When the obvious sometimes NEEDS to be said, a new “bump,” and a vacancy at ESPN: 5 January 2011

http://backporch.fanhouse.com/2011/01/05/gruden-during-orange-bowl-my-god-these-are-the-longest-games/


I’ll admit  being a little late to the party on this one (hey, I do have a job, after all), but for once, Jon Gruden’s statement of the obvious needing stating. His complaint about the length of football games (bowl games specifically and games generally) has been in the minds of football fans for years. If the rent is too damn high, the games are too damn long. It’s bad enough with the TV timeouts (I really hate the commercial break following the score, followed by the kickoff, followed by another commercial break) and the official reviews, the injuries, the resetting of the play clock, etc., but you add in the pre-game show and the usually over-the-top halftime shows of  bowl games (Orange Bowl, I’m looking at you), and you need to block about 5 1/2 hours to watch 60 minutes of football.

The official reviews are only compounded in the college game. In the SEC in particular. The league reviews EVERY play — which doesn’t mean a stoppage after every play, but you can be sure that in a bowl game, EVERY score or otherwise close play will be Reviewed. To. Death. At least in the NFL, the coaches are limited by the number of challenges they can call for.

So thanks, Chucky, for pointing out what we already knew — but want to scream anyway.

On a more humorous note, I loved this moment from the Sugar Bowl last night, in which Ohio State got off the schneid and won its first-ever bowl game against an SEC team (in 10 tries). I’ve already commented on the Blackledge/Nessler team for its entertaining delivery, and last night provided the chuckle o’ the day — and the invention of a new pop-culture phrase (at least on the OSU campus): the “vest-bump.” Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAdPTPfCONg. Don’t know why the clip is labeled as a “fail.” I thought it was a pretty good off-the-cuff quip by Blackledge.

 

And, finally, sweet baby, the Ron Franklin saga ends. ESPN “ended its relationship” (read: “Ya fired”) with Franklin following the exchange he had with sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/ncaa/01/04/espn-franklin.ap/index.html?eref=sihp

 

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