Friday, November 30, 2007
We've read optimistic reports of Vick possibly being released from this objectionable holding in less than a year. Maybe even being out and back in pads dazzling his youthful fans before the end of next season.
However, news this morning might extinguish the optimism, and certainly put a damper on those hoping to see Vick's rights - though violated - be restored.
Two of Vick's 'co-defendants' (read: pawns of the prosecution) received 18 and 21 month sentences.
This does not bode well for Vick, as these men received these sentences after working hand in hand with the government to effectively mangle Vick's life and destroy his reputation.
Certainly, if the courts hand nearly two year sentences to the men that made Vick's incarceration possible; Vick is in for a longer stay in the white man's guest cottage than anticipated.
And, let this be a lesson to future willing government conspirators. Certainly these men were promised drive through service. But, as our Native American brethren can attest to, the albino government serpent speaks with a forked tongue.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
At the start of the season, WVU's offense was considered good enough to win it all. Anchored by tremendously talented field general, Pat White, there was also the threat of the magnificently quick Steve Slaton. As the season has progressed, it's become clear that the motor behind the 'Eers rebound from the USF loss has been White. White has carried the load and come up with big plays at exactly the required moments.
Stats don't begin to tell the story of Pat White.
All season, the universally agreed upon weakness for WVU has been the D. Just adequate, it has been considered the potential Achilles heel for the boys from Morgantown. And, it has been a liability. No doubt.
Yet, White leads the Mountaineers higher and higher. Despite the weak defense. And despite Slaton's production falling off a bit this season.
Certainly, it seems crazy at this juncture to suggest that anyone would be higher up the list in line for the Heisman. Breathtaking big play ability? Check. Carrying the team on his back? Check. Working with a less than stout defense? Check. Impressive stats? Check.
It all checks out.
Yet, as the season winds down the media is saying Tim Tebow is the man.
How can this be?
We can only identify one reason.
Everything else tips in White's favor.
Tebow worshippers say that he wasn't responsible for the 3 losses, that he played well enough to win those games. The defense let him down.
We say, WVU's defense is just as porous as UF's. Yet the only game WVU lost was the one White was knocked out of!
Obviously, there is no argument -well, we'd listen to Oregon after watching them fall apart when they lost Dixon - that White is the Most Valuable Player in the land. And we know that the Heisman is for the 'best' player in the land.
How can it be that a man that has carried a team fielding an under average defense to the threshold of the title game, and is obviously the most valuable player to his team in the country, is not the best player in the country?
Gator fans love to throw the SEC into the equation. Trying to use smoke and mirrors to somehow maintain that Tebow has worked his considerable magic against the toughest conference in the country.
We wonder if a conference in which Kentucky and Mississippi State were actually factors is truly the toughest in the land. We wonder if a conference in which Vanderbilt is able to at least be somewhat competitive is as stout as the Deep South would have us believe.
The Big East has been as sound a conference as anyone. The only knock is that several of the teams are new to the game of big time football. Heck, USF walked into the heart of SEC country, spanked Auburn, and came home wondering what the big deal was.
So, obviously the media is mesmerized by the 20/20 TD mark accumulated by Tebow.
Interestingly enough, TD's don't usually play such a large role in Heisman voting.
Clearly, there must be another major factor.
We wish the media would take a moment to truly look at the WVU QB's body of work. If they did, they would come away saying out loud what they really feel:
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Teams are already unloading some of the fund eating dead baggage that has masqueraded as coaches along the sidelines.
Texas A&M decided that Dennis Franchione's future was brighter as a news letter publisher than as a head coach. Arkansas and Houston Nutt mercifully ended their dysfunctional existence. Tom Osborne gave Bill Callahan a ticket back to the West Coast. Lloyd Carr endured one final, masochistic encounter with the OSU and graciously shut the door to the Big House behind him.
And many less visible positions opened up: Georgia Tech, Duke, Baylor, Colorado St, Mississippi, Northern Illinois, SMU, Southern Miss and Wash State.
As the teams begin to look to fill position, and some are already filled....one thing is apparent:
There is NO interest in minority candidates.
Texas A&M and Mississippi didn't even bother to go through the charade of interviewing any. And, quite frankly, we respect that.
If you don't want Negro coaches in your program, wear it like a badge, don't play the interview game and try to fool anyone. Just flat out say, 'we won't entertain the idea of a Negro being the face of our university'.
Our only hope is that Negro recruits begin to use minority interview/hiring statistics in the formulaic metrics
they use to evaluate Universities during the recruitment process.
Certainly, such statistics would be something that will benefit Sylvester Croom at Miss. St. With Ole Miss not even pretending to want a descendant of chains on campus, and Southern Miss probably going the same route, Croom should be set up to completely dominate recruiting in Mississippi.
It's become clear that these institutions of higher learning can't be trusted as leaders in change. Certainly, it would seem that we would now need to look to the Negro youth to be the leaders of change in this arena.
We'd suggest that any recruit that finds himself on a Top 100 list, contact Grambling State University.
The time has come to unite. It's time for the 100 man march. It's time to create an uber-Team. It's time to send a message to the old white men in the big houses living on campus:
Ignore Negro coaches, and Negro players will ignore you!
And, we would especially like to admonish Duke University in this situation.
Duke announced that they would give special attention to minority candidate consideration.
We find it offensive and egregious of Duke to believe that a minority candidate would be the best fit for their program. The worst program in D-1 football is the one best suited for a Negro coach?
