It’s not just practice , athleticism , it is also about character , character, character and integrity ….

It’s not just practice , athleticism , it is also about character , character, character and integrity .
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By Tophatal

If you don’t believe character plays a part, in the determination of a player or should I say an athlete’s status , then think again . So much of what I’ve read by patrons within this domain, simply veers around ability , rather than looking at other innate intangibles . If one tends to overlook character and integrity in the belief that also isn’t a desired trait in an athlete , then that front office executive along with the coaching staffs in question , are liable to end up with egg on their face .

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Throughout the years teams within the MLB , NBA , NFL and NHL have made costly blunders by way of their draft choices by simply going after what they believe to be a great athlete , rather than looking at a number of other intangibles . With the 2013 NFL Draft set for April , from the 22nd to the 24th , it will be interesting to see how those teams go about making their choices as it relates to the franchises’ needs at the time . Already, there seems to concerns over a number of players and their presumed status . Perhaps, no more so, than it relates to Notre Dame defensive player and Heisman Trophy candidate finalist , Manti Te`o.

As good as Te’o was said to be for the Fighting Irish during the season , undoubtedly, it was the player’s apparent off the field issues that brought more attention and his claims that he was duped into an online relationship with a female he had never met, Lennay Kekua, whom he insisted was his girlfriend . Having come forward to profess his love for this female , Manti Te’o would then go on to inform us of the untimely death of his grandmother , and then, that of his girlfriend. What we now know , is that the whole episode as it related to Kekua, and played out chronologically, was false and littered with a great deal of perception on the part of the perpetrator and by Manti Te’o , who for some apparent reason, chose to play along with this charade . The individual in question, who engineered this deception, was a male admirer of the Notre Dame Player. Roniaoh Tuiasasopo, a closeted homosexual, claimed that his intent was simply to get the athlete reciprocate what he felt was a reciprocal emotional affinity with the athlete . Yeah , that’s the sort of horse-#hit you tend to read about when there’s said to be a psychologically imbalanced individual on the loose . ” I want him to love me , but , he doesn’t know I’m male and not female ” !

Notre Dame AD , Jack Swarbrick , jumped to the defense of the athlete without ever apparently obtaining a full explanation from Manti Te’o , as to his original statements about his now apparent imaginary girlfriend. Te’o , a defensive lineman and linebacker for Notre Dame, is thought to be a consensus top ten pick in the upcoming NFL Draft . . If Teo’s actions are not seen as a sign of the player’s lack of credibility and integrity , then can someone advise me, what is ? Because , with the young Irish player now claiming that his actions should not affect his draft status , as he should be judged purely by his accomplishments on the field .Granted , Manti Te’o was very good for his team throughout much of the season , but when it mattered most , both the player , team and coaching staff were simply nowhere to be seen , as Alabama , literally blew their opponents of the field in the BCS national title game with a rather embarrassingly lopsided 42-14 victory .

If Teo’s actions are not seen as a sign of the player’s lack of credibility and integrity , then can someone advise me, what is ? Because , with the young Irish player now claiming that his actions should not affect his draft status , as he should be judged purely by his accomplishments on the field .Granted , Manti Te’o was very good for his team throughout much of the season , but when it mattered most , both the player team and coaching staff were simply nowhere to be seen as Alabama , literally blew their opponents of the field in the BCS national title game with a rather embarrassingly lopsided 42-14 victory .

I do believe that Manti Te’o is likely to be a first round draft pick in this upcoming NFL Draft . However, the question remains , which team is likely to take this young man , given his lack of maturity , but yet, his undoubted skills ? We know that several franchises around the NFL are desperate for NFL defensive help , and at a wide variety of positions , beyond linebacker . At the end of the day, it will be left to the general managers and head coaches , to come to a decision which will undoubtedly have far-reaching ramifications for their long-term ambitions, no matter which way one seeks to look at this situation .

Well the “culling “ has begun in the NFL as teams seek to gain some exposure and placed themselves in a healthy position under the proposed NFL salary cap , which is likely to be in the region of $126.5 million for the upcoming season . And for several franchises , this may well mean having to rid themselves of several high-priced veterans , who are deemed no longer productive , or simply beyond the fact that their salaries are too much of a cap-burden , as they prepare for the upcoming draft.

Well, the story that was, and is, the New York Jets , shows no signs of abating . The newly appointed general manager, John Idzik , having succeeded. Within the franchise’s front office . Idzik , has remained tight- lipped , as to the immediate future of the team’s Pro Bowl corner-back Darrell Revis , and whether or not the player will be placed on the trading block. Yet, it appears that Tim Tebow’s future with the franchise , is now all but certain , that the player will be part of the cotillion of players who will be shown the door .

A disaster filled season for the Jets, was further evidence of the fact that Rex Ryan , as the head coach , had lost control of the team , was simply unsure of what his best lineup would be from week to week , never-mind the fact , he had no means of telling how diabolical a player , Mark Sanchez would continue to be over the course of the season , where indeed the starting quarterback was among the league’s worst performers at the position throughout much of 2012 .

Backups , Greg McElroy and Tebow , used in whatever ways thought up by then , offensive coordinator, Tony Sparano , was simply another indication as to how bereft of creativity the coaching staff just happened to be , but the mere fact that Ryan , himself, would continue to make excuses for the team’s poor performances , without ever once holding his players accountable . That pretty much summed up the entire Jets’ season , without adding to the fact, that team owner Woody Johnson chose to “ cry foul” , by stating that he was pressured into acquiring Tebow , by his front office, against his own reservations , which somehow , he just failed to communicate with former general manager , Mike Tannenbaum , who along with Rex Ryan , were the original proponents of what has now described, as one of the “more asinine trades” in recent NFL history . can’t say, that I would disagree with that statement at all ! As to where Tim Tebow’s future may well lay , is anyone really overly concerned at this juncture ? .

Riddle me this, name the NFL franchise which in this past season was amongst the worst performing defensive teams in NFL history ? If you guessed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , New York Giants , Tennessee Titans , New England Patriots or the Jacksonville Jaguars , you not be that far off in your estimation . The answer is , none other than the New Orleans Saints , who gave up a monstrous 440.1 yards per game which ranked the beleaguered franchise last among the NFL’s thirty-two teams. That figure equates to just over 7,000 yards over the course of a sixteen game schedule , and a record in NFL history.

