Which conference is # 2 in the nation in college football?

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Which conference is # 2 in the nation in college football?

When I ask this question I am acknowledging the fact that we can give the # 1 spot to the Southeastern Conference (SEC). There is no way to argue that case when the SEC holds the last 7 national trophies. Due to the SEC’s dominance in college football, including 9 BCS titles out of 15 title games ( 60%) we can safely say the SEC is # 1.

Let’s break down who is # 2…….

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Big Ten: Ohio State is the only team from the B10 to represent their conference in the title game. Nebraska, even though a current member was a member of the Big 12 when they advanced to the title game. The Buckeyes obtained 1 national title in a classic game against Miami in 2003. I am sure most of recall the pass interference call on Miami that helped the Buckeyes get another shot at scoring and thus sending the game to overtime. They were blasted by Florida in 2007 and LSU in 2008 in the other title games. Sorry Big Ten but Ohio State alone and 1 national title isn’t going to cut it to be # 2.

ACC

ACC: Teams represented in the BCS championship game are: Florida State (3x), Virginia Tech (1),  and Miami (2x but was previously a part of the Big East). The ACC has had ZERO appearances since 2003 in the BCS national championship game. Also, much of the ACC’s success can be credited to Miami and the Big East. Therefore, the Atlantic Coast Conference loses validity as the # 2 conference in the land.

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Independent: The fighting Irish are the only independent to play in a BCS national championship game. Last season, Notre Dame ran through a mediocre schedule and found itself in a battle of historically rich programs when it faced Alabama. The result was an embarrassing 42-14 defeat, proving that you have to player tougher teams than Pittsburgh if you want to compete for a national championship. I think we can rule out independents as national title contenders…sorry BYU and Idaho .

That leaves the final two contenders…..PAC 12 v. BIG 12…Who’s bringing home the bronze and who captures the silver?

In third place…..

Big 12

Big 12: Oklahoma (4), Texas (2), and Nebraska (1) combine for a total of 7 title game appearances with 2 championships. Nebraska has since defected to the Big Ten or B10 but was in the Big 12 when they went to the title game. Three different teams, even though both Oklahoma and Nebraska should not have been in the title game after losing in the Big 12 championship game, have been in the BCS championship game.  They have two national titles and the most appearances of any conference other then the SEC.   Two national titles are the closest to the SEC and that has to say something right?!  Nebraska, who again was crushed in the Big 12 championship by Colorado, was awarded a change at the title over Pac 12 champion Oregon only to be crushed by Miami in 2002. Likewise in 2004 Oklahoma, who was upset by Kansas State, was awarded a shot at the national title despite a 12-0 SEC Auburn team. Two opportunities were granted when they should not have been and that works against the Big 12.

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Your # 2 conference is the Pac 12!

Both University of Southern California and Oregon have represented the Pacific Coast in the BCS championship game, with the Trojans winning one BCS title. Yes USC earned the AP title in 2003/4, but remember we are talking BCS not AP! The two BCS losses by USC and Oregon were in dynamite games.  USC fell to Vince Young’s Texas Longhorns in 2006 where the game was truly decide by whichever team had the ball last. Oregon lost in 2011 to eventual # 1 draft pick Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers.

So there you have it…….congrats Pac 12 your number 2!!!

2013 Steve Black Show Mythical Football Championships-1st round update

For the 2013 KHSAA football championships, I have decided to share my mythical high school football championships for the schools in the Tri-County area, along 25E (Cumberland Gap Parkway) and those counties that encompass what is recognized as the 13th region when it comes to other sports in this area. The winners will be recognized on my show and on this website. Here are the three championships. May the best team or teams win!!

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Mythical Tri-County Champion

This award goes to the school in the tri-county area (Knox, Laurel and Whitley Counties) that has the last football team to be eliminated from the playoffs or wins their class championship. Schools eligible for this award are Corbin, Knox Central, Lynn Camp, North Laurel, Whitley County and Williamsburg). South Laurel did not make the playoffs this year, so they are not eligible.  In the first round, all eligible teams were eliminated, except Williamsburg and Corbin.  Williamsburg hosts Pineville and Corbin travels to Wayne County for round two on Friday, November 15th.

