Yeah seems like analyzing the bettors is just as big a part of analyzing the teams sometimes. Which is (one of several reasons) why people saying stuff like "OSU would be underdogs against 7 SEC teams" was so stupid.
I could see how someone could hear just the first sentence and feel insulted by it though.
This is totally hilarious, because Michigan.
Not sure Neal realizes how hard it is to get into Michigan is though. On average, this coach was right. Average UM football player had an SAT score of 997 (1600 scale). http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/paper-trail/2008/12/30/athletes-show-huge-gaps-in-sat-scores - That article is kinda old I guess but it can't be that far off. In UM's most recent freshman class, per CollegeBoard, only 2% of students got below 500 in reading, and only 1% in math. Plus the median 50% had scores of 620-720 in reading, and 660-760 in math, so the median student got 1280-1480.
Even if it's true though, you'd think an important part of recruiting would be knowing the kid and the family well enough to realize that saying something like that would set them off.
It's probably more trouble than it's worth, but I'd be interested to see similar numbers for other top 10 offenses and defenses.
Amazing. I don't even care that that's not the side of the sign you see going that way. I kinda want to make a coffee mug out of this. Or a mousepad, or whatever else they do that kind of stuff to. Bravo.
According to the Cincinnati.com link:
Cincinnati police also determined McClain and Payne had outstanding capiases for failing to either appear in court or pay $130 fines after UC police cited them Feb. 8 with misdemeanor drug (marijuana) possession.
Their court date was probably a few weeks after the citation, but that's still over 6 months without going to court or paying the fine. You'd think someone from UC should have followed up on that.
The revenue directly from going to bowl games is an obvious effect. But all I could find about revenue from the 2011 season is here. It says there was a 5% loss, but I'm not sure what all that includes. 5% is noticeable, but that's still probably in the upper echelon of college football programs.
If Michael Jordan makes a Seattle - exclusive shoe I don't think anyone says no.
the Queen City often forgets they're part of THE BUCKEYE STATE
This is so true. It's even worse when people in Cincinnati root for Kentucky because "it's right there." Umm, Ohio is right here...
That article is terrific. Thanks for sharing.
To me, trash talk is on the field/court/whatever playing surface. It gets inside your opponent's head, rattles them, makes you feel confident, whatever. That's fine. It's usually funny. I don't see how yelling at a reporter and camera is trash talking. An expression of emotion, sure. But I don't think he was emotional about the game. He didn't seem happy, he seemed pissed off. He admitted it in his SI article that he was upset about something, but people are still trying to say stuff like "Oh, he's so smart he uses trash talk to manipulate the opponent, he's just creating a character."
Call it what it is, an emotional outburst about something other than the game. Applaud that, treat it with disdain, whatever.
The bigger point is: how does any of this make the jump safer?