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It's not logic. It's intuition. Logic considers ALL the issues while intuition goes with a gut feeling. The stats below show that fast teams had fewer injuries in 2012 than the slow teams did.
Top 20 ‘Fast’ Teams in FBS Football 2012Average Plays per Game: 83.12Total Starts Lost to Injury: 143Average Number of Starts Lost Per Team: 7.15Average Starts Lost per Play: .086
Top 20 ‘Slow’ Teams in FBS Football 2012Average Plays per Game: 65.85Total Starts Lost to Injury: 151Average Number of Starts Lost Per Team: 7.55Average Starts Lost per Play: .115
If you are conditioned better, your injury rate per play will go down. That could be one reason that fast teams experience fewer injuries. Also, the faster teams may get more 1 on 1 plays which may lead to few injuries. The smash mouth style of play that power teams use, could lead to more injuries. I could go on and on. Blaming injuries on fast play is not logical at all because it does not take into account other issues, and as the stats above show, the other issues may actually be more important than the number of plays.
Really care about injuries? Lower the number of games played back to 11.
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Here's an interesting note on injuries from 2012 and comparing the top 20 fastest playing teams to the 20 slowest playing teams..
The slower teams had more missed starts, more injuries per play, and more total injuries than did the fast teams.
The rate of injury per play may go down when the game is played faster. There are some reasons that this counter-intuitive situation could occur (conditioning and playing style are just two.)
A good study would be interesting. I am just not convinced that more plays by a HUNH team automatically equals more injuries.
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@John at MrSEC @Mark1984 I think you missed a point I was trying to make. Perhaps being conditioned well enough, and having the speed to play fast, makes one less injury prone. Thus, more plays by those that play the HUNH game doesn't necessarily mean more injuries (i.e. a higher injury rate) than those that play a more power oriented game. Collisions by big strong people cause injuries. If you play fast, and have the other team winded, it's harder for them to get a strong hit on you.
More plays doesn't mean more risk of injury John. That's a faulty premise. (I am pretty sure Auburn had fewer injuries last year than UGA or Florida.) All things being equal, your premise would be right. But not all things are equal. For instance, if you are playing against a faster team, you need to put more speed and less beef on the field. Faster players typically are not as big or as strong ergo, they don't often hit so as to "break" something. (Momentum does include speed and mass so there's give an take there.) Also, one should consider the type of conditioning the faster teams go through. Maybe that has an impact.
Now, if you play 50 plays in one game, and you as a person play 100 plays the next game against the same exact players, that run the same kind of plays then you are right. The risk of injury goes up. But when you change the type of plays called, the type of offense, the type of players, etc. you can't just say that it is logic dictates more injuries will occur. That's not sound reasoning. One has to include all the elements involved. To go back to your car analogy... If one person drives in NY city and another drives on the long lonely roads of Montana, do you think the accident rate per mile will be the same? They won't be because the conditions matter. Add in snow or sleet, or freezing rain in one location and it will skew even further.
I still don't get the "gimmick" moniker. The coaches that have run this system know they have an advantage in conditioning and want to use it. How is that different than someone that has a great back and runs the ball more? Or a great QB and uses him? Or three fantastic WR and decides to throw more? If you are bigger and stronger than I am, then I will plan on getting you winded so I can win at the end. If I wear you out, that's a strategy not a gimmick. Gimmick may be one play. But when it is used as a strategy to beat bigger, more talented teams, not sure why it's a gimmick instead of a strategy.
I think the quote "I don't want to see 59-42 SEC championship games" might be more relevant. I prefer low scoring games simply because every possession matters. It's like a 1-0 baseball game. Every pitch could be the difference in the game so you it keeps your attention. An 11-10 game one doesn't worry about missing an out or two. So yea, it's more entertaining when the game is close and the offenses aren't scoring almost every possession. But that doesn't mean that the HUNH is bad for the game. Others like a high scoring game.
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Here's an article that shows how the top 20 fast teams last year had less injuries than the top 20 slow teams did. Perhaps the better conditioning the fast teams have to have, works to their advantage in the injury department.
From the article....
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@John at MrSEC Curious... have you looked to see how many injuries occurred in the NUNH games as opposed to those that didn't have HUNH as one of the teams? Then to break it down even more, how many occurred when the HUNH offense was on the field? Would be interesting to see how many occurred with the HUNH offense on the field and see what the per minute rate was for injuries.
UGA and Florida had tons of injuries last year and neither of those teams run the HUNH. Most of UGA's injuries occurred against teams that don't run the HUNH. Not sure about UF though. Also, UGA's biggest injuries, and most of them, occurred on offense and they don't run the HUNH.
Even so, would you be for getting rid of kickoff since so many injuries occur on that play? (I know I would but many wouldn't.) Also, for the record, I see HUNH as a strategy and not a gimmick and my team doesn't run it. It's innovation in the same way the West Coast offense was innovative.
