ACC Championship, College Playoffs and Bowlin’ Time

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Long time no see or post. Im just gonna list some stuff, because I dont know when I’ll be back on TSB.

1. Had to add something different from the last post from months ago.

2. UNC will not make the CFP Final Four even if they beat Clemson. Strength of schedule (weak), havent played a ranked team until they face Clemson. Unless there are some other upsets like Florida Beating Alabama. I just dont see it happening.

3. In the words of the illustrious Small and PettyPat, SCOREBOARD! Statefan. Stop crying about the refs, you got beat by a better team. You have your hand in the dirt and you got your face in the dirt (especially in the first quarter).

4. Congrats to Frank Beamer going out with a bowl game. Justin Fuente from Memphis will take over in Hokieland next year. Keeping longtime D Coordinator Bud Foster on the staff, good move.

5. Speaking of coaches…Mark Richt out at Georgia after 15 years. Word is they are zeroing in on Kirby Smart, Alabama’s DC, and a Georgia Alum. The N&O threw Fedora’s name out there as a good fit.

6. Virginia is also looking for a new coach, along with South Carolina, Missouri, the real USC, Miami, but not LSU.

7. and now not USC, they just hired their interim coach.

8. Carry on, Melonfarmers.

Why #Deflategate Matters

First of all, if you aren’t a semi-serious sports fan, stop reading.  Right now.  This is going to be a post about the air pressure levels of footballs, so it’s probably not something a casual sports fan cares about at all.

OK…for the rest of us, here’s why #Deflategate matters.

I didn’t do the research, but it’s out there.  Here is a post from Sharp Football Analysis that details just how much the New England Patriots’ tendency to fumble dropped once the rule changes Tom Brady (among others) lobbied for in the mid-2000’s went into effect.

Every single media member who talks about the air pressure issue talks about Tom Brady’s completion percentage, and how it didn’t change all that much.  They talk about the AFC Championship Game, and how it was a blow, and how the balls were switched in the second half anyway.

But, what they don’t talk about is how a ball that has less air in it is easier to grip.  Easier to catch.  Easier to hold on to after the catch.  Easier to maintain possession of as giant men try to rip it out of your hands.

Those situations are where the New England Patriots really gained an advantage over their NFL peers, and there are two things that are certain:

#1.  Tom Brady knew about the under-inflated balls.

#2.  It was NOT a one game event.

It’s easy to prove those two statements.

#1.  The guy who deflated the balls was a part-time, game day employee.  Tom Brady makes millions of dollars a year.  Do you think the part-time guy is doing anything to those footballs that wasn’t requested by the multi-millionaire star of the show?  I have never made a dime throwing a football.  But, if you lined twelve of them up in front of me, with two at 13.5 PSI, eight at 12.5 PSI, and the last two at 11.5 PSI, I have no doubt I could tell you which is which.  Tom Brady, who throws footballs for a living, would have known immediately if a ball wasn’t right, in the same way that a pro golfer can let you know if his grip has an extra layer of tape underneath it.

#2.  In the Wells Report, the guy who deflated the balls called himself “The Deflator” in text messages.  Text messages from May 2014.  Despite what New England and its fans would have you believe, there is not much of a chance that some inside joke between him and his friend was about something other than footballs.

New England plays its home games in some of the toughest conditions of any NFL stadium.  As it turns out, for some amount of time (more than one game) they have played those games with balls that were more suited for that weather than the rules of the NFL allow.  All of those games were not blowouts.

That’s why the team gets fined.  That’s why the team loses draft picks.  That’s why Tom Brady gets suspended.  That’s why the air in the balls is a big deal.

The Greatest Sports Weekend. Ever!

This past weekend had so many great sporting events going on, overlapping, on at the same time. What was a sports fan to do?  Me, I went and saw The Avengers 2.

For the most part, I just didnt care. I will break down the events and my viewership of them.

Mayweather vs Pacqiauo. The Fight of the Century.  Did not watch. First, unless Ali, Frazier, Hagler, Hearns, Tyson, etc are invovled, this isnt the fight of the century. There was no way I was going to pay $99 to watch two guys who should have fought years ago, and Mayweather wears a hat of ass. They both made a lot of money, I wasnt contributing.

The NFL Draft. Watched First Round, checked back in on the weekend. I mean did anybody really sit through the entire draft coverage? After the first round on Thursday, I occasionally checked in. I know the ACC had a lot of players picked. I did think it was cool that in the later rounds, fans got to announce their teams picks.

The Kentucky Derby. Did not watch. I have slightly more of an interest in this over boxing, but I was busy at the time of the race.  I didnt catch any of the 5 hour pregame show either before the two minute race. Honestly, this year I didnt even know who the favorite was. American Pharoh won.

Spurs vs LA Clippers, Game 7. Watched the 4th quarter. This was the best sports viewing for me on the weekend. Great game (the part I saw) and great finish with Chris Paul, with a bad hammy, hitting a shot with one second left over Tim Duncan (Wake on Wake crime). With Danny Green thrown in. The defending champs are done, classy team, Paul was in tears afterwards.

