SEC Tournament Wrap-up

Well, we’ve reached the conclusion to the 2010 edition of the SEC tournament, and Kentucky fans will have something to smile about as they sit in traffic on I-65 north this afternoon.

Though the win can partly be attributed to the willingness of Mississippi State to be careless with the ball late in regulation, it took a couple of amazing plays by the Cats to seal the deal. The biggest of which being John Wall’s ridiculously tough 3 pointer late in overtime to make it a 4 point lead, and essentially sealing Miss St’s fate.

But there was more, and here are a couple of other tidbits from my view in the stands:

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I hate college football bowl games

The NCAA is so greedy they've lost touch with what collegiate athletics are.

The NCAA is so greedy they've lost touch with what collegiate athletics are.

So, every year I gripe about this, write about it for anyone who will listen, and then use too much profanity and my writings are deleted. Now, though, I think I can control my emotions enough to get my thoughts down and still keep it family friendly. My problem is that the season ends with a bunch of “winners.” The irony is of all sports to ultimately go PC with the “everyone’s a winner” attitude, I would have thought football would be the last one to suck. How long until they quit keeping score? I like basketball, with their “one winner” mentality – the rest of the 300+ teams end the year as losers.

Clearly, the only reasonable ending to college basketball is a mini-tournament. Later, I’ll advocate my solution to this problem. With your help to fill any holes I miss, I will then craft it into a letter I intend to send to Congress, who have proven to only be concerned with doing anything beneficial for Americans in the sports arena. I’ve all but given up on US politics otherwise.

Strength of Schedule
My biggest complaint about the bowl selection process is there is no good measure of strength of schedule. The BCS poll only standardizes the fraction of votes from a number of polls. The problem is the polls rarely if ever take into consideration the strength of schedule. Consider Penn State. They played two decent teams this year – Iowa and Ohio State, losing both of those games. Their out of conference games were against Akron (3-9), Syracuse (4-7), Temple (9-3 with their best win over Navy and a loss to a D2 school), and Eastern Illinois (8-3 with their best win over Jacksonville State). Wisconsin wasn’t on their schedule. Their best win was Northwestern. And this is a team in contention for a BCS game, possibly at the exclusion of an undefeated Boise State team.

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Reasons to hate the remaining baseball teams

Here we are, America. Tonight is the start of the National League Championship Series. Tomorrow, the American League Championship Series starts.

This is the exciting part of baseball. At most, we get 21 games that mean something. If you take the 20 from the first round of the playoffs – the entire baseball season comes down to 41 games that mean something.

Winning the world series will make you super gay.

Winning the world series will make you super gay.

And, while baseball will be over about the same time Halloween gets here, don’t worry. Spring training starts around the new year.

The important thing is that the 2009 season is winding down. We’re in the final four. The Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Yankees, and Los Angeles Angels. That’s right folks. Two teams from Los Angeles. And they think you won’t notice it’s all fixed.

You can find a better summation of these two series on other sites, but what you can’t find is the information you really care about. Sports, after all, is all about hate. So, here are the teams that are left and some great reasons to hate them:

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