Your Blogpoll Roundtable this week is hosted by Barking Carnival.
The week hasn’t gotten any better. Just hung up the phone with support after starting early today with guys in Boston, then jumping to Vancouver, then finishing off tonight with Australia.
Add to that cell phone connections that keep going up and down, Internet connectivity that’s doing the same, and it’s been one long week of dysfunction.
BTW, the answers for this roundtable reflect my frustration, so don’t take them too seriously.
Please observe the latest ESPN Heisman Watch. What gridiron presence draws your suspicion and ire?
Before last week I would have said no one because I don’t normally go around hating players in college ball. The past weekend changed that and now I can easily say that Chase Daniel is a big giant girly man who doesn’t deserve the Heisman.
Kind of sad to say that but I can’t get over his ‘dirtiest ever’ comment. He’s a great player, and I like watching Missouri because their offense is fantastic. However, I’m going to savor every shot he takes for the rest of the year.
It’s sad to say because I wanted to root for him, and I’m not going to be for a guy who spit on me. I hope he doesn’t win the Heisman. Next week I'll say this about Graham Harrell. Later on it will be Sam Bradford. I'm an angry person inside, aren't I?
In World War I, British troops were famously characterized as “Lions Led By Donkeys.” What Donkey leading a college football team of Lions is leading his troops into the Somme again this Saturday? Who should replace him after the court martial?
You mean hopeless slaughter?
That would be Mike Sherman, who sucks sucks sucks. The thing about losing troops in the Somme is that you can only get them killed once. Mike Sherman may not get his troops killed this Saturday, but he will get them killed over and over and over and over until it’s finally over for him and Bill Byrne.
Who should replace him? Maybe a stick with “coach” painted on it would be a better choice.
It’s conventional wisdom that it is “good for the game” when certain NFL teams - Dallas, Pittsburgh, Green Bay - or certain NBA teams - LA, Boston, New York - are strong. Others would contend that this is the arrogant self-importance of the traditional elite. With the resurgence of historic programs like Alabama and possibly Notre Dame (now believed to be turning-the-corner in 12 of its last 15 seasons) is it good for college football when certain name programs are strong? If not, why not?
Of course it’s good for the game. When you’re sitting in the airport and you can look at a guy next to you and say “Notre Dame”, there’s a certain comfort level in having a name team you can argue about to pass the time.
Without a name team people are lost - like an angry mob without focus. If you can focus them, like saying "Let's burn down Notre Dame" then you can get them all moving in the same direction, but again, you need a common enemy to do that.
A related question: what team with some record of success could fall off of the face of the earth and CFB wouldn’t miss a beat?
Meechegan. Maybe Ohio State. Look, they have fallen off the face of the earth. Do you miss them? Hell, NO!
Who fancies themselves a name brand, but aren’t?
I’m guessing just about everybody is going to say Missouri here. You know it’s bad when I have other bloggers from other conferences complaining and asking me why they’re so obnoxious.
Missouri fans - learn how to win. We’re aware of how good your team is, you don’t have to tell everyone. Repeatedly. Okay, maybe there’s some Somalians who aren’t aware. Fly over there, tell. them. Maybe there’s a recruit you’re missing.
Texas/OU in Big D. Okie State @ Mizzou. Penn State @ Wiscy. LSU @ Florida. We have Longhorn, Cowboy, Badger, Tiger - which dog is most likely to get it done?
Oklahoma State. Big offense meets big offense. See how much angst I have about Missouri now?
Okay, probably not Oklahoma State because their coach is a goofball. That would leave us with Florida beating LSU because Texas isn't going to beat Oklahoma. If a badger got into a fight with a Nittany Lion, who would win? Badgers are pretty damned tough, but you'd have to go with Lion, wouldn't you?
What currently unranked team will we be hearing about soon?
Nebraska when we get crushed by Texas Tech this coming weekend. We’ll trot out meaningless statistics like “the last time we lost to a quarterback whose last name ended in ”L” was 1946 and he ran for blah de blah de blah”.
We’re average. Not bad, just average, but we’re not used to being average, so we’re all freaking out about it. (I have no idea how this answer fits to this question, but remember the keyword up there - dysfunctional.)
What ranked team will finish outside of the Top 25?
Auburn - dead man walking. No Muschamp. No offense. Deadly combination. is Auburn ranked? How'd that happen?