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Many of the commenters fail to acknowledge the obvious - the more plays a player is involved in, the greater his chance of injury. It's like saying the more miles you fly or drive, the greater your chance of injury. That's a no-brainer. Data not required - only logic.
7 months ago on Ole Miss’ Freeze Not Happy With NCAA Proposal To Slow The Game; But The NCAA Should Do Just That
Yeah, that was a goof by Bielema. You also touched on my pet peeve about Saban. I grew up in B'ham in the late 60s. As a young kid I watched Bear's Sunday show breaking down the game from the day before. I can't tell you how many times, after a loss, the Bear would say variations of this: "I just didn't do a good job getting the boys ready to play this week." (And he had plenty of opportunities to say it in '69 and '70.) Never mind that he just didn't have the horses in his some years. He had a quote that summed it up: "If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That's all it takes to get people to win football games for you." I miss that.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Arkansas’ Bielema On 3-9 Season: “For Whatever Reason, The Good Lord Decided Us To Be That Way”
Interesting assessment. I'm a Bama fan and I agree we don't deserve to go because of the loss and the relatively weak schedule. The FSU and OSU schedules were awful, through no fault of their own. I don't believe OSU deserves it because they struggled in some games this year against pretty weak foes (UM, Nwestern), and they haven't played a top ten team until they get #10 tomorrow. The undefeated season has always been overrated IMO. To me not having a loss compared to one doesn't mean anything if the 1-loss team played a rugged schedule and the undefeated team played a really bad schedule. A team can't bring its A-game but so many times in a season and that makes the teams with rugged schedules far more vulnerable on those days. I agree with you that the AU-Mizzou winner should be #1 and be in the BCSNCG. FSU, at #2 would still get to prove their mettle. Considering they will have only played two teams in the top 25 (Clemson, #13; Duke #20) we won't really know how good FSU is until they play in the BCSNCG. In the end, I think the voters are going to give the second slot to OSU, if they beat MSU, over the SEC winner due to the almighty undefeated record. At least next year we don't have to argue about who among the top 4 should get to go. We'll get to argue a lot though, when the committee picks someone not in the consensus top four, but that's another story.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on The BCS Title Game: Five Teams, Two Slots, One Test Of Blind Resumes
@John at MrSEC @OBXnoworries You're the man John, keep it coming.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC East Race A Muddled Mess After Carolina Nips Mizzou; Tiger Fans Make Fools Of Themselves
I find it puzzling that Mr. SEC would pile on Mizzou based on a handful of bad fans, which exist in every fan base. Doesn't make any sense to me. And to the impact to recruiting remark I say: do you seriously think this could have any tangible impact on recruiting? Really? Dude, pour yourself a double and step back.
For some reason I can't see the commenters' remarks, so I'm shooting blind here, but I've been waiting for someone to bring this up. I’ve been an opponent of this committee from the
git-go. Why in heaven’s name would you
replace a perfectly adequate numerical analysis tool with a bunch of people in
a smoke-filled room? Go back and look at
the top 4 BCS schools each year and tell me who got shafted if they didn’t make
the final four. Very few, if
any. I predict more controversy rather than
less, once this system begins. And I
guess that’s your point.
11 months ago on With The Playoff Selection Panel Set There’s Only 1 Question: How Do They View The SEC?
The man is priceless. So is he Italian, really like Italians, or does he just think Irishmen drink too much, or some combination? Or is it just random synapse firings?
11 months, 1 week ago on LSU’s Miles Does His Thing When Discussing Columbus Day
John, when all is said and done OSU will be at about #100 in SOS (preseason #102 by Phil Steele). It's no slam dunk an undefeated OSU goes over a 1-loss SEC team. The voters have already knocked them down to #4, because of SOS, and we're just getting started. Assuming all undefeated teams, obviously Oregon/Stanford, LSU/Ala and FSU/Clemson winners will be above them. Louisville I doubt because they're the only team hanging around the top 10 with an easier schedule than OSU. So OSU's only hope is that two of those matchups don't produce an undefeated. I also think the epic matchups the SEC is producing almost every week, will sway voters to reward those SEC one-loss teams. Regardless of how it goes, it's gonna be a fun ride! Good piece - thanks.
