Amen. #21 allow strength of schedule to play into college football rankings.
Yes I'm talking to you Ohio State and Florida.
I agree mostly except for a couple of baseball issues.1) Get RID of
the DH in the American League and play baseball.2) No need to get rid of
baseball games unless you go back to 154. The cool thing about baseball is that
you can compare players from all eras for the most part. There can be more
double headers etc. and also the way the playoffs are structured with rest days
between the games vs. how the sport is generally played in the regular is the
real culprit for November baseball. This wasn't a problem until the last few
years even with the 162 game schedule. That is what needs to be retooled, not
lesser games (but 154 could be a reasonable cut because that is how baseball
used to be).But overall a good list. I would like to see NCAA
athletes get a stipend or something and perhaps that would lead to less
corruption. And I would like coaches to be put on probation etc. if their
programs get out of line. It is usually the program that gets the sanctions and
the kids that suffer and the coach still gets paid.
Here's a twenty-first suggestion: Shorten the NBA season, so that each team
plays every other team twice, at home and on the road (I believe this adds up to
about 60 games). Two games could played every weekend, starting with
Thursday/Saturday and a Friday/Sunday schedule. (Like the NCAA Tourney). Some
games could be moved to Mondays, particularly during the last half of the
season. This would eliminate the back-to-back games where some poor
road team staggers into an arena after catching a 3:00 am flight from who knows
where, and then sleepwalking their way through a game that they have no chance
of winning. Having all games on the weekend would allow the NBA to
benefit from the publicity that NFL teams enjoy: Everyone will talking about
the matchups for the coming weekend. It will also allow players to spend more
time at their own homes, rather than 7-10 days on the road, living out of
hotels. Fewer games means less revenue, but it will open up arenas for other
On further look on his football playoff, just like the NCAA basketball
tournament all conference champions should get a chance. That's 11 conferences
and five at large. The point of a tournament is to be inclusive. If the BCS
system was used or even this suggested playoff system, teams like Butler
wouldn't even be in the tournament. And on further look, in college basketball
get rid of the conference tournament. Certainly it doesn't do the little
conferences any good to have their #8 team somehow win the tournament and get
roasted in the first round. Make sure you are sending your best representative
and make the regular season actually mean something besides seeding for a stupid
This is a very good start. I can't see any of them I don't like. I would get rid
of everything on NBA all star weekend except the actual game and the 3 point
shooting contest. The dunk contest is a waste of time. I like the idea of some
one on one except it would just be another ego feeder for what should be a team
sport. How about a hard salary cap in the NBA.
I love #1. A tournament style playoff for college football would be great.I think the NBA should do what England does with soccer. Keep the D
league as a third tier but divide the current NBA into a first and second
division. Games are focused mostly within the division but division losers are
relegated and division winners are promoted. With so many teams it would create
a few other interesting scenarios of meaning to follow besides the playoffs.
Heck, do the same thing with baseball. So many teams have nothing to play for
year after year so make a few divisions and create a system with
promotion/relegation. Of course the business of sports wouldn't let these
ideas fly but it would sure add some excitement.
20 great points. Thanks for the thoughts. Excellent sports article!
You missed the Number 1 needed change in NCAA sports--* All
referees should be pulled OUT of the NCAA conferences and placed in a pool of
national referees. They do not work for any conference, and they answer to a
national organization of referees, where they are ranked and judged on their
abilities, skills, talents and lack of mistakes.When officials or
calls are in question, teams/coaches can go to a governing board and have calls
looked into. A report should be made public when errors are made.
Great list! I wholeheartedly agree with everything said here! (I admit, I don't
much care about baseball...so that sport can do whatever). But the suggestions
for NBA, NCAA B-ball and Football are great. The powers that be will never let
it happen, but there would be so much more parity and sports would be fun again!
Too bad money has essentially ruined sports.Re: Boris. I think
that's a great idea too, but I think they should do it for NCAA conferences too.
Have 4 regional conferences with different tiers. Winners in Football move up,
losers move down. Do the same thing for basketball. You keep regional
rivalries relatively healthy, the best programs will almost always stay the
best, but the other programs will have a chance to get better.
"Olympic" sports can all just stay in geographically based conferences
that don't change. Everybody is happy, money is saved and it's fair.
