Monday, December 29, 2008

Well, it has seemed like an eternity since I had last wrote on my blog concerning College Bowl Pick’em. I would like to apologize to all my fans for my lack in writing over the holiday season, but keep in mind that I have been keeping updated on the bowl series this year and so with that said… Picking up from where I left off last. On December 21st the Trojans of Troy State had cost me 25 freakin’ points by losing 27-30 to Southern Mississippi. Oh well!
Central Michigan lost me 13 points against Florida A&M
Surprise Suprise Norte Dame beat Hawaii which coast me 10 points
North Carolina almost pulled of 6 points for me in the Meineke Bowl but I should have known better then to bet against Pat White
Texas Christian did get me 21 points by beating Boise State
I was getting kinda tired of the WAC losing me all these points and since I really didn’t care about this bowl I changed my vote from Louisiana Tech and by Golly they won so I missed out on another 14 points
Guess who is the Best in San Francisco this year at the Emerald Bowl? I’ll give you two hints #4 and Golden Bears that’s right Javhid Best beat the University of Miami and got Wayne Bass 12 points
It’s funny back in high school I HATED Florida State with a passion! Seriously, I was so sick of hearing about them all the time. But, now… not so much (funny huh) Anyways, the Seminoles got me 17 points by giving Wisconsin a good ole fashion wood shed butt whooping. Wahoo Go Noels! (Side note the Big-10 conference has not yet to produce a winner in this bowl series) (Another side note it’s kinda funny how you can make any stat look more impressive then what it really is.) (Last side note it’s funny because Wisconsin is the only Big-10 school that has played so far.)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

College Bowl Pick'em

College Bowl Pick'em started back in the early 60's with Bud Dudly pictured on the left hand side of Coach Dale Watson. Bud and The Coah both had wives who didn't enjoy their husbands losing Christmas money on College Bowl games, so it was about then that they realized how they could make money on other people gambling on college football. This seemed more reasonable then gambling their own money. (Which they weren’t very good at.) So, thanks to the nagging of their wives they had developed College Bowl Pick’em. And, now you know the rest of the story.
Well to be honest I was real hesitant to join College Bowl Pick’em this year. My reasons are personal and I thank you very much for not prying into my personal life. Let’s just say that last year I didn’t pick who I wanted to win but I picked who I thought would win, and I was going nuts. (For those of you who remember I came in second place last year when in the National Championship Game Brent Cook bet more points for LSU to win then I did and that put him up by two points for the win) This year I just pick who I want to win. Thus, keeping the game I love pure, unlike what Fantasy Football has done for me in the NFL. My team name this year is I just pick who I want to win. Keep in mind sport fans that this year Wayne Bass is not playing to win. I’ve put in this disclaimer because some of my picks do not appear to be the most logical pick, and as far as how many points I’ve awarded for certain games…Don’t worry about it I have a system all right!

In the first round of the Bowls this year I received 33 points by betting on Wake Forest to beat Navy

I was awarded no points for Fresno who is a City not a State losing to Colorado State I bet 27 points on that game.

South Florida had won me 5 points for blowing out FREAKIN’ Memphis 41-14 I should have known better

I wanted to see Mike Stoops win his first Bowl game as the Head Coach at the University Arizona but due to family pressure I changed my 11 point pick to BYU 30 mins. before Kick-off. Close to the same thing happened last year with BYU and UCLA and it turned out good for me then, so I thought why not! Honestly, I really don’t care I would have been happy with either team winning. So, yeah I missed out on 11 points. But, congratulations to the Wildcats winning its first bowl game since 1998.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Slinging Sammy B. Win’s The Heisman

