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MAC Roundtable: Week 6

MacRoundTableAdmittedly, the MAC blogosphere has been an evolving little gem over the last several years. I guess as the MACtion on the field hit fever pitch, the MACtion on the web stepped up their game as well. What has also evolved is the MAC Roundtable. It’s not like King Arthur’s with turkey legs and wenches running around in corsets, because let’s be honest: turkey legs are a gigantic pain in the ass to eat and the service region for the MAC doesn’t lend itself well to females capable of squeezing into anything other than a giant rubbermaid trash can (Exception: the state of Indiana and BSU specifically). Have you seen some of the slumpbusters from Michigan and Ohio? Gooo. I’d rather spend an evening with a lit piece of sandpaper. But I digress.

This week’s host of the roundtable is Tim at BullRun. It’s a Buffalo blog, and in the interest of full disclosure, Tim and I have had an evolving and strange relationship in the blogosphere. At base root, Tim runs a Buffalo blog and the wounds from 2008 are still fresh enough to sting. Some of my aggression was taken out on him if for no other reason than he happened to be the one Buffalo fan I knew. It’s petty, it’s silly, it was ridiculous. But it is what it is. Factor in when Tim first started I figured he (like most others) would fizzle out after a season, maybe two, so he wasn’t worth acknowledging. Similar to how the king of a pride of lions doesn’t concern himself with the jerkwheat hyenas that feed off his table scraps, that’s how I saw BullRun. (Note: one of these start ups decided they were going to take a few shots at OTP and tell us we didn’t know what we were doing and how they were going to shut us down. At last check, they haven’t posted in 6 months. I think I speak for all of us on staff and maybe all of humanity when I say to them: NOTHING! Because they don’t exist anymore! Hahahahah!!! SICK BURN BRO!)

To his credit though, Tim has put together a consistent and solid site, one that I think is a great reflection of the quality of the MAC. The subject matter? Well, that is still awful, but dammit he tries. And sometimes that’s good enough.

  • NIU has recently cracked the top 25 in both teh AP and Coaches Polls should they win out, and if Fresno trips up, do they finish in the top 12? what would a back to back trip for NIU to a BCS bowl mean for that program and for the MAC

I know Tim was rushed when he did this, but he misspelled “the” in the question. I thought for a second that the roundtable had been hacked by a trolling bunch of 16-year old texters with their scrunchies, New Kids on the Block posters, and questions about periods. That’s what 16-year-old girls talk about, right?

Anywho, it’s a question that I think has an invalid premise, because OUR MOST HATED RIVAL NIU isn’t going to win out. They have a date with destiny on November 13th. And by “destiny”, I mean “destruction”. I’m serious. It’s going to be epic. My only hope is they win out until then, so the defeat will be that much sweeter. Much like the Dementors at Hogwarts, I thrive on ridding people of their joy and happiness. It’s like fuel to my soul. (And yes, that’s a Harry Potter reference. Trying to get in that virgin nerd demographic like whoa.)

  • Miami has cast Treadwell to the side half way through year three while Ron English is in year five and just survived the “Quinn Reaper”. Buffalo has been limping along with Quinn since 2010 and in fact gave him an extension last season. Is a big part of the problem for the poor performing MAC football schools tied to their expectations?

No, a big problem with MAC football programs is when they think they are a football school and they aren’t. I appreciate Miami’s “Cradle of Coaches” song and dance, but those days are done. The rest of the MAC has stepped their game up and everyone is pitching a “Come be noticed” kind of sale. They should stick to what they know… QBs getting a little handsy in a bathroom stall.

Really, what’s complicating their problem is that the people they have hired (a la English, Quinn, Treadwell, etc.) I wouldn’t trust to coach a three-car funeral, much less my football team. MAC coaches are by nature a crap shoot. Sometimes you have all the pedigree in the world and you end up being a failure. Other times, you’re a relative unknown and you end up being someone most people would name a child after. Coaching in general is a gamble, but in the MAC, it’s even more so, and that’s what makes it fun. Sure, anyone can be monogamous and live a quiet life like a BCS AQ school picking up a coordinator from a fellow “name” program. In the MAC, we’re trolling the casino buffets mid-morning looking for afternoon delights that we can’t bother with trivial things like protection or first names. Sometimes, you hit it big. Other times, you die of the AIDS. That’s just how it goes.

  • Off all the games coming up this week in the MAC which one should give us the best indication of how each division, and the conference will play out.

Honestly, this whole week of MAC play gets a collective “Woof” from me for a slate of games that I can’t imagine tell us anything. That, of course, changes if there’s a massive upset of BSU, NIU, or Toledo, but if I knew in advance one of those things would happen, I wouldn’t be writing this blog, I’d be in Vegas. Betting on games. And trolling the aforementioned buffets. I think this is  a very status quo weekend in the MAC and that’s ok. I want OUR MOST HATED RIVAL NIU to be fat, drunk, and happy when their time comes.

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