Saturday, August 30, 2014



Temecula, CA – Today the Calendar presents the unabridged look at life in the nifty fifty with annotations from news views around the world as we prick the bubble called the American Dream, a false inception about the land of the free, home of the slave. Though we will sort through the racial rhetoric, it is not the purpose of this piece to convert anyone since racism is an emotion not a learned behavior, but to educate and illustrate which is the purpose of any publication. People can hang by the noose their heart puts around their own neck at judgment.

It must also be stated that the racism of America is unique from any other nation in the world and so prevalent that you can feel its ugly presence when you exit and return to the United States from Canada or Europe. As my late friend, William “Bill” Brummell, said once to me, “I didn’t know I was prejudiced until I went to London.” Racism affects everyone in America and isn’t only a black-white issue as the O’Reilly’s of the world would have you believe. Everyone in this country who isn’t white and male has experienced racism in some form, because at the heart of racial inequality is economic control and chauvinism. As John and Yoko so famously wrote in song, “Women are the niggers of the world.”

Racism isn’t an American invention. Both the cause and racial rejection are addressed in the Bible parable via Jesus’ subject theme of ‘the good Samaritan’ noted for being a good neighbor example, Luke 10:29-37; to ‘justify himself (…) to Jesus’ is the clue. But you can’t expect any prejudiced sanctified heart to see the obvious. Even the KKK is a ‘good Christian organization’ who gets its fodder fromthe scriptures, accordingly 30places as per members’ pastors. The litmus test for racism, unless you're here from a non-white country, is the inability to reckon the difference between ‘nigga’[nig'gah] and ‘nigger’ [nig' gur'] as much as the ‘some of my best friends are’and ‘you people’ [see Tropic Thunder].

Can you spot which one is the police chief, the mayor, and the local DA?

Michael Brown’s unwarranted killing witnessed in the now verified audio recording shows the degree of brutality used; six shots, followed by 4 more after a brief pause, and has finally re-exposed the hypocrisy that has been going on in this country since Rosewood. Much like the subject of cannabis or the discussion of Jesus versus the religion of Christianity, Mike Brown’s untimely death has opened a boxcar full of fecal matter.

Perhaps when readers finish this report they may understand why I came to the defense of my Murrieta neighbors recently when the mass media tried to label them as ‘racists’ in a town where I can walk down the street and be greeted as a person, not as a black person. Does this mean that I’m not susceptible to WWB? Of course not, this is America, not the Land of Oz. Not more than six months ago I was stopped in the midst of white families and kids, all of us on foot and none of whom I knew, by a young white cop when dressed in my black hoodie during a brisk day, who asked me where was I from? 

“My mother’s womb, but I have been here since ’94. How long have you been here?” 

Six months, from LA,” was the cop’s reply once my answer filtered in, but I wasn’t snippy in my voice and offered to show him my ID which I learned from the white man’s ROTC to always carry. White folks know the rules and they taught us well at my old alma mater. It will always be the best school in the state to me [though it is now ranked at #9].

The victim, Mike Brown, seems quite different according to those who actually knew him versus the official line coming out in the mainstream media coverage but that is to be expected no matter what wing it represents. Some blacks and especially your pseudo-sympathetic whites, all lose it when the riot issue comes up. Though never spoken of by any so-called liberal black talking head, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught that racism has always been about money. Blacks were made slaves here primarily because you didn’t have to buy any uniforms to tell the free people from the slaves, unlike the period of ‘indentured servants’. Racism clouds the eyes of those who don’t understand that unfair police style taxation of adults leaves their youth wanting a refund and fuels the fire more than greed. Random acts of kindness are drowned out by Southern Cross media mindsets but Ferguson protest demonstrations have taken place around the country.

The Ferguson police seem more like serious racial keystone kops as they incite riots and apply Southern sharia law to citizen journalists in defiance of higher ranking white officials with a attitude of ‘no Yankeenigger’ is telling me what to do. Forget about having any rights guaranteed to white folks when racist oppressors are rewarded as blacks are disenfranchised, a long historical norm. Meanwhile even northern bulls who undermine protests like OWS don’t understand Southern hospitality. But the United States doesn’t live in a vacuum as the systemic American evil reaches from religions like Mormonism which didn’t allow any people of color entry until ’68, the year of Bobby Seal's fairtrial. Local businessman Rashid Khan, a [dark-skinned] Pakistani, spoke of how the good Mormons of Utah would greet him daily, a young man then, with “Hi nigger” when he passed them on the street in his new country state of Utah. 

