Showtime!

Game week, baby. What can I say.

You want to hear superlatives and over used cliches, go somewhere else. None of that shite here.

Five of my Bullies have garnered pre-season all-sec recognition.

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Leading the way for the Maroon and White was preseason All-America sophomore defensive lineman Chris Jones, who was named to the second-team defense. Redshirt junior Benardrick McKinney was also named to the second team, while senior defensive back Jamerson Love was selected to the third team. Redshirt junior quarterback Dak Prescott and senior Jameon Lewis earned third-team accolades on offense.  source

 

We open the season at home against Southern Miss.  Mrs. Nuke and I plan to be camping down on the Bogue Chitto River for the weekend, so I’ll have my trusty radio tuned to Bulldog Radio Network, with the TV back home set to record the action. (sec network- ch 611 on dtv)

Southern Miss has been down for the past couple of years, after having been one of the more consistent winners in Conference USA forever.  They really want to get back on track against State, but it just ain’t gonna happen.

In fact, I pity the fools.

I love this time of year, don’t you?

Go Dawgs!  Hail State.

 

 

88 days

How bout dem dawgs!

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College football season will be here before you know it.

(thank goodness)

Pac 10 Big 12 Buzz

Latest rumors swirling around the world of college athletics has some interesting implications for two of the nation’s premiere conferences, the Pac-10, and the Big-12.

…the Pac-10 is prepared to offer membership to six Big 12 schools to form a mega 16-team conference that would cover the western half of the country and break into seven of the nation’s top 20 television markets. LINK

Whoa!

Mike Slive and the SEC have been sitting back and weighing offers to UT and A&M for the Western division, and FSU and Clemson for the Eastern Division (that is, if you believe any of the stuff you read on the innernut message boards). Still, for any of the major conferences, the big prize is the Texas television market.

Whether or not any of these rumors are true is anybody’s guess. I surmise that if I hear the phrase, “it’s about academics and competition, and not about the money,” I’ll know the rumors are true. And, if it’s true, then watch the rest of the conferences make a mad dash to make sure they’re not left out in the cold.

Scheduling for major football schools is completed years in advance, so any realignment would necessarily take place over several years, with many traditional rivalries being discarded in favor of more TV moolah.

Stay tuned, sports fans!

Related: Big 12 abruptly cancels news conference

Hotty Toddy, Go Ackbars, or something

Saw this the other day (hat-tip Robert D — Strong the Force is in this young padawan) …

from Wired.com

When the Ole Miss administration voted to chuck Colonel Reb as the school’s official mascot in 2003, chances are they didn’t have Admiral Ackbar in mind as a replacement.

However, it appears that long after concluding his illustrious military career in Star Wars‘ Rebel Alliance, Ackbar is indeed in the running to be the school’s new sporting symbol.

A group of four students, dubbed the Ole Miss Rebel Alliance, have started a grassroots campaign to re-enlist the legendary Mon Calamari admiral through Notatrap.org — obviously named in tribute to Ackbar’s most famous utterance:


Update: You knew it would happen … the rest of the SEC as Star Wars Characters

Obama gives Kentucky Wildcats the K.O.D.

President Obama’s 0-fer streak continues.

What began as a thank-you call for Haitian relief efforts to the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats became the latest example of the Obama Kiss of Death.

Obama and the Wildcats participated on the phone call Tuesday afternoon in Columbia, S.C., where Kentucky was to play South Carolina on Tuesday night. link

Final Score, South Carolina 68 Kentucky 62.

CWS National Championship

lsuA five run 6th broke open the championship game of the 2009 College World Series in Omaha, as the LSU Tigers claimed their 6th CWS championship with a 11 – 4 victory over the Texas Longhorns at historic Rosenblatt Stadium.

The Tigers ended the third game of the series as they began the first game, with Mississippian Louis Coleman on the mound, but the game was never in doubt after the 6th.  In an inning which featured several Texas miscues, LSU sent 10 batters to the plate.

