Saturday, October 29, 2011

Week 9 College Football Plays

Quick shout out to my boy B Jones in Huntsville. Saw him last weekend for the first time in awhile. He's been spending his time popping out a bunch of kids. For his wife's sake, let's hope he's done for awhile.

I'm writing this from different spots on 280, on my way to Auburn. It's an effort to see the SEC's worst team (Ole Miss) and contrast it to next week's Game of the Millenium. Hope I can handle the shock of it.

We've done really well the past few weeks on the site. Some of us (me) have been able to flip the script with a few well-timed parlays. I'd go back and give you our record, but I don't know how to do that from my phone.

Regardless, here are my plays for this week at the number that I got or bought down to, live from highway 280:

South Carolina -3 (I know - I am currently involced in a Spurrier boycott, but UT is soooo bad.)

Auburn -12' (Speaking of bad, the Rebels.)

Arkansas -8' (Vandy might be mad, but I think people are forgetting that Arkansas is clearly #3 in the conference, with a lot of space between them and #9 Vandy. I'd say at least 10 points of space.)

My man also has some trick-or-treats for us...

Louisville -3
Georgia Tech +3'
Nebraska -4
Oklahoma -13
Florida +3

Good luck.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Once Again, Photoshop Rules The Day

Thanks to fellow fantasy baseballer P-Shedd for hooking me up...


If anyone has any others they want to share, please send to the Facebook page or Twitter, and I'll put them up. Pro-Bama or Pro-LSU, doesn't matter to me.

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Saban Talks LSU

Is it just me, or is Nick Saban wearing this grey shirt a lot? Pretty sure I've seen it a few times now. Must be his 'Wednesday' shirt.

Anyway, here he is using a bunch of business buzzwords when talking about LSU.



He's not as bad as he used to be, I listened to it twice and didn't hear "process" once. Perhaps I missed it... or is Nick Saban slipping?

#PROCESS

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Stephen Colbert On The NCAA

Stephen Colbert welcomed NCAA hater Taylor Branch onto his show. Of course, not much was accomplished.


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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Grocery Store Wine Bar?

Went to the Whole Foods in Mountain Brook earlier this evening. I remember when it first opened, I was doing radio in Birmingham, and I wanted to do a remote from the opening to cover the madness.

My next experience with a Whole Foods was in Memphis, TN. After two years of going to dirty Schnuck's and convenient-but-pricey Miss Cordelia's, I found the Whole Foods over in East Memphis. It was like going on vacation. Possibly the cleanest place in the whole city.

But tonight I saw something that I couldn't quite get my head around: a bar in the grocery store. And folks were actually there drinking, eating dinner.

Errbody gettin' tipsy at Whole Foods.
Just not sure I see the grocery store as a social conclave. Usually when I see people I know at the grocery store, I'll give you the nod and move on, or maybe a quick convo.

So how does it work? Do you call up somebody, and you decide to meet for drinks at the grocery store?

Is this cool to do or not?

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

An Endorsement for Asshole Baby & The Qualifications Required to Have a Child

This baby is an asshole.
Hello, all.

My buddy Phillip has started a new blog that I want to give a quick shout-out to. Asshole Baby.

It's a blog by a guy who I can't (personally) believe actually procreated. My friend Lance Taylor and I have discussed many times that people should have a license in order to have a child. At least some level of qualification. Think about it - is there a greater responsibility in life? You become completely responsible for another life. Without you, they don't eat, don't stay warm, nothing. And just anybody is allowed to take a run at it.

There should be some requirements right? Like Barney Fife, I believe that if you want to address a problem, you get in front of it. Nip it in the bud.

If it were up to me, the qualifications for getting your parenting license:

1) Be able to read at a fifth-grade level. I don't think children should be managing children, and if the parent can at least read to this level, they are likely to be employed or employable, with enough intelligence to have a basic understanding of what is right/wrong or safe/dangerous. If a person can't read the same stuff I was reading when I was 10 years old - you don't need a kid.

