College Football Playoff

This year, the College Football Playoff Committee have caused this season to be an emotional roller coaster to a lot of fans. You never know where any specific University will end up due to the inconsistency of the inaugural College Football Playoff Committee. Each week the criteria for a team to stay in the Top 4 Playoff Spots changes. Nothing has remained the same. They have no transparency or concrete facts as to why they have placed certain teams in each spot.

During the BCS Era, everyone complained about it, but I am willing to bet that due to the headache the committee has caused, the return of the system would be a welcomed site. Was the BCS system perfect, NO, but it was a lot better than what the committee has come up with. Yes, the BCS and individuals working with it, favored certain conferences over others, but it was easier to deal with than what the committee vomits each week. I know a lot of you are asking yourself, “Why in the world is he complaining, Alabama is #1.” I’m not complaining, but do you actually think it’s fair for an undefeated FSU team be placed at the #3 spot over a one loss Alabama and Oregon? Does that make any logical sense? You would think that because FSU is undefeated, no matter how they won their games, they would hold that Top spot with no questions asked, but it’s far from that way. The committee seems to forget that a win is a win is a win. Whether it be by 1 point or 30.

There wasn’t a real concrete ranking until October 15. Yes, the committee said that they were not using or taking into account the AP Top 25, Coaches Poll, etc., but that’s not true. Their first honest ranking didn’t happen until October. Here is what they have based their rankings on: Game control, Body of work, Top 25 wins and what their opponent was ranked when they played said opponent. You’re looking at that and saying how it is not fair? The criteria they are basing each team upon is fine. Each of the topics were for a specific week; not all the criteria was used at the same time. Example: This week they were taking into account what a team was ranked when they played their opponent. So if you played Ohio State at the beginning of the season and they were ranked #4 and now they are ranked #6 that takes away from your argument to stay in one of the Top 4 spots. Should that matter, NO, because when you played them, they were ranked in the Top 4, that win should hold the same weight when you beat them all the way until the completion of the season.

The current system needs to be revamped. I know that a lot of fans are giving the committee the benefit of the doubt, because this is the first year. They have a lot of bugs and deficiencies to work out before the end of this season and the start of next season. I have a friend that came up with an awesome idea to fix this broken system. I agree with this outline. Here it is:
This system will consist of the Top 8 Conferences in College Football. The FBS Power 5 Conferences would have automatic bids. The remaining 3 slots to finish out the 8 would be selected from the remaining FBS conferences based on their Conference Power Index which will be based on the schedules of the teams in those respective conferences as well as records of the respective Conference Champions. The three teams that meet this criteria would make up spots 6, 7 and 8.
• In order for this to work out, each conference would have to be adjusted to have 12 teams. (Add or take away as needed)
• Teams would have to play 10 Conference Games (this would eliminate a lot of the out of conference play; mainly for the teams that like to play tune-up games instead of playing within their respective conference).
• Game 11 would be the Conference Championship Game.
• Game 12 would be a lottery draw of conference champions to play each other. This would be considered Bracket 1. This Bracket would consist of 8 Conference Champions.
• Game 12 (Bracket 2) would be the winners from Bracket 1, which will consist of the 4 winners from Bracket 1.
• The winners of Bracket 2, the two winners, would then play for the National Championship.

CFB Revamped

Of course, it wouldn’t suit everyone, but this is a whole lot better than what is currently going on with the committee of “intelligent” individuals. I hope for the sake of all college football fans that the committee works out the bugs before the end of the season. Next year, we shouldn’t have many headaches such as this year. If you feel that you can come up with a better option, I challenge you to do so. We all have complaints and will complain, but won’t provide a possible solution. Instead they would rather complain with the rest of the crowd.

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#ROLLDAMNTIDE!!

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A number of you will not care for this post, but who cares! I love College Football!!! 48 Days until kick off for my Alabama Crimson Tide! Saying that I am excited is an understatement. I do understand that with the new Collegiate Football Playoff System there are going to be a lot of bugs and I’m sure there are many that hate the system, though they haven’t seen it in action.

I, for one, don’t really care, because I know my Crimson Tide will rise to the top and will win inaugural playoff. No, your eyes are not deceiving you, I did say that we are going to win. Why am I so confident? Because we ended our season in such an awful, (that’s my word, so don’t steal it!) fashion, the players and coaching staff have something to prove.

