Thursday, April 27, 2006

Verbal Commit Look-Alikes

The blogsphere has been racking its collective brain for Jimmy Clausen look-alikes, and has come up with some pretty solid love parents. The Michigan contingency at mgoblog and M-Zone gave us Billy Idol, which is a pretty solid effort. Some commentators at EDSBS suggested a range from The Guidos to the Icy Hot Stuntaz. Also good efforts. But for me, whenever I see that spiky hair, I'm reminded of only one dead ringer:


At 3:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a total no brainer - White Dude from "You Got Served."

At 2:16 AM, Anonymous mike said...

we've still got a ways to go until september 2. better not burn yourself out with 4 updates in 1 day. i need musings to read during the summer to keep my sanity.

At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's the love child of Nick Lachey and David Beckham.

At 12:57 PM, Anonymous mark said...

SERVED SERVED SERVED! best movie ever.

At 3:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only in South Bend Indiana, could a fan post an article that shows what the NCAA itself says is not even in the Top 50 Strength of Schedules in the country, and surmise that it instead is a better Strength of Schedule than Number 15 SOS UGA :

What do the University of Southern Cal and the Georgia Institute of Technology have in common ?

They both are going to be on Probation in Football the next several years.

This is like Georgia Tech fans telling us that they are better in baseball than UGA when UGA is 45 Wins ahead in that series too with Georgia Tech at now 188-143-2 UGA ahead there too.

I love the manner in which the Big Ten (11) Bowl Games for Georgia do not count. I presume too that since Georgia has never lost to Notre Dame anywhere, that as well doesn't count either ?

For the Record, teams representing The SEC are in fact 168-139-9 in Bowl Games. And, the Big Ten (11) are 89-92-1 in Bowl Games, whatever conference it is we are supposed to be talking about. What the Big Ten (11) have done in Bowl Games, or Notre Dame either, compared to SEC schools, we cannot discuss ? No bloody wonder.

When 61 percent of the NFL Football Players come from The South, isn't it interesting that the games we play against such opponents, do not count either ?

And, why is there no discussion on this page about Notre Dame being in the Big East Conference in Men's Basketball, but an Independent in Football ? The Football World does not revolve around Notre Dame. Last season, Notre Dame's schedule was not a good one at all. And, yet Notre Dame had the Number 75 Total Defense. And, of course that was part of Southern Cal's Number 82 Total Defense Average Opponent Southern California played every week for all 13 weeks last season, including Texas.

But, Bowl Games do not count ?

Is that because Notre Dame has a Losing Bowl Record at 13-14 All-Time ?

Or, is it because Notre Dame has not Won a Bowl Game the Last Eleven (11) years ?

In all fairness to Notre Dame in having not Won a Bowl Game the Last Entire now 11 years in a row, Notre Dame has not even been to a Bowl Game frequently in this recent timeframe.

In fact, starting with Notre Dame's Loss January 2nd, 1995 to Colorado whom Georgia plays this season, Notre Dame has Lost Every Bowl Game that they have played in.

In 1996, Notre Dame didn't play in a Bowl Game at all; in 1999, Notre Dame again did not play in a Bowl Game at all again; and, in 2001, Notre Dame did not play in a Bowl Game at all again : Contributing Mightily to the fact that Notre Dame has a Losing 13-14 Bowl Game Record All-Time compared to UGA's Bowl Record of 22-16-3.

Of course, Notre Dame lost every Bowl Game they did play in starting January 2, 1995 to Colorado.

I would not exactly state that Notre Dame wowed the football world last season with their Defense. Just how can a team be Number 10 in Total Offense in the NCAA and Number 75 in Total Defense ?

Just how can Notre Dame be so great in beating good football teams again with their Number 75 NCAA Ranked Total Defense ? Against such cupcakes, creampuffs, and powder puff football teams, beating No One Ranked in the Final AP Poll All Season Long, as Notre Dame in fact just finished doing before writing this article, denouncing Bowl Games and Games against the teams that in fact put the players into the NFL, as meaningless ? How can this be ?

While UGA beat Number 5 Final USA Today Coaches' Poll and Number 6 Final AP Poll LSU by 3 Touchdowns for the SEC Championship (Our 2nd in the Last 4 years.), just who was it that Notre Dame beat last season as their best win with supposedly the better strength of schedule ?

We all know that Notre Dame Lost to Lowly Michigan State last season, but just who again is it that Notre Dame Beat, who was good last season ? Michigan State had a Losing Record last season. And, Notre Dame Lost to them. I presume too we are to allow that to be a Topic Not Allowed to be Discussed on this topic of playing good teams either, that Notre Dame Lost to Losing Record Michigan State last season who didn't even get to play in a Bowl Game ?

And, as every year starting January 2, 1995, 11 years of Bowl Games in a Row now, Notre Dame again Lost its Bowl Game. It was a blowout of Biblical Proportions 20-34, for the 11th year in a Row that Notre Dame has not Won a Bowl Game.

