Love watching the games and the business end of college sports. Live in SEC country, but not a fan of any particular team.
"And making matters worse for Misters Bielema and Martin is the fact that neither is winning. Hey, if you’re winning, these missteps and transgressions are ignored and defended." Bingo. Yet Martin and Bielema have both taken over depleted rosters; Martin 2 years ago and Bielema just last year. Neither Martin nor Bielema are different than when hired. It is a matter of perceptions. Martin's situation is more difficult with the AD not having hired him. Bielema is blessed with strong AD support. Fans are rarely patient until evidence of a turnaround manifests itself, but patience is a virtue in both cases.
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@BonzaiB @the_voice The functional question for any network is will people tune in if it is available. If you are a Longhorn fan you probably will; if not, you probably won't. TBS and WGN built their teams' followings in the absence of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Big 10, SEC, PAC 12, Fox (x dozens), NBCSN, CBSSN, etc. I like sports, but the Longhorn Network interests me not at all because I'm not a UT grad or supporter.
As a Financial Planner, I'm pretty familiar how companies can cook their books to show whatever they want to. How you allocate expenses for the LN within ESPN within Disney is a matter of creativity for the accountants. (How many Whataburgers do you have to sell to make the LN profitable?) If it is so profitable, we would already see a Notre Dame network.
Is the LN good for UT? Of course. Do the faithful like the irony of A&M helping the LN's distribution inadvertently? Sure. Will kids in NYC, LA, Miami, or Chicago be lining up to play for UT because of the LN? I wouldn't bet on it.
1 day, 17 hours ago on Rumored Deal Between SEC Network/Dish Only One Piece Of A Major Agreement
@TaylorBartlett It certainly is a cavalier attitude to take when you argue that more plays equal more injuries or being exhausted equals more injuries in an absolute sense. It is equally wrong to say that they don't. So would either a study done by Auburn that concluded more plays is safer or a study done by Alabama that said more plays is dangerous satisfy you? Evidence is nice if it is recognized as such. Heck, there are a number of people who continue to deny that there is any human role in climate change (even a few who deny any climate change at all). Think Malzahn or Freeze (or their supporters) would back down if a study did prove an increased health risk (or vice versa for Saban and Bielema)? If you don't like the study's result, you hire someone to get a different result and then use your bogus study to argue your point of view. (Worked for the tobacco lobby for decades. Heck, you can coach for 20 years and not have to worry about dealing with reality.)
Where we're at today is the assumption that fast paced football is not inherently statistically more dangerous than traditionally paced football. There is enough difference between the two styles to suggest that it is logical to expect one style or the other being safer. I can't see how allowing the defense to substitute occasionally can be bad for the players health, but I can see how it might be beneficial for them healthwise. Unless, of course, concerns about players' health is secondary to the competitive advantage created by a different style of play.
PS - I liked you bringing physics into the discussion. More science. A fast paced offense fatigues a defensive player, which can cause mistakes to be made that might not ordinarily occur. Tired and frazzled players make mistakes. That's why these offenses work. Fatigue also occasionally places a defensive player in a more vulnerable position than they might otherwise be. It isn't the offense that will see more injuries, it's the defense.
1 day, 18 hours ago on SEC Football Coaches “Structure” An Attack On Proposed Slowdown Rule
@BonzaiB The Disney/Texas deal is for guaranteed money ($300M over 20 years) so no more money for more possible eyeballs for UT. Texas fans will have better access, but their kids were already Austin bound if they were wanted by the 'horns. Good luck to Disney trying to recover $15M/year plus all the expenses.
2 days, 17 hours ago on Rumored Deal Between SEC Network/Dish Only One Piece Of A Major Agreement
@Clarence Disney will never get back out of the Longhorn network what they already have and are committed to put into it. Should have been premium tier pay-per-view (like the porn channels). Lots of interest by a relatively few number of people.
2 days, 19 hours ago on The SEC Network Moves Up Its Launch Date
I think both sides of this "player safety" argument argue their point without statistical information and for the advantage of their coaching style. Who is more full of it, Malzahn or Saban? Who knows? More real information would be great, but who would you trust to gather and present the findings?
An obvious but, to my knowledge, undiscussed compromise would involve adding something like the additional 10 seconds with each first down. This would still allow for there to be a speeded up offense, but also allow occasional substituting by the defense. Neither side would be happy, which usually indicates a good compromise.
2 days, 19 hours ago on SEC Football Coaches “Structure” An Attack On Proposed Slowdown Rule
Deals will be cut with the big cable operators and DirecTV, just not quickly. Specifically to DTV; they have the BIG network because they need to. They don't have the Pac 12 network because they don't need to. The SEC network is clearly a need to have for operators within the SEC footprint. With over 90 million pairs of eyeballs in that footprint (many SEC football crazed), the issue will not be if it is carried, but at what price. All might want to remember that the higher the price charged the operator, the higher the price charged the user. As a DTV customer I want the SEC, but I am interested in being charged a fair price for it. I'm firmly convinced that patience is a virtue in this case. If we get into September and ESPN and DTV are still each marking their territory on each other, then I'll move to another provider.
