Friday, September 18, 2009

The sports world as we know it

If I could describe the sports world in one sentence it would be this one: The sports world as we know it is full of a bunch of reactionists.

OK so that is not a real word but it fits. With recent events this football season I see a lot of people jumping on band wagons and turning on teams who have established a name for themselves.

I started noticing this trend during fantasy football. This is my first year and after week one I able to get my fair share of people jumping to players who had a good week one. It's only week one. I think there are at LEAST two weeks in the NFL Football season, though I could be wrong.

Looking around I see that people are fans of the 'Canes now. Ok. Where were you the past 8 years? Harris looks good. He is a QB that, so far, seems cool. Not just cool like high school jock cool, but he can keep his composure and deliver when the team needs it.
Since their 2001 National Championship, the team has put together sub-par seasons, posting a little over .500 some seasons and just altogether ugly football during others. But did you know the Hurricanes holds the longest home win streak with 58? Or that they have more 1st round selections in a single draft? That is OK though because people don't care about tradition when you are losing. We are a society that wants it now. No time to wait. If you can't produce now then get out.

Now the big story of the season is the Sweatervest. Since Jim Tressel replaced John Cooper in 2001 he has become a big deal. His team has played for three National Championships winning one. As of 2006 he has 12 coach of the year awards and is third in overall wins with 196 behind Bowden and Paterno. Teams struggle, but when you have a guy who has produced 7 out of 9 years you can't give him grief after such a short time. I think he still has the answer but that answer relies in his trust in the players he coaches. He needs to let his playmakers make the big plays. If he doesn't then what is the point of recruting such talent? I watched both games and if they can get into a rhythm. . .well they will be established again as a great team. As we saw last night, when everyone said they wouldn't beat Toledo, his big players stepped up.

Basically give the programs time. Even if it's a year or two. Maybe this is the year for Miami, maybe Boise State will get another big game since Utah and BYU lost. Or maybe the guys who run the BCS will all simultaneously have strokes and die and everything will be right in the world.

But that's my opinion.

(most stuff I found on wikipedia on Tressel. And a blog I can't seem to find to give reference.)

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Past Projects

So I am going to be posting some of my old videos I did from Newscast, internships and videos from other classes over the next few weeks. If you wanna watch they are. And they are even free!!!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

OK BYU. . .I am a believer.

This past week has brought many different stories with football. The Oregon guy connecting a pretty good punch. Favre throwing a pretty brainless block, which to be fair, let's go ahead and blame the coach for that one. You really don't put your star player in harms way during a stupid playoff game. Of course for me, it was seeing the Aggies actually put up some points against a high powered Utah Utes. But if you are a Mountain West Conference man, or woman, then you are loving the fact that the Brigham Young Cougars puts down the Oklahoma Sooners.

I will be honest, for the first 13 minutes I was impressed with BYU. After that I saw Bradford put one into the end zone and thought that maybe he was going to go ahead and take the game over. I was SO wrong. Oklahoma ended up with over nine flags during the game and three of them came in their first drive. They did look sloppy. Also, Oklahoma which is the number one offense in the country decided not to live up to that title. BYU held their run game and didn't look tired all game. Even before Bradford went down, the number one pass efficiency leader for the last two years didn't look like the Heisman winner that we all know him to be.

I do have to say that I am not satisfied with the way the Cougars held onto the ball. They treated it like a loaf of bread. This is not grocery shopping for grandma here. That ball is your baby. Protect it. And let us not forget the red-shirt punter for the Cougs'. He really earned his paycheck today. Giving some 45+ yard punts and putting one inside the 1-yard line.

Seeing BYU hold Oklahoma for three downs, get a flag, then hold them for three more and have the Sooners settle for a field goal made my heart throb with happiness. I will admit that Max Hall played an amazing game and showed his true colors. For being 2-15 against ranked non-conference opponents I thought for sure the Sooners would dominate this game. Boy was I wrong. . .but boy, am I OK with it.

And Boom goes the....players careers.

What do Brandon Marshall, T.O., and Manny Ramirez have in common? Answer: They are athletes duh. But really I have been following these and other players around the league and I am so disturbed by what has happened. Marshall deserves to be traded out of there. What he did was uncalled for and the players on the team should have been in his face, telling him to stop. Kicking the ball in the stands and making the ball boy go get it? Not only is he disrespecting the program now but also the program that has been built around him for the past several decades. For every team who plays against the Dodgers, fans are glad to have Manny in left field. His half-effort is probably due to the fact that his pants are too big and his hair isn't aerodynamic enough.

I think I agree with Mike and Mike this time when they say that kids these days need to find new heroes to look up to. I can't stand, time and time again, these players getting another chance to prove themselves and then botching it. W

But I do guess I owe you players a thank you. You are getting paid millions of dollars to entertain the population and so you do. You continue to entertain me and the whole world with all the ridiculous antics. So thank you for living up to your calling.