 

Mythical Champion of 25E

This award has gone on among some of my friends for several years now. This mythical championship goes to the school in the towns connected by the Cumberland Gap Parkway (25E) that is the last team to be eliminated from the playoffs or wins their class championship. Schools eligible for this award include Middlesboro, Bell County, Pineville, Knox Central, Lynn Camp and Corbin. Knox Central and Lynn Camp were eliminated in the first round.  As for round two, Corbin goes to Wayne County, Pinvelle goes to Williamsburg, Bell County travels to Louisville Central and Middlesboro hosts Somerset.

 

Mythical 13th Region Champion

This award goes to the school in the 13th Region (Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel and Whitley Counties) that has the last football team to be eliminated from the playoffs or wins their class championship. Schools eligible for this award include Middlesboro, Pineville, Bell County, Harlan Independent, Harlan County, Jackson County, Clay County, North Laurel, Williamsburg, Whitley County, Lynn Camp and Knox Central. South Laurel did not make the playoffs this year, so they are not eligible. Teams remaining for round two include Pineville, Bell County, Middlesboro, Corbin, Williamsburg and Harlan County.

Stay tuned to the Steve Black Show (Thursdays at 7pm EST on www.blogtalkradio.com) as we will soon crowd our mythical champions for 2013.

Monday Morning Quarterback for Veteran’s Day

Today’s edition of Monday Morning Quarterback is dedicated not to athletes or athletics, but to the men and women of our armed forces who have paid, or who are currently paying, the price today for the freedoms we have in this Country we call The United States of America.

I will single out one veteran in particular who served his Country.  His name was SSG Vernon Black.  I call him Dad.

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Dad served his Country in Vietnam.  After his Tour of Duty, he continued his Service to our Country in places like Fort Jackson, South Carolina, Fort Hood, Texas, Hawaii and Fort Sill, Oklahoma.  While at Fort Sill, dad served time in Korea and was set to serve time in Germany until he became terminally ill with cancer in early 1982.  He officially passed away on Friday, July 9th, 1982, but had been sick a long time before that final day.  He was only 33 years old.  Way too early to leave this world, but God has a plan.

Though he is not here today, dad’s service paved the way for my brother, sister and myself to be able to afford college educations, which allowed us to experience things in life that we may have not been able to do otherwise.  Though me and my siblings were far from perfect, I would think that dad would have been proud of the way we turned out with our lives.  Even though my father was not the sports fan that I am, I believed he would have enjoyed listening to the show.  He would have loved the pro wrestling parts of the show, I can tell you that for sure!!  Thank you for your Service Dad.  I love you.

We owe a great debt of thanks to all of the people who put their lives on the line daily here and abroad to give us the freedoms that, sadly, many of us (including myself), take for granted. 

As with giving thanks, my Mother is very good about going up to people in uniform and thanking them for their service to our Country.  It doesn’t even have to be Veteran’s Day for her to provide that recognition on our Military men and women.  It is an everyday thing with my Mom.  We can learn a lot from our Mothers.  Thanks Mom.  I love you.

To all of the men and women in uniform who serve this Country here and abroad, The Steve Black Show has TWO WORDS FOR YOU………….THANK YOU!!!!!

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Have a great week!!!

 

The latest Steve Black Show

Here is the latest Steve Black Show from this past Thursday.  We previewed the upcoming local high school playoffs with LIVE interviews from local coaches Bart Elam of Pineville, Jerry Herron of Williamsburg, Wayne Mills of Bell County and Chris Larkey of North Laurel.  Check it out!!!

The Stud Corner-Marks Gone Wild!!

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My Stud Nation, I have been very lax in my updates recently. I apologize but “Life” takes over at times. As most of you who listened to the Steve Black show know on October 31st, I paid tribute to my first Manager in the Business, Gentleman Jim Chadwick. His death has hit me very hard as well as those people who knew him and his family well.  Rest in Peace my friend!!

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I want to touch base on a subject that eats at my heart and soul. Its “MARKS” in the wrestling business. The definition of a MARK is someone who comes to shows and buys a ticket to see the show. They buy our pictures and t-shirts. If it ended there, then the Stud would be happy. The Issue is that about 75% of the wrestling federations in Ky allow the MARKS free reign. If a MARK can tell you who will win before the show starts, then they are too close to the business. If a MARK knows where the boys hang out after the show then they are too Close. If a Mark can tell you what the pay was for a worker, you got too close!!!

I see Marks all the time in the ring after a show playing around. That ring is sacred ground to me!! It is where I work. Do you see people going to the Circus and then after the show is over, go down to the lions cage and get in to play with the lions or climb in the cannon to check it out?  HELL NO!!! Let me offer a piece of advice to those Fans/Marks who do not know proper protocal. When the show is over, please get the HELL out of the Building. Do not hang out in the parking lot after the show waiting to see me and/or the other workers. I have cussed many a fan out and came close to physical contact, if a fan ask me where im eating or whats my email??

I dare any one of you to go to a WWE show and try to get in the dressing room. I dare any of you to try to follow a WWE Superstar to a Dennys or Waffle House and try to talk to them. We do our shows and we have lives outside of the building. Please do not come over as I’m eating with my wife to talk to me about the show unless its to say, “Great show tonight I will be back next week”.

I’m over idiot fans who pay $8 and expect me to be their slave for three hours,and then intrude on my personal time!!

Your’re WELCOME!!!!!

Stud

 

 

2013 Steve Black Show Mythical Football Championships

For the 2013 KHSAA football championships, I have decided to share my mythical high school football championships for the schools in the Tri-County area, along 25E (Cumberland Gap Parkway) and those counties that encompass what is recognized as the 13th region when it comes to other sports in this area.  The winners will be recognized on my show and on this website.  Here are the three championships.  May the best team or teams win!!

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Mythical Tri-County Champion

This award goes to the school in the tri-county area (Knox, Laurel and Whitley Counties) that has the last football team to be eliminated from the playoffs or wins their class championship.  Schools eligible for this award are Corbin, Knox Central, Lynn Camp, North Laurel, Whitley County and Williamsburg).  South Laurel did not make the playoffs this year, so they are not eligible.  Last year’s winners were Knox Central and Whitley County (both eliminated in the second round).

 

Mythical Champion of 25E

This award has gone on among some of my friends for several years now.  This mythical championship goes to the school in the towns connected by the Cumberland Gap Parkway (25E) that is the last team to be eliminated from the playoffs or wins their class championship.  Schools eligible for this award include Middlesboro, Bell County, Pineville, Knox Central, Lynn Camp and Corbin.  Last year’s winner was Bell County (eliminated in the regional championship).

 

Mythical 13th Region Champion

This award goes to the school in the 13th Region (Bell, Clay, Harlan, Jackson, Knox, Laurel and Whitley Counties) that has the last football team to be eliminated from the playoffs or wins their class championship.  Schools eligible for this award include Middlesboro, Pineville, Bell County, Harlan Independent, Harlan County, Jackson County, Clay County, North Laurel, Williamsburg, Whitley County, Lynn Camp and Knox Central.  South Laurel did not make the playoffs this year, so they are not eligible.   Last year’s winner was Harlan County (eliminated in the final four).

Stay tuned to the Steve Black Show (Thursdays at 7pm EST on www.blogtalkradio.com) as we will soon crowd our mythical champions for 2013.

Tonight on the Show….Nov. 7, 2013

It’s playoff time in the bluegrass!!!

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This evening we break down the 1st round of the KHSAA Gridiron Bowl playoffs for all the Tri-County & 25E area teams in action. We give our predictions to each contest as well. Those match ups include:

Class A

Berea @ Pineville

Jenkins @ Williamsburg

Lynn Camp @ Hazard

 

Class 2A

Leslie County @  Middlesboro

 

Class 3A

Corbin @ Henry County

Elizabethtown @ Bell County

 

Class 4A

Mercaer County @ Knox Central

 

Class 5A

North Laurel @ Perry County Central

Whitley County @ Pulaski County

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Plus interviews with the head coaches from Williamsburg-Jerry Herron, North Laurel-Chris Larkey, Pineville-Bart Elam, and Bell County-Wayne Mills. Who from the 25E / Tri-county area might walk onto the turf at Western Kentucky University a football team and leave as champions??? The road to Bowling Green has begun!!!!