Two of the night’s stars were also members of the LSU football team, Jared Mitchell and Chad Jones.  Mitchell hit a line drive 3-run homer in the first, and scored the go-ahead run in the 6th inning.  Jones relieved starter Ranaudo with one out in the sixth and pitched to two batters, striking out both, along with a scoreless 7th  to keep the Longhorns at bay.

Boxscore

GEAUX TIGERS

CWS Game 1

rosenblatt_stadium_statueLSU has defeated Texas 7 – 6 in an exciting 11-inning shootout in Game 1 of the 2009 College World Series at historic Rosenblatt Stadium.

Texas took a 6-4 lead into the 9th inning, but was unable to close the game as LSU rallied for 2 runs to tie it up.

Texas managed five home-runs against Tiger starter Louis Coleman, but they were all solo blasts, allowing LSU to remain within striking distance.

LSU closer Matty Ott pitched three scoreless innings to get the victory.

Before tonight’s game, Texas had been 39 – 0 when leading after 8 innings.

Make that 39 – 1.

GEAUX TIGERS!

TOTUS picks Udub over State

potus-final-4The Presidential Teleprompter Bracket, revealed in an interview with ESPN’s Andy Katz, shows a Final Four of UNC, Pitt, Memphis, and Louisville, and projects the national champion as North Carolina.

In the first round matchup between Washinton and MSU, President Obama’s teleprompter gave the edge to the Pac-10 champs over the Bulldogs from the SEC.

Tip-off today at 4P Central.

Watch it here

Go State!

More: “Bulldogs Love Ducks”

Update: Final score 71-58, in a game that was not as close as the score indicated.

Update2: Go Sooners!

Liveblogging the BCS Championship Game

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At the end of the 1st quarter, Florida is 1st and 20 at their own 31 following back to back false-start penalties (both on #75).

Oklahoma punted on their first two possessions, although I’ve got to say that Bradford looks very sharp.

Second quarter: on third and long, Tebow finds Murphy over the middle for a touchdown. Gators 7-0.

OU takes the kickoff out to the 35, and on consecutive runs, the Sooners move the ball to the Florida 35. Another running play takes it to the Gators 20. A Bradford pass over the middle, and it’s first and goal at the 5. The tempo has picked up considerably… On 2nd and goal, Bradford hits Grisham for the score.

No scoring in the first quarter, but 3 minutes into the 2nd, we have two touchdowns scored!

On the next drive, Tebow is intercepted, and OU is in business on the Florida 26. On the first play from scrimmage, Chris Brown takes it inside the 10, 1st and goal OU. Brown takes the ball off the right side for 6 yards, and OU is running at will on the Gators. Third down, OU in the I formation, and Brown is stopped for a one yard loss. Brown is stopped for another one yd loss on 4th down trying to run off left tackle! Florida takes over on their own 3 yard line.

Woo hoo, we got us a game here folks!

On 1st and 10 after the media timeout, Harvin takes it out to midfield on a 45 yard scamper. His left ankle isn’t looking too bad.

OU’s Balogun comes up big and stops Rainey on 1st down for a loss. On 2nd down, Rainey takes a short pass and moves into OU territory. 3rd down Tebow comes up short, and UF punts into the endzone.

At this point, the big surprise to me is the effectiveness of OU’s ground game. The quick strike offense has moved in two plays to midfield. and Bradford is ready to go again. The clock moves under two minutes, and Johnson catches a pass to the UF 40. Iglesias takes a short pass for 4 yds, and the clock moves under one minute. Gresham takes a short pass for a short gain, and OU has to take a timeout.
Two more plays, and two more first downs.
On 1st and 10 from the 22, a blitz forces Bradford to throw it away with 22 seconds on the clock. Another blitz on 2nd down produces the same result. On 3rd, Bradford hits Gresham to the 9, and its 1st and goal with 10 seconds to go before half. Bradford is intercepted on a bobbled pass by Wright. Oh man, what a great half of football. It just don’t get better than this folks.

It’s hard to believe the score is only 7-7.

