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Yeah, Saban had nothing to do with the 10 second proposal. And cheeseburgers have nothing to do with Bert having a gut.
1 year, 1 month ago on SEC Headlines 3/1/2014
I miss the daily music song, John. Bring it back.
1 year, 4 months ago on Nick Saban, Everybody Wants You
As A&M and the SEC eat Longhorn lunch... BWAHAHAHA!!!
1 year, 7 months ago on Report: Texas Regent Spoke With Nick Saban’s Agent
Rather than squaling about it Bielema and Saban need to sack up and stop it. If they do it'll go away.
1 year, 7 months ago on SEC Stats: Who Feels The Need For Speed?
@bamaboyintn Don't you have some oak trees to poison?
1 year, 7 months ago on Is A&M’s Manziel That Good Or Is Bama’s Defense Not As Good As 2012? Yes
@the_voice @HoustonVol So true. A&M and the SEC are eating Big Tex and their conference of toadies alive.
1 year, 7 months ago on The Power Shift In Texas Continues At BreakNeck Speed
The multiples of poor judgement JM has shown this off-season has caused his precious (in his eyes) NFL Draft stock to fall like a rock. What a train wreck.
1 year, 8 months ago on Like The Rule Or Not, Manziel Allegedly Violated An NCAA Biggie
@alamoaggie08 @John at MrSEC Good lord does Manziel have "trainwreck" written all over him this year.
I can't imagine they could set a point spread high enough that I won't bet against him vs. Bama.
They're going to crush him like grapes under a vat full of Sicilian fatties. SPLAT!! Haw-Haw!!
1 year, 8 months ago on A&M’s Manziel Fast Becoming The New Vanilla Ice
@JAMJNS Hear-hear!! Once defenses start limiting what they do, then we can talk about limiting offenses.
1 year, 9 months ago on Saban Says Questions Need To Be Asked About Hurry-Up Offenses
@40Capt Oh but timeouts are more important. You only get three of those a half and they have 7 or 8 D-Lineman.
What a crock. Adapt or die, Saban/Bielema - just like offenses have with every new defensive wrinkle to come down the pike.
1 year, 10 months ago on SEC Coaches Debate The “Dangers” Of Hurry-Up Offenses
The problems for Pinkel are multiple, but the main one is recruiting. Rightly or wrongly, they decided to abandon their Texas pipeline that had been key to his (relative) success in favor of recruiting Georgia and Florida. Unfortunately, they came up dry in all three states. He also lost most of his in-state momentum (that culminated with the move to the SEC and Dorial Green-Beckham) with the 5-7 season, so things could really get ugly if they don't rebound with 7 or 8 wins.
1 year, 10 months ago on The 7 SEC East Questions MrSEC.com Looks Forward To Having Answered In The Fall
The almost manic way Manziel has overindulged himself this off-season - like a fat kid turned loose in a candy shop - how can this not end in disappointment for aTm this year? All signs point to it.
1 year, 10 months ago on Reported Tweet From Johnny Manziel: “Can’t Wait To Leave College Station”
Don't worry about the knucklehead faction, John. Everyone will recognize it for what it is. It's the same in New York or anywhere - "caller who wants to be a radio star". No big whoop.
And thanks for the Oliver Wendell Douglass "Green Acres"picture. Made me laugh out loud.
1 year, 11 months ago on Finebaum’s New ESPN, SEC Network Show To Be Caller-Driven (Uh-Oh)
I'm sure you've commented on it, but what scheduling format could best preserve rivalries and help mitigate the kind of schedule inadequacies LSU is complaining about?
I really liked the idea someone floated a few weeks ago (divisionless, I believe) where each team had 4 or 5 permanent rivals while rotating the 3 or 4 games. It preserved the rivalries and helped mitigate the strength of schedules. It would be nice to see the SEC take the lead on this as they did with the divisional set up years ago.
1 year, 11 months ago on Shortsighted Pundits Suggest The SEC Dump Permanent Rivals
@GatorGeek I'm not there yet (cutting the cord), but I did ditch the NFL Sunday Ticket and really don't miss it (thanks to NFL Red Zone ala carte during the season). But I agree with you - if the SEC Network can only be had via cable / satellite, it'll eventually hasten the eventual cord cut. I've got friends and family who have done it, and they don't miss it either. Over the air and other internet options can fill most of the gaps nicely.
They'd be wise to not overplay their hand here.
1 year, 11 months ago on Bama AD Battle: SEC/ESPN “Pretty Bullish” On New Network
Great stuff, as always John. But for George and Tammy, I really like this one.
1 year, 11 months ago on Thought Of The Day – 5/17/13
@ConnGator @Speedy98 That is a very nice set-up. The SEC might as well be cutting edge on this one too.
1 year, 11 months ago on LSU, Florida… Just Man Up And Stop Whining
John - At one point it was 33 of the first 99. 33% of the cream.
1 year, 12 months ago on Playoff Committee Needs To Remember What They See Every April
Love, love, love your taste in music, John. I sure miss the real storytellers in music like Tom T., Jim Croce, Merle Haggard, etc.
2 years, 1 month ago on Thought Of The Day - 3/13/13
Thank goodness the hair bands got a hold of Vince before he completely circled the drain. This was the all-time Alice low.
2 years, 1 month ago on Thought Of The Day - 2/25/13
@ezgame @JRsec @AllTideUp While no expert on the SEC as a newbie, it seems to me the strength of the conference is the product, first and foremost. Far above market. The B1G's recent additions were all about markets. Nevermiind that their already suspect football product will only deteriorate. The SEC has never had huge TV markets (save Atlanta), yet their ratings and national interest in the league at an all-time high. Why? A superior product.
Adding schools a bunch of also-ran schools from the XII to get to 20 would be a huge mistake - the mistake the Big Ten is apparently ready to double down on in the name of gaining markets. A strong 16 will outperform a compromised 20, nationally, in the long run, while pod scheduling will preserve most of the rivalries that would be lost going to 20.
The additions of A&M and Missouri was a nice balance of product and markets, far better bang for the buck than Rutgers and Maryland will give the B1G. I trust Mr. Slive's future additions will be as equally well thought out.
2 years, 2 months ago on Don’t Like The Idea Of 20-Team Conferences? Don’t Worry, They Won’t Last Long
@23451bum @yerboyfloyd Is that you DeLoss?? Don't worry, your A&M pain will ease shortly
A scene from DeLoss' bedside...
Mack Brown: How is he?
Bob Bowlsby: I'm leaving a prescription for PROZAC.
Mike Slive: Excuse me, Bob, but with these particular symptoms, is Prozac the right choice?
Mack Brown: You think Prozac is a mistake?
Mike Slive: Well, with this kind of manic episode, I would think Librium might be a more effective management tool.
Bob Bowlsby: You could be right. I'll rewrite the prescription.
@23451bum Bitter Longhorn... Table for one.
@Roggespierre @larryphelps20 Who in their right mind would ever trust Texas? They have ruined every conference they've ever been in, due to their megalomaniacal leadership and fan following. To think Ohio State or Michigan would get anywhere near them is laughable. Talk about a way to splinter an 18-20 team conference, bring the Blowhorns on board.
Besides, A&M is already eating them alive from the inside out, but they're still so full of their own self-importance they barely realize it. LOL.
"Over the past three years, we’ve seen as much movement, as much shuffling as the college sports world has ever known. A chart of this evolution would show a slow rise from ape to man from the early 1900s to the 2000s… and then a huge leap forward to a man with both gills and wings in the 2010s. For the geeks out there, consider these the X-conferences. And the mutants are taking over."
You made me laugh out loud, John. Thanks.
@GeoffDawg He'd probably have to a haircut to coach high school.
2 years, 2 months ago on Ex-Mizzou O-Coordinator Yost: “It Got To A Point Where I Didn’t Love My Job”
@j_scott_o @zschroeder Agreed. Teams fled the XII to get away from them. Let Texas choke on their own vomit.
