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Manti Te’o for Heisman: Why The Numbers Don’t Add Up

Manti Te'o/US Presswire

All praise/blame for this post should go to Jordy Pujol, the anti-Bayless.

ESPN carnival barker/used car salesman/white devil Skip Bayless pissed in the wind Tuesday to the contrived, shit-starting tune of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o for Heisman. Bayless is famous for taking contrarian viewpoints, and generally being a pompous, arrogant, spineless piece of shit. His latest piece, I must admit, floored me. He is capable of talking about someone besides LeBron James or Tim Tebow, I learned.

Other than this revelation, Bayless’s Te’o piece followed the same cookie-cutter theme as all his arguments – a lot of bluster and precious little substance. Bayless proclaimed Te’o a deserving Heisman winner but also anointed himself head of the Johnny Football fan club. Johnny Football, for the uninitiated, is Texas A&M Johnny Manziel, believed to be Teo’s chief competition for the Heisman.

Truth is, talk of a Te’o Heisman is laughable – whether or not it comes from Bayless’s well-manicured fingers or anyone else. Te’o Heisman talk has gathered steam for two reasons: A) Te’o plays for Notre Dame, a traditional power in the midst of a national championship run; and B) Notre Dame is 12-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country. Some would argue the Heisman should be awarded to the best player on the best team. I am not one of those people. If anything, talk of Te’o, as Heisman winner, reflects on the dearth of quality candidates this season, Manziel excluded.

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Damn The Tide: An LSU Fan Picks Who To Root For In The BCS Chase

Bama fans ... HA!

Today on the subway a man in a business suit struck up a conversation with me about something near and dear to my heart. The self-described BYU grad and I did not talk about Mormonism or multiple wives or HBO’s Big Love. We talked LSU football.

The bespectacled man offered his condolences after noticing my LSU beanie. The previous night my home state Tigers lost a 21-17 heartbreaker to Alabama. The ebbs and flows of the game led me to curse the entire state of Alabama, as well as its football team.

My fellow “D” train traveler informed me he was rooting for LSU. Like most college football fans, he is ready for the SEC’s six year BCS title reign to end. An Alabama loss would likely have closed the door on an SEC team making the title game, while opening the door wider for teams in other conferences – Oregon, Kansas State – plus Notre Dame. I don’t care about any of that though. I wanted to see LSU win and Bama lose.

You read the headline. I am not rooting for Alabama. I don’t care if a Crimson Tide loss means the SEC fails to win its seventh straight BCS football title. Damn the Tide!

Below are my thoughts on the four undefeated teams still in the hunt and their odds of making the BCS National Championship Game, given their remaining schedules. All statistics are based on information entering Week 11. You can view BCS rankings here.

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Thoughts For The Upcoming NBA Season

The Brow

I wrote this Wednesday night but am just now posting it.

I am breaking from blogging about Frankenstorm today. It appears the subways will be out for several more days. The kids in my neighborhood don’t seem to mind. It’s Halloween. They’re going in every deli, pizzeria, and laundromat demanding candy, dressed as superheroes, princesses, and a S.W.A.T. team member. Who dresses their kid as a S.W.A.T. team member? When I walked past him, he was busy “raiding” the laundromat, presumably for all of its laundered clothing articles and quarters.

Today is Day 2 of the NBA season. The day’s big news, at least in New York City, is Thursday’s season opener between the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets is postponed in Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath. That makes sense, considering how arduous it is to travel from borough to borough.

Here are more thoughts for the upcoming NBA season:

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5 Thoughts On LSU’s Win Over Texas A&M

Mettenberger via LSU Reveille

Earlier today I wrote about watching LSU’s win over Texas A&M at Legends Sports Bar in Manhattan. It was a pins and needles affair. Then again, that’s the way all the Tigers’ SEC games are this season.

Here are five thoughts on LSU’s win over Texas A&M:

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Cajun Tomato’s NYC 100: “Legends Sports Bar”

Legends via Hipstamatic

This is the 11th installment of Cajun Tomato’s NYC 100, a daily series chronicling my experiences and observations as a new New Yorker.

Here’s one thing I’ve learned in life: You can take the boy out of south Louisiana but you can’t take the LSU fan out of the boy. That was true in Oregon amid rabid Ducks fans, and it remains so in New York City.

On Saturday afternoon I entered Legends Sports Bar in Manhattan during halftime of LSU’s football contest with Texas A&M. Yes, halftime. I overslept, failing to take into account the subway’s relative weekend sloth. Rookie mistake, I know.

