Sunday, October 31, 2010

Has Cam Newton Already Surpassed the Chosen One?

Perhaps this has been written about before, and I've missed it. But I've been talking to some of my closest college football confidants lately, and we keep circling back to the same subject: how awesome Cam Newton is. Week after week, he does something else to amaze us. Against LSU, he breaks free and blazes by every LSU defender for a 49 yard touchdown. This past weekend, he shows us that he can tightrope a touchdown catch.

Dude is incredible. On that we all agree.

But in these conversations, I've started tossing out a question that has brought some of my ordinarily strong-opinioned know-it-all buddies to a long pause. And it's an idea that I believe would make Gary Danielson cry.

Is Cam Newton better now than Tim Tebow ever was?

Some have reacted strongly that there's no way. We haven't seen enough of Cam yet. Maybe. But the fact that we've only seen Cam for eight games isn't fazing me. Tebow was a major benefactor of the amount of hype he received coming out of high school, and the ticker line tracking his every move during recruitment. The Tebow train started early.

Tim Tebow was recognized by media as the greatest college football player of all time as soon as he took his first shotgun snap in a Florida uniform. The talking heads loved this kid. And why shouldn't they have? Great athlete, good looking, great personality, and an unmatched off-field storyline. A broadcaster's dream.

And I'm not writing this to say that Tim Tebow wasn't great. He most certainly was. But I think the Gary Danielson and crew cheerleading Tebow as a "once in a generation" athlete and quarterback talk has been disproven in less than twelve months.

By a guy who was once Tim Tebow's teammate.

Before this season, Cam Newton wasn't exactly getting a lot of pub, as most of the attention statewide and nationally was whether or not Alabama was going to repeat as national champions or if Alabama was ever going to lose a football game again.

Now, just eight weeks in - is there even another option for the Heisman Trophy? USA Today is trying to tell me that Kellen Moore and LaMichael James still have a chance. Please save the ink.

To give you an idea of the type of impact Newton is having: last year, Auburn was 7-5 and won the Outback Bowl. Gene Chizik was the head coach, and even after the season no one had a clue why Auburn had hired the Iowa State coach that had only five wins in two years.

Now - if the season ended today, Auburn would be in the national title game. What was the difference between last year and this year? Pretty simple: #2.

Cam Newton showed up to play with a team that still has a quarterback playing wide receiver. That's Kentucky-like stuff.

This offensive line that so many of the talking heads are now praising as the best in the SEC? Auburn had ONE offensive lineman in the first or second team pre-season all-SEC.

Onterrio McCalebb and Michael Dyer have played very well, and Auburn did have a running back make preseason all-SEC. That running back was Mario Fannin, however. (Ha!)

You what kind of team Tim Tebow joined and took over as the quarterback when he was a sophomore? A team that had just won the national title his freshman year, and had players with names like Percy Harvin, Brandon James, Kestahn Moore, Riley Cooper, Aaron Hernandez, and others. (Chris Rainey didn't even see much of the field in '07: 1 carry, 10 yards. Florida was pretty good.)

Tebow was (only? - it's still pretty good) able to take that team to 9-3. Here we are in 2010, and Cam Newton is taking a lesser team overall (yep) and they are 8-0, currently #2 in the BCS.

I'm sure there are some statistical arguments that can be made in Tim Tebow's favor, but I'm also sure that there are some strong stats that would back Cam. I'm not looking for a statistical debate. What about just watching how the guys play?

Right now, if you were the team captain for a pick-up football game, who would you take first: Tim Tebow or Cam Newton? Remember, you want to win.

It'd have to be Cam Newton, right?

One of my friends described Cam as a more 'dynamic' player than Tim Tebow. I'll do my friend one better: not only is Newton more dynamic, he is the living, breathing representation of "a man playing among boys". Cam Newton, against SEC competition, gives the appearance of a bunch of 13 year olds playing with one of their 30 year-old uncles, and the uncle is showing no mercy on the children.

Consider this: if Cam Newton had stayed at Florida, what would there record be right now? Anyone want to disagree with undefeated? Didn't think so.

Let's take it a little bit further. If Cam Newton was the starting quarterback for Mississippi State - who are already 7-2 without Cam (amazing, right?) - would the Bulldogs be on top of the BCS standings? I can't say they wouldn't be.

It's a whole other level of talent and athleticism. Cam Newton is a level of player that Terrelle Pryor cannot even fathom. That's how much better he is than everyone else.

I've said before that Reggie Bush was the greatest college football player that I had seen in my lifetime (I'm 29). Some favored Tim Tebow in this debate. I was fine with a Tebow v. Bush debate.

But now with Cam Newton, I'm not sure there's one to be had.

NFL Locks for 10/31

Happy Halloween. For those of you who went out last night and are working off the hangover, my man can help with some NFL locks. Make you forget about your troubles.

Carolina +3
Cincinnati +1
New Orleans -1

Good luck.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Locks for 10/30

Got a hold of my man, and this is what he has for us. Let's do it.

Florida +1
Air Force +7
USC +6'
Nebraska -8
Iowa -6

Just Win, Baby.

10/30 College Football Plays

Last week was a good one for the plays, going 4-1 and bringing our yearly tally to 25-15. And unlike Jenn Sterger's show The Daily Line, we're back this week.

I've got more on that topic later. Til then, let's make some money.

My plays for today:

Florida +1
Miami -14'
Ole Miss +7'
Oregon/USC under 73
Colorado +26

And I'm expecting word from my man for his locks. Look for him to have a big bounce back this week. Keep checking back, or follow me on Twitter.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Letter to Les Miles

With it being Halloween this weekend, I recalled something that popped in my inbox from a few weeks ago, back in the heyday of Les Miles debacles. Perhaps this is why LSU didn't pull it out against Auburn?

Enjoy.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

NFL Locks for 10/24

Had to get my man on the line, because he has been crushing the NFL over the past few weeks. This is what he's got:

Dolphins +3'
Bears -3
Rams +3
Chargers -1

Good luck.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Locks for 10/23

Got a hold of my man. Unfortunately we go head-to-head in one game, but we do agree on another. Make of it what you will.

Nebraska may have lost, but that
doesn't make us love Holly any less.
The Locks:

Northwestern +6
Ole Miss +11
LSU +5'
Colorado +4
Baylor -6'

And for some inside baseball, my man is a BIG Kansas State fan, so if he likes Baylor in that game, I think he's pretty confident about it.

Again, check back later for any picks that he or I feel good about later today, or just follow me on Twitter for the head's up.

