Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, October 1, 2011 – Homer Norton
“It is how you show up at the showdown that counts.”
Wikipedia: Homer Norton
Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, October 1, 2011 – Homer Norton
“It is how you show up at the showdown that counts.”
Wikipedia: Homer Norton
Rick Neuheisel and the difference between UCLA and Stanford football
One of the reasons we always have liked Rick Neuheisel here at Coaches Hot Seat is that he will actually tell you what he is thinking instead of the normal head coach BS-speak that turns most I-A head coaches into borderline robots and certainly not breathing and functioning human beings and in Rick’s latest he addresses the differences between UCLA and Stanford football:
“Stanford won nine games the two seasons before quarterback Andrew Luck arrived. It’s won 23 games in the two-plus seasons since. It enters Saturday’s game with UCLA sporting the nation’s longest winning streak — 11 — and a No. 6 ranking.
Coach Rick Neuheisel said its Heisman candidate is the primary reason the football program has turned around so quickly and so dramatically.
“It’s a proven formula over the years that if you get a great quarterback, you can usually do some good things around him,” Neuheisel said. “That’s not to take away from the other terrific players in the program, but that quarterback allows them to really tee off because there’s very few mistakes made on the offensive side.””
We would agree with the above statement by Rick Neuheisel that Andrew Luck is a big part of the turnaround of Stanford football but the Cardinal’s success goes much deeper than just a quarterback or even a collection of football players that have been recruited to Stanford since Jim Harbaugh arrived on The Farm before the 2007 season.
One player does not make a football team great but a few great players and a lot of good players that are committed to a style of football and a philosophy of life that stresses the importance of getting the most of out of one’s life both on and off the athletic fields can make a huge difference in the win/loss column and that is the REAL story of Stanford football’s resurgence.
The Rivals.com recruiting rankings reveal a TRUTH that the folks in Westwood including Rick Neuheisel probably don’t want to face. According to Rivals.com over the past six recruiting periods Stanford has finished ahead in UCLA in recruiting in only…
That year was 2011 when Stanford’s recruiting class was 4 th in the Pac-12 compared to UCLA’s 7 th ranked Pac-12 class. In the 5 years preceding 2011 UCLA had higher ranked recruiting classes by small margins in 2 years and by large margins in the other 3 years.
The Bottom-Line is that even including Andrew Luck UCLA has much more talent on its roster than Stanford football does right now and yet there seems to be a difference between these two football teams. Why is that?
We have told this story many times before but a couple of us here at Coaches Hot Seat were on the Stanford campus walking near the athletics complex in then Stanford head coach Walt Harris’ last season on The Farm and we noticed a few Cardinal football players walking towards and then past us and our two CHS members looked at each other and said:
“There are high school teams in the Bay area with bigger players that are stronger, in better shape and tougher than those guys.”
“Geez, the Coaches Hot Seat flag-football team could whip these guys and not work up a sweat. No wonder Harris and Stanford were so pitiful this year.”
What changed after that 2006 Stanford football season?
Jim Harbaugh arrived on campus with his assistant coaches including current Stanford head coach David Shaw and for the first time in recent Stanford football history Stanford decided to do something different…
PRACTICE AND PLAY FOOTBALL.
Yes, the Candy Ass glorified Harvard on the West Coast football program was out and….
A REAL FOOTBALL PROGRAM WAS IN.
What an idea!
Two years later those same two Coaches Hot Seat members were walking near the Stanford athletic complex and here comes some Cardinal football players and after watching them walk by the two CHS members said to each other:
“Hell, I would go to war with those guys.”
“Hell, Attila the Hun would go to war with those guys.”
Really now…How did Stanford football get so good so fast at a school with some of the highest if the not the highest academic requirements in I-A college football?
The Stanford football team WENT TO WORK.
Notice the above poster is the preseason 2009 Stanford football season poster after the Cardinal was coming off of a 5 – 7 record in ’08 and also notice that Andrew Luck is no where in sight…..yet.
