Monday, October 09, 2006

Blogpoll Preliminary Ballot: How Am I Supposed to Know When You're High? Edition

1 Ohio State --
2 Florida 2
3 Michigan 1
4 Southern Cal 1
5 Tennessee 3
6 Louisville --
7 Notre Dame 2
8 Auburn 5
9 California 4
10 Georgia Tech 2
11 Oregon 4
12 Texas 8
13 Arkansas 13
14 Boise State 4
15 West Virginia 4
16 Georgia 5
17 Missouri 4
18 Iowa --
19 LSU 5
20 Nebraska 6
21 Clemson 4
22 Rutgers --
23 Navy --
24 UCLA 2
25 Virginia Tech 1
Dropped Out: Oklahoma (#15), Boston College (#16), Washington (#24), Wake Forest (#25).
Blogpoll week 6 is up, for entertainment purposes only.

Lots of moving and shaking. God help me, I might just not win Mr. Bold this week, since a lot of my rankings have come to terms with the commonly accepted wisdom after an important day of football games that helped a lot of teams prove where they belong. The highlights and apologism:

  • Welcome to number 2, Gators. An impressive sequence of wins catapults the Gators to the penultimate spot. This is a reward for their performance so far, but the conventional wisdom at the House Rock Built suggests that it's a temporary honor. Looking ahead to the Gators' schedule, I would be stunned as hell if they can live through the crux of their SEC schedule unscathed, particularly when it's back-to-back-to-back. Granted, I'll be the first to bow down and praise the great Robot Genius Urban Bowden Meyer and his infinitely wise slap-on-the-wrist suspensions for substance abuse should they run the gamut undefeated, but I'm guessing I'll be availed of that duty sometime in the next few weeks.

    Seriously, though. Talk about coaching acumen. To observe a situation where a it's useful to have a star defensive tackle back in your lineup and to have the gumption to revoke his marijuana suspension is a moment of profound coaching clarity up there with Knute Rockne's invention of the forward pass and the "Win One for the Gipper" speech. Kudos to Coach Fulmer Meyer for shattering coaching conventions in the name of the success on the field.

    Big game tomorrow? Then allow me to roll that big-assed blunt!

  • Texas joins the relatively elite! Stop the presses, everyone! Texas beat a Division 1A football team! I know it's a stunning twist of fate... and after a few rounds with the defibrulator, I elected to bump them up several spots in the rankings.

    Now that Oklahoma has been dispatched, you're up next, Mid City Pee Wee. Prepare to meet your death at the hands of the Longhorn killing machine.

  • All hail Arkansas! A staggering leap in the polls after knocking around Auburn. Am I sweating my ass off about my preseason wager about Arkansas' performance? Yes. A little bit so, yes. I still have faith, but seeing them actually play like a football team made me think about going on a crash diet before the end of the season. For your sake and all.

    Please make it not so.

So there it is. Again, I have until Wednesday to finalize my ballot. See any egregious errors? Make yourself heard in the comments. I actually made several serious adjustments last week after my wise readers pointed out my drunken idiocy on some of my picks. Let me reiterate: your opinion counts. I'm here to serve.

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At 6:57 AM, Anonymous dbldomer7375 said...

No, Urban, it's rub your head and pat your tummy.

Don't you know where your tummy is?

At 7:11 AM, Anonymous jeremiah said...

Nice Hold Steady reference.

I'd drop Oregon a little lower. Not only did Cal eat their lunch, but they managed to out-ugly them, uniformwise, which does not happen often. Oregon has nothing left!

At 7:20 AM, Blogger gwzimm said...

Big win for Arky, they completely outplayed a good Auburn team. Fla. looked good too. I still don't buy WVA's and Loisville's act. Clausen's highschool team would give either a battle. I'm not impressed with a team that relies on cupcakes for credibility.

At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a troll. Marcus Thomas appealed his suspension and his appeal was upheld by an independent committee. Meyer had no role in reducing his suspension. Where did you get your journalism training? Fox News?

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Crazy Tom said...

