OTB (V1): Waking Up with No Tiger or Urban in Your Cup

John ShullCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2009

GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 7: Coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators leaves the field after a victory against the Vanderbilt Commodores  November 7, 2009 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Seeings this is my first induction of Off The Bench here on Bleacher Report, let me take a second or two to describe what "Off The Bench" or, simply put, OTB is.

OTB was my sports radio talkshow in college. Now that I am no longer in college and have had to get a "real job," I no longer am able to do the radio show.

Well, as I was sitting around on a rare day off I began to think, I like to write, I love sports, and this site seems very active. I used my super spidey senses together and came up with why not creating a text version of the show on here!? I write up a new version every few days, essentially doing probably two a week.

Well, we will see how it goes. One thing is for sure. My radio show was in a three-hour time block. I can guarantee you that no writing of mine here will ever equal out to having a three-hour time block; I guarantee that!

So let's begin...the madness!

Let's get the obvious out of way, eh? Tiger is done. His golf days are over. I do not care how optimistic you are, Woods has lost everything and when I say everything...I mean almost everything, except some of his money. No wife, no dignity, and no respect, it would not surprise me if the Tiger club cover he has tries to attack him during a round this year.

Onto Urban Meyer. First of all, my heart and prayers go out to him and his family. I can only imagine how hard it was for him to walk away from what he loves to do. He will be remembered as a true mastermind of college football coaching in the first decade of the 21st century.

But ah yah yah, who will replace him?

Could Steve Spurrier return?
Dan Mullen has coached high School before!
Mark Mangino would be a nice fit, I am serious.
And lastly, Charlie Weis? Though a long shot, is the thought of the big man a Gator really that far off?


Best Bowl Game so far:

I hate saying this because I laughed when I looked at this bowl game, but the most interesting game so far was the first. That's right, when the Vandals of Idaho defeated those Dogs of Fresno.

Worst Bowl Game so far:

Nevada and SMU...So bad, what was the score again?

What in the world is up with the Eastern Conference in the NBA:

As of today, they have only five teams with winning records (the Magic, Hawks, Heat, Celtics and Cavs). Here is a thought, take only the division leaders and bring all the other playoffs team in from the west. I am sure fans would rather see one of the nine Western Conference teams with winning records in the playoffs any day before they watch the 2-28 Nets take the floor again.

Props go out to Joakim Noah, however, of the Bulls for currently averaging 12.4 rebounds per game. Actually, I take that back: Props to Carmelo Anthony, who is finally playing like the $15 million man he is.

Who will survive in the BATTLE FOR THE NFL PLAYOFFS!

Quite arguably the most exciting unfolding in sports because the NBA is boring and hockey, well, is hockey.


Here is the rest of who will make it, in my opinion: The Patriots have it locked, as do the Ravens and the Texans! For the NFC, give me the Packers (UGH) and the Cowboys (time for Romo to choke again!).

Did you know that Wes Welker has 1,200 yards receiving this year? Also, did you know that Elvis Dumervil of the Broncos leads the NFL in sacks, weird.

I will say this though, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees have established themselves from the pack this year.

Peyton Manning has probably been the best player of the this decade, Tom Brady is as gutsy as they come, and Brees has faced adversity and has overcome it. I take my hat off for to him for now.

The Olympics starts soon, why not more coverage? It is as if no one cares about bobsledding or alpine skiing, well I do.

Just in-case you missed it, Texas is the most dominate team in college sports right now, the Detroit Red Wings will win the Stanley Cup again, oh yeah, and all the money in baseball is obviously on the eastern seaboard....meaning if you're a Philly, Yank, or Red Sock, then you are making an automatic $5 million per year...easy.

My question to you:

With Tiger's blundering and Dale Jr's acquisition of Danica, will NASCAR become what it once was?

Lastly I leave you with THE LIST (DUM DUM DUM)

Not much has been said about the MONUMENTAL event coming up in 2010, what else? The FIFA World Cup.

I leave with what in my opinion are the most likely choices for that lucky player to receive the Golden Ball.

Xavi - Spain
Lionel Messi - Argentina
Ronaldo - Portugal

Until next time...