A soccer question sneaks in and a question about that AP football title in 2004.
Q: Sam Gilbert said:
What is your opinion and that of soccer fans outside of the United States of Landon Donovan?
How is he viewed upon in the Premier League and for that matter on the world stage?
Outside of MLS is he a team/league star or a role player?
Is he respected by players, managers and fans?
Did his comments about Beckham hurt his standing? If he had made those comments about a different player would it make a difference?
Could he take Wayne Rooney in beer pong?
A: Well, let’s see. He enjoys great popularity in Liverpool, home of Everton, the club he played for last season for a few months and enjoyed success. He is less popular in Munich, where he made no impact at Bayern Munich the year before. And possibly less in Leverkusen, where he played in Bayern Leverkusen and pretty much was considered a failure in his first stint in Europe. He told me he did not take it serious enough or work hard enough the initial time he spent in Germany.
I’ve always viewed him as someone unwilling to step up and be the best player he could be because he refused to play full-time in Europe unlike Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley, etc. He’s been a little too comfortable in the MLS, where he is the biggest fish.
I think his comments about Beckham helped him because some people did not think he was tough enough and then he ripped one of the best known players in the world.
I doubt he could come close to Wayne Rooney in beer pong.
June 21, 2010 8:51 PM
Part of the NCAA’s football sanctions is to remove the vacated wins from the USC record books, media guide, etc.
The AP has already indicated that it will not conduct a new vote, such that USC will always remain No. 1 in the final AP poll for the 2004 season. A couple of related questions (which assume that (a) the appeal will not result in a reversal of sanctions, and (b) the BCS votes to vacate the 2004 BCS title):
Will USC still keep the 2004 Championship banner in the Coliseum (because of the AP Poll)? Will USC still count the 2004 championship in the records books? (Will the NCAA further sanction USC if it does so?)
Will USC have to return the Crystal Football and, if so, who gets to keep it? The BCS committee? Oklahoma? Auburn? No one? (i.e., just smash it)
Can I keep my 2004 championship shirt, or do I have to return it to the NCAA?
Any thoughts on how USC will comply with the “records/statistics” sanctions is appreciated
As always, thanks for the forum Scott.
A: The AP Poll result remains unchanged. So USC’s 2004 national championship banner, which, like all of USC’s football national championship banners, does not reference the “source” of the “national championship,” still flies.
It will be considered a national championship because the AP is one of the organizations recognized for this title (along with the BCS).
You can keep your shirt.
I would assume the crystal football gets returned to the BCS, but that is not official. They will need to decide what to do about it. USC needs to show the victories were “vacated,” under NCAA rules, but that does not mean it cannot say it won the AP championship.