Spurrier trick-plays press; Tiger fans ripe for BCS scam

Playing off a tired old newspaper ploy … These aren’t things I think I think, the following are things I know I know about local, regional and national sports issues.

The “re-instatement” of Ron Morris to Steve Spurrier’s weekly press conference proves two things. The initial undressing of The State newspaper’s sports columnist by Spurrier was nothing more than a diversionary tactic to avoid having to answer questions about Steven Garcia, whom Morris had gotten wind was going to be permanently dismissed from the team later that day.

It also proves that Morris’ story about Bruce Ellington’s move to the USC football team was not a “lie,” as Spurrier alleges. Morris stands by his story and The State has not been sued for defamation, so mission-accomplished for the misdirection play drawn up by Head Ball Coach to take focus off Garcia and the huge conference road game ahead. Plus, the HBC is getting lots of practice at “re-instatement” over the past few years.

BCS rip-off

Hey Tiger fans, have you purchased your “reservations” for tickets to the BCS National Championship game? They are on sell specifically for Clemson fans for the nominal fee of $120-$265 per ticket, depending upon where you’d like to sit.

Now wait, that’s not the price of the ticket. No, no, no, that’s the price of the reservation, which is a guarantee by you that you will buy a ticket at face value (anywhere between $115-$165), should the Tigers actually make the BCS title game. Here’s the catch, if the Tigers don’t happen to win their remaining regular season games and the ACC Championship game, well, YOU LOSE!

Even if the Tigers go 13-0 but are not ranked among the Top 2 in the BCS Poll (which is certainly possible), that reservation is non-refundable.  Each team in the BCS poll, dependent upon their ranking, has their own reservation price structure that will change weekly as their ranking changes. Here’s the Tigers reservation window: http://teamreservation.allstatesugarbowl.org/markets/sports/college-fb/clemson/2012-allstate-bcs-national-championship-game?host=sugar

Obviously, only two teams’ fans will actually receive tickets to the big game. Everyone else just made a “contribution” to the NCAA (similar to your yearly contribution to the IRS). If you or I conduct this operation, it’s called a Ponzi scheme or mail fraud. When the NCAA does it, it’s considered good ol’ team spirit. Lay your cash on the number Tigers and spin the wheel… Good Luck!

Insult of injuries

The unusually high number of players lost for the year in college football, the latest being former Myrtle Beach Seahawk Bruce Taylor at Virginia Tech, is extremely disturbing. Some pointy-headed academician needs to do a study as to why so many knee, ankle and foot injuries are being suffered on the football field of late. I understand it’s a violent sport, I understand that we can’t, nor should we, legislate ludicrous safety precautions, but something has to be figured out.

We can’t keep losing a Marcus Lattimore and Shon Carson at USC, Tony Steward at Clemson, David Duran at Coastal, Mustafa Greene at NC State, just to name a few. We are being deprived of great play by super young men and we can’t just keep throwing up our hands and tossing out clichés like, “Hey, one man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity.” Enough already.

Panicking poultry

I’m tired of hearing Gamecock fans proclaiming this season lost because Marcus Lattimore is finished! South Carolina will crush Tennessee (sorry T-Buzz), then all they have to do is win one of their final two, at Arkansas or Florida at home, to make a second straight trip to the SEC title game. The Gameccks will go on to win the SEC East, but they aren’t going to beat Alabama or LSU in Atlanta, with or without Lattimore.

So, take a deep breath, accept a fabulous 9-2 or even 10-1 regular season and possible Sugar Bowl trip to New Orleans. Yes, I am saying that I still favor USC to beat Clemson at Williams-Brice Stadium and while a BCS Bowl is optimistic (and I’m not a Gamecock, I’ve suffered even longer with the N.C. State Wolfpack), but double-digit wins for what’s left of this squad is unbelievable. Goodness gracious, you’re 6-1, not 1-6! Calm down.

Last call for pigskin

Even though I’m a basketball guy at heart, the final weeks of high school football are some of my favorite and most exciting of the sports year. If you know me, you realize that I love scholastic and collegiate sporting events much more than any of the professional sports.

So to see Myrtle Beach wrap up its fifth straight region title last week, Carolina Forest and Conway still in the region title chase (they could play each other for the championship in the Backyard next Friday), Dillon dominate Class AA and Hemingway No. 1 in Class A is off the chart for our area.

With the Grand Strand and Pee Dee so instrumental in deciding region and state crowns, you should get out and support these young people in the final events of the year and the state playoffs. I’ll be there, hope to see you there.

Warriors, come out and plaaaay!

Finally, speaking of basketball, there’s a new professional basketball team coming to Myrtle Beach that I will be involved with. The South Carolina Warriors of the New ABA have been profiled periodically on this site and I will be broadcasting the play-by-play of every game on radio and the Internet starting November 18th.

Grand Strand Sports Report will have updates in the coming weeks about the schedule and when and where you can attend and/or listen to our broadcasts. Until next time, I am The Bad Boy of SportsRadio…

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