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I like to broaden stuff out, look at the bigger picture than sports, and that’s why I think the people who love these rants, love the rants! BYU wants to be independent in football. Let me tell you something about independent. Independent sounds a lot cooler than it is…when your 20 years old you’re like “man, I’m my own guy now…nobody is going to own me now, I’m not selling out man…cause I’m independent man!”

Well, do you want to make 28 grand for the rest of your life playa? Cause when that big corporation comes, and you’re in your 30’s and your married – don’t kid yourself, better looking women…they want guys who’ve come some cache…that big corporation offers you $180,000 a year + bonuses, you’ll start selling out dawg! “Yeah but I’m single man…I run my own life man!” …how are those 1 900 numbers coming along? Enjoy sitting watching your skank off the week…like Jersey shore? It’s quite the life you’ve carved out playa!!

Listen, everybody in life talks about being independent…but nobody truly is! We all need somebody…even politicians, you need a party! 99.99% of politicians in this country need a party! Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York, Bloomberg News, Multi-billionaire doesn’t…he can run independent….win New York, manipulate the media. Mike Bloomberg is probably the only guy in North America today that can run independently and run viably! Ron Paul is not viable at all. Sorry! He may be right and may be smarter than everybody else…not real viable though. 99.99% of politicians need a party, in the radio business…only one person can be independent. Rush Limbaugh could syndicate himself and get on 400 stations…nobody else could.

Being independent sounds cooler than it is, BYU is like “hey, were BYU…we’ve got our own television channel!” pfft, who doesn’t? There’s a freakin transgender film critic channel for crying out loud, nobody watches that either! Everybody has got a channel…I had the BYU football channel in my package…I didn’t know where it was, I didn’t have it marked down, but I know I’ve got it …cause I bumped into it a couple of years ago and immediately turned it off, mostly because it was BYU football! It sounds great BYU, but even if you go 12-0…who says your gonna get a shot at the national championship!

Utah had a better team 2 years ago then you ever did for the last 30 years…they couldn’t get it! Boise State would beat you today and they’ve had great teams as well…and they can’t get it either! Who the heck says you’re gonna get it??? Honestly!! We’re even upset when Notre Dame gets into a bowl game and they recruit much better players than you do on average…it’s nothing against BYU, but if you wanna go independent, then you knock yourself out!

But you make like $40 million a year, Texas makes $140 million and they think they need a conference…so all to all these guys out there – in life, and this isn’t a shot at BYU it’s a fine school, but everybody wants to be independent and everybody talks a big game “I’m a man, I’m not going to sell out” we all need people, we all need help! We all need friendship, we all need love…we all need all this stuff!

So when I hear guys yapping about independence, the first thing I think is “you’re not even old enough to have an opinion on anything!” and you know, BYU can talk all they want…even if they go 12-0, you’re not going to get any home and home’s with major schools…you think Texas is gonna go play in your stadium? Good luck! You think USC, Ohio State, Virginia Tech are going to as well? Good luck!!

They will say to you “yeah, your independent…we’re not doing home and home…you come to our stadium…why are we going to go to your stadium? You don’t have 95,000 people” so again, it sounds….and I have no problem if you wanna do it, but it sounds a lot cooler than you think it is…and everybody is just like “yeahhhh, I’m independent!” Nooo, your single watching Jersey Shore in a ratty apartment…that’s what you are!! “Man, I’m never working for the man!” Congratulations on being a web designer…you and squiggy can go to Europe and freakin backpack! No chicks wanna go out with you…you can’t afford dinner!

And by the way, it’s not a bad thing to need people…”but Andrew, your selling out!” yeah I’ve been in contact with sports networks down south and one is very interested in having me do their sports ranting on their website! I’m about to turn 23 and pretty much…yeah I guess I’m selling out, yeah I guess U2 is selling out as well! But I don’t wanna be a garage band! Ehh, I’m selling out I’m Andrew Arevalo 4th Economics Major at U of Waterloo; I’m selling out, yes. But I certainly wanna make a great living….my bad! Knock yourself out.

But if you BYU think they can go 12-0 and that we can just slot them in for the national championship…no thanks, no thanks! Cause I can tell you right now, nobody is gonna wanna play BYU week 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 of a conference season unless you’re playing them in your home…Oklahoma is not going to go to your joint, you gotta go to theirs! I mean, I still contend that the only school in the country that can go independent and do better than what they’re doing is Texas. Texas is the one school that could go independent and just take all their money and all their sports and probably do better than what they are doing now…but I’ve argued for the last couple of years that Norte Dame needs to get into a conference. Notre Dame’s big arrogant argument is “we have our own television network” Boise State gets on national television 7 times a year…everybody has got their own TV network…it’s called ABC, haha.

See you can pretty much get like every Ohio State football game, every year, once they get into conference…every Buckeye game is on television. You know what, Ohio State has their own football network, it’s called ESPN and it certainly is soo much easier to find than BYU’s football network, I’ll tell you that. Would I be willing to watch a Buckeye’s game when their like playing Youngstown or Everett? Only because I live in breathe Buckeye football, if I didn’t…not a chance!

But once they get into the conference, they’ve got their own football network…so stop braggin about your football network, everybody has got a channel! Independence is seriously over-rated

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So Rex Ryan is getting killed for swearing, but you know…you can go all around and look through college sports and all through the professional ranks and your intense guys win! Mike Sushsefskie is super intense…he wins a lot of games. Tom Izzo, I don’t know about his practice (swearing or non-swearing) but he can be super intense and wins a lot of games.

Nick Saben does, Urban Meyers does…umm, Bill Belichick does, Parcell’s is historically, Kofflin as well…these are guys who swear, Andy Reid…their yellers and screamers sometimes…Jeff Fischer can get into guys’ kitchen, okay that’s fine. I’m not saying…swearing = winning, but this is not the post office, this is NFL football, it is sports…you’re dealing with alpha-males, sometimes you have to be confrontational, sometimes you have to get into the guys face, sometimes you have to yell and scream…and then people will say “well, what about Tony Dungy?” in his case, you become the exception guy…who is like the one exception to base your entire argument on.