Excellent article. All of which are common sense. I used to be a
basketball fan. Since the 90's I quit watching. The officiating was so
predictable! It really has destroyed the game. Maybe they need to hire people
who know nothing about the game, teach them the rules, and let them call the
game. The NBA game has its glam still- but the product is corrupt. Finally, college football is the biggest disappointment of all! College
football is such a great sport- that is until the end of the year. The current
individuals in charge are holding 90% of the nation in bondage. Enough already.
There would be 20 times the money and we would have a TRUE national
championship. Those college playoffs would be more popular than any sport in
None of this will ever work. There is to much common sense in it.
Good article, and a good list. I disagree with #15 - I think pitchers should be
required to bat in all leagues. But I'm 100% behind a playoff system in college
football. I like the 16 team idea, but even if it were 8 teams it would be
better than how it is now. With 8, each BCS conference gets 1 team and then 2
at large teams. Strength of schedule needs to carry more weight in college FB.
Too many teams are focused on playing the patsies for their non-conference
games. Nobody wants to watch those.
"Here's a twenty-first suggestion: Shorten the NBA season" Here here, the games in the middle of the season are flat out boring, they
just go through the motions. If you're one of the handfull of elites, games are
little more than practice, if your everyone else, it's just get through it and
on to the next city.
The argument against #13 is UConn, who may not have even made the tourney
without winning their conference championship.The argument against
#12 is big schools losing freshman to the NBA is bringing parity to NCAA
basketball. It is one reason VCU and Butler made the final four, it is one
reason those schools can retain their coaches (why go to a bigger school with
more pressure when you can have a shot at the title coaching at the school you
love?), it is one reason MWC, WCC, teams can compete. It is also one of the
reasons Utah doesn't have a coach yet. Why move to a lower tier Pac 12 team
when you can stay at an elite team from a "lessor" conference and make
On the DH in baseball:I agree that it needs to be one or the other;
either get rid of it completely or make it universal. And since it is pretty
much universal other than the National League, I'd have to say getting rid of
pitcher hitting has to be the choice. But you can't have different rules if the
two leagues are going to be facing off.Case in point: Chien Ming
Wang. Guy hurts his foot running the bases in an inter-league game; doing
something he's not used to doing. How many major league pitches has he thrown
since? Next to none. Switching rules may have ruined his career.
Another change should be to raise the basket to the height of 18 feet, then it
would be more a game of skill than height.
I disagree with #13. Conferences should be able to pick their automatic
representative to the NCAA tournament, whether the season winner, or a
tournament winner and not be forced to chose one or the other. Examples
from this year:WAC/Big South/A-Sun: USU, Belmont and Coastal Carolina were
runaway winners during the season and their conferences should be allowed to
pick them as opposed to team who may beat them on a last second shot in the
tourney. USU and Belmont won their tournaments, Coastal did not.WCC/Horizon: Teams at the top are too close to call a winner. It's better for
a conference to have a tournament to decide who to send. How different would
this year's NCAA tournament be if the Horizon regular season winner, Milwaukee
got the auto bid instead of Butler? The conference was lucky in sending the
tournament winner.Ivy: The Ivy gets around the rule by electing not to
have a tournament. But this year a tie forced a playoff between Harvard and
Princeton.I think the conference should decide what criteria they
want to use to send a team as their automatic representative
Correction on #4:"Youve got two baseball teams, two basketball teams,
a hockey team, a soccer team (for crying out loud), yet no football
team"They have 2 hockey teams (LA and Anaheim are same TV
market, right?) and 2 MLS teams: Chivas and Galaxy play in the same stadium.
Mix that with the Sacramento Kings might be moving to Anaheim for a 3rd NBA team
in the area, and I think they've got enough.
I love them all...May I add one?How about we make the
college football Nationional Championship more important than winning a BCS
Bowl?And if you hang a banner that states you won a BCS Bowl Game,
right next to it, you have to hang a banner stating that you lost (got blown
out) the Vegas Bowl to a WAC team.Truth in advertising....Otherwise, you are phony wannabes...
I don't like any of them except #1.
I think the BCS is perfect. Simply perfect.
Great article - loved the ideas. It would be nice if the powers that be would
read articles like this and pay attention to what the fans want. I was
salivating over the matchups in the proposed NCAA football tournament - man that
would be fun! The current mess with the Fiesta Bowl just proves that the BCS
and the bowl system are only still in place to continue to feed the fat cats and
keep out the teams and conferences that aren't part of the good old boy network.