How dare you, Duke!
A Negro coach taking that job will set the movement back 100 years.
(edit.- We were reminded that, as we anticipated weeks ago, Turner Gill will be a real candidate at Nebraska. And while we applaud Nebraska, we wonder if this is really simply extended nepotism. Turner Gill should be given the opportunity to coach Nebraska because he is Negro, not because he is virtually a member of Osborne's family.)
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
If you don't believe that Tim Tebow is anything less than the Almighty on earth, then (according to Gator fans) you dont understand college football.
We received an especially scathing and vitriolic email from one particular Gator fan, not only explaining that Tebow is such a great runner, that based on his running (despite the fact a running back with less than 850ish yards in 12 games has never been a finalist) or his passing alone he would be a Heisman finalist (Ball State's Nate Davis has a passing stat line strikingly similar to Tebow's, yet he won't be in NYC), but also accusing us of using racism to destroy the unifying potential of 'American Football'.
It was such a rambling, incoherent essay that we have no choice but to award it 'Email From the Fringe' of the Week.
And this week's prize?
Well, actually, this week's prize is warning for our readers:
If you see this man, RUN like hell.
He is the man that loves Tim Tebow way too much.
Our friend emailed requesting that we take down his pic:
Sir, I respectfully ask that you remove my picture from your website. What started as a football discussion between you and I and turned into a personal, public attack on me.
Sir, we regret that we hurt your feelings. Certainly, we did not reveal your identity. And we respect that you are self conscious about your appearance and will comply with your request. Incidentally, the hair gel....a bit too much.
Exactly what you would expect the bearer of a T-bow man crush to look like.......and he writes insanely incoherent diatribes.
For those that would enjoy a moment of feeling superior to the UF community, please read.
I also think it may be a relgious attack and not all about race. Tebow is a VERY outspoken Christian. Not exactly the thing the Nation of islam embraces.
And to think, they say Gators have tiny brains!
Time to talk about the coach of they year.
Certainly, ND fans would like to nominate Charlie Weis. After a tough start to the season, Weis' team gelled. Unfortunately, it was just a bit too late. But no one can argue that for the final two weeks of their season the Irish didn't look like a team that - if this were a 20 game season - was a threat to win 5 games. While college quiz bowl victories against Duke and Stanford would have been more satisfying; certainly, gridiron wins will give delusional leprechauns the opportunity to fortify false off season hopes for a big '08 campaign. And will be the basis for a #24 preseason ranking for the sons of Molly Maguire (edit).
Out in the former Big Eight, two traditional doormats rose to the apex of the flat lands conference.
Kansas and Missouri capitalized on the consistent mediocrity from top to bottom in the league. Also, weaker than expected Oklahoma and Texas teams opened the door for the 'Hawks and Tigers to continue to keep this long April Fools Joke running.
Mark Mangino and Gary Pinkel certainly deserve consideration in any COY debate.
And down in the SEC, Urban Meyer has used his system to win 9 games with a young team and get his marginally talented QB Heisman consideration. Any coach that can reload his system the way Meyer has, certainly should be a factor in COY talk.
But, quite clearly, the man who has done the most coaching and pushed a boulder completely up the hill of respectability is the man in Starkville, MS.
Sylvester Croom took over a program still reeling from the Jackie Sherrill years of 'son of a bootlegger' style recruitment and booster support, and turned it into an up and coming SEC power.
Hampered by the torched reputation of the program and the effects of probation, Croom arrived undeterred in the Old South's Magnolia state to the same sort of hospitable welcome that Sheriff Bart received upon his arrival to Rock Ridge in 'Blazing Saddles'.
Faced with the task of sorting through marginal in state talent and the tough sell job it would take to bring out of state athletes back into the 19th century, Croom was left with no option but to mold the bodies already present into football players.
His effort led MSU to a 7-5 record, with victories over such ranked programs as Auburn, Kentucky and Alabama. Certainly, the victory over Alabama was pleasurable. Croom, being a 'Bama man and never even being considered for the huge paycheck that was directed at miserable first season failure Nick Saban.
The Bulldogs finished .500 in the murderers' row SEC line-up that was originally intended to be the death warrant of the SEC's first Negro head coach.
Certainly, the future in Starkville looks bright. The victory over the Colonel Saunders' mascoted Ole Miss team led to the dismissal of rival in-state coach Ed Orgeron. Ole Miss brought in Ozark refugee Houston Nutt. All this should play out well for Croom, as Nutt can be counted on to turn Mississippi high school coaches against the the Rebels' program.
While 7-5 might not be the sort of record that legendary coaches accumulate; doing it in reconstructionist Mississippi as the first Negro head Coach in the Deep South Conference can not be overlooked as an amazing achievement.
'Sly' Croom, your COY.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Long applauded by the media as a front runner for the Heisman. Now, after the unfortunate (and clearly medically ill advised) decision by Oregon's Mike Bellotti to play Dennis Dixon, the probable winner.
White America's desperate attempt to win back the QB position.
Over the past few years, as we have watched Negro QB's win the Heisman, the National Championship and be top draft picks, the white QB has taken a back seat as a bland and unappealing option behind center. Drop back. Read the defense. Throw to a probably Negro receiver. Or, simply hand off to a Negro running back. Not a whole lot of excitement or fan interest generated on behalf of the pale faced 5 step drop.
This season, we witnessed the brilliance of Andre Woodson, Dennis Dixon and Patrick White, clearly displaying the evolution of the position.