10/23 College Football Plays

Through 7 weeks, the plays stand at 21-14, so we are in the black. And that's better than not being in the black, isn't it?

Tracy Wolfson loves this guy.
I'm breaking the rules just a little bit with two picks on one game this week, so some of your online books won't allow those parlays. Too bad, but I like what I like.

Let's do this:

Colorado +4
Auburn -5'
UAB/Miss State over 52
Miss State -20
Miami -6'

Tracking my man down, and locks will be up shortly. We may have some other plays throughout the day, so keep checking back or follow me on Twitter.

Friday, October 22, 2010

My Love for LSU Fans is Validated Even More

Had dinner tonight with a big LSU fan. The guy was fantastic. He would rail on Les Miles, recall every play over the last three years, and continued to call Alabama's coach "Nick 'Satan'". Like, EVERY TIME. Almost as if he really believes that's his name.

I love LSU fans. They love the agony of losing probably more than actually winning. They are the best.

And the Miles frustration has now jumped to full, public display. Les Miles, for some reason (because he's dumb), takes calls on his weekly radio show. What are people saying?

What you'd expect, of course...

Big college football tomorrow. Picks and locks coming.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Maybe Football Needs to Borrow a Rule from 'Football'

It appears that everyone's soap box chatter of the week is revolving around concussions and football. Yeah, DeSean Jackson and Todd Heap forgot who their mommas were for a little while because of some brutal headshot hits.

It is a problem, defensive backs are firing into defenseless receivers at such speed and ferocity, that it's like we're watching guys get in to major car wrecks about a dozen times every Sunday. I'm honestly surprised we haven't seen anyone killed in the last five years.

And there's a lot being said by the talking heads in regards to NBC Sports' Rodney Harrison's comments on Sunday that, as a player, fines never got his attention, and that it was only when he was suspended that he would reconsider the manner in which he played.

A day later, cue the NFL. Ray Anderson, NFL VP of Football Operations:
There's strong testimonial for looking readily at evaluating discipline, especially in the areas of egregious and elevated dangerous hits... Going forward there are certain hits that occurred that will be more susceptible to suspension.
Now, most everyone is applauding this stance, but I don't believe we have really gotten anywhere yet. There are a few blanks to be filled, such as: Which hits will be deemed suspendable? Will they all be one game suspensions, or will 'bigger' hits be more than one game? Who decides how long the player is out? Are the suspensions enacted immediately (is there an appeal opportunity)? Can a player be ejected by a referee for one of these hits, and will a suspension then follow?

You can see that there is a lot of grey area to still be filled out. It looks like the NFL needs someone that can provide some guidance, and some answers.

That's where I come in. You know me, I'm a 'solution' guy.

Before I begin with my proposal, I want to you to know that I expect this idea to be met with immediate dismissal. Not because the proposal isn't sound, but because people are generally dumb. As I will explain, my proposal is already present in two of the biggest sports in the world, just the general public doesn't realize it.

I propose the NFL adopts a yellow card/red card system similar to the sport that, in other countries, bares the same name. If you are unfamiliar with how the soccer yellow card and red card process goes, here is a refresher:
A yellow card is shown by the referee to indicate that a player has been officially cautioned. The player's details are then recorded by the referee in a small notebook; hence a caution is also known as a "booking". A player who has been cautioned may continue playing in the game, however a player who receives a second caution in a match is sent off (shown the yellow card again, and then a red card), meaning that he must leave the field immediately and take no further part in the game. The player may not be replaced by a substitute. Law 12 of the Laws of the Game (which are set by the International Football Association Board and used by FIFA) lists the types of offences and misconduct that may result in a caution.

...the accumulation of a certain number of yellow cards over several matches results in disqualification of the offending player for a certain number of subsequent matches, the exact number of cards and matches varying by jurisdiction.
Now, the red card:
A red card is shown by a referee to signify that a player has been sent off. A player who has been sent off is required to leave the field of play immediately and must take no further part in the game. The player who has been sent off cannot be replaced during the game; his team must continue the game with one fewer player. Only players, substitutes and substituted players may receive a red card. Law 12 of the Laws of the Game lists the categories of misconduct for which a player may be sent off.
So, to recap that for you and apply it to American football (I'll follow with some clarifications):

A player engages in what is deemed an 'illegal and egregious play' by the referee or anyone on the officiating crew. That player is shown a yellow card, so that player is now 'on notice' that a second yellow card will result in an ejection from that game and a suspension from the following game.

That yellow card booking stays with that player through their next game (or two - something for the NFL to decide), so that the player is still 'on notice' and eligible for a suspension on their next 'illegal and egregious play'.

If a player engages in an act that the game officials decide is overly egregious, then they have the right to give that player a red card on the spot, regardless if the player was 'on notice' or not. They are ejected and suspended from the following game.

Through the course of a season, if a player accumulates multiple (maybe 5 or 6?) yellow cards, they are suspended for a game. This way, multiple-time offenders that have gotten away from successive-game yellow cards still have to be aware of how they play. Perhaps a second or third red card would result in an additional game suspension.

Of course all game suspensions are without pay. That way, we've REALLY gotten everybody's attention.

Got it? Fairly simple, right?

There's lots of wiggle room with this in terms of the number of cards, how long someone stays 'on notice', and how many games per suspension, but that's the main idea. As I said, I expect to get a lot of immediate dismissal for this idea. You know why?

Because it's soccer.

That's honestly why many people won't like this idea. And that's dumb. Because these same people don't have this problem with another major American sport THAT HAS THE EXACT SAME RULE!

Ever heard of the NBA?

Confused? You shouldn't be. While they may not have yellow and red cards, they do have things called 'technical' and 'flagrant' fouls. The NBA has had a rule that during a season, on the 16th technical foul, the player will receive a one-game suspension, with suspensions to follow on future technical fouls. And when it comes to the flagrant fouls, go check out the NBA rules - there's a lot of words like "Commissioner" and "sole discretion" close together.

So soccer has this rule and so does the NBA, and we've been fine with it. Lots of people I believe would argue that the NFL is just too fast for officials to determine whether or not a hit was egregious, and that there would be too many errors. NBA refs and soccer refs make errors all the time, and in the NBA, the league has the option to rescind the technical or flagrant - the NFL can do the same thing. So don't be come at me with the 'speed of the game' argument.

And if we really want to outsmart the anti-soccer folks, just change the colors of the cards - they'd never know.

