A simple question for you guys today: generally speaking, how much does it suck to be an Atlanta sports fan? (And, yes, for purposes of this question, I include UGA in that.)
It’s wearying, is what it is. I say that knowing I’m more fortunate than some of you, in that at least my undergraduate alma mater won two national titles in sports I care about this year. But, man, the rest of it…
The results are in.
A total of 250 ballots were cast, so interest cooled from last week for some reason. I wonder what that might be. Average number of teams was 8.7 per ballot.
The breakdown by conference isn’t too surprising.
One thing we tracked this week was how much time everyone spent putting their ballot together. Here’s how that broke down:
I’ll keep saying it — approval voting is so easy, a coach wouldn’t even need to outsource his vote to an SID.
A few random observations:
- Nice South Carolina trolling from five of you. Well played.
- Among others receiving votes this week: Ohio, Wyoming, Wake Forest and Louisiana. Obviously my message about reviewing your ballot before casting it needs some work.
- The top tier, which I define as teams appearing on at least 90% of all ballots cast, is down to five. But keep an eye on Wisconsin.
- As was the case last week, no team appeared on every single ballot.
- One thing I’ll say for the Mumme Poll over the AP and Coaches Polls this week is that at least we don’t have to explain why Notre Dame is ranked higher than Georgia.
In the end, I wound up with last week’s ballot, minus a certain local team we’re familiar with.
- Ohio State
- Penn State
True, Penn State’s win wasn’t impressive, but Iowa is a pain in the ass to play, and I’m not yet prepared to ding a team that manages to survive and advance.
There aren’t any one-loss teams I’m considering, but I am keeping a loose eye on Minnesota, which is playing good offense and ought to get to 8-0 before its next challenge.
My ballot time was less than ten minutes this week.
A clean winner this week:
You’ll find this week’s ballot here. Note the new security questions and the time question at the end. Also, just a reminder to carefully review your picks before you submit them.
This week’s results should be interesting, to say the least.
It’s hard to believe that three words, three simple words — “Come on, dog.” — could have taken me on the journey here, but such is life. It is surreal to watch the hit counter cross a milestone like that and something I never foresaw when I wrote my first post here all the way back in 2006.
Get The Picture started as a quasi-diary, but over the better part of thirteen years has evolved into much more of a communal experience, kind of like a virtual bar without the good bourbon and beer taps. You guys have made this place a better blog and made me a better blogger. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your continued interest and give-and-take here. As long as it’s a labor of love for all of us, we’ll keep it going.
Oh, and thanks, Reggie. I couldn’t have done it without your initial spark.
Casually genteel racism is the best racism.
And doubling down on genteel racism is the best genteel racism.
He said he was not trying to make a racial or cultural statement, telling the newspaper, “I would just like to see the coaches get the guys cleaned up and not looking like Florida State and Miami guys.”
Give him some credit, though — at least he didn’t refer to anyone as a thug.
Funny how the lyrics to Randy Newman’s “Rednecks” is in my head now. Can’t imagine how that happened.
Make college football great again!