Found November 10, 2012 on Waiting For Next Year:
While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com. “Steve “Spurrier suggested earlier this month that Alabama could beat a couple of NFL teams. Pete Carroll rightfully pointed out that idea was ridiculous, saying a game between Alabama and an NFL team wouldn’t be close. In reality, the final score wouldn’t be that close. The Browns would win by five touchdowns and not have to throw the ball. Sure, you can see how some skill-position players would match up against those from Cleveland. But this game would be won by the Browns’ offensive and defensive lines. I’m hoping that Spurrier was joking. This isn’t poker, where an amateur can be a pro. This is football. When you put men on the same field with boys, it’s not a game. It’s a beatdown.” [Hensley/ESPN] —- “And with that, the doors burst open and the overwhelmingly pro-Alabama crowd roared as Saban and the Tide took the field for the game some were calling the gridiron matchup of the century: Alabama, the best team in college, versus the Cleveland Browns, the worst team in the NFL. Experts on the topic like Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, the former USC coach, rightfully scoffed at the idea. “It wouldn’t even be close,” he said. Sure, maybe a handful of skill and speed players in college were ready to compete on a pro level, but they were scattered all over the map. Of the 10,000 college players each year, maybe two or three go on to become decent NFL quarterbacks. Not that the college kids would have any time to throw, mind you. Scouts were certain that the men who manned even the worst interior lines in the pros would toy with their college counterparts to the point of it being dangerous for the kids. Oddsmakers agreed, speculating that the line would be astronomical, up around 24 points or higher.” [Fleming/ESPN] —- Bob Baptist gives a detailed recount of  last night’s failed attempt at the 2012 Carrier Classic for the Columbus Dispatch. “They were no match for Mother Nature, and after nearly an hour of attempted starts and stops, and much discussion, neither was the Carrier Classic any match last night. The second annual college basketball opener on an aircraft carrier, between No. 4 Ohio State and Marquette, was canceled by recurrent condensation on the court atop the flight deck of the USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor. Game officials, coaches and the athletic directors of each school huddled several times on the court before an announcement was made shortly before 8 p.m. that the second half of the doubleheader would not be played. The Ohio State women lost to Notre Dame 57-51 in the opener, which began at 4 p.m. and ended before sundown. Falling temperatures as night fell created the problem, which no amount of mopping could solve. The temperature was forecast to be 55 degrees at tipoff, sliding to 52 by the end of the game and into the 30s overnight. Organizers had a contingency plan to play the games at The Citadel’s 6,000-seat arena in Charleston — there were 4,000 seats on the Yorktown — if rain had been forecast. But there was not enough time to make the switch last night. “We could not have (transferred) it this quick,” Whalen said. Neither Ohio State nor Marquette was amenable to playing the game today, because each has its home opener on Sunday. The Buckeyes play host to Albany at 2 p.m. in Value City Arena. They were scheduled to fly home last night. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said he doubts the Buckeyes will be able to add another game. Marquette coach Buzz Williams said he would not try to find another date to play the Buckeyes this season.” [Baptist/Columbus Dispatch]
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