Samantha Bunten: Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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Brent Sobleski of ESPN and Draftinsider.net joins us to preview the Pac 12, Big East, and independents Notre Dame and BYU

Tim Bielik OSU and Browns beat writer for the Loraine Morning Journal joins us to talk about both teams.

Samantha Bunten joins us to talk about the Browns.

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Bowl Championship Series RIP

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The College Presidents’ Oversight Committee has approved a four team seeded playoff.  It is WAY overdue.

It is hard to understand why it took the ivy covered college presidents so long to realize their dream of squeezing more money out of the sport of football.  Any form of playoff would automatically generate a lot more money than the BcS ever did.  While this plan is a major step forward, I still have a lot of questions.

My first question is why did this take so long?  We hear that the Bowl system had to be protected.  Who among us did not shed a tear when the Poulan Weedeater Bowl went belly up?  I have more to say about the Bowls later.  But when a team must only win 6 games to qualify, how important can the bowl be?

Then there was the argument that a playoff would negatively impact the student-athletes.  But those same educators have no issues with the basketball players missing 3 weeks of school for the NCAA basketball championships.  And those require teams to visit 3 different cities.

 

Second it will not start until the 2014.  WHY?  Because none of the supporters of the BcS can admit it was a quick fix that lived far beyond its useful life, we are stuck with it for another couple of miserable seasons.

 

Third, will Notre Dame leadership please excuse themselves from any discussion of college football playoffs.  ND has not been a factor for years.  It is not likely to be a factor any time soon despite hiring a really good head coach.  They have their own deal with NBC.  But other than an occasional game against a football power in which they are regularly crushed, their schedule includes a lot of games against the Sisters of the Perpetually Miserable.  They have no business having a voice in this decision.

 

Next, where is the money going?  These are public universities supported in part by taxpayer money.  We, the tax paying public, have a right to full disclosure on what is done with the money.  The current bowl system is riddled with problems.

Many schools that go to lower level bowls lose money.  That is right they lose money.  The bowls require a school to buy between 35 and 45% of the tickets.  When the school’s fan base is less than thrilled to be going to the Podunk bowl in outer Nowhereville, the payout for the bowl falls short of covering the ticket cost, let alone the cost of taking the team and equipment, or the cost of housing and food.

In addition there are reports of bowl executives being over paid and the charities that the bowl is supposed to support getting a small percentage of the total income.  Every state has laws limiting the percentage they can take of money generated.  Bowls are under no such restrictions.

 

Perhaps the biggest question is how will the final four teams be selected?  We are told it will be a combination of a computer system and a committee of “experts.”  We will not know who will make those picks or how the computer system will rank the teams for a while.  I have one piece of advice for the NCAA.  Whatever system they design must be transparent.  Make the votes of the committee public.  Publish a clear account of the factors involved in the computer system and the weight assigned to each.

 

That’s what I think.  What do you think?

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. Join Bill and his guests for some of the best Sports Talk anywhere on the Internet on News, Notes and Rumors Monday-Friday 6-7:30 PM EDT on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ or http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.   You can be part of the show by calling our SportSims.net Hotline at 216-539-0607.

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Djokovic Wakes up from 2011 Dream Season

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Coming off his incredible win over Nadal in the US Open tennis final, Djokovic was unable to complete his Davis Cup match due to a lingering back injury.  The injury first made an appearance during the final with Nadal.  With only a short rest period between the final and his Davis Cup match, Djokovic was unable to recover properly and retired after losing the the first set.

Novak Djokovic’s 2011 Season

Looking back it has been quite a year for the young Serbian player.  To start off 2011 he notched 41 consecutive wins that led him to hoist his second major Australian Open title, along with a slew of victories at other prestigious events.  He was indeed the man to beat, and for 41 matches no one was able to.

An on form Federer stopped the streak in the semi-final of the French Open at Roland Garros.  Federer played inspired tennis, dismissing the circulating rumors of his demise from the top of men’s tennis.  This was a temporary lull however, as Djokovic returned to form and snatched the Wimbledon championship to add to his list of major titles.

