Dan Levy has been the National Lead Writer for Bleacher Report since joining the company in 2011 and in 2013 added the role as a co-host of The Morning B/Reakaway, 7-10am on Bleacher Report Radio on SiriusXM. He has covered many national and international events that include Super Bowls, major golf championships, NBA and MLB playoffs, March Madness and the FIFA World Cup.
With a professional background in media and public relations, Levy focuses much of his attention on stories that highlight the social, cultural and even political evolution of sports. Since joining B/R, Levy has been a guest on literally hundreds of radio, television and online outlets around the world, including appearances on CNN, HLN and CNN International.
Prior to joining B/R, Levy was a host of the long-running, critically admired On the DL podcast, a daily show that focused on sports, media and popular culture. In addition, Levy previously worked for Sporting News—writing for several digital properties for the company—and was contributor for popular Philadelphia sports blog The 700 Level, as well as the Philadelphia Inquirer and Washington Post.
8 teams would put Baylor/TCU in as the nations high scorers. A little fear there? Remember Bama is the eternal best TEAM. Yet OKLA stomped then a year ago by 17 points. Oddly on the way to the Pollsters Forum they stuck their highness MR Bama as 2nd and OKLA as 6th to start Sept 2014.
Only way to be fair and spread the Money around is a 32 Team Playoff as Dec Madness.
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.
A riot is a riot! when will we stop excusing bad behavior ... let's see Rosa Parks / Michael Brown? burn the "bitch" down! there are two options when confronting a smoldering pile ... pour water on it or stir it up... I'd say there was very little interest in pouring water on it ... CNN and the likes were out there stoking the flames making sure that fire would burn ... giving, no creating a platform for all the regular hate mongers ... what if the chorus of voices from the intellectual, political and media elite would have echoed the sentiments of Charles Barkley? what if CNN had not camped out there for days on end... what if they would have taken the trucks and cameras and gone home? ... just one mans opinion ...
Dan - it is not often that I am moved to respond to an article. To say that almost all of us, not getting the elevation of a young man certainly not helping an old lady across the street to hero status - subsequently having to listen to journalists, celebrities, politicians etc... actually rationalizing the burning down of this "bitch" and protests across the rest of the nation - watching our political and intellectual elite allow for the "venting" for perceived injustices in the "system" to the black community that rationalizes the rantings of people like Farrakhan and Sharpton ... I could go on but you get the point ... that we don't get the point!!! I beg to differ, I think you do not get the point! - this was simply a way for a not so insignificant minority with the support of too many people that should know better to let the inmates run the asylum ... I really wonder what would have happened if the chorus of voices from the top on down would have echoed the sentiments of Charles Barkley - if no matter what issues do legitimately exist there would have been an resolute message from people like yourself that once you cross redlines you no longer have a platform... if CNN would have turned the cameras off? That Dan is the point! - there will be no CNN cameras stirring the pot for days where the Bosnian was killed by "unidentified" individuals with hammers or the myriad of attacks subsequently ... bottom line is that a riot is a riot! and sometimes there are self fulfilling prophecies and many of us feel that much if not all of this might not have happened if the media would have not vested so much into it and if communal and political leaders would have been ahead of the issue. Just one mans opinion - Zev
You seem to miss the point in your "Backlash over Rams' Hands-Up Gesture Totally Misses the Point". The world knows the facts of the case, and certain communities, just as you do, pick and choose which to apply and which to conveniently ignore in their arguments and demonstrations. However, as an American military member it is absolutely incredulous of you to suggest that NFL players (or anybody for that matter) show solidarity with a community by putting their “hands up” in protest during the National Anthem. Not only is it an affront to the men and women in uniform who protect our cities across America, it is an act of spitting on the graves of the men and women of uniform who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country. This would simply serve to create an even more dynamic wedge in the argument providing further divisive perpetuation. There are other ways of demonstrating. This is not it. Your suggestion and any follow through is pure ignorance or pretension or both. I’m sure the young men and women serving around the globe in harm’s way appreciate this “support”.
for those who continue to deny the Giants the accolade of being a "dynasty", Jeremy Afeldt had the perfect answer - "Kiss my ring!"
In your recent Giants Dynasty article (questioning if the Giants are a dynasty):
You wrote that the Giants "aren't even that good" "over the last five seasons." Are you kidding me?! They won 3 championships. They proved they were the best baseball team by far over the last five seasons.
You also wrote: "Hell, the Giants didn't even win their division this season." Since they won the championship, does this even matter? No, it doesn't. Be definition, they proved they are the champions this year.
This article seems to be premised on poor logic, rendering your conclusions baseless IMHO.
While your Bon Jovi and the Bills article is a clever little piece or writing, it is also horribly misinformed.
While it is true that the Bills have not won a playoff game since December 30, 1995, does this mean we do not deserve to have a football team? Are the fans to blame for the team's lackluster on-field performance? No, of coarse not...in fact the fans continue to support the team despite a NFL high 14 year long playoff drought.
Also your point of the Bills needing to go to Toronto to attract "marquee free agents" is also way off base. Mario Williams came to Buffalo BECAUSE they are a small town, not in spite of it. Money talks my friend....and when you are any NFL team, you have a lot of it. Forbes ranks the Buffalo Bills as one of the 10 most profitable teams in the NFL.
And to your point that "Bon Jovi didn't say he plans to move the Bills." That's because he can't say that. The minute he says that, he will be ineligible to purchase the team. The fact that he has aligned himself with Toronto business men, scouted Toronto stadium locations and wrote a very carefully worded letter is all the evidence you should need. The Toronto Sun, Toronto Star all have reported that his intentions are to move the team.
So with all due respect to you sir...please get your facts straight. Especially when stealing our team would be a real shot through the ...ahhhh, never mind.
I like your article and you are correct that it's time to redefine American soccer. My view is perhaps out of the box, but I think that the only way American male soccer can mature and compete with Europe and South America is by creating a transnational soccer competition on the American peninsula including soccer teams from Canada, USA, Mexico and Costa Rica. This will generate the critical mass that USA soccer needs in the short term. The critical mass being more rivalry, more fans, better players, more financial investments in the sport to compete with the established popular sports in the USA. This soccer league will strenghten soccer's position in the US and lower the barrier to compete on the world stage. So, here you have my 2 cents worth solution. Given the recent results of the US team in Brasil they deserve to play on the world stage, but it takes vision, resources and hard work to accelerate the US performance level. Regards, JD.
Great article about the growth of soccer in the USA. Soccer will continue to grow at a great rate because it is is the most played game in this country. More young people play soccer for recreation than play American football, basketball, or even baseball. Since it is already the most popular sport from that point of view, I agree that making it the most popular sport on TV is really just an exercise in marketing.
If Manziel wasn't rolling up that bill for drug use, what was the purpose? There is no other reason in the world to roll up dollar bills in the bathroom like that if you are not using it to snort drugs. Maybe it wasn't cocaine, but it was for some substance. I'd be happy to be proven wrong if somebody can supply me with some other reason a person would be tightly rolling up a bill in the bathroom.