But in the end, it shouldn't be about what we like or don't like, or what pre-conceived notions we have about less 'macho' sports and their association with OUR 'macho' sport. The point of it all is to get NFL players to stop trying to kill each other, and while we can cry and wave banners for assistance in helmet technology, I believe it will only stop once the fundamentals of the game are encouraged.

Wild, bezerker-type assistant coaches may be encouraging their players to separate the ball from the man by any means possible. Well, they can't do it if they aren't on the field. I think this proposal would help with that.

And for the few of you out there that are saying this rule would be another rule to help the offense by taking some of the games better defensive players out, I do hear you. How about chop blocks by offensive lineman or receivers? You get caught with a dirty chop block - yellow card. It can work both ways.

So, the NFL can dance around this for awhile - and maybe we'll all forget about it this time next week. But the talk this week from the NFL doesn't just need to be lip service with cloudy, indistinguished guidelines.

They need a real plan. So, why not use one that already works?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

NFL Locks for 10/17

Oh my. I love football.
The professionals play today, and we're invested in them. Tracked my man down early today, and he's got three locks for us. Yesterday was a great day overall, let's make today one too.

The Locks:

New England -2
Philadelphia -1
Denver +4

Good luck.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

10/16 Locks Are In

Not sure what to think about this.
Tracked my man down, and he's got winners for us all, targeted straight at your bookmaker's junk. Let's make today one to remember.

The Locks:

Illinois +7
East Carolina +8'
Colorado +2
Washington -1
BYY/TCU under 50'

Good luck.

10/16/10 College Football Plays

Here we are again. Fairly good slate of games today, and the BCS rankings will finally be out, and we'll be playing with computer formulas for the rest of the year.

But right now, I'm more determined and concentrated on beating the bookmakers. Let's make today a good day.

The picks:

Georgia -14
Miami/Duke under 60'
Auburn -3
South Carolina -4'
Iowa -3'

Locks from my man coming in a bit, so keep checking back or follow me on Twitter.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Does the Gus Malzahn Red Phone Start Ringing This Weekend?

Hey Auburn fans, it's Debbie Downer Time!

While the undefeated Auburn Tigers host Arkansas this weekend, the buzz from the talking heads continues to be about the great Cam Newton, who has been, well GREAT. He racked up 198 yards last weekend... rushing. He also managed to put in 210 yards passing in between his four touchdown runs.

And all this talk is well-deserved. I've heard many Auburn fans moan about how Cam isn't getting enough talk about the Heisman. But who is? It's not necessarily full-blown 'Heisman' time yet, is it? I advise Auburn fans to calm down about this - if your boy keeps putting up 400 yards of offense a game, he'll be fine.

But it's just like Auburn fans to be paranoid about those types of things. Hey! Speaking of which...

Where do you think Gus Malzahn will be coaching next year?

This week, I called a radio friend of mine and posed a scenario and question: if Auburn beats Arkansas this weekend and goes to 7-0, what are the odds that Gus Malzahn leaves Auburn after this year?

His response: "They go up. Way up."

Will Malzahn be talking to a different uniform next year?
Ever since he showed up for one year in Fayetteville, Gus Malzahn has been roundly celebrated as an offensive genius. Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel in 2009:
...in the four seasons since then-Arkansas coach Houston Nutt took the unusual step of plucking the coach of nearby Springdale High to run his SEC offense, the soft-spoken, bespectacled 43-year-old Malzahn has become one of the sport's most innovative offensive minds, not just in the college ranks, but in all of football.
That's mighty high praise. And if Auburn continues to make a deep run this year, I believe there are a few programs out there looking for a new direction - and who better than Malzahn?

Last year, I believe Malzahn would of been a strong candidate for several jobs - Memphis, Louisville, Virginia, East Carolina, and a few more. But last year, there weren't too many 'big schools' making a switch. And perhaps Malzahn knows that he has an opportunity to go straight to the big-time. (Last year's big school coaching changes: only Notre Dame, USC, and Tennessee - none of which I think would of been comfortable with a first-time head coach.)

This year, that may not be the case. Yes, I'm looking at the University of Georgia. Should things continue to slide for Mark Richt, and the Dawg fan base clamors for a new direction - who better than the guy who, in one year, took the 104th offense in the country to number three (the Mandel article), and in his second year he is developing a Heisman candidate? The new athletic director needs to make a statement hire, and I think the folks in Athens could get excited about someone who has the track record of Malzahn. Honestly, who would you rather have RIGHT NOW - Gus Malzahn or Derek Dooley? Thought so.

But maybe it won't be Georgia. Maybe it will be Texas A&M, Washington State, Michigan (if it falls apart for Rich Rod - can you imagine Gus Malzahn and Denard Robinson together? Holy Crap.), or Clemson? All of these head coaching jobs are better than being the OC at Auburn, right? (Okay, maybe not Washington State.)

The success of the Auburn Tigers this year, should it continue, is very important to the Auburn fan base. Remember, Tommy Tuberville's last day on the job at Auburn was the day Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa. Since that day, the state of Alabama has been crimson. Should Auburn be able to pull off some magic this year in the second year of a head coach that NO ONE wanted ("We want a leader, not a loser!") - Auburn fans can believe, truly believe, that they can compete and win the state (and not just live off of borrowed time, that I believe many Auburn fans felt during Bama's down years in the '00s).

However, that success, should it come to fruition, will come at a price. Gus Malzahn has never been at any college for more than two years. And if Auburn can stay anywhere close to their current pace, that won't change. Gus Malzahn isn't a gimmick anymore - he's legit, and schools, I believe, are ready to jump on board with him in a big way.

So, while I know Auburn fans are feeling good about their team right now, and they should, just don't be surprised if the rumors start soon swirling about whether or not their offensive genius will be back next year.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

My Commentary on the Whole Brett Favre 'Thing'

Activities prevented me from posting yesterday, as I have had several thoughts, issues, and questions in regards to latest Brett Favre saga. So, here I am today, after everyone else has thrown in their $1.05 of freedom and commentary.

Since I have multiple tangents to go on here, I figured it'd be best to just number my thoughts:

1. Just what is the protocol of sending someone a picture of your junk?

I ask this question not in the curiosity of whether it's right or wrong, or if it's too perverted. I think it's pretty clear that it is NOT the most couth of activities and your grandma wouldn't be pleased.

I want to know the process. If one was to be a serial offender of this type of activity, do you send a different picture or set of pictures to each girl? Or do you get one picture or set that you consider to be the gold standard for your junk, and just keep those pictures available to be sent at anytime? In other words, do you stock up on the good pictures? Initially I thought this was a silly idea, but, so is sending a picture of your Greg Oden.