Upon arrival at Legends Sports Bar, I heard Big Tymers’ NOLA rap anthem, “Get Your Roll On”, belting from the venue’s speakers and observed dozens of purple and gold-clad Tigers fans, many of whom were clutching a beer. Behind the bar there were purple and gold signs with the years 1958, 2003, and 2007, representing LSU’s three national championships. It all felt authentic.

And this was just halftime.

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Cajun Tomato’s NYC 100: “Mardi Gras In Jersey/Clapping For Rutgers”

This is the 10th installment of Cajun Tomato’s NYC 100, a daily series chronicling my experiences and observations as a new New Yorker. You might have noticed it’s been a few days since I posted one of these. I have been without Internet this week. Translation: Sucks to be me.

Surrounded by the kings, queens, princes, and princesses of New Brunswick Saturday morning in the parking lot outside Rutgers’ football stadium, I did what any self-respecting Cajun would. I declared “Mardi Gras in Jersey” and poured myself a concoction I will call “Cran Drank”. Then I poured myself another.

I arrived at High Point Solution Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey, a stone’s throw from New Brunswick, around an hour before the kickoff of Rutgers’ football contest against Syracuse. My friend, Robert Zullo, a self-proclaimed King of New Brunswick persuaded me earlier in the week via text message to partake in the “full Zullo experience” before the game’s noon kickoff.

Alas, “Mardi Gras in Jersey” and the “full Zullo experience” collided to create a perfect storm.

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Cajun Tomato’s NYC 100: “On Yankee Hatred”

Bench-Rod. (Via NY Daily News)

This is the eighth installment of Cajun Tomato’s NYC 100, a daily series chronicling my experiences and observations as a new New Yorker.

I am a Yankees hater living a short walk from Yankees Stadium. I own it. I’ve rooted against the Yankees since I popped out of my mother’s womb in a New Orleans hospital. I’m not exactly sure how that’s possible. You’ll have to ask God.

My irrational, God-given hatred for the Yankees gave way eventually to rational hatred for the Bronx Bombers. They spend tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions, more than their competitors on mercenaries who play for the love of the money, not the game or its fans. They are the ultimate overdog, a franchise for which championships are their birthright.

That leads me to today, my Christmas of Yankee hatred.

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Saints Refuse Gifts From Refs, Packers In Week 4 Loss

Hope for the Saints???

There is hope on the bayou. At least as much hope as there can be with an 0-4 football team.

I am convinced of this after watching the New Orleans Saints gut-wrenching 28-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers … even though the game’s excruciating finish was hard to watch. The Saints received the game gift-wrapped from the referees – the real refs! – but instead re-gifted it back to the hometown Packers, who were desperate for a win. Before they rejected an early Christmas present, the Saints showed glimmers, particularly on offense, of being a competent team.

Hope does not mean naivete. This Saints team – minus its head coach, interim head coach, and general manager – will not make the playoffs. Hell, they’ll probably still qualify for a Top 10 draft pick. Yet they might not be as painful to watch as I first believed after pulling my ginger mane out during their first three games.

Here are more thoughts on the Saints’ loss to the Packers:

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On Watching Mets History, Achieving Personal Milestone At Citi Field

Citi Field minus Mets fans

In a half-empty stadium – where the one thing that truly mattered was the smoky bacon dipping sauce for my “frites” – I unexpectedly watched a bit of New York City sports history Monday night from the right field bleachers while also achieving a personal milestone, of sorts.

David Wright, the New York Mets’ oft-injured third baseman, broke the team’s record for all-time hits during a 6-0 win over the punchless Pittsburgh Pirates. Wright’s achievement added significance to an otherwise meaningless September ballgame for two teams whose seasons are running short on time.

The game’s other takeaway: I avoided being thrown out of the stadium. This might seem inconsequential. And it would have been if not for my experience at Yankee Stadium in July. Wednesday night marked the first time I attended a New York City sporting event in its entirety without being escorted out by security.

Like I said, personal milestone.

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Thoughts on Week 3 Saints-Chiefs Debacle

Aints?!?!?

For all intents and purposes, the New Orleans Saints’ season ended Sunday … in Week 3 … against the previously winless Kansas City Chiefs … in the Superdome.

It’s painful, yes.

I picked the Saints to finish 11-5 prior to Week 1. In doing so, I grossly underestimated how much of a loss suspended coach Sean Payton’s offensive play calling would be to this team.

It is obvious now, painfully so.

I return to the word painful because there is no other way to describe this march. This is a 17-week second line minus the celebration. Only five teams since 1970 have rebounded from 0-3 starts to reach the playoffs. The Saints are not likely to be in that number – unless some Buddy D-inspired miracle occurs.

Here are five thoughts from the Saints’ loss to the Chiefs Sunday.

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