Archive for the 'They’re so stupid!' Category

05
Aug
09

David Hale: the man, the myth, the legend

I’ll give you a few seconds to re-read his post on what Kyle

rat(ed) somewhere between “Urban Meyer is going to Notre Dame” and “Lane Kiffin has a plan” on the preposterosity-o-meter.

When someone starts with me on the “Richt BETTER get it done this year” or “Richt BETTER fire Willie” or “That Ishtar WAS a good movie,” I usually just shake my head and think that person needs to get some perspective.  The only time I have actively engaged in the debate, the only real argument I could come up with was “You ARE an idiot.”

Thank goodness, David Hale laid out what I wanted to say, but couldn’t figure out how to say it.

Hale points out the obvious, rational part of the argument, that Mark Richt has a tremendous record as football coach, wining almost 80% of his games.  He points out that Mark Richt also led Georgia to a tie with LSU for the best record of all SEC teams during his tenure.  The part I couldn’t get right was what Hale nailed:  Who would you trade Mark Richt for?

Think about that, who?

I will grant that just because you like someone isn’t a good reason to hang on to them as coach.  But as Paul Westerdawg pointed out during the Auburn coaching change debacle, if you are going to fire someone who has brought you great success, you at least should improve.  Otherwise, you are just…Auburn. Or Nebraska. Or UCLA. Or Tennessee.

Hale lists the active coaches that have proven they can win a championship, by virtue of having won one.  The list is a who’s who: Urban Meyer, Les Miles, Mack Brown, Pete Carroll, Bob Stoops, Nick Saban, Jim Tressel, Butch Davis, Phil Fulmer (potentially active), Bobby Bowden, Steve Spurrier, Joe Paterno and Dennis Erickson.

Hale saved his money shot for last:

But here’s the question I want to ask that vocal minority (and anyone else who wants to answer it): Look at that list again and tell me, which of those coaches would drop what they’re doing now to come to Georgia? And of those, is there even one that you’d spend more than two seconds considering swapping Mark Richt for?

I have read that paragraph five times and am struck by the simplicity and power of it.  The answers are no one and no one, forever and ever.  Amen.

I’m just sayin’….

I love y'all this much.

I love y'all this much.

21
Jun
09

The stupid and dangerous

I guess Jeff Passan is on my list of idiots now….

His column on the US Open, which I even hesitated to link, is just plain stupid.  Kevin Federline stupid.  Picking a fight with Chuck Norris stupid.  Believing the election in Iran would be fair stupid.

The stupid starts with this gem

The difference between an interesting major championship and one at which, say, a course employee falls asleep on the job depends on Tiger’s standing, and with 11 strokes separating him from the leader after the second round, it’s rather evident that this waterlogged Open is Ambien synthesized into a golf tournament.

Really?

Quick, who is leading the US Open.  We don’t know and we’ll watch anyway.  It is the US Open.

From there he goes on to make fun of the two guys that were leading last night by mocking their relevance.  No accolades, no props, no acknowledgment of their success.  Just mocking.  I don’t care if he is a nobody according Passan, Ricky Barnes did something (posed a 132 at the half mark) that no one else has ever done.  Nice.

He even mocks Tiger

‘You have to do better than that,’ Woods said, and, well, duh.

Then states

Woods can’t be perfect. He’s not going to win every major.

Sorry, when you write a column with the premise that without Tiger on a Sunday at a major it clunks, you cannot just undo the stupid by that statement.  I don’t openly root for Tiger to do poorly, but I will admit it is nice to see he is human.  Speaking of, Passan did a pretty good column about the emotional humaness he showed earlier this week.   Sorry if Jeff doesn’t approve, but a major without Tiger in contention is still a major.

It feels like Tom Brenneman is writing about Tim Tebow not getting invited to the Heisman ceremony and how the Heisman has lost it’s luster because Tebow wasn’t there.  The US Open and all the majors will still be compelling in sixty years, when Tiger is teeing first at the Masters as honorary starter.  He didn’t make the tournaments, they made him.  To forget that shows a basic misunderstanding of sports and permanency.

That is the problem.  He forgot that this isn’t a chicken and egg thing.  One did come before the other.

Sundays at majors are supposed to be about Tiger.

No, no, no, no, no!  That is the danger.  Sunday at majors are about the best player on that day bringing his A+ game and making sure he doesn’t let the inevitable screw ups that everyday golfers contend with every hole turn them into everyday golfers (see Jean Val de Velde in the 1993 British Open 72nd hole for a good example).  If that player isn’t Tiger,  it is more compelling, since it has been Tiger for so long.  Like watching the World Series in 1955,  when it was great to see someone besides the Yankees win.  That it was a team no one thought could beat the Yankees made it that much more compelling.

