at least it's not just us?
Examine the Team Grid at your leisure. Click the check marks for vote distribution (interesting like Purdue's or dull like USC's). Hover over that nut who put the Boilers #6 and the dastardly fellow's name reveals itself. Click and see the offending ballot. Still working out some tangential features with it, but enjoy its 80% state right now.
Injury roundup is extensive:
- Ryan Mundy did not play against ND and Carr says "I just don't feel good about where Ryan is. He's not been able to practice like he needs to practice, so I am not optimistic there." Sounds like he is out a while.
- Tim Jamison did not play against ND and his shoulder may keep him out a while longer.
- Hart left the ND game with a hamstring issue and did not return. He won't play against EMU (unless Carr is insane) and is questionable past that.
- Lentz missed a quarter against ND before returning.
- Arrington is out for at least the next month, possibly two.
- No word on Kolodziej that I know of but I doubt that his injury is going to magically disappear. He is on the new depth chart, so it's possble he returns for Wisconsin.
- Massaquoi and Long, of course, are probably gone for the year.
Absolutely brutal. We're two games into the season.
Farooq? Georgia Sports, nee Paul Westerdawg, offers a report on Micah Johnson.
Michigan Monday is here. Orr touches on a number of things I'll discuss in Upon Further Review tomorrow and Thursday, so no comments for now. Russel at FO has his game recap up. Poor guy flew in to see that monstrosity.
I promise this isn't getting into that again,, but for your information Vijay at IBFC and MRG, a poster at mgoboard, have put in thoughtful critiques of this whole Gang of Six business. Vijay took a rhetorical approach, MRG a numerical one. I think they're both interesting, and that's all I think. Also, in somewhat related news, "Ultima Khan" sent me a collection of UM stats he put together. Enjoy.
No me gusta WOTS. PrepSpotlight says that basketball recruit Tom Herzog's final two are MSU and ND.
This one is really tenuous. If anyone has information to offer on *anything*, please do. I honestly didn't catch much except the Michigan and Ohio State games, so I am very flexible with this one.
A note: my general philosophy is to take into account how well a particular team played as a function of its ability and overall competence. The upshot is that when I think a team played terribly and was beat by a series of huge, momentum-swinging plays instead of being ground down I don't punish as heavily as I would otherwise. So: I think the Iowa game was a fluke (anyone who saw it, please feel free to correct that impression). I think the fact that Texas won despite a number of VY mistakes and despite losing the turnover battle is very impressive, and I think the fact that OSU could not capitalize on a lot of redzone opportunities, some of which were gift wrapped, means that they aren't really #5, so I dinged them. That's why Iowa State is not on the ballot but Iowa is. If you think this is stupid, I'm listening.
|2||Texas||They played poorly, lost the turnover battle, and still beat OSU. Vince Young killed people with his arm. Clear #2.|
|3||LSU||Given all the extracurriculars, a truly remarkable win, but that pass defense is concerning.|
|4||Virginia Tech||Duke, whatever.|
|6||Purdue||Still wonky in the secondary and Kirsch's debut was not statistically great or anything.|
|7||Florida||Moving up essentially by default.|
|8||Georgia||Shockley returns to earth.|
|9||Ohio State||Did anyone else notice that Smith ran like 90% QB draws?|
|10||Arizona State||They're going to light up the Pac 10 this year, I think.|
|11||Notre Dame||Pitt win lost it luster, and Quinn didn't look very good against UM, but they won.|
|12||Michigan||Well, that was unexpected.|
|15||Boston College||Support our troops.|
|16||Georgia Tech||Damarius Bilbo!|
|17||Florida State||13-10 at the half with the Citadel?|
|19||Minnesota||Handled CSU much more easily than Colorado did.|
|20||Iowa State||Input indicates that even with Tate Iowa wasn't doing particularly well.|
|21||Clemson||That was rather tight against a Maryland team that doesn't appear very good.|
|23||Texas Tech||FIU = DNP.|
|25||Cal||A much better performance this week, but how much does it mean?|
Dropped Out: TCU, Iowa
Games I Saw: Michigan-ND, Texas-OSU, Pitt-Ohio
Update: knocked Iowa out after much feedback re: their performance, and moved GT up after doing some more reading and finding out that they have a WR named Damarius Bilbo.
And now for something completely different.
This one is at Eagle In Atlanta and the question are like so:
1. What member of the mainstream sports media (preferably one who covers college sports) makes your skin crawl, blood boil, forces you to change the channel or hit mute? Why?
The only guy who has actually ever forced me to mute him during a game is Bill Walton, and SAS is an instant channel-change. Those guys do the NBA, though. I have a good local answer: Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp, who is one of those Finebaum guys. He spends 95% of his columns calling people losers and chokers and then puts on a sunny face when someone does something good. He's so malignant that his coverage of Michigan State pisses me off, which I think sums it up nicely. But no one knows who he is.
So the official BlogPoll answer is ABC studio "analyst" Aaron Taylor, who
- looks like a big, dumb version of Dr. Evil
- talks only out of one side of his mouth, the other portion of his face frozen in a rictus reminscent of a stroke victim's
- speaks only in idiotic platitudes about wanting it more and heart and blah blah blah.
No, ND flamers no doubt still lurking about, it has nothing to do with his alma mater.
The thing is, Craig James is almost bad and I loathed Terry Bowden when he was the ABC studio guy even though EDSBS thinks somewhat highly of him and his intelligence. ABC probably prefers the dumbest sentiments possible for its halftime show to drag in all the Rome mouthbreathers. The difference between Taylor and the rest is that it's possible to believe the others have a spark of intelligence lurking somewhere beneath the surface.
Also--and this is hard to articulate properly--his eyebrows drive me freakin' insane. I realize this makes no sense.
2. What writer, broadcaster, show, website etc. deserves more recognition? Who is someone we should all be reading, watching or listening to?
Football Outsiders. The closest thing to Bill James in the football world, their NFL stats are revolutionary, smart, and revealing. I eagerly await some sort of collegiate equivalent, and may attempt to create one in the offseason, but the stats will be theirs.
What about the penalty? Count the heads. Twelve; illegal participation; not a dead ball foul.
Dreamhost blew up so mgoboard.com is down and with it went the stylesheet. That's repaired, but BlogPoll stuff is also down now, both viewing and entering of data. If it doesn't get back up by tomorrow the voting deadline will be extended.