What a disgrace!My suggestion for another change is to shorten the
shot clock in college basketball. If the women can play with a 30 second clock,
why do the men need 35 seconds? How many times per game do we sit and watch
some guy dribble the ball at mid-court while waiting for the shot clock to run
down? How many games end up with final scores of 52-50 or something close to
that because one or both teams have milked the clock on every possession? A
shorter shot clock means more action, more scoring, more basketball, more
re: veritas AequitasMake you a deal. We'll acknowledge we lost to a
nationally ranked Boise State (who happened to be the WAC champion and was 1
point away from probably playing in the national championship game) in the Vegas
Bowl if you tell recruits you lost to Utah State. Now that's "truth in
advertising"!!! By the way, in what conference are the majority of BYU
sports playing in next year?
"Make you a deal. We'll acknowledge we lost to a nationally ranked Boise
State (who happened to be the WAC champion and was 1 point away from probably
playing in the national championship game) in the Vegas Bowl if you tell
recruits you lost to Utah State."At least BYU can score points
against UNLV. 0-27 remember?
Who am I sir? | 9:02 p.m. March 31, 2011 Cottonwood Heights, UT re:
veritas Aequitas===I'm with you all the way.You kids hang the banner of the score in the Vegas Bowl against the WAC
powerhouse next to the BCS banner, and I will personally tell every recruit that
BYU lost to USU. Don't forget to mention the UNLV score to Utah recruits.And every time you bring up BCS, BYU can bring up NC.It's
great to be a Ute!!!I think that is fair and honest.(Remind why we are playing this silly game, sir?)
My 2-cents1- Make NFL do the OT like College Football does. ( I
love watching OT games -of college football)2- Shorten MLB season and add
more teams for playoffs, the present "wildcard" is a joke,
there are too many games for a good team not to make the
playoffs.3- NBA- like the other posts I seen - too many games - shorten
playoffs.But as you know.....the money/contracts go up...... owners
will needmore games to pay for them.
There are too many days off in the playoffs in MLB, but October is something
they do really really well? that's a contradiction; how can they do
it well, if there are too many days off?
Love the bowl games.
I am OK with all but #6. Look, If a team has to cheat to win, then penalize
them. I think we can all see by how the NCAA handled the Cam Newton
situation--they are reluctant to do anything unless their hand is forced. Also,
am I the only one who thought that the only reason the Ohio State coach decided
to personally extend his own suspension to 5 games was nothing but a PR stunt? I
kept wondering if the mostly positive press given to BYU and their handling of
the Brandon Davies suspension didn't make the Ohio State administration squirm a
little? Their President made a big deal about how the non BCS schools didn't
deserve to play on the biggest stage. I think if you are planning to operate
your athletic programs at the highest level, then you better obey the rules.
Re: Riverton Cougar"At least BYU can score points against UNLV. 0-27
remember?" Boy, you got me with that one!!! Do I remember? Yes, Sept.
22, 2007. It is highlighted as a most memorable event by me. NOT the game
itself, but how the Utes reacted to it. Since that date the Utes have"Won 31 games - lost 4 (89%)Enjoyed their second undefeated season in 8
years - no other team has done thatWon their second BCS Bowl gameWon
2 of 3 bowl gamesExtended their consecutive bowl wins to 9 (second best in
football history)Added to the best bowl winning percentage of all teams
with 10 or more bowl appearances (this include last years loss)Tied with
the most wins over a BCS team by any non-BCS teamand been invited to join
the PAC-12. I would say we both have something to be proud about!!!
@veritasI like your suggestion about hanging another banner at RES.
I have a similar suggestion for BYU. Put an asterisk next to the 1984 National
Championship banner at LES and then below it hang another banner which states
that the win came against a 6-6 team that was unranked who the cougars only
managed to beat by a touchdown.
Wow... it's funny to see how jaded every fan is. Why can't we just accept and
enjoy each other's accomplishments? When the U went against Pitt and then again
against Alabama, did I want them to win? Yes I did, because they represented the
state and conference well. Hedgehog- you only love the BCS because you're
in an auto bid conference now. You probably hated it before and you know it.
