At the post “Collision in the Coliseum” (what a laugh that name was!) Coaches Hot Seat dinner last night on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, after all of the plates had been cleared away and the cigars had been passed around the conversation did not turn to the debacle that is the Ohio State Buckeye football team, but rather if Ohio State will be playing USC in the national title game in January. Yes, Ohio State in the national title game, because whether the press wants to deal with or not, when something as fraudulent as the BCS is being run to determine national titles, the possibility that the Buckeyes will be seeing the Trojans again is not that far-fetched of an idea. Yes, the BCS is that F…….. up!
We just love these “carney barkers,” including Jim Tressel, who say that the “the playoff starts from the first game” or “we already have a playoff with the regular season,” because they live in an alternative universe from what is actually happening in the game of college football. If anyone believes that Ohio State doesn’t have a chance to play for the national title this year, we only need to return to the 2007 season, when the two teams that did end up playing in the bogus BCS national title game both lost games in November, forget about the middle of September! (Ohio State lost to Illinois on November 10 and LSU lost to Arkansas on November 23 in ‘07) No, we do not already have a “playoff in the regular season,” but rather the BCS is nothing less than a beauty pageant that includes big-time college head football coaches going on national TV and groveling in hope that their team will be ranked higher in a final poll. What all the national media folks forget is that Ohio State has a better than a 50% chance of winning all of their remaining games and then just from a process of elimination, and that they don’t have a conference championship game, the Buckeyes could very easily be back in the top 3 teams in the fraudulent Harris Poll come late November. Also, don’t forget the BCS Boys use of computers, yes those damn computers that did not sit in the Coliseum with us last night and watch the Trojans destroy the Buckeyes. Those blasted computers will just make Ohio State’s strength of schedule that much stronger as USC continues to win games, and by the middle of November the computers will be “telling us” (just that the BCS uses computers to rank teams should tell everyone the whole thing is bogus) that the Buckeyes are a good football team, when all of us know that they would only get destroyed again in a national title rematch game.
Yes, the media folks forget that the BCS system that many of them defend does not give a shit what they think about how teams should be ranked, with the BCS Boys relying on the Harris Poll voters that is filled with people that know less about the game of football and watch less football than anyone’s great-aunt Edna. Then the BCS Boys combine the Harris Poll with the very shaky Coaches Poll, which is actually the assistant athletic director’s poll, because college head football coaches do not have the time nor the interest in really watching lots of games that would allow them to cast a legitimate ranking of the top teams in the country. Yes, throw those two polls into a pot and throw the bogus computer polls in there as well and you have nothing less than “Bullshit Stew,” which kicks out bogus national title games like we have seen for the past two years. Of course, if the Buckeyes can get off the mat and teams begin fall away in the coming weeks, and Ohio State rolls up some wins the boobs in the Harris Poll will forget the 35-3 beatdown that we all witnessed in the Coliseum, and the computer polls will “Moving on up, to the sky” the Buckeyes as well as long as they keep winning football games. Yes, the BCS Boys have created such a fraudulent system, such an embarrassment to the great game of college football, that the worst nightmare scenario of a rematch of USC and Ohio State is a real possibility! Yes, the team that got their ass handed to them the last 3 times they have played legitimate football teams, could BE PLAYING FOR THE NATIONAL TITLE IN JANUARY! We would say this BCS was created by morons, but that would be a terrible insult to morons everywhere.
