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Gotta agree with you John. Besides, I hate that 202 color and hate that we've been trending toward changing it to that color for 25 years now. I miss the bright cardinal red we used when I was growing up.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Arkansas Changing Official School Color? What The?
I won't be surprised if someone picks a perfect NCAAT bracket and wins that $B. While there will surely be a lot of upsets, this isn't 63 coin tosses, like the odds imply.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on SEC Headlines 1/22/2014
John, I agree with your point, but not necessarily with one of the examples you chose. Petrino was highly successful at Arkansas and I don't understand how anyone could think he left Arkansas in worse shape then he found it (I'd like to see this common notion explained just once.)
Still, I completely agree that big name hires aren't all they're made out to be. I'd also argue that they're not as common as fans seem to think, judging by the way they make long lists of big name hires for replacements.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on At Arkansas – And Elsewhere – Unanswered Prayers Are Sometimes Best
Outside of that, I think you gave a great write-up John. Of course, that's only because I'm in complete agreement. :-)
5 months, 1 week ago on SEC Game Previews – 10/4/13
I wouldn't say that Arkansas' defense is suspect. I wouldn't call it great, but it's certainly not bad. After all, it did hold A&M under their average.
A&M only gained about 40 more rushing yards then it averages, but I know they were gashing Arkansas' in the 4th. I completley agree that a lot of that had to do with Arkansas focusing on containing the Manziel and the passing game; I think some adjustments were in order, but they never came. In addition to that, A&M just has a great OL and Arkansas seemed to tire.
This is silly, because Swanson is a very likable guy and Arkansas doesn't play dirty on defense.
5 months, 1 week ago on Florida DT Jacobs Not A Fan Of Arkansas C Swanson
I was wrong about Georgia and John was right. After last week, they're clearly the real deal.
5 months, 1 week ago on MrSEC.com Power Rankings – 10/3/13
Gotta agree with Slive. It's almost as if the NCAA has no interest in doing anything and that needs to change.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Mike Slive: NCAA Needs To Change Agent Rules
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I'd also add that all strategy went out the window with basketball as fast-break offenses took over the game. I don't know why the same couldn't happen in football and I think it would be a shame if it did.
I may be alone, but the idea of athletes running around with little coordinated strategy, trying to put a ball through a hoop, or cross a goal line, just doesn't appeal to me. While I definitely wouldn't say that today's hurry-up offenses lack strategy, I can imagine a day when "basketball on grass" might be a very good analogy.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Ole Miss’ Freeze Says No-Huddle Is “A Great Equalizer”
Let's be honest: Mullen hasn't been bad for MSU. As noted, the SEC-W has been brutal and MSU has always been the Vandy of the SEC-W.
Recruiting hasn't been bad, either, but it looks that way because class rankings in the SEC-W have skyrocketed in recent years. According to rivals.com, which I despise, but will use because John uses it, MSU has had top-30 classes the past 2 years, which is better then they had the previous 2 under Mullen. That certainly isn't great by SEC standards, but it would be among the best for other conferences. Using Wisconsin as an example, the Badgers won 3 Big Ten titles under Bielema and did it with classes ranked much worse then Mullen has pulled in at MSU.
I can understand if MSU wants an upgrade and chooses to replace Mullen, but it's just wrong to say that Mullen hasn't done a great job there. And yet, people are quick to jump on Mullen, but slow to pick on Richt at Georgia, even though Georgia is dead center in the middle of the greatest regional recruiting hotbed in the nation. I'm not calling Richt a bad coach, but I do think Mullen would have at least equaled Richt's success at Georgia.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Mullen’s MSU Castle Built On Sand
I'm beginning to dislike the idea of fast offenses, because I worry they'll change the game too much and ultimately make it less exciting. Yes, high-scoring offenses are exciting, but so were fast-breaks and dunks, until they were all the game of basketball had left.
Although I'm optimistic about the future with Bielema at Arkansas, I sort of wish we still had Petrino, because he'd excel in this new environment. Petrino's offense wasn't particularly fast, but it played fast teams very well. Some of that likely had to do with fast teams having weaker defenses, which worked great for Petrino's offense.
I still agree, with the exception of Georgia. It's not that Georgia isn't good, but they haven't proven themselves to be national title contention good. In fact, I'd put A&M up there before Georgia.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on MrSEC.com Power Rankings – 9/19/13
I suspect this will eventually happen. Despite it's "horrible" defenses under Petrino, Arkansas actually defended fast-paced offenses quite well. In games against Malzahn's teams at Auburn and Tulsa, they only struggled when Newton was there.
