Thursday, December 27, 2012

Bowl Games 12/27/2012 and "Golden Domers vs Mobile Homers".

First, let me address the new Notre Dame T-Shirt available.  The "Golden Domers vs. Mobile Homers" shirt that has been circulating.

Ok,'s kind of funny.  But let's not pretend that there are no "mobile homers" that live in Indiana, or that are ND supporters!!  It's kind of contradictory if you ask me!  But, I'm sure it's all in good fun.  I tried to do some research on what % of US residents actually live in mobile homes.  The best I could find was this map with %'s on it.  I have NO idea how accurate it is.  If it is accurate, OK, Bama has more, but Indiana still has it's fair share!!  (6.5% for IN, 14.7% for AL)

Interesting map.

OK, now onto to today's bowl games!!  I won't bother to dwell on last night's game, as CMU just had more offense than WKU, and outplayed/outcoached them.  A loss is a loss.

First up is the Military Bowl in Washington DC that has San Jose State making the cross-county trek to take on Bowling Green.  BGSU had stout defensive numbers all year, but for the most part, played a lot of really crummy offenses.  Everyone is touting the under on this one, as only 1 of BGSU's 11 games went over the posted total on the year.  It was bet down from the 48 opening number to 43, and is back up to 45 in some places.  Personally, I think both teams will score, and it goes over 44.5 (which is where I got it).  I think it will be a hard fought close game that San Jose State wins 31-24.

One side note on this game.  Even though Central Michigan might take the cake for ugliest uniforms, this could be the worst uni matchup of the bowl season, as both are pretty gross to look at!
Ok, I guess BGSU's aren't THAT bad, but I just don't like the brown look.

Next up....
The Belk Bowl!! Whatever that is.

Cincinnati and Duke square off in Charlotte, NC.  Cincy opened up as about a 7pt favorite, but it's climbed up to 9.5 by now.  I think Duke is pretty bad, and even a Big East team like Cincy should have no issue winning this game.  The line movement scares me though, as I'm sure Cincy is getting a lot of public action, so it's a no play for me.  Cincy 34 Duke 21.

Last, we have the Holiday Bowl from San Diego that features two high scoring offenses, Baylor and UCLA. I was impressed with Baylor down the stretch, and think they can get the win here today.  However, they do have some tackling issues, so UCLA will score.  I am not sure it can hit the total which is currently at 82.5, so my lean is to take the under.  But I will be on Baylor +3 for sure.  

Hoping these games go a little better than last night!!!  

Happy Bowl Watching, and thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Are you ready for some FOOTBALL!!!

Bowl season is under way, and there have already been a few games played, but it really gets moving this week.  In fact, there is at least one football game EVERY day from now through January 7th, including this Sunday's NFL slate, and the NFL playoff games on January 5th and 6th.

I know I beat the proverbial dead horse about having too many bowl games, and too many crappy teams playing in them.  However, there is upside to it, as it means more games to watch (erm, gamble on?)!

Here is a link to the full slate of bowl games from here on out.

I like how CBS Sports now includes the point spread and totals for each game.  Another step towards the main stream media not tiptoeing around the fact that gambling drives the ratings for these games up, up, and up.

Tonight however, is a pretty mediocre match up between Western Kentucky and Central Michigan.  Fitting that it's the Little Caesars Bowl, as that is some of the worst pizza in existence.  CMU was probably one of the last teams to get a bowl bid this year.  They are 6-6 on the year, however 4 of those wins came against some pretty poor competition (SEMO d2, UMASS, EMU and Akron).  They have a poor run D, and WKU can run the ball.  I see no reason why WKU won't win this game.  To boot, CMU has just suspended one of their top wide receivers for tonight's game, Titus Davis (LINK HERE) who led them in receiving yards and TDs, along with two other players as well.  This can't bode well for an already mediocre team.  The only thing CMU has going for them is the hundreds and hundreds of "home" fans they'll have there cheering for them!!

