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Tampa FL, Are you ready for the ACC championship game?

12.05.08 at 2:51 pm ET
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Live from Tampa its Chach

Okay,  its been a few days since I have blogged so here goes, and a ton of pictures to boot.  As most of you have heard, Meter and I weren’t at work today.  I heard the boys came up with some of their fresh, new and hilarious, Meter and I had to share a room, who’s bigger, you know the gut busting stuff.

Woke up at about 8am and sat in bed for awhile watching sports center.  Can I just say that I hate ESPN with a passion, Enough college hoops, their season just started, give me more NHL highlights, go B’s.  Sorry about that, so I made sure that Mark Herzlich called into the show, then I went on a 6 mile run along the Hillsborough Bay.  Saw a few dolphins jump in the bay, now I don’t know if it was Flipper or Ricky Williams but it was pretty cool to see.  What a great way to start the morning!

Headed to Quiznos (did I spell that right Bradford?) for a sandwich, then headed to Raymond James Stadium.  I will try to do little writing here and load as many pictures as I can!  Bear with my camera phone images, Hacks with Hags had the higher quality video image camera.

I thought this was cool (image to left).  It is a sand sculpture in the lobby of the hotel.  I thought that is pretty cool!

The Pirate ship, took this for my Jack Sparrow, Nick Chach!

The Pirate ship, took this for my Jack Sparrow, Nick Chach!

Meter and Cronan's view tomorrow

Meter and Cronan's view tomorrow

Okay, I did get to walk on the field.  To the left is a view of the BC’s End Zone turf/sod.  Clearly this is not, what was supposed to be, the best turf in the NFl.  To the right is a larger image of the same spot.  You won’t see Paul McGuire bring this to you on the broadcast tomorrow now will you?

It will be a great ball game tomorrow at 1pm, heard on WEEI, I think both defenses will be stout.  Meter’s new “Matt Ryan,” Mark Herzlich will have to continue his, Defensive Player of the Year, play, and Dominic Davis has to keep the ball away from the quick and tough Va Tech defense.  My pick for the game, BC 24 Va Tech 14, do you smell the oranges?   Oh yeah one more photo to share with you.  On my way home from setting up the equipment for tomorrow’s broadcast, this place (image below) is about 200 yards away, and no Meter and I haven’t been there….yet!  Don’t forget to check out the game on EEI tomorrow and go Eagles!  And Bradford, hopefully you’ll pick up the 5.99 it cost me to get on line in the Hyatt, come on you dot comers have all kinds of expense funds!

The sun ruined my awesome camera phone image but this is the world famous Mons Venus!

The sun ruined my awesome camera phone image but this is the world famous Mons Venus image under the sun!

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Since we last spoke….

12.01.08 at 9:26 am ET
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Since we last spoke…….
 

The Pats lost to Steelers and severely hurt their playoff chances

Playoffs?  Playoffs?

Playoffs? Playoffs?

The Patriots are in big trouble in regard to their playoff chances. The only thing that saved them was the Jets losing. The Colts are a lock for the 1st Wild Card but the Ravens have a tough end of the season schedule and it will most likely come down to week 17 to see if the Pats can return to the Playoffs. What are the chances Matt Cassel starts his first playoff game this January? I’d say 40%.

Celtics continued their dominance

The Celtics have not missed a beat since dumping Gatorade on Doc Rivers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Rajon Rondo has taken another step toward All-Star status and Paul Pierce is approaching Larry Bird level play. The bench has been inconsistent at times and that will be the only thing that prevents a rematch against the Lakers this summer.

Bruins became the best team in the NHL

I am not a hockey guy. That is Chach’s role. But the Bruins are winning games and fights every night. The city is ready to buy into this team but I caution Bill from New Hampshire and the rest of Bruins Nation to be careful because it is December 1st and these are still the Bruins. If they are the best team in hockey on February 1st then we can start to plan the parade and like the great folks at Barstool Sports say, “cue the duckboats.”

BC did what Meter said they would do — make the ACC Championship Game

Meter was right and we were all wrong. The Eagles defense is a top 5 defense and their freshman running backs are legit. Bob Ryan wrote a great column Sundayabout the 3 starting LB’s. Mark Hurzlich is a first round pick, one that would fit perfectly next to Jarod Mayo. Mike McLaughlin made the defensive play of the week when he leap-frogged the blocking back and sacked Chris Turner. Oh, and Robert Francois was named national defensive player of the week. The Eagles are better off with Dom Davis at QB, he is a threat to run and won’t turn the ball over like Chris Crane. The Eagles are going to win Saturday and they will be playing in the Orange Bowl January 1st.

 

The worst day of Thanksgiving football in history

We were forced to watch 3 terrible NFL games plus Texas’ beat down of Texas A&M after Thanksgiving dinner. I have the solution. The Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl runner up should host the 1p and 4p games on Thanksgiving. The 8p game can be rotated but we need to make sure we have a big name team playing on this holiday. It is a day the league can showcase it’s greatness and you can’t do it with the Lions getting blown out every year.

Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weis sealed their fate

Notre Dame has to fire Weis and the Browns need to cut ties with Romeo. Charlie has failed to recruit any talent to South Bend and he has upset a lot of alumni and boosters with his arrogance and abrasiveness. If he was winning BCS games every year it would be one thing, but he is not, and going 6-6 while losing to Syracuse is grounds for dismissal for any Irish coach. Don’t be surprised if Notre Dame makes a godfather offer to Urban Myer to come save what is left of the once proud program.

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Weekend in Winston Salem…

11.22.08 at 10:17 pm ET
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The weekend started with our flight to Greensboro. Started to watch “You don’t mess with the Zohan,” but it wasn’t that good, although I did get a laugh while Sandler danced on the beach early on. The team stayed at the Grandover Resort. Dino would have loved this place, right on a golf course, it was all for naught the temperature there was around 40 degrees. Great gym as well.

We traveled to the home of College Sports, ISP. I have never been blown away more by a facility than I was at their headquarters. I’ll just ask this question, how many businesses have a half court basketball court, use able, in their lobby? This place did. ISP is the home base of BC and about 60 other college broadcasts (football and basketball). Blown away is all I can say about it! It was cool to see the place where it all “happens.” The broadcast team all took shots at the basket, believe it or not Jayme Parker was the one that made most of the baskets. Above the half court, is about 70 stadium seats, for presentations.

Onto the game, started off well for the Eagles, they forced Wake to a three and out, then marched down field and put 3 on the board. Then Mark Herzlich had another pick six, second one in as many weeks. Things looked great for the eagles, until Chris Crane got tackled on an option keeper, fractured collarbone, out for the rest of the game. In an instant the whole complexion of the game was changed. Enter Dominic Davis, the kid hasn’t played since game 4 versus Rhode Island, and let’s be honest, that wasn’t much in the way of the experience we want. It took Dominic a while to shake the rust off, in fact, it wasn’t gone until the fourth quarter with four minutes left on the clock. Double D showed that he can play at this level and under the white hot spotlight. BC’s survival was put in his hands. Up until that point it seemed Barack Obama promised “change” more times than the amount of three and outs the Eagles had. Wake just pinned their ears back and brought the house every time Double D went back to pass, hell I would have brought he neighbors along with me as well if I were calling plays. But with about 3 minutes left on the clock, facing a 3rd and 6 Double D came through and came through “Matty Ice-esque” hitting Brandon Robinson in the flat for a nine yard gain. He followed that up with a bomb to B-Rob down to the Deacons 20 yard line. Four plays later, a Double D sneak over center, two point conversion is good, Eagles 24 Demon Decons 21.

Larry King

I have to admit, I missed the Larry King Live interview with the pregnant man/woman the other night. I’ve got to give all the credit to Gerry for finding reading about it and forwarding me the sound. I had more people, on the trip to Wake, tell me that that 10 minutes of radio was the funniest they have heard in a while. I have to be honest I was rolling in the control room as well. I love it when the guys are laughing so hard that they have trouble talking on the air. I’ll have to wear out that “really I didn’t know that” and “where did you learn that the internet” as drops.

Air Travel

Now this may only bother me, I keep wondering on these flights with BC, why they show us that video on emergencies. Now I know it is law or required by the FAA. But couldn’t they cut it shorter, who doesn’t know how to buckle a seat belt, honestly. If you don’t know how to do that you shouldn’t be on the plane. I’d give a pass to those under 15 but really, who doesn’t know this? And when they say, in case of a change in cabin pressure oxygen masks will fall from about, put over your head and Breath Normally. Breath Normally, he honey that thing falls and I am yelling at the pilot, the flight attendants, coaches, players, whoever. The last thing I am doing is “breathing normally.”

Jags Separated at Birth?

Every week, when on the road, I am one of the last to get on the plane.  After a win, when I get on the plane all the players think I look like Jags.  It becomes a whole production.  Jags gets up and plays along.  It happened again before we left Wake.  Here are two photos, tell me what you think?

College Gameday

My final thought for the weekend is, if you are on a show that is watched by millions of college football fans, or just football fans in general. Don’t you think you should get the names of say a coach right at week 9 or 10? The boys on ESPN’s college gameday can’t seem to say Spaziani. They have said Spaziano, Spaziana. Here is a bit of advice fellas, you have about 60 people working on the set, get an intern, producer, technician who can flip through media guides and get the pronunciation of players/coaches/AD’s right, then you won’t sound STUPID!

