Saturday, December 02, 2006

Rutgers loses to WVU in triple overtime, 41-39

After three overtimes, Rutgers lost to West Virginia by the margin of a failed two-point conversion (41-39). Now, we can assess all the talk about the Texas Bowl, and perhaps come to a conclusion about Vai Sikahema's op-ed on money allocated for Rutgers football, "Rutgers is Wrong."

The piece by LEE JENKINS in the New York Times brings back the money theme:

There are about as many differences between the Orange Bowl and the Texas Bowl as between Manhattan and Morgantown. The payout for the Orange Bowl is about $17 million. The payout for the Texas Bowl is about $500,000.

Of course, that money goes to the Big East, and is then shared among the member universities. For Rutgers, the difference in winning and losing Saturday night’s game boiled down to $1.1 million.

One might want to include the "lost opportunity" cost with the money Rutgers has shifted around to support the football program, a point Sikahema was making.

Jenkins also brought up a point on rules:

College football is filled with cruel oddities. In the third overtime, for instance, teams are required to go for a 2-point conversion after scoring a touchdown. A 2-point conversion is only 3 yards, but given the circumstance, it can feel like 30.

Jenkins also brought up past history, and in so doing pointed out the major improvement in the Rutgers program:

For Rutgers, every trip to West Virginia is a chance to measure progress. In Greg Schiano’s first season as the coach, the Scarlet Knights came here and gave up 31 points in the first quarter, 59 in the first half, committed 8 turnovers and lost, 80-7.


Of Vai Sikahema and "Vai's View," Vai recently "took on" another issue and the text of this View (unlike that about Rutgers is Wrong) is on the WCAU website:

While on the network's Dan Patrick radio show last week, ESPN football analyst Michael Irvin, who is black, made an off-handed comment about Cowboys QB Tony Romo, who is white, suggesting that one reason Romo is so athletic, is that he may have black ancestry.

When pressed to elaborate, Irvin remarked, and I quote:

"[Maybe] his great-great-great-great-great-great-grandma pulled one of them studs up out of the barn [and said], 'come on in here for a second.' "

Irvin has since apologized for his remarks. That seemed to satisfy ESPN. He said he was simply trying to give people a first-hand experience of how players joke and tease each other in the locker room.


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