Charges dropped in pre-game incident
Nov 29, 2011
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Nov 27, 2011
Deezies Sports Limited press conference 10-4-11
Oct 04, 2011
Afterparty transcript delayed
Oct 01, 2010
Re: BCS vs TCS
Eric, you pompous ass. In your zeal to point out that I only included ten of the Sweet Sixteen in my TCS scenario (and for the record, I'll cover that in a separate post), you failed to note that I was screwed before a single second-round game took the court... as were many brackets. This sort of Cinderella event supports your point... and the small-money matchups of Villanova-Siena and Western Kentucky-San Diego help support mine -- no one wants to watch that crap. I'd point to the ratings being down during those games, but CBS stuck the 'Nova game at the top and didn't even bother to carry the other game. (For what it's worth, CBS's coverage was a bit suspect all day Sunday -- they completely missed the end of the Tennessee-Butler OT game.)
You also glossed over your "tongue-in-cheek" dismissal of the Big XII without explaining why you set up that particular straw man. Would your crack about "one of the 138 other, lesser bowl games" have been watered down if you'd used Gonzaga instead of Texas as your example? Yeah, it would have.
I should clarify that when I say "no one is watching," I mean relative to the bowl audience. So the NCAA marketing document says 40.3 million viewers saw part of the basketball national championship game -- featuring a Florida team and an Ohio State team that would have been in a TCS Final Four, for the record -- but doesn't mention that no more than 19.6 million were watching at any given time. That's OK, because we have comparable figures for the BCS Championship Game: 52 million saw part, with 23.1 million at any given time. That's why CBS, with access to 64 tournament games (everything but the play-in), will only make $545 million (or $8.5 million per game), while ABC made more than $106 million ($26 million per game) in 2006 with just the four BCS games it aired. Maybe that's why Fox paid more than $60 million per year, and possibly as much as $82.5 million per year, for the BCS rights... and charged nearly $1 million per 30-second spot in 2007. Of course, it's much harder to compare 64 basketball games on a single network to the 32 football games spread across several networks (with one of them being the NFL Network), but I think you get the picture -- the BCS is all about the money.
And those attendance numbers? Again, the Big Dance offers twice the teams with half the fans. That's a great value, if you like basketball. Maybe this weekend's games at Reliant Park and Ford Field -- two of the largest venues ever for regional games -- will prove me wrong. Then again, with line-ups that include such "well-travelling" teams as Villanova and Davidson, maybe they won't.
You do have a point when you mention the college break schedule in relation to a potential football tournament. In fact, in your very own proposal, you outlined a reasonable schedule:
First round games can be played December 8, with the big boys getting involved the 15th. Regional finals will be on the 22nd, the semifinal on the 29th and the National title game January 5.
So let's look at just one of those proposed first round games: the University of Cincinnati Bearcats versus the Auburn Tigers, with the winner to face the Hawaii Not-so-rainbow Warriors. Both teams played their final regular season game on November 24, two weeks before the proposed December 8 game. That leaves two weeks to prepare, assuming no one gets to go home for Thanksgiving -- with the proposed playoff schedule, only the top eight teams would get that privilege. According to Cincinnati's academic calendar, the second week is their exam week, but I'm sure they could work something out for the chance to butter your bagel. Auburn's calendar is a little more forgiving -- their exam week is the week of the regional semifinal, so as long as they lose in the first round, they'll have time to study while the Bearcats fly across four time zones to play the day before Hawaii's winter commencement. Yes, that's sarcasm.
Oh, and I saw Davidson-Georgetown while I was trying to watch Tennessee-Butler. I also saw Memphis-Mississippi State. That was quite the end-of-game sequence: turnover, foul, missed free throw, free throw, lay-up, foul, missed free throw, dunk, foul, flash of sunlight from open door in arena, free throw, missed free throw, lay-up, etc. I'm glad I didn't miss that. Baseball could learn a thing or two about packing three minutes of action into two hours of play.
Speaking of Davidson, it wasn't their RPI that kept them out of my TCS -- it was their #23 ranking in both polls. Mind you, these are the same polls that put UConn and Villanova in the top four in 2006, despite BOTH of them losing in the Big East conference tournament. Seriously, UConn gets a bye, loses its first and only conference tournament game, and they're still ranked number two at the end of the season?! No wonder they lost to George Mason!
By the way, I didn't know who won the 2001 or 2007 Champs Sports Bowl without looking it up... and you don't know which teams were in the 2001 or 2007 Midwest Regional semis without looking it up. And I wouldn't know who Bryce Drew was without looking him up either. (Sidebar: the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl is a perfect segue into a thorough diss of Michigan State University, but I've decided that's neither here nor there.)
But enough of all of this nitpickery and cockwaving -- let's get to the main issue: would the bowl system be good for basketball? All signs point to "yes." Since the advent of the seeding system (1979), the Final Four has never featured all four #1 seeds, to which I say, why not? Why doesn't the Final Four feature the four best college basketball teams in the nation? And why is George Mason's 2006 tournament run so celebrated when they didn't beat any conference tournament champions to get to the Final Four? That's like celebrating Hawaii's 2007 BCS run because they managed to beat Washington. Whoopie-freakin'-doo.