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There's a difference between a gimmick and a strategy. A gimmick might be something like the fumblerooski. But a strategy is how the game is played and has a reason behind it that impacts the overall arch of the game. Fast pace offenses are based in strategy and not gimmickry. Why change the rules because a teams strategy doesn't fit with your desires and preferences? What changes the game for worse, are generally bad rules not strategic innovations.
No one forced people to have a phone back in the day either. They were free to have one or choose not to. The government still broke up Ma Bell and for good reason. There is no viable alternative to college football for players right now. The government should simply force them to compete for players. They have a practical anti-trust exemption right now. I suspect when the fallout of the Obanon suit hits, the NCAA will be appealing to congress for an anti-trust exemption. If they don't get one, you'll see players start making a lot more money.
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"Now toss in money and a union and that whole system will change. It’ll change for the better for the players financially. But it likely won’t change for the better for anyone else."
Shouldn't it change for the better for the players first and foremost? If the NCAA can get away with collusion, why is it such a bad thing when the players try the same thing?
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Good write up. SOS deserves praise for his coaching prowess. You would think between him and Bill Snyder schools would be willing to hire older coaches that have proven track records.
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Hard to see how WKU became a "chump" with Petrino. With the buy out clause, they ended up making a few hundred thousand dollars on the hire. Plus, they went 8-4 and beat UK. They avoided the embarrassing off field troubles that hit all the other programs. And they avoided the eventual shambles that come with bad recruiting. IMO, WKU won with this hire. Hard to see a bad side for WKU when all things are considered, IMO. Because it was a fast turn around, they got the best and avoided the worst.
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I think the targeting rule is having an impact as well. It's not only giving teams more first downs via penalty, and taking out a good defender when it's called. It's also changing the way DBs (safeties in particular) and LBs are hitting receivers across the middle of the field. Those hits use to go a long way towards keeping Os in check.
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@John at MrSEC John, I saw your post but now I can't find it. I'll try to clarify... The SEC and the NCAA are about money. You readily admit in your post that no conference would suspend a kid (i.e. Dial) for the championship game even if he deserved it. The reason they won't do that, is the same reason they protect that team late in the regular season. Sometimes, they can't completely do it. But again, I still wait for a study on game changing penalties instead of hiding behind stats that look at all penalties the same. They are not all the same. More likely what we will find is a home field advantage for all teams. But, until the Dials of the world are suspended, we can all acknowledge the conferences are protecting their champions.
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So you are admitting that Bama gets special treatment from the NCAA. We agree. Why do you think the NCAA would give them special treatment but not the SEC and not the refs?
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@John at MrSEC @Mark1984 That's why people believe there is favoritism to those (or that) team(s) at the top. If they won't suspend a kid for the championship game, then they aren't going to suspend a kid for a game that might keep a team out of the championship game. It's favoritism at its worst. With Dial, the committee recommended he be suspended. But safety only goes so far with the SEC I suppose. What they are saying is "So long as it doesn't cost us a championship, we'll suspend a kid". We need some consistency.
Mr. Slive has already indicated that he wants the penalty overturned if the suspension is overturned. We'll see that even if a bigger game isn't influenced.
I don't buy it about the roles being reversed if UGA was going to the game. We see it with Bama a lot. The statistics you quote in other articles often ignore the game changing circumstances with penalties. At the end of the year, this penalty will just be another stat to look at it, but the timing, and result cost a game. It's not the same as the one that UGA got earlier with Drew. Penalties can't be looked at statistically to see bias, IMO. Look at impact and effect. Then I will be convinced that the SEC doesn't protect the BCS bound schools, and especially Bama, most of the time.
That last penalty against UGA gave Vandy a first down after UGA stopped them on 4th. It was a game changing play and cost UGA the game. Sure there were other plays that cost UGA the game too. But get that call right in real time, and UGA wins.
Wonder how big a deal it would be if something similar cost Bama a shot at a MNC. We know the SEC didn't suspend Dial last year after the committee recommended a suspension.
Here's an interesting blog note about that from the Senator. Saban had an interesting advantage because of a former Ole Miss coach that was in the Bama coaching booth during the game. I agree with the premise of your article, just thought this was an interesting add on.
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Explain the Dial situation last year. The committee recommended that Dial should have been suspended for his hit on Murray but he was not. He didn't even get flagged. I could buy that in the heat of the moment, the ref was not watching, missed it, flubbed the play, etc. But after the committee recommended suspending him and the SEC didn't...
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Coach Miles is not being inconsistent. He's saying exactly what every competitor and athlete feels. When you look at the overall picture, it's not a fair schedule. However, when Florida week comes around, LSU is amped up and ready to play and looking forward to the game. Both statements are true.
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It's nobody's business why Manziel left the camp early except for those directly involved in the situation.
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