The majors were compelling without Tiger (or Jack or Arnie or Hogan, for that matter).  Golf, more than any other sport, is about using that huge reserve of intestinal fortitude and combining that with solid play over the length of a tournament.  Just because Tiger does that better than anyone else on the planet right now doesn’t mean he has to be the only one that can do it.  Watching Tiger make a Sunday charge is incredible thing.  DaVinci at his art incredible.  However, the most compelling major in many years was this years Masters, and not because of the made up Tiger and Mickleson ‘duel’.  It was because Campbell, Perry and Cabrera played great golf, and Angel Cabrera won because he did just enough, despite errors, to catch Kenny Perry, who had played the most flawless golf for the first 69 holes.  Far better than watching Tiger vanquish admittedly lesser players by five strokes or make up two strokes to win.

Then to make fun of the people working the course to keep it playable because they have been working for 5 days straight and want sleep more than to watch Tiger hit is just plain mean.  You know, they have been watching the best 100 players in the world all week and have pulled at least two all nighters in three days.  When you are sitting in the press center or your hotel, it is easy to take pot shots at the folks working to beat nature so you have something to write about beyond how Tiger isn’t competing.  To bad Passan is either too lazy or the all-nighter he pulled drinking slo gin fizzes left him to do nothing more than just that.

Sorry, Jeff.  If you cannot watch the US Open because Tiger isn’t competing, you aren’t a golf writer or even golf fan.  You are a Tiger fan and a Tiger writer. Your readers deserve better.

30
May
09

Trust me, it’ll save you some time

Mark Bradley is fishing with some mighty stinky bait.  Don’t go look at his post.  I didn’t link it.  I won’t link it now.  I might not ever link it.

A couple of doozies:

  • LSU wins the SEC West.  Ok, not so much a doozie, but I don’t see the improvement from last year it’ll take to overtake ‘Bama or get by Old Miss.
  • Florida and Texas in the National Championship game, with UT winning by three.  IF UT wins by three it’ll be a lot higher scoring than the 41-38 he predicts.
  • That means UT will win the Big 12.  Hmmmm……
  • Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer finishes fifth in the Heisman voting.  I predict he gets no more than a few cursory votes, if any at all.
  • Georgia losing four games.  Again, not so much a doozie, as much as an uneducated guess.  I haven’t thought about it that much, but I guess four losses isn’t so much a long shot.
  • Georgia Tech wins the ACC.  Whatever.  I don’t think they will actually play in the ACC championship game.  The triple option is a sight to behold when it works well and teams don’t defense it well (see last year’s Miami game or the second half of the Georgia game).  It is a disaster when it isn’t run well (see last year’s Gardner Webb game or the Peach Bowl).  It rained in the Dome, right?

So, do what you want, but I am not going to reference you to the AJC.  Bradley obviously is fishing for hits.

What do you think?

11
May
09

I’ll call my people

Said Tony Cole after a jailhouse fight in Chicago.

Any chance we can get his name purged from the list of those who ever so much as went to Athens once?

06
May
09

From the corn field – An open letter to Jim Delaney

1500 West Higgins Road
Park Ridge, IL 60068-6300

Dear Mr. Delaney,

Let me start by thanking you for your contributions to collegiate athletics.  Your vibrant forethought has brought us such innovations as instant replay, the Big 10 channel and the Motor City Bowl.  We are forever in your debt.  Conferences don’t win three national championships in the top two revenue sports in 20 years without that kind of leadership.  Without your strong leadership, the nuttiness of collegiate baseball players being forced to leave Minnesota in February to travel to warm weather states instead of practicing on an indoor tennis court until March, when it is only fair for everyone to start playing at home, would still be the norm.

Now that Mr. Paterno is advocating Your conference add a championship game for football, I feel it is necessary to come to your defense.  Mr. Paterno points to “other conferences” playing games after Thanksgiving as reasoning the Big 10 should add a twelfth team to the conference and play a conference championship game, noting the increased exposure such a game brings those conferences.  He also mentions the value of competition at least two weeks later into the season, presumably as a nice way to help Big 10 teams prepare for the bowl season. Regretfully, Mr. Paterno is just too old and out of touch to understand the need to rest those athletes during that time.

This isn’t 1989, where teams have to earn their way into good bowl games with both solid records and a fan base that travels well.  This is 2009, where teams are virtually slotted into a good bowl game, despite going 8-4. We owe our gratitude to you for that, as well. Furthermore, there is no value in having teams that just played each other playing again in front of a national television audience.  I just don’t see many people traveling to Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit or Cleveland to see the top two teams in the conference play.  Besides, there is a devastating effect if you have an undefeated team lose that game, knocking them out of a potential national championship game slot, thus losing the likelihood of scoring two teams in the BCS bowls.  No, thank you.

Mr. Paterno also mentions a couple of teams the Big 10 could add.  I view Rutgers, Syracuse and Pitt with derision, as well.  Notre Dame is the only worthy team to add to the Big 10.  That is becoming more evident year in and year out, as the Irish and the Big 10’s football priorities, achievements, and aspirations have come very close to merging.  Next, Mr. Paterno will want to ease academic restrictions to allow faster athletes into the Big 10.  You must not allow this to happen.

