Congress vs. the BCS. What’s next?

It’s another Fantastic Friday and once more the floor is open to you. No subject is off limits as long as it’s clean. Here are five reasonably interesting topics to get our conversation going:

1. Congress  vs. the BCS. What’s next? Bill Hancock, the BCS Executive Director, sent a letter yesterday responding to inquiries from senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Max Baucus (D-Montana) about the way the BCS determines its champion and distributes the money, which will be about $125 million per year in the next four-year cycle.

Hancock was polite and answered all questions. But basically he told the Senators that they had more important things to worry about: “While I appreciate your interest, I believe that decisions about college football should be made by university presidents, athletics directors, coaches and conference commissioners rather than by members of Congress.”

Zing.

Hatch, upset when undefeated Utah did not get a shot at the 2008 national championship (while No. 1 Oklahoma and No. 2 Florida did), fired back with a statement released from his office: “Today, the BCS simply confirmed what most fans of college football have known for some time, that the BCS system is biased, secretive, and harmful to schools and competitors.

“No one wants to see Congress get involved here, including me. But if this response is any indication, there may not be any other option.”

Another Zing.

Now remember what I told you earlier in the week. The more and more outside forces like Congress push, the more and more the big conferences may decide to give up on any kind of post-season structure after the next four-year cycle.

The smart people I know who are handicapping this thing tell me that if expansion comes, the odds are better that the conferences will go back to the traditional bowl structure (Big Ten, Pac-10 in the Rose, SEC in the Sugar, ACC in the Orange, etc.) than forming any kind of playoff.

It is going to be an interesting summer.

 

2. Lane Kiffin is making $4 million at USC. Seriously? Seriously. Nothing really surprises me anymore but when HBO and ESPN reported that Kiffin, who has won exactly seven games as a college head coach during a cup of coffee at Tennessee, would be making $4 million at USC that surprised me. A couple of things in play here: USC was obviously in no mood to fool around last January when Pete Carroll bolted for the Seattle Seahawks. AD Mike Garrett needed somebody who knew how the program works and would say yes if the number on the table was big enough. Also remember that agent Jimmy Sexton (see Nick Saban, Houston Nutt) is one of the best when it comes to convincing a school that his guy is the one they need and this is the number that it will take to get him. Sexton sold USC on the future. The guy is good.

 

3. Assistant coaches deserve every penny they get:  Remember back in the summer of 2008 when the SEC did its $3 billion TV deal with CBS and ESPN? I told you at the time that a lot of that new money would be spent to hire and retain the best coaches for this league. It is no coincidence that a bunch of coordinators in the SEC have now cashed in.

David Jones of Florida Today points out that a year ago only two SEC assistants were making more than $500,000. Since then Alabama DC Kirby Smart has had his pay doubled to $700,000. Georgia had to pony up and pay Todd Grantham $750,000 to get him away from the Dallas Cowboys. More than one school came after South Carolina DC Ellis Johnson and he got his salary doubled to $700,000. Auburn OC Gus Malzahn got bumped up to $500,000. Derek Dooley had to pay Justin Wilcox $600,000 to leave Boise State and become the new DC and Tennessee. And so it goes.

The money is there and the agents who represent these coaches know it. And what do you do if you’re an athletics director like South Carolina’s Eric Hyman? His business sense tells him he can’t pay $700,000 for an assistant football coach but if Steve Spurrier says he has to have Johnson running his defense (and he does), what are you going to do? You’re going to pay it.

 

4. You gotta give Boise State credit. They play people: The Broncos have 21 of 22 starters coming back from a 14-0 team. They will travel all the way across the country to open the season on Sept. 6 against Virginia Tech in Landover, Md. On Sept. 25 they will host Oregon State, which will be in a lot of preseason Top 25s. Next season Chris Peterson and his gang will open the season at Ole Miss. Boise State was told a while back that in order to get into the national championship discussion it would have to go on the road and beat people that are supposed to be better than them. Rather than complain about a perceived injustice as a program in a league without an automatic qualifier, Boise rolled up their sleeves and improved the schedule. Same goes for TCU, which went on the road and beat Virginia and Clemson last season.

