TWW POLL: FCS Playoffs

The Montana State University Bobcats and the University of Montana Grizzlies football teams are in the 2019 FCS playoffs. They received a first-round bye and play in the second round on Saturday, December 7, at 1:00 pm (Montana time).

The Bobcats (9-3) will host Albany (NY) (9-4).

The Grizzlies (9-3) will host Southeastern Louisiana (8-4).

All the games are available to watch on the ESPN App (ESPN3).

This week’s poll asks, “Which team (Bobcats or Grizzlies) will go further in the 2019 FCS Playoffs?”

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ESPN: C’Mon Man!

There are 24 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) (Division I-AA) teams that will play for a national championship. The champion in this division is actually decided on the field. The games start this Saturday, November 30, and the championship game is set for January 4.

The Big Sky Conference has four teams in playoffs: Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona, Montana, and Southern Utah.

That was the good news.

It looks like most of games are scheduled to be carried on ESPN3, which severely limits who can view the games. Here in Montana, my cable companies (Bresnan – Optimum – Charter) have changed so much who knows if I can even access ESPN3.

The same situation happened back in 2011. Fans across the nation banded together, and ESPN put the games on pay-per-view, which was a nice compromise. I wrote about that situation HERE and HERE.

They need to at least do that again.

If you are a football fan, you need to get involved. Here’s how:

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Just Football…

It was a good week for picking games!  I managed to pick 13 games correctly last week (out of 16), but finished out of the pizza.

We’re still holding out hope that ESPN will change its tune and allow a local network to televise the Montana and Montana State FCS playoff games on local television stations – more on this below.

This week I take a look at honors in the NFL, some unimpressive performances, the playoffs, Tebow, bathrooms, the BCS, the FCS, ESPN3, the Facebook page, the NAIA and results from the Championship games in Missouri!

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Caught My Eye…

Welcome to Black Friday 2011!  I know that some of you have been out most of the night shopping or waiting in line for your favorite store to open.  Hopefully you found what you were looking for.  Me?  I was busy sleeping off the ton of turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie that I consumed yesterday.

I am ready for the leftovers today – but first I need to finish another edition of “Caught My Eye.”  If you are new around here and killing time on your day off, Caught My Eye is my weekly column where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week.

This week I talk about Montana’s governor, black storm clouds over Great Falls, ESPN3, I peek inside my political inbox and share, I talk about Gumby, a poll, and a lot more!

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ESPN3

Like many football fans across Big Sky Country, I am upset that (apparently) the University of Montana Grizzlies and Montana State University Bobcats playoff football games won’t be shown on television in Montana.

I mentioned this in my highly read “Just Football” column yesterday and linked to a story in the Missoulian newspaper.  Since then, the publicity about ESPN only showing the games on ESPN3, which is an internet-based channel, has grown tremendously.

There’s a Facebook page petition “Petition to have ESPN Have Feeds of FCS Playoff Games” that you can access HERE. Over 10,000 have signed up!

The three members (Two Democrats and one Republican) of the Montana Congressional delegation contacted ESPN – which is monumental in itself because they don’t agree on much of anything these days.   Continue reading