Burying Hambino

I am only writing this article because Hambino bitched and moaned about me burying his mock draft post with something entertaining.  And because of that I decided to bury it with another article.  So, suck it.

While we’re at it Hambino continually calls me a glory hunter and how much better my life is as a sports fan is than his.  But let’s face it.  I would rather win championships than be a better team most years.  Who the hell cares if the last five years the Redskins have been better than the Buccaneers.  I can’t remember a Redskins Super Bowl yet he can remember a Bucs.  We’ve agreed on this point many times but for some reason he continually ignores it because the fact doesn’t validate his argument.  Typical Hambino with his alternative facts.  Let’s lay it out on the line here.  He may not be a die-hard just how I am not for some of these teams but here it is on the line.

He’s a Swansea fan, which granted sucks.  Being a Chelsea fan is fantastic compared to that joke of a club.  We’ve already covered the football route so he wins there.  Baseball he’s at least got to see the Rays go to a series while my Orioles can’t seem to make it past the ALDS.  Same argument holds up in Basketball.  The Wizards are finally good enough to run right into Lebron James at the height of his game while he’s seen his Magic get to a final.  Oh, and don’t get me started on my ever-disappointing heartbreak that is the Washington Capitals.

In summation, Hambino stop your bitching about how I am such a glory hunter.  I would rather watch anxiety free a terrible team with no chance punctuated by Championships than this continual mediocrity and heartbreak that is my sporting life.  At least we can both agree on the Noles and USMNT.  

The Unsung Seminole Braves

It is easy in the Post-Game frenzy to remember and talk about the exploits of Jameis Winston, or the wall that was Timmy Jernigan.  It is easy to remember the effort of Rashad Greene or the redeeming touchdown catch of Kelvin Benjamin.  I am positive that you will always have Levonte Whitfield’s kickoff return in the 4th quarter that ignited the Seminoles sideline engrained in your memory.  Football though is the ultimate team sport, and without all three facets of the game, Florida State would’ve been left wanting.  So this article isn’t about Devonta Freeman or Lamarcus Joyner, rather the little guys that made lifting that crystal ball possible.

Karlos Williams transferred from safety to join Jimbo Fisher’s corp of running backs this year.  DespiteKarlos Williams fake punt spending most of the year behind both Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. many people close to the organization said he was the most talented of all three.  Through hard work, Williams climbed into the number 2 running back spot prior to last night’s game.  And trust me he did not disappoint.  While his stats weren’t overly impressive (5 rushes for 25 yards and 1 reception for 0 yards) the small things he did, including the 5 yards he picked up on a fake punt to secure a first down, helped lift the Seminoles offense.  However his biggest contribution was leading the charge down the field in front of Whitfield’s kickoff return.  The slight block he made freed a lane for the explosive return man and put the Seminoles ahead.

chad abram's big score Chad Abram replaced FSU grinder Lonnie Pryor this year, not easy shoes to fill.  He might have only been on the field for a few plays last night, but when he was out there he made sure to make a difference.  Whether he was leading the charge for one of the three RBs or staying in to help block while the Seminole offensive line was being overwhelmed, Abram did what was asked.  He was handed the ball only once but picked up a crucial first down in the first quarter on a 3 yard run. He was rewarded for his efforts though.  Jameis found him out of the backfield and on his one reception of the night, Abram brought the Noles to within two points with some hard running.  Not content with his contribution, Abram also threw a block that helped spring Whifield’s kickoff return.

Roberto Aguayo might have been the most important player on the field last night for the Seminoles.  The Roberto Aguayofreshman kicker followed up his stellar season with a performance that can only be described as robotic.  Florida State having a weapon like Aguayo gives them a huge advantage over any other school in the country.  Alabama and Oregon had their championship dreams shattered because of poor kicking in one form or another.  However, Aguayo went the entire season while only missing one field goal and was perfect on extra points.  This brilliance lead to the freshman out scoring all Seminole opponents in the regular season.  And Nole fans remember Auburns kicker missed one and you won by three.  How ‘bout them apples.