Each Heisman winning QB has suffered interceptions, and at times both have moved the ball effectively. The long layoff definitely has given the advantage to the defensive side of the ball.

But, I’ve gotta say, the two goal-line stands by the Gators are the only things keeping this game from being a blow-out.

3RD Quarter Florida goes 3 and out, and OU breathes a sigh of relief as Tebow catches OU in single coverage, but his would-be TD pass goes over the fingertips of the Gator receiver. OU takes over at their own 10 yard line.

On 3rd and 3, Bradford hands to Brown for the 1st down. His 1st down bomb to Iglesias is well-thrown, but Iglesias can’t hold on. Incomplete short pass, and 3rd and 10, OU to Gresham for 6, and OU has to punt.

This is weird. OU calls time, comes back and has a false-start, then the Gators call time. Florida gets a roughing call on the punt and OU is back in business.

Bonehead play of the game, so far. Two running plays produce nothing, and OU looks at 3rd and 10, Bradford throws incomplete into triple coverage. It looks like UF dodged a bullet. James fields the punt on the 27, and Florida begins their 2nd possession of the half.

(Media timeout: Oh, WILL SOMEONE TELL THE PRODUCER OF THE “G” COMMERCIAL THAT IT IS JUST LAME-O!!)

Tebow to Cooper for 10, Tebow option right for 13 yards to midfield. On 2nd and 8, Tebow keeps to the OU 46, 3rd and 4. Tebow on the QB draw down to the 31. On 1st down, Tebow goes long for Murphy, incomplete, and Murphy is injured on the play. Looks like a knee. On 2nd and long, Tebow throws across the middle into double coverage, incomplete. Third and 10: and Tebow keeps for a first down.

Tebow is doing his best to impose his will on the OU defense.

Tebow carries again on 1st down for 7 yards. Option right, and Demps carries to the 2 yard line, and OU grabs a facemask. 1st and goal from the one. Tebow can’t get in on 1st down. Incomplete pass on 2nd down. Third down, from the wildcat formation, Harvin takes it in over the right side for a Gator TD! Oh man, Dan Mullin is calling a great game. 14-7 Gators!

OU starts their next possession at their 29, and it’s Bradford’s turn. Bradford takes a big hit on a first down sack, but appears unfazed as his 2nd down pass is to midfield, and then another first down.

The pace has quickened. A wide receiver screen on second down is one yard short at the FL 27. Brown is dropped for a 3 yard loss, and it’s 4th and 4, and OU will go for 3 points. The kick is blocked! The TV announcer says it’s the 9th block of the year for the gators. Florida takes over and another Florida player is down. Murphy. It looks like either hammy, or maybe cramps. Yup, the announcer just confirmed it. On 2nd and 7, Tebow hands to Harvin over the left side, and it’s 3rd and 3. OU needs a stop right now to stem the gator momentum. Tebow is stopped for no gain and Florida must punt. That was big, big, big.

4th Quarter: OU takes over on their 22, and Brown carries for 9 yards off right tackle. OU in the I formation, and Brown carries to the 35, 1st down. Bradford under center, and hands to Brown again for 3. Florida is flagged for a Personal foul. Another bonehead play. Bradford takes the snap and lays out a sweet pass to Brown for 25 yards down to the UF 22. OU tries to quicksnap, and UF kicks the ball, reset, handoff to Brown on 1st down for a short gain. The fast break offense is something to watch! Florida gets pressure on 2nd down, and the pass is incompplete. 3rd and 8, Bradford passes to Gresham for the first down at the gator 11. Bradford passes to Gresham on first down, Gresham loses a shoe, but makes it into the endzone, PAT is good, tie game 14-14. Dude!!!!

Florida starts on their own 22. Harvin breaks a big gainer for 50 yards! 1st down at the OU 26. Harvin carries again to the OU 15, and appears to be hurt. He walked off under his own power though. 2nd and 6, Tebow throws it away. Great coverage by OU. 3rd down, Harvin is back in the game, Murphy is back in, and Tebow throws it away again. Phillips tries a 28 yard FG, it is GOOD!! Florida 17, OU 14.

