Tuesday morning buffet

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35 responses to “Tuesday morning buffet

  1. JaxDawg

    I think Finebaum is correct. Meyer is a drama queen, waffler if there ever was one. He deserves this criticism.

    • rbubp

      I agree. Finebaum didn’t state anything that wasn’t already obvious.

    • 69Dawg

      I think Finebaum is right on. Urban Ego just can’t stand anyone else getting the ring. The sad part is his family might as well not have had a father.

      • rbubp

        I can’t figure when he found the time and focus to do the deed. What, did his wife pump him of viagra before he went to bed one night in the off-season?

        I need a Dog in Fla video to illustrate it for me. :)

  2. Dog in Fla

    “Twenty questions on NCAA recruiting compliance. (How well did you do?)”

    10 out of 20. That test was full of trick questions. I now have new respect for Lane and Monte. You’ve got to have a big brain to remember all those picky little rules and regs.

  3. Normaltown Mike

    Colts story is good for the “recruit-niks” among us. He doesn’t mention it, but Colts starter Tim Jennings was a 2 star committed to SC State until signing day when we offered him b/c a ‘ship opened up.

    I find this element of college football particularly annoying cuz so few fans ever look back and reevaluate the “Five Star Can’t Miss” players that turn into nothing. Some refreshers: Mudcat, Jabari Davis & Eric McClendon.

  4. The Realist

    Oh, woe is me… Richt hasn’t won a national title. Aghast, I kneel with sword drawn, ready to plunge it into my breast to end this suffering I endure under the unending torture of Corch Richt’s regime.

    Give me a break. Jim Tressel, Big Game Bob, and Mack Brown are all ahead of Richt because they don’t coach in the SEC.

    Tressel won his BCS title because a) McGahee’s knee went kaplooey, b) he was gifted about three wins in conference & c) pass interference in the end zone. Since that win, the Bad Senator is 4-2 in BCS games, but 0-2 in BCS title games.

    Big Game Bob beat a Florida State team whose offensive coordinator took a job in Athens for his BCS title. They won 13-2. They shutout an offense that averaged 42 ppg. I don’t think that is a coincidence (and I think that played a huge role in how Richt handled his search this year). After that, BGB has been terrible on the national stage — 1-5 in BCS games including 0-3 in the BCS title game.

    Mack Brown owes his title to Vince Young. That is all. He is 1-1 in BCS games since, but 0-1 in the BCS title game. Outside of the two years under VY, and the last two years under Colt McCoy, Mack has had at least two losses every year… most of those to his arch nemesis Oklahoma.

    So, when people compare Richt to his contemporaries, I kinda chuckle. Because he has to play teams like Florida & Tennessee & Auburn every year, and rotates LSU & Alabama on every couple of years (all teams that have won BCS titles or had undefeated seasons… four of the five teams doing so during his tenure), and he is no worse than .500 against those teams with the exception of Florida. And people want to compare what he has accomplished to Stoops, Brown, and Tressel? And, don’t even get me started on Les Miles, whose only BCS title came with Saban’s players.

  5. Hogbody Spradlin

    Isn’t Finebaum the guy who generated your ‘I get the feeling’ he doesn’t like Corch post last year? The thing that PO’s me about the post is him calling Corch middle age at 45. What does that make me at 53?

    • Dog in Fla

      It makes you ‘middle-aged’ in Florida where regression to the mean (and all are mean) median age at death (cause of death usually by accident while blocking and impeding motor vehicle traffic) is 106 years.

  6. ConnGator

    Yep, Urban sounds like a real asshole. This is from the bottom of the Cam Newton story:

    “I believe the media provided a thuggish portrayal of my son — and that angered me. He went through a pre-trial program, the charges were dropped. One person who didn’t disappoint me was Urban Meyer. He’s been a professional the whole way. He helped us, talked with us, cared about Cam on a personal level.”

    • Prov

      Were the charges dropped or thrown out?

    • JaxDawg

      What do Cam Newton and Steve Babik have in common? They both pleaded “not guilty”.

      Some high standards down there in Gainesville.

      • Dog in Fla

        Babik’s lawyered up pretty well too with Larry Turner defending him.

        • JaxDawg

          Florida’s law school is pretty well known for churning out personal injury attorneys and plantiff trolls. When a Florida grad hears “Tort Reform”, they usually start to twitch and break out in hives. Fucking cocksuckers.

          My dream is to see a large cruise liner filled with plantiff’s attorneys go down in icy waters. We’d be eliminating some of the world’s worst scums and cleaning up Florida’s juducial system at the same time.

          • Dog in Fla

            That would be a deal-breaker for Mike Leach’s aggressive personal injury lawyer (which is weird because Adam, not Mike, had the injury, if any) who takes a better glamor shot on the phone book than he does in person:

            ‘The front and back covers of the Lubbock Yellow Pages are a hoot’

            http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/mike-leach-gets-2010-lubbock-phonebook-cover-27692

            Which brings up these two thoughts,
            (1) it’s easy to hate a lawyer until you need one, and (2) tort reform may seem like a good idea until you get hurt when some person or some product brings the wood to you through no fault of your own. Then it doesn’t seem like such a good idea.

