Saturday, December 9, 2017

Bracketology - December 9th

 East                                                                        Midwest

 1 Duke 
 1 Michigan State 
 16 Grambling  / Liberty 
 16 UNC A&T / Wagner 
 8 Kansas State 
 8 Clemson 
 9 Michigan 
 9 Auburn 
 4  Minnesota 
 4 Xavier 
 13 Stephen F Austin 
 13 Loyal Chicago 
San Diego 
 5 Cincinnati 
 5 West Virginia 
 12 Albany 
 12 St. Bon. 
 3  Notre Dame 
 3 Miami 
 14 Rider 
 14 UC Santa Barbra 
 San Diego 
 6 Nevada 
 6 Tennessee 
 11 Georgia / Colorado 
 11 UCLA / South Carolina 
 7 George Town 
 7 Florida State 
 10 Boston College 
 10 Houston 
 2  Wichita State 
 2 Kentucky 
 15 Portland State 
15 Middle Tennessee 
 1 Villanova 
 1 Texas A&M
 16 Milwaukee 
 16 Townson 
 8 Oklahoma 
8 Arizona  
 9 Syracuse 
9 Va Tech 
 4  Virginia 
 4 Arizona State 
 13 FGCU 
13 Central Michigan 
 5 Seton Hall 
 5 TCU  
 12 New Mexico State 
 12 Western Illinois 
 3 UNC 
 3 Gonzaga 
 14 Furman 
 14 Georgia Southern 
 6 Purdue 
 6 Baylor 
 11 BYU
 11 Penn 
 7 St. Mary's 
 7 Miss State 
 10 Texas Tech   
 10 Boise State 
 2  Florida 
 2 Kansas 
 15 Navy 
 15 Murray State  

On the Bubble 
South Carolina 

First four Out 
Oklahoma State 
NC State 

Next 4 Out 
Ohio State 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Oregon Football is Down but Not Out

College Football, one of the greatest sports that our calendar has to offer. From Labor Day Weekend to Thanksgiving Weekend, ESPN televises nonstop College Football coverage from 6AM Seattle time all the way until 11:30 at night or until ESPN's Pac 12 game that is advertised by #Pac12AfterDark.

It is the best time of the year as long as you have your Saturday's free in the fall. After conference Championship Weekend, the upcoming season almost begins immediately as preparation for Bowl Week and LOI Day is just around the corner.

This is just a sample size of what Power Five Head Coaches go through on a yearly basis. That is, until the coaching carousal is in full swing and your University's Head Coach prematurely leaves for a better job offer leaving in this case the University of Oregon in a state of an Emergency that is shaking the city of Eugene right now.

In under 365 days, Wille Taggart put together a top notch recruiting class and a fairly competitive football team. In fact, the team likely would have snagged a 10 win season if it wasn't for the injury to star Quarterback Justin Herbert.

Incoming recruits are likely going to leave with Taggart as well and that isn't good news for Oregon that is in need of some reinforcements if it wants to get back to a Rose Bowl type level.

As great as College Football is, it has some things that leave me scratching my head. One of those things is players decomitting to a school after a coach leaves/fired. WHY is this even allowed? We live in a college football world that seems like its a religion for some schools but for most players college is a step closer to a career in something other than sports. Therefore, players should commit to the campus itself and not the Head Coach.

After being in college, I can tell you first hand that I picked my school based on what I wanted to study and not where my High School BFF was going and players should do the same. Maybe this would create more parody around the landscape or maybe it woyldn't leave fan bases feeling gutted like Eugene is right now.

More importantly, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that Taggart is moving on. I'm not happy how things transpired but this was bound to happen eventually. Realistically,  there are only a dozen or so 5*  coaching positions and because of this, it shouldn't be much of a surprise that there is this much shuffling going around. In theory, most coaches are either fired or get hired with a better program within four years and that is about the same time as a players college career is. To me, signing a LOI should guarantee that school at least one year at that program.

I hate what Taggart did to be honest with you. I feel he had this plan in the back of his mind all along and it was classless. I do believe something good will come out from this. Too much talent across America not to win at least a handful of games every year and this is too proud of a University to let this program go back to being 2-10 and 3-9 year after year. There's only one direction to go from here. Up! #DoSomething

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Seahawks loss Stings but it's Life

This is a great time of year to be a sports fan. Outside of baseball, every sport is under way which is  awesome!

Yet, I'm stuck at work most days or out of the house so much I haven't been able to watch much lately. In fact, before I left for Bolivia, I had only watched 2.1 sports games per day which is down from my hypothesized usual of three sporting games per day.

