Monday, October 29, 2007

The Magic Number is Three


One of the biggest goals of a football team is to control your own destiny.

The 2007 UMass football team has achieved that.

Every other CAA team has at least one league loss. If UMass wins out, we can't be caught.

If we keep winning, we would have the 2007 CAA auto-bid to the playoffs, the league championship and at least two home playoff games.

The next step starts in four days at Rhode Island. Go UMass!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

If we keep winning, (@RI 11-3, NH 11-10, @Hofstra 11-17) we would have the 2007 CAA auto-bid to the playoffs, the league championship and at least two home playoff games.

I am not sure why you wrote we would get 2 home games. If we win our final 3 games we should have 3 home playoff games (11/24, 12/1, 12/8).

Our AD is on the committee who decides which team(s) gets to host playoff games. Since their decisions aren't based on polls but are totally subjective there is no reason why we shouldn't be hosting everyone of our playoff games.

We can offer more activities and social events than any other school with alumni clubs from NYC to Amherst to Boston acting as hosts.

UMass74 said...

I think we have a good chance of being on the road for the semi-finals just like last year.

The NCAA decisions go for the money. An 8-3 Delaware is a lock for a first round game despite where they would be ranked. Twenty-Three thousand paid customers trumps just about anything.

Say the final four are UMass, Montana, UNI and Appalachian State.

UNI has a dome, Montana and Appalachian State have bigger and newer stadiums than we do.

They would be able to out-bid us for the game.

A 23,000 fan sellout in Montana trumps a 17,000 fan turnout in Amherst even if the weather is good.

If any team's AD serves on the committee, that person has to leave the room when any aspect of his team's appearance in the playoffs is discussed.

Anonymous said...

A 23,000 fan sellout in Montana trumps a 17,000 fan turnout in Amherst even if the weather is good.

I don't think so. We could still outbid other schools if we wanted to. - Would we be willing to bid more than any other school to host the playoff game?

We should be able to fill our stadium for a semi-final playoff game. How many additional seats could we rent and fill?
A price can't be put on the publicity we would be getting from a televised national audience. Isn't that one of the arguments for IA?

I think there would be more interest in arranging the social events in NYC, Amherst, and Boston rather than in Montana.

If any team's AD serves on the committee, that person has to leave the room when any aspect of his team's appearance in the playoffs is discussed.

Negotiating votes before the voting takes place occur in Grammar School through the Supreme Court. Whats the point of having our AD serve on this committee if there is no benefit to UMass? The time he spends on this project take away from the job he was hired to do.