That’s like saying “well Bob smoked and he never got cancer”…yeah but people who do, do get it and it’s a throat cancer! So there are exceptions to everything…some people survive things, jumping off a bridge, or jumping from an airplane 8000 feet and surviving…that doesn’t mean that if you jump from a plane, it’s a good idea… and Tony Dungy’s playoff record is sub .500 WITH the greatest QB of all time. In a pretty meager division (it should be noted) I mean, it does help that he has Jacksonville, Tennessee…it’s not like he’s going up against big markets….you know , at least Belichick has got to the beat the New York’s and the Miami’s of the world.

So you know, it’s nothing against Dungy (who I dearly love for his stance on his biblical principles) but don’t use his and say “this is the way to do it!” I would argue that there is significantly more guys…who have been in swear, Rex Ryan types, who have succeeded in football. Football is one of those sports, that its different then all the other sports…every single week matters. There is a physical fear that your career can end…there is a real fear in NFL locker rooms…go into an NFL locker room, it’s much more intense than a baseball game or an NBA game. Football is a different world…its hyper intense…it is the ultimate fear sport where guys…heck, you walk into an NFL locker room before a game…it’s unbelievable! I mean there is nothing like it in sports…soccer is not close to it, even at the world cup level nor Golf tournaments.

It is guys, chest out, heavy testosterone, banging walls…people can die playing football, you can get like concussions regularly…so to match that intensity as a coach, you gotta get into guys faces no?? And sometimes, stuff comes out…and you know, we always use Dungy…”Tony does it this way…” well Belichick is considered a better football coach and he swears! I mean ask yourself this…Belichick or Dungy? Well Belichick is more intense! So, his way has beaten Dungy…and has won more playoff games then Superbowl’s! He won 11 games with Matt Cassell! And he’s the opposite of Tony Dungy, so is Nick Saben as well. And they are winning championships.

So all I’m saying is…to say swearing doesn’t help, intensity helps, Tony is the exception to the rule! Wade Philips…nice guy…he’s a mess in Dallas! They have the best talent in the league, for probably the last 4 or 5 years, and he’s only got 1 playoff win! Got routed at the end of last year…so is that working? I mean I not advocating swearing or anything….if I’d swear in my ranks, I’d get the pull from my house! [Daddy reads these for fun too…Hi dad!] But I do think to some degree, we’re all over-reacting to this!

And remember this, Hard Knocks, they EDIT THE TAPE!! It’s not live…they just don’t take the tape and edit it for hours…you could be getting a lot more swearing then what you actually get from Rex Ryan, or he may not swear as much. It’s like reality television; there is nothing less real than reality television, their plying drinks with everybody. They take hours and hours of footage in reality television and then you see a fourty minute show after commercials, so they tape for a week and you get 38 minutes? That’s not reality!!

You can make anybody look like a buffoon, you can make anybody look like a jerk and similarly you can fool any people…Ted Hagger fooled a national convention of Evangelicals for a dozen year…you can fool millions of people! So to say “Rex is this or Rex is that…” eh come on!! It’s an edited show.


It is amazing, and I’ve always acknowledged that maybe I’m just superficial, but I do like some bling, I do like Brett Favre, I do like the Yankees and the Lakers, I like Duke basketball, I love Ohio State football, I like the big traditional powers, I’m a busy guy…I’m not gonna sit around and watch bad or mediocre sports, even as a sports ranter…so I like the big successful teams that have great coaching and are good year after year.

This past Sunday it was the PGA championships or a chance to watch Tim Tebow against the Bengals, and I gotta tell you…Tebow won! And he won by a landslide…I’m fascinated by Tim Tebow, I still think the Broncos gave away too many draft picks for him, I find him fascinating and interesting. I watched Sports Nation on Monday morning and everybody was pretty much talking about Tebow…let me just say this though, There are some things…most of the stuff that we do in life – that we do well –we get credit for!

If you’re a good banker, a good mortgage broker, or a good teacher…you’re gonna get credit for it…and you should! You deserve it! But the one thing you’re not gonna get credit for doing a good job is parenting!…there are like 5000 selfless things you’ll do in a year as a parent…that’s what your suppose to do…you might say “but I love my kids!” pfft, your suppose to moron, their your kids! “I feed my kids”…again, you’re suppose to…they’re your kids! And that’s the way it is with parenting…you love them, more than they will ever love you… and your job is to take care of them for a long time…how long, is negotiable.

But certainly when they pop out, their yours and your responsibility and nobody is gonna pat you on the back because your showing them how to be a good person and I feel very similar. Now that said, you can do a million great things as a parent and you’ll get no credit whatsoever! If you do one stupid thing…just one…you’re gonna get killed for it! “But Judge, I only left my kid in the car, in 100 degree heat…ONE TIME…just once!” pfft, he still throws you in jail. That’s just the way it is.

I feel the exact same way about the pre-season in the NFL, especially with QB’s. I’m not going to give you any credit for an impressive drive…in the NFL preseason as a QB…like dude, your facing back-ups, vanilla schemes, coaches are experimenting!! You see, no coach has ever in the history of the league, unveiled their best stuff defensively…conversely just like parenting. But if you screw up in the pre-season, that is troubling as a QB, they are vanilla schemes, are you facing back-ups, and so this morning, I think you have a right as a 49ers fan or as an Arizona Cardinal fan to criticize Alex Smith and Matt Leinhart…who were both below average, as veteran NFL QB’s, wanting and needing to impress people…they were below average.

