I Don't Get No Respect

Originally Published: October 11, 2004

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The Bottom 10's inspirational thought of the week:

I tell ya,
I don't get no respect.
No respect at all.

-- Rodney Dangerfield

The Bottom 10 mourns the passing of Rodney Dangerfield and offers up this week's poll as a tribute to the self-deprecating comic legend. After all, who better to appreciate his "comedy of the loser" or "comedy of angst" than the downtrodden members of the Bottom 10?

However, there was good news this week for several of the downtrodden. Three-time defending Bottom 10 champ Army ended its 19-game losing streak and Bottom 10 reign with a 48-29 win over Cincinnati. Louisiana Monroe, East Carolina and Washington also picked up their first wins of the year.

That leaves one winless Division I-A program -- Central Florida. So, while the Bottom 10 sends its best wishes to the Black Knights of the Hudson, the Indians, the Pirates and the Huskies, we have another problem -- there are still 23 one-win teams.

We head to the MAC for this week's Pillow Fight. The battle for the inaugural Directional Michigan cup begins this Saturday in Kalamazoo when Eastern Michigan (2-4) visits Western Michigan (1-4). You can bet the Chippewas of Central Michigan (2-3) will keep a close eye on that one.

So, after reading the Bottom 10, kick your feet up, pop open a Miller Lite (if you are 21 or over) and pop in a DVD or tape of Caddyshack. Here's to you Rodney:

ESPN.com users had plenty to say about the Oct. 11 Bottom 10 ranking.

With apologies to Steve Harvey, here's this week's Bottom 10:

ESPN.com's Bottom 10
 RankTeam2004 Rec.Comment
1.Central Florida0-5"Every time I get in an elevator, the operator says the same thing to me: 'Basement?'" The Golden Knights are Division I-A's only winless team.
2.Tulane1-3"I met the surgeon general. He offered me a cigarette." The Green Wave has been swamped by East Carolina and Mississippi State, both Bottom 10 regulars.
3.Temple1-5"When I played in the sandbox. The cat kept covering me up." The Big East only has five more chances to bury the Owls.
4.Mississippi State1-5"I was so depressed I was going to jump out a window on the tenth floor. They sent a priest up to talk to me. He said, 'On your mark ...'" These Bulldogs could use some divine intervention.
5.Nebraska3-2"Hey, somebody step on a duck?" How much have things changed at Nebraska? Someone (Texas Tech) actually scheduled the Huskers for homecoming and hung 70 on them.
6.Western Michigan1-4"Doctor, every morning when I get up and look in the mirror, I feel like throwing up. What's wrong with me? He said, 'I don't know, but your eyesight is perfect.'" Besides a thrashing of Div. I-AA Tennessee Martin, the Broncos have not looked good.
7.Idaho1-5"If I played hide and seek, they wouldn't even look for me." The Vandals would normally be top-five worthy -- especially after a loss to Louisiana Monroe -- but the Sun Belt gets no respect.
8.Kent State1-5"I told my psychiatrist everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous -- everyone hasn't met me yet." These are no Golden Flashes in the pan. The one win is over Div. I-AA Liberty.
9.Arkansas State1-5"My father carries around the picture of the kid who came with the wallet." Did you even really know that there was a Div. I-A team other than the Razorbacks in Arkansas?
10.SMU1-5"The way my luck is running, if I was a politician, I would be honest." The Ponies scored 10 points on a Rice team that surrendered 70 the week before.

Waiting list: Arizona (1-4), Ball State (1-5), Buffalo (1-5), Clemson (1-4), Colorado State (1-4), Duke (1-4), Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis' play calling, Houston (1-5), Kentucky (1-4), Oregon State (1-4), Tulsa (1-4) and Vanderbilt (1-4).