2. This is another example of how there is a whole other society out there that I am not a part of.

The 'sending pictures of your junk' society. Obviously, with technology expanding like it is, the opportunities for these people to engage in these activities are growing.

At this point, I'm thinking they're the weird ones. But, if more and more people embrace this kind of stuff as we evolve technologically - am I going to end up being on the outside looking in? Will there be a day when everyone knows what everyone else looks like naked?

I'm a bit torn on that.

3. Let's not hate on ESPN too much.

ESPN did finally acknowledge the story during Monday night's broadcast, although (from what I saw) it was relegated to the scroller and a brief word from Chris Mortensen - with Schefter quickly changing topics in their on-air segment. The worldwide leader just seems really hesitant to jump in on this - and I don't know if it's that they don't want to give credence to regular ESPN-hater Deadspin.com or if they don't feel comfortable with the 'TMZ-ness' of the story.

I'm not really anti-ESPN, because I can't say I wouldn't do the same thing. They have their business interests to keep in mind. ESPN makes Disney a lot of money, and ESPN continues to roll out new content and channel options all the time. People tune in to watch Brett Favre and if ESPN brings more attention to this story, maybe it becomes a bigger deal, and it could lead to a world without Brett Favre. And that's bad business for ESPN.

In radio, lots of listeners would get upset about something and accuse the hosts of "only caring about their sponsors". What exactly is wrong with that? The sponsors are the ones who pay the bills, indirectly. I always found that to be a flaw in today's radio audience. Because most radio listeners have obtained their radio content for free, they have become a bit spoiled. Audiences need to remember that television and radio are just like any other businesses - the people who own the stations are in it for the money. While it is good business to cater to your audience and maintain the platform, they don't actually have an obligation to not skew things in their best interests. Like with Brett Favre, if it's bad for ESPN, then they aren't going to go out of there way to make it any more of a story than it has to be.

And I don't find a lot of fault with that. When you or your boss' feet are put to the fire, you may do the same. Whenever I hear a radio show caller say, "you only care about the station sponsors", I think, "Yeah, so what?"

4. I'm glad we had a reminder of just how hot Jenn Sterger is.

Don't you try and be too cool about this. My friend Luke says all the time that she's "not that hot". That's bull. She is too hot.

It's more amazing that this girl has managed, on some level, to stay in the spotlight. According to her website, she's an actress, model, writer and television host. That's quite a 15 minute run from a camera shot during a football game. The only one who has done better is Pamela Anderson, and Jenn hasn't put enough time in yet.

But I encourage you all to not be one of those people hating on something with no basis. I hate on Kobe Bryant, but I have my reasons. Not thinking Jenn Sterger is hot is not hating, it's foolish.

5. One more Jenn Sterger question:

What ever happened to the other two?
We know Jenn, but where are Fabiola and Chrystal?

Monday, October 11, 2010

I'm Not Satisfied with Ole Miss' Reasons Why the Mascot Isn't Going to Be a Horse.

The Admiral.
As discussed before in this space, the Ole Miss mascot search has been a total disaster. First, they allow themselves to be beyond 'nerdish' in allowing the Admiral Ackbar saga to perpetuate itself for many months, and then they stick the alumni with these three sorry choices.

I am not an Ole Miss alum or student, but somehow I have ended up on the mailing list for all information regarding the Ole Miss Mascot search. Lucky me.

I had long been a fan of the Rebel Horse or Stallion, as I thought it'd be cool to have a horse lead the football team on to the field. Supplement that with a costumed horse, and you aren't doing anything embarrassing - which at this point, should be Ole Miss' only goal. Don't embarrass yourselves.

Today I have received the 'Committee's' reasoning for why they threw out my horse. And I am not satisfied. From my inbox today:
Since the top five Ole Miss Rebel mascot concepts were identified this summer in the first poll, the Rebel Mascot Selection Committee has been hard at work with the mascot design professionals developing designs to share with the Ole Miss community. The time is finally here for you to see these ideas and offer your input!

The committee could not be more please with the participation in the first poll. After receiving more than 1,000 suggestions and considering the results of more than 33 focus groups, the Rebel Mascot Committee submitted 11 mascot concepts to the Ole Miss community for input. Over 13,000 students, faculty, staff, alumni and season ticketholders joined the process, and 96% of them responded to at least one mascot concept in a positive way. Since that time, the student committee has been reviewing the concepts and holding them up to the values identified by the Ole Miss family as being important to the new Rebel on-field mascot. The Rebel Mascot Selection Committee has taken more time than expected to make sure the designs presented in this round of polling are respectful of the Ole Miss traditions and pride.

In doing so, the Rebel Mascot Selection Committee has eliminated the Rebel Lion and the Rebel Stallion from the list of potential concepts. Though there was positive response to the play on the words in "Rebellion" and "Pride of the South", the committee concluded that the connection to Mississippi and Ole Miss was not strong enough for this concept to be viable. Also, many were enthusiastic about a live horse as a mascot to lead the Ole Miss Rebels. However, because of limited space on the stadium sidelines and in other athletics venues, the committee soon realized that a live horse would, at most, have a brief and limited role at the beginning of each football game. As a result, this mascot idea ultimately turned on the appeal of a costumed horse to lead our teams during all games (including basketball, baseball and other venues where live horses would not be practicable) and to attend special events. Very little support for a costumed horse emerged in the focus groups and among the student committee, which led to the elimination of the Stallion concept.

Based upon the earlier poll, the Rebel Stallion and the Rebel Lion were the fourth and fifth most popular concepts. Thus, the committee was comfortable eliminating them based upon the reasons described above.
It's like these people live in a cocoon. Ole Miss, they don't take Mike the Tiger to Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge! The horse would have been fantastic. Little children could visit the horse throughout the year and take pictures. Every 3-5 years, a new horse is chosen. Copy from the Georgia Bulldogs, it doesn't matter. You could of had Rebel I, Rebel II, on and on.

So what that he would only be around at the start of the football game? It'd make it that more special. Run him out there, go up on two legs at midfield, and charge off. Then the costume mascot can handle it from there. That's not crazy - in fact, I think it makes a lot of sense.

And look back at that line, "...the Rebel Mascot Selection Committee has eliminated the Rebel Lion and the Rebel Stallion from the list of potential concepts. Though there was positive response to the play on the words in "Rebellion" and "Pride of the South", the committee concluded that the connection to Mississippi and Ole Miss was not strong enough for this concept to be viable."

And a Bear or Land Shark is more "connected" to Mississippi? Hey, Ole Miss, 'Land Sharks' aren't REAL!! There are less than 100 bears in Mississippi!

More from the email I received today:
It is the Rebel Mascot Selection Committee's greatest desire during this selection period that all parts of the Ole Miss community are aware of the process, and remain well informed about each decision. The committee members thank you for your patience and support and are looking forward to the end result!
Well, Ole Miss fans, nevermind that you may not be satisfied, at least you were informed throughout the process of how terrible this all is.

More:
Now for the fun part! The Rebel Mascot Selection Committee has three creative mascot designs for you to review: The Rebel Black Bear, The Rebel Land Shark, and Hotty Toddy. Your feedback in this phase of the mascot selection process is incredibly important. The poll results will greatly influence which concept becomes the new on-field mascot for the Ole Miss Rebels. As always, we value your input tremendously, so please give each design a chance to "soak in" and then give us your thoughts.
Yeah, tons of fun. You know why they want you to "soak in" the candidates, because any sane person, on first glance, should be disgusted by these choices.

What you're left with.
But notice that it doesn't explicitly say that the mascot receiving the most votes will be the mascot - it will "greatly influence". Could this already be decided? And if you're an Ole Miss fan, are you comfortable with that?

Considering how it's gone to this point, I'm not sure that I'd be.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Against My Better Judgement...

I like to tinker with stuff, and new technology always interest me. And recently, I've been interested in the new Gmail 'Call Phone' (there's no official name yet).

I noticed the new feature a few months back and have made sporadic calls from it. But I was reading the WSJ last week, and I was walked through a few more of the features. Upon further exploration, I saw that you could create a separate voicemail box through a widget.

And that's what we have here:



If you click on that, you'll be talking to my voicemail, and whether it's to complain about Alabama throwing the ball too much, why Mark Richt's job is safe, what a buffoon Les Miles is, or how much you hate me or the daily play - you can let me hear about it.

If it's good (or at least, entertaining), I'll post it for everyone.

How it works (and it's all free, according to Google):
1) Amp yourself up enough to want to have your voice heard.
2) Click on the link on the right hand side.
3) Enter your number, and Google will call you.
4) Answer the call, hit '1', and start recording after the tone.

That's it, and inebriated voicemails are strongly encouraged. Strongly encouraged.

I'm sure this will end up being to my detriment, but it's a cool feature that I wanted to give a try. Have fun.

Alabama Lost!! No National Title for the SEC? The End is Nigh!

My friend Paul Finebaum has the week off, because his work was done for him on Saturday. I'm pretty sure that Bobby from Homewood, I-Man, Charles from Reeltown, and Tammy are already on hold ready to talk about the Tide. (Shane from Center Point doesn't have to hold, of course - he's got the hotline number.)

It was a week ago that most of the national writers and talking heads proclaimed the SEC as a one-team league. And while I thought Alabama was the best team in the conference, I didn't want to classify it in such a way. "One-team league" to me connotates the notions of those USC/Pac-10 years and the early '00s with Ohio State/Big Ten.

It's all changed now. Alabama falls to number eight in the coaches poll, and with the BCS rankings a week away, the SEC could have some issues with picking up its fifth straight national championship. While on the surface the odds look good - the SEC does have over 38% of the top 13 teams (Big Ten: 15%, Big XII: 15%, Mtn West: 15%, Pac-10: 7.7%, WAC: 7.7%) - if it were poker hands, the SEC would be looking alright.

But with Auburn, Arkansas, and LSU all still with two games left between each other, and Alabama still owing games to LSU and Auburn - someone is going to need to do something extra special for the SEC to make its way back to the title game. On the eastern side, it's pretty much down to the November 13th matchup between South Carolina and Florida. For the SEC to have a shot at continued BCS glory, the Gamecocks would have to win here and go to Atlanta with only their one loss.

And check that ranking for Florida - a bit brutal to fall to 22 isn't it? Lose by a hair (literally) to a higher ranked opponent, and they find themselves down with Nevada and Air Force. Wasn't it only 9 days ago that Florida was a national title contender? Polls are dumb.

And for today's obvious statement: this year, the SEC is going to need some help if it wants to make it back.

Obviously they'll get help, because at some point, Oklahoma or Nebraska will lose, but the SEC needs both those teams to leave the Big XII championship game with one loss. And, Oregon or Ohio State will need to falter.

My prediction is that Oregon will get snakebit down the line (it just seems to happen in the Pac-10), but Ohio State will finish out the year undefeated.

So, the question for us all to ponder: in this season, will a one-loss SEC team bypass an undefeated Boise State or undefeated Utah/TCU? Or both? Trickier in this year than others is that these teams will go in to the early portion of the BCS ranked higher.

And, to frustrate us even more, will the SEC teams hurt themselves by beating each other down the stretch? (Florida has already fallen to 22, remember.)

So I guess I'm proposing that those who proclaimed the SEC as the new Big Ten/Pac-10 'one-team' league will be revising their words going forward. This past weekend, the SEC showed that it is still the nation's most competitive conference, and why it's the most difficult league to make the national title game.

Maybe it will all sort itself out down the line - maybe Auburn or (God forbid) LSU will run the table and claim the spot outright. We do still live in a world where an undefeated SEC team makes the title game, right?

10/10 NFL Locks - Afternoon and Tonight

More locks for you today. Let's continue to win back Saturday today.

The locks:

Raiders +7'
Eagles +3

10/10 NFL Locks - Early Games

I don't pick NFL games ordinarily, but I know somebody that does. He was 3-0 las week, and he's got some plays for you today. First, the early games.
Let's do this:

Washington +4
Cleveland +4'
NY Giants +3'

Check back in a bit for the late afternoon games.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

10/9 Locks Are In

Tracked down my man, and he's got winners. This week, he and I against each other on one game, but that's how it goes. Who do you love more?

The Locks:

Georgia -11'
Alabama/ South Carolina over 47
Kentucky +6'
Tulane -1
Wisconsin -22

We're in this together, so today, let's make the bookmakers pay.

10/9 College Football Plays

15-10 to this point of the season, and this week, I'm a little tilted towards the totals. And I've seen spreads and totals all over the place this morning, so I'm going with the current Scores and Odds lines (as of this posting) for the plays. As always, if you can buy a half point, do it.

