Jim Delany- Quite possibly the worst combination of bad hair and dumb face I've ever seen.
Continuing on my theme of hating anyone and everyone who has anything negative to say about a team that just finished its second consecutive unbeaten regular season (that would be TCU, duh), I now turn my attention to another Big 10 Blowhard- Commissioner Jim Delany. Delany decided to take the Gordon Gee approach, and publically cry like a bitch in this article, because apparently being in the Big 10 is soooo tough and unfair. If I had to guess, I'd say that Jim Delany was the kid who threw a bitch-fit every time he had to share his toys as a kid, and probably took his basketball and went home crying whenever he didn't get his way in some schoolyard hoops.
I guess I get it, Jim. You're old. Not Gordon Gee old, but old enough. You don't like the idea of a new face in college football. You LOVE watching the fatbacks of Wisconsin rumble for 3.5 yards per carry with the occasional play-action to the white tight end mixed in there. You really like that, despite having Vince Young (or Scam Newton) type talent, Ohio State chooses to put Terrelle Pryor under center and run a conservative offense, even though it inevitably costs them a game every single year. Seriously, is there a more outdated conference in the entire country than the Big 10? JOE PATERNO IS STILL COACHING!!! The Big 10 reminds me of West Texas in a way- it's boring, slow, out of date, and depressing. Note to Taylor Martinez at Nebraska: TRANSFER. They're just going to try and conform you or bury you on the bench. Just look at Michigan- they are trying to change, spread it out, and usher in a new type of football into the conference, and they want Rich Rodriguez out. He's finally getting his people in place to make it work, and they want him out, because it's not what the boring as shit dairy farmers, steel workers, and unemployed titans of the auto industry want to see.
Back to Jim Delany and his crybaby whine fest in New York. Considering his conference, arguably the most overrated conference year in and year out, pretty much gets 2 teams in BCS games a year, I don't really see why Delany takes such issue with the TCU's and Boise's of the world getting into a BCS game. Is it really such a "sacrifice" to give TCU a spot in the Rose Bowl?? Pretty sure the Big 10 isn't losing their spot in the game, because your teams weren't good enough to get their asses handed to them in yet another national championship game this year. I don't have the numbers, but I am pretty certain that little ole Boise State, with all their weeknight games that we watched regularly on ESPN, out-drew all of the games on the Big 10 Network, and probably most of the 11am suckfests which consisted of the likes of Northwestern, Indiana, Illinois, etc, etc, etc. Oh, and not to mention, if you did catch yourself watching one of those games, you had to listen to the most boisterous female voice in sports- the lovely Pam Ward. Seriously, it's quite emasculating to here her on my TV every morning, knowing that she has bigger testicles and a more prominent Adam's Apple than me. If TCU wasn't stuck with such a garbage TV deal, the country would rather watch us than anyone in your conference as well, so we aren't exactly freeloading on the higher ups in college football as you think we are. Look in the mirror, Delany- the freeloaders and sunk costs of college football are the bottom of the Big 10, which unfortunately for you consists of about 6 to 7 teams most years. TCU has just made their second BCS appearance in as many years, is building a brand new stadium (which was paid for without the aid of the Big 10), and sits in the most fertile bed of football talent in the country. Now why do you think we are such a drain on you, Jim?
Pam Ward- The epitome of Big 10 football.
Delany goes on to complain that "those who have received the most have put in the least", obviously a reference to TCU, Boise, and even Utah. Would you really say we've received the most? I think combined we have received 7 BCS bids over the span of the BCS and arguably been screwed out of a national championship birth or two. Would you really say that we are receiving a ton? I wouldn't. I'd actually argue the exact opposite. We are up against so many factors that try to keep us OUT of such games. TCU, Boise, Utah, etc have to overcome the stigma of not being in BCS conferences (for now) in recruiting, tv contracts, funding, respect, and just about every other crucial aspect to build a prominent program in modern day college football. The fact that all of these schools have overcome that should be a testament to how hard they've worked, how great their coaching staffs have been, and how much their fans have come along to get these programs into the public eye, and even to have assholes like Jim Delany trying to tear them down.
I feel like I also need to mention that Jim Delany is one of the biggest anti-playoff guys around in college football. Why? It's simple- The Big 10 would never win a playoff...ever. They would also lose all their glorious BCS bowl money that they get annually for the 2 ass beatings they usually take. The Big 10 LOVES not having a conference championship, because having one means another team loses and probably doesn't get that second BCS spot, or it results in a team losing and missing out on their inevitable national championship ass pounding at the hands of an SEC foe. It sounds to me like Jim Delany and the Big 10 are just flat out scared of any sort of change and progress in college football. That would explain the addition of Nebraska- another former power whose slow plodding ways and inability to adjust to modern football have left them behind (except Bo Pellini has them on the right track). The reason they fear this change and progress is because it spells doom for a conference that has coasted by strictly on reputation alone for too long. So bash us all you want, accuse us of freeloading BCS money, and say what you will about our smaller status and lack of clout, but when it comes down to it, like Del Conte said, we will play you anytime, anywhere, so just name a place. Hopefully January 1 will be a HUGE statement to the nation, but more importantly the Big 10 nation, that we are not a team to be taken lightly and we aren't going anywhere.
Sorry for the rant, but seriously, everything that comes out of the mouth of any sort of Big 10 geezer exec just pisses me off beyond belief. So you too, Jim Delany, can die a slow, painful death. Maybe you'll have a heart attack trying to keep pace watching the Frogs as we run an up and down the field on Wisconsin.