Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Cynic's Guide to College Football: Week 11

Quick hit edition this week.

The Hits Keep on Coming

This Cam Newton recruitment saga keeps getting stranger by the day. At this point, the only thing missing are cameos by Brett Favre’s penis and Rachel Uchitel.

Anyone know if Rachel has any, um, connections at Auburn?

Turning Tricks
Some of it gets a bit repetitive, but this list of the Top 50 Trick Plays is well worth your time.

When You Get to the Bottom, Stop Digging
The WAC announced last week that it was adding the University of Texas-San Antonio and Texas State and the University of Denver in all sports except football. In related news, the WAC is now rated as the 4th toughest conference in the FCS.

Haven't Cubs Fans Suffered Enough?
Northwestern and Illinois will be playing their game this week at Wrigley Field, a decision which was apparently made without actually bothering to think about how the field would be set up. There’s a lot of talk these days about helmet-to-helmet hits. But no one’s talking about the real threat—helmet-to-brick-walls-covered-with-thin-pads-printed-to-look-like-ivy hits.

“Coach, PLEASE don’t make me run that deep post route again.”

Official Complaints
Living in the middle of the country, I’ve seen a lot of Big 12 games the last couple of years and I have to say that they have, far and away, the worst officiating in the country. And, while it may be fun to think of Dan Beebe sitting there with a Buffalo Wild Wings-esque buzzer alerting the refs when it’s time to screw Nebraska for leaving the conference, it’s equal opportunity crappy. It seems like every big game this year has had several not just questionable, but outright bad calls. And then, even after lengthy reviews, they still get them wrong. I understand missed calls are part of the game. But most conferences address these issues and work to get better. It seems like the Big 12 refs get worse every week with no end in sight. Maybe Texas can use a small fraction of their recent ESPN payday to better train their
officials. But I'm not holding my breath.


On second thought, maybe there is something to the Nebraska conspiracy theories.



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