The impasse between Roger Goodell , the Saints’ players , the NFLPA (union) , their animus towards the league hierarchy’s handling of the now infamous ” Saints’ Bounty” scandal , speaks volumes as to why the NFL commissioner has far too much power, in terms of his authority within the hierarchical setup of the league entity . And even with the rescinding of the suspensions of the four players centered within this scandal, you still get the feeling that this whole episode is far from over ! Saints’ defensive player, Jonathan Vilma , has yet to stop his legal action , pursuant of the NFL and Goodell , in which as a plaintiff, in his lawsuit at the Federal level for slander , libel , and defamation of character , for which he is said to be seeking punitive damages. Vilma , if anything has right to seek recourse in such a manner , as from the very outset Roger Goodell set out to be antagonistic , rather than being impartial , as the league’s investigators gathered their evidence , in some cases by dubious and surreptitious means. As defendants in this case , the commissioner and the NFL as a whole, have now either to, publicly issue some form of an apology to the player, or seek to settle this matter out of court.

Away from those legal issues , it would be fair to say , that in spite of the injuries , it would be fair to say that the New Orleans Saints had an underwhelming season , falling far short a number analysts and fans’ expectations . The fact that the team failed to make the postseason , falling short and completely out of contention not only within the NFC South, but also within the NFC , casts a giant shadow their 2012 sojourn. The franchise’s coaching staff at times , used a plethora of excuses for the team’s lackluster performances during the season.

With head coach , Sean Payton , having been reinstated ,after his year-long suspension mandated by the league , he recently re-signed with the franchise , “inking” a five-year deal , worth north of $42.5 million , including performance based, incentives and bonuses . That deal would make Payton amongst the highest paid head coaches in the NFL , ranking him alongside Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks , Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins and Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots .

As I alluded to earlier, the Saints’ biggest concerns were with their defensive corps , but yet, there was evidence there to suggest , that the team’s once prolific offense of recent years had now began to splutter , rather badly . Those issues I believe will be addressed in this upcoming NFL Draft by Sean Payton and the front office staff , headed by general manager , Mickey Loomis ! Last season , the franchise was expedient in addressing their needs , in a variety of positions, as they availed themselves of the talent available in that particular NFL Draft (2012).

For this upcoming draft , before anything is actually done , I believe that there will be some rather expedient decisions that will have to be made, as to the franchise’s salary cap issues as it relates to the team’s payroll ($138.6 million). The team will need to pare down , just off over $25 million to place themselves in a comfortable position to either re-sign a number of their impending free agents or pursue free agents in the open market , as well as meet their obligatory needs , as it relates to their payroll for the upcoming season based on the league mandated cap. Teams such as the Saints will be under the gun , as by 3:00 PM , Eastern Standard Time( EST), today , general managers around the league, will have to come to a decision, as to the contracts of their impending free agents , and whether or not to cut them or simply seek to re-sign at a lower base salary. “Capologists” , will now come into play as they seek to make a name for themselves inside of their respective front offices. In the lead-up to the NFL Draft they might just be amongst the most important employees inside an NFL franchise , as they are able to do from a financial standpoint can go a long way in saving a franchise tens of millions of dollars over a three or four-year time-frame .

Gainful employment sought, unwilling applicants need not apply. Yes, these are now the deafening tones now being heard across the entire NFL landscape. Can someone explain to me why Brandon Jacobs would seek to talk himself out of what was thought to be a fruitful position with the San Francisco 49ers ? It now appears all but certain , that the running back will be jettisoned by the Forty Niners’ front office headed by GM Trent Baalke. The franchise has already began with a slew of moves as they seek to create a comfortable enough cap space , before they embark on their off-season moves. One of the other much-discussed scenarios , has been that of the future of the team’s starting quarterback in the earlier part of 2012 , Alex Smith .

Having lost his starting spot , to understudy , Colin Kaepernick , who would then go on to guide the franchise to the NFC championship game and then on to a thrilling Superbowl 47 (SBXLVII) loss to the eventual champions, the Baltimore Ravens . The consensus seems to be that Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh may well seek to gauge the interest of any vested parties seeking to gain a veteran quarterback. From my own perspective , I believe that it would be in the Forty Niners’ best interest to retain Smith , rather than allowing the player to leave via a trade . The player, still has two years remaining, on a three-year $24 million contract , of which he is owed $15 million, and wherein , he is due to become a free agent in 2015 .

I certainly do not believe, any NFL franchise can operate competitively without a standout backup quarterback in the league today ! Doubt my word? Then simply look around at the depth chart of the franchises within the NFL and peruse the rosters of the teams in question and the backup quarterbacks at the coaches’ disposal.

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I certainly do not believe, any NFL franchise can operate competitively without a standout backup quarterback in the league today ! Doubt my word? Then simply look around at the depth chart of the franchises within the NFL and peruse the rosters of the teams in question and the backup quarterbacks at the coaches’ disposal.

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(1) Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide (L), and head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish talk before the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Alabama would go on to defeat Notre Dame 42-14 in a lopsided and embarrassing defeat for the then, number one ranked team in the nation . The win , garnered Saban his fourth BCS national title as a head coach of a college program. Gettty Images /Kevin C. Cox ….

(2) Manti Te’o (5) of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish warms up prior to playing against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game at Sun Life Stadium on January 7, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The player throughout much of the Irish’s strove to fight off questions concerning his sexuality , in the aftermath of it being revealed that the alleged female he was said to be involved , in a relationship , never existed . Ronaioh Tuiasasopo , a closeted homosexual with unrequited love fomented a charade , which somehow Te’o chose to play along with , even after revelations were made that Lennay Kua was never existed . Much ado about nothing ? Or simply the possibility of a high-profiled athlete not wishing to reveal a taboo in testosterone driven sport of college football, ” where a man must be and reveal , he is a man ” . Quite frankly , there has to be male athletes within the college game and NFL who are definitely gay , but who are simply too afraid to reveal their sexuality because of the stigma that is still attached to the lifestyle within collegiate and professional sports amongst male athletes . Getty Images / Mike Ehrmann …..

(3) Linebacker Manti Te’o of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish works out at IMG Academy on January 23, 2013 in Bradenton, Florida. Te’o is considered a top-ten consensus pick amongst the line-backers declaring their eligibility for the upcoming NFL Draft (2013) . Getty Images / J Meric ….

(4) New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The beleaguered head coach faces, and will be , under a great deal of pressure to resurrect the fortunes of a franchise that had a disappointing season (7-9) within the AFC East , having failed to make the postseason . With their being upheaval , within the front office , with the removal of former GM , Mike Tannenbaum , to be replaced by John Idzik who would then subsequently relieve offensive coordinator , Tony Sparano of his position. As if to complicate matters further there still remains the uncertain future of quarterback Tim Tebow , as the Jets seek to revamp their roster . AP Photo/Michael Conroy ….

(5) John Idzik talks to the media during an NFL football news conference introducing him as the new new general manager of the New York Jets, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Florham Park , NJ,. AP Photo/ Julio Cortez ….

