Water Under the Bridge(water) ...tears mostly
Cry as they might, and will (endlessly), did UL fans think the nameplate was already etched on this one? Teddy is a talent. He came back when he might have left. All that's great. ESPN is grateful that it helped their ratings on Thursday nights and weekends.
Don't we still expect something of players these days besides all that, though?
Heads up. (SPOILER ALERT) Central Florida won that makeshift conference, beating UL in the process, right? Um. Maybe the guy who led that offense hasn't the stats of Teddy, but he'll have a ring of which he played a big part in the taking. Let's be honest. That STILL means something or Jim Kelly would be more highly thought of, and that guy, too, had a ton of talent, was a great guy, but played for a decent team that played on a much tougher level.
Had we never heard the name in its context, you'd think this was a foreign-named shampoo. Yet, even in this context it sounds pricey.
Reports earlier this week were that Saban had a contract on his desk delivered to him Friday. By earlier I mean 2 days ago. By contract I mean raise or MONEY. Credit Alabama for smelling the oil barons circling the silent ocean platform and putting something on his desk BEFORE (as if) anyone started talking to Nick Saban.
Who does that? Who leaves a contract on their desk for 3 or more days? Without an offer or interest being expressed, who does that? Doesn't matter that this has been in the works for months. What matters is IT'S ABOUT THE KIDS.
After blowing the Auburn game and missing the BCS NCG, not unlike losing a title game with a stacked team that would be a crowning achievement (ahh, ahh.. 97 ... choo) for its time, I expect Saban to bolt. Some egos cannot be sated by the mere awesomeness of their surroundings. For those people there's CASH MONEY...
For some reason I have always believed he would become Georgia's head coach before he retired, drop a Mack hood ornament on his desk and let the 5 stars roll into town to kiss his growing collection of rings, and rub that bulldog chrome-less. Never materialized, even with its made for TV movie implications.
Now he's OLDER THAN… well, Nick Saban. By 2 whole months. So he's clearly too old and needs to retire according to people who have no clue about pretty much anything.
Here's a great example of what not to do as a fanbase. NEVER disparage your coach after a national title, if you want to go back to one. IF YOU ARE AT ALL THANKFUL for the coach you have, show THAT publicly. Let your frustrations be muttered at flat screens or in the dark recesses of your basement gun collection and ammo production facilities.
Support is what Brown needed more than anything for the past 5 years or so. He was bringing in talent. He was winning a good amount of games. The program just needed less questions and more "Hook-Em!"
Malzahn vs Pinkel
I was expecting more people to speak up about the Coach of the Year choice. (Not really.)
Sure, Auburn did great this year. An SEC title is pretty huge these days. Beating THE Crimson Tide (oops, guess that looks silly if there is no other team with the EXACT same name) is huger-ish also (yes, that last comment was aimed at that "THE Ohio State" nonsense).
What about Mizzou, though? Pinkel took a team without your typical, top-tier, SEC recruiting, star-rating classes and won the SEC East Missouri's 2nd year in. That's huge. Their only loss was a near victory without their star QB, Franklin, to another great SEC team in the fighting Visors/Spurriers/Gamecocks, after not winning a meaningful SEC contest last season.
Should Malzahn get so much credit for improvement when the Tigers of Auburn seriously SERIOUSLY under-performed last year more than anything else? No one saw them coming, sure, but everyone in the SEC should KNOW better by now.
Pinkel did an amazing job without the same foundation and in an entirely new conference. Kudos to Mizzou and their head coach. Thought it was an outstanding job.
Ws … Wisconsin's got Ws. Will they accumulate into a ring, or should the "b" just be lower-case? Not sure just yet.
Trends come and go, sometimes return (usually do in fact), but that is actually the best thing about trends. If you stick to something and do it VERY WELL, eventually you'll match up well with those of your opponents that are trendy (or with teenagers wearing their parents old clothes).
Bo Ryan is a name now, because he has made his team into the best, slow-paced, physical, grind it out team in the B11GTen12 Conference, and perhaps the nation. It'll be interesting to see if they can hypnotize the Spartans as well as they do viewers.
Big Big news. Almost as big as getting another big offensive lineman on campus is the news that Wildcats football is rumored to get another special visitor- a 4 star LB. One of the quiet needs of this team is additional talent at that thinned position. Did you notice the word big at all?
Last But NOT Least (Unless you're a coach at a major program making a Powerball salary)
At least these fine athletes enter the arena with hopes of their own big payday sometime in the future. They hope to one day earn their freedom and a spot of land in their home state by defeating the overpaid "champion" mercenary that feeds off of their legislated disadvantage, survive a possible mauling by wild beasts, (themselves chained and starved, that will never taste the freedom the athletes may one day attain), and be given a token to later auction on eBay when times get tough...
Scratch that. Somehow merged Gladiator in there...
"It's about the kids (cha-ching) … oh ignore that, it's just Saban's ring-tone." - THE unMack Brown