Daily Archives: April 7, 2016

Never the Twain Shall Meet

My first thought upon reading this re-jigger the SEC’s two divisions piece was simply wouldn’t it be easier to go to a nine-game conference schedule?

Besides, I can’t think of a more effective way to destabilize a conference over the long term than by establishing a precedent of shifting teams around every time the East and West appear imbalanced.

YMMV, obviously.



Filed under SEC Football

Some guys have all the luck.

David Wunderlich looks at the 2015 version of turnover luck.  And, yes, there is some.

Ball security is a skill. So is forcing fumbles. But recovering fumbles? It’s basically all luck. The football has a funny shape and bounces in ways that people can’t predict in real time. Besides that, it’s not possible to control what mix of players from the two teams will be near the ball when it comes loose.

Here’s the picture for the SEC:

Fumble recovery percentages:

National Rank Name Total Fumbles Total Recovered Recovered Pct.
1 Arkansas 29 19 65.5%
9 South Carolina 38 23 60.5%
25 Missouri 36 20 55.6%
27 Tennessee 36 20 55.6%
40 LSU 36 19 52.8%
49 Georgia 46 24 52.2%
54 Vanderbilt 43 22 51.2%
61 Florida 44 22 50.0%
65 Kentucky 32 16 50.0%
72 Ole Miss 49 24 49.0%
74 Auburn 39 19 48.7%
117 Texas A&M 42 17 40.5%
123 Alabama 37 13 35.1%
127 Mississippi State 36 11 30.6%

Interception percentages:

National Rank Name Int. Passes Defended INT Pct.
13 South Carolina 12 42 28.6%
21 Georgia 12 45 26.7%
62 Auburn 14 67 20.9%
67 Florida 14 68 20.6%
69 Arkansas 11 54 20.4%
77 Alabama 19 99 19.2%
78 Mississippi State 13 68 19.1%
80 Texas A&M 11 58 19.0%
83 Kentucky 11 59 18.6%
84 Tennessee 12 65 18.5%
91 LSU 10 57 17.5%
94 Ole Miss 15 88 17.0%
96 Missouri 9 53 17.0%
123 Vanderbilt 6 60 10.0%

National ranks in both:

Team Fumble Rank INT Rank Average Rank
South Carolina 9 13 11
Georgia 49 21 35
Arkansas 1 69 35
Tennessee 27 84 56
Missouri 25 96 61
Florida 61 67 64
LSU 40 91 66
Auburn 74 62 68
Kentucky 65 83 74
Mississippi 72 94 83
Vanderbilt 54 123 89
Texas A&M 117 80 99
Alabama 123 77 100
Mississippi State 127 78 103

There isn’t that much correlation between turnover luck and having a great defense. Just ask Alabama.


Filed under SEC Football, Stats Geek!

Very pretty, Coordinator. Very pretty. But, can they win?

Al.com gets all number-y about Jeremy Pruitt’s career in this clip.  See if you can catch the hole in his resume.

Forget it, Jeremy.  It’s Athens.



Filed under Georgia Football

The death of college football

Check’s in the mail, so that’s it for some of you, right?


Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

Did Nick Saban just take his first subtle shot across Kirby Smart’s bow?

Sure sounds like he did to me:

Alabama’s A-Day spring game has produced three crowds in excess of 90,000 since Saban’s arrival in 2007, and every recent A-Day crowd had surpassed 70,000 until last year’s game had 65,175.

Saban said Wednesday that the spring game remains important to players and urged fans to turn out.

“It’s something that we’ve been special at,” Saban said, “and I think other people are trying to sort of copycat to make their game a big thing so they can say they had the most people at the spring game and all that…”

Unless you think that’s a shot at Greg McGarity, I suppose…  Personally speaking, I’ll wait to take any shots until I see how well prepared the athletic department is to handle an enormous crowd on G-Day.  The best answer to a charge of social climbing is to act like you’ve been there before.


Filed under Georgia Football, Nick Saban Rules

Musical palate cleanser, you don’t have to call me Merle Haggard…

any more.

Merle Haggard, one of the most successful singers in the history of country music, a contrarian populist whose songs about his scuffling early life and his time in prison made him the closest thing that the genre had to a real-life outlaw hero, died at his ranch in Northern California on Wednesday, his 79th birthday.

His death was confirmed by his agent, Lance Roberts. Mr. Haggard had recently canceled several concerts, saying he had double pneumonia.

Few country artists have been as popular and widely admired as Mr. Haggard, a ruggedly handsome performer who strode onto a stage, guitar in hand, as a poet of the common man.

Pretty much your basic American icon there.

As the Times notes, Haggard’s got a ridiculous legacy of songs and hits, something he makes a little fun of in this clip of one of my favorite songs of his…

If you’re not that familiar with his body of work, and you figure there’s a little more to the man than “Okie From Muskogee”, you can start here.  But be warned – you’ll just be scratching the surface.  You might also want to take the time to read this interview in Garden and Gun, which is the last piece I saw with Haggard.

************************************************************************* UPDATE:  Just saw this and had to share.


Filed under Uncategorized