Posted on: January 13, 2013 10:49 pm
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Merging CONCACAF and CONMEBOL

A few months ago, it was announced that there may be a 2016 Copa America held in the US to celebrate the 100th anniversary of CONMEBOL. This has made me again think about a possible move to unite North, Central, and South American soccer. This would be a huge move and the positives would highly outweigh the negatives for most of the parties involved. Here are the some of the reasons why this should happen.


1. No More CONCACAF "Cupcakes" at the World Cup - Since 1994, the only CONCACAF nations to make it out of the group stage at the World Cup are USA and Mexico. A merger would all but eliminate those smaller island nations that are far inferior to the powerful countries that are at the World Cup. If merged, the confederation could receive 8 automatic bids with another possible in a playoff with Asia. So most likely, we would see the qualified nations being something like this: USA, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Uraguay, Paraguay, Chile, and Ecuador. This is much better than seeing Honduras, Costa Rica, or Trinadad and Tobago out there representing the continent.

2. Better Competition for the USA and Mexico - It's pretty evident that the USA and Mexico are far and away top dogs in CONCACAF. Having more consistent competition from South American teams could go a long way for both nations (the USA in particular) to become much better teams.

3. A "Real" Copa America - Having a quadrennial tournament that would run in the even year between World Cups similar to the Euro's would be a huge draw to fans that don't get to see thier country play in a big tournament match outside of the World Cup. Since predicting the finalists for the Gold Cup has become about as difficult as adding 2+2, and it gets next to no media exposure, it would be great to have a high quality tournament that the fans could enjoy outside of the World Cup. 



So now your wondering how this would work when it comes to World Cup Qualifying. Here's how I have it playing out.

There would be 50 teams total that would enter at the start of qualifying (lucky it's a nice round numberTongue out). First, the bottom 25 teams in the FIFA rankings would be placed in 5 groups of 5. They would each play a home-away series with every team in thier group. Once that round is over, the top two teams in each group would advance to the next round of qualifying with the rest of the teams on the confederation. In this round, the remaining 35 nations would be placed in 5 groups of 7. Again, a home-away series would be played with every team in the group. At the conclusion of the round, the 5 group winners would qualify outright for the World Cup. The 5 group runners-up would be placed in a single group and play one game against each team in the group. The top three teams in the group would also qualify for the World Cup. The fourth placed team in the group would play in the home-away playoff with Asia to determine the final team to qualify.

So the number of qualifiers for each confederation would be as follows:

UEFA - 13
Africa - 5
Asia - 4 or 5  
Oceania - 1 (I think every confederation should be represented)
Americas - 8 or 9
Host - 1                                       



So what does everyone think? Comments Please!!   

Category: Soccer
Posted on: November 24, 2010 10:59 am
 

Just Another CFB Playoff Idea

So here is my newest idea for a playoff. See if you like it and please comment.

The first thing I would do is cut the 12th game of the regular season and bring it back down to 11. This would do 2 things, make sure that a team has a winning record to go to a bowl game, and as you will see, the teams who end up in the NCG would end up playing 17 (or 16 depending on if they play a conf CG) games rather than 18.

So you play out the regular season and conference championship games as it's done now. Then you play all the bowls with the current conference tie-ins (except the NCG, that gets eliminated). All the non-BCS bowls will be played by Dec 31st. One of the BCS Bowls will also be played on Dec 31st in primetime (this will be on a year-to-year rotating basis). The other 3 BCS bowls will be played at 1pm, 4pm and 8pm on New Years Day.

F.Y.I. Up to this point a team could play a maximum of 13 games.

Here's where it gets interesting. The winners of the 4 BCS games get an automatic bid to the playoffs. Then the BCS does the rankings again and the 12 highest ranked teams that didn't get an auto-bid will make the playoff as well.

Now we're left with 16 teams. They get seeded according to their BCS ranking and the first round of playoffs will be at the higher seeded teams home field. ***disclaimer: two teams from the same conference cannot play each other in the first round. If a situation occurs where teams of the same conference are slated to do so, a coin flip between the teams one spot lower and one spot higher than the lower ranked team will determine who moves into that spot. Example: If the season ended today #7 Wisconsin and #10 Michigan State would be scheduled to play each other in the first round. Since they are both in the Big Ten then there would be a coin flip between #9 Oklahoma State and #11 Alabama. The winner of the coin flip would switch spots with Michigan State.