I commute over an hour to work for a three hour shift. Not ideal but it's what god has handed me in 2017. Honestly, I wish I could write more. Everyday would be awesome but sometimes it's hard to get back in the swing of things after a few days off.

Today I came home from work and had to watch the Monday Night Football game on the PVR. Yes, the game was exciting but I was hoping for a Seahawks win. I think we have to accept that the Seahawks from 2012-2015 are done and they are trying to form a new indemnity.

That's ok, its part of a cycle a franchise has to go through. At 6-4, the Seahawks are still in control of their own destiny to win the NFC West. There's still winnable games on there schedule. 4-2 will likely be the minimum that will be needed to get into the Playoffs. I bet they will at least go 3-3. Therefore, they will likely have beat Jacksonville, Philadelphia or Dallas. All of which I could see them losing to. Not to mention they would have to win their remaining three divisional games.

This is life however, we need to enjoy it. This is the best week of the year to be a sport fan. Yet, this year it will be ruined for me because I'm a employed Canadian.

The UEFA Champions League goes Tuesday and Wednesday followed by Europa League and NFL on Thanksgiving Thursday.

There's lots of ways we can enjoy life, have fun and make a difference in the community. Tough losses will happen and it's ok to get pissed off. It stings that the Seahawks awesomeness on MNF is over. That's why I'm on here to try and make it feel better. Blogs and Social media are great places to vent. If people disagree than their not true friends.

Whatever the result is, life is still a million times better than what it seems like in the moment. The goal should always be to simile and love life. Totally beats the alternative.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sweden on Brink of Huge Moment

Sweden has taken a 1-0 lead back to Italy for tomorrow nights crucial second leg of the UEFA playoff. 

Sweden is unfamiliar with these playoff type formats. They were able to survive the Denmark attack up 2-1 in the 2016 Euro Qualifying playoff but Italy might be a step up from Denmark. 

Sweden has done their job. A 1-0 win at home which produced a win and a clean sheet that they can take back to Italy Monday. 

To me, the question becomes will Italy rise to the occasion or will they fold under pressure. In the history of these two legged ties, 1-0 is easily reversible especially for a team like Italy. 

It should be a historic night in the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza also known aa the San Siro.  If Sweden survive the barrage that Italy has in store for Sweden then Sweden will deserve it. However, if Italy finds a way to break Sweden down than it will be a historic night for Italy. 

Italy have never lost in 31 games at the San Siro but a win might not be good enough. If Sweden score once than Italy need three and that will be tough against a Sweden team playing well without pressure. 

Sweden folded under pressure in 2010 qualifying and now it's Italy's turn to take an aging roster into a pressure pack situation. Someone needs to step or Italy is going to be out. 

I can't wait for the game tomorrow, I think their will be a magical moment at some point of the game. 

It seems too close to call but I can't imagine Italy finding a way not scoring for two games in a row. 

Italy will score two in the 41st and 73rd minute to send Italy to World Cup 2018 in Russia. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Bracketology - November 9th

   East                                                                        Midwest
 1 Duke 
 1 Michigan State 
 16 Texas Southern  / Col Charlestn
 16 UNC Central / Mt St Marys 
 8 Wisconsin 
 8 Oregon 
 9 Virginia 
 4  West Virginia 
 4 Cincinnati 
 13 Stephen F Austin 
 13 Northern Iowa 
San Diego 
 5 Gonzaga 
 5 Notre Dame 
 12 Vermont 
 12 San Diego State 
 3  Louisville 
 3 USC 
 14 Iona 
 14 UC Irvine
 San Diego 
 6 Northwestern 
 6 Purdue 
 11 Vanderbilt / Utah 
 11 Boise State /  Texas A&M 
 7 Seton Hall 
 7 Alabama 
 10 Oakland 
 10 Stanford 
 2  Arizona 
 2 Kansas 
 15 Weber State 
15 LA Tech 
 1 Wichita State 
 1 Kentucky 
 16 East Tennessee State 
 16 UNC Asheville 
 8 Oklahoma 
8 SMU 
 9 Providence 
9 Iowa 
 4  Miami 
 4 Minnesota 
 13 FGCU 
13 Ohio 
 5 Xavier 
 5 UCLA 
 12 Maryland 
 12 South Dakota State 
 3 Texas 
 3 Florida 
 14 New Mexico State 
 14 LA Lafayette 
 6 St. Mary's 
 6 Baylor 
 11 Indiana 
 11 Maryland 
 7 Mizzouri 
 7 TCU 
 10 Michigan  
 10 Arkansas 
 2  UNC
 2 Villanova 
 15 Bucknell 
 15 Belmont 

On the Bubble 
Boise State
Texas A&M

First four Out 
Iowa State 

Next 4 Out 
Virginia Tech 
Ole Miss