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We've broken down on several occasions just what it means to be "favored." The reality is, that's a number used by gamblers based upon the public's perception of team strength. It's not a predictor. http://www.mrsec.com/2013/01/vegas-and-the-sec-more-proof-that-the-line-isnt-a-prediction/
Ohio State would be favored versus just about any team in the country every year because they have a huge fanbase and huge brand awareness. Ditto teams like Alabama (who was a double-digit favorite over Auburn), Texas, Southern Cal and Florida when they're rolling.
The betting line -- misunderstood by so many -- should have nothing to do with picking a championship game.
Thanks for reading the site,
1 day, 4 hours ago on The BCS Title Game: Five Teams, Two Slots, One Test Of Blind Resumes
This article is directed at Auburn because they are coming a HUGE win over their hated rival. Keep reading the site and you'll see that we believe Missouri fans should angry over the fact they're not even being mentioned as a BCS title contender.
Thanks for visiting the site,
2 days, 2 hours ago on A Letdown In The SEC Championship Game? It’s Possible, Auburn
That should be SEC title. Good catch. We've said it since 2011... it's been easier to win the BCS than the SEC (Bama back-to-back BCS, not back-to-back in the SEC).
2 days, 4 hours ago on Champs, You Just Can’t Repeat In The SEC
There are exceptions to the rule -- I listed two -- but there are usually some strange circumstances involved. Franchione leaving Alabama due to NCAA sanctions was certainly one of those situations.
All things being equal, you usually don't see coaches leave one top 25 program for another.
Many thanks for reading the site,
1 week ago on Would Sumlin Leave A&M For USC? National Writer Says The Jobs Aren’t Even Close
Good catch. Not sure why the heck I typed that when I've written stories on the Freeze and Malzahn both leaving Arkansas State. Rushing... or stupid. Or stupidly rushing.
1 week, 1 day ago on Would Sumlin Leave A&M For USC? National Writer Says The Jobs Aren’t Even Close
Of course I did. There are good days and bad days... and bad weeks. This is turning into a bad week.
Thanks for reading and for the catch,
1 week, 1 day ago on Muschamp On Recruiting: “It’s Still The University Of Florida”
I said I hate it when teams go for 70+. All teams. I think it's classless. That is my opinion.
Sorry your feelings were hurt. Not sure why anyone would think I was intentionally trying to hurt the feelings of someone I don't know.
Finally, because I work in Knoxville, it does not mean Tennessee is "my Vols." All I hear from Tennessee fans is how I hate the Vols. I've been called a fan and a hater of every team in the SEC at one time or another.
Reality: I don't care who the heck wins in the SEC because I get hate mail from every fanbase. And whenever someone goes for 70+ against an FCS team they shouldn't be playing in the first place, I'm going to say on my television show -- or write here -- that I think it's weak.
1 week, 2 days ago on South Carolina 70 – Coastal Carolina 10 (Video)
In front of a room full of reporters he mocked a guy's questions. He knew the questioner would have to sit there and take it for fear of being banished by the UA administration or taken off the beat by his bosses. That's bullying.
If he'd spoken like that to some Joe Blow on the street, he'd have gotten his 62-year-old, 5-9 rear whipped. Which is why he wouldn't dream of talking like that to someone outside of the press conference setting.
Saban used his position to mock someone in a lesser position all because he didn't like a question. And from day to day, reporters never know what questions will set him off. If the guy had asked for a detailed breakdown of Alabama's preparations for Auburn -- "an important question" -- I think Saban would have gone off as well. "You think I'm just gonna give you our gameplan?"
Personally, I don't think the question asked was "stupid," I think it was a silly attempt for a soundbite... that most coaches would have gladly responded to. Saban did not. And rather than just say, "I haven't seen it," he mocked the guy asking. Jerk move.
The reporter should have said, "What makes you such a jerk, Coach? You pop your mouth like a tough guy, but as far as I can see, you're just a football coach. Cure cancer or build a better rocket and I'll bow before you. Until then, I'd suggest you not get smart with me." The reporter would have been banned from Bama, of course, but if someone talks down to me, I'm gonna return the favor.
Doesn't mean he's not the best coach in the world or a good guy when it comes to charity, etc. Just means he can be an unnecessarily prickly guy.
1 week, 5 days ago on Alabama’s Saban Not Thrilled With Question About McCarron, SI Cover
First, my bad. Not the first time I've flip-flopped names while typing as much information in a day as I do. It'll happen, I'm not proud of it, and I apologize for it.