Why anyone of color would join such a movement even after granted admission is a testimony to the power of the poonanny [see the future story, 'Attitudes, Platitudes, and Latitudes'] and magic panties. This simmering sexual attraction of opposites was something even Sarah Palin had to try and taste [pun intended], but I digress since interracial sex doesn’t cure prejudice, only wonder. For that secret you can research Thomas the Rhymer, go to London as my friend Bill [Brummell] did, or buy a copy of Memoirsfrom Amazon [see Chapter 15, ‘wired’] because it won’t be revealed here for free.

Getting a fair shake is nil given Hillary’s lackluster ‘mother’s wit', the local DA whose father was killed by a black man, Mitt’s eugenics/Monsanto background, the political history of Ferguson, and today’s dog whistle politics. Though some are starting to recover from the racial policy of prison privatization where blacks, Latinos, and ‘white losers’ including children are treated as if they are ratings for profits. With the coming second blood moon named the Hunter’s Moon [Oct. 8] I am more inclined to believe the joke motto of Max [real name Kathi Smith] in Memoirs, “It’s always darkest just before everything goes black.” With the shape of the world today on 8/30/2014, that growing glow is from a distant fire, not the dawn of enlightenment as black men continue to be snuffed out like the Native Americans during the 1800s.

Thank you for reading this.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014



Temecula, CA – Years ago, because I was a parent at the time, my then-wife and I discovered a disturbing
trend; the rise of autism in small toddlers with the increasing vaccine schedule. We found an osteopath who shared our concerns and dropped the medical doctor who was pushing the schedule on us. That was in the 90s.

A decade later when I began to write for the Calendar, then called the Full Value Review, I posted a story with a video [2 parts] showing Senator RFK, Jr. elaborating on how the CDC, a federal agency tasked with keeping the nation’s health safe, had spent a weekend at a secret location massaging the figures showing a direct tie-in between vaccines and autism. Someone did the right thing and recorded the secret meeting, then slipped the notes to the Senator.

Even more recently, other articles have been posted here and a debate ensued with a healthcare worker at the Mall commuter bus stop over the issue. In April, 2014, Temecula ‘lit it up blue’ in a self-grandiose move for political fodder for the next city council election. The “quietly created and staffed” new division with its $150,000 budget is billed as a way to serve, educate, train, and employ autistic youth and adults seems sounds like a lot of bang for the buck, but in reality it's just another ‘plug ‘n’ play’ living off the overflow of a $52,000,000,000 vaccine industry. This at first repressed-later released story from CNN validates the Calendar.

Autismrates are increasing drastically and so is the $52 billion vaccine industry. But now, CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson has broken his silence and come forward to reveal the truth about the MMR vaccine (measles-mumps-rubella vaccination) and autism connection. According to a Global Research report on Aug. 23, CNN deleted the extremely “news worthy” story about Dr. William Thompson.

“William W. Thompson, PhD, Senior Scientist with the CDC has stepped forward and admitted the 2004 paper entitled ‘Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan Atlanta,’ which has been used repeatedly by the CDC to deny the MMR-autism connection, was a fraud.”

However, as of August 25, CNN has republished its news story about the autism-vaccine connection and whistleblower Dr. Thompson after thousands of readers called for a much needed truth, knowledge, and awareness for parents. “Dr. Thompson has admitted the 340% increase in boys receiving the MMR vaccine ‘on time,’ as opposed to delayed, was buried by himself, Dr. DeStefano, Dr. Bhasin, Dr. Yeargin-Allsopp, and Dr. Boyle.”

Dr. Thompson is referring to the CDC’s vaccine-autism fraudwhich has been a decade-long cover up and has put millions of infants at risk. Infants, especially African-American boys, were willfully exposed to a high risk of autism from the MMR vaccine – if the vaccine was administered too early.

According to the 2004 CDC report, there was no association between the age that the MMR vaccine was administered and the development of autism. “The overall distribution of ages at MMR vaccination among children with autism was similar to that of matched control children; most case (70.5%) and control children (67.5%) were vaccinated between 12 and 17 months of age. Similar proportions of case and control children had been vaccinated before 18 or before 24 months. No significant associations for either of these age cutoffs were found for specific case subgroups, including those with evidence of developmental regression.”