Dixon was in position to lead his Ducks to a BCS title birth. White now is in that position.
And that creates a difficult and upsetting scenario for the mainstream media and their need to pump up the precious white QB.
Unfortunately, early on in the season, the media put their chips on the wrong man.
Tebow was the big name on the returning National Champion. Clearly, he was a logical choice to trumpet as a front runner from day one. Certainly, in the media's infinite wisdom, it seemed logical that the Gators would be a tough team and playing at the top of the SEC would give them the chance to mention Tebow and Heisman in as many sentences and stories as possible. Can't really fault them for making Tebow the target of their affection.
The only problem? A guy that got little mention for the first half of the season is leading an out of nowhere team on a possible BCS title run. And he has been the better player. And he isn't a system QB.
Chase Daniels of Missouri should be the man the media is touting. Should be, that is, if we choose to discount that Dennis Dixon hasn't already shown us enough to stake his claim as the best player in the land.
Tebow is a fine player. A good player.
However, let's call it like it is. If we are told by the media that Colt Brennan of Hawai'i and Graham Harrell of Texas Tech must be discounted as legitimate Heisman candidates because they are 'system' QB's; then we must add Tim Tebow to that list of system QB's.
Tebow is playing in a system developed by Urban Meyer that was able to fool the NFL into making Alex Smith a number one pick. A system that was able to turn Chris Leak, who received more than his share of negative reviews, into a national champion.
If we are going to attribute Brennan's numbers to June Jones' run and shoot and Harrell's numbers to Mike Leach's offensive playbook, then let's give the credit for Tebow's astounding touchdown numbers to Urban Meyer.
And, while Meyer's system may not produce the constant records that are generated by the others, he certainly seems to have taken the least talent at QB and done the most with it.
Meyer pulled the wool over our eyes with Smith. Then he conjured a National title with the much maligned Leak.
Now, possibly his piece de resistance:
Taking a modestly talented white QB and using his system to help him perform an admirable impression of a Negro QB.
Tim Tebow, the ultimate system QB.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Their coach was having his intelligence, competency and body fat ratio constantly questioned. Fans wondered if this season's ineptitude was some sort of payback for bad mouthing the fine character of their previous coach.
Players quit and transferred. Fans looked to the heavens for guidance, lost in the disbelief of multiple losses to service academies. The administration debated the move of giving Weis a contract, that based on his weight and fitness might end up being a life time contract. And Weis continued to test the strength of his belt.
But on Saturday past, all questions were answered. All prayers responded to.
The thunder of the Echoes was so loud that the world of sports had to stop and listen:
NOTRE DAME BEAT DUKE!
Most shook their heads in disbelief. How could this squad of non-athletic, non-blocking, unmotivated, poorly trained and completely heartless group of pseudo-blue chippers possibly have pulled off the upset of the season?
App. State beating Michigan? Ha. That isn't anything. South Florida offing West Virginia? We all saw that coming.
But ND beating Duke?
Certainly, most that saw this score on college game day quickly got online to double check that they heard it correctly.
Touchdown Jesus. The Golden Dome. Rockne. The Four Horsemen. The Gipper. Paul Hornung. Joe Montana. Add one more:
The most unexpected and glorious victory in ND's storied history.
Fans were so stunned and shocked that the Irish pulled off this greatest upset of them all, that in the moment of delirious disbelief...they forgot to charge the field and tear down the goal posts.
Yes, it's been so long that the Irish pulled off a win of this magnitude that the fans forgot how to celebrate.
Rejoice, all! Under the raised arms and watchful eyes of Touchdown Jesus:
Notre Dame 'Football' has been redeemed.
Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame,
Wake up the echoes cheering her name,
Send a volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky.
What though the odds be great or small
Old Notre Dame will win over all,
While her loyal sons are marching
Onward to victory.
Yes indeed. 11-17-07.
The day the prayers of the Irish were finally answered.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Greg Anderson was imprisoned for his role in this Barry Bonds struggle. The simple rundown is that he supposedly wouldn't cooperate with investigators and as punishment for zipping his lips, he was placed in federal custody.
It's understandable that the courts would lock Anderson up. Hoping to bring Bonds down, any allegations that they could attribute to Anderson would be damning. They would be perceived as fact. Strong arming him into saying Bonds was a steroid junkie certainly would be in character with common methods of coerced testimony.
But, now, after over a year in jail for Anderson, the indictment is handed down. An indictment that holds no new information or testimony from Anderson. Yet Anderson is freed.
Obviously, the government is confident in their case, or they wouldn't indict.
The government believes that Bonds perjured himself in Grand Jury testimony by denying his knowing and willful use of steroids. And is intent on locking him up.
The only problem:
They just freed the man who's access to steroids provided the link which tarnished the image of the Home Run King of baseball. Thereby, severely hurting the game and providing the youth of America with the perception of Bonds being a less than upstanding role model. All the questions involving perjury and tax evasion can be attributed to events that played out due to Anderson's association with Bonds.
When a man is crossing the street and is intentionally run over by a truck, do we indict the pedestrian and set the driver free? Well, that is what the government is doing before our very eyes.
The government already had the man responsible for any of the alleged improprieties that Mr. Bonds may or may not have issued a denial to unknowingly or unintentionally purposefully being subjected.
Unfortunately for Bonds, he is being caught in the crossfire of the governments war on steroids.