Can't believe Leah and Corey
didn't work out.
2) A desire to be featured on Teen Mom? If so, immediately disqualified, axe to the fallopian tubes. At least tie them up 'til your thirty. Teen Mom may be the greatest injustice to any child. Exploiting these girls and their families is WRONG. In what - I guess - was conceived as a deterrent for teen pregnancy, you end up with teen girls trying to get pregnant so they can get on the show. If you or someone you know would want to be on Teen Mom, lock them in a shed with the Bible for then next 15 years. Girls who want to have a kid so they can be on TV should not be parents, and this fact is prominently displayed on the show. At least I have Kim Kardashian fighting on my side here.

3) Can you name the current President? Assuming you're an American, if you don't know who is in charge of the country, you shouldn't be in charge of anybody.

4) A basic understanding of safety/good sense. Things like not taking the child to a baseball game on a sunny day with nothing to cover them. Or leaving them in the car alone. All of these people would be disqualified.

If you find yourself on the south side of any of these requirements, I'm sorry, but rules are rules. Feel free to change your lifestyle, and we can revisit. But I promise you and the kid that we are doing everyone involved a solid.

That's it. I'm not looking to exclude anyone that wants to have a child. I'm trying to weed out the people where the child wouldn't want them.

Asshole Baby is Phillip giving us an unfiltered play-by-play of what it's really like to be a parent. I am unsure if he would have gotten his parenting license.

I am having a hard time understanding how the mother is allowing any of this to happen. Perhaps she just doesn't know. But it is a bit of a refreshing read if you are in that stage of life where you are inundated with either wedding announcements or "look who's having a baby?" cues.

Phillip is not a politically correct guy - so be warned. He's already taken one post down that even I think went a bit too far. (So be sure to check his site daily so you don't miss out.)

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Waiting On Missouri. And the Hope That It Ain't So... Week 8 Of College Plays.

The Missouri saga continues, as some board of curators now has given the authority to some old guy to enter into contracts.

Listen, I've been to Missouri several times. St. Louis mostly, but I've also driven across it twice. It's really just a huge Alabama. At least that's what it looks like from the car.

I can't believe that Missouri is going to be in the SEC. Boo. Frank Beamer deserves a kick to that marsupial patch on his neck for not stepping up and saying something. Boo to Beamer, boo to that neck patch.

As always, these are my plays at the number I got/bought. Make that money...

Ole Miss +16. I cannot figure out why this # is so low. So that pushes me to it, and the Right Reverend is due to rally the troops in Oxford and - maybe not win, but - at least make a game closer than it should.

Alabama/Tennessee under 47. My buddy Reade has a crazy stat that since LSU '07, there's been only 1 over to hit at an SEC game in Bryant-Denny. That game was Arkansas this year. The question really is can Tennessee score 10. No they cannot.

Oklahoma State -6'. The public is all over the Cowboys here. Usually a bad sign. I don't care. The total is about 70, and that's enough points for Oklahoma State to get some seperation.

I've checked with my man, and here's what he's got:

LSU -21
Miami -2'
Notre Dame -8'
Missouri +6' (head to head with me - do what you must)
Michigan State +7

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

When You Die, They Say You See A White Light. And In That Light Will Be Tim Tebow.

ESPN's homepage this morning. Isn't this a bit much?

He's always looking down upon us.
ESPN.com homepage, 10/20/11
And it's not just on your computer, ESPN The Magazine is on board as well.

Golden boy.
Yes, this is all ridiculous. But I will say, there are two people that I believe immediately lived up to their hype. LeBron James' first few years in the league (the expectations have now changed for LeBron, but when he first got into the league - WOW) and Tim Tebow's impact at Florida.

I remember seeing the promos when Neese State (Tebow's high school) played Hoover on ESPN. The montages were beyond ridiculous. But, there we were, three years later, and Tim Tebow was on his way to a second national title during his tenure. His time at Florida was revolutionary and met or exceeded all the hype and expectations.

The guy's won at life every step of the way. I say screw the experts. In the NFL, he may not put up the stats of Aaron Rodgers. Hell, he may not put up the stats of Kyle Boller - but he wins. He always has.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Little Foolishness

Saw this on Facebook. Looks like it is old, but I thought it was funny.


