Category Archives: ESPN Is The Devil

Great moments in punditry

This is why they pay Desmond Howard the big bucks.

At least he’s got a bye week to hide behind next Saturday.

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Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, Georgia Football

So this is what cutting edge journalism looks like.

Alabama loses.  Former Tide quarterback and current SEC Network talking head questions Saban’s management of his offensive coordinators.  Inevitable backlash from passionate Alabama fans ensues.  Ditto Saban.  Former Tide quarterback and current SEC Network talking head responds in predictable way, blames media.

Lesson learned:  you don’t bite the hand that feeds you.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, Nick Saban Rules

Wednesday morning buffet

Another day, another buffet.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, College Football, Crime and Punishment, ESPN Is The Devil, Georgia Football, It's Just Bidness, Media Punditry/Foibles, Political Wankery, Recruiting, SEC Football, Stats Geek!

“Back in the day, going to a football game used to be the biggest thing you did in the fall.”

Another area of haves/have-nots concern for college football is attendance.

Through five weeks, announced attendance in Football Bowl Subdivision games is down 1 percent compared to this point in 2013 and nearly 7 percent from three years ago.

The average FBS home crowd this season is 44,997, according to a analysis of NCAA attendance data. That is down from 45,596 through five weeks in 2013, 47,181 in 2012 and 48,279 in 2011.

The good news for the game’s attendance health: Crowds are up 3 percent among the top 25 attendance leaders, due in part to some expanded stadiums. Seventeen of the top 25 attendance leaders experienced an increase through five weeks compared to 2013. Only 12 of the top 25 leaders in 2013 at this point had an increase from 2012.

The bad news: Many other FBS schools continue to struggle to fill seats. Outside of the top 25 attendance leaders, crowds for the remaining Power 5-conference schools are down 3 percent from 2013.

TV is a culprit, of course.  So are neutral site games, which, as Solomon notes, “are continuing to increase and can produce more attractive games than season ticket-holders sometimes pay for on campus.”  You’d think that would be a pretty clear hint about what the problem might be, but expecting athletic directors to use logic about the problem is evidently too much to hope for.

Besides, why worry about scheduling when you’ve got Mickey Mouse?

Increasingly, athletic departments are turning to Mickey Mouse for help on how to create a magical football experience.

Numerous schools have used the Disney Institute to reassess their football game experience. The Disney Institute is the professional development arm of The Walt Disney Company that gets hired by many industries, including healthcare, aviation, government/military, food/beverage and retail. The Disney Institute declined to identify or list the number of athletic departments that have worked with the company.

Mickey on the front end and ESPN on the back end.  College football, you’re doomed.


Filed under College Football, ESPN Is The Devil

Damn it, where did I put the mute switch?

If you’re not gonna give me all the Daves, SEC Network, screw it.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil

Herbie, you go, girl.

The man cut loose on SportsCenter.

I’m starting to wonder if it’s possible Finebaum could outlive his welcome on the WWL.  Eh, who am I kidding?


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, PAWWWLLL!!!

Guess who’s coming to Athens.

Be still, my heart.

“SEC Nation”, the pregame show modeled after ESPN’s “College GameDay” and aired on SEC Network, is coming to town for the No. 12 Bulldogs’ Sept. 27 matchup against Butch Jones’ Volunteers. Like “College GameDay” last year, “SEC Nation” will set up shop in Myers Quad on the University of Georgia campus. Joe Tessitore, Marcus Spears, Paul Finebaum, Kaylee Hartung and former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will co-host the show, which will air from 10 a.m. until the game kicks off at noon on ESPN.

That’s a target rich environment, students, so I expect some good signage.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil