I exchanged a few text messages with 2014 DL Malik McDowell after he released his Top 7 that included Michigan. The conversation was less than intriguing but this was the first time McDowell has responded to me in quite a long time. I will post the text conversation exactly how it went down to depict the feel of our interaction. Just pretend you are looking at an iPhone screen.
Hey Malik is there any order to your top 7??
Are you planning on announcing at your All-American game?
Oh ok...when are you going to make your decision you think?
A lot of people think you are a Michigan lean what do you think about that?
That marked the end of our conversation. As I have mentioned before this is very different from how he used to respond to me and answer my inquiries. He's always been tough to get a bead on but now I really have no idea who he likes or where he might commit.
I will stand by my theory. If a recruit responds to me openly, often, and punctually it has almost always led to good things. (Drake Harris, Chase Winovich, Wilton Speight, Moe Ways, Jabrill Peppers, Tyree Kinnel, Lawrence Marshall, Mason Cole) On the flip side, when communication really slows or never really takes off in the first place, that has usually led to a different destination other than Michigan. (Da'Shawn Hand, Damon Webb, Sam Mustipher, Jimmie Swain, Jamarco Jones, etc.) Those are just a few examples.
Smart Football posted a bunch of links to Chip and Brian Baldinger break down plays for the Eagles replay show....absolutely brilliant! kinda refreshing to watch an offensive play caller breaking plays down!
It isn't Big Ten, and it isn't even an AQ football conference (EDIT: it is - thanks to MGoShoe for the correction, and apologies for my error), but there is some football on tonight for those who might be interested in some football. We have some AACtion on this chilly (well, here it is that) Thursday night - the Louisville Cardinals play the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium. Your matchup stats:
|Rush Play %||50.64%||50.97%|
|Pass Play %||49.36%||49.03%|
|3D Conv %||57.35%||49.33%|
|RZ Scoring %||86.36%||68.29%|
|Opp Completion %||50.17%||57.39%|
|Opp 3D Conv %||25.19%||33.57%|
|Opp RZ Scoring %||66.67%||70.37%|
Not all that surprising, but interesting that Meyer is now 24-0 at OSU but has not won Coach of the Year yet. Here are the rest of the results: http://btn.com/2013/12/03/see-tuesdays-big-ten-football-trophy-winners/
During the last few years, when talk amongst football fans/media turned to SEC conference superiority (often discussed as "vastly" superior vs. the other major conferences), you would often hear many fans complain about the media drum-beating for that POV, and some fans proclaiming that the SEC itself was over-rated and not superior, other than a team or two at the top.
I always felt that it was a simple fact that the conference was superior to any other, and that not only the national titles but head to head records and NFL talent sent proved that beyond a reaonable doubt. But with Texas A&M and Missouri, two teams that in no way were even top level Big 12 teams, coming into the conference and succeeding quite nicely, I'm starting to wonder myself (recall how dismissive most of us were about adding Missouri during B1G expansion talks). Both schools were mid-level teams in their old conferences, and now are in the top half of the SEC, with Missouri in the title game.
So what does this say to you? Has it changed your view of the SEC and it's "superiority?"