and... i like them? I think I like them.
Interesting article on Steve taking over the #2 receiver spot with the Cardinals, and how he's worked his way up from 5th round pick to big time kick returner, to Arizona not being afraid to let Boldin go. Which is going to cause him to return less punts, because he's too valuable to risk...except in special situations. And knowing the dreadlock love on the site, Stevie is sporting some now...though he's not sure he's going to keep them. His teammates disagree-
the more i hear him the more i love the guy. favorite part is about 8 minutes in when he just shuts huge up when he asks him about RR's job security. you can tell Huge respects this guy and doesn't want to piss him off.
i'm trying to prove to my friends that brandon minor was tremendously talented, and i want to do that with a highlight tape, but i can't find any nor am i any good at making that stuff. does anyone have any free time to put together the highlight video that MINOR RAGE deserves?
I wholy admit to being a Michigan slappy, and have a feeling that they can win the Big Ten every year. Through my maize and blue colored glasses I see a 10-2 season coming our way, with lots of improvement. I loved Lloyd as our coach, and have been a Rich Rod fan since he got here, and fully support him and the program right now. I do, though, understand others are not as easily swayed and some truly dislike Rich Rod as our coach.
My question is not how many wins it will take for Rich to keep his job, cause in my world, the win total will be so high by October, this topic will be moot. My question is, how many wins, or seasons of winning, does it take for him to get back the entire fan base? Or has that ship sailed where no matter how many championships he gets, he can't do enough to get certain fans back?
Conventional wisdom is that it would be better to hold the B10 Championship game at a neutral site, specifically at an NFL stadium within the B10 footprint. I disagree for a number of reasons and believe it would be better to hold the game at one of the home stadiums of the two teams playing. This is far from a new idea insofar as the NFL playoff system (including the AFC and NFC Championship games) operates largely with home field advantage, the only exception being the Super Bowl itself. The same is true for the NCAA FCS playoff system.
Would it be inherently unfair to allow one of the two teams playing in the B10 Championship game to host the event? Not if the host team is selected based on regular season performance. Moreover, this is somewhat of a false choice because the NFL stadium selected to host the event frequently would be much closer to one team than the other thereby diminishing its neutrality (e.g., a B10 Championship game between UM and IA played at Ford Field is hardly a “neutral” site game from the perspective of the Hawkeyes).
How would the host team be selected to ensure fairness? I would use the following rule: (a) if the two teams met during the regular season, whichever team won the regular season game shall host the championship game; (b) if the two teams did not meet during the regular season, whichever team has the best B10 record shall host the championship game; (c) if the two teams did not meet during the regular season and have identical B10 records, whichever team has the best overall record shall host the championship game; and (d) if the two teams did not meet during the regular season and have identical B10 and overall records, flip a coin to determine which team shall host the championship game.
What are the benefits?
- Since all of the most likely teams to host the B10 Championship game have stadiums that are substantially larger (i.e., 20,000 – 40,000 seats or more) than the NFL stadiums currently under consideration as third party venues, more fans will be able to attend the game and revenues from ticket sales and concessions will be greater;
- Keeps more of the “take” within the conference, because there is no need to rent a third party stadium or share concessions;
- Brings significant incremental revenue into the college towns in which the B10 schools reside;
- Increases the importance of cross-division games beyond historical rivalry value;
- Provides a partial solution for the situation in which one team defeats the other during the regular season but has to defeat that team a second time in the championship game to win the conference (i.e., the winner of the first game at least will have host site advantage for the second meeting); and
- Enables the B10 to show off its historic and tradition-laden stadiums during one of the highest rated prime time college football events of the season, further enhancing the B10.
What are the drawbacks?
- Lack of “neutral” site could affect the outcome of the B10 Championship game;
- Since all of the B10 stadiums are open air, inclement weather could affect the outcome of the B10 Championship game and/or make the experience less comfortable for fans attending the game;
- On rare occasions, the B10 Championship game could end up at a very small venue, such as NW's Ryan Field (47,130) or IN's Memorial Stadium (52,692)
Jon Falk talks about how helmets are reconditioned and repainted during the offseason.