Thursday, June 23, 2005

I wish I was older

I feel like I may have missed out on the classic era of college football. Gone are the good old days of pre-conference games of real interest. Sure there are still Michigan vs. Notre Dame and Florida State vs. Florida but those are almost conference games now since we see them so often. Since I’m only 25 and the son of Canadian non-sports fans I missed out on the good old days of non-conference games with meaning. There will never be another season like 1991 when Washington and Miami split the National Championship. All the elite teams that season played other elite teams en route to a great season for the most important people involved… THE FANS. Washington (12-0) vs. Michigan (10-2), Michigan vs. Florida State (11-2), Penn State (11-2) vs. Notre Dame (10-3), Michigan vs. Notre Dame, Florida State vs. Miami and Notre Dame and Florida (10-2). There were lots more games like these between elite teams that will never happen again. Why? Because the Athletic directors, coaches and boosters would rather host a home game against a scrimmage burger and make a ton of cash than risk losing their shot at being National Championship contenders by beating a National Championship contender. The only games of real interest out of conference now are the, and I hate to say it, BCS games. Last year it put together Michigan and Texas in the Rose and Oklahoma and USC for the Championship. If the NCAA can make a 12th game possible why can’t the people who finance this (fans again and yes I’m going to beat the fan drum for all it’s worth) get USC vs. Auburn. Usually when something like this doesn’t happen I look to see who will lose money for who is throwing the wrench into the system but I don’t see one here. Maybe it’s the crowd of guys who think that not having a clear-cut champion “ship” is part of the rich tradition of College football. Well all I have to say to that is F*&% THAT. Maybe the AD’s are right that another game at the start of a semester will interfere with learning. No their not, they my friend are full of shit. Practice and film study take away from a “Student” (player formost, everything else later) all year long so let’s not try and fool ourselves.


Now that the NCAA has allowed teams to play an extra game each year don’t expect Great non-conference games to start again. Nope the teams will use the extra game to schedule scrimmage burgers at home for big payday. Michigan will line up opposite Central Michigan and get 110,000 people to show up for an ass whopping. Florida and Florida State will kick the shit out of some lowly Division IAA team and Coach Snyder and K-State will destroy a Div. III team. Everyone will miss out on great seasons that could have been nad great games that never will be will. We’ll be forced to hold out hope that Utah, Fresno State or TCU will knock off one of the elite teams since they won’t be playing each other in non-conference play. Losing to the eventual National Champions won’t cost a good team a shot at the title anymore. It will be a upset to Northwestern or Baylor that will be the games you remember and that’s sad to me. Very, very sad indeed.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Worst Pro QB ever

Not the least bit surprised to hear that the Chicago Bears have parted way with back up quarterback Craig Krenzel. Last season as a rookie he won his first three starts last year for the Bears but wasn’t effective in any of his starts. The move by the Bears should not have come as a surprise to anyone really, since Krenzel should have never been drafted in the first place. Think of Krenzel as Jason White with good knees. Both excellent college QB but do not have the skills to be a pro quaterback. He is a very heady quarterback (he was a molecular biology major at Ohio State) but should never have been mistaken for a player with the ability to excel in the NFL. Hell he doesn’t even have the to be a competent player at that level.

I find it truly sad that Krenzel was drafted in the fifth round last year, while this year a guy like Ernest Shazor goes undrafted. Shazor’s lack of speed cost him in the draft but he is without a doubt an NFL prospect. Krenzel on the other hand should have never been considered a prospect since he simply lacks the physical skills to compete. Everyone remembers that Krenzel won a National Championship at Ohio State. During the Buckeyes run he was merely a caretaker a QB while the defense shut everyone down and Maurice Clarett was the offensive stud. I wish Craig the best in life as long as he stays out of pro football as a player on any team I watch.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

I was impressed by the World Bowl

I've watched a few World Bowl before, but todays was by far the best one I have seen yet. Generally it just looks like typical minor league football. Today, however, it was a good and competative game that looked like acutall pro-football. The game came down to the last play and was seldom boring even when it looked as if Amsterdam would run away with the game. Amsterdam ended up holding on for a 27-21 win when they knocked down a pass in the Berlin end zone as the clock ran out. The Thunder could have won on a pass into the Admirals end zone on the previous play but the pass went through the Thunder recivers hands.

Several players showed that they had what it takes to not only play but possibly excell in the NFL in the coming seasons. I noticed four players that really impressed me. Here they are in no paritcualre order.

Jarrett Payton: The son of the late Bears tailback Walter Payton. It would be unfair to Jarrett or anyone to be compared to Walter so I won’t. I will say he played a game worthy of the family name. Jarrett was a victim of overwhelming depth at Miami Fla. Playing behind Clinton Portis, Willis McGahee, Najeh Davenport and Frank Gore means you don’t play. A option quarterback coming out of high school he may now just be getting used to the position. The knock on him coming out of Miami was his 4.6 speed, but today he showed great functional game speed, well enough to turn the corner consistently in the game. With good vision, speed and cutting ability he should provide Tennessee with a good back up to the seemingly fragile Chris Brown. I don’t think Tennessee will be trading for Travis Henry now. One criticism is he is not a competent pass blocker yet. That, however, can be taught.

Kurt Kittner: Allocated by the Chicago Bears he gave this Bears fan something to look forward too. After all the trouble the Bears had with back up QB’s last year Kurt performance today is cause for a sigh of relief. Jonathan Quinn and Craig Krenzel are now out and Chad Hutchinson and Mr. Kittner are now in. Kurt was accurate enough and showed the strong arm and poise that made him a top prospect going into his senior year at Illinois. While he may not have lived up to his potential yet, he looks like he may be turning the corner. On a side note Craig Krenzel should never have been drafted. He was a good quarterback at Ohio State but they ran and played defense. A quarterback who was asked not to make mistakes in college cannot be expected to win games in the pro’s. Good guy, no game.

Lil’ John Flowers: Not big, as the name would indicate, but works hard, sells out and is just a good football player. Has great quickness, good wiggle and outstanding hands. Should be a stellar third down back (if he can block, I didn’t note if he could or not) and return man. Good prospect.

Isacc Hilton: Good sized Defensive End with a good motor. He over came a personal foul that could have cost his team a shot at wining late in the fourth quarter to make plays that kept the Thunder in it. Hilton was flagged for hitting Kittner high after Kittner had released the ball. It looked clean to me (he hit Kittner in the chest but was flagged for a blow to the head) but I don’t count. He has good hustle and keeps his head in the game when he gets called for a bulls#$t roughing call.

Honorable Mention:
Dave Ragone- League offensive MVP played well but not great. One throw is a great side arm toss right in the receivers’ hands. Dropped. On another he throws high and wide and it’s caught for a TD. Same receiver, different result but so is life.

Amsterdam O-line: Got a good push against a good Defensive front all day and owned their opponents down the stretch. Don’t know the names put they played almost flawlessly at the end. The real basis of the championship team.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Yes!!!

You are all so fuckin' puny next to me!