There are many other Seminole players I haven’t talked about that played a huge roll in last night’s victory.  While the defensive line didn’t look the same when Timmy Jernigan was on the bench, the pressure generated by Mario Edwards and the run stopping of Jaccobi McDaniel cannot go unnoticed.  Also, while he was beaten a few times, Ronald Darby kept his head in the game and made some crucial plays down the stretch including a batted ball in the endzone.

NCAA Football: Miami at Florida State              Football is the ultimate team sport.  While the efforts of Jameis Winston and PJ Edwards will never be forgotten, we should still take a second to remember the roll players.  The Deon Sanders and Charlie Wards of the world have banners to commemorate their exploits on the football field.  The only thing some of these kids will have is a memory and a tivo’d copy of the game.  But they still made a difference, and deserved to be thanked.

 

Why I love Florida State Football

And do we really need a playoff?

SBDS Weekly Podcast

00:00-28:30

Luis Suarez heroics and go over the Manchester City Arsenal game.

 

28:30-47:30

Winston Heisman, Discuss the National Title Game

47:30-60:00

Which Bowl game we think will be the best outside of the title game, Who is the best fit for Texas.

60:00-63:53

Random chatter from the lads.

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Song choice – Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down-  Because the only thing that can stop Luis Suarez is some Kryptonite.  It still might not be enough because the man is greater than Superman.

SEC GET OVER YOURSELF

Every year we have to sit here and hear SEC fans talk about how great their conference is like they are the only thing that matters in the BCS picture.  Their main argument is that the conference has won the last 7 National Championships, despite going 3-3 in their other BCS games.  Let me tell you something, just because Alabama wins a title doesn’t mean Tennessee is any good.  In fact Oregon beat the Volunteers 59-14.  After a trouncing like that how can Georgia claim it as a good win 3 weeks later?  It’s ridiculous.  The title game is not your birth right and I don’t buy conference cannibalization as an excuse.

urban meyer                Let me premise my upcoming argument by saying I am a Florida State alumnus and fan, and hate Ohio State and Urban Meyer.  However you can not overlook that Ohio State hasn’t lost a game in 2 years in an AQ conference.  The BIG 10 has always been massively overrated, but it is still an impressive feat.  This year alone the Buckeyes have averaged 28 points more a game then their opponent despite a so-so defense.  Ohio State deserves to be ranked over Auburn, Alabama and Missouri because up till now they have ran their gauntlet.  Sorry to say SEC fans, no 1 loss AQ Team has ever jumped an undefeated AQ team and it won’t happen this year.

The other team that the SEC claims hasn’t played anybody this year and deserves to bow before the might of their championships is perennial power Florida State.  Let me remind the audience that Jimbo Fischer’s team won their two top 10 matchups with a combined score line of 92-28.  In fact this year the Seminoles’ kicker, Roberto Aguayo, hasNCAA Football: Miami at Florida State outscored Florida States opponents 138-132.  And no Alabama, you can’t have him.  What Florida State did this year is unprecedented and they deserve the number 1 spot.

I’m not saying that your conference isn’t tough SEC, and I’ll even agree it’s the toughest to go undefeated through.  However, that margin is shrinking as the PAC-12 and the BIG-12 have gotten better and better.  In fact, in 2011-2012, Oklahoma State had a harder strength of schedule than Alabama.  Only through some shady voting by coaches (Saban voted Oklahoma State 4th) did Alabama gain a trip to the National Title despite not even playing in their conference championship.  Call me old fashioned but if you don’t win your conference how can you win a title?  The game was completely outrageous and if you’re a LSU fan you should still feel cheated.

Every year I have to sit and hear SEC commentators describe what they think should be the prerequisites for a going to a BCS title.  The funny thing is those change every year to suit the team that is sitting third or fourth in the standings.  This year’s theme is strength of schedule, that somehow it absolves Auburn and Missouri from a loss.  Two years ago it was who has the better loss that mattered most.  Thankfully not all voters, and certainly the computers, don’t see it that way.  If you are an AQ school that goes undefeated and no one else does, you’re in.  Done deal, case closed, stop your wining Tigers.

