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Catch 5


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I'm a Bama fan looking to expand my knowledge and experience beyond the South. I mostly read the articles but will occasionally spout off to defend SEC country or question the perveived evils of oversigning.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 1992 Sugar Bowl, when Langham stripped the ball. Awesome.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Current: Barrett Jones All time: Mark Ingram
  • NFL TEAM: Atlanta, I guess. No real affiliation
  • NHL TEAM: Philly, but I dint know why.
  • MLB TEAM: Braves
  • SOCCER TEAM: Manchester United

Recent Activity

Comment 18 Dec 2014

I was going off of 11W's scholarship grid, but there has been a LOT of attrition since the season started that I wasn't aware of so you are right and I apologize for my incorrect statements.  This is the first I've heard of Carter and Underwood - I've never seen anyone make that announcement this far ahead, and I missed Brown's transfer, Smith's dismissal, and didn't realize Spence's suspension was permanent.  That leaves OSU currently over-offered by 3.

My main point still remains:  All coaches/teams experience attrition - they just handle it differently (some announce it before it happens, others wait until someone asks why a player isn't around) - and they all in a way depend on it happening during their recruiting (Meyer is still recruiting more players) whether they end up oversigning or not.

Comment 17 Dec 2014
The fact of the matter is that Meyer has offered more scholarships than he has room for. At least 7 more current players or commits must leave to make room for this class. This is the main argument used against oversigning teams all the time. Now you are probably right - Meyer has a pretty good idea about who and how many will not return for next year (certainly better than you and I) but to declare that then turn around and say SEC coaches don't have the same foresight is quite hypocritical.
Comment 17 Dec 2014
I've had this conversation several times so I'm confident in the data - but you are right, i couldn't find list of the former tie-ins either or I would have linked to it. The new format and current games are all I could get in a search. I get a handful of down votes - regardless of what I actually say. It comes with the territory of being a Bama fan in an occasionally hostile environment.
Comment 16 Dec 2014

Teams being on a bowl ban has nothing to do with the bowl tie-ins, which was the other guy's point.  Sure, that had an effect on two years (at least the OSU absence, not so much PSU) - but that is your own fault (and kinda furthers the point that the B10 lacks depth).

BTW, the SEC had more teams put in BCS games than the B10 during that timeframe anyway so your second point kinda falls short - as while the B10 #4 was filling the #3's spot, the SEC's #5 was facing him instead of their #4).

Comment 16 Dec 2014

The B10 never had a mis-match like you describe.  The Cap1 bowl had the B10#2 vs SEC#2, but after that any mismatch favored the B10, not the SEC team (by conference rank).  The disparity came when that SEC team was often ranked higher despite finishing lower in their conference.

Comment 15 Dec 2014

The first catch (about 9:30 in the 2nd) he pushes as the ball is in the air (you hear Gary and Verne talking about it afterward).  It happens just as he comes in view on the broadcast, and the replays don't start early enough to catch it.  The second is the one you referenced and was similar in that the replays didn't show it either.  We only get the real-time shots (which is not enough to really say with certainty - but it looks like it to me: which just supports your initial statement)

As to your other question:  I don't look for equality in penalty yards/calls, I look for consistency and validity of those calls.  If one team is committing fouls and the other isn't, only one team should draw flags.  I didn't notice any Bama players pushing off, but if they were and also getting away with it, I'm better off (though if it is against the rules, call them both).  

Comment 15 Dec 2014

Thanks, I don't disagree with that.

You should also add that his struggles have been away from home in a hostile environment (this is what concerns me anyway).  WVa, Ole Miss, Arkansas (in horrible weather), Tennessee, and LSU were all home games and his completion percentages were much lower than when at home.  That trend changed drastically with the SECCG, but Mizzou did not represent very well so it was closer to a home atmosphere.  Ticket sales for the Sugar have leaned toward Buckeye fans, so ya'll have that going for you.

Speaking of the ejection.  What is your opinion on that - was it warranted?  Watching it live I thought it was not, but when I re-watched it, I agreed with it.

Comment 15 Dec 2014

The Tigers did a great job of getting penetration in the backfield on running plays as well as pressuring Sims and forcing him into bad throws.

Tiger defensive end Shane Ray was ejected early in the second quarter for a targeting penalty, which likely changed the game ... up to that point though, the Missouri defense had forced three straight stops,

Amid a very interesting and accurate article, these statements seem very out of place.  Sims went 23-27 in the SECCG, I disagree that the Tigers had much success forcing bad throws.  Technically, Bama scored before Ray was ejected - the play he was guilty on resulted in a touchdown - thus Bama scored twice (and missed a field goal) while he was on the field.  That point of the game was very nearly the 1/3 mark, and Bama ended with 42 points - so the point distribution does not support that his absence had much effect.

Comment 13 Dec 2014
Bama's DL is extremely good and extremely deep. They contain anything in front of them and it is very difficult to run through them. They don't acquire eye-popping sacks but put pressure on the QB on just about every play. The goal is to make him throw before he wants to. The depth has limited the effect of HUNH as they rotate a lot (by series if not allowed by plays). The backers are very solid but there isn't that stud we've been used to (McClain, Hightower, Mosely). DePriest is really good (he is the leader on D) but he is more of a run stuffer than an all-around player. There are others who will grow into that player in the next couple of years but Noone had broken out more than the others just yet. They are fast, take away the edge very well and are decent in coverage as well. Add others have said, the weakness in this team is it's (relatively young) secondary. The best player there (safety Collins) is best in run support and while they are really good at tackling and keeping the play in front of them they have given up too many deep balls. Even then, though it takes a very good pass as they rarely blow the coverage completely, they just give up a step at most (unless you're a Mizzou player who just pushed off)
Comment 13 Dec 2014
Yeah, like when he said Saban was done and Alabama's dynasty was clearly over. *sarcasm font not available on my phone
Comment 13 Dec 2014
I agree with Thomas' summary except for Sims getting rattled - and I've seen this sentiment around the site a lot. I haven't seen him get rattled if at all this season. He is prone to mistakes (especially in louder environments) but they don't get to him. See the Auburn game. He was having a good game: went on a string of 3 interceptions: then won the game. He wasn't rattled despite his worst stretch of the season. He's playing with house money. He's done so much, won much more than anyone thought he would coming into this season - his legacy is set and can only go higher so he has nothing to lose and he plays like it (this why he makes the occasional error).
Comment 13 Dec 2014
Yes it is a real policy. He also doesn't allow freshmen to talk to the media. There are exceptions to both rules (specified times and places) but in general it is very rare that you see our heart anything from those people. The reason is simple: one voice, one message - and less chance of "bulletin board" material.
Comment 11 Dec 2014

Excellent take Fido.  IMO, everyone is reading a lot into the yards put up by Auburn through the air without looking at those plays.  Marshall is not a great passer.  All season he has overthrown most of his deep balls - until the Iron Bowl.  All those deep balls were to receivers who were fairly well covered, but he was throwing darts and there isn't anything anyone can do when an offense is executing that well.  Missouri also had success deep, but their WRs were pushing off as the ball was thrown, illegalliy creating the separation that allowed them to catch those.  Yes, Bama can be beat deep but it needs to be perfectly executed

Comment 11 Dec 2014
Yes, only 4 P5 teams (I'm with you on some of your points - the Mississippi schools need to schedule better - and I agree some schools (Bama) seem to rely too much on the neutral site games. But more to the point I was making: the SECw beat 3 teams ranked in the final poll. The whole B10 beat one such team. Your argument on scheduling has some merit but the original point of the SECs strength does not. Edit: was supposed to be in response to 3M below. Apologies.
Comment 11 Dec 2014
I said measurable standard, not reasonable - which would be subject to individual bias. All the team's i listed are either ranked by the Committee or receiving votes in the AP. None of the other teams you listed fit that criteria. My argument is not about scheduling as you try make it. It is in response to the quote I highlighted originally that claimed the SEC hadn't proved anything outside of the conference and that it's strength is circular only. Listing good teams in name only (like Miami) does not refute this imo.
Comment 11 Dec 2014
It's all about recruiting. A team can't wait until January to start interviewing a new coach - they would lose a whole class. Michigan taking so long in their search pretty much means they are selling out on getting an NFL coach. If they miss out whoever they do get will be starting out behind the 8-ball (even more than they already are). Bama did the same thing (after a brief attempt at R-Rod) and it worked, but it was risky.