Which makes a bigger splash and career booster for those involved:
A blurb in the US Today about someone named Greg Anderson being locked up for steroid distribution and injecting an unaware Barry Bonds with steroids.
Constant media headlines in print, tv, radio and the internet trumpeting the downfall of Barry Bonds for possibly or improbably accepting the bad judgment of some else's advice about what supplements to take and then being confused about what he had actually taken when faced with the scrutiny and high pressure of a hostile and inquisitionist environment in a Grand Jury assembled with the visible intention of destroying his career, fortune and legacy.
It's time for the legal system to right their wrongs.
And lock up Greg Anderson.
Should a player on a team that he led to a #1 ranking in the NC&QB, a #2 BCS ranking and an 8-1 record lose an almost certain Heisman Trophy because of a late season injury?
Oregon's Denis Dixon has been the motor behind the nation's most explosive and exciting offense. His running, passing and unshakable leadership pushed Oregon into position for a BCS title game birth and a #1 ranking in the most accurate poll.
Should Dixon now lose his Heisman because of a poor decision by his coach to start him when an dinged knee was not at full strength?
Dixon has distanced himself from the other players in the Heisman race. The closest competition was Florida's Tim Tebow. Tebow is having a solid season doing a first rate impression of a Negro QB, but Tebow isn't winning. Winning isn't the ultimate criterion for the Heisman, but certainly, when you factor in the awe inviting ability and performance of Dixon with his leading the team to #1; you have no choice but to at least consider it.
And, as we queried, should Dixon's performance thus far simply be pushed aside because he won't be able to finish out the last few games?
The answer is a resounding no.
Dixon has played enough this season to establish himself as the premier player in the college game. To allow his Heisman campaign to be the casualty of an ill advised move by his coach would not be an example of the good sportsmanship that the Downtown Athletic Club generally encourages.
Dixon and his team have certainly suffered the ultimate disappointment because of the decision. By starting Dixon, and effectively condoning his injury, white coach Mike Bellotti unwittingly destroyed his team's moral. After Dixon went out, the team was in a state of shock. Back up QB Brady Leaf, ill prepared to lead the team -had Belloti not started Dixon it's possible that the Leaf would have gotten the reps over the past two weeks to be ready and possible that the team would have been prepared to deal with his shakey presence on the field - conjured memories of a mix of his name sake's (Brady Quinn) performance in big games and his brother's (Ryan Leaf) NFL skills.
Oregon's right to what was a certain BCS title game birth has now blown up.
Let us not deny Negro QB Dennis Dixon his right to a Heisman Trophy.
We trust that Heisman voters around the country will not use this as an opportunity to further hold back the day by day advancement of the Negro QB.
Do the right thing, voters. Do the right thing.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Today, a hometown newspaper in a traditional bastion of Irish recruitment (Chicago) attempted to paint a picture contradictory to what is coming out of South Bend itself.
While many fans leave early during blowouts, the Notre Dame student section has remained near capacity until players and students sing the alma mater in what has become a moving postgame tradition.
While we don't dispute that the students stay and support their tattered troops, we find it appalling that the SunTimes would mislead potential recruits in the Chicago area by reporting that the team is still full of pride. Particularly when a student publication clearly stated that the humbled team crawled off the field with heads held low in disgrace. Without bothering to engage in the traditional salute after Air Force out schemed and out athlete-ed them.
''My appreciation and my respect for the student body has grown by leaps and bounds this year,'' senior tight end John Carlson said. ''Not that I ever didn't have respect for them -- it's just that we haven't put a product on the field that we've been proud of, and the fact that they have stayed and supported us through it all really means a lot.''
Yea. Right. That's why the team couldn't be bothered to raise their Golden Helmets to thank the fans.
Two days 'til this season's apocalypse.
The TRU Study asked teens to name their two favorite athletes(professional, amateur, active, or retired). African-American teens ranked Vick their favorite NFL player and fifth-favorite athlete overall...ranking ahead of such sports luminaries as Tiger Woods, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Reggie Bush,Peyton Manning, and Tim Duncan, among many others.
Vick's perception by teens did take a dive in one area:
In a separate survey question, teens were asked to rate a list of 63 athletes based on familiarity and liking. Results yielded athletes'"TRU*Scores," showing the percentage of teens who are both familiar with an athlete and like that athlete "very much." While Vick's TRU*Score among African Americans (40) was still higher than that of Jeter (37), A-Rod(35), and Kobe Bryant (39), among others, it was dramatically lower than the watermark 72 TRU*Score he earned from African-American teens in the Fall 2005 survey, and even his 64 from the previous Spring 2007 study.
Certainly, the drop in his 'score' in this question can be related to the media bombardment of negativity in reporting with an unstated policy to ignore all the good things in which Mr. Vick has taken part.
However, clearly the media mission was not a complete success, as his score did remain high among the Negro teens.
TRU Trend Manager Blair Fischer said, "The fact that his score is still significantly higher among black teens indicates that some don't consider dog fighting a serious crime, or believe his involvement in it is minimal."
These certainly must be relevant reasons that Negro teens still haven't completely abandoned Vick. Obviously, the media never fully completed the character assassination.
Another explanation for Vick's relative popularity among black teens lies in the fact that survey data show that significantly fewer African-American teens pass judgment on star athletes under suspicion of wrongdoing. In fact, 23% of white teens and 26% of Hispanic teens say they 'don't like' suspected steroid-user Barry Bonds, compared to only 9% of African-Americans who say the same. Likewise, more than one-fourth of white and Hispanic teens (both 27%) say they don't like Kobe Bryant, acquitted of sexual assault earlier this decade. Only 12% of African-American teens, on the other hand, say the same.
