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Comment 24 Oct 2014

But if Cal is able to hang with Oregon into the 4th quarter, will I still be awake to watch it?

Comment 24 Oct 2014

MH: but, to some degree, they're self-fulfilling prophecies that are grounded in circular logic.

Okay, Oklahoma has already lost twice and Oregon and Ohio State lost to marginal teams. I get that, but . . . 

In the preseason, 9 SEC teams were ranked in the top 27, including what-turned-out-to-be mediocre teams like USC, LSU, Tex AM, Mizz, Florida. After week 2, Tex AM was 9th in the country, LSU 12th, South Carolina 21st, Mizz 24th. SEC teams got credit for beating teams that were ranked at that time even though we now know these victories weren't anything to write home about.

We still don't know if the SEC West is the Taj Mahal or a nice McMansion hyped up to be the Taj Mahal. It's not like it you "pull out" (or expose) one or two of its keystones as a phony-pillar that the whole edifice will crumble. No question, there's some substance underneath all that puffery. But it's hard to tell just how much substance with all that puffery blocking the view . . . 

Comment 24 Oct 2014

I see LSUFreek-style gif potential here: Bosa gets a sack against PSU and then, in the next "scene" Bosa (Solo) is shown shooting storm troopers, whom are dressed in their "whiteout" battle uniforms. 

Can you make this happen, Jeremy?

Comment 24 Oct 2014

TT hasn't been good on the road and their head coach is learning on-the-job. As usual, they have a very porous defense. 

On the other hand, TCU has played three high-pressure games in a row: big upset against Oklahoma; gave up 21 pt 4Q lead at Baylor; destroyed Oklahoma State in a "rebound game." They might be due to have a letdown game, take their feet off the accelerator. 

But I hate to rely so much on intangibles. Are there match ups between TT and TCU that you like?

Comment 24 Oct 2014

MH: I, too, believe that the SEC West is the probably the strongest division in cfb, but I want to see how the rest of the season plays out.

Where some of us object is seeing four SEC West teams ranked in the top 5. 

Comment 24 Oct 2014

Wow - we should create some satirical wiki pages along similar lines . . . 

The Mike Tyson--Marvis Frazier rivalry

Although Mike Tyson knocked Frazier out cold only 30 seconds into the First Round, Tyson v. Frazier is one of the biggest rivalries in boxing history. Yes, Tyson was the official victor of the bout, but Marvis Frazier's face did serious damage to Mike Tyson's hand in this frenzied, exciting bout. Thence forward, Tyson refused to give Frazier a rematch, afraid that Frazier's face would permanently damage his hands.    

Comment 24 Oct 2014

MH: the traditional "power programs" from the SEC West have produced a lot of NFL players, but not so much with Ole Miss (which has produced 19 current NFL players) and Miss St. (15) The following schools have produced similar numbers of current NFL players: UNC (25), Iowa (23), ASU (18), ILL (18), BC (17), NC St (17), Purdue (17), UCONN (17), Cincy (16), Rutgers (16), Fresno (15).

Comment 24 Oct 2014

Yep - just the opposite. Ash doesn't seem to like using a bunch of nickel, but the idea against PSU is see if they can run the ball when the defense effectively puts only six guys "in the box."

Comment 24 Oct 2014

Fido is officially announcing a new national cat law, effective immediately: (1). a ban on feeding feral cats; (2). a requirement that all cats be spayed, neutered, and de-clawed; (3). a "one strike and your out" law to punish evil cats.

Comment 24 Oct 2014

I like Tenn to cover the 16.5 point spread against Alabama. Bama has looked very inconsistent to me this season. And I feel like Tex AM was ready to lie down last week at the first sign of adversity. Bama has scored an average of 18 points in three non-home games so far this season. Yeah, they've played three good teams in those games, but only Ole Miss had a nasty defense (WVU and Ark have so-so defenses). Tenn has a good defense and Bama will get their best shot. Like you, I see Tenn hanging around in this game, but not having enough offense to close the deal. Something like Bama 24, Tenn 16.

I have less faith that LSU will cover against Ole Miss. To me, LSU still seems like a team that has basic fundamental flaws - blocking, tackling, general execution. 

Comment 24 Oct 2014

Sorry, I didn't know that M Man had been given a timeout. It's too bad. Poor guy does make some bad arguments sometimes, but then so do I - so do we all.

I agree, though, that he does need to get better acquainted with the First Law of Holes: 

 "If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging."

Hopefully, he will use this break wisely and come back stronger - and wiser - when his timeout is over.

Comment 24 Oct 2014

Atta boy, Coach Mason! 

Put-downs with a kernel of truth in 'em always hit closest to the bone. Mason is learning in his new profession just how lazy most of the hacks are these days. Many of these hacks once had to work hard as beat reporters but now they get paid a lot more money to give "hot takes" on twitter, t.v., radio. 