11 months, 4 weeks ago on The SEC’s BCS Championship Game Hopes Are Already Dimming
That is a no brainer. They'll win by 21+ I was assuming it was a misprint
11 months, 4 weeks ago on SEC Odds And Television Listings – 9/23/13
I agree with all of that. I found the Brian Poole thing disturbing. Calling it a bang-bang play is not how a coach should react to that. In my mind it was a poster child for targeting. And you're right about the SEC being a little unsteady at this point. I think that changes with time, but we're one LSU and one 'Bama loss from having no undefeated teams down the road, as Oregon and Ohio State, and perhaps other teams, skate through their schedule.
11 months, 4 weeks ago on SEC Weekend Wrap – 9/23/13 (Ugly Football Edition)
John, you're right on all points. There will always be cheaters, paying players will have no appreciable impact on that. And blind faith is one of the biggest frustrations for journalists and fair minded fans alike. The fact is most of these sports radio discussions will be dominated by passionate, but hopelessly biased people. That's why I don't bother to listen. Though I take issue with y'all sometimes, your even-handed approach is much appreciated.
1 year ago on Scandals, Scandals, Scandals… Three Takeaways (Rants) From The Latest SEC Scandal
Johnny autograph is a spoiled brat, simple as that. I was a big fan last year, even though he beat my team, but the offseason taught me that he's hopeless. He might win the BCSNC, he could do very well. But Sumlin will have to come a long way to rid himself of the reputation that he kowtows to the NCAA's prima prima donna. The sooner he is out of college football the better.
1 year ago on A&M’s Sumlin Says Manziel Didn’t Ignore Him On Saturday; We Say “Yeesh”
I'll take #5 for 500 Alex. I don't understand the Urban Meyer hype. His team was incredibly fortunate in 2012 against some pretty ordinary competition (+6 in close games is rare). Sure, with the hands-down worst schedule of any contender, he _should_ go undefeated, but I doubt it. The lucky streak will end. And even if it doesn't, his team won't be battle hardened. His team won't be able to hold up after our champ has had 5 or so weeks to heal.
1 year, 2 months ago on Fearless Predictions: 5 Things That Will Not Happen In The SEC This Fall
This is a bad idea. In addition to what it does to the great rivalries, it ignores the benefits of a nine game schedule, which are to improve every teams strength of schedule (SOS) and to make sure our teams cycle through all of the league opponents over a reasonable period. The whole point of elevating SOS is to attack this myth that undefeated teams are inherently better than once defeated teams. Making SOS king is the only leverage the SEC has to insist that a second SEC team should be in the new playoff.
1 year, 3 months ago on Alabama-Tennessee As A Non-Conference Game? Steve Spurrier Has A Schedule Suggestion
Mr. SEC amuses me. A couple of weeks ago he said that he would no longer respond to Alabama fans who criticized him for his rush to judgement. He regretted trying to reason with these people, he said. So tonight Mr. SEC stirs the same pot, presumably, hoping for more of the same. No matter. The process has taken its course. Alabama has weighed the matter and made its judgements. I hope the kids can turn their lives around. Vilifying them won't help them, but taking them seriously and giving them appropriate punishment might. It's really up to them at this point.
1 year, 6 months ago on Question: How Many Bama Fans Would Have Called For Due Process If Saban Had Acted Immediately?
Well John, I will tell you this. It never hurts, and should be mandatory, to conduct due diligence before you take action in a matter this serious. You have absolutely nothing to lose. To allow people to be tried in the court of public opinion (i.e., by a lynch mob) is always wrong. Saban is way too systematic to do that. That's how you get situations like Duke lacrosse. Not equating the cases, but that's what happens when the lynch mob takes over. In the final analysis it's better to say I've carefully weighed the evidence and I'm taking appropriate action, as opposed to saying: Look how fast I can fire people! I'm new to this venue, but that's my 2 cents.
1 year, 7 months ago on Hearings Set For Two Of Four Arrested Bama Football Players