It's about time you stop trolling BYU articles (any others but this one
obviously) and post some classy comments.It's about time the childishness
on both sides stop. Try being a real fan instead of having to trash everyone
I agree with this article, especially getting rid of the NBA officials. I used
to watch the Mavericks play but since they played for the championship with
Miami and saw their wins get smashed by the refs because the owner, Mark Cuban,
points out the plain faults of the NBA and its officiating. Those refs would
not let the Mavericks win when it was obvious which team was better and who was
going to win.I stopped watching the NBA after that. I agree with
the writer, it is right up there with WWF and pro boxing. The NBA is full of
thugs and criminals, and that is just the NBA Head Office and the officials.
I must admit my error. Since the UNLV game the U has won 41 and lost 7 for a
84$ winning record. Sorry for my error - I omitted the 10-3 '09. "My
bad!!" as the say.
A very hard salary cap in all sports would be appropriate. That way these NBA
slobs wouldn't be able to dictate where they play because they would all be
getting paid the same.
The baseball playoffs before the last several years have been great. it's not
the games but how they drag out into November now. There are too many days off
in between the playoff series. For example, one team had off over a week
between series. What is great about the MLB regular season is that you play
every day. You must have depth. You can't just rely on three pitchers. What
the playoffs have done have deemphasized depth. Playoff games should mirror the
regular season meaning they take place every day for the most part. The NBA
needs to follow the same pattern and shorten the days off between games.
October baseball is great especially when it stays just in October. I think the
NBA regular season ought to end this week with their playoffs starting the week
after the NCAA basketball tournament would help the NBA capitalize in the
interest in basketball.
"The refs will never let the JAZZ win" boo hoo, unbelievale! Are you
really blaming it on the refs?
Jazz and BYU fans..."The refs stole the game, the refs are all corrupt, the
refs are on the take, the refs this, the refs that". Come on. Like you
lose every game you play. What about the games you win? I know, you won
DESPITE the referee's best efforts to stop you guys in your tracks. It's NEVER
because the Spurs/Lakers/Utes/USU/(Insert Team Here) are just plain old
BETTER.I like the Jazz and the Cougars. They win and play hard for
the most part. Their fans? Not so much.
i like your pathetic attempt to show that you dont think soccer is a sport...on
a sports blog. Fact is you cant run as fast, jump as high, lift as much, react
as quickly or think enough to compare to a single professional soccer player, so
quit making stupid remarks simply because you dont enjoy WATCHING the sport.
lets face it, all you do is watch the sports you talk about. let someone who
plays them be the judge. If i remember right, one of the NFLs most talented
athletes (chad ochocingo) just tried to play for a division 2 soccer team and
said he wasnt coordinated enough.
Everything goes except 12 and 13. The "one and done" rule in college
bball is the sole reason why small powers such as Butler and VCU are able to
make the final four. Imagine if Kentucky was able to keep John Wall and DeMarcus
Cousins for 2 more years, or UCLA had been able to keep Kevin Love and Russell
Westbrook which would have been seniors this year? Who would be in the final
four? certainly not VCU or Butler.
Nevada!!!!! They did not play good teams, ya Boise State thats one game and they
won in OT, they would not pick them. I think Utah would have beat Nevada if they
The pay of basketball and baseball players is out of control. Average players
getting 4 year deals for 40 million is nuts and the high end players getting 120
million +. How can this crazy stuff continue? I see a player like ARod that has
some sort of 200 million dollar deal and I think... how can an owner afford
this? I mean yes he is a good player but he is third baseman and he hits 4-5
times per game. Maybe a great pitcher I can see getting a big deal but a third
baseman?? Then you see average - very average players - getting 40 mil ++ and
you think - what is wrong with this picture. Basketball is crazy too. The
salaries are insane.
I agree with Eagle's comment about the NCAA football playoff....11 conferences
with auto-invites, so only 5 at-large bids in a 16-team playoff scenario (likely
going to mostly power conference teams). If you only give the 6 BCS
conferences auto-invites, you perpetuate the hierarchy problem and exclude the
cinderellas from the Sun Belt or Mid-America conferences. Plus, is there really
a good reason to give teams in the SEC 4 bids (as the writer's projected bracket
does) all that extra playoff cash? Haven't the Tressell, Fiesta Bowl, USC,
Tennessee and other scandals convinced most of the sane people in the world that
BCS cash absolutely corrupts the recipients?