Things that have been bouncing around in my head that are not worthy of a post by themselves:
- A reminder to everyone thinking about the Cal/Texas rematch: Cal could have still won last years game even if Texas had made the extra point. Not only would the game still have only been tied, there was still 1:11 on the clock when Cal got the ball back. Cal had already had 3 touchdown drives shorter than 1:11 in the game and the Texas defense was pretty tired at that point. It’s reasonable to think that Cal would have won the game in regulation, to say nothing of the coin-flip likelihood that Cal could have won in overtime. I say this because there’s this wide misconception that the ONLY reason Cal won was because of the missed extra point.
- I’ve been trying to understand the math behind why a neutral site game is more profitable to Cal and it finally hit me: It’s because the revenue sharing for the Pac-12 TV contract has no incentive to host non-conference games. If Cal had 3 road games for it’s non-conference slate, the money it would get from the TV contract would be the same as if it had all 3 games at home. So, effectively, what these 3rd party games do is effectively rob a game from the TV contract and then create a new separate TV contract for the single game, where the TV revenue is not split between the 12 teams, but instead only split between the two participating teams. And since the TV money is WAAAAY more than the ticket sales (particularly for a weak non-conference game), it’s a no-brainer why the money works out for Cal. (That said, I wonder what it costs the conference?)
- A bit of an off-topic statement: but medal counting at the Olympics really gets under my skin because there’s so much apples vs. oranges going on. In some cases it’s that a college’s medal counts are per person (so having 3 people on the water polo team counts for 3 medals) vs. a countries being per event (so a whole team of water polo players get one medal). In other cases it’s the fact that certain sports (swimming and track and field in particular) have lots of medals to win where-as others allow for only one metal per Olympics and then calling the one with lots of medals “the greatest”. It’s just a bunch of false comparisons and over stated rhetoric.
- Nevertheless, way to go Cal by being among the top colleges represented at the Olympics, no matter what metric one uses.
- Back to football, I’m starting to really worry about the back-side of the defense. Between the attrition at linebacker last off-season and now losing Drew in the secondary, Cal better be ready to score a lot of points if it hopes to win games.