Category Archives: The Blogosphere

I wrote it on the Internet, so it must be true.

Sometimes the problem with posting noxious stuff on message boards and blog comment threads isn’t that recruits will read it.  It’s that somebody will figure out who the author is.  And that’s not a good thing when the author is a sitting judge.

An Arkansas circuit judge has called off his campaign for higher office after he confessed to making what some deemed to be offensive comments under an alias on the LSU fan message board, TigerDroppings.

political blogger first suggested on Monday (March 3) that Arkansas Circuit Judge Mike Maggio was behind the pseudonym “geauxjudge” in a post on his website, Blue Hog Report, according to The Associated Press. Maggio acknowledged the comments were his on Wednesday (March 5), apologized and ended his campaign for a seat on the Arkansas Court of Appeals.

Sitting in his courtroom’s gotta be a blast.

“These comments are not a reflection of who I am.”  Is there an Internet troll who doesn’t believe that with all his or her heart?

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Thursday morning buffet

If you’re facing the same weather conditions I am, it’s not like you’ve got anything better to do right now than to slip into the buffet line.

  • Sorry, Missouri, but you just got the KC Joyner kiss of death.
  • Stewart Mandel throws in the towel on oversigning.
  • Clowney says he might have stayed in Columbia for his senior year if he were paid enough to support his family.  Now he tells ‘em.
  • The NCAA’s Division I Board of Directors hopes to have a new management structure in place by August.
  • Here’s a coach who’s on his eighth job in eight years.
  • It turns out that among all the Vols who were arrested at that wild party last weekend, a man who identified himself as an assistant strength coach for Tennessee’s football team was handcuffed and put in the back of a squad car when he tried to intervene.
  • “An online survey by a group of Canadian researchers suggests that Internet trolls are more likely than others to show signs of sadism, psychopathy and “Machiavellianism”: a disregard for morality and tendency to manipulate or exploit others.”
  • The NLRB held its first hearing yesterday on the Northwestern players’ move to be certified as a union.

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Friday morning buffet

Indulge yourselves.

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Best bowl season header

I mean, who’s gonna top this?

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Saturday morning buffet

A few things to nosh on while you wait for today’s slate of games:

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Your blogosphere at work

The University of Maryland hired a PR firm to influence public acceptance of its move to the Big Ten, in part by planting comments on message boards and blogs favoring the decision.

(h/t EDSBS)

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Badge of honor

Color me jealous.

Lundquist said he enjoys the website Every Day Should Be Saturday and described its author, Spencer Hall, as “very, very, very clever.”

This is pretty good, too.

There’s even a Verne Lundquist Drinking Game in which viewers can take a drink depending on when he laughs or makes mistakes on a broadcast. “I’m proud of the fact that mine’s not as active as (Brent) Musburger’s,” he said.

And so is this.

“That’s not a gaping hole in my resume at all,” Lundquist said. “I got to do Georgia-Alabama in the SEC Championship Game last year. That’s enough for me.”

All in all, a fun read.

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Ten questions: LSU

One of my favorite CFB blogs out there is the LSU-centric And The Valley Shook.  All I ask from a blog is entertaining writing on subjects I care about, and ATVS certainly qualifies on that front.  (If you haven’t been sneaking over there this week to catch a few things like this, this and this, you should be.)  Plus, some of the guys there have been known on occasion to drop in on the comments section here, so they’ve obviously got some taste.

Anyhoo, I asked one of the ATVS regulars if he wouldn’t mind sharing some insight about LSU’s season so far with you guys, and he graciously consented.  Without any further ado, here’s Billy Gomila aka Chef Billy:

It really is funny how much the conventional wisdom on LSU’s season has changed since the spring.  Did it have any effect on the team’s preparation/mentality?

I definitely think the players noticed the “down season” narrative, and we know the “nobody believes in us” cliche almost always works as a motivational ploy. The coaching staff has certainly preached the “one game at a time” mindset, and at least outwardly, the players appear to be buying into that.

But I would also say that the schedule has been a big factor as well. LSU had to be ready for a big game in week one, and even with two cupcakes following it up, catching Auburn last week was also a good thing leading into such a big game.

The one thing you’re surprised LSU isn’t doing a better job at is…?

I really expected LSU’s linebackers to be one of the best units on this team, and instead, it’s really struggled so far. Even with a combined 32 tackles from the starters last week against Auburn, they just didn’t make a lot of plays, and we expected more from this group. 

Growing pains from the defense were expected to a degree, but it’s still been a bit of a surprise to watch a team like Auburn kind of henpeck this unit to death in the running game.

What is it, something like 44 out of 60 receptions belong to Beckham, Jr. and Landry – does LSU have a legit third receiving option?  Do the coaches even care?

In terms of one proven guy? I guess not, but they haven’t needed one thus far, really. I don’t think it’s a concern right now really. For a defense to lock down both Beckham and Landry, they’ll likely leave somebody else open, and I don’t think Mettenberger is afraid to go to a back or a tight end if that’s the open guy. How well do you like your nickel corner or safety in coverage?

Really, how tested has LSU been by the early schedule?

