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College Football 2011 Preview: SEC

Ahhh, yes. It’s August, meaning that college football is right around the corner. Need to know who to watch this season? Well, we got you covered! Myself, MichaelYoungHistory, and friend of the Thread Mark Rodriguez will break down the entire field by conference and tell you the players, teams, and dark horses to watch for this year. We’ll also let you know who is entirely overrated and won’t be making much noise come December . Today, we’ll break down the SEC. We’ll break down all of the conferences before the season kicks off, so check back with us! And as always, leave us comments to voice your opinion. And with that said…

You can check out our other posts on the ACC, Pac-12, and the Big East here.

South Eastern Conference (SEC) (MarkRod)

The SEC looks to continue its unprecedented run of dominance

S-E-C! S-E-C!!

Overview

Some think it’s complete media bias from an all-powerful network with a huge financial stake in a property (and no, I’m not talking about The Longhorn Network).  The cult following believe that their brand is the most dominant and can’t be compared with any other.  Yes, it seems like too much is always made of the SEC and how that brand of football is far superior to the rest of the country, but you have to give the conference its credit.  The SEC wins its fair share of nonconference matchups against the other BCS conferences. Oh, and you can’t forget about five straight BCS championships.

This year looks to be no different with eight teams ranked in the initial AP Top 25 poll.  Alabama leads the still-loaded West division while Steve Spurrier looks to finally lead his South Carolina Gamecocks to an SEC title. Will these two teams square off in Atlanta?

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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

College Football 2011 Preview: Big East and Non-BCS Conferences

Ahhh, yes. Its August, meaning that college football is right around the corner. Need to know who to watch this season? Well, we got you covered! Myself, MichaelYoungHistory, and friend of the Thread Mark Rodriguez will break down the entire field by conference and tell you the players, teams, and dark horses to watch for this year. We’ll also let you know who is entirely overrated and won’t be making much noise come December . Check out our previous entries on the ACC and Pac-12.

Today, we’ll break down the Big East. We’ll break down all of the conferences before the season kicks off, so check back with us! And as always, leave us comments to voice your opinion. And with that said…

It’s my spot in the rotation for the preview so HERE WE GO!

The Big East

TCU can’t get here fast enough.

The Big East is still trying to fit in at the adult table with a kid’s table mentality. Of the 6 major BCS conferences that are deserving of automatic BCS bids in January, the Big East is always under fire for its lackluster play. It was just 5 years ago that this conference was stacked with talent. It was a 3 horse race running down to the end of the season as entering November of that year, Louisville, West Virginia, and Rutgers all entered the month undefeated. That month would see all 3 thrash on each other in what was a phenomenal month of football to see who could make it out of the month the least damaged. Louisville threw the first punch as they defeated West Virginia 44-34. Rutgers then defeated Louisville 28-25 and then West Virginia would beat Rutgers in Piscataway on a Thursday night, 41-39 in a triple overtime thriller! Since then…. not so much. But to be fair, with their automatic bid to the Orange Bowl, they are victorious in 3 of their last 5 contests. Including the always great bowl fail between West Virginia and Oklahoma.

This literally has nothing to do with this post in particular but I felt it necessary to post anyway...

The conference starts up with zero hype this year with the only team getting any sort of national buzz is West Virginia. Even that came with a mix bag because of the coaching blowup between former Coach Stewart and new Coach Holgersen. Again showing us all that the Head Coach in Waiting title, is completely flawed on just about every level.

The Lone Wolf 

WVU's chances for success lies solely on Geno's shoulders.

Now that Dave Wanstedt is fired, we all can stop believing that Pittsburgh is going to make a return to prominence. That leaves us with WVU who returns the only recognizable QB in the lot. Geno Smith will need some help as they have to find a RB to replace Noel Devine. The other thing to key in on is how fast this offense is able to pick up Dana Holgerson’s system (former OC for OKST). With no clear 2nd team in this conference, it’s hard to see how this isn’t a clear cut hand the title over to WVU kind of situation.