 

5. Please say a prayer for the Beamer family: Cheryl Beamer, the wife of Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer, was seriously injured in a fall at their second home at Lake Oconee. According to media reports, Cheryl Beamer fell when she was carrying one of her grandchildren and tripped over a family pet and could not break her fall.  She was rushed to Athens Regional Hospital where she had pins inserted in both legs. She also suffered six broken ribs and a broken collarbone. Virginia Tech Sports Information Dave Smith told the Raleigh News & Observer that the child was not seriously injured.

Frank Beamer, set to enter his 23d season at Virginia Tech, suffered a fall two weeks ago getting off a plane in Roanoke. He’ll need surgery this summer to repair a torn tendon in his right bicep.

 

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385 comments Add your comment

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
9:09 pm

Some days I believe there is a conscience God and some I believe it to be the Universe itself. My beliefs are kinda fluid.
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I will not call myself an atheist because it is in principle impossible to prove a negative but I am not sure I am an agnostic either..

Bo

May 22nd, 2010
9:12 pm

Pat et al – Tony simply asked for prayers for the Beamer family. He didn’t ask for a theological debate. Please take yours to a more appropriate venue or if you aren’t a believer, don’t pray for the family.

Anti-alternative – Your proposal is intriguing to me but I think it has as much of a chance of being implemented as a playoff. However, your idea would certainly shut up the whiners in the smaller conferences.

I’d still like a playoff to decide the national champion…even if all we can get is a +1 scenario. Although, an 8 team playoff wouldn’t be that difficult. Just use the 4 BCS bowls as the first round of the playoffs. We could get rid of the additional non-conference game that was added a few years ago and use it after the 4 BCS bowls as a semi-final. Then you have the +1 game to decide the champ.

The BCS bowls get to keep their tie-ins and the college football fan is still able to schedule the game well in advance. The college football fan also gets the added benefit of a legitimate champion EVERY YEAR.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
9:13 pm

I would like to believe in Christ but I find that through out history the Christ story has been told then repackaged under another name and told again then repackaged under another name and told again. Kinda hard to know which is true.
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First came Osiris…born of a virgin…sent down to help save mankind had 12 disciples.
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Then came Krishna ..born of a virgin…sent down to help save mankind had 12 disciples.
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Then came Mithra….born of a virgin…sent down to help save mankind had 12 disciples.
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Then came christ………..

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
9:16 pm

Bo..
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.he opened the door..
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.I walked thru…
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dont like the debate???
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See the little x on the top right hand corner of you screen???…
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place the mouse over it and right click and you dont have to see it any more.

termigator

May 22nd, 2010
9:17 pm

Good luck Bro, I hope you find Christ someday. If you do and the rest of us are all wrong, you will still be a better person for it.

termigator

May 22nd, 2010
9:18 pm

Pat I hope you find the correct saviour.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
9:19 pm

termigator
May 22nd, 2010
9:17 pm

Good luck Bro, I hope you find Christ someday. If you do and the rest of us are all wrong, you will still be a better person for it.
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Thanks….
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and as far as the Christian values…I am all for it. I just dont think you have to believe in fairy tales to live a moral life.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
9:20 pm

termigator
May 22nd, 2010
9:18 pm

Pat I hope you find the correct saviour.
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I truly believe you mean that sincerely and for that I say thank you. I hope this debate was not offensive…If so I apologize to you for it.

termigator

May 22nd, 2010
9:23 pm

Not offensive at all; and I apologize for the mean things that I have said to you Bro over the months as ga gator.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
9:24 pm

One last thing I find interesting about Christ coming from Judaism. God is (as believed by the Jews) incorporeal, meaning that He assumes no physical form. God is Eternal, above time. He is Infinite, beyond space. He cannot be born, and cannot die. Saying that God assumes human form makes God small, diminishing both His unity and His divinity.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
9:26 pm

termigator
May 22nd, 2010
9:23 pm

Not offensive at all; and I apologize for the mean things that I have said to you Bro over the months as ga gator.
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Wait a minute……talking trash about a sport or another persons team (even if it gets a little personal) is outside the scope of human interaction in any other way…..I ENJOY the trash talking and DO NOT TAKE IT AND NEVER HAVE TAKEN IT as a personal affront

Anti-alternative

May 22nd, 2010
9:27 pm

Bo, I like your proposal a lot but I see my idea as a good short-term (in the next 5-25 years) stepping stone toward a playoff…or even an alternative (ironic given my handle). My proposal doesn’t mess with the MNC, the polls or the bowls at all. Just kind of allows the conferences to adapt to the hype and garner the rankings bonus. Imagine if two years ago Boise gained admittance into the Pac-10 and went undefeated. Last year would have been them versus Bama or Texas for the MNC. If they lost we never have to hear about it, since they got to play a “big boy” schedule, and if they won, well, they deserved it. I know this system would be easier if the schedules weren’t made up to seven years in advance, but we could adapt. I think it’d work in conjuction with a playoff, though if it had to.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
9:30 pm

but it is interesting to know you are GaGator. LOL

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
9:35 pm

Alright….good night all.

termigator

May 22nd, 2010
9:35 pm

evening bro.

