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Comment 19 Aug 2020

It depends.  If moving classes fully online means sending students home to stop all the partying and socializing, then this doesn’t help. The football team wouldn’t be exempt from that, unless universities are willing to admit that some students mean more than others. If they keep students on campus, but out of the classroom, then this might be feasible. But in that case, what’s the point of online classes? Kids haven’t been getting infected in the classroom.  Sadly, I think all these universities are just going to end up sending everyone home. We’ll see. At least we have a shred of hope.

Comment 19 Aug 2020

While I agree that playing seems very unlikely, I’ve been punched in the dick enough in the last week. Can you just let me have this for a while? 

Comment 19 Aug 2020

No, you’re right.  He was great during the Zach Smith thing and seemed to have more info than anyone else, but I seem to recall he came up short on a few things that mattered. Of course, that seems like a decade ago now and I’ve tried to block that whole saga out so I may have it wrong. Fingers crossed that he’s onto something. 

Comment 19 Aug 2020

I would love for this guy to be right, but didn’t he get more than a few things wrong with the Meyer/Zach Smith thing? This article sounds well sourced, but so did the other stuff. Can anyone comment on Snook’s reliability?

Comment 19 Aug 2020

Gene Smith, to his credit, created this grass-roots movement to get this done,” the source said. “He was heartbroken for Coach (Ryan) Day and those players and he has the new president’s full support.”

Wait, I thought Gene Smith was useless and a coward and powerless and needed to be fired. Pretty sure I read that here about 7000 times in the last week. 
 

Playing each team twice would not be ideal but this could force more schools to get on board. But it wouldn’t matter if not. Assuming Ohio State takes care of business against all five teams it plays, that would still be enough to get the into the playoff, assuming it happens like the committee says. The Buckeyes don’t need to prove themselves this season. They were always a lock for the playoff as long as there wasn’t another Purdue or Iowa debacle. Style points and ranked opponents are irrelevant under the circumstances I think. Just win. 

Comment 18 Aug 2020

As the parent of a high school football player in California, this is welcomed news. So was New York announcing approval for all K-5th grade students in classrooms full time. My kids are all remote learning right now. Sports have been postponed to December. The more school districts start to open and resume normal activities, the more we’ll learn best practices which will pave the way for other school districts across the country.  The virus isn’t going away, with out without a vaccine. We need to learn to live with it as safely as possible. This is a good first step. 

Comment 18 Aug 2020

But isn’t just the opposite? The SEC has so far done everything the B10 has done, just a few weeks behind. First it was moving just to a conference schedule, then it was pushing back the start time for a few weeks, then it was releasing the schedule. As mentioned in the article, we even had a plan in place for fans in the stands a few weeks ago. The SEC is on the same trajectory as we were and I still think it’s a matter of time before they cancel/postpone as well.  But the SEC gonna SEC so we’ll see. 

Comment 15 Aug 2020

No bubble without admitting that the athletes are more like employees than students. Ergo, no ball. 


This article explains the issue pretty well and attacks the NCAA for it’s lack of leadership on this matter:  

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/08/college-football-falling-apart/615277/
 

Edit: Here’s a paragraph that sort of sums up the problem with the NCAA and bubbles:

But the NCAA policies on amateurism that football programs have so often benefited from have now painted colleges into a legal corner. In football-roster outbreaks at schools such as Kansas State and LSU, infections have been mostly traced back to players’ lives as regular college students, socializing at bars and house parties. As more students return to campuses in the coming weeks, universities could, in theory, restrict players from taking part in those elements of campus life—not to mention attending classes, as is required for them to continue playing. But a barrage of lawsuits about pay and liability have put the NCAA on the defensive. Any special treatment players receive—removing them from conventional college housing, giving them special clearance to do classes online, restricting their access to bars and parties—is potential ammunition in court. It’s also potential ammunition for students, staff, and faculty: If their university admits it can’t keep football players safe in regular campus conditions, why is everyone else being forced into them?

Comment 15 Aug 2020

I don’t disagree 3M and I appreciate you linking an article. I live in California where just last week the governor had to admit that our recent downward trend may be due to an error in the test counts and not an actual flattening of the curve. I agree that we are making a lot of huge decisions based on incomplete and/or faulty information, the B10 included. The issue I have is with the more conspiratorial takes or constantly repeating  debunked or spurious claims as fact, like the two I mentioned above. 