Alex Smith of the 49ers still does not pass the performance or the eyeball test. Alex Smith has been in this league long enough…where you gotta be able to at least be able to move the chains in the pre-season. He’s completed 50%, 58%, 48%, 60% of his throws…his QB rating hovers around 65-70….sorry, not good enough, not acceptable…struggling in the pre-season and throwing behind people…similarly Matt Leinhart, same story…performance and eyeball test, he looks lethargic, he had a couple of nice throws late… I don’t see the energy, I don’t see the focus, I don’t see the motion…he looks like he’s barely engaged!…now conversely, Michael Vick and Tim Tebow had flourishes..Flashes…wow moments! (Yawn) don’t really care at this moment…It’s still pre-season.

Like parenting, being solid in the pre-season…doesn’t get you love! Tebow faced back-ups, there are some things I like, he faced back-ups, vanilla scheme, his mechanics are still below average…and Michael Vick is the most over-reported player in the history of the NFL! At least I think Tebow’s got some future…I have no idea, why people still think that Michael Vick is going to be a playoff bound QB. But I will tell you …I will tell you that I saw something Friday which made me at least appreciate and root for Tim Tebow.

I was streaming ESPN on my laptop…and their reporter Colleen Dominguez had an interview with Jamarcus Russell, now he’s the former #1 pick of the Oakland Raiders…biggest bust maybe ever in the NFL, arguably…got something like $60 million and is just completely dis-interested in being an NFL QB now and what it takes to be one… The interview was perhaps one of the most shocking I’ve ever seen, since I heavily got into sports at the age of 10.

He didn’t even have the presence, he wasn’t talking…he was like mumbling! The eye contact was poor, he couldn’t look at anyone in the face for long periods, he didn’t even have the presence to make a case for himself to get another SHOT at QB, which he and his agent want…this is why, and I texted a good college football fan of mine in Toronto about this, this is why Lane Kiffin begged Al David not to draft him…yet they still did. It’s a legendary story, where Lane Kiffin was like “ohh we can’t draft him, it’s gonna be a disaster, he’s not the right guy, the DNA is not right, he’s not interested…” Lane Kiffin begged Al Davis not to draft him… Al Davis drafted him, because Al Davis was like “big arm…reminds me of plunckit” disaster came about!

So I texted my buddy after seeing this interview and was like “I saw the interview…wow, we were darn right!” and then he texts back saying “and this is why you can’t draft Jamarcus Russell” Folks, think about Jamarcus Russell…and before we do, let me get back to the Tebow thing. I don’t believe I would’ve ever spent 3 picks on Tim Tebow, but with Tim Tebow…here’s what I get: high energy, high optimism…”I’ll do anything for the team…I’m fan friendly, I’ll sell jerseys, I’ll play tight end”.

When you look around pro sports today, 70% of athletes are broke 5 years after retirement…attitude, drugs, un-coachable guy, 19 year olds with ego’s and entourages, kids from poor backgrounds who get quick money and it just changes their life and changes their personality…you watch that Jamarcus Russell interview…busted for codine possession. You know what that means? He’s using cough syrup recreationally! You don’t get that with Tim Tebow…now the biggest concern with Tim Tebow…he blows his signing bonus on a VA hospital in Bangladesh…like he misses a practice because he’s basically helping build homes for kids in a war-torn country!

But I get the Tebow thing, and I watched that Jamarcus Russell interview, Tebow has got limitations, but god I’m getting optimism…I’m getting a big body, I’m getting an active body, I’m getting a totally coachable guy, I’ll do anything for the team type of guy, I’ll play any position, I’m totally engaged, I’ll stay after practice .

So that Jamarcus Russell interview was disturbing!!! $60 million dollars, mumbling, no eye contact, doesn’t have the presence to sell himself when given ANOTHER oppourtunity…go back and achieve it and watch it …I just sat there and I’m texting my buddy and I’m saying “I’ve never seen anything like this…who in the Raiders organization sat down with Jamarcus Russell, listened to him and said “this guy is a franchise QB!” that is more disturbing than Jamarcus Russell…maybe that tells you why the Raiders over the last 7 years have averaged 4 ½ and 5 ½ wins.

But if you think of Denver sports, where Tebow has become an absolute icon…you got bronco players…didn’t you have bronco players who got shot and killed, the nuggets are incredibly talented but completely underachieve….you can see why people would fall in love with Tebow! At least you get a good attitude…at least you get a guy that will stay after practice.

I’ll tell you, that Jamarcus Russell interview…if you didn’t hear it, it is unbelievable! Check out the link below…where he’s talking to Colleen Dominguez on “Outside the Lines” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnhBeEsouHg

(skim over to 1:40 second part of the clip for response I’ve been ripping Jamarcus on)

Did you catch that part where she asks him “have you ever used a codine drug without a prescription?” and he answers…”yeah’ve”…pfft, at least he’s honest there! When you watched it, he was really mumbling, looking down, not engaged, not willing to sell himself…he’s sitting there looking for another NFL job, and then you watch Tebow, and you know, their shaving his head and he’s like “ahh whatever for the team!…whatever helps for the team…I’ll do anything for the team”

I don’t think Tebow is gonna be nearly as good as everyone paints him to be…but he’s likeable! God at least he makes you feel good if you’re a Bronco fan, at least I appreciate his leadership qualities!


…so I was talking about baseball a couple of weeks ago with some of my friends…and if you didn’t hear about it, there was a big brawl in the Marlins/Nat’s game and it was all because this Nigel Morgan guy has been running into catchers all season long. So he goes into the game and the Marlins throw at him for runnning into their catcher the night before…fine, that’s baseball!  And then they throw at him again later in the game because he stole a base while the Marlins were trailing 13-4 or something like that…sorry I don’t watch too many Nat’s/Marlin’s games in August/September, I’m sorry I apologize for that …my bad.

First of all, its ridiculous and I don’t even wanna go and spend any time on that incident, but I told my friends that I thought the interesting part in all of this was – and I asked them – does football have any unwritten rules? And I don’t think they do. You know there has always been this feeling that you can’t throw the bomb when leading in the 4th…heck, that’s not my rule Belichick would do it and so would Urban Myers. You know, Belichick and Urban Myers are not well liked, but there’s a lot of Super Bowl rings and National Championship title between the two and they are very good friends, so I don’t buy that. I am absolutely throwing the ball down field leading big in the 4th.