            • Macallanlover

              No, tort reform is crucial regardless of who you are. Civil damage concerns from an out-of-control legal system and ignorant juries have hurt this economy as much as anything. I remember a case in Philly where a psychic was awarded $985K for losing her “powers” during a CAT-scan. Just a drop to the costs added to businesses and medical-affiliated operations. I recall the CEO of our company quoted in Fortune magazine in the late 80s that “if I could take all the lawyers in America and export them to Japan, I could reverse the balance of trade in 24 hours”.

              • Dog in Fla

                “Civil damage concerns from an out-of-control legal system and ignorant juries have hurt this economy as much as anything.”

                That’s what Goldman Sachs, the Federal Reserve of New York and the Federal Reserve say…

                • JaxDawg

                  Dog,
                  you know for a fact that Plantiff’s attornets have run amuck here in Florida. Just turn on your TV in the morning or evening news hours and you’ll see constant advertisements for “For the People”, or whatever.

                  No, Tort Reform is something that most Americans that are not members of the American Bar Association or the American Trial Lawyers Association very much want.
                  While many people are not always able to articulate the problems with the system, people are not oblivious to problems. They know that these scumbags are a major contributor to the democratic party, unions, liberals, and many problems within our judicial and healthcare system.

                  Americans also see the infamous John Edwards, the former trial lawyer who failed in an attempt at VP and fathered a child out of wedlock, just 3 months after his loving wife was diagnosed with cancer.

                  John Edwards – the $300 haircut poster boy of the American Trial Lawyer.

                  Such scums.

                  • NRBQ

                    You paint with a wide brush, Jax.

                    So trial lawyers in general are given to cheating on their ill wives?

                    • Mayor of Dawgtown

                      Scotchdrinker and Jaxhound, if you can get those lawyer ads off TV I am all for that. But do not f#ck with the law so that deserving injured people don’t get compensation for their injuries from the people who injured them and their insurers. When that happens and the injured persons become wards of the state (’cause in the USofA we don’t throw sick and injured folks into the street like they do in India and Pakistan) guess who pays? You, me and every honest taxpayer pays–that’s who. You guys are letting your personal dislike for certain individual scumbags (ie. John Edwards and Morgan $ Morgan) cloud your judgment into falling for that tort reform BS. All that sh!t is about is saving money for the insurance industry at the expense of individual people.

                    • JaxDawg

                      I knew someone would have to mention that. And the answer is “no”. Not all trial lawyers are like John Edwards. But I do believe most are bloodsucking parasites that greatly contribute to the rising cost of healthcare in this country. Why is it that tort reform is not mentioned in the healthcare debate? It’s obvious that the American Trial Lawyers Association doesn’t want to have anyone kill their golden goose.

                    • Why is it that tort reform is not mentioned in the healthcare debate?

                      I’m not a trial lawyer, so I don’t have a dog in this hunt, but I’m always puzzled by people who yell loudly about tort reform, but fail to mention what an abysmal job medical review boards do of removing practitioners who fail to perform in a competent manner. The number of doctors who commit malpractice is quite small, yet a shockingly high percentage of them are repeat offenders who are allowed to continue despite providing substandard care.

                      To me, there’s an obvious compromise that makes this whole thing work, but you never hear any serious political proposals tying them together. Which makes all of the tort reform “debate” – on both sides – mere political posturing.

                      I’ll get off my soapbox now. ;)

                    • JaxDawg

                      The failure to remove “bad” MD’s is just a big a problem as the sleezy attorneys chasing after them. You’d think the rising cost of MedMal would prohibit these docs from staying in practice, but apparently is does not.

                      You can’t have this discussion without making the point that both sides are liable for the problems. Good point Senator.

                      Also, I apologize for the discussion in this forum, but you are incorrect to say that you don’t have a say in this. It’s a problem for all Americans, particularly those who work and pay their share.

                    • Dog in Fla

                      Jax, yes I along with you and plenty of others wish the PI lawyers (and it’s a minority of them) in Florida who do invasive saturation ads would stop or least tone them down a lot, not a little.

                      On no ‘tort reform’ in ‘healthcare reform’ in the unlikely event that real HCR actually happens in our lifetimes, removing bad docs from a hospital medical staff is easier said than done.

                      My impression is that hospital medical staff review boards do as good or better job of examining, critiquing and coming up with requirements for the performance of hospital medical staff physicians to maintain their position on a hospital medical staff than any other profession does.

                      Once it gets to the point where a doc is kicked off a hospital medical staff, and that takes time for hearings set forth in the medical staff bylaws, policies and procedures and rules and regs, the in-house hearings, the trial and the appeal, he can still practice medicine (just can’t admit elective patients or attend them but he can find somebody else to attend them) and not have to meet any hospital requirement of having a certain amount of professional liability insurance which used to be a lowball limit of $250,000, which in most cases always leaves the hospital as the deep pocket because the professional liability insurer for the doc settles and gets a full release for the doc for $250,000 in insurance fund settlement proceeds.

