Sports From the Couch–Why Are We Surprised?
November 10, 2011, 6:07 pm
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by Jeff Showalter

Why are we surprised?

Major college football programs have not been “programs” for decades. The BCS is business and in business, “problems” get covered up. Recruiting and donation support dries up, you lose games, and then it repeats itself.

 Why are we surprised?

 This time it wasPennState, many thought the last bastion of a world gone by. To a lot of people,PennStatewas the Mayberry of college football. The worst thing that happens in Mayberry is Otis locking himself up for a day or two. Surely this place, a long drive from any regional airport, was were kids went to class, played football, won games and went on to long careers as business leaders, lawyers and doctors. This is where the Cleavers would have wanted their kids to go to school. No way could some shady underlying plague of unlawfulness and moral ineptitude ever happen here!

 Why are we surprised?

 I googled “college football suspensions” and in .07 seconds had 500,000 hits.

 Why are we surprised?

 Have you paid attention to what goes on inSouth Bend? Declan Stevenson lost his life last year because Notre Dame wasn’t smart enough to get out of a storms way.  Google “Lizzie Seeburg”. I’m guessing her parents are not surprised by anything that goes on in college football.  Michael Floyd has had three drinking arrests but there was no way in hell ND had a chance at a BCS game without him.  Floyd plays.

 Why are we surprised?

 Barry Switzer ran anOklahomaprogram that resembled the Wild West.  Thirty Florida Gators were arrested under the tutelage of Urban Meyer.  Bobby Bowden was college football’s Father Flannigan and I my brain reminds me of “they’re good kids” in that southern twang Bowden has.

 Why are we surprised?

 Miami? Do I need to go there? Tressel lied atOhioState. USC is on probation for cheating

Football, by nature, is barbaric. That is why we love it so. But we are aghast when this barbarism goes on off the field? Women have been abused for years by players and coaches, but only in the most extreme cases do either players lose their scholarship or coaches their job.

 Why are we surprised?

 Kids die every summer from practicing in extreme heat. Players lose ligaments, break bones and injure their brains every day as coaches scream out for more intensity and harder play.

 Why are we surprised?

 I lost track of how many suspensions the Garcia kid fromSouth Carolinahad before being permanently banned. The SEC permits coaches to over sign athletes and then kick them to the curb.  Felony charges could only keep Jordan Jefferson away from LSU for a few games and the potential national champions had three players suspended one game for smoking synthetic weed. Amazingly, all players were on board and ready to go when the bus left for Tuscaloosa last week.

 Why are we surprised?

 The BCS and its members are multi million dollar businesses, tucked away in cities likeAustin,Ann Arbor,Athens,Knoxville, andStillwater. When you have multi-million dollar businesses you have competition and like in the real world, a criminal element rises when there is no other way. We shouldn’t have been surprised by Enron or WorldCom; the banks needing saved or Bernie Madoff. We shouldn’t be surprised by the HP scandal or hookers being brought in for big clients.  Wall Street trades on the big board, the BCS trades on the rankings boards, the recruiting stars and the television contracts. Companies cover up crimes to prevent the stock price from going down and a fear of losing billions of dollars. BCS schools cover up sins for the same reason.

 What happened atPennState could have happened at any BCS school and probably had the same outcome. Collateral damage be damned. Now we watch as the lives of innocent children have been forever scarred.  Yet across America, BCS schools will have stadiums filled beyond capacity watching kids try to injure each other as coaches scream at the top of their lungs when a player misses a tackle or drops the ball. Millions more will watch on TV. I know, because I am one of them. I love watching college football. Yet we must NEVER be so naive that something so egregious can happen?

 I can no longer be surprised.

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Sports From the Couch–Why Are We Surprised?
November 10, 2011, 6:05 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

by Jeff Showalter

Why are we surprised?

Major college football programs have not been “programs” for decades. The BCS is business and in business, “problems” get covered up. Recruiting and donation support dries up, you lose games, and then it repeats itself.

 Why are we surprised?

 This time it wasPennState, many thought the last bastion of a world gone by. To a lot of people,PennStatewas the Mayberry of college football. The worst thing that happens in Mayberry is Otis locking himself up for a day or two. Surely this place, a long drive from any regional airport, was were kids went to class, played football, won games and went on to long careers as business leaders, lawyers and doctors. This is where the Cleavers would have wanted their kids to go to school. No way could some shady underlying plague of unlawfulness and moral ineptitude ever happen here!

 Why are we surprised?

 I googled “college football suspensions” and in .07 seconds had 500,000 hits.

 Why are we surprised?

 Have you paid attention to what goes on inSouth Bend? Declan Stevenson lost his life last year because Notre Dame wasn’t smart enough to get out of a storms way.  Google “Lizzie Seeburg”. I’m guessing her parents are not surprised by anything that goes on in college football.  Michael Floyd has had three drinking arrests but there was no way in hell ND had a chance at a BCS game without him.  Floyd plays.

 Why are we surprised?

 Barry Switzer ran anOklahomaprogram that resembled the Wild West.  Thirty Florida Gators were arrested under the tutelage of Urban Meyer.  Bobby Bowden was college football’s Father Flannigan and I my brain reminds me of “they’re good kids” in that southern twang Bowden has.

 Why are we surprised?

 Miami? Do I need to go there? Tressel lied atOhioState. USC is on probation for cheating

Football, by nature, is barbaric. That is why we love it so. But we are aghast when this barbarism goes on off the field? Women have been abused for years by players and coaches, but only in the most extreme cases do either players lose their scholarship or coaches their job.

 Why are we surprised?

 Kids die every summer from practicing in extreme heat. Players lose ligaments, break bones and injure their brains every day as coaches scream out for more intensity and harder play.

 Why are we surprised?

 I lost track of how many suspensions the Garcia kid fromSouth Carolinahad before being permanently banned. The SEC permits coaches to over sign athletes and then kick them to the curb.  Felony charges could only keep Jordan Jefferson away from LSU for a few games and the potential national champions had three players suspended one game for smoking synthetic weed. Amazingly, all players were on board and ready to go when the bus left for Tuscaloosa last week.

 Why are we surprised?

 The BCS and its members are multi million dollar businesses, tucked away in cities likeAustin,Ann Arbor,Athens,Knoxville, andStillwater. When you have multi-million dollar businesses you have competition and like in the real world, a criminal element rises when there is no other way. We shouldn’t have been surprised by Enron or WorldCom; the banks needing saved or Bernie Madoff. We shouldn’t be surprised by the HP scandal or hookers being brought in for big clients.  Wall Street trades on the big board, the BCS trades on the rankings boards, the recruiting stars and the television contracts. Companies cover up crimes to prevent the stock price from going down and a fear of losing billions of dollars. BCS schools cover up sins for the same reason.

 What happened atPennState could have happened at any BCS school and probably had the same outcome. Collateral damage be damned. Now we watch as the lives of innocent children have been forever scarred.  Yet across America, BCS schools will have stadiums filled beyond capacity watching kids try to injure each other as coaches scream at the top of their lungs when a player misses a tackle or drops the ball. Millions more will watch on TV. I know, because I am one of them. I love watching college football. Yet we must NEVER be so naive that something so egregious can happen?

 I can no longer be surprised.



Sports From the Couch–Does Fred Glass Have the Onions to Fire Bill Lynch

By Jeff Showalter

Bill Lynch doing his Bob Knight impression

Face it Hoosier fans, Football is still a three or four week season until basketball practice starts. Even though the basketball program is still pretty sad, it is in far better shape then the misguided mess that is IU football. IU football, except for one Rose Bowl and a few mediocre years under Bill Mallory, has been a disaster for as long as they have played the sport. Today, as Ohio State laughs at the current cream and crimson squad, Athletic Director Fred Glass has to decide the future of the football program. Continue to be losers, under Bill Lynch, or wipe the slate clean and pony up some real cash and get a qualified football coach to come to Bloomington.

