Daily Archives: December 11, 2019

It’s coming.

In the CFP battle of best versus deserving, the latter is about to notch a win.

The money chase is (always) on.  It’s just a question of when, not if.

Aside from watering down the postseason, this is going to make life more meaningless for the P5 schools who have no shot of making the playoff field.

This year is a perfect example of how unnecessary a larger field is most seasons.  But I’m sure there are plenty of you who will see this as the greatest thing since sliced bread.  I know Mickey will.

Can’t wait.

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Filed under BCS/Playoffs

We’re gonna need a bigger tub of popcorn.

Thank you, Ole Miss ($$).

Lane Kiffin is gunning for Nick Saban.

It’s been nearly three years since Saban unceremoniously fired Kiffin, his offensive coordinator, two days after Alabama beat Washington in the 2016 College Football Playoff semifinal at the Peach Bowl. Saban fired Kiffin a week before the national championship game. Kiffin was embarrassed. Kiffin was angry. Kiffin hasn’t forgotten.

That dismissal fueled Kiffin’s desire to return to the SEC and a burning passion to exact revenge on Saban, multiple people with knowledge of the matter told The Athletic. Now that he’s the head coach at Ole Miss, he sees the chance to do so.

Damn, I’ve missed that side of Junior.  (As a blogger, that is.)  Welcome back, sport.

 

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“I’m excited to bring Mike on board.”

This is probably not the hot take South Carolina fans want to hear from their new offensive coordinator’s former boss at Georgia ($$).

“There’s no doubt things will be different and hopefully better,” Richt said of South Carolina’s decision to hire Bobo. “That’s why you’re going through this change. I’m not going to say it could have the same effect as the hire at LSU, but let’s face it: (The Tigers) made a coaching change and things changed dramatically.”

Boom has never had an OC who’s been able to make lemonade out of the lemons Muschamp’s provided.  If Bobo can do that, he’ll have done well, Brady or no Brady.

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Your 12.11.19 Playpen

With impeachment upon us, I have a question to ask those of you who are right of center.  It’s a serious, non-snarky, question.

Quite simply, why do you think Republican members of Congress are willing to jump off the cliff, logically speaking, in defense of the POTUS?  There are a number of defenses that have been raised that are flat-out contradicted by the evidence.  Or even more clownish arguments, like this one.

I’m not questioning defending Trump from being impeached.  He’s the head of the party and we’re in tribal times.  I get all that.

What I don’t get is why risk your dignity with all the nonsense.  Wouldn’t it be easier and less deserving of mockery to say, yes, what he did with Ukraine was wrong, but it doesn’t amount to an impeachable offense?

I know part of the reason for the sideshow is in hopes of muddying the waters so the public will be confused, but the polling shows that hasn’t happened.  So why continue to go down this road if you’re a member of Congress who wants to be taken at least somewhat seriously?

Again, I’m not trolling, so I would appreciate it if you would respect that in your comments.  I’m genuinely curious about this.

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Filed under GTP Stuff

‘Living the buyout life’

What do you get when you combine schools with more money coming in than they know what to do with, athletic directors who are routinely depantsed by the likes of Jimmy Sexton and impatient fan bases ready to move on to a new coach when they don’t get the immediate gratification they believe they’re entitled to from the current guy?

Why, you get a shitload of dead money on the books, paying dudes who no longer work for you…  Pardon?  What is this “accountability” you speak of?

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Filed under College Football, It's Just Bidness

Rashomon in red and black: autopsy of an incompletion

I thought this, which I found via the Dawgs247 message board, might make for an interesting discussion about what ails Georgia’s passing game:

Here are the four individual shots:

Screenshot_2019-12-11 Seth Galina on Twitter Fromm with another horror show against LSU Below 50% completion rate again (2 [...]

Screenshot_2019-12-11 Seth Galina on Twitter Fromm with another horror show against LSU Below 50% completion rate again (2 [...]

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Screenshot_2019-12-11 Seth Galina on Twitter Fromm with another horror show against LSU Below 50% completion rate again (2 [...](1)

His point that Fromm should have gone through his progressions is a valid one, but there’s a lot more going on there than that.

