Sunday, October 23, 2011

Keeping Promotions and Demotions System

In case you miss there have been reports on how foreign owners of the English Premier League want to end Relegation and I feel the same sentiments  as these owners, but I think this is a very bad idea!

For starters, it is capitalism at its best. Let me explain, see every professional sports leagues here in North America, owners are protected from losses; like a drop in attendance with TV deals, revenue sharing and various tax breaks given by local and state governments. While it is possible to fix the possible short fall of ending the relegation system, but it will just end the need to stay motive to be good.

Another reason why ending the relegation system is bad, there is no idea how to help or punish bad teams, I mean by ending the relegation system the bottom feeding team fans will feel like this commercial  and trust me these will be wishing they beat teams from the lower leagues instead of getting beat up the stronger teams in the Premier League. Also for these bad teams, it not like they can get better talent wise. There is no true amateur system in European soccer and for to create one, the league have to weaken the ability teams have in buying young talent and putting them into their academy systems, which I do not think it will happened.

Finally, the loss of the most exciting weeks of any sports season. From mid-April to the end of the season owners, managers, players and fans are looking the table to see what they have to do stay in the upper division and those from lower divisions tried to break through the big leagues. It is fun to watch and makes American sport fans watching the likes of college football and Major League Baseball to have the same system soccer have now. And that is the important reason why the English Premier League and the Football Association (English soccer association) must keep the relegation system.

Lessons from College GameDay

Yesterday, everyone's favorite ESPN crew came to East Lansing to do college football best pre-game show called College GameDay. While, it was all fun and games, I learned a few things.
Security will check your signs: The reason make signs is to get on tv which it is great, but there is one problem; millions of people watch the show and it have as family friendly as it can get. So clever, but offensive signs are gone, no matter what.
You will get a pat down: You know the drill by now in large public events, security will be tight. Ever since a group of guys did not like the idea of having to do things they might be uncomfortable doing to get by in America.
There are actual quite moments: I blame this one on ESPN's greediness. There is no way to maintain high levels of energy for 3 hours straight from 9 in the morning to noon. Also since it is on college campuses most of the time, it hard to get college students up early on Saturdays, in additional to having some energy for a night game.
Weirdness but for a good reason: If you watch College Gameday you see Washington State University flags flying and it is for a good reason. They want Game Day to come to Pullman, WA to their campus and tried to show them a good time. Others like Kansas State University fans just want to be on tv. Either way, its cool they willing to travel to be on tv.
Lee Corso: Everyone loves this man. He entertains people and make people either go home happy or pissed. Just like what he did yesterday but I am happy MSU won last night!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

MSU Needs the NBA

I know I haven't publishing blogs lately, but I have too many thoughts in my head already. So here I go.
I don't know about you, but I am highly frustrated that the NBA Players Association and the Owners only met once between July 1st and Mid-September knowing a lock-out was coming and started. Thanks to their inaction, the whole NBA season might be gone and possible creating the best NCAA Men's Basketball season in recent memory. This means that somebody has to pay for it, that team is the Michigan State Spartans and there are three reason why.

Tom Izzo vs. the ACC: Anyone who follows college basketball, loves Tom Izzo the head coach of the Spartans. His motto is anybody, anywhere, anytime; it does not matter if half his team are barely old enough to buy tobacco and vote or having the depth that is so pitiful that me and a couple of friends can step on to the court and give solid minutes. This year he is taking the motto very seriously for starters, they are playing North Carolina the ACC number 1 team on an aircraft carrier. That is cool, but UNC is are returning four starters from last year team and are hungry to win this year, I am not feeling this one at all. Next, they play Duke at Madison Square Garden, Duke is the number 2 team in the ACC, yes they have depth and the talent to make a Final Four run, but also MSG is also Duke's third home after Cameron Indoor Stadium and East Rutherford, N.J. Finally in the ACC gauntlet is Florida State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge while the Seminoles are the easiest of the three, but they are an experience team and willing to take the third spot of the ACC tournament in March. This will make any team season let alone their non-conference schedule, but there is more for Coach Izzo team.

Non-Conference Schedule: If playing three teams from a top conference is bad enough at least the Spartans will get a break in terms of toughness, before headed to Spokane and play against Gonzaga a team who is always up for a NCAA Tournament bid and sometimes a Final Four. I say have fun fellas.

The Big Ten: Everyone knows the Big Ten is never fun to watch as offense is at best non-existent. And sadly every team in the Big Ten have gotten better either by having more talent or gain more experience from last season, for example: Ohio State, the best player is back and I believe it all the NBA's fault. Next up on the Big Ten totem pole is the Spartans favorite team to hate Wisconsin, trust they are tough and will be a thorn on MSU and the rest of the Big Ten side. Also there are the Michigan Wolverines who in my eyes are improving every year and that is scary for a MSU fan, who knows they may win the season series against State this year, a scary thought in deed.

I hope the NBA will be back on before the start of the Big Ten season, or else January through March will be as nerve racking as waiting for my grades for this term. 
Yes Sparty I am thinking the same thing...