The plays:

Florida -6'
Auburn -6'
Alabama/South Carolina over 47
Miss St/Houston under 54'
Toledo/Boise over 58'

I'm expecting the locks any minute, so check back here shortly.

Good luck today.

Friday, October 8, 2010

In South Florida, I Discover a New Crowd of Degenerates: Jai Alai

My talents are currently in South Beach. Fortunately (or unfortunately), they will return tomorrow with college football picks and locks.



I have learned, however, that betting on Jai Alai is incredibly fun. At a Jai Alai arena, these old men just holler at the players, calling them 'bums' and 'hacks' - much like any other sporting event. However, the difference here is that the players can hear the taunts clearly.

Which to me adds a whole other element to the contest: "The Revenge Laydown". If a player is offended or upset by something said to him by the crowd, perhaps he figures that they've got money on him, and he'd rather intentionally throw the point than give that jerk the satisfaction of winning his bet.

What's more, perhaps this player is popular with the other players, and some collusion goes in to help their friend.

These are the types of things I think about. Scary, right?

Regardless, I want more Jai Alai.

- posted from the road

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

SEC Week 5 Takeaways

Quick thoughts and comments after thinking about the week that was in the SEC.

1) Auburn, 2) Vanderbilt, and 3) Mississippi State.

Didn't learn much out of these three that we didn't know about before. Vandy gets waxed by a less than stellar UConn crew, while Mississippi State went against Steve McNair's alma mater - Chris Relf did seem to make more of a pocket effort this week, going 11 of 15 for 209 and 2 TDs, while only running three times.

Can Cam win from the pocket?
Auburn has presented themselves as players in the SEC West, and I'll admit, I'm surprised with the quality job that Gene Chizik has done with the Tigers, and it seems that the hire from over a year ago may have been the right thing after all.

The biggest items for Auburn going forward: 1) How they will perform on the road, and 2) how they will perform when they find themselves down multiple scores in a game. Cam Newton has yet to prove to me that he can stay in the pocket and hurt teams with his arm. And if you recall years ago when Gus Malzahn was at Arkansas, the biggest fault of that McFadden/Jones team was that when they got down multiple scores in a game and were forced to throw, they would fall apart. (You can't rely on Casey Dick in the SEC.)

They were briefly down two scores early against South Carolina and were able to come back. Can they overcome late-game deficits?

But how good is Cam Newton as a passer? Is he a better passer than Casey Dick was? I'm not sure. Yet.

4) Alabama.

In Tuscaloosa, the NFL plays on Saturday. And that's the difference in one sentence. Nick Saban is rolling out professional football players each week. They are bigger, faster, and stronger than anyone they face.

The defense continues to grow and mature, and one of the biggest reasons why the Alabama defense makes it so hard on their opponents is that they can all tackle in the open field. Go back and watch the tape of the game against Florida. While this isn't the greatest Florida team Urban has had, it's not a team full of chumps. And Alabama defenders made tackles in space against them.

When you can rely on your defenders to make those one-on-one tackles, you don't have to compensate with your coverage and your defensive schemes. This allows you to have your defenders in more places, covering more ground.

So when you're watching this team, and it seems like Bama defenders are everywhere, it's because they are.

5) Florida.

I wanted to bundle Alabama and Florida together, because I was shown the light on something after this weekend's games: This is not a great Florida team. Not like one of the last four years. They're good, but not great.

And I know why.

I know why Urban Meyer couldn't compete with Nick Saban and, barring some wild oddity, I know why Florida will lose to Alabama next year, too.

Trent Richardson.

That's it. Chalk it all up to that. Trent Richardson's final two teams on his recruiting board? Alabama and Florida. Nick Saban got the nod, giving him what became the top two running backs in the SEC (nation?) for 2010.

Against Alabama, Florida was unable to get any penetration up the middle. Again, Bama was bigger, stronger, etc. Turn Richardson's school decision around, and admit it, it would make a big difference.

Last time Alabama and Florida went head to head over a difference maker? Tim Tebow. Urban got the last one and won two national titles. Saban looks poised to match.

6) Tennessee.

Dooley's kids went to Louisiana and helped demonstrate just how unstable LSU really is. Too bad they didn't get credit for the win.

While Tennessee will have it's ups and downs this year (and probably next), my hat is off to them for rebounding from their poor performance against UAB the prior week.

But the Vols can't protect their quarterback. And you don't win if you can't do that.

Dooley doesn't have the players he needs to win in the SEC, so it's too early to tell how this will all shake out. But if he can get similar efforts out of more talented teams in the future, Tennessee may turn out okay.

7) LSU.

Now, while Tennessee showed a lot of heart and effor Saturday, it was also with the benefit of the dumbest coach alive on the opposite sideline. Time and again, Les Miles refused to acknoledge that Steven Ridley was, for a time, getting almost 7 yards a carry (averaged 5.6 for the game). LSU continued to throw the ball in a close game despite not having established a dependable quarterback.

I could go on and on about this game and the buffoonerish coach. In fact, I have gone on and on.

8) South Carolina & 9) Arkansas.

Our two bye week teams last week, and both needed it.

Arkansas needed time to recover from their fourth quarter collapse against Alabama.

South Carolina needed time to recover from their fourth quarter collapse against Auburn. And to figure out who is going to play QB. And to get ready for Alabama. Seems like Spurrier might have been bust the past two weeks.

Quickly with Arkansas. Two numbers: #2 and #102. Those are their respective rankings in passing offense and rushing offense. I believe it's harder to win games if you can't/don't run the ball. Arkansas had the lead against Alabama in the fourth quarter a week and a half ago. Unable to run the ball to run out the clock, Arkansas was forced into some long down and distance situations, and it didn't work out.

10) Georgia.

Somehow Mark Richt managed to lose a game to a guy who, I thought, was on a hotter seat than he was.

When the season began, I thought this weekend's game against Tennessee was a gimme for the Bulldogs. I don't think so anymore, and it's not because Tennessee turned out to be better than I thought.

Georgia is terrible, and now with four losses in a row, Mark Richt is officially coaching game to game for his job. Georgia is an 11 point favorite in this weekend's matchup. A loss to Tennessee this weekend could be the final nail in the coffin.

11) Ole Miss.

This much we know: the fan base (at least those that buy tickets) have almost completely given up on this season. Empty bleacher seats are a-plenty at Vaught-Hemingway. And the way Ole Miss fans' season has gone, I can't blame them.

