Daily Archives: October 10, 2011
Good ink from Paul Krugman [NYT 10/9/11]!
During this era of “Occupy Wall Street”:
People who got rich by peddling complex financial schemes that, far from delivering clear benefits to the American people, helped push us into a crisis whose aftereffects continue to blight the lives of tens of millions of their fellow citizens.
Yet they have paid no price. Taxpayers bailed out their institutions, with few strings attached. They continue to benefit from explicit and implicit federal guarantees — basically, they’re still in a game of heads they win, and tails taxpayers lose.
Nothing about what Massachusetts’ Elizabeth Warren said was radical — it was no more than a modern riff on Oliver Wendell Holmes’s famous dictum that “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.”
So who’s really being un-American here? Not the protesters, who are simply trying to get their voices heard. No, the real extremists here are America’s oligarchs, who want to suppress any criticism of the sources of their wealth.
The BCS rankings will be announced following this coming weekend’s college football games. We have come to a consensus – why wait another week? Whatever the outcome of the secret BCS ranking formula will determine who gets to play in the big games.
We are even more scientific than the BCS mathematicians. Teddy and I have put our heads together to make a Top 30 Ranking as the teams look now in the middle of the season. Talk about education background and qualifications – We cannot remember not being college football fans. Teddy never graduated from college but I received two degrees from the Big(ger) Ten Conference.
Note that we hardly agreed with the order of the other prevailing four national polls. In only one respect, we do agree. The Hokies of Virginia Tech are rated 21st in all polls.
What were we thinking? Placing one-loss Oregon and one-loss Nebraska in front of seven undefeateds! Because both teams could whip the Tigers, Broncos, Cougars, Illini, Wolverines, Yellow Jackets, and Wildcats!
We have observed a prejudice for the Southeastern Conference and not enough respect for teams in the Pac-Ten, Big Ten, Big Twelve, and Atlantic Coast Conferences.
Why in the world have they ranked undefeated Illinois and Kansas State as #19 and #20?
Today, there are thirteen (13) college teams that now have not lost any games!
Are you ready? Here are our rankings for the week of October 10, 2011 –
1) Wisconsin Badgers (5-0)
2) Stanford Cardinal (5-0)
3) Oklahoma Sooners (5-0)
4) L S U Bengal Tigers (6-0)
5) Alabama Crimson Tide (6-0)
6) Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-0)
7) Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-1)
8) Oregon Ducks (4-1)
9) Boise State Broncos (5-0)
10) Clemson Tigers (6-0)
11) Michigan Wolverines (6-0)
12) Illinois Fighting Illini (6-0)
13) Arkansas Razorbacks
14) Notre Dame Fighting Irish
15) Georgia Tech Rambling Wreck (6-0)
16) Houston Cougars (6-0)
17) Kansas State Wildcats (6-0)
18) Texas Longhorns
19) Auburn Tigers (War Eagles)
20) West Virginia Mountaineers
21) Virginia Tech Hokies
22) Florida Gators
23) South Carolina Gamecocks
24) Arizona State Sun Devils
25) Texas A & M Aggies
26) Florida State Seminoles
27) Baylor Bears
28) Penn State Nittany Lions
29) Michigan State Spartans
30) Georgia Bulldogs
Now since we have the teams properly ranked, we can project the best college bowl contests.
So ideally, what pair-ups of opponents and venues would we like to see?
#1 College Football Games Actually Played on New Year’s Day 2012
(Sorry, it ain’t going to happen – there will only be pro football on TV 1/1/12)
2. National Championship Game of Undefeateds played in the New Orleans Superdome on 1/9/12:
- Stanford vs. Wisconsin
- Oklahoma or Oklahoma State vs. Alabama or LSU
- Clemson vs. Illinois
- Boise State vs. Michigan
- Georgia Tech vs. Houston or Kansas State
3. A Rose Bowl Game [ on 1/2/12 :<( ] that pits the Big Ten versus the Pac Ten
If the Badgers and Cardinal do not play in the national championship game, have Wisconsin play Stanford in the upcoming Rose Bowl.
4. Imagine an Orange Bowl Without a College from the State Of Florida
Best match up of teams from cold parts of the Country:
Oklahoma Sooners vs. Boise State Broncos
5. Another Fiesta Bowl Without a Boise State or Oklahoma College
Best Match Up (assuming LSU plays for the National Championship):
Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Michigan Wolverines
6. A Cotton Bowl For Teams in States that are able to Grow Cotton:
Texas Longhorns vs. Arkansas Razorbacks
7. Reinstate the Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston
A good matchup would be: Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Georgia Tech Bugs
Who might get the last BCS draw? The last team in is usually a contentious controversy. Defending national champion Auburn has the edge over Notre Dame. Don’t count the Fighting Irish out. After narrowly losing their first two games, N.D. is undefeated with a bye week prior to a night home game against lowly-ranked U.S.C.
Another idea… should the Sooners lose one or two games, send them to Orlando or Jacksonville facing off with the Fighting Irish. That would set up a new national intersectional rivalry. Huh? You ‘betcha. Notre Dame and Oklahoma have a mid-season game planned in Norman, OKLA next October 2012.
The next eight weeks shall be intriguing and exciting as the possibilities play out on the gridiron.
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