This is a blog, Mr. Anonydoofus. Journalism hasn't a damn thing to do with it. Truth and facts are secondary to inferences and suppositions, and that's what makes it great. Or, that's what makes it a lot like the New York Times.

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Sean H. said...

Ok, then Anon, then we can focus on the entire "University" of Florida. You don't test positive twice in four weeks for mary jane and not have smoked the stuff more than once. Unless the first time you were tested was within a day or so of when you smoked it. So, what were the grounds for his appeal? This is an honest question.

Were this gentlemen at certain other universities he likely wouldn't have seen the field again for the whole season.

Don't get me wrong I think MJ should be legalized, controlled and taxed but it's not.

At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Tommy O said...

even the dudes at edsbs had to roll their eyes and bite their lip on this one anon (as per the link). it's pretty obvious shenanigans when a suspension is lifted--by anybody--before a huge football game.

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Sean H. said...

Also, how can our illustrious host(blatant sucking up for no good reason here) be a troll on his own blog?

At 2:28 PM, Anonymous mike said...

also, dude, troll is not the preferred nomenclature. little people, please.

At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Yant said...

I appears that Foley (the AD) and the various bureaucrats inside the school decided that needing Thomas back on the field really, really badly made it plausible that both tests came from the same toke. With the third-handed knowledge of Marcus Thomas's drug habits that I have, I give even odds that he was stoned when he made 8 tackles on Saturday. I'm a little ashamed at how UF acted in this case, and although Urban had no hand in the decision, I think he should have given him at least another game suspension just to show who's boss.

At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Orson Swindle said...

Agreed, Yant. Troubling describes our sentiments precisely. As beloved as he is--and Thomas is one of the more lovable characters in recent Gator history--he should have sat out the full term of the suspension.

Our official stance is that Urban learned it from Lou Holtz.

At 5:38 PM, Anonymous bullfrog said...

"Lou, alright?! I learned it from watching Lou!"

At 11:48 PM, Anonymous Dave said...

Yeah, Marcus Thomas should not be playing until the Vandy game, but Urban Meyer had little to do with the decision. He merely agreed with a decision made by an independent committee that was already approved by the university president and the athletic director by the time it reached his desk. I think it's likely that he got off on the technicality that THC is fat soluable, and Thomas is well known for having a belly that he has nicknamed "Scoop." Yes, really.

It's an embarassing situation for Gator fans, and you can't try to justify it by pointing at other programs who let players off early, because that's equally as wrong. UF WR Kenneth Tookes accidentally fired one of former Florida player Dee Webb's automatic firearms into an occupied apartment in the offseason and didn't even get suspended. Hopefully, those are isolated incidents and Meyer means what he says about discipline. Besides, I can never see Urban getting into a fight at a frat house like the Zooker did.

At 2:45 AM, Blogger Clashmore said...

urban should have suspended the kid on his own.

and YOU should have voted tennessee and louisville lower.

man i wish i had a vote.

At 5:40 AM, Blogger Chili said...

Clemson at 21??? Down 4? What the fuck?

At 8:11 AM, Blogger gwzimm said...

Urb had no impact on the decision? He just stood by mute and watched? Please! Who the fuck are you kidding?

At 8:29 AM, Anonymous dave said...

"Urb" didn't have any impact on the process. It was made by a disciplinary committee of UF faculty members completely independent of the athletic association and programs. The system at UF was designed that way to prevent conflict of interest. After the committee made its decision, it got passed to UF President Bernie Machen, who approved it. The decision was then passed to athletic director Jeremy Foley, who also approved it. It then finally got passed to Urban Meyer, who approved it.

In this situation, the football coach had little to do with the process. When it comes to failing drug tests, the university does the suspensions and listens to the appeals. It is a university-wide policy that is the same for every sport. Could Meyer have suspended Thomas additionally? Yes, but he probably didn't want to do so since he was not in on the whole process and didn't participate on the appeals panel. Should he have suspended Thomas additionally? Probably so. Besides, I don't know that missing Thomas would have made a lot of difference because as Bill Simmons likes to say, JaMarcus Russell played the game with both hands around his neck.


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