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Catch 5


Member since 25 October 2011 | Blog

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 25 May 2016

It may not be true for your circle of people, but I assure you it is for where I live.  One article I found had Alabama as the state with the largest percentage of persons with a conceal-carry license - at a little over 12%.  For the record, I don't currently have one myself - but I did when I was in college.

Comment 18 May 2016

I've never touched the Devil's lettuce but during my college years pretty much everyone I knew had a gun in their vehicle at all times.  Of course mine wasn't stolen - but if you are buying used it's always a possibility.  Maybe that's more of a southern or rural thing, but it is not uncommon at all to find a pistol under someone's driver's seat in the South. 

Comment 18 May 2016

You are right Squirrel - I believe the combine has a rule against allowing people with crimes committed with firearms to perform there.  This may or may not not qualify for that as he wasn't using it to commit a crime (it was just present), but he really shouldn't have put himself in this situation.

RE: guns - it is entirely possible that he bought it from someone and didn't know it was stolen.  If he can show a pawn shop receipt or personal check (long shot, I know) for the purchase, I think this goes away and becomes something akin to what you would expect from any other player caught smoking weed for the first time.  If not, and the felony sticks he's probably gone.

Comment 16 May 2016

I used to keep a spreadsheet on the attrition % of each B10 and SEC school - meaning how many players from a particular signing class were no longer on the team 4 years later (neglecting only players who left early for the NFL or exhausted eligibility).  I did the full conferences for the 2008-2010 classes and half of them for 2011 before I got bored with it and quit.  Here are the (selected) results of that limited timeframe:

SEC Average:  33.5%

B10 Average:  32.1%

Bama:  29.8%

Auburn:  41.1%

LSU:  33.3%

Ole Miss:  37.4%

Florida:  29.6%

Georgia:  35.7%

OSU:  34.4%

Michigan:  40.7%

Wisconsin:  30.6%

Iowa:  40.8%

Michigan State:  24.8%

Northwestern:  17.5%

Comment 13 May 2016

The NCAA has been investigating Ole Miss for most of the last year and most people expect a NOV to be issued at some point - probably this summer if I had to guess.

Bo Davis wasn't fired for paying recruits - he had impermissable contact with a recruit (one that reportedly didn't come to Bama) and then lied about it.  When Bama found out the truth - instead of covering it up - they gave him the option of resigning or being fired.  Similar cases like this in the past found the NCAA to be satisfied with this type action.

Comment 02 May 2016

Basically, he had impermissable contact with a recruit and lied about it.  Bama fired/he resigned when it was found out - it is being compared to what happened with Joker Phillips and the Bama compliance is reportedly upbeat about the situation.  It is being referred to as an "infraction" by the NCAA instead of a don't expect anything big to come of this.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

Fair enough, I guess, but if they were in the least bit upset with Ingram's production, they would have traded him or let him go to free agency.  Instead, they have traded off many of their other platoon guys and kept Ingram around (though to be honest, I've always felt that they have never used him to his potential as I think they want that platoon system).  He's on contract for about $4 mil a year through 2019.  That doesn't exactly sound like the Saints are disappointed in him.

Here's a comparison, and you can make your call:  Below are the runningbacks taken in the 1st round since 2010:

Richardson (3rd - 2012) - and we all agree he has disappointed

Spiller (9th - 2010) - Bouncing around the league, but had 1 - 1,000 yd year

Gurley (10th - 2015) - a great start with a 1,000 yd rookie season

Matthews (12th - 2010) - Pretty good career with SD, 2 - 1,000 yd seasons

Gorden (15th - 2015) - 641 yds in rookie season

Ingram (28th - 2011) - Best season is only 964 yds, but played 5 dependable yrs (so far) with Saints

Best (30th - 2010) - Played 2 years and didn't total 1,000 yds

Martin (31st - 2012) - Good career with TB with 2 - 1,000 yd seasons

Wilson (32nd - 2012) - Played 2 years totaling 504 yds

Given the comparison, I'd say Ingram was average for a 1st rounder (and a later pick at that) and that Lacy and Yeldon have given a fine value as later round picks.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

There were only 7 - 1.000 yd RBs in the league last year as the feature back in the NFL is a fading position.  Ingram, Lacy, and Yeldon were all top-25 in rushing yards by RBs.  They may not be the league best, but that's solid production from a guy in a platoon system, a guy battling injuries, and a rookie.

I admitted that Richardson was a bust - though I'm really hoping he gets it together with the Ravens (he has admitted he came in lazy).  He was the one I would have drafted first among Bama backs, I'll admit - and he was the highest drafted among them all (Ingram being the only other 1st rounder at 28th overall) so maybe that has something to do with this bias but one guy does not define the whole era.

Comment 12 Apr 2016

Glenn Coffee, Mark Ingram, Eddie Lacy, and TJ Yeldon (not to mention Jawlston Fowler, who was a RB/FB mix) have/are all enjoying successful careers as major contributors if not the feature back role.  Trent is the only one who has truly busted (and is looking at one last chance with the Ravens it seems), yet you guys keep claiming that all these Bama backs are busts.  Where are you actually getting this?

Comment 12 Apr 2016
How popular would Jones be today had he gone to Toledo instead of OSU? How many Ohians know the name of last year's QB for the Rockets? When you buy player's jerseys, why don't you buy Michigan or Alabama player's? The answer is that it is the OSU brand you are after. It is OSU products you want. The players only mean something to you because they attend Ohio State. The ones who attend other schools - especially the smaller ones - regardless of how good they are - are worthless to you (in these terms). Therefore, this image you all want the players to profit from, is only what it is thanks to the pre-existing behemoth that is the OSU brand that they are using to not only get an education, but exposure for future employment.
Comment 28 Mar 2016
Yes, Andrews serves on the Auburn medical staff - as well as Alabama's ... and the Washington Redskins ... and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He graduated from LSU and has degrees from seemingly half the schools in the country and has treated players from literally all parts of this country. He is by far the most respected and well known sports surgeon in the country as he has kind of written the book on the subject - so to say he is biased or would tilt his findings so that Auburn could get a player is beyond ridiculous.
Comment 19 Feb 2016
Battle Beyond the Stars. Came out a bit after the original Star Wars and tried to capture that audience. It had neither the writing nor the effects. Horrible directing and acting thrown in and you have probably the worst movie ever made. After 30 minutes it became a challenge to see if I could actually finish the dang thing as it was obvious it wasn't getting better.