Anti-alternative

May 22nd, 2010
9:43 pm

Also, imagine some league’s joy at the prospect of getting to cut some of the fat, so to speak. The Big 12 could dump Iowa St, the SEC could toss Vandy out, the Pac-10 could get rid of Wash St, the Big 10 could get rid of Indiana, and the ACC could get rid of Maryland, Virginia or Duke. Now imagine a year in which those teams were instantly replaced by the likes of Utah, Houston, Boise St, Central Michigan, and Troy. Those are all non-AQ league 2009 champions finally getting to play AQ-league schedules. I’d say TV ratings rise as teams near the bottom of AQ conferences now have to play to defend their revenue stream and teams from non-AQ leagues can dream of BCS auto-bids.

Anti-alternative

May 22nd, 2010
9:45 pm

(again, I’d say this realignment system should be for football only, and if they don’t finish iver .500 that first year in their new AQ conference, they should immediately go back from whence they came and the original team be restored)

kgator79

May 22nd, 2010
9:49 pm

truely sad when someone is posting on an article from 10:30am to 9:30pm on a saturday like this Pat Sulley person. Go get some friends or something.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
11:11 pm

i worship goats and i married a pig. i am teh master wizard at world of warcraft. i am pat sulley! here me roor!!!!!!

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
11:15 pm

pat sulley needs to be banned from this blog
May 22nd, 2010
11:09 pm

“Since Christians use parts of the old testament to claim Christ as the messiah I use the rest to show he is not. Has nothing to do with being Jewish”

pat sulley, troglodytes like you have tried to prove Christianity wrong for 2000 years.
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and yet it only took me an afternoon to do it.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
11:23 pm

here I will explain one more time just for you moron.
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Christianity is a direct copy of the Mithraic religion that was 200 years its predecessor for you that means BEFORE Christ).
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You can look in up in the Encyclopedia of World Religions.
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Mithra died for the sins of humanity, had 12 apostles, a last supper and most of the other tenets that Christianity copied. (Hence its fake as it was a direct plagiarism of a pagan religion).
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Also, read Who Wrote the Bible. You must already know that there are over 200 direct contradictions in the New Testament alone.
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Don’t believe a religion just because it is commonly accepted without being researched (except you can continue to believe if you like you seem very limited in intelligence and you seem to lack the ability for abstract thought anyway so just follow along like the sheep you are) .

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
11:25 pm

“look it up”… I know how you NEED to resort to correcting my spelling since you have NOTHING ELSE so I figured I would correct it for you

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
11:32 pm

Here is a little more for you. Disproving Christianity is easy…I would not have done so except for your loud mouth
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Mithra was a Persian savior.
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The worship of Mithra became common throughout the Roman Empire, particularly among the Roman civil service and military but had roots in Hinduism and was around 2000 years BEFORE Christ.
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The Mithraism and Christianity were competitors from the time (supposed) of the birth of Christ until the 4th century.
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Mithra believed to have been born on December 25.
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Mithra’s birth was witnessed by shepherds and by gift-carrying Magi, or – the three wise men. –
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This was celebrated as the, – Dies Natalis Solic Invite. – The Birthday of the Unconquered Son. –
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Many followers believed that Mithra was born of a virgin.
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During his life, Mithra performed many miracles, cured many illnesses, and cast out devils. (sound familiar?)
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Mithra celebrated a – - Last Supper with his 12 Disciples (sound familiar?)
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He ascended to heaven at the time of the spring equinox, about March 21, the first day of spring.

