Posted on: April 12, 2009 1:30 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2009 6:11 pm

Best college football rivalries 2000-2009

Did a little homework on rivalries in the current century (2000-2009).

Best on-the-field rivalry: Florida State vs Miami The only major rivalry to average less than a 10 point spreat and still yield at least one BCS championship is FSU-Miami (average spread over this period is 6.22 pts per game). Although Miami has an upper hand in wins/losses at 7-3, the closeness of the games and national title implications (past few years excepted) make this rivalry (in my opinion) the best on-field rivalry. This is also the only rivalry to produce a same-season rematch in a bowl game (2003) during this period.

Best championship rivalry: Florida vs LSU No one can contest the success these teams have had this decade. Four BCS titles between them, and though the average point spread when they meet is a lofty 17.56 per game they have nearly split their series at 5-4 since 2000.

Best rivalry for drama: Ohio State vs Michigan Though the Buckeyes have won 7 meetings since the millenia, the average point spread for these games is a mere 11.78. Take away last years 35 point debacle and it's 8.87. Lump these close matchups together with one BCS title and a TON of people watching and you've got a classic year in, year out.

Best rivalry for homers: Oregon vs Oregon State With the exception of the past two years, these teams have taken turns pounding each other at home to the tune of 17.44 points per game. That makes for a lot of happy alumni.

Best rivalry to leave at halftime: Kansas vs Kansas State This one's not even close. The average massacre in this series is 26.78 points, but the series is close at 5-4. Might as well head for the exits after the first half ends.

Best rivalry for no national title implications and one-team dominance: Army vs Navy Seriously, since 2000 no rivalry has been more lopsided than this one. Navy holds an 8-1 edge to the tune of 23.78 points per game. Players rarely go on to NFL careers. And both teams tend to run antiquated option offenses. So why do we watch? We're Americans! We're proud that these guys play hard with no pro future in their sights. We're proud that they wear unit patches on their uniforms in tribute to those in harm's way. And we're proud that at the end of each game both teams stand in silent tribute to the other's alma mater.

Best rivalry for a state fair: Oklahoma vs Texas This one gets a ton of hype, but this decades statistics don't lie. Although it's produced two BCS championships, Oklahoma has taken 6 of 9 and the beatings haven't been close. With the exception of a 7 point spread in 2007 there has not been a spread in single digits. The average for this high-visibility rivalry? 22.56 points per game.

Best rivalry for "We hate the BCS" talk: BYU vs Utah
The "Holy War" doesn't dissapoint. An even record of 5-4 with an average spread of 10.11 (second only to FSU-UM). And the winner gets to look from the outside in at a National Championship. Take it from me...when I did "Hate Bowl 2008" this year one thing was apparent. Utah fans HATE BYU. BYU fans generally wonder why they are so hated. If this rivalry had the fire that Clemson-South Carolina has it would get huge ratings.

Oh, and just so I don't piss off my Irish relatives...

Best rivalry for false "throw the records out the window" talk: Southern Cal vs Notre Dame
Really. This one used to mean something, what with those gold helmets and that marching band in skirts. Now it's just another excuse to get the Trojans on national TV. USC holds a 7-2 upper hand with an average spread of 24.11 points per game. Sure, USC has ponied up two BCS championships, but did I ever think that I'd see Notre Dame pull a PAC-10 team's strength of schedule DOWN? No. But that's where this one is now.



Posted on: January 9, 2009 9:19 am
Edited on: January 10, 2009 6:58 am

Re-inventing the Quarterback

There are rare times in our lives that we get to see revolution.  The word itself seems to imply a violent coup of existing ideologies, but Aristotle defined it simply as a change from one constitution to another in a very short time.  Revolution in sports has mostly been confined to radical deviation from team concepts.

Think the forward pass and the jump shot.  These revolutionary changes in sport are relatively rare.  More common (but still with high impact on the respective game) is the revolution of play and position.

Changing the fundamental aspects of individual performance requires several elements:  individual talent, opportunity, coaching, and hard work.  Apply these elements to those who have revolutionized their positions and you'll see what this means.  Whether you're talking about Dick Butkus or Tiger Woods, the mechanism is the same.  Individuals excel in bringing something new to a game and that, in turn, attracts imitation.

One of the best examples in the past 50 years is Lawrence Taylor.  Arriving at a time when linebackers were a second line of defense, LT pushed the edge and brought linebacker speed and method to the pass rush, fully re-defining his position.  We are perhaps witnessing a revolution of the college quarterback.  This revolution's name is Tim Tebow.