Dr. Thompson revealed that the report, which has been used by the CDC to deny any MMR-autism connection, was indeed a fraud. The truth is that there is a connection between the age at which an infant receives the MMR vaccination and whether or not a child is more prone to develop autism. Certainly, there are genetic factors and environmental factors (such as pesticides) that come into play when it comes to autism. However, shouldn't parents have the right to know that the age at which the MMR vaccine is administered might also be a contributing factor? 

Dr. Thompson’s leak about the CDC cover-up came to surface after he first called and spoke with Dr. Brian Hooker. Hooker then revealed the information to Dr. Andrew Wakefield and the Autism Media Channel. In a videopublished by the Autism Media Channel, Dr. Thompson can be heard saying, “I do not believe that we did what we did.”

Some readers may ask if this is some vendetta against our sitting elected monarchy, but outside of being a big pig to poke, the real deal is I’m a parent. I have talked to real mothers who have autistic children and asked them one simple question, “When did your kid get sick?”

Sunday, August 24, 2014



Temecula, CA – Hearing the mayor of Ferguson, MO say there is no racial divide to the camera when clearly the nightly riots, demonstrations, worldwide reverberations show otherwise proves either someone trying to put a rug over a pile of shit in the middle of the room or is just a plain liar. A lying politician; the opposite of finding a sober Irishman on Saturday night is how the old joke goes. And though I’ve partied with plenty of Irish, sober ones do exist just like black people who have no rhythm. Unicorns are different.

But at some point when the lie becomes a false reality for a fake legacy delivering disastrous results, it’s time to say, “Are you smoking crack, Sir?

‘The United States is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in memory. More than 30 percent of the country was experiencing at least moderate drought last month.' - MSNBC

'In seven states, drought conditions were so severe that each had more than half of its land area in severe drought. Severe drought is characterized by crop loss, frequent water shortages and mandatory water-use restrictions. Based on data from the U.S. Drought Monitor through May 13, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the states with the highest levels of severe drought.

In an interview, U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) meteorologist Brad Rippey, told 24/7 Wall St. that drought has been a long-running issue in parts of the country. "This drought has dragged on for three and a half years in some areas, particularly (in) North Texas," Rippey said.

While large portions of seven states suffer from severe drought, in some parts of these states, drought conditions are even worse. In six of the seven states with the highest levels of drought, more than 30 percent of each state was in extreme drought as of May 13, as well as suffering widespread water shortages. 
Additionally, in California and Oklahoma, 25and 30 percent of the states, respectively, suffered from exceptional drought, the highestseverity of classification. Under exceptional drought, crop and pasture loss is widespread, and shortages of well and reservoir water can lead to water emergencies.

Drought has had a major impact on important crops such as winter wheat. "So much of the winter wheat is grown across the southern half of the Great Plains," Rippey said, in an area that includes three of the hardest-hit states. In the Southwest, concerns are less-focused on agriculture and more on reservoir levels, Rippey said.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced by the USDA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the seven states with the highest proportions of total area classified in at least a state of severe drought as of May 13, 2014. Also reviewed were figures recently published by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service as part of its 2012 Census of Agriculture.

No. 1: California
Percent severe drought: 100.0 percent
Percent extreme drought: 76.7 percent (the highest)
Percent exceptional drought: 24.8 percent (2nd highest)

California had the nation's worst drought problem as of May 13, with more than 76 percent of the state experiencing extreme drought. Severe drought conditions covered the entire state.

Drought in California has worsened considerably in recentyears. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency earlier this year. California had 465,422 hired farm workers in 2012, more than any other state; those workers would likely suffer further if conditions persist.

The shortage of potable water has been so severe that California is now investing in long-term solutions, such as desalination plants. A facility that is expected to be the largest in the Western hemisphere is currently under construction in Southern California, and another is under consideration in Orange County.’ – MSNBC
I live here, in the sweetest fake reality of all, the bubble of Temecula, and I love it. However, even being a MMJ patient, I am still aware of the beauty and the reality, so you can maybe understand why I did a Roger Rabbit when I saw this headline in The Weekly, a once a week print affair ‘serving southwest Riverside County, published by the daily Press-Enterprise:

“Officials: More time needed for water park deal” – Aaron Claverie

Is it me or with the recent district salary debate with the teachers here and the drought issue also noted in the Valley News, is a warmed-over, long-promised, Mike Naggar water-park deal really in the best interest of the city? Were this Hemet or even Menifee, which bake long after T-town and vicinity have dawned sweatshirts or pulled up blankets, I would view this different even though I don’t have children to enjoy this type of amusement.