The above story sounds uncannily similar to the story of Jesus, or ISSAH, his real name.
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Except Mithra and his religion took place over two thousand (2000) years earlier than ISSAH, or Jesus,
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Now be the sheep that you are moron and continue to worship a pagan demigod if you like.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
11:37 pm

Now lets look farther back…shall we?
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One wonders how this pagan religion was introduced to us?
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Mithra and Ahura-Mazda were strong influences on early Babylonian beliefs. Along came the Zoroastrians in the 6th century BC who absorbed Mithra and Ahura-Mazda into their own culture where, – Ahura-Mazda – became the supreme holy God of goodness and – Ahriman – became the God of Evil.
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Soon after this Zoroastrian / Babylonian takeover around 580-BC, the Babylonians were holding the Jews in captivity. The Jews were Henotheists at this time but became heavily influenced by the concept of one god of goodness and one god of evil. FROM THE PERSIANS.

Mithra was sent by the Father God down to Earth to confirm his contract with Man.

Mithra was born of a Virgin through – Immaculate Conception – He was born of Anahita, an immaculate virgin mother.

Mithra was born in a stable – We celebrate his birth on December 25th -.

Mithra was visited by wise men bearing gifts.

Mithra had 12 disciples – He was called the Messiah -.

Mithra was also the god of Darius, conqueror of Babylon, He was called – - Messiah – - or Christos by Jews during their Captivity.

Mithra made a (Contract) or (Covenant) with Man confirming an older contract with God – The Persian word Mithra literally means – - Contract. – -

Mithra celebrated a last supper with his disciples before his death.

Mithra died to atone for the sins of Man.

Mithra was resurrected on a Sunday.

Mithra ascended into Heaven to rejoin his Father.

Mithra will return to pass judgment on Man – He was known as the judger of souls -.

On judgment day, the dead will arise and be judged by Mithra.

Mithra will send sinners to HELL.

Mithra will send the faithful to HEAVEN.

On judgment day there will be a final conflict between Good and Evil – The forces of Evil will be destroyed and the saved will live in paradise forever -.

Mithra is part of a Holy Trinity the – (Father, Son, And Holy Spirit) -, that took human form.

Mithra is depicted as having a halo, (a circular band of light around his head).

Mithra followers drink wine and eat bread, which represent his blood and flesh.

Mithra followers are baptized.

Saturday and Sunday, the two (2) days of the week to rest and celebrate.

That is a whole lot of remarkable coincidences, all from thousands of years before ISSAH or Jesus was born.

pat sulley

May 22nd, 2010
11:39 pm

Now I will try to go to bed again….or would you like to insult me again?

Bob

May 22nd, 2010
11:57 pm

1. Noteworthy – Congress needs to fix the damn oli leak!
2. Will not educate you anymore. Twice is enough Tony.
3. Not sure I fully agree with any of these payscales.
4. Yes, I do agree Boise has earned a name. 2010 could be the year.
5. Talk about some bad breaks – both of them. Get well sentiments.

Gen Neyland

May 22nd, 2010
11:58 pm

Pat : You have won the ajc’s Keep Your Fingers On The Keyboard All Day Contest. Never in my 4 years of posting on the ajc sports pages have I seen one so danged determined to wage a viewpoint they didn’t even break for supper or sex. Congrats.

Navigator

May 22nd, 2010
11:59 pm

All I can say is the greedy college president brought this on themselves by creating this monster, when only they wanted a BCS. Either they should have left it like it was for generations with everyone arguing over who was number one, or they should have established a playoff system of at least 8 teams representing the major conferences, with maybe 4 other teams in a play in for the final two berths. Then the all the president’s men and congress goes home.

pat sulley

May 23rd, 2010
12:05 am

Gen Neyland
May 22nd, 2010
11:58 pm

Pat : You have won the ajc’s Keep Your Fingers On The Keyboard All Day Contest. Never in my 4 years of posting on the ajc sports pages have I seen one so danged determined to wage a viewpoint they didn’t even break for supper or sex. Congrats
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I would be glad to accept that honor except for the fact that almost half of “my” comments were from a doppelganger. You (I am sure) can tell which. The writing style for one…but when do I get the trophy?

poopdawg

May 23rd, 2010
1:08 pm

Nothing less than a 16 team playoff will do in my opinion. No conference champions are guarenteed a spot in the playoff , only the 16 best teams (voted on by limited media and each head coach and 2 player representatives from each school in division 1 of FBS .) Mega conferences will not be good for college football. Go back to 10 games , and quit playing the small school warmup games. If your team does not make the playoff then maybe you will be eligible for a Bowl game.

GoldenDawg

May 23rd, 2010
1:25 pm

Why are we talking about this? We have a girls softball team ranked 6th in the country hosting its regional with a very good chance for a national championship and I don’t see a thing posted about it.

