Daily Archives: October 6, 2009

Note to self: next game, bring Kleenex.

Rich Brooks hears the booing at UK games, isn’t happy about it, but remains philosophical, in an unsanitary sort of way, in the face of it:

“… I hate to see that creep in what I consider to be a great fan base, but there’s always the people that know a lot more than the coaches and the players and they want what they want when they want it. They buy the tickets. They can boo, they can cheer, they can jump up and down, they can blow snot. They can do whatever they want.”

Blow snot? He’s given the green light to blowing snot at UK football games?

I can’t wait to see the loogie outbreak at the next game in Lexington.  Even better will be the PSA they’ll make Brooks sit for in the wake of that imploring the fans to stop blowing snot:  “Kentucky fans, phlegm has no place in the SEC.  On game day, please keep your snot to yourselves.” Pure class.

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This is ridiculous.

I thought I was through fuming about the officiating in last Saturday’s game.  Well, I’m not.

Caleb King suffered a busted jaw on this hit (h/t David Hale):

Nice form.

Nice form.

Let’s see:

  • Helpless player?  Check – he’s already in the grasp of a defender and being tackled.
  • Lead with the head?  Check – Alem’s upper torso is parallel to the ground.
  • Left his feet?  Check.

The only thing missing from that list?  You guessed it.  No flag was thrown.

I guess Alem was smart enough not to celebrate after the play.

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UPDATE: In case you were wondering if Alem really left his feet (that left toe could still be touching the ground, right?), well…

Nothing to see here... just move on. (Photo courtesy UGASports.com)

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Tuesday morning buffet

Grab that plate and silverware… coffee’s on the table, hon.

  • Ed Gunther tells a good story.
  • Charlie Weis demands to know why his team isn’t ranked.  Good grief.
  • If I recall, this kind of behavior didn’t work out too well for LSU fans last time Florida came to Baton Rouge.
  • Here’s your Week Six TV schedule.
  • One thing that’s gotta cheer Willie Martinez up this week – David Cutcliffe won’t be wearing orange and white.
  • With a stat like this – of Georgia Tech’s 35 completions this season, 24 have gone to Demaryius Thomas – you’d think it wouldn’t be too much of a mystery on how to defend the Jackets’ passing game, but then again, you aren’t Carl Torbush.
  • And the Stan Parrish Watch continues:

Stan Parrish hasn’t been the winning head coach in a game since Oct. 18, 1986, when his Kansas State team whipped Kansas. Since then, as a head coach at K-State and now Ball State, he has been involved in 33 consecutive games in which his team has lost (32) or tied. Ball State looked as if it was going to win Saturday, but it went south suddenly. The Cardinals took a 30-29 lead over Toledo with 42 seconds left on a 10-yard TD pass from Kelly Page to Torieal Gibson and a two-point conversion run by MiQuale Lewis. But Toledo’s Kenny Veal returned the ensuing kickoff 34 yards to his 49, then Rockets quarterback Aaron Opelt hit Stephen Williams on a 51-yard touchdown pass on first down. Ball State’s safeties were in the middle of the field, and Williams blew by cornerback Koreen Burch on a go route down the sideline. It was Opelt’s fifth TD pass of the day and Williams’ second TD catch to go with 231 yards on 10 receptions. “I’m strapped to a degree because some of what I’ve got is what I’ve got,” Parrish told the Muncie (Ind.) Star Press about his defense after the game. Ball State started 12-0 last season before finishing the season with two losses, and the Cardinals are 0-5 this season. It’s not inconceivable that they finish 0-12, though 2-10 seems more likely.

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SEC Power Poll Ballot – Week Five

Right now, there’s a clear top to the conference and a clear bottom.  The middle is in a slight state of flux.

  1. Florida. I’m not going to move the Gators down for having a bye week.  Besides, we’re about to get a better picture of their mettle.
  2. Alabama. You have to be impressed with the consistent way this team goes about its business.
  3. LSU. They remind me of the penultimate line from the original Bad News Bears“we still don’t think you’re all that good… but you got guts.”
  4. Auburn. Anybody think they’re 5-0 playing Georgia’s schedule?  Me neither.  But I didn’t think the Tigers would be 5-0 playing Auburn’s schedule, either.
  5. Georgia. Two losses to teams ranked in the top ten.  I’m not going to penalize the Dawgs too much for losing to #4 in the last minute.  But that’s not to say that they’re not driving me crazy.
  6. South Carolina. Very quietly, the ‘Cocks have a legitimate shot at a 9-3 season.
  7. Mississippi. Jevan Snead had better show up real soon if the Rebels want to salvage this season.
  8. Arkansas. The people who thought this team was a darkhorse candidate to break out this season look pretty foolish right now.
  9. Tennessee. All the “must win” talk about this week’s game with Georgia is just silly.  Yes, it looks like this team is headed towards a repeat of last year’s 5-7 record, but that’s going to get blamed on Fulmer, too.
  10. Kentucky. At least the ‘Cats don’t play any more top five teams this season.  Losing Lindley doesn’t help, though.
  11. Mississippi State. Josh Nesbitt:  11-14, 266 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT.  Hey, did we mention that Houston comes to town this week?
  12. Vanderbilt. Forget about a bowl game.  Will these guys win an SEC game this season?

