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A few thoughts for Monday morning:
1. THIS STAT DRIVES WILL MUSCHAMP NUTS: Although he can’t account for what happened the previous four years, the Gators have a history of being one of college football’s most penalized teams. Last year, was the fourth in the last five that the Gators were flagged for 100 or more penalties (100 for 773 yards last season) and it ranked #89 nationally. Alabama, on the other hand, ranked #2 nationally with only 49 penalties the entire season and the Crimson Tide were flagged only once in the national championship game. Muschamp demanded more discipline from his team in the spring and he put tremendous emphasis on fewer penalties.
2. DISCIPLINE COULD HAVE MEANT A MUCH DIFFERENT 2011: Florida finished 7-6 last season but the Gators could have very well won at least two more regular season games with a little bit more discipline. In the Georgia game, the Gators were flagged for 14 penalties for 106 yards in a 24-20 loss including five false starts, three delay of game and two personal fouls. In the South Carolina game (17-12 loss), the Gators were only penalized five times but there was a critical false start that turned a makeable third and two into a third and seven with the end result a missed field goal. An offside on a third down that gave South Carolina a first down at the SC 33 that gave the Gamecocks momentum to drive the ball and almost run out the clock. Without the critical penalties, the Gators might have won those games and 8-4 with wins over Georgia and South Carolina would have seemed much more impressive than a 6-6.
3. DO THE GAMECOCKS HAVE ARIZONA RIGHT WHERE THEY WANT THEM?: If we’ve learned one thing about the South Carolina baseball team the last three years it is never count them out, especially when they have their backs to the wall. They lost to Arizona Sunday night but they will come back tonight with Michael Roth on the mound and Roth just doesn’t lose in these situations. The odds are always with the team that wins the first game of a three-game series but most teams don’t have to face the likes of a Michael Roth in game two. There’s no way I would bet against South Carolina in this game.
4. IS BOISE STATE HEDGING AGAINST THE BIG EAST?: In its desperation to remain a viable BCS league, the Big East signed on Boise State and San Diego State from the Mountain West, then added UCF, Memphis, Houston and from Conference USA and Navy from the independent ranks. Boise State, however, seems to be hedging its bets. The Broncos must be looking at potentially poor Big East television contracts and then figuring that the costs of travel will eat up that pitiful paycheck because they still haven’t withdrawn from the Mountain West Conference and there are ongoing negotiations about keeping them in a conference that makes a lot more sense geographically. If Boise stays, will San Diego State elect to stay also? Stay tuned because we could be watching the Big East come apart at the seams.
5. COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF DETAILS TRICKLING DOWN: Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated reports that the presidents and conference commissioners have agreed to the concept of a four-team playoff. A 12-year deal is about to be signed on that will pit #1 vs. #4 and #2 vs. #3 in semifinal games that will rotate among six existing bowl sites with the championship game being put out for a bid. The Rose Bowl and the Orange Bowl will be part of the permanent six-team rotation but the other four bowls will be chosen from among the Sugar, Fiesta, Cotton, Chik-fil-A and the newly created Champions Bowl. There are still more details to be worked out, according to Staples, such as how the selection committee will be formed and who will be on it, but those should be announced perhaps as early as Tuesday. Whether you like it or not, there will be a playoff starting in 2014.
6. IT’S NBA DRAFT WEEK: There will be no surprise at the top. The New Orleans Hornets are going to choose Kentucky’s Anthony Davis with the first pick. What happens after that is anybody’s guess. After flirting hard with Florida’s Brad Beal and Kentucky’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the Charlotte Bobcats are sending signals that they might have settled on Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson. If that happens, draft experts like ESPN’s Chad Ford say the logical choice for the Washington Wizards would be to pick Beal at #3. Sounds good except for the fact the Wiz defy logic a lot -- they paid Rashard Lewis nearly 22 million big ones last year to average 7.8 points per game – and they’ve got a really nice young shooting guard in Jordan Crawford, who averaged 14.7 per game in his second year in the league. They just traded for small forward Trevor Ariza, but he’s a career 7.8 per game scorer in seven years in the league. The guy that seems to be the best fit here is North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes.
