The news that SEC replay officials are not getting an HD feed of the game they're ruling on was bad enough. How could it be possible that no one had come up with the radical concept of making sure these guys had the best available picture? Go grab one of the screens out of the club seat section and install them in the replay booth right now! Rogers Redding, the SEC supervisor of officials, says he wouldn't object to HD but thinks the current system is just fine. Redding took the absurdity to another level with his comments...
"If this isn't broke, let's not fix it. I dont see any sort of emergency, oh my God, we've got to fix something here."
Sure, people accusing the conference of rigging games because of how many calls your officials have blown isn't anything to be concerned about. A system that breaks down regularly and isn't giving the officials a better view than some guy in a sports bar is just fine. Is the SEC trying to look stupid?
Remember back in January when Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune demanded Joakim Noah be dumped from the Bulls? He had bashed him before he even got there, and now one season and two months of another had "proven right those of us who never believed Noah was any good", according to Morrissey. Noah then proceeded to play a huge role in leading the Bulls to the playoffs and is averaging a double double this season. Good call, pompous newspaper twit! Now, Morrissey is trying to toady up to Noah by literally eating his words. Sometimes guys need a little time to develop, especially when there's a presence like Ben Wallace blocking their progress.
According to Matt Hayes of the Sporting News, firing Charlie Weis would cost Notre Dame 18 million dollars. That's not including the cost of hiring a new coach and staff or paying off whichever assistants the new guy doesn't retain. They've got the money, but just because you can do something doesn't always mean you should. Can ND really justify dropping that kind of cash on getting rid of a coach who's had a winning season? This is the school whose fans touted the fact that everyone, even Gerry Faust and Bob Davie, finished their original five year deals as a sign of its integrity. They threw that principle out the window to dump Ty Willingham after three years and then inexplicably gave Weis a ten year deal seven games into the next season. With six more seasons left on his deal, it may be time to try and get some of that "integrity" back. There's no doubt in my mind Weis is not a particularly good head coach, but that doesn't mean he says so long South Bend for sure either.
What if there aren't enough teams to go around for the college bowl games at the end of the season? It's not out of the realm of possibility, as these figures from Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times demonstrate. My guess is that they'll get a couple more than necessary eligible, but remember that next year there will likely be a new game in Dallas and Orlando's been working on a third game. Sooner or later there will be a cancellation due to the lack of eligible teams, it's just a question of when.
Former FSU player Bradley Jennings has one hellacious sense of humor. He went into a check cashing store dressed in all black and wearing a mask, pointed an apparent shotgun at the clerk, and demanded money. You might think that's an armed robbery, but actually his attorney explains it was just a wacky joke. Hahahaha - that Jennings, what a card! Bobby Bowden will comment as soon as someone can tell him who Jennings is.