GovLoop’s Bureaucrat on Sports – Heisman Trophy Edition and Queen City Pick

Ho, Ho, Hokies!!! 🙂

Today, President Bush declared December 26, 2008 a federal holiday for most federal workers (with the exception of essential employees). You can see the text of his Executive Order right here.

The Hokie Guru is all for President-Elect Obama continuing this tradition. More time to watch college football bowl games. Yep, a never-ending dream:

Take me away, Calgon:

Let’s get right to it… the college football season is over and the Heisman Trophy presentation is on Saturday, December 13, 2008. The Heisman Trophy vote will be very close. The three candidates (all quarterbacks) are below:

1.) Sam Bradford, Sophomore, University of OklahomaBradford threw for 4,464 yards and 48 touchdowns and and led the nation in passing efficiency as well as leading the Sooners to the national championship game.

2.) Colt McCoy, Junior, University of Texas – Sorry, Colt, but you are not in the national championship game like the other two candidates. And the Hokie Guru feels for Colt because Texas beat Oklahoma in head-to-head competition. However, Colt, you were incredibly accurate completing 77.6% of your passes.

3.) Tim Tebow, Junior, University of Florida – Unfortunately, this guy took Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell’s place. Harrell passsed for 4,747 yards and 41 touchdowns. Tim Tebow’s stats were worse than McCoy and Bradford, but I guess if you lead your team to the national championship, that should count for something.

Nice to see that these guys are all at public universities supported by state taxpayer dollars.

Sam Bradford wins the Heisman. He is the Notorious B.I.G.

College Basketball Game of the Week – #10 Xavier University at University of Cincinnati

The Hokie Guru will be a homer for GovLoop’s home town this week. The best college basketball game of the week, the Crosstown Shootout (between two schools in Cincinnati), takes place on Saturday night, December 13, 2008, at 8 PM on ESPN2.

In one corner, we have the undefeated Musketeers of Xavier University (a small Jesuit College), coached by Sean Miller. The Musketeers broke the Hokie Guru’s heart in the Puerto Rico Shootout. On a desperation half court shot, Xavier beat Virginia Tech by the score of 63-62 in overtime. You can see the video here:

Sigh. Great shot by Xavier. Virginia Tech has lost four games by a total of 8 points. Sigh. NIT for the Hokies again? Xavier has a big, strong physical roster.

In the other corner, we have a vastly improved University Cincinnati Bearcats team in the second year of a rebuilding process under head coach Mick Cronin. The Bearcats play in the loaded Big East Conference. There are eight teams that are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. The Hokie Guru has concerns regarding the Bearcats early schedule. Who have they played? Their lone tough opponent was the Florida $tate $eminole$, from the Atlantic Coast Conference, and the Bearcats lost that game 58-47.

Cincy has the lead in the series, but Xavier has won 8 of the last 12. In a rivalry game, all bets are off… you never know who will show up. However, this winning trend should continue for the more physical Xavier University Musketeers.

Have a great week everyone!!! Happy Holidays from the Hokie Guru!!

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Love the cross-town shootout. I’m in the Xavier camp. Used to go to some games in their old stadium like when the beat #1 UMass in triple-overtime (remember when UMass was good?)

Matthew Stephen Worner

It’s been, oh, almost two decades since UMass was good… I was in high school (yikes) and college when they were good… thanks for reminding me of my age, GovLoop!!

Matthew Stephen Worner

Bradford is 5 to 1 Vegas favorite, Mark… It’s hard for me to go against those odds… Tim Tebow is a spread offense system QB who cannot pass to save his life… and I’m being diplomatic.

Matthew Stephen Worner

I really think it’s between Bradord and McCoy… I really think that Tebow has no business there, other the fact that they won the SEC and they like his off-the-field activities… if they wanted a spread offense system QB, they could have taken Graham Harrell from Texas Tech, but the Red Raiders did not win the Big 12.

Matthew Stephen Worner

Who’s your daddy? The Hokie Guru picks the correct order… 1, 2, 3 on the Heismann… who’s your daddy? The Hokie Guru is your daddy-oh.

Mark Danielson

O daddy Guru – You are.

From TSN: In the breakdown, Tebow actually had more first-place votes (309) than Bradford (309), but the Sooner QB totaled 1,726 points. McCoy was second with 1,604 points, including 266 first-place tallies. Tebow came in third at 1,575 points.

I thought Tebow would jump for the Alabama game exposure. Even we got the game up here. Nice Guru. I try to stay away from Vegas. They’re always right. It’s no fun.