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New England Patriots – Faux Interview with Bill Belichick

Posted by TopOfTheThread on January 27, 2015

I was able to call the New England Patriots office and arrange a faux interview with Bill Belichick.  Belichick (BB) would speak with me only on the condition that I gave him my old, cut-up ESPN The Magazine sweatshirt.

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I asked him a series of questions trying to get insight into his peculiar personality.

Based upon your recent press conference, it seems obvious you like the movie My Cousin Vinny.  What are some of your other favorite movies?

BB: Eight Men Out, 21, The Sting

Who is your favorite U.S. President?

BB: Richard Nixon

Who is your favorite Wall Street personality?

BB: Bernie Madoff

What is your favorite quote?

BB: Rules are made to be broken.

What is your favorite quote by a celebrity?

BB:  Bill Clinton “…I did not have sexual relations with that woman …”

Who is your favorite baseball player(s)?

BB: Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire

Who is your favorite non-football athlete?

BB: Lance Armstrong

Who is your favorite female athlete?

BB: Rosie Ruiz

Who is your favorite youth athlete? 

BB: Danny Almonte

What is yout favorite song:

BB: Me and Mrs. Jones by Billy Paul, later remade by others, including Michael Bublé.

What is your favorite color:?

BB: Anything opaque, maybe black

Do you have anything else you’d like to say?

BB: When do I get my ESPN The Magazine Sweatshirt?

 

Ahhh! Now I understand!

(Obviously a fake interview but it was fun to think about  😉 )

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On the cusp of the College Football Playoff – TCU, Ohio State, Baylor

Posted by TopOfTheThread on December 7, 2014

… Regarding the teams competing for the last spot in the college football playoff –  TCU, The Ohio State, and Baylor.

What is significant today?  Games against ranked opponents at that time… and now.

* Rankings used are the College Football Playoff Rankings listed on ESPN on 12/7/2014 @ 7:56 AM ET *

 To be ranked high early in the season is insignificant.  There is a lot of fluff mixed in.  Let’s look at TCU, The Ohio State, and Baylor’s games versus ranked opponents then and whether those games should be significant talking-points in relation to the College Football Final Four selection process.

 

  • TCU – Beats #4 Oklahoma 37-33 (@Home). Oklahoma is now #20.
  • TCU – Loses to #5 Baylor 61-58 (@Baylor) – Baylor is now #6 (Not a significant difference.) – Note: This was a shootout.  Seemed like an NBA All Star game where no one plays defense.  All Offense.  I would not heavily weigh this game.
  • TCU – Beats #15 Oklahoma State 42-9 (@Home) – Oklahoma State has been dropped from the rankings.
  • TCU – Beat #20 West Virginia 31-30 (@WV) WV has been dropped from the rankings. 
  • TCU – Beats #7 Kansas State 42-20 (@Home) KS is now #9

TCU has 3 wins against currently ranked opponents (#6, #9, #20) Their most dominant win versus a ranked opponent is beating #9 Kansas State 42-20.

 

  • Ohio State – Beats #8 Michigan State 49-37 (@Michigan State). Michigan State is now #8
  • Ohio State – Beats #25 Minnesota 31-24 (@Minnesota). Minnesota has been dropped from the rankings. 
  • Ohio State – Beats #13 Wisconsin 59-0 (@Neutral site) Wisconsin is now #13.

The Ohio State has 2 wins against currently ranked opponents (#8, #13) Their most dominant win versus a ranked opponent is beating #13 Wisconsin 59-0.

 

  • Baylor – Beats #9 TCU 61-58 (@Home) TCU is now #3.  Please see note above for opinion on this shootout.
  • Baylor – Beats #15 Oklahoma 48-14 (@Oklahoma). Oklahoma is now #20
  • Baylor – Beats #9 Kansas State 42-20 (@Home) Kansas State is now #9

Baylor has 3 wins against currently ranked opponents (#3, #9, #20) Their most dominant win versus a ranked opponent is beating #20 Oklahoma 48-14.

If you take out the Baylor-TCU “shootout” they each have 2 wins versus currently ranked teams.

 Personally, I see Ohio State being the team with the best chance of beating any of the 3 biggies (Alabama, Oregon, and FSU). Who knows?  That’s the beauty of it….

We’ll know the selection in 3.50 hours!

 

 

 

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Lots of College Football to go…

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 16, 2014

Lots of College Football to go… and it’s getting exciting to see who’ll be the four teams to make it the first college playoffs.

Here are some (a) quick and dirty comments on this week’s play and (b) my predictions for Tuesday’s committee rankings.

Hey, everyone’s allowed an opinion 😉

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Question: Why are LIEUTENANT GENERAL MIKE GOULD and CONDOLEEZZA RICE on the selection committee?

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Who else met the girlfriend of Manti Teʻo ?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on January 18, 2013

Manti Teʻo girlfriend

Manti Teʻo

Manti Teʻo

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NY Jets Football and Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start The Fire

Posted by TopOfTheThread on December 30, 2012

NY Jets NFLWe all agree The Jets are a disaster on and off the field.

I wonder if Long Island’s Billy Joel is a NY Jets Football fan.   It would be appropriate  if  Billy, or someone with musical talent, would update the song “We Didn’t Start The Fire” to cover the last 2 seasons of the NY Jets.