Sam Bradford of Oklahoma is the 5th Sooner to be named the best college athlete in the nation. With Bradford’s Heisman win Oklahoma stay’s in the number two spot for most Heisman Trophy recipients. The number one spot belongs to Norte Dame, Ohio State, and USC with 7 named winners. Sam now ranks with running backs Billy Vessels, Steve Owens, Billy Sims, and is the second quarterback to be named behind2003’s Jason White. Let’s get to know the Heisman Candidates . We’ll start with the runner-up Tim Tebow of Florida. Tim has thrown for 2,515 yards for 28 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. What makes him impressive is the fact that he has rushed for 564 yards and has 12 touchdowns on the ground this has made him a serious candidate this year. Tim’s total yards this year is 3,790 and 40 touchdowns with two interceptions. Finishing number three in the Heisman race is Texas very own Colt McCoy. Colt has thrown for 3,445 yards this year and has had 32 touchdowns with 7 interceptions. Just like how Tim is known for his rushing abilities Colt is no exception with 576 yards on the ground and 10 rushing touchdowns, and that my friends equals out to 4,021 of total . Not a bad season boys but let’s focus our attention on the one who won the award.
Sam has thrown for 4,464 yards adding up 48 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Sam doesn’t have the same rushing stats as the previous two quarterbacks this year but Sam does have 65 rushing yards and 5 Touchdowns on the ground which adds up to a grand total of 4,529 yards and 53 total touchdowns. The Oklahoma Sooners are not only the highest scoring team in the Nation this year but in history by scoring 702 points with 7,307 yards of total offence. Last year Sam set a record for throwing 36 touchdowns. That is more touchdowns than any other freshman in College Football History. If your reading Sam congratulations on the Heisman, and good luck on the third game this season played on a NETURAL FIELD which is in the home state of your opponent.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Mid-Night Ramblings of Wayne Bass II

So, we have to wait a little bit until the Bowls start and I am having a hard time getting to sleep so I thought I would give a small shout out to my College Football Program at Brigham Young University in Idaho. You may know that with the announcement of Ricks College becoming a 4-year University there was also an announcement made about our sports program. THAT IT’S BEEN CUT! Now this is old news people have been complaining about this since June of 2000, so why talk about it now. Because it still sucks that we don’t have real sports in Rexburg! Students at the University are currently forced to attend local high school games which are fun don’t get me wrong, but we’ve already done the High School thing! Some say hey you guys have a fine intracollegiate program. Yeah, on paper I am sure to some it might look cool, but to actually be there it's really boring. The only people who really come are those who feel obligated by their friends who are playing. That’s why you’ll see the brethren at the occasional BYU Football or basketball game but to my relocation none of the brethren or even President Clark or Bednar have been spotted in the stadium to see BYU-I face off to rival BYU-I. Here are some quick stats about The Ricks Athletic Program:
Ø 17 national titles
Ø 61 individual national titles
Ø 100 first-team All-Americans
Ø More than 25 alumni who went on to play Pro. just in the sport of Football alone
Not bad for 72 years of playing sports. I just wanted to state for the record that I have enjoyed my stay in Rexburg, I love this University, but I just feel that I have missed out on a small part of the college experience by not having a team to support. I have heard a lot of reasoning as to why we don’t have sports and I have heard a lot of reasons how we can. One and probably the main reason we don’t have sports is because of the money it takes to support an Intercollegiate Sports Team. I have heard that there are better ways to spend the tithe payer’s money then to offer a scholarship to a Linebacker who can’t even spell his name correctly. (That sounds like an overgeneralization to me) Let’s start off by talking about how Football Scholarships can really help people. Take Phillip Banks for example or more commonly known as Uncle Phil. Uncle Phil grew up on a small farm, and his parents didn’t have money to send young Phillip to school. But, thanks to a Football Scholarship he was able to attend Princeton. Once he receive a first rate education he went on to have a successful career as a Lawyer, and now he’s a Judge. Aside from being a respected citizen Phillip has raised a wonderful family and was even able to take in a misguided youth from the mean streets of Philadelphia with a struggling rap career and help turned his life around. Today, that young man saves the world one Motion Picture at a time. Keep in mind sport fans that it all started with a football scholarship! There are other ways to fund sport programs other then tithing. I mean schools do it all over the nation! Let’s just copy what they do! My sister use to work at the alumni center and she says that a large margin say that once we bring back football then they will open their wallets. I use to drive a Fertilizer Truck and it gave me the opportunity to speak with the “townies” and really get to know them. I feel that the general feeling is that they don’t want the College Students here. Which is understandable there’s a little bit of a generation gap thing going on and all. But, during the course of my sociological research when ever I’d bring up football I could almost detect a small glimpse of a smile that would creep in the corner of their mouth and with a twinkle in their eye they would start reminiscing of the good ole days of Marching Bands, Tailgaters, Foam Fingers, gut busting hot dogs, and hard hitting Safeties. I could feel the walls were starting to come down and for a split second there no such thing as student and townie, for a moment there were just Vikings. But then the clouds would darken and as fast as the smile appeared it would vanish with the mention of the name BEDNAR. But, Elder Bednar is not to blame a lot of people made this decision he was just the face of the decision. I am starting to feel kinda tired and basically the main point I was trying to get around to is that Intracollegiate sports suck! Let’s bring back real football!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

