there would have to be some to wash away
For the record, I love the SEC. I go to UF. The fan bases are great. At UF at least, I can assure you that most of these fans are not dumb at all. Homers, yes - but they all have common sense and are pretty aware that decent football exists outside of their shell here in the south. I'm ignoring a lot of fine folks who are well above standard intelligence levels by linking to this ridiculous comments thread.
James Vaughters, apparently, is a really highly-touted linebacker recruit from Georgia who just picked Stanford over UGA, GATech, Alabama, and Ohio State. What soon follows in the thread proceeding this announcement? Good ol' fashioned southern jackassery. My personal fave, just based on the fact that this guy writes legibly, makes good use of bullet points and seems to be a functioning member of society:
Kid didn’t make a smart decision.
Let me get this straight:
1- He’s moving 3000 miles away from his family and friends
2- He’s going to a school that has only put 21 guys in the NFL, versus Richt, who has put 53
3- He chose academics over the chance to make $5 mill a year as an NFL LB?
Definately not a good fit for Georgia, we need kids who:
1) value family & friends–want to play close to home
2) want to be on a team that will win a lot of games
3) want to go to the NFL someday
4) Value their love for football on par with academics
Sheer brilliance. You would have never guessed that Stanford won as many games as Georgia last year - and that's with a bunch of kids who, you know, actually "value their love for football on par with academics" by committing to Stanford.
1000 cocktails to you, SEC, and thank you EDSBS for making me aware of the original article.
A fun piece on soccer and game theory, and how sometimes it makes sense to score on yourself (or at least it used to) - worth the read.
I've posted a diary as well as some comments about how I like the idea of the Big 10 splitting into an East/West division alignment as follows with 5 division games and 3 cross division games that can switch every year or every other year to maintain a home and home series;
East: Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan State
West: Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Illinois, Minnesota
I wrote about how this kept most rivalries in tact, with the major issue being the inequity in strength of the East and West Divisions. I took Jeff Sagarin's final rating of each team and averaged the rankings of each division over the last decade. What I found was, with the suggested division split, the East division strength over the last decade was 44 and the West was 48. A difference, yes, but it appeared to be a small one.
Since then, I decided that I would do what every media source seems to do, and compare this Big Ten and our rankings to our football brethren to the south, the SEC.
From the data, I found two things. One was that the average difference between the SEC East and West Divisions was suprisingly close, with an average difference in ranking of 2. I have no idea if this makes our rank difference of 4 look large, but was a bit suprised. The second thing that I found was a bit more disheartening. It appears that over the last decade, the SEC was the stronger conference with an average conference ranking of 40 to our 46. I am having a hard time accepting this truth*, but have full faith that this ship will be righted over the next decade as Michigan begins their run of dominance. I have no idea if this is usefull, or a totall waste of time. All I know for sure right now is that we are still over two months away from football season, and I am starting to succumb to the starved feelings of football hibernation.
*To point out the possible flaws in the overall data, which probably prove my whole point moot, in 2007-08 when Michigan ended the season with the same record as Florida, and gave them a proper whoopin' to send out Lloyd on their sholders, Jeff Sagarin rated Florida 10th and Michigan 21st.
This came out yesterday, but with all the expansion hoopla it seemed to get looked over. Jordan Campbell is the first player to leave USC for greener pastures. He didn't see the field a whole lot with USC and seemed to clash a bit with Kiffin. He has already stated that Boise State is the front runner for his services. Who's next? I doubt we will see a lot of these, but I do expect a couple more over the course of the next month or so.
Here's some links for info.
How about this for a rivaly trophy (well, two actually):
Michigan and Nebraska play for the other's '97 trophy each year. Who ever wins gets to hold on to both the AP and the Coaches' trophy for the year. I love the idea personally...
The White House released a set of behind-the-scenes photos on Monday from President Barack Obama's appearances over the past month.
One photo, by official WH photographer Pete Souza, shows Obama getting ready to take the field for U-M's commencement at the Big House on May 1st. The president is shown, by himself, touching the "Go Blue, Hold the Rope" sign above the entrance to the field.
Check out the photo below: