Man, I wish Texas' track & field national championship this summer had received one-millionth the hype that this football game is getting. Truth be told, I'm more fired up for the football game than I was for the t&f ... at least partly because I'll actually get to watch THIS championship contest live on television. Okay, maybe it's also because the women have been champions in recent years; we haven't won in football since 1970.
At 8pm this evening, I have dinner reservations with Mrs. tandfman and another couple whom I know through track and field. We'll be enjoying what I expect to be a wonderful meal at one of the best restaurants around.
When I get home, I'll find out who won the game. Or I won't. No big deal. Football? Who cares? Not I.
trackstar wrote:True; if they did the rankings the way they do now, I bet Notre Dame would have been champ.
Actually, now that I looked it up, I realize that AP was doing their rankings post-bowl, just like today. We won the UPI poll in '70, which was taken before the bowl games. (So it was one of those many split championships.)
The final AP poll, after our loss to the Irish, finished like this:
You'll note I skillfully avoided actually picking a team!
I am from California, but cannot stand the California PAC-10 teams because they seem to keep Fresno State off their football schedules. For that reason, I will usually go for the other team(s) that play against Cal-Berkley, Stanford (YES!), UCLA, and USC.
The Stealth fighter just did its fly-over. Saw it on the TV first, then almost immediately heard it go over the house (we live 2 miles from the RB). Those things are LOUD and quite imposing. The house shook, the cats ran, and the car alarms went off around the neighborhood.
tlb747 wrote:For that reason, I will usually go for the other team(s) that play against . . . Stanford (YES!) . . .
And just EXACTLY what does that "(YES!)" mean
The "(YES!)" was for you because you went to that school, seriously. You also have the most post here (over 14,000)! Congrats! About the "(YES!)" deal, I would like the California PAC-10 teams to put Fresno State (I am from that area) in their football schedules more (maybe every three or four years). I am too lazy to look up how often the teams play each other (not including bowl games). Before this year, the last time USC played Fresno State was in the early 90's (24-7 Fresno State in the Freedom Bowl), UCLA in 2003 [17-9 Fresno State in the Silicon Valley Classic (defunct now)] and Cal in the 2000 season (17-3 Fresno State). I do not know about Stanford. At least Oregon and Oregon State plays them frequently, but the Washington and Arizona schools could also do the same.
Personally, Stanford wanted me to run track there to build a good sprint team for the future. I declined, because it was TOO CLOSE to home and I felt that Stanford was too smart of a school to me there. You could ask your man Mr. Gabe Jennings, but I do not think he remembers me. I did not travel far though (Arizona State), but knew a lot of people on that Stanford team from the 98-01 seasons [Stember, Carroll (from the same area as me), Hassell (spelled wrong?), Hyatt, Sprague, Stevens, Riley, to name some]. They and some of their coaches cheered me on in the 1999 NCAA Indoor Championships when our team (ASU) won the slow heats finals in the 1600M Relay (5th overall). I hung out them when we competed in France (WJC) in 98 and Spain (WUG) in 99. I have no hard fellings for them. They are my friends! It is only their football team that I dislike.
In conclusion, I could of left the "(YES)" part out. You may of noticed the post without it. You went to that school and I understand that. If I offended you with that word, my bad! Out of the California PAC-10 schools, I like Stanford (by far) the best because of the personnel on those track/xc teams when I was competing. It disappoints when that football team and others do not play Fresno State. It is not that far from San Jose State and Stanford plays them often. Anyway, my fault for making this post long and a good job with your awards.