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Monday, February 18, 2008

LSU QB Ryan Perilloux Suspended, Keep Your Pants On Big-10errr11 Fans

So ESPN is reporting that LSU head coach Les Miles has suspended QB Ryan Perrilloux. The suspension comes down because Perrilloux violated team rules. What does that mean, we have no idea at this point. It'll come out because it always does, but I have no idea, at this point.

Settle down Big-10errrr11 fans. One, it doesn't really matter. The SEC isn't better than the Big-11, because of LSU or another team in their conference. The SEC's dominance stems a lot more from how bad the Big-11 is than from how good the SEC is. (Before I get a million comments from SEC fans freaking out. I know your are an above average conference, My point here is just how bad the Big-11 is). Two, that suspension is going to be about as effective as when coaches do the whole "I am not going to start so-and-so" as some form of punishment. Then they put the guy in in the middle of the first drive.

The LSU Tigers have suspended him, but they threw in the magic word in college sports, indefinitely. See when the NFL suspended Micahel Vick and Pacman Jones indefinitely. They meant until hell freezes over. But when a team like LSU uses that magic word. It means until I see how your backup does and possibly not even that long if Miles already knows those two aren't ready.

Right now the backups are junior Andrew Hatch, who began his career at Harvard, and redshirt freshman Jarrett Lee. Now I am not the SEC's biggest fan, but I am willing to admit. No one from the Ivy League is about to step in and take the reigns of the National Champion and guide them through the SEC. I do think Jarrett Lee will be ready someday. Someday is Latin for NOT TODAY BUDDY.

NASCAR: Car of Tomorrow Backfiring

NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow has become the Car of Today. It seems though that while NASCAR is embracing the Car by going with it full time this season. They just might be getting a negative effect that they didn't plan on.

The main purpose behind going to a car that the drivers pretty universally feel is more difficult to drive was competition. With the wide variety of tracks that NASCAR performs on, the smaller teams were starting to develop a disadvantage. Teams were getting to the point where they had three or four different style's of car. For the different style tracks. Then they would have backup cars for those styles. At 200,000 a car you can see how the price tag starts climbing and quickly. NASCAR's answer. The Car of Tomorrow. It is set up so that it can be used at every track. In theory it makes it a lot more realistic for the smaller team to compete. After this initial week-and-a-half I am not so sure it isn't backfiring.


Not only was Daytona won on team work. With winner, Ryan Newman, as well as teammate Kurt Busch acknowledging that it was definitely the two of them working together that brought about the win.


It was also lost on teamwork Tony Stewart tried to maintain his leaf when he dropped from top to bottom on the track to pick up Kyle Busch but Busch was no where to be found having already had to drop back a few spots in order to keep from being penalized for passing to far inside. With out the benefit of a teammate to work with Stewart didn't have a prayer of beating the two Penske teammates.

My overall strongest impression of the race was the effect of teamwork. While Earnhardt had been strong along with Johnson and Gordon in the early running. He was unable to amke any real headway when those two were out of the race. Stewart as well was in a position to win or assist teammate Kyle Busch in his win but they were unable to hook up in the end. While the winning tandem hadn't really been a big factor in the race, once they were able to hook up near the front they used that to win.


So how does all this tie in with the Car of Tomorrow. Once again the little guy is at a disadvantage. While a lot of the team work was a product of the fact that it was a restrictor plate race. I don't think anyone who was watchign didn't see how much more of a factor it has become with the new car. So once again the small team who is frequently a single car starts the race at a disadvantage.I can't wait to see what happens next week at Fontana.



What do you think of the Car of Tomorrow?

Linking up with RonDean

John Salley wants to get a NASCAR team going. Please let him draw Brad Dougherty back into the sport. The sport needs a little color errr ethnicity uhhh soul. What's the pc way to say every guy in the garage is white? (ESPN)

Mark Cubans yearbook is on Ebay, forget the lame hair I mean he still has that. How bout those pants(Yard Barker)

Reggie Miller invites you all to visit him in the Too Much Information department(insomniacs lounge via The Big Lead)

Since I would blast an athlete doing the wrong things I'll include this link on Caron Butler's turn around so I can keep telling myself I am fair(ESPN)

Since it isn't quite time for the combine here's your football fix(SportsbyBrooks)


I don't like Roger Goodell but atleast now I have a reason(Fanhouse)

This Week In Sports February 18, 2008

  • John Rocker announces he used steroids with MLB assistance- Blog
  • Vikings Kenechi Udeze has rare form of Leukemia - Blog
  • Jason Kidd Trade is On-Again,Off-Again all week - Blog 1, Blog 2
  • Roger Clemens and Brian McNamee appear before Congress - Blog
  • Indiana head coach, Kelvin Sampson, accused of more NCAA violations - Blog
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. Continues success with his new team - Blog
  • Mike Bibby traded to the Atlanta Hawks - Blog
  • Finally a dunk contest worth watching - Blog
  • Ryan Newman wins the Dayton 500 - Blog
  • East wins an All-Star game that actually seemed to matter - Article