 In the NFL, your tie breaker is points! I really couldn’t care less if you’re offended. Bill Belichick is the most hated guy in the NFL, it’s not hurting him much. Urban Myers is not well loved either. Yet Lane Kiffin…everybody hates him because he’s coaching at USC. Well heck, where are you coaching? Grand Valley Tech? Bottom line is that if you wanna be liked, get out of it and go home and sell Hallmark cards.

Football is not about being liked it as about combat and violence and winning games and scoring points and Jimmy Johnson years ago nailed it! He said ” It’s not my job to stop me from scoring…it’s your job!” And I will ABSOLUTELY throw the ball down field in the 4th, especially – and what happens is that – if you’re trying and I’m trying, and teams will put 10 in the box. Well when you put 10 in the box and nobody on the island, out there on the left side with my flanker…I’m throwing to him!

 Now the ONLY unwritten rule in football – and you know I was thinking it this morning – generally there has always been a feeling  “no special teams, trick plays, with big leads in the 4th” You’re not going to do a double reverse and punt or fake a field goal with a 35-0 lead in the 4th. But even that has a qualifer, even that has an asterisk. If you’re going for a blocked punt and I put two guys out, my guy is on the outside, and you don’t cover him and you’re going for the block, then I’m going to throw the football. 

The burden of responsibility is still on you! if you call off, you don’t go for blocks, you’re not blitzing …then I’ll call off the dogs with a huge huge lead in the 4th. Your putting 10 in the box, your blitzing up against my QB, who is the franchise player of my system and your bringing your linebackers and your ringing the outside guys and your trying to hurt my QB…I got news for you, I’m throwing the football down the field and I’m doing trick plays. Because my QB and the NFL/College are the star of my program. Go look at Oklahoma last year, when Sam Bradford got hurt…they lost to BYU @ home basically, in sort of a home game, not officially home, but sort of a home game.

And I just think that unwritten rules …that’s why society’s got rules! I’m not a big believer in unwritten rules because you’re a moralist and I’m not. We all basically don’t agree on anything in this country. If you don’t put it down…I’m doing it! Like there has always been the unwritten rule…as a neighbour.  Don’t mow the grass Saturday at 7am. It’s sort of an unwritten rule of not being a tool as a neighbour.  But then, what time can you mow the grass? If you live in Florida and its 98 degrees and humid…heck, I’m not waiting til 9! So, you know, like what time can you mow your lawn then?

Like say today were the hottest day in the history of your city and its soo humid. If you gotta mow the grass. Like Monday through Friday, I’ll mow the grass at 7am, that’s a you problem if you don’t like it…get a real job and get up like the rest of us! But on the weekends on Saturday, I’m not mowing the grass at 7am, I’m not going to be a jerky neighbour…I’d probably wait until 8:15-8:30…but even THAT is subjective! I mean, what if you are a bartender next door to me? What if you are a bartender? And you don’t get home til 4 in the morning. My 8:20am is driving you crazy! So let me ask this to you the reader, what is the unwritten rule on mowing a lawn in the weekend? What time do you think is unwritten? I mean, to me…again, I get up like around 5:30 – 5:45 in the morning, and I live in a pretty comfortable neighbour, majority have office jobs and I think most of them get up early to… this is not slackerville or an apartment complex.

Its guys with businesses who have to get up early, you can tell from the car’s, you can tell from the lifestyle…their probably up at 5:45am as well. On the weekend, I’ll give them 8:30. But am I a jerk if I mow the lawn at 8:31? And you’re a bartender? Again, if you don’t want me to mow the lawn, then you gotta tell me not to mow the lawn or you have to have an ordinance in your jurisdiction of not mowing the lawn. Like a lot of times when you move into a place, they say “no parking boats on the side walk” They tell you that…well, if you don’t tell people that, they are going to do it! Like I mean, I’ve never heard of an unwritten stop sign. You want people to stop? Put a sign there…ugh I’m just not a big unwritten rule’s guy.


It’s hard to describe popularity in North America, sometimes its lightning in a bottle, you get the perfect storm, they have these things for kids called Silly Bands…just nothing, outta the blue, there are zillions of them, a lot of family friends’ kids have them, nobody can really explain it, it’s a creative idea, the marketplace is right, their inexpensive.

I mean who knows why William Hong or Pants on Fire got hot! Stuff happens, it’s hard to explain, there’s no magic popularity, scale or system…I mean, Polyshore was popular for one hour, Dice Clay never had good material….he was popular, who knows! I mean, you can’t explain popularity.

You know a couple of days ago I got into this topic where the hall of fame game of Sunday Night Football, which is a lousy game, starters barely played…it got a 7.6 rating, it’s unbelievable! That is equivalent to a Master’s Sunday rating, that is a Game 2 of a World Series rating, that is the finals of the Eastern or Western Conference finals rating… for an exhibition football game, the first one…sloppy, turnovers, starters don’t play…some of it is the Dallas Cowboys factor, their just really really popular…there’s a big line/big joke over at Fox Sports, it’s called the “star” you put the “star” on television…it takes up 30% of ratings!, that’s just the reality, the Cowboys are ,you know everybody bellyaches about East Coast bias…Dallas is not in the East Coast! Fox and all the major sport networks cover them a lot! Why? They get numbers!

Believe it or not, they do actually care about ratings, just like your local station and local newspaper. So how do you explain the NFL’s popularity you might ask? You know, I’ll argue all day with people and when I was at MLSE working as an intern during the first 4 months of the year, I was able to have a 15min discussion with a major executive there, and this guy he’s been there longer than anybody…and there is a variety of reasons…you know, people say “well America and Canada love violence, that’s the reason why NFL is soo popular!”