Mark my words, the Alabama Crimson Tide will win the 2014 – 2015 Championship. I know a lot of you are saying yeah right. Let me give you my stats as far as my Tide winning Championships, I am 2 for 2. I predicted number 14 & 15. I said they wouldn’t win last year because all the players hadn’t bought into the “Process”. The Alabaman program as a whole has a totally different state of mind.

As DJ Khaled puts it, All We Do is Win: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Spn_Cqg27Xc&feature=kp
The Alabama Coaching staff has lit a fire in the current roster and I’m sure they are going to do what we are accustomed to and that is winning!

I hope that I didn’t bore you too much, but I love me some damn Alabama Crimson Tide Football!! August 30, 2014 can’t get here fast enough!!

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Friday Night Tykes

Okay, I’ll do my best to stay focused and stay on the topic at hand. I have an extreme passion for Football, specifically College Football to be exact. I’ve been contemplating for the past couple of weeks on doing a post for this specific topic, but my answer was solidified when I watched an episode of “Friday Night Tykes” on the Esquire Channel today.

ga1I understand in the Lone Star State, football is very important at ALL levels, but when is or better yet, what age is TOO early for children to play tackle football? Watching this show, I feel guilty, because I have a passion as some of the Coaches on this reality show, but are you willing to jeopardize the future of a young athlete just because you’re the Head Coach and you want to win? I, myself, personally don’t want to be labeled as “that” coach, who was the cause for a player being paralyzed or possibly dying on the Football field.

I also realize that kids can get hurt at school just as easy, but I feel you increase their chances by letting them play tackle football at 7, 8, 9 and 10 years of age; kids mature at different times, so who makes the final decision? Instilling discipline into a young player can be done without contact. Who should make the final decision on when children are allowed to play Tackle Football? The Parents? Recreation Directors? Parents will win the majority of the time, because if you don’t let them play “here”, they’ll go over “there” and play. Concussions are real and they exist, but most of the parents seem oblivious to this fact, because they say, it won’t happen to my kid. Until, it does. Diencephalon_small

509px-Concussion_mechanics.svgSome people say my answer would be different if I had a son of my own. No, I don’t think it would. Real quick, lets look at the definition of Concussion. A Concussion is (1) temporary unconsciousness caused by a blow to the head. The term is also used loosely of the aftereffects such as confusion or temporary incapacity. (2) A Violent shock as from a heavy blow. Acceleration (G-Forces) can exert rotational forces in the brain, especially the midbrain and diencephalon (the caudal [posterior] part of the forebrain, containing the epithalamus, thalamus, hypothalamus, and ventral thalamus and the third ventricle).

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) exist because of blows to the head. It can happen on their 1st hit or 2,000th. Playing tackle football is an extreme risk, due to injuries other than concussions. This issue has also sparked a debate at the National Football League (NFL) level of play. It has caused family members and former players to sue the NFL due to the lingering affects of multiple concussions. I’m not trying to spark a debate, just asking the question of if this is how you want to instill “discipline” into young players? There are other ways to do this. I think it should be based on the maturity level of the child and the Parent & Recreation Director should talk it over before making the decision.

If the  parent decides to let their child play tackle, they should have to sign a waiver, stating that if the child receives a concussion, the Recreation Department will not be held responsible, and by signing the waiver, the Parent acknowledges that they understand the risks associated with playing tackle football. This also would protect the Recreation Department against law suits. Maybe the National Football League (NFL) and Collegiate Football should incorporate the waiver so in the end, when the player is done playing football, they can’t sue the University or the Professional Organization, whether it be the NFL/CFL, etc.

I truly believe that education is the key. Before having the Player/Parent/Recreation Director sign off, conduct training so they know the effects from a concussion, also show the Parent and Coaches what could happen ifTexas2-1 they don’t deal with concussions the correct way. Don’t overlook the signs, because you want to win. Hold the Parents, Coaches and Players responsible. I know that we can be hurt getting out of the bed, but that’s a risk that we have to make. Maybe I’m looking too deep into this issue. I don’t know.

After saying all that, I strongly feel that based on maturity, size and mental stability of the Parent/Recreation Director/Player, then should the decision be made. Parents don’t look at the present, they are focused on the future, what the player could possibly do at the next level. They forget about the maturity and all that other stuff. How do you feel about it?

Who’s Ready for Some damn College Football?

posterAfter all the chaos of the National Signing Day put behind us, who is ready for some good ol’ College Football? I know I am.