Mr. Delaney, you stand alone between the anarchy of the new and the safety of the old.  Please keep up the good fight.

Best,

Bulldog in Exlie

02
May
09

If communism is wrong, I don’t want to be right

Ok, calm down.  I don’t *really* mean that.   I was making a point, but my sarcasm font was turned off.

Teh stoopid hit the fan in Washington this week.  Regarding college football.  Yep, Rep. Joe Barton is at it again and he got a sub-committee of some other committee to spend a couple of hours to beating down John Swofford and the BCS.  Let me be clear, I don’t particularly like the BCS.  If I had my way, we’d go back to the old system and let the media, computers and even *gasp* the unwashed masses that are bloggers decide who the ‘national’ champion is.  However, now that Congress is involved, I feel I must comment, lest they ‘fix’ it like they have air pollution, Iraq, monetary policy, racial inequality, gays in the military, political graft, corporate governance and Amtrak.

The number of times I want to hear about this 'quality of competition' crap.

The number of times I want to hear about this 'quality of competition' crap.

In other words, no thanks.

My favorite is Joe Barton’s pontification

“It’s like communism,” he said. “You can’t fix it.”

Really? Really!??

Of course, Congress brought in a number of others to testify, like Boise State’s AD, who noted the Broncs have had a number of undefeated season and didn’t play for the National Championship.  Much was made of Utah’s undefeated season this year.  I didn’t hear anyone mention the Hawaii Juggernaut from ’07.  Strange.

I don’t recognize BYU’s championship from 84.  Sorry, you don’t play the season they played and the team they played in the Bowl they played and win the national championship.  Perhaps I am not the only one and there is now a BYU bias at work.  I don’t know.

This has been cast as a David vs. Goliath battle the whole time.  Even Rep. Bobby Rush left his AWOL long enough to put this gem out

“How is this fair?” asked the subcommittee chairman, Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois, who has co-sponsored Barton’s bill. “How can we justify this system … are the big guys getting together and shutting out the little guys?”

Well, besides representing the market place (as Swofford noted).  WAIT, I thought the BCS was communism! It is fair because without the big guys, the little guys would still be playing in 8000 seat stadiums without ESPN2 and FoxSports (fill in your favorite direction).  You want a playoff?  Play in a real conference.  Perhaps the real solution is a conference rating system that assesses conference eligibility for the BCS.  Now that might make some sense.  I am talking to you, Big East.

In the end, the Senator made the point that is best: it is about the money.  Interesting that the Mountain West proposal is only good for the little guys that are in the Mountain West.  In the end, that is the MWC’s issue.  My guess is that if the MWC gets an automatic bid, they’d feel much less like the system is unfair.  Perhaps my conference rating system would fix that.

A playoff won’t.

29
Apr
09

Don’t play lawyer-ball, son.

The NCAA has said Coach Richt cannot attend Chris Burnette’s high school graduation.  That isn’t a surprise, since it is against rules for a coach to do so.  Coach Richt applied for a waiver, which was denied.

The intresting part of this is the NCAA roundly chastised Micheal Carvell of the AJC for suggesting Coach Ritch ignore the NCAA rules and attend Chris Burnette’s high school graduation.  The NCAA blog writter even suggested one would be issued almost as a matter of course

Surely we can stipulate that the appropriate outcome here is for Mark Richt to be able to attend the graduation ceremony if he wants to do so. One of the hallmarks of Myles Brand’s administration as NCAA president has been to provide flexibility to schools when the circumstances of a situation appear to fall outside of the intended scope of a rule. This case seems to fit exactly with that philosophy. The appropriate means for addressing the matter is through a waiver.

So far, no big deal, right?  This guy isn’t the powers the be at the NCAA.  He is a PR hack for them.  Ok, maybe hack is a bit harsh, but he is a PR guy for the NCAA.  He is merely taking the AJC to task for jumping on the NCAA with both feet, noting

Perhaps that is the signal that was buzzing in the back of Carvell’s mind when he created an escape hatch in his own blog post. After calling the NCAA “big and bad” in paragraph No. 3, he came back five paragraphs later to note that a waiver request probably would be granted. Unfortunately, the damage was done with the presumption of NCAA intransigence. Several of the comments that followed impugned the Association for an action it had not taken.

He goes on to say

Rules are not always perfect, but neither are they always rigid. The key to fairness often is found in the flexibility of application, and on that count, the NCAA often deserves more credit than it receives.

Can I impugn the NCAA now?  The rationale was that since Burdette isn’t going to be the Valedictorian, Richt can’t go.  So, where is the flexibility of application?  Burnette will speak at graduation and do so as a kid with a 5.0+ GPA. Coach Richt should absolutely get the minor violation and go.  It would be worth it and send the right message.

On that count, the NCAA deserves no credit whatsoever.




A Georgia Dawg in the Mid-West alone with his thoughts.

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