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1  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: Today at 10:41:15 AM
Well, yes, Georgia got not Alabama in the God's Conference Championship game, and made it work. The one year Wisky got not OSU they lost to a team that couldn't beat Pitt.


Well, there you go.  Cheesy
2  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: Today at 10:14:23 AM
I know they are counting on the Old Mississippi transfer, but.... why is he not starting there?



Sophomore.



Wisconsin has been in roughly the same position for three of the last four years and have never made the playoffs


Most likely not winning the Big 10 CG in any of those years has a lot to do with it. I don't think there is much doubt that if Wisconsin could have taken care of business against OSU that they would have been in the Football Four.


Sidenote: Bama would have beaten them 42-10(MAYBE WORSE) if they had somehow managed to miraculously get by Oklahoma.


IMO  

Oh wait, make that Georgia.  Wink


Bama would be in another bowl game not being the #1 team in the nation. Even though they were, are or whatever.



Kind of a Catch-22 moment there eh?
3  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: Today at 08:18:33 AM
Interesting facts from 2017/18 season

1

Michigan had nine touchdown passes. Total.
The least since the Schembechler days in 1975.

2

Army completed just 65 passes.  Lowest total by any team in the last 20 years.
The Cadets were 3-1 in the four games they completed NO passs. Army beat Air Force 21-0 and DID NOT attempt a pass.

3

Iowa State didn’t lose a fumble until the final quarter of the final game of its season.

4
Bryce Love had 13 rushes of at least 50 yards this season.
That put him above ENTIRE TEAMS
Arizona
Memphis
Notre Dame
San Diego State


5

Baker Mayfield broke the FBS record for passer rating — for the second year in a row.

6

Oklahoma’s 11.5 third-down attempts per game were the fewest in the country.
( See number 5)










Nice post. Mayfield was a wonder that's for sure. Curious to see how long he lasts in the NFL draft.
4  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: January 16, 2018, 02:59:46 PM
Now that was funny.  Cheesy
5  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: January 16, 2018, 12:35:56 PM
You'd have thought the guy would have went to Memphis. For Troy to get him sounds like downright Thebery.


Off-season?


C'mon, no comment on this one? What's a guy gotta do to get a laugh around here?  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy


I was at least expecting an Achille's heel jab by Rich.

cap

Revisiting the classics?

An Achilles heel is a laughing matter when its about the '04 Yankee rotation, but not so much when your starting QB has one that's a little cranky.  Cheesy

I was figuring something like a, Troy was Amon-Ra's Achilles' heel snippet from you.

Maybe Scotty didn't realize that Memphis and Thebes were famous ancient Egyptian cities.


I give up.  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

6  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: January 16, 2018, 10:32:26 AM
You'd have thought the guy would have went to Memphis. For Troy to get him sounds like downright Thebery.


Off-season?


C'mon, no comment on this one? What's a guy gotta do to get a laugh around here?  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy


I was at least expecting an Achille's heel jab by Rich.
7  Sports / Football / Re: NFL on: January 15, 2018, 04:03:11 PM
Jackie Robinson never took a knee, but made his point.
Brilliant!!!
White folk love to tell black people how to protest. Especially racists.



The message has always been valid, and that is the sad part of all of this bickering. Somewhere between the two arguing parties the message has taken a back seat to the name-calling. There are a lot of people that can be for the right to protest and against certain forms of protest at the same time and not be a bigot. That is the part some people just refuse to understand and/or acknowledge. Those people who are against that particular form of protest also have rights. You can't just tell them to shut up any more than you can tell Kaepernick to shut up. If you do then you are not for equal rights. You are for the ideas you support, but not equal rights. No the answer is somewhere in the middle.

So as far as telling people how to protest, that they can't protest, that falls under everyone in America has rights. Either you understand and support that or you don't. Yes some who don't like what Kaepernick did are simply racists. Sad but true.

But not all, and that is what some people refuse to understand, but need to. It just isn't that easy.

Easier for some to just lump them together and not hear their protest against that form of protest. Hey, just call them all racists right?

And not saying you are that type of person. In fact knowing you I seriously doubt it. And knowing Hammy and Trump I've no doubt you are probably right about both of them.

Me personally I believe I can be against the particular type of protest and still for the message. Just like I can separate violent protest from non-violent protest. I can separate the two in both scenarios. Others can't seem to do that. The subject matter is just that volatile. And truthfully I suppose it should be volatile. Because it is just that important.


But despite the volatility the message can never be allowed to be forgotten. Especially not today.
8  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: January 14, 2018, 08:29:30 AM
Always sad when the football icons of your youth pass away. First Dick Enberg and now Keith Jackson.

Fummmmble! will be reverberating in Heaven from now on.
9  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: January 12, 2018, 01:24:08 PM
You'd have thought the guy would have went to Memphis. For Troy to get him sounds like downright Thebery.
10  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: January 12, 2018, 11:48:08 AM
We are limited in how many we can take this year.  We don't play those games that many of the so called "elite" coaches do.  But here is our top remaining wish list, per Garry Paskwietz who covers USC Sports exclusively

OL Penei Sewell – One of the elite linemen in the nation, can play tackle or guard, has plenty of mass.
LB Solomon Tuliaupupu – Won the Butkus Award as top linebacker in nation, and USA Today Defensive Player of the Year.
CB Isaac Taylor-Stuart – A unique athletic combination of 6-2 height and fastest man at The Opening speed.
DT Michael Thompson – Good athleticism for a guy his size, when you talk about SEC-style defensive tackles, he fits the mold.
CB Olaijah Griffin  – An aggressive corner with coverage skills and playmaking ability. You can never have too many players like this in your secondary.
DB Julius Irvin – A versatile player who can end up at either corner or safety, Irvin was planning to sign early at a school (probably would have been Notre Dame) but family issues resulted in him waiting.
WR Devon Williams – A tall receiving option if there are enough rides
RB Mychael Salahuddin – The one-time Trojan commit is still showing interest and, like Williams above, it could come into play if the rides are there.