(6) John Idzik, center, reacts while standing next to New York Jets owner Woody Johnson , left, and head coach Rex Ryan during an NFL football news conference introducing Idzik as the team’s new general manager, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in Florham Park , N.J. AP Photo/Julio …

(7)FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell smiles during a news conference after the NFL owners meeting in Irving, Texas. Roger Goodell was paid $29.49 million by NFL owners in 2011, nearly triple his compensation from the previous year. Goodell earned $11.6 million in 2010. Throughout much of 2012 , the commissioner very much had antagonistic and contentious relationship with the New Orleans Saints’ organization , as well as with the NFLPA (union) . All, in all , after the rescinding of the suspension of four players , said to be involved in the Saints’ Bounty scandal , it should be acknowledged that Goodell has seen his once autocratic power diminish , somewhat . Of further embarrassment to Roger Goodell , has been his complete failure to enact the HGH testing protocols that had been agreed to , between the NFLPA and the league hierarchy. The commissioner insists that the edict will be carried out , but the never-ending delays have now drawn the attention of Congress’ House Oversight & Government Reform Committee as well as the Senate Commerce Committee and that of Senate Judiciary Committee . Having given to testimony to the congressional committees in question , it now clearly shows how incompetent the tenure of Roger Goodell has been since he succeeded Paul Tagliabue in 2007. AP Photo / L M Otero …

(8) Mickey Loomis , executive vice president/general manager of the New Orleans Saints, talks with Saints head coach Sean Payton, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Hornets and the Phoenix Suns in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. AP Photo/Bill Haber …..

(9) San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick (7) and Alex Smith (11) talk on the sideline late in the fourth quarter of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel …

(10) Brandon Jacobs of the San Francisco 49ers in seen here during a game played at Candlestick Park , in San Francisco , California ,. The veteran running back has somehow managed to talk himself out of a job with the franchise , after his continued sniping at the coaching staff and front office at his not being given enough playing time under the staff of head coach Jim Harbaugh. The player has since been cut by the franchise , with his immediate future somewhat uncertain. In an ironic turn of events, Jacobs’ former Superbowl winning teammate with the New York Giants , Ahmad Bradshaw was also let go by that franchise for salary cap reasons . AP Photo/ Mark Pettigrew …. ==========================================

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In The Words Of Herm Edwards ……..” You Play The Game To Win” ..

In The Words of Herm Edwards …..”You Play The Game To Win ” …….

By tophatal ……..

Words to live by ……..” you play the game to win ” . At present those words may well be lost upon both the .LSU Tigers and Washington Wizards . In the case of the Tigers who played hosts to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the All State BCS national championship game . All was on the line for the unbeaten LSU Tigers . And for coach Les Miles he was looking to win his second national title as the program’s coach. Instead what the fans in attendance at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana , were served up was a game that failed to live up to expectations .

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Having met earlier on during the collegiate season wherein the two teams met the fans were given an eyesore in terms of 9-6 game that may well have had many wondering were these really the two best collegiate football programs in the nation at the FBS level ? Though it was an event that pitted two teams that gave us a defensive show but in retrospect perhaps that may well have been a harbinger of things to come. So much was expected of Alabama and LSU last night that the showcased event fell so far short of expectations. Instead what we were all subjected was as annihilation of the Tigers 21-0 that had me wondering why all the fuss ? And this has to be something that the BCS and in particular the SEC wanted to avoid , a game that was simply an abomination to watch in terms of the lack of competitiveness shown by Les Miles’ team .

Nick Saban and his team comes away with the BCS national crown but some serious doubts as to who just might be the best team in the country . Let’s just say that Oklahoma State (Cowboys) after their thrilling defeat (41-38) of Stanford (Cardinals) might just have enough credence to challenge right of Alabama to be declared the national champions. To put it politely it’s this sort of idiocy within the BCS system that makes this whole charade such a damn joke ! The Associated Press (AP) may well now decide upon one of two things …….. either they will declare Oklahoma State their national champion or make the formal announcement that they designate Alabama and coach Mike Gundy’s …. team co-joint national champions . Is this what the BCS and collegiate football has come to ______ because a bunch of money hungry bastards simply don’t want to upset the ” gravy train” ?

From my own perspective the BCS system has cultivated an environment of wantoned corruption and greed , wherein the major conferences , university presidents and athletics’ directors are simply bereft of any sense of respectability , much less morals ! And don’t for one minute be fooled by the idiocy that the NCAA and its president Mark Emmert would like to see things drastically change . Not while the likes of CBS Sports , ABC/ESPN , NBC , Fox and various affiliates around the country literally pay out ” billions of dollars” each year for the privilege of serving up what now appears to be a rather pedantic product ! Emmert says all of the right things but he has moved at a snail’s pace to bring about any real solid changes . It has also been the same way in the NCAA’s handling of programs who have simply flouted their regulations . Dealing with collegiate athletics’ governing body is akin to dealing with the Neanderthal and archaic machinery that just happens to representative of the federal government and its agencies ! Too cumbersome to deal with and not an ounce of frigging intelligence to be found anywhere those domains !

It may well be that Alabama will be declared the national champions with the final collegiate rankings as such denoting that . But as of now the percolating controversy will continue unabated . So make of it what you will . My thought however is , if LSU wanted to parlay their season into something truly spectacular then last night’s showing simply sustained what everyone must now be possibly be thinking . The team was vastly over-rated and their victory over Alabama earlier in the season simply laid the groundwork for Crimson Tide to seek its ultimate revenge .

If Jared Sullinger is said to be the best player in college football then it’s becoming abundantly clear that the NBA’s …. Washington Wizards are intent in making a play for the Ohio State Buckeyes’ player . Win-less with an 0-8 record Flip Saunders’ …… team are doing their leveled best to make the Indianapolis Colts’ season within the NFL seem like an afterthought . I know that the Colts were extremely bad in a number of facets of the game but within the NBA the Wizards just seem to be taking it to a whole new level . They are at the bottom or close to the bottom in so many statistical categories that it is becoming mind boggling to watch the team play .

I am so sure that no one within the Wizards’ front office expected such ineptitude to the start of their season . Ernie Grunfeld alongside team owner Ted Leonsis must now be wishing that the NBA lockout had not been laid to rest with a new collective bargaining agreement in tow. Instead the fans in attendance for the team’s home games have had to endure a brutal display of absolutely god damn awful basketball . John Wall the organization’s best player and the alleged face of the franchise has tried his best to lead the team by example but it is abundantly clear that things just aren’t working .