Down to 8 teams. These games will be played at a stadium within higher seeds conference. This is so that there is not complete home field advantage but still a reward for being ranked higher.

The semi-finals and NCG will be played at pre-determined neutral sites with the NCG played on the saturday before the Super Bowl for the best sports weekend of the year.


Here's an overview of how the season schedule would look using the 2010-2011 Calender.
  • Sept. 1st - Nov. 27th: Regular Season
  • Dec. 4th: Conference Championship Games
  • Dec. 11th - Jan. 1st: Bowl games
  • Jan 11th - 14th: 1st Round of playoffs (2 games each day at 5:00 and 8:30)
  • Jan. 20th - 21st: 2nd Round of Playoffs (Again, 2 games each day at 5:00 and 8:30)
  • Jan. 29th: Semi-Final Round (Games at 3:30 and 8:00)
  • Feb. 5th: National Championship Game

I know what your thinking. There will a conflict with the NFL Playoffs. With the way I've scheduled the games, there won't be. The first two rounds of the BCS Playoff are played during the week while the NFL plays on Saturday and Sunday. The semi-finals are the first playoff games on a Saturday. That is the same week as the NFC and AFC Conference Championship games, and those are both on sunday. So no conflict with the NFL.  




Category: NCAAF
Posted on: June 22, 2010 1:56 am
 

Top 10 Male Tennis Players of All-Time

So a few months ago I ranked the Top 10 Tennis players of the decade. Now I decided to do the top 10 players of All-Time.

Using only the 4 GS tournaments here is how the points were awarded:

Winner - 2000 pts
RUP - 1200 pts
SF Loss - 720 pts
QF Loss - 360 pts
4th Rd Loss - 180 pts
3rd Rd Loss - 90 pts
2nd Rd Loss - 45 pts
1st Rd Loss - 10 Pts

Career Grand Slam - 2000 pts
Calendar Year Grand Slam - 2500 pts

For players that played professional tennis before the open era (i.e. Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall, Bill Tilden), I gave them points for the 3 major pro tournaments as follows:

Winner - 360 pts
RUP - 180 pts
SF Loss - 90 pts
QF Loss - 45 pts
1st Rd Loss - 10 pts

**Since there was only a 16 player draw in the pro tournaments, I didn't feel it was as hard to win one of those tournaments, so I didn't give the same point values as the Grand Slams.

I felt this points system was fair and measured not only talent but also longevity, consistency and the ability to play on all surfaces.


So, here goes the rankings. Hope you enjoy!


No. 10) Bjorn Borg (7,731pts) - The Swede had a relatively short, but brilliant career. He won a total of 11 Grand Slam singles titles in only 27 appearances, which is a 41% winning percentage and an open are a record among men. This also includes winning 6 of the 8 French Opens he entered and 5 of 9 Wimbledons. He is the only player to win 6 French Opens and 5 Wimbledons.

Best Results

  • Aussie Open - 3rd Round (1974)
  • French Open -Champion (1974, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)
  • Wimbledon - Champion (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980)
  • US Open - Finalist (1976, 1978, 1980, 1981)


No. 9) Bill Tilden (8,283pts) - He played the first half of his career amateur and the second half as a pro. So he missed out on 16 years of tournaments. Believe it or not, the guy played until he was 53 years old. But nonetheless, he dominated the world of international tennis in the first half of the 1920s. From 1920-1925 he won every Grand Slam tournament he entered. And during his 18 year amateur period of 1912-30, he won 138 of 192 tournaments, and had a match record of 907-62, a winning percentage of .936.

Best Results

  • Aussie Open - Never Competed
  • French Open - Finalist (1927, 1930)
  • Wimbledon - Champion (1920, 1921, 1930)
  • US Open - Champion (1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925)


No. 8) Roy Emerson (9,691pts) - Here is a guy who not only won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, but also captured 16 doubles titles. He is the only player to have a singles and doubles career grand slam. He was also the first male player to win all 4 Grand Slams twice. Emerson had a streak of reaching the Australian Open Final 7 times, winning 6 of them. And at one point in his career he made the QF at 32 of 37 grand slams.

