Monthly Archives: September 2019

Today, in concern trolling

I don’t know what the opposite of a national treasure is, but whatever it is, PAWWWLLL!!! qualifies as one.

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Filed under Gators, Gators..., PAWWWLLL!!!

Of all the head coaches in the world…

… Kirby Smart says Pruitt is definitely one of them.

Yes?  And what situation is that, Kirby?

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Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Georgia Football

Nooner alert

Boom goes the South Carolina game.

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Filed under 'Cock Envy, Georgia Football

“The only group that can’t are athletes. Why is that?”

Shot fired:  California governor announces he will sign the Fair Pay to Play Act.

Needless to say, this one’s gonna be interesting to follow over the next few years.

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UPDATE:

He signed the bill with O’Bannon sitting there, which is pretty much a “fuck you, Mark Emmert” move.

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UPDATE #2:  And here’s the NCAA’s response.

You gotta love the last paragraph.  Thousands and thousands of businesses in this country operate in multiple states without a problem, but evidently the NCAA isn’t competent enough to manage that.

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UPDATE #3:  I have to give the Pac-12 credit for fashioning a statement dumber than the NCAA’s.

Then again, this is Larry Scott’s conference we’re talking about.

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About that whole “100% better” thing

One Vol who hasn’t been better in 2019 is the quarterback.

I guess that means the rest of the team has been more like 125% better.

Kirby, if your defense can’t hold this guy in check, I don’t want to hear about why.  I’m really not in the mood for another Beyond Crompton moment.

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Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Stats Geek!

Back from the dead?

Screenshot_2019-09-30 (1) Senator Blutarsky ( MummePoll) Twitter

Who knows if it’ll last, but one nice thing about what’s gone down so far this season is that the hot preseason take that we’d all be just waiting for the inevitable Alabama-Clemson rematch for the natty has morphed into the general perception that at least five other teams have injected themselves into the national championship debate.

Which leads me to take the temperature about a subject I haven’t pursued in several seasons:  is there interest in resurrecting the Mumme Poll this season?

You may recall that I put the MP to bed after participation in it dwindled to fewer than two dozen folks.  I wouldn’t be interested in bringing it back unless than number jumped back up to around 100.

But I do notice there are a couple of new national fan polls making the rounds this year, although neither are based on the same guidelines as the Mumme Poll.  A brief refresher as to what those are:  in its last incarnation, we went to a purer approval voting approach.  Instead of selecting a specific number of teams, each voter was allowed to choose as many or as few teams as he or she thought deserved to be considered in the national conversation.  If you wanted to pick a top ten, fine.  If you simply wanted to fill out a national playoff bracket, cool.  If, like me, you only wanted to choose those teams you thought could win a national title, all good.

That made for the easiest, fastest ballot selection I ever went through.  My last ballot took less than 30 seconds to pick.

Anyway, I’m just asking if there’s enough interest from y’all to bring it back.  Let me know in the comments.  Remember, it doesn’t start until after six weeks of games have been played, which would mean after this week’s slate.

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Moar numbers

I went to call up the national yards per play rankings to point out that, for all the hullabaloo about LSU’s dynamic offense, Georgia actually has the higher average, but in the process, found Oklahoma’s ridiculous average:

Screenshot_2019-09-30 cfbstats com - 2019 National Team Leaders

If you’re a defensive coordinator and you manage to prevent the Sooners from gaining a first down on any given play, you’ve got yourself a win.  I know that’s not going to hold up over the course of a season — it won’t, right? — but even so, that’s insane.

Back to Georgia for a sec:  the total rushing yardage and the total passing yardage figures are within 11 yards of each other.  Balance achievement unlocked!

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Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

Another Georgia team travels to Knoxville.

If Tennessee is 100 times better this year than last, as Jeremy Pruitt contends, Vegas ain’t buyin’ what he’s sellin’.

Maybe it’s just a case of familiarity breeds contempt.

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Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Georgia Football, What's Bet In Vegas Stays In Vegas

SEC Power Poll, Week Five

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A week with key teams having a bye and others serving themselves another round of cupcakes shouldn’t have done so much to crystallize my impressions of the relative strengths of the conference’s fourteen teams, but it did just that.

There are four, possibly five, quality teams in the SEC this season.  There are a couple others that appear to be decent, a couple more that qualify as mediocre at best and then there’s a bunch of crap.  Unfortunately, the crap seems to be spreading.

  1. Alabama.  This is exactly what a really good team that has yet to be tested looks like.
  2. Georgia.  Bye week, but that Notre Dame win looks better a week later.
  3. LSU.  Another squad with a bye week.
  4. Auburn.  I don’t know if Auburn is good enough to win the SEC, but I’m pretty damned sure Auburn is good enough to knock off one of the three teams I’ve ranked ahead of it.
  5. Florida.  Shut out something named Towson, but with Auburn, LSU and Georgia coming in three of the Gators’ next four games, we’ll find out what kind of team they really are.  Which, come to think of it, likely explains Mullen’s whining last week about SEC scheduling.
  6. Missouri.  Another team with a bye week, but considering the results from the other games, the gap between the Tigers and the teams below them grew.
  7. Texas A&M.  According to both the AP and Coaches Polls, TAMU is one of the 25 best teams in the country.  Why, exactly?
  8. South Carolina.  Kentucky was chicken soup for the Gamecocks’ soul.
  9. Mississippi State.  After a really bad loss to Auburn, you have to wonder if the wheels are starting to come off the Bulldogs’ wagon.
  10. Kentucky.  At 0-3 in the conference, the ‘Cats are essentially the first team eliminated from a divisional race — and it’s not even October yet.  Obviously, they have issues and the biggest one is at quarterback.
  11. Ole Miss.  Whatever else happens this season, they’ll always have “first team to lead Alabama in 2019”.
  12. Vanderbilt.  Finally got their first W of the season.
  13. Arkansas.  The Hogs lost, but managed to drag a ranked team down to their level in the process, which is more than you can say for…
  14. Tennessee.  A bye week bounce?  You kidding?

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Fabris Pool results, Week 5

Back to a tiebreaker this week.

Screenshot_2019-09-30 Fun Office Pools

Congrats to raven316.

With 19 people within three points of the top spot, nobody has separated themselves in the seasonal race yet.

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