Many of you will shrug this off as simple conjecture, but stick with me.  Define a quarterback.  It's pretty simple...brain, eyes, and arm.  That's the definition we've been playing with for decades.  Sure, there have been a few quarterbacks with the ability to gain yards with their legs, but that's rarely by design and usually a product of broken play and an opportunistic adjustment.

Face it.  The game we've grown up with gives us running backs that run, receivers that catch, and quarterbacks that throw.  Tebow is breaking that paradigm as we watch, and the floodgates are opening.

Sure, Tebow's arm isn't great...but it's adequate.  His speed isn't explosive, but he brings power and vision to the running game.  Most of all he challenges defenses to cover more of the field in ways they are not designed to be covered.  Stack the box and he kills you with a goal line jump pass.  Drop into coverage and he runs for 12 yards.

Find a way to cover both and he hands off or pitches to a receiver on a toss sweep.  A product of the system?  In part.  But an even larger part is the type of player.  Big, strong, tenacious, and focused.  Words we usually associate with a defensive end or linebacker.  Now we're associating them with the quarterback.

Nothing happens overnight, but by Aristotle's definition this is revolution.  Mark these words...imitation is the most sincere recognition of success and revolution.  Go watch some high school football games next fall.

Sure, you'll see some pro-set quarterbacks on the field.  But more and more you'll be seeing teams take their best and most determined players and line them up behind center.  Revolution begins with youth and challenges our abilities to adapt to change.  This revolution has begun.
Posted on: December 15, 2008 11:15 am
Edited on: December 15, 2008 6:14 pm


Hot off of the heels of our wildly successful "Hate Bowl 2008", it's time to test the mettle of the College Football Bowl Season.  Welcome to "INSIGNIFICANT BOWL 2008".

A number of posters at the Hate Bowl expressed interest in a bowl season contest.  So here's my take on it.  There are 34 bowls this year, meaning SIXTY-EIGHT teams received a bid to a bowl game.  Now let me first say that I'm all in favor of rewarding good performance, but seriously, take a look at ANY 6-6 team and make a good argument to me that they deserve to go bowling.  THAT'S rewarding extreme mediocrity.  Well, that's enough of my rant.  Let's get down to "bidness".

I have listed each and every bowl game below.  My intent is to do this "Heisman" style.  You give me (in order, worst first) the five bowl games you consider to be the most insignificant.  I don't care what your criteria is.  Heck, the Heisman voters don't have a criteria, why should we?  Just rank 'em and spank 'em.  Point totals will be 5 for first place, 4 for second, 3 for third, 2 for fourth, and a single, lousy point for fifth.

As always, we welcome your candid and humorous comments.  Please, just keep 'em clean.    To post your votes, just add a comment to this blog.

And now, here are our party guests (payoffs in parentheses, followed by network).

Saturday, December 20:

Eagle Bank Bowl  Washington DC:  Navy (8-4) vs. Wake Forest (7-5) ($750,000)  ESPN
New Mexico Bowl  Albuquerque, NM:  Colorado State (6-6) vs. Fresno State (7-5) ($750,000)  ESPN
St. Petersburgh Bowl  St. Petersburgh, FL:  South Florida (7-5) vs. Memphis (6-6) ($1 million)  ESPN2
Las Vegas Bowl  Las Vegas, NV:  BYU (10-2) vs. Arizona (7-5) ($1 million) ESPN

Sunday, December 21:

New Orleans Bowl  New Orleans, LA:  Troy (8-4) vs. Southern Miss (6-6) ($325,000)  ESPN2

Tuesday, December 23:

Poinsettia Bowl  San Diego, CA:  Boise State (12-0) vs. TCU (10-2) ($750,000) ESPN

Wednesday, December 24:

Hawai'i Bowl  Honolulu, HI:  Hawai'i (7-6) vs. Notre Dame (6-6) ($750,000) ESPN

Friday, December 26:

Motor City Bowl  Detroit, MI:  Florida Atlantic (6-6) vs. Central Michigan (8-4) ($750,000) ESPN2

Saturday, December 27:

Meineke Bowl  Charlotte, NC:  North Carolina (8-4) vs. West Virginia (8-4) ($1 million) ESPN
Champs Sports Bowl  Orlando, FL:  Florida State (8-4) vs. Wisconsin (8-4) ($2.125 million ) ESPN
Emerald Bowl  San Fransisco, CA:  California (8-4) vs. Miami (7-5) ($750,000 to ACC, $850,000 to PAC10) ESPN

