCS tournament, period.

Dick Bestwick [Online Athens]: "The proposition that the Mid-American Conference, Mountain West, Western Athletic Conference, Sun Belt and Conference-USA conferences should have automatic bids to the BCS may be the most absurd recommendation some playoff advocates have put forth." - This is such an absurd statement. So, let's get this straight. You don't want to have a tournament system because the conferences listed above can't possibly win? That, Mr. Bestwick, is the reason we NEED a playoff system. Each and ever year the NCAA has a little tournament for basketball; March Madness, maybe you've heard of it? In that tournament there is always some little school that's not supposed to win a single game, and sure enough, they go on to knock off some bigger badder school. FCS football will continue to be a bit of joke until you can put together a tournament.

Division-I, Division-II, and Division-III all have tournaments.

That's right. The smaller divisions actually have a tournament system. One of the big complaints is the kids would have to play 16 -games to decide a tournament champion. I'm not sure I see the problem here? Division-I teams will play at least 15-games to determine a champion. So it's OK for the smaller division players to do it, but the FCS players can't handle it? Hey, some of those guys will play on Sunday, they'd better get used to a 16-game season.

BCS, Removing the Risk

This season saw five undefeated teams in the regular season; Alabama, Texas, Cincinnati, TCU, and Boise State. Two of those teams are from conferences Mr. Bestwick claims can't win; TCU and Boise State. The BCS, in its infinite wisdom, has found a way to prevent an embarrassing situation. Let's pair TCU and Boise State in a bowl game! YES! I'm sure the geniuses sitting around the table really loved that idea. It's perfect, absolutely perfect. Make darned sure one of those teams that can't possibly win the BCS Championship has a loss. Hey, I'd stack Boise State, or TCU, against Alabama, Texas, or Cincinnati any day of the week, and I'd bet they'd beat at least ONE of them. How quickly we forget the upset in Arizona.

Oh, by the way, how well do you think Cincinnati is going play now they've lost their coach? Maybe the NCAA should work on that as well.

Unfair, or fixed? You decide.

If you read the article I've linked to make sure you read the comments. Here's one of my favorites...
It is unfair to let sponsors, which is what the BCS system is founded on, decide National Champions.

Until the NCAA decides all of their NC's by the same system they decide this one, I will believe the fix is in.
That pretty much sums up the BCS. Pay to play.

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2010 BCS Championship Bracket

Like many others I believe we need a tournament to determine a true National Champion for NCAA Football. No computers, just 16 teams entering a tournament, one team leaves crowned National Champion. The reason I like it is simple. There is ALWAYS an upset in the mix. If you've ever watched March Madness you know what I'm talking about.

See last years post for more details. It would only take ONE extra week to determine a true National Champ.

Anyway, as promised, here's the 2010 BCS National Championship Tournament Bracket, in Visio format of course.

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Thomas L. Cable, Jr. - Loser

ESPN: "In 1989, Sandy Cable sought a temporary order of protection, which said, in part, 'On two occasions, one back in '86 and the other in '88, he hit me. The second time in the face, however on attempts to call law enforcement, my husband would rip the phone out of the wall.'" - What a man! It takes a real man to knock around a lady. Gee Tom, what do you do for an encore, knock down little kids and steal their candy?

Loser.

Hey, get in touch (rob.fahrni@gmail.com) when you'd like to go a couple rounds. I live in Exeter, California, and I'm in the phone book.

I'm game.

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No, no, no, no, no, no TO!

ESPN Chicago: "The Chicago Bears quarterback would not say Wednesday whether he'd like the team to acquire the flashy and controversial receiver from Buffalo." - Please, Chicago, please, don't bring that cry baby to the Bears. He's a team destroyer, not worth it folks. I'd been a Cowboys fan since I was eight years old and became a Bears fan when the Cowboys signed TO. He'd be a great player if he could just keep his opinions to himself, catch passes that hit him in the hands, and be a team player. I'm just sayin.

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Raiders get first down?

The Onion: "EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - In an improbable display of competence and a basic execution of football fundamentals, the Oakland Raiders stunned the football world Sunday when running back Michael Bush miraculously rushed for three yards against the Giants and succeeded in converting a first down."

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Hey, Al, fire the bum!