We have already witnessed the first coaching casualty of the season with Paul Westphal having been fired by the Sacramento Kings front office after that team’s poor start to their season and the rumblings of dissension and a failure of the coach to communicate with the players on the team , most notably with DeMarcus Cousins . The former Kentucky Wildcat has become the pariah for which if all else fails , you simply have to look no further than the player’s work ethic and demeanor . It certainly hasn’t helped that if anything , he was coddled and given so much latitude with regard to his behavior both on and off the court whilst attending Kentucky . But then again whoever said that coach John Calipari , other than himself has said that he has his players’ best interests at heart ? Wherever Calipari seems to have coached during his collegiate and NBA career there seems to have some form of controversy that has reared its ugly head .

If Geoff Petrie was so quick to pull the trigger on Westphal then it now looks as if Saunders’ days with the Washington Wizards could very well be numbered . Ernie Grunfeld has to be closely weighing up the situation before he makes a decision because there’s no way that he and the other front office executives much less the fans will continue tolerate such mediocre displays by the team . !

In the Washington Wizards’ most recent game ( 93-72 loss) they were summarily taken behind the woodshed to have their asses soundly beaten by Kevin Love and the high flying Minnesota Timberwolves . Strangely enough who knew that this season we would be talking about the Timberwolves as being one of the surprise teams of the season ? Although I hadn’t picked the team to struggle I did however believe that they would still be a work in progress ! Of the teams which I felt would be having a horrid time because of their apparent lack of moves I truly believed that the Houston Rockets would somehow be struggling . Indeed they have , but at the same time with the season a mere nine games into its truncated schedule it’s still early days yet !

Now inasmuch I would like to see the Washington Wizards get out of their rut given the performances I have witnessed from the team I don’t think that it would be remiss to suggest they might seriously be in with a chance of being bearing on down the Philadelphia 76ers’ record of 9-73 or quite possibly the New Jersey Nets’ 10-72 in recent years . Kind of makes you wish that would all come about merely so that they team can possibly make run at Jared Sullinger dependent upon the NBA Draft Lottery scenario . Your thoughts ?

Now inasmuch I would like to see the Washington Wizards get out of their rut , given the performances I have witnessed from the team I don’t think that it would be remiss to suggest they might seriously be in with a chance of being bearing on on the Philadelphia 7ers’ record of 9-73 a or quite possibly the New Jersey Nets’ 10-72 record from 2010. Kind of makes you wish that would all come about merely so that they team can possibly make run at Jared Sullinger dependent upon the NBA Draft Lottery scenario . Your thoughts ? Truncated season or not, the Washington Wizards seem to heading towards complete mediocrity as far as this season goes . Flip Saunders couldn’t bribe this team into obtaining a win if the prize was a night of unbridled sex with a group of high classed escorts .

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In light of what you may or may not have witnessed with regard to the BCS national championship game do you believe that Alabama should be rightfully anointed the national champion ? Or do you believe that perhaps Oklahoma State can be looked upon as a bona-fide alternate ? And how do you currently view the dilemma now said to be facing the Washington Wizards ? Do you believe that they are capable of winning more than 15 games this season ? Your thoughts on this and any other pertinent points you deem worthy as it relates to the subject matter .

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(1) NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 09: Dre Kirkpatrick (21) and Darius Hanks (15) of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Alabama won the game by a score of 21-0. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images ….

(2) AJ McCarron (10) of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Alabama won the game by a score of 21-0. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images …

(3) LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson (9) is tackled by Alabama’s Mark Barron during the second half of the BCS National Championship college football game Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, in New Orleans. AP Photo/Dave Martin ….

(4) Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) and Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) chase the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Washington. Minnesota won 93-72 . AP Photo/Nick Wass ……

(5) Washington Wizards guard John Wall, right, JaVale McGee, center, and Trevor Booker, left, sit on the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Washington. Washington lost their eighth game in a row as Minnesota won 93-72. AP Photo/Nick Wass … .

(6) Washington Wizards head coach Flip Saunders points during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Washington. Minnesota won 93-72. AP Photo/Nick Wass …..

(7) Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio , center, of Spain, drives to the basket between Washington Wizards shooting guard Jordan Crawford (15) and Jan Vesely, right, of the Czech Republic, during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Washington. AP Photo/Nick Wass ….

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Who’s Your Daddy …. ?

Who’s Your Daddy ?

By tophatal

Week nine of the NFL season and all the furor concerning the sporting weekend seems to be the college game this weekend between LSU (Tigers ) and Alabama that has the two top collegiate teams in an SEC matchup . Coaches Les Miles and Nick Saban , two coaches who between them have three BCS national titles . That being said , there’s a great deal at stake for both teams with each looking to keep their unbeaten records in tact.

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With this game being viewed as such a special event it’s hard to say how the fans should observe it , merely from the fact this won’t be for a national title . But herein lies the caveat , the loser may well have their hopes dash of quite possibly playing for the BCS championship . The pressures placed upon the college coach at the D1 level is unprecedented because apart from winning , a college football program and that deemed success, literally brings in tens of millions of dollars each year . And for the likes of Notre Dame , Ohio State , Texas Longhorns , Nebraska (Cornhuskers) , Penn State (Nittany Lions) , Michigan State (Spartans) , Oklahoma (Sooners) , Oklahoma State (Cowboys) , Michigan , Miami ( Hurricanes ), Florida State (Seminoles) , USC Trojans and Stanford .

Now with there being divisional realignment in the offing the college game now has more to do with money than ever before , rather than the competitiveness of games and the teams. Subverting this all has been the behind the scenes maneuvers specifically by ABC/ESPN and their commercial tie in with Texas in a joint venture to be known as the Longhorns Network . The purported revenues to be gained by the school will net the program an annual sum anywhere estimated in the region of $30- $55 million annually for the next two decades . Longhorns’ coach football Mack Brown and the school’s AD DeLoss Dodds are said to be the main architects behind the negotiation of this deal .

The Longhorns’ football program by itself nets the school in annual revenues, in excess of $120 million but the thought now the university will have its very own broadcast outlet televising all of the school’s athletics schedule has me wondering how they ( ESPN ) will be able to show any form of impartiality towards the school. Never mind that the fact that what the broadcast outlet purports to sports’ news journalism simply scours the bottom of the barrel in terms of integrity . The four letter network now appears to be giving MSNBC , CNN and Fox News a run for their money and that’s saying a damn lot at this juncture !

Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa , Alabama should see a hybrid of activity this weekend with this game . Players such as Trent Richardson , John Baites , A J McCarron and their teammates will put their prowess on display in front of a national television audience. For their part the LSU Tigers’ players this match-up will determine whether or not the rankings (AP) are at present justified . Certainly , Tigers’ coach Les Miles know that players such as Jarrett Lee , Spencer Ware , Michael Ford , Rueben Randle , Brandon Taylor , Eric Reid and Ryan Baker will be looking to prove that not only are the equal of their SEC counterparts but if anything far superior than the perceived preconceptions might well be .