Houston Nutt has two Cotton Bowl wins at Ole Miss, so he's not in jeopardy. But it is nice of him to go ahead and allow the fans a taste of what he has hung his hat on as a head coach: unmet expectations.

12) Kentucky.

Played Ole Miss close, and host Auburn this week. Unfortunately Joker Phillips is only in his third week of six game losing streak. See you in Week 10, Joker!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Ole Miss' Long National Nightmare Almost Over?

I've said it before... Whatever Ole Miss gets, they deserve it.

Because they are only doing it to themselves.

Kyle Veazey was kind enough to report the three finalists for Ole Miss' mascot search, which Ole Miss students and alum will be voting on tomorrow.

My main point before with the Ackbar stuff was that Ole Miss was allowing (and even promoting) themselves to be made fun of. The administration has been setting the plate ever since to have their school made fun of. And the worst part is that this decision is one that will linger for years. It's not like it's a quirky coach that is embarrassing and can just be fired - this is your school mascot, a symbol of your university.

And you think that THESE options are the best way to represent your school? Holy crap.

The choices, and my quick critiques:

1) The Rebel Land Shark.


Doesn't make any sense and looks goofy, too. The only landshark I want to see is this one:

If Ole Miss' land shark doesn't walk up to coeds on the Grove and try to give them candygrams, then I'm not interested. A Rebel Land Shark?

Ole Miss fans, let's play a little game (which you should do with all of these candidates): What can you visualize, and what wouldn't be embarrassing? I am willing to bet that if you took the ferocious 'Land Shark' into a night game in Baton Rouge, by the end of the night, those drunk cajuns would be feasting on shark meat. They will laugh at you. And point. And turn to their friends and laugh some more.

Land Shark? Do you want this? Come on.

2) The Rebel Black Bear.


I've lived in the south for most of my life, and I can't say that I've ever seen a black bear outside of a zoo. But, in all honesty, I haven't been looking for them, so they may be out there.

Another problem is the Ole Miss administration decided to use the South Park Muhammad bear outfit as their potential mascot.

And how about that sun hat he's wearing? I didn't realize that black bears were so concerned about their ears getting sunburned. Maybe it's a public service thing, raising awareness for skin cancer.

Regardless, while 'Bears' isn't necessarily a poor mascot, I'm not sure what it has to do with 'Rebels'. And I'm also not sure why he has to look like he'd come and eat breakfast with your kids at a Disney resort.

3) Hotty Toddy


And here's your winner. By default, however.

Although I'm unsure as to the grey skin. Is that just for the demo purposes, and will it actually be a student? Or is it a full-body lycra suit?

I hope it's the lycra. Just another example of the influence It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has had in our culture. And that's a good thing. Anytime you can think of Charlie Day in a skin tight neon green bodysuit, I'm for it.

And I love the grey. You know what grey is, right? Black and white, mixed together.

You see? It's all come full circle. Ole Miss has come to terms with it's divisive past, and what better way to demonstrate that they have truly changed as a university culture than to have a grey-skinned mascot. And that's important.

And most of the last few paragraphs were sarcastic.

Too bad this has all been a botched process. While it is acknowledged that Colonel Reb shouldn't have been the mascot anymore, for Ole Miss fans to be left with these choices for what will be a major symbol for their school is, in my opinion, a disaster.

After tomorrow, Ole Miss fans will be calling for a recount.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Les Miles = Buffoonery

The Coaches' Poll is out, and if there was ever a litmus test to decide whether or not they should have a say in determining who plays for the national title, this past weekend would have been a great opportunity.

Had it been an actual test, the coaches would have failed miserably, as LSU maintained a top 10 (#9) ranking from its peers. How any football coach at any level could support what happened Saturday in Baton Rouge is either a demonstration of how coaches being unprepared to vote, or...

Strategic.

Keeping the LSU Tigers and their confused coach high in the rankings continues the complicating problem for LSU fans and officials. Les Miles has done enough on his own so that he has reached a level annual 'hot seat' status as a coach in the SEC. But if the opposing coaches keep his stock artificially inflated, can you get rid of him?

Enough with that though - I don't really think coaches engage in a collusion effort against LSU. It does show, however, that the coaches poll is just another item for the bulletin board of all things wrong with college football.

(But that's not what I'm writing this post about - you know that.)

On many occasions, I have taken the opportunity to label the current Louisiana State head football coach with such adjectives and monikers including dimwitted, dumb, lost, ridiculous, incredibly stupid, a doofus, bonehead, moronic...

But my favorite is 'buffoon'.
"I can only tell you that the only fit to me for those players on this campus is extremely good."
- Les Miles, LSUSports.net Jan 2, 2005
Les Miles deflated brain.
Courtesy of LSUfreek & EDSBS
Les Miles... is a buffoon.

I played organized football through ninth grade, when I decided to focus on other sports. I also played a lot of flag football in college and after college in city recreation leagues. But I have never, ever considered myself qualified or knowledgeable enough to coach a football team at a high level.

Les Miles has changed my position on this.

There is no doubt in my mind that you or I have better time management skills than Les Miles, and that LSU football would be in better hands with you or I at the helm in the two-minute drill.

Why it was even crazier than it seemed:

1) Miles replaced the quarterback that drove them down the field and put LSU into a position to win.

Why is this crazy? Because it presented Les Miles with the opportunity to solidify who his quarterback should be for the rest of the season. Jordan Jefferson had struggled all season, creating the situation Saturday of Miles going with a dual quarterback strategy. (Which, by the way wasn't all that great - until the last play, only one touchdown against a terrible Tennessee team. And that was Jefferson's 83 yard run on the first play of the game.)

Jarrett Lee did outperform Jordan Jefferson Saturday, at least as a quarterback. Jefferson was 3/10 for 30 yards. Lee had 16/23 for 185.

It was a perfect opportunity for Miles to allow Lee to finish the drive, win the game, and go into the second half of the year with momentum and confidence for his quarterback.

Did Les do this? Of course not.

Because he's incapable of realizing what is happening around him.

1b) And to support this even more...

Watch the video below. On first and goal, Jarrett Lee MADE THE SMART PLAY and threw the ball away when he didn't have anything. He avoided risking a turnover, and stopped the clock.

Smart play. Unlike his coach.

2 and 3) Sending Jordan Jefferson into the game without two plays.

This is where it gets elementary. I coached junior high and high school basketball for four years. That means I was coaching kids anywhere from thirteen to eighteen years old. In close end-of-game situations, I would give the players their playcall, followed by - and this is the key - instructions as to what to do if the play did work and what to do if the play didn't work.

Something like:
"Okay, if we score here, make them pick up the ball on the inbound, get back, and don't foul a shooter. And remember, if we DON'T score here, foul right away. Got it?"

Sometimes I would even repeat these instructions. You know, just to be sure. This was not something I learned at 'coaching school'. Hell, I never went to a 'coaching school'. I just played a lot of sports growing up and realized that the more mentally prepared I was for certain situations, it was more likely that I would do the right thing. Simply put, I would plan ahead, so that if I was ever presented with an opportunity where a quick decision was needed, I would at least know what my options were, and likely would know which one was appropriate for that situation.

It's called being prepared. Being organized. Being smart.

Les Miles demonstrated that he was none of these here. And it's magnified even more, because he and his coaches HAD ACCESS TO THE PLAYER. Physical, tactile access.

It wasn't like they were trying to communicate playcalls to a frantic Jarrett Lee as he was driving down the field, he sent in the guy who had been standing next to him and his coaches for five minutes.

(I've already said that sending in Jefferson was a mistake, but let's go under the assumption that it wasn't. Maybe Jarrett Lee wasn't prepared for the entire goal line package. Which would be dumb, too, but whatever.)

So Miles and his coaches HAD ACCESS (wanted to emphasize this again) to instruct this player as to what to do if he entered the game.

But they didn't do this. The problem then is that there wasn't a conversation that should have been had. I imagine the conversation that actually took place:

Miles: Okay, Jordan, you're going in.
Jordan: Who? Me?
Miles: Yes, you. We want you to go in and run a sweep around right tackle.
Jordan: A running play when we have no timeouts? Shouldn't I have a passing option at the back of the end zone?
Miles: No, we don't want to complicate it. Just get around the corner, put your head down, and get in the endzone.
Jordan: Coach, are you sure? Jarrett just got us all the way down the field.
Miles: No, we want you to score this touchdown.
Jordan: Yes, Coach. What's the call if I don't get in?
Miles: Don't get in? What are you talking about? Get in the game, son!

(You'll notice that I gave this section a 2 & 3. These paragraphs are why...)

They called a play around end with no pass option, even as they had no timeouts. Even if they told Jordan to run it in, call a playaction, roll right with a back endzone option (so to keep the defensive back from committing to the run), and if he doesn't think he can get it in, throw it in the stands. This is a big deal because it would stop the clock and allow for a huddled playcall, or - as we saw - the opportunity to substitute personnel. So, I consider

And as we've discussed, then there was no backup plan if the playcall wasn't successful. No second playcall, nothing.


4) Not telling Jefferson to spike the ball after it was clear there was confusion on the field.

This is where it's clear there was no second playcall. Jefferson is standing at the end of the offensive line with hands out in the international what-am-I-supposed-to-do stance.

Two things should have happened here: A) a coach should have instructed Jefferson to just spike it (there were still 20 seconds left) or B) Jefferson should have realized that his coaching staff is led by an imbecile and that he needed to take charge and just spike it himself.

However, this turn of events also leads me to pose a question. But first, I want to bring attention to the idea that when myself or anyone else asks a question that could be considered 'foolish' or 'immature' - it's usually true. We are going for shock value or to exaggerate a situation.

But when it comes to questions like this and Les Miles, I'm completely serious. He's earned it.

Did Les Miles even know what down it was?

I don't think this question is out line. We'll obviously never know, but I do know that it is not beyond believability that Les Miles could of gotten so caught up in the moment that he forgot what down it was. Or, he didn't know that the pass interference call gave him a new set of downs. (Why he wouldn't know this? It is Les Miles.)

Perhaps that's why Jefferson didn't spike the ball. But that doesn't explain...

5) Why did they substitute?

This is more of a critique of the lack of the second playcall, but the timing of the substitutions is also suspect. Seven seconds went by before we see the first sub enter from the bottom of the screen.

Again, the LSU sideline was not prepared.

But, of course, this is how Les Miles won the game.

And oddly, the victory is the most frustrating item for LSU fans. You just can't seem to get rid of this guy.

LSU fans want Les Miles out SO badly, they can taste it. You can hear on that video - at the point when LSU lost the game - the overwhelming boos ringing throughout Death Valley.

It could of been the opening LSU fans, media, and administrators have been looking for. And while it can be another bullet in the gun, LSU fans don't have what they need to fire the kill shot.

They're stuck with their buffoon football coach.

Boise Watches As Teams Pass Them By

Oregon jumped Boise State in the AP. And while the AP isn't a portion of the BCS formula anymore, I believe that this is indicative of what will happen in the human polls that do factor in.

In fact, I have said it before...
What will end up happening this year is that during/after a succession of 'nobody' games from Boise (New Mexico State, Toledo, San Jose State, Louisiana Tech...), other highly ranked teams won't be playing 'nobody' games. And, they'll pass Boise in the standings. Impressive wins over other good teams make a difference in the moment, and the Broncos will be left out in the cold.
Yep, I just blockquoted myself.

It just goes to show that teams in Boise's position are caught in such a catch-22 that no matter what they try, the system doesn't allow for them to get their shot.

I've got more thoughts on this, but posting via an iPhone is a bit cumbersome. Plus, I haven't figured out how to add pictures this way, and I love pictures. So more on this, Alabama, and Les Miles in awhile.

- posted from the road

NFL Locks Are In

Tracked down my man this morning, and he's got some NFL for us.

San Francisco +6'
Cleveland +2'
St. Louis +1'

Now, go waste the rest of your weekend.

- posted from the road

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Later Day Plays

Yeah, my Auburn analysis was a little off. Nice job by Cam Newton with 245 yards passing. While I don't attribute these plays to my yearly log (for good or bad), I'm throwing in on a few other games today.

Thought I'd share:
Boomer Sooner, as long as they score 25.
1) In Oklahoma/Texas, the Oklahoma over 24'

And they're having fun in Dallas:
Nearly 50 people were arrested overnight in downtown Dallas ahead of the Texas-Oklahoma game, local police reported Saturday, according to The Associated Press.

Police said the arrests were for public intoxication, mostly in the West End section of the city, the AP report said.

A news release stated 300 parking tickets were also issued and two vehicles towed.
Sounds like a good time to me.

2) Alabama -8'

I'm sure I've liked Alabama in almost every game this year, but I look at this matchup this way: I think Alabama is better than they were last year, and Florida is not as good. Bama is playing at home, and Florida's kicker is out.

So I don't think that's crazy.