I was going to revisit the issue of pace that I explored in July in another week or so, but I’m delighted to find that John Pennington’s already done the heavy lifting. Here’s how the SEC shapes up through Week 3:
Need For Speed (Seconds of Possession per Offensive Snap)
|| Off. Snaps
| Texas A&M
| Ole Miss
| S. Carolina
| Miss. State
If you compare that with my numbers from July (Texas A&M, 21.41 spp; Ole Miss, 22.75 spp; Clemson 22.77 spp; Georgia Tech, 27.64 spp; Alabama, 30.19 spp; Florida 30.60 spp), offenses sped up at the top and slowed down at the bottom.
But I’m still not sure how much to take from this. It’s a good indication of coaching philosophy, but how much does it say about wins and losses? Georgia is a perfect example why. The Dawgs averaged 25.57 seconds per play last season, so this year’s number is a significant increase in time. But that’s easily explained by that last eight-and-a-half-minute drive to run out the South Carolina game; with a two-game sample size, that drive is going to have an oversized effect on Georgia’s average. And it was the perfect strategy in that situation.
Maybe I’ll learn more as the season wears on.
After seeing this, I felt I had no choice but to post this.
That ought to get you going this morning.
I came across this Howlin’ Wolf clip last night and it’s just astounding.
I can only imagine what it must have been like to see him perform in his physical prime. Is it possible to be intimidated by the blues?
All that Aaron Murray talk about being hungry has put me in the mood for some tuneage from the cheesy, yet enjoyable Paul Revere and the Raiders.
It may be best to watch that with your eyes closed. These guys didn’t exactly have James Brown moves. But the song is great.
I was lucky enough a couple of years ago on my road trip to the Ole Miss game to spend the night in Clarksdale, Mississippi, home of the blues. One of the highlights of my night there was dropping into a joint called Red’s and watching T-Model Ford. I learned shortly afterwards that he suffered a stroke and, sadly, no longer performed. Given his age (and that’s a matter of whom you asked), I expected that he wasn’t long for this world.
T-Model Ford passed away today. His obituary is a must read.
When Ford was young, he served two years of a 10-year prison sentence for killing a man in self-defense, and he had scars on his ankles from serving on a prison chain gang, Stolle said.
Ford had six wives and 26 children, Stolle said. When Ford’s fifth wife left him, she gave him a guitar as a parting gift.
“He stayed up all night drinking white whiskey,” or moonshine, “and playing the guitar,” Stolle said. “He kind of went on from there.”
This is a good introduction to what Ford was doing late in life:
And this is my favorite tune… NSFW. But it’s catchy.
Stella was with him that night in Clarksdale. She’s a helluva woman, too.
Rest in peace, big man.
With the news of Bobby “Blue” Bland’s passing, I thought I’d share my favorite song of his, “I Pity The Fool”.
The man had some serious vocal chops. (And judging from the last time I saw him live, an ego to match.) Rest in peace, man.
A very nice “aw, shucks” post about GTP here. The only thing is… I don’t remember doing a Jo Jo Gunne palate cleanser before.
Fortunately, that’s easy to remedy with my favorite tune of theirs. From the early 70′s, here’s “Run Run Run”.
There are very few songs that sound better being blasted out of a car stereo than that. Trust me on this.
It’s 1990. How somebody came up with the idea to pair John Lee Hooker and Miles Davis together to make a movie soundtrack I don’t know, but it works brilliantly. From the movie The Hot Spot, this is “Bank Robbery”.
That is some badass tuneage, my friends. So – why not? – here’s a bonus track, “Murder”.
I had a request for some Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes. Here’s a really cool clip from the group’s debut album release party at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, appropriately on Memorial Day, 1976.
If that doesn’t capture the flavor of the mid-70′s rock scene, I don’t know what does.
And here’s something from the same venue fifteen years later.
“Trapped Again” is from their greatest album, Hearts of Stone. It’s one of those records that belongs in your collection. ”Walk You All The Way Home” is off Better Days, also highly recommended.
Ray Manzarek, R.I.P.
Your opinion of The Doors probably depends on how big a wanker you felt Jim Morrison was. Me, I loved ‘em. And regardless of what you might think of Morrison, there’s no question that Manzarek and Krieger were superb instrumentalists.
In honor of his passing, here’s a ten-minute long live version of a song that was on the set list of every band that played at a bar mitzvah party I attended.