Fair point about the percentages, but it's still a race to X number of wins without the do-or-die that is Saturdays in the fall.
And well said about the sum of our life. We are not as good as our best day or as bad as our worst. We can only hope to have significantly more days that feel like the former.
Great point about Morgan. Dude has played Mandela, a president and God. And the guy who makes all of Batman's cool gadgets. He has more range than Vinnie Johnson feeling it. He's got more options than an untouched Tommy Frazier (or Tracy Ham) turning the corner.
Dude can go.
No video of the tape, but the little 4-footers were great.
We read them a story about farmers and asked the kids what was their favorite vegetables. The first little gapped-tooth cutie shouts, "Hot Dogs."
We read them a story about animals and had them draw their favorite animal. one kid drew a car and asked us, "Does your car look like this?" We said now and drew a reasonable version of the Ford Expedition. Little dude looked at it, paused and said, "It needs spinners."
We introduced ourself and told them about our day job. One kid had on a Michael Jordan No. 23 T-shirt and we shared that we met MJ long ago. There was a bunch of Oohs and Ahhs and one girl looked up and said, "He was a great dancer before he died. " Uh, that's Michael Jackson, sweetie.
Great times indeed.
Don Page —
Five-star recruit is a five-star recruit regardless of zip code. Rivals and the other services rank all the kids front to back. Rivals has 28 or so five stars in this class — Malone is No. 20 overall; Hurd is right at 28 — and that's from all states.
The difference would be saying Tennessee's No. 8-ranked player compared to say Florida or Georgia's No. 8-ranked player. That's where the blur could occur.
Thanks, and thanks for reading.
I concur about being a politics free zone, but I'm the one to blame because I raised the point. And MT gets full credit for offering a civil disagreement, which is a founding "Brick-by-Brick" on which the 5-at-10 was built.
If this turns into Clay's Playground, well, we'll shut it down before we let that happen. But this one is on the author, so we'll take full blame. (And if you must, replace Mandela with Malzahn and we're cool with that too.)
Are you talking Stand and Deliver, which Morgan Freeman was not in. Freeman was not in Stand by Me either, although Stand by Me is a personal favorite.
How big would the retractable roof Little Debbie Dome be? And yes Russ has done an excellent job, but we think MT's points are exceedingly valid.
We also are sad to see Ned leave the Scenic City. He served our paper, his beats and his readers exceedingly well, and that's high praise in our eyes for a reporter.
The immediate plan (short term fill) is for Gene Henley to cover the women's basketball beat and for Stephen Hargis to pick up UTC recruiting through signing day. We are planning on making a hire when we find the right person, and we'll take a hard look at everyone's role at the end of the school year.
Concur the postseason would be better and everyone agrees that a playoff is a better way to find a champion. And your point is valid about the Mocs, but that was as much because of the hole UTC was in early and the streak from there.
Look at the NFL, the regular season is not as exciting. Period. Look at college basketball, the regular season is an insurance seminar. They have great postseasons, but the regular season has become a watered-down version of just getting to X number of wins. A 16-team college football playoff would be the same thing. Heck, an eight-team playoff this year would mean the safest team in the field right now likely is Alabama, so the Iron Bowl meant little in the chase for the title for the Tide.
You're spot on though that the bigger the field, the weaker the argument of 5 or 9 or 17.
From Stuck —
Again, I may be overstating my case on Michigan State-Ohio State. They are roughly even, where I give a slight edge to Michigan State. Very slight edge.
Sometimes I get carried away in analysis. Ohio State is good. Michigan State is good. I think the chances are 60-40 or 70-30 Michigan State wins.
Thanks for the update. And the playoff is coming soon enough. And the scenario-guessing won't change next year, we'll just be planning which teams gets bids three or four and who got shafted from 5-7.
You are right about the AAC — we somehow mis-read that and mixed it up. And maybe Stuck can guest host McLaughlin Group. WRONG.
OK, we'll agree to disagree on the Big Ten title game.
Ohio State at Michigan in the second-best rivalry game that means the season to Michigan is not an even canvas. When Ohio State beat Northwestern, it had College GameDay there and was the biggest game in NU history and when MSU played NU, the Wildcats' two best offensive players were already lost for the year. MSU didn't even play Wisconsin.
See what you've done? You actually have an Auburn grad making arguments for The Ohio State and a rotten Big Ten.
And sweet buckets of national title confetti, we're praying that you're right and we're 100 percent wrong.
WRONG!!! The AAC is an automatic qualifier this year. You are dead wrong on this. Check it out. Don't know where. But it's everywhere. Otherwise, NIU would be in and UCF would be out. Check your facts.
I'm serious. I'm not making this up. The AAC is an automatic qualifier (taking the Big East's old spot) this year. This is the last year, but for this year they are.
I'm going on eye test too with Ohio State-Michigan State. I think Michigan State is better. The fact that Ohio State played four games closer than Michigan State played in the Big Ten does not lend credence to the "Ohio State throttled people and shrugged their shoulders" outlook. Were they shrugging their shoulders against Michigan? Iowa (one score game in fourth quarter)? Wisconsin (one score game in fourth quarter)? Northwestern (one score game until final play)? The question is if OSU is so ticked off about last week that they show up angry and play their best game of the year. If that happens, they win. Any other situation, Michigan State is the better team and wins.
Concur on all fronts.
Difference in AU's and THE Ohio State's schedule:
Bad Pac-10 team: Cal went 1-11; Washington State is 6-6 and will bowl
Arkansas State and Buffalo are likely pushes.
THE Ohio State has nothing approaching a win at Texas A&M when the Aggies were full strength and Auburn's entire argument is in that it slayed the dragon that is Alabama. That's the difference in our view.
Great point about the MSU rising in that scenario. The fatigue is there and real, and the fact that Bama got a rematch and destroyed LSU two years ago works for Bama's argument and against the chance it would happen since that game was gross.
We understand a College of Cardinals, too. As for the College of Sequoias, well, we're going to go out on a limb here and say the entry requirements are tall and the work load is think. You don't leave there without a good education, though, and you can be rooted for the future.
Amen and pass the acorns.
Concur about the SEC fatigue possibly being a monster factor.
For Bama to get another shot at the BCS:
1) Florida State has to lose
2) THE Ohio State has to lose
3) Auburn needs to win
4) Oklahoma State needs to struggle vs. Oklahoma
Then it would be Iron Bowl II — and we think Alabama would win by at least two TDs.
As for Iron Bowl II in the Sugar, well, they better get more FBI guys for the days leading up to the game. Wow.
From friend of the show StuckinKent —
MT- Mizzou jumps Bama with a win over Auburn. Alabama will not go to the championship game without an FSU and OSU loss, and may not even then. I think Oklahoma State may be more appealing as conference champs. I'm not sure though. I think it would be a big debate. That's my opinion anyway. I believe that some computer formulas take into account if you win your conference championship or not. I know my formula does. That means that prior to this week, Alabama is not being hurt by that, but starting next week, when the evaluation is about which team has accomplished the most, Alabama will be hurt by that. They will also be hurt by an Auburn loss. If they couldn't beat Auburn, why could Missouri- particularly if Missouri wins by more than one score?