The talk has been , with the Alabama playing at home the team will have a distinct advantage . But it’d be remiss to think that Les Miles and his coaching staff will not have prepared his players for this intriguing match-up of two very offensive minded teams . This much I do know this should be a highly competitive game between what I believe are a duo that are fairly evenly matched . The hype has been over the proven offense of Nick Saban’s team and the play of Trent Richardson , a noted Heisman Trophy candidate for this season . And the candidates there are quite formidable when you simply view the list of the prospective hopefuls in question.

Whomever , amongst this cavalcade of players on display at Bryant Denny Stadium this Saturday has an exemplary performance will undoubtedly see their name being quietly discussed discussed amongst the candidates in question , if not see their names fly up the ladder of nominees . Never mind being viewed as a first round draft pick for the 2012 NFL Draft .

I have to admit that there have been a litany of damn awful games this season and this Sunday unfortunately the NFL will once again throw one or two of them by way of the television scheduling. In all honesty , does anyone really want to see two ( 1-6 ) teams face off against each other ? When the St Louis Rams take on the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale , Arizona . The fans will be asked to subject themselves to a game that in one form or another could take on a life of its own in terms the depths of mediocrity or highs of superlative performances . Given the fact that both of these two NFC teams rank in the conference and divisional standings I am not so sure that this game can actually live to any perceived expectation beyond being perhaps average at best !

Both the Arizona Cardinals and St Louis Rams are defensively challenged and rank near the bottom of the NFL in that specific category . Coaches Ken Whisenhunt and Steve Spagnuolo face a litany of problems concerning their respective teams . Injuries asides , it has more to do with getting their franchises to show some heart and play with a great deal more resolve . And that simply has not been evident with either team over the course of this season !

I am not so sure that the fans in attendance at Tempe Stadium can take pride in what they’re likely to witness but somehow there will be fervent support for the Arizona Cardinals by their fans . And no doubt the fans of the Rams are likely to make their presence felt . But herein lies the caveat for me this game with the two quarterbacks taking the stage could very well serve up a real clunker in terms of a performance . John Skelton and if healthy Sam Bradford are likely to suit up for the Cardinals and Rams , respectively. In the unlikely event that Bradford is likely to go then starter’s backup A J Feeley is like to take his place . For the St Louis Cardinals I found it somewhat unbelievable that the organization brought in Kevin Kolb and then signed him to what I truly believe to be a ridiculous contract (5 yrs $63 million [$21 million guaranteed]) ! GM Rod Graves may well have been under the mistaken belief that he was getting a bargain when obtained the player from the Philadelphia Eagles . But Kolb has shown little if anything this season that would have anyone believe that he is indeed to thought of as a very good starting quarterback .

In terms of this game being a contest between two equal teams of compared ability , it would appear that the Arizona Cardinals might have a slight edge over their divisional rivals . With the added fact that Whisenhunt’s team has Larry Fitzgerald lining up on offense would give any team a distinct advantage . But such has been the mediocrity of the play within the NFC West on both sides of the ball that I think that this game could be a harbinger of the real inherent problems that the fans have seen throughout much of the season , in terms of the poor play within the NFL, amongst many of the mediocre teams !

As an avid fan of the NFL , I prefer to see competitive games within the league as a whole ! Now there seems to be this misnomer that there is now parity within game , but I for simply do not view it that way ! In reality what we do have however are some very good teams , some ordinary teams and than those that could be best described , as simply stinking up the joint ! And nowhere is that more representative at present that within the NFC West . Albeit , that the San Francisco 49ers (6-1) are laying claim that they are in the midst of a resurgent revival under first year coach John Harbaugh . The other occupant within division beyond the Niners , Arizona Cardinals and St Louis Rams are the woefully inept —- Seattle Seahawks (2-5 ) . The front office of the organization for the present under GM John Schneider and billionaire owner Paul Allen are still of the belief that the five year $37.5 million contract offered to head coach Pete Carroll will ultimately lead to success . If the Seahawks’ season this year is representative of that under the coach and his staff is indeed a sign of things to come , then they’re grossly overpaying for the privilege in retaining the coach .

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(1) Let’s get ready to rumble ! Alabama takes on LSU in Tuscaloosa , Alabama this weekend at Bryant Denny Stadium . AP Photo ….

(2) LSU fans arrive at the Tuscaloosa, Ala., train station on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, for Saturday’s NCAA college football game between No. 1 ranked LSU and No. 2 ranked Alabama. AP Photo/The Tuscaloosa News, Michelle Lepianka Carter ….

(3) FILE – In this Nov. 6, 2010, file photo, Alabama running back Trent Richardson (3) rushes during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La. Second-ranked Alabama are slated to host No. 1 LSU on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File ….

(4) TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 22: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after his defense stopped Tennessee Volunteers on fourth down at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images …

(5) Justin Coleman (27) of the Tennessee Volunteers breaks up a pass intended for DeAndrew White (2) of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images …..

(6) (6) FILE – In this Nov. 3, 2007 file photo , Alabama coach Nick Saban, front left, and LSU coach Les Miles, front right, shakes hands after LSU defeated Alabama 41-34 in an NCAA college football game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Second-ranked Alabama are slated to host No. 1 LSU on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. AP Photo/Rob Carr, File …

(7) Kenny Hilliard (27) of the LSU Tigers scores a touchdown during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images …

(8) BALTIMORE – OCTOBER 30: Beanie Wells (26) of the Arizona Cardinals runs the ball against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 30. 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Cardinals 30-27 . Photo by Larry French/Getty Images …

(9) Kevin Kolb (4) of the Arizona Cardinals fumbles the ball after being tackled by Haloti Ngata (92) of the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 30. 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Cardinals 30-27. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images) …

(10) Steven Jackson (39) of the St. Louis Rams hurdles Tracy Porter (22) and Scott Shanle (58) both of the New Orleans Saints at the Edward Jones Dome on October 30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Saints 31-21 . Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images ….

(11) A.J. Feeley (4) of the St. Louis Rams fumbles the ball after being sacked by Malcolm Jenkins (27) of the New Orleans Saints at the Edward Jones Dome on October 30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Saints 31-21. Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images …

(12) Head coach Steve Spagnuolo of the St. Louis Rams directs his team during a timeout against the New Orleans Saints at the Edward Jones Dome on October 30, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Saints 31-21. Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images …..

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The Sporting Weekend And All That It Entailed …………

The Sporting Weekend And All That It Entailed …………

Here’s a thought has the World Series been a complete a disappointment for you ? Are the teams within the NFC really that bad or as the NFL hierarchy would have us believe that parity is a good thing ? The NBA season has already began and all of the hyperbole concerning the Miami Heat has been tempered by the team’s loss to the Boston Celtics in their season opener .