Comment 15 Aug 2020

And what about in Florida where testing sites were reporting absurd and blatantly false Positive test rates of like 80-100% of people they tested were positive. I’m not going to dig up the links because I don’t have the time currently but I know a local Fox News in Florida looked into it and proved it was false

Thanks bringing this up. This is another misleading claim with some anecdotal tales, but no proof. I do plenty of research, oftentimes because I read something here which I hadn’t heard before and question how it can be true. And more times than not, I’ve found the claims to be false, like the two examples above. Are the sources I read biased? Maybe, but then you have to buy into the idea that all these separate news entities (the two sources I’ve cited are FactCheck and the Sun Sentinel which have no connection to one another), are conspiring together to mislead the public. There are clearly many here who believe that, but I don’t. If people want to use a football blog to provide information about Covid-19, I can’t stop them. But if someone is going to do it, then they should take the time to cite evidence because not doing so is exactly how misinformation is spread and then subsequently reported as fact. 

Comment 15 Aug 2020

It's not easy to figure out when so many people have an agenda.  Hospitals get money from the govt to take care of the covid patients because it's dangerous and expensive to set up isolation wings.  But now you have a conflict of interest on a sick patient that you know you weren't going to get paid for unless they have covid.

There is no proof that COVID numbers are being inflated for the sake of getting more money. People have to stop coming to this site and posting their Facebook facts. If you have reputable sources to support this, then please include. Unfortunately, we have way too many people posting misinformation which is easily debunked with a little research. 

Comment 15 Aug 2020

Jim Delany is beloved now? The guy who almost single-handedly forced all of college football to hang onto the BCS system for about ten years too long instead of having a college football playoff because he wanted to be sure the B10 and Pac10 still played each other in the Rose Bowl every year?  The same BCS system which grew to favor SEC teams and repeatedly left the Buckeyes just outside the top two?  Suddenly he's beloved?  I have no quarrel with Delany, but outside his own family, I'm not sure he's beloved by many. He deserves all the credit in the world for the B10 Network and the billions it has brought to the B10. But he was a traditionalist that held back both the Buckeyes and all of college football. 

Comment 14 Aug 2020

It was a huge win and a bold move. My point is that it’s folly to think that Delaney was just going to sit around and wait for everyone else to make decision. He could very well have been the first to declare that the season was moving forward. Or he would have been the first to postpone. But either way, I don’t think he was waiting on someone to make a decision for him. 

Comment 14 Aug 2020

The same Jim Delaney that told ESPN to go f-itself, we’ll just create our own network? The same guy that everyone in equal parts claimed was a genius for such a bold move but also an idiot because now ESPN hates us which is why they don’t say nice things about us and this is why we don’t get into the playoff every year? This is the guy you think would have handled everything so much better without everyone finding some reason to bitch and moan about whatever he ultimately decided to do?

Look, maybe you’re right. Maybe he would have had this all figured out better than anyone. Or maybe not. I don’t know Warren from Adam and I really don’t have an opinion on whether he screwed us and the B10. But I don’t think Warren was the problem here. It was the NCAA and its lack of leadership and vision.  Here’s an excellent article which explains why the NCAA is most at fault for the college football mess. The conference commissioners and university presidents are just convenient scapegoats. 
 

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/08/college-football-falling-apart/615277/

Comment 12 Aug 2020

There will be no football this fall. The other conferences will cancel eventually. So with that, I think all the conferences may take a harder look at whether a spring season (hopefully one that starts in January like Day suggests) is feasible for all the conferences. I’m not even going to speculate as to whether a spring season will actually happen, but if it does, then I think we’ll see some sort of resumption of polls and possibly a playoff. 

Just my meaningless opinion. 

Comment 12 Aug 2020

I have no idea which doctors are right or wrong, but I found this interesting. Of the 14 doctors which make up the SEC’s health review board, only one works in infectious diseases. All the rest are either team doctors or orthopedists. Not exactly the type I would go to for second opinions on how to treat an infectious disease. In the ACC, the guy who spoke yesterday and said that he thought the game could be played safely was an infectious disease doctor from Duke.  So there’s that at least.