When this topic first arose, I didn't agree with Bielema or Saban. Now, however, some teams are playing so fast that I think they may be right. I have nothing against a well-executed, no-huddle offense, but at the rate we're going, I'm afraid it's going to ruin the game. If it continues, there may come a day when the heaviest player is under 200 lbs and the game looks more like rugby, then what we know as college football today.
I grew up loving college basketball and I loved teams that pushed the pace higher. After a while, though, it just became a game of athletes running up and down the floor, with little strategy or execution. I don't know if teams are better today, or not, but I haven't enjoyed college basketball in over 15 years. I never watch it anymore and I only hope the same doesn't happen for college football.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Stats: Who Feels The Need For Speed?
I actually think they're trying to convince themselves that they're not afraid. Isn't Auburn 1-5 in it's last 6 games against LSU?
This series is actually overrated, but LSU fans won't admit it because it's an easy win for them. I'd be willing to bet that LSU has had more trouble with Ole Miss lately and I'm certain that they've struggled more with Arkansas.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Auburn Ain’t Scared Of No “Death Valley” In Baton Rouge
Gotta agree with you John. Nike makes great shoes, but I wish they'd stop with all the uniform silliness. Sometimes it can be really difficult figuring out a team's identity today, thanks to uniforms that don very little of the school's colors.
Speaking of which, when Arkansas plays Rutgers this weekend, they'll don a non-traditional white helmet and, I believe, an all white uniform. Rutgers is having a blackout, so I guess they'll be wearing all black. I probably won't have any trouble telling them apart, but the lack of red on the field will be very odd.
I actually despise Nike for this and have gone from being a part-time Oregon fan, to hating the Ducks for turning college football into a fashion venue. Am I the only one who thought Oregon looked silly in those yellow uniforms they wore for Tennessee? If I were an Oregon player, I'd have been too embarrassed to step foot on the field.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Chill Out, Alabama Won’t Be Donning Black Jerseys This Year
It should be interesting to watch how this plays out. Derby was highly recruited out of high school, receiving offers from Alabama, Florida and FSU, among many others. The only problem is that they recruited him as an athlete and likely saw him as a TE.
I don't understand why Arkansas wasn't prepared to play him before USM, but I'm sure plenty of work will go into preparing him for Rutgers. What that entails is anyone's guess. Our 3rd string QB is Brandon's brother, who some believe is more talented, but he's a true freshman and they don't want to burn his redshirt.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Will He Or Won’t He? Bielema Isn’t Saying if Arkansas QB Allen Will Play This Week
Great outlook John!
I just consider this the latest version of "The SEC only has a couple of good teams". Considering it's recent past, it's difficult to find valid criticisms for the SEC, so they concentrate on the low hanging fruit. I actually think depth is what makes the SEC so great, but then I'm a SEC fan.
Regarding Herb's comment directly, I think we do accept our losses with our wins. Tennessee's been chastised hard for losing badly and I'm sure SEC folk have something to do with Oregon being ranked #2 right now. I'm not sure what it is that Herb expects or wants out of SEC fans?
5 months, 3 weeks ago on ESPN’s Herbstreit Says SEC Fans Should Take Losses As A Group Just As They Do Wins
IIRC, Alex Collin's mother never let him sign with Arkansas, so he had his father do it. I think she's since come around, but he was determined to go to Arkansas with or without her consent.
The last time Arkansas ranked within the top 5 in the SEC, in rushing and passing defense, was 10 years ago, in 2003, when they finished 1st in rushing and 4th in passing defense. The 2007 team barely missed by finishing 6th in passing defense.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on SEC Game Previews – 9/13/13
Why? I mean, it's a big game, but not anywhere on the level of Alabama/LSU 2011.
6 months ago on Bama/A&M: The Most Expensive Regular Season College Football Game Ever?
I still blame the NCAA and I don't think it would be as big of a problem if the fines were big enough.
I'm honestly beginning to lose interest in college football, because of things like this. See, I don't mind watching a team celebrate for being the best team, but celebrating for being the best cheater is troubling. Eventually, I think we'll see more people come to think this way and interest in college football will wane, unless something is done to curb cheating.
6 months ago on The Morning After: SEC Players Implicated, SEC Fans Fret