Sunday, December 28:

Independence Bowl  Shreveport, LA:  Louisiana Tech (7-5) vs. Northern Illinois (6-6) ($1.1 million) ESPN

Monday, December 29: Bowl  Birmingham, AL:  Rutgers (7-5) vs. NC State (6-6) ($300,000) ESPN
Alamo Bowl  San Antonio, TX:  Northwestern (9-3) vs. Missouri (9-4) ($2.25 million) ESPN

Tuesday, December 30:

Humanitarian Bowl  Boise, ID:  Nevada (7-5) vs. Maryland (7-5) ($750,000) ESPN
Holiday Bowl  San Diego, CA:  Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Oregon (9-3) ($2.3 million) ESPN
Texas Bowl  Houston, TX:  Rice (9-3) vs. Western Michigan (9-3) ($750,000) NFLN

Wednesday, December 31:

Armed Forces Bowl  Fort Worth, TX:  Houston (7-5) vs. Air Force (8-4) ($750,000) ESPN
Sun Bowl  El Paso, TX:  Oregon State (8-4) vs. Pittsburgh (9-3) ($1.9 million) CBS
Music City Bowl  Nashville, TN:  Vanderbilt (6-6) vs. Boston College (9-4) ($1.7 million) ESPN
Insight Bowl  Tempe, AZ:  Kansas (7-5) vs. Minnesota (7-5) ($1.2 million) NFLN
Chick-fil-A Bowl  Atlanta, GA:  LSU (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (9-3) ($3 million) ESPN

Thursday, January 1:

Outback Bowl  Tampa, FL:  Iowa (8-4) vs. South Carolina (7-5) ($3.2 million) ESPN
Capital One Bowl  Orlando, FL:  Georgia (9-3) vs. Michigan State (9-3) ($4.25 million) ABC
Gator Bowl  Jacksonville, FL:  Nebraska (8-4) vs. Clemson (7-5) ($2.5 million) CBS
Rose Bowl  Pasadena, CA:  USC (11-1) vs. Penn State (11-1) ($17 million) ABC
Orange Bowl  Miami, FL:  Cincinnati (11-2) vs. Virginia Tech (9-4) ($17 million) FOX

Friday, January 2:

Cotton Bowl  Dallas, TX:  Texas Tech (11-1) vs. Mississippi (8-4) ($3 million) FOX
Liberty Bowl  Memphis, TN:  Kentucky (6-6) vs. East Carolina (9-4) ($1.8 million) ESPN
Sugar Bowl  New Orleans, LA:  Utah (12-0) vs. Alabama (12-1) ($17 million) FOX

Saturday, January 3:

International Bowl  Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  Connecticut (7-5) vs. Buffalo (8-5) ($750,000) ESPN2
Fiesta Bowl  Glendale, AZ:  Texas (11-1) vs. Ohio State (10-2) ($17 million) FOX

Tuesday, January 6:

GMAC Bowl  Mobile, AL:  Tulsa (10-3) vs. Ball State (12-1) ($750,000) ESPN

Thursday, January 8:

BCS National Championship Game  Miami, FL:  Florida (12-1) vs. Oklahoma (12-1) ($17 million) FOX
Posted on: December 2, 2008 9:21 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2008 12:12 pm

Plaxico attends the Michael Vick School of Charm

Oh, how great it is to be a Giants fan at this point in my life.

Rewind to my childhood, growing up in Northwest New Jersey.  Not the city.  Out in the hills, where snow day meant sledding and skiing down the "big hill".  Playing hockey on the same lake you swam in during the summer.  And gaining an appreciation for all things Giant.  What started as a fascination with a mediocre team in the late 60's became somewhat of an afterthought when, while hitting my "teen" years and living in Florida, my Giants languished in the 70's with a less than impressive eight losing seasons in the decade.  It didn't help that the Dolphins were cranking out titles and that Fran Tarkenton (yep, the former Giant) was winging the ball all over the league.  Not to mention that Steelers dynasty, of course.

But then came the glorious 80's.  How could you not love the 80's?  A whole decade about fun.  So much fun, in fact, that my G-men managed to get off the schnide and win.  Yeah, I know.  They didn't win right away.  But the addition of LT to the lineup was a harbinger of things to come.