It is certainly, therefore, understandable that Notre Dame fans who think the football world revolves around them, would disallow a discussion of Bowl Games. Isn't it ?

So, what are we left to discuss then about Notre Dame's Schedule Strength when only 2 ranked teams did Notre Dame play last season at all ? And, Notre Dame Lost to Both of them and to a Losing Record Michigan State hapless team in addition. The facts of the matter are that Notre Dame played – not counting its annual Bowl Game Loss – one Stinking Team All Season Long that was ranked at all.

And, Lost to them too.

This is the Discussion Notre Dame Fans wish to have now that the season is over and we can judge in fact what are the results ?

Oh, boy.

Bring on this discussion for the next 6 months before the new season starts please.

I cannot wait to see their reply to such a real discussion of just who in fact it is that Notre Dame beats in Football any more ?

There is not One Team Notre Dame beat this last season, including its Bowl Game it at least played in one of this last season, that was in Fact Ranked in the Final AP Poll for last season.

Do you want to read that sentence again, and then come up with some spin for Notre Dame fans about just who it is that Notre Dame beat last season please, while you tell us UGA doesn't play the Strength of Schedule that Notre Dame does ?

How utterly worthless a discussion of Strength of Schedule, can they really limit the discussion to and not discuss the point that excuse me Notre Dame beat No Ranked Team all Season Long, including their Bowl Game again that was ranked at all in the Final AP Poll.

For the last 9 years in a Row, The Final AP Poll has had Georgia and only one other team ranked Every Single Season starting now this up-coming season the Last Decade.

Notre Dame has been ranked ahead of Georgia in Football these last 9 Final AP Polls now, twice only while UGA has been ranked ahead of Notre Dame 7 of the last 9 Final AP Polls. How far back do we have to go to find that the college football world revolves around Notre Dame ?

How far back do we have to go to find that Notre Dame beats more ranked teams than UGA does against a better Strength of Schedule than we ?

That Notre Dame does better against better teams ?

And, based upon what ?

The Final AP Poll Rankings these last 9 consecutive seasons ?

Clearly, Notre Dame fans have opened Pandora's Box in heaving this salvo The Georgia Bulldogs' way, that Notre Dame in fact does better than UGA against a better schedule.

When anything but, in fact, is the case.

Excuse me, the AP Poll shows that in fact while UGA has been ranked in every Final AP Poll (87 wins) these last 9 seasons, Notre Dame in fact has only been ranked ahead of UGA twice of the last 9 years.

65 Notre Dame Wins the last 9 seasons compared to UGA's 87 Wins these last 9 seasons, does not begin to point out that Notre Dame plays a better Strength of Schedule, or more importantly beats even one team that is a Ranked Team.

It just means that Notre Dame doesn't beat good football teams.

Doesn't it ?

And, that in fact Notre Dame was not ranked at all in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004 in the Final AP Polls UGA has been ranked every one of the last 9 Consecutive Seasons.

This while Notre Dame has Not Been Ranked in 6 of the Last 9 Final AP Polls that UGA has been ranked in every one of.

Again, respectfully, how far back do we go to find that Notre Dame Wins its Football games against better teams compared to UGA ?

Look not then, at the posts of a Notre Dame biased fan who states that we must step inside his bias box to not consider the facts too that even the Final AP Poll does not agree with the Notre Dame fan either.

The NCAA itself says UGA's SOS is far superior at Number 15 to Notre Dame's at Number 52 :

Tell me again please just what it is we are to look at to determine that Notre Dame does a better job of beating a better schedule than UGA does ?

Tell me again what are the items only that we can discuss about a Schedule Strength ?

First you tell us that the better football players are from The South, then you criticize the fact that UGA plays the Number 15 SOS according to The NCAA to Notre Dame's Number 52 SOS because you will not allow a discussion of our 22-16-3 Winning Bowl Record (including undefeated against Notre Dame and have won 7 Bowl Games since Notre Dame last won a Bowl Game) to Notre Dame's Losing Bowl Record of only 13-14 All-Time ?


With Notre Dame 10 places worse in the NCAA Official College Football Attendance, why too is there no discussion of what the fans vote as the better schedule to watch against more entertaining better teams whom we enjoy watching our team beat ?

While there are only 4 other teams who have a better attendance in all of college football than UGA does, Notre Dame languishes in 15th place in the Official NCAA Attendance per game.

In fact, if you look over what the fans vote as the more entertaining schedule strength, last season was a high water mark in attendance for last season's Number 52 SOS and Number 75 Total Defense of Notre Dame.

You should be ashamed to try to pass this off as a meaningful discussion of SOS for Notre Dame being in fact better than UGA's. It's not close.

Tied at Number 35, 36, 37 and Number 38 in the nation in Wins the Last 9 years with only 65 Notre Dame Wins, next when a Notre Shame fan shames himself with a "discussion" limited as it is against another team such as UGA clearly who plays a far better schedule than does Notre Dame, please remember to look at just what in the Blazes your football team has done against its far weaker schedule losing to teams with a Losing Record like 5-6 Michigan State and beating not one single Final AP Poll team all season long as you in fact just did, while UGA for the last 9 seasons now finds only 2 teams in the entire country who have Won More Games than we at 87 Wins.