Several of us are already in the San Francisco Bay area for business meetings and we are playing golf on Friday before the Stanford – UCLA game on Saturday on The Farm and we are going to be interested to see if David Shaw and Stanford can keep things rolling and if Neuheisel can take all that talent he has recruited and find a way for his talented team to beat a decent amount of young men on the Cardinal football team that would have no chance of playing at most BCS conference schools. If Neuheisel and the Bruins do come into Stanford Stadium and beat the Cardinal we will be the first to congratulate him and take him off the Top 10 List on Coaches Hot Seat. Now that has to motivate Rick! If UCLA loses to Stanford…..well…we all know….
Does it get any better than an entire day of watching college football this coming Saturday and then walking over to Stanford Stadium to watch the Cardinal take on the Bruins?
No, it doesn’t!
What about these games on Saturday to sit in front of a BIG flat-screen and watch?
Alabama vs. Florida
Nebraska vs. Wisconsin
Auburn vs. South Carolina
Clemson vs. Virginia Tech
Texas A&M vs. Arkansas
Texas vs. Iowa State
Baylor vs. Kansas State
Would we somehow not be interested in watching and attending the above games if college football had a Postseason 16-Team Tournament that include ALL Conference Champions to determine the NCAA National Champion on the Field of Play as is much pushed by the Candy Asses behind the Bogus and Un-American BCS?
Please, if you are STUPID enough to believe the Absolute Nonsense that comes out the BCS Candy Asses that really do care about one thing only…..$$$$$$$$$$….then you need to turn in your driver license immediately and start walking everywhere because you are Too Stupid to drive a car on public roads.
Let’s play football.
The Big East Conference….”Houston, we have a problem.”
Back on May 25 th of this year we wrote a blog here at Coaches Hot Seat that was titled….
The Big East Conference Meets In Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida….and Puts Conference Expansion Plans On Hold? – No, With the Amount of Dollars That Would Be Available To A 12-Team, Two Division Big East “Super” Conference That Can’t Be Right! – If We Were Big East Commish John Marinatto We Would Be Looking To Add 3 More of the “Right” Teams To Join TCU to the Big East Conference With An Eye Towards Having A Very Strong Hand When TV Negotiations Roll Around in 2012 – A 12 Team Big East Football Conference With the 12 “Right” Teams Would Include A WHOLE LOT of TVs and Command A WHOLE Lot of $$$$$$$$$$$$! – Get on the Phone John….and Keep Brian Roberts’ Phone Number At Comcast Handy!
…and one of the reasons we wrote that blog was that it was our opinion then that conference realignment was far from over and that if the leader(s) of the Big East were smart they would move aggressively to add more quality teams and in the end we recommended that they add those teams in Calendar year 2011 by adding:
Temple or Villanova
…which would have created a two Big East divisions that would have looked like this:
Villanova or Temple
What did the leader(s) of the Big East do so far in 2011?
And because the leader(s) of the Big East Conference did NOTHING they have seen Syracuse and Pitt fly the coop to the ACC Conference and now they are still doing…
…and there are more schools…like UConn…that would leave for the ACC in a nanosecond if offered and the Big East leader(s) are doing….
It seems the Big East has the same Damn problem the Big 12 had….
The Big East needs a new commissioner that can actually lead and do…
Hell, if the Big East had moved aggressively in May after their annual conference meeting they might have held onto Syracuse and Pitt but now that those two teams are gone what should the Big East do now?
Well, for one the Big East needs a new commissioner…..like RIGHT NOW…and then they could do something with real common sense behind it like what was just proposed by the Boston Globe’s Mark Blaudschun:
“Here’s our plan for the Big East, which would expand it to 12 teams in football and 20 in basketball.
Villanova (or Massachusetts, if Villanova chooses not to move to the FBS level)
TCU (could join Big 12)
Yes, Blaudschun’s plan is actually…
…and we would even add to the plant a bit by going not to 12 teams in football but 14 by adding Villanova and East Carolina as well.
Now a 14-Team Big East would actually be something that could be called the….
By the way when adding East Carolina to the Big East a good move would be to hire the current East Carolina AD Terry Holland to be the commissioner of the Big East which Terry would be great at and since Terry is a long-time basketball man that would make the b-ball Big East folks very happy.
Just a thought.
Here we go again….It’s about the…”Money?”