My Christmas List

I think my wish list for this year is reasonably simple and in no particular order:

I’ll start in the Who Care Bowls with (1) Wake Forest vs. Navy playing in the Eaglebank Bowl. I want…Wake to win simply because ever since I saw the Movie Bryans Song I have had a special place in my heart for the Demon Deacon’s. (2) Colorado St. vs. Fresno St. at the Toilet Bowl I have a cousin at Fresno so I guess go Bulldogs. (3)Memphis vs. South Florida WHAT? I didn’t know they were D-1. (4) BYU vs. Arizona Ya know I am a Mormon and it has been said that this is the Lords University and all, but I don’t think I’d be too apostate if I say that I would like to see Mike Stoops do well, so I am hoping for a Wildcat win in Vegas. (5) Southern Miss vs. Troy State are competing to win the Cereal Bowl. When I was a kid my dad and I were in Alabama and it was the first time I saw a real football stadium up close and it was very impressive for me. I was in high school when I first heard that they bumped up to D-1 and I was excited for them then and I was excited again when they almost beat LSU, and I am excited for them now. I hope they beat Brett Farve’s Alma Matter. (6) Boise State vs. TCU I think that this is a great match-up. I know that 2 years ago both these teams had beat OU but I hold no grudges. I would like to see the Horned Frogs of TCU win this game! (Just refer to my first and third blog.) (7) Hawaii vs. Notre if Norte Dame losses then Charlie Wise might drop down to coach JUCO to Football. So, honestly I am pulling for a Hawaii win even though I think that Norte Dame is going to win . (8) Fla. Atlantic vs. Central Mich, WVU vs. UNC, Miami vs. California, and Northern Ill. vs. La. Tech I don’t care who wins, I probably won’t watch any of these games. (9) Wisconsin vs. Florida State I am pulling for the Big-10 to suck it up, so lets go Noles.

Ok, the Big Kid Bowls (1) The Fiesta Bowl Texas vs. Ohio St. I am not a fan of the Big-10 or Ohio State, and normally I cheer for anyone of the Big-12 to do well, but this year I WANT TO SEE THE WHINNY TEXAS LONGHORNS LOSE AGAIN THIS YEAR! (2) Utah vs. Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. I am not a big fan of Nick Saban, but then again I am not a big fan of Utah either. I think that I am going to pull for Utah to win because then it is one more pull for a playoff. But, then again I don’t really care who wins this game. (3) In the Fed-ex Orange Bowl we have Cincinnati vs. VT. Honestly I think that there are more deserving teams to play in this Bowl, but this is the system that we have to live with and I pick Cincinnati to win simply because OU’s win over this BCS team earlier this year helped the Sooners to the National Championship Game, so GO BEARCATS! (4) 1922 USC won 1981 Penn State won I hope this year Joe Paterno breaks the tie in the 2008 Rose Bowl (Side note Joe Paterno was present all three USC Penn State Bowl Games)

The National Championship Game Of course I want to see Oklahoma over Florida in this game (refer to just about any of my blogs)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

