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Q: What’s Worse Than Losing in the BCS Title Game

ohio state onthebuzzer.comA: Losing two years in a row.  That’s right folks, I’m kicking Ohio State and the Big Ten while they’re down.  LSU dominated Ohio State on Monday night in the BCS title game, 38-24. Two years, two ass whoopins.  Is it time to admit that the Big-10 is overrated?  Give props to the Tigers and the SEC, but tell me you wouldn’t want to see a USC v. LSU showdown? It’s too bad the NCAA doesn’t have some sort of +1 or a playoff type tourney where the best 2 play each other, not a team that backed into the title game.  Oh well, as the college football season concludes, we have yet another year, another BCS scandal.  Enjoy the next 8-9 months because the dog days of summer lie ahead.  As for Ohio State, don’t waste our time again with another pathetic performance in the title game.

January 8, 2008 Posted by | Ara, NCAA FOOTBALL | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Night Falls on the University of Central Florida

bcs onthebuzzer.comThe Scarlett Knights is what they are called.  But on Saturday, the University of Central Florida was anything but brave and courageous, as they fell 10-3 to Mississippi State in the Liberty Bowl. Talk about a boring game.  Wake me up when these worthless bowls are over. I’m wondering if I anyone outside of these two states care to watch this game (excluding gamblers of course)? Liberty bowl, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Petrosun Independence Bowl, etc…who cares??? I wanna watch the big ones; Rose, Fiesta, Orange, and Sugar.  Sure, maybe the Gators and the Wolverines in the Capital One Bowl could be fun to watch. But for the most part, these bowl games are nothing but an opportunity for the players to showcase their talents one last time for the scouts AND the athletic departments last chance to make some $$$.  That’s the truth, it hurts, I know.  I just have to find a way to live with it.

December 30, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NCAA FOOTBALL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fantasy Football Superbowl

Well, it came down to the finals in my fantasy football league.  My team the Vig vs. the Cinderella story, Common Sense.  He shocked the world by taking down the favorite in the semifinals.  It we against him, good against bad. Surefantasy football trophy onthebuzzer.com I had been in 1st place all year long but I panicked.  I did something that most gamblers would never admit to.  I hedged.  With 1st place getting $175 and 2nd $50, I made a deal with the guy where we would split them and each go home with $112.50.  Heck, I thought to myself why not?  $50 would suck and I would be happy with anything over $100.  Plus I had no confidence in my quarterback Eli Manning and my team was struggling.  He accepted the deal, I got some grief from the other managers, then of course, I spanked him in the finals.  What if..I wish I hadn’t… I knew this was gonna happen anyways.  If I didn’t make the deal, I would’ve gotten crushed, and if I made it, I would’ve won.  I’m OK with the deal, sure $175 would have been nice.  But I’ll take the split and most importantly a fantasy football 1st place trophy in my trophy case.  Now they’ll all be coming after me next year.  That’s what happens when you finish on top, or at least tie for first.

December 24, 2007 Posted by | Ara, Fantasy Football, NFL FOOTBALL | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Week 15 College Bowl Picks

