Daily Archives: January 14, 2022

Four more years!

Hey, now.  Christmas comes early in 2022!

I feel something of the death row inmate who gets a last-minute reprieve from the governor.

Thanks, Jim!  Oh — take your time hashing out those more pressing issues.  Sounds like they could take the better part of a decade to solve.

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Filed under ACC Football, BCS/Playoffs

Band of brothers

I don’t know if you caught this scene after Georgia’s win Monday night, but it’s pretty cool.

With all that weight on his shoulders, no wonder Stetson had to work so hard to win that game.

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Recruiting metaphor of the day

Have not:

Have:

That’s how one team caps off its postseason with a national championship and the other loses a bowl game to Army.

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Gotta do something.

You know what this means.

On Monday, Georgia won its first national title since 1980, which was watched by an average of 22.6 million viewers.

The good news for ESPN appears to be that ratings for Georgia’s 33–18 win over Alabama were up from last season’s title game. However, that matchup between Alabama and Ohio State produced the worst ratings of the playoff era with an average of 18.6 million viewers.

Monday’s national championship comes in as the second-lowest viewership of the playoff era, and the second-lowest title game viewership in 16 years.

Save us, expanded playoffs!  You’re our only hope.

College football overlords are telling themselves that (so is ESPN) while conveniently ignoring recent history.

By comparison, the 2018 national championship between Alabama and Georgia drew 28.4 million viewers. Meanwhile, the SEC championship between the two rivals last month hit 17.9 million viewers, making it the highest rated non-bowl game this season, per Sports Media Watch.

The inaugural CFP national championship in 2015 between Oregon and Ohio State still holds the record for the highest viewership of the playoff era with an average of 34.2 million viewers.

Guess what?  Those shiny new toys lose their shine.  Meanwhile, the regional passions that have fueled the sport for decades remain strong.

Naturally, that means the idiots running the sport think the future is in watering down the postseason even further.  I’d put up the “Bold strategy, Cotton, let’s see if it pays off for ’em” gif here, but I think we already know.

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Filed under BCS/Playoffs, ESPN Is The Devil

Hey, I can do hot takes, too!

Let me see if I’m doing this right.  *** Clears throat ***

Um, if Kirby Smart sucks at quarterback management, how come Stetson Bennett won a national championship and Justin Fields didn’t?

*** Ducks and runs ***

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Always be fretting

Boy, this quote ($$):

“I know people don’t understand it, but other teams are 10 days up on you because they finished Jan. 1, your competitors. And you’re going, wait, they’re doing what? We’re trying to win a national championship,” Smart said Tuesday morning. “Fortunately, I had a really good mentor, teacher of dealing with that because he’s in it every year (in Nick Saban). But you fall behind because you’re trying to manage your roster.”

Gee, maybe South Carolina is gonna win the East this year.

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Dumb and dumber

Jesus H. Christ on a bicycle

Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux did an interview with FOX Sports’ Joel Klatt during the 2022 College Football Playoff national championship game Monday. Thibodeaux discussed attending Oregon over Alabama, and he had some things to say about the supposed quality of education at both institutions and why he chose the Ducks.

“I already hate the stigmatism of football players being dumb jocks,” Thibodeaux said. “So now, do you know the stigmatism of Alabama education? It ain’t the West Coast. It ain’t Harvard.”

Later in the interview, Thibodeaux continued to talk about an Alabama education.

“If I would have went to Alabama … I don’t know if my degree would mean anything,” Thibodeaux said.

Dude, you’re leaving school early to make millions in the NFL.  Who cares what your college degree means?

Welp, I guess this guy does.

ESPN college football analyst and former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy took offense to Thibodeaux’s statements. He discussed it for quite a while on his radio show with Cole Cubelic — “McElroy and Cubelic In the Morning.”

“I just take real personal offense, man,” McElroy said Thursday. “I genuinely do. I don’t care. Don’t come. If you think so little of us, don’t come. Fine by me, because I know the people that live in this state. I chose Alabama, because I love Alabama. … If you don’t want to see Alabama for the greatness it can potentially provide you, it’s on you. You’re missing out.”

Cubelic and McElroy both chastised Thibodeaux for saying “stigmatism” when he meant “stigma.”

“He says he doesn’t like the stigma that athletes are dumb jocks, and yet, he sounds like a dumb jock,” McElroy said.

McElroy played quarterback at Alabama from 2007-10. The New York Jets took him in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

“What I don’t understand is why he felt the need to cut down Alabama,” McElroy said. “And as someone who has always taken his academic situation very seriously, I’ll just come at him with this — if he’d like to take an IQ test, I’m available. If he’d like to take the Wonderlic test, I’m available. As a proud graduate with multiple degrees from Alabama, I will put my degree up against his any day of the week.”

I repeat:  Jesus H. Christ on a bicycle.  Dueling IQ tests?  Seriously?  If I were Kayvon, I’d offer to match bank accounts with McElroy after the NFL draft.

I don’t know about those two, but I feel dumber after taking all that in.

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Fabris Pool results, bowl edition

No tiebreaker this year, peeps.

Congrats to IronDawg!

And with that, the Fabris Pool goes into hibernation for eight+ months.  See y’all next season.

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Chemistry

This Georgia team had it in spades.  Example:

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It would have been easy for JT to react publicly to holding down the second chair, but to his credit, he never did.

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When one door opens, another one closes.

One thing about Kirby Smart…

He will always sweat the small stuff.

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