The return of About those video ads

I contacted WP about the new complaints, and received a prompt reply, the contents of which I’m going to share with you in this post.

We’ve had several reports of video ads that are hijacking the browser window (and somehow sneaking past our filters), and we’re working to track down the advertisers that are submitting them, so that we can block them.

Could you let us know the following information, to help us track down the advertiser?

  • Browser and operating system being used.
  • Your IP address (you can go to whatismyip.com to find this)
  • The exact URL of the page/post that showed the ad.
  • What was being advertised​.
  • The URL that the ad takes you to.
  • If possible, a screenshot of the ad that hijacked the browser.

If you’re getting reports from site visitors, they can also email the above to this address (help@wordpress.com).

That will help us track down the bad-acting advertiser, so that we can block the ads.

Send this on.  The sooner you can give them the info, the quicker they can clean up the mess.

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Keep calm and throw.

One impressive thing about Jake Fromm’s freshman season is that, even though it’s a priority for Georgia to establish the run game to take pressure off Fromm throwing the ball, he’s damned good at handling pressure when it comes.

I mean, when you’re doing anything better than Baker Mayfield, that’s something.

Imagine what he’ll be like with another year under his belt.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Stats Geek!

“You deserve it.”

This story about Steve Robertson, a Mississippi State recruiting reporter who became a major source on the NCAA’s investigation of Ole Miss football and then contributed to uncovering evidence that led to Hugh Freeze’s departure, is a timely read on the eve of the Egg Bowl.

There is a revelation in it that’s amusing.  It turns out they found about Freeze’s extra-curricular activity by mistake.

Mars needed help sifting through Freeze’s phone records, obtained through an open records request, and Robertson agreed to help. The men wanted to see if Freeze had spoken with reporters around the time Ole Miss received an updated notice of allegations from the NCAA on Jan. 23, 2016. They decided to request Freeze’s phone records for the day before and the day after. Mars asked for the wrong days, though: Instead of asking for Jan. 22 through 24, he requested Jan. 19 through 21.

Robertson searched through the records anyway, and there, on Jan. 19, he saw a number with a Detroit area code. Robertson typed the number into Google, and results showed the number was linked to a series of ads for a Tampa-area escort service. Ole Miss, prompted by Mars, reviewed more of Freeze’s university phone records, and discovered a pattern of similar phone calls. On July 20, within days of Robertson’s discovery, Freeze resigned.

And all it would have taken was a simple apology…

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Don’t look at amateurism as a plantation.

If you view it through the prism of Prohibition, it makes a lot more sense.

The FBI’s investigation into NCAA basketball has revealed what college players are really worth. We now know their true value: They are worth six-figure bribes. That tells you a lot. It tells you how desperate schools are to secure a five-star recruit. It tells you how eager agents and sneaker companies are to invest in them for the future. But the main thing it tells you is just how badly the players are being defrauded and cheated out of their fair open market value by their universities.

It’s a supreme irony: NCAA schools refuse to pay players openly, but then put a black-market value on them with the extremes to which they will go to get them in the door and keep them on the floor.

The middlemen are bootleggers who facilitate a market that is underground because of NCAA regulation.  The obscenity is that the people who push the regulation are the same people being served by the bootleggers.  And so they benefit from the fruits of a false economy created as a result of blocking the normal give and take of a free market.

So far, the FBI’s investigation has focused on underlings, assistants, wannabe agents, and one exec from Adidas. But these are merely the movers of the money, the bagmen, the middle men. The early indictments in the case have a basic misapprehension at their core: They portray the universities as bystanders or even victims of violations that “sullied the spirit of amateur athletics.”

In fact, the tops of universities are stocked with knowing participants, if not the very sources of the corruption. That’s where you’ll find athletic directors with seven-figure salaries and titles of “vice chancellor,” who signed the megadeals with sneaker companies, and the head coaches who built the backchannels and funnels through which cash flows.

Everybody gets paid more than they should, because student-athletes aren’t paid at all.  It’s an inherently corrupt arrangement.

The key to any meaningful collegiate sports reform is to do away with this fundamentally dishonest “spirit of amateurism,” which is the root of so many NCAA ills, and creates the black market in the first place. It’s nothing more than a fig leaf for pervasive corruption. Take away the incentives for bribery, kickbacks and money laundering. Open the market, and settle on a fair metric to compensate the revenue-producing athletes, with the help of a mediator such as Feinberg. But that of course won’t happen voluntarily, because it would mean NCAA athletic directors must agree to take less. A lot less.

Even if the feds manage to put a few of the middlemen away, it won’t really change anything, because the way the system is constructed, the black market incentives remain.  And the schools will still enable it.

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Filed under It's Just Bidness, The NCAA

“We throw to the open guy.”

Kirby doesn’t have time for this tight end shit.

But the tight ends make up a talented group – Nauta was the team’s third-leading receiver last year – so why do they comprise a collective 14 percent of the team’s catches?

Kirby Smart has a simple explanation. Defenses are playing man-to-man against Georgia, because they’re worried about UGA’s run game, and it’s easier for tight ends to get open against a zone.

“Trust me, I know about coaching defense and I know how people are playing us. So it’s easy to see why tight ends aren’t catching as many passes for us: Because they’re not open,” Smart said. “We throw to the open guy.”

Smart sounded bemused at all the fuss about the subject.

“I’m so engulfed in what we’re doing that I don’t know what people are so enamored with about the tight ends catching the ball. If the tight ends get open, they’ll get thrown the ball,” Smart said. “When people play you to stop the run, they play man a lot. When they play man, they cover the tight ends. I dare you to show me where there’s a tight end that’s open in man-to-man. …

“We’ve got plays designed to go to the tight ends, but they’ve been covered. It’s not a matter of we don’t want to throw to our tight ends. We have no mutiny against them. We just have to keep working at it and try to get some spots where they’ll be open. If some teams will play zone we could throw the ball to the tight end.”

Kirby’s bemused.  I wonder if his tight ends are, too.

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Filed under Georgia Football, Strategery And Mechanics

The wit, it burns.

As a graduate of the Universities of Virginia and Georgia, what I most love about smarm like this (h/t Calder) is how Tech fans in one breath try to pass themselves off as intellectually superior to Georgia fans (Look, ma — u(sic)!  It’s funny!) while in the next, sneering at Virginia folks for their intellectual snobbery.

If I had this guy’s brainpower, I’d get whiplash from trying to hold both thoughts in my head simultaneously, but since I’m a dumbass, I’ll settle for the simple pleasure of the two schools kicking Tech’s ass in football this season.  Sic, indeed.

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The evolution of Lorenzo Carter

He leads the team in sacks and is second in tackles for loss, but I’ve noticed more than a few comments directed towards Carter, expressing disappointment that he hasn’t been a more disruptive player this season.  The problem with that observation is that it’s hard to disrupt the line of scrimmage when you’re being asked to play more in coverage.

“The biggest thing is that he’s become an every-down player,” Smart said. “He’s gotten a little bigger and more physical, and he’s been able to play some in nickel packages. We have moved him around so that he could play field boundary. He can do different things. He can stand up and match patterns. He’s improved that part of his game, and that’s the part that he probably needed to improve the most. I’m glad he came back to do it.”

If Kirby’s happy with him, we probably ought to be, too.

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