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So every year a bunch of dumb bitches like Jose Kortez gripe about college football’s bowl system and the “Bull Crap Series”.  Every year these dumb bitches make the same arguments and complain about how messed up the system is, and then they invariably propose a haphazardly thought-up system of their own which is even more nonsensical than the current one is.  If you want to read Jose’s gripes and nonsensicalities, click here.  Let’s talk about some of them first.

First, college basketball absolutely has multiple winners.  There is of course one ultimate champion, the winner of the NCAA tournament.  But then there is the winner of the NIT tournament, the CBI tournament, and even the winner of one more tournament that, like the NIT and CBI, is designed to give the losers of the college basketball regular season something to feel good about when they don’t get invited to the Big Dance.  So there are actually four tournaments that collectively give almost 200 teams a shot at the postseason and crown four champions.  Hell, you don’t even have to have a winning record to get invited to the CBI or the fourth tournament that I forget the name of and will not give the gift of publicity to.

Second, Strength of Schedule is absolutely a part of the BCS formula.  If Strength of Schedule doesn’t matter, then why are Florida and Alabama—the teams that Jose suggests have played the best schedules—at the top of the BCS standings?  Why are the two unbeaten teams from garbage conferences (Cincinnati and Boise State) the lowest ranked of the six unbeatens?  The truth is that the human voters in the Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll take strength of schedule into account when they fill out their ballots each week.  They may look at records first, but their rankings make it clear that they are weighing Strength of Schedule pretty heavily.  Finally, the six computers that collectively make up the final third of the BCS rankings all use Strength of Schedule to rank teams.  Many of them even look at the Strength of Schedule of the opponents of a team’s opponents (this solves the problem of Penn State’s wins over Temple and Eastern Illinois being deceptively good).  Strength of Schedule is a very important consideration in the current BCS formula.

Third, Jose’s diatribe contains some ridiculously inaccurate statements like this one:  “Ohio State has made a tradition of getting blown out of bowl games because they are so woefully unprepared to face an actual quality opponent.”  Really, Jose?  Let’s not slow down and let facts get in the way of opinions or anything!  …Ohio State is 4-3 in BCS Bowl games, tied for the second most BCS victories of any team.  And they consistently play one of the toughest schedules in the nation, as they did this season when they scheduled USC and Navy and defeated the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th best teams in their own conference (something Florida and Alabama did not do because they did not have to play them).

Another glaring inaccuracy in Jose’s argument is the suggestion that a “plus-one” would only incorporates three teams and that one of those teams would have to beat both of the other teams to be declared champion.  That is wrong and clearly pulled out of someone’s ass (hopefully not Vern Musberger’s).  In reality, a plus-one would just involve waiting until after the Bowl Season to determine the two teams that advance to the National Championship Game.  The current Bowls would be played as they are now, and the night after they ended, the National Championship Game participants would be announced.  This would go a long way towards solving the issue of multiple unbeaten teams being left out of the National Championship game because some would lose in the initial Bowl Season.  It would also allow the Rose Bowl to go back to inviting the Big Ten Champion and the Pac-10 Champion every year. Continue reading

Notre Dame Will Be FUPA-less Next Season.

Nothing cries for pleated pants like a FUPA.

Nothing cries for pleated pants like a FUPA.

According to multiple outlets, Notre Dame has told his assistants that Charlie Weis will not coach the Irish next season. That means two things.

1.) Any team with a successful coach NOT making $3 Million per year should now be nervous about their future.

2.) Mark Mangino has lost his only real competition for most disgusting physique in College Football. The title is all yours, Mark… until you get fired too.

So… Who do you see getting the Notre Dame job next? Butch Davis? Brian Kelly? Chris Peterson? Billy Gillispie? Who you got?

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College Football Top 25 11/29/09

The EJSIC Top 25: NCAA FOOTBALL
Previous EJSIC college football polls:
Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12

Here we are following week 12 of the college football season. Here are the AP and USA Today week 13 polls but we here at EJSIC are pretty sure we can do better because, to us, all that matters are the teams, who they’ve played, and who they’ve beaten.

