Friday, January 04, 2008

Winners all around

A few quick thoughts on last night.

KU as Orange Bowl champs is pretty bizarre but they were a really really good team and were one poor game against Mizzou from a deserved shot at a national title. If LSU beats OSU than KU will be tied with Hawaii for the best record in the nation.

The Big 12 is going to be scary next year. KU, Mizzou, Texas, and OU will all potentially start in the top 10. Iowa State? Well, KU and Mizzou come to Jack Trice. #1 stunnas?

So, was the producer of last night's game a band dork or something? I've never seen so many shots of the bands in my life. I mean, they were cutting to the band after every single play. It was happening so often they were actually missing some of the game just so we could get a nice view of that VT drummer or the fat tuba players. Then there was that giant bald guy standing in front of the band that was shown approximately 137 times. I guess those were his 15 minutes of fame.

How about Mangino cock blocking the Gatorade bath? Yeah, it's way overdone and deserves to disappear in my opinion but most coaches just go along with it. Swany told me he thought it was to prevent a heart attack which is a good point. No one wants their coach dropping dead right after the biggest win in school history.

Obama won the caucus last night. I was an Edwards guy but Obama was making a push for my support recently so I'm pretty happy. Even after finishing 3rd Hillary is far from done and Iowa and New Hampshire was basically going to eliminate either Obama or Edwards as the "anti-Hillary." I think Edwards will have a tough time getting back into the race so there's a good chance I will be supporting Obama at the Kansas caucus in February.

Big props to Iowa Democrats for turning out en masse. They crushed the previous record with something like 236,000 compared to about 115,000 on the Republican side, which was a pretty good number itself. It shows that people are excited about these candidates and is a good sign for the real deal in '08. Obama destroyed the rest in bringing in first timers and previous independent voters. That's kind of cool considering Iowa is about 92% white and rural, groups that weren't supposed to identify with Obama. Voters under 30 tripled from 2004 and also went heavily for Obama. The conventional wisdom is that people become more conservative as they get older, and to some degree this is true. However, studies show that the best predictor of a political leaning later in life is the identity voters develop in their first few elections. This is a good sign.

Consider what happens when you add all of the votes together:
24.5% Obama
20.5% Edwards
19.8% Clinton
11.4% Huckabee (R)

Speaking of the Republicans the Huckster "won" too! Yaawn. Somehow the media is trying to turn McCain's 4th place finish into a positive which is amusing. The conservative elites are going to unleash everything they have against the Huckster over the next few weeks and he might struggle to survive. My predictions (which were spectacularly wrong in our lab's pool) are for Romney, McCain, Huckster finish in NH. Giuliani will keep saying that nothing matters until Florida or New York or some other state that he won't win anyway.

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Blogger Shawn said...

We were also commenting on all of the band shots - what the hell? Our favorite target was the quint drum girl who looked like she had no neck. A lot of postulations as to her life story.

Also significant were the multiple shots of THE OVERFIELD CAMERA. No, not shots FROM the camera, shots OF the camera, which is some maddening irony. They showed that thing at least 3 times a quarter. I kept waiting for an instant replay of how smoothly that camera moved while covering the last play.
Why don't they use that thing for live action more? There is a reason that all football video games use that perspective- it shows a tremendous amount more of the downfield action, which is typically missed in traditional sideline shots. Wouldn't it be fun to instanly see the cornerback creeping up for an INT, or play armchair quarterback and observe who's running the best routes?

How about that pile driver the VT lineman pulled on Reesing (I think 2nd quarter) that left him with a turf farm on his facemask?

We had the exact same thought about Mangino's fun hatin'. He's gotta conserve the precious little heartbeats he has left for recruiting this spring.

And, I've been waiting to say this for a year: Iowa just dropped the O-Bomb. Fallout may have effects lasting for almost a decade......

10:30 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Good point about the shots of the camera. At one point we were discussing if the camera looked a little scuffed up and what might have caused that.

I've considered the camera angle issue before and the best I can come up with is that it's tougher to see how far the ball carrier has gone and that might be more important to someone following a football game on TV than it would be to someone playing one on a video game. But, it is a great angle that should be used more. I really like it when they shoot from behind on kick returns so you can see it opening up in front of the return man.

The bald guy is officially a celebrity here. They're talking about him on the radio, on campus, on the internet... We love Bald Guy! He probably had to turn his phone off so people would stop calling him to let him know he was on TV.

I was pretty sure Reesing was dead after that hit. I think he had some questions himself.

4:22 PM  

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