                      For the state to pull a medical license, the process starts again and usually the state has better things to do than screw around with a sub-par performance MD unless and until he keeps repeatedly fouling up and gets publicity for it.

                      Attempts to pull hospital medical staff credentials and licenses to practice medicine drag out. Why? Because (a) almost always the ‘underpaid’ docs on the receiving end of these things have more than enough wealth to hire an effective lawyer and (b) the docs just don’t seem to cotton to the idea of being kicked off a hospital medical staff or being put out of business, or both.

                      On the other side of the equation, those who think that all you have to do is fall off the log to bring, file, maintain, finance and litigate a medical malpractice case and that it’s easy to do so have never read, thoughtfully, an annotated med mal statute or been around a med mal claim on the incoming or receiving end.

                      Otoh, all you have to do to file a soft tissue injury complaint is fall off a log but ‘tort reform’ already exists in those cases with insurance defense lawyers, insurance company defense doctors, surveillance investigators and a jury.

                      I agree with Mayor of Dawgtown’s thoughts above about ‘tort reform’ in general. So-called ‘tort reform’ is is nothing more than a limitation on damages and an exclusion of remedies.

                      Its primary proponents are liability insurance carriers, some of the customers they gouge for premiums, big business and politicians of both parties in their pocket.

                      Here’s the real kicker: ‘tort reform’ has been in place for decades in workers compensation statutes, no-fault motor vehicle insurance statutes and more recently within the past decade or two in med mal statutes. Or as i tell people whenever i can, the so-called ‘tort reform’ that you are probably complaining about is already in place, you just want to further limit your damages and exclude your remedies.

                      If anyone wants to have more rights taken away from them than they’ve already had taken away from them, it benefits them economically or they are just not paying close attention.

                      Ask those who have been injured on the job rather than outside the job if they are happy with the results they get in a worker’s comp administrative hearing. Ask those who see the limitation of damages they can claim for a minor child or for an older adult parent in a wrongful death case.

                      Everybody who learns of the anecdotals like balls burned with hot coffee, can’t tell a fortune because of a CT and soft tissue injuries should know that for each one of those anomalies that occur and they do occur (even though the insurance companies paying an insurance defense lawyer(s) to defend the case may not have asked for it, they’ve almost always ‘earned’ it the old fashioned way, by screwing up the case), there are many, many more situations in which insurance carriers skate, don’t pay jack on legit claims and, of course, never reduce premiums.

                      However, they do still call the tired old dog out of the box to wake up and bark ‘tort reform’, the same old medicine that’s worked for them for decades.

                      Just like the Florida PI lawyers who do invasive saturation ads to get business, the insurers know disinformation is a high volume business too.

                    • Mayor of Dawgtown

                      +1. Dog in Fla, I have never seen you quite this serious or eloquent before. I am duly impressed.

                    • Mayor of Dawgtown

                      +1. I say ban all billboard, newspaper and television advertising for lawyers (no matter what kind) and couple that with automatic suspension of medical licenses of physicians who have been sued and lost 3 times in 5 years (a loss includes your med-mal insurance company settling the case).

                    • Hackerdog

                      Mayor,

                      You misunderstand what tort reform is. It is not barring injured people from the courts. It is about compensating people fairly for their economic damages and not turning a case of whiplash into a winning lottery ticket.

            • Macallanlover

              Exactly Hackerdog, mayor and many other people have been led down the primrose lane on this one. No one is against helping people who have been wronged,, but we are seriously out of control in this country, aand the tab for this excessiveness is staggering. One of the primary reasons US businesses cannot compete globally is the huge burden of legal costs. Don’t even get started with discussing how much our health care costs are bloated by liability costs driven by ambulance chasers. Tort reform is a very necessary starting point in solving our financial crisis. But for those who enjoy watching the country turn and twist in the wind, support the liberal trial lawyers stranglehold on Congress. Reform means changing, not abolishing civil cases. Out of control is a mild way of describing this issue.

            • Mayor of Dawgtown

              Sorry, but you guys are the ones who have it all wrong.Tort reform is about putting “caps” on the recoveries of people who are hurt really badly ($300,000 limit for someone with lifetime estimated expenses of $2,000,000, etc.). It is changing the rules making it so hard to win the case that the injured person gives up and gets no compensation. It is about moving the responsibility for taking care of injured people away from the person/company that injured them and their insurers and shifting the cost onto the taxpayer. The only group that profits from that is the insurance companies at the expense of everyone else. I appreciate why you feel the way you do. The insurance industry has spent millions on lobbyists, media and buying politicians to advance their agenda. People only find out the truth when something really bad happens to them or a family member. Then they find out one at a time. The propaganda goes out to millions at a time.

  7. Hogbody, I’ll match your 53, and you know what that makes us?…..Smart enough to be invisible if we want to be and so far gone we’re usually irrelevant most of the time.

    /sigh