Commitment to MediocrityFanhouse: "The other coaches pulled Cable from Hanson, but an enraged Cable broke their grasp and attacked Hanson a second time, allegedly screaming, 'I'm going to kill you!' over and over as he kept a hand around Hanson's throat. " - Al Davis is unquestionably the worst owner in the NFL, leaps and bounds above #2 Jerry Jones. He may have known football at one time, but that time has passed. Now he has coaches threatening to 'kill' other coaches.

It's no wonder Al Davis had to hire Cable, nobody in their right mind would want to work for the man.

Hey there, big Al, do the NFL a favor and fire Tom Cable and yourself! The Raiders are a complete joke.

Raiders - Commitment to Mediocrity!

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Harrison on Burress

Sports Illustrated: "Harrison said that he can't understand why Plaxico Burress would risk everything in a club. He said that if a player is scared, they should either hire bodyguards or just stay home. Bringing a gun to a club is not acceptable." - Bravo. Young athletes, just stay home. You have everything at your fingertips. You can go out, sure, but I'd say stay away from the clubs. You can have fun without them.

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Jerry Jones, knuckle head

Engadget [via @jfahrni]: "The massive HDTV strung up over the field was hit by a punt during the first NFL game played there last night. So far, by the rules that will result in a do-over, while owner Jerry Jones says there are no plans to move the screen and he doubts anyone will hit it during the regular season. Check the video evidence embedded after the break, somehow we doubt this is the last time this happens." - Jerry Jones is one of those owners, like Al Davis of the Raiders, that is everything wrong with the game of football. They believe they know the game better than the coaches and players and anything they do is the right thing to do, even though it's not. Clearly the display is going to screw with gameplay if punters can hit it at will. Jones, of course, in typical arrogant form says "there are no plans to move the screen and he doubts anyone will hit it during the regular season." Nice call man, have you ever punted a ball in a professional football game? I didn't think so.

Yeah, I just don't like Jerry Jones, can you tell. :-) He ruined the Cowboys organization, and turned me into a Chicago Bears fan.

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Former NFL QB McNair Murdered

ESPN.com: "NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Former NFL quarterback Steve McNair's shooting death was a homicide, police said Sunday, but authorities stopped short of saying it was a murder-suicide committed by the 20-year-old girlfriend found dead by his side." - Crazy.

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Great Idea!

ESPN.com: "LONDON -- London has launched an audacious bid to stage the Super Bowl within the next eight years, a move that would see the United States' biggest sporting event played overseas for the first time, the Sunday Telegraph has reported."

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Congress and the BCS

Bleacher Report: "Since undefeated Utah was overlooked for the national championship game many fans have been up in arms over the decision. Now Congress is looking into the situation. Some congressmen are even going as far as comparing the BCS to communism, and President Barrack Obama has also spoken out about the BCS system." - Absolutely not! While I believe the BCS is completely busted, Congress shouldn't have a darned thing to do with it. If it's ever going to get fixed it'll take the BCS and the NCAA losing money, and sponsors. This the the good ole U S of A. Money talks baby. Will it get fixed? I hope so. Is it likely to happen. Not any time soon.

Oh, and the argument that it would kill off traditional bowl games, think again. I'm a simple man and I figured out a way to make it work. You'd think the BCS guys could figure it out.

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Oakland picked who?

ESPN.com: "Oakland -- no surprise here -- was seduced by the speed of Maryland's Darrius Heyward-Bey. The Raiders grabbed the player who had the fast 40-yard time in workouts, even though many projected him to go far later." - I believe this was a safe pick, nobody guessed he'd go earlier than Crabtree, and the Raiders can have him for a song. Gotta go to the sale rack for some deals. Be ready for another long, hard, year in Oakland. The once great "Just Win Baby!" has become mediocre at best. Time for Mr. Davis to do the honorable thing and sale the team to someone interested in building a championship football team.

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RIGHT ON!

Slate [via Brian Cantoni]: "A couple of years ago, Dr. Hal S. Stern, the head of the Department of Statistics at the University of California-Irvine, wrote an article in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports 'advocating a boycott of the Bowl Championship Series by all quantitative analysts.' Stern argued that statisticians shouldn't want anything to do with the 'computer rankings' that are an element of the BCS system. I am writing here to sign onto Stern's call for a boycott." - YEAH! BCS STICK IT WHERE THE SUN DON'T SHINE!

It's time for a real system, one that's decided on the field. It's time to join all other major sporting events, it's time for a tournament.

DITCH THE BCS! Until that happens we'll never know who's the true #1. Texas, USC, or Florida in 2008? We'll never know, now will we?

