Mike Lantry, 1972
Braylon on the Dolphins and their duplicitious ways:
"They kind of flat out lied to me."
Sweet. mgoblog hopes to incorporate that into its grab-bag of somewhat ridiculous adjectival phrases, because it's kind of flat out awesome.
Also, EJ Underwood has transferred away from Ohio State after kind of flat out failing. Underwood was a spot starter as a freshman in 2002 but hadn't progressed much since, coming off the bench as the nickel back last year. OSU is now about as thin at corner as Michigan.
Obviously that's somewhat confusing. I'm putting together a BlogPoll Central and was going to shove it a month back so people wouldn't be like "I am just a humble reader with responsibility thrust upon me" and freak out, but I thought that any suggestions people had would be useful... so comment away on anything you think would be interesting to see in a poll of bloggers.
No nudie pics.
Hi. I assume that if you've reached this page you'd like to join.
Here are the steps:
- Have a blog. Write about football on it for at least six months. This is a minimum and does not guarantee admission.
- Email me here before proceeding. I'll look at your blog and evaluate it for suitability. As a general rule I'm looking for a certain level of original content. There isn't a hard and fast rule here, but just linking to other's articles isn't enough. Your own opinion and/or analysis must be featured. I should get the idea that you try to post something interesting on college football a couple times a week... ish. I will look at traffic numbers, too. As a general rule if you're getting over 100 visitors a day I'll look at that as a positive. I want the poll to grow but it can't get out of balance, so each progressive blog for a particular team is going to have to be more impressive. Make it so the idea of not including you is dumb.
- After talking to me, read the rest of this post.
The BlogPoll has a mailing list you should join. You can subscribe here. Freaking out about 100 emails a day? No need: the list is moderated and the volume on it is on the order of two a week. It's used to inform you of various events that are going on in the BlogPoll world: roundtable discussions, the weekly ballot box being posted, and the results each week. That's it.
You are politely asked to follow the guidelines laid out below.
Teams should be ranked without regard to future schedules. Please don't rank Purdue high because they miss Michigan and Ohio State this year. Teams should also not be ranked on their performance in previous years. At all times it should be an approximate ranking who would beat who on a neutral field this year.
Winning counts... but style counts, too. There just aren't enough games to make a true determination of who's number one without taking a vague impressiveness factor into account. That's life in college football.
The difference between this poll and the other polls--and the reason people might care about it--will be the communication between poll voters. Since bloggers have exactly zero credibility compared to AP members and coaches, we have to build our poll in a different mode. It's really important that you as a voter listen to the other voters in the roundtable discussions and the like. If someone provides a convincing argument about a team, please be open minded enough to admit wrongness and change your ballot. What's convincing? Well, that's up to you. Feedback and the give-and-take of blogging is critical to the poll. Be a part of the discussion, and change your mind.
Votes are due by Monday at midnight, giving you two full days to pull your life back together after that devastating loss... and, hopefully, to give you some time to think. The poll is a full top 25 in the mold of the AP and coaches' polls.
Vote submission is covered here.
...is more important than voting. We have periodic roundtables (bimonthly from June to August and then weekly during the season) wherein two or three interesting questions are asked and all voters (and non-voters, for that matter) are encouraged to participate in. When ballots are submitted, some commentary on the unusual aspects of yours is desired. No one is going to be a hardass about it, but effort makes you look 31337.
In addition to a straight-no-chaser poll, each week will feature an ever-expanding set of cool ancillary things. What these ancillary stats cover will be a function of the ideas I get and my proficiency at turning said ideas into cold hard numbers in Excel. As of right now, these things will show up every week:
The Top Five "Wrongest" and "Rightest" Ballots: Based on the total error in each ballot. Each week the top blog on each list will be given a fancy title--"Mr. Bold" and "Mr. Numb Existence," respectively--and politely requested to comment on their ballot. Mr. Bold is asked to convince poll voters that he is right on a team or two he has ranked strangely. Mr. Numb Existence is asked to evaluate Mr. Bold's argument, decide whether he buys it, and declare if he will adjust his rankings accordingly next week (pending the games, of course). Should either Mr. Bold or Mr. Numb Existence be unable to participate in this exercise, the next blog on the list shall step forth into the void.
The Top Five Most Contentious and Most Harmonious Teams: This is based strictly on the standard deviation of teams in the top 25. Each week, the coach of the Most Contentious team will either lose or win spectacularly, thus proving somebody correct--ah, excuse me. I'm being informed that we don't have that power. Damn. Anyway. There will be less fanfare about these categories, but they should provide an interesting look at the teams that spawn the most disagreement.
The following ideas haven't been implemented yet but are being considered:
The Bias Meter: Each pollster will be rated based on the relative ranking teams in his conference get compared to the blogpoll at large. The top rated blog will be shamed into not being such a homer.
Delta Tracking: A note of the teams moving up and down from week to week and the different-est ballots week-to-week, etc.
