Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Shaking the Expansion Tree - Who Fell?

Since Texas is back to behaving in the Big Ten (the new one), it's time to look at the winners and losers of the expansion saga. You can check out Mr. SECs winner/loser analysis HERE. I agree with it for the most part, but would add a few qualifiers.

Pennington pegs the SEC as a loser and many would agree. Maybe because it's hard to put them in the winner column. Sure, the Big Ten (the old one) may be generating more TV money. And had Slive not taken a trip to College Station, at least a little face would've been saved. But I still don't see the SEC as a loser here. After all, these realignment players were just trying to clear a bar that the SEC had already set and cleared, many times over.

I think the bottom line will be winning. Until the SEC teams start losing head to head match ups (not to mention BCS championships) the conference is still king.

The Traditionalists
Yes, guys like me averted disaster. But there's still a whiff of change in the air. As Kyle points out, this is a bridge we eventually cross. The dragon has retreated back to it's cave. The village sustained some damage. But the fire will breath down on the college football landscape again.

And as The Senator pointed out, us traditionalists won't get the Oklahoma-Nebraska game anymore. That will take a while to get used to.

The Irish
On the surface there's no question Notre Dame comes out of this smelling like a rose. They never blinked (publicly) in this Big Ten (again...the old one) and Fightin' Irish game of chicken. But as Adam Kramer points out at Kegs 'n Eggs, the public pressure will remain on the Irish until they have a 9 win season and a big bowl win. The more years that pass with Notre Dame outside of the national pictures (unrelated to the peacock), the harder it's going to be to remain independent.

The Media
They always win right? And that's where Pennington has them. But was it just me or did ESPN really frack up their coverage? More specifically, who the hell is Joe Schad sleeping with in Bristol?


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