I might also view this differently were there no severedrought and no water park, though smaller scale, located in Murrieta. Why are we even discussing a water park deal? Mike’s daughter has graduated college so his promise to his little girl is long done, or does Mike stand to make a little sump-sump off the back end? Given today’s career politician, it’s hard to imagine any of them being that unrealistic toward their fellow constituent without some unseen motivation. Know what I mean, Verne?

I wonder if the voters in T-town will notice this?

Saturday, August 23, 2014



Hello Football Fans,
The FBS college football season starts in 5 days - Thursday, August 28th.  Attached is a strength of schedule
R.I.P. Kent State's Bitsko, starting center
analysis and other sundry items regarding college football for your leisurely reading.

And don't forget the quiz questions at the end.
The Fugitive Commissioner of the FFHL
PS  I'm hoping to send a kickoff letter for the NFL season by Sunday, including strength of schedule analysis, several rule updates, and the usual minutia.
COLLEGE KICKOFF WEEKEND (five days – Thursday through Monday)

This is a repeat of the list of games reported in my previous letter of 7/19/14, and adding the preliminary point spreads on the listed games.  Remember, a negative number is attached to the favorite and a “plus” number is assigned to the underdog.  If neither team is favored, it’s a “pick’em” game (Pk).

Note: “PS” and “LD” mean preseason rankings by Phil Steele (FBS) and Lindy’s (FCS), respectively.

PS#39 Texas A&M (+10h) at PS#10 South Carolina        Early SEC matchup                Thu, 8/28
UPDATE: This will be the first-ever FB game televised on the new SEC Network,
                        for which NFL-unemployed Tim Tebow works as an analyst (doing well
                        early).  This is the first-ever matchup between these two schools,
                        and both teams will be breaking in new QB’s.

PS#50 Boise St (+10) vs. PS#16 Ole Miss    MW vs. SEC, neutral site Atlanta       Thu, 8/28
PS#65 Rutgers (+8) at PS#62 Washington St           Big 10 v. PAC-12, neutral Seattle       Thu, 8/28
PS#102 Tulane (+4h) at PS#84 Tulsa                        American Conference matchup         Thu, 8/28
PS#98 Temple (+16) at PS#76 Vanderbilt                 American v. SEC                    Thu, 8/28
PS#101 Wake Forest (-2h) at PS#106 LA-Monroe   ACC vs. SBC                          Thu, 8/28


PS#23 Clemson (+7h) at PS#7 Georgia                 ACC vs. SEC                          Sat, 8/30

PS#15 LSU (-4) vs. PS#13 Wisconsin                     neutral site Houston                Sat, 8/30
UPDATE: This is the only “marquee” matchup between the SEC and Big 10
                        conferences during the 2014 regular season, and result could be used by
                        the CFP selection committee as a determining factor in the 4-team playoff.

Other selected FBS GAMES

PS#35 BYU (-16h) at PS#115 Connecticut               Independent vs. American      Fri, 8/29
PS#78 Colorado St (+3) vs. PS#81 Colorado; MW v PAC-12, neutral site Denver Fri, 8/29
                                                                                    (88thRocky Mountain Showdown)

PS#1 Florida St (-17h) vs. PS#37 Okla St     ACC v. Big12; neutral site Arlington   Sat, 8/30
PS#2 Alabama (-25h) vs. PS#60 West VA    SEC v. BIG12, neutral site Atlanta     Sat, 8/30
PS#3 Ohio State (-17h) vs. PS#68 Navy       Neutral site Baltimore                         Sat, 8/30
PS#79 Louisiana Tech (+37h) at PS#4 Oklahoma    C-USA vs. Big12                    Sat, 8/30
PS#5 UCLA (-21h) at PS#59 Virginia           PAC-12 vs. ACC                                Sat, 8/30
PS#39 Arkansas (+21) at PS#9 Auburn        Early SEC West Division matchup     Sat, 8/30
PS#52 Fresno State (+21) at PS#12 USC     MW vs. PAC-12                                  Sat, 8/30
PS#89 Rice (+20h) at PS#17 Notre Dame    C-USA vs. Independent                      Sat, 8/30
PS#121 Miami.OH (+24) at PS#19 Marshall             MAC vs. C-USA                     Sat, 8/30
PS#21 Central FL (-1) vs. PS#54 Penn St     Neutral site-DUBLIN, IRELAND        Sat, 8/30
PS#125 Appalachian St. (+34) at PS#30 Michigan   New FBS team (SBC) vs. Big10        Sat, 8/30
PS#114 Southern Miss (+30) at PS#34 Miss St        C-USA vs. SEC                      Sat, 8/30                     
PS#61 California (+10) at PS#27 Northwestern        PAC-12 v. Big10                     Sat, 8/30
PS#92 Ohio U. (+3) at PS#109 Kent State    Early MAC East Division matchup     Sat, 8/30
PS#118 UA-Birmingham (+1) at PS#112 Troy          C-USA vs. SBC                      Sat, 8/30