Certainly, the data makes the statement (in bold) above plausible. It would be difficult to extrapolate anything else from the data. Although smaller minds might try to somehow connect the numbers with the inference that Negro teens are inclined to be more sympathetic to their own race. But that would be a gross and biased generalization. Obviously the numbers are a product of the culturally less judgmental Negro teens. While, we suspect that the willingness of white teens to negatively rate star Negro athletes is based on the media's negative portrayal of the Negro and the other cultures' willingness to accept it.
While 'popularity' polls are generally best looked at as a fun diversion, these particular numbers do send a clear message:
Michael Vick's career may be currently derailed, but the next generation of paying sports fan is waiting breathlessly for his return.
The numbers don't lie.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
But now, the students are beginning to wonder why:
But that's not what caught me off guard. For years, it's been a Notre Dame tradition for the football team to salute the student body after every home game. You can find a picture anywhere of golden helmets raised in thanks to the student body - win or lose. And this year especially, Coach Weis has really emphasized the relationship between the team and the students.If the relationship is so good, and the team appreciates the fans so much, why didn't they show their appreciation after the game Saturday? What the students got instead was a bunch of dejected football players, hanging their heads and looking at the ground, stumbling into the tunnel and the locker room after ND's alma mater was played.
While the physical beatings absorbed by ND's 'football' squad have been visible each Saturday, now we see the culmination of those beatings manifest in a clear psychological manner.
Let it be known:
We have reached the point at which ND football traditions no longer have meaning to the ND 'football' team.
Go Duke. (ouch. that hurt to say)
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Of course, Marbury would see things differently. Fancying himself a franchise player, his career has been marked with somewhat selfish decisions borne of the frustration of his own perception of his abilities versus reality.
Marbury has had squabbles in the past over minutes and role, and has had rifts with coaches and management.
Interestingly enough, his own misperception of his performance mimics the media's misperception of his latest contemptuous retreat from his assigned duty.
Marbury, founder of an admirably affordable and culture changing shoe line, most certainly will be portrayed as having run out on his team in anger over the possibility of losing playing time.
Unfortunately, just as Marbury's past decisions were based on his misperceptions about his performance and value on the court, the media has completely misperceived his latest actions and completely disregarded the strides his maturity has measured over the past year.
Marbury was intimately involved in the harassment case against his coach, Isiah Thomas. He saw firsthand how Thomas' actions adversely and nearly irreparably harmed the life of a mother. He witnessed, as his own behavior and less than respectful treatment of a female, was brought to testimony in court.
And now, when his maturity, sensitivity and social conscience have reached soaring heights. When he is willing to risk it all to stand by his newfound convictions. Now, the media wants to portray him as a rabble rousing, selfish prima dona.
It's clear for anyone to see that this most recent incident is not about basketball. It can't be.
Just as Marbury chose to give up millions of dollars in endorsement opportunities to provide youths with stylish and culturally relevent kicks at a low cost; now he risks forfeiting the remainder of his $42M contract to make a point.
Marbury has had enough.
And we don't blame him for not being willing to play for an organization that has fostered and nurtured an atmosphere that allows the unfair and disprespectful treatment of women.
Marbury's action is the ultimate show of solidarity with females:
We can't even count the number of times the significant females in our lives have not gotten their way and stormed out of the room.
'The Blog Show', hosted by Jamie Motram of misterirrelevent.com and of AOL Fanhouse and now Yahoo Sports notoriety, and Dan Steinberg of DCSportsbog fame, had some love for our righteous opines on the ND-Duke game. (it's at about the -6:35 mark)
The longer this Notre Dame debacle continues, the more the school needs to find a way to disassociate itself from Charlie Weis, who according to former Irish All-American, All-Pro and Hall of Fame guard Bob Kuechenberg, is the essence of evil.
"Charlie's last name is four letters, and so is ogre, because of what he is," Kuchenberg told the Boston Herald. "Look it up and you'll find some other adjectives that fit him to a tee.
"This man has not been good to anybody who came to Notre Dame."
For those that have criticised NOIS for exposing the evil beneath the Golden Dome; now it seems that some inside the Notre Dame family are finally awakening to the sinister plot that has engulfed the campus.
We applaud 'Kuch' for his righteous stance. But we implore him to watch his 'six'. Coming out in direct opposition to his
NOIS Game of the Weak: ND_v._Duke
edit- Please check out this post on Charlie_Weis_and_the_Chocolate_Factory and sign their petition. It's up to each of you to fight for righteousness.
Monday, November 12, 2007
McNabb led the Eagles to a comeback victory against the rival Washington Native Americans With An Outer Epithelial Layer of the External Integument of Hue Darker Than White But Lighter Than Brown.
McNabb completed 20 of 28 for 251 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Willie Thrower would be proud.
ND comes in ranked below such illustrious football powers (of the 19th century) as Yale. While, Duke, with one victory this year is actually considering the season a rousing success.
Certainly, those that follow this blog understand the dilemma this match up presents.
Who to root for?
Do we favor Hitler or Stalin? John Wayne Gacy or Jeffrey Dahmer? Pure, unrepentant evil or unrepentant, pure evil? Alan Jackson or George Strait?