So, here it is. All the information you need to make your own minds up. As always, we’re interested in your thoughts, what you would do differently and maybe a quick justification for why. Presented below are the rankings, team, record, (votes – first place votes). Also included are next week’s opponent, wins against teams currently in the top 25, and notable losses to teams that receive no votes in the poll.

1. TCU 12-0 (97 – 2) Next week: BYE
Top 25 Wins: @ #10 BYU (10-2), #25 Utah (9-3)
Notable Losses: None
1. Florida 12-0 (97 – 2) Next week: vs. #3 Alabama (12-0)
Wins: @ #18 LSU (9-3)
Notable Losses: None
3. Alabama 12-0 (94) Next week: vs. #1 Florida (12-0)
Top 25 Wins: vs. #13 VA Tech (9-3), #18 LSU (9-3)
Notable Losses: None
4. Texas 12-0 (87) Next week: vs. #20 Nebraska (9-3)
Top 25 Wins: @ #22 Oklahoma State (9-3)
Notable Losses: None
5. Cincinnati 11-0 (84) Next week: vs. #16 Pitt (9-2)
Top 25 Wins: @ #14 Oregon State (8-3)
Notable Losses: None

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College Basketball Top 25 11/29/09

The EJSIC Top 25: NCAA Basketball
November 29, 2009
Pre-season poll
Week 1
Week 2

Finally we’re staring down December and a few teams have started playing some real competition. Kentucky deserves some sort of award for participating in the weakest early season tournament.

So, without further ado, here are our rankings (votes – first place votes), with next week’s schedule. Week 3 will be games played between November 29 and December 5. As the season progresses, we’ll keep a log of top wins and bad losses so you can follow the important information to the NCAA tournament.

1. Kansas 5-0 (98 – 2)
…..Last week: Win vs. Oakland 89-59, Win vs. Tennessee Tech 112-75
…..Next week: vs. Alcorn State 12/02
2. Duke 6-0 (90 – 1)
…..Last week: Win vs. Arizona State 64-53, Win vs. #19 UConn 68-59
…..Next week: @ Wisconsin 12/02, vs. St. John’s 12/05
3. Villanova 6-0 (87)
…..Last week: Win vs. Mississippi 79-67, Win vs. LaSalle 81-63
…..Next week: vs. Drexel 12/02
4. Syracuse 5-0 (86 – 1)
…..Last week: Win vs. Cornell 88-73, vs. Columbia 85-60
…..Next week: vs. Maine 12/05
5. Texas 4-0 (82)
…..Last week: Win vs. Iowa 85-60, Win vs. Pittsburgh 78-62
…..Next week: @ Rice 11/29, vs. USC 12/03

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Elitist Jerk Classics: “Biscotti”

Editor’s Note: The following is a re-post from a while back. We’ll be posting these from time to time as a way of letting a new audience see some great posts they might have missed.

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I’d like to make a brief foray into “Food and Spirits” if I may. That rhymed, hey. An accident by the way. But now if I may, I’ll continue to play. What can I say? Word games are so gay.

Exactly who (or is it whom?) decided that dried-out, almost-flavored bread is to be considered a tasty treat? Allow me to speculate on how this works: “Yes, let’s take these croutons, hold the delicious Caesar salad, add some nuts, and put them in the vicinity of chocolate for a little while, but not so long as to actually acquire any real flavor. And then let’s leave them out to dry for another three days. And then let’s sell them to pretentious Americans. Hooray, profit!”

Oh, I know what you’ll say. “Dunk them in coffee. It’s delish.” First of all, don’t say “delish”. Rachael Ray says it, and she’s an annoying cow. Second, if I have to dunk a morsel in coffee in order for it to be edible, well, I’m sorry. I’m just not interested.

I realize I’m referring to the Americanized version of biscotti. I realize that in Italy, I’d probably get something edible and I wouldn’t be complaining. Well, I’m not in Italy; I’m in the United States of freakin’ America. And I’m taking a stand: no more stale baked goods. Give me a fluffy muffin or a succulent slice of apple pie. And if you’re going to require java-submersion, you anti-American asshats, I’ll take a hot glazed Krispy Kreme, please.

- S. A. McGee