Before we dive into this week's mail, I have a message of my own to deliver. Starting this week,
Unfortunately, we recorded this week's episode shortly before the news of
It's funny that William brings up the Miss America comparison, seeing as I
Which brings us to Pete's e-mail. I don't disagree with the sentiment that, had the vote been held after the Rose Bowl, Young probably would have won the award himself. A lot of people feel that way. Unfortunately, buyer's remorse is not a legitimate reason to rewrite history. If
It's been a rough week for the Hokies. I get that. People are distraught. The season feels like it's over before it started. But I think we can safely assume that no person of reasonable mind or authority in the Virginia Tech administration has suddenly decided that "Ten wins each year and a few conference championships" is no longer good enough and has begun drawing up a severance package for the man who made the school relevant to begin with.
Maybe I'm in the minority, but I don't view the James Madison loss -- as embarrassing as it was -- as a sign of the Hokies' impending destruction. Too often fans view results in a vacuum of Xs and Os, ignoring the human element of the sport. Last Monday, Virginia Tech suffered a crushing last-minute loss to a top five team. You can't tell me the letdown and the short turnaround didn't directly impact the Hokies' performance on Saturday. I'm not saying it excuses the loss. Virginia Tech should
The one reasonable criticism of Beamer (besides his questionable late-game management against Boise) is his undying loyalty to offensive coordinator
The Carr comparison is interesting, though not entirely valid. First of all, there had been numerous signs pointing to Carr's impending retirement before the '07 season even began. I've heard no such thing about Beamer. However, Carr might not be the worst model for Beamer to follow. The Michigan team that lost to Appalachian State (and got crushed by Oregon the following week) wound up finishing 6-2 in the Big Ten and beating Florida in a bowl game. As of today, I'm guessing Tech fans would gladly take a similar outcome. And I believe it will happen.
Well, whenever you've got a quarterback capable of producing 500 yards of offense by himself, you've certainly got a chance to "impact" the race by upsetting one of the contenders (like Iowa). But even with
Lost amid the (deserved) hype over Robinson's performance last weekend was the confirmation we received that Michigan's defense -- particularly its secondary -- is every bit as overmatched as many anticipated. Even with quarterback
The schedule sets up so that Michigan will almost certainly win its next three games (against UMass, Bowling Green and Indiana), but it's not assured of anything after that. The Oct. 16 Iowa contest at the Big House may well become a defining game. Robinson isn't going to be able to do it all himself against an elite defense like the Hawkeyes'.
I was surprised to receive a whole bunch of e-mails just like this one. Listen, I'm not telling you, Chris, to stop rooting for Texas once you enter college. Lots and lots of people have a "hometown" team they root for outside of their current school/alma mater. All I'm saying is, if your two teams happen to actually face each other (which, luckily for you, will soon be happening less frequently), I can't imagine not rooting for your school. College is such a formative time in a person's life, and, at most major football schools, game days are such an enjoyable part of the experience. If you're actually rooting
It's true that this is not the first time we've seen an
For one thing, that Florida team had a veteran quarterback (
Now, here's the good news: For one thing, we're talking about a team that still won its first two games, 34-12 and 38-14. More importantly for Florida's future prospects, the SEC in '06 was a whole lot tougher than what we've seen so far from the SEC in 2010. Florida had to play four conference foes ranked 13th or higher that year. This year, I'd be shocked if the Gators see more than two -- Alabama and perhaps South Carolina. And no, I don't think they can handle 'Bama just yet. But fortunately they don't have to play the Tide tomorrow.
I did hear -- but Jordana will be fine. She's actually in grad school right now and will soon be a very successful director. In the meantime, another Crush Emeritus,
And oh, by the way,
I prefer to deal in the land of reality, and there's absolutely no chance
I've heard many playoff enthusiasts say they hope Boise State reaches the title game because it will "blow up" the BCS. I've heard others suggest just the opposite -- that
Personally, there's another scenario out there I believe would have the best chance of impacting some of the key decision-makers. As you know, the Big Ten and Pac-10 have in the past been the most resistant to any change because they fear how it might impact the Rose Bowl. As you may also know, this year the Rose Bowl is obligated to take Boise/TCU/Utah if it loses one of its champions to the title game. Follow me here. Suppose Oregon goes 12-0 and reaches Glendale. Now, suppose Arizona -- the one Pac-10 school that has never reached the Rose Bowl -- goes 10-2, which, in any other year, would earn the Wildcats the Ducks' vacated spot in Pasadena -- only Boise gets it instead. Think
OK, this e-mail just makes me sad for you, Michael. Not only were you not able to enjoy the single greatest moment in your school's athletic history, but you may in fact be the most unintentionally conflicted fan in the history of college sports. If I had to guess, no Michigan fan in the world suffered more miserably on Sept. 1, 2007, than you did. And now it's apparently scarred the rest of your half-decade in Boone. This is just depressing. Please, someone, cheer me up.
OK, that's funny.