Essentially, this comes down to deciding which is the lesser of two evils. And we don't mean that figuratively in any way.
ND comes into the contest led by what can only be described as a failed coach. A man who promised that his team would have the benefit of never being 'out schemed'. Unfortunately, Coach Weis' best schemes have not been so much for use against opposing football defenses, but have been reserved for how to attack the buffet line.
The Subway Alums have rallied round the round man and have all been convinced that none of this is Weis' fault. That everything is Brother Ty Willingham's responsibility. That Weis (despite two consecutive seasons of BCS bowls in which he was more than willing to wrap himself in a genius banner) was left a tattered and torn program for which his horrible, lazy and shiftless Negro predecessor couldn't be so much as bothered to make a recruiting phone call to support. Yes, the shortcomings of the great White Hope of Touchdown Jesus - which are so utterly apparent to anyone that finds a red-bearded mascot to be somewhat nauseating - have all been overlooked. Reasoned away. Chained to the ankle of the Negro to burden as he was banished from the Cathedral/plantation.
Down in the realm of purgatory known as Dukedom, victories have been few and far between since the devil unchained and released his protege in the late '80's. Spurrier left to take his visor and huffy disposition to Gainesville. And the devils in charge decided that all resources, energy and care would be invested in serving the throne occupied by the dictator of K-ville.
Certainly the timing of an important preseason basketball event this season, which was scheduled during a Duke football game, is an indication that coach KKK holds no respect, interest or concern for the football program.
Football means nothing to Duke.
And that is why we must ask that all our readers, believers and followers concentrate all positive energy and send it to the devil's bowels in Durham.
Duke must win this game for the very reason we stated. Football means nothing to them.
It means everything to the Irish.
A loss to Duke would be an indication that ND football has finally been defeated. It will be a sign to NBC that they better seriously rethink re-newing that deal. It would provide the torture necessary to bring righteousness to the souls damned in their worship of Touchdown Jesus.
And, as an added bonus, it would bring a completely empty joy to Duke. A victory over ND won by Duke would normally be something for the devil to rejoice. But victory over this ND team? 2007? Led by the inept and always famished Weis? Meaningless. Empty. A victory for evil. But not a victory over righteousness.
Essentially, there would be no winner.
Therefore, good friends, we ask that all unite in support of Duke.
For Saturday, and Saturday only:
WE ARE ALL BLUE DEVILS.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
The BCS and other polls will be jocking Kansas. Telling us how huge the pending top 5 match up between Kansas and Missouri is. Don't believe the hype. The game will have no effect on the BCS title. Kansas' non-conference schedule (Central Mich, SE Louisiana, Toledo, Florida International) should automatically disqualify them from any discussion. And their conference schedule included the dregs of possibly the weakest conference in the country. So, while we commend Kansas on their fine record, we simultaneously disparage them for being in the Big 12.
And for playing a schedule that the Top 15 teams in the US Today Super 25 High School Rankings could manhandle.
Congratulations to Juice Williams. Williams (as a reader pointed out to us) over came the horrendous coaching of Ron Zook (well, FL fans said he was terrible) and made the play call on that fourth and one which sealed the deal.
This weeks great 8:
8) Illinois: The Illini, led by potential '09 or '10 first pick of the draft Juice Williams, out hustled and out muscled the OSU to knock of the paper #1 Bucks. If the Illini can knock off Northwestern next week, and then win a bowl...they will secure a 10 win season. With a huge number of contributors coming back, and a great recruiting class coming in.....we fully anticipate Zook to get his walking papers and Illinois to bring in someone else to win a title. Karl Dorrell will probably be available.
7) Mississippi State: Consecutive wins over ranked teams have the Bulldogs at the Lucky Seven spot. An upset of Kentucky, followed with a resoundingly convincing and necessary victory over Alabama and their Plantation Boss, Nick Saban, have the Bulldogs on a righteous role. If Coach Sylvester Croom's team can take out Arkansas next week; we believe that that win, added to victories over 'Bama, Auburn and UK should be enough to secure coach of the year honors in the SEC for Croom. Some will say it should be Coach Brooks at UK. However, really...Brooks has Andre Woodson under center. Not a whole lot of 'coaching' going on there.
6)Kentucky: The 'Cats continued to show that they are among the best in the SEC with a win over Vandy. Dates with ranked teams from UGA and Tennessee could provide UK with a chance to move up the rankings.
5) Virginia Tech: The Hokies added to Bobby Bowden's misery by spanking his 'Noles. Seems that Bowden's inability to keep his confidence in Xavier Lee as his QB has ensured the FSU has no chance at a winning record in conference play.
4) Virginia: The Wahoos smashed Miami's farewell party in the OB, 48-0, upping their record to 9-2 (6-1). All that remains for UVA is a showdown with VA Tech. With UVA and Tech in the same division, and with them being the top two teams in the ACC, the match up will essentially be for the ACC crown.
3)West Virginia: The 'Eers showed some heart and held off a determined Louisville Cardinal squad. With games against Big East contenders Cincy and UCONN and the Backyard Brawl against Pitt remaining; WVU has a tough road to the Big East title.
2) LSU: The Bayou Bengals secured a big win over instate rival Louisiana Tech to secure the coveted Louisiana State Championship. The schedule raps up with Ole Miss and Arkansas. Then a trip to the SEC Title game. Arkansas and the Title Game certainly could pose threats to LSU, so we aren't going to endorse them just yet as being BCS title game bound. But certainly, they have the inside track.
