those of you who honestly believe that Jarrett Lee is one of the top five quarterbacks in the SEC.
Either that, or share some of what you’ve been smoking.
So much for not following the Internet.
Mark Richt points out that Internet anonymity allows some to have courage: “You can call yourself Bulldog Joe and say anything you want.”
I predict a big future for that moniker in the Dawgosphere.
I haven’t read Dan Wetzel’s new book, which is both an attack on the BCS and a proposal to replace it with a 16-team playoff, because he’s made his position on both things pretty clear for free at Yahoo!.sports, but I did read Tony Barnhart’s assessment of it this morning, and once again, I can’t help but shake my head over some of the arguments that keep getting recycled by extended playoff proponents.
Like this one:
… the BCS is “lucrative” because it receives about $125 million per year from ESPN to show the games. Wetzel points out through numerous interviews that the a 16-team playoff would generate well over $750 million per year. So conservatively, he argues, the power structure is willing to leave $500 million on the table per year in order to stay in power.
First of all, this ignores the potential hit the power conferences are worried they might take to their regular season cash flows in the wake of an extended postseason format. College football regular season revenue is by far the biggest source of income for the BCS conference schools. The guys making the decisions know that they make more postseason money in basketball than they do regular season money. It’s not a pattern they care to repeat on the football side, mainly because they’re not sharing those regular season moneys with anyone else.
Which leads me to this: how stupid do you think guys like Jim Delany really are, to deliberately leave half a billion dollars on the table year after year, as Wetzel suggests? Is there anything in the way he operates that suggests he’s so shortsighted?
Then there’s this.
… Wetzel’s position is that the value of having all of the conference champions included outweighs the exclusion of a third or fourth team from one of the power conferences. It wouldn’t cheapen the regular season, he argues, because seeding would become so important. [Emphasis added.] Having the little guy playing the big guy in his home stadium (Appalachian State at Michigan) would add drama of the first two rounds of the football playoffs similar to the NCAA basketball tournament.
I don’t think that word means what he thinks it means. Why is it so hard to just come out and say “I like brackets and Cinderellas”?
It strikes me that Chris Low’s midseason assessment of Georgia is a fair one. It’s hard to argue with this:
… The Bulldogs ended their skid Saturday with an impressive 41-14 battering of Tennessee, and getting Green back has made a huge difference on offense. The offensive line has not been up to par, at least not to the level that was expected out of this veteran group. Georgia went with a new lineup against Tennessee, including true freshman Kenarious Gates at guard. The primary problem on defense has been that the Bulldogs are allowing too many big plays. That and a defensive front that lacks size. Still, this is a team that’s talented enough to turn it around during the second half of the season…
Speaking as somebody who thought the Dawgs would be no worse than 4-2 by now, I thought it might be useful to go back and explore some of my preseason assumptions, as well as look at some of the in season developments to see if I can get a handle on where things are headed over the second half of 2010.
First, my preseason worries and expectations:
As for in season surprises,
Overall, running the table seems unrealistic, if only because I don’t see how they can deal with Cam Newton. But if they continue to get traction with the next two games – and they’re clearly more talented than either Vandy or Kentucky – then at least they can roll into Jax and play a team that’s got to be questioning itself right now as much as Georgia is.
If there’s one heartening thing to take from a disappointing first half, it’s that as unfocused and uninspired as this team has played at times in the losses, it hasn’t been blown out of a game as was the case in every one of the last three seasons. Maybe you think that’s small consolation for a 2-4 record, and I won’t argue with that, but to me it hints that Grantham, in particular, is making more headway on his side of the ball than we care to recognize.
Who knows what today will bring? In the meantime…