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I've devoted most of my life to being a Pittsburgh sports fan. Currently, I live in Austin with my wife Sarah and our dogs Clooney and Maggie.. But, I had the pleasure of taking in all that is Austin, TX - mostly University of Texas football in the world of sports - for the past 4 years. My hobbies include playing hockey, softball and volleyball, and following the wonderful world of collegiate and professional sports. You can find my writing at the Austin American Statesman, on top of here. Thanks for reading and be sure to become a fan of my page! Follow @tjmcaloon

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  • J D posted 1145 days ago

    J D

    If two or four teams from One conference OR ANOTHER think they are DIVINELY APPOINTED to PLAY in the NC GAME and DENY all other worthy TEAMS a chance, then it is TIME for a little March Madness in the world of college football. Lets have a REAL PLAYOFF and call it December MADNESS. And a $BILLION in travel and TEAM revenues.

    Here we go again. College foot ball fans MEEKLY accepting the NONSENSE put out by the MEDIA that a REAL football playoff of 32 teams is IMPOSSIBLE, too burdensome, or TAKES too much TIME from CLASS.
    Basketball does it with 64. College football can easily do it with a 32 team playoff. No more BITTER FANS screaming MY TEAM got LEFT OUT. Basketball has March Madness. COLLEGE FOOTBALL needs December Madness.

    ALABAMA in all its GREATNESS Lost a last Second STUNNER. Then the UNFAIR bullet or restriction BACKFIRED on them. Now they and about 30 or 40 or 60 other schools MUST SIT on the sidelines and Compete for LESSER GLORY than the NC TITLE. This is Totally Unnecessary and listen or read on :

    I thought America had no ROYATY. Prince William gets to be King of England by doing nothing. He was BORN that WAY.
    I think that Alabama is a Magnificent machine , a Great football team, but it has humans on its team. Humans Err. They are not Gods. No team Deserves the NC Game. You lose . YOU are out.
    The SEC IS a truly powerful Conference. Three years ago the BCS robbed Oklahoma State which was 11-1 the chance to play in the NC TITLE. REmember They were 11-1. Alabama was awarded the game against TWO LOSS LSU.
    Nothing FAIR ABOUT THAT. Oklahoma State Would have been CHOSEN in a real Playoff. OKLAHOMA UPSET Alabama last year. In a continuation of Genuine PLAY They WOULD have met Florida state. TREVOR KNIGHT against the Seminoles. Do you like the ODDS.
    NO BCS. No 4 TEAM Playoff. But a 32 Team or 64 TEAM Playoff can work. Here is how:

    First, Leave all FBS teams with the Fun and Reward of Playing the 30 plus Bowl Games. And 4 PLAYOFF BOWLS would be used on Jan 1 each year for the Elite 8 CFB playoff BOWLS.
    And A $BILLION IN PLAYOFF MONEY In Gate receipt$, Hotel, tourist MONEY, Sueveniers and TRAVEL for the cities and Teams involved.

    A Simple Guide by J D
    FACT: There are always 13 SATURDAYS in the 92 days of September thru November.

    STEP ONE: Require all teams to finish their 12 GAMES by the END of NOVEMBER. There would be TIME for ONE OPEN DATE . Or TWO using the LAST SATURDAY in AUGUST.
    STEP TWO: Have an NCAA selection committee PICK the TOP 32 Football Teams: FOUR Divisions would be set up:
    East, South, Midwest, West.
    Four Number One Seeds would be chosen in each Division and progressively on down: Number Two through Eight.
    SEED Number One would play Number Eight, Number Two plays Number Seven and so on.

    STEP THREE: SIXTEEN GAMES would be played ( 32 Chosen Teams) on the First Saturday in December. The SWEET SIXTEEN winners would play on the second Saturday in December.
    STEP FOUR: The Elite Eight Winners are in the HIGHEST FOUR BOWLS called CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and would be played on New Years Day.
    STEP FIVE: The FOUR QUARTER FINAL TEAMS play their TWO GAMES on January 8 or later.
    STEP SIX : THE FINALS: 2 WINNERS would play a week later near January 17 for the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
    Conclusion: Only FOUR TEAMS would NEED to PLAY past the HOLIDAY Weekend of January the 1st. And the REST of the TEAMS could GO BACK TO their Studies and Classes.

    Also: The 30 plus BOWLS are kept . The LOSERS in the FIRST or SECOND Round can PLAY again in any BOWLS but the FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP BOWLS and win and rejoin the Top Twenty five.

    Remember any team LOSING in the FIRST or SECOND WEEK of the Playoffs could STILL be INVITED to ONE of the 30 plus bowls.
    IF TEAMS THINK They are the BEST, then let them PROVE IT on the Battlefield of Play. ONE team out of the 32 Teams chosen will win 5 games in a row and be true National Champ.!!!

    Thanks for reading . My main concern is that somewhere, somehow, in my lifetime an Unfair 4 TEAM Playoff will be abolished. Every 8-3 team in the top 40 or 65 Teams will have respect and a chance to win it all.
    This will bring in $1 BILLION dollars or more to the Teams and their Schools.

  • K Becks posted 1840 days ago

    K Becks

    Hi T.J.,

    I have a quick question for you. Since you're a Featured Columnist I figure you'd be notified if B/R was planning on putting together a College Football Bowl Coverage Team like they did last season. Have you heard anything about such a team being discussed?

    If you have any information I'd appreciate you passing it along when you get the time.


    K Becks

  • Jeff L posted 1846 days ago

    Jeff L

    There's a slight problem with your bowl projections. If Kent State wins the MAC Championship game and gets up 16th in the BCS, yes, they'd have to get a spot in the BCS bowls... BUT (and it's a big BUT)... they don't knock out the Big East Champ. The AQ conferences still get their champs in. Kent State would claim one of the "at large" slots. As things stand, the 10 BCS slots would go to: 1) Notre Dame (NC Game), 2) the SEC Champ (NC Game), 3) Kansas State (or slight chance of OU, Fiesta Bowl), 4) Nebraska (or Wisconsin, Rose Bowl), 5) Stanford (or UCLA, Rose Bowl), 6) Florida State (or Georgia Tech, Orange Bowl)... and then the 7) Sugar Bowl gets next pick (and Florida is guaranteed a spot if they're #4 or higher so they seem almost certainly in). Beyond that, the picking order is Fiesta Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl... 8) and the Big East Champ (Rutgers, Louisville, or Cincinnati), and 9) Kent state (if they do indeed make it to 16 or higher) would be guaranteed spots. Kent State would almost certainly be last choice (so the Orange Bowl). Given the choice between Rutgers and either Oregon or Stanford (if they lost the Pac 12 Championship game), I'm pretty sure the Fiesta will go with the Pac 12 team (and not a Big 12 rematch with Oklahoma, another undesirable option). OU would get screwed over and the pairings would (most likely) look something like:

    Notre Dame vs Alabama
    Nebraska vs Stanford
    Kansas State vs Oregon
    Florida vs Rutgers
    Florida State vs Kent State

  • David Benson posted 1846 days ago

    David Benson

    How can Kent St. go to Orange bowl play Florida St? Shouldn't you have put them in Sugar bowl playing Florida? And a Big East champ in Orange? This on Bowl predictions issue.

  • James Moore posted 1848 days ago

    James Moore

    Why you should never right another article. Because when you right articles like "Why Georgia can't compete with Alabama" it makes you look really bias and idiotic.

  • casey mabrey posted 1973 days ago

    casey mabrey

    why are you always so negative in your articles its like you try and piss people off

  • King J posted 2063 days ago

    King J

    Please PM me your official prediction statement on Mayweather vs Cotto ASAP thanks

  • Greg Buckley posted 2084 days ago

    Greg  Buckley

    Never seen a more biased article then your last one. Clearly you're not much of a ranger fan and are either a pens or flyers fan but that doesn't mean you have them losing the first round to the caps. Awful predictions and just be smart when you write. The rangers have been one of the most consistent teams this year and yet you rarely ever give them the credit for that. If you're going to write about hockey know what you're writing about and don't let your biased teams get in the way because the pens and caps have been two of the colder teams as of late. Stick to college basketball TJ because the article you posted is equivelent to me saying these are the "Top 5 NBA championship favorites": 1. Mavericks 2. Clippers 3. 76ers(you're favorite?) 4.Celtics 5. Pacers. Or if that doesn't work here is nfl superbowl favorites for next season: 1. Steelers(you're favorite) 2. Eagles(dream team right?) 3. Cowboys 4. Patriots 5. Broncos (ps I'm a ravens fan and rangers fan and yes you're biased penguins and steelers articles anger me more than anyone elses)

  • Wayne Lalevee posted 2084 days ago

    Wayne Lalevee

    T.J. I want to have respect for you but then I saw who you root for and had to stop there. If I was a writer being a Rangers, Mets, Knicks, and Rams fan and being a life long N.J resident I certainly would not be so bias as to allowing my teams get in the way of reality as you certainly let your teams dictate who you WANT, um think is the best. Make sure you write a nice juicy article about what went wrong and how your Pens didn't land the cup this year because with Crybaby in the lineup they are not as good but with Letang in it makes you guys way better. I totally have respect for talent and the Pens have a lot but dude your knowledge of hockey is anemic!!

  • Syed Ahmed posted 2093 days ago

    Syed Ahmed

    I like your display pic.

    It's very picturesque !