Thursday, February 11, 2016

The 2016 Patsy Ratings: No. 6 - Georgetown

"What are you doing?" a Committee member said.

Another Committee member was crying in front of the TV.

"Take out that tape and get yourself together," she said, directing the member to eject the final Syracuse/Georgetown Big East semifinal game played in 2014.

"I'm sorry," he said, "Requiem for the Big East does it to me every time.  Dave Gavitt.  John Thompson."

"You know you have a job to do, right?", the irritated Committee member reminded him.  "There's that, oh, I don't know, matter of the current state of Georgetown's Patsy Point recruiting class?  A real, live team in a real, live conference?  That exists in the present?"

The Committee member blew his nose.  "Oh, that's already done.  Check the file next to the fax machine.  It's ready.

He pops the tape into the machine again, and presses play.  The tears well up once again.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The 2016 Patsy Ratings: No. 7 - Fordham

"We missed the news cycle again," a committee member said again.

"Huh?" another said, awakening from a long afternoon nap.

"We missed the recruiting news cycle," the member repeated, a but more irritated this time.  "There's a very small window where people care about football recruiting - the 72 hours after National Letter of Intent Day.  After that, you might as well be writing about the 2002 midterm elections."

"Is that really true?" sleepy guy said.  "Patriot League people tend to have a bit longer attention span than that.  They appreciate - or at least get vocal about - the ratings whenever they come out.  After all, in the old days, there sometimes was months between classes."

"But that's not true anymore," irritated guys said.  "Now, the Patriot League are all announcing their classes on NLI day.  They're a part of the crazy skydiving-recruit announcing, hat-switching player circus that is national signing day."

"Well," sleepy guy said, "they're done now.  For us, this is some sort of record, having them all done this early.  It took a lot of sleepless nights, but they're done now."

"Let's get this done before we miss any more news cycles," irritated guy responded.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Lehigh Football Signing Day 2016

Signing day is here!

I'll be updating/live-blogging signing day with information on each recruit as fast as I can type them in.

These guys are all confirmed!

Get up.  It's signing day!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Goodbye St. Louis Rams, Hello St. Louis Billikens?

Cruel doesn't begin to describe what Stan Kroenke has done to fans of the St. Louis Rams.

He didn't only move the Rams back to LA this week.  "On his way out he decided he had to torch the city, saying 'Any NFL club who signs on to this proposal in St. Louis will be well on the road to financial ruin,'" a not-so-cheery recap from the fans recapped on MMQB.  "This from a guy who proudly claims he was named after two amazing St. Louis baseball players. It was a completely classless act of revenge from a little man who profited greatly by being in St. Louis. He not only made himself look pitiful, he also made the NFL look like a heartless organization that only cares about money."

St. Louis is now left with a stadium that isn't yet paid off, the Edward Jones Dome, and no football team to play games there.

Nobody asked me, but to me, this presents the opportunity of a lifetime for the private, Jesuit Division I school in St. Louis.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

How Relegation And Promotion Can Work In FCS and FBS

To many sportswriters who have followed English Premier League soccer in any capacity, the holy grail is promotion and relegation.

United States sports leagues, for a wide variety of reasons, do not allow its teams or franchises the ability to get "promoted" to the top flights of their professional leagues.  That's largely to protect the teams at the bottom, which can stink as much as they'd like, but will still share in the profits of the league.

In the EPL, however, the teams that finish in the bottom are "relegated" to the "Championship" division, and the teams that finish on top get "promoted" to the EPL.

Many sportswriters have tried, and failed, to devise a promotion/relegation system for a variety of pro sports.  But I think where it could best work is in the worlds of FCS and FBS football.

Hear me out.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Bama vs. Clemson Preview: What The College Football Playoff Got Right

Let's get something straight off the bat: I am not against bowl subdivision football.

Sure, it's patently unfair in that more than half of the "subdivision" is essentially unable to compete for their championship.  Yes, it's a money play.  Yes, it's overhyped.

But that doesn't mean I don't enjoy it.  I'm a huge college football fan.  I love Army/Navy, big rivalry games (as long as they don't interrupt my Rivalry game), and marquee matchups.  When Temple played Notre Dame, I listened, and watched.  College football narratives remain the best narratives.

Tonight I'll be watching Alabama play Clemson, a most worthy conclusion to the FBS football season.  Let's take a look at what the CFP did right, and what to expect tonight.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Your Lehigh Class of 2020 Commit Tracker

Only one thing can really make a Mountain Hawk fan smile during the offseason, and that's news about the latest Lehigh football commits for the class of 2020.

Fortunately for you (and me), some of the best fans of any sport have created an unofficial list of Lehigh football recruits.

Legendary fans Rich Heelan and Todd Cuddington have made a master spreadsheet of recruits.  With the very big caveat that all of these names are unofficial until the letters of intent are signed, I will be taking the names from their master list and making my own spreadsheet of names for you, dear Reader, to peruse.

Below the flip are two spreadsheets, and some links to get you excited about the incoming class.