I don't remember much of the first few years that decade, probably due to an excessive devotion to the greek life during college.  I played more "quarters" and "Cardinal Puff" than I deserved.  Must have done the trick, because for the life of me I cannot remember that horrible 3-12-1 season in '83.  But I remember '84 and Phil Simms, and finishing 10-6 in '85 for a second CONSECUTIVE winning season.  And of course the incredible run in '86.

From that point on, we turned the corner as Giants fans.  We no longer expected losing seasons.  A "decent finish" wasn't eight-and-eight.  The Tuna brought us wins, and we expected them to come in spite of injuries and terror attacks.  Fassell or Coughlin.  OJ or Tiki.  Didn't matter...for the first time since the Kennedy administration, we could go into any season with optimism and the expectation of a playoff birth.  We were made.

And then came the knuckleheads.  I never liked Shockey.  I'm a Gator.  Cocky 'Canes give me hay fever.  Somehow this guy couldn't keep two things shut...his mouth or the team doctor's door.  A distraction at virtually every turn, Shockey was nearly half as good as he imagined.  With the arrival of Plaxico Burress in 2005, we now had knucklehead number two on board.  We've always known Plax was a disaster in the making, we just didn't know that he would become a walking punchline.

I've decided that all of my future bonehead moves and self-mutilations will be simply referred to as "Plaxicos".  Spill spaghetti sauce on a new shirt?  "What a Plaxico I am!'  Accidentally shoot myself in the leg, well, you know.  Ditto. 

What could be an unprecedented (for Giants fans) second consecutive Super Bowl season might be best known for the idiot-savant receiver who shot himself in the leg.  God help me, we've had enough comedy and tragedy this year.  My only Republican choice for President was the equivalent of Tim Conway without the "funny". The easiest bet to take this year was the "over" on gas prices.  And then came Plaxico.  Maybe he's not from the Vick School of Charm.  The word "school" implies thinking, and what kind of sane thinking says, "Let's see, I'll bring my 40 into this Manhattan club and give it a click or two."  Wow.  Can you imagine the phone call to Coughlin?
"Coach?  Yeah, it's me, Plaxico.  I was at this club tonight and got shot in the leg.  They think it was ME who did it!"  If that ain't comedy for you, I don't know what is.  The only saving grace right now is that Plax will probably be bringing his comedy show to another town REAL SOON!

So anyway, here's to ya, Plax.  Thanks for making my Giants a punchline again.  40 years of hard work down the tubes.
(Well, at least until we win another Lombardi in January!)
Posted on: November 24, 2008 9:39 pm


And the winner of the 2008 NCAA Football HATE BOWL is......


The Irish defeated Ohio State by a score of 15 to 6.  Our regular season champs have taken the trophy.

Keep an eye peeled for our next foray into the obscure..."Insignificant Bowl '08-'09", coming after the bowl selection special.  With WAY too many bowls being played, which ones should go away?  We'll find out in a couple of weeks.  Stay tuned!
Posted on: November 20, 2008 8:50 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2008 9:39 am




Welcome back, my friends, to the hate that never ends!  It's time for the "Nine Pins" Bowling for Dollars HATE BOWL battle for the Trojan Condoms - Summer's Eve "You Bastard" Trophy.  I thought it might be appropriate to reiterate some of the pearls our posters gave us about our two finalists...Notre Dame and Ohio State.

chfhookm admitted he got help with his hate for tOSU when he shared:
Oh, did I forget to mention that Ray Small's dad made my picks for me?UKnowMoreThanMe shared the Buckeye hate with this gem:
Do they know that their mascot is a peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate?  I mean, how "manly" can you be if your mascot is a wanna-be Reese's Cup.But WesinID wasn't gonna let Notre Dame get overlooked.  Per Wes...
I hope they form a conference with Liberty University, Southern Methodist, and Brigham Young, call it the Battle of Armeggon Division (B.A.D)BlueSpud2 illustrated the debates we all went through in picking the hard match-ups with this comment:
As much as I hate the U of I, I really hate the possibility of OStU stinking up another BCS game again, NT or otherwise.  Besides
Idaho can't beat a fart to stink more less get to a bowl game.  A real travesity is having Ohio State on TV after Nov.

The round of 8 brought more interesting observations.  WoolyUte expressed his opinion of Notre Dame...
How can you not hate a team that doesnt play well with others, hired fat Charly and still struggles and enjoys being called Golden Domers... sounds like a 70's porno to me! lol I had haunting images of Weis with a "porno 'stache" for days.  And then SOMEBODY (PanzerKoenigin) mentioned something about a thong.  And I'm STILL not sleeping.

