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Thought Of The Day – 12/31/12

Happy Fiscal Cliff Day to all!  Hope you enjoy this year’s bonus holiday, brought to you by imbeciles on both ends of our political spectrum.

In all seriousness, there some real things to celebrate this day.  First, it’s New Year’s Eve.  And second, bowl season is about to get a lot more interesting now that nine SEC teams are set to begin their postseasons.  Here’s hoping your favorite team wins over the next few days.

And from all of us here at, we also hope you have a very fun, very safe night tonight.

In the spirit of the day, your morning musical/lyrical inspiration comes from far, far off the iPod.  But as the holiday season winds down, why not go out with a old standard?


“For auld lang syne, my dear.  For auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.”


Auld Lang Syne – from 'It's A Wonderful Life'


Have a great one!

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Music City Bowl Rep Says Playoffs Will Be Tougher On Bowls

We’ve already quoted this piece from The Tennessean once today, but Jeff Lockridge jammed so much good stuff into it we wanted to go back for seconds.  Earlier today, we told you that Scott Ramsey — the Music City Bowl prez and top dog of the Nashville Sports Council — doesn’t believe Nashville has the stadium to make a play for college football’s new championship game (when the playoffs begin in 2014).  But Ramsey also told the paper that he believes the new playoff system will kill off a few existing bowl games:


“If you’re not in those six (big bowls), you’re playing an exhibition game.  It used to be the championship game and then some other BCS games which held some cache.  The way this is going, it looks like a lot bigger BCS to me, which is oging to make more of those bowls below that less relevant.

They are going to argue that, ‘Oh, December 31st and January 1st is going to be a football celebration.’  If you’re a bowl, do you want to be playing on that day against a semifinal?  I don’t know. … I think we’re on the cusp of bowls that can’t financially compete just dying out in the long term over this.”


Let’s be clear about one thing — bowls have always just been “exhibition” games.  The Music City Bowl, for example, has never had the cachet of a BCS bowl.  What it has had is a New Year’s Eve kickoff.  That’s where Ramsey’s point comes home.

Would any bowl out there be wise to schedule a game on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day against a semifinal game?  Sure, some network looking for any piece of the pie at all would still televise the thing, but would fans choose to stay home and watch a semifinal game rather than follow their own team on the road to a second-tier bowl?  Obviously, not all bowls are played on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, but those that are typically bring in more tourist dollars to their towns than the non-New Year’s games.  So is moving financially viable for those games?

The new playoff won’t make the bowls less meaningful.  They’re meaningless exhibition designed to bring tourism to an area and to promote said area to a large television audience.  Nothing more, nothing less.

The new playoff system will, however, force a few bowls to decide whether or not it’s worth going up against one of the big six bowls head-to-head.

Even more worrisome for bowl officials like Ramsey must be the potential success of the new “Champions” Bowl which — if it doesn’t merge in some way with an existing game — will be run by the SEC and Big 12 with the majority of profits staying right in house.  If that experiment works, you can bet more leagues will start fielding their own bowls.  And that will really change the college football bowl landscape.

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SEC Headlines – 4/18/12 Part Two

1.  Here’s what one reporter learned from Florida’s spring practice.

2.  And, hey, Bama fans, you’re not the first school to have your crystal football busted.

3.  Mark Richt has met with Malcolm Mitchell and planned out a two-way strategy for the wideout/corner.

4.  Tailback Ken “Boo” Malcome is on track for success this fall.

5.  John Calipari will have to mold a new bunch of all-starts into a team-first unit next season.

6.  Derek Dooley has put together a bigger defense at Tennessee this spring, but what about the unit’s speed?

7.  A year of redshirts has added depth to the Vol offensive line.

8.  Steve Spurrier has adjusted the way he does business since arriving at South Carolina.

9.  The folks at are debating whether Vanderbilt or cross-state rival Tennessee will win more games this fall.

10.  Gary Pinkel and Missouri are out to earn the respect of their new conference mates.

11.  This season’s Chick-fil-A Bowl will kickoff at 7:30pm ET on New Year’s Eve… as usual.

12.  Former Tennessee assistant basketball coach and current juco coach Steve Forbes says a new NCAA policy is “outlandish” because it makes it look like “they don’t want junior college kids anymore.”

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The Chick-fil-A Bowl will be televised nationally by ESPN at 7:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Tune in…

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The Chick-fil-A Bowl will be televised nationally by ESPN at 7:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Tune in to for SB Nation coverage of the Florida State Seminoles, the Gamecocks’ opponent.

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It’s Official: Georgia Bulldogs Are Liberty Bowl-Bound

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It’s Official: Georgia Bulldogs Are Liberty Bowl-Bound

The Bulldogs’ matchup with the Central Florida Knights has already been previewed by SB Nation, but you’ll be reading more about it here between now and New Year’s Eve.

Go ‘Dawgs!

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