Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Pac 10 Officials Are Stupid DoodieHeads

Things are tough these days in Oklahoma. The sheep don't look as fetching and the calf fries don't taste as sweet ever since their beloved Sooners lost a game in part because of two blown calls by Pac-10 officials. Fortunately, the good people of Oklahoma can count on the leaders of the football program, head coach Bob Stoops and President David Boren, to rise above all of the bitterness and restore order to their community.

Or maybe not.

University of Oklahoma president David Boren wants the game to be stricken from the record books. Meanwhile, Coach Stoops is threatening to take his ball and go home. Tuesday, he said that if the Pac-10 is going to continue to insist on using their own officials for intersectional home games, then Oklahoma would consider cancelling it's 2008 visit to Washington. Huskies fans must be breathing a huge sigh of relief on that one. Given the start Ty Willingham has had in rebuilding the program, the Huskies couldn't beat the Sooners if they had WWE officials working the game. Regardless, Stoops' behavior in the aftermath of the loss has been incendiary and immature. Tho if you ask Stoops, he has a different opinion:

"I've said all this in this way because I feel the right to stand up for my football players," he said. "I'm not sitting up here, me babying or whining about it."

Actually, babying and whining is exactly what he's doing. Maybe with how soft the Big 12 is this year, Stoops had delusions of a National Championship run. But even if OU does make it through the Big 12 undefeated, Sooners fans should be thankful that the officials botched these calls and saved them from an embarassing matchup with Ohio State that would have been reminiscent of the 2005 Orange Bowl (USC 55, Oklahoma 19). It's much better that the Sooners have an early loss here, win the Big 12, and then get a BCS bowl game with an overrated, overmatched team that gets a BCS bid on reputation and fan base- Notre Dame.

The NCAA may take the time to re-examine the way that instant replay is used in games, but does anyone have any confidence that the NCAA can actually fix anything? I think rather than tinkering with the officiating, the NCAA should just name David Stern as their president. He would have responded to all of this nonsense by fining Oklahoma a hundred grand for questioning the officiating and warned Stoops that any further criticisms could warrant a lifetime ban from the game, and that would have been the end of that.


At Wed Sep 20, 08:59:00 AM PDT , Anonymous NFL Adam said...

Ah man, I wanted to run that story. Good job, summed up my feelings exactly.

At Wed Sep 20, 07:40:00 PM PDT , Anonymous The Big Picture said...

way to rip the huskies, insomniac...we could take them...well, for a quarter.

At Wed Sep 20, 09:58:00 PM PDT , Anonymous insomniac said...

Sorry 'bout that. Actually, I've always liked U-dub and I'd love to see the Huskies get better. Those teams w/ Mark Brunell and Billy Joe Hobert alternating at QB w/ Mario Bailey running deep were a lot of fun to watch (especially beating the Wolverines in the Rose Bowl). Napolean Kaufman was one of my favorite RBs back in his day. Heck, I'd even take Cody Pickett at this point. Honestly tho, I just don't have much faith in Ty Willingham being the guy to clean up after Rick Neuheisel's mess. If the past 20 years of college football have taught me anything, it's that a coach can't be afraid of a little scandal if he wants to build a dynasty. That's why Pete Carroll will be killing my Dorrell-led Bruins for the forseeable future.

At Wed Sep 20, 10:01:00 PM PDT , Anonymous insomniac said...

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At Wed Sep 20, 10:23:00 PM PDT , Anonymous insomniac said...

Oh...but if the Huskies are going to decide to suddenly get better, I'd really appreciate it if they'd at least wait a week.

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