top252.jpg1- BCS Title Bowl – Ohio State better than everyone thinks. LSU not as good as everyone thinks. Close throughout, but look for the Buckeye defense to be the difference. Take Ohio State +4.5..
2- The Rose Bowl – Another Rose Bowl, another USC appearance. The Trojans one of the hottest teams in the nation. Illinois with their hands full, but they did beat the number one team in the nation earlier in the year. SC more powerful, more talented, more experienced. Illinois won’t know what hit them early, may make a run late. I like USC -14.
3- The Sugar Bowlpadlock3.jpg Maybe the second hottest team in the nation, the Georgia Bulldogs look to feast on some Warriors. Hawaii has their hands full. They will realize what it’s like to play a real team. Georgia routs. My lock! Take Georgia -9.
4- The Fiesta Bowl – Not a bad consolation game for a team who thought they were on their way to the national championship game. Still have a lot to play for, Kansas will have their hands full proving to the nation they are a football powerhouse. Virginia Tech getting better as the season progressed should take care of business. I like Virginia Tech -4.
5- The Orange Bowl – No championship game… no head coach either. Rodriguez leaves and so will the Mountaineer’s winning records. The Sooners, already the favorites in this one, should cruise past a West Virginia team coming off their worst losses of the season. Their coach and their last game. Take Oklahoma -8.
6- Capital One Bowl – The best three loss team in the nation, the Florida Gators look to start their national championship run for next year with this years bowl game. Michigan may have found their new head coach, but they won’t find a way to beat the faster, more talented Gators. Take Florida -10.5.
7- Cotton Bowl
– Missouri with a lot to prove, will come out with guns blazin’ in this one. Arkansas happy to be there, won’t know what hit them. The Tigers the better team, but they have to find a way to stop Run DMC. Razorbacks will keep it close early, but won’t be able to outscore the Tigers. Take Missouri -3.5.
8- Gator Bowl – Should be an entertaining game throughout. Evenly matched, the team to make the least errors will prevail. Both Texas Tech and Virginia looked good at times throughout the season, but inconsistent play prevented better records. I like Virginia +6.
9- Outback Bowl
– Badgers started off the season strong, tailed off in the middle, and finished strong. Better than their record indicates, but inconsistent play was their downfall. Tennessee should have beaten LSU in the last game of the year, but costly turnovers blew the game. Turnovers will decide this one as well. The Vols learned their lesson. I like Tennessee -3.5.
10. Chick-Fil-A-Bowl
– Two teams who underachieved this year, look for an entertaining game. Close throughout, the better and more experienced coached Auburn team will prevail over Clemson. Take Auburn +2.

December 18, 2007 Posted by | Eddie, NCAA FOOTBALL | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bowling Anyone?

bcs-crystal.jpgThe time is finally here. The time of year where everyone complains that their team didn’t make it. The time of year where two teams love the BCS and how it works, while all the others can’t wait for a playoff system. Without further ado, here are the BCS matchups: Rose Bowl – The Trojans getting sick of playing in the granddaddy of them all, Illinois there for the first time since 1983. Sugar Bowl – Colt Brennan and his Warriors finally on the big stage, their chance to prove they deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as BCS conference teams, while Georgia comes in as one of the hottest teams in the league. Fiesta Bowl – The Sooners can’t quite make the championship game, but almost always in an important bowl game at the end of the year. West Virginia better forget about their last loss to the powerhouse team known as Pitt, SOONER rather than later. Orange Bowl – Kansas chosen over Missouri, even though they lost to them. Virginia Tech playing their best football of the season. BCS Championship Game – Not since I used to work at DMV have I seen this much backing in. Both Ohio State and LSU probably surprised to be in this one, but neither one complaining.  This the result of a crazy last day of a crazy season. … Stay tuned for my picks for these and 5 additional bowl games, coming soon…

December 6, 2007 Posted by | Eddie, NCAA BASKETBALL | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fantasy Football: Playoff Time

onthebuzzer.com fantasy footballWell, this is the time everyone has been playing all season for.  For most fantasy football owners, playoffs will either start this weekend or next, either a 4 or 8 team playoff format.  My league has 10 teams, with 8 making the playoffs.  I came in first for my league so I get to play the 8 seed in the first round.  Want me to be honest with you, I’m deathly frightened.  You work all year to get to the top, and 1 loss in the playoffs and it’s Lake Havasu with Nick Van Exel if you know what I mean.  I’ve been there before, getting to the top, then early playoff exit.  I’m the Marty Schottenheimer of fantasy football, unable to win the big game.  I hope this year is different. I hate having a playoff system, it rewards luck as opposed to the good teams.  That’s why I feel the same for college football and the BCS.  Sure it would be more “fair” by giving the top 8 teams a chance to compete for the big one.  But doesn’t the regular season lose some of its intensity and luster?  And what about the 9th or 10th seeded teams, they’re going to get screwed anyways.  Back to fantasy (reality’s a bitch), I have one piece of advice for all of you playing for the money, stick to what you’ve been doing, because if you start to play matchups and mix up your lineup in the playoffs, you’ll be gambling and when you gamble, the house ALWAYS WINS.