Some good talent there Scotty. And as I said Irvin is one of my personal favorites.

I'm not as high on Penei Sewell as many are. He's a big guy but he needs to hit the weight room IMO and shed some of that baby fat. With effort he could pan out as a keeper though.

Stuart I think just visited Alabama this week. He's the highest player on your list. A burner with what I like to call twitchy instincts. Good tackler too.

I absolutely love Griffin though. He's Tyrann Mathieu only taller. He may be the best high school tight-cover corner I've ever seen.(saying a lot) He can return punts too and is a damn good receiver as well. What a slot receiver this kid would make. If he develops he could become a top 10 NFL pick down the line.



11  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: January 12, 2018, 09:45:04 AM
heh

You guys need to speak to some actual referees.


Maybe you could introduce us Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes


 Grin Grin Grin
12  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: January 12, 2018, 09:44:11 AM
Don't look now...

RANK      SCHOOL   TOTAL   5 STARS   4 STARS   3 STARS   AVG   POINTS
1       Georgia   23   6   13   4   4.09   3896
2       Ohio State   22   2   15   5   3.86   3487
3       Texas   21   1   15   4   3.67   3024
4       Penn State   23   1   16   5   3.74   2940
5       Miami (FL)   20   2   13   4   3.8   2855
6       Notre Dame   22   0   11   10   3.45   2639
7       Oklahoma   23   1   15   7   3.74   2598
8       Alabama   18   1   13   4   3.83   2582
9       Auburn   21   0   16   4   3.62   2436
10       Clemson   15   4   4   7   3.8   2379
11       LSU   22   1   10   11   3.55   2308
12       USC   13   2   11   0   4.15   2238


It ain't over till the fat lady sings Scotty. Still 21 players unsigned in the Top 100.

The Top CB is still undecided. Looks like he is leaning towards either LSU or Bama, maybe Clemson as Venables is after him. The #2 CB maybe is also leaning Alabama.

The #1 Athlete is still unsigned. #2 WR has upcoming visits scheduled to Alabama, Auburn and Florida. 

The #3 CB is still up for grabs.
 
OL Rasheed Walker is an interesting prospect and may afford OSU an opportunity to pick up one more 4 star, as I see he's heading to Columbus next week. Very good player and it would be a significant get for Urbie IMO.


Is anyone looking for a QB? Long and lanky Tanner McKee is still unsigned.

WR Warren Thompson, king of the jump ball, is still yet to be inked.

Billy Barnes hasn't put his name to paper yet. Nor has one on my personal favorites Julius Irvin.


All in all well over 50 Rivals 4 star players still unsigned. Guys like Leonard Taylor out of Springfield Ohio. A meat and potatoes guy who, since OSU who has offered him but doesn't seem overly interested in him, IMO is going to be a keeper and a great get for some lucky team.
13  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: January 11, 2018, 05:01:27 PM
Utley believes the B1G officials reffing last night's game favored the SEC.

He may have a point, or a half-point.

I know a lot of folks who could have used another point in last night's game.

heh



Mad Dog spent 3 hours yesterday discussing this. He advocated that the SIX BLOWN CALLS by the officials altered the outcome of the game. He was not alone.

http://www.sportingnews.com/ca/ncaa-football/news/missed-calls-alabama-georgia-college-football-playoff-championship-mack-wilson-isaiah-buggs-najee-harris/3zd5dbp7fzir1dnc881xobxkt

https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2018/1/8/16866514/georgia-alabama-referees-missed-calls-national-championship-facemask

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBq9U64I5rg

They and you should go and form a support club.

Why don't you just acknowledge reality? The game was deeply flawed, and the officials were at the root of that circumstance.

Oh, wait. That would destroy your little dream world in which CFB isn't corrupt, and is superior to all other forms of entertainment.

FO, mate.


OOOOH DEEPLY FLAWED, I want my money back!

Can't you ever just enjoy something and not whine about how it didn't jerk you off to perfection?  Cheesy

14  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: January 11, 2018, 03:52:00 PM
or you live with the reality of the make-up call, as identified and quantifed by studies, and understand that over time the calls, will balance out.

Only if,



15  Sports / Football / Re: College Football on: January 11, 2018, 08:56:02 AM
That statistic seems to rely on the idea, at least in part, that a ref blows the whistle, quickly remembers their previous call and then makes a new one to atone for it. As I said I think the games move far too fast for that. As to subconscious meanderings, I have no idea.

Actually basketball is the easiest of games to make make-up calls. I would say basketball fouls on the whole are the most subjective in sports. And it is easy to find a nitpicky foul on the very next possession too.


Exactly.

We've all seen a gazillion make-up calls in hoops, college and pro. These guys know when they're blowing the whistle a little too heavy one way, don't want to be accused of anything, so they start whistling it the other way. Happens all the time.

Football is played a little looser, fewer calls, so the make-up element is not as prevalent, but IMO we've seen it there too.

Refs are human, and despite Red's protestations, refs make mistakes. We all make mistakes, and either proactively or subconsciously, we try to correct them.

Nature of the beast.


So you believe the refs, in basketball at east, have this kind of thought process: "Well, I whistled a charge there, but when they show the slo no replay some.tub of lard watching the game in his mom's basement in Ft. LEE New Jersey is going to light up Twitter about it so I better deliberately call one wrong to help the other side"? Because I think their inner thoughts are more likely to be, "Got that one right. Got that one right. Got that one right...."


Easy to believe the truth. Also, most likely, not all refs do it.
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