We only wish that the media columnists that cover college football could have spent one nanosecond working in the REAL WORLD where one actually has to MAKE MONEY and a PROFIT to pay the bills and stay in business because if any of these columnists that cover college football had run a business for one day and hired at least one person in their lives they would understand a basic fact about the REAL WORLD.
Without the money from these TV deals there are NO college athletic departments fielding 20 or more men’s and women’s sports teams that collectively lose millions of dollars every year!
Oh, the one thing you should be careful of doing is confusing anyone with the FACTS….but let’s give it a try.
The State columnist Ron Morris says that conference realignment is…..you got it….
“THE SOUTHEASTERN Conference blew it. Yes, the SEC missed a chance to elevate itself to elite status in college athletics. It could have separated itself from the pack and become the NCAA’s model league.
Instead, by accepting Texas A&M as its 13th member this week, the SEC remains mired in the muck with the rest of the money-mongering, leather-headed, hypocritical NCAA members.
With the decision to accept Texas A&M, SEC presidents and athletics directors removed any doubt about the league’s mission, and it has not one iota to do with the well-being of student-athletes. It has everything to do with money and what most benefits football, without consideration for other sports.”
We looked on The State’s website to see what Ron Morris wrote about the SEC Conference expanding in 1992 to add….
Arkansas and South Carolina
…to see if Ron Morris thought then it was…
“About the money.”
…then and if Ron Morris didn’t write in 1992 that the SEC Conference expanding to add Arkansas and South Carolina was really “about the money” then we all know…and Ron Morris knows….what Ron Morris really is…
A BIG hypocrite.
Please, Ron. If you wrote AGAINST South Carolina joining the SEC in 1992 because it was all “about the money” please contact us here at Coaches Hot Seat and we will set the record straight.
Hell, maybe Ron Morris thought that South Carolina staying independent in football which they were from 1971 to 1991 was the best way to go for all we know…which if that was Ron Morris’ opinion in 1992 then Ron Morris would have been a BIG Idiot.
Let’s see here….South Carolina should stay independent or join the SEC?
Only a Complete Moron would have chosen staying independent so which is it Ron Morris?
Were you an Idiot in 1992 or are you Big Hypocrite today?
IT IS one or the other.
But then we digress….because the point here is as Ron Morris claims that all of this conference realignment is “about the money” which if the SEC followed the “Ron Morris” plan and just sits tight would leave the SEC Conference and its teams with its’ current TV contract which according to Kristi Dosh over at the Business of College Sports leaves SEC schools about…
$7 MILLION DOLLARS
…short per team compared to the Big Ten and Pac-12.
What the Hell?
The BEST college football conference in America (the SEC) is making $7 Million Dollars PER TEAM less than the Pac-12 and Big Ten?
Yes…and “Ron Morris” is ready to freeze things because of course…
“It’s about the money.”
No Ron, it’s about the SEC Conference and its schools getting ROYALLY ripped-off because the TV rights for college football have exploded in recent years and sitting on your hands like it seems many Americans are thrilled to do these days (Note the Chinese are dancing in the streets and thinking how Damn easy it is going to be to blow past America if OUR country is filled up with lots of Ron Morris-types) will only put the SEC Conference and its schools at a competitive disadvantage to the schools in the Pac-12 and the Big Ten.
We have some news for Ron Morris and others that are saying idiotic things like….
“It’s all about the money.”
It costs a whole Helluva lot of money to run a big Division I-A athletic department and just looking over the Revenues and Expenses for the University of South Carolina athletic department at the Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics website we find that South Carolina athletics’ expenses for the last year reported (2009 – 2010) was…
South Carolina Athletics Expenses
$78.3 Million Dollars
Since Eric Hyman runs a very good athletic department there at South Carolina the Revenues for South Carolina athletics exceeded expenses by…
$1.7 Million Dollars
…but the above number is somewhat misleading because in the athletics’ budget for South Carolina and other public universities and colleges there is a line for…
Athletically Related Student Aid
…which at South Carolina in the above period was reported at:
$8.4 Million Dollars
The above $8.4 Million Dollars that it cost to enroll and pay for the 520 student-athletes to attend school at the University of South Carolina works out to about…
$16,000 per student-athlete
….which according to the University of South Carolina website works out to roughly the in-state Student Expenses for South Carolina residents to attend USC.
