Daily Archives: August 24, 2020

Irrelevancy on steroids

Is there anything more useless than an AP preseason poll ranking teams that have already announced they won’t play this season?

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UPDATE:  In the For What It’s Worth (not much) department,

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Damn, Phil.

It’s a little hard to read (duh!), but that doesn’t stop the last line of Steele’s analysis of the Georgia-Alabama game from stinging:  “Dawgs have led or been tied with Bama 119 of 120 min in L/2 games but lost both.”

Sigh.

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“If the season was to start tomorrow, [a bubble] is the only way we could do it.”

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Just a reminder that the people running college athletics — you know, the ones who righteously insist that college athletes are college students first and foremost — are nothing but a bunch of hypocritical assholes:

Every week since the novel coronavirus pandemic hit in March, canceling most of the Big East Tournament and the entire NCAA Tournament, the league’s athletic directors have met virtually. And as the fall nears, and the college basketball season gets closer, they have begun talking about the possibility of a bubble for men’s and women’s basketball to safely play a conference season.

“We definitely talk about it. There’s been discussions in every meeting since June about different concepts and over the last two-to-three weeks we’ve had presentations of some early ideas from the league office, how [a bubble] could look,” St. John’s athletic director Mike Cragg told The Post. “I’m not in favor of a three-month bubble or the whole season. That’s not practical. I am interested in short bursts of a bubble. If you can create a two- or three-week bubble and play six or eight games, I think that makes a lot of sense.”

Are there problems implementing such a plan?  Sure.

There is, of course, a lot that would be needed to happen for a bubble to be created. For one, it would have to be affordable. All the schools are either going to virtual learning or a hybrid approach, so players wouldn’t miss classes. And the TV partner, Fox, would have to be on board. At that point, the league’s presidents could be given the parameters of the plan and hold a vote.

“It takes a lot of things. It’s not just, ‘Here’s 13 guys, here’s another 13 guys, let’s go play a game,’ ” Cragg said. “It’s an investment.”

Fortunately for Cragg and his ilk, none of them involve making sure the kids are college students first.

It’s gonna be something watching these people twist themselves in rhetorical knots once some semblance of normalcy returns and they go back to defending their business model like nothing happened.

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Envy and jealousy, manball edition

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In summing up last season’s offensive approach, it’s gonna be hard to top UGA offensive Plan B was outstanding Defense. for succinctness.  No matter how Kirby Smart doth otherwise protest too much.

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Jonesing?

Just a reminder that a college football fix is still scheduled for this week.

The game is being played in Montgomery, Alabama.

Your ratings prediction?

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Your Daily Gator is feeling dissed again.

PFF, why you gotta rain on the DG’s parade like this?

QUARTERBACK

FIRST TEAM: JAMIE NEWMAN, GEORGIA

Newman made the most of his less-than-ideal situation at Wake Forest this past season, as he earned an 85.7 passing grade that ranked 15th in the FBS. He can pick apart defenses through the air and on the ground, but the former is what Wake didn’t take advantage of and what Georgia will. His receiving unit lacked any separators, forcing him to throw into a tight window at the highest rate in the country last year. Yet he managed to rank second in tight-window passing grade to only Joe Burrow. With a better scheme and supporting cast at Georgia, Newman is bound to take his already great play to new heights.

Second Team: Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
Third Team: K.J. Costello, Mississippi State
Honorable Mention: Mac Jones, Alabama

Kyle Trask is behind two transfers, a guy who finished last season with a 131.11 passer rating and Tua’s backup.  At least.

Obviously, failing to take into account Dan Mullen’s awesome quarterback whispering skills has fatally skewed PFF’s analysis.  (Can’t blame it on the wideouts, though:  Georgia has as many named on the backup teams as UF does.)

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Musical palate cleanser, too young edition

Sad.

Justin Townes Earle, an award-winning Americana singer-songwriter and son to country-rock troubadour Steve Earle, has died at age 38.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we inform you of the passing of our son, husband, father and friend Justin,” said a message posted Sunday evening to Justin Townes Earle’s verified Facebook page. “So many of you have relied on his music and lyrics over the years and we hope that his music will continue to guide you on your journeys.”

New West Records, Justin Townes Earle’s label, confirmed his death Sunday night. A cause of death was not given at time of publication.

I’ll leave you with a favorite of mine, his cover of The Replacements’ “Can’t Hardly Wait”.

RIP, brother.

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