Bill Lynch may be a great guy. Don’t know the man. I do know this, he can’t game plan. IU can not make necessary changes at halftime to win games.  Lynch isn’t smart enough to figure out that you can’t start a bunch of slow guys on defense and expect to hold good teams under forty.  The current IU head coach thinks some offense called “the pistol” should be the choice of offense because Western Kentucky and Indian State can’t stop it. Obviously he doesn’t care traditionally good football programs with ample talent (not yet Michigan) cant crush the offense by pressuring the QB and playing man to man on the wide receivers. I know Lynch choked away numerous games last year by making poor adjustments at halftime and letting offensive coordinator Matt Canada make some really poor play call choices late in those games.  I know Lynch has “co defensive coordinators” and neither of those coaches can coach up mediocre talent to be any better then the worst defensive team in the Big 10.

As bad as IU football, in it’s current state is, does AD Glass have the onions to change it. Sure IU may have new facilities and new scoreboards and the largest weight room in the country, but if you don’t have a good head coach then none of that matters.  That’s where IU is. The hangover from former IU coach Terry Hoeppner’s untimely demise is over. That happened A LONG time ago. It’s ok to fire Lynch.  Every year Lynch stays. that is four extra years to stay mediocre. You have the facilities, now go get the coach. Can Glass “sack up” and make the call?  I’m betting against it but he needs to. If Glass is committed to build IU football to a level of respectability, then it is time to get started.

IU hasn’t beat OSU since 1988 (I was there). The following is a list of the other Big 10 schools and the last time they beat the Buckeyes.

Purdue 2009, PSU 2008, NU-UW-Iowa 2004, Mich 2003, Minny 2000 and MSU 1999.  IU is 1988 folks. That is pathetic. IU is pathetic. Is Fred Glass going to fix it? Does he have the balls?

 



Sports From the Couch-Views From the Couch

By Jeff Showalter

It’s time to take a look back and then look ahead at what’s going on in this crazy little world of sports.

Bad news for Colts fans as Melvin Bullitt is gone for the year with a broken bone in the shoulder. I’m amazed Bullitt has lasted as long as he has considering the dude ways a buck ninety at most. I don’t care what the Colts say he ways. The Couch has stood beside Bullitt and there is no way he is over 2 bills. With Silva out, Bullitt out and Sanders out (like that was a shock), it looks like the Colts are going to be looking for a safety. You can only take “next man up” so far and Safety is too big a deal in the cover 2 defense. Tampa Bay is also looking so I would guess the Bucs list would be similar to the Colts since they play the same D.

Look Hoosier football fans, I wanted my alma mater to win as much as the rest of you but let us be honest for a minute. Bill Lynch isn’t going to win you a lot of football games with his coaching expertise. If the dude could coach, he wouldn’t be at Indiana. You can not have “co-defensive coordinators”. All that means is both guys suck and what you get is a defense that is SLOW, unprepared and incapable. Chappell threw for 480, but when you know your defense is jello, you have to have a QB that is perfect. Not many QB’s are perfect. IU does need to throw downfield more because good defensive teams are going to keep 8 back and bust the wide receivers up on these short routes.  IU has to stretch the defense. Of course after OSU hangs forty on the Cream and Crimson Saturday, it will begin to look more and more like another 4-8 season in B’Town.

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Sports From the Couch–Crean Continues to Lose Indiana
August 1, 2010, 11:38 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

By Jeff Showalter

Many things have happened since “the Couch” has moved the home bast from Indianapolis south to Columbus. The Bengals signed T.O., the Reds continue to hang with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs allowed an MLB record 11 straight 2-out hits against the Colorado Rockies.  and whiny-assed  Indianapolis Colts fans cried over Reggie Wayne’s desire to make as much money as he can.

