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1  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Transitive score comparisons mean very little, but... on: Today at 05:13:16 PM
I have watched Michigan play multiple games this season.  They have looked VERY impressive, and then they get the Cardinals - wow, Louisville flat out gets after you on the defensive end of the court.  That is the first that I had seen of UL, and I was really impressed.

UVA looked terrible last night.  Scoring was a real issue for them, and their defense wasn't what is normally expected from a Bennett group.  Maybe last night was their FSU moment?

Duke looked good against MSU the other day, but that same team gave up 64 points in the paint to Stephen F. Austin University!

I guess what I'm trying to say is: in today's college basketball world, you better bring your A game every night and on both ends of the court.  There are a lot of teams that on any given night can make you look bad.
2  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: SEC suspends Jj for the first half of the Bowl Game on: Today at 04:55:01 PM
I was upset last night when this was announced, and still am, but after thinking about it I do kind of understand why they handed down the punishment.  Clearly JJ was doing some "extra" stuff there and we can all agree he has a history of "extra" stuff, that's even hurt his team in some cases.  I love him to death and his last run through the T was one of the saddest ones in many years, but let's call it like it is.. if he was a player on another team we'd label him a "thug".  But he's ours and we love him.  His dawg-ness is what makes him special, for sure.

And I really hate the fact that the SEC has not punished others for similar and even worse looking incidents, but at the same time... All JJ had to do was get up after the initial hit.  But he hit him and was on top of him clearly going "extra" and it went from there.

No, you cannot tell for sure from the video that it was his intent to step on the guy's face.  But the other extra stuff right before it coupled with JJ's body of work, I see why the SEC did what they did.  Don't like it, but I understand somewhat.  Personally, my opinion, I do think JJ meant to step on the guy.. but that's me.

I completely agree with this, except for being able to say that I think that he intentionally stepped on the kid.  I definitely think that is a possibility, but I'm just not completely comfortable saying that.

Life is one decision right after another, 24/7/365.  Making decisions is the easy part - living with the consequences of those decisions is the difficult part, especially when you make poor decisions.  JJ made a poor decision and must now live with the results of that decision.  For that reason I'm OK with the SEC office suspending him, but I also see the injustice that is being brought up when compared to other incidents.
3  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Now that the regular season is over who do you think is the best team in the on: Today at 04:04:43 AM
Imo, it's so tough to compare these top teams across conference lines, especially the defenses.

I think that OSU, LSU, and Clemson all deserve spots in the playoff. The fourth spot is the biggest question, obviously. I don't know who I'd select if I had to choose.
4  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: If you are a member of The Athletic - an excellent Exit Interview with Tatum on: Today at 03:57:55 AM
Classy by the young man. It makes me wonder why he's leaving, though.
5  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: SEC suspends Jj for the first half of the Bowl Game on: Today at 03:55:57 AM
I didn't see anything that proved intent on JJ's part as far as stepping on the kid from Vandy. There was an obvious scuffle but I can't clearly determine the aggressor/instigator and do not see how the SEC office could either (unless they have other views that I haven't seen). I also cannot clearly see that punches were thrown by JJ or anyone else. The incident looked ugly and I wish that it hadn't happened, but from what I saw this is a dangerous precedent to set.

I have no problem with the SEC office stepping in with additional punishments in situations where there is evidence of unsportsmanlike acts, so far as there is uniformity.

It's incredibly hypocritical to apply a punishment in this incident when the same office allowed the Raekwon Davis incident to be handled internally by Saban and the Bama athletic department.
6  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Two players entering the portal on: December 03, 2019, 09:11:14 EST
The word on VQ seems to be that Means has been a cancer since arriving on campus.  He has supposedly been very dissatisfied with most of his time on the hill.

If so, we are better off without him.
7  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Both ESPN bowl projections.... on: December 03, 2019, 07:35:25 EST
Our bowl game is dependent on how many teams above us in the SEC get at-large selections.  If the SEC gets a team into both the Orange and the Cotton, we stand a good chance of a Florida bowl game.  If the SEC gets neither of those, it seems that UT must end up farther north for a bowl game.  All of this is simply my opinion, of course.
8  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Saban complaining about the trick play. on: December 01, 2019, 03:42:45 EST
That crew may have just worked their last SEC football game.  

Iím somewhat confused as to why Steve Shaw didnít signal for review. 
9  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Saban complaining about the trick play. on: December 01, 2019, 03:32:51 EST
https://twitter.com/MichaelDavSmith/status/1200956553903382528

You had time to substitute, then wanted more time to sub again because they confused you?