Sunday: PS#82 SMU (+32h) at PS#8 Baylor                       American vs. Big12                            Sun, 8/31

Monday night:           PS#37 Miami.FL (+3h) at PS#26 Louisville   Early ACC matchup   Mon, 9/1


LD#10 Chattanooga (FCS) at PS#97 Central Michigan                                            Thu, 8/28
LD#17 Eastern Illinois (FCS) at PS#55 Minnesota                                                    Thu, 8/28

LD#16 Villanova (FCS) at PS#57 Syracuse                                                              Fri, 8/29
LD#19 Jacksonville State (FCS) at PS#11 Michigan State                                       Fri, 8/29

LD#3 North Dakota St. (FCS) at PS#77 Iowa State                                                  Sat, 8/30
LD#4 Montana (FCS) at PS#107 Wyoming                                                               Sat, 8/30
LD#5 New Hampshire (FCS) at PS#67 Toledo                                                         Sat, 8/30
LD#6 South Dakota St. (FCS) at PS#42 Missouri                                                     Sat, 8/30
LD#11 Northern Iowa (FCS) at PS#32 Iowa                                                              Sat, 8/30
LD#12 William & Mary (FCS) at PS#29 Virginia Tech                                              Sat, 8/30
LD#15 Wofford (FCS) at PS#46 Georgia Tech                                                         Sat, 8/30
LD#21 Montana State (FCS) at PS#110 Arkansas State                                          Sat, 8/30
LD#24 Bethune-Cookman (FCS) at PS#123 Florida International                            Sat, 8/30

Key FCS matchup

LD#1 Eastern Washington vs. LD#18 Sam Houston State                      SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 2014
Game will be nationally televised.  Last year, the EWU Eagles beat Oregon State to start their season.
SHSU lost its former HC Willie Fritz to new FBS member Georgia Southern; replacing him will be K.C. Keeler, fired from Delaware in 2012 despite taking the Blue Hens to three FCS title games in 11 seasons.


Phil Steele ( picked up some early lines from the MGM in June, and I’m just regurgitating a few of the games and the preliminary point spreads posted back then.  Some of these lines will change significantly based on how the season progresses.

Sept 6th                       USC (+3h, underdog) at Stanford (-3h, favorite)
Sept 6th                       BYU (+6) at Texas (-6)
Sept 6th                       Michigan State (+13) at Oregon
Sept 6th                       Michigan (+3) at Notre Dame

Sept 13th         UCLA (-8) vs. Texas in Cowboy Stadium, Arlington, TX
Sept 13th         Iowa State (+9h) at Iowa
Sept 13th         Georgia (+3) at South Carolina

Sept 20th         Clemson (+17) at Florida State
Sept 20th         Florida (+21) at Alabama

Oct 4th             LSU (+6h) at Auburn
Oct 4th             Arizona State (+11) at USC
Oct 4th             Wisconsin (+7) at Northwestern
Oct 4th             Alabama (-9) at Ole Miss
Oct 4th             Baylor (-3) at Texas
Oct 4th             Stanford (-6) at Notre Dame

Oct 11th                       Oregon (-3) at UCLA
Oct 11th                       Texas (+9) vs. Oklahoma in Dallas, TX

Oct 18th                       Notre Dame (+24) at Florida State     (BIG underdog Irish)
Oct 18th                       Missouri (+3) at Florida

Oct 24th                       BYU (-3) at Boise State
Oct 25th                       Michigan (+7h) at Michigan State
Oct 25th                       Ohio State (-9) at Penn State

Nov 1st                        Stanford (+10) at Oregon

Nov 8th                        Alabama (-2h) at LSU
Nov 8th                        Ohio State (+1) at Michigan State  (line before QB injury)
Nov 8th                        Iowa at Minnesota (pick’em)
Nov 8th                        Baylor (+11) at Oklahoma

