Gravitas

Condoleezza Rice is rumored to be named to the CFP selection committee.  (I wonder if Ari Fleischer put in a good word for her.)  For what it’s worth, she’s a better choice than letting active coaches have a say so over which teams get in.

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55 responses to “Gravitas

  1. DawgPhan

    They should have Nate Silver on there as well.

  2. Dog in Fla

    I knew Stanford and Rice would figure out a way to get in

  3. Debby Balcer

    I believe she will choose based on merit.

    • NRBQ

      And how the fuck would she know, Debby?
      Do you think she fervently follows a team, and is current on the other top
      teams’ rising and falling in importance. Injuries, schedule, tradition or recent history?
      No.
      Thank you for your UGA fanship, but spare me a rubber-stamp politician with a world-important job whose historical results are zero affecting college football rankings.

      • Ms. Emily Litella

        Hold on NRBQ! Condoleezza Rice played 4 seasons of college ball and numerous years in the NFL. She was one of the greatest receivers in the history of football. She adds a lot of that “gravitas” thingy that the Senator was talking about because of all those Super Bowl rings she has…….What’s that?…..That was JERRY Rice, not Condoleezza Rice?……Never mind……..

  4. DugLite

    Smart lady. I have always been impressed with her.

  5. Go Dawgs!

    There you have it. Emmert has decided to try to accuse Penn State of hiding WMDs.

  6. Dog in Fla

    Bagman Bill likes her because it’s been documented that she is wrong more often than he is

    • ‘I don’t think that anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile’
    o Press conference, May 16, 2002
    • ‘This is your baby. Go do it.’
    o Regarding directives to the CIA on which torture techniques should be used. Summer 2002

    http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Condoleezza_Rice

  7. Kobe

    So, let me get this straight. Presumably, one would think that criteria for being a member of the selection committee would involve honesty, objectivity and at least a working knowledge of the game of football. And their first possible selection is a woman who was part of the greatest lie perpetrated on the American people in the last 30 years, who has long been involved in politics and has deep ties to one of the institutions that would be in contention for this playoff and has a knowledge of football that is composed almost entirely of sports cliches.

    Fuck this, let’s just go back to the bowls. I’ve long been sympathetic to the playoff argument, but if this is the kind of person who goes on the selection committee, then it’s just a joke.

    • Hogbody Spradlin

      Well you just get right out there and protest Kobe. Yeah! It’ll be just like to 60′s! What could be more important.

      • Go Dawgs!

        I mean, we all spend way too much time on college football blogs so I’m not sure “worried about stuff that doesn’t matter” is the best stone to throw.

    • fetch

      Ok, I aint gonna get into the politics of “the greatest lie perpetrated on the American people in the last 30 years” except say that if you think Iraq was the biggest lie then you probably don’t know all the lies you’ve been told. And if your refering to ties to Alabama, I’d say her PAC12 ties are considerably greater. And, hell, she probably knows more, and would be fairer than Emmert, Slive, or the like. I’d rather have her than some of these blowhard reporters and washed up coaches.

    • Hackerdog

      Good points. Why have a woman on the committee when Tony Barnhardt and Paul Finebaum are available?

    • AlphaDawg

      The only reason you oppose her selection is based upon race. You know it, I know it, we all know it. If it was a white women from an Ivy League school who spent her lifetime in politics with nothing more than meeting the occasional national champs at the WH you wouldn’t have problem with her being on the selection committee.

      • Kobe

        Yes, that’s absolutely right guys. The only possible reason that I would oppose having Condi Rice on a college football selection committee is race. Or being a woman. Nothing at all to do with the reasons I listed above. And of course if we can’t have Condi, then really, who’s left in this country other than Paul Finebaum?

        Amazing. I would love having a woman (regardless of race) on the committee, for any number of reasons but especially because it’s always valuable to have different points of view. But there are plenty of women out there who are perfectly qualified, perfectly knowledgeable about football and don’t have a reputation for being a partisan liar. I’m neither a Dem nor a Republican, but I don’t have to be either to see what she is.

        • Turn on your sarcasm meter, man.

        • AlphaDawg

          How does taking the available information she had at the time and making a decision that wasn’t completely correct = lies? We found WMD in Iraq, I promise you we did. We didn’t find stockpiles, but hey at least Syria(Iraq’s neighbor, and Saddam’s buddy) seems to have a nice stockpile now.

          Oh and you’re a racist for even objecting to her being considered.

          • Solon

            This isn’t for real, is it?

            (1) If we’d found WMD in Iraq, Fox ‘News’ would have talked about it every day since then. I promise you we didn’t.

            (2) Chemical weapons degrade; Sarin, specifically, has a shelf life of 5 years. Saddam would have been an impressive character indeed if he’d somehow been able to smuggle chemical weapons to Syria 2 years after he died, and 4 years after the US military were in near-complete control of his country.

            Leaving that aside, Condi is a joke. That said, just about everyone on the committee will no doubt be a joke.

      • DugLite

        The only reason I am in favor of this is selection is that she is a black woman. White guilt.

