Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Random Thoughts on Sports

Rich "Goose" Gossage was elected today to the Baseball Hall of Fame. It is good to see relievers finally getting some due because of their importance to the game. Of course it makes you wonder why Lee Smith with his 478 saves didn't get the call while Goose with his 310 saves did.

Goose got his Hall of Fame call on his 9th try. Why if a player isn't a hall of famer on his first try is he a hall of famer on his 9th?

Speaking of importance to a game, why is the Football Hall of Fame devoid of any inductees at the kicker or punter position?

On January 2nd I was driving home and got to listen to the Pacers on satellite radio. The commentators decried how they had never seen the Fieldhouse so empty. I spoke to a friend who attended the game and he said there were maybe 5,000 people there. For shame. I could understand if they were terrible but they have the 4th best record in the East. Indianapolis' reputation as a basketball city is forever ruined.

We have a national champion that has two losses. Those two losses were against teams that lost in their own bowl games. There is no doubt that there needs to be a playoff system to stop this madness. Why have a 12th game where a powerhouse team beats up on a nobody? Develop a playoff system. Division I-AA has one. Division II has one. Division III has one. So who is fighting it? The Pac-10 and the Big 10. The Pac-10 is fighting it because some damn Rose Bowl parade. The Big 10 is fighting it because its teams wouldn't make it out of the first round of the playoff.

Trivia question: name the only sport where the NCAA doesn't name a champion (answer below).

I really want to believe Roger Clemens.

Jacksonville is playing the New England Cheaters this weekend. Some (including myself) think they actually have a chance to win the game. But they have to play uncharacteristic Jacksonville football which is to say play smart. In the history of professional sports there has never been a team that shoots itself more in the foot than those knuckleheads. Those guys routinely get unnecessary roughness penalties and other assorted dumb ass calls. The Patriots will not make those same mistakes so if Jacksonville does, good night.

Considering how terrible the Colts defense appeared in the regular season last year isn't it amazing how good they turned out this year. Especially considering they lost three starters off the D. Bob Sanders is very deserving of defensive player of the year.

With that Go Colts!

(Answer: Division I-A Football)


Anonymous Kurt M. Weber said...

There is a limit on how many players can be elected to the HoF each year. It's quite possible that there are more qualified candidates than there are open spots, so it's perfectly legitimate for people to be elected several years after they're first eligible.

As for D1A football, there IS a playoff: it's just a two-team playoff. Two is no more arbitrary a cutoff than 16 or 32 or 64.

February 05, 2008  

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