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Comment 9 hours ago

Can't say I disagree with that assessment.  I rewatched the Sugar Bowl on Sunday, and though Cardale's performance was legendary, his passes were nowhere near as precise as JT's.  Though he lacks the arm strength of Cardale (and Braxton), JT can hit his guys in stride with incredible consistency.  Cardale was making his receivers do a lot of adjusting (which, to their credit, they did more often than not).

Granted, I'm sure Cardale's improving his accuracy, but I still think JT's the guy -- even if it handicaps Zeke a bit.

Comment 28 May 2015

So the league's too deep for its own good now?  ...kay.  That heralded "depth" was exactly the thing that led to SEC's 7 year reign, as the the cumulative strength of their conference (rightly) gave them the benefit of the pollster's doubt year-in and year-out.  

Except no one bitches about it when they're winning championships.

Sure, the Big Ten and other conferences (except maybe the PAC-12) have an easier road.  That didn't stop the SEC champ from beating the living hell out of them for the better part of the last decade.  Slowly but surely, the rest of the leagues' elite are catching up -- and their middling brethren below aren't as far away as one might think.  Like W.E.B. DuBois's "talented tenth", they're bringing up their entire conferences with them.

Comment 27 May 2015

I think that, even at #4, the 2014 B1G Championship Game is almost criminally underrated.  In fact, it might be even more important than the 2015 Sugar Bowl.

The Buckeyes walked into that game the #5 team in the CFP rankings, underdogs against a team sporting a Heisman finalist at RB (who'd set the NCAA single-game rushing record earlier in the year), and playing with a 3rd-string QB who hadn't shown us anything special in mop-up duty.  On the other hand, TCU was playing Iowa State and Baylor was facing off against Kansas State -- we knew that at least one of them was going to make it to selection day with only one loss.

OSU wasn't just fighting injuries and inexperience; it was fighting perception.  Perception that their conference wasn't worthy of a shot (especially at the Big 12's expense), perception that they couldn't compete without Barrett, perception that TCU and Baylor were just better.  The Bucks needed a perfect game to transcend all of that, and they dug in deep and made that happen.  If they win 59-21, they don't get in -- that's how thin their margin of error was that night in Indianapolis.

Sure, the Sugar Bowl and Title Games might have meant more to us, but no game was more important than 59-0.  Without it, we don't get a shot at redemption against 'Bama.

Comment 26 May 2015

He struggled in press coverage, which UM's defense tried to adopt last season before aborting midway through.

Harbaugh's new defensive staff is implementing a press-coverage scheme, which was going to leave Countess -- who's very good in zone coverage -- buried on the depth chart.  It was a smart move by him, and really doesn't affect Michigan's secondary at all.

Comment 22 May 2015

Hound Dogs is at Dodridge and High Street.  It's a total dive, but the beer is cold and the pies are hot.

Comment 18 May 2015

I've heard that a lot too.  Personally, I think Weiner used it as a winking nod to the audience -- every episode ended with some song from the pop music canon, and it was only fitting for Mad Men to end with a commercial that was so influential its own song was released as a single.  

Not to mention the fact that Coca-cola was Don's white whale, and "the real thing" speaks to the character arcs of the show's main characters and their journeys toward self-discovery.

Comment 18 May 2015

Exactly.  It would have been a disservice to the show if they went for a ZOMG-type of ending.  

Here's a great article on that from the USA Today.  Well worth a read.

Comment 14 May 2015

"2008-09 - a very good and undefeated Utah team was not given a shot at the title"

Utah played in the Mountain West.  They weren't going to get a shot no matter how good they were.

"2011-12 - the BCS became the ultimate circle jerk by allowing a rematch of SEC teams"

I can see this one, but really, do we actually think that Okie State was better than Alabama?

"2012-13 - the BCS bought in to the notion that Notre Dame was playing NC caliber football"

I hate Brian Kelly as much as the next guy, but let's not kid ourselves: they went undefeated against a way tougher schedule than we played that year (or FSU played in 2013).  They deserved their shot; even if Alabama beat them like a rag doll.

Comment 14 May 2015

Guys, let's not cheapen Saban's accomplishments.  The SEC, for all the shit we give it (and for how much of an inflated media circlejerk it became), didn't build its reputation by accident; they won it by consistently beating out-of-conference teams on the sport's biggest stage.  Sure, the media has definitely inflated it to an extent, but to say that it's an easy conference to get through, or to suggest that the SEC consistently "bluffed" its way into national title games doesn't just cheapen their accomplishments; it also cheapens ours.  

If FSU landed the first blow last year by beating Auburn, we most certainly delivered the knockout punch by humbling the conference's most vaunted team.

Comment 14 May 2015

Meh, it's no different than in the BCS.  No one really gave a shit about any of the other bowls (save maybe for a few marquee matchups) outside of the championship anyways.  If anything, the playoff is good because it focuses attention on four teams, not just the two it did before.

Comment 14 May 2015

I'd love to see a play on an English family crest.  Perhaps featuring crossed shotguns and a football inside of a shield, with King Dolodale's full title below?

Comment 06 May 2015

I think the actor you're referring to is Eli Wallach, who played Tuco in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.

He famously almost died on set twice during that movie.  Once when he took a drink from what he thought was a bottle of soda (it was actually acid), and again when Leone insisted he lay next to a speeding train passing on a track (he lifted his head up and barely missed being decapitated by the train's step).