Thursday, November 22 2012 10:56 AM EST2012-11-22 15:56:34 GMT
(RNN) - For the three people that actually read this, the Line King needed to update his bowl projections. With Missouri losing to Syracuse (what happened to the "$EC is the best" theory?), it looks likeMore >>
With Missouri losing to Syracuse (what happened to the "$EC is the best" theory?), it looks like only eight teams will actually qualify for a bowl game.More >>
Thursday, November 1 2012 1:36 PM EDT2012-11-01 17:36:29 GMT
(RNN) - What do you get at the confluence of Halloween, Superstorm Sandy, the last week of what seems like a decade-long presidential election campaign and dang, even Breeders Cup? How about Georgia inMore >>
Bama visits LSU for Armageddon; Georgia back in the hunt; Vanderbilt verging on bowl; Auburn in position to win; presidential campaign will SOON BE OVER!!!! More >>
Wednesday, October 24 2012 6:01 PM EDT2012-10-24 22:01:55 GMT
(RNN) - Is this Week 8 or 9 or has this football season just been one long dream? Seems like it. The Line King is hovering above .500 and that is like dreaming you're walking around downtown in your underwear. It'sMore >>
Mississippi State will wake from dream season at Alabama; Auburn heavy home dog to Aggies; Goergia makes last stand against rampaging Florida; Vandy tries to make it two in a row More >>
Wednesday, October 10 2012 4:58 PM EDT2012-10-10 20:58:04 GMT
(RNN) - The Line King hates to break this to all of you $EC worshippers (and to Death Star Commissioner, His Excellency Mike Slive), but Alabama's opponent in this year's mythical BC$ Championship GameMore >>
Ever wonder what would happen when a stoppable force collides with a moveable object? We'll find out when Auburn plays Ole Miss.Trouble-seeking Tide fans travel to wet, cold Mizzou. Mississippi State tries to break six-game losing skid against faltering Vols. Kentucky vs. Arkansas, meh.More >>
Thursday, October 4 2012 7:44 AM EDT2012-10-04 11:44:05 GMT
(RNN) - Does ANYONE play defense these days? Look: 70-63, 51-41, 51-44, 56-49, 45-43, 49-38, 41-36, 52-40 all sound like basketball scores, not college football games from this past weekend. What causesMore >>
The Line King offers one explanation for why defense is becoming a thing of the past in the college football of today: Young people are just too darned soft these days … for them, sacrifice is eating an unfrosted pop tart … or settling for less than an unlimited phone plan. More >>
(RNN) - Does ANYONE play defense these days?
Look at this, will you: 70-63, 51-41, 51-44, 56-49, 45-43, 49-38, 41-36, 52-40 all sound like basketball scores, not college football games from this past weekend.
"Young people are just too darned soft these days … for them, sacrifice is eating an unfrosted pop tart … or settling for less than an unlimited phone plan."
And so, apparently, is playing defense. There is no glory anymore in making a game-winning, goal-line stand and if you knock somebody into La La Land, you're liable to be penalized 15 yards, ejected from the game, scorned by the national media and suspended the rest of the season by some conference know-it-all with an Ivy League degree who never played a down.
Every game has to look like a live version of Xbox (right down to the tacky uniforms) and we as a nation have no patience for defensive slugfests and grinding it out mano a mano. We've gotten uber-soft too.
The Line King remembers watching the Browns beat the Cowboys 5-3 in the cold, drizzly pig-slop of old Memorial Stadium located on the shores of a polluted Lake Erie. Seriously, 5-3! It was hard to discern who was who on our 19-inch, black-and-white living room TV. We talked about that game for days – mainly because it was the only game televised that whole week.
Today, ESPN would cut away to another game "of interest" or the viewer can just change the channel to one of hundreds of games broadcast at that particular moment – including the epic clash of New Mexico Highlands vs. Oklahoma Panhandle, just in case all else fails.
And don't think the $EC is immune to softness either - the defensive units of Mississippi and Arkansas have the resistance of wet paper tissue. It's embarrassing.
Last week we turned the corner and have begun to press The Man down. Now is the time to keep him down as long as possible.
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Oct. 6, 2012
Arkansas at Auburn (-10), Noon, ESPN/ESPN2
Talk about soft. The Razorbacks define the term. "Quit" is another term you can use, as well. Everyone has the Arkansas game circled this year - even Kentucky and Mississippi. Auburn will actually look like a contender this weekend, then it's back to the reality of hoping they can make it to the Liberty Bowl. Take the Tigers/War Eagles/Plainsmen.