Unfortunately, some things have stayed the same. Obama continues to lead the United States into financial ruin with un-“president” spending. Comcast cable still sucks as bad as it did when I had it 7 or 8 years ago and Tom Crean continues to struggle recruiting the home state.

Today, The Indianapolis Star published a point/counterpoint discussion on recruiting in the home state and the outlook continues to disappoint for the state school In state recruiting.  Looks as though Crean and his staff of outsiders continues to struggle getting top flight Hoosiers to sign up. Cody Zeller may be down to North Carolina and Butler. Zeller, considered by most, but not necessarily all, the top player in the state’s 2011 recruiting class has a history with North Carolina and Cody feels the Butler and Tar Hell staffs to be the most trustworthy.

It looks as though Matt Painter and his Boilermakers continue to pick and choose the Indiana players they want the most. Terone Johnson is a stud and Donnie Hale is waiting to enroll in the 2011 class. Painter has locked up 3 players for 2012 including Ft. Wayne scoring machine Raphael Davis. In fact, Painter is said to be concentrating his energies on 2013.

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Sports From the Couch-Chris Broussard is a Dumbass

By Jeff Showalter

ESPN.com already thinks that their writing and information is so valuable that they expect people will want to pay three dollars a month for “premium” writing. That’s a joke. There are numerous websites that having writing as good as, if not better then the four letter.CnnSI.com, Yahoo! sports and CBSsports.com all quality writing for free. One ESPN site I do like to read during the NBA season is the Daily Dime. The Dime is ten stories or articles from the day in the NBA and is often a good read. With the 2010 NBA free agent craziness, ESPN has been providing frequent Dime updates on player movement, rumors and an article or two. Today, in what may be the dumbest story I have read on LeBron James, Chris Broussard states that LeBron, winning in Cleveland against the current stars of the NBA would make him the greatest player of all time.  Broussard is a dumbass.

Here is the exact quote that Broussard wrote: If he wins titles with the crew he has in Cleveland — going through Kobe Bryant, the Big Three in Boston, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and the rest of this generation’s greats — it could be more impressive than MJ going through Ewing, Hakeem, Barkley, Karl Malone, Clyde Drexler and all the Hall of Famers he kept ringless. That is retarded. Here is the whole story: What a Dumbass

Let’s go thru the teams of Jordan’s era. You had the bad boys in Detroit. The end of the Lakers era. The end of the Celtics era. Cleveland with Mark Price and Brad Daugherty. The Reggie Miller Pacers. The Barkley Suns. The Ewing Knicks. The Hakeem Rockets. The Payton, Kemp Sonics. The Drexler Trail Blazers. The Malone-Stockton Jazz.  There is absolutely no way that LBJ has to deal with better players or better teams then Jordan had to deal with. ZIP! How about these other great players, Chris Weber, Alonzo Mourning, David Robinson, Mitch Richmond, Chris Mullen, Allen Iverson Larry Johnson and Glen Rice. There is no comparison. Jordan’s NBA was so much better and so much tougher the today’s NBA that Broussard must have been in a coma during the 80’s and 90’s.

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Sports From the Couch-Views From the Couch

By Jeff Showalter

The Couch is back for a review of the world we live in.

Some things haven’t really changed over the past few weeks, even months so we can do a quick review of these issues.

Cubs Suck. Check

Pacers are a mess. Check

Reds are still playing good baseball. Check

Tom Crean can’t recruit Indiana talent. Check

Obama is destroying the country. Check

OK, now lets get to the new material.

Gordon Hayward will be serving up plenty of crow this year in Salt Lack City. Hayward was picked ninth and the Mormons didn’t like it one bit. One, Utah fans should just be glad people are willing to go to Salt Lake for more then a ski trip and two, Jerry Sloan does a helluva lot with average talent. He’ll do just fine getting Gordon ready for the League. Continue reading