Best Results

  • Aussie Open - Champion (1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967)
  • French Open -Champion (1963, 1967)  
  • Wimbledon - Champion (1964, 1965)
  • US Open - Champion (1961, 1964)


No. 7) Ivan Lendl (9,905pts) - Lendl attained the World No. 1 ranking on February 28, 1983 and bolstered his claim to the top spot when he defeated John McEnroe in the 1984 French Open final. For much of the next five years, Lendl was the top ranked player until August 1990. He finished four years ranked as the world's top player (1985–1987 and 1989) and was ranked World No. 1 for a total of 270 weeks.  He won 8 Grand Slam tournaments, but could have won a lot more as he made it to the semi-finals of 20 other major tournaments.

Best Results

  • Aussie Open - Champion (1989, 1990)
  • French Open - Champion (1984, 1986, 1987)
  • Wimbledon - Finalist (1986, 1987)
  • US Open - Champion (1985, 1986, 1987)
No. 6) Andre Agassi (9,905pts) – First off, I want to say that I’ve read his book and it is excellent. I highly recommend it even if you’re not a tennis fan. Anyway, Andre is one of the best, if not the best, serve returner in the history of the game. He is also the only male player (his wife, Steffi Graf is the lone female player, go figure) to achieve a career “Golden Slam” by winning all 4 grand slams and an Olympic gold medal. He appeared in 15 grand slam finals over his career and won 8 of them. Despite the shocking revelations in his new book, he still remains to be one of the most loved players in American Tennis history.

Best Results

  • Aussie Open - Champion (1995, 2000, 2001, 2003)
  • French Open - Champion (1999)
  • Wimbledon - Champion (1992)
  • US Open - Champion (1994, 1999)
No. 5) Pete Sampras (10,096pts) – Personally, I was surprised to see “Pistol Pete” so low on the list, and I’m sure many of you are surprised as well. I looked into his statistics a little deeper to figure out why, and I came to the conclusion that he was too inconsistent at the grand slams. Yes, he won 14 grand slams, but he was also knocked out before the QF 24 times, and with the exception of 1 SF appearance, he had a bad record in Paris. Well, enough negativity. Like I said before, the guy won 14 grand slam titles, which was a record until it was broken by Roger Federer in 2009. In an 8 year stretch from 1993-2000, he won 12 of those titles including 7 Wimbledon Championships.

Best Results
  • Aussie Open – Champion (1994, 1997)
  • French Open – Semi-Finals (1996)
  • Wimbledon – Champion (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
  • US Open – Champion (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002)
No. 4) Jimmy Connors (10,111pts) – Even though Jimbo never won the French Open, he did win the US Open in 1976, which was during a short time period that the tournament was held on clay making him one of only 5 men to have won grand slam titles on 3 different surfaces. He also is the only player to win the US Open alone on 3 different surfaces.  Connors 1,337 career wins and 31 grand slam semi-final appearances are both all-time records.

Best Results
  • Aussie Open – Champion (1974)
  • French Open – Semi-Finals (1979, 1980, 1984, 1985)  
  • Wimbledon – Champion (1974, 1982)
  • US Open – Champion   (1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1983)
No. 3) Ken Rosewall (10,452) – In his 10 years as a pro before the open era, he won 15 major professional tournaments which is an astounding number. That only leads me to question, if he won 8 grand slams in the open era and as an amateur, how many could he have piled up if he never went pro? Not only did he win 8 grand slams, but he also made it past the QF on 17 other occasions. Those are amazing numbers considering that over his 28 year career, including his pro years and tournaments he didn’t enter for whatever reason, he missed 71 out of 113 (2 Aussie Opens in ’77) grand slams contested.

Best Results

  • Aussie Open – Champion (1953, 1955, 1971, 1972)
  • French Open – Champion (1953, 1968)
  • Wimbledon – Finalist (1954, 1956, 1970, 1974)
  • US Open – Champion (1956, 1970)
No. 2) Rod Laver (10,863) – Most of what I said for Rosewall can be repeated for Rod Laver. He won a single season grand slam not once, but twice. A feat that was not accomplished before and has not since Laver did it. Unfortunately, he spent 5 years in the pro ranks, unable to compete in the slams. Leading many people to consider him the greatest all-time even though his total number of slam victories doesn’t measure up.

