Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
Hurray, that's the poll hurray. If you're interested, you can see all the individual ballots here.
Wow. Absolutely no mercy for Georgia dropping the Cocktail Party with a guy sporting a number after his name--never a good thing unless you're a Minnesota running back--as the Dawgs plummet to 11th. I'm actually the "woo hoo" outlier on UGA, dropping them only to fifth under the assumption that Shockley == a Georgia victory. Meanwhile, BruinsNation dropped them all the way to 17th(!), behind schools like Texas Tech and West Virginia. What's up with that, guys?
Down at the bottom of the poll Michigan returns (slightly enthusiastic yay), as do Colorado and Louisville. I still have major issues with Texas Tech's house of cards being that high. actionBERG ranking the Red Raiders 8th is ridiculous. And, okay: who is still voting for Tennessee? Dave Sez? I know the pickings are getting thin down at the bottom but... 3-4! Total disarray! Dangerously low supplies of chicken wings! In other wack voting news, Mark Hasty's voting USC #5. Er.
(FYI: 'Bama's #1 comes from 'Bama blogger Journalism is for Rockstars.)
Now on to the extracurriculars. First up are the teams which spur the most and least disagreement between voters as measured by standard deviation. Note that the standard deviation charts halt at #25 when looking for the lowest, otherwise teams that everyone agreed were terrible (say, Eastern Michigan) would all be at the top.
We have a new variance king in OSU, for some reason. There seems to be no real consensus for where they go, and a triplet of voters shoving them down at #17 probably put them over the top of Texas Tech.
Ballot math: First up are "Mr. Bold" and "Mr. Numb Existence." The former goes to the voter with the ballot most divergent from the poll at large. The number you see is the average difference between a person's opinion of a team and the poll's opinion.
Yeah, when you put USC #5, you get Mr. Bold. I'm really at a loss here. Mark's ballot is really strange. TCU is #12. WVU is #13. Notre Dame plummets from #7 to #18 for not playing. UTEP shows up totally new at #20, right in front of Rutgers at #21. And then you've got the whole USC #5 thing... I call shenanigans. The ballot seems calculated to draw attention for wackiness. This is no good.
Mr. Numb Existence is BG blogger The DJL Zone. Congratulations for your prescience!
Next we have the Coulter/Krugman Award and the Straight Bangin' Award, which are again different sides of the same coin. The CKA and SBA go to the blogs with the highest and lowest bias rating, respectively. Bias rating is calculated by subtracting the blogger's vote for his own team from the poll-wide average. A high number indicates you are shameless homer. A low number indicates that you suffer from an abusive relationship with your football team.
The CK Award is now the property of 50-Yard Lion, a Penn State guy with the Nits at #4, in front of undefeated UCLA and Alabama, but then again, UCLA and Alabama don't have to play against the Big Ten refs, too. Also of note are the two UGA bloggers who tie for second. I'm with them: UGA is a very good team that was temporarily struck down by Angry UGA Hating God.
The Straight Bangin' Award remains over at Cheap Seats for continuing to omit Texas Tech from his ballot entirely. His margin is getting SB-esque. Bruce is going to have to up his Wisconsin dread to wrest it away.
Swing is essentially the total change in each ballot from last week to this week (obviously voters who didn't submit a ballot last week are not included). A high number means you are easily distracted by shiny things. A low number means that you're damn sure you're right no matter what reality says.
Swing doesn't work. Apologies; I find myself fairly busy during the season. When I can find time to fix it I will.
No comments on this one, unfortunately, as I'm way late. But I'm still shooting for that perfect attendance record, so here goes...
