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Thanks for posting that story on Dean Smith. What a heartbreaking, yet touching story.
2 days, 18 hours ago on SEC Headlines 3/5/2014
@HoustonVol I have DishNetwork for tv and Uverse for internet. I'm glad I will finally have access to WatchESPN. Because I have an ATT phone, I haven't had access to that since it's been strictly Verizon. As for those who want to "Cut the Cable" and have nothing but internet access and Netflix and/or Hulu access, that is fine. I'm glad some people can go without cable. But until I can get the games I want to watch on the internet, I cannot give up the cable/satellite. Sure I could watch plenty of SEC games on ESPN3, but my Arkansas games are (of course) blacked out here in Arkansas.
3 days, 19 hours ago on Rumored Deal Between SEC Network/Dish Only One Piece Of A Major Agreement
Why is the RPI considered the "go to" metric for college basketball when it is so simplistic? There are other rankings that include margin of victory, player injuries, and other very important data that RPI does not include. So looking at a bubble team like Tennessee, it is ranked as high as 26 (Kenpom) and as low as 54 (RPI). Missouri goes as high as 31 (BPI) to as low as 52 (Sagarin). Arkansas goes from 37 (BPI) to 69 (RPI). Just doesn't make sense for tournament decision makers to use only one ranking (although I know they look at a few other things as well like like you have above.) It would be nice if they came up with a combined ranking using multiple metrics, like the BCS did. Although not perfect, it would still seem to give a better picture of a team than one ranking. Just my opinion.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on SEC In The NCAA Tourney: 2 Locks, 5 Alive (Some Barely)
Twitter, message boards, and any other anonymous form of social media where people do not have to sign their name (I know, ironic coming from an anonymous moniker), are truly a drain on our society. I do not ever post anything to which I would not sign my name. I noticed since some web sites (e.g. ESPN) have gone to using Facebook as the means of their comments section, there are so many fewer comments on each story. Plus the comments are much cleaner and the tone is a little more pleasant. Not that everyone is nice, because there are jerks who are jerks whether people know their names or not, but is is much different than going to any other place where people can hide their Mr. Hyde in anonymity.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Auburn Fans Making Fools Of Themselves Over Recruit As Iron Bowl Rivalry Proves To Be The Worst In America, Again
It's "a little like asking your secretary to pick out some sort of nice little gift for the wifey." Now that's funny! So true, though.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Franklin Ad Fails To Woo Back Vandy Fans
@John at MrSEC @5LittlePiggies @GuyStawker I understand why you did that for your column. I like the blind comparison for that reason. I wouldn't include # of losses in that chart, either (although I doubt the committee will do the same next year). However, I still like looking at wins over top teams maybe in place of how many top teams you played. Strength of schedule is important, and you include that with opponents win percentage, but I would probably list the next categories as WINS over BCS top 25/50, rather than just number of opponents in same category. I still like the opponents in sub-75 category. How many cupcakes did you beat? Like you said, though, this is your view, and mine just differs a little. As always, thanks for the reply!
3 months ago on The BCS Title Game: Five Teams, Two Slots, One Test Of Blind Resumes
@GuyStawker I think the categories up there should not be how many top 25/50 BCS teams PLAYED, but VICTORIES over said teams. I think losses should be on there also, but what was the ranking of the team who beat them. Missouri losing to a top-10 South Carolina is not NEAR as bad as Ok. State losing to West Virginia.
@mellemellem Yes. I realized that after I posted it. After the SEC championship game, this year would really a great setup for the 4-team playoff, unless the Big 12 Champion has one loss. If the other OSU (Oklahoma State) wins out, would the committee place a one-loss SEC non conference champion (Alabama) over a one-loss conference champion (minus the championship game)? Only time will tell. Of course we in the SEC say they would have to. It's the SEC. But the committee is going to have to explain to the Big 12 champion why they were left out. There will still be years when there is one (and possibly no) undefeated teams, with 4 to 5 one-loss teams, and someone will get left out and the griping will continue.
I hope the committee takes the same "blind taste test" approach next year. Not holding my breath. It would go something like this: "Well, I think we all agree that teams C and E are the two best teams. I think they should play for the N.C. What?!? They both have one loss? (insert gnashing of teeth) We can't let a one-loss team in, I don't care what their resume looks like!" I know this year the SEC Championship game will take care of one of those teams, but if another conference champion has a tough schedule and one loss, look out! Everyone will be calling for the removal of the committee just like they called for the removal of the BCS.
The fan reaction video is a case study in turning your phone sideways (LANDSCAPE) to take video. Sheesh!!