Well then why isn’t MMA the # 1 sport? (sorry Tim, it just isn’t). Then why doesn’t violence dominate at the box office? Reservoir Dog gets one tenth of the audience that Harry Potter gets…umm I mean Rugby would be huge! My point being, it’s just NOT violence…although we do like the physical nature of it. “Umm is it because you can bet football?” some might ask…pfft, you can bet everything! You can bet baseball…and by the way you could bet on football 30 years ago! Why wasn’t it as popular 30 years ago? “Well its fantasy sports!” some would say.

Well I got news for you! Fantasy baseball was around before fantasy football, there’s fantasy NASCAR, there’s fantasy NBA, there’s fantasy golf…there’s fantasy everything! In fact I would argue, there is only 1 game a week for football…it should be less popular no? Baseball you get to play pretty much everyday! So if you’re really a fantasy diehard, football should be the least popular!

It’s a combination of things that makes football what is it in both Canada and the United States, particularly in the US. The 2 things that have never been talked about that I’m going to use as argument today. #1 and this goes back to something I rely on heavily because Harris Interactive is a polling service, we use it for politicians and for political races, it’s not solely for sports networks…they don’t have a dog in the fight…they do these every year, Harris Interactive, on one of the most popular sports in America…their independent! And they have no dog, they don’t care, it’s not conservative or liberal based…they just poll! They poll four or five thousand Americans

The first thing that needs to be mentioned, is that in the early 80’s, and nobody ever discusses this….in the early 80’s football surpassed baseball! But the number 1 media tool in the early 80’s was newspapers!! And newspapers have always had a very cozy relationship with baseball, because of the box score element…and people would buy newspapers to read boxscores! Baseball is a day-to-day sport! Newspapers are a day-to-day read, there was always a cozy relationship.

Bob Costeas does not have a hall of fame vote, but some guy for a small newspaper will. Newspapers and baseball have always gone hand in hand! And what your noticing is that #1, Playboy had an interview with Howard Cozale in the 70’s, I’ll write it out to you in this rant, the 1st thing that needs to be said is that the NFL basically passed MLB, if you go see in these Harris Interactive polls, in the late 70’s and early 80’s. This idea that football just got popular, it was always more popular than baseball according to Harris Interactive poll.

Howard Cozale was talking about it in 1972. He said “the Old World Press relates to an era that has passed! Most of these men in the Old World Press began and still are baseball writers…and they can’t deal with the importance of their beloved sport going down! Baseball just doesn’t hold the level of importance it once did in the realm of sports! And whereas the baseball writers beat was once the most prestigious in the sports department, it’s now shifted to the men covering football” He said that in the early 70’s! And Howard Cozale is absolutely backed up by irrefutable polling, which shows the numbers back in the late 70’s and early 80’s of the NFL. When you combine the NFL with college football in the late 70’s…it was blowing out baseball! It was blowing it out!! Umm so that is #1

The 2nd thing that you notice when you look at these Harris Interactive polls it that football started beating baseball in the early 80’s/late 70’s…but it started crushing baseball about 12 years ago…well then everybody goes “well Andrew it was the steroid era” pfft, that’s not true!

Steroids HELPED baseball, it didn’t hurt it. Steroids create more runs….the masses like home runs, not situational baseball…this year the ratings and attendance are down…why? HR’s are down, hitting is down…don’t kid yourself, America doesn’t love newants…if they did, Paul Run would be 10x more popular than Will Ferrall…he’s not! …Okay? We like big!! It’s a busy country, big sells, Big Loser, Fear Factor, big…monsters, mobsters…big! That is what sells here…their super busy. There really big and they are really busy and they are really driven and are really frenetic and really caffeinated…their going at 100 mph…newants doesn’t sell!

So anyways, going back to this topic…what you notice 12 years ago is that the difference between the NFL and MLB, that was when you had this real huge separation…it went from reasonably close, to completely wide…why??? Well my own theory on this, which has never really been discussed.

So the first part of this argument is that football past baseball in the late 70’s…there is irrefutable evidence from Howard Cozale’s interview with Playboy in the early 70’s and he was looking at rating for Monday Night Football to the Harris Interactive poll. The 2nd part is this…newspapers over the last 20 years have died!! Television is bigger than ever!! We’ve got HDTV, it’s getting bigger…television is footballs friend! Newspapers were baseball’s friend…and as newspapers have died, it has not helped the relevance of baseball.

As television has grown, it has absolutely helped football! Because here is what you know….television executives don’t like baseball. CBS lost $500 million, NBC lost hundreds and they ditched it, ABC Sports is outta of it…Fox has it, I’m told their not too happy with it, they are losing networks. Whereas ESPN, ABC, CBS, FOX, their all gaining hundreds of millions on football…because football gives you younger demo’s, live action, I mean tangible…hits, action, athletic, younger demo’s, 3 hour games, once a week, huge numbers, Budweiser loves it, Miller Light loves it, Coors Light loves it, Keystone likes it …everybody likes it! And they all want a piece of it…this is what has happened over the last 12 years!

So to kinda recap, #1 football surpassed baseball in the 70’s, the numbers say it all… that doesn’t get argued, #2 is, in the last 12 years, newspapers have died and have pulled down baseball and as television has grown and is much more football friendly, they love the NFL and they love college because it delivers numbers, television has grown…its pulling up football!

So those are the 2 things that don’t get discussed. Yeah some of it is gambling, we are pretty much a gambling culture and football is the most gambled sport, yeah you can also say fantasy…yeah this, yeah that…yeah violence… but those are all just little things, their tiny things…we are a television culture! We just are…and TV loves football!

And for the record, the NFL…always well run… realizes that they are a television show almost more than a sport. I mean nobody manipulates the broadcast like the NFL. They do such an incredible job of realizing “folks! This isn’t a sport …it’s a television show!” 

It’s hard to describe popularity in North America, sometimes its lightning in a bottle, you get the perfect storm, they have these things for kids called Silly Bands…just nothing, outta the blue, there are zillions of them, a lot of family friends’ kids have them, nobody can really explain it, it’s a creative idea, the marketplace is right, their inexpensive.