First of all, the play design is simplistic.  All the receivers are running one-on-one matchups with defenders; there’s nothing in the design itself that would help open up a receiver in the pattern.

Second, Jackson, the intended receiver, doesn’t run the route crisply, something that’s plagued the receiving corps all season.

Third, the throw isn’t a particularly good one, although I’m not sure how much of that is on Fromm and how much of that is on the route.

You know what’s not a problem on that play?  The pass protection.  Watch it run:

There’s a four-man rush, and it’s picked up, giving Fromm a nice pocket to throw from.  More importantly, he had time to reset and find Blaylock on the dig route over the middle.  (If he felt rushed, he also had Herrien open in the flat early.)

And that’s one of the little differences from the game.  Burrow trusted everything — himself, his protection, his receivers and the playcalling.  Fromm didn’t look like he trusted anything on that play.

Before you go there, that’s not a manball problem, but, clearly, there’s a lot to fix there.  What do y’all think?

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Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

“I know you’re disappointed…but I’m still here.”

They ought to put that header quote on Mark Emmert’s tombstone.

But here’s the main point:

The problem with this performative ritual is not that it unfairly maligns Emmert, who has done plenty to deserve the scorn, but that it confuses both the problem of college sports and the breadth of its culpability. Frankly, it misses an essential component of Emmert’s job and the NCAA’s function: to take the heat, so others don’t have to.

And it works.

He’s there, making $2 million plus a year, to be the useful idiot the schools need him to be and he does his job well.

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Filed under The NCAA

Final 2019 Mumme Poll

Screenshot_2019-09-30 (1) Senator Blutarsky ( MummePoll) Twitter Fun while it lasted, right?

Screenshot_2019-12-11 2019 Mumme Poll - (Responses)

A full quarter of you didn’t make it to the final vote.  Given the ignominious end to Georgia’s regular season, I can’t say I’m surprised.  But I ain’t mad — the reason I killed the MP the first time around is because we limped into the final ballot of the season with less than two dozen voters standing.

We had a total of 188 who did show up for this and, on average, they had five teams on their ballot.

Here’s the breakdown by conference:

Screenshot_2019-12-11 2019 Mumme Poll - (Responses)(1)

Screenshot_2019-12-11 2019 Mumme Poll - (Responses)(2)

How we spent our time on this:

Screenshot_2019-12-11 2019 Mumme Poll - (Responses)(3)

No surprise there.  No surprise, either, that the participation rate from Georgia residents was the lowest of the season, at 59%.

And here’s our prediction on the national champs:

Screenshot_2019-12-11 2019 Mumme Poll - (Responses)(4)

For comparison’s sake, the final selection committee rankings:

Screenshot_2019-12-11 2019 College Football Rankings for Week 16 ESPN

Random bits of wisdom:

  • We’re consistent, anyway.  This week, again, had no unanimous selections, which means LSU was the only team to appear at any time during the balloting this season on 100% of ballots cast — and that was only once.
  • Three teams in Tier One (appearing on 90+% of all ballots cast), as has been the case for the past few weeks, with a much larger drop to fourth than before.  Still, only four teams — the ones in the CFP — appeared on at least half the ballots cast.
  • Alabama gets a lot more love from us than the selection committee.  (For the record, I think we’re more accurate than they are about it.)
  • We match the selection committee’s top six, again, without the expense or the hat wearing concern.  And I doubt the committee members reached their decisions in ten minutes or less.

A couple of final points worth mentioning:

Here’s the complete list of all 65 ballots for the final Coaches Poll.  It doesn’t take a genius to see numerous examples of bias and conflicts of interest throughout.  And I’ll bet any amount of money you want that it took them (more accurately, their SIDs and them) a lot more time than 10 minutes to fill out.  The Coaches Poll isn’t credible and hasn’t been for a while, which is why I started the Mumme Poll in the first place.  At this point, it’s an anachronism, but if they want to keep playing at it, they really ought to take a hard look at approval voting.

Finally, I want to give a big shout out to Peyton, my partner in crime in running the poll this season.  He’s the wonk and there’s no way I could have done this as well as it played out without his kind assistance.  Gracias, man.

The MP will be back for Week Six, 2020.

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