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November 20, 2012

Morning News: Road Trip Edition

Filed under: Featured,General — Jeremiah Johnson @ 1:25 am

You’ll have to forgive he lack of detail (not that you’d necessarily notice)–I’m on the road this week for a family reunion/Thanksgiving celebration in Oklahoma. If I’ve overlooked something interesting or worthwhile, it’s not negligence–I probably just don’t know about it.

The Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with relief pitcher Shawn Camp. Hooray? Camp tied for the league-lead in appearances last season with 80, in which he provided middling relief most of the time, with flashes of spectacular incompetence.

As I write this Monday night, I’m actively ignoring the Bears vs. 49ers game debacle. I know our readership is fairly divided when it comes to football loyalties–some of you may just want to jump ahead (and feel free to petition some of our other writers to devote some space to your favorite team). In simple terms (for the sake of any Packer fans still reading–zing!), the 2012 Bears of perhaps the most all-or-nothing team I’ve ever seen. When it’s all going right, hey look like hyper-dominant world-beaters. But toy with their delicate recipe in even the smallest way, and it results in a complete and total meltdown. Could we rally and still win the NFC North? Absolutely. Could we have already enjoyed our last win of the season? Certainly seems possible. I believe we can beat anyone in league, but there’s not one team I’m absolutely sure we’d beat every time. Schizophrenic is not how you want to describe your teams. It seems to be a constant with the Bears. The final score on the pantsing, 32-7. Woof.

Some small good news for Bears fans: Mike Ditka is back home after suffering a minor stroke. He was even able to appear on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown.

Big news for Big 10 fans: Maryland and Rutgers are joining your beloved “Legends and Leaders.” That will take the Big 10 up to fourteen teams, so look for more additions in the near future (sixteen is kind of the magic number when it comes to super conferences). Any guesses as to who the next additions will be? And for you Big 10 fans, is this good news?

Ed Reed received a one-game suspension for an illegal hit on Steelers’ receiver Emmanuel Sanders. I didn’t see the hit, so I can’t say if the suspension was earned. What say you?

The NHL might have a proposal soon. Full disclosure: I didn’t read this story. I have very little hope left that there will be a season in 2012, and stories like this just seem like a tease at this point.

David Beckham is hanging up his shinguards, at least stateside. Yawn.

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  • BLPCB

    Woohoo Packers are back in first place!

    Maryland and Rutgers going to the Big 10 is a clear indication that we are moving towards 4 16-team super-conferences. Pac-12, Big 10, SEC, and ACC will be the 4 major conferences. Big East is already falling apart, and Tex-ass’ Longhorn Network is eventually going to kill the Big 12. I think Notre Dame will eventually join the Big 10, and I think they will get someone from the Big 12 or Big East, I’m going to say Louisville or Kansas. Not very good in football, but great in basketball, even though all this expansion is being driven by football. I would like to see the Big 10 pull off a stunt and try to raid Oklahoma or Tex-ass though

  • BLPCB

    I would give predictions on where teams might end up, but with so many moving parts between the Big East and the ACC, I don’t know who will be going where, so I will give what predictions I can:
    Notre Dame and either Louisville or Kansas to the Big 10
    Thug U and Florida State to the SEC
    Tex-ass, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas Tech to the Pac-12

    No doubt in my mind that those will be 3 of our 4 16-team conferences. More than likely most of the scraps of the ACC, Big East, and Big 12 will join up to form the 4th 16-team conference. Another thing to keep in mind with this destruction of the Big East is that they have a lot of members for basketball and Olympic sports that don’t play football. Interesting to see what happens there, because there are some power teams in Big East hoops who don’t play football, such as Marquette.

  • BLPCB

    If only the Big 10 hadn’t backed out of Big 10 vs. Pac-12 schedule alliance we might have had some stability. Think of the possible matchups every year between the Big 10 and Pac-12: Michigan, Michigan State Nebraska, Wisconsin, Penn State, Ohio State vs. USC, UCLA, Cal, Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State in football Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and Indiana vs. Arizona, USC, and UCLA in basketball. Instead, in football we are reduced to dreaming what could only be if we have a 16-team playoffs, basketball, only hoping for those matchups in the tournament. I want more games vs. power teams, less games vs. cupcakes

  • Doc Raker

    I don’t keep up with college football much but my brother is a Norte Dame grad so I hear things. I have heard in the past that ND football will always be excluded from any ND conference agreement because they do not want to share their ND football TV money with the conference. 

  • Doc Raker

    Da Bears need a front line- anytime the Bears front line is overmatched they have no chance. Da Bear defense cover ups a lot of the offensive front line flaws by scoring points for them. 

  • BLPCB

    Exactly how I feel, and what I have been saying for years, but no Bears fan listens, and is a big part of why I label them the dumbest fans in the NFL

  • BLPCB

    Compared to what the Big 10 and SEC get in media rights (25M), Notre Dame’s deals are peanuts (10M). The Big 10 has offered them an invite to the conference several times and said they could keep their NBC deal, and they still say no go. I think Notre Dame is going to be forced to join a conference because of expansion

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    I hope you, Jedi, and Jermajusty have a nice time in OK.  

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    All of the Packers fans I met at Sea World were only capable of saying one thing: “Bears Suck!”