UtahUtesRGr8 gave us the "play-by-play" on the Notre Dame - Florida State game...
In a fairly one-sided game, the shopplifting convicts from Talahasee have amassed a record 26 personal fouls, but their superior speed and athletism has dominated play nonetheless.  Notre Dame is behind by three scores with 4 seconds to play, when Charlie Weiss calls for the Touchdown Jesus Hail Mary, which falls incomplete.  Nevertheless, as time runs out, ABC declares Notre Dame the winner.  Unbeknownst to even the most ardent college football fans, Notre Dame advances to the next round of all games based on their larger fan base and superior moral code.When WestlandUte chimed in with this I had much confidence in the Irish making the final.
As a person of Irish descent I am offended by the representation of my race as a bunch of belicose hooligans. I am also offended the mascot. What's up with the little Green Bast#%$ with the shalyley. If anyone disagrees with me you are codially invited to come to my place and I will punch you in the throat and piss on your dog.But alas, all of the hate didn't go Notre Dame's way.  byu sranje kura made this argument AGAINST tOSU's strength of schedule:
it's just too bad that they won't be able to get blown out 3 years in a row in the ncg.  I guess that's what they get for scheduling 1 good team this year.  Should have played Toledo instead of USC.  Guess there's always next year.So here we are.  The final round of HATE BOWL 2008.  Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls...Place your votes here!



You be the judge.  I'll take votes through Sunday, November 23.

Posted on: November 16, 2008 6:25 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2008 6:00 pm


Well, here it is.  The final four...or "FOUL FOUR" as we say here at Hate Bowl Central.  The battle for the newly named "You Bastard Trophy" continues.

Yup, YBT won over "no trophy" by a mere two votes.  However, there were so many outstanding ideas for our award that I feel compelled to incorporate some aspect of each into our "corporate logo" design.  Which leads to another question:  should we look for a corporate sponsor?  Send me your ideas.  Something like The Summer's Eve Hate Bowl would be great.  I'll await your suggestions.

Well, here they with ZERO Transfats!  Ohio State earns an upset win in the 2vs7 bracket, otherwise our "favorites" have pushed through.  YOUR HATE BOWL 2008 FOUL FOUR MATCH-UPS!!


#1 Notre Dame vs #4 BYU  NOTRE DAME LEADS 12-9

#7 Ohio State vs #3 Miami  OHIO STATE LEADS 14-7

As always, you can submit your votes here in the comment thread.  Gotta pick both partial ballots will be counted.  I'll give this four days to "ferment" and try to post our championship contest on Thursday, November 20.
Posted on: November 12, 2008 8:01 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2008 10:01 pm


My people, you have evidently seeded our contestants correctly.  Round Two of the Hate Bowl Playoffs is in the books, and our Unsweet 16 is now the Hate Eight.  In the round just completed, Notre Dame (23-4 over Washington), USC (25-2 over Oregon), and Ohio State (22-5 over Tennessee) all came through strong with double-digit wins.  As they say in Little Italy, " 'Atsa lotta HATE!"  Our closest game was Florida State's three point win over Florida .  I guess they had one that DIDN'T go wide right.

In any event, now it's time for Round Three...the "HATE EIGHT".  The rules are the same as before.  You must pick a larger lowlife in each pairing.  Incomplete ballots won't be counted.  Keep in mind that these matchups are based on the ORIGINAL SEEDING that resulted from our "regular season".  I take NO CREDIT for the USC-tOSU or BYU-Idaho pairings.  Wish I could!

There's one bonus to this round...our "Name The Trophy" contest.  The proposed names are listed at the bottom of the ballot.  Just give me your #1 pick.  

I'd like to finish this round by Sunday, November 16 so we can march this along and keep some interest.  That said, HEEEERE WE GO!!!

Pick the team you hate most in each pairing...



#1 Notre Dame vs #8 Florida State  NOTRE DAME LEADS 27-15

#2 USC vs #7 Ohio State  OHIO STATE LEADS 28-14

#3 Miami vs #6 Michigan MIAMI LEADS 25-17

#4 BYU vs #5 Idaho  BYU LEADS 28-14


The Al Davis Trophy  3VOTES

The "He Hate Me" Trophy  5 VOTES

The Haterade Cup  3 VOTES

The "You Bastard" Trophy  10 VOTES

The "F- OFF" Cup  4 VOTES

The Detest Crest  3 VOTE

Nothing.  No trophy.  Just call it the Crapple Cup.  9 VOTES

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