Category Archives: ESPN Is The Devil

Hey, everybody, ESPN’s back with those stats with initials!

Nah, not QBR.  It’s ESPN’s Football Power Index.

The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.


FWIW, Georgia’s ninth in FPI, which sounds nice, except that’s only good for fifth-best in the SEC, which doesn’t sound as nice.

I only mention this because it’s early April and I’m bored.  You can ignore this proprietary measurement for the rest of the season now.  Except when the WWL is shoving it in your face, that is.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, Stats Geek!

So far, they’re still geniuses.

Nobody’s gone broke overestimating the passion of college football fans, SEC fans in particular.

Viewership is up across the board. The SEC set an all-time record across all conferences with 7,784,376 fans in 2015, leading all FBS conferences in average attendance for the 18th consecutive year with 78,630 fans per game.  There were attendance records set at lower levels of CFB, as well.

Of the reams of data to go through at the linked article, here’s one that deserves a lot of attention:

  • For the seventh consecutive year, the “SEC ON CBS” was the highest-rated regular season college football package on any network. CBS Sports’ national coverage of SEC football averaged a national household rating/share of 3.4/8. This marked the 20th season of SEC football on CBS.
  • CBS also scored the season’s highest-rated and most-watched college football game with the SEC Championship between Alabama and Florida on Dec. 5. The game delivered an average national household rating/share of 7.8/17 and averaged 12.76 million viewers.
  • CBS also had the second most-watched game of the season: Alabama’s primetime showdown versus LSU on Nov. 7, which averaged 11.06 million viewers.

I guess free TV still has its upside.  Advantage:  SEC (and to a lesser extent, Notre Dame).  Think they’re dumb enough to give that up?  For the right amount of Mickey’s money, sure.


Filed under College Football, ESPN Is The Devil, SEC Football

An ESPN narrative we can all support.

For more than one reason, I am so down with this train of thought.

As he continues to reshape his image in Tuscaloosa, it feels like only a matter of time until Kiffin gets the call he’s looking for. After all, every radioactive element has a half-life; maybe we’ve reached Kiffin’s.

Saban will turn 65 years old this season and with his longtime defensive coordinator Kirby Smart now the head coach at Georgia, it’s unclear who Alabama would turn to in the event of his retirement. Former offensive coordinator Jim McElwain was a fan favorite after leading Colorado State to back-to-back bowl games in 2013-14, but now he’s at Florida for the foreseeable future. So does that leave Kiffin as the in-house candidate to replace Saban? If not now, then what about a few years from now, when he’s fully in tune with Saban’s process?

Junior as Saban’s successor?  One can only hope.

I think PAWWWLLL should start pushing this immediately.  Maybe a Herbstreit tweet is in order, too.

Run with this, WWL peeps.  The world needs the Laner in Tuscaloosa.


Filed under Don't Mess With Lane Kiffin, ESPN Is The Devil

Bad for Mickey’s business

Disney is threatening Nathan Deal with a boycott if Deal signs the religious liberty bill into law.  On its face, that affects Georgia’s movie bidness, although for the bill’s supporters, that might be more of a feature than a bug.  (Ed Kilgore notes there’s always been a little tension between culture and Mammon when it comes to handing out those movie-making tax credits:  “It’s becoming a regular amusement to watch right-wing politicians who blame Hollywood and its godless liberals and Jews for poisoning American culture turn around and offer to help pay for all the filth so long as it is produced locally.”)

That’s not what I’m really interested in, though.  Disney owns ESPN.  Is it possible the hostility could trickle down to there in some form or fashion?  As we’ve seen in Louisiana, mentioning that college football could be affected by state policy is at least perceived as being an effective threat.  I don’t know if that translates over to Georgia and this bill, but does anyone really want to chance that?

As Ed concludes, “Hollywood is influential in Georgia. But football is holy.”


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, It's Just Bidness, Political Wankery

Mark Richt may be gone…

… but the spirit of Kirk Herbstreit at ESPN lives on.

Smart isn’t doing anything 99% of the other coaches in America already do, but only at Georgia is it an absolute disgrace.

Get a grip, people.  Wait, it’s ESPN and Finebaum – what am I thinking?


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, Georgia Football, PAWWWLLL!!!

Herbie comes a little late to the party.

I believe I detect a note of buyer’s remorse from Mr. Herbstreit.

Kirk Herbstreit says the playoff is redefining what fans view as a successful season. Coaches have less time than ever to find success, and Herbstreit says an 8-team playoff would make it worse.

“I was a guy that thought we’d eventually go to eight,” Herbstreit said on SiriusXM College Sports Nation. “This is the first time I really felt that fans, even maybe players, that there was a focus for 15 weeks for the four.… Then the teams are decided, and it was like fanbases getting frustrated with a 12-1 season or an 11-2 season, ‘Ugh, going to the Rose Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl.’ It’s like, what have we created where fans are so focused on the four, that if their team still has a great year and goes to a Jan. 1, they’re left frustrated?

Can you imagine, if it was eight, how that would create? Fans call it a meaningless bowl game. I could not disagree with that any more. Any time the Big Ten plays in a bowl game, to me, that’s significant. Any time the SEC and Big Ten play each other, I don’t care if it’s the Outback Bowl or Gator Bowl, I find those matchups interesting and important to the conferences and their pride.

“I’m a little concerned, even at four, that we’re getting to the focus of playoff-or-bust. If it went to eight, I think it would get worse, where the only games that ‘matter’ to people are if you made the playoff. I don’t think that’s healthy for the game of football when the only thing that matters if your team is successful if they make the playoff.”

Well, duh.  This is what people like me warned about as the cost for postseason expansion, dude.  Once bracket creep starts, the only thing that can stop it is a failure to find more revenues to support it.

At least your network has those nifty selection committee shows to broadcast, though.  Which is really the point here.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, ESPN Is The Devil

An 800-pound gorilla with a contract

Verizon comes up with a “skinny bundle” that excludes ESPN.  Mickey cries foul and sues.  Verizon revises its “skinny bundle” arrangement and comes up with a second option that includes ESPN.  Mickey seems pleased.

In a statement, ESPN said, “We are encouraged by the changes that Verizon has made to Custom TV.” It added that it expected subscribers to enjoy “ESPN and ESPN2 as part of the new entry-level Custom TV offering.”

Verizon says it’s not about the lawsuit at all.

A Verizon spokesman said the changes had not been made to settle the lawsuit ESPN filed in State Supreme Court in New York, but to adapt to its customers’ buying patterns.

Still, Verizon’s chief financial officer, Fran Shammo, said Verizon was planning to “refresh” Custom TV “in the short term to be in compliance with our contractual relationships.”

Uh hunh.  Sounds like ESPN still has some leverage.  The next contract negotiation will be interesting, though.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, See You In Court