Weighted Polling: Poll voters will be rated on Internet Authorita(!) and a second poll will be released that weights all ballots by IA. IA is a fuzzy notion to me at the moment, but I think that it would be distributed by other voters to people who make convincing arguments during roundtables or just in general, sort of like message board rep. IA would be logarithmic to prevent one totally awesome blogger from overwhelming the poll.
Good God. Let's get in the wayback machine and go to a place I like to call "about a month ago." In a post detailing mgoblog's Internet pet peeves we find this sentence as example of excessive use of the word "stud":
"I hope that stud Dan Connor rams into him again and again, that stud. What a stud."
That was a joke. This is an actual college coach quoted on Pitt commit Dorin Dickerson in Bruce Feldman's blog($) today:
"Dickerson could be special," says one rival college coach. "We thought he's such a stud athlete that he could make it as a tailback, a wide out, as a safety and outside backer. He might even be able to play some corner. He's a stud."
Years of obsessive Internet information extraction has given me a largely useless skill: I can generally discern what's crap and what isn't when it comes to message board rumors, so, hell, I'll report some interesting stuff about recruits I've run across that passes my BS meters.
First, at yappi.com (<-- site dedicated to Ohio high school sports) there's a some comparison between the very-probably-soon-to-commit Cobrani Mixon and Buckeye commit Ross Homan, both Ohio linebackers. Honor & Glory, who I've mentioned before, is both a Colerain and Buckeye partisan, so bias is pulling him both ways:
In all objectivity, Mixon would be a much higher prospect if he had not hurt his knee last year. That injury, alone, is what delayed several schools (OSU and Michigan) from offering him in Feb. Mixon ran a 4.6 at Michigan camp last week and he still says his knee is only about 80% of where he was before he was hurt and running 4.5...
Mixon's frame is unbelievable. He is going to wind up in the 6-3 245 lbs range...every 'measurable' that you want to compare Mixon to Homan...Mixon wins. Also, keep in mind that the numbers Mixon put up last year were done so with one leg and he missed like six games.
Honestly, I can't put my finger on it...the Buckeye boards love Homan...I am a buckeye fan to the death....but Mixon is better and I'd rather have him.
I really don't want to sound disparaging towards Homan, because that is not what this forum is about...But I just don't see the comparrison between the two. Mixon is just that much better with better size potential for his frame.
Don Flamenco is a guy with connections who is just the Buckeye half of Honor & Glory's partisan sandwich, and he says:
[Homan] ran a 4.91 40 when I saw him at the MLS combine and athletically he just isnt even close to being on the same level as Mixon and Gibson. I was just not overly impressed with him. I'd say he's a D-1 prospect but definitely not on the AJ Hawk level like some seem to think. ... Mixon is Quicker, Faster, Bigger, and played against much much better competition.
Other Buckeye guys in the thread are pumping Homan up (and I'm sure that a 4.91 is not a realistic 40 for him) but Don and H&G bring more Internet Authorita(!) to the table. Mixon's knee injury may keep him out of top 100 lists not littered with excessive Ohioans but the buzz here is very good. mgoblog is pretty happy with the linebacker class as it stands.
Meanwhile, this lupp2 fellow--a track coach at Myron Rolle's prep school--who I mentioned before popped up again and started talking. In a nutshell, he thinks that it's PSU, Michigan, and Miami for Rolle and that Oklahoma is too far away for him to end up here. That's extremely encouraging... I fully expect to read some bad news about him tomorrow. I have more information on Rolle than any recruit in memory and I have no idea where he wants to go to school.
On the Darrin Walls front, Pitt commitment Jason Pinkston told ESPN radio and the Pitt Scout guru that Walls is down to Michigan and... Pitt? No offense to Pitt fans and their monumental Western PA commitment streak, but that sounds like very good news to me if true, since just recently Walls said that Pitt would be fifth on his list. It would take a lot of overtaking to get a commitment from Walls.
Update 6/27: Added CA S Jonas Mouton based on this article. Linked to another Myron Rolle article and added VA RB Brandon Minor and FL WR Greg Mathews. Removed several commitments to other schools: PA DT Jason Pinkston, MN CB Kim Royston, PA QB Kevan Smith. Linked to Byron Isom profile indicating that UF and SCar lead for him. Changed Dedrick Epps' status--mgoblog called him a possible camp commit, which obviously didn't happen. Added Scout 100 members and adjusted some partial star ratings thusly. Moved Quintin Patilla and David Cone to committed.
Editorial Opinion: A fuller review of the Scout 100 confirms earlier suspicious: the Ohio rankings are out of control. There are 13(!) Ohio players on the list. Knowledgable Ohioans find that questionable. I would regard the Scout rankings with some suspicion at the moment. It will be interesting to see ESPN's rankings, which will be compiled by Scouts, Inc., the same company who does their NFL draft coverage. I don't think those will come out until the end of the summer at the earliest. Personally doubt any of the added players actually end up at Michigan but whatever. Completeness is desired.