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@hoglive  While I agree the timing of the game sucks, I'm sure the day/time was set way in advance of knowing who would actually play in the game.  Since those times are set so far in advance so ESPN can set their programming, I doubt they knew the importance a quarterfinal game would have (that's assuming we can get past USC/AU).  Not sure about ESPN3 on this one, however, if you have a sling box you can watch the game on your laptop/mobile device.  I have Dish Network and my DVR has sling built into it.  Worth checking out.  Go Hogs!!

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Two Teams In, 12 Remaining SEC Teams Battling For One Bid (Probably)

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Thanks for posting that story on Dean Smith.  What a heartbreaking, yet touching story.  

7 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Headlines 3/5/2014

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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.  

8 months, 1 week ago on SEC In The NCAA Tourney: 2 Locks, 5 Alive (Some Barely)

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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.  

8 months, 2 weeks ago on Auburn Fans Making Fools Of Themselves Over Recruit As Iron Bowl Rivalry Proves To Be The Worst In America, Again

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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.  

9 months, 1 week ago on Franklin Ad Fails To Woo Back Vandy Fans

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@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!

10 months, 3 weeks ago on The BCS Title Game: Five Teams, Two Slots, One Test Of Blind Resumes

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@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.  

10 months, 3 weeks ago on The BCS Title Game: Five Teams, Two Slots, One Test Of Blind Resumes

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@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.  

10 months, 3 weeks ago on The BCS Title Game: Five Teams, Two Slots, One Test Of Blind Resumes

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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.  

10 months, 3 weeks ago on The BCS Title Game: Five Teams, Two Slots, One Test Of Blind Resumes

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The fan reaction video is a case study in turning your phone sideways (LANDSCAPE) to take video.  Sheesh!!

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Alabama Fan Starts Online Petition To Play Iron Bowl Overtime

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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.  

11 months ago on Alabama’s Saban Not Thrilled With Question About McCarron, SI Cover

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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

11 months, 1 week ago on Arkansas’ Bielema Reached Out To MSU’s Mullen After Tragic Player Death

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@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.  

-Eric

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Florida Center Harrison Claims An Arkansas Player Hurled Racial Slurs At Him

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@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.  

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Florida Center Harrison Claims An Arkansas Player Hurled Racial Slurs At Him

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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.  

11 months, 2 weeks ago on Is Arkansas’ Bielema A Fish Out Of Water?

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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!)  

12 months ago on Arkansas’ Bielema Tweets About Spread Offenses, But It’s Not Aimed At Auburn

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@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!

-Eric

12 months ago on SEC To Ask NCAA Rules Committee To Revisit Targeting Rule

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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).  

1 year ago on SEC To Ask NCAA Rules Committee To Revisit Targeting Rule

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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.  

1 year ago on With The Playoff Selection Panel Set There’s Only 1 Question: How Do They View The SEC?

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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.  

1 year ago on “Battle At Bristol” Already Doing What It’s Supposed To Do For Tennessee

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@BamaCLT I agree that agents have to be culpable for their behavior.  They should be disciplined somehow.  Also, making college players pay when they turn pro is an interesting idea.  Not sure about half the salary, but a fine could be in order.  If we finally do get to the day when college students somehow get paid extra for being a college athlete (at which time they technically become a minor-league player in my opinion), then they should sign a contract that says they are being paid to play college athletics, and any extra money or gifts they take while playing in college could result in a fine payable to the NCAA and/or the university, whether or not they become a professional athlete. And I agree that paying athletes will not fix the situation.  It still puts all major universities on the same level, just like they are now.  If a college athlete gets a $3,000 stipend at any university, there will still be competition to get that 5-star athlete.  South Carolina can't say they're going to pay them a $3,000 stipend to sweeten the deal, because every major university can say that.  So there are still going to be boosters, and possibly coaches, sweeten the deal with additional benefits.  

1 year, 1 month ago on The Morning After: SEC Players Implicated, SEC Fans Fret

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Instead of having an investigative division in the NCAA, maybe they should just outsource their investigating to ESPN, SI, and Yahoo.  They seem to do a better job than the NCAA does.  

1 year, 1 month ago on The Morning After: SEC Players Implicated, SEC Fans Fret

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Watch out Tennessee and Auburn.  No pushovers coming to town this week.  Those both ought to be fun games to watch!

1 year, 1 month ago on SEC Game Previews – 9/6/13

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He said a lot more than "What's up Nick? Nice Hit."  He was jawing big time.  And by the reactions of the defensive players, it was no compliment.

1 year, 1 month ago on Tossing Taunts And Touchdowns, Johnny’s Back; A&M Beats Rice 52-31

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Can't really argue with any of those.  I think the final score on the Georgia/Clemson game could be interchangeable.  However, last year Georgia was +11 on turnovers, Clemson only +2.  I think Georgia comes up in the + category on Saturday and wins.  

1 year, 1 month ago on SEC Game Previews – 8/30/13

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@j_scott_o Same could be said about player speed, too.  How many sub-4.50 players do we have now compared to 20 years ago?

1 year, 1 month ago on A&M’s Sumlin On Complaints About Hurry-Up: “Everybody Should Be In Shape”

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@alamoaggie08 I would think on this they should limit any study to "major" injuries, such as knee/ankle injuries, hamstring/groin pulls, and concussions.  Cramping is only temporary and does not keep a player sidelined for weeks/months.  I'm not sold on the theory that high-paced offenses cause more injuries, but until they really study it I think it's only theory and speculation.  My only concern is really long-term.  High-paced offenses average 20+ more plays a game, so that's 20+ more collisions a game which could lead to more long-term brain damage, like a boxer that gets hit in the head fight after fight.  Like you said, though, a Bama linebacker could do as much damage in one blow as many defenders could do in 20, so again nothing will be settled on this for a while.  

1 year, 1 month ago on A&M’s Sumlin On Complaints About Hurry-Up: “Everybody Should Be In Shape”

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Game-time temps will be high on the field.  With temperatures in the mid-90's, sun blazing, and a 3:00 kick-off, on-field temperatures will probably be easily in the 100-105 degree range.  I wonder whose advantage that will be, or is it just bad for both teams?  Look for lots of crams in the 2nd half of this game.  

1 year, 1 month ago on Bielema Says U-La-La Will Be A “Tremendous Challenge” For Arkansas

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@John at MrSEC You've got to quit using the words "Johnny Manziel" on your site.  It's like throwing rocks at a hornets nest!!! "Sen-si-tive" (read that in Major Payne voice).  

1 year, 2 months ago on Texas A&M Chancellor Not Happy With ESPN’s Rovell

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If the ugliness from the two basketball games last season spill over into football, this could very quickly become a heated rivalry.  I know Twitter-ville got pretty nasty.  

1 year, 2 months ago on Missouri Vs Arkansas 2014: A Friday Or Saturday Affair?

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That's the media formula for sensationalism:  One quote out of context, subtract other pertinent information to further demonize the subject of the story, add an eye-popping headline, print (or post) the story before all of the information is in hand, and voila, they've created drama where there is none.  I'm sick of it.  Unfortunately, the public eats up the drama and sensationalism.  John, thank you for being a voice of reason in the media wilderness.  

1 year, 2 months ago on Texas QB Talks Texas A&M’s Manziel, But The Coverage Doesn’t Match His Comments

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Does the league ask for outside assistance in matters like this, or do they only talk in-house for big decisions?  Seems like an outside consulting company, or even public input (such as your own), could have helped them make a better schedule.

1 year, 2 months ago on No Kentucky-Tennessee Hoops Game In Knoxville This Year… It Didn’t Have To Be That Way

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@FredSez So you can only comment on another coach if you're funny?  Does the same go in all occupations/areas of life?

1 year, 2 months ago on TCU’s Patterson Calls Out LSU’s Miles For Allowing Hill To Play

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I'm glad that another coach called out the idiocy of Les Miles.  While for the most part I think coaches should stay out of other coaches' business when it comes to internal discipline, at some point we have to call out the hypocrisy of saying they care for student-athletes while not holding them at all accountable for violent actions like those of Hill.  Miles' decision-making process would be like me asking my other kids whether or not I should punish their brother or sister for beating up a class-mate at school.  Oh, they got detention hall at school and had to pick up trash around the playground, so I'll let my other kids decide whether or not they should lose the privilege of watching tv, playing video games, or going to the movie.  What an idiot!  At some point you have to be the adult/leader/disciplinarian and decide for yourself.  As a representative of LSU, Hill should have missed a couple of games for his repeat-offender status.  What a cop-out!

1 year, 2 months ago on TCU’s Patterson Calls Out LSU’s Miles For Allowing Hill To Play

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That is very Andy Sandberg-ish.  What I like about the Mannings is that they are everyday guys.  They don't have this "I'm better than you"/in-your-face attitude that other star athletes seem to carry with them.  By the way, I love the video.  I'm in the 35-and-under crowd, though (barely), so that may be why.  It's definitely not everybody's cup of tea.

1 year, 2 months ago on Three SEC Heroes Play For Laughs In New Commercial

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Thanks for giving me the top 25 schools my children will NOT attend!  

1 year, 2 months ago on Just 3 SEC Schools On The “Party Schools” List?

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Wow, you know it's getting bad when Johnny Manziel gets his own section in the SEC Headlines!

1 year, 2 months ago on SEC Headlines 8/6/2013

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I don't think this data does anything to the argument that "slow coaches" have.  Their argument, from what I can tell, is the injuries for the opposing defense.  A team that runs a hurry-up offense doesn't allow the defense to substitute, or get set properly, and causes more injuries on the defensive side of the ball.  This data just says that a team that runs a hurry-up offense doesn't themselves get injured as much.  In fact, I think this data (in a backwards way) only helps the arguments of the Sabans and Bielemas.  The slow teams have more injuries because of facing these high-tempo offenses.  What they need to track are injuries to opposing defenses of hurry-up offenses.  With the current data available, I don't think that can be measured.  It's all just opinions and conjecture mixed in with a little bit of logic.  But with the upcoming season, maybe the NCAA will start to take a closer look at this and gather some hard data to either confirm or dispel the theory.  Like you said, this data comes far from ending the debate.  As always, thanks for the info, John!

1 year, 2 months ago on Some Numbers To Go With The “Fast Offenses Cause Injuries” Debate

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I really half-expected the voice to say this at about the 1:15 mark.  "I am concrete.  I am turf.  I am cardinal.  I am white.  I...am Optimus Prime."  In all seriousness though, isn't that one of the voices for the NFL during radio broadcasts?  

1 year, 2 months ago on Arkansas To Celebrate The 75th Anniversary Of Razorback Stadium

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I read that story about an hour ago, and the 1st thing that came to my mind was the enabling parenting.  The writer made the comment that Johnny wants for nothing.  That to me said more about him than anything.  In the teaching profession I deal with kids whose parents are absent, and these kids have so many issues because of that.  The only type of kids I see with a lot of the same issues are kids who "want for nothing."  He's stinking 20-years-old and already has a drinking and anger problem.  I catch my kid with out partying and drinking it up in bars before they're 21 and no one will see them again until they're 21.  See my kid fling a golf club across the course while throwing the f-bomb, he better like the taste of soap, and forget coming to the country club for a while.  My kid tells his aunt to "shut the hell up" and they will have to pick him up off the floor.  This boy seemingly has gotten anything he has wanted (without working for it) and gotten away with anything he's done (without consequence).  I don't blame him for this.  I blame his parents.  It's called a gradual release.  He's been given a license to ill (for all you Beastie Boys fans out there).  But, Daddy loves him, so bring him another Crown and Sprite. 

1 year, 2 months ago on ESPN The Magazine Tackles Manziel Mania

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Uh. Oh.  You said Johnny Football...

1 year, 2 months ago on ESPN The Magazine Tackles Manziel Mania

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As far as Arkansas goes, adding seats helps to up the average, but also going from 3 games down to 2 games in Little Rock probably helped the average a little as well.  Adding 20,000 seats for one game a year will definitely help boost your average, which is one reason why I think we'll see it go down to one game in Little Rock in the next few years.  I hope not, but I think there are more pros than cons on the university side for them to move another game to Fayetteville in the coming years.  But will they do it knowing it will alienate some fans from other parts of the state, which affects their donation dollars?  

1 year, 2 months ago on SEC Football Attendance Declines For Three Straight Years, But…

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F.Y.I.  Think you forgot to hit the divide button on S. Carolina.  311K is a pretty high average!  LOL!!  

1 year, 2 months ago on SEC Football Attendance Declines For Three Straight Years, But…

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Sorry, was in Middle School when this song came out, so I know it all too well.  However, there are too many Ice Ice baby references for Johnny Manziel to pass up!!

1 year, 2 months ago on A&M’s Manziel Fast Becoming The New Vanilla Ice

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Rollin', in my 5.0 with the ragtop down so my hair can blow.  The girlies on standby waiting just to say hi. "Did you stop?" No, I just drove by.  

1 year, 2 months ago on A&M’s Manziel Fast Becoming The New Vanilla Ice

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Love it or leave it, you better gain way.  You better hit bull's eye, the kid don't play.

1 year, 2 months ago on A&M’s Manziel Fast Becoming The New Vanilla Ice

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Will it ever stop? Yo, I don't know.  Turn off the lights and I'll glow.

1 year, 2 months ago on A&M’s Manziel Fast Becoming The New Vanilla Ice

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Too cold...

1 year, 2 months ago on A&M’s Manziel Fast Becoming The New Vanilla Ice

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That play never gets old.  Holy Cow.  And the context in which it happened is even better.  I wonder if they'll use instant replay to get that call right on the field, like basketball does with technical fouls.  That's a big call to make and can have huge repercussions for a team.  If Clowney is removed from the rest of that game, does S.C. go on to win that game?  There will be some fired-up coaches on the sideline this year the first time a starter like Clowney gets booted for a half of football.  

1 year, 3 months ago on New Ejection Rule Will Be The Most Controversial Rule Change In Ages

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I love how when people come to the support of these repeat offenders they call them "kids."  "They're just kids.  They've gotta learn from their mistakes.  Give them a chance to grow."  They are not "kids," they are young men.  There are people their age putting on camo and putting their boots on the ground in places like Iraq and Afghanistan; putting on body armor and sticking their head out of a Humvee, manning a 50 cal and putting a target on their head for any jihadist to fire at.  Do they get the same consideration for acts of violence and repeated drug abuse?  I've not been in the military, so I'm not 100% sure, but I would bet that violent and repeat offenders are not given much consideration.  They are to behave in a disciplined, honorable way.  Not being disciplined and a team player gets you or your comrade killed.  Discipline and honor; something that these college athlete knuckleheads seem to know nothing about.  

1 year, 3 months ago on LSU’s Miles And Ole Miss’ Kennedy Need To Boot Hill And Henderson

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