Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
Flozell just receivedd another fine, his third of the season and second for trying to kick a player.
Someone please remind Flozell that this is football, not third grade recess.
This brings his grand total to $25,000 so far this year.
Another fine Spartan representative.
I'm going to preface my case for why NFL football can never hold a flame to college football by saying that it is entirely possible my perception is warped. I grew up in/near Detroit. The Lions have been god awful the vast majority of my life. Michigan has been bad for one year of my life. This surely skews my fandom of NFL football versus NCAA football. I haven't paid much attention to the Lions for five years now since following Art Regner's lead and being "Lions free."
Also: I don't necessarily think I'm going to convince anyone of my position, nor do I want to necessarily. I just feel the need to explain why the NFL is a relative bore as compared to college football.
There are probably dozens of reasons I could come up with if I sat here and just thought and thought and thought about this and just typed them as they came to me. However, what follows are the main thoughts that have lived with me for several years now.
1. The NFL offenses/defenses are just boring, anymore.
Maybe I was spoiled and turned off of the pro-set offense and the 4-3/3-4 offense and defense combinations by the Carr/DeBord era but I have trouble watching NFL games anymore because of the sheer boredom. There are three types of offense (or so it seems in the NFL) the power run game , the spread pass game, the west coast offense. The most innovation that has come out of the NFL in the past decade is the wildcat and the implementation of the spread offense in the passing attack (see NE Patriots). I theorize this is the case because of the fear of losing one's job and/or the relative level field between all the different teams' talent so that you don't have to make up for your roster of 2 and 3 star talent versus mostly 5 stars. Nothing was more exciting to me than watching a WVU game when RichRod was there, or watching Florida or Oklahoma do their thing or Nevada and the pistol or GaTech and the triple option resurgence. coaches are willing to mix things up in college either due to necessity or lack of prsssure or whatever it may be. It makes the games a lot more entertaining... it even makes picking games/previewing games more interesting...there are infinitely more matchups in terms of offensive styles vs. defensive styles to account for in college than the pros and its fun to see which way it will all shake out.
2. The traditions. The NFL has traditions, sure. But it seems like so many of them are just soulless and more a fun novelty than an actual carried on legacy attached to a program or team.
3. Rivalries. The NFL has rivalries, sure.... Denver and Oakland, Green Bay and Chicago, Indianapolis and New England, the NFC East. But the rivalries feel so muted and more novelty than reality when you take into account the college game. M v. MSU, M v. ND, M v. OSU, OU vs. Texas, Florida vs. Florida State, Miami (that Miami) vs. Florida State, etc. these are games that we live and die by, these are games that some people remember forever. There's so much more history with these collegiate programs and their rivalries than the NFL ones.
4. No Fun League. Some people think some of the things players do (see: Ochocinco) are over the top and should not be a part of the game. Some of his and TOs antics I would agree, don't belong in the sport. That's not to say that celebration or the natural release of emotion after a huge play or a huge victory doesn't belong. I see there being a difference between MANY NFL players and the celebrations that occur in college. The NFL celebrations seem to calculated and designed and directed at creating controversy and attention rather than just being elated at the fact that you scored or that you're helping your team's cause. The NFL takes itself very seriously and a lot of that kills the joy in it for me. The contract nonsense of holdouts and trade demands etc is just ridiculous. There's no loyalty or pride (in the good sense) from either the management/coaches or the players.
I still watch NFL football a lot of the time. I will not go so far as to say that I dislike it. However, largely I watch it for fantasy football. I really enjoy that aspect of it. I feel no attachment to any NFL team, probably because of the Lions awfulness for my entire life. I just watch as a bystander in every NFL game with no vested interest. My fantasy team is the team I root for...That's a lot less satisfying than cheering U of M on Saturdays. Or listening to the radio when I'm at work and not wanting to miss a moment of it. and rushing home after work on Saturdays to watch my DVR to see exactly how everything went down. I'm not sure there's anything the NFL could do to persuade me back to their side of the argument. College football's product is better, its more fun to watch, it has more creativity, more passion, and more risk taking than the NFL has had for decades. Saturdays are the holy days to me. (and no, I'm not a jew)
Can someone explain the how CBS and Fox determine what games to broadcast in a given location?
I live in Chicago. I HATE the Bears (Vikings fan since Joe Kapp played). I thought I had an idea of what I could expect to see when the Bears are home and when they're away. But, yesterday made NO sense. The Bears were @ Seattle on Fox. So, we got no early game on Fox but did get early and late games on CBS. What games did we get? Early: KC v Philly, Late: Pitt v Cinncy. WTF!
There seems to be a lot of Packer fans in Chicago-land (which is understandable) and we get Packer broadcasts for the most part (GB was @ Rams yesterday). But, those two CBS games made ZERO sense to me.
I've been a DirecTV subscriber for quite some time now, perhaps I'll shame them into giving me NFL Sunday Ticket for the rest of the season for free. I ended up watching the Vikings game on-line (and am glad I did!)
So, if anyone can shed a little light on how things work, I would truly appreciate it.
Thought I might as well toss an up an open thread for the NFL Sunday Night game, especially since there's alot of Michigan talent playing tonight. Stevie B and Alan Branch for the Cardinals plus Marlin Jackson for the Colts (that I know of).
Alan Branch came in for the Cardinals starting DT and has looked damn good. Got great penetration to hold a 3rd and short, and then just slithered by his blocker a couple of plays ago to get a hand on Manning's arm as he threw. That ball Sheridamnit'd up the field to get picked off.
Per CBSSports.com, Jamar Adams, the only competent Michigan safety in recent memory, has been signed to the Seahawk's practice squad:
Good for him. Practice squad players make $6,000 a week, with playoff bonuses. Not a bad living.
What is with these damn X-mo replays? A guy gets a tipped-ball interception, rolls on the ground for about a second it seems, the ball comes out, and they replay and call it no catch; Indy gets a long completion the next play and kicks a tying field goal to end the first half.
Do we really need to be playing the game to that kind of precision? Ditto the ND touchdown against Moo U; I know what the rules say, but the guy had the ball in the end zone and to a reasonable person it should have been a touchdown. The game of football is shooting itself in the, er, foot with these arcane case-law minutiae that turn the casual fan off to the idea the game isn't fixed or decided by zebras.