East Carolina vs. Ohio game on right now. Any football is better than no football. East Carolina is up early over Ohio.
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Beautiful turf at Tropicana field.
Go Pirates because Worst State Ever.
But Ohio has the Bobcat that tackled Brutus. That is worth some brownie points.
This ECU offense is pretty explosive. Fun to watch.
Fact: This game is on and currently being played.
I'm not sure there's anything else to add about this one.
(You're right, though, as the adage goes, any football is good).
I have 26 points on ECU in my bowl mania entry. I need them to come through since Washington State choked away my 18 point game.
It hasn't been confirmed, but I think this is the first bowl game played inside of a Sam's Club.
ECU scores to make it 14-0. Ohio has the ball to start the 2nd quarter.
I'd rather watch an actual bobcat vs. a real pirate.
Anyone else ever been to Beef 'O' Brady's?
We had one here in Metro Detroit, but they closed. I think it's a southern thing, since I saw quite a few driving down to Florida recently.
Nothing to write home about. Their fries were the only memorable thing.
Never been. I think subconsiously it's been intentional as I'm the type who would never go to an establishment called Beef O' Brady's!
I was thinking they were a Midwestern thing but you may be right and that they've trickled North from the South/Southeast (I'm in Iowa and have one in town).
I've always wondered what kind of restaurant it is. I've never seen any here in Indiana. Every time I watch this bowl though it makes me want beef and noodles.
The name is deceiving.
It's just a sports bar-type restaurant.
Very deceiving indeed then. Anyways, it look like it was started down in Florida.
call meat eater;however,my boys like their wings...that's about it,from their experince.
I think it's a Florida thang, as my parents frequent their local Beef O' Brady's in SW Florida. I concur about the fries. Why would I remember the fries? I don't know. Maybe I was in the mood for fries.
There is one in Centerville, Ohio
Well...that's not SW Florida! But I think it has Florida heritage. At least that's what I want to think.
Yup. Just verified on the Beef O' Brady's web site that its first location was Brandon, FL.
There was one right off 8 mile for a while. Think I went once, but nothing too memorable.
I thought Beef O'Brady sold cans of stew.
EDIT: That's Dinty Moore. Why the hell doesn't Dinty Moore have a bowl game?
According to Wikipedia (and there are sources), there are six proposed future bowl games and four more bowl games being added next year to bring the ridiculous total to 39.
New bowl games to start in 2014. I guarantee you that all of these games will have corporate sponsor names very soon-
Proposed Future Bowl Games-
but I think Beef's puts Buffalo Wild Wings to shame. I have been to BWW twice and will not go back. If you like petrified wings, that is the place to go.
ECU defense: "They'll never throw to the outside receiver, they just won't....hey, that's not nice!"
Actually, I didn't realize how long that reception before was until the Pirates got flagged for the late hit. If you're going to give Ohio excellent field position, you may as well just do it. Almost half of Ohio's offense to date in the game was on that drive.
Ohio with a huge deep pass to tie the score up 14-14 with ten minutes to go in the 2nd.
Checks bowl pool...
Can't find it...
They just said that ECU is the only team with a 4000 yard passer and a 1000 yard rusher this season. Impressive stat for the ECU players. The quarterback surpassed 4000 yards today in the bowl game.
I think OU's uniform numbers are worse than the maize numbers on the Outback Bowl jerseys last year.
I got $100 on them fools
I got a pic of them when they played EMU.
What in fuck's name is Joey Galloway wearing?
No. Nobody ever understands him.
East Carolina goes into halftime with the lead 17-14.
Well, between both teams, there were 588 yards of offense in that first half. The Pirates ran 57 plays in that first half compared to 29 for the Bobcats, but then big plays mean less plays overall generally. Actually, what struck me in looking at the halftime numbers - and it seems like more than this, but not much more - Ohio only had the ball for about nine minutes in the half.
I've always wondered why yards per play was held up as a great new age stat. Point per drive seems more useful as a measure of offensive effectiveness. That, or a measure for points above expected based on field position.
Four yards for 20 straight plays is basically the same as 80 yards in one play.
"Four yards for 20 straight plays is basically the same as 80 yards in one play."
Except it takes 19 more plays.
That only matters if you can't finish the drive due to time.
Someone actually did a paper on various football metrics and their correlation to overall team success, and the most useful of the more common measures actually is points per drive. Yards per play is a pretty good high-level stat, but points per drive is a great efficiency metic. Points per play isn't bad either. Actually, in the same study, I think average yards per pass attempt was onr of the more telling ones as well. If I can find it, I will post it sometime.
That would be interesting, thanks.
It's interesting how little efficiency is measured in football statistics. The goal of an offense is to score touchdowns, but we only measure against that goal indirectly through metrics like points per game and points per play.
I haven't ever really thought about points-per-drive as an in-game stat but I'm skeptical of its value for first-half analysis--especially when a good number of games are won or lost on the last posession. I personally like time of possession because I can generally look at a game midway through and get a good idea of which team is more likely to execute both on offense and defense going into the second half (the Oregons of the world, notwithstanding).
2nd half has been pretty boring so far
might be the most perfect onside kick I've ever seen. Kicked it on the fly to within a yard of the sideline and the Ohio guy was there all alone for the recovery.
As a current ECU student, Go Pirates!!!!
Refs are screwing Ohio pretty hard right now. Not calling blatant holding, offensive and defensive.
That was pretty cool!
I'm so sick of losing my bowl pool every year in the first week of bowls. I can pick the NCAA tournament no problem, I've won that three times. But bowl games? Nah. Dammit Ohio.