  • Seymour Butts

    Was that Sea world Helena, or Sea World Great Falls. I get the 2 mixed up.
    A quick story on strokes, which can be quite variable.
    3 little old ladies (LOL on medical parlance, long before texting) were sitting on a park bench when a flasher approached and showed off his wares ( San Fransisco maybe?), the first LOL gasped and had a stroke. The second rolled back her eyes and also had a stroke. The third LOL wouldn’t touch it.
    Make sure to tip your waitresses.

  • Verncrowe5

    Don’t forget that the Big 10 and SEC have to share those media rights between all the teams. There are very few teams that could bring in 10mil alone. The big thing hurting ND at the moment is the BCS Bowl games. With certain bowls having alliances with conferences, Notre Dame is on the outside looking in (certainly not this year though). ND left the Big East for the ACC since the Big East is falling apart and for Bowl allegiance. The Irish now can share the ACC’s allegiance with the Orange Bowl along with the three at-large bids in the BCS bowls. Now, once the BCS is no longer around and the Irish keep playing as they are, they may not need a conference to lean on like the ACC now. We’ll see how the post-season evolves in the next decade to see if ND needs to join a conference.  

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Those are both Wind Worlds, not Sea.  Awesome joke.  

  • BLPCB

    Each team in the B10 and SEC gets 25M. You are correct that the BCS is what is killer. Because they’re all or nothing with the bowl money. They keep their entire payout if they get a BCS bowl game, they only get a slice of revenue if they don’t. Have you read “Death to the BCS”? It’s really good stuff. And after reading more articles on the expansion, I think the 4th mega-conference will be the Big 12 instead of the ACC, even with Tex-ass’ network. Because I think it will strain the Tex-ass football team before it kills the Big 12. I think once everyone sees how great the 4-team playoff is, when the contract is up in 12 years, we will see the playoffs expanded to a 16-team bonanza, the way it ought to be. And like I said yesterday, Notre Dame ought to be required to earn their BCS bid, not just automatically get one and screw someone else out, like they did to Oregon in 2005.

  • BLPCB

    All of the Bears fans I met at Universal were only capable of saying one thing: “Packers Suck!”

  • BLPCB

    Another thing, with Rutgers and Maryland coming, that means the B10 gets the DC and NYC markets, even though those teams don’t have much presence in those markets, it’s more about the large numbers of alumni who live there. Nebraska was a great move because life in that state revolves around Husker football. I think the B10’s next target is going to be a market with rabid interest, which is why I suggest Oklahoma or Tex-ass.

  • Doc Raker

    Each school in the B10 and SEC get $25M? That sounds high. Networks are paying each conference upwards of $300M a year? Are you sure?

  • BLPCB

    Yes, they get close to 25M a year in media rights. The B10 for example, BTN turned a profit after just 3 years

  • BLPCB
  • Verncrowe5

    Good points. I have not read “Death to the BCS” I’ll have to look it up. I can agree with your argument of the Oregon’s 2005 BCS snub, but there are many other prime examples of that in the BCS era. Don’t hate Notre Dame, hate the money fueled BCS. I do feel that we are heading towards 4 mega conferences: BIG10, SEC, Pac-12 and Big 12. The ACC just doesn’t have enough football pull to beat out the Big 12. Sure, Maryland and Rutgers do not have much presence in those markets, but if/when the ACC and Big East implode the Big 10 will scoop up Boston College and possibly Virginia and Virginia Tech along with most of the Big East. It’s crazy to think about now, but it seems to be heading that way. 

  • BLPCB

    The B10 should look into getting Georgia Tech if the ACC implodes. Get that Atlanta market, which includes plenty of B10 alums, and plenty of rabid football fans, and give the B10 a foothold into raiding recruits out of the South, the way A&M going to the SEC is going to give them a foothold into raiding recruits out of Tex-ass. There have been other cases of snubs, but that one stands out to me because it just reenforces the notion of how stupid Notre Dame’s special treatment is. Politicians aren’t sticking their nose into this to get votes, they have a legit reason to do this, with all the millions of dollars at stake for these schools, including large numbers of public institutions. If the BCS is being anti-competitive, it is a reason for legal action, because it unfairly hurts the schools that are snubbed, such as Oregon. The other side doesn’t work, because Oregon earned the bid, but Notre Dame got it because they were given treatment that was not available to Oregon. Schools that get these BCS games end up selling more merchandise, get more donations, better tv contracts, and more applications for admission. A guy I life-guarded with showed me some numbers from our HS, he was like in 2009-10, applications to Butler (this is before they made back to back title game appearances) from our HS was 10. The next year (the first title game) it was 30. Year after (second title game) 80

    Here is the book, you have to read both versions to fully understand:
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=death+to+the+bcs

  • Buddy
  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    All-Star bid and a red carpet to Japan?  I’d be really pissed if I was Matt Murton right now.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Oh, and hats off to LaHair…that was honestly a fun ride.  He’ll kill it for sure.  

  • Doc Raker

    The Big Ten reportedly paid its members about $24 million last year. The Big East’s payout to football members last year was $6 million. It really doesn’t say if that is in total or to each member- if each member is getting $24M maybe ND is now getting more than $10M from NBC. NBC just signed on for broadcasting rights for ND hockey also.

  • Seymour Butts

    The hockey rights are expected to yield ND as much as $38.

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