|1||Texas||If I could rank the top three equal, I would.|
|2||Southern Cal||Once I get some time I'll figure out what I think...|
|3||Virginia Tech||...about these guys.|
|4||Alabama||Massive dropoff to here.|
|5||Georgia||Since Shock appears to be returning, the game against Florida seems like as good of a loss as possible. Certainly better than...|
|6||UCLA||...trailing the Trees 24-3 with six minutes left.|
|7||Penn State||Why do certain ballots have OSU over this team?|
|8||Florida State||Functional DNP vs. Duke.|
|9||Ohio State||Um... bizarro world.|
|11||Miami||An unimpressive first half paired with a grinding ground game in the second that will simply not happen against Va Tech. Serious fraud potential.|
|12||Wisconsin||Come on, Bruce, tell me they're overrated.|
|13||Boston College||VT is a buzzsaw.|
|14||LSU||Running out of snark!|
|15||Florida||Not as much credit given for beating a guy from Bel Air.|
|17||Georgia Tech||Sliding by on mgogoodwill at this point.|
|18||Fresno State||Mustache gives Hill Samson-like power.|
|19||West Virginia||Yay automatic BCS bid.|
|20||Michigan||Breather, thank god.|
|21||Auburn||Still haven't played anyone.|
|22||Texas Tech||Not impressed by Baylor win.|
|24||TCU||OK win looking better as the Sooners pick themselves up off the mat.|
|25||South Carolina||Ev-il gen-ius clapclapclap. Shameful bias!|
Dropped Out: Northwestern(#21)
Games I Saw: VT-BC, NW-Michigan, UGA-Florida, Miami-UNC, 4th Q of Baylor-TT.
Don't worry about it, BGS. You can skip this one.
And God damn him even further for making me write this missive about effing Notre Dame, but I have to. Jason Whitlock wrote this garbage...
Weis' new 10-year contract, reportedly worth between $30 million and $40 million ... that strikes me as racist.
... so I am compelled to respond. Because Jason Whitlock's an asshole. Because there is a certain subset of black journalists that have carved out careers exclusively by calling people racist. Because there's absolutely nothing wrong with anything Notre Dame has done in the way it's handled Tyrone Willingham.
Why was Willingham fired when Bob Davie was given five years to fail in? Because of Bob Davie. If you reversed the two Notre Dame careers of the bumbling head coaches, Willingham would have gotten five and Davie three. By the time the Willingham era was spiralling into year three of total ineptitude, Notre Dame was over a decade removed from prominence. They had a short fuse, and--this is key--it had everything to do with what happened on the field and in recruiting and nothing to do with Willingham's race, unless you think that Ron Zook is passing.
Tyrone Willingham was Zooking Notre Dame. Anyone who saw his teams play could see that his 8-0 starting record was built on the shifting sand of fluke turnovers and fortuitous bounces. When the bounces stopped coming, so did the wins, and so did the recruits. The real reason Willingham went down in flames will hopefully be apparent in exactly two years, when the fruits of Davie's labors and Willingham's one good class evaporate and the Irish are left with a motely crew of handicapped midgets and Norwegian whalers on the offensive and defensive lines. The writing was on the wall; each year of Willingham's continued employment would be paid back with two additional years of onfield ineptitude. Believe me, I pay more attention to this than you do to your feed trough, Whitlock. As an opposing fan I gloried in the idea of Years 4 and 5 of Willingham. I am the canary in the coalmine.
Then Weis comes in, immediately starts racking up a metric ton of recruits that will have to play very early, demonstrates that Brady Quinn is not in fact functionally retarded, and nearly beats OMG USC to send the nation into a tizzy. So when NFL.com publishes a very public, very plausible story that a former NFL coordinator who had been angling for an NFL job previous to taking a collegiate one and is apparently experiencing great success at his new home could bolt to the NFL, it is a wise and PR-savvy thing to make a sweeping, meaningless gesture, which there's a 99% chance this is.
Whitlock, you sanctimonious idiot, have you ever considered the fact that "buyouts" exist? I guarantee you that Notre Dame has an option to buy Weis out of his ten billion year contract that is almost identical to the one they had before they redid it. Even if they've unwisely tied themselves to Weis for ten years basd on seven games it's besides the point. Weis' fat new contract is unprecedented in the history of college football. No coach has ever gotten a ten year, 40 million dollar contract after seven games before.
So riddle me this: how was Notre Dame's decision to treat Willingham exactly like any other coach in history racist?
