Daily Archives: June 24, 2008

Duh.

Stewart Mandel, in his column today about a possible SEC Network, tosses out a classic factoid, something that looks profound at first glance, but is essentially meaningless when you think about it.

… [The SEC's] syndicated Raycom package (previously branded as Jefferson-Pilot and Lincoln Financial) was not only the most-watched among football conferences, with an average 1.4 million households, it also drew more 18 to 49-year-old male viewers than any syndicated show on television — beating out the likes of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.

I mean, seriously, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune?  The idea that a male American in his twenties, say, is going to be drawn to game shows over SEC football makes little or no sense.  Unless said male happens to be a Georgia Tech student or grad, of course.

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Even Tebow has his limits.

Give the New York Times credit: it’s found something more popular than Tim Tebow.

In a federal obscenity case heard this month, Mr. Douglas defended another Florida pornographer. In the trial, Mr. Douglas set up a computer in the courtroom and did Internet searches for sexually explicit terms to show the jury that there were millions of Web pages discussing such material. He then searched for other topics, like the University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, to demonstrate that there were not nearly as many related Web sites.

The only thing is, the jury voted to convict.  Gator fans.

(h/t Orlando Sentinel)

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Another (!) baseball post

Dennis Dodd raises a point today that I thought about when I heard the stat last night that Fresno State had been on the road for 39 days:  college baseball’s postseason is too damned long.

Even David Perno agrees.

… but something is missing from this year’s CWS. A buzz, mojo, the usual carnival atmosphere that made this place a Midwest Woodstock.

“Without a doubt,” said Georgia coach David Perno, whose team is one game away from a championship after a 7-6 victory over Fresno State in Game 1 of the championship series Monday night.

“It’s real simple. It’s a tremendous experience but I stayed up watching the Miami game film last night. I felt like it was last year.”

“Nothing negative but I think it’s a little bit too long,” said Perno, who is trying to win the school’s first baseball championship since 1990. “I think they play too many games.”

So why has it happened?  One guess.

… Perno was a Georgia player on that ’90 title team. The entire CWS that year took nine days. But the event has gotten bigger and more popular. A championship series was added in 2003. Certainly, a best-of-3 final was fairer to the teams than a single championship game, but all this baseball has begun taxing wallets as well as attention spans. Beginning this year ESPN moved the series to prime time starting on Monday. Prior to this year, the series started on Saturday, meaning the latest it could end was on Monday.

So while the product might look good on television, it’s starting to get on everyone’s nerves.

Now, granted that a best of three series is a far more appropriate way to determine a baseball champion than a football champion, but it’s trends like this that touch on the BCS/playoff debate.  How well are teams and fans going to travel for an extended D-1 football playoff format?

There’s somebody in Omaha right now from whom I’m surprised we haven’t heard much on the subject.

… Maybe Michael Adams was onto something six months ago when the Georgia president proposed an eight-team football playoff. Maybe football is a different animal. Maybe fans would pay for the travel and tickets of three rounds of football. The popularity of the game is at an all-time high and fans, in general, haven’t stopped filling stadiums.

Or maybe Adams is full of the same load of poo he was in January. The prez was here Monday to watch Georgia inch closer to its first baseball championship in 18 years.

But his players, coaches and fans have been here a lot, lot longer. They’re excited but also tired and ready to go home.

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Recruiting tales

  • SI.com’s Andy Staples has a good piece up about envelope pushing.  It’s got all the usual suspects mentioned, plus one you might not have heard much about before.
  • The AJ-C gives us the cautionary tale of former Georgia and Florida recruit Zebrie Sanders and how many of this year’s recruits (and recruiters) aren’t letting the grass grow under their feet.
  • Of course, as Staples reminds us, sometimes what really hurts a recruit the most is not being quite fast enough in pulling the trigger.  And the kid doesn’t even have a comic book to show for it.

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Putting your money where your mouth is

The Las Vegas Sun pulls out its Phil Steele 2008 College Football Preview to look at a few judicious wagers for the coming season.  Clemmins (25-1 to win the MNC), West Virginia (25-1, also), Auburn (50-1), Virginia Tech (40-1) and Wisconsin (75-1) all get a nod.

There’s also some good stuff on factoring the element of returning starters, both in terms of disparate experience between two schools and also in terms of using experience between offenses and defenses to make an over/under play, worth looking at.  The latter may be the only reason to pay any attention to the Idaho-Arizona game in the first week of the season.

Meanwhile, here’s a story involving a very different sort of wager involving über-tool and Oklahoma State booster T. Boone Pickens.  (h/t The Wizard of Odds)

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New face in first game

It was noteworthy when we found out that Division 1-AA Jacksonville State would be trotting out former LSU QB Ryan Perrilloux in its opener against Georgia Tech.  Well, it looks like lightning may be striking twice in the state on opening week, as Georgia Southern is likely to be sporting a new starting QB when it takes the field in Athens:  former Ohio State QB Antonio Henton.

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