Found some more of these here.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Where Googling Will Get You If You're Not Careful

I don't even know where I started. But here's where I ended up...

The Family Feud poll question - What Do You Put In Your Mouth, But Don't Swallow?

Surely, no one would say it, right? Right?



No - not the preacher's wife!

I also ended up with what sounds like the world's worst plastic surgeon...


There you have it. What happens when Google controls YOU.

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Sunday, October 16, 2011

This Dude Does Not Like Tennessee

Oh boy, this is good...



And that about sums it up.

Dude does NOT like pumpkins.

(Thanks to my girl Lisa for the hookup. And please note that I would not recommend going to ORSM.net if you are at work, or near anyone whose opinion you value.)

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And For 'Fun', the NFL...

Just remember - she wants you to win.
I had quit posting NFL plays on the site, but just for fun (and in case you need some help buying back Saturday...).

This is a dual effort between my man and I. We have a strong disagreement on one of these games. (Hint: it involves an extremely hyped quarterback who deserves the praise, and an extremely hyped quarterback who does not. And it's being played at 4:15 eastern in Foxboro, MA. See if you can figure it out.)

Here we go, with the #s that I got them/bought them at:

Bengals -5'
Giants -2'
Browns +7'
Bucs +7
Patriots -5'

Good luck.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

On James Franklin: I Gotta Tell Ya... I'm A Fan

I haven't discussed Vanderbilt football in this space in... well, I believe never.

That changes now.

I am now a fan of James Franklin. This dude can own a press conference.



A few years back, I got to sit in at a press conference with Billy Donovan, fresh off his back-to-back NCAA Championship. When Donovan entered the room and sat behind that microphone - the entire room was mesmerized by him. Myself and about a hundred other grown men hung on every single word. It was odd how he had that effect on everyone there, and it was one of those things that I didn't even realize it until it was over. But he had completely captivated the room.

James Franklin ain't Billy Donovan. But what I saw tonight was a bit of a glimpse of that evening. Franklin owned that room there. I don't know if he's been doing this all season, but if he can continue to have this presence - in media rooms, press conferences, and most importantly - in the living rooms of recruits, this guy may actually change things at Vanderbilt. And from what I saw tonight, I hope he does. This is a guy that I want to be successful in the SEC.

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Cam Newton Is A Free Man! So Share Some of That Cash-O-La. Week 7College Plays.

Cam Newton and Auburn were vindicated this week, as the NCAA has closed the books on their investigation in his recruitment. I like the caveat of "until new evidence is brought forward" - just to keep Bama fans hoping.

So, it turns out that Newton's move to Auburn was on the up and up. Fair enough. I thought he was the greatest college football player I had ever seen (over-taking Reggie Bush's spot in my mind), and if his records/stats can stand, all the better to measure against the next great player.

I scored the new iPhone 4S yesterday, and I am pumped. I'm a little concerned about the battery life - it's better than my 3GS, but I'm not convinced it could make it through an entire day of solid usage. I'll be looking to add a lot more video and pics with the new phone.

As always, these are my plays, at the number that I got them (or bought them) at. I often dial in early in weeks when I feel like the number is going to move against me.

Pittsburgh -5'
South Carolina -3 (A case where dialing in early actually cost me a little.)
Florida/Auburn UNDER 51


Since I had a few early plays, I got with my man a little earlier this morning. Here's what he had:

Michigan State -3
Texas A&M -8
Florida -2
Mississippi State +3 (Another head-to-head. Do what you must.)

Let's hope that after today, we'll all be singing this...



How awesome were they? And still are!



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Friday, October 14, 2011

Not A Fan of This. You'll See Why.

Here you go...



If you ever want to piss me off - do something like this.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Stephen Garcia. Is He Really Gone?

Heard the news today. Garcia no longer with the team.

In my despair and disappointment of being faced with the end of my favorite coach/quarterback relationship of all time, my mind immediately went to this.



Of course, perhaps it's an omen for Garcia. Both Joe Namath and Kenny Stabler were once kicked off of their college teams. And, as I understand it, they all had similar off-field lifestyle choices.

