Brian, because I know you need 1 more thing to think about, when does the new site banner go up?
Unverified Voracity Catches Up, But Not To Denard
Note: some of this is pretty elderly due to the season preview extravaganza last week.
Hey… like… does anyone have ND tickets they want to sell to their favorite blogger? Email me if so.
ND Week. Here we go.
Funny. The Funny or Die guys are Michigan alums, you know. They've got a movie premiering at the Michigan Theater October 8th. They also have a Ralph Williams shirt:
Zero. The Fulmer Cup has closed, and Michigan's score checks in at zero. Woo! This follows their one point from last year (Boubacar Cissoko's disorderly conduct charge) and their two from '08 (Darryl Stonum's DUI), and just goes to show what a program of renegades Rodriguez is building around these parts.
The Cup only runs in the offseason and therefore missed Justin Feagin's Bogus Journey, but since Michigan State would have put up 40 points from the Posse Roundup & Engineer/Woman Beatdown, a Fulmer Cup that ran year-round would have been awesome.
Georgia is your champion, by the way, finally breaking through with their innovative system of suspended licenses.
That ain't right. Barking Carnival points out this breakdown of the ESPNU 150:
That can't be right. BC points out USA Today's helpful database on NFL draft picks and says California—home of the most NFL draft picks since '88—gets disrespected, but doesn't go into the numbers. I added and divided and came up with this:
|Region||NFL Picks||NFL %||ex(150)||Actual 150|
Everywhere except Texas gets dissed by a wildly unbalanced ESPN ranking system. Maybe not by as much as that suggests since population's been slowly moving out of the Midwest, but that only explains one small slice of the lack of balance. The South does have the most talent, but not to the extent suggested by ESPN.
Raise them well.
In which insulting letters are sent to Jon Voigt. The final edition of Six Zero's series of profiles on mgo-denizens covers yrs truly. Marvel at the pratfall in which the blog's genesis can be found! Relive the acquisition of the press pass! Discover my favorite food! Explore the ways in which my life is like Kathy Griffins! No, not plastic surgery! Find out in what fashion Jon Voigt is insulted! Be relieved at this bit if you're one of those people who frets I might go work for ESPN!
I really hope MGoBlog is my job for life as long as we start going to bowls on the regular in the near future. Insufficient emphasis. I desperately want MGoBlog to be my job until I retire. I've rarely been so attuned with a fictional character as when Sterling Cooper was trying to get Don Draper to sign a contract, and when he actually signed it and was immediately slapped in the face with it I felt it was cosmically justified. So... yeah. It will take a lot to do something else.
Etc.: This is probably the oldest thing but it was awesome if you haven't seen it: Bobmurph deploys xtranormal in the service of truth re: Big Ten Divisions. Nick Saban on talent: "I don't know where we're stockpiling all this stuff at, but we've got room for lots more." Jesus.
is going to drive the ND faithful batshit crazy.
Damn David Brandon!! He knows he shouldn't be giving that away to the general rabble...
one horrendous ND tailgate.
Touchdown Denard statue should be in the works after he runs over, around, and through the Notre Dame defense all day. Incredible work Brian.
I'm amazed Duke had something like 4 points this year. Clearly, Coach K's vision and all-ecompassing powers have not extended to the football team.
That ESPNU 150 chart struck me as wildly off myself, and probably reinforces the meme that recruiting services focus more on perception of power players than the reality. I also think there is a bit of correlation being mistook as causation - the SEC has won the last 4 NCs, and since those teams have quite a few southeast kids, the perception is that those kids are the most talented. But if this year plays out like many expect and the SEC struggles, will that affect how the region is graded as a recruiting hotbed?
Thank you FreekBass, for reminding us that even the great Brian Kelly can make serious mistakes.
Wattching other games was fun for the 1st time in a couple of years. When the announcers would scream: "TOUCHDOWN" when someone scored, I would think - "Denard would have already been in the end zone when that guy was still at the 5."
If the Cup is yearly and starts in September, how did Sparty not get at least 14 points for the Great Frathouse Breakdown? That would have gotten them on the scoreboard.