More excellent analysis, Ralph.
Ralph: you were always a very good sports writer. It is a shame you now do it in a place with a very small audience. Your and Tosches' talents are essentially being wasted.
Colorado and Colorado State have earned No. 11 seeds in different regions. For details and bracket analysis, check the IndyBlog before making your picks for the NCAA Tournament.
Mao Asada, she won the Olympic SILVER medal.
"Most disappointing conference: Big Ten, given that Wisconsin, Ohio State, Nebraska, Penn State, Iowa, Northwestern and Washington all lost."
Just curious, but when did Washington join the big 10?
Tebow has had a few bad games but what young quarterback doesn't? The whole team has played poorly and the talent on that team just isn't that good. Remember they traded their best receiver (Lloyd) the week before they made Tebow the starter. I still like Tebow and hope he plays well. If he can't make it as a QB then turn him into a RB/FB/TE cause he is a football player, that's for sure.
I retract my previous statement, you are indeed correct about Broncos wrapping up West on Christmas Eve with a win and SD/Oak loss; my apologies. Just a KC fan trying to keep hope alive.
Your "set of circumstances where Denver could wrap up the AFC West on Christmas Eve" is incorrect. Denver would still have to beat the KC Chiefs on Jan 1st to win the West; that's why KC still barely alive as you state above. If that plays out, I may have to purchase a Kyle Orton KC jersey. Can you imagine the Tebow vs Orton hype next week if that game determines the West? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Nice job Ralph. Perhaps the best synopsis and evaluation of - where Denver stands, the NE game, the team and their future that I have read.
I think Colorado native Mick McCall's name should being considered. He has been very successful as the Off. Coordinator at Northwestern in Chicago. He's clean competitive coach that recruits well especially in Colorado (pretty sure he was a head coach of a big high school here in Denver). NU's current explosive quarterback, Kain Colter, is from Cherry Creek high school. And it was probably McCall that recruited him. McCall runs a Urban Meyer style spread offense that moves the chains and wins games.
We're all familiar with Barnett, unfortunately enough for him, his name is still infamously familiar in Colorado and he has been out of coaching for 7 seasons. He could go somewhere else and definitely win games.
My view is in agreement with yours, Ralph - albeit a bit more simplistic: talented as he may be, Timmy ain't gonna be able to run around long in the NFL.
The Pro Game is, as everyone knows, FAR different than the junior-high, high school, and college arenas where this kid cut his chops.
I tell no one nothing they don't already know: if Tebow intends to be the consummate One-Man Show Super-Utility Back, there are some mighty big and effective defenders who will gladly bring his career to a premature close via one or more legal, but disabling, hits.
As a current media darling, Timmy's gonna find his 15 minutes of fame'll run out real quick.
This kid needs to quickly learn either how to run that offense and use his team - or learn to run backwards toward the sideline.
Otherwise he ain't gonna be around long ...
I sure hope they don't leave cause the little guy featured in this amazing shot video absolutely loves going to the games. BTW, feel free to share the video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqScGsb4ZFU
Although it certainly seems like these are crazy times for college athletics, the chaos was bound to happen given the financial stakes. Television contracts and the potential for revenue sharing are strong motivators. Couple those motivators with a shift in decision-making from athletic directors to university boards/presidents, and you have a recipe for an ever-changing landscape of conferences....
So Nagasu 'bombed' at U.S. Nationals. Many feel Rachael was once again HELD UP by the U.S. judges there, giving her unrealistic scores that she could only dream of in international competition. Nagasu has placed ahead of Flatt at every one of their senior international meetings-7th at Worlds last year to Rachael's 9th (who skated her best versus Nagasu who made mistakes and STILL outranked Flatt), 3rd at the recent Four Continents, her first senior medal, a bronze while Flatt is once again kept off the podium. And at the tallest mountain of all Mirai placed 4th at her first major international to Rachael's 7th. See where I'm getting at? A HEALTHY Mirai likely would have placed well enough to get that 3rd spot for Team USA. Flatt violated the rules to a contract she signed. I don't see your problem with that, and also I don't appreciate that you seem to imply that from no on ALL skaters in the U.S. will be dishonest about their injuries due to this incident. I call BS. Thus far, most have seemed forthcoming. I.E. Ryan Bradley and Evan Lysacek who both reported their injuries and indeed Evan did so in time to give the team alternate-Rachael Flatt's coache's skater-the chance to compete at Worlds.
LOL. I surely hoped you enjoyed your five minutes of fame becoming one of the many critics and bashers of Ohio State Football; and there are more than enough already. Truth is OSU wins, and selling and lying didn't assist that. Other schools with their talent simply didn't beat OSU's talent. Cheating was not involved, but violations with compliance did occur, hence the current situation. The posts by both osunut and MD fan above nailed it on the head; your knowledge of football leaves much to be desired. Consider that your suggestion of shutting down the season affects every school on OSU's schedule, including the Buffaloes. Colorado needs this game more than OSU does, and don't you think that every team they play now will want to give "extra" and attempt in vain to hand the Buckeyes a loss, in light of everything that has happened?
Ralph, I'm embarrassed for you. Others have already provided the reasons, expressing them eloquently. Enough said.
Ralph, Ralph, Ralph. You have very little perspective and should write about something you know. College football is big business and none of the major universities are above reproach. OSU just got caught in a pickle and handled it poorly. Billion dollar industires tend to have this affect. Think the the SEC schools are laughing their ass off becasue the naive midwest coach got caught? I'm sure they are laughing because they are all just better at working around the NCAA rules.
Sir, your commentary should be limited to what you know, and that is obviously not college football or more specifically what is going on at OSU. "Yet, these days" Woody Hayes was fired 33 years ago. "Yet these days", the man has been dead for 24 years, let him RIP. Skip 2011 season? You do understand there are 113 football players on the OSU football roster? Lets burn a year of eligibility, and punish the other 108 players for the actions of 6 or 7 counting Tressel? How about the countless other sports that are supported by the football program? OSU has one of the highest number of women sports in the country. How do you think those programs obtain their funding? Hiring a new coach and disrupting another team right before the start of preseason work outs? Did you not catch the mention by OSU when they announced the firing of Tressel (lets call it what it is), that they appointed Fickle Interim Head Coach for all of 2011, and would not begin search for new coach until after the 2011 season? No coach of any caliber, or in their right mind would consider the OSU job until the NCAA announces sanctions. Skipping the 2011 season is not a full blown NCAA death sentence? That is just an ignorant statement, no explanation needed. I will give you Gee based solely on fact he can not keep his mouth shut and make an appropriate statement, i.e.- I just hope Coach doesn’t fire me....…,Sisters of the poor.........etc. I get the point you were “trying“ to make, and I am not going to defend OSU or Tressel. They will get hammered by NCAA, and justifiably so. If you are going to participate in the bash OSU band wagon because you have some sort of higher moral compass, or more accurately the fact they are on your schedule next year, at least use relevant, accurate supporting data for your commentary. Lets be realistic for a second. The Buffalos will likely leave Columbus with a loss this fall. Tressel, and the tattoo 5 or 6 will not be apart of that game. Please don’t fabricate facts or use irrelevant commentary to support the reason why…….
I agree CU should have been selected for the tournament, one of the biggest "snubs" I can remember. But how about Colorado's ONLY team to make the dance? The U Northern CO Bears are making their first appearance in the NCAA tourney and I'm surprised you failed to mention that fact anywhere in your column; especially due to the fact Tad Boyle was their head coach last year. I have no loyalties to either team, but today I'm a UNC fan.
Hmmmm...have you considered playing at 7,000 feet...that might have an affect.
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