Last Non-SEC team to win a title

Last Non-SEC team to win a title

If Ohio State or Florida State loses then we’ll open the table for discussion.  A one loss Auburn or Missouri team will deserve to go to a title game by winning their conference.  Luckily for you SEC fans, this is the last year you have to moan about your one loss team potentially being kept out.  Next year we will have a four team playoff that will most certainly contain two of your brethren, but why stop there?  Your conference is so superior let’s just have 4 SEC teams battle it out for a title and the rest of us will piddle around in bowl series obscurity.  Utter Nonsense.

SBDS Weekly Podcast

0:00-38:30 The latest in the Jameis Winston saga.

38:30-50:00 Terrible Officiating in NFL

50:00-71:15 World Cup Draw

Who Should be the College Football Coach of the Year?

In what has been a roller coaster college football year its about time we start to recognize some of the great achievements that have gone on this season.  One of them being the Coach of the Year in College Football.  There have been a ton of great stories with teams being in positions that at the beginning of the year people would have never given them a chance.  Its always easy to focus on the coaches that will be playing in the National Championship, I mean heck the last three coaches to win the award were playing in those games.  Chip Kelly, Oregon in 2010, Les Miles, LSU in 2011 and Brian Kelly, Notre Dame in 2012.  So assuming everything stays true to form you would potentially be looking at Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher or Alabama skipper Nick Saban.  But in all honesty these two great college programs bring in some of the best players to their schools year in and year out that it’s almost easy to be good.  Heck I could probably coach these schools to at least a nine-win season with all the talent on those rosters.  So Ill shift my focus to teams that are either long shots or have no chance to play in Pasadena on January 7th.

Lets head down the Turnpike from Jimbo’s stomping ground to our first candidate, University of Central Florida’s George O’Leary.  Everyone likes to laugh at the American Conference (The Big East for you people late on the scene) for being a push over conference but its still tough to do what UCF has done.  Lets not forget they only lost by a field goal to the mighty South Carolina of the SEC.  It’s been an impressive transition from Conference USA to the American Conference for O’Leary’s boys and they now find themselves vying for their schools first BCS bowl.  People like to talk about the “Big Three” in Florida, being FSU, UF, and Miami but O’Leary has sneakily found themselves as the second best team in Florida, and that’s an accomplishment in itself.  Regardless of whether he wins the award or not this year, he can hang his hat knowing he’s done something special down there in Central Florida.

We will venture into SEC country for the next two possible candidates. Lets start west of the Mississippi with Missouri’s Gary Pinkel.  People forget that it was Missouri that people thought would cope best with the move to the SEC and not their Big 12 brothers Texas A&M last season, but instead Missouri struggled mightily adjusting to the speed of the SEC finishing    5-7 (2-6).  But you don’t become a good coach without making adjustments and that’s exactly what Missouri did.  Granted they didn’t face the toughest of opponents early in the season but they rode the momentum into the gauntlet of their schedule versus Georgia and Florida.  After going into Athens and beating down the Bulldogs they found out they would be without their starting quarterback James Franklin for 4-6 weeks with a separated shoulder.  But Pinkel didn’t let his team feel bad for themselves, instead the next week with a redshirt freshman at the helm the Tigers blew away the Gators.  If not for a fourth quarter collapse the following week versus South Carolina, Missouri would most likely be the number three team in the land and it would be Pinkel’s award to lose down the stretch.

