Last night's game earned a 13.8 rating. The previous record low was a 14.3 for the Nebraska-Miami Rose Bowl in 2002, which also featured a team (Nebraska) that didn't win its own conference.
Ratings for the BCS bowls were down across the board, but I thought it was interesting that this game was down 14% from last year.
Per the Huntsville (Alabama) Times: http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2012/01/alabama-lsu_produces_lowest_t...
I didn't see this on the board but think it is worthy of knowing. The New Orleans Saints, for the playoff game against the Lions saturday, left a seat empty in the press box and posted a sign saying "The New Orleans Saints Honor the Memory of Tom Kowalski."
That is about as classy as it gets. They didn't have to do something like that. It also reminded me about Tom's writing and how I wish he were around to see this past season and the future for the Lions.
Ok, so is there a rule against playing any more games outside of bowls? What I'm asking is, would the NCAA or any school rule prohibit a real life, "let's settle it on the field" game? If Oklahoma State challenged Bama to a game, winner gets nothing but pride because it obviously won't be recognized by the polls or BCS, could it happen?
I'm sure either school would love to host. I'm sure there would be neutral sites that would also love to host and there'd be plenty of options within driving distance for both schools. I would really want to see this game. I didn't watch last nights tilt, because I didn't care. I already saw them play, I know how it went, I don't care. Bama players last night said they would like to play Oklahoma State. Gundy said he wanted a shot at Bama. So, other than the fact that it's all talk, I say, make it happen. Can someone explain to me, other than political and PR crap, why this couldn't happen?
I know it won't happen, I'm just curious if it could.
I'm rarely pleased with ESPN, but last night they got it right. Alabama fans would love to claim that last night marked Alabama's 14th National Championship, even though that number, for all intents and purposes, is largely fabricated. So last night, I couldn't have been happier to see ESPN stop kissing the SEC's ass, and get the facts right.
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Today the Blockhams are attending services at East Pneumonia Lutheran Church, and youngest son Desmond has recruiting on his mind. It won't be long before he heads back to the South Quad for spring classes. Sitting beside him is the middle child, Chalmers, better known as 'Bump'... who we'll get to know better on Thursday.
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The AAUM announced on their Facebook page that ticket info for the 2012 JerryWorld game will be announced later this month...so that everyone has access, here is a link to some info (albeit not exactly the same) on the AAUM site.