Nov 15th          Nebraska (+7) at Wisconsin

Nov 20th          UNC (-3) at Duke
Nov 22nd         USC (+4h) at UCLA
Nov 22nd         Wisconsin (-6) at Iowa

Nov 28th          Arizona State (-1) at Arizona
Nov 28th          Stanford (+3) at UCLA
Nov 28th          Nebraska (+1) at Iowa
Nov 29th          Notre Dame (+10) at USC
Nov 29th          Florida State (-17) at Florida
Nov 29th          Georgia Tech (+14) at Georgia
Nov 29th          Illinois (+9h) at Northwestern
Nov 29th          Kentucky (+15) at Louisville
Nov 29th          NC State (+20) at North Carolina
Nov 29th          Michigan (+8) at Ohio State   (line before QB injury)
Nov 29th          Oregon (-13) at Oregon State
Nov 29th          South Carolina (-3) at Clemson
Nov 29th          Washington (-4h) at WA State
Nov 29th          Auburn (+6) at Alabama
Nov 29th          Kansas (+25) at KSU
Nov 29th          Nevada (-5) at UNLV

Dec 6th                        Kansas State (+6) at Baylor
Dec 6th                        Okie State (+11) at Oklahoma

Dec 13th          Navy (-13) vs. Army in Philadelphia


In June, I calculated the average of the preseason rankings from four different magazines – Lindy’s, Athlon, Sporting News, and Phil Steele.  The averages are summarized in the first column. Listed in the 2nd and 3rd columns are the Preseason Associated Press (sportswriters) and USA Today (coaches) rankings (with #1 votes in parentheses).  “NR” means “not ranked in Top 25”

            (4-magazines combined)                    PRESEASON POLLS
RANK  AVERAGE (Avg. Rank)        Assoc Press    COACHES     COMMENTS

#1        Florida State (1.5)                   1 (57)               1 (56)              
#2        Alabama       (2.5)                   2 (  1)               2 (  0)
#3        Oklahoma     (3.0)                   4 (  1)               3 (  3)              
#4        Oregon          (4.5)                  3 (  1)               4 (  1)              
#5        Ohio State     (5.0)                  5                      6 (  1)               beforeQB injury
#6        Auburn          (6.25)                 6                      5
#7        UCLA            (7.0)                   7                      7
#8        Baylor           (8.75)                 10                    10
#9        South Carolina (9.5)                9                      9 (  1)
#10      Michigan State (10.25)           8                      8                      Top 10 is all the same teams
#11      Georgia          (10.5)                12                    12
#12      Stanford          (12.75)             11                    11
#13      LSU                 (14.0)               13                    13
#14      USC                (14.25)             15                    15
#15      Wisconsin        (15.25)             14                    14                    Top 15 is all the same teams
#16      Notre Dame    (15.75)             17                    17
#17      Mississippi       (18.0)               18                    19       
#18      Texas              (21.75)             NR                   24                    over 12 players exited program         
#19      Florida             (23.5)               NR                   NR                                                      
#20      Washington     (24.0)               25                    25                                           
#21      Clemson                                  16                    16                                           
#22      Nebraska                                22                    22                                           
#23      Central Florida                        NR                   NR                                          
#24      Arizona State                          19                    18                                           
#25      Kansas State                           20                    21
#26      North Carolina                        23                    23
NR       Texas A&M                             21                    20                                           
NR       Missouri                                   24                    NR

The Associated Press and USA Today polls are nearly identical, with the exact same Top 23 teams in a slightly different order (no more than one position difference for any team.  These voters are probably looking at Phil Steele’s magazine and then making their picks.  We’ll see later if the new Grantland Rice Power 16 Poll will provide a dissenting opinion.

There are eight SEC teams and six PAC-12 teams in the AP Top 25, and for the other “Power 5” conferences, only four from the Big 10 and three from the ACC and Big XII (plus independent Notre Dame).  That means there are ZERO non-Power 5 teams in the Preseason Top 25.


One way to determine strength of schedule is to use last year’s win/loss records as the indicator.  Alternatively, Phil Steele uses his projected “strength of opponents” for this year as the indicator to get a more realistic picture.
(Note: the toughest schedule will be #1, and the easiest schedule will be #128)

To show the flaws in just using last year’s records, let’s compare Oklahoma and Florida International schedules for 2014.  The Sooners would have the #93 toughest schedule (an easy schedule), but they in fact face five road games against Power 5 teams, and face 9 Big XII teams and 1 SEC team (including three teams in the Preseason Top 25).  FIU would have the #18 toughest schedule, but the Golden Panthers face two FCS teams and only two Power 5 teams.  This is obviously a distortion.  Phil Steele tries to be more realistic with his analysis of the 2014 year factored into the strength of schedule numbers.