2 years, 2 months ago on How An SEC-Big XII Scheduling Alliance Could Doom The ACC
@FCDore Agreed. With UNC being the real plum, being proactive seems wiser than reactive.
The best case is to slam the breaks and prop up the ACC if at all possible.
2 years, 2 months ago on With Expansion Talk Heating Up, Here Are Four “Best-Case” Scenarios For The SEC
I really like this comment (from the comments section) on one of the other stories John posted...
Mizzou_82 1 hour ago
@SEC Official These rankings really don't mean much because all of the conference media deals are staggered and are constantly being renegotiated due to expansion. The original Big XII media deal looked great when it was first signed but looked horrible by 2010 when realignment started up again. The SEC dominated revenue until the Big Ten Network started pulling in profits. The Big XII has a great deal right now, but they were clearly overpaid in an effort by ESPN to keep the conference from breaking apart. Before realignment, the SEC had higher ratings by half over the #2 Big Ten, and that was before expanding their footprint by a third to add the states of Texas and Missouri. The A&M/Alabama game beat the Texas game in ratings IN AUSTIN. That's what's going to get the SEC a big payday... at least until the Big Ten ups their contract.
2 years, 3 months ago on Texas A.D. On Expansion: “We’re Very Happy with 10″
Maybe they could call the divisions the "Underachiever" and "Overextended" for their old and new teams.
2 years, 3 months ago on Big Ten Commissioner Talks Conference Expansion
@Vandydude No. Missouri wanted out of the BigXII for the same reasons as Texas A&M - stability and fairness. The SEC provides both.
The B1G, meanwhile, felt they had to add Maryland and Rutgers, for among other reasons, to keep Penn State from defecting. And the further the B1G moves out of their footprint the weaker their brand will actually become. The exception being if they add North Carolina and Duke. If they just start adding random southern schools in isolation, the Big Ten brand (and Network) and the cable eyeballs they're hoping to attract will be soundly rejected by southerners.
IMO, the SEC should actually hope the ACC survives. As things currently stand, the SEC overwhelmingly has the best collegiate brand in the nation. And the only thing that can remotely challenge that is if the B1G were to add North Carolina and Duke - and that's the likely a key reason the SEC has been secretly courting them. They're the game changers that could give the Big Ten a shot at being close to equal. Otherwise, status quo or NC and Duke to the SEC is a big, big win.
2 years, 3 months ago on Big Bang Theories: The Countdown To Super-Conferences (Part 4)
@KevinKent Sorry, but you're dreaming. Once the penalty against Maryland is set (and reduced), there is going to be a land rush out of the ACC. And the only thing that can hold some form of the ACC together is if North Carolina chooses not to defect. If they leave, game over. And a real panic could ensue thereafter.
EIther way, the handwriting is on the wall - Maryland will set the penalty to leave. The B1G will grab 2-4 more. The SEC will add two more. And the BigXII will get the leftovers.
John - How on earth will conferences schedule 18 teams for football? 16 (with rotating pods) seems not only doable, but potentially exciting if there were a four division SEC playoff. But rotating any more than that would make some school distant relatives, schedule-wise. BTW, nice song choice with Deano's "Little Ol' Wine Drinker Me" yesterday. You have exceptional taste and depth in music.
@alamoaggie08 Funny, I never rooted for Texas or OK or K-State in bowl games when we were in the BigXII (Missouri fan), but I was definitely rooting for the conference and Alabama throughout the bowls. And for the reasons you mentioned. Texas ruins everything they touch. They want to stand on a step ladder and then claim they're the tallest man in the room. I hope they choke on the LHN.
2 years, 3 months ago on Notre Dame AD on Bama: “They’re Better Than Everyone”
I knew I liked you and this website. Anybody the musical cache to link up to JD Old No. 7 by Jerry Lee Lewis is a Killer in my book. Cousins Whack Catholics again.
2 years, 3 months ago on Thought Of The Day – 1/8/13