Best Results
  • Aussie Open – Champion (1960, 1962, 1969)
  • French Open – Champion (1962, 1969)
  • Wimbledon – Champion (1961, 1962, 1968, 1969)
  • US Open – Champion (1962, 1969)
No. 1) Roger Federer (11,755pts) – When he beat Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001, everyone knew that he was going to be something special. But did we honestly think that he would be this good? Numbers don’t lie and this guy certainly has all the numbers to support the claim of being the greatest of all time. We all know that winning 16 grand slams is astonishing. But what is even more amazing is that he’s done it in a span of less than 8 years. He won 3 of the 4 slams in the same year 3 times and holds the record for most consecutive grand slam semi-final appearances with 27 in a row. In that about that same time period he reached the semis in 29 out of 31 chances. He also had a streak of reaching 10 consecutive grand slam finals from Wimbledon 2005 though the 2007 US Open. That streak was part of a 4 and 3/4 year stretch from Wimbledon 2005 to the 2010 Aussie Open in which he reach a ridiculous 18 of 19 grand slam finals. It seems to me like he was put on the planet just to keep Andy Roddick from winning another grand slam so I am really not a fan of his. But like I said above, the numbers don’t lie, and these numbers say that Roger Federer is the greatest tennis player of all-time.

Best Results

  • Aussie Open – Champion (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010)
  • French Open - Champion (2009)
  • Wimbledon – Champion (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009)
  • US Open – Champion (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)












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Category: Tennis
Posted on: March 17, 2010 9:09 pm
 

NCAA Tournament Predictions

Mid-West Region
1st Round

Kansas over Lehigh
UNLV over No. Iowa
Mich St over NM St
Maryland over Houston
Tennessee over SDSU
Georgetown over Ohio
Ga Tech over Ok State
Ohio St over UCSB

2nd Round

Kansas over UNLV
Mich St over Maryland
Georgetown over SDSU
Ohio State over Ga Tech

Regional Semi-Finals
Kansas over Michigan State
Georgetown over Ohio State

Regional Finals
Kansas over Georgetown

West Region

1st Round
Syracuse over Vermont
Florida State over Gonzaga
UTEP over Butler
Vanderbilt over Murray State
Minnesota over Xavier
Pittsburgh over Oakland
BYU over Florida
Kansas State over North Texas

2nd Round
Syracuse over Florida State
UTEP over Vanderbilt
Pittsburgh over Minnesota
Kansas State over BYU

Regional Semi-Finals
Syracuse over UTEP
Kansas State over Pittsburgh

Regional Finals
Syracuse over Kansas State

East Region

1st Round
Kentucky over E. Tenn State
Texas over Wake Forest
Cornell over Temple
Wisconsin over Wofford
Marquette over Washington
New Mexico over Montana
Clemson over Missouri
WVU over Morgan State

2nd Round

Kentucky over Texas
Cornell over Wisconsin
Marquette over New Mexico
WVU over Clemson

Regional Semi-Finals

Kentucky over Cornell
WVU over Marquette

Regional Finals
West Virginia over Kentucky

South Region
1st Round
Duke over Ark-PB
Louisville over Cal
Texas A&M over Utah State
Siena over Purdue
Notre Dame over Old Dominion
Baylor over Sam Houston State
St. Mary's over Richmond
Villanova over Rober Morris

2nd Round
Louisville over Duke
Texas A&M over Siena
Baylor over Notre Dame
Villanova over Notre Dame

Regional Semi-Finals
Texas A&M over Louisville
Baylor over Villanova

Regional Finals
Baylor over Texas A&M

Final Four
Kansas over Syracuse
West Virginia over Baylor

National Championship Game
Kansas over West Virginia



Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 2, 2010 2:54 pm
 

Idea for NCAA Tourney Expansion

So I was thinking about expanding the tourney and how this could be done without "just letting mediocre teams in".

I got to thinking, what about a qualifying tournament type of thing? You could seed the regular tourney team with the 31 auto qualifiers and then give 25 intial at-large bids. This leaves the 15 and 16 spots open in each region. Next, select 32 teams and put them in a seperate "play-in bracket". They will be seeded by a committee and play out the games until you get down to 8 teams. Those 8 teams will be put in the 15 and 16 spots in the big dance.

I think this is the best way to find the 64 best teams in the country and you have to earn your way in by beating multiple teams. 

Also, they should enstate a rule that if you have a losing record, you are not eligible for the big dance. Even if you win your conference tourney. 
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 6, 2010 6:41 pm
 

"Syracuse LETS GO" (song written by Jake Ober)

I did not write this song. Let me make that clear. I am not trying to take credit for this song, its not mine.