UPDATE: Another GREAT line from the article, "This isn't a national championship—it's a big-money waltz."

That hits the nail squarely on the head!

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The BCS is just plain bad

Are you like me? After watching a few bowl games are you left scratching your head thinking "This is the best they could do?" The BCS is a complete joke this year. Your National Title game may not be between the best two teams in College Football, but since you don't have a true playoff system we'll never know. How 'bout we get the teams together in a sandlot somewhere and have a real playoff?

Who are the hottest teams in College Football today? Oklahoma, Florida, USC, and Ole Miss. Huh, Ole Miss? Yes that right, Ole Miss. The Rebels, 8-4, hammered former #1 Texas Tech yesterday in the Cotton Bowl, and beat current #2 Florida earlier in the season, Florida's only loss of the year. How do we fix this?

I've been a proponent of a 16 game tournament, which, unfortunately, would've left a very good Ole Miss team out in the cold, but would at the very least allowed teams to play for a title instead of rewarding two teams based on what the pundits and computers think.

It would be possible to fit the games into the schedule, the problem is, as always, money. That doesn't mean the BCS is corrupt, it's just become as old and out dated as the system it was intended to replace.

Further proof the BCS is wrong.

1) The Pac-10 goes 5-0 in bowl games.
2) #6 Utah upsets #4 Alabama, that wasn't supposed to happen. Utah will be screwed in the final polls. The nations only undefeated will not be #1.
3) USC trounces Penn State, the score didn't tell the story.
4) Ole Miss beat a very good Texas Tech.
5) Oregon beat Oklahoma State, a team that lost to three #1's. Texas, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech.

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Nightmare in the Emerald City

ESPN: "The thing is, though, Seattle's sports year isn't even that bad yet as Big Lo lies in the hospital with summer approaching. The Mariners aren't even halfway to becoming the first team to lose 100 games with a payroll of more than $100 million, nor have they fired their first manager of the season, let alone their second. The Washington Huskies have yet to suffer a single one of their historic 12 losses or fire their coach or get called for delay of game on their first play from scrimmage. (Delay of game on your first offensive play of a game -- how is that possible? What, did Kenny G play the national anthem?) The preseason magazines hitting the newsstands are picking the Seahawks to win the NFC West for the fifth straight year, not lose 11 games (and counting) on the way to saying goodbye to their coach, Mike Holmgren. And most importantly, the SuperSonics trial over their lease has yet to begin, so there still is hope they will remain in Seattle rather than move to Oklahoma @$&%ing City." - Maybe 2009 will be better.

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Cry-Baby T.O.

ESPN.com: "Blowing up locker rooms is second nature to Owens, so it was only a matter of time before there was carnage in Dallas." - I became a Chicago Bears fan the day Dallas acquired Team Obliterator, A.K.A. Terrell Owens. Jerry Jones is an idiot, but at one time he had the sense to hire a good coach, in Jimmy Johnson, but he even screwed that up. He and Al Davis probably have a private club for owners that like to interfere with their coaches and ruin seasons.

If Jerry Jones had a lick of sense, which I don't believe he does, he'd dump T.O. in a heartbeat. He has a great receiving staff in Witten, Austin, Crayton, and finally Williams. Do you recall how well he 'boys were doing before they acquired Williams? I think that is what ultimately has T.O. on the defensive. Williams is the better receiver, and T.O. knows it. He's feeling the pressure and as usual is cracking under the weight.

Oh, and something that T.O. keeps whining about is lack of passes thrown his way. If you look at the stats he's the leader in balls thrown to(see the table mid way down the page), and the leading receiver on the team. The problem is he drops too darned many passes.

I say the Cowboys should throw to T.O. all day today, let's see where that gets 'em. No passes to Witten, who can catch, or Austin, who can catch, or Williams who can score TD's. No, just throw to T.O. all day, the Giants can just single cover him, he'll drop some on his own.

The Cowboys could finish the season with three losses, here's hoping!

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BCS, as it should be

Yes, we need a BCS Football Tournament to decide the National Champion, period. It'll take a bit of tweaking to pull it off, but it's possible. First off all these teams that play 13 games will have to scale back to 10, yes, 10. The reason we scale back to 10 is to allow time for the playoffs, pretty simple, right?

Since most teams are finished in December the first round could be completed on what would normally be used for rivalry games and conference championships. If you need a conference championship game, it should be easy to fit in an 11th game before the playoffs.

