USC Trojans vs Ohio State Buckeyes Football Tickets [9/13/2008] at StubHub! — stubhub seems to have the best selection.
My god what a facility — brand spanking new, huge, a variety of viewing from plain bleachers to delux clubhouse. Great views from all kinds of places. And the pit activity today is fascinating with 3-4 classes of cars all mixing it up. Worth the trip.
Rather than some sort of conspiracy, the APR and its sanctioned, slow strangulation of smaller schools unable to pay for massive academic support centers is the result of something even more unstoppable and faceless: bad policy.
Exactly. The big schools have the dollars to pay for staff and facilities to manage APR. Small schools do not. That is why 35 out of 37 schools punished this year come from non-BCS conferences. Just another face of the ridiculousness of the current “student-athlete” pretense.
Getting geared up for this game already. A classic for so many reasons.
First of all, a great personal history with the Buckeyes — been at their games since I was a kid, we are alums, my father played for Woody, my grandfather was an alum.
Amd the schools have a great history, particularly in the Rose Bowl. My dad was on the team for the ’55 win and national championship; I remember the great ’69 and ’74 wins, and still suffer from the ’73, ’75, ’80, and ’85 losses. I hated John McKay and his teams.
In this century, Jim Tressel and Pete Carroll have arguably been the best coaches with the best programs, albeit stylistically very differently — Tressel is buttoned-up, a solid midwestern values kind of guy. Pete is a flashy new media loosey-goosey kind of guy, and I have hated him.
So a great early season matchup this year, and particularly so, because a family member will now be attending USC! So I am going to have to cheer for the Trojans in every game except the OSU matchup — that is going to take some getting used to.
From Five Tool Tool – The Sports Blog That Loves You Back: And the Association Sticks the Landing! – The Sports Blog That Loves You Back:
How can you tell when a sports league has jumped the shark? It lands in Oklahoma City.
Ha ha ha ha ha.
Sunday Morning Quarterback :: Return of the Exploitation Index — great analysis of the economics around college football. Institutions and the adults involved continue to reap huge dollars off the backs of the players. Ridiculous that it is not shared in some fashion with the players.
Professional Sports Is Very Interesting | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source — “Each and every victory of a team full of people I’ll never meet over another team full of people I’ll never meet is a complex web of nuance and metaphor to contemplate at great length.”
And sloppy basketball at that. NCAA Football Team Stats – CBSSports.com — almost 1300 yards of offense between the teams. and 5 fumbles, 2 ints in the game. 28 penalties and 328 penalty yards. Sloppy! I can’t believe in Louisville as a top 10 team with this kind of play.
Various bits of advice on basketball photography:
* From a pro — The Seattle Times: Photography: Best Seat in the House — 70-200mm f2.8 lens (set at 100mm), ISO 200, 1/250 sec @ f5.6 with strobes — not sure this would work for me ex strobes
* From Canon forums — 70-200mm f/2.8…85mm f/1.8…50mm f1.8/1.4 all auggested
* The Big Picture | Cognitive Biases: A Short List — great list of the ways we screw up decisions
* marca’s view on the best scifi of the decade
* Larry’s recommended security blogs
* EDSBS’s top 5 legends of football parenting, or, how to give your child a lifetime of therapy.
* super slim wallet designs
* 10 reasons I need to upgrade to MT4
* College Football Forum: Florida Jab at OSU #684-#686 — Florida abuses OSU. OK this is still pretty painful, but funny. The beginnings of true hatred.
* The ongoing Mustain saga — this is why SEC football is awesome. Using the FOIA to get coach’s cellphone records. Stalkers with video cameras. Overbearing parents. Hiring high school coaches just to get recruits. Just awesome.