Daily Archives: September 2, 2010

The two most interesting men in Craig James’ world

I wonder who was more thrilled to have his picture taken with the other.

Somewhere, Mike Leach isn’t staying thirsty.  (h/t reader Seth Miller)



Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, Mike Leach. Yar!

Now, this is cool.

Very handy to use database from the Wall Street Journal.

(h/t EDSBS)


Filed under Stats Geek!

A compelling myth

One of the staples in our spirited BCS/playoffs debate here at GTP is the frequent counter I get to my argument that college basketball is illustrative of how an oversized postseason tends to have a diminishing effect on a sport’s regular season that it isn’t a relevant comparison to D-1 college football because… well, because basketball is different.

Yet that never seems to slow down some of the very same folks from making the every-other-sport-has-playoffs-why-not-college football pitch.  Like this one:

… It’s clear that the claim that college football has the “most compelling regular season” is simply a sleight of hand to cover up that college football’s post-season is not only problematic and controversial, it’s not even that compelling. That is, unless virtually every other sports league (and the NCAA itself with its Football Championship Subdivision) has it wrong.

Sadly, that’s only the fourth or fifth dumbest thing in that piece.  The topper is this classic case of begging the question:

… even if we grant that the college football regular season is more compelling than other regular seasons, what if the cost of saving it is a less compelling post-season? Does the NCAA really think that one national championship game and a few marquis bowl games would get better ratings and be more compelling than a series of playoff games each one becoming increasingly more significant. A 16-team playoff would give college football fans a reason to watch at least 15 meaningful postseason games…

You know, it’s tough to argue with impeccable logic like that (although the NCAA has nothing to do with the BCS).

(h/t – who else? – PlayoffPAC)


Filed under BCS/Playoffs

Gamecock-NCAA conspiracy theory

When it comes to the NCAA enforcement folks, I tend to fall into the camp that views them as sometimes overwhelmed, sometimes incompetent people who inconsistently apply a set of rules that have grown as complicated as the Internal Revenue Code, and not, say, a bunch of evil bastards who ruthlessly pursue certain schools unfairly (an Alabama fan, in other words).

But I’ve got to say that if this rumor has legs, I may think about changing sides.

… This morning, someone (someone I trust) called me to share the same rumor that I then saw in a lot of different places: That those five players would serve two-game suspensions, in the USM and Furman games.

I can say first that I have NOT confirmed that. I’ve asked around, but no one credible is biting on that one. (See: My first point? Or maybe it’s just not accurate?)

Burning question: How would the players get to play in the Georgia game? That concept seems idealistic, to me. If it was negotiated by the university, to have the opener be mandatory and then get to pick the second game, give that person a raise. It’s plausible, I guess. But … it’s a stretch.

If it is true, I’d be somewhat outraged if I were a Georgia fan. That’s some flexible justice. Which is what makes me doubt it, considering it’s coming from the NCAA.

Somewhat outraged?  No, that’s how I’d feel if Spurrier were to impose internal discipline on a selected basis.  If the NCAA became involved in picking sides like that, I think I’d be feeling something more akin to a five-alarm, where’s-my-damned-shotgun outrage – especially considering how they’ve left Georgia twisting in the wind with regard to A.J. Green.

I doubt this is true, but I’ll sure be paying attention tonight to the pre-game talk.


Filed under The NCAA

Proof that Atlanta isn’t as bad a sports town as you might think.

From Mark Bradley’s game blog of last night’s Braves-Mets tilt:

The Ramblin’ Wreck and the Tech cheerleaders are driving around the field. Getting booed big-time.

Maybe they could get Paul Johnson to throw out the first pitch soon.  Good times there, I’m sure.


Filed under Georgia Football, Georgia Tech Football

Thursday morning buffet

Time to chow down, people.

  • Dan Wetzel sez:  don’t hate Boise State, hate the BCS.  Yawn.
  • Speaking of which, maybe this is the angle Mark Richt should use to prepare the troops for Jax this season.  They weren’t exactly scared of the Broncos when they played them.
  • TAMU’s athletic director, on contemplating a move to the SEC:  “I was concerned with changing conferences that we may not be ready for the level of competition if we decided to leave.” Eat your heart out, Jim Delany.
  • Some SEC fun gambling facts.
  • San Diego State is buying itself a cupcake game.
  • In a move that I’m sure meets with Nick Saban’s complete approval, Penn State is starting a true freshman at quarterback.  I wonder if JoePa promised the kid he’d be there for his entire career.
  • This can’t hurt Georgia’s prospects on Saturday: The Louisiana defensive front is hurting. The last thing the Ragin’ Cajuns need is to have problems on the line against Georgia’s offensive front, possibly the best in America, but that’s what they’re dealing with as top pass rushing prospect, Terrell Richardson, has a head injury while Nate Douglas and Tyrell Gaddies have hamstring problems.”
  • Stewart Mandel’s explanation for his prediction that Georgia plays in a BCS bowl game and Florida doesn’t – “… I do believe Florida will win the SEC East, but with at least one or two losses. That means if the Gators lose in the SEC title game, they’ll have two or three losses. And after Florida fans’ meager turnout to last year’s Sugar Bowl, I figure the New Orleans game will take a different SEC team this year, in this case Georgia, which I project to go 10-2.” – is pure fantasy.  No way Florida beats Georgia to play in the SECCG and then finds itself pushed aside…
  • North Carolina is preparing to play LSU without as many as sixteen players suiting up?  Wow.


Filed under ACC Football, BCS/Playoffs, Big Ten Football, Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major, SEC Football, The NCAA

‘Bout damn time you got here.

You sure put us through the wringer this offseason, Mr. 2010 College Football Season, but I’m willing to let bygones be bygones.

Knock ’em dead, kid.


Filed under College Football