    • Macallanlover

      Kobe’s ignorance is a great example of how this nation has gotten into the mess we are in. Unfortunately the number of idiots required to continue free fall favors him. I guess we should have let Hitler and Saddam kill more than the millions of innocents they did. Please tell me you are a visiting FU or GT troll.

      I don’t know a dozen people I have ever met who have both the intelligence and integrity Condoleezza Rice has demonstrated. She is be a great choice, I am just sorry she isn’t influencing more than something this (relatively) insignificant.

      • Billy Mumphrey

        So by your standards anyone who was opposed to the Iraq war is not fit to pull for the Dawgs and should pull for UF or GT? My, my.

        • Macallanlover

          Are you really that stupid? If so, fine. Like Little Nicky, I have no time for such shit. Pathetic.

          • Billy Mumphrey

            Well golly I must be. Enlighten me some more with your political perspective. Can we discuss the government shut down? Wait though, if I don’t think Obama is a Marxist plant bent on turning the land of the free into a socialist utopia are you going to call me a GT or UF troll? That WOULD be pathetic.

            • Corey

              Give it a rest big fella! It’s game day. Get focused, and when Monday comes you an get back to this thread.

      • AthensHomerDawg

        Mac…. you and Cojones need hook up cause you are outta control. Go mellow fellow. With all the largess in college ball and law suits to recoup monies due playas…. no I’ll pass with the Lady.
        “Rice has played a crucial part in shaping the most aggressive U.S. foreign policy in modern history, with wars launched against Afghanistan and Iraq during her time in office.”
        “The decade-long American wars in Afghanistan and Iraq would end up costing as much as $6 trillion, the equivalent of $75,000 for every American household, calculates the prestigious Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. “

      • Dog in Fla

        You should have seen Her Excellency strutting her dominatrix stuff at the Wiesbaden Mission Accomplished! runway show

        “Rice’s appearance at Wiesbaden — a military base with all of its attendant images of machismo, strength and power — was striking because she walked out draped in a banner of authority, power and toughness. She was not hiding behind matronliness, androgyny or the stereotype of the steel magnolia. Rice brought her full self to the world stage — and that included her sexuality. It was not overt or inappropriate. If it was distracting, it is only because it is so rare.”

        http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A51640-2005Feb24.html

    • stoopnagle

      I can’t believe Dan Radakovich is on it either.

  8. Dog in Fla

    Sure, but let’s not be so hard on Condi. After all one of her stronger points is that she has no ability to admit error

    “Mr Mabry dwells at length on Ms Rice’s inability to admit to error. This quality of impenitence also extends to her refusal to accept any blame for failing to anticipate the attacks of September 11th 2001. The book presents abundant evidence of the warnings repeatedly sent to her by the CIA (one of the agency’s untrumpeted successes) and of her failure to take them seriously. He notes that Ms Rice seems to have had a blind spot about the potency of terrorism in general.”

    http://www.economist.com/node/9644652

    Along with avoiding prosecution, her other hobbies include Malibu® Pina Coladas and walking in the Palo Alto rain, which explains her expertise in waterboarding, entomology, walling and sleep deprivation torture.

    It is generally thought that one of her best abilities as a chickenhawk™ member of the Selection Committee will be her use of walling* to break any deadlocks needed to keep the SEC out of the Big One

    *Walling: Detainee slammed repeatedly into false wall to create sound and shock

    http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/news/40-recent-news/139-rice-approved-cia-waterboarding-

  9. David K

    So being an ex-Secretary of State is criteria, huh? Maybe Hillary will be interested. 2016 is a long way away.

    Politics aside, this whole thing is asinine to echo Kobe’s sentiment above.

    Somebody please tell me, is there any chance using the final AP poll be any worse than what we’re going to end up with?

  10. Ah, mixing politics with my favorite sports blog. Its like someone pissed in my perfectly good bowl of wheaties.

  11. AusDawg85

    And somewhere in Alabama, Tammy is waiting by her phone hoping the Committee will call her and longing for Paaawwwwwlll to come back home.

  12. Procyon

    Damn, this entry brought out all the weirdos.

  13. Athens Dog

    Never knew there were so many extremists following the senator. I’m going to focus on the Dogs.

  14. Russ

    Screw all the political talk. I’m sick of all of it.

    But can somebody seriously tell me why she would be considered for the committee? What does she know about college football? Hell, if we want a woman, I think Pam Ward qualifies, and I know she knows football.

  15. Anon

    Well, I just cut my numerous daily page visits here.

    Way to go, politico-trolls.

  16. John Denver is full of shit...

    She is a member of the Trilateral Commission…go back to sleep sheeple.

  17. Macallanlover

    The most concerning person announced to me is Pat Hayden. This has nothing to do with him as a person, but seems to indicate the committee really didn’t care about whether fans’ concerns should be addressed. You can argue about the amount of knowledge some have, or have much time they spend on CFB every day/week but you should never have to wonder if they can be impartial or not. Hayden happens to be a fine person, but he is never going to be trusted by those outside the state of California to be unbiased about CFB, rightly or wrongly? Why set yourself up for that type of criticism? Lord knows they will get enough anyway.