3 days, 15 hours ago on Rumored Deal Between SEC Network/Dish Only One Piece Of A Major Agreement
@John at MrSEC @the_voice Thanks, John. Checking your work offers me no interest. The RPI statistic should be easy to calculate as the mathematics are spreadsheetable (a new word I'm sure). That makes it all the more confusing to us who want a quick and reliable source. Even the records vary. (As an example, some have Arkansas as 4-3 against the top 50, while other have them 4-5). SOS varies too.
What is clear is that the statistical difference between #40 and #60 isn't very much. Tennessee's higher SOS is not due to playing more good teams, but playing less stinkers than Missouri and Arkansas (and where would the Vols SOS be if Virginia hadn't raised themselves from the nonconference schedule dead?). Maybe none of these teams deserves to be in the tourney, but when you look at the collection of teams that would make it into the tourney over these three, those teams don't jump off the page either. If any of the these 3 SEC teams wins their last two and does nothing to embarrass themselves in the conference tourney, they'll be dancing.
4 days, 15 hours ago on Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas And LSU Fight For Life On The NCAA Bubble
Hi John. Looked at Rivals RPI (I think that's the one you like) this am through games last night. Numbers seemed different in several cases (even records to some extent). Are you using a different source and, if so, which one?
4 days, 17 hours ago on Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas And LSU Fight For Life On The NCAA Bubble
That other tourney is clarifying from a SEC perspective. Five big games this week will likely decide the NCAA fate of Tennessee, Missouri, and Arkansas. Any of those teams that win two are probably in. Lose one and the NIT looms. It's hard to find a good scenario for the Tennessee - Missouri loser.
4 days, 18 hours ago on Here’s The Skinny On SEC Tourney Possibilities
@Leon Despair In many sports settings today the primary role of cheerleaders is to be seen, not to lead cheers. Kind of like garnish for food. Looks nice but doesn't really add anything. True from the pros to the junior highs.
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@bigreb What is it that makes Mississippi unique in that regard?
1 week ago on SEC Headlines 2/28/2014
The game was much better than Knight's guesses on free throws. Bobby wasn't being Bobby last night (but then, neither were the Wildcats being the Wildcats or the Razorbacks being the Razorbacks).
1 week ago on Batten Down The Hatches; Knight Returning To Rupp For ESPN
Uh, Barry, that sounds a little racist.
@Scratch47 If he goes to the Knicks don't let the NCAA boys in the door. Bad Karma.
@Scratch47 Absolutely right. He walks out the door as the NCAA walks in. Probably just a coincidence.
1 week, 1 day ago on Batten Down The Hatches; Knight Returning To Rupp For ESPN
Knight usually is a jerk, but it doesn't mean he's always wrong. Calapari is the rogue coach of the thoroughbred country blue bloods. It will be great to hear Knight's "observations" on Kentucky/Calapari. It should be a competitive game, as well.
There's only four SEC teams that are likely to finish with 20 wins; Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas. Florida and Kentucky are obviously in. The Tigers are 3-3 over their last 6 games. They may have another 5 to play. Go 3-2 and they're at 22-11. Go 1-3 and it's 20-12, a possibility given their last 2 games. The Razorbacks are 5-1 in their last 6 games. If they go 4-2 over the next six, they're at 22-11. The 5 teams that currently have 16 wins are very much long shots at this point, probably having to win the SEC tourney. RPI and SOS be damned, if the committee goes with a third SEC team, they'll hang their hat on their record, especially late in the season, because the RPI and SOS will pale in comparison to several middle of the pack teams from the Big 12, Big 10, ACC, and Big East.
1 week, 2 days ago on The SEC Might Land 3 In The NCAA Tourney, But Only 2 Deserve To Go
@foxtrot1 @the_voice I admire you values. The question still exists. You're the Tennessee AD. The football team is sideways with no quick fix in sight (I know a UT partisan could argue differently but the Vols won't be a conference championship contender for a while). The basketball team is sideways but has a quick fix option. The clock on your career is ticking. Quickly fix the basketball part of the equation or hope that Martin gets the team noticeably better next year? If you like your job, it's not really a hard call at all. Hold your nose and bring back Pearl with extreme oversight. You may sleep fitfully, but you'll continue eating very well.
1 week, 2 days ago on Pressure On Tennessee’s Martin More About Pearl Than Martin
@John at MrSEC @Bootheel John C. Calhoun was a nationalist until defense of the "peculiar institution" motivated him to develop the states rights theory. Slavery and its remnants dominated southern politics from the Missouri Compromise in 1820 through the early 1970s. To deny that southern heritage is ludicrous. (By the way, railroad mileage by region in 1860 - a great proxy for level of industrialization - was over 21,000 miles in the north compared to 9,500 in the south.)
That history shouldn't hang around Ole Miss' neck exclusively. It is the lack of repudiation of it by maintaining the Rebel nickname and, for far too long, the Stars and Bars, that would legitimately cause a historically knowledgeable person of color to pause before choosing to represent those symbols of southern heritage.
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