December 5, 2007 Posted by | Ara, Fantasy Football, NCAA BASKETBALL, NFL FOOTBALL | , , , , , | Leave a comment

BCS MESS

Just when you thought the system worked, all hell breaks loose. On Saturday, everything went haywire.  #1 Missouri lost, as did #2 West Virginia.  Who goes to the National Title game now? Ohio State backs in? LSU? My, USC Trojans? I’monthebuzzer.com ohio state spanking lost at this point.  Maybe Georgia or one loss Kansas? Everyone’s saying it, USC is the best team in the country right now.  They have the best defense.  They play the toughest teams ever.  They play in the tough Pac-10. Is there a chance they get in to the title game? Probably not, East Coast bias is what I’m saying.  No way the computers push SC up from #8 to #2, leap frogging everyone in between. College football playoffs? I’m not down with it.  There’s a reason why college football is the most exciting sport, it’s because you CANNOT take a week off, every game counts. Whoever plays in the Title game, I guarantee they will SPANK Ohio State (see photo on right). That’s my M.F-ing lock.

December 2, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NCAA FOOTBALL | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Missouri Tigers v. Kansas Jayhawks: This One Counts, or does it?

The stakes just went up for the #4 Missouri Tigers and the #2 Kansas Jayhawks.  With LSU choking Friday night to the Arkansas onthebuzzer lsuRazorbacks, Kansas technically jumps into 1st place with West Virginia #2 and Missouri #3.  The winner of the Miss/Kansas game will surely take the #1 slot.  Here’s my prediction on how things are gonna shake down. Missouri will beat Kansas this weekend.  I’m not convinced by the Jayhawks, yet.  Their schedule was pretty chill for the most part.  But let’s move on.  West Virginia will lose to UCONN this weekend as well. Then, Missouri will lose the Big 12 Championship game and will leave the BCS in total chaos.  That will open the door for Ohio State into the #1 spot.  The question is who do they play? After Georgia loses to Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech is upset by #16 Virginia, USC jumps 10 spots after routing Az State and beating the Bruins, and what d’ya know, we got an Ohio State v. USC National Title game… Huh? Huh? I know that’s what the country wants to see. That’s what I want to see. We just gotta convince that stupid computer of the same. So let’s go all you nerdy hackers out there, let’s make some computer love.

November 24, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NCAA FOOTBALL | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

This Time it was Oklahoma’s Turn

onthebuzzer.com bcsGet ready form some BCS B.S.  Since Oregon lost on Thursday, technically, Oklahoma was bumped to #2 going into today’s game against Texas Tech.  With that said, I hope everyone ignored our resident NCAA expert and put the house on Texas Tech. No one and/or nothing has been able to break that wretched curse of the #2 ranking this year.  I almost feel sorry for the Kansas Jayhawks, who after waxing the Iowa State Cyclones 45-7 will be ranked #2 and will host Missouri who should be ranked #3. Kansas will then duke it out in the Big 12 Championship game against another tough foe.  The odds are against Kansas or Missouri to make the title game, leaving the door wide open for West Virginia, who actually have to face a tough UCONN team and Pitt. If they drop one, then hold on, is that Ohio State coming back into the picture??? This could take forever. All we know is that no one is booking their tickets to New Orleans except LSU, right? Unless Darren McFadden runs crazy. Great, here we go again…

November 18, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NCAA FOOTBALL | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

If it Looks Like a Duck…

onthebuzzer.com dennis dixonAnd there go the Oregon Ducks’ chances of a National Title. On Thursday night, the Ducks became another victim of the cursed #2 ranking, falling to the Arizona Wildcats. No more BCS argument, as long as LSU wins and the winner of Kansas and Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship game.  And who ever said the BCS doesn’t work? What college football playoffs? With Oregon going down, there go their title hopes, but their Rose Bowl hopes are still alive. Bad news for USC though.  Oregon owns the tiebreaker and if they win out, they should be in line for a Rose appearance, as long as USC beats Arizona State on Thanksgiving day.  Good news for SC is that heisman hopeful Dennis Dixon re-injured his knee and might be out for the season.  Chances are the Ducks will drop one of the next two (either at UCLA or finale against rival Oregon State).  As for the Trojans, if they win out, I gotta feeling you’ll be seeing them at Pasadena.

November 16, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NCAA FOOTBALL | , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments