Category Archives: Media Punditry/Foibles

Nick Saban isn’t man enough.

According to this Al.com writer, the reason Nick Saban didn’t mention Auburn in his list of conference schools gaining on Alabama is because he’s scared Auburn is already the best team in the SEC.

SEC Media Days sure bring out the media smarts, don’t they?

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The hottest take on Jacob Eason you’ll read today

Shorter Greg McElroy:  Jacob Eason sucks because his freshman season pales in comparison to Matt Stafford’s NFL body of work.

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Mr. Conventional Wisdom, on automatic pilot

The Tony Barnhart post on the start of SEC Media Days writes itself.  Best of all, change a couple of dates, add an occasional one-sentence anecdote, and he can recycle it for at least another decade.  (Which says as much about SEC Media Days as Barnhart.)

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I love the smell of righteous indignation in the morning.

Kevin Scarbinsky’s all up in the grills of Auburn fans about their hypocrisy over transfers.  Why Auburn?  Um, well…

No doubt some of the same Auburn fans who applaud Gus Malzahn for blocking Antwaun Jackson’s ability to transfer to another SEC school, a school on this year’s schedule or Ohio State were thrilled when Mark Richt didn’t block Georgia safety Tray Matthews from moving to Auburn.

Matthews will be one of Auburn’s representatives this week at SEC Media Days.

Great story, bruh.  Except for one thing:  Mark Richt didn’t block Matthews’ transfer because there wasn’t a transfer to block.  Matthews was kicked off the team by Richt.

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Your first mistake was saying John Kincade has a good point.

This is what happens when you take trolling seriously.

Aside from that, does anyone really believe Smart will be under the slightest bit of pressure if his second year goes as well as Richt’s second season did?

Kirby Smart, the Georgia man, walked into the head coaching job with way more good will than Mark Richt did.  (Initially, Richt wasn’t even the unanimous choice of the men making the hiring decisions then.  If that doesn’t convince you, compare their compensation.)  Richt built his good will with the results he achieved in his first five seasons.  Eventually, he overdrew at the good will bank, as Towers points out, but to the extent he was pressure-free, it was due to his own efforts.

Smart has an obvious path to eliminating pressure on himself.  The reason he’s facing more right now is because (1) the fan base has those first five years of Richt’s career to point to as a baseline; (2) it’s been promised results by the man who hired Smart; and (3) the 2016 season was a disappointment. Duh.

Rocket science, this isn’t.  I suspect John Kincade knows that as well as the rest of us do.

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Triumph of the booboisie

Lord knows, Stewart Mandel has made for a convenient foil on more than one occasion here at the blog, but the idea that ninety-second clips of Skip Bayless pontificating on any subject have more perceived value to Fox Sports than Bruce Feldman’s college football insight is nauseating.

This is what I was getting at in yesterday’s post about ESPN’s business model.  Those of you who insist on getting wrapped up in the bullshit about Mickey embracing liberal politics are missing the real point.  Irritating blather has value to these people.  It’s not about left or right; it’s about providing a platform for pundits to say something outrageous enough to make the average viewer want to pay attention.

Live sports may be what drives the train for most of us, but apparently there’s marginal value in insulting the intelligence of some part of the viewership.  While that may be profoundly depressing to those of us who are rational beings, you can’t argue with the reality that these are the bets these media giants are making.  After all, we live in a world where they keep spinning off “Housewives of XXX” like there’s no tomorrow, because there’s a reliably profitable viewership out there.  Why should we think the sports world — professional wrestling, anyone? — is immune to that?

I’m not trying to argue that to some extent the media hasn’t brought this on itself.  I mocked this development at the time, but since then it’s taken on a certain canary in the coal mine aspect that now seems as inevitable as it is sad.

Make no mistake, though.  The public is complicit, too.  Fox and ESPN are giving us what they are convinced we want, or at least enough of us want, such that it makes it worth their while to debase their product.  I’d like to believe they’ve lost their way, but the saddest point of all is that I can’t help but concede the merit of their cynicism.

Enjoy what’s left of actual sports journalism.  It’s hard to see a robust future for it.

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If you can’t beat him, change the rules?

al.com argues this year’s SEC spring meetings were All About Saban.

The SEC spring meetings have started to feel like an annual conference at the beach where coaches talk about how to keep Alabama from killing everyone on the football field. What rules can be put in place to cap Alabama’s spending? How can schedules be tweaked to make life easier for everyone else?

Nick Saban is in favor of fewer rules. Others want more rules. For example, the latest rule that discourages SEC football teams from hiring a high school coach as a support staffer. If a team hires a high school coach, then that team can’t recruit that high school for two years.

The rule sounds very well intentioned, of course. SEC teams with tons of money shouldn’t be able to hire a high school coach just to land a prospect from that coaches team. In reality, it sounds like just another rule to keep Alabama in check.

It’s a nice theory, except for one thing.  That’s a NCAA rule.

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