Let's hope we meet again, Stephen.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

RC Johnson Adds Another To The RC Archive

RC Johnson is the director of athletics at the University of Memphis. He may also be senile.

In what has been noted in this space before, Mr. Johnson has an innate (and seemingly incurable) ability to 1) have no perception of reality and 2) be willing to display this non-perception with the public.

Today, RC had this to say, courtesy of WMC-TV in Memphis:
"We want to try to get ourselves in the best possible place," Johnson said. "Ultimately we would like to be in the SEC. That's where we think we belong geographically. We think we deserve to be."
This from the man who has knocked on every conference door in the country, pleading with anyone to take his school into his conference. And with no success.


It is clear that with RC Johnson's statements he is completely in the dark on how the rest of the country views his athletic department. I'll provide some examples in a second, but where RC is taking this University - which, I believe, has a fair amount of potential - isn't just into oblivion. He's taken it into a total embarrassment. Now, I don't want this to happen, but I'm honestly fearing the day he wets himself on the podium. If this doesn't demonstrate that he's lost control of his faculties, I don't know what does.

If I can have a moment alone with RC...

RC, they are all laughing at you. Look...

Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated (@slmandel):
The beauty of realignment is that whenever someone says something stupid, someone else trumps it. Memphis' AD: http://t.co/vsthRPs9
Andy Staples of Yahoo (@Andy_Staples):
Is it bad that I originally thought the R.C. Johnson/Memphis "deserves to be in the SEC" story came from The Onion? http://t.co/9qCxLIgI
Bruce Feldman of CBS (@BFeldmancbs):
In football?? They'd struggle to compete in the SunBelt now. MT @mengus22: Memphis AD RC Johnson says Memphis "deserves to be in the SEC".
Chadd Scott of Atlanta radio (@ChaddScott):
Words fail me RT @mengus22 Memphis Athletic Director RC Johnson says Memphis "deserves to be in the SEC". http://t.co/f0XPOZ3w
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! (@DanWetzel):
Often asked why bowl games are able to rip schools off. Have you listened to these ADs? Yes you RC Johnson
Some guy named Doug (@doug_keegan):
And I deserve to be with Scarlett Johansson RT @CFTalk Memphis AD: 'We deserve to be' in the SEC: #collegefootball http://t.co/0J9mVh87
My friend Brandon (@bharris901):
Why didn't RC Johnson just say Memphis deserves to be in the AFC South? Might as well go all-out.
It goes on forever. Fans and national (influential) commentators are straight up laughing at RC. This does not move a program in a positive direction. I've been searching for about 20 minutes, and I haven't seen a positive or supportive tweet or comment on RC's statement yet.

If the trustees of the University are paying any attention at all, please go get granddad his pills and tell him he can't drive anymore. He's just making himself and Memphis look foolish.

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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Cam Newton Plan Week 6

Good week in college last week. I got us a 3-0, while my man lost the Florida/Bama head-to-head matchup with a 3-4 week. Of course, I was pleased. That was until the NFL came Sunday and struck me down. Then, not so pleased.

I can't go anywhere without
this stuff. But not for long...
I'm very excited, as I've dialed in on my iPhone 4S. I would have been more excited had it been an iPhone 5, but then Steve Jobs went and died on Wednesday, so I didn't want to complain too much. I cannot wait, though. I have been bitching about my current iPhone (3GS) for almost a year now, as it gives me just about three hours of battery life. I have to take a charger with me everywhere I go.

But I'm really excited about it, as I think it can add a lot to what I put up here. I can shoot more videos, pictures, and I can have more fun with this space. Which is really what it's supposed to be about, anyway. So starting next Friday, I'll be blogging like a ninja - day or night, I can strike at anytime.

I'm sure you can't wait.


I have to attend a wedding tonight, conveniently scheduled at 6:00 central, which is when all the games I want to watch start. The southern fall wedding has been documented/commented on enough - but we all agree, it's a bad idea, and it's inconvenient on everyone. But I do love free booze and cake, so I'll surrender this time.

Here are my picks for this week. As always, these are my picks at the number that I got them at. I do dial in early in weeks when I feel the number is going to move against me. Let's all play like champions today.

LSU - 12'
Virginia Tech -7 (Big bounce back game here. Hokies are going to bring it.)
Vandy/Alabama under 42
Georgia -1'


My man is in the Big Easy this weekend, so I doubt we'll be hearing from him. If I do, I'll let you know what he's thinking.

Finally, for your viewing pleasure...



Because I couldn't help it, more from Thin Lizzy...



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Friday, October 7, 2011

My Memories of Hank Williams Jr.

We all know that Hank Williams Jr. got the boot this week from ESPN, and we will no longer be introduced to MNF with that great question, "Are you ready for some FOOTBALL!!!??"

Oh, Hank.
I know there's been a lot of heated debate regarding what Hank had to say about the Obama/Boehner golf pairing, and how that made him feel. And, in what was just a major communication disaster, Hank appeared to be comparing Obama to Hitler. I don't know if he actually was, but following it up with "They're the enemy!" probably didn't help his disaster relief/public relations team.

ESPN certainly has their right to hire/contract out whoever they choose. We can - and many are - all debate on whether or not Hank should have been pulled from the show. For now, I'll leave that to the talking heads.

I'm just more concerned about a generation of football fans that will now come along without that tingly-get-you-fired-up opening theme. There's something to this, as I will now explain. I have two Hank Williams Jr. stories, and here they are:

Story #1

September, 2004. I was in the beginning my second year of graduate school in Tuscaloosa, and Hurricane Ivan was making a path for the gulf coast. Ivan was the hurricane that many thought was going to take out New Orleans before making a last-second turn East. My mother was living in Perdido Key (on the coast, right across the state line from Alabama) at the time, and she was one of the smart ones who got out of there. Ivan ended up making landfall in Orange Beach and washed away the historic front room of the Flora-Bama.

Gallette's did not look this nice or clean
when I was in school.
That night, ever the opportunists, my graduate school friends and I decided to have a hurricane party. And so that we wouldn't feel too guilty, everybody chipped in $20 into a jar that we'd send off to some hurricane relief fund. After a good many rounds of flip-cup and full-contact beer pong, it was time to head out to Gallette's (Tuscaloosa's near-campus hole-in-the wall bar for those that don't know) for the night. It was about midnight, and I was one of the first to leave from the party. This is when the excitement happened.

An hour or so earlier, a friend from my fraternity house (I was an undergrad at Alabama as well) caught wind that there was a celebrity amongst us, staying at the Sheraton Five Points on campus. Bocephus himself, Hank Williams Jr.

Hank had apparently been hunting down near Greensboro that day, but was unable to get a flight out because of the storm coming in. So, he saddled up at the hotel in Tuscaloosa for the night. My friend, also an opportunist, took his happy, half-drunk ass over to the Sheraton to go meet Hank.

I'm not sure how, but he meets Hank and they start hanging out together and, well, drinking together. But that's not enough... to the Theta Chi house they go.

Imagine if you are an undergraduate at the University of Alabama, with about $12 cash to your name. There you are, on a Wednesday night, sitting on the couch in the brotherhood room drinking Keystone and watching reruns of South Park. A couple of girls are around, everyone knows there's no classes because of the storm. And then... Hank Williams Jr. walks right in.

They went nuts.

One guy even went upstairs and got his out-of-tune, rarely-played electric guitar and amp for Hank. "A Country Boy Can Survive" was played by the legend in the band room of the fraternity house.

Now, back to me at Gallette's. I was doing my socializing, and the place was slammed. Everyone there also knew classes were cancelled, and - it seemed everyone was an opportunist - the students were taking full advantage. My buddy Lee Yankie was on stage playing guitar. (Lee now plays gigs at the rebuilt Flora-Bama, if you want to check him out.)

I had only been there maybe 20 minutes, and as I was saddling up to the bar for another drink, I heard this roar coming from the front door. A fight? Likely. But not this time.

Hank Williams Jr. was charging through the crowd... and straight for the stage. He was up on stage, and I don't even remember what he sang. What I do remember was Hank flashing his rings and sticking his tongue out repeatedly. He was having a good time, and he knew he was giving a bunch of college kids a thrill.