My plan calls for the second round to be played on January 1! Yippee, we still get bowl games! What could be better?

Round three would be a bit lackluster, but like book two of a good trilogy it acts as a bridge to the big finale! This round is played one week, to a week-and-a-half, later. It depends on where January 1 falls.

The final game, The BCS National Championship game would be played one week later than it's currently played today, one more week, and we could have a true champion. Not the lame system we have today. The system that ranked Florida, a team that lost to an unranked, over Texas, a team that lost to a ranked team.

Anywho, as part of this exercise I've put together a tournament bracket, in Visio of course, that you're welcome to use to play out your own fantasy BCS National Championship.

Here's how mine played out!

Rob's 2008 BCS National Championship Bracket.

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Where's the justice?

ESPN: "Let us pause while BCS proponents try to clear their throats and their logic." - If you follow College Football you'll have an opinion about the BCS. Today we have a prime example of how flawed it really is. The Oklahoma Sooners leapfrogged the Texas Longhorns yesterday, even though Texas beat Oklahoma head-to-head.

Of course the current standings will change next week because #1 Alabama will face #4 Florida. Next week will be a bigger mess because one of those teams will lose, go 'Bama!

Let's hope Mizzou can pull off some sort of miracle next weekend as they face #2 Oklahoma for the Big 12 title. That would completely wreck the "lovely" BCS system.

We need a playoff system, PERIOD!

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NCAA Football Playoff?

Two years ago I talked about NCAA Football needing a playoff system. We still need one. The smaller NCAA divisions have a playoff system, why not the "big boys?"

So, given my eight team system, here's what it would look like today, based on BCS Ranking, all games played at a neutral site.

#8 Penn State(11-1) vs. #1 Alabama(11-0) [Sugar Bowl]
#7 Texas Tech(10-1) vs. #2 Texas(10-1) [Fiesta Bowl]
#6 Utah(12-0) vs. #3 Oklahoma(10-1) [Orange Bowl]
#5 USC(9-1) vs. #4 Florida(10-1) [Rose Bowl]

So, based on those matchups, here's round two in my guesstimation.

#5 USC(9-1) vs. #3 Oklahoma(10-1)
#7 Texas Tech(10-1) vs. #1 Alabama(11-0)

And the National Title Game would be...

#5 USC(9-1) vs. #1 Alabama(11-0)

With your 2008 National Champion being...

#5 USC!

Of course others will have their opinions of Rob's Fantasy NCAA Playoff System.

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Open letter to Al Davis

Dear Mr. Davis,

Just win baby!I'd like to throw my hat in the ring for the Head Coaching position with the Oakland Raiders. While I have no experience as a head coach I do love the game and I'm more than willing to defer player and coaching decisions to you. I'll happily stand on the sidelines barking orders from high in the owners box, I'll even wash your car for you if you'd like.

I'm willing to take a low salary, let's say $250,000.00 per year, with bonuses for reaching the playoffs, winning the AFC title, and winning the Super Bowl.

Here's the bonus breakdown I'd like to have.

1) Reaching the playoffs - $125,000.00
2) Winning the AFC title - $125,000.00
3) Super Bowl title - $250,000.00

For a total of $750,000.00 in salary and bonuses for a Super Bowl Title, I believe that's small peanuts to restore the Oakland Raiders to their former glory.

Thank you for your consideration Mr. Davis.

Just win baby!

Sincerely,
Rob Fahrni

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Fresno State Football

ESPN: "FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State somehow managed to overcome six turnovers and a 17-point deficit to take Hawaii into overtime. Another shaky kicking performance proved too much for the Bulldogs to overcome." - The giant killers still can't figure out how to win in their conference. It's the same story year after year. Pull off big wins against teams they shouldn't beat then walk into their conference ranked only to drop one to two games to teams they SHOULD beat.

I like Pat Hill, but maybe he should take a job coaching the Oakland Raiders the next time it comes up. It's time for a change. Get a coach that can teach the kids how to win in their division. Until they can do that forget playing with the big kids.

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It was only a matter of time

Star-Telegram.com: "IRVING -- T.O. actually believes what doomed your Dallas Cowboys on Sunday was not enough involvement by him. And I am pretty sure he was being serious." - I'd been a Cowboys fan all my life, until three years ago. That's when 'Team Obliterator' joined the team. I was no longer a Cowboys fan at that point. I've been a Chicago Bears fan since that day.

Anywho, it looks like T.O. is about to throw one of his classic tantrums, and will do his best to ruin the Boys season. Go Terrell!

