Introduction To Daily Tailgate + BCS Picks

Daily Tailgate is a brand new concept for sports fans, where they can get a simple email (in the morning) every day, that is customizable to give you daily news about your favorite teams, but will also give you general sports information if you choose to ignore the customization options.  My favorite part of the daily email is the section that gives me ideas on TV programming to watch throughout the day and night.  For instance, I woke up today and found out that the Yankees are playing at 7:30 p.m. tonight on Fox.  I ventured over to my DirecTV box and set a reminder.  Easy as pie.

Another cool feature that Daily Tailgate is currently running is a $100,000 BCS Challenge.  If you are able to correctly pick the college football teams that will end up in the top 15 of the final BCS standings and also place them in the proper order of ranking, you will win $100,000 courtesy of the website and its happy insurance backers.

I am close with a few of the gentlemen behind the Daily Tailgate concept, and decided I would lend them my final 15 picks with short 1-liners following each selection.  The result is below, but may also be seen on today’s DT Current Issue.

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By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

2 replies on “Introduction To Daily Tailgate + BCS Picks”

I as well completed this challenge and actually put a decent amount of thought into it, not because I think I’ll have any chance of winning, because it was actually pretty fun…

I have a few questions as per your rankings Darren…

1) You have USC 3 and Boise 4. USC still has Oregon still on the schedule but what makes you think they’d be able to pass an undefeated Boise. I don’t think they have hard enough games that even if they win out, I still don’t think they’d be able to pass Boise. If Boise loses though, USC could of course pass them but then no way Boise would be able to finish at #4.

2) You have BYU at 12 and Utah at 14 however, they play each other in the last game of the season. No matter the outcome of the game, I don’t see how they could finish so close to each other. I would assume the loser would drop to very high teens or low 20’s, but also very dependent upon their rankings going into the game. However, if TCU beats both of them, that could lead to the game losing a great deal of its luster.

In full disclosure as I feel people who critique things like this should leave themselves up for criticism as well, below are my predicted BCS standings for Selection Sunday with some small commentary as well. Feel free to let me know why you disagree.

1. Alabama – Beats UF in a very close, highly defensive game
2. Texas – With Oklahoma out of the way and possibly no Dez, Texas should cruise to the championships game
3. Boise State – Consistency = undefeated
4. Florida – Tough loss to Bama means Sugar Bowl for the Gators
5. Cincinnati – Pike being hurt shouldn’t ruin season

6. USC – doing everything possible but continually haunted by Washington game
7. TCU – @BYU and v. Utah are two very hard, must-win games
8. Miami – Started season with 4 ranked opponents, smooth sailing from here
9. Virginia Tech – will win ACCCG but too bad it won’t be against anyone good
10. Penn St – continue to look better every game

11. LSU – Possibly going to finish with 2 losses, UF and @ Bama
12. Oregon – After a loss to USC on halloween, they should win out
13. Houston – Can anyone truly get a feeling about this team
14. Oklahoma St – Dez Bryant is still a big question mark
15. Iowa – @Ohio St is going to be a very hard game

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