May 5, 2011

Linkbacker U. is setting the DVR as we speak

To start off, I need to link you to some background info before I link you to some interesting analysis; it's a link within a link. OH MY GOD, IT'S LINK-CEPTION!

That's a lot of money to spend on games people on the east coast won't be watching.

The Pac-12 agreed to a 12-year television contract with Fox and ESPN on Tuesday worth about $3 billion, allowing the conference to quadruple its media rights fees and start its own network.

The contract, which will begin with the 2012-13 season, will be worth about $250 million per year, guaranteeing each of the 12 schools in the conference about $21 million

$3 Billion Dollars!
That's a lot of coin to be shelling out and it's a bit of a head-scratcher but Frank the Tank has a very good argument why. The short version: DVR's.

[I] can count on one hand the number of scripted TV shows that I watch regularly, and will purposely watch all of such shows on my DVR in order to avoid a single moment of watching any commercials. I don't know about you, but I put my DVR right next to food and water on Maslow's hierarchy of needs. The catch, though, is that I watch a lot of sports. Even better, I actually watch them live with commercials. There is no better vehicle to draw me, a member of the most valuable demographic of all (the male under 35), than sports… and there are tons of people like me in that respect.
Throw me in that boat, I certainly don’t watch anything outside of sports live, although at 37 I’m slightly out of that demographic, but I act immature like a typical 18 year old so that makes up for it.

You're dreams of playing ball after college may be over if you get turned down by the UFL:

With undrafted free agents such as Penn State's Ollie Ogbu and former quarterback Pat Devlin being locked out of signing an NFL contract the United Football League draft was another opportunity for college football players to be drafted to play professional football. The UFL draft was held Monday night on Twitter, but no Penn State players were taken.
Just sayin.’ Bret Brackett and Ogbu still have a chance to sign a free agent contract with an NFL team but the chances are slim.

Just to feed the trolls, here’s national championship talk from Penn Live.

Yes, Joe Paterno will win another national championship and it will be next year. My delusion mainly stems from three factors, the quarterback, the defense and the 2012 schedule.

Now, there are a lot of things that need to come together for this to happen, but these are the three biggest reasons for some serious optimism in 2012.
Flame away!

Dan Hawkins is a huge Paterno fan.
"He means everything to college football. He's an icon for what's right,'' Hawkins said. "Yes, I know there's years when it's waned, and [the fans] are going, 'Well, maybe it's time.' The game doesn't pass you by. I hate that. And many times, it cycles back around to you.''
Sure others have said similar things about JoePa but coming from the erstwhile Colorado head coach who really hasn’t met Paterno in the past, is a pretty good endorsement.

Adam Rittenberg has his post spring power ratings and Penn State is coming in around the middle of the pack:
5. Penn State: I'm buying into the Nittany Lions in 2011, at least for now. Joe Paterno challenged his team to get tougher this spring, and the players responded with a more spirited session. Linebacker should be a major strength, and I like the potential at spots such as wide receiver, cornerback, running back and safety. The quarterback competition is a big question going forward, but Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin drew favorable reviews this spring. If the two lines get better during the summer, Penn State should have a solid team.
Just because I love hijacking these things to talk Wrestling:

Four Nittany Lions, including Quentin Wright, captured titles during this weekend’s University Nationals in Akron, Ohio.

Wright, who won NCAA and Big Ten titles last month, went 5-0 at 84 kilograms (185 pounds). Wright defeated Cornell’s Mack Lewnes 6-0, 5-1 in the finals.
Andrew Alton, James English, and Andrew Long also won titles at their respective weights.

Happy Cinco de Mayo, drink a Corona or Dos Equis on us!


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