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College Football is still trying to creat the intrigue and suspense by alluding to the fact that for the very first time we could end up with an apperance of a none BCS conference team playing in the national championship. I liken that particular premise to the fact that we’re no closer to finding the whereabouts of Osama Bin Laden but US intelligence sources repeatedly tell us that we have Al Qaeda is on the run. The caveat here being that the words intelligence sources and US being used in the same sentence as it concerns an agency within the US government. Isn’t it bad enough that the nation at large has little or no faith in either political party much less the President and his Cabinet ? But these are the idiocies of the times we now live in , where we’re asked to follow like sheep and listen to the venerable diatribe of waste and see the incompetency of our elected officials. Come the November 2nd change may well be coming but not in the real shape or form that many might be seeking . It’ll be more of the same as usual , so simply be prepared to take more of the now prescribed medicine .

Week 8 in the NFL and we saw how bad namely the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings really are. And needless to say the two main focal points here are two individuals who simply don’t know how are willing to accept any responsibility for their actions. Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones offered an apology to the team’s fans for their failures this season and when one bears in mind that this was one the teams favored to make it to the Superbowl . Then one might begin to ask isn’t this now all …… too little too late , now coming from the team owner ?

Vikings’ quarterback Brett Favre has seen his and the team’s season simply spiral out of control. Statistically Favre’s ratings are on the lower rungs of the league’s list of quarterbacks . And for those who held out hope that the addition of Randy Moss would bring about some change in the team’s fortunes well they might as well have been looking for some semblance of intelligent thinking being put forth by Paris Hilton or one of the elder Kardashian sisters. Now all one awaits are the statements to be made by team coach Brad Childress and that of Favre , himself and the latest reason’s behind the team’s dismal failure. The Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings between them are a combined 3-11 within the NFC and it doesn’t augur well for their rest of either team’s season. Favre is now said to be suffering from his injury and it was there for all to see how much he labored in the Vikings’ loss 28-18 to the New England Patriots. And one could easily surmise by saying that the Vikings’ season has all but come to an an end. Any thought of them being in with a chance of the making the playoffs would be minute at best.

With the Texas Rangers now down 3-1 in the best of seven World Series I can’t help but wonder if this is what the MLB ___ hierarchy had in mind ? And one sincerely doubts this is what Fox Sports had in mind when they envisaged what they may well have felt what would be an evenly matched series between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers. In the four games played so far it now appears that the Rangers are bereft of the will to win and the series is about to become an unimitigated disaster for the broadcast network’s coverage. Ratings’ wise it has been none plus and the fact that Ron Washington’s _____ team’s showing has been none descript and must now have fans wondering why bother to carry on watching ? Giants’ know that with their team now having Rangers on the ropes all that is needed is the decisive knockout punch to make what would be the inevitable result a foregone conclusion .

So Oregon lives to fight another day and not a moment too soon as the number one ranked teams were falling off the top of the BCS rankings as if there’d been some sort of voodo ritual cast upon those teams. The Ducks’ annihilation of the USC Trojans ____ 53-32 was enough to justify to me that they are the best collegiate team in the nation bar none ! And I certainly don’t think that coach Chip Kelly is overly concerned what the rest of the nation thinks as he now knows that his team’s fate and destiny is theirs to decide. Win out and they will be playing for the national title …….’nough said !

For me the NBA season doesn’t truly start until after Christmas as by then most teams should be in a steady rhythm and finding their way. The NFL on the other hand will be close to winding down and there several teams will most certainly will know their immediate fates. But let’s all put our hands together and applaud the hapless Cowboys and Vikings for putting together such a hideous and mediocre season. All that allaged talent on the field and even less coaching talent off it. Zygi Wilf and Cowboys’ counterpart Jerry Jones might just be two of the biggest dickwads in professional franchise sports ownership today and that is with due with respect to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ ___ ownership group. And any hopes that Wilf and the Vikings front office had in perhaps conning the city of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota in financing a new stadium has essentially gone up in smoke after this disastrous season . And Favre is still guaranteed $20 million for this season ? WTF ?

Whatever ails us doesn’t neccessarily cure us but I’d certainly like to think that all of the hyperbole will now die down and we can forget about the Miami Heat marauding through the Eastern Conference and then plundering the rest of the NBA like the Norsemen ___ Vikings. This team after all is human in spite of the idiocy of the claims being made for NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy . Now here’s someone whose lone claim to fame to my mind was his idiotic action in trying to fell Alonzo Mourning by grabbing the center by his ankles and trying to separate him from a Knicks’ player during a multiple player altercation and melee’ that took place at Madision Square Gardens somes years ago . It was comical enough to have me in stitches and I’m sure that people who witnessed it live or via television may well found the scene laughable as well ! Van Gundy for his part seems to have backtracked on his claim that the Heat would surpass the 95-96 Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 win tally of that historic season. Now I know why it is that famed character actor Vincent Schiavelli may have spawned Jeff through some genetic mutation …… stupid is as stupid looks !

The season is still in its infancy and we’re not about to see anything truly spectacular about to happen as of yet but I’m sure that the NBA hierarchy led by Commissioner David Stern will still want us all to buy into the feeding frenzy created by the offseason circus and travails of his of superstars and a number of teams . The league in its infinite wisdom has made its brand more about the ego and marketing of its players rather than the teams themselves and it’s now coming back to bite it in the proverbial ass in more ways than Stern himself would care to admit. So let’s hope for Stern’s sake that the season is a truly competitive and successful one for his sake because if as he’s alluded to they’re on their way to losing in excess of 450 million this year alone then someone has to put a smile on his and the owners’ faces. So why not the long suffering fans who’ll be asked to part with much of their discretionary income for a a brand that has become so out of touch with reality , the marketplace and even its very own fans ?

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What In The Wild World of Sports ?

What In The Wild World of Sports ?

It’s been such a misnomer to see the start of the college football season and the thinking in the first few games we’ll see the major programs that are part of the BCS simply come out and dominate. Considering that before they undertake their divisional schedules they’re essentially playing a number of powder puff teams merely to get of the curve in the rankings. Personally I find the whole college makeup a complete farce to begin with ! Essentially it comes down to the fact that the major BCS conferences and the criteria set by those who set the rules have made it nigh on impossible for none BCS schools to be considered for a shot of playing for the national championship.

And considering the asinine notion that this ultimately is the best step forward in determining a national champion is such a farce ! The only way to have a national champion, is to make the whole championship makeup all inclusive to BCS programs as well as none inclusive programs and the divisions thereof.

OK so the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres are having a meltdown that could end up being so cataclysmic that it could prove to be scary for their fans and for those who are now witnessing the fallout from this all. Both teams had sizable leads within their respective divisions. And it says a great deal that both Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants are now making the divisional races within NL East and NL West so exciting. Who’d have thought that we would be now seeing the two teams who have in essence have been two of the biggest surprises of the baseball season ? Should both the Braves and Padres fall out of contention for a postseason berth then we can say that much of his came about from their own inconsistencies down the stretch runs of their respective seasons.

