EDIT: By popular demand, "SIAP" removed from subject
By combining two things I geek out about -- politics and sports statistics -- Nate Silver has become something of a legend in my own mind. Plus he's from Michigan. Briefly, he's a baseball statistician who rose to prominance by predicting the 2008 election better than any polls and has since become a sort of pop-statistician for the New York Times doing both election and sports predictions. He has come out with a bracket largely based on KenPom and similar computer rankings adjusted for injuries, locations and the like (as far as I can tell it hasn't been adjusted for current form, which is why Villanova isn't given a 0% chance of winning their first game). It picks Tennessee to win, so I'm angry at it right now, but it's worth a look and at least as legit as Joe Lunardi.
A few weeks ago this post was put up wondering who might be the school that sinned.
We all speculated that it was Oregon, Alabama, LSU, or Ohio State among others. I guess the only thing missing would have be the option for "all of the above". The follow up to that subject might be, who's next?
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ESPN under their sidebar of "Heisman Watch" has a little blurb about Denard (surprise!) whic is followed by this line: "Welcome to Mr. Robinson's neighborhood." For those of you who didn't watch SNL from Eddie Murphy's tenure, this isn't as funny. I'm not saying they meant for the reference, but it is humorous:
Please kill. ComCast is Evil. That is all.
So the Kool-Aid has officially been put out for the mainstream media, and they are officially guzzling it down, as per this Dienhart story on Rivals.
What does this mean? It means two things: We'll get voter attention, we'll get media love, and we'll get front pages, all because of Denard. There is no other player out there with more hype attached, and yes, it is warranted. He is the de facto breakout star of the country two weeks in.
It also means that the media is already setting us up for the fall, sensationalizing things so that they can pull us down into the mud if and when we fail. Denard is putting up herculean numbers, and if we lose, or if he even has an average day, they're already planning to shred him for it. We all know his numbers will come back to earth in the next two weeks, and it's likely his lack of OMG SHOELACE will become some sort of story.
In truth, to keep his title as Mr. Excitement, he doesn't have to put up 500 again and again; he just has to do something magical every week. Ask Charles Woodson how that works...