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Columbia University sports had a very Columbia University sports type of week. The men’s basketball team, which looks to have some talent, lost in bizarre fashion against Manhattan, when a 3-point lead in the final seconds turned into a loss after Columbia committed a foul on a 3-pointer. The player made one free throw, missed another and then missed the third on purpose. Manhattan ended up with the offensive rebound, scored and drew a foul. The ensuing free throw — completing a four-point trip — with less than  a second left sealed the victory.

A few nights later Columbia traveled to the likely No. 1 team in the nation, Michigan State. Unbelievably, the Lions led for much of the game and were still tied with 3 minutes to go until apparently forgetting that college basketball instituted a shot clock in 1986. But a 9-point loss against a national power on the road might actually be one of Columbia’s great games in school history.

The Columbia football team on the other hand? No victories — moral or otherwise.


So much for having nothing to talk about.

TV and Fury end up burning this week’s podcast space by discussing the super-sized stadium experience in college football and the impending finale of Breaking Bad. Turns out they’re both fans of the show-recap industry.

Here’s the link.

On Saturday afternoon, I covered a game in one of the true temples in America sports: Memorial Stadium, home to the University of Nebraska football team. There were 90,614 souls there, the 330th consecutive sellout in the ever-expanding venue. Some 6,000 seats were added prior to this season, part of a $63.5-million upgrade.

Meanwhile, Fury spent that same day – I’m assuming – glued to a web feed, a ham radio or a Morse code translator in order to follow his beloved St. John’s Johnnies in their rivalry contest against the dreaded St. Thomas Tommies. Juco transfer or not, Fury is a Johnny for life. His knowledge and passion is completely legit.

Lincoln and Collegeville are examples of why college football is so successful: Some love it for the sheer magnitude and excellence and others buy in because it’s theirs. Both lines of reasoning seem plenty sound and can be traced back to feeling a genuine sense of loyalty to a school, be it a major NCAA Division I power or a quaint Division III outfit.

So where did I go wrong? (more…)

By Dan Frasier
Guest blogger

Confession time. I’m a gigantic, irrational, ridiculous Nebraska Huskers homer. I refer to the team as “we.” I specifically avoid watching games that I think we will lose because seeing a blowout ruins my weekend. And I, like all the other homers I know, have spent the last few days texting my friends and predicting coach Bo Pelini’s termination.

By now I’m sure you’ve heard the profanity-laced tirade that was recorded two years ago and released shortly after Nebraska’s meltdown against UCLA. Good Coach Bo, who took the reins of Husker Nation in 2008 to much fanfare and billboard leasing, has managed to find himself on a serious hotseat.


This week on the pod, TV and Fury discuss all things college football – or at least some things college football. Namely: ESPN College Gameday going to Fargo, N.D., where the guys met.

Also, one Big Ten coach (Minnesota’s Jerry Kill) deals with health issues, while another (Nebraska’s Bo Pelini) fills up the swear jar.

Here’s the link. 


One of the favorite traditions at TVFury — perhaps second to the Secret Santa event we run for guest writers and commenters — is when we both write about a big event in an unoriginal, but easy-to-understand alternating format. So Monday night we went back and forth about the big BCS title game between Alabama and Notre Dame.

The game featured the top two teams in the nation and perhaps the two greatest programs in college football history. A lot of hype went into this game. So.


These signs are common on store fronts.

These signs are common on store fronts in Happy Valley.

Let’s make one thing clear off the bat: This piece is not a judgment for or against the people of State College or Penn State. We’ve all read and watched plenty – probably too much, in fact – about the sexual-abuse scandal regarding the storied football program; we’ve all formulated opinions based on facts or allegations or emotions. That part of the story is essentially over, short of perhaps shaping future rules, laws or actions.

But Happy Valley hasn’t gone away, obviously, even as the media throng has moved on. That much was quietly yet overly clear – yes, a seemingly contradictory situation – during a weekend work visit, my first time there. I did not go out of my way to inspect every corner of campus or engage locals in discussion, casual or pointed. Instead, I just sort of walked around and observed – no assumptions, no judgments. (more…)

Bizarre, strange, ludicrous, ridiculous, infuriating, bemusing, exasperating. Now let me grab the thesaurus and find more words that describe the losses I’ve seen suffered by the Columbia University football team since I moved to Inwood eight years ago, down the street from the school’s football stadium.

Each year I try to attend three or four games a year and during my time in the neighborhood I’ve seen precious few victories. I have no connection to the school but pull for their sports teams. I like having an FCS football program a three-minute walk away, nestled in a part of the island that even many New Yorkers don’t realize is part of Manhattan. Having watched the Lions for nearly a decade, I have no idea how longtime fans have survived the past six decades. It’s not just that the Lions lose. It’s how they lose. There have been plenty of blowouts, numerous games where it’s basically over a few minutes in to the second quarter or early in the second half. But more often it’s much more frustrating.


Around 9 a.m. Monday, the NCAA announced unprecedented penalties levied against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal. Within minutes, the figurative hand-wringing began on Twitter, which, ideal or not, is where millions of us go for real-time news and opinions.

The responses ranged from “The NCAA was too harsh” to “The NCAA was not harsh enough” – although usually in more colorful words – and just about everything in between.

In the event that you haven’t already died from an opinion overdose, here’s mine: There was no right response. Why? Because no punishment related to football or university life is appropriate for crimes of this nature. None. (more…)

By Rich A. Jensen
Guest blogger

So, the Freeh report is out, and according to it, there was a ‘failure of leadership at Penn State.’ Louis Freeh himself pulled no punches during his press conference, even invoking God in his condemnation of the corrupt culture there.

And for the rest of us not at Penn State, not alums of Penn State and possibly not even football fans, it’s been a fantastic, a titanic, opportunity to sit in judgment of bureaucratic nebbishes and an old dead coach.

I’m not here to defend any of these people.

I’m here to remind you that all of these people are people. Just like you and me. (more…)