Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Case Closed

Football season is finally here. The college football season starts Thursday night, the NFL pre-season wraps up Thursday night, and then the NFL regular season opens the following Thursday night, the 10th. I am ready. I'm tired of the only sports news being about tennis, golf, soccer, etc. Blah. Let's just go ahead and have the first coin toss and get this party started. Shall we?

ESPN (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Over the last couple of years, many of us have written articles (including a few by me - here and here), had debates, and rendered our opinions about what we believe is a pro-SEC bias by ESPN. The network has even been dubbed "ESecPN". Most of the football fans who feel this way cheer for teams from conferences other than the SEC, including the PAC-12, the ACC, the Big 12, and others. Some disagree with us, which is their prerogative. Most of these dissenters are, of course, fans of SEC schools.

Recently, ESPN released it's "Football Power Index 2015". The contents provide additional evidence to backup the pro-SEC bias theory. For instance, 5 of the top 10 and 8 of the top 20 teams are SEC schools. The next most represented conference is the PAC-12 with only 2 in the top 10 and 4 in the top 20. You can view the index in it's entirety by clicking here.

The index ranks 128 teams using a number of factors to predict each one's performance for the upcoming college football season. However, I will focus on only 2 - Tennessee (UT) and Florida State (FSU). My reason for doing so is because I am a FSU fan living in Tennessee.

Let's start with UT. The index ranks them #14 predicting their won-loss record will be 8.8-3.4. I'll add a slight adjustment for rounding, for simplification, making their "predicted" record, based upon a 12-game schedule, either 8-4 or 9-3.

English: Logo of the Southeastern Conference (...
English: Logo of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I don't think so, ESPN. Try again. During the 3 previous seasons, 2012-2014, UT has finished:
  • 2012 - 5-7 overall, 1-7 SEC,
  • 2013 - 5-7 overall, 2-6 SEC, and
  • 2014 - 7-6 overall, 3-5 SEC.
Their cumulative record during that time is 17-20. Plus, last year they had 0, none, nada wins over ranked opponents, and if it hadn't been for wins over 2 SEC cellar dwellers in their last 3 games of the season, Kentucky and Vanderbilt, they would have missed being bowl eligible for the 4th straight year. Yet, this so-called "power index" predicts they'll go 8-4, at worst, this year even though:
  • they play Georgia and Oklahoma at home, 
  • they travel to "The Swamp" to receive their annual beating from the Gators,
  • they travel to Alabama and Missouri after both played in the SEC Championship game last year, and
  • they play Arkansas at home, who very easily could have won 4 more games last year and finished 10-2. Arkansas lost to Alabama by 1, and Texas A&M, Missisippi State, and Georgia by a touchdown each. All 4 of those teams were ranked in the top 10 when the games were played. Mississippi State was ranked #1 at the time.
So, forget about 8-4 or 9-3. I predict they'll lose all 6 of these games to finish 6-6.

Now, let's look at FSU. The index ranks them #19 predicting their won-loss record will be 9.6-2.8. Once again, I'll add a slight adjustment for rounding making their "predicted" record, based upon a 12-game schedule, either 9-3 or 10-2.

As an FSU fan, I would love to see that prediction come true, but I don't think it will. They have a new quarterback and have sent 29 players to the NFL in the last 3 years, which by the way is a NCAA record. It's hard to replace that much talent in one year. I think if FSU finishes 8-4, they will have had a good year, because I see the potential for 4 losses against Miami, Clemson, Louisville, and Georgia Tech. If they can somehow win those 4 games, win the ACC Atlantic Division, and reach the ACC Title Game, it will have been a great year.

As with UT, let's look at their record for the last 3 years:
  • 2012 - 12-2 overall, 7-1 ACC, won ACC Championship and won the Orange Bowl
  • 2013 - 14-0 overall, 8-0 ACC, won ACC Championship and National Championship, and 
  • 2014 - 13-1 overall, 8-0 ACC, won ACC Championship and qualified for the playoffs.
During this 3-year period, FSU's cumulative record was 39-3, including a 29-game winning streak. They also won 4 games over ranked opponents in 2014 vs. UT's 0. They won 3 straight ACC Titles and a National Championship, yet the index has them ranked 5 spots behind UT. Even though I think FSU is likely to have a down year this year, they will still be better than UT, so a power index ranking putting them behind UT is ludicrous. It is, in my opinion, the strongest piece of evidence yet supporting the idea of a pro-SEC bias by ESPN.

I'm sure I'll catch some heat over this article from the SEC faithful. I realize that sometimes the truth is hard to accept but the case is now closed.  

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Hillary's Hero

Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016. I thought she might challenge Obama in 2012, but she didn't. Unfortunately, I think she'll probably win, too, even though she has more baggage than a Boeing 747 flying to Europe. Americans love the Clintons. They always have, and I guess I'll never understand why.

Before you walk into the voting booth and push the button, pull the lever, etc. beside Hillary's name, allow me to show you what you will be voting for that you may not be aware of. It has nothing to do with taxes, healthcare, or guns, either. This is way more important.

Hillary's Hero - sent in by a friend via Facebook.
Ever heard of Margaret Sanger? Well, Hillary has said that she "admires" and is "really in awe" of her. So, who is Margaret Sanger?