3 months ago on Alabama Fan Starts Online Petition To Play Iron Bowl Overtime
All he had to say was, "I don't read magazines, but good for him. He's earned it." Move on and answer the next meaningless question. I'm sorry, but being rich, famous, and/or successful does not give you the right to be a jerk. That reporter is a man just trying to do his job, just like Saban is. I can't stand the "I'm more important than you, quit wasting my time" attitude some (obviously more important) people have. Proverbs says, "Humility precedes honor." There is no honor in how he treated that reporter.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Alabama’s Saban Not Thrilled With Question About McCarron, SI Cover
It is great to hear a story like that. With as passionate as SEC fans are about their teams, it's a good reminder that these guys ARE people. They have families, emotions, bills, bosses, and deal with life and death just like the rest of us. The anonymous nature of message boards, twitter, radio shows, and other social media has led to vicious attacks on coaches and players, and in my opinion, it needs to stop. Imagine if any one of us were doing our daily job (selling, teaching, writing, going to school, etc.), and someone walked off the street and started ranting at us about how terribly we do our job, and that they hope we got hit by a truck and died. In my opinion, it's ok to talk about how things are going in your program and how one might make it better, and to be critical of obvious shortcomings, but calling for people to be fired, maimed, killed, or otherwise is going too far. These guys have bosses, and if they don't win and put butts in the seats, they will get fired. They don't need us sending them tweets telling them how terrible they are. I know it's a free country, but people have forgotten what respect and integrity means. *exit soap box
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Arkansas’ Bielema Reached Out To MSU’s Mullen After Tragic Player Death
@John at MrSEC @Bweb Thanks for posing the update, John. As you predicted, he was asked! If he was honest, Harrison probably heard that word a dozen times in his own locker room that day. That does not excuse it by any means, but for some reason that word has become acceptable in certain circles (e.g., locker rooms, rap music) enough that even Bill Cosby and others have called it out and said it needs to stop. Thanks for being involved with your readers, John.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Florida Center Harrison Claims An Arkansas Player Hurled Racial Slurs At Him
@Bweb Great point! There wasn't a white guy within 15 yards of the play! Hopefully the media will do their research on this one and debunk it immediately. Not holding my breath.
I haven't given up on him, yet. He jumped into a shallow talent pool when he got here. I bet he would admit that things were much worse than he thought when he got here. I'm reminded of Dana Altman jumping ship less than 24 hours after being name men's basketball coach several years back after he saw just how far south that program had gotten. However, his players have NOT given up. In fact, I saw more fight out of them this Saturday than we saw all last year put together after the ULM debacle. We know that he is trying to build that Stanford/Alabama type of football team, but time will tell if he can get the players he needs and develop them. If he's playing his freshmen (his first recruiting class), then you can see him planning for the future, not just for next week. I do agree that he needs to tighten the lips a little and quit ruffling so many feathers this early on. It is not helping.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Is Arkansas’ Bielema A Fish Out Of Water?
A JUCO player has only 2 years of eligibility left, correct? I'm not surprised that he would want to go to a school that will give him a better shot at short-term success in FBS. Arkansas is at least 2 years away from being competitive in the West. However, if Johnny Football is gone (and maybe Kevin Sumlin?) next year, we'll see how that short-term success really plays out. Wish him all the best (except when he plays the Hogs, of course!)
4 months, 1 week ago on Arkansas’ Bielema Tweets About Spread Offenses, But It’s Not Aimed At Auburn
@John at MrSEC @5LittlePiggies Thanks for clearing that up, John. I thought it was a blanket statement about penalties, not just the targeting rule. I'm definitely in favor of player safety in the case of targeting. I understand that they don't want to open up Pandora's Box on all penalties, but there are special cases in all rule books. Make the "targeting" rule one of these special cases. Throw the flag, automatically review, and if it's determined to be a legal hit after the review, then pick up the flag and move on. No harm, no foul. As long as they clearly defined what targeting is (player lowers head, launches himself against defenseless player, helmet to helmet contact, etc.) then there shouldn't be a problem. Just make targeting the only reviewable penalty. I enjoy reading your site!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC To Ask NCAA Rules Committee To Revisit Targeting Rule
Shaw said, "...when in question, the book says put the marker on the ground." What is the rationale behind that? It should be the other way around. When in doubt, keep your laundry in your pants. It should be CLEARLY a penalty before the flag hits the turf. That should be the beginning of the rule book changes. Even if one game is decided on a questionable call, and there have been, that is too many. I would rather see no flag if it's in doubt, then when officials review questionable calls throughout the week, if they see a play that clearly is defined as "targeting," then suspend the player for the next game. Seems to work in the NFL (if they would quit reducing suspensions).
I like the old "blind taste test" when it comes to these decisions. They should be given a team's resume without naming the team or any team they played. Let them compare how many top-25 teams each one played, and their record against such teams. Take a look at hard data like points scored vs. points allowed, turnover margins, average time of possession, yards per play (both offense and defense), etc., against FBS (and top-25) opponents. Look at how they finished the season, say in the last 4 games. Were they more dominant then than in their previous 8? I always like it when, during NCAA basketball tourney time, they put up two "blind resumes" and see which is better. Then they show the two teams and you go, "Wow, would have never guessed that." If this committee never saw the names of the teams, that would be the only way to remove ANY bias.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on With The Playoff Selection Panel Set There’s Only 1 Question: How Do They View The SEC?
I wouldn't want endzone stadium seats. They are nearly 100 yards from the football field. Hope they get some Cowboys Stadium-sized screens in for this one.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on “Battle At Bristol” Already Doing What It’s Supposed To Do For Tennessee