The last two games of the season for my Alabama Crimson Tide really left a sour taste in my mouth. To top it off, the Alabama Coaching staff hired Lane Kiffin. I know many of the Tide faithful are looking as if we are going to have another subpar season. Last year, our record was 11-2. As an Alabama Crimson Tide Fanatic, that is unacceptable. Why, you ask? It’s not because we lost those two games, it’s how we lost those games. As fans, we hold the players to a standard that is sometimes unreachable. We expect them to win a National Title every year. Could we have done it last year? In my opinion, yes, but I don’t get paid to make those decisions so I am only looking at this from one point of view and that’s as a fan.

I would love to see the Crimson Tide win every game, but holding those players and the Coaching Staff to that standard is crazy. You can’t win all the time, not even having a team full of 5 Star athletes. I would love to sit here and say that we are going to dominate next season, but if you look at all the factors, those questions can’t be answered yet. Our “Game Manager” as some called him, A.J. McCarron is going off to the NFL, so we are going to have a hard time trying to nail down who will hold that elite title as the Alabama Crimson Tide starting Quarterback. We have a stable of capable Running Backs and Wide Receivers, but what about the Defense? Can Kirby Smart take the talent that we had last year and project those guys to a number 1 type Defense? I don’t know. Many people say that it takes a great Defense to win games and I believe that to be somewhat true, but you can’t win without having a strong Quarterback.

As much as I would love the Tide to capitalize at the Quarterback position and possibly use the same Offensive scheme that gave our Defense a fit last year. We have that ability with Redshirt Junior Quarterback Blake Sims, but do you actually think that Coach Nick Saban will use him in that way. Not quite. I see him taking some snaps to relieve the starter, but him becoming the starting Quarterback for a “Pro-Style” Offense, is not going to happen. I think that as the season progresses, he could possibly learn how to manage the game as A.J. did, but it’s too early to tell right now. He has a strong arm and sometimes reminds me of a Michael Vick type Quarterback. He can be elusive, but I don’t see him calling the right audible at the right time, just because he hasn’t had the opportunity to do so. A.J. came under the wing of New York Jets Quarterback Greg McElroy. While taking over the duties from Greg, he knew the Offense in and out. Blake didn’t get the same opportunity.

Many of you already know that I can talk about Alabama Football all day, but I will spare you and just say that we have a lot of hurdles to jump during the Spring and Summer workouts. Another monkey wrench thrown in is 44-14784-Fthe playoff system that will be incorporated this season. There are going to be a lot of factors that would have to be put in place for the Alabama Crimson Tide to be put back in the National Title picture. This is going to be an interesting off season, but I’m ready to see it all unfold.

“IF YOU CONTINUE TO DO THE SAME THING THAT YOU HAVE ALWAYS DONE, YOU WILL GET THE SAME RESULT. GUARANTEED.” -The Alabama Crimson Tide Coaching Staff

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Ninety-Five

Last week and this past weekend was rough. Why? Because, I let fake individuals and haters get under my skin. Those who know me, know I am a pretty calm person and I takes a lot to get me upset. I will quickly explain what happened.

On November 19, 2013, I indicated to friends, I would not mention anything about Collegiate Sports. My reason for even making a statement like that is because I felt that I was being attacked whenever I spoke my mind about College Sports. Before the start of the season, of course myself and friends were going back and forth about who’s team was better and all that stuff dudes talk about. College Football started and punches were being thrown (not literally), just jaw-jacking. Mid-Season arrived and the team I supported held the #1 Spot. Individuals that usually don’t talk College Football started to make comments, I ignored it, then they started to get personal. Sending messages about how they wish that players from different teams would die or a certain coach would fall of the face of the earth. I didn’t entertain it, deleted the messages. I then did a self check and thought to myself that maybe it’s me, so I backed off a little. It seemed as if when I turned my volume down, they turned theirs up. I started to question myself and even talked to my wife about it. I know a lot of you would not let it bother you, but I’m the type of person that likes to interact with friends over social media. I then put myself on a “Collegiate Sport Time-out.”

I vowed not to say a word about ANY Collegiate Sport or any school, academy or institution that had to do anything with Collegiate sports. Going back to my example, I completely turned my volume off, once I was silenced, EVERYBODY became an expert on College Football. Sending punches my way every chance they had. I have a “Circle of Friends” that I can talk about Collegiate Football, but when others see our banter going back and forth they think it’s okay for them to jump in. So on December 7th and 8th, I let everybody have it. It was very disrespectful, but that was the way I felt at that moment. I felt there was no other way to do it. What did happen was, no one said a word. I then asked myself was it worth it? Truthfully, if I had to do it over again, I would do it the same way, but instead of disrespecting close friends and family, I would single out the individuals that did the talking.