This is a song written by Syracuse University Freshman Jake Ober. Who was inspired by the way the basketball team has been playing. I'm posting this link on my blog so that this song can get some exposure. It should be played at the dome to pump up the crowd and the player during the pre-game player intros.

http://blog.syracuse.com/orangebask
etball/2010/02/su_student_writes_so
ng_about_o.html

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 6, 2010 12:55 am
Edited on: February 6, 2010 1:37 pm
 

Top 10 Male Tennis Players of the Decade

While the player listed #1 is no surprise to anyone, there are a few players on this list that my shock you a little bit. Now before you go all nuts on how stupid I am and that this player should be ranked ahead of this player, let me tell you what went into these rankings. I used the ATP points system to come up with a number of total points for each player. But I only used the four Grand Slam's and the ATP World Tour Finals in the rankings. In my opinion, the player who performs well when the stakes are the highest is the best. Once I came up with the total number of points, I divided it by 4 because some of the numbers got insanely high and it made them seem irrelevent (ex. Federer's total points before I divided by 4 was 52,560). So here are the rankings and a bit about each player. Hope you enjoy. Please comment!

****Remember: Only stats from 2000-2009 were used in these calculations. Meaning the 2010 Aussie Open was not factored in.


#10. David Nalbandian   (2,650 pts) - Not very relavant anymore, but he did finish every year from 2002-2008 in the top 12 of the rankings and peaked at #3 in March of 2006. Made the Wimbledon finals in 2002 and advanced to a grand slam quarter-final nine other times and advanced to the semis in four of those appearences. He also took home the ATP World Tour Championship in 2005.

Best Results

  • Aussie Open - Semi-Finals (2006)
  • French Open - Semi-Finals (2004, 2006)
  • Wimbledon - Finalist (2002)
  • US Open - Semi-Finals (2003)
  • ATP Finals - Champion (2005)

#9. Novak Djokovic
(2,858 pts) - As much as it pains me to put him on this list, I have to. The 2008 Aussie Open Champion has been very solid and fairly consistant throughout the decade. He has been ranked #3 in the year end ATP rankings for the last three years and currently holds the #2 spot. He had an impressive stretch of tournaments where he reached the SF in 6 of 7 grand slam's that spanned from the 2007 French Open to the 2008 US Open, with the highlight being him winning the Aussie Open in '08.

Best Results
  • Aussie Open - Champion (2008)
  • French Open - Semi-Finals (2007, 2008)
  • Wimbledon - Semi-Finals (2007)
  • US Open - Finalist (2007)
  • ATP Finals - Champion (2008)  

#8. Nikolay Devydenko
(2,881 pts) - The only player on the list to have never played in a GS final. How that hasn't happened yet is beyond me but his stats show that he has performed well enough to make this list. He acheived a career high ranking of #3 in November of 2006 and was the 2009 ATP World Tour Champion. His year end ranking has been in the top 6 every year since 2005.

Best Results
  • Aussie Open - Quarter-Finals (2005, 2006, 2007)
  • French Open - Semi-Finals (2005, 2007)
  • Wimbledon - 4th Round (2007)
  • US Open - Semi-Finals (2006, 2007)
  • ATP Finals - Champion (2009)

#7. Juan Carlos Ferrero (3,050 pts) - He attained the world #1 ranking in September 2003 after losing to Andy Roddick in the US Open final. But that was pretty much the end of it for him. He made the Aussie Open semis the next year but other than a pair of QF appearences at Wimby, it was all down hill from there. But the beginning at the of the decade he did show some brilliance in advancing to the French Open semi-finals 4 times in a row, capping that streak by winning the 2003 event. He also finished the year in the top 5 in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

Best Results
  • Aussie Open - Semi-Finals (2004)
  • French Open - Champion (2003)
  • Wimbledon - Quarter-Finals (2007, 2009)
  • US Open - Finalist (2003)
  • ATP Finals - Finalist (2002)

#6 Marat Safin (3,201 pts) - To me he was one of the most inconsistant players I've ever seen. It seemed like he would either win the tournament, or lose in the first round. But all in all, Safin was very good in his prime and earned himself two grand slam titles. One at the US Open in 2000, the other coming in 2005 that capped a surprise run in the Aussie Open, where he was also a finalist on two other occasions.

