I warned you all a while back I was going to post something about Tinted Windows, and here goes:
Weirdly enough, it sounds exactly as I would have expected. That’s not a compliment.
And, yes, I feel a little dirty for doing that.
It’s another big day for President Obama.
On take your children to work day, the First girls may be noticeably absent as President Obama faces credit card company executives, congressional leaders and even the Florida Gators, the 2009 college football champions.
No word on whether the GPOOE™ will be asked to stay behind to consult on the credit card legislation. Or world peace, for that matter.
I got a kick out of this straw poll that the AB-H’s Marc Weiszer conducted to select Georgia’s best all-time quarterback. It’s a fun bit – even if Mark Richt wimped out on making a pick – but the highlight for me was seeing that Larry Munson got in on the discussion. His pick was for the winner.
“I’m kind of hung on David Greene to tell you the truth,” Munson said. ” I think his four years were brilliant.”
Hobnail Boot, baby!
Over at The Joe Cribbs Car Wash, Jerry Hinnen linked to this Wall Street Journal piece about the relationship between experience on the offensive line and a team’s success. Jerry waxed enthusiastic about it; me, I’m interested, but maybe not as impressed.
It’s not that I disagree with the general proposition that an experienced offensive line is a good thing. Anybody that’s followed Georgia football this decade can attest to that. It’s just that I’m a bit skeptical about the author’s key to predicting success:
… Last season, eight of the top 10 teams in the final Associated Press poll began the season with at least 65 combined career starts by their offensive linemen, including title-game participants Florida and Oklahoma.
Given that at least half the teams in D-1 football play thirteen-game schedules, that’s not as big a deal as it sounds: 65 combined starts from your linemen means nothing more than that they’ve averaged one year as starters (5 linemen x 13 games = 65 combined starts). In essence, if a school didn’t graduate or lose any of its starting linemen to the pros early and if it didn’t suffer much on the injury front, it’s a lock to achieve that number. Quite frankly, as a key to greatness, that’s a bit underwhelming.
On the other hand, considering how low the bar is being set, there may very well be something to negatively handicapping a team that can’t hit that target. But even with that, I think you have to be careful to avoid painting with too broad a brush. There’s a big difference in my mind between Georgia’s situation last year, with all the chaos that resulted from injuries and a gap in recruiting, and Oklahoma’s this year, which is the result of several experienced starters graduating.
In the case of the Dawgs, Searels had little choice but to juggle talented players with little experience because most hadn’t been in the program very long. On the other hand, Oklahoma will be going through an orderly transition that’s bolstered by the fact that while the new starting linemen won’t have as much starting experience as their predecessors, they likely have plenty of playing experience – one good thing about lots of blowouts on a team’s schedule is that you can garner a fair amount of game time for backups.
More coffee, hon?