Prediction for Pats

Great breakdown of the Wildcat offense by Borges the other day in the herald. My prediction, and I wouldn’t be the house on this, but I like the Pats 24-13. I think BB, being the defensive genius that he is, will combat the 5-7 Wildcat plays the Dolphins will run and Matt Cassel will be able to, with the help from the man number 12 over the week, pick apart the Miami defense. To be totally honest, I would run it about 10 times right at Joey Porter, see if he can back up his loud mouth with continued great play, unless it is all being done with smoke and mirrors and a bit of Tuna down there in Miami. Thanks for reading, and as always you can email me at sciaccio@weei.com, fire me off a question or two about something you might want to have me write about or even about the job, I’d be happy to answer it. I’ll hit you all up again mid week.

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4 things I am looking forward to this weekend aside from Patriots/Dolphins

11.21.08 at 9:33 am ET
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Jack is Back

Jack and Chloe are back
Jack and Chloe are back

It has been too long without Jack, Chloe, Tony and the whole CTU. The last season of 24 was a disappointment, but that doesn’t mean it has jumped the shark. Chach has viewed an advanced copy and he said the 2 hour even this Sunday at 8p is very good: This coming from a non-24-fan. Jack and Chloe are 2 of the greatest characters in television history and I can’t wait to see who they will introduce as new characters this season (i.e. Lynn McGill, Ryan Chapell, Edgar Stiles).

Harvard/Yale

Dino and Gerry made fun of me this morning for going to “The Game” Saturday afternoon, but I’m excited. Harvard Stadium is a great venue and this is one of the most historic games in college football. Is this a better game then Ohio State/Michigan or Florida/Florida State or South Carolina/Clemson? Of course not. But it’s on my Sports Bucket List and I will be able to cross it off when Michael Lawler leads the Crimson over Yale in the 125th version of this great rivalry.

Texas Tech/Oklahoma

Heisman Trophy. Trip to Big 12 Championship. Number 1 ranking. All three of these are on the line Saturday night in Norman as these two programs take the field just after 8p. How can you not root for Texas Tech? They have been such a great story this season and the most exciting team to watch over the last 5 years. Mike Leach can name his job and price if he takes a school from Lubbock, Texas to the national championship.

Who is next on Beacon Hill

Diane Wilkerson, now Chuck Turner, who is next? Business on Beacon Hill has never been clean, but this is getting ugly. It is pretty evident that Wilkerson flipped on Turner. Who else has she ratted on and who will Turner turn in to save his behind? I don’t believe these 2 are the only Massachusetts Pols that are dirty, but I am beginning to get the feeling that we are in for a once in a lifetime scandal involving politicians in this state.

Enjoy the weekend – only 3 more work days until Thanksgiving……send any emails or comments to imeropol@weei.com

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College Football Playoff — It Makes Too Much Sense

11.18.08 at 11:12 am ET
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Tim Tebow needs to be involved in an 8 Team Playoff

Tim Tebow needs to be involved in an 8 Team Playoff

Another great college football season will end with, what if? College football is the greatest regular season with the worst post season. With the new BCS formula there is essentially a 2 team playoff. The top 2 teams in the BCS are guaranteed to play in the Nation Championship. It is better then what we have had in the past, but still not good enough.

ESPN and the BCS have agreed to a deal that will keep college football from having a playoff until at least 2014. The only reason for the BCS is money. Anyone who argues against a playoff is going to lose. Football players miss zero classes all year, aside from 1 Thursday night game a team might play. There are 12 games in a season, college football and hockey teams play over 30. The season last 3 months (September-November), College Basketball season lasts 5 months (November-March).
The answer to the problem is simple: an 8 team playoff.

Here is the format.

The BCS stays – it is used to decide the top 8 teams that will play off. Don’t give me the argument, “what about the 9th team?” That argument doesn’t hold water. People argue about the 65th and 66th team in the NCAA Tournament. Would you rather feel for the 9th ranked team that missed out or the 3rd ranked team that missed out. This also keeps the regular season relevant. The college basketball season is not as exciting or meaningful as college football’s. This will remain the same, as more then 2 loses will probably eliminate a team from the playoff.

All games are played at the home stadium except for the Nation Championship Game. You can’t ask fans to travel to bowl sites for 3 straight weeks. And here is the best part……We keep the bowls. Why keep the bowls now that we have a playoff? I’m glad you asked that question. Right now only one bowl matters, that is the BCS Championship Game. All the other bowls are just for the teams and their fans. I’m a fan of South Carolina. They are most likely going to play in the Outback or Peach Bowl (it will always be the Peach Bowl to me). This game means nothing in the race for the National Championship, but it is an extra game for me and my fellow Gamecock Fans. Plus it is an excuse to go away for New Years to a place I would not normally go. Nothing against Tampa or Atlanta, but I’m not ringing in 2009 in these cities unless my team is Bowling there.

That is it. End of discussion. There is nothing hard about this. It works. But alas, we have to wait for at least 5 more years before we see this happen.

In case you are against a playoff….here is the Opening Round if the season ended today.

Penn State @ Alabama
Utah @ Texas Tech
Southern Cal @ Texas
Oklahoma @ Florida

This would be the greatest weekend in the history of College Football. But it makes too much sense.

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