Will someone talented at lyrics and music (like Billy), please jump in!

 Here’s fodder for the start of the effort:

  • Bring in Tim Tebow and disrupting a horrendous lockerroom to begin with
  • Rex Ryan big mouth
  • Cromartie with 10 kids with 8 different women
  • Jets provide Cromartie with a $500,000 advance so he could make outstanding child support payments.
  • Cromartie being the 2nd best wide receiver
  • Anotonio Holmes is injured, is he now the best receiver?
  • Darrelle Revis getting hurt
  • Dismantling one of the top rushing games in the NFL. Getting rid of Thomas Jones.
  • Skipping the 2nd string QB to play the 3rd String QB (McElroy)
  • QB McElroy starting one game and getting a concussion
  • Skipping back after the 3rd string quarterback to 1st string QB (Sanchez)
  • The lying by the coaches (or Tebow) about Tebow not wanting to play the Wildcat
  • The Butt Fumble
  • Santonio Holmes pouting on the side line
  • New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards is being sued for child support again
  • Braylon Edwards tweets the Jets are “idiots” and then is brought back.
  • Fire OC Shottenheimer – hire Wildcat expert  Sparano – Fire Sparano
  • Doing absolutely nothing in the off-season to help the team.
  • Fire Ryan. Fire Tannenbaum
  • And the cross-town rivals NY Giants win the Super Bowl Again!

Maybe it can be called “We Didn’t Start The Back-Fire”?

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Happy Thanksgiving – Yes Honey – Now we can keep the Jets game on during holiday dinner

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 25, 2010

Note to the Mrs. : Now you have someone to root for on the NY Jets.  The Jets quarterback, Mark Sanchez,  in addition to being a clutch performer on the field, loves the culture of New York.  When he is off the field he loves attending Broadway plays.   He even keeps the soundtracks to Broadway plays in his car!  (Just like you.)   He even likes the same plays as you!

Note to self: If going on a long car trip with Mark Sanchez, make sure to empty his CDs out of the car before starting the trip.

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This is a very, very interesting video story about the New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Click to watch the video.

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Jets Get Manning

Posted by TopOfTheThread on January 19, 2010

I wish I was a good artist, but I’m not!

Go Jets!

NY Jets will get to Peyton Manning

NY Jets will get to Peyton Manning

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Is Tim Tebow the Tyler Hansbrough of football?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on January 2, 2010

Here’s a thought … (we did watch the Tebow cam)

Is Tim Tebow the Tyler Hansbrough of football?

  • Both had exceptional collegiate careers.
  • Both won NCAA Championships.
  • Both won the top collegiate individual awards (player of the year and Heisman Trophy)
  • Both are hard-working, good citizens.
  • Both will have difficult times in their professional sports (NFL, NBA). Hansbrough may actually have a better chance of making a “good length” career in the NBA than Tebow  in the NFL.

Congratulations to Tim Tebow on a great collegiate career. Please be open-minded in the NFL.  You may need to be a part-time hybrid quarterback and receiver.  Get in the league and show your value. All the cards will then fall into place. We wish you the best.

(photo gatortailgating.com)

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Cincinatti’s Brian Kelly embarrasses himself and ‘disses’ the University of Cincinnati players

Posted by TopOfTheThread on December 12, 2009

So Brian Kelly is taking the Notre Dame Football Head Coaching position.

Congratulations Mr. Kelly and ND University.

Why couldn’t it wait until after The Sugar Bowl?

It smells like ND flex’d and Brian Kelly jumped. Notre Dame is one of  the most powerful programs in the country. Of course it is a job that Kelly would want.

By announcing the move when The University of Cincinnati is undefeated and headed to The Sugar Bowl, it’s showing lack of class.  It is disrespecting University of Cincinnati. It is disrespecting University of Cincinnati players.

Shame on you Notre Dame.  Shame on you Brian Kelly. Mostly shame on you Notre Dame. You had the power to had handled this with class and you dropped the ball.

You have set a poor example today’s youth — exactly who you are supposed to be educating.

Go Bearcats!

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Eli Manning – Overpaid and Overrated NY Giants Quarterback

Posted by TopOfTheThread on August 7, 2009

Check out the news from a few days ago…

  • ALBANY, N.Y. — Eli Manning has agreed to a new six-year, $97.5 million contract extension with the New York Giants that will make him among the highest-paid players in the NFL with an average salary of roughly $15.3 million, a source told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen…. See Eli Manning as agreed to…

  • Pretty amazing contract considering he may not be one of the top 10 quarterbacks in the NFL.
    (He’s probably the third best quarterback in his family.)

    He is credited with getting to and winning the Super Bowl. His gun-toting buddy Plaxico Burress, was his savior during that run. Manning would throw passes that Burress would “go and get”. You can see how Manning’s productivity declined once Burress was missing from the field.

    Manning also benefits from having the best rushing offense in the NFL. Please take a look at the chart below. Plug in some of the other quarterbacks into the Giants… and consider how much of a better team they’d be…

    2008 NFL Team Rushing Statistics EliManningGIF2

    (from  https://topofthethread.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=1257&message=1)

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