Fast forward to the present.  We have a new US Open champion in Djokovic, who has continued to impress the whole year.  His only other loss during the regular season was to Andy Murray, in a match where he had to retire due to injury.  The absolute dominance he displayed throughout the season has truly been something incredible to watch.

Discussions are still ongoing about whether or not this is the best season ever put together by a tennis player.  While the record alone may fall short of the best ever, the competition and depth of the men’s tennis field has drastically increased since earlier days of the tour.  Even guys knocking around outside the top 100 in ATP Tour ranking points can produce thrilling and inspired tennis.

How Will Djokovic Handle 2012

It will be interesting to see how the Serbian’s new found success carries him into the next season.  After producing such a high level of tennis consistently for an entire year, can he keep up the pace?  The back injury that has all but put an end to the rest of 2011 will be a big factor.  If Djokovic can get healthy again in time for the new year of competition he will be a fearsome opponent.

The confidence and experience he has gained makes the perfect combination with his youth and dedication.  He seems to have everyone’s number at this point, though Federer has continued to pose real problems for him.  If anyone is able to stem the flow of victories going into next year it will have to be the Swiss maestro.

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5 Essential Tips for Track Athletes: Right Shoe Type

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When you are participating in track and field events you need to have everything under control if things are going to end well. In this post we are going to tell you about 5 essential tips for dealing with this.

1. The Right Shoe Type

There are so many different types of shoes for track and field out there.  Note that there are subtle differences between track shoes for women and men. At times, picking the right shoes can be very overwhelming. Talk to any friends that you know have a decent amount of knowledge about track and field shoes, talk to your coach or look up on reviews on the Internet. Overview articles such as track and field shoes are great and provide a lot of value.

2. Choose the Right Foods

Especially in short term and periods prior the events. You don’t want to fill up with sugary things, whether it’s food or soda. You should fill up on a lot of water before the race, but be careful to stop at least 30 minutes before. Eating some slices of bread, a bagel or something similar in the morning is sufficient.

3. Relaxing

Move your different body parts and move around in the warm-up area. Try to get rid of negative thoughts that pop into your mind. These are never doing anything good. Take deep breaths and try to chill out.

4. Energy Management

Very often, athletes exert themselves too much in the first half of the race. This will lead to them under-performing in the latter half and the overall performance drops. To get this balance just right is extremely difficult and a big part of what makes a track and field athlete successful.

5. Review the Event

After you have finished your event and taken a break you would want to write down things that went great. Focusing on negative things should be avoided, as these will only create negative thought patterns and might actually decrease performance. If you notice you have a couple of negative sticking points, and if they are in your control, try to change them.

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Three Quick Tips for Cross Country Running

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Few sports can be considered as challenging as cross country running. The difficult terrain, the weather and the fierce competition all combine to test the very limits of your skill and endurance. To help you overcome these challenges, we present a few quick tips from Cross Country Running Shoes 101 on how to become a better cross country runner.

Keep Training Off-Season
Cross country season lasts for only about three months in the autumn. However, that doesn’t mean that you simply take it easy for the rest of the year. What do you think other cross country runners are doing all winter long? If you guessed “training”, then move to the head of the class. You can choose from any number of winter and spring sports to keep yourself in shape. Just don’t forget — lace up your off road shoes and keep those long runs in your schedule every week in order to maintain your base endurance level.

Support Your Teammates
Cross country is, first and foremost, a team sport. Every time you help a teammate, you help your team add yourself as well. Whether it’s a training run or the final race of the season, always be prepared to offer encouragement, support and help to your teammates whenever possible. Your experiences are valuable and can help someone else. When everyone pulls together, that’s when team spirit is at its highest.

Stay Loose
Running cross country means enduring long hours of fatigue and discomfort. That’s practically what it means to run cross country. If you fight against the discomfort and starts training, your muscles will invariably tighten up and cause you to slow down. By keeping loose and relaxed, you stay in control of your body and in control of the race. Not only will your race times improve, but you will also how a lot fewer aches and pains afterwards.

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