Sports From the Couch–Why Are We Surprised? by jshowal2
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-Views From the Couch by jshowal2

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-Chris Broussard is a Dumbass by jshowal2

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 jshowal2

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



Sports From the Couch–Why Wait, Fire Bird Now by jshowal2

By Jeff Showalter

Your Indiana Pacers have been in complete and utter shambles for four straight years. Most observers claim the downfall of the blue and gold was the Malice in the Palace. That isn’t correct. The Pacers went into the following season as one of the favorites to win the NBA’s Eastern Conference despite losing Reggie Miller to retirement. The Pacers doom was created when Larry Bird was dumb enough to sit for a Sports Illustrated shoot with Ron Artest and having Rick Carlisle as head coach. Early in the year, Artest, flustered by the restrictive offense that cost Carlisle his job in Detroit, lashed out and asked to be traded. Bird suspended Artest until a trade could be attained. That trade led to the death of the Pacers. Bird’s wilting to an angry fan base and dealing difficult attitudes for choir boys has done nothing but make the resurrection of the once proud franchise almost impossible. Terrible draft choices in James White, Tyler Hansbrough and Shawne Williams has made it impossible for Bird’s team to gain any traction. Add in a head coach with a poor coaching resume in Jim O’Brien and you have the ingredients for a basketball team that is D.O.A.

There is only one way to fix the Pacers fortunes and the opportunity to fix the franchise opened itself up this week. Portlandowner, Paul Allen, in a decision that can only be seen as dumbfounding, fired GM Kevin Pritchard. All Pritchard did as GM was take a franchise destroyed by poor choices and bad attitudes, and return it to one of the elite franchises in the Western Conference. Well guess what? The Pacers have taken over the crown of once fabulously ran franchise that has fallen on difficult times and undermined by pathetic choices. It is time for the Pacers to get rid of Larry Bird and hire Kevin Pritchard as head of basketball operations. It is time for Larry Legend to go. NOW!

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Sports From the Couch: Views From the Couch by jshowal2

By Jeff Showalter

The NBA Draft is Thursday and that means another disaster by Larry Bird. The Pacers President of Basketball Operations said in a presser today that Pacers want to win now. That’s great and all but I have two really good questions. 1)Weren’t you trying to “win now” last year, or hell maybe the last few years. How’d that work out for you? 2) Exactly what moves have you made since being in charge leads anyone to believe you can make the moves to become a winner now? Now that Bird has decided the Pacers should win now, how does he go about it? Short of signing LeBron or D. Wade, there is ZERO chance of the Pacers being a winner in the 2010-11 season. In the words of that famous philosopher Butt-Head: You can’t polish a turd. The Pacers are a turd.

Golden State just dealt Corey Maggette to his God I don’t know nth team, Milwaukee for a couple of has beens. Guess who the Warriors are going to pick 6th? Gordon, I’d get ready for the high prices of the bay area housing market. Hayward will go in the top 9 for sure. If Golden State goes with Babbitt then Hayward goes 9th to Utah. That is good for the Pacers because Bird now will not have to listen to everyone when Gordon blows up next year because Bird can say Gordon wasn’t there at 10.

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Sports From the Couch-Will the NFL Go To 18 Games? by jshowal2

By Jeff Showalter

Commissioner Roger Goodell said, this week, that four preseason games is too many. This is the first of many topics that will be the main ingredients in the pie called the NFL Labor Negotiations. The current contract with the NFL Players Association ends after the 2010-11 season and the fear of a potential lockout by the owners and/or strike by the players looks to be inevitable. One sticking point to the negotiations will be the length of the season. The owners will want to go to 18 games and the players will not.

For the owners, the reasons for an 18 game season are obvious: more television money.  Preseason games are seldom on national TV and adding the two games will mean 16 more games each week will be on across the country. The owners faith in the NFL juggernaut with good reason; the NFL has the largest following of the major professional sports and offseason NFL has become as big to America as spring college football is to the big football schools. The owners will definitely want to add the two games.

Chick McGee, that of the Bob and Tom Show, has the best saying I have ever heard about preseason NFL games. The games do not count but the injuries do. Nothing explains preseason football better then that. The only reason 4 preseason games exist is the owners want the season ticket revenue by forcing season ticket holders to buy seats for meaningless games. I do believe rookies and second year players can benefit from live action but they often play against other rookies so mistakes they see in August, they will not see again in September. Controlled scrimmages could give the younger players experience against true pros from other teams and these events can also control hitting and limit injuries. Players do not want to play the extra preseason games and “stars” never see the field in the fourth game.

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