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Such a deal

Such a deal

Tasty cupcakes in Athens ain’t cheap.  And the price is rising. Middle Tennessee State: $1.7 million for 2018 Arkansas State: $1.8 million for 2019 Kent State:  $1.9 million for 2022 No worries, though.  There’s plenty of time to push through another increase in ticket prices by 2022.

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It’s that time of year again.

It’s that time of year again.

I just got the email about setting up the 2017 Fabris pick ’em pool.  Who’s in? ************************************************************************* UPDATE:  I shotgunned invites to everyone who’s participated before, but if you’re a newbie who’d like to join in for 2017, click here.

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Today, in tonedeafness

Today, in tonedeafness

It’s already been taken down, but whoever in the Ole Miss athletic department thought it was a good idea to post this on Twitter is pretty much clueless. We gotchu fam pic.twitter.com/UlcYBxCkTc — RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) July 27, 2017

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Nick Saban, “so far out”

Nick Saban, “so far out”

Nick Saban’s over a nine-game conference schedule now. He wants ten games.  And more. “We should play all teams in the Power 5 conferences,” Saban said Wednesday. “If we did that, then if we were going to have bowl games, we should do the bowl games just like we do in the NCAA basketball tournament […]

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“We have so many guys back.”

“We have so many guys back.”

Explain to me why Georgia shouldn’t have a great defense this season. No other SEC team can boast what Georgia can about its defense. That would be the fact that Georgia is returning 10 starters. The Bulldogs certainly hope their defensive experience plays a vital role in competing for an SEC championship this coming season. […]

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The NCAA needs to talk to you, son.

The NCAA needs to talk to you, son.

Mississippi State linebacker Leo Lewis gets an invitation. In a letter obtained by SB Nation dated May 17, 2017, Xavier athletic director Greg Christopher, Chief Hearing Officer of the NCAA Division 1 Committee on Infractions, instructs counsel for five former Ole Miss football staffers and one current assistant coach, as well as NCAA Vice President […]

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The difference between a “mix” and a spot

The difference between a “mix” and a spot

We finally learn there’s a bridge too far even for Bill Hancock’s shilling. The playoff director is at Mountain West media days and during his open media session he discussed the playoff, and that includes him saying that “absolutely” a team from the Group of Five has a chance to make the playoff. Hancock also […]

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Musical palate cleanser, ain’t it funky now edition

Musical palate cleanser, ain’t it funky now edition

I’m currently reading James McBride’s excellent book on James Brown, Kill ‘Em and Leave, and what can I say?  I’m in the mood for some Godfather of Soul moves. Here are a couple of clips from the period when I would say the man was at the height of his power, backed by his best […]

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And now for something unexpected

And now for something unexpected

I give Larry Scott plenty of crap when he deserves it, so it’s only fair to dish out some praise when he turns up on the side of the angels. The Pac-12 will shorten halftime and reduce the number of commercial breaks during its non-conference schedule this season as part of a trial program to […]

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My favorite year

My favorite year

Without a doubt, in my lifetime as a college football fan (as opposed to a Georgia football fan), there’s no season I have enjoyed more than the 2007 one.  It was absolutely and unpredictably nuts from start to finish, with plenty of stops along the way. So, it is with great pleasure that I share […]

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You realize this means war.

You realize this means war.

Sure, why not. Attorneys representing Ole Miss and its former coaches and administrators who have been accused of violating NCAA rules have asked that two Mississippi State football players be required to attend the Rebels’ infractions hearing later this summer, multiple sources familiar with the case told ESPN. NCAA officials have told lawyers representing Ole […]

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In case you thought it was over…

In case you thought it was over…

… not even close. Latest from Nutt atty Thomas Mars, god of legal war: He wants OM AD Ross Bjork's phone records. Monday story on Mars https://t.co/XQhr2lQd9Z — Pat Forde (@YahooForde) July 25, 2017 What a week it's been already. ESPN, SI, Yahoo and it looks like the FBI is next. — Steve Robertson (@ScoutSteveR) […]

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“It’s always going to be a league of the quarterback.”

“It’s always going to be a league of the quarterback.”

After last year, I want some of whatever Bert was smoking when he said that. The SEC has long produced some great quarterbacks. During the past decade, Heisman Trophy winners Tim Tebow (Florida), Cam Newton (Auburn) and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) have come through the conference. Throw in recent standouts such as Mississippi State’s Dak […]

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“There ain’t no ‘Junction Boys’ anymore…”

“There ain’t no ‘Junction Boys’ anymore…”

The NCAA, you may have heard, has ended the long-standing practice of two-a-days.  There’s evidently some pretty good data behind the decision. According to the NCAA’s Sport Science Institute, 58 percent of the football practice concussions that occur over the course of a year happen during the preseason. Brian Hainline, the NCAA’s chief medical officer, […]

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We’re getting closer.

We’re getting closer.

While we’re on the subject of broadcasting, here’s the television schedule for the SEC’s first three weeks of action.  (Times listed there are Central, since it’s Al.com.)  A few random thoughts: Sure would be nice to have an elaborate tailgate set up on Sept. 2, that’s for sure. A game on every day of Labor […]

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Night time is the right time.

Night time is the right time.

Weirdly enough, start time for the Samford game is 7:30.  PM, not AM, I mean. I’m trying to remember the last time we had a cupcake under the lights.  Anyone remember? *********************************************************************** UPDATE:  It’s an early season trend. UGA is opening its season with three night games in a row. vs. App State – 6:16 […]

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“It’s very William Faulkner.”

“It’s very William Faulkner.”

What do you get when you cross Faulkner with Pork Rind Jimmy?  Mark Schlabach has the answer. The man who helped take down Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze is a lifelong Mississippi State fan who attended his first Bulldogs game 37 years ago and has the university’s logo tattooed on his left hand. But […]

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The thing about drawing lines in the sand…

The thing about drawing lines in the sand…

… is that they’re always easy to erase. A Big Ten Conference mandate of not scheduling FCS football programs has been modified to put the Division I younger brothers back in the conversation again. North Dakota State athletic director Matt Larsen said he’s been told the new policy is a direct reflection of the nine-game […]

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