Tag:Big East
Posted on: May 15, 2010 10:27 am
 

Knocking elitst message board fans...

Okay, I like to have good natured jibes at some of the Big East schools... (hey, I'll admit it, if USM could get in there, while Louisville was there, I'd be a happy camper.).. but I usually stay off limits when it comes to the fans.

But now... oh, you guys have really opened the flood gates, particularly those of you at the ncaabbs boards... because I'm about to blast some schools fans (although I know of one cool Louisville fan on BigGoldNation's message board.).

I'm gonna have to paraphrase here, as I don't have the exact quotes to recopy, so I may get a few things here or there wrong.

I can understand the use of sarcasm and cynicism... but you BE fans truly do take the cake when it comes to elitism. 

There was a long going discussion at one point, of "If the BE is raided, who do we bring in to keep the conference up?".  Now let's not forget that the BE hasn't lost their AQ status.. and with the teams that were on the 'threat list" (Pitt, Rutgers, UConn and Syracuse...) would you guys explain to me why you would still lose your status?  The reason I ask is that Syracuse hasn't been a football threat in forever... The other three, okay, they're flirting with the 30's and 40's repeatedly. 

So you bring in a UCF, ECU.. fine  .. Memphis?  Not so much (80's to 100's.. okay, maybe a good substitue for Syracuse).

One of the 'reasonable' arguments against USM (who I had been hoping for AQ promotion, but not to the Big East as you'll see.) was their markets... (to me, the more reasonable argument against USM was geography... we're even a distance from UCF and USF (if UCF is selected).   We'd be the island university.

but the vitiriol from the fans was "You're not worthy of consideration!  What have you done!  You'd be valued lower than Temple"  (the temple who was ranked 108th as of three years ago, and had a high of 80 ranking last year.).    Well, okay, we're not "good enough for you guys in the Big East..."

This vitriol was coming from candidates for the Big East as well as certain fans of BE teams (In particularly the Appalachian guys.. Lville and WV).

Then the rumour comes out that now the Big-12 is now going to be looking to replace their loss teams.    And the one key statement that came out was .. "We're not looking to expand in current states"; So Houston, TCU, Rice, etc. are outta luck... even though I think a few texas teams would be good add-ons, particulary Houston and TCU.  But I can understand why the B12 doesn't want already existing state teams.

But i'm getting sidetracked...

Guess who's now saying they should be considered for the Big-12 expansion?    Oh wait, that couldn't be fans of Memphis, Lville, WV, etc.?    Why yes, yes it could be!   It appears that they all want to move on to "greener" pastures... wait.. wait the Big East (even without those four (PLUS ECU and UCF) aren't good enough for you guys?   But apparently USM isn't even good enough for that conference... talk about a double slam.

So I really really want to point something out to the Big-East and the "want to be big easterners'...

There's something you should notice about the Big-12 universities (including the soon to be "Ex-B12 univerisities".)

Texas, TexA&M, TTech, Ok, OkSt, Neb, Missouri,  IaSt, Kansas, KState, Colorado, Baylor.

Other than Baylor does anyone notice what kind of universities we have?   State flagship universities...   So let's take a look at some of the barb-throwers.

Memphis.. uhm... Tennessee flagship ?  Nope. that'd be Tennessee
(and no, Memphis, noting that your originall school name of "Memphis State University" does not make you an actual state flagship... it just makes us wonder about your geography skills.)

Louisville.. uhm... Kentucky flagship?  Nope.. that'd be Kentucky

W. Virg... okay, I'll give you WV.

Cincinnati???   Nope... that'd be Ohio State .

So outside of West Virginia... that's strike one...    Does that mean that USM is at an advantage?   Of course not.. but it feels good to say... Hey guys, this time, you dont' look like you're "good enough" for a conference... so just keep dreamin' kids!

Is it spiteful?  Probably... but you know what?  After reading all the vitriol you guys threw at my school.. it feels good to say "You're just not good enoughj"   Besides, I thought the Big East was a very good thing, and would be just _fine_ with decent replacement candidates?  (okay, now watch the big-12 prove me wrong, and I'll have to eat a LOT of crow by offering Memphis a slot...)

Posted on: October 12, 2009 11:07 am
 

Apparently, Glad I didn't watch this saturday...

WHAT THE ... you iknow what?   I never thought I'd say this, but I swear this team is falling apart at the seams.   You get the lead back and then... If it's not the defense it's the specail teams.. if it's not the special teams it's the fumbles.

I really don't know what else to say about this team at the moment.

THe worst feeling is, as quoted by CBS:  "give Louisville its first win over a Football Bowl Subdivision team in nearly a year".

I'm just sick to my stomach (and no, not from the swine flui) now from the performance of our team the last two weeks.. it's almost as if they said, Okay, we can't beat Kansas, so we're not good enough to play for 60 minutes.

I really thought L-Fed would have this team back on track after ripping into them over the UAB game... now.. I dont' know what the hell he (or our defensive coordinator in particular)  are doing.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 24, 2009 11:04 am
 

Rivarly restored... MSU vs. USM

At least for two years.     While i'm waiting to hear the final results from the MSU-USM home-and-home matchup agreement (at least I'm HOPING it's home-and-home), I got to wondering.

For USM fans, which non-C-USA matchup would be most important to us?

Mississippi State?   Ole Miss?   Louisville?  

I leave Alabama and Auburn off this list, because it was always a road game for us, with no return games ever allowed, and we were forced to deal with Pro-Alabama/Auburn officiating 99% of the time.  (No, that's not sour grapes, there are documented examples).

MSU and OM were always long instate rivals, and the team that managed to win the three games took pride in being the "Mississippi State Football Champions"  (kind of like how somehow despite our horrid basketball teams, we  managed to beat UNO, LSU, and Tulane to be the unofficail "Louisiana State Basketball Champions". 

But then i got to thinking, was there any rivalry for USM more "heated" than Louisville?     Everyone remembers how Favre became a college-household name with his 60 yard hail mary that bounced from one Louisville player to a USM player who took it in for a score.  Or how there were always fights and scrums in the past when our teams met.

So which is it USM fans?    Which team do you miss playing the most?  (even though we now get both Louisville and MSU in the future... Come on Webbels.. not scared of us are you?  Not with your #4 ranking... you coudln't be 'scared' now could you?)

Now before I cut off, I had an idea, let's take our three heated rivals... MSU, UM, Louisville... and we schedule a repeating cycle with all three teams.   Say the first week (or second week,if you really want a pre-game warm up with Alcorn, MTSU, Jackson st, etc.) of the season.. we kick the season off right.

2010 -  MSU @ Hattiesburg
2011 -  USM @ Louisville
2012 -  UM   @ Hattiesburg
2013 -  USM @ Starkville
2014 -  Louisville @ Hattiesburg
2015 -  USM @ Oxford

And then repeat the cycle in 2016...    Let's face it.. Bowl games don't want in state rivals, which was our best chance to meet either of our in-state rivals  (there was always talk that hte Liberty Bowl would lift that ban for USM - UM or MSU. but reportedly "Ole Miss balked" at that.. true or not, I don't know.)

It's a sure-fire money / attendance winner for all three schools...   I've never known a Louisville - USM game not to sell out, and would wager that on even terms (Home-and-Home), USM and OM/MSU would be a sure-fire sell out for both schools.    If any of the three teams were national title contenders, and got bumped in that week, there are still 10 to 11 weeks (which is why IMO, it should be week one of the season) of the season to rebound.
 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com