I mean who knows why William Hong or Pants on Fire got hot! Stuff happens, it’s hard to explain, there’s no magic popularity, scale or system…I mean, Polyshore was popular for one hour, Dice Clay never had good material….he was popular, who knows! I mean, you can’t explain popularity.

You know a couple of days ago I got into this topic where the hall of fame game of Sunday Night Football, which is a lousy game, starters barely played…it got a 7.6 rating, it’s unbelievable! That is equivalent to a Master’s Sunday rating, that is a Game 2 of a World Series rating, that is the finals of the Eastern or Western Conference finals rating… for an exhibition football game, the first one…sloppy, turnovers, starters don’t play…some of it is the Dallas Cowboys factor, their just really really popular…there’s a big line/big joke over at Fox Sports, it’s called the “star” you put the “star” on television…it takes up 30% of ratings!, that’s just the reality, the Cowboys are ,you know everybody bellyaches about East Coast bias…Dallas is not in the East Coast! Fox and all the major sport networks cover them a lot! Why? They get numbers!

Believe it or not, they do actually care about ratings, just like your local station and local newspaper. So how do you explain the NFL’s popularity you might ask? You know, I’ll argue all day with people and when I was at MLSE working as an intern during the first 4 months of the year, I was able to have a 15min discussion with a major executive there, and this guy he’s been there longer than anybody…and there is a variety of reasons…you know, people say “well America and Canada love violence, that’s the reason why NFL is soo popular!”

Well then why isn’t MMA the # 1 sport? (sorry Tim, it just isn’t). Then why doesn’t violence dominate at the box office? Reservoir Dog gets one tenth of the audience that Harry Potter gets…umm I mean Rugby would be huge! My point being, it’s just NOT violence…although we do like the physical nature of it. “Umm is it because you can bet football?” some might ask…pfft, you can bet everything! You can bet baseball…and by the way you could bet on football 30 years ago! Why wasn’t it as popular 30 years ago? “Well its fantasy sports!” some would say.

Well I got news for you! Fantasy baseball was around before fantasy football, there’s fantasy NASCAR, there’s fantasy NBA, there’s fantasy golf…there’s fantasy everything! In fact I would argue, there is only 1 game a week for football…it should be less popular no? Baseball you get to play pretty much everyday! So if you’re really a fantasy diehard, football should be the least popular!

It’s a combination of things that makes football what is it in both Canada and the United States, particularly in the US. The 2 things that have never been talked about that I’m going to use as argument today. #1 and this goes back to something I rely on heavily because Harris Interactive is a polling service, we use it for politicians and for political races, it’s not solely for sports networks…they don’t have a dog in the fight…they do these every year, Harris Interactive, on one of the most popular sports in America…their independent! And they have no dog, they don’t care, it’s not conservative or liberal based…they just poll! They poll four or five thousand Americans

The first thing that needs to be mentioned, is that in the early 80’s, and nobody ever discusses this….in the early 80’s football surpassed baseball! But the number 1 media tool in the early 80’s was newspapers!! And newspapers have always had a very cozy relationship with baseball, because of the box score element…and people would buy newspapers to read boxscores! Baseball is a day-to-day sport! Newspapers are a day-to-day read, there was always a cozy relationship.

Bob Costeas does not have a hall of fame vote, but some guy for a small newspaper will. Newspapers and baseball have always gone hand in hand! And what your noticing is that #1, Playboy had an interview with Howard Cozale in the 70’s, I’ll write it out to you in this rant, the 1st thing that needs to be said is that the NFL basically passed MLB, if you go see in these Harris Interactive polls, in the late 70’s and early 80’s. This idea that football just got popular, it was always more popular than baseball according to Harris Interactive poll.

Howard Cozale was talking about it in 1972. He said “the Old World Press relates to an era that has passed! Most of these men in the Old World Press began and still are baseball writers…and they can’t deal with the importance of their beloved sport going down! Baseball just doesn’t hold the level of importance it once did in the realm of sports! And whereas the baseball writers beat was once the most prestigious in the sports department, it’s now shifted to the men covering football” He said that in the early 70’s! And Howard Cozale is absolutely backed up by irrefutable polling, which shows the numbers back in the late 70’s and early 80’s of the NFL. When you combine the NFL with college football in the late 70’s…it was blowing out baseball! It was blowing it out!! Umm so that is #1

The 2nd thing that you notice when you look at these Harris Interactive polls it that football started beating baseball in the early 80’s/late 70’s…but it started crushing baseball about 12 years ago…well then everybody goes “well Andrew it was the steroid era” pfft, that’s not true!

Steroids HELPED baseball, it didn’t hurt it. Steroids create more runs….the masses like home runs, not situational baseball…this year the ratings and attendance are down…why? HR’s are down, hitting is down…don’t kid yourself, America doesn’t love newants…if they did, Paul Run would be 10x more popular than Will Ferrall…he’s not! …Okay? We like big!! It’s a busy country, big sells, Big Loser, Fear Factor, big…monsters, mobsters…big! That is what sells here…their super busy. There really big and they are really busy and they are really driven and are really frenetic and really caffeinated…their going at 100 mph…newants doesn’t sell!

So anyways, going back to this topic…what you notice 12 years ago is that the difference between the NFL and MLB, that was when you had this real huge separation…it went from reasonably close, to completely wide…why??? Well my own theory on this, which has never really been discussed.

So the first part of this argument is that football past baseball in the late 70’s…there is irrefutable evidence from Howard Cozale’s interview with Playboy in the early 70’s and he was looking at rating for Monday Night Football to the Harris Interactive poll. The 2nd part is this…newspapers over the last 20 years have died!! Television is bigger than ever!! We’ve got HDTV, it’s getting bigger…television is footballs friend! Newspapers were baseball’s friend…and as newspapers have died, it has not helped the relevance of baseball.

