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Tuesday Tidbits doesn’t get what the Big 12 is doing here

This is from a couple of days ago, but it’s too dumb to let go:

”If indeed we’re still playing a full round-robin and we have a championship game, I think our means of determining our champion is the strongest of all the conferences,” Bowlsby said. ”We’re two years in and we’re batting .500. And we’d like to bat higher than that. And we think this gives us the best chance to do that.”

Actually, you would have the worst.

I am continually baffled by how many people don’t get what happened as far as Ohio State, TCU and Baylor in 2014. It’s clear as day if you just compare resumes.

The Bears were sunk by their terrible nonconference schedule. The Horned Frogs were hurt badly by their loss to Baylor.

Most importantly, both of them overall had a much weaker schedule than Ohio State, which played almost no complete weaklings but also didn’t see many of its best opponents until the end of the season.

Ohio State passed TCU and Baylor when did because they had to wait until the first week of December to pick up a second big win of the season. That was less than a month after getting their first big win of the season — at Michigan State.

Meanwhile, Baylor and TCU lost a good win when Oklahoma State upset Oklahoma a few hours before the Buckeyes blasted the Badgers.

People get hung up on what the rankings were before championship week, but the way things shook out was a clear indication the committee wasn’t just giving lip service when it said it was going to start with a blank slate every week.

Doing that, it should have been pretty obvious Ohio State had the same record as fellow conference champions TCU and Baylor but a much tougher schedule.

Hence the fourth spot in the CFP went to Ohio State. Pretty simple really.

While I’ve never been a fan of conference championship games anyway, playing one on top of a round-robin schedule is mind-numbingly stupid. The potential downside outweighs the good by such a large margin it is unbelievable.

What is likely to happen? Well, since you’re guaranteed to have a rematch, you’re not going to make anyone’s resume better but you are potentially asking your best team to have to beat your second-best team twice. And if your top two teams split, guess what is probably going to happen? Hint: It will look a lot like 2014.

 

Homer Simpson mocks sign

Of course that’s not to say it could never be beneficial. Maybe if TCU won a rematch over Baylor in 2014 the committee would have pushed the Frogs into the fourth spot, but that’s a big “if”. It would be another good win for TCU, but should one result count more than the other? Continue reading Tuesday Tidbits doesn’t get what the Big 12 is doing here

Flashback: Not all of Urban Meyer’s pro baseball appearances have been ceremonial

With Urban Meyer and about 50 Buckeyes set to take part in the Reds’ Opening Night festivities Wednesday night in Cincinnati, a look back at the time the head coach of the Buckeyes recalled thinking he would play for the Cleveland Indians:

Urban Meyer once thought he would play for Indians | FOX Sports.

A view of the Ohio River beyond left field of Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati
A view of the Ohio River beyond left field of Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati

Ohio sports holiday weekend rewind: LeBron, baseball, etc.

So, anything interesting happening in the world of Ohio sports today?

Yeah, I know it was a long holiday weekend and now there are some major rumblings that a huge homecoming could give folks even more to celebrate than America’s birthday, so how about we get all caught up on what happened while you were out watching fireworks and grilling, shall we?

The Heart of It All:

How could this be anything but the ever-moving free agency of one LeBron James, the best basketball player to come out of Ohio in the past 50 years and and probably ever?

Sam Amico at FoxSportsOhio.com did his best to round up the rumors and reports that emerged over the weekend while adding his own reporting, while Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports and Fox Sports 1 and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, experts on the NBA and LeBron, respectively, brought even more to the table this morning, painting a rosy picture for the Cavaliers’ outlook in bringing James back to the club he began his career playing for then backhanded on his way out the door four years ago.  Continue reading Ohio sports holiday weekend rewind: LeBron, baseball, etc.

Former Reds catcher Joe Oliver returning to pro ball

This morning Jerry Crasnick reported former Reds catcher Joe Oliver will be named manager of the Lowell Spinners, a Single-A club in the Boston Red Sox organization.

I spoke to Oliver for Reds alumni feature for Reds Report late last year and he shared his desire to get back into pro ball after devoting much of his time raising his family in Orlando (kids are all now nearly grown) over the past decade, so I’m happy to hear that an opportunity has arrived.

Oliver had a very solid 13-year career in the majors after the Reds chose him with a second round pick in the 1983 draft, and the finest moment is pretty certainly his game-winning hit against the Athletics in Game 2 of the 1990 World Series.

Joe Buck’s call is fantastic, and he notes the Reds beat stud Oakland pitchers Dave Stewart and then Dennis Eckersley to establish their 2-game lead in the series.

via 1990 WS Gm2: Olivers single off Eckersley wins game – YouTube.

Charlie Sheen entertains the masses – or at least Reds and Pirates fans

A very gracious Charlie Sheen did a nice postgame interview with FOX Sports  in Pittsburgh after his beloved Reds were dominated by the Pirates in the NL Wild Card game, and it was about as interesting as you might expect.

Sheen said he felt going into the game like a Pirates win was inevitable, but he came out of it with an important message, “Just do me a favor – beat St. Louis. Hell yeah, beat St. Louis.” Continue reading Charlie Sheen entertains the masses – or at least Reds and Pirates fans

On expectations, plateaus and late September in Cincinnati

Late September 2013 is a strange time to follow Cincinnati pro sports, that’s for sure, so here is something to ponder while we wait to see what October has in store: Who would have thought there would come a day when the Reds and Bengals could both become good enough to be frustrating rather than bad enough to be depressing? Continue reading On expectations, plateaus and late September in Cincinnati