And, for anyone else that was there, yes - he did lead chant of "Alabama P---y!!" (Fill it in, you'll be right.)

It all happened so fast - I don't think it could have lasted more than 5-7 minutes. After Hank left, my graduate school friends walked in and asked me what was going on. I told them they wouldn't believe it...

Story #2

This is more of a cuter story, which usually aren't my style. And it may not translate over to text. But when I was in high school, I was a pretty good tennis player and spent a lot of time at the tennis courts during the summer.

Our coach had a son who was a bit of a pudgy 7-8 year old. But coach would get John out and try to teach him hand-eye and get him some exercise. John wasn't a very good tennis player, but he was also only 7 years old, so how could we judge?

One of their routines would be to count how many shots in a row John could make. If I recall, John rarely made it past three/four shots. But one day, he gets on a roll.

Four, five, six... and with each shot, his dad (the coach) is getting excited, telling him how great he's doing.

Eight, nine, ten...

Now John is getting excited. He's jumping up and down between shots, smiling, laughing - just really getting pumped up.

twelve, thirteen... Could he make fifteen? He's NEVER done that...

FIFTEEN! (Now it's getting out of hand - neither John nor his dad can contain themselves) Can he get to twenty?

Eighteen... Nineteen... (And all the while, his dad is just feeding him the energy the entire time, with "Look at you go!" and "You can do it, John! Keep going!")

John gets the twentieth shot, makes it, and it is time to celebrate - there's this pudgy 7 year old who is laughing and smiling so much he can't contain it any longer. John jumps up and down, throws up his arms, lets out this huge yell, and screams out... "ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBAAAAAAAALLLL!!!!!!"

On a tennis court, in Anniston, AL. A child was overcome with so much joy and excitement that the only way he could express himself was by screaming out the catchphrase of the opening of Monday Night Football.

Some of my details may be off (number of shots, etc.), but I have never forgotten that.

So I guess the point of why I shared these stories, is that for millions of people going forward, that phrase - sang/said it that way, by that guy - won't be a part of our lives anymore. I remember being a kid - John's age - and that phrase was a big deal. It would give you goose bumps. There you were, probably with your dad, uncle, or grandpa, maybe an older brother, and you were going to get to sit at the TV and watch football with him. The college kids at Gallette's - they probably were introduced to his music in high school or college, but they grew up with Hank Jr. being the Monday Night Football guy. That was a cool thing to grow up with. And Hank Williams Jr. - through all his many, many faults - was a part of that.

Not anymore.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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And yes, I actually do know this guy. Everyone, do like Tom Banks and stay healthy this fall!

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Monday, October 3, 2011

South Carolina Got the Screw Job

South Carolina fans, if you woke up Sunday pissed off, let's drag that anger into the work week.

Quick setup - South Carolina lost to Auburn this weekend with the game finishing on a (what I would think should be more) controversial ruling that time had expired as South Carolina had gotten a first down to put themselves in field goal range. South Carolina was down three at the time.

I was watching the game, and it sure looked like there was at least one (I think two) seconds left as Bruce Ellington's knee went down to get a first down on what ended up being the final play of the game. Take a look for yourself (not my voice in the video):



Now, I am not going to defend Spurrier's clock management during that final drive. They spiked when they should have called timeout, and called timeout when they should have spiked. There are those that say, 'Well, if he had just managed the clock correctly, that last play wouldn't of been that close.' I don't buy into that crap. Yes, he mismanaged the clock. But it doesn't matter - even with the mismanagement, there still should have been 1 or 2 seconds left on the clock.

I watched Spurrier's TV show last night, and he was still hot about it. (I think they tape it Saturday nights) And I think he should be. If South Carolina gets the field goal, the game goes to overtime, maybe they win, and South Carolina stays undefeated. Or they could of still lost - totally possible. But, the Gamecocks were not given the opportunity that they earned. They played well/bad enough to be in a position to tie the game with :01 second left, and were not allowed the opportunity do it.