Best Results
  • Aussie Open - Champion (2005)
  • French Open - Semi-Finals (2002)
  • Wimbledon - Semi-Finals (2008)
  • US Open - Champion (2000)
  • ATP Finals - Semi-Finals (2000, 2004)

#5. Andy Roddick (4,775 pts) - Introducing the 4 time Wimbledon Champion, 2 time US Open Champion and 2007 Australian Open Champion........Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? Well, had it not been for a certain swiss freak of nature, Roddick might have won a bunch of grand slam titles and probably would have been the player of the decade. I guess we'll never know. But nonetheless, Roddick has still put together an excellent career that does include the 2003 US Open Title and being ranked in the year end top 10 every year since 2002, a feat only equaled by the forementioned swiss freak of nature.

Best Results
  • Aussie Open - Semi-Finals (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009)
  • French Open - 4th Round (2009)
  • Wimbledon - Finalist (2004, 2005, 2009)
  • US Open - Champion (2003)
  • ATP Finals - Semi-Finals (2003, 2004, 2007)

#4. Lleyton Hewitt (5,003 pts) - So intense, so emotional, so fun to watch. Hewitt is past his prime, but can still play with the big boys. He took the fans at the Aussie Open for a ride when he made a run to the final in his home country in 2005, losing to Marat Safin. But he did manage to win 2 major titles in his career, while advancing to 2 other grand slam finals. He also held the year end #1 ranking in 2001 and 2002.

Best Results
  • Aussie Open - Finalist (2005)
  • French Open - Quarter-Finals (2001, 2004)
  • Wimbledon - Champion (2002)
  • US Open - Champion (2001)
  • ATP Finals - Champion (2001, 2002)

#3 Rafael Nadal (5,006 pts) - The most dominant player on clay that I have ever seen. No question. 4 consecutive French Open titles with a 31-1 record on the red dirt in Paris. He only lost 1 set in both the 2007 and 2008 tournament combined. He also won major titles at Wimbledon and in Australia. The spainard has been ranked in the top 2 of the year end rankings every year since 2005.

Best Results

  • Aussie Open - Champion (2009)
  • French Open - Champion (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Wimbledon - Champion (2008)
  • US Open - Semi-Finals (2008, 2009)
  • ATP Finals - Semi-Finals (2006, 2007)

#2. Andre Agassi
(5,559 pts) - His new book "Open" is so revealing about his life. But the fact that his hair was fake or that he used crystal meth doesn't change the fact that he was the second best player of the decade. He took 3 Aussie Opens in the decade and appeared in the US Open Finals twice. He made it to the QF in 15 of the 23 majors he played in this decade which is pretty remarkable considering where he was in his career. He was also in the year end top 10 every year from 2000-2005.

Best Results
  • Aussie Open - Champion (2000, 2001, 2003)
  • French Open - Quarter-Finals (2001, 2002, 2003)
  • Wimbledon - Semi-Finals (2000, 2001)
  • US Open - Finalist (2002, 2005)
  • ATP Finals - Finalist (2000, 2003) 

#1. Roger Federer (13,140 pts) - Undisputed, without question, best player of the decade (maybe of all-time??). For those of you you are just waking up from a coma, getting out of rehab or have just been living under a rock for the last 7 years, this is the swiss freak I was referring to before. He won 15 grand slam titles in the decade and made it to at least the semi-finals in the last 22 events of the decade. He has also won 3 grand slams in the same year 3 times and has a record of appearing in 10 consecutive major finals which started with his 2005 Wimbledon victory and ended when he triumphed in the 2007 US Open final. In 2009, on his 11th try, he finally won the French Open to complete the career Grand Slam.

Best Results
  • Aussie Open - Champion (2004, 2006, 2007)
  • French Open - Champion (2009)
  • Wimbledon - Champion (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009)
  • US Open - Champion (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • ATP Finals - Champion (2003, 2004, 2006, 2007)




The Best of the Rest
11. Keurten
12. Sampras
13. Grosjean
14. F. Gonzalez
15. Henman
16. Johannson
17. Murray
18. Coria
19. Moya
20. Robredo
21. Ferrer
22. Gaudio
23. Blake

Category: Tennis
Posted on: December 27, 2009 12:24 am
Edited on: March 15, 2010 8:24 pm
 

College Football Restructure

I basically started from scratch. I took all the BCS teams, plus, Notre Dame, TCU, Boise State, BYU, Utah, ECU and UCF. I had to add ECU and UCF to make it an even 72 teams and they were the best choices geographically. So I split those teams up into 6 conferences of 12 teams. Those would obviously be the 6 new power conferences. Which would get automatic bid to the playoffs. I took the rest of the teams and split them up into 4 conferences of 12 teams. I'll explain how they fit into the playoff/bowl system at the end. When sorting out the conferences, I did my best to keep big rivalries intact. (i.e. Ohio State/Michigan, Texas/Oklahoma)  

Power Conferences

Northeastern Conference
East
Syracuse, UConn, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Boston College, Penn State
West
Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Indiana, Ohio State

Mid-Atlantic Conference
North
Rutgers, Maryland, West Virginia, Louisville, Virginia, Virginia Tech
South
NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, North Carolina, East Carolina, Kentucky

Southeastern Conference
East
Georgia Tech, Miami, Florida, South Carolina, UCF, Clemson
West
Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida State, South Florida, Georgia

Mississippi River Valley Conference
(I know, it's a mouthful)
North
Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota
South
Northwestern, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State

Central Conference
North
Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, BYU
South
Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, TCU

Pacific Coast Conference
North
Utah, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Boise State
South
Stanford, UCLA, USC, Cal, Arizona, Arizona State

Mid-Major Conferences

Great Lakes Conference
East
Akron, Bowling Green, Kent State, Ohio, Toledo, Buffalo
West
Northern Illinois, Ball State, Miami (Oh), Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan

Western States Conference
North
Air Force, Colorado State, Idaho, Nevada, Utah State, Wyoming
South
San Diego State, UNLV, Fresno State, Hawaii, New Mexico, San Jose State

Eastern States Conference
North
Army, Navy, Marshall, Memphis, Temple, Western Kentucky
South
Southern Miss, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Troy, UAB, Middle Tennessee State

Gulf Coast Conference
East
Tulane, Arkansas State, Rice, La-Lafayette, La-Monroe, La-Tech
West
New Mexico State, UTEP, North Texas, Southern Methodist, Tulsa, Houston


Season Format

Go back to the 11 game season.  Each team get one bye week during the regular season. 8 team playoff at the end of the season. Each power conference champion gets and automatic bid to the playoff. The remaining 2 slots in the playoff will be filled by the 2 highest ranked undefeated mid-majors. If there are no undefeated mid-majors then the 2 open slots would be filled by the 2 highest ranked non-conference champs from the power conferences. The only way a mid-major team can get to the playoff is if they go undefeated.

All the post-season bowl games will still be played, except for the Rose, Orange, Fiesta, Sugar, Cotton and Gator, which would be part of the playoff. Any team with at least 6 wins is eligible for a bowl game. Here's where it gets a little confusing, the 4 mid-major conference champs get automatic bids to the FCS playoffs if they are not in the BCS playoff. They have the choice to take the bid to that playoff or decline it and go to a bowl game. The BCS National Championship Game would always be played on New Years Day. 

Using the 2010 Calender, this is how the season would play out.
  • September 4th: Opening Weekend
  • November 20th: Regular Season Ends
  • November 27th: Conference Championship Games (which are essentially the 1st round of the playoffs)
  • December 4th: Off week
  • December 11th: BCS Playoff Quarter-Finals
  • December 18th: BCS Playoff Semi-Finals
  • December 25th: Off week
  • New Years Day: BCS National Championship Game
Here's a link to the 2010 calender if you want a reference to look at
http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar

/?year=2010


Playoff Format

Qu arter-Finals
1 vs. 8 - FedEx Orange Bowl, Dolphin Stadium, Miami, FL
4 vs. 5 - AT&T Cotton Bowl, Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, TX
3 vs. 6 - Allstate Sugar Bowl, Superdome, New Orleans, LA
2 vs. 7 - Toyota Gator Bowl, Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville, FL

Semi-Finals
1/8 vs. 4/5 - Rose Bowl pres. by Citi, Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, CA
3/6 vs. 2/7 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, University of Pheonix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

BCS National Championship Game
1/4/5/8 vs. 2/3/6/7 - FedEx/Citi/Allstate/Tositos BCS National Championship Game, Rotating Site


I think this would be a great system if the NCAA and BCS we're to do some major restructuring. This would obviously not work because the current conferences would lose so much money along with a bunch of other reasons.


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