Category Archives: General Idiocy

“You had this feeling that at any minute it could turn into something that wasn’t pretty.”

MARTA was a nightmare to use after the national championship game.  Management guessed there would be a problem, but check out how they tried to deal with it:

Deputy General Manager Rob Troup told the board there weren’t enough employees available to handle the crowd. The agency asked for volunteers to work extra hours, but the employee turnout was 30 percent less than expected, he said.

Can you imagine the sales pitch for that?  “Guys, we know the weather sucks out there, and you’ll be dealing with a bunch of drunk college football fans, half of whom will be pissed off because their team lost, so how would you like to come in and help manage that situation into the wee small hours of the morning without getting paid?”

Hell, I’m surprised the turnout was only 30 percent less.  Maybe the rest figured that since the players weren’t getting paid, they shouldn’t, either.



Filed under General Idiocy, It's Just Bidness

If you haven’t been keeping up with the Herm Edwards experiment at Arizona State…

… it’s going just about as you might expect.


Filed under General Idiocy, Pac-12 Football

We get what they pay for.

Again, I’m not going to stoop to blaming Georgia’s loss on the officiating or try to pretend there was anything sinister to why the Dawgs appeared to wind up on the short side of the stick so often in the second half, but I do find it interesting how we got stuck with a crew that was at best spectacularly inept for college football’s crown jewel.  Chip Towers explains.

For that it’s worth, I followed up on all that with the CFP folks and with the Big Ten. I was told by the CFP the NCAA selects from what conference the officiating crew is chosen for the championship game and the conference itself chooses those officials.

I was told to contact the Big Ten’s supervisor of officials, Adam Augustine, for comment on any specifics calls that took place in the game or any other details I might be interested in. I did that via phone call and email and haven’t heard back. And probably won’t.

So Jim Delany handpicked a crew headed by this guy:

Closed in the mind of Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany perhaps, as he buries his head in the sand and refuses to answer some important questions. Starting with:

Why was Dan Capron, the lead official on a crew disciplined by the Big Ten in 2002 after a game between Purdue and Wake Forest, working as the referee during the Ohio State-Michigan game?

We get a guy Joe Tiller described as “not a bad official, not a top-rated official” because college football doesn’t care enough to put its best foot forward in a national title game by handpicking a crew of the conferences’ top refs.  If there’s a conspiracy, it’s a conspiracy of dunces.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Big Ten Football, General Idiocy

“It’s our responsibility to educate coaches.”

For some reason, Art Briles is scheduled to speak at this year’s American Football Coaches Association convention.  Which leads to the $64000 question:

Why invite Briles, with his damaged reputation, to speak to coaches? AFCA executive director and former Louisiana Monroe head coach Todd Berry said it’s about understanding what went wrong and what corrections coaches should learn.

“It’s our responsibility to educate coaches,” Berry told The Athletic. “Certainly one of the things Coach Briles experienced, and one of the things I believe he’s going to share, is there are some things that happened and he can share an experience no one else can with our group, so that we can avoid issues down the road.

“While there are things you know in theory, the reality is you’re going to gain more from someone who experienced it, that knows what to look for.”

Uh hunh.  The odds that Art Briles is going to open up and contritely explain how he ran the Baylor program’s approach to sexual harassment/assault into hellish territory are roughly the same as Central Florida walking out of MBS tonight clutching the CFP trophy.

This has the potential to be a spectacularly egregious invitation.


UPDATE:  Apparently somebody came to their senses.


Filed under Baylor Is Sensitive To Women's Issues, General Idiocy

This is going well.

I haven’t written as much about the impending train wreck that is Arizona State under Herm Edwards as I probably should, but get a load of this.

Really, what could go wrong?


Filed under General Idiocy, Pac-12 Football

When the Herbstreit Doctrine gets personal…

We’re all aware that intellectual consistency isn’t one of Herbie’s strong suits, but in praising Baker Mayfield after Mayfield won the Heisman, he really stepped in it.

Why would I say that?  Because Herbstreit got owned by a Tennessee defensive back about whom Herbstreit once proclaimed,

“I just need to say this because I haven’t had a chance to say this all week, no chance of winning the game against Alabama and one of their players, No. 7, Rashaan Gaulden, ends up throwing up the fingers,” Herbstreit said. “You’re thinking, with everything that’s been going on with Tennessee, that guy will probably never play again. Next series, defense is on the field, No. 7 is back in the lineup playing on the field.

“And you wonder why Tennessee has issues. They don’t have any discipline. (Butch Jones) should’ve taken his uniform off, sent him upstairs to go get a popcorn and say you’re no longer on the team and sent a message to the whole team.”

Mayfield, you may remember, communicated with a similar gesture against Kansas.  One might think that would be something to arouse a similar reaction from the Kirkster, but, no, he’s got nothing but love in his heart for the Oklahoma quarterback.

Screenshot-2017-12-10 Tennessee DB Rashaan Gaulden blasts Kirk Herbstreit after Baker Mayfield tweet

As you might expect, this didn’t sit well with Gaulden, who fired back with this:

You know new depths have been plumbed when I have to take sides with a UT player on any subject, but that’s where we’re at here.  Not that I expect it, but Herbie owes somebody an apology.


UPDATE:  Give Herbstreit credit.


Filed under ESPN Is The Devil, General Idiocy

I guess it’s too late for any “act like you’ve been there” advice.

Really, Dawg fans.

One day in and some of us are already showing our asses?  Maybe this is why we have so much trouble getting nice things.

Besides that, Mayfield is exactly the kind of player to whom you don’t want to give any emotional ammunition.  Well played, y’all.


Filed under General Idiocy, Georgia Football, Social Media Is The Devil's Playground