Oh, and here's a tip, try to catch the ball when it's thrown to you, and quit your whining.

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Now taking bets

ESPN.com: "FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Ronnie Brown and the lowly Miami Dolphins ended the Patriots' record winning streak and made New England's defense look as shaky as its Tom Brady-less offense Sund" - It's near impossible to go undefeated in the NFL, only ONE team has ever done it, no I don't count just the regular season, it's all or nothing in my book. Anywho, now that the Patriots have dropped a game how long with it be before Randy Moss throws his team, or his QB, under the bus?

Record your guess in the comments.

My guess is the Pats will go 9-7, maybe 10-6, and be out the first round of the playoffs. Moss will start whining when they lose a few games and he's not getting his receptions.

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BYU vs. Washington

Seattle PI: "'After scoring the touchdown, the player threw the ball into the air and we are required, by rule, to assess a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty,' Pac-10 referee Larry Farina told the Washington athletic communications staffer. 'It is a celebration rule that we are required to call. It was not a judgment call.'" - The new NCAA celebration rules are ridiculous in some ways. If you witnessed yesterday's BYU - Washington game you may know what I'm talking about. Granted there is a rule that states the player cannot throw the ball "high into the air", but come on! He didn't taunt the other team, he ran to his teammates in celebration. It was an exciting finish!

The thing I don't get is after it was all said and done the BYU team rushed the field and began celebrating, where were the penalty flags? That was taunting the other team and since a game cannot end on a defensive penalty the ball should've been moved up 15-yards and they should have been allowed to take another P.A.T. I haven't heard anyone talk about that.

I understand the spirit of the rule, but that was ridiculous.

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Ringing true

Favre Jets JerseyFox Sports: "He says he's in it to win a Super Bowl. But agreeing to this trade — I don't care if the Jets spent more than the Department of Defense this offseason, they're still coming off a 4-12 season — proves otherwise. Favre's desire to return to the championship round was less than his fear of not playing while he still thought he could. Maybe he was loathe to acknowledge that winters in Mississippi aren't what they're cracked up to be. By the same token, he should've known that winters in East Rutherford haven't been good for the Jets, either." - Brett Favre is one of the best the game has ever seen, but I can't see him taking a 4-12 team to the Super Bowl. I'm thinking more like 8-8, 9-7 at the most. I think we will see some spectacular football and they'll possibly bump off the Pats at least once if Favre is on form. The big question is will we get the Favre of last year, or the one from the year before? I'm hoping for the former and an exciting year for the Jets.

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Favre a Jet?

ESPN: "From green and gold to green and white. From, "Go, Pack, Go" to "J-E-T-S." From the NFL's smallest market to the league's largest." - I just happened to flick over to the NFL Network as one of their analysts was sure Favre was headed to Tampa Bay. Then the bottom line flashed with "Brett Favre traded to NY Jets."

Jets fans should have a fun season.

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NFL: Gang bangers?

ESPN: "An NFL official told the Los Angeles Times this week that the league was focusing its attention on players' hand gestures because of an overblown incident involving Paul Pierce during the NBA playoffs." - Here's the thing, I've seen gang bangers on the street. They stand out, and if they flash a sign with their hands, it is what it is. It's an indication they're with a gang. They also dress the part, it's so obvious. Gee, is that red hanky hanging out of your pocket because you have a horrible cold? No, it's there to tell you "I'm bad." Don't call it racial profiling; black, white, or green, it doesn't matter, does it? Let the league deal with it as they please, just shut up and play.

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Steroids dealer to the NFL

ESPN: "PLANO, Texas -- A convicted steroids dealer who recently met with NFL security officials and gave them names of players he said bought steroids from him has been found dead in his home." - WOW! That's kind of suspicious isn't it? Further down the article...

"When explaining why he did not want to go public, Jacobs said: 'The kinds of people I know about could put a bullet in the back of my head.'"

Scary isn't it?

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Gee, that was a mistake

It would seem a publisher was overly confident New England would go 19-0. Apparently this was available on Amazon for a while.

Whoops.