            Lets go on a little ride down the Mississippi and head east to Auburn Alabama to look into our next potential award winner.  Gus Malzahn has taken last years laughing stock of the SEC and turned them around at warp speed.  Many people thought this would be a long rebuilding process after Gene Chizik left it in shambles last year.  But Malzahn didn’t want to hear any of it.  He took his quick high tempo offense (Much to the dismay of Arkansas coach Brett Bielema and Alabama’s Nick Saban) and put it to the test against the vaunted SEC defenses. Well I think safe to say, its working.  Lets not forget this team was winless in the SEC last year, yes a big ole donut in conference play finishing 3-9 (0-8).  Now his team are potentially one game away from winning the SEC West; the only problem is that one game is against number one Alabama.  But either way the job this guy has done is simply remarkable.  With big wins against Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in College Station and a comeback win against Georgia its tough not to think that he’s not the front runner for the award at this point. 

            Who says smart people cant play football? That sets the scene for the last two candidates, and again we will work west to east.  Why? Because we read left to right so we are going to move from left to right on the ole map of ‘Merica!  The Baylor Bears are playing some exciting football over in the conference that doesn’t play defense, the Big 12 that is.  But that’s not Art Briles fault.  All his teams done is demolish the teams in front of them on their way to a 9-0 record and a number 4 ranking in the BCS.  It doesn’t take a smart man to know that Mr. Briles is wishing they had the four-team playoff this year!  But all jokes aside the man has turned a nobody university into one of the Big 12’s toughest teams.  Many coaches falter for quite some time after they have such an elite QB as did Briles in Robert Griffin III, but he has instead taken Bryce Petty and turned him into the dominant quarterback that RGIII was just two years ago.  Baylor still face some tough challenges ahead against Oklahoma State next week, and then as they try and claim the state of Texas with games against TCU and the Longhorns.  But if they can get through this tough patch of games not only will you potentially see Briles on the COTY award, you could see Baylor in the National Championship Game.

            Peyton Manning and Eli Manning still go back to this man every offseason, two pretty good quarterbacks to say the least.  That enough should give him some kind of award.  But this year his team may be earning it for him.  Duke Blue Devil head coach David Cutcliffe.  He has turned a team thats even more of a joke than the aforementioned Baylor Bears into a potential ACC Coastal Division Champion.  Yes the Duke Blue Devil Football team is two wins away from playing in the ACC Championship game.  Most Duke fans didn’t even know they played football this time of year.  (Mainly because they have started to focus on their powerhouse college basketball team instead.) But Cutcliffe is giving them a reason to stay tuned on their football team.  After program changing wins against Virginia Tech and Miami its safe to say that the 8-2 (4-2) Blue Devils are a team to not be taken lightly.  Ranked in the top 25 in the BCS for the first time in schools history, Cutcliffe is trying to do his best Steve Spurrier impressions on the program and pull it out of the conference dumpster.  If his team wins out and pulls of the upset of the year versus Florida State in the ACC Championship game the voters would be hard pressed not to put this man on the trophy.

Who do I personally think should win? Gus Malzhan, Auburn

Even if they lose to Alabama in a close game the trophy should be his.  That being said, if Duke were to win out I would be shocked if it didnt go to David Cutcliffe.  But for now my vote is Malzhan.

Who do I think will win?  Art Briles, Baylor

Its tough to turn down what would be the number 3 team in the land if they were to win out.  It would almost be a consolation prize to Briles since he wont be able to play for the National Championship.

Notable Mentions, USC’s Ed Orgeron, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Minnesota’s Jerry Kill, and Ole Miss’s Hugh Freeze.

Six Beers Deep Weekly Podcast 11/14/13

Jameis Winston Debacle in Tallahassee

0:00-14:35

European World Cup Playoff Qualifiers 

14:35-18:15

Touch on Hambinos Love of Terrible Teams

18:15-26:15

We look back at the terrible officiating in the BPL over the weekend. 

26:15-38:35

See both penalties, Swansea via the link, and Chelsea via the GIF below.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x173vh8_swansea-vs-stoke-city-3-3-10-11-2013_sport

Dive into the Chiefs Broncos matchup and we discuss whether we think Alex Smith is a Super Bowl QB.

38:35-53:05

Issues with World Cup Qualifying and Mexico’s chances going forward in the World Cup.

53:05-58:50

Why Hambino is destined to to be a miserable sporting lad for life. 

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58:50-61:15