Sharp "Tusk" Williams
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@JTPHog Nothing about this season reminded you of seeing Casey Dick and Arkansas' passing game from 2007 on the field?
9 months, 1 week ago on Pulling Bielema Aside
@Brand X Hog Fan Not letting go of the rope at all. I don't think he gets why fans are upset so quickly and it will only get worse if he doesn't address it.
@JamesRinkevich I don't understand. What is "the only colors" blog?
9 months, 1 week ago on College Football Champion Index Week 12
@JamesRinkevich Fair enough. The CFCI is obviously not like other polls or computers. It's based upon a series of posts which define objective, static, statistical standards for BCS Champions. No doubt that wins or loses are hugely important (no team has been a BCS Champion with more than 2 losses since 2000), but a team's performance can cause it's score (and ranking) to go down. Really, a single loss should cause a team to plummet and the second loss should leave them on the edge. A third loss would eliminate them from consideration as a BCS Champion. To keep from having a grossly huge impact, the loss is apportioned over the course of the year. Unlike most polls, the CFCI is defensive oriented as being the statistical categories most consistent with BCS Champions.
If you look at the computer polls in the Massey Composite http://masseyratings.com/cf/compare.htm You'll find me as CCI close to the end. I think my system corresponds more closely with what the AP, Coaches & Harris does than with the computers.
Thanks for reading.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on College Football Champion Index Week 10
@hatman7663 Thanks! It's corrected.
1 year, 8 months ago on Basketball Hogs to be Tested by Northwestern State
@hatman7663 Thanks man. Dyslexia strikes again!!
@GonzoHog You're right, GonzoHog. I don't anticipate ever hearing that come out of either Tyler Wilson's mouth or Knile's mouth or Cobi's mouth.
2 years, 1 month ago on Razorback Bulletin Board -- Tyrann Mathieu's Ego Explodes
@JMattHicks I hope a lot of players found them. The tweets at 20 min. and 22 min. were deleted within 30 minutes of when this screen shot was taken.
@GonzoHog ... You ain't right!!! Just curious though, what kind of round do you use?
2 years, 1 month ago on The Razorback Sleepy Kitty Song
@WizarfofhOgZ@Root66 Before I started writing more locally, I wrote on Sportingnews.com in a community where writing was a sport. I appreciate your comments, but I assure you that I'm capable of writing in plenty of styles. Sometimes the style has a deliberate purpose. On others it's a reflection of just what I'm thinking or feeling about the subject.
When the members at Sportingnews.com gave me the nod for best blog entry of the year in 2009, I did it writing in the style of one of the more revered writers there. He's frank in saying that his entry was nominated and lost to mine in his style. I don't cite it frequently because it had a number of hyperlinks to the writer's posts and was for an audience who knew his writing. Much of it's lost on other audiences. Nonetheless, it's here <a href="http://www.yougabsports.com/pt/bigtoke-Crossover-And-I-Wailed-with-Bon-Scott/blog.htm>bigtoke Crossover: ...And I Wailed with Bon Scott</a> Ark_Razor who's comments are above, and who won the 2008 award, knew a tremendous amount about the author I was mimicking and his first comment to the post asked if it was a biographical piece. It was totally fictional. One of the two main groups remaining from TSN bloggers is found above where Ark_Razor's comments are. The other is at YouGabSports.com. I consider many of them to have much more talent than I have.
Any post draws readers off its title, and this title was over-the-top. People are free to comment on what they like or don't like about the post (I can learn from anyone), but I think you're suggesting that the post should have gone where I didn't want it to go. This was not about whether I could better investigate or lay out facts in prose better than Dodd. I think people are receptive to this because they get way too much of "laying out facts in prose," and I'm guilty of it. What I've tried to do is not focus on the facts, but focus on the thought process, the style, and the underlying motivations.