As television has grown, it has absolutely helped football! Because here is what you know….television executives don’t like baseball. CBS lost $500 million, NBC lost hundreds and they ditched it, ABC Sports is outta of it…Fox has it, I’m told their not too happy with it, they are losing networks. Whereas ESPN, ABC, CBS, FOX, their all gaining hundreds of millions on football…because football gives you younger demo’s, live action, I mean tangible…hits, action, athletic, younger demo’s, 3 hour games, once a week, huge numbers, Budweiser loves it, Miller Light loves it, Coors Light loves it, Keystone likes it …everybody likes it! And they all want a piece of it…this is what has happened over the last 12 years!

So to kinda recap, #1 football surpassed baseball in the 70’s, the numbers say it all… that doesn’t get argued, #2 is, in the last 12 years, newspapers have died and have pulled down baseball and as television has grown and is much more football friendly, they love the NFL and they love college because it delivers numbers, television has grown…its pulling up football!

So those are the 2 things that don’t get discussed. Yeah some of it is gambling, we are pretty much a gambling culture and football is the most gambled sport, yeah you can also say fantasy…yeah this, yeah that…yeah violence… but those are all just little things, their tiny things…we are a television culture! We just are…and TV loves football!

And for the record, the NFL…always well run… realizes that they are a television show almost more than a sport. I mean nobody manipulates the broadcast like the NFL. They do such an incredible job of realizing “folks! This isn’t a sport …it’s a television show!”


I’ve been ranting for about almost a year or so, recently its gone from a bi-weekly rant to almost a weekly rant and will be soon rolling out a daily rant (hopefully) now people have been recently fb messaging me about this “all hands on deck” coverage.

You know, the weather channel has a hurricane, and that’s essentially what it is ”all hands on deck” coverage, that’s what you cover, that’s all you cover, everybody is in, everybody’s committed. You know, I have hands, I have limbs, it’s called a remote and I would check in every hour or two. Some might say”it’s still a fluid story, he’s a Viking…oh now he’s not a Viking”

I never understand people who complain about over-coverage of, in this case, ESPN’s coverage. It’s called Direct TV, I’ve got over 100 channels…like heck, its Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, you’ve got hands right? Go outside!! Its August…the golf courses are all empty! Like nobody ever criticizes Fox News when they go out and talk about the Tea Party for the 83rd consecutive night. People criticize Fox for being too conservative, but nobody ever says “wow!” nobody ever gets mad at CNN for continuously covering the BP oil spill EVERYDAY when there are other stories…nobody kills the weather channel for covering that hurricane, nobody kills Fox News for that Tea Party.

But if I cover Brett Favre, who literally can change the lines in Vegas (which he freakin did and all my research into the NFL schedules and setting up my bets went down the drain), people would then be like “well that’s just outrageous Andrew!” my question is “really?” it’s called  “going to another webpage! It’s called going outside, it’s called August, it’s called Direct TV, it’s called a Golf Course!”

I mean, last night I sat at home (after watching Inception at the local theatre) and was flipping through the channels and was like “okay, that’s Brett Favre…what’s the latest” I watched for like 4 or 5 minutes and was like “Alrighty, bang…then I went over to HGTV and that bored me, and then I went over to this channel and was like yeah okay, I like this channel!”

Like ESPN’s job is to program just for me…like McDonald’s job is to program, to sell Big Mac’s, one hour a day when I’m hungry?….noo! They sell them all day! I’m the “in and out” crowd…they don’t sell it for the 24/7 guy who sits in the Starbucks….do you think that Starbucks, literally, was created for that one guy in the Starbucks in the country…the pseudo intellectual who reads a book and stays there for 8 hours??? Nooo!! He’s the exception, 99% of customers to Starbucks are the “in and out” crowd!!

So the guy or lady that is complaining about my coverage of Brett Favre…I’m not targeting you, the networks are not targeting you…you’re not going anywhere, your here all day (either reading all my previous rants and probably copying and pasting them and then keeping a file of them for yourself)

You know what ESPN does that bothers me? Is when we give (and I know I’m shooting myself in the foot here…cause it’s about my Jets) but when we give Baby LT to the Jets a lot of press coverage…he has nooo impact, realistically, on that team, he won’t win a game nor lose a game…like I wouldn’t cover it! And I didn’t when it was announced, only dropped a brief status on it…but not to the extent where a rant was needed!

And when things like that take place, that’s when ESPN is ridiculous. Amaire Stoudemire to the Knicks…ridiculous! It’s not really worth wall to wall coverage…Favre retiring is worth wall to wall coverage! He changes the Packers’ season, the Saints season…everybody’s season!! He changes the number in Vegas…that’s the Titanic!!

By the way…if you don’t like it…well I mean you guys all have hands right? Your men and woman….I always thought that it was funny, I think ESPN is the only broadcaster who gets killed for coverage…Fox News will go months on the same…I guess just turn over to CNN…the truth is folks! You have always from the outset dictated my rants…you don’t want to admit it, cause you can’t control yourself, most people lack discipline!

But you completely dictate what I rant about… I woke yesterday, and the number of emails with subject line on Favre had popped! Thanks…I guess you like Favre! If they were down…I’d move off it!


….it is Christmas for me today! This is the day every year, that I don’t listen to anybody and I just do the type of rant that I really want to and I’ll tell you why (at least I kinda lead the rant with what I want to) I’ve always wanted to move to Las Vegas, and will hopefully have the oppourtunity later on this year to go there,

I just wanna say this… although I’m NOT a proponent of gambling of any kind, I like to be a  moralist when doing my rants. Since day 1, that’s been my stance and it will be….but if YOU wanna spend money on gambling, I’m just here to give you some tips to make it easy…how’s that?

And when I first started doing these rants I just wanted to do it all on college football and the NFL, because big picture…those are the only 2 spots that truly matter in life and to 70% of my audience (hardcore football people) that’s what matters, so those of you who get the occasional baseball, golf, European soccer, and basketball rants, you’ve been getting a treat all this time.