1) Oregon: The Ducks continue to hold tight to numero uno. Not playing this week secured the position for them. The Quack Attack finishes up with Arizona, UCLA and Oregon State. A completely manageable schedule. Go ahead and book your trip to the BCS title game.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Therefore, we are confident that Juice Williams will lead the mighty Illinois Zooks over the OSU.
And, it won't be a nailbiter.
Long ago, we realized that the bias demonstrated within the college football rankings and polling systems didn't provide proper recognition for or acknowledge the demonstrated superiority of certain teams. Teams,that for political reasons, were not elevated to 'elite' status. And, therefore, didn't get the opportunity to generate the revenue that accompanies that status.
At the same time other teams that truly offer meager product on the field continue to reap the financial benefits of high profile coverage and are afforded votes in polls until the voters can no longer provide votes with any credibility and must stop voting for them. Notre Dame comes to mind.
In that light, we came up with the heralded NC&QB poll. A poll which has remained weeks ahead of the mainstream polls. Last season, we had Ohio St and Florida as our 1 and 2 from week 2 of the season on . The mainstreamers only arrived at the same conclusion at the end of the year. Again, not to hyper extend our elbows patting ourselves on our backs...but we are light years ahead of the mainstream media in virtually every capacity.
Our rankings this season will certainly be found to be the doctrine of truth by the time the season completes.
However, occasionally a team comes along that doesn't seem to fit into any of the polls. Ours included. And, being the righteous sports blog, we take it upon ourselves to investigate why.
The general myth perpetrated by the mainstream polls revolves around 'strength' of schedule. A team from a perceived lesser conference compiles an impressive record, and they are degraded for not playing USC, Oklahoma and LSU in their non-conference schedule.
At the same time, a school from a BCS conference might come along and compile an impressive record and get a high ranking. Yet that school might well be playing in a BCS conference that is not very good from top to bottom that year and might have played no one of substance in their non-conference schedule.
Yes, we are contrasting Hawaii and Boston College.
BC got all kinds of love with wins over..........well, no one that matters.
Hawaii gets no respect with wins over......... well, no one that matters.
Years ago, Lavell Edwards ran a program out in Utah that seemed to amass wins by the dozens each season. His BYU Cougars put up impressive year after impressive year. But, always fought the 'weak conference' categorization. Finally, after an undefeated season in which none of the big boy teams had comparable records, the pollsters had no choice but to vote the Cougars number one.
We would suggest that the bias against BYU for so long had nothing to do with scheduling. It had to do with the charter of the university. It had to do with a prejudicial electorate dead set against having a school run by the Church of Latter Day Saints being the flagship football program in the country. And finally, the day came when the polls could either continue to hold the Mormons back and lose all credibility, or allow that for that year BYU was the best team in the land. Common sense, for once in college football, prevailed.
And now, we see it again this season.
The white bread Catholic school boys from the palest section of the country (no, not ND.....BC!) haven't beaten anyone that matters. Playing in the horribly weak ACC, their non-conference schedule was composed of games against 1-AA UMASS, Army, Bowling Green, and the worst ND team of all time. Yet, BC rose to #2 as voters and the mainstream media pretended that this collection of second tier recruits were an actual threat to the teams at the top of the NC&QB Poll.
At the same time Hawaii was amassing victory after victory against admittedly weak opponents. Yet, while BC's schedule was never used against them as they rose up the rankings, any mention of Hawaii included words about the weak schedule.
Clearly, a concerted effort to ensure that the public and the voters constantly associated Hawaii with a weak schedule.
Last season, an undefeated team from the same conference as Hawaii was the voter and media darling. Boise State, located in a section of the county synonymous with Wonder Bread, received more manufactured love than is conceivable enroute to their opportunity for a shot at a BCS bowl.
Why is Hawaii not getting the backing of the media and love normally reserved for Cinderella?
Well, we can only identify one reason.
Look at the names on the Hawaii roster. Look at the fans attending the games there. There are a lot of Hawaiians.
Mainstream America loves Hawaiians when they are doing a hula dance or providing entertainment on a vacation to the islands; but to give them their due on the football field and risk losing the revenue that is normally reserved for the universities backed by the deep pocketed white boosters....it can't happen.
We had contemplated granting Hawaii a special exemption for inclusion in the NC&QB poll. Unfortunately, a review of the team showed that their QB is a convicted criminal.
Despite our desire to give the team a correct and fair rankings, we feel that bending the rules to allow a white, ex-con QB to be included in a poll dedicated to the propagation of the Negro student-athlete-good citizen QB would simply be too contradictory. It would degrade all that those included in the NC&QB Rankings have worked so hard to achieve.
So, while the major polls and voters will use the excuse of 'strength of schedule' to mask their bias against Hawaiians (as they did with the Mormons):
We at NOIS would be more than happy to include the Hawaiians in the NC&QB Rankings.
But we can't allow the inclusion of a white, convicted criminal QB. It tarnishes the poll.
However, be assured, we think the rest of the team is top notch!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Whitlock suggested that Andy Reid is not being held over the fire by the media in relation to his children's problems and that if he was some one else (read: Negro) much to do would be being made about his thug-life, gangsta wannabe chi'drens.
Whitlock also recommended that Reid step away from the game for awhile and get his house in order.
Valid points. Intelligent points.
Points we at NOIS made way back in August.