To this point, the SEC is standing behind the official's decision to end the game. Chuck Dunlap, at last check, is the Associate Director of Media Relations for the SEC Office. After the game, from Chuck Dunlap's Twitter account (@SEC_Chuck):
Statement regarding end of SC/AU game: According to rule 3.3.2e, when a team is awarded a first down, the game clock is stopped when the covering official gives the timeout signal. Based on review, the covering official followed proper procedure.
Okay, rule 3.3.2e you say? Well, let's give it a look:

Rule 3.3.2e
I don't necessarily see that in the rule he cites, but I am also sure that the clock does stop when a covering official gives the timeout signal. But in the rule he does cite, it does show in 3.3.2e1 that the clock stops when a team is awarded a first down.

But okay, so the guys on the field screwed up. Spurrier wasn't really pissed about that. He just wanted it reviewed. Every play in college football is reviewed, after all. Why wasn't the play reviewed?

South Carolina fans, go ahead and get ready to run your head through a wall. This is going to hurt. Because when it comes to reviews I introduce you to rule 12.3.5c:

Rule 12.3.5c
Looks to me like they check mark conditions 1, 2, and 3, and 4 doesn't apply.

Which makes me think: 1) the play should have been reviewed and 2) time should have been put back on the clock.

I've badgered Chuck Dunlap on this via twitter, but no response as of yet. I'll let you know if anything comes around. If you want to join in on questioning him on this, feel free.

Of course, nothing like this has ever happened before, right? Oh, wait...



South Carolina fans, if anyone tells you that you didn't get screwed this past weekend, well, they're lying to you.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Week 5 of the Cam Newton Plan: Not Way Down, But Definitely Not Up

The Arches in Athens, GA
Since it seems the site got a little bit of attention this week, I should probably explain the title of this season's weekly gambling posts. I have Cam Newton in the title only because I thought it was funny. So you know, this is not a pro-Bama or pro-Auburn website. I'm pro-chaos more than anything, but I do make an effort to be fair in any of my thoughts and opinions. So, I'm not looking rile up any Auburn fans (at least not too much) or establish this area as a crimson-colored viewpoint. There you have it.

This week, I take my talents to Athens, GA for the Bulldog v. Bulldog matchup. I'll be rolling with some pretty hardcore Georgia fans, so I can't wait to witness the venom directed toward Mark Richt should things go South. In particular, how quickly it comes out. Love an angry fan base.

Road trips are the best, and road trips to Athens are even better. Great college town, maybe one of the best in America. During my last experience in Athens (2009), I fell in love with a bartender at Barcode. Maybe this time I won't throw a pick-six while talking to her. (By the time I spoke to this girl, I was sporting a BAC that could of gotten me on Dr. Drew. I was in no condition to make a positive impression.)

And now that I'm here, I remembered the trip before (2004), I saw a person get thrown through a Waffle House window. Yes, that bullet-proof thick glass. Over the years, I've had a hard time convincing people that actually happened. If anyone out there was there that night, drop me a line.

And because I haven't camped out for my iPhone 5 yet, my updates during the day will be suspect if at all. Be sure to dial in early on the plays, but tune in on Twitter (@harry_long) for trip updates.

Last week slapped us with a 2-2-1. (UNC with the Nick Bakay Tale of the Tape push.) But I believe it's time we finally make a move. I've been looking close all week and even dialed in a few games early in the week - so if a number looks too good to be true, well it was true, just earlier in the week. (Early bird!) As always, these are my plays, at the number that I got or bought down to:

Georgia -6
Alabama -3
Arizona St/Oregon State over 52
(This game opened with a total of 63 - I have no idea why it dropped. So I'm taking it. Ignorance is bliss.)

I'll be in touch with my man throughout the day, so if there's a game that you want some info on, leave it in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter, and I'll try to hook you up.

UPDATE: 10:00am Central
Got with my man early today, and he's got a slew of games for us to participate in. Here we go:
Toledo +8'
LSU/Kentucky UNDER 47
Kansas State +4
USC -12
South Carolina -10
Virginia Tech -6'
Florida +4 (head to head with me - do what you will)


Let's all celebrate this weekend. To life, love, and keeping that BAC under .20.

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