But those individuals in my inner circle gave me some great advice one time and told me “you gotta come across as being able to relate to the general masses…the more diverse you are, the more accepted you’ll be, the more your rants will turn you from a friend to a sports advisor…it could even be profitable [the rants] if you’re able to potentially show networks you can attract eyeballs…” so I’ve talked about a lot of sports and its worked out pretty well! But what happens is that I’ve continued my relationship with a lot of the hardcore football fans…and over the last couple of days, Vegas and the Las Vegas Sports Consultants have released their NFL and College Football over and under’s!

I think betting on football has gotten tougher, there’s more information. Betters are more sophisticated, Vegas is more sophisticated…it’s tougher! The one place I think you can really really find value (and I’ve done it for the last 4 years, is today!!) And that is the day that they give you every team in College Football and they say to you “here is how many games they’re projected to win!” and I have no social life apparently because I will literally spend hours on this [spent a good 6 hours today just pouring all over this] and every year (for those who like to pick my brain) I’ve given you a couple of winners and I do feel pretty good about it…there are sometimes, when I’ve had some teams lose their QB to injury and that screws it all up for me…

So barring a major injury to someone like your QB, there are 4 teams in College Football that I believe Vegas has massively under-valued….4!!! Not 1, not 2, not 3…4 teams that Vegas is under-valuing! Later on in the rant, I’ll give you the NFL teams… and my research from this morning shows that there are many over-valued teams!

But in college, and I don’t really want to bum anybody out… so I’m gonna give you 4 teams that I THINK are better than Vegas thinks…I had several bookies that contacted me via email last night and asked me if I was gonna release and sure heck am ready to release it…I told them by 4:00pm today I’d have it and [looking at my watch] looks like I’m on schedule…so here we go…drum roll please!!

I think Vegas have made an unbelievable gaff on Auburn! Vegas believes that Auburn is gonna win 8 games!! And if you’re by some miracle in Vegas or Niagara or Atlantic City go to a casino and bet it now before they change the line… Nick Saben has made Auburn virtually invisible, but Auburn could potentially go 11-0 before they even play Alabama.

An incredibly light out-of-conference schedule, which includes Arkansas State, Chattanooga and something called ULM…they get every, and in betting there’s something called “go either way games” the kind of games that could go either way… they get all 4 of their “go either way games” @ home! South Carolina, Arkansas, LSU, Georgia… this year, it’s gonna be a pretty light offensive year in the SEC, don’t kid yourself…only 1 great QB returns, I mean one great QB, a lot of low scoring games… Auburn returns 10 of 11 defensive positions, juniors and seniors, their road games are easy games they’d win anywhere, they get every coin flip game at home…Auburn is a 10 win football team!..so that’s team # 1…

Another drum roll please….the 2nd one is (and it kills me to say this) is the University of Michigan! Who Vegas sees as a 7 win football team, outside of the game against Ohio State…they can win pretty much every single football game. The two toughest games that they play (Non-Ohio State) are Wisconsin and Iowa…which are both at home! Massively improve at QB with freshman Matt Torsiea, who’s now a sophomore, another year under the system of Rich Rodriguez that is complicated and he’s healthy…with several starts under his belt, 5 of the top 6 defensive lineman are back! 15 returning starters that Rich recruited for HIS system and a desperate coaching staff that’s gotta win 9 games or they will get canned!

Desperation, massive improvement at QB, a schedule that includes a lot of those “go either way games” @ home…Michigan State, UConn, Illinois, Wisconsin, …Michigan, its straight up cash homie…is winning more than 7 football games!….

Alrighty now the 3rd one I really like… Washington was set by Vegas at 6 ½ …money straight up cash homie…if Washington just wins their home games, and they will be favoured in 5 of 6 of them…they pretty much have 6 games… 6 W’s, Vegas says that they are a 6 ½ win team. They have a senior QB, so this is not a team that is going to be rattled on the road…and their road games are winnable anyways!! @ Oregon, @ Arizona, @ BYU, @ Cal, @ Washington State, they have one or two road games that they will be heavy favourites in, their “go either way games” …mostly at home! Arizona, Stanford, Oregon, Nebraska, UCLA…senior QB, their schedule is prefect, excellent skilled people… the PAC-10’s 2nd best skilled group of people, running back/receiver/cornerback /tight end…in a defensive light conference…Washington is an 8 or 9 win team before the bowl game, so there you go!

Okay and now the 4th and final one, this one to me…I couldn’t believe it when I saw it….this is my # 1 Vegas win…drum roll please…..barring an injury, I just don’t get it… Utah is going into the PAC-10 conference, their administration has known it for a year, and they’ve been recruiting like that… so in their conference (the Mountain West) they have better talent than everybody except TCU…they have the best running game in the conference, Vegas has them at 8 wins…even if they lost all 4 of their toughest games, Pittsburgh @ home, TCU @ home, BYU @ home, and @ Notre Dame…if they lost all 4 of them, they’ve got 8…they will be as decided favourite in 8 to 9 games!! Jordan wins their QB…the nation doesn’t know too much about him, he came in late in the year, massively explosive, massive upgrade at QB…Utah has been recruiting for the PAC-10 in the last year…it is a no frills, well coached, power football team…that lines up, and outside of Notre Dame and TCU, just has better personnel then everybody that they play. And the schedule benefits them greatly…because 3 of their 4 toughest games…are at home!! Including a Thursday night Pittsburgh game, Pittsburgh new QB…good luck with that!

Goes to the high altitude…lights out! Utah, my betting friends, is a 10 win football team…Vegas has them for 8….so in review, Vegas says Auburn wins 8 games…I think they’re a much better football team. Vegas has Michigan at 7 wins…I think they’re a better football team…I think Washington is much better than 6 ½ wins, and I think Utah is SIGNICFICANTLY better, barring an injury to their QB Jordan, than 8 wins in that conference…so there you go, I’m just giving people cash!! Now, don’t blame me if you lose…you know this is big boy betting…as I said, of course, I would never bet…only invest lol I’m just here for YOU if you’re CONSIDERING it…