And for Bobby Cox of the Braves and Bud Black of the Padres they can rest assured that with this season having been filled with surprises.It has to be said that for the raves and Padres should their season fall apart the window of opportunity will most certainly haven’t left either organization. Both teams seem to be building for the future and that has to be a refreshing theme for both ballclubs.

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Before the NFL season has even began it’d appear that the silly season has started. Matt Leinart has been cut by the Arizona Cardinals. And for the former first round draft pick his fall from grace has been truly amazing. But then again for a player who’d set out to show his worth he’s been a failure in the NFL. Now Leinart having been cut he has signed a one year contract with the Houston Texans where he’ll be a backup to the incumbent number one quarterback Matt Schaub . And for Leinart this just might the last chance for the player to actually prove himself . And if you thought Leinart’s situation was bad well consider the situation concerning the Seattle Seahawks’ T J Houshmanzadeh ? The player having signed a five year $45 million contract contract with the team in 2008 Houshmanzadeh now finds himself without a team having been cut by Seattle’s coach Pete Carroll .

The Seahawks are now looking for a new direction as Carroll seeks to give this team an identity.And for a team that has seen its window of opportunity slowly close over the past few years from inconsistent play and the lack of a real coaching pedigree since the departure of Mike Holmgren from the organization. The departure of Houshmanzadeh from this team may not be the only thing that’s needed to resurrect its fortune as Carroll has certainly got to prove himself upon his return to the NFL where lack of success left him beaten and a lost soul within the NFL ranks. His sojourn within the collegiate ranks has proven to be cathartic and an unprecedented success with the USC Trojans . But now we’re finding out that the real truth as to what was taking place inside of the program and to an extent the part ultimately played in it all by Carroll. His departure from the program was akin to a thief fleeing in the night from the scene of his most recent crime. And for those Trojans’ fans still smarting out there and who’ve blinded by the successes , merely look at what has transpired under his regime and ask yourself has it all been worth it ? And one has to ask what was the part of the athletics department in all of this ? Surely a number of those there were aware as to what was going on ? Or are we to believe that this all was solely down to the behavior of the athletes involved in the subterfuge ? Somehow those within the athletics department and the faculty new about this but would rather turn a blind eye to it all essentially because of the money that there was to be made. And made money they did ……..millions if not tens of millions of dollars.

What to make of the constant whining within the NFL at present and the mere fact that both Commissioner Roger Goodell and his union representative counterpart DeMaurice Smith seem intent on wrecking any chance of coming to an agreement with regard to the ongoing collective bargaining agreement. Allegedly this has all become about who ought to have the biggest slice of the pie and how each side seems to be pleading poverty ? Nothing says bullshit than that of a bunch of multi-millionaire owners and players acting like a bunch of primadonas ! But to make things even appear all so much worse is the mere fact that neither side seems to be taking into account that goodwill that has now been lost with the fans. If both Goodell and Smith think that they can now win back the fans after all the idiocy that has been taking place between both parties. Then these two now make the partisanship between the Democrats and Republicans seem like the congregation of a church gathering where everyone seems to be enamored with everyone. In the case of both the NFL and NFLPA we’re seeing both parties act like the ongoing feuding between the Israelis and Palestinians. And as we now all know there’s been no love lost between the feuding groups over the decades. Similarly here, there has been little trust between the league (NFL) and the union(NFLPA). And while there has been no major labor unrest in over a decade this all could all very well change within the next few months should things not change and an impasse remain.

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NB: Having been cut T J Houshmanzadeh signed a one year $850,000 contract to play in Baltimore this upcoming season with the Baltimore Ravens .

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When Practicing Safe Sex It’s Always Best To Wear A Trojan

When Practicing Safe Sex It’s Always Best To Wear A Trojan

It’s said to be 99.444 % safe when wearing a prophylactic during sex but then there are times when it proves to be fruitless. Well on Saturday night the USC Trojans played the Oregon Ducks in a PAC-10 game. The result was a 47-20 shellacking that the USC Trojans (6-2[3-2]) took at the hands of the Oregon Ducks (7-1[5-0]) . At this time of the season every game is essentially a must win for a team , especially those with postseason ambitions as far as a BCS Bowl appearance is concerned. But for Pete Carroll and his Trojans , a Bowl appearance is but a half measure. Season in season out theirs is the ambition to be part of the BCS national championship landscape.

Trojans' coach  Pete Carroll   on  the  sidelines  of   the   game  against  the   Oregon  Ducks   on  Saturday  .   The   Trojans   would    go  on  to  suffer  their    worst   loss  under   Carroll   in  a  rather   lopsided  and   humiliating  47-20  defeat  at  the  hands  of   Oregon .   picture  appears  courtesy of   ap/photo/ Mark  J  Terrill  ..............

Tojans’ coach Pete Carroll on the sidelines of the PAC-10 game against the University of Oregon. The USC Trojans would go on to suffer a humiliating and lopsided 47-20 loss to their conference rivals. It was the largest such defeat suffered by Carroll as a coach of the Trojans. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Mark J. Terrell ………

Well unfortunately, for Carroll and his Trojans their divisional match up against the Ducks prove to one of the experiences that were it one of sexual nature it would’ve proved to be one that the Trojans would want to forget. Let’s just say the condom burst for some inexplicable reason. In this case it stemmed from the fact that it wasn’t properly fitted to the appropriate appendage. How else can one explain USC’s largest game defeat under the tenure of the coach , Pete Carroll ? To say that they played badly would be to suggest that they had a bad day at the office. Here literally, they just didn’t turn up.

Carroll’s defense gave up over 600 yards of complete offense, against a team that in essence has played somewhat inconsistently throughout the season , thus far. And the humiliation of this defeat will certainly not be lost on the detractors who’ve suggested the Trojans are an overrated team. If anything, they’ve proved this season that this has been the case.They were completely outplayed in every facet of the game by Oregon . And as the game went on ,the more one could see that there was literally no way that USC could play their way back into this game . And even if they were able to play their way back in , then there was always the thought that they would still relinquish any advantage that they’d built up.

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Trojans are knocked defenseless ……..

USC gives up 613 yards and suffers the worst loss in the Pete Carroll era.

By Gary Klein

Welcome to their nightmare.

USC’s hopes for a berth in the Bowl Championship Series title game are over.

So, almost certainly, are the Trojans’ chances of winning an eighth consecutive Pacific 10 Conference title.

