Friday, July 13, 2007

Friday the 13th: Coming to you from the Twilight Zone

Friday the 13th. Always a bit of a scary thing, I have had some bad things happen on Friday the 13th. But hopefully not today.

For our look around the SEC today, I thought we would take a look at Arkansas, Georgia and Tennessee.

First, Arkansas. TipsterHog at the RazorBloggers network has a three part series on Arkansas offensive coordinator David Lee. Seems the hog fans over at RBN are not altogether sold on Coach Lee:

The truth is…we had to fight off absolutely no one in the SEC to hire David Lee as our offensive coordinator. And that’s quite a contrast from the failed attempt to hire a “big name” with Cutcliffe in 2005.
His point seems to be that there just wasn't enough "there" there in the Lee hire, but after all is said and done, it's too early to consign it to the dustbin as a mistake. That's one to keep an eye on.

McFadden for Heisman (not much doubt about what this site's raison d'ĂȘtre is) quotes the Palm Beach Post's glowing praise of McFadden.

Moving on, let's slide down and over to Athens, Georgia for a look at the Bulldog bloggers, of which there are very, very many.

First, Kyle King of Dawg Sports takes on the NCAA's handling of the Oklahoma Sooners major football program violation. Apparently, two sooner players were paid money for work they did not do, amounting to allowing boosters to pay athletes. King accuses the NCAA of moral cowardice, since the penalty handed down by that august body was essentially loss of some scholarships and the vacating of games, which he believes will be reinstated later:

Don't put an asterisk next to that "L" in your media guide, or you're liable to have to erase it in next year's edition. This is a weak, wishy-washy, watered-down, wussified sanction, but, there being no "Y" (chromosome) in "N.C.A.A.," the sport's overarching organization lacks the masculine fortitude even to follow through with that exceedingly lame punishment against a prominent institution.

Dawgnoxious at the Georgia Sports Blog offers his take on Tony Barnhart's (Atlanta Journal-Constitution sportswriter) list of the five toughest SEC schedules. He figures that Georgia has "at least the 3rd toughest schedule in the country. " I don't agree, but he makes a good case. The Original Blawger at the Bulldawg Blawg also takes on Tony Barnhart, answering his questions for the SEC East and West. I liked this answer:
Can South Carolina actually WIN the Eastern Division? Um, is this some kind of a joke or something? I know they have Spurrier and they return a lot on defense, but you have got to be kidding me. I give Kentucky a better shot than Carolina; however, they don't have a chance either. It's still the big three in the East.
As a Kentucky fan, I want to believe him. I really do. Mother may I? I don't think so, but it's nice to see.

He continues with some great answers, including a Tim Tebow take ("won't live up to the legend"), a big fat "No" to the "can 'Bama be a contender in the West?", and is surprised that Les Miles has "kept that [LSU] program up." Read the whole thing.

Finally, we have our neighbors down I-75, the Tennessee Volunteers, which also boasts an impressive blogosphere.

The Power T has a look at the UT current starting lineup, all 22 of them, with a fancy picture and everything.

Rocky Top Talk has a plethora of posts recently, including an amusing "infomercial" and a discussion about Trooper Taylor being the highest paid "assistant" on the Vol staff.