The issue with the BCS is very simple. It is an impossibility that a “set of 120 college football teams” that play in separate conferences will ever be able to play each other enough in a 12 game regular season to choose 2 teams that should play for a national title. Only under very lucky circumstances will only 2 teams be left standing above the other 118 at the end of the regular season, and anyone that would dare take away the rights of college football players, their coaches, and their fans to have an opportunity to play for a championship when they have earned it, are nothing less than people that care more about money and greed than about the great game of college football. Yes, the BCS Boys are evil, because they demean the efforts of the teams that bust their asses to put themselves in a position to play for a championship, but then are told that they are not one of the “chosen” ones. Yes, things like that go on in the world, but only in fascist or communist countries that care little for individuals and also put the “elites” above the people. Yes indeed, after seeing two football teams settle a question on the field of play at the Coliseum it is easy to say that these BCS Boys are evil, as evil as one can be in a civilized society, because their love for power and money exceeds everything else. Put any of these BCS Boys on the field of the Coliseum last night at the height of their physical powers and they would have been hiding beneath the stands. How pitiful these BCS Boys are, and they are defined by a system that is as un-American as anything in this country. If there are teams again this year that are left out of the BCS Boys’ precious little exhibition games system, then we will all know who to hold responsible. One really wonders how any of these men could have been raised in the United States of America, because they certainly have no understanding of things that make our country great. Championships in America at every level of sport are earned and won on the field of play, not determined by polls and computers put together by a group of elitists that love to get together at swanky resorts and beat their chests about their unchallenged position in the game. No, Americans do not act with such arrogance and foolishness as these BCS Boys do towards the very people that pay their salaries and every nickel they put into their pockets. What arrogance these elitists have within themselves and how little they care for the players, the coaches, the fans, and the game of college football itself.
As for the Ohio State – USC game itself, we unanimously at Coaches Hot Seat predicted a 21 point win for the Trojans and then Pete Carroll and his warriors went out and beat the Buckeyes by 32 points, and it could have been much worse if USC had wanted to run the score up. Wow! What a performance by USC, and on the other side another great reminder to all of us that for some very strange reason the Ohio State Buckeyes are just not ready for prime time under Jim Tressel. Coach Tressel better figure out why his football team cannot perform when the bright lights are on, or he is going to find that his career will be defined not by lots of wins and Big Ten titles, but that he fielded Ohio State football teams that could not get the job done when the chips were down. Frankly, we don’t think that the Buckeyes under Tressel will ever win a big game against the power team(s) of USC, the Big 12, and the SEC, because Ohio State is just not physical enough, not fast enough, nor passionate enough to face off with teams that have all of those elements built into their DNA. Jim Tressel is a great football coach, but his Ohio State football team reflects their head coach in the most perfect way, and Jim Tressel when he played football and the way he coaches football today, is not physical, is not fast, and is almost always without passion. Unfortunately, for Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes the Big Ten now has a set of coaches in Bret Bielema, Ron Zook,, Mark Dantonio, Pat Fitzgerald, Rich Rodriguez, Bill Lynch, Tim Brewster, and even Danny Hope that are bringing a lot more physical and almost “SEC” type style to the conference. If Jim Tressel doesn’t address the very serious shortcomings in his Ohio State football program that have been laid out for everyone to see in the last 3 blowouts to Florida, LSU, and USC, Tressel and the Buckeyes are going to wake-up one day soon and find that they are just another team in the Big Ten conference. With all of that being said, you have to admire a man like Jim Tressel who does not hide nor make excuses when his football team gets beaten, even beaten very badly like they did against USC. Hell yes, we would play for Tressel and also send our kids to play for him, but if there is one thing that we would change about the Ohio State football program after seeing the Buckeyes up close at the Coliseum, is that they are badly in need of a spark, a fire, and some real passion. Jim Tressel might want to consider adding someone to his staff that can light a fire under the Buckeye players, especially when they play teams like USC where more than just competence and skill are needed to get the win.
Congratulations to Pete Carroll and his mighty USC Trojans for another great win. It has been a privilege for us to watch USC play football over the past 8 years under Pete Carroll at over a dozen different venues, and we have never left a football stadium thinking that we didn’t get our money’s worth from the Trojans. Thank you very much for that. We can only hope that there will be many more years of great football at USC under Pete Carroll, because this has been great ride up to this point.
Yes, the USC Trojans can be beat, but it is going to take a football team made up of real men, not the pretenders that were wearing Buckeye uniforms in the Coliseum last night. Yes, Ohio State can beat Big Ten teams, but they cannot beat the best teams in the game of college football today.
Hail to Victors and Fight On USC Trojans! Fight On!
We will shortly be back on the PCH headed north towards The Bay, with a stop-off on Sunday in the Santa Ynez Valley for some “Sideways Fun” that will include some golf and a “few” winery visits. Can we say wrap up this great weekend with a steak dinner at the Epic Roasthouse in San Francisco? Why yes we can! Is this a great country? Why yes it is!