Friday, January 02, 2009

There are a lot of uncomfortable Mormoms in New Orleans right now...

I hate to be a downer (actually that's not true) but the Holidays are over. Sure, you might not have to get back to work until Monday, and you probably haven't taken down your Festivus Pole yet, but the fact remains, the Holidays are over. But College Football isn't over. In fact, there's still enough time for the SEC to reclaim its status as the nation's top football conference.

For a number of reasons, most people have decided that the Big 12 was the best conference this year, if only for one year. However, the early returns from the Big 12 thus far in the bowl season have been less than impressive. Especially on the defensive side of the ball. It's enough to make somebody think the Big 12 might have been the softest overall conference for defense since...I don't know...the Pac-10 for each of the past 15 years? I'm just saying, there's no fucking excuse for a top tier team giving up 47 points to crazy ass Houston Nutt (My daddy coached blind kids!! Those kids had heart!! Show me your heart!!! Yeayeahyeapyapyap!!) and Ole Miss. I mean NO FUCKING EXCUSE. Shit, Samford held the Rebels to 34.

So, what happens if Alabama goes out and stomps Utah tonight (mark it down, by the way)? Do people start to re-evaluate the Big 12-SEC debate? No probably not. Texas would have to lose to Ohio State (highly doubtful) and then Okla...you know what? Let's just stop right there. I really just started this post as a way to link to this fantastic photo journal of the SEC Championship Game (Hey Rob...who won that game anyway?) and to give Rob a proper forum in which to fawn over Julio Jones and Nick Saban. Seriously though, defense is supposed to be the great equalizer, right? So why do so few people realize this when evaluating teams? Missouri didn't exactly run Northwestern off the field either. I'm just saying...

109 comments:

rob said...

preach it, brother.

Mark said...

I hope this game tonight is close but I don't think it will be. Not even remotely.

rob said...

i, of course, am allergic to that sort of statement and hope very much that you are correct.

rob said...

also, nice 1-5 thus far by the big ten. they're in danger of being passed by the mountain west. i'm only kidding a little.

Jerry said...

A Mormon? But I'm from Earth.

The problem I'm having with using bowl results to prove things is that the Pac-10 has such a good record in the bowls and had such a terrible OOC record in the season.

The Big 10 is digging themselves a huge equity hole for getting teams into the NC game in the future. I don't think they're terrible as a conference. They just don't have teams that can compete at the very highest level.

Jerry said...

By the way, how nice is it to have the BCS games split by the weekend? It might ruin the flow a bit, but it's nearly impossible to stay up for 4 consecutive games.

Jerry said...

Hmmm....ESPN hasn't broken into the coverage of the Libery Bowl to mention that the Sugar Bowl started. But they did alert us to the Syracuse basketball game coming up next. Can't really blame them though.

rob said...

well, that was...something. alabama looks completely unprepared to play at utah's tempo.

rob said...

this is starting to smell a lot like the wvu/uga sugar bowl i attended two years ago.

rob said...

at least alabama's built to make big comebacks.

rob said...

john parker wilson's not exactly covering himself in glory this evening.

TJ said...

His name was Stephen Garcia.

rob said...

ok, that tickled me just right.

rob said...

anyone care to explain 'dating burn book'?

TJ said...

A young lady who used to work at the cracker factory.

Mark said...

Ummm...so did Utah and Alabama switch unis or am I the biggest jackass ever? Wait, don't answer that.

rob said...

i'm chalking it up to significant motivational inequity. this game means a shitload to utah and can't be anything but a minor disappointment for alabama.

Mark said...

I've heard that angle but I'm not buying it for Bama. When was the last time they played in the Sugar Bowl? You telling me they can't get up for that? Bullshit. Show some pride you fucking dicks.

TJ said...

There seems to be a disproportionate amount of assholes with AT&T phones.

Mark said...

Are you counting yourself TJ? What about me?

Mark said...

Javier (said with spanish flair)! Igniting the Tide.

rob said...

that was a sick runback.

rob said...

you should be right, mark, but they were one quarter away from playing in the national championship game. natural letdown against an opponent they probably figured they'd beat just by showing up.

rob said...

i think the officials may have blown that call.

rob said...

points here would be huuuuuuge.

Mark said...

Seems that way.

"Your new formations scare and frighten me."

Jerry said...

Points are huge. And real.

rob said...

jesus, jpw - you're a fucking senior. you can't make that throw.

Mark said...

JPW couldn't have fucked this drive up more if he were Doug Johnson. What a terrible lack of execution.

TJ said...

I see Devendorf.

Mark said...

Nick Saban and Billy Donovan do not approve.

rob said...

right on

TJ said...

Ok-you know what pisses me off about those new GEICO ads?

The use of Rockwell. Why? Cause he's a no talent hack.

Guess why he's a Motown artist?

rob said...

because he's berry gordy's son. nepotism is cool.

Jerry said...

Has Syracuse turned into a questionably scummy program? Or have they always been that way? Or are they not that way at all?

Mark said...

I don't think they're unquestionably scummy. Boeheim doesn't mind taking a chance on guys. Sometimes multiple chances in recruiting classes. The Devendorf thing is highly questionable though. If I were a Syracuse fan I would feel like how I felt when Urban Meyer let Ronnie Wilson back on the Florida Football team.

Mark said...

That should read, "I don't think they're questionably scummy."

Mark said...

You know what's really surprising? Alabama's inability and apparent lack of confidence in their rushing attack.

Jerry said...

I was thinking the same thing. I didn't see many Bama games this year, but they're supposed to be a running team. Stick with it.

Also, the "Glen, go run over there play" doesn't work that well when Wilson points it out pre-snap. That safety was all over it.

Right now, there are thousands of mystified Bama fans saying "What the fuck? We're fucking Alabama"

Jerry said...

Well, this is going to make for a lot of boring playoff columns.

Mark said...

Anybody else have a problem with Chad Pennington finishing second in the MVP voting?

Whitney said...

An enjoyable Saturday morning read of last night's comments. A few things:

1. Brian Johnson dominates the game and no mention of either AC/DC or The Breakfast Club?

2. That's not the original Rockwell song. It's either a cover or a totally remixed to crap version.

3. Is "Mormoms" an acutal term for Mormon moms or is Mark an innovator?

Mark said...

So Pitt's best 3 point shooter, Brad Wannamaker, is white?

rob said...

i'm still a little bit flabbergasted by that result, but less so as i recall the result of the wvu/uga sugar bowl in atlanta i referenced. lots of similarities. my relative level of sobriety was not one of them.

rob said...

tribe @ northeastern at 1:00. shame i have to stop watching gtown/pitt.

rob said...

need some knowledge from the hip-hop contingent. what's the story with charles hamilton? 'brooklyn girls' is great - does he have anything else?

rob said...

hoyas look totally discombobulated right now on offense.

Whitney said...

Tribe down 12 with 6:47 to go.

MGL picked them to lose by 10. Seems he knows of which he types.

zoltan said...

This sounds atrociously painful:

San Diego Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson has a detached tendon that connects one of his adductor (groin) muscles to his pubic bone, according to team sources.

Rhymenocerous said...

horrendous timeout by Atlanta. They should've challenged the spot. Worst case is the TO they called. Best case is a first down. Announcers are clueless about it.

rob said...

boldin and fitzgerald are not human.

zoltan said...

Is Boldin a free agent after this year?

I can't believe Matt Millen is employed in football, even if it's only as a commentator.

Rhymenocerous said...

I don't know about you guts, but I am fired up for the diet pepsi bridge show.

Jerry said...

Boldin is not a FA. He might be traded - it would likely be a package similar to Roy Williams + signing him to a huge contract. He's great though. My favorite WR in the league.

rob said...

that's just embarrassing for san diego. did they not think that manning would expose them?

Mark said...

Boldin is terrific. He's so damn tough. He and Fitzgerald both have very different skill sets but they are both absolutely fantastic WRs. Arizona would be crazy to break up that duo.

Jerry said...

Cromartie looked like he was just standing around, reading Word Up magazine.

zoltan said...

San Diego has an unlimited supply of pneumatic cheerleaders.

Jerry said...

Indy can't block at all. They'd be fortunate to hold on tonight, but I don't see how they can beat PIT or TEN with this kind of pass pro.

Mark said...

Jerry...do you do a lot of reading whilst standing up?

The San Diego crowd is deafening. I couldn't understand a fucking thing Madden was saying leading up to the last 3rd Down.

zoltan said...

None of the defensive backs on either team can catch a cold.

Jerry said...

I'm just happy this game is going to end before midnight.

Jerry said...

The only time I read standing up is at the supermarket, where I've learned that Jennifer is upset and I can lost 17 pounds in 10 days.

Jerry said...

2009 - year of the punter.

Where once there was a yacht!!!!

Now there is NOT!!!!!!!!!

zoltan said...

The Chargers' punter has braces? How old is he?

I stand and read when I defecate.

Jerry said...

Wow. Indy can't run the entire season and they get 6 from their own 1. That's...something.

zoltan said...

Dungy has no faith in the running game. They went play action on 4th-and-1 and had an empty backfield on 3rd-and-2 from tehir own 8.

zoltan said...

Dancing Shaolin monks? What would the ODB have to say about that?

Jerry said...

SD should try to score a TD, but they probably won't.

zoltan said...

Indy should probably tackle people short of the first down...

zoltan said...

I love how Norv Turner decided to put glasses on for the second half. Now he can actually see the game he's coaching.

Jerry said...

This game is pretty awesome.

Jerry said...

Chad Simpson is the worst KOR guy I've seen in the NFL this year. By some margin.

zoltan said...

Just how they drew it up.

zoltan said...

Someone at wikipedia thinks the Chargers already won this game:

Mike Scifres (born October 8, 1980 in Metairie, Louisiana) is a punter for the San Diego Chargers. He was selected with the 14th pick of the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of Western Illinois University. He has twice been an alternate for the Pro Bowl, most recently as a 1st Alternate for the 2007 Pro Bowl ahead of Shane Lechler. He hit a 66-yard punt in the 2008 divisional playoff game versus the Indianapolis Colts in the Colts' victory. Scifres hit an even more baller 67-yard punt, the longest in the NFL postseason since 1992, in the Chargers' 2009 playoff game versus the Indianapolis Colts. In this 2009 divisonal playoff game versus the Colts, Scifres was easly the most impressive player on the San Diego Chargers and was a key component in their win. He is also known as the only active NFL player with braces.

Mark said...

Two games into the playoffs and the NFL has already given us a better game than we've had in the entire bowl season.

Jerry said...

Temporary wikipedia can be amusing. After the Knicks drafted Balkman, I think it said something about his name coming from the Balkman Islands and how he was generally considered the worst player in the draft.

rob said...

i know a lot of people hate Phillip Rivers, but i'd like to have that dude on my team.

Jerry said...

And Greg wanted me to do a power hour at the rugby house....

rob said...

but not so much that i'd capitalize his name again.

Jerry said...

Rivers throwing motion will always prevent him from being considered an elite QB.

rob said...

sproles is one inch taller than me. wrap your head around that for a minute.

Mark said...

Nobody, and I mean nobody purposely throws the ball into the ground like Phillip Rivers.

zoltan said...

I don't want to wrap my head around you or Darren Sproles.

Jerry said...

10 more yards until a week of "we have to change the OT rules" shitstorm. I actually agree, but it's still boring.

rob said...

mark's right - exquisite grounding there.

Jerry said...

Insidious?

zoltan said...

Uncatchable?!?

rob said...

insidious?

rob said...

jerry!

zoltan said...

The Colts are shitting the bed as if they visited the all-you-can-eat KFC buffet on Richmond Road.

Jerry said...

Boooo

zoltan said...

Wow.

rob said...

those flags were all legit, but they took something away from the drama.

rob said...

i really wouldn't want to play the chargers right now.

Jerry said...

Yeah, they were legit. I'd just rather see the Colts in the playoffs. Peyton doesn't have a ton of years left near his peak level.

Jerry said...

Why was Antonio your primary target tonight?

Uhh...he's good.

Mark said...

Harrison's done too. It sounds weird to say, but they probably need to grab another offensive weapon if they want to maximize his last few good/great years. Addai seems pretty fragile at this point too.

Jerry said...

They're really not a very good team at this point. That's why Peyton won the MVP. They were incredibly fortunate to post 12 wins this year.

Dwyane Wade rejected a 2 handed Brook Lopez dunk in OT. That's ridiculous.

rob said...

ed reed. jesus.

TJ said...

That was quite the insane finish to Louisville/Kentucky.

TJ said...

Someone put a fucking muzzle on Desean (sp?) Jackson please.

rob said...

bc beat carolina? whoa.

Mark said...

If you timed it just right (and I did) you got to see the end of UK-Louisville while flipping back from Vikes-Eagles and then catch the end of BC-UNC after football had ended. I take no credit for accomplishing this (I literally saw 7 total points scored in the UK-Louisville game) but it was a pretty fantastic 45 minute period of sports viewing to be a part of.

Rhymenocerous said...

I don't know where to start with Andy Reid's facial hair and black jumpsuit, but I guess it worked.

Giant fans have to be bummed out they're not getting Arizona next week. Philly is a tough match for them.

rob said...

if you timed it wrong (and i did), you got to bathe your kids and put them to bed while your dvr cut off the last 5 minutes of the philly game and you forgot that kentucky and louisville were playing.

Rhymenocerous said...

Rob - You need to extend the recording of any sports event on your DVR! Comcast defaults to a 30 minute extension for sports events. I make it 1 hour to be safe.

I had to hold off on Game 2 for a similar feed/bathe/put down the kid on Sunday afternoon. Thankfully, I was able to start the late game at 7:30 w/o seeing the score.

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