Before we get started, you might notice that things are a bit... different this morning. That's because I, cristilmethod, the self-appointed jester of this court we call For Whom the Cowbell Tolls, am filling in for Prediction? Pain this morning. You may be used to his style of a links post - smart, informative with a touch of cool - but unfortunately, you'll get none of that from me. If Prediction? Pain's links posts are the jock in high school that also got accepted to Princeton, my links post is the kid who always tried to pull whoopie cushion pranks on everyone, and watched Superbad too many times. Anyways, let's get to linkin', shall we?
Dan Mullen talkin' 'bout practice (and Louisiana Tech) - If you're so inclined, Dan Mullen did some discussin' of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and MSU's game with them on Saturday in the A.M. hours. I'll admit that I have not watched the video, but I can likely tell you what's in it. He'll mention strain at some point, and likely the fact that Manny Diaz should literally be the most prepared DC on Saturday since he coached in Ruston within the last 12 months. He may also have mentioned that Louisiana Tech has one more non-doping Florida QB than Florida does right now. Wait, wait no that's probably not in there.
Numbers 'n Such - By now you might have heard of advanced stats in the sport you love and/or follow. You may also know that SB Nation's own Football Study Hall is one of the finest purveyors of such stats around, and their updated Mississippi State profile has all of the juicy stats you want at the midway point in State's season. These things appeal to people smarter than me (like your normal linktarian, Prediction? Pain), but even an average joe blow like myself can understand that some of those rankings are concerning. It's also interesting to see how MSU's matchup with Tech this weekend grades out to nearly even. It could be the advanced stats, or honestly it could just be that advanced stats has been watching the 2008 MSU season opener again.
There's a stripeout of the stadium on Saturday
We - and really I should more specifically say I - here at the site sometimes spend too much time crowing over unimportant things such as uniforms and stadium mandatory dress codes. And I should probably cut back on that, but first, a thought about the "stripeout" on Saturday. First, I think we've jumped the shark on the coordinated dress code things for home games. Every game this year has had a required dress, and this one is even more specific. I will say that I do like the idea of the stripeout, but why not save that for the Alabama game? Saturday is an 11 a.m. game that's homecoming, meaning it'll draw a lot of people who may not normally come and that may not know about the stripeout. Secondly, the stadium will probably be half full by the start of the third quarter, meaning the stripeout was in effect for maybe 45% of the total game.
Because I missed posting it Saturday, here's Vic Schaefer riding out at Maroon Madness on a motorcycle:
Steve Spurrier has retired - You likely know this by now, as the Head Ball Coach shocked the world Monday night by simply retiring mid-season. This would be the point where I could say some impressive, organized words about how great Steve was, and he was. But I'm not capable of such, so fortunately that link above contains a post by one Spencer Hall. You all know Spencer as one of the internet's funniest sports writers, but you may not know that he's also one of college football's best wordsmiths. His read on Steve is perfect, and well worth your time.
No .GIFs for you - Buried by the onslaught of news on Monday - seriously, Sarkesian fired, Tunsil back for A&M, Spurrier retires. It was a crazy day - was the fact that Twitter suspended the accounts of SB Nation's own .GIF account as well as Deadspin. As the day went on, news began to spread that the NFL, along with other sports leagues or conferences including the SEC, had filed requests that the accounts be taken down due to the posting of copyrighted content.
I bring it up because it's an interesting topic in today's sports society where we all want to be brought up to speed instantly on a big play we missed via a .GIF or Vine. While the requests seem coincidental in their timing to each other, it makes you wonder if any or all were coordinated. It also makes you wonder if this is an isolated incident, or if it's a first step in an effort to finally come after a corner of the internet that's roamed free for awhile now. I guess we'll see.
What's that? Today feels like a good day for a seven minute-long, mellow Gary Clark Jr. song? Okay, you got it. I have to admit something about Gary if I'm going to tell you I love his music. I didn't know anything about him until I watched the movie Chef one night (FYI, don't do that hungry). It's a good movie, but the larger point there is that I'm not one of these hipster music aficionados that's known about an artist like Clark since about two years before you, and I'm okay with that. I like what I like, and I find it when I find it. Even when it's through a surprisingly-good adult comedy movie.
We've all seen this one 1,000,000 times, but it still gets me every time: