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Posted on: November 24, 2008 4:38 pm
 

President's of the BCS are Hypocrites!!

We all know the BCS, or Bowl Championship Series, is a big joke.  For a major college championship to be decided by votes and people's opinions instead of on the field is ridiculous.  I remember a couple of years ago, college coaches who had Top 25 votes were ranking their teams high and other schools, they were competing for a BCS spot with low (if I remember right the Texas coach was the biggest criminal).  I just heard the Texas coach has a vote in the Top 25 but the Oklahoma coach does not, so don't be surprised to see Texas receive a 1st place vote and Oklahoma to be left off a poll in the coming weeks.

That's not the biggest problem though, the biggest issue is that the Presidents of the BCS conferences's are the biggest hyporcrites in the world.  They claim they don't want a playoff for the good of the student/athlete's, but yet they are personally making sure that 50% of the student/athlete's playing college football have NO chance to play for a National championship.  I don't know what the numbers are now, but before the Cards, and the other teams joined the Big East, about 50% of the teams playing Division 1 college football were not in a BCS conference, and thus had no chance to win a National title.  How can they say the BCS champion is the college football champion, when half the teams don't have a legitament chance to even play for the title.  Utah is undefeated, and probably not in the same class as the other top teams, but we don't know that, but they have no chance to play for the title.  Just this past baseball season Fresno State made it to the championship of the College World Series, if they were a football team they could never do that.  The president's were smart to include the non-BCS schools in the BCS bowl games, that kept them quiet for a little while, but to not give them a chance at a title is not going to last forever.  Wait for the lawsuit for the Mountain West, Conference USA, MAC, and other mid-major conferences to come soon, and I don't see how legally the BCS schools can win.  The BCS schools are better, but if they open the championship up to everyone, some kids will go to the non-BCS schools instead of the BCS schools. 

Stop being hypocrites president's of the BCS schools, we all know its about the money and power you have.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: October 28, 2008 9:49 pm
 

NBA is Fantastic

For all those college basketball fans, that love the college game with the great atmosphere and excitement, I'm here to remind you all that the NBA is fantastic and equally full of atmosphere and excitment.  It's opening night and I'm watching the defending champion Boston Celtics battle the LeBron James Cleveland Cavs in front of a loud and excited crowd.  The Celtics got their championship rings tonight and some of the players, including Paul Pierce, were overcome with emotions and let some tears fall.  A lot of NBA haters like to say that the players don't care and are only playing for money, but I think the display tonight and when the Celtics won this past June, shows that the players do care about winning.  The money is large and I don't for 1 minute think that it is not important to the players, but winning and losing is also important. 

Another argument haters like to use, is that the players don't play defense with intensity like in college ball.  This is not true, the reality is that the players in the NBA are so skilled and talented offensively that the average NBA defender can't guard an outstanding offensive player.  When the guys can hit open jumpers like layups and have the ability to put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket, it makes it hard to lockdown.  In college, most players have a weakness, either not a great jumper or not a great ballhandler, so its easy to limit them.  Why do you think Freshmen, like Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley, Kevin Durant, and Kevin Love can walk right into college ball and dominate, they are very skilled and not easily stopped.

The biggest problem I think the NBA has right now is officiating, there seems to be no logic behind fouls and traveling calls.  NBA players complain and whine to the refs because what they just got called for a foul on, was not called a foul the last time they did it, and it wasn't called a foul when it got done to them.  NBA officials just need to call the game as they see it and stop making favorable calls for stars.  The best players will adjust to how the game is called and the cream will rise to the top.

The last thing I'll say, is that if you like to watch basketball, how can you not like it played at its highest level.  As good as Terrence Williams, Tyler Hansborough, and other college stars are, they are not 1/2 as good as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Chris Paul, and other NBA superstars.  The talent they have, the abiltity they have, and the work ethic they have ( and pro athletes work hard, its not just God-given talent, a lot talented guys never make it to the pros) is far greater than what is shown in college ball.  Just sit and watch a little bit of an NBA game this season and you will be amazed at the shot making, ball handling, passing, skill,  and defense displayed, especially when compared to the college game.  Stop slipping on the NBA, you are missing some great ball playing.

 

Category: NBA
Posted on: October 16, 2008 10:11 pm
 

Cards in 2009

As a 10 year old kid living in Louisville (my hometown) watching  Darrell Griffith lead the 1980 Louisville Cardinal basketball team to the college basketball National Title, I thought Louisville, Kentucky was the center of the world.  When Denny Crum coached the Cards to the 1982 and 1983 Final Fours and the 1986 National Title, thanks Pervis, my thoughts and ideals were confirmed.  The rest of my life has shown me that Louisville is not the center of the world, but only a great city with tremondous people, great fans, and outstanding history.  I moved out of Louisville after Dr. Dunkenstein led the Cards to the title, but I always visit at least a couple of times a year, and I have had the fortune of living and visiting throughout the U.S. and overseas.  What I have learned is that Louisville Basketball is a special entity that ranks up there with all the other great sports franchise and college programs in history.  Louisville Basketball historically  is a Top 5 program in attendance and the Louisville fanbase is second to none.  Factor in the greatness of Louisville native, Muhammad Ali, and the Greatest 2 Minutes in Sports, the Kentucky Derby and it becomes very apparent that Louisville is a great sports town.  This all means that even though Louisville is not the center of the world, it is still a very special place.

So with my first Blog I am going to tell you that the 2008-2009 Louisville Cardinal basketball team will win the National Title.  As their Hall-of-Fame coach Rick Pitino said, 'this is the deepest and most talented team he has coached at Louisville,' that includes the 2005 Final Four team led by Francisco Garcia, Taquan Dean, Ellis Myles, and Larry O'Bannon.  This team has potential NBA first round draft picks in Terrence Williams, Earl (E5) Clark, and the Freshman Samuels, along with outstanding role players, McGee, Sosa, Smith, and many others.  When you consider that this team made the Elite 8 last season and has most of the returning starters and players, plus excited and talented newcomers present, cutting down the nets in Detroit, Michigan in April is not a far fetched dream.

What I want all Louisvile, and all sports, fans to realize though is that sports is only a game.  We need to stop taking these games with young men and women involved and making them the end all of the world.  It's only a game, the sun will rise in the morning and set in the evening, so stop sweating the outcomes of your favorite teams contest.  Let's enjoy sports for what they are, but always remember what's really important in life.

PEACE and LOVE, Nate 

Category: World Sports
 
 
 
 
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