7. IT’S NBA DRAFT WEEK, PART II: The ideal place for Beal to land would be in Cleveland where the Cadavers – oops, Cavaliers – need help at every position except point guard. There is a reason why they’re drafting this high. There is a reason why the only legitimate player they have from which to build a foundation is point guard Kyrie Irving. Beal and Irving would be a nice scoring tandem for Cleveland but this is a team that needs more help than Beal and Irving can provide to stop the bleeding. Brad Beal is about to find out the harsh reality of the draft. Yeah, you get instantly rich but can money salve the wounds of losing?
8. WHAT’S THIS? MAKING SENSE IN CALIFORNIA?: The county of Santa Clara has elected to pull $30 million in taxpayer funds that it pledged to help build the new stadium for the San Francisco 49ers. Now, the city of Santa Clara and the 49ers are threatening to sue the county to get that $30 million back, but who do you think a judge would side with? A pro football team owned by a billionaire or a country that needs $30 million to meet payroll for its teachers?
PARTING SHOT: It’s raining so much that animals are pairing up two-by-two and looking for a large boat. Rainy days are movie days. My favorite five of all time are Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Silence of the Lambs; Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; and Gladiator.
This post was edited by Franz Beard 22 months ago
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I don't know why Alabama can go through a season with so few penalties and the Gators seem to have twice as many every single year. I'm hoping Tim Davis can solve the false start problems. I would like to see the number on false starts from last year. I bet there were at least 50.
your fav 5 movies only included 4
And that's a first down!
What he said!
My top 5 movie list:
2) Harlem Nights
3) Pulp Fiction
4) The Fifth Element
Franz gave the fifth choice to his pet parrot and is waiting for the answer
Silence of the Lambs. Updated.
Boon Dock Saints
O brother where art thou
There are probably better/more that make the lsit, but these are five good ones.
Bama is obviously very disciplines, but they also get the benefit of being Bama in the SEC. During their title run in 2009 they went ELEVEN GAMES WITHOUT A HOLDING PENATLY.. You guys realize that that is completely impossible unless the linemen just aren't actually blocking. In fact, they hold more than just about any team in the SEC. I actually think they teach and develop holding in a way that isn't called. UF seems to be held all the time without it being called, Meanwhile, we get called for the cheesiest of holding penalties. How many runs were called back from Deonte's blocking on the outside? When we were good, cooper and nelson never got called for anything that seemed close to holding. Same with the Pouncy's.
BTW: Thoughts of the day? I turned 28 today.. This sucks!
This post was edited by swampchomp615 22 months ago
Happy G-Day, big dawg
just picked up sherlock holmes game of shadows .
so far it is very good.
I gotta watch the first one. I've heard they're both good.
The thing about Rashard Lewis... Washington flipped Gilbert Arenas to Orlando for Lewis. Arenas had an awful contract himself, and wasn't going to be able to be productive at all in D.C. Then Washington flipped Lewis for two decent pieces in Okafor and Ariza. Those two aren't going to start on great NBA teams, but they're nice pieces for a team that's rebuilding.
So Washington somehow flipped two "unmovable" contracts and came away with cheaper, decent players. Pretty solid move IMO. Plus, New Orleans is going to amnesty Lewis and he'll end up making half of what he was.
1. Happy Gilmore
3. Black Sheep
4. Devils Rejects
5. Dumb & Dumber
Tough to keep "The Little Giants" off that list, I had big dreams as a kid watching that movie..
This post was edited by Muschampions 22 months ago
I find it hard to believe that all involved would sign off on a 12-year deal, not truly knowing where everything is headed in college football. If after a few years, changes need to be made, then what?
I don't disagree with you Marty but that's what Staples is reporting.
great question oh wise one !
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