Friday, November 16, 2007

One of the best days in sports history

If you were not Dennis Dixon (below) or Barry Bonds, yesterday ranked up there as one of the best days in sports history.
Has anyone ever seen a day where the home run king was indicted, the numbers two in the BCS poll lost and a baseball player agreed to one of the richest contracts in sports history and that does not even count Dick Vitale season debut.

I hope that we can have many more days like that.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

My Name is on Your Shirt

One of the biggest difference between American and European sports are teams put sponsors on the front of their jersey in order to raise money for their clubs. Over the last couple of years the amount of money that teams have been spending has grown out of control and so have the shirt deals.

According to a recently released report by European marking group: Sport+Markt, the numbers continue to grow. This year in the EPL teams are making $142.9 million in revenue from jersey sponsorships, while the next highest is Germany with $140 million.

The top six clubs in sponsorship deals are also no surprise:
  1. Manchester United: AIG: $30.5 million
  2. Bayern Munich: T-Home: $29.3 million
  3. Real Madrid: Bwin: $21.9 million
  4. Chelski: Samsung: $21.2 million
  5. AC Milan: Bwin: $17.5 million
  6. Schalke 04: Gazprom: $17.5 million

It makes you wonder why United States sports don't do this. How great would it be for the Mets to have a great big Citi Bank logo on the front of their jersey. Hey it might even allow them to afford a new starting pitcher.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

How the mighty have fallen

During the 2000 NCAA tournament the talk of college basketball was Tommy Amaker and getting the 10th seeded Seton Hall to the Sweet 16, seven year later Amaker is now coaching in the Ivy League. Like fellow former duke assistant Quin Snyder, who started off like gang busters at Missouri and then flamed out, Amaker has had his share of issues.

After just one tournament bid in his four years in East Orange, Amaker packed his bags and head off to the Big Ten and Michigan. When he arrived he was greeted with a program that was still in the process of climbing out of probation. Then the Michigan administration decided that they have had enough of Amaker and over the summer decided to fire him.

Now Amaker and his mock turtle necks can be found coaching in less then 2,000 seat gym (below) in Boston, coaching Harvard.
Seven years ago he was the talk of the world now Amaker is coaching a team that expects to finish mid table in the Ivy League.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Now that is a coaching tree

People always talk about the great coaching tree that former Miami head coach Jimmy Johnson had at the U. Those staffs included Tommy T, now at Auburn, among others. But some people over look the great coaching tree of Bill Snyder, the former Kansas State head coach. When Snyder took the job in the Little Apple, the Wildcats were the laughing stock of college football. Now they are program that expects to go bowl games every year.

One of the reason that Snyder was able to turn the Wildcats into a good program was a staff that included some of the best head coaches currently coaching in college football.

Here is a list of them:

For years people have been talking about the great coaching trees in American, its about time that Bill Snyder gets some kind of respect.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Prosessional Tailgating: Basketball Style

As part of the Only Time Will Tell tailgating crew's trip to Boston, the group decided to take in a Boston College basketball game and learned that they really are not that good. Boston College hung on to beat the Wildcats of the University of New Hampshire.

Conte Forum is one of the most underrated places in college basketball.

Boston College players get ready for the game

Boston College fan will never forget the 1994 team that beat defending champion North Carolina in the tourney and neither will I. I think that Dean should have played Wallace more in that game.

Baldwin watches the game from afar

A student tries to be like Baldwin