At the time, Reid was being given the kid glove treatment by the media. We at NOIS received a bombardment of comments and emails telling us how outrageous it was of us to suggest that Reid was culpable for his children's behavior or that his outside issues would have an ill effect on his abilities to run his program.
However, as is the case more often than not (read: always), the mainstream media is slowly coming around to the NOIS way of thinking on this.
We predict that you will begin to see more columnists/commenter's addressing this. Watching football broadcasts this weekend past, we were treated to a discussion on this very topic and even heard one air personality wonder aloud as to why Reid is not being grilled a la Michael Vick.
Certainly, that question was quickly squashed by the rest of the in studio talking heads. But, it can't be denied that more and more 'football' people are beginning to wonder if Reid is getting preferential treatment. Or even doing right by his family by not walking away for awhile.
The notion that a great mind and a powerful voice such as that of Whitlock is now essentially echoing our righteous sentiment is certainly a clear sign that our influence over the mainstream media is greater than we are being given credit for.
Something that we discussed in detail at our recent NOIS leadership symposium was the influence/power of Blogfrica over the sports media industry. And the effects and fear the industry has developed because of the influence emerging from Blogfrica.
What we are seeing is symptomatic. A concerted effort by the mainstream media to attempt to capture the 'controversial' opinions propagated by Blogfrica. An effort to pretend that they, the mainstreamers, are at the forefront of the molding and development of the influence of thought process, which is actually being guided by Blogfrica. Check out the recent Gregg Doyel column on cbssportsline.com about Joe Torre. We've been reading stuff like that on blogs for weeks now.
This is something we propose to follow more closely. A prominent columnist from ESPN.com allowed us his own insight on this, stating that folks in the internet sports media bizz are "shook" about the influence of blogs.
We at NOIS didn't choose to lead this movement.
The movement chose us.
Poindexter parlayed the notoriety and constant mention in the Vick case into a hard fought 1,657 votes to 1,173 votes victory over a WRITE IN candidate.
One wonders if Mr. Poindexter would have been able to win without the help of the constant media coverage during his dogged (pun intended) investigation and prosecution of Mr. Vick.
Certainly, winning 58% of the vote against a WRITE IN candidate is an indication that Mr. Poindexter's bread was buttered through his rabid (pun intended) pursuit of Mr. Vick.
Anyway, we admire Mr. Poindexter's dedication to employment and using any means necessary to secure his position.
Well done, Barrister.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
To mimic the brilliantly succint and poignant Dan Shanoff: Worst. Season. Ever.
The boo birds are out in full force at ND Stadium. Subway alums are questioning Weis' future at the Cathedral of College Football. And, blogs are routinely roasting and lambasting Weis and his Dom DeLuise like physique.
Piling on would be easy. Pointing out each and every Weis shortcoming would be no challenge.
Bringing up Ty Willingham's record after an equal number of games and juxtaposing the scope and magnitude of the various victories and losses of the coaches is unnecessary.
Willingham did more. He won more. He suffered less humiliating losses. He beat better teams. The records can not be changed. They can not be sugar coated or washed away.
Bringing up that Willingham was fired after just three years would be obvious.
Bringing up the hypocrisy involved in the situations of each coach would only open up a discussion on the implication of race on the university's decision to purge itself of the Negro coach and keep the soft, flaccid coach presently orchestrating the debacle being conducted under the out stretched arms of Touchdown Jesus.
Even the most feverish ND fan is aware that ND has clearly treated these coaches very differently.
However, two wrongs don't make a right.
We support ND giving Weis 5 full years (as has been the tradition, generally, at ND) to establish his program. Despite the university's abandoment of its very own philosophy in regards to Willingham's tenure: support for Weis should be universal.
Firstly, Weis' first two BCS bowl seasons were built on the backs of Willingham's recruits. Only now is Weis' program reaping the rewards of the touch of his sausage like digits.
To allow Weis the chance to leave the university after essentially one season of work, and to pay him some sort of buyout on his 10 year extension, would be an insult to every ND fan and booster out there.
This season's ND is the program Weis has built. The key players on his first two teams were developed and recruited by Willingham, so let's credit Coach Ty with those victories. And grant him those two years. Essentially, Ty Willingham provided ND with 39 victories over a 5 year span. Not great. But just about 8 victories a year.
Over a one year span, Weis has provided 1 victory. No 'elite' programs fire a coach after just one season.
To allow Weis to leave is unacceptable. He must be brought back for at least 3 more seasons. He should not be allowed to ride off into the sunset with one win and a nice severance package. Three more years of Saturday beatings on NBC must be enforced.
We agree that Ty Willingham was let go prematurely. That Ty Willingham was not given the expected ND standard of opportunity.
Despite the underachievement, horrendous motivational skills, poor game day preparation and huge gunt displayed by Weis; he must remain coach of ND. He must be given the expected ND standard of opportunity that was denied Brother Ty.
It would be unfair to apply the unfair standard exercised in the pink slipping of Coach Ty to Weis. Supporting the firing of coach Weis is tantamount to supporting the racial discrimination that was clearly the culprit in the removal of Willingham as coach.
We urge all ND fans:
Support Coach Weis. Don't support racial discrimination in the hiring/firing of football coaches.
We urge ND:
Keep Coach Weis. Don't support racial discrimination in the hiring/firing of football coaches.
And we urge the rest of you:
Enjoy watching the fat man destroy the history, traditions and future of ND football!
Catch it on NBC!