Even the beat reporters/editors now are oftentimes too lazy to write actual articles. Instead, they put up silly podcasts (videos of them talking to other lazy hacks).  As a result, the burden of sifting through all the "emms" and "awws" and weaker material is put back on the news consumer, who is forced to watch a hastily-produced five-minute video just to glean out a few nuggets of useful reporting/commentary. The lazy hacks, in essence, make us viewers/readers do their editing for them. 

So, yeah, give 'em hell, Coach Mason!

Comment 24 Oct 2014

This is the stupidest line from the above article:

Glicksman: It’s not a foregone conclusion by any stretch, but I think it’s extremely likely that two SEC teams get into the playoff.

If Glicksman had said that it was likely, I might disagree, but it would be a reasonable guess. To say that it's extremely likely suggests that he needs to take remedial classes in math, logic, and/or English. Given his statement, Glicksman should happily give me 10/1 odds on the proposition that only 1 or 0 teams from the SEC make the playoffs, but that would never happen.

Among the five teams from the SEC that are currently ranked in the top-10, five head-to-head match ups are yet to be played. that's five losses right off the top that must be "distributed" to these five teams. I'm estimating another 2-3 upset losses will be suffered by those five teams. That's roughly 7-8 losses total.

Given the upcoming schedules, there are plenty of scenarios we could construct by which two SEC teams would be likely to make the final four, but plenty others by which they would not. If I'm taking a wild guess, I might say that the odds of two+ SEC teams in the final four is about 50/50 right now.

That could be a bad guess, but it's grounded in common sense, unlike Glicksman's statement.

Comment 23 Oct 2014

I really appreciate the contributions that M Man makes to the 11W comment threads, but we need to see a Mea culpa from him on this one. M Man claimed that Lewan did nothing wrong and was getting railroaded by the prosecutor and therefore would be likely to fight these charges in court.

That Lewan is a professional football player with the best legal representation that money can buy and yet he still plead to a lesser charge seriously compromises M Man's arguments from last winter/spring (when news of this story broke). 

Man up - admit you were wrong - M Man. And, while you're at it, admit that Dontre Wilson got punked by Michigan's KO return defense last November, too. 

Comment 22 Oct 2014

These PSU fans - many of them from the "mean streets" of suburban Jersey/Philly - really, really hate us with a burning passion. In their minds, we might as well be ISIS. 

Meanwhile, when we think about them, we can barely muster a "yawn." 

Comment 22 Oct 2014

That's an excellent article - thanks for the link, KD_Bucks11. I'm very critical of the espn/SEC relationship, but I'll admit that I do read the Big Ten blog at About half the material there is pretty good and I can skip the rest of it. 

Comment 22 Oct 2014

That's the North Korean gangster-in-chief, right? And I assume that the guy getting this round of applause was fed to the dogs shortly thereafter?

Comment 22 Oct 2014

Actually, i wonder if Nairion is on to something. Opponants = a cross between opponents and ants. Ohio State's opponants are like so many little ants - industrious but easily crushed underfoot.

"It is not enough to be busy. So are the [oppon]ants. The question is: What are we busy about?"

--Henry David Thoreau

People Wolverines, chained by monotony, afraid to think, clinging to certainties... they live like ants.

Bela Lugosi

Comment 21 Oct 2014

Saying that espn has deals with many of the conferences, not just the SEC, is like saying that the Vegas hotels have relationships with all of their guests, not just the high rollers.

Comment 21 Oct 2014

I was listening to Tim Brando's show on satellite radio this morning. I wasn't really paying attention to what a caller was saying, but I suddenly took notice when I heard the the caller say "9Route." I didn't catch the context, though. Was it a "shout out" to 9Route or was the caller, himself, 9Route?

The caller asked Brando if he was related to Marlon Brando. Tim Brando said "no," and went on a spiel about how his dad was better looking than Marlon Brando, unaware that 9Route (or one of 9Route's minions) was probably f---ing with him.

Then, the caller asked Tim Brando what were his favorite uniforms in cfb. Brando answered that he couldn't disagree with Beano Cook that Michigan's winged helmets were the best, and that he liked the overall look of the old school powder blue UCLA uniforms (but Brando hates UCLA's new Nike-designed "combat" uniforms that use black and whatnot colors instead of the old powder blue).

9Route lives. 

Comment 21 Oct 2014

Meyer did add Ohio State still needs to add depth at the defensive line, citing Chris Carter, Tommy Schutt, Donovan Munger and Mike Hill as players who should be contributing to the rotation.

When I hear Urbz list four DLmen that need to step up, and all four are big 300+ lb dudes, I immediately think, "This is the week that they slide Washington back outside to DE." 

Of course, he said the same thing last week, and I thought the same thing last week, and I was wrong.