Daily Archives: November 9, 2019

Game day post, Mizzou edition

Today’s big news, of a sort:

I’m not sure how big a deal this is, to tell you the truth, as a less than 100% Kelly Bryant is less of a threat — not to mention it’s not like this Georgia team hasn’t already lost once this season to a team playing a back up quarterback.

Anywho, here’s a bunch ‘o stats for your perusal.  Overall, the Dawgs have the better set of numbers, which isn’t much of a surprise.

Nothing has changed my mind that both teams are going to play conservatively and hope to wait out the other squad’s mistake(s).  Don’t expect to be wowed.

Spread’s 17.5 and I think the Dawgs just miss covering.  Say 27-10, 31-14… something along those lines.

I’m heading out the door shortly, so this is your invite to talk about the game.  Try not to pull too much of your hair out if he Dawgs don’t dominate in the first half.

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Today, a special edition of stick to sports

Here’s the perfect appetizer for an Alabama-LSU game day thread.

I dunno about you, but if I were an Alabama tailgater today, chatting about Trump wouldn’t be at the top of my list of things to mention to Tubs.

Anyways, I think the ‘Bama defense will be just a little better limiting LSU offense than vice versa.  Tide by a touchdown.

Your thoughts are welcome.

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Stat of the day

Per Jake Rowe,

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Are people still taking Danny White’s phone calls?

Not a good look, UCF.

… the Knights head back to the Sunshine State with its third loss in seven games as the Golden Hurricane, who entered the game as 17-point underdogs, came away with a 34-31 upset win…

The loss not only drops UCF to 7-3 overall but to 4-2 in conference play, two games in the loss column behind a Cincinnati squad that has already knocked off the Knights.  UCF will need to win its last two games (at Tulane, USF) and hope Cincinnati loses three of its last four (UConn, at USF, Temple, at No. 21 Memphis) in order to have a shot at claiming the AAC East.

With the win, Tulsa improves to 3-7 on the season.

White’s still got a great sales pitch working for him.

That and five bucks should get you something to drink at the Starbucks around the corner, Danny.

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“That’s just up to the school.”

Let me see if I’ve got this straight.

James Wiseman, the top high school recruit in the country last year, is enrolled at Memphis and plays for Penny Hardaway.  Prior to signing, here’s the lead up:

And that’s what the NCAA is alleging happened when Hardaway gave Wiseman and his mother $11,500 for moving expenses when Wiseman relocated from Nashville to Memphis in the summer of 2017.

The NCAA considers Hardaway a University of Memphis booster because he donated $1 million to the school in 2008. According to the NCAA, that makes Hardaway a booster in perpetuity.

Does the NCAA shut down Wiseman from playing when he gets there?  After all, this looks pretty open and shut.

The answer is nah.  It waited until the first game of the season was just around the corner.  And from there, fun ensued.

First, prominent Memphis attorney Leslie Ballin conducted a news conference inside his 12th floor offices and announced that the NCAA had deemed Wiseman ineligible earlier this week and that he had filed a lawsuit on Wiseman’s behalf with the NCAA and the University of Memphis as defendants. A few minutes after that, a Shelby County Judicial Court judge granted Wiseman a temporary emergency restraining order that allowed Wiseman to play Friday.

About 10 minutes after that, at 5:17 p.m., Wiseman emerged from a black Sprinter van in the garage underneath FedExForum and ran inside the building. Just after 6 p.m., he was announced as a member of the starting lineup. By the second half, the NCAA responded.

The response?

“Likely ineligible”?  Boy, that sounds open and shut.

This is the lesson learned from the North Carolina academic scandal.  There are times when the best strategy is to simply brazen things out.  The NCAA doesn’t handle brazen particularly well.

It’s a pretty strong indication of how screwed up things are when the NCAA’s own membership — itself, in other words — is the resistance.

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