Boise Dawg

May 23rd, 2010
1:38 pm

Pretty stupid to keep referencing the 2005 blowout of Boise St. Different players and different coach for that team…ancient history. I would be pretty concerned if they were coming into Athens this year. Boise was a better team than Georgia last year and no reason to believe that won’t be the case this year.

I don’t know what is going to happen in the Va Tech game, but I would be shocked if Boise gets blown out. They are in a lose lose situation with their detractors though. Beat Va Tech and people will say… well it was the ACC. Not many teams would travel two time zones to play a program as good as Va Tech.

Jeff

May 23rd, 2010
1:58 pm

I agree Leroy! When is Alabama going to play a non-conference opponent that belongs on their schedule. Three years in a row now they refused to go on the road and play a true “road game”. Anyone could beat Florida State, Clemson, and Va Tech on a nuetral field.Now, they’re bringing these games to Tuscalooser! They play Penn State in the 2nd game of the season. Who is Penn State? Is this their rugby team? Man-up Alabama!

Observor

May 23rd, 2010
1:58 pm

What is wrong with this guy Patrick Sulley? He blogged from something like 10:30 in the morning to midnight just arguing to try and win his point. On a Saturday! Do you not have better things to do on a Saturday? Get a life dude. Or better yet get a psychiatrist.

Bama fan

May 23rd, 2010
2:04 pm

Jeff,

In the 2000s Bama has played road games with #1 OU at the time, UCLA and just started a home and home with Penn State. If you think Penn State is a nobody then you need your head examined. PSU is one of the top 10 winningest teams of all time and has had 2 straight 11 win seasons and 3 11 win seasons in the last 5 years. You need your head examined.

Bama fan

May 23rd, 2010
2:07 pm

Jeff,

While I’m at it educating you Virginia Tech is one of only 2 programs to have won 10 or more games the last 6 years in a row the other being Texas. Don’t know who your team is unless you’re a longhorn fan your program has not won 6 in a row. Did you get that head examined yet or is it still planted firmly in your butt?

Gen Neyland

May 23rd, 2010
2:54 pm

GoldenDawg : While softball catches our interest, Men’s tennis should also. Whether we keep going or get knocked out, a bit more coverage on these two sports would be nice.

pat sulley

May 23rd, 2010
3:07 pm

Observor
May 23rd, 2010
1:58 pm

What is wrong with this guy Patrick Sulley? He blogged from something like 10:30 in the morning to midnight just arguing to try and win his point. On a Saturday! Do you not have better things to do on a Saturday? Get a life dude. Or better yet get a psychiatrist.
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or better yet…realize that anyone can come on here and type “pat sulley” in the name box and make moronic comments and it not be pat sulley.
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I came on here saturday morning…made a comment….then for the next 14 hours was on the road working….then cam back. I tell you what….type pat sulley in the name box and make a comment…better yet…I will type your name in and make one to prove a point…ready?

Observor

May 23rd, 2010
3:08 pm

What is wrong with this guy Patrick Sulley? Or may be its me? or maybe an alien

Observor

May 23rd, 2010
3:08 pm

Or may be its me? or maybe an alien

Observor

May 23rd, 2010
3:10 pm

or anyone…..

Observor

May 23rd, 2010
3:12 pm

maybe I think there is not a god….or maybe there is….or maybe there is not

pat sulley

May 23rd, 2010
3:14 pm

now I should ask….Why is this observor guy (who cant spell observer) arguing with his self?

Gen Neyland

May 23rd, 2010
3:15 pm

yeah obsevor learn how to spell moron

Bama fan

May 23rd, 2010
3:15 pm

yeah observor learn how to spell and what did you come on here to do???

Bo

May 23rd, 2010
3:16 pm

yes leave this blog observor if you can spell

Joey

May 23rd, 2010
3:17 pm

whats your deal you non spelling moron? Observor

pat sulley

May 23rd, 2010
3:17 pm

Get the idea?

pat sulley is an idiot

May 23rd, 2010
4:18 pm

“pat sulley, troglodytes like you have tried to prove Christianity wrong for 2000 years.
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and yet it only took me an afternoon to do it.”

pat sulley is the cynthia mckinny of the ajc college football blog.

pat sulley

May 23rd, 2010
4:19 pm

bored…no one wants to talk about God?