What is the non-resident Student Expenses to attend the University of South Carolina?
Please, someone there in South Carolina tell Ron Morris that the University of South Carolina athletics department is fielding over 20 men’s and women’s sports teams and the athletics department is showing about a $1.5 million dollar profit on a budget of almost $80 million dollars and that the additional $7 million dollars plus that South Carolina athletics would receive from a renegotiated TV contract that will include 2 or more additional teams….
(Yes, Ron Morris, you remember that thing called “conference expansion” from 1992 when Arkansas and South Carolina were added to the SEC and of course Ron Morris was leading the charge against the Gamecocks joining the SEC right? Because it would have been “all about the money”….right Ron?)
….will ADD $7 plus million dollars to the University of South Carolina’s athletics’ budget and guess where 99 percent of that money will go?
To pay for the expenses of fielding 20 plus athletic teams at the University of South Carolina and just more money for academics at USC.
Yes, “it’s all about the money,” except it isn’t because the “money” that so many people in the media decry because it is MONEY THAT makes things get up and go in our country and we are guessing that since Ron Morris hates money so much that he will be turning down his salary for the next year just to prove a point to those money grubbers in conference offices and athletic departments that they are wrong, wrong, wrong….to expand these conferences!
So what was it Ron Morris?
Were you against the University of South Carolina joining the SEC in 1992?
If not then you need to retract your “It’s about the money” column and just for good measure why don’t you leave that ivory tower you work in and head down to the BMW plant in Spartanburg a work a week on an assembly line and talk to the managers of that plant about THE THING that makes all of those jobs possible.
“It’s the DAMN MONEY!”
Please, can we get a two-pronged “REALITY-CHECK” program for ALL sports columnists that will include:
1. A 3 month stint in Afghanistan with the US military to see what our brave US service members go through to keep the American People safe in OUR country
2. A 3 month stint working in a for-profit company in America where the columnist would have to actively manage something and hire and fire people while competing with companies in China that are paying wages 80 percent less than your company.
Yes, that would do it and it would end all of these stories in the media about….
“It’s about the money.”
Hell, NCAA president Mark Emmert could use a stint in the same “REALITY-CHECK” program as well!
If you think the BCS makes no sense to Americans try to explain it to someone from China!
Last night at dinner we had dinner with a Chinese businessman who happens to love American college and NFL football and since he has numerous degrees from elite American universities he speaks perfect English and has spent almost half his life attending school or working in America and when talk turned to the Bogus BCS this Chinese businessman says:
“What are these coaches and schools scared of?”
CHS Member: “You mean why are there some coaches and schools scared of deciding the national champion in college football on the field of play?”
Chinese Businessman (with a smile on his face): “Yes…explain this BCS thing please.”
CHS Member: “There is no explaining the Bogus BCS.”
Chinese Businessman: “This is going to be easier than we thought.”
CHS Members look at each other and can only shake their heads at some of the Candy Asses out their disguised as American citizens that support the Bogus and Un-American BCS which runs directly counter to what OUR country was founded and build upon.
Keep playing your Stupid, Bogus and Un-American games if you like….but the world is a-changing and Americans better start getting prepared and Buck-Up for what is coming and that means from the youth playing fields to college football where in America sports championships are earned and won on the Field of Play.
As we say way too often these days: The only REAL Capitalistic Economy in the world today is in Communist China!
Meanwhile in Candy Ass Land they are marching us right into this….
Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, September 30, 2011 – Nelson Mandela
“A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
“It always seems impossible until its done.”
“Let freedom reign. The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.”
“Money won’t create success, the freedom to make it will.”
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
“There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.”
“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.”
“I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not yet ended.”
Wikipedia: Nelson Mandela
Mark Emmert warns college presidents about chasing “money?” Come on Mark….you KNOW it’s not all about the “money”
With NCAA president Mark Emmert giving an interview to the AP on Wednesday asking the schools to look beyond “money” when it comes to considering or changing to other conferences….
“I think what came across (with realignment) is that all we care about is money and what we can do that is to our advantage,” Emmert said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. “Nobody was talking about what this is going to do for student-athletes or intercollegiate athletic programs. It was all about let’s make a deal.”