It is not who you played, but who you beat that matters. And, you didn't play a better SOS than we. Either.

Notre Dame did not play a better SOS than UGA for the entire season, not close Number 52 SOS Notre Dame to UGA Number 15. And, Notre Dame didn't do as well as UGA against Ranked Teams when Notre Dame in fact both Lost to Losing Record Michigan State and did not beat a single Final AP Poll Top 25 team compared to UGA who beat Number 6 Final AP Poll LSU by 3 Touchdowns.

Come on Down to The Rural South Notre Dame fans and try playing our Number 15 SOS before you go bragging how your SOS is better than our own.

It's not close and you do a horrendous job against your cupcakes, creampuffs, and powder puff Number 62 NCAA Official SOS with your Number 75 Total Defense.

Good Lord Catholics. Get a grip. You're biased trying to limit our discussion of your schedule and results better than Georgia's.

At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Tom said...

What does this have to do with Calvin and Hobbes?

I am assuming this is in response to the SEC Hyper-Regionalism post, so some clarifications: (Note, I am not the author of that post, just a reader of this blog).

The point of the article was not to say that SEC teams don't play good teams (they do), just that all those teams come from the same region, and so it makes gauging the strength of these teams difficult. Also, such scheduling hurts the college football community as a whole by not showcasing the proud, Southern football tradition to a wider audience.

As for strength of schedules, I think most observers can see the fallacy of attempting to assess a team’s strength of schedule simply by summing up their opponents' records (or do you really believe 5-6 LA-Monroe was as difficult an opponent as 5-6 Tennessee).

That being said, if we want to compare long term scheduling and not a particular year, it is clear that over the last six years (as long as NCAA rankings are available on-line) Notre Dame averaged the 18th hardest schedule (rankings: 52, 7, 3, 8, 22, 17 - ave 18.17) where as Georgia has an average rank of 25th (15, 9, 17, 17, 54, 36 - ave 24.67). So your premise that Notre Dame plays cupcake schedules is based on a year that is the exception, not the rule.

Further, if one examines the strength of schedule estimates made by the computer rankings used in the BCS, it becomes clear the Georgia and Notre Dame had similar strengths of schedules last year:

Sagrin* UGA-49 ND-14
Anderson UGA-29 ND 42
Colley UGA-43 ND-48
Massey UGA-35 ND-36
Average UGA-39 ND-35
(Billingsly and Wolfe do not have SOS rankings)

* Note the Sagrin SOS is based on his formula that uses margin of victory. The other rankings were not allowed to use margin of victory in their calculation.

As for attendance, Notre Dame averaged 80,795 fans per game. The capacity of Notre Dame Stadium is 80,795. It would be difficult for ND to do much better in home attendance. ND did improve the attendance at all of its road games. At Pittsburg, 37,254 more fans attended than the average Pitt home game. There were 550 extra people crammed in at the Big House, 19,059 at Washington, 13,410 at Purdue, and 21,850 at Stanford, a pretty impressive draw indeed.

Finally, if you had to pick a conference and a team against which to compare the SEC, the Big 10 (11) and Notre Dame were the two worst you could have picked. The Big 10 is the only conference with a winning record against the SEC (91-86-7) and Notre Dame is 21-12-0 against SEC opponents, which seems pretty impressive, unless of course, you consider the SEC to be cupcake teams?

So, Good Lord Southern Baptists. Get a grip.

At 3:20 PM, Anonymous mike said...

what just happened? friggin peyote.

At 12:28 AM, Anonymous captaineclectic said...

I don't think even the craziest Irish fans would deny that Georgia's had a much better last 10 years than ND, though.

Hey, UGA's kicked ass lately, congrats on it. I hope you keep your coach when Bobby retires and don't get displaced from the top of the SEC by Papa John (Urban) or Cutcliffe when he takes over for Fulmer.

But let's see how ND's next ten years go before you bury the program, 'kay?

At 9:14 AM, Anonymous GT alum said...

Please don't take this "dawg" to be representative of all southern sports fans. While most of us do think highly of our impressive regional accomplishments, most true Southerners are gracious and respect the accomplishments of great football programs--from Notre Dame to, yes, even Michigan.

I look forward to hosting y'all at GT. I went to law school with many ND alums and I look forward to a spirited contest at the oldest on-campus stadium in college football. It is not often that a team with 4 NC's runs into a school with as many as y'all have. See you in September.

p.s.--To the "dawg", I don't think a school that's only won one national championship and has been on probabation every 3.76 years can talk very much.

At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

all i have to anonyomous is to check the sec out if confrence schedule, and you want to talk about cupcakes? Oh and dont forget about miss, mississippi state,south carolina, georgia,vandy, alabama,all of which are in the "so tough" sec confrence

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Sully said...

To GT alum, you dont play in the south, you play on the "Atlantic coast."

And its 2 National Championships.

Go Dawgs.


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