I want to take this time to apologize to these individuals: Jake, Pete, Tommy, Jesse, Sheezy, James, Robert, Micheal H., SBC, Carl, Greg, Darrald, Cedric I, Cedric II, Courtney M. and Steven S. These are the individuals that have my back NO MATTER what they have going on in their lives. I was very disrespectful to you and your family with my post. I already know you guys are gonna say stop apologizing, NO. Just like I felt the need to express myself, this is needed. There are many more, but these are the people that I can have a respectful conversation with regarding College Football. 

Instead using my facebook timeline to embarrass myself and look like an asshole, I will conduct another self check and single those individuals that are disrespecting me in a message to them and delete them. I won’t let individuals dictate how I act. I’m a better man with better character than immaturity such as this.

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Okay, I’ve been holding this in since the start of Collegiate Football. A lot of you may not care, but Alabama is playing LSU on Saturday @ 8:00 EST (2000hrs for the military personnel). They have been a rival of Alabama since I could remember. There are two games, well actually three that the rest of College Football is looking forward to; Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Texas A&M (W), Alabama Crimson Tide vs. LSU (?) and the SEC Championship game. I predict that it will be Alabama vs. Missouri, that’s if they continue to be undefeated or South Carolina and Georgia start playing like they belong to the SEC.

I know, I got it, who cares? I do! A lot of my friends care also. I would much rather sit and watch a Collegiate Football game over the NFL. That’s a bold statement, right? Well the reason I feel that way is, because I honestly think that the players are doing whatever it takes to make it to the next level. They are giving 110% every time they get the chance. They also know that while some players are just gifted and don’t have to practice, there are those that still do whatever they can, legally of course, to maintain or get the edge over some of the gifted athletes.

I have already shared my thoughts on whether Collegiate Players should be paid or compensated in some way. I still think they should. Anyone that loves the game already knows that some players are getting extra benefits. Some of you may be asking yourself, how does he know that? Well, tell me how a Collegiate Athlete is able to afford a brand new truck and put rims on said truck? The players may not be getting it directly, but they are getting it through family members or close friends. It sucks, but it does happen. I know that a lot of Bama Nation is on pins and needles right now, because D.J. Fluker said that he was given extra benefits while he played at Alabama. Once the NCAA completes their investigation and it’s true, every game that he played in, would have to be vacated. That would take away our 14-0 Season in 2009 – 2010 and last years Championship.

If that does happen, yes I would be devastated, but as a TRUE Fan, I always hope for the best. Another issue is Nick Saban’s agent said that he was considering going to Texas. Well, if you know Nick Saban, you know that when he says he’s not going to this place or that place, in the end, he usually does. Money talks and to get him to leave the University of Alabama, you would have to pay him a lot more than he is getting now. The University is paying him like 5.3 million dollars a year and he gets a bonus for winning the SEC Championship (2009 he received a $250,000 bonus for winning the SEC and for a National Championship he gets a $500,000 bonus). If Texas wants him bad enough, I’m sure they won’t have a problem with paying him more than he gets now. He is the highest paid coach in College Football right now. For the Dolphin fans out there, you saw how he did you guys, so there could be some truth to that statement. He had a big press conference saying that he would NOT be leaving the Miami Dolphins organization to become the Head Coach at the University of Alabama.

Like I stated before, I really hope that his consideration is only a thought and he let it float away, just like a ballon in the wind. Another thing would be, I don’t think the University of Texas is ready to give up on Coach Mack Brown, YET, but they are looking for someone that could change their Football Team. He would then have to get the players to buy in and them teach the “Process” to a whole different team. I really hope that he isn’t considering leaving Alabama. Here’s the link if you want to check it out yourself: http://tracking.si.com/2013/11/05/alabama-nick-saban-facing-pressure/. Another note is that he updated his contract last season and agreed to Coach for another 4 Seasons.

I know I did a lot of rambling, but you can see that I am excited about this weekend’s game vs. LSU. I hope that we spank that ass at the crib! I hope that him considering coaching at another school doesn’t overshadow the team and become a distraction. The players have bought in and invested a lot just for him to up and leave. I hope that these are just rumors and he stays and retires at Alabama.  I can’t wait for this weekend. Of course, I’m nervous, why? I have no clue. I’m not even on the team, with this pressure to win against a rival at home.  Okay, I have bored you enough about college football and all that goes with it.

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