But at least I'm not a jackass.
1 week, 5 days ago on SEC Game Previews – 11/22/13
@the_voice @John at MrSEC
Gotcha. And I agree with that.
Someone though is going to go that route and I'll be interested to see how well it works. A lot of folks will complain -- that's all we do as a society anymore -- but if the complainers aren't buying season-tickets anyway, it won't matter. If a school thinks it can make more cash by going a smaller and better, that school would be wise to do it. Rather than have empty seats all over the place with unsold concessions and merchandise.
As always, many thanks for reading,
1 week, 6 days ago on The Future Of Football Stadiums Is Here; How Long Before An SEC School Follows Suit?
It sounds in your first statement as if you think I misunderstood my own writing. Just to be clear, yes, I do believe some school will eventually retrofit one side of their stadium, eliminate 20,000 seats and create exclusive club, luxury and "entertainment" seating.
Tennessee -- one example -- has already eliminated about 5,000 seats in order to create new club seats. I believe someone will take this to another level as attendance continues to decline.
I don't mind people disagreeing with my opinion (and I'll assume that comment was aimed at me, since it is on this site). People disagree with my views everyday without drawing a response from me. I do mind, however, when they a) misrepresent or downright lie about what's written and/or b) are ugly in their responses. If someone's ugly with me, I'll be ugly back. You get no pass because you're an anonymous poster. Want a respectful response from me? Be respectful in your own comments. Kinda simple. Treat me as you want to be treated.
As for Saban, the point is you never know what exactly will tick him off. He goes off on a semi-regular basis... like a geyser at Yellowstone it's as if he needs to let off steam and vent every now and again. Super coach, interesting fella. But not always the nicest guy... especially when he uses his position to belittle some guy who makes a fraction of his own salary.
Just my take. And thanks for reading the site,
1 week, 6 days ago on Alabama’s Saban Not Thrilled With Question About McCarron, SI Cover
First paragraph: (Rankings are opponents’ current BCS placement.)
2 weeks ago on What’s Left And What’s Ahead For Each SEC Program
Had someone ask for an SEC basketball schedule every day so they wouldn't have to look it up. So I started posted one, using the SEC's official website for speed... ESPN want tell you the television listings for games they don't carry. The SEC's site didn't list Tennessee or Arkansas as playing tonight.
So, sorry, but this is just 30 minutes of wasted time to look up all the games and post the schedule for people. You guys can look it up as quickly as I can.
And thanks for the correction.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on SEC Hoops Tonight — 11/18/13
No offense taken. I just thought the first line of my response was too easy to pass up.
Again, many thanks for reading,
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Cutcliffe’s Duke Revival Poses What-Ifs In The SEC
Looking at Ole Miss' post-Vaught success, I think I might have done just as good a job of picking your coaches as the people who actually did.
Nowhere did I say Ole MIss should be happy at 6-6. Besides, Cutcliffe didn't go 6-6. He won 8, 7,7,7, and 10 before having his lone bad season. In my view that should have been good enough to earn the man at least another year.
@UtahReb @John at MrSEC
Yes, a typo. Forgive me. If you've read this site regularly and you'd know damn well I said Missouri would be in the East before the SEC did it.
Every few weeks I start trying to respond to people. Then I realize most people who leave comments are jerks... and there's no point in my responding.
I'm not sure how one short article stating the POSSIBILITY of trouble is "making too big a deal out of this." Do people not want opinions here? Do they only want to hear that everything a school does is a wise move guaranteed to bring victory?
2 weeks, 6 days ago on By Continuing To Play Mauk, Missouri’s Pinkel Playing With Fire
@mitchs3 @John at MrSEC @pdaddyslammy
I went back through every drive Missouri's run against BCS foes yesterday and I didn't see many with Mauk coming in early. Now maybe they did that against the non-BCS cupcakes they faced earlier, but I wouldn't do it against Ole Miss or Texas A&M.
If they're the same style of quarterback -- only Franklin's better -- why bring Mauk in. And if it's to get him experience for next year, sorry, I think a West Division title is more important... especially since he's already got four starts under his belt.
Just my take.
If they continue to give Mauk mop-up duty -- as they did early in the season -- that's fine. If they start inserting him into games earlier, there's no point in it.
No one else seemed to find it misleading.
And I don't do Saturday headlines. You'll have to take that up with the guys who were busy posting DOZENS of football-related links for you to peruse (for free).
2 weeks, 6 days ago on The SEC Picks Up Where It Left Off In Hoops… And That’s Not A Good Thing