Category Archives: Media Punditry/Foibles

It’s a living.

Interesting thread on Twitter yesterday that started with this news…

… continued with this observation…

… and climaxed with this breathless reaction.

First off, it’s always sad these days to see announcements of mass layoffs in the media industry, both from a personal perspective and as well as what it means for the consumer.  I’m in my twelfth year of blogging (I know) and if there’s one thing that experience has illuminated for me, it’s that college football beat writers are, without exception, an underappreciated lot.  I don’t see how I could do what I do here at the blog without being able to rely upon their insight and effort.  I hope that’s something I never have to contemplate.

That being said, it’s hard to see what’s so offensive about Staples’ observation.  I’ve certainly done my fair share of wading through what SEC Country and Land of 10 have produced, even linked to them occasionally, and while I’ve found a respectable amount of original product there, there’s also been plenty of “according to” material generated at those sites.  Not that there’s anything wrong with aggregating information (as long as credit is properly given, of course), but I can aggregate as well as the next guy; Twitter, CSS RSS feeds and news services like Topix make that easy, once you know what you’re doing.

And if you’re making that part of your business plan as one way to generate steady quantity for the readership you want to reach, the risk you run is that it’s hard to monetize that over time.  If I’m going to pay for online media, or visit regularly to generate ad revenue, there had better be plenty — hell, almost an exclusive amount — of original content and/or presentation.  I expect insight and information for my hard earned coin and my attention.  Passing on what a beat writer in a small college town writes about the local program provides neither, especially if I can go to the source for free.

As Andy noted, that’s not on the journalists.  It’s on the editors and publishers who devised the business plans that forced the journalists down that path.  Ignoring what your potential customers value is something you do at your peril, as Cox Media and its soon to be former employees have learned.  Pointing out that sad reality is hardly reprehensible.  Ignoring the lesson, though, is another story.



Filed under Media Punditry/Foibles

The eternal flame

Mark Bradley has scientific proof that Paul Johnson is a better coach than the man he’s never beaten in Bobby Dodd Stadium:  “Because overachieving is always a function of coaching.”

So is recruiting.


Filed under Georgia Tech Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

Shtick masquerading as analysis

Man, I know Danny Kanell fancies himself the King of SEC Bashers, but this is a little over the top even by his standards.

Auburn was the best team in the SEC last season?  Do tell.  I guess that explains how they wound up playing UCF.


Filed under It's All Just Made Up And Flagellant, Media Punditry/Foibles

The greatest second-half performance by any quarterback in college football history

Tua Tagovailoa is Sporting News’ pick as the second-best quarterback in all of college football.  Even better, “We thought about putting Tagovailoa No. 1, and there’s no hesitation in that thought process.”

I had to check.  Tagovailoa’s passer rating in the championship game was a respectable 149.35.  Not exactly the stuff legends are made from, but, then again, I’m not a national CFB pundit needing to push a narrative in May.


Filed under Alabama, Media Punditry/Foibles

Montana is just a state of mind.

It’s good to know we Dawg fans remain on Stewart Mandel’s mind.  Dial up the latest edition of The Audible with Stew & Bruce, starting at the 38-minute mark (listen very carefully at the 46-minute mark) for evidence of that.

It’s nice to be loved. (h/t)


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles

Today, in it just means more

You know, when Nick Saban chided Alabama fans for not staying in their seats for the entirety of games, I thought it was mockable.  I mean, if you want the fans to stay 60 minutes, give ’em something more than watching your fourth-string quarterback hand off to your fifth-string tailback six times in a row in the fourth quarter of a six-touchdown rout of a cupcake.

When Kirby Smart turned Georgia’s spring game from a pleasant day trip for the fan base into a recruiting mission, I was mildly irritated, but recognized that at least he’s given us something to be excited about and seemed genuinely grateful for our turnout.

As far as Jeremy Pruitt’s bizarre chastisement of UT’s fans?

“To me, it’s kind of like our football team for the fans. The ones that were here, I’m proud they’re here. They’re fired up, ready to get going. And then there were some people that weren’t here, they had legitimate reasons they couldn’t be here. Then there were some people that weren’t here, why weren’t they here? It’s kind of like our football team. I think we all need to look in the mirror and see who we want to be.”

Welp, it sure seems like somebody needs to look in the mirror, alright.

Anyway, I guess that’s part of what comes these days from the Saban coaching tree, so while I can’t say I excuse that line of thinking, at least I get what it’s about.  What I don’t get is what I suppose is the next stage in this — the media taking steps to normalize these coaches’ expectations/demands of their fan bases.  Take, for example, Barrett Sallee’s defense of Pruitt.

Isn’t this what you wanted, Vol fans? Don’t you want the best? Don’t you expect the best? Don’t you want a coach who strives for perfection in every aspect of the program?

That’s what Nick Saban does at Alabama, and that’s what Kirby Smart has implemented at Georgia. Not coincidentally, those are the two teams that played in the College Football Playoff National Championship in January.

Pruitt might not be as successful as either of his two mentors, and certainly has a steeper hill to climb than they do considering the tradition at Alabama and the fertile recruiting ground that exists in Smart’s backyard. But at least he’s following a tried-and-true blueprint that has proven to be successful.

Could he work on his delivery? Maybe. After all, talking down — or even giving off the appearance of talking down — to your own fan base prior to ever coaching a real game is a bold move.

If by “bold” you mean “dick”, I suppose you have a point there, Barrett.  A somewhat creepy point, but a point nonetheless.

Seriously, when did we cross the line from being passionate about a program to being enlisted in Gawd’s Army?  Jeremy Pruitt is being paid nearly four million dollars a year to win football games and that somehow entitles him to make demands on a fan base — a fan base that’s put up with years of mediocre football, by the way — that forks over the bucks that contribute to his paycheck?  What other organized sport approaches its fans like that?

I suppose the next development will be for a coach or his athletic director to blame a sub-par season or recruiting class on inadequate fan support.  And there will probably be some pundit out there ready to stroke his chin and admit there’s something to that excuse.  When the coach or AD gets canned, at least they’ll have a sweet buyout provision to fall back on.  All we fans will get is a guilt trip from the new guy in town.  And then we’ll be told to like it.


Filed under Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange, Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, Nick Saban Rules

Mark Bradley hasn’t come to bury Paul Johnson’s contract extension.

He’s come to fellate it.  And so you don’t have to waste your time reading his kiss-assery — honestly, the more praise in that direction, the merrier, as far as I’m concerned — just catch the lazy, reflexive nip he takes at Georgia:

Station Kirby Smart at a school where calculus is a requirement and see how many 5-stars he signs.

Yeah, put the genius some place where his warm and fuzzy personality wouldn’t be handicapped by those damned academics and watch the magic begin.


Filed under Academics? Academics., Georgia Tech Football, Media Punditry/Foibles, Recruiting