I think it depends on your definition of “tested.”The TCU game has probably been the only game that’s ever been at a tight enough stage to feel like the game might slip away. But I do think there’s been an advantage to the way things have built up. You had a big stage in week one, prime time, against a ranked opponent. Then two patsies to keep working out the kinks, then a conference rival (that was 3-0 at the time at that) to build into the first huge crossroads game of the season. Back in 2011, LSU’s first month really set the tone for conference play, whereas the next season, a light start definitely seemed to factor in with the team’s slow start. How well the first four weeks of this season has prepared LSU is something that I think we’ll find out early on Saturday.

We know Georgia’s defense has been on and off in the wake of replacing nine starters.  Has Chavis’ defense missed a beat in the wake of all the NFL departures?

Right now, there just don’t appear to be as many impact players in the front seven as there were a year ago. Specifically, this outfit is missing a Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo or, especially, a Kevin Minter. It’s not exactly getting dragged up and down the field, but there haven’t been as many impact, drive-killing plays.

I mourn the absence of one of college football’s great names, Barkevious Mingo.  Any worthy successors on this year’s roster?

Can I interest you in a Tre’davious White, or perhaps a Kwon Alexander? There’s also a Quantavius Leslie, but he hasn’t seen as much playing time.

Two of the rare teams in CFB that feature a fullback face off:  are the defenses ready?

Isn’t one of the best parts of having a fullback on offense that your defense gets to practice against him? LSU has two by the way. Walk-on Connor Neighbors does a very good job of spelling J.C. Copeland.

Both teams have given up a long kickoff return in the early going.  How have LSU’s special teams performed so far?

Since that one lapse against TCU, LSU’s have been steadily improving. Kicker James Hairston has consistently put kick-offs out of the endzone, and this year’s model Aussie punter, Jamie Keehn, has gotten better every game. In fact, if you factor out that one 100-yard return, LSU’s allowing an average of just 37 kick return yards a game.

During the Auburn broadcast, Blackledge said that to be successful, an offense has to attack LSU’s defense with downfield passing.  True?  If so, how susceptible is the secondary to the deep ball?

It was definitely true on that night. Sophomore Micah Eugene got the start at one of the safety spots, and was late getting deep in man-free coverage a couple of times, which led to both of Auburn’s long pass plays to Sammie Coates. He, reportedly, may miss this weekend with a hamstring injury, however. Nevertheless, this secondary is still relatively young, so a veteran passing attack like Georgia’s could have some success.

The most essential non-alcoholic item for a successful tailgate is…?

Well, for me tailgating is always about family, friends and good food, but those are givens. After that, I’d go with a good TV, some campus wi-fi and a phone with the WatchESPN app. My tailgate group has recently learned how to pair that with an HDMI cable to catch ESPN without having to bring out a satellite dish and triangulate anything. What a country!

It’s my understanding that Billy’s planning to link this Q&A over at his site, so if you’ve got questions or observations, set ‘em up in the comments and maybe we’ll get a response from the ATVS folks.  Hope you enjoyed this.

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You were serious about that?

Over at Bulldog Illustrated, somebody asks the musical question,

I want you to ask yourself, with an open mind, “what is there to lose if Hutson Mason started the North Texas game?”

Well, certainly not my sense of humor.  And after all, if anything went wrong, “… you would have the best backup quarterback in college football (history?) prepared to take the game over right away”.

The reason this needs to be done?  To satisfy our curiosity (“Would you like to see what Mason can do with the first-team offense, against a first-team defense of a team that may or may not be considered “low-risk?””).

But why think so small?  Why start any senior player?  (Hell, that’s what you’ve got Senior Day for.)  We need to see what all the frisky backups can do against an opponent’s first team.  Artie Lynch, sit your ass down.  Chris Burnette, we’ll call you when we need you.  Garrison Smith, you’re not gonna be here in a few months anyway, so grab some bench.

And you thought coaching was hard.

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UPDATE:  By the way,

Georgia’s last game against a Conference USA team didn’t go so well.

UCF beat the Bulldogs 10-6 in the Liberty Bowl in 2010.

The Mean Green defensive coordinator is John Skladany, who was linebackers coach for UCF when it beat the Bulldogs. Georgia receiver Rantavious Wooten learned that when he did research on this week’s opponent.

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Good Bull Hunting, you magnificent bastard.

This is awesome.  How awesome?  Put it this way:  it starts with this…

… and gets better.

BEST CASE / WORST CASE

BY THACKTOR

BEST CASE

Win. Any kind of win. A win is the best case scenario here. Winning. Winning the game against Alabama, to be specific. I do not care if it’s 2-0. Win. The. Game.

Oh, and Saban shuns UT’s money and goes to USC. He forcibly TAKES Lane Kiffin’s job before USC gets a chance to fire him. Distraught, Alabama hires Mack Brown and Texas hires Kiffin. I sleep soundly.

WORST CASE

There’s an immovable Bama fan in my seat and they have purchased all of the concessions. I am forced to taze this individual and, in doing so, am forcibly removed from the Hate Barn by security.

The Big 12 doesn’t deserve a fan base this inspired, damn it.

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