Monday, August 22, 2005

Primetime Monday August 22nd 2005, 3-7 PM

Hopefully a good weekend by all. Some say it isn't truly a blog unless there are entries everyday. I am not sure who made those "rules" up, but they blow. There will be times when this blog will be updated on weekends, namely during college football, but for now, this will continue to be a tool to help throw out topics for discussion during our afternoon drive show on 1080 The Fan. So with those "rules" being the case, here we go:

The AP Poll- My question here is for YOU the sports fan today. These college football polls, while they have been around forever, more and more are under attack by many in the media. Despite the obvious hypocrisy of those "above it all" media members, do YOU, the COLLEGE FOOTBALL FAN, like the polls? My thought has always been they are relatively harmless, generate great discussion and debate, and without a college football playoff, they are what they are: a tool to help determine who will play in the national title game. Now this year, the AP Poll is "above it all" and opted out of the BCS. Boy, that showed the powers to be. It almost got the system one step closer to a playoff. No, actually it didn't do ANYTHING to change the system, but at least the poll has taken a stand! College football, with an incredibly short 11 game season, and just three non-conference games, needs something to hype it up. The AP Poll, the Coaches Poll, conference media polls, Athlons and others all generate discussion, hype and debate-all good things in sports. That is why we read columns, why we listen to sports radio, why we (not me YOU) go on message boards-to debate and discuss sports. Without the polls, would Texas vs. Ohio State be as anticipated outside Columbus and Austin? There would be excitement, but not nearly as much as saying #2 Texas vs. #5 Ohio State! But really these polls are about the fans, so WHAT DO YOU THINK?

See You Snapper- See Jason Quick's story in the Oregonian today http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/sports/1124708126278301.xml&coll=7. Steve Jones is out as the Blazers television analyst. Good. I guess I am in the minority here, but I never heard him say anything outlandish or even remotely offensive regarding the team. But more importantly the second guy in the analyst chair should give you something that you, or me, the fan, didn't see or know already. Mike Rice does and did when he worked television. Jones didn't. In fact Jones, the master of the obvious, usually threw out some gems like "The Blazers need to score here" when the team was down late in a game. Thanks tips! Not since the days of Ron Fairly (who has given sports fans the gift of the following great line when the other team scores early "Well you have to score at least one run to win a game, now you must score two") have we had a more overrated and over-hyped broadcaster. I hope Rice gets the gig. Mike Barrett is solid, a real pro, and he and Blazer fans deserve better than Snapper. Rice is the guy.

Big Sports Weekend- Close to 50,000 total were at two big events yesterday. The LPGA and the X Games JV Tour/Dew Games each had nice crowds over the weekend. Is this a good sign for Portland as a sports city? Or is it proof positive that we are a fringe sports city that will support women's sports and the Stoner Games but the jury is still out on the passion for mainstream sports.

Herrion Death- we will discuss this tragedy a little today. I remember when he was the prize recruit of Ron McBrides' class at Utah, the big offensive lineman from Texas. Sad story. The scary thing is there could be more Thomas Herrion's coming with these guys getting bigger and bigger every year.

Comments welcome and tune in today from 3-7 PM.
Thank you and goodbye,
Ian