The real games this week start up tomorrow, and continue through Saturday.  Baylor vs UCLA on Thursday night should be an exciting game, as both teams can put up some serious offensive numbers.

In unrelated news, the NHL is still on strike.

Still a lot to be determined in the NFL as well.  Some NFC playoff spots still up for grabs, and while the AFC playoff teams are set, still a lot to be gained/lost in terms of seeding.  The NFL is really up for grabs this year, and no teams are safe bets to make it to the Super Bowl.  Should be an exciting playoff year for sure.  As for my Dallas Cowboys, not sure how I feel about their chances.  If RGIII is hobbled still, they have a decent chance, but I still think they are pretty average at best.  We'll see.

Also, in poker news, here is a good story about Greg Raymer and his four wins on the HPT this year.  Raymer is kind of dorky, but always seemed like a really nice guy and a good poker ambassador.  So good for him!  One of my goals in 2013 is start playing more poker!!!  Not sure why, but the past couple days I really starting missing on-line poker.  But live is way better anyway, so look out poker world!

In more unrelated news, I got married on December 15th!!  Of course, all six people reading this probably already knew that!  Regardless, that plus the holiday season has kept me beyond busy the past few weeks, thus the lack of posts here.

Hope everyone out there has had a safe and wonderful holiday season.  I have definitely discovered many things in life that I am very grateful for.  Would love to add a WKU 7+ point win tonight to the list!  Sorry, can't help myself.

Thanks for stopping by!



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

BCS Playoff....Let's play "What if"

Every year for the past 4 or 5, I have played the "what if" game in regards to a college playoff.  Obviously, with the new implementation of the 4 team playoff, we are getting closer and closer to that finally happening. Still, there are many hurdles to get over, and of course like most things, it boils down to the almighty dollar.  So I'll spare you the lecture on WHY we need a playoff, and just propose it to show how many great games there could be!!  The entire nation loves the NCAA Basketball tournament, so why not follow suit!

Let's say there is an 8 team playoff.  Let's also say that no more than 3 schools from any given conference can make it.  I think that's fair.  You don't finish in the top 3 in your own league, you are out.   To remove my own subjective nature, I will just use the final BCS standings, in order to determine who plays who.  I have also eliminated any conference matchups in the first round, although that might not even be necessary.

Here are the final BCS Standings.

As you can see, there are 4 SEC teams in the top 8, so LSU would be OUT under my rules.  We'd actually have to go to #11 Oklahoma to get our 8th team.  Also, based on the seedings, to avoid an SEC first round matchup, we'll have to drop #7 Georgia (who would have played #2 Bama) to the #8 seed, and slot OU up to #7.  Here would be the brackets:

#1 Notre Dame vs
#8 Georgia

#4 Oregon
#5 Kansas State

#2 Alabama
#7 Oklahoma

#3 Florida
#6 Stanford

That's a pretty awesome slate of games!

Let's say now that we move to a 16 game playoff.  Again, no conference match ups in the first round, but this time I put no restrictions on how many teams could come out of a league, and just used the top 16 schools, with some minor seed adjustments to avoid conference matchups.

#1 Notre Dame
#16 Nebraska

#8 LSU
#9 Oklahoma

#4 Oregon
#13 Clemson

#5 Kansas State
#12 South Carolina

#2 Alabama
#15 Northern Illinois

#7 Georgia
#10 Florida State

#3 Florida
#14 Oregon State

#6 Stanford
#11 Texas A & M

Again, some great match ups, great storylines, and just good football, especially as things get narrowed down.

There is really no reason for something like this to not be practical, aside from $$.  Please don't give all that bullshit about travel and fans and bowl games with hurt feelings.  People also say that there would still be controversy because the #9 or #17 team would be left out.  Yeah, so what?  Unless you LITERALLY put EVERY team into the playoff, that is ALWAYS going to be the case.

So while I am still optimistic that the system is finally changing for the better, it's still not where it needs to be, and might not be for a long while.  Hopefully the powers that be keep moving forward, and don't plateau with this 4 team playoff idea.

Thanks, that is all!