Both ended Saturday night at Autzen Stadium when 10th-ranked Oregon handed fourth-ranked USC its worst loss of the Pete Carroll era, a 47-20 pounding before a delirious Halloween night crowd of 59,592.

On a cold night in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and running back LaMichael James chilled the Trojans to the bone with outstanding performances for the Ducks, who are in complete control of the Pac-10 race with designs on a BCS bowl game bid.

“That was a real mess,” Carroll said outside the Trojans’ locker room after the Ducks manhandled a Trojans team that was fifth in the BCS standings.

USC players appeared stunned after the Ducks rolled up 613 yards, the second-most ever yielded by the Trojans.

“They hit us in the mouth and kept hitting us in the mouth,” senior safety Taylor Mays.

The Trojans, who fell to 6-2 and 3-2 in the Pac-10, had no answer against an Oregon team that is 7-1 and in the Pac-10 driver’s seat at 5-0.

After being exposed in the second half of victories over Notre Dame and Oregon State, USC’s defense went from bent to broken.

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The Trojans had absolutely no answer whatsoever against the Oregon Ducks at any time during the four quarters of play. They were not blindsided by this team but if anything, the Trojans were ill prepared for the demands placed on them by Oregon. They were ran ragged by a team that merely wanted the win more than USC could have wanted. And as to USC’s PAC-10 ambitions ? Well it’s gone in the wind, much like their national title ambitions. A two loss team is essentially a dead man walking. No one wants to be in their shoe ! And should USC make to a postseason bowl berth , what are they are going to say ? Oh we made it ! Well considering the USC program and the heights and achievements attained under Carroll. This loss equivocally makes a dent in their ambitions and recruiting wise ,it may well be make a potential recruit think twice . But that’s unlikely to happen as the USC program is still viewed as one of the better collegiate football programs out there.

Ducks' quarterback Jeremiah  Masoli  (8)  evades  the  tackle  attempt  made   by   USC linebacker Malcolm  Smith  during  the  first  quarter  of  their   game  on  Saturday   .   picture appears  courtesy  of  latimes.com/ Wally  Skalij  .................

Ducks’ quarterback Jeremiah Masoli (8) evades the tackle attempt made by USC linebacker Malcolm Smith during the first quarter of the game on Saturday played at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. picture appears courtesy of latimes.com/ Wally Skalij ……………

The reverberations of this loss will be felt right across the football landscape and it may well also taint the luster of the USC program . The loss was one thing but the margin of the loss ? Well that would to suggest that it was a mere slight and one could overlook it as nothing more than an aberration. But realistically, the nature of the loss was so embarrassing that I have to ask what direction is the Trojans’ program now heading in ? Is the talent there – that the Trojans are said to be recruiting ? Or better yet, is Carroll now merely thinking that Trojans’ name alone will be enough to get an athlete to peek inside the world that is the University of South California football program and be impressed what there is to see ? If that’s the case then he’s clearly misjudging the situation and quite possibly the magnitude of what this loss may well suggest.

Damien  Williams  of  USC  dives   into the  endzone  for  the   score  in  between  Ducks'   players    Talmadge  Jackson  III  and   John  Boyett   during  the   second   quarter  of  the   PAC-10 conference   played  between  the  two divisional  rivals  .  picture  appears   courtesy of   latimes.com  / Wally  Skalij  .................

Damien Williams of USC makes it into the endzone diving between Oregon Ducks’ players Talmadge Jackson III and John Boyett during the second quarter of the PAC-10 conference game played between the two divisional rivals. picture appears courtesy of latimes.com/ Wally Skalij ………..

There’s also one thing that I’ve always thought about the PAC-10 and in particular the schedule that UCS affixes for itself . It’s littered with games that are absolutely meaningless when they’re playing the likes of ’The Little Sisters of The Poor And Downtrodden ’. Games such as this are tawdry and are of no benefit – when they’re essentially non competitive . They , in no way test the players of USC. And what’s even worse, is the fact that many of the Trojans ’ fans look upon those games as having some meaning. But perhaps the biggest faux pas might the fact that the analysts and the idiots of the BCS actually pay attention to these games and actually think that they’re of some benefit to a program. In essence however, the BCS and its polling system is nothing more than another money making aspect of collegiate football and its already flawed system. But that’s a topic for another day and time.

USC cornerback  Kevin Thomas (15) lands   awkwardly  after  breaking  up  a  pass  intended   for  the  Oregon Ducks'   wide   receiver  Jeff  Maehl    during  the  game   between  the   two  PAC-10   conference  rivals  played  at Autzen  Stadium  ,  in  Eugene  , Oregon.    picture  appears  courtesy of  latimes.com/  Wally   Skalij  ..............

USC cornberback, Kevin Thomas lands awkwardly after breaking up a pass intended for Oregon Ducks’ wide receiver Jeff Maehl in a game played between the two PAC-10 conference rivals at Autzen Stadium , Eugene Oregon. picture appears courtesy of latimes.com/ Wally Skalij ………….

Bear this in mind ,what took place on Saturday would either suggest that the Trojans’ program is on the decline . Or it may well be,there’s a lesson to be learned for Pete Carroll and his team. I for one,think it may well lie in between the two scenarios mentioned . But that’s just merely speculation on my part, nothing else mind you ! As for your own thoughts by all means chime on in with a comment. I’ll most certainly look forward to reading them and responding in kind.

Poll rankings :

Bowl Subdivisions Polls

AP Top 25
1.Florida (30) 2.Alabama (23) 3.Texas (7) 4.USC 5.Cincinnati 6.Boise St. 7.Iowa 8.TCU 9.LSU 10.Oregon 11.Georgia Tech 12.Penn St. 13.Oklahoma St. 14.Virginia Tech 15.Houston 16.Pittsburgh 17.Ohio St. 18.Miami (FL) 19.Utah 20.West Virginia 21.South Carolina 22.Oklahoma 23.Arizona 24.Mississippi 25.Notre Dame

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USA Today Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Florida (50) 8-0 1463
2 Texas (4) 8-0 1395
3 Alabama (5) 8-0 1390
4 TCU 8-0 1182
5 Boise State 8-0 1176
6 Iowa 9-0 1161
7 Cincinnati 8-0 1150
8 Oregon 7-1 1079
9 LSU 7-1 1062
10 Penn State 8-1 966
11 Georgia Tech 8-1 934
12 Ohio State 7-2 730
13 USC 6-2 729
14 Pittsburgh 7-1 694
15 Houston 7-1 672
16 Utah 7-1 567
17 Miami (FL) 6-2 549
18 Oklahoma State 6-2 371
19 Arizona 5-2 320
20 Oklahoma 5-3 313
21 Notre Dame 6-2 281
22 Wisconsin 6-2 204
23 California 6-2 197
24 Virginia Tech 5-3 193
25 Brigham Young 6-2 106

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