I’ll say this for Hutson Mason – he sure is clearheaded about what he brings to the table and what it’ll take for him to succeed this season.
“I already knew,” he said. I don’t blow myself up to be any more than I am. I know I don’t have a Matthew Stafford arm, I know that I wasn’t blessed with that just absolute God-given ability. But I have confidence in myself, and I know how this offense is going to run, and I feel it’s more about the mental side for me than it is just having this freakish athletic skill set.
“Do I have the strongest arm, no? But I believe I’m very accurate and I believe that I have great timing and I’m kind of building that chemistry (with my receivers). And knowing where I’m gonna go with the ball before the ball is snapped, I think that’s more important than how hard you can throw it.”
It helps that he’s got a boatload of skill position talent around him and a coordinator who has some idea how to deploy it. But, yeah, it’s a huge summer for him to get on the same page with his targets.
I don’t have my 2014 Steele yet, and I don’t subscribe to ESPN Insider, so this is just an educated guess on my part, but I’m going to assume that an article entitled “Ranking the top five CFB teams” with this picture…
… means Mr. Steele thinks we’ve got a contenda.
Of course, finish fifth this season…
I hope you guys got “Hotel California” out of your system, but in case you didn’t, here’s Marah’s “Round-Eye Blues”, from their wonderful Kids in Philly album, to help.
That is such a brilliant mash-up of alt-country/roots rock (Steve Earle helped with the album), Springsteen sentiment and R&B references. Not to mention the Phil Specter tribute that wraps the song – that forty-second lead in is sublime. Topped with great lyrics about Vietnam, like this:
But late at night I could still hear the cries
Of three black guys I seen, take it in the face
I think about them, sweet Motown girls, they left behind
And the assholes that took their place
Just a fabulous song. And a real palate cleanser…
Chris Leak becoming Florida’s sixth wide receivers coach in the past six seasons isn’t good news for the Gator passing game, but, as Year2 points out, it’s even worse than that. Joker Phillips made real progress last season as the position coach and now he’s gone.
Darn shame, I say.
The Golden Nugget has published lines on its 2014 college football games of the year. Here’s where Georgia starts out:
- Clemson, +9
- South Carolina, -3
- Tennessee, +17
- Vanderbilt, +24
- Missouri, +7
- Arkansas, +14.5
- Florida, +9
- Auburn, +1
- Georgia Tech, +14
One game as a dog, and that’s basically chalked up to home field advantage. The other three games are Kentucky and two cupcakes, so if Georgia lives up to the lines, you’re looking at an 11-1 regular season there. Takers?
Chase Stuart plugs all 200 games into his SRS formula to come up with a set of preliminary rankings, and spits Georgia out as a number seven. (That leaves Georgia as the best team in the East, but only fourth best in the conference.) I’d probably argue that’s a little low for a team that only loses once and beats Auburn, but what do I know?
Obviously, take this for what’s it’s worth, but if you think Vegas is pretty good making these kinds of assessments, well, then…
Be careful what you wish for, Donald Remy:
“Trials are like this,” Remy said. “It is always the case that in the beginning you hear a lot of the evidence that the plaintiffs want to put forward. You get some things out of cross-examination, but I think when you hear the NCAA’s witnesses — including the NCAA president [Mark Emmert], university presidents, conference commissioners, athletics directors and NCAA staff — testify, in addition to some of our experts, you’ll hear the real story.”
That should work.
Hell, they probably can’t be any worse than this…
The plaintiffs point to what they believe was a key admission last week by former CBS Sports president Neal Pilson, the NCAA’s television expert. Pilson testified that paying players would be viewed negatively by the public and thus potentially hurt the product. But when pressed whether there’s a dollar amount to a player with which he would feel comfortable, Pilson said, “I’d tell you $1 million would trouble me and $5,000 wouldn’t.“
Remy brushed off the significance of Pilson’s statement, but the plaintiffs pounced on it.
… can they?
Pass the popcorn, please.
I know it’s only June, but I’m prepared to say this wins the Tortured Analogy of the Year Award, going away:
During testimony, O’Bannon economic expert Daniel Rascher cited Ohio State’s appearance in the 2011 Sugar Bowl and Manziel’s season-opening game in 2013 as examples of why paying players won’t hurt the product. Several Ohio State players were allowed to play after selling memorabilia for tattoos, and Manziel was suspended for a half after selling his autograph. In both games, TV ratings and fan interest remained high despite the public knowing that players had accepted benefits against NCAA rules, Rascher testified.
NCAA attorney Rohit Singla noted that the Harding-Nancy Kerrigan figure skating duel at the 1994 Olympics drew huge ratings, suggesting that unusual events (even if they’re negative) can draw interest. Singla asked Rascher whether he was saying that because everyone watched Harding vs. Kerrigan that you should attack someone.
Rascher looked perplexed at the question.
Gee, I wonder why.
I’m reminded of the way baseball owners originally reacted when players won free agency. They spent years denigrating the players as a pack of greedy swine. Regardless of the truth of that, what idiot in business goes around trashing his or her product in public to fans? And why do I have the feeling the NCAA is about to use the same playbook?