Mississippi State at Kentucky, 12:21 p.m., SEC Network
Again, this is a perfect example of college football overload on TV and what a waste of time, money and effort to care about. Unless you are a Mississippi State fan, you are not going to watch one down of this game and you might not if you are. The Kentucky fans abandoned their team weeks ago, so count out the Louisville and Woodford Reserve lovers crowd – which includes The Line King. There is no line as of now, but whatever it is, take the Bulldogs and click back here for the results Sunday morning.
L$U at Florida (+3), 3:30 p.m., CBS.
Rolling over Towson is not my idea of "rolling" over anyone. Wins against Washington, Idaho and North Texas aren't even worth mentioning. Florida has a bit of revenge on its mind this year, too. The Gators have looked pedestrian in their first two home games, but played like champions in their two road games so The Line King almost fell of his chair when he saw the Gators at +3. Take it and run.
Texas A&M (-11.5) at Ole Miss, 7 p.m., ESPNU
With all the talk about the two new teams having to "ramp up" their efforts to compete in Conference Death Star, when is somebody from the $EC-worship crowd going to ask "when can we get rid of Mississippi?" One indication of your status in the cult: you are an 11.5 point underdog AT HOME!!! Oddly enough, this is the third team with "Texas" in their name playing in Oxford this season. The Line King is surprised that West Texas isn't also on the Black Bear schedule. Aggie freshman QB Johnny Manziel looks like the real deal, too. Aggies treat Mississippi like a WAC team and cover.
Georgia (+2.5) at South Carolina, 7 p.m., ESPN
Wow, this might be a good game to watch. Even The Line King might succumb to the sultry siren call of ESPN's latest sideline babe. Historically, this has been a tight match-up, but the Dawgs haven't covered the spread the last five years. Richt versus The Ol 'Ball Coach seems like a mismatch too. Game is in Columbia. That's exactly why The Line King says "Hunker Down Dogs, time to pull out the hob-nailed boot and kick'em in the throat." Dog fans put away the "For Sale" signs for one more week.
Vanderbilt at Missouri (-7), 7 p.m., FSN
Missouri welcomes perennial $EC power: Vanderbilt. Pathetic fact of the week: Vandy is 4-17 in $EC road games (two wins against Mississippi – what a surprise) the last 5+ years The only question is not whether Mizzou covers (they will), but will they pull out those egregious, roller derby-looking helmets again. Mizzou livens up the conference a bit too, kind of like Uncle Festus does at Thanksgiving dinner. I am sure Darth Vader $live will put an end to it or has already. Can't have his teams looking like the roller derby.
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Thursday, April 25 2013 7:03 AM EDT2013-04-25 11:03:18 GMT
(RNN) - Big guys are likely to be the stars of the show Thursday night when the NFL Draft again airs in primetime on ESPN, live from Radio City Music Hall. Barring unforeseen weirdness - which can neverMore >>
The NFL Draft with all its drama and uncertainty airs live in prime time Thursday night. Luke Joeckel, Manti Te'o, SEC stars and borderline quarterbacks are among this year's mysteries.More >>
Thursday, April 18 2013 8:52 PM EDT2013-04-19 00:52:03 GMT
(RNN) - Spring practice in the SEC climaxes Saturday when five more teams hold their annual spring scrimmages. Interesting fact: So far the biggest attendance at a spring game this season was at KentuckyMore >>
New coaches at Tennessee, Auburn and Arkansas will give us the first glimpse of their teams in Saturday's SEC spring games. Two-time defending national champion Alabama and Mississippi State also give fans a break from the long college football offseason.
Thursday, April 11 2013 7:00 AM EDT2013-04-11 11:00:16 GMT
Many Southeastern Conference football fans will finally get a look at their favorite teams this Saturday, April 13, and several of the annual spring games will be broadcast on TV and on the Web.Texas A&MMore >>
Southeastern Conference fans are beginning to stir as South Carolina, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Kentucky all hold their annual spring football games on Saturday, April 13.More >>
Monday, January 7 2013 6:00 AM EST2013-01-07 11:00:08 GMT
Miami (RNN) - Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the team that makes the most mistakes may well win tonight. Not a misprint.He explained that odd statement Sunday at the final news conference before theMore >>
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the team that makes the most mistakes may win tonight. He meant the team that takes the most chances, forces the action and sets the pace. Teams that do that make mistakes. But they cause the other guys to make mistakes, too. More >>
Sunday, January 6 2013 11:52 AM EST2013-01-06 16:52:47 GMT
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly shook hands Sunday morning in front of the Coaches' Trophy, the prize their two teams want to take home Monday night.More >>
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly shook hands Sunday morning in front of the Coaches' Trophy, the prize their two teams want to take home Monday night. More >>