Following is the “strength of schedule” (SOS) difference between the two methods for these two teams:
                                                STEELE          LAST YEAR

Oklahoma                               #49                  #93
FIU                                         #90                  #18

Phil Steele has a more extensive analysis, but suffice it to say that his SOS numbers provide more insight into the actual toughness of a team’s opponents for the 2014 regular season.  So I will report Steele’s rankings below.

#1 Notre Dame (including true road games vs. FSU, Arizona State, and USC)
#2 Tennessee
#3 Arkansas
#4 West Virginia
#5 Auburn     (at Kansas State and tough SEC slate)
#6 Iowa State
#7 Virginia
#8 Utah
#9 California
#10 Texas

#128 Georgia Southern (Sun Belt Conference-SBC)
#127 Texas State        (SBC)
#126 Troy                    (SBC)
#125 Marshall             (Conference USA-CUSA)
#124 Arkansas State  (SBC)
#123 Buffalo               (Mid-American Conference-MAC)
#122 Appalachian State          (SBC)
#121 Northern Illinois              (MAC)
#120 North Texas                   (C-USA)
#119 New Mexico State         (SBC)

Florida State    #46
Alabama          #61 (that figures; CFP is going to force a change for Tide)
Oregon            #48
Oklahoma       #49
Ohio State       #36
Auburn            #5
UCLA              #11
Michigan St     #50
South Carolina       #30
Baylor              #57
Stanford          #16
Georgia                 #35
LSU                 #33
Wisconsin        #72      (easiest schedule in Big 10)
USC                #17
Clemson          #34
Notre Dame    #1
Mississippi       #20
Arizona State  #25
Kansas State   #44
Texas A&M     #12
Nebraska        #51
North Carolina #27
Missouri           #31
Washington     #52

Duke               #79 out of the ACC, not far ahead of Wisconsin

Minnesota       #22
Colorado         #24
Arizona            #29
Illinois              #38
TCU                #40
Wyoming         #59
Boise State      #65
Iowa                #70      (very favorable schedule, no excuses Hawk fans)
BYU                #73
UTSA              #92
San Diego St   #94
Colorado State      #113

Just for a bit a hindsight, Phil Steele goes back to the prior year and analyzes the toughness of each team’s schedule after the games have been played and using actual results.  Following are the teams that faced the toughest schedules during the 2013 regular season.

#1 Florida
#2 Mississippi State
#3 California
#4 TCU
#5 Georgia
#6 Tennessee
#7 Arizona State
#8 Washington State
#9 Iowa State  (perennially in the Top 10)
#10 Colorado
#17 Notre Dame
#21 Arizona
#23 USC
#24 UCLA
#33 Illinois
#38 Alabama
#41 Oklahoma
#46 BYU
#50 Iowa
#63 Oregon
#64 Wisconsin
#67 Nebraska
#69 Florida State “easy” road to National Title
#72 Ohio State
#84 Duke
#99 Wyoming
#102 Colorado State
#115 Louisville
#118 Marshall
#125 Northern Illinois


Ohio State QB Braxton Miller is out for year after re-injuring his throwing shoulder (without contact).  He had surgery on that shoulder in February and was presumably making progress toward playing the whole regular season.  The Buckeyes Top 5 preseason ranking is in serious jeopardy.  J.T. Barrett, a red-shirt freshman, is slated to take over for Miller (if not redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones).
After the injury, Ohio State’s odds for winning the National Title went from about 10-to-1 to 40-to-1, and odds to win the Big 10 Conference ballooned from about 1-to-1 to 9-to-2, with Michigan State and Wisconsin becoming the “favorites”.

The AIRBHG (“Angry Iowa RB Hating God”) has struck again in Iowa City.  Starting Iowa fullback Adam Cox is out for the season with a torn ACL.

Former USC QB Max Wittek decided to leave the Trojans last year, and appeared to be headed for the University of Hawaii football team.  But it turns out he will not graduate from USC until December, so he will be ineligible to transfer to another FBS school and play this year.  This situation is on hold.

The SEC and ACC and Big 10 play only EIGHT games within their respective conferences for 2014.  The Big 10 is set up to increase that to nine for the 2016 season.
The Big XII and PAC-12 have a NINE-game conference schedule for the current season.