ESPN kept throwing Yankees vs Red Sox in the mix, but I didnt watch. Avengers 2 is very good. Not quite as good as the first but good.

Saw that Kenny Williams, former VCU commit, is going to UNC.

More Likely Than Not….

As I type this, the NFL Draft is about one and a half hours away.

More likely than not, Jameis Winston will be the first pick, and he will become a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

More likely than not, he has gotten away with sexual assault.

More likely than not, he deserves to be in prison.

I know that plenty of people consider the accusation against Winston to be just a bump in the road.  I know that plenty of people consider that accusation an “off-field issue” that Winston moved past, and I know that some people even see his ability to play while the allegations were swirling around him as a positive attribute.  I know that plenty of people see the accusation as false and meant to extort money from Winston.

However, I would love for someone to explain to me why they think the accuser made up her story.  None of the typical explanations make any sense whatsoever.

They say she was after his money.  They say she wanted to be with an athlete.  They say lots of things.  Those things don’t add up.

At the time she made the accusation, Jameis Winston hadn’t played any football in a Florida State uniform.  He was a redshirting freshman who wouldn’t see the field until the following fall.  She made the accusation in December.

The incident was immediately reported to police.  They ultimately botched the investigation (who knows whether or not it was on purpose), but it was reported the same night it happened.  She said she didn’t know who did it.  She eventually ID’d him when they ended up in class together the following January.

In order to believe she set him up, you’d have to believe that she knew she would get that opportunity to ID him.  If it was a set up, why wouldn’t she have given his name the night of the incident?  If she was after money, wouldn’t she need to know whose money she was going after?  If she was such a brilliant con artist, wouldn’t she know that there were several FSU players who were headed for the NFL that very spring?  Why would she accuse someone who, at the time of the accusation, wouldn’t even be able to get into the next TWO NFL Drafts?

People have said that the fact that the reports about the case started to surface in the middle of a very successful season for Winston and Florida State show that the accuser was just trying to get him in trouble.

Well, I can provide another motive for those reports.

Anger.

I have a daughter.  She isn’t in college yet.  But, I can imagine the gut-wrenching pain that a father must endure when he gets that call from his little girl.  And, I can also imagine the feeling of having that wound reopened on a weekly basis as every talking head on television sings the praises of the guy that his little girl ID’d as her rapist.

What father wouldn’t try to get the other side of the story out?  Who could blame him?  Who wouldn’t do the exact same thing?

The Buccaneers must certainly be hopeful that Winston won’t make another mistake.

If a Tree Falls In The Forest

So it has been a while since TSB was up and running.  Even before it mysteriously stopped working all of a sudden, I would be hard pressed to say that it was still up and running.  Now, however, we finally have Thee Blog back in its proper form.  Until I redesign it at some point, any way.  So what happened in sports while we were gone?  Do those things really even count if we could not bitch and moan about them here on Thee Blog?  Continue reading If a Tree Falls In The Forest

ACC Bowlin’

11 ACC teams and Notre Dame were selected for bowl games.

The number of selections matches the total from 2013, when the ACC became the first-ever conference to place 11 teams in bowl games. -theACC.com

Here is the ACC lineup

Rose: (3) Florida State vs (2) Oregon
Orange: Georgia Tech vs Mississippi
Russell Athletic: Clemson vs Oklahoma

Music City: Notre Dame vs LSU
Belk: Louisville vs. Georgia
Pinstripe: Boston College  vs. Penn State
Sun Duke vs. Arizona State – El Paso, TX

Military: Virginia Tech vs Cincinnati
Independence: Miami vs South Carolina
Quick Lane: North Carolina vs Rutgers – Detriot, MI
Bitcoin: NC State vs Central Florida –  St. Petersburg, FL

Armed Forces: Pittsburgh vs Houston

There was some shuffling in the bowls that some ACC teams ended up going to, this was because the final committee rankings determine the top bowl matchups.

From BCInterruption.comThe biggest losers in the ACC bowl reshuffle were Louisville, N.C. State and Pittsburgh. Louisville went from a presumed trip to Orlando (RAB? Citrus?) to face a Big 12 or SEC opponent to the decidedly less sexy trip to Charlotte and the Belk Bowl (though against a solid Georgia team). N.C. State similarly tumbled from the “Tier I” set of bowls all the way to the conference’s flex spot in the Bitcoin Bowl vs. UCF, somehow bypassing three bowls in the conference’s “Tier II” in the process. Finally, poor Pitt was relegated to the Armed Forces Bowl vs. Houston — the second straight year the Panthers land in a replacement bowl slot against a team playing without their head coach.

I dont know all the ins and outs of the bowl Tiers, maybe one you all are more knowledgeable about it. Basically the Big 10 gained and got the Citrus slot over an ACC team, and Notre Dame jumped up and took a spot in the Music City Bowl, while NC State tumbled to a lower tier bowl in St. Petersburg.