Category: Sports

Football Quotes

Football starts tonight. A friend sends these along. I can’t vouch for the authenticity, but they’re pretty good. My apologies for any awkward formatting, but I don’t have time right now to straighten them out.

“At Georgia Southern, we don’t cheat. That costs money and we don’t have any.” Erk Russell / Georgia Southern.

“Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, Beat Texas.” Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game.

“After you retire, there’s only one big event left….and I ain’t ready for that.” Bobby Bowden / Florida State

“The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.” Lou Holtz / Arkansas

“When you win, nothing hurts.” Joe Namath / Alabama

“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.” Lou Holtz / Arkansas

“If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold, you gotta know the password, “Roll, tide, roll!” Bear Bryant / Alabama

“A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.” Frank Leahy / Notre Dame

“There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.” Woody Hayes / Ohio State

“I don’t expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.” Bob Devaney / Nebraska

“In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in Bear Bryant.” Wally Butts / Georgia

“You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life.” Paul Dietzel / LSU

“It’s kind of hard to rally around a math class.” Bear Bryant / Alabama

When asked if Fayetteville was the end of the world. “No, but you can see it from here.” Lou Holtz / Arkansas…… Read the rest

Late Night

Not much blogging this morning. I was up late with friends and family, auctioning off NCAA tournament teams. Each guy buys teams and earns back money for each win (all for charity, of course). We’ve been doing it for fifteen years and it’s one of my favorite evenings of the year, but I get to bed much later than usual and am dragging the next day.

With the Tournament tipping off today, it’s a good time for this stat:

But for most colleges, running a sports program is a money-losing proposition: of the 1,266 colleges and universities that were members of the NCAA in 2001, for instance, only forty-one had athletic departments that turned a profit.

That’s it for now. Sorry. … Read the rest

Broken BCS

Do you think the BCS system is a farce? I do, but the man in charge, Jim Delany, says he won’t change a thing. Why? Because people keep watching. As long as people keep watching, we’ll have the BCS. Link. Excerpt:

Eventually the consumer will get what he demands, Delany said. But he cites TV ratings and attendance figures as evidence that the consumer has yet to truly demand change.

Defending his assertion, Delany said revenue from college football has grown to $900 million from $200 million since 1990; average attendance for Big Ten games has increased to 71,000 from 58,000 over that same period; and the rising TV ratings and sponsorship dollars suggest the game is as healthy as ever.

“There’s probably more of an outcry than there was 15 years ago for something different. I don’t disagree with that,” Delany said during a recent interview in Chicago. “But what I’ve also seen simultaneously is the growth in interest in the BCS and the regular season.

“If the public walks away from our games during the regular season and walks away from television during the regular season and walks away from the bowls, they’re saying, We won’t support this anymore. We want something else.’ But I don’t see them walking away from anything.”

I’m conservative by nature. If something’s not broken, don’t fix it. I think that’s what Delany is saying, and I can appreciate it. Thing is, the system is broken. Just because more people are watching doesn’t mean the system isn’t broken. They might be watching for a host of other reasons. But Delany apparently doesn’t care much about that. He’s keeping with this skull-rotten BCS system because the sheep keeping coming to the pasture.

Well, this sheep will turn off the set next season. … Read the rest

Tigers

I don’t cover much straight sports here, but I thought I’d share this note from my brother after the Tigers took three straight from the Yankees:

I checked a sports book before Game One and you had to bet $310 on the Yanks to win $100. Seventeen experts on ESPN all picked the Yankees.

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Tiger Town

No more blogging today. I’m headed to Detroit to watch the Tigers. We have a one-game lead, and the magic number is 3. I’m picking up my father and a friend this morning, then getting my brother on the way. Upper level box seats. If the rain holds, it should be a good time. … Read the rest

Monday Morning Eudemon

Ouch, long day with the Tigers yesterday. You may have wondered what your prayers for a successful outing got me:

1. The vouchers for box seats were no good. They were sold out.
2. My backup reserve seats were available, but the tickets put us in the very last row in the stadium. We also couldn’t see the scoreboard (which features replays, interesting stats, games, etc.)
3. The temperature hit the upper 90s.
4. The Tigers didn’t try to win the game (they didn’t start Kenny Rogers, though I believe he was rested, and they sat three of their best players, including two all-stars).
5. The game was boring, if you’re a Tigers fan.

By any objective account, the day was a mess. But it wasn’t. The boys had a great time. The reserve seats were so far back, we got to sit in shade (shade is a rarity at Comerica Park). There was a good breeze. It was still hotter and muggier than Louisiana, but it wasn’t unbearable. Michael (7) found $3.00 on the ground, which really fired him up. I received a free Tigers baseball hat (given to the first 10,000 adults through the gate), and a kind man gave his free hat to one of my boys. We left in the eighth inning, which allowed us to miss all post-game traffic. The boys didn’t fight once. They just seemed quietly happy to be there.

I used my vouchers to score September 28th tickets to the Tigers v. Blue Jays game. The game might have big playoff implications; it might mean nothing. The boys want to go again. We’ll see. … Read the rest

The Bored Eudemon

Man, there’s scarcely nothing to blog about today. I have a new feature that I’m kicking around (which I might call, “Sobering the Drunk in Gatsby” or something like that), but it’s not ready yet. It’ll feature pictures, something I’ve never done because it wasn’t possible. With my wife’s purchase of a new high-end digital camera and memory card, it’s now possible.

I have one PSA: If you’re a hockey fan, be aware that Outdoor Life Network is carrying the NHL playoffs. I watched my Red Wings last night at the drinking club and when I got home. The coverage was pretty good. It’s a fall from grace for the NHL (ESPN/ABC to ONL), but I suspect ESPN/ABC will feel it worse. The NHL had a great year in ticket sales, especially considering the suicide that everyone thought they committed last year.

ESPN, meanwhile, seems to be running with two captains: ABC and political correctness. During March, SportsCenter dedicated nearly half of their coverage to the woman’s tournament and NASCAR. Odd combination, that, but hardly surprising. SportsCenter (and ESPN in general) has really gone downhill in the past five years. I wish Fox would launch a full-time sports channel, instead of all those local Fox sports stations. I think the ESPN pinata is ready for a whacking.

Related: I trust everyone noticed that my Detroit teams had the best records in the NBA and NHL. The Tigers are also playing good ball. I’m enjoying it while I can. I figure the Lions will come along in September and make the Motor City a laughingstock again. Then again, this new coaching staff seems promising. We’ll see. … Read the rest