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In case you have not have the chance to listen to the show.

Happy Hump Day!!!!

We know that we live very busy lives and we don’t get the chance to do the things we love to do, like listen to my AWESOME show!!! 

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Below are some links are some of our recent shows.  When you can, take a listen!!

I would love to hear your comments on the show, or better yet, leave a voicemail comment on the show with our voicemail feature on this website.  We would love to hear from you.

You can always catch any of our past shows for free on demand at www.blogtalkradio.com.  Just search for The Steve Black Show.

Thank you for your support of the show!!!!

 

Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) 2013 Football Playoffs-First Round

It is time for the 2013 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl Playoffs.  Here are the first round pairings involving local schools (Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Laurel and Whitley Counties).

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Here are the first round match ups.  Area teams are in RED.

Class 1A (District 5 and 6)-All games to be played Friday, November 8th.  All games are scheduled for 7:30pm local time.

Jenkins at Williamsburg

Berea at Pineville

Harlan at Campbellsville

Lynn Camp at Hazard

 

Class 2A (District 7 and 8)-All games to be played Friday, November 8th.

Leslie Co. at Middlesboro

Somerset at Betsey Lane

Shelby Valley at Danville

Lexington Christian at Prestonsburg

 

Class 3A (District 3 and 4)-All games to be played Friday, November 8th.

Casey Co. at Louisville Central

Elizabethtown at Bell Co.

Corbin at Henry Co.

LaRue Co. at Wayne Co.

 

Class 4A (District 5 and 6)-All games to be played Friday, November 8th.

Clay Co. at Boyle Co.

Mercer Co. at Knox Central

Rockcastle Co. at Lexington Catholic

Marion Co. at Russell Co.

 

Class 5A (District 3 and 4)-All games to be played Friday, November 8th.

Whitley Co. at Pulaski Co.

North Laurel at Perry County Central

Letcher County Central at Madison Southern

Lincoln Co. at Harlan Co.

 **Note:  No local teams are classified as 6A**

Best of luck to all of our area teams as they begin their journey to Bowling Green KY, and the 2013 Russell Athletic/KHSAA Gridiron Bowl Championships.

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Be sure to catch the Steve Black Show’s High School football playoff review on Thursday, November 7th LIVE at 7pm EST on www.blogtalkradio.com.  Guests include Williamsburg Head Coach Jerry Herron, North Laurel Head Coach Chris Larkey, Pineville Head Coach Bart Elam, and Bell County Head Coach Wayne Mills as they reflect on their regular seasons and look forward to the playoffs.

Monday Morning Quarterback for November 4th

Champions of Character.

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As a public address announcer for the Union College Bulldogs, a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), I read a statement before every ballgame that is a pledge that everyone involved in the contest (athletics, coaches, officials and spectators), will abide by to promote an environment of sportsmanship during that said contest.  It is called Champions of Character. 

The Champions of Character program helps participants find the balance by keeping five core values – integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership – at the heart of the athletics experience.

Recently, the NAIA started a program to recognize it athletics who exhibited those character traits during competition.  Schools would nominate athletes who they felt was deserving of the award.  Those winners will be recognized this Wednesday in Kansas City, Mo.

Two of those winners attend the University of the Cumberlands.  They are Cross Country runners Darcy Mascotti and Danielle Hoop.  Here is their story courtesy of the UC Patriots athletic website.

We tend to focus on sports figures that show negative character either on or off the playing field, but it is nice to read about those athletes with positive values too.  Congratulations to Darcy and Danielle on their upcoming award.

Now when I read that statement at Union games, I will think of the character of Darcy and Danielle.

 

Have a good week.