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14-6

New York Football GiantsESPN: "The Giants, 12-point underdogs, ruined the New England Patriots' quest for a perfect season. New York, which lost six of 16 games in the regular season, prevailed 17-14 at University of Phoenix Stadium." - I couldn't watch the game, I couldn't stand the thought of the Patriots winning, period. I checked on the score from time to time, but wouldn't watch because I'm superstitious and didn't want to jinx the game. Kim and I head off to bible study this evening and they have the game on, the final minute-forty. I couldn't believe the Pats were up, it was killing me, but I got to see the Giants on the game winning drive. Plaxico Burress, wide open in the end zone, I jumped out of my seat I was so excited! Then I realized the Patriots had 30 seconds on the clock, an eternity with three timeouts. I held my breath through four plays and jumped out of my seat again! Congratulations New York Football Giants, and thanks for ruining the perfect season!

P.S. - The 2007 New England Patriots are the only team in NFL history to go 18-1, and not win the Super Bowl, they set another record! Congratulations fellas.

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Championship Sunday

My picks for today...

Packers over Giants
Chargers over Patriots (upset special!)

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You have my vote!

ESPN: "The president of the University of Georgia is calling for an eight-team playoff system for college football's top division, saying the Bowl Championship Series -- which left Georgia out of its championship game -- has become a 'beauty contest largely stage-managed by the networks.'" - WOW! I couldn't agree more. This years BCS games were a joke. They're still not getting the matchups right. If we had a playoff system we could have a true National Champion because they won their way to the top. Look at the "big" bowl games. There were a number of them with mismatches, including the National Championship game which has happened two years in a row. A tournament may result in the same two teams, but this year, who knows?

Here is a list of blowouts in bowl games this year.

Cotton Bowl: Mizzou 38 - Arkansas 7
Rose Bowl: USC 49 - Illinois 17
Sugar Bowl: Georgia 41 - Hawaii 10
Fiesta Bowl: West Virginia 48 - Oklahoma 28

And the biggie, The BCS Title Game: LSU 38 - Ohio State 24

You may say the title game was close if you're only looking at the score. It was a blowout. LSU dominated after a slow start.

West Virginia, Mizzou, Georgia, and USC all looked really good. Using an eight team playoff this is what it could've looked like this year.

#8 Kansas vs. #1 Ohio State
#7 USC vs. #2 LSU
#6 Missouri vs. #3 Virginia Tech
#5 Georgia vs. #4 Oklahoma

As a fan, I'd LOVE to see this happen. Figure it out on the field, not with a computer.

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BCS Championship?

Who's in the title game? I love the way this season has played out. Nobody has been able to stay on top! Having said that I was hoping Mizzou would finish #1, didn't happen. Even West Virginia blew their shot!

So, logically it should be #1 Ohio State vs. #2 Georgia, right? Well, who knows. I'm ok with those two in the title game. Hopefully this year Ohio State won't lay an egg like they did last year, what a stinker that game was. It's looking more and more like LSU will be #2, that somehow doesn't seem right? Using that logic shouldn't they jump over Ohio State as well?

Oh, yeah, what about the only undefeated team in the nation? Yes, Hawaii finished perfect, congratulations!

I'm also in favor of a playoff system, but there's way too much money involved in the BCS system now and they just signed a bunch of new contracts. In the end money talks baby!

Oh, and the playoff system wouldn't prevent us from having bowl games, they'd just be a part of the playoff system.

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New England Patriots

Ok, I'm going to step out here and say the New England Patriots will lose at least one game. It's very difficult to go undefeated in the NFL. Something will happen along the way that will cause them to lose.

My suggestion to the remaining teams. Get to Tom Brady and knock him to the ground, period. He can't take a hit and will take proximity sacks, dropping like a rag doll when he feels the presence of a rushing defender. Watching the Buffalo Bills rush two lineman, on occasion, last weekend made me ill. You can't let that guy stand back there all day with three big threats running down the field. I know, I know, I'm not a profession analyst but it seems to make sense.

Oh, and another thing. If I were Pittsburgh I'd start prepping Hines Ward to play as a Free Safety and put him right over the top of Randy Moss. Hines Ward is a real throwback, smash mouth football all the way. He brings it each play so why not let him take a few shots at New England's wide receiver's? Mix up your defensive fronts, send four and five at a time, bring those backside safety blitzes and unchain James Harrison. That guy's a monster.

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College Football

I don't know about you but I love how College Football is playing out this year. My most sincere hope is everybody loses at least one game and we get a pair of unknowns playing for the National Championship. I'm not a huge fan of Florida football but I was hoping USF would run the table and force folks to make a tough choice, that doesn't seem likely now they've choked against Rutgers. Here's hoping Boston College pulls a rabbit outta the hat.

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