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More officiating goodness, continued

Honestly, I was ready to move on past the Penalty story, but it looks like it’s crossed over from being a mere partisan concern to a political one.  By “political”, I mean that Rogers Redding and his posse have moved into the ass-covering, arrogant phase of dealing with the matter.

Take, for example, this wonderful sentiment:

“We move on,” Redding said. “This is a teachable moment for us to let the officials know to remind them of the rule and remind them of their responsibility to make good judgments. This is always going to be a judgment call just like pass interference is a judgment call or holding or roughing the passer or offsides or anything else.”

“We move on” is bureaucrat-ese for “tough shit, losers”.  And for all that high-minded nonsense about making good judgments, let’s not forget the initial response to the criticism.

The officiating crew said in a statement issued by the SEC on Saturday night that “following a brief team celebration, Green made a gesture to the crowd calling attention to himself.”  [Emphasis added.]

The cynic in me wonders why the conference didn’t exercise better judgment and wait until it had a chance to review tape before reflexively supporting the official who made the call.

And after reading this letter that David Ching posted, it occurs to me that Redding’s posturing isn’t so much for the benefit of the individual officials who are faced with making these calls, but for the people who are supposed to be giving those very officials the direction and guidance they need to enforce the rule.

A little history on the “Celebration” Rule might help everyone to better understand the current, more rigid situation:

The NCAA Rules Committee consists of 16 members from different size schools from around the country. These Rules Committee members are all well respected, intellegent [sic] individuals that have good intentions for the game of football but many of them do not know the “ins and outs” of the game on a grand scale…only 6 of these members are from Division I-A schools and there is very little representation for or input requested from the actual football officials before rule changes are made!

Every year, the NCAA Football Rule & Interpretations Book has a “Points of Emphasis” section for the new season and every year, “Sportsmanship and Penalty Enforcement of Unsportsmanlike Acts” is in this section…it is covered in detail and thoroughly discussed in every college football officials clinic and training session across the country before every season. The obvious purpose for this is to have uniform and consistant [sic] enforcement of the NCAA Rules wherever a college football game is played and regardless of what conference officials are working the game!

The trend toward individuals drawing attention to themselves, rather than celebrating with their teammates, began in the late 1960s and has continued to grow, due greatly to the increase in TV coverage at more games and the influence that the NFL players have on college players. As a result of the changing attitudes of players and their negative actions on the field, subsequent rules committees have added specific violations and severe penalties to these rules so that today’s “Celebration” Rule has very little flexibility!

What makes this so problematic isn’t outright racism, as Tim Brando recently hinted, or anti-SEC bias against Richt (although, as I said in a recent post, the call was so bad I certainly can understand anyone at this point who raises that sort of question).  It’s the cultural divide that exists between people like Redding and the kids that are trying to play an emotional game within limits that aren’t always made clear to them.  David Hale gets to the heart of this brilliantly.

… I find it nearly impossible to believe that there is any direct racial discrimination happening here, but I also am worldly enough to know that we all bring our preconceived biases to the table in everything we do. This rule is interpretive by the officials, and as Rogers Redding told me today, that leaves a lot of room for criticism.

“The officials are called upon to try to draw the line between what’s allowable in terms of teenage enthusiasm and what is either demeaning to an opponent or casts a negative image on the game from a standpoint of a player singling himself out and drawing attention to himself after making a really great play or a routine play,” Redding said.

So I’ll ask you, does your background — your opinions on things like tattoos and dreadlocks and dancing on the sidelines, your thoughts about how people talk and what type of music they listen to — do those things affect how you might judge a person’s actions?

None of these decisions are made in a vacuum, so while I don’t believe for a second that there are nefarious motives here, the way the rule is written leaves the door open for many of our preconceived notions about other people to sneak into the decisions being made.

And that in a nutshell is what the problem is with the rule, or, more accurately, proper enforcement of the rule.

I’ve got two final observations to make before shutting up for good on this topic.  First of all, Redding is completely full of fecal matter when he says this:

David Hale: After reviewing the film of the excessive celebration flags in the Georgia-LSU game, what did you see?

Rogers Redding: The first and the last one were fine. The one that followed the touchdown with a minute to go, we felt like after reviewing the video that the call should not have been made.

If what Charles Scott did justified a penalty, then flags should be flying five or ten times a game, every game.  That call got made for one reason and one reason only:  the officials knew they’d made a mistake with the penalty on Green and had no choice but to call the one on Scott to cover their asses.  Which makes all of the “teachable moment” and “good judgment” blather nothing but sanctimonious claptrap.

Second, with all this concern about a player’s “attempts to focus attention upon himself”, as the rule states, how come there isn’t a similar concern about an official’s attempt to do the very same thing?

I’m sure Redding will get back to us on that sometime.

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Kiffin watch: somebody just threw away a perfectly good receiver.

Given the quarterback, this probably doesn’t matter as much as we think, but there’s one less player for Georgia’s secondary to cover this Saturday.

Tennessee receiver Brandon Warren has been booted from the team following a heated outburst on the sideline with receivers coach Frank Wilson last Saturday during the Vols’ 26-22 loss to Auburn.

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