What's This WBS That Everyone's Been Talking About Lately

There has been a lot of talk about Playoffs, and the problems associated with that. With the BCS role in the BIG-12 this year and all the chaos it has caused, it has gotten the nation in an uproar. More people are tuning in to ESPN to stay updated, blogging, making facebook groups, pulling their money together to fly airplanes over games to let people know that their team won a game earlier in the season. The point is that even though the BCS is flawed IT MAKES MONEY! If we had a better system…like… a playoff then people would get bored with it, it wouldn’t bring in as much money, and so forth. BULL-LO-NEE! Just look at NCAA Basketball, Baseball, or Soccer. Wait don’t look, think, talk or even say anything that rhymes with that word. (I am sorry I accidently brought it up and put it in category of Sports.) Take a look at Table Tennis instead…They have a playoff bracket as well. In the words of Michael Crabtree “Last night I had actually dreamed this”, so nation I need your input. Tell me what you think of this system. We’ll call it The Wayne Bass System or the WBS. And, what we’ll do is split the NCAAF into the west and the east. In the East you’ll have BCS Conferences such as SEC,ACC, and The Big East. In the West you’ll have Big-12 and 10 with the Pac-10. I know already it seems lopsided. We could disband the Big East and pull Boise into the Mountain West and make them a BCS then give the Big-10 to the East. Or, we’ll have the oh I don’t know the Red and Blue sides. In the Blue side the BCS Conferences such as the SEC, ACC, and the Big-10 on the Red we’ll have Big-12, Pac-10, and Big East. Mid-Majors will be as followed: In the East or Blue side will have Mid-America, the Sunbelt, and the Independent conference which will give up Norte Dame to the ACC for Maryland, and will also receive 3 teams from the Mid-America Confernce as well as Louisiana Tech from the WAC. This Independent Conference will be renamed The Podjoe Conference. (In reverence to the man who fixed this BCS Mess) On the West or the Red side we’ll have the WAC, MWC, and Conference USA. Anyways, well have everyone play their conferences like normal with a couple non-conf games at the beginning of the season. Each side will have their conf. champs receive a free enter the playoffs spot except if a team is ranked at least 4 spots above a conf. champ they will get their spot. For example say Oklahoma wins the Big-12, but Texas is just a one loss team and is ranked 5th in the West or Red side, and lets say that BYU has lost 2 games but won their conference and is ranked like 19th Texas would go ahead of BYU and get a playoff spot. Keep in mind that BYU isn’t out of the playoff scene completely, because there will be 12 spots in the first round from each side which is 4 weeks of Divisional Playoffs, and then the Champ from each side play in the National Title. Like I said earlier I need your input tell me what you think. What changes would you make to the WBS?

Monday, December 1, 2008

Be Careful Kiffin!

Lane Kiffin is named the new head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers. That’s great! I wish him the best of luck! But, wasn’t he recently fired by a crazy owner for having a crappie season, and then he takes a job from a crazy Athletic Director who fired Phillip Fulmer for having a crappie season. Phillip Fulmer is a freakin' alumni from Tennessee and has served 13 years as a Vols assistant coach before becoming the head football coach. Fulmer who took the reins in 1992 has won two SEC championships, in 1997 and 1998, and a national championship in 1998. The Vols made three other SEC Championship game appearances in 2001, 2004, and in 2007. 2007 THAT’S FREAKIN’ LAST YEAR! LSU just barely beat them. Tennessee was just 7 points away from the National Championship game last year! And, I think just about anyone could have beat Ohio State. (Anyone outside of the BIG-10) Fulmer's winning percentage is among the top in the country for coaches who have over ten years' experience! Keep in mind that Coach Fulmer won the first ever BCS National Championship Game in 1998, and then HE gets fired for having a crappie season? I am just saying watch ya back Kiffin. I know that Lane Kiffin is no slouch. For crying out loud check out his wife! I mean he has to be a stud right? Besides Pete Carroll’s wife use to babysit little Lane back in Fayetteville, Ark, (He'sbeen around the sport for a while.) I like Fulmer and I like Kiffin, and I hate to see either do poorly. But, I don’t want to see Tennessee do well. Do you see my problem? Now, if I understand correctly this is just a year probation thing right? Ok, that would be cool if Lane has a good year and then he chooses to leave for a better program. But, how do you do better than Tennessee?
PS. A cool fun fact that my good friend Chris Berman shared with me is that Lane Kiffin is less than a year older then Tennessee Alumni Payton Manning