WMD: 1998 Colts vs 2010 Rams

This segment of WMD (Weller’s Musing and Divination) came via a suggestion from Bryan, which he mentioned in this post. The suggestion was to compare the 1998 Colts team with the 2010 Rams team. The ’98 season was Peyton Manning’s rookie year with the Colts and this 2010 season is obviously going to be Sam Bradford’s rookie year with the Rams. The Colts were coming off an abysmal 3-13 season that landed them the top pick in the 98 Draft. The Rams are coming off an abysmal 1-15 season that landed them the top pick in the 10 Draft. Colts top receiver, Marvin Harrison was entering his third season and had yet to really put together a great season. Rams top receiver, Donnie Avery is entering his third season and has yet to really put together a great season. It was Colts head coach, Jim Mora’s first year with the team. It’s Rams head coach, Steve Spagnuolo’s second year with the team. The Colts star running back, Marshall Faulk, who was easily the best player on the team, was entering his fifth season and was coming off a good season in which he was able to play in three more games than he had the previous year. The Rams star running back, Steven Jackson, who is easily the best player on the team, is entering his seventh season and is coming off a great season in which he was able to play in three more games than he had the previous year. The Colts had finished dead last in the worst division in the league the previous year. The Rams finished dead last in the worst division in the league last year. Also, when all else failed the Colts had the small bright spot that was their punter, Chris Gardocki. And, when all else fails the Rams have the small bright spot that is their punter, Donnie Jones. Continue reading

WaB’s Thoughts on Conference Realignment

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There has been lots of talk lately about possible conference realignment involving teams from almost every major conference in existence.  Unfortunately, I have been left without the benefit of the internet to help me with this post so you will truly be getting my completely uninformed speculation about what all is happening.  I have no inside information, but I like to think I’ve read enough articles to have some idea about what is going on.  There’s plenty of propaganda running around out there and tons of articles written with heavy bias so sifting through it all is not easy.  Plus, I’ve tried to set aside my own Missouri bias to see the facts; whether or not I’ve done a good job…well that’s for you to decide. Continue reading

The SEC Basketball Tournament

secYesterday I put up my predictions for the Big 12 Conference Tournament, and as promised I am putting up my SEC predictions today. I have a little more bias when it comes to the SEC side of things, so please forgive me when you disagree with my picks. An interesting tid-bit that has always intrigued me is that the SEC and Big 12 both have 12 teams in their conference, and both are divided into two divisions of six. The weird part is that for the Big 12 conference tournament, they seed all the teams 1 through 12 regardless of division, while the SEC seeds the two different divisions 1 through 6 and has it set up so that for the first round no two teams from the same division are matched up against one another. Continue reading

Titanic Upset in the Northwest

As I’m sure everyone has known for almost 24 hours, the #1 ranked USC Trojans lost to the Oregon State Beavers last night.  Momentarily, this actually helps clear up the BCS picture.  Go undefeated in the SEC, go to the Title game.  Go undefeated in the Big XII, go to the Title game.  Because of this it also had (potentially) monstrous implications for my Missouri Tigers as well.  It was definitely odd watching a top ranked team go down knowing that it actually helped my team.  This was different for any Tiger fan born after 1960.

Anyway, the big debate raging over at Foxsports.com has been which conference is supreme.  It’s one of those never ending debates where true homers show their true colors, but I’ll go ahead and add my opinion just for fun.

SEC – They have won 4 of the 10 BCS Title games and they boast a front line of LSU, Florida, Auburn, Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee.  It’s really tough to argue against that.

Big XII – The Big XII is next in line to challenge the SEC’s dominance with 4 teams in the current Top 10: Oklahoma, Mizzou, Texas, and Texas Tech.  Nebraska adds to the prestige, and Colorado is a team on the rise.  They frighten me.

Big 10 – I realize the Big 10 is not good.  They are in this place because of Wisconsin and Penn St.  We’ll see how long those two last with their lofty rankings.  Penn St. faces Illinois this weekend which should be an interesting matchup.

ACC – Lots of rebuilding here.  I think Miami will be back in the title scene here in a few years, but their last two champions, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, were nothing to write home about.  VA Tech lost to kansas for goodness’ sake.  Let’s see how they handle the Sea of Red in Lincoln this weekend.

Pac 10 – USC is still one of the best in the country, but after that, they have nothing with no other teams ranked in the Top 25.  Last week they went 0-5 against the MWC.  Ouch.

Big East – The Big East boasts West Virginia and South Florida…and that’s about it.  What’s that? WVU lost to East Carolina and Colorado?  Nevermind, the Big East boasts South Florida.

Mountain West – BYU, TCU, and Utah are all ranked this week.  They are still behind the BCS conferences, but they get a mention.  If TCU can somehow upset Oklahoma this weekend, the MWC will jump up a few spots.

Agree? Disagree?  Let me know.

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