….we remind Mark Emmert and others that claim that conference realignment is ALL about “money” that the annual payouts from the conferences to the schools in BCS Conferences will all be roughly the same (save the Big East Conference which has sat around on its’ hands for years now and is being abandoned by schools that rightly see NO ONE in charge of the Big East….someone tell Rick Pitino that UConn wants to go to the ACC because NO ONE is running the Big East!) in the coming years and that means that conference realignment is not really about money…but
Finding a secure and stable conference for one’s school and student-athletes for years to come.
No, Mark Emmert and the other handwringers, it’s not about the “money,” but making sure that one’s school is best positioned for the coming years in the Very Best Conference for their school and if Mark Emmert was still a university president he would be doing the Same Damn Thing that other college presidents are doing right now.
Nebraska AD Tom Osborne who should know more than anyone since Nebraska took a BIG financial hit to move from the Big 12 to the Big Ten conference recently told the Tucson Citizen what conference realignment is really about (Nebraska AD Tom Osborne on Conference Realignment – Expansion, Tucson Citizen):
“People think that teams are moving simply for economic reasons. I think the major reason many people are contemplating moving conferences is they are looking for stability. They are looking for something they can count on the next 20 or 30 years.”
Does Mark Emmert or any of the other handwringers in the media that keep writing “it’s about the money” want to argue with Tom Osborne about what is going on in the REAL WORLD where college administrators have to make decisions on the future of their schools based upon REALITY in the REAL WORLD and not what the handwringers sitting in air conditioned press boxes are worrying their precious little egos over?
Didn’t think so.
There is something else driving conference realignment and more on that in a minute….
Big 12 Conference Meetings in Dallas – Big Tex Branding the little 8?
We have been reading about the Big 12 ADs meeting in Dallas, Texas over the last couple of days….
…..and we didn’t read any stories about all the Big 12 ADs being taken in a back room and being branded….
…by Big Tex!
If the remaining 8 schools are going to stay in the “Big 12”…more like the “Big 1 and the little 8”…. then certainly Big Tex is going to make Damn sure they are ALL branded this time so they want be able to run away to another conference which means if Missouri wants to get out….
…they better get out while the getting is good and before they get have to drop trow and get branded by Big Tex!
As for what the leaders and fans of the University of Missouri are thinking right now we were interested to read this column by Gabe DeArmond at the Missouri Rivals.com site….
….and if we were at Missouri we would ask ourselves one simple question when it comes to staying or going in the Big 12:
Do you really trust the schools in the Big 12 and especially do you trust the University of Texas and their plans for the Longhorn Network?
Since we wouldn’t trust the folks in Austin to watch our dogs we cannot fathom how anyone at Missouri would trust the other schools in the Big 12 with the future of their school and student-athletes.
Winningest Active Coaches
We would like to remind the visitors to Coaches Hot Seat that we have a webpage…
…which keeps an up-to-date list of the Winningest Active Coaches in I-A college football and besides the Winningest Active Coaches list being our favorite ranking here at CHS we also believe that this is the only place on the Internet where one can find a list of current active college head coaches and their overall and current schools winning records and percentages.
One of America’s Greatest Treasures….Freedom of the Press and High Quality Journalism
If there is one thing we are very grateful for here at Coaches Hot Seat it is the incredible amount of journalism that pours out of American media even during what are very troubling times for many media outlets in our country today and anyone that has traveled and lived even for short periods of time in other countries understands that the American media is priceless and irreplaceable.
College football has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to columnists, reporters, journalists, editors, people on TV and the radio and others throughout the sports media that cover the great game of college football and sports media outlets led by ESPN-ABC, CBS Sports, Big Ten Network, Versus, NBC Sports and other cable companies have all only gotten better and more in-depth in recent years.
We here at Coaches Hot Seat have been a front row witness to the explosion of the media coverage in recent years of college football and it has been not only been lots of news coverage but a very high level of journalism as well along the lines the Arizona Republic led by Craig Harris that are now in the middle of an incredibly insightful look at the Bogus and Un-American BCS…
….that follows on the Damning and well-researched book Death to the BCS by Dan Wetzel and Company at Yahoo! Sports.
Dan Wetzel is now working on an update to Death to the BCS which he recently discussed with Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times…
…where Wetzel makes the very accurate argument that IT IS the absurdity of the Bogus and Un-American BCS that is driving much of the uncertainty that we are seeing across the game of college football which was flushed-out by Wetzel in one of his recent columns:
“As I wrote in June 2010, the Big 12 and Big East all but assured their demise when, back in 2008, they joined the Big Ten and Pac-10 to block a proposal by the SEC and ACC for a four-team playoff (a plus-one).
The commissioners, and the campus leaders they answer to, never saw a playoff for what it was – not just a better postseason system, but a lifeline that offered them the diversified revenue streams and competitive stability that could have helped assure their survival.
Instead they stuck with the status quo. College football defies all business logic by outsourcing its most profitable product to third-party bowl games. The Bowl Championship Series not only fails to capitalize on the enormous potential of a multi-week tournament, it sucks hundreds of millions of dollars out of college pockets in an effort to preserve the tradition of $700,000 bowl director salaries and the majesty of the TaxSlayer.com Bowl.
That illogical setup leaves college sports with only two, rather than three, major revenue streams – the mostly maxed-out men’s basketball tournament and conference television contracts.
Its impact on conference realignment is obvious. Everyone is trying to make up for the playoff buck they are ignoring.
The best way long term to make money in television is through the formation of a small number of big leagues. The fewer sellers (conferences) of “major college football” the higher the price. The problem? The Big 12 and Big East were (and are) eventually going to be eaten alive. So are a lot of other teams. And even for those in the “haves,” the reality of a future in a bloated, distant league isn’t as appealing as the present.
Had the two conferences gone with the SEC and ACC back when the plus one was on the table, things may be different right now. There’d be a third revenue stream and a viable postseason, both of which would curb the need for schools to switch leagues. If they had been really smart, they would’ve demanded a real playoff, eight teams or even more.
It was really their only chance at survival. They just didn’t realize it.”
Amen to that Dan Wetzel!
HBO Real Sports has also recently done some great work on the Bogus and Un-American BCS:
There is a lot more beyond the terrific series that the Arizona Republic is now working on and the work of HBO Real Sports about the Bogus and Un-American BCS and at the proper time just what these Bastards that are behind and prop-up the Bogus and Un-American BCS have been up to will come out for the American People to digest and for the college and university presidents to try and get down without getting sick as they tried with the Fiesta Bowl scandal earlier this year and we have a warning to the college and university presidents that continue to support the Bogus and Un-American BCS….
You haven’t seen nothing yet and when we come out the other end of the disaster that has been the Bogus and Un-American BCS period in college football which has cost intercollegiate athletics over 1 Billion Dollars and everyone gets to see just what these Sorry Bastards behind the Bogus and Un-American BCS have been up to…..the college and university presidents and even the conference commissioners will be begging the NCAA to help them set-up a postseason tournament for major college football which will be a championship postseason tournament that will be run like EVERY OTHER sport’s championship on America’s college campuses that fall under the NCAA and the champion of this college football postseason tournament will be the legitimate NCAA National Champion in Major College Football. (Don’t worry there will be plenty of bowl games for the teams that don’t make it into the NCAA Postseason College Football Tournament that have had seasons that are worthy of going to a postseason bowl game which we believe should be 6 wins minimum against I-A football teams. The football games between I-A and I-AA schools need to ended because they are a disgrace to Major College Football.)
Anyone that chuckles at the above notion….
A couple of us here at Coaches Hot Seat remember very well a night in the early 1980s having drinks in a Georgetown bar with a few staff members of several conservative Democratic US Senators (that may have included a staff member or two if we remember right from the staff of then US Senator David Boren of Oklahoma who is now the president of the University of Oklahoma) not long after President Reagan had made his “Evil Empire” speech in March 1983 with the relevant section in that speech about the Soviet Union being:
“Yes, let us pray for the salvation of all of those who live in that totalitarian darkness — pray they will discover the joy of knowing God. But until they do, let us be aware that while they preach the supremacy of the state, declare its omnipotence over individual man, and predict its eventual domination of all peoples on the Earth, they are the focus of evil in the modern world.
