September 26, 2008

Pundits Get Pwned


I’ve spent the better part of 4 years trying to get you people to look at the big picture…on a large variety of issues. I try to use my 3rd party, neutral and most of all…non-biased objectivity to give you an honest and comprehensive evaluation of where your favorite football team stands in the eyes of others. That is my job, and that’s what I do.

And believe me...I get a lot of crap for that…especially in the last few years because I have a tendency to remind you of things I said would happen…shortly after they do happen. In case you haven’t guessed it yet I’m talking about my own statement to you just two days ago that said that you could count on USC not going undefeated this season.

Regardless of “I told you so’s”, USC’s rather predictable implosion should remind us all of something that is extremely important, yet rarely discussed. That fact is this: The internet age has given us so much information, we tend drown ourselves in it. Hell right now, as you read this journal entry, you could click your mouse a few times and find out who Hofstra beat in their final regular season game in 1977. The Internet is the greatest single information-based technological advance of our life time….but it’s killing common sense in terms of college football fans.

Does anybody else realize how ridiculous it is for not one media outlet…not one website…but pretty much EVERYBODY ON EARTH to just assume USC would roll into Miami undefeated in early January? (Especially when they have a long history of taking games off) Isn’t it a bit silly to be making claims like that when we still have a handful of days left in SEPTEMBER!?!? I love those websites and networks as much as you do…but is there ANY REASON whatsoever to have a top-50 Quarterbacks ranking list in July?

Again, I appreciate discussion about college football year round, as well as embracing all of the speculation that goes with it. And yes…TWO posts a year, I go through the North and pick what I think will happen. Then a week later I always go through Nebraska’s schedule and give you my opinion on what I think will happen there as well. Everybody is entitled to things like this, which is why I take more credence in the ESPN fan poll than I do the Coaches poll. I don't tell you that's GOING to happen...I tell you what I think will happen. I don't expect you to bet your farm on it...nor do I expect it to carry any more or less weight than some yokel who is getting paid big bucks to sit on a set in Bristol, CT.

But what gets out of control is when teams that aren’t THAT good or THAT bad get better/worse during the week simply because pundits, message boards and columnists talk about them constantly. Again, that is one of the best parts about the sport; the conversations that go on during college football season…but do you people REALLY think Georgia is the best team in college football? OK, they beat Arizona State, but didn’t they get beat by a MWC team the week before at home? OK, Knowshawn Moreno leaps into the end zone and starts to get “major Heisman consideration”, but did you see him against a very mediocre South Carolina team? 20 rushes for 83 yards isn’t exactly spectacular.

But regardless, the whole thing is ridiculous. USC got beat last night, because it was painfully obvious that two things happened: 1) They believed the hype about themselves and 2) On any given Thursday that kind of shit can happen. This is also the #1 reason why talk about a playoff is idiotic and shortsighted. Yes, those last 3 games leading to the championship game would be great…but would last night’s game be anywhere NEARLY as exciting…knowing USC will most likely win the Pac-10 anyway and likely make their way into any possible future playoff bracket?

This stuff isn’t rocket science people. College football is subjective and should always remain so. But YOU as a college football fan need to remain objective enough to at least be able to cut through the bullshit that the national and local media is trying to feed you. Realize that people like Collin Cowherd, Lou Holtz, Tom Deinhart, and Tom Shatel are just as full of shit as you or me. They have no more insight or aren’t privy to any more information that you can’t find yourself on the internet.

As soon as you figure all of this out, you will find yourself less and less “shocked” that football games are actually played in stadiums and not on paper or on a message board.

** A lot of you have asked me my opinion on the Thunder Collins situation. As you can probably guess, I am not suprised that a Husker football player has found himself in trouble with the law before or after "graduation", let alone capital murder. But in this case, I simply can not bring myself to hop on this story like I normally would others.

For one, this isn't domestic assault or stealing credit cards...we're talking about killing somebody. Second, it's no secret that Thunder Collins didn't exactly come to Lincoln with the easiest of childhoods...considering he's seen as many family members gunned down in his 29 or so years than you have Clay Aiken tracks on your iPod. But regardless, it's pretty hard to pile on a horribly sad situation of a lost soul who ...if found guilty...has pretty much thrown away what productive life he has left. No matter who you root for your your opinion on social ills...that my friends is sad and does not deserve any further banter from me.
If you would like to talk about the coaching staff who recruited him with said baggage...that is a different story.

* One of my readers had a very interesting question for me earlier this week. You may not have caught it, but it went something like this (paraphrasing): “Do you think the departure of Chase Daniel will hurt Mizzou next year, and how much credit does he have over Gary Pinkel in turning the Missouri program around.”

Gary Pinkel deserves a lot of credit for sticking to his guns and adjusting his game toward the shifting winds of college football. When people were calling a 5 wide spread with Brad Smith in the gun crazy….Missouri OC Dave Christensen stuck with what he thought would work. 6 years later, the spread is all the rage, and Mizzou’s offensive squad has its inner workings down to a science.

With that being said, I do NOT give Gary Pinkel credit for one big thing, and that is something that you will relate to if you haven’t already: Losing is a sickness. It is WAY easier to slip into a pattern of losing than to pull yourself out by the bootstraps and succeed on a consistent basis. If anything , Pinkel made things WORSE by being crotchety with the media and those who questioned his approach.

Chase Daniel is the one person that brought that “Screw you” mentality to the program that was simply missing for decades. The kid knows the offense, which admit it or not..is way more complicated than it looks. He’s going to make a damn good coach someday and Missouri will very much miss his services next year.

But to answer the question, I do see a drop off for Missouri over the next few years while trying to break in a new QB and most likely replacing a damn good offensive coordinator. Gary Pinkel will be faced with his most difficult challenge as a head coach. Anybody can throw together a few great seasons behind a damn good QB with a gunslinger attitude. It’s tougher to keep that standard up, while bringing in replacements worthy of the hype.

Now whether or not they’ll be better than Nebraska next year? Probably, but I’ll bet you anything that your pompous and self-absorbed arrogance will still ooze from your keyboards, just as it has for decades. We shall see about Missouri.

* Speaking of the Hicks, big game with Va Tech on Saturday night. Like many, I’m pretty torn about what is going to go down. On one hand, this Virginia Tech team has struggled at times…especially on offense. Memorial Stadium will be whipped to a Soybean fueled frenzy, as you and 85,000 of your fellow Co-op members hoot and holler at top volume for the ABC regional cameras.

But then again, can you really look at the collection of stiffs you’re throwing out there these days? Can you really look at Va Tech’s defensive talent and say to yourself, “May, Roy Helu is going to have a field day on these guys!” Or, “Va Tech is really going to have one hell of a time containing Nate Swift.”

Just doesn’t fit does it?

Hate week inches closer on the horizon. Enjoy the games Saturday.

7 Comments:

Blogger Husker Mike said...

I freely admit it. I thought USC would waltz the rest of the way through their schedule. The rest of the Pac-10 has looked pathetic so far this season. Hell, Oregon State got drubbed 45-14 by Penn State a couple of weeks ago. Baylor wiped the field with Washington State, and BYU embarassed UCLA.

But last night's game is just more proof that just because a team is SUPPOSED to be better doesn't mean they'll win.

10:27 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Agree.

Made absolutely no sense...which is great...but makes you realize how full of shit all the info-masters are that spit this stuff out 24/7 are.

11:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AJ....I think he is talking to you here!!

http://tebowwearsjorts.blogspot.com/2008/09/ask-aaron-segment-ii.html

12:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Suck Fouthern Cal

1:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KSUck needed a pass interference and a fake punt to hold on to beat the Cajuns.... Again, time to DROP the Wildcats on your list. I don't see this team winning more than 1 ballgame in the Big 12.

5:53 PM  
Blogger NEBforCU said...

gee that's is too bad, the greatest fans in the land Booing Virgina Tech..

I guess their still up set with the frame job on Thunder Collins, ya know he soooooo innocent!!

Let hate week begin!

10:20 PM  
Blogger daddyact said...

nebforcu, don't be a jerk. Oops, too late.

The greatest fans in the land weren't booing Virginia Tech and you well know that.

BTW, nice comment about Collins. I would expect nothing less from a classy CU fan. Imagine taking someone's personal tragedy as a way to blame the Nebraska program …

from a Colorado fan …

Who'd of thunk it?

10:59 PM  

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