Whew. I need a soda.

Iglesias takes the kickoff to the 35, and Bradford is in the shotgun, lofts a fade pass, too long, incomplete. Bradford to Brown for 12. A first down carry for short yardage, and 2nd and 7, Bradford on play action throws over the middle—it’s taken away by Black!!! Dude!!!!! First down Gators.

It’s crunch time for the Sooner Defense.

Inside option to the TE is good for a first down. Nine minutes left in the game, Tebow gets the play and option-right, keeps to the 40. Another crunch down for the Sooners. 3rd and 7, OU shows blitz, and good ole’ #75 has his 3rd false start of the game. 3rd and 12 for the gators, OU rushes 3, and his pass to Cooper is good for 15 yards and a first down to the Sooner 49.

Harvin loses a yard on 1st down as the clock goes under 7 minutes. Tebow throws a strike to Nelson. His best pass of the night. 1st down at the OU 20. Can the OU defense step up again???

Harvin carries to the 15 on 1st down. OU needs to hold the gators to a FG. 2nd down pass to Harvin to the 12. 3rd and short, but another false start on bonehead #75. If Florida loses the game, #75 gets the goat horns. Hernandez bails out #75 on the inside option to the TE. First and goal florida as the clock goes under 6 minutes. 2nd and goal, Tebow throws the jump pass to Nelson, TOUCHDOWN GATORS!!! PAT is good, 24-14. Just over five minutes left in the game.

Iglesias takes the kickoff to the 30, and Sam Bradford takes over. Pressure, pass batted down. Florida has 6 in the box, so the corners are on an island, Bradford throws short to Gresham, and the clock goes under 3 minutes. Third down pass falls incomplete, Bradford looks at 4th and 4. Incomplete……..and with 2:26 to go in the game, the gators appear to have wrapped this one up…..

Sooners must burn their TO’s on defense. One left. Florida players are getting their gatorade ready, but it’s too soon for that. OU can score in a hurry.

Oh well. Tebow just carried off right tackle for 12 yards and a first down. A penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct on Tebow? Dang. Oh well, at this point, field position is irrelevant, just the clock matters. OU burns their final TO with a minute and a half to go.

3rd and 2, and the clock slips under a minute. Tebow carries for a first down, and goes over 100 yards rushing on the night. It’s time to kneel and run out the clock. Gatorade time for Urban Mayer. Florida calls a timeout with 22 seconds and prepares to run the final play. Gators in victory formation and Tebow takes a knee.

That’s all folks. Florida 24 Oklahoma 14.

FASB 157 gets a “clarification”

The much maligned accounting principle of “mark to market” accounting has received an important clarification today from regulators at the SEC.

“When an active market for a security does not exist, the use of management estimates that incorporate current market participant expectations of future cash flows, and include appropriate risk premiums, is acceptable.” source

FASB 157 came about as a result of the Enron scandal and subsequent regulations contained in the onerous Sarbanes Oxley Act.

Hopefully this is a first step toward its full repeal.

It is important to note that the SEC is NOT saying that cooking the books is now an acceptable accounting practice. That would be the last thing that corporate America needs in order to restore public confidence. Transparency is necessary, and the SEC’s clarification will help investors to see a much truer picture of the financial health of the corporate balance sheet. Perhaps, after the debacles of Bear Stearns, Lehman, Merrill, Wachovia, Wamu, and AIG, the SEC sees this as a way of acknowledging that many of the weaker players and their related toxic assets have been identified and dealt with, and it’s time to protect the healthier players that remain.

It becomes crucial as the Treasury anticipates buying some $700 billion in mortgage-backed securities, and in effect, establishing a market price for illiquid assets. A direct consequence would be that the remaining banks would have to take a write down on their assets to reflect the new market price.

This is an important clarification from the SEC. It will have an important and immediate impact.

more: At cnbc.com, Lee Brodie asks, “New rules, same game?”

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