Monday, June 29, 2009

Everybody else is doing it, so why can't we?

Sorry, not enough time this afternoon to put together a post with any substance, but there's a few links out there that are getting some wide play across the SEC-o-sphere and I thought I'd offer the proverbial Auburn spin on them. For instance ...

--Behold:



Jordan-Hare as done by NCAA '10. The rest of D-I is here if you haven't seen what you're looking for already. I haven't bought an NCAA game since its glory days in '04 and '05, and it's not likely I'm going to make the commitment this year, either ... but you do have to respect a franchise that takes the time to fill in the Haley Center behind the stadium, right? Now we just need to know if they've got the proper animation of the eagle flying down from the upper deck.

--Courtesy of Phil Steele, it's a listing of Vegas odds on the 2009 college football national champion. Auburn is listed at 200-1 alongside such notables as, let's see ... hmmm, Oregon St., South Florida, Boston College, and Arizona.

Then again, we can't really cry about disrespect, can we, when Illinois, Arkansas, and BYU are all listed at the same odds and don't quite have the same level of issues Auburn has? (My favorite bet on the board ... eh, either BYU, who could take advantage of Utah's offseason sabre-rattling if there's 2007-style attrition at the top of the polls, or Texas.)

--There's been some consternation out there regarding ESPN's apparent plan to phase out the disastrous Paul Maguire experiment (Hooray!) and phase in the allegedly sure-to-be-disastrous Matt Millen era (Boo!). But I can't say I'm anything but overjoyed the scourge of Maguire's "Watch this!" anti-analysis, since the basis for assuming Millen won't be able to cut it as a broadcaster is ... uh ... that he's a bad NFL general manager? That seems to pretty much be it, which is weird, since the skills of being a successful color analyst for a college football game and successfully running a National Football League franchise don't seem to have much in common. Besides, if you overlooked this picture when Dr. Saturday dug it up this morning ...



... you have to admit, looking at it now, he's probably not all bad.

More substance tomorrow.

3 comments:

Jonesy said...

You can even see Broun Hall, my old stomping ground

Can't wait for this year's version

Loganville Tiger said...

I'm old enough to remember when M.M. did color before. As I recall, I was a little disappointed to see him leave the booth as he brought some substance to the broadcast.

Personally, I didn't have a problem with McGuire's style - could take it or leave it.

LT

KungFuPanda9 said...

Love 'im or hate 'im. But ole Sully can take a punch.