 
10  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Dear 8 lb, 6 oz newborn baby Jesus... on: December 01, 2019, 01:34:45 EST
That would be epic. And not surprising.
11  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Now LSU needs to just beat UGA. ** on: December 01, 2019, 01:32:50 EST
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12  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: There are stupid penalties........ on: November 29, 2019, 04:45:35 EST
Stupid. Selfish. Idiotic.

I feel bad for the place kicker but the receiver got what he deserved - a great big L!!!!
13  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Updated Playoff Poll on: November 27, 2019, 07:32:04 EST
I donít want any SEC teams in the playoff if UT doesn't make it.

Realistically, that means that LSU needs to beat UGA and Bama needs to not be selected. Screw UGA, screw Bama, and screw LSU (although they are virtually a lock now - barring a miracle).
14  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: What say ye, nay sayers? We *should* be a 8 win team, but it's a nice place to on: November 24, 2019, 05:13:48 EST
JG played really well.  I'm so happy for the kid.  He deserves a lot of praise tonight.
15  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Game Thread: Mizzou on: November 24, 2019, 05:12:11 EST
Love them orange britches!!!!!
16  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Game Thread: Mizzou on: November 24, 2019, 02:32:05 EST
Or not.....
17  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Game Thread: Mizzou on: November 24, 2019, 01:18:03 EST
According to VQ, the Mizzou TE and WR are both out for the game. 
18  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Barnes adds more stars to the 2020 class on: November 23, 2019, 03:08:00 EST
This kid's tape look pretty good.  In my opinion, floor vision is THE most valuable attribute that a point guard can have and this guy seems to have it in abundance.

In any sport, I think that being able to see the field "without looking at the field" is one of the factors that separates great athletes from great players.  Its really difficult to teach (maybe impossible?) but it is so important.  In my opinion, this is very likely one of the main reasons that JG has struggled at times in the QB position.

This guy seems to have that ability.  I like the potential that I see here.
19  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Barnes adds more stars to the 2020 class on: November 22, 2019, 09:27:47 EST
As I understand it, if Kent is done then we would still have one open spot.  If Kent is planning to return, then we are full I think.

I'm not completely sure that we could use Kent's scholly now, though.  I've read opposing views on that.  It is possible that we would have to wait until next year to fill that spot?
20  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Well, nobody saw this coming... on: November 21, 2019, 08:31:27 EST
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/07/03/ncaa-slams-former-uconn-coach-lies-during-investigation-minor-rules-violations

https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/columns/story?columnist=schlabach_mark&id=3244720
21  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Kentucky wins...just barely on: November 19, 2019, 05:21:56 EST
I got the impression from Twitter that UK needed some help from the ruparees last night too, lol.



After Utah Valley pulled to within 1 (with under 3 minutes to go, thereabouts) the Rupperees came out in full force. 

Utah Valley missed a shot that would have put them up by one and on the offensive rebound attempt there was a horrific over the back call that was totally ignored.  On the next two (maybe three)  UK possessions there were touch fouls called on UV that sent UK to the line where they iced the W.

UV probably wasn't winning that game anyway, but the officials were definitely a factor down the home stretch.

I'm fairly certain that UK has made more free throws than their opponents have attempted in every game so far this season.  I'm fairly sure that I heard than mentioned in their last game.  Their style is part of the reason for this as they drive and force defenders to challenge shots.  They were 31/34 from the free throw line last night I think (that's some really good FT shooting).
22  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Vols win 75-62.* on: November 17, 2019, 03:55:18 EST
  Really good win for this team.
23  Sports / VTTW Message Board / The guys in FBI gear at the LSU/VCU game on: November 14, 2019, 05:55:47 EST
were funny and entertaining. I found myself looking for them whenever the ball was near that end of the court.
24  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Evansville beats #1 Kentucky.* on: November 13, 2019, 05:25:18 EST
Somebody had money on this game.  There's a point shaving scandal in there somewhere.  There's some shady sh!t going on...

It was the officials. It had to be. UK has never actually lost a basketball game - they've only ever finished behind in games that were stolen by the zebras.
25  Sports / VTTW Message Board / Re: Lady Vols 74....Notre Dame 63....FINAL* on: November 12, 2019, 06:04:25 EST
They played hard. Lots of hustle. That's a positive.

Got sloppy in the 4th and have things they can improve on defense, but the effort they showed was impressive.

Great road win for the team and the new coach.
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