Whitlock's constant cries of racism obscure the fact that the person doing the most damage to black coaches here is Whitlock himself. What does he think he's doing for black coaches around the country? Don't think for a second that any other football power is going to hire a black coach without thinking long and hard about the repercussions if things go awry. No one wants to get pilloried unfairly as racists by Whitlock and his ilk (Scoop Jackson on line 2) when the coach gets fired or doesn't get an extension or just has a bad day. As long as "black coach" is synonymous for "giant target for media assholes," teams with success will reasonably avoid them like the plague, leaving the publicity-seeking Mississippi States and New Mexico States of the world to hire them into death jobs and then fire them from their death jobs.
But I guess Whitlock has made a career out of this crap. He's a "controversial" idiot for money. This is what you're doing, Jason: you're selling out black coaches across the country at the behest of The Man so you can get your sweaty paws on some loot. You're the Uncle Tom of college football.
Dagnabit. I forgot a sampling of posts I meant to link to, so here goes.
Return of the man. IBFC has your highlights fix for the week. I hope this is easier to do on a Mac than a PC, otherwise Vijay is slaving over a hot monitor for, like, ever.
Appealing to the ego is always an excellent way to get a link, so All Things Longhorn's interview of me(!) is a deadset lock to get one. Visit and partake of the same stuff you see here but with a lot more orange. I predict a USC loss to Fresno! Yow!
Resistance to the Collective is futile. Pete Holiday has a great post up at Fanblogs about statistics and their correlation with winning. In it, he finds that great defense is a stronger indicator of overall success than great offense... but Michigan State could have told you that.
Wonk: Back. I mean it sincerely when I say that if you are interested in college basketball (at all) and you do not read Big Ten Wonk, you are doing yourself a terrible disservice. Rejoice, for he has emerged from this thing called "the offseason" with a veritable torrent of must read material. Vaya con dios, readers!
I guess Ian won't be watching. This is your FCC-mandated 10-day Pam Ward Alert: Indiana-Michigan is a nooner on the Deuce. I don't think the mad genius behind Sexy Results was lathered in anticipation of this one anyway, but now he won't even flip by it.
No fun. Well, someone at ESPN is reading bits of the blogosphere. Mere hours after the most glorious headline ever was posted, it was neutered. Quite literally. Good on The House That Rock Built for pulling a screenshot.
Nike must be stopped. Page 2's Uni Watch is all over this Florida/VT sleeve abomination thing. Lukas talks to the poor Nike PR flack who's been tasked with defending the indefensible. She says "the fan response seems to be very positive"; Lukas annihilates that fanciful notion:
Knox might want to take a peek at Uni Watch's in-box, which overflowed with nearly 200 e-mails about the Virginia Tech game alone, virtually all of them negative. A quick statistical breakdown reveals that seven different respondents made reference to vomiting, six made reference to eyestrain (two of whom included the phrase "My eyes, my eyes!"), five said the VT players looked as though they had their left arms in casts and/or slings, four said VT should be barred from the BCS, four more said they kept thinking the Hokies were going to tilt and fall over, three said the orange shoulder reminded them of "Star Wars" stormtroopers, and three more said Halloween must have arrived a few days early.
Money graf that pisses me off something fierce about Michigan's stupid accession to a piping-included redesign:
The problem with all this -- aside from, y'know, its looking really, really stupid -- is that it creates an aesthetic connection between the mismatched-sleeve schools, so they all look as though they're playing for Team Nike instead of for themselves (just like all the teams that wear the wraparound rear bib, another Nike "innovation"). This not only waters down and cheapens the individual schools' visual identities but also perpetuates Nike's patently bogus notion that its own brand is more important than the teams' brands. Memo to Phil Knight: The swoosh draws its legitimacy from the teams that wear it, not the other way around.
Emphasis mine. Lukas is somewhere beyond right on this; Michigan has deigned to consort with fashion victims like Miami and Arizona, even if it is a more reserved version of the piping abomination. My suggestion is to boycott bib-sporting jerseys until they go away. Why is there a website up complaining about something as tangetially relevant as luxury boxes when the athletic department is dipping its toes in the water of Uniform Abomination? Priorities, people!
Penn State Paranoia Pool Day 1: Strong start. Today's check shows "Amazing U of M story on a ref" and starts in with your bias accusation re: alum Dick Honig, who has never refereed a Michigan game.
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Virginia Tech... Texas... USC... who's number one? Discuss. Why not VT?