The Big XII does not have a conference title game, since there are only 10 schools competing and each team faces the other nine teams during the regular season.  If there is a tie at the top and it cannot be broken by head-to-head or in-conference records, the 13-member CFP selection committee will break that tie.  This would not be for the purposes of determining the four playoff teams, but to determine which team would represent the Big XII in its conference championship bowl game against an SEC team.  We’ll look at this more toward the end of the regular season

The 13-member selection committee for the College Football Playoff voting has plenty of rules.  One such rule drawing attention is the RECUSAL Rule, which forces certain voting members of the committee to leave the room when the team with which they are “closely associated” is being discussed.  For example, Tom Osborne will be recused when talk turns to Nebraska, because he was previously the head coach and athletic director for the school.
If you would like to entertain yourself with the detailed protocol, go to www.collegefootball .
One thing seems clear: all members of the committee have been asked individually to check their allegiances at the door, and if someone gets a little off track, they will be quickly put back on track by another committee member.

Note that the committee has plenty of other duties besides selecting the four playoff teams for the year.
I’ll try to follow this process during the year, but their first official “preliminary” results won’t be released until October 28th.


KID RUST won in the 2013 Fantastic Bowl over MIGHTY DUCK to earn last year’s FFHL Championship.  THE ROUNDERS went 5-1-1 ATS in the Consolation Bowl and ended up getting 2nd place, since Mighty Duck didn’t “validate” in the final week.
For the non-playoff teams, KRAUT went 5-2 ATS and won the BFD Bowl.

THE ROUNDERS also won top prize in The Deuce (FFHL2) with 190.5 points, followed by 2nd place YO MAMA (172.0), 3rdplace WILD MAN (152.5), and 4th place 1-800-OPPOSITE (150.5).  Fifth-place TOMMY BOY missed the money by one point with 149.5 points for the year, and was followed closely by MIGHTY DUCK (147.5), HAWKEYE (146.5), and KRAUT (145.5).

THE ROUNDERS captured the overall money winnings, including accumulating the most weekly money.


QUESTION #1:  Nick O’Leary is a senior tight end for Florida State.  He is the grandson of a famous former athlete in another sport.  Can you name the grandfather?
HINT:  He lives in Florida, and he was one of the all-time greatest in his sport.
QUESTION #2:  Name the last non-Power 5 conference team (excluding Notre Dame) to win an NCAA national title (per Associated Press Poll and/or BCS system)
BONUS: Name the year, and the starting QB.

QUESTION #3:  Which of the 128 FBS teams are ineligible to participate in a bowl game for the 2014 season?
HINT:  To the extent that I know the answer, I believe there are five schools not eligible for the 2014 postseason.

Jack Nicklaus

BYU in 1984, with QB Robbie Bosco.
The Cougars beat Michigan 24-17 in the 1984 (season) Holiday Bowl, overcoming a 17-10 fourth quarter deficit to win the national title, finishing #1 in both the AP and Coaches Polls (no BCS system back then).

Mountain West Conference member TCU went 13-0 in 2010, but didn’t get picked for the BCS Title game, so didn’t win the NCAA title.
Mountain West Conference member Utah went 13-0 in 2008, but didn’t get picked for the BCS Title game, so didn’t win the NCAA title.

BYU QB Bosco led his Cougars in 1984 and 1985, taking over for former QB Steve Young.  Bosco got 3rdplace in the Heisman Trophy voting, and was a 3rd round pick in the 1986 NFL Draft by Green Bay.  He was with the Packers for two years, but a shoulder injury ended his career.

Here is the answer to the best of my knowledge.
Penn State is still serving a 4-year bowl ban based on the Jerry Sandusky debacle.
Idaho is ineligible due to low academic achievement by players at the school from 2009-2012.
Three schools are still in transition from FCS to FBS and hence not eligible, namely Old Dominion, Georgia Southern, and Appalachian State.

UNLV had originally been ruled ineligible due to their low Academic Performance Rating scores, but a recalculation (possibly done by one of the smarter football players) got them back in good standing with the NCAA.
UTSA (Texas-San Antonio) became a full-fledged FBS member for 2014, and is therefore eligible for bowl game consideration.  The Roadrunner’s first-ever football season was in 2011 as an FCS member.  After that, they spent the 2012 and 2013 as transitional members of the FBS, not eligible for the postseason.  The team is coached by former BCS Title winner Larry Coker (then coach of Miami of Florida), and will compete in the Conference USA this year.