Factually, this is a boring story. Petrino and DGB bumped into one another. It happened on a recruiting day or not. The "Petrino Understood" trilogy http://www.hogdb.com/tags/bobby-petrino/page/3/ is loaded with facts. We randomly get hundreds of hits for "You Can't Get There from Here," http://www.hogdb.com/2010/02/07/you-cant-get-there-from-here/ , which established that Bobby Petrino and John L. Smith's 2 & 3 star recruits went to the NFL in greater numbers from 2005 through 2009 than did Urban Meyer's 4 & 5 star recruits over the same period even with Florida winning the 2006 and 2008 BCS Championships.
On the other hand I like writing more reflective pieces like "Certain Moments are Just Right..." http://www.hogdb.com/2010/03/23/certain-moments-are-just-right/ I can honestly say that I wanted Bobby Petrino as our head coach before I really knew who he was.
In terms of style, it's not a style I use frequently, but it's the style that just came out as a reflection of what I was thinking. I don't claim to be non-bias media like the fiction many employ. I'm first an Arkansas Razorbacks Fan. Thanks again.
2 years, 7 months ago on NCAA Should Investigate Dennis Dodd Report
@Ark_Razor It is always an honor for you to drop by Hog Databse.... and the props are much appreciated. http://www.t-s-b-n.com/by/8F702DE9-670D-49C4-94A1-06BE3C7F8939/blog.htm
@dmurphys Thanks for reading. You've completely understood the point.
@WizarfofhOgZ I thought about your points as I was writing and deciding on the post's direction. I'll never be accused of under-writing a post. :) If I decided on the less-is-more approach, I felt I would lose the mental and practical processes behind investigating facts (e.g. the analytical questions and short research examples), and I would lose the lose the demonstration of creating a post with a telegraphed agenda based on insinuations as Dodd has done.
I think they'll be ready.
2 years, 7 months ago on Something about Paul Haynes' Coaching
@Ivan Drago NFL schemes tend to exploit the experience of the pro athletes and their physical abilities individually to make the unit's scheme work. In an 11 man unit, running a professional scheme with 4 players who have the physical ability, leaves 7 who don't. The schemes also tend to be more complex in their responsibilities. The difference in the two is that the younger college athlete isn't there mentally or physically. This isn't ALL of the college athletes but it applies to many of them. As a coach, you treat professionals differently than you do amateurs. College players must still be taught and developed. Being a coach for many years at the pro level, it's my suspicion that Coach Robinson doesn't have an educator mentality that's sorely needed.
2 years, 9 months ago on Willy Robinson: Is It Time to Say Goodbye?
I apologize for just now noticing your comments. I'm proud to have your insightful comments to follow my post. Thank you.
2 years, 11 months ago on Have Those Around Auburn Ever Quit Paying Players?
This was Coach Petrino's Monday presser. Most of the time news outlets will take these quotes and work them into stories through the entire week. I've got the feeling, probably an entirely wrong one, that Arkansas is not going to do much of whatever they've done from the first three games.
2 years, 11 months ago on Bobby Petrino's Preview of the Arkansas-Alabama Game
@kr_bryant We struggled with that at the beginning of this season because we weren't finding any solid rosters. The best thing to do is to try it out and see how it works.
2 years, 11 months ago on Introducing the Weekly College Football Champion Index from Sharp "Tusk" Williams and Hog Database
Thanks, Nick. It’s a fair question. Since 2000, the average rank of BCS Champions in Net punting is 32nd. For Punt Returns, it’s 35th, and for kickoff returns it’s 44th. The range of data for Net Punting is 74 rank spots. For Punt Returns it’s a whopping 101 positions, but it get’s better. With Kickoff Returns, of all the categories studied, the range of year end ranks of BCS Champions is 107 positions when there are only 120 teams in a typical year. In every one of these categories it wasn’t a simple matter of excluding a single outlier. In fact, one version of the numbers I generated did just that, but I decided against it. Excluding high and low only made things worse.
The kicking game isn’t “unimportant.” However, my goal here was to find the categories which Most Exemplified BCS Champions. I’m not looking to define Top 25 teams. I want to separate the best from the rest. The categories chosen, or at least their “total” categories not only had a high average rank for all BCS Champs, the best performance and the worst performance by BCS Champions were much closer together than the categories not chosen.
To answer your question, I did not find that any of the kicking categories so well defined BCS Champions from everyone else in order to include them.