She is the founder of Planned Parenthood (PP). You remember them, right? They've recently been in the news for a scandal involving selling tissue of aborted babies. However, there's more to know about Sanger than just that she's the founder of PP.

Sanger was a big advocate for abortion. She saw it not just as a way to end inconvenient or unwanted pregnancies but as a means to control the population of African Americans, the disabled, immigrants, and others. They were deemed as "undesirables". Compassionate she was not, and remember - Hillary admires and is in awe of her. Oh yea, one other thing - Sanger was a member of the Socialist Party, too.

Do not take my word for any of this. Google Sanger and look over what you find. You will be shocked at some of the information. Some have said that Adolf Hitler was inspired by her.

So, now that you know a little more about Margaret Sanger and PP's history, here's my question - since Sanger wanted to use abortion as a means to remove "the undesirables" from society, and Hillary admires her, doesn't it stand to reason that Hillary holds the same views that Sanger did? If so, why is she even on the dadgum presidential ballot? And why are millions of Americans gonna vote for her?

The U.S. has made much progress in race relations since the 1960's, but we've still got a long way to go. If we really believe that "Black Lives Matter" and "All Lives Matter", then why would we want Hillary Clinton as President?

On this one issue alone, it makes no dadgum sense.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Do You Love Your Husband?

A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husband. The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?"

All of them raised their hands. Then, they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?" Some of the women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember.

The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband: "I love you, sweetheart." The women were then told to exchange phones with another person and to read aloud the text received in response.

Here are some of the replies:
  1. Who the h#$% is this?
  2. Eh, mother of my children, are you sick or what?
  3. Yeah, and I love you, too. What's up with you??
  4. What now? Did you crash the car again?
  5. I don't understand. What do you mean?
  6. What the h#$% did you do now?
  7. ?!?
  8. Don't beat around the bush, just tell me how much you need.
  9. Am I dreaming?
  10. If you don't tell me who this message is actually for, someone will die.
  11. I thought we agreed you wouldn't drink during the day.
  12. Your mother is coming to stay with us, isn't she?

Monday, June 15, 2015

Flag Day Music Monday

I'm not an NBA fan, but I am a Metallica fan. So, when I ran across today's video of Metallica playing "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to last night's NBA Finals Game 5, I knew it was perfect for today's Music Monday, which happens to be Flag Day.

I've embedded the video below or you can watch it by clicking here. Crank up the volume, because the National Anthem never sounded so good.

Occasionally, I'm asked, "Sheepdog, why a metal fan?" This is why. There's just something about the sound of a screaming 6-string. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Deaf Mafia Bookkeeper

A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Guido, has cheated him out of $10,000,000.

His bookkeeper is deaf, which was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that Guido would hear nothing and would therefore never have to testify in court. 

When the Godfather goes to confront Guido about the missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer, who knows sign language.
The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the money is."

The lawyer, using sign language, asks Guido, "Where's the money?"

Guido signs back, "I don't know what you are talking about."

The lawyer tells the Godfather, "He says he doesn't know what you are talking about. 

The Godfather pulls out a pistol, puts it to Guido's head, and says, "Ask him again or I'll kill him!"
The lawyer signs to Guido, "He'll kill you if you don't tell him." 

Guido trembles and signs back, "OK! You win! The money is in a brown briefcase, buried behind the shed at my cousin Bruno's house." 

The Godfather asks the lawyer, "What did he say?" 

The lawyer replies, "He says you don't have the guts to pull the trigger."


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tennessee Lawmaker Thinks Deer Are A "Nuisance", But Poachers Not So Much

Did the title of this post get your attention? Did it have "shock value"? Did you think, "what the heck", or something similar? Well, good. Those are the exact reactions I wanted you to have. If you're a Tennessee hunter, I'll bet your reaction will be even more intense by the time you finish reading the article.

State Seal of Tennessee.
State Seal of Tennessee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hunting is one of my hobbies and one of my passions. My health situation doesn't allow me to hunt as much as I'd like, but I'm always thankful for the opportunities I do have. Every year, I look forward to spring and the start of turkey season. Every fall, I look forward to November and the start of muzzleloader deer season, just like thousands of other hunters in Tennessee and other states. Legal, ethical hunters, no matter what state they live in, have two things in common - a love for the outdoors and a disdain for poachers.

Our dislike for poachers is because they illegally kill game animals, oftentimes trophy animals, and deprive us of the legal, ethical opportunity to do so. While we purchase license(s) and put in hours and hours of homework in order to hunt and enjoy the outdoors the right way, poachers take the easy, illegal, unethical way out. These criminal poachers have no respect for the law, legal hunters, landowners, and the very animals they kill. They kill animals when they want, how they won't, and without regard for the safety and property rights of others. They are basically thieves stealing a resource they are not entitled to. The sad part is that in the state of Tennessee, if a poacher is caught and convicted of his or her crime, they get a mere slap on the wrist. However, Tennessee State Senator Jim Tracy is currently sponsoring legislation (SB 0904 / HB 1185) that will significantly increase the penalty a convicted poacher will pay, if it becomes law.