Daily Archives: May 26, 2020

Dogs and cats, living together

The only surprise in this announcement is the first word.

Makes you wonder what else they’ve been chatting about with each other these days.

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Filed under College Football

The Iowa State Way

Damn, this is… harsh.

As of today, approximately 22,000 season tickets have been renewed for this fall. That leaves us approximately 8,000 seats to be filled. Because we need to make plans to accommodate those fans who will be allowed into the stadium (based on state and local guidelines), we have decided to implement the following:

  1. Any fan who does not renew their season tickets and make their Cyclone Club donation by June 12, 2020 will not be provided the opportunity to attend any games this fall unless it is later decided that we can safely exceed the 50% capacity restriction.
  2. The only fans who will have the opportunity to be in the stadium this fall are those who renew their season tickets and their required Cyclone Club donation (if applicable) by June 12, 2020. If you have not done so already, please contact our staff ASAP to complete those processes.

If you don’t pony up in the next couple of weeks, we’re not letting you in the stadium?   Because, plans?

Maybe I’m missing something, but it doesn’t seem like it would be hard to plan on 30,000 attending from the start and working down from there if you don’t wind up selling that many.  It would certainly be a lot better from a PR standpoint than shaking down fans with a pandemic.

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Filed under Big 12 Football, It's Just Bidness

“I just don’t think the personnel is there.”

If you can get past the snark — and granted, there’s a lot (the podcast closes with a “go dwags!”) — it’s worth listening to ten or so minutes of Barrett Sallee explaining why he thinks Georgia will go 10-2 this season, with losses to Alabama and Florida.

It worth listening not because of the logic, but because it gives a good picture of why national pundits are leaning Florida’s way this season to win the SEC East.

Essentially, Georgia is flawed because of its losses on offense:  Fromm, Swift and three o-line starters (I know, I know).  Add that to a questionable receiving corps and a new offensive scheme and… I’m not sure what, exactly, because Sallee acknowledges that the defense was hell on wheels last season and will likely be as stout in 2020.  So, when he asks what Georgia will do when the defense can’t hold up its end of the deal, I have a hard time seeing the leap from last year’s 2019 LSU team to this year’s Florida.

Look, I get one basic thing.  Georgia plays ‘Bama during the regular season and Florida doesn’t.  That’s an advantage for the Gators, no question.  But the Dawgs went 11-1 during the 2019 regular season, with a defense that didn’t yield more than 17 points in regulation.  If the defense isn’t worse this season, how much worse does Georgia’s offense have to be from last year’s Coley-directed mediocrity for that to result in another regular season loss?

I’m not asking to be sarcastic in turn.  But, including the SECCG, in 2019, Georgia gave up fewer than 14 points a game in conference play.  How many teams besides Alabama does Sallee see scoring at a significant enough pace to put the kind of pressure on Georgia’s offense he’s considering?

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Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

Today, in just win, baby

This story is as infuriating as it is predictable. Nor will it be the only one of its kind.

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Filed under General Idiocy, The Body Is A Temple

Peyton, once upon a time

Hines there is proof that nobody can make Urnge look good.

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

From Spurrier to Mullen

Ian Boyd’s second dive into Florida’s offense is worth a read.  Boyd says Mullen is embracing an NFL-style spread, pass first offense, mainly because that’s what his roster dictates.

In an era where the game is moving towards being able to just blow your opponents away by chucking the ball to matchup problems in space, the Florida teams are theoretically at a major advantage. Because finding and fielding skill athletes from their recruiting turf isn’t terribly difficult.

The catch?  Well, there’s always a trade off, isn’t there…

What you lose with the pro-spread, pass-first approach is the ability to protect the quarterback easily with the run game and to pick up short-yardage.

One reason I feel good about Georgia’s chances against Florida this season (again) is because of the favorable defensive match-up of the Gators’ passing attack against what should be a very strong Dawgs back seven, made even better by the relative lack of a threat from the Florida running game.  All of which makes me wonder if we’ll see more Emory Jones in this year’s meeting than we did in 2019.

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Filed under Gators, Gators..., Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

One minor detail

From Pete Fiutak’s Tennessee preview:

Think of it this way. Had the Vols not gacked against Georgia State and BYU, it would’ve been a ten-win season…

Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

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Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

Your Daily Gator has it figured out.

There’s nothing funnier than fans of an SEC program pretending theirs is the only one that is pure of heart.

Obviously, the only thing separating Nick Saban from the Portal Master™ is a good bag man.

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Filed under Gators, Gators...

A good ‘un

I love these little stat droppings from PFF.

 

Have I mentioned I’m really looking forward to Georgia’s defense doing its thing this season?

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Filed under Georgia Football

In which I am asked a simple question…

Screenshot_2020-05-26 Only the best of intentions

Fair enough.

My opinion is informed by two things.  One, there are still a number of experts, like this guy, who have serious misgivings about cranking up a college football season in the absence of having regular students back on campus.

Two, we all know what this is really about.

And SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, almost always a voice of reason in difficult times, was probably right to say, as he did on Friday: “Thanks to the blueprint established by our (SEC) Task Force and the dedicated efforts of our universities and their athletics programs, we will be able to provide our student-athletes with far better health and wellness education, medical and psychological care and supervision than they would otherwise receive on their own while off campus or training at public facilities as states continue to reopen.”

But let’s also be crystal clear that that’s not what this is all about. It’s about money, or at least the potential loss of more than a billion dollars within the SEC if there is no football this fall.

So all that talk about not having football unless students are back on campus, well, we’ll see, because South Carolina is already planning to send its students home around Thanksgiving in hopes of avoiding a dreaded second wave of COVID-19. So would that mean the Gamecocks wouldn’t play Clemson on the Saturday after Thanksgiving if campus was already empty until the spring? Would basketball season be placed in similar jeopardy?

Is the sales pitch now that we can take better care of our athletes on campus than if they’re confined to their homes, presumably surrounded by family members only?

Certainly we all miss sports these days, and as recent reopenings have shown, a good chunk of the country is ready to somewhat throw caution to the wind in order to return to the lives we once lived. But it is also worth asking if the SEC or any other Power Five league would be considering this if it weren’t facing a potentially catastrophic economic future without a football season.

Again, I think we all know the answer to that.

So, my opinion about players coming back?  It’s pretty simple.  Any school president who is willing to embed themselves with the players under the same conditions has my blessing on cranking up football practice.  Same for conference commissioners — let ’em rotate through practice and living conditions at every conference program exactly as the players are being expected to.  If they’re confident enough in the procedures being safe, as long as they put their money where their mouths are (see what I did there?), that’s good enough for me.

Forget doing it for the kids.  Make it doing it with the kids instead.  You first, Greg.

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Filed under College Football, The Body Is A Temple