It was C.S. Lewis who, in his unforgettable “Screwtape Letters,” wrote: “The greatest evil is not done now in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is not even done in concentration camps and labor camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried and minuted) in clear, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice.”
Well, because these “quiet men” do not “raise their voices”; because they sometimes speak in soothing tones of brotherhood and peace; because, like other dictators before them, they’re always making “their final territorial demand,” some would have us accept them at their word and accommodate ourselves to their aggressive impulses. But if history teaches anything, it teaches that simple-minded appeasement or wishful thinking about our adversaries is folly. It means the betrayal of our past, the squandering of our freedom.”
That night in the Georgetown over beers the staff members of several conservative Democratic US Senators laughed as they called-out our “wild-eyed” fantasies about “winning the Cold War” over the Soviet Union which President Reagan had clearly defined as the primary foreign policy mission of his Presidency. You see….these staff members of several conservative Democratic US Senators had a lot invested in “détente” with the Soviet Union after several rounds of arms control “negotiations” throughout the 1970s that only made the United States weaker after each “negotiation” round was concluded and which became absurd and borderline dangerous to the American Republic and its People during the weak and pitiful Presidency of Jimmy Carter.
We all remember very well…..
President Reagan to no one in particular: “You ask how does the Cold War end? Oh, that’s simple….
We win….and they (Soviet Union) lose.”
And guess what? We WON and the Soviet Union LOST and those staff members of conservative Democratic US Senators continued to work in the US Senate in the 1980s while we went into the US military to confront the enemy head-on with an eye towards one thing and one thing only…..the complete defeat of the Soviet Union and by the time the 1980s had ended…those US Senate staff members weren’t laughing anymore.
The BCS is as EVIL as the Soviet Union was (and is today becoming evil again in Russia under Vladimir Putin) and the BCS is EVIL because it runs directly counter to the Principles of the American Republic and it is in our opinion that the BCS is filled with people that do not care about the student-athletes, the game of college football nor anything beyond finding a way to keep the $$$$$$$$$ gravy train rolling in to their bowls and their pockets and as the people in power now laugh about the end of the BCS like those US Senate staffers did almost 30 years ago now…
Keep laughing if you like but the vast majority of college football fans and Americans that care about college football believe the BCS is Bogus and of course they feel that way because the BCS is Bogus, it is Un-American and it is EVIL because in America winners earn championships on the Field of Play and the BCS and anything like it that turns the Principles of our Republic on their head should not be allowed to stand and have not been allowed to stand because the People will ultimately not let it stand.
Yes, Craig Harris and the CEO and publisher of the Arizona Republic John Zidich have done a great service to college football fans everywhere with their series this week…
…and this is only the beginning and Sorry Bastards that support and prop-up the Bogus BCS will have their Un-American stories told to college football fans everywhere in the coming months and years and just like the Soviet Union the Evil and Un-American BCS will be no more.
Hell, it looks like there is now at least a 50 – 50 chance that a few members of Coaches Hot Seat will return to work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in January 2013…..Whoa Nellie!….let’s not get ahead of ourselves here because there is still 13 or so months until the 2012 general election and lots of work to do….in politics…..and in telling the story of the Bogus and Un-American BCS to college football fans everywhere and to the American People.
Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, September 29, 2011 – Joseph Campbell
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.”
“I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.”
“Is the system going to flatten you out and deny you your humanity, or are you going to be able to make use of the system to the attainment of human purposes?”
“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”
“Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.”
“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.”
“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”
“The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.”
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”
“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”
“When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.”
“When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you’re sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.”
“Your life is the fruit of your own doing. You have no one to blame but yourself.”
“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.”
“It’s only when a man tames his own demons that he becomes the king of himself if not of the world.”
“The achievement of the hero is one that he is ready for and it’s really a manifestation of his character.”
“People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive. That’s what it’s all finally about.”
“One thing that comes out in myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. At the darkest moment comes the light.”
“The way to find out about your happiness is to keep your mind on those moments when you feel most happy, when you really are happy-not excited, not just thrilled, but deeply happy. This requires a little bit of self analysis. What is it that makes you happy? Stay with it, no matter what people tell you. This is what I call “following your bliss.”
Wikipedia: Joseph Campbell