"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
First, I will apologize for the extreme tardiness of this little feature - my trip to the Game was about 20 hours removed from a trip to the ER for what turns out to be one of those upper respiratory infections that involve a lot of unpleasantness, not the least of which is a nasty cough and the need for something with guaifenesin in it so you can in fact breathe normally for extended periods. So, yeah, going to The Game might not have been the best thing to do - not just for psychological reasons, but Saturday night and Sunday were....not pretty. Sleeping in a recliner to ensure proper drainage and within feet of a humidifer AND next to half a pharmacy of crap is not a good look.
Anyway, we made it through - just barely, but we did. It's Monday and we're slowly getting back into work or school routines or whatever. We've had time to process The Game and plenty of time to discuss its implications. Of course, we're here to talk about the fucks we gave, so let's delve into that.
We gave only 393 fucks during the Ohio State game - before you ask for a recount though, consider that a lot of people gave their fucks in person for this one, either at The Game or at viewing parties. Interestingly, the Ohio State game tends to be one of the "lesser attended" games online. The thread itself was not that much larger that the board average of 2,542 posts either (2,821 for this game). That was fairly consistently across most words - lighter than normal usage.
We gave 110 shits, which for this board is a middling performance, but 23 instances of fire, which is close to average, and this time, nearly all of them directed at Durkin and Baxter.
The year-to-date summary is below:
So, like every year we've done this, "fuck" is the board standard. We've used it to express elation this season, and then we've used it - as a fair number of us did on Satudary - to express frustration. The same can be said for many of these, and there's a comprehensive review coming in a few weeks which will have some context analysis.
Here is efficiency vs. percent of yearly total:
It is interesting to note that for all the visceral reactions in the Ohio State threads, they do not account for even 10% of the total for the season. The game which made us blow our stacks the most per capita is still Indiana, which is pretty easy to understand, I think. Actually, the overall efficiency fell off from even Penn State to 2.33, and adjusted for the original six in the analysis, it goes down to 4.20. That number is actually consistent with losses that we have taken reasonably well overall. I think some folks that I ran into after the game weren't even as upset as they were disappointed with how it happened, but everyone is different.
Here's the bar chart for the Original Six:
The season analysis will bear this out when you see the normalized graphs, but "fire" was a steady hum that you could barely hear, and for a great portion of the season, it was us complaining about the Big Ten officials giving, say, the Hoosiers a free throw for a pass interference call against us, or their inability to distinguish targeting from canned artichoke hearts. "Fuck" was much more variable, and the difference between the first and second half of the seasons is almost literally night and day with that and a couple other words.
Here's the Mood Chart:
Frustrating game indeed. Actually, perhaps as frustrating in some ways as several others were joyous in some level. Incidentally, I know I keep saying this chart will change - it will, it has actually. I simply left the damn file on a USB drive which is currently sitting at my desk....at home. Never make a copy of a spreadsheet and then forget where the hell it is until you get to work.
Clay Helton named the permanent head coach at USC.
I wish I was making this up.
Motel 6 Cactus Bowl is new name of bowl game putting Big 12 vs. Pac-12. “We’ll leave the light on”— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 23, 2015
The players better have to stay at Motel 6.
Let's go ahead and try and get ahead of this before it gets out of hand with all of the hot takes.
For your reference...
"WAAAY Too Early" '16-'17 Depth Chart: http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/annual-waaay-too-early-depth-chart-16-17
The B1G-SEC contrast is overblown. The SEC is overhyped; we all know it. We're tired of it. I can't wait to hear about how Michigan's "brawn" will have trouble matching up to the "ESS EEE SEEE SPEEEED" in whatever bowl game we're in.
But there is one area in which the SEC clearly edges the B1G, and it's a huge, legit reason why the conference is consistently better than the B1G top-to-bottom: Mid-range SEC teams are willing to go to whatever lengths are necessary (perhaps, though a topic for another day, not entirely legal ones) to produce a winning football team. Mid-range B1G teams are not.
This has been exposed, again, by the poaching of Dino Babers by mid-major dumpster fire UCF.
You know, Dino Babers. Art Briles disciple, who has the potential to introduce to the B1G a style of football foreign enough that wins are a likelihood just because teams won't be able to adapt. Dino Babers, head coach of in-our-backyard Bowling Green. Dino Babers, who has more wins over B1G teams than... current, not-fired Purdue coach Darrell Hazell.
I mean, c'mon, Babers beat Hazell in his own barn this year. He has clearly assembled a better program in a small college in a small town most people don't believe really exists. Why is Hazell still at Purdue and Babers coaching in Florida for a non-power-5 school?
Because, aside from the big boys at the very top of our conference, Big Ten teams are little more than callow lawn ornaments on the national football landscape. They're gutless. A bit of a buyout (Hazell) and they won't pull the trigger. A suggestion of continuity (Tracey "wait let's fire all of our coordinators now that I'm in charge" Claeys and Bill "Mac retread who didn't totally embarrass himself" Cubit) and they can't help but stay the course. A guy with a nice personality or program familiarity (Mike Riley, Paul Chryst) and he's a sure hire.
The Big Ten isn't a disappointing conference because of talent drain or geography or NCAA bias or even cheating; it is a disappointing conference because half of the teams really don't care.
Dino Babers was in our backyard. He is 3-1 against B1G competition in the last two years. That he won't be on a B1G sideline next year is a travesty.