The Dark Horse(s)

Can B.J. Daniels be a difference maker?

This spot could very well go to one of two teams. Either Cincinnati who brings back Isaiah Pead the only returning 1,000 yard rusher, or USF who returns the often estranged starting QB, BJ Daniels. Daniels seemingly has the talent to be a great QB, but he never seems to be able to put it all together on the field and that is often disastrous for the Bulls.

Players To Watch

Isaiah Pead is picked here again because if Cincinnati is ever going to reach up to the spot that Coach Kelly had them before bolting to Notre Dame, it’ll be primarily based on Pead’s overall play in developing the Bearcat offense.

Key Games

September 24th pits LSU vs. WVU. It’s a statement game not just for WVU, but for the conference as a whole. LSU being a top 4 team in the country, could bring some much needed credibility to the Big East in what’s considered to be a pretty down year for the conference. WVU also gets to have this game played in Morgantown as opposed to Death Valley in Baton Rogue. They will need all the help they can get for this one.

Non-BCS Conferences

This section will solely be dedicated to two teams… The Boise State Broncos and the TCU Horned Frogs of the Mountain West Conference.

Boise State

After being a missed fg away from possibly crashing the BCS party, Boise State looks to still be in the national title discussion with a few new faces.

Of all the QBs of the last ten years (my full coverage of the sport) to return for another year when they could’ve gone pro, Kellen Moore might be the strangest of them all. When compared to Andrew Luck, Kellen has much less going for him in Boise. His top two WRs from last year (Austin Pettis, Titus Young) are both playing on Sundays this year and the national scope has never been higher for this team. But then again the alternative was to play for Carolina so he might’ve made the right choice.

Key Games

Every year Boise has to play some big name school on it’s 1st game of the season to gather early season respect from the nation and this year is no different with the Broncos making a trip between the hedges to face #19 Georgia, This could prove to be quite a matchup as both QBs will have new options to throw to as Aaron Murray’s top guy, AJ Green, is also playing on Sundays now.

As this is the first year in the Mountain West for Boise and the last for TCU, their week 9 game could be one for the ages. It’s late enough in the season to really count towards something as both teams could be undefeated and staring at BCS possibilities. Due to the fact that TCU is bolting to the Big East, the Mountain West is granting this game be played on the blue turf instead of Ft. Worth as a final sendoff to TCU. Should be a good one.

TCU

After reaching the highest peak in their program's history, can they do it again?

2010 Rose Bowl Champions. Is this where their story ends? After beating Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl in an epic game that I (and everyone else for that matter) thought they had no chance to win, the cupboard is quite bare for the Horned frogs with the departure of Andy Dalton and Jeremy Kerley along with several other key members of the team. Coach Gary Patterson has to hope that new QB, Casey Pachall, can come anywhere close to redoing what Andy Dalton did for them in terms of success and leadership. Lucky for them, they have one of the easiest schedules in the country after opening up at Baylor and then cruising until their week 9 matchup with the aforementioned Boise State. If TCU plays their cards right, this could be the beginning of their national dominance as they look to come and steamroll the “competition” that is the current Big East next year.

-MichaelYoungHistory, The Big Socrates, and MarkRod

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2011 in NCAA, Sports

 

Strictly platonic???


So, I have this secret addiction to craigslist.

I don’t really like to talk about it, but I get a bit of a thrill buying and selling things on craigslist, looking for cool apartments and homes in every part of the country, and the haiku hotel. I read the “best of craigslist” postings for a laugh and of course, on the seedier side of the website, there’s the “personals”. Casual Encounters is pretty self-explanatory, Missed Connections brings out my deep-seated romantic at times, and then there’s the seeking part of the program. The most confusing thing I have run across on the interwebz has to be the “strictly platonic” area. No one seems to know what this section means. With people looking for everything from a “texting friend” to a “NAKED PRAYER BUDDY” (more about this later), everyone’s definition of platonic seems to vary.

Whether on the internet or in real life, what is a platonic relationship and is it possible for a m4w/w4m (as well as a situation with a m4m/m4m or w4w/w4w) to work long-term?

I was really confused by a few of the posts I found. Who answers these?

this guy is so sexually confused. what does he want?

I don't even know where to start here...

What's the gift card thing about?

gold digging for friendship...smh...

Mixed in with these are random lunch, movie and texting invites. Everyone wants some kind of human interaction, but what are the conditions?

Here are my rules for the platonic relationship I am currently looking for:

1. We can’t have ever dated, hooked up, almost hooked up, talked about how we would have hooked up in different circumstances, liked each other “like that”, confessed a crush (even on a drunken night), “talked” or any variation of the above.

2. We must find each other good looking enough to hang around constantly (I like to look at a handsome guy while I’m watching poorly written action movies, sue me) but not be so physically attractive to ruin the platonic potential.

3. We must have similar social interests, but vary in opinion (related to politics, sports, music, etc.) and career paths. I like to argue and need someone to learn cool stuff from. I hope you majored in art history, engineering or accounting. I don’t know anything about any of those.

4. You can’t have a dumb broad for a girlfriend that doesn’t like our relationship. I don’t do jealousy, ignorance, or jealous, ignant hussies. I promise to return the favor.

5. Our friendship has no gimmicks, no power trips, no ulterior motives. We never keep tabs on who won the last fight, who owes who $5 from the last time out, and we don’t keep secrets. Our loyalty and longevity are what defines us. Nothing else matters.

All others need not apply.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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College Football 2011 Preview: Pac-12

Ahhh, yes. Its August, meaning that college football is right around the corner. Need to know who to watch this season? Well, we got you covered! Myself, The Big Socrates, and friend of The Thread MarkRod will break down the entire field by conference and tell you the players, teams, and dark horses to watch for this year. We’ll also let you know who is entirely overrated and won’t be making much noise come December. Today, we’ll break down the the New (and improved?) Pac-12. We’ll break down all of the conferences before the season kicks off, so check back with us! (Check out our past post on the ACC. And as always, leave us comments to voice your opinion. Now, lets dive right into the Pac-12…

Pacific 12 Conference (Pac-12) (MichaelYoungHistory)

Kiffin’s Excused Absence: Oregon, Stanford vie for Pac-12 Supremacy

Does the name “Pac-12” seem a bit strange to you? Well, that’s because its brand spanking new. After the old Pac-10 and Texas could not come to an agreement, the Pac-10 added the likes of Utah and Colorado to make the conference an even 12 teams and split them into two divisions in order to add a championship game. Conference realignment has been a huge issue for the past few years, so the Pac-12’s preemptive strike set them up well. Utah is a great football program and has been since Urban Meyer was their coach in the early 2000s. The Utes have been to 2 BCS games, including a huge win over eventual Alabama in the Sugar Bowl a few years back; the same Alabama that won the title the next year. While Colorado hasn’t been good since Kordell Stewart left, they still play big time football in Boulder, and their fan base is very loyal. Their brand of football is a bit traditional compared to the wide open offenses in the Pac-12, but opening up the Colorado television market was a big gain for the conference.

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Posted by on August 19, 2011 in Football, NCAA, Sports

 

College Football 2011 Preview: ACC

Ahhh, yes. Its August, meaning that college football is right around the corner. Need to know who to watch this season? Well, we got you covered! Myself, The Big Socrates, and friend of the Thread Mark Rodriguez will break down the entire field by conference and tell you the players, teams, and dark horses to watch for this year. We’ll also let you know who is entirely overrated and won’t be making much noise come December . Today, we’ll break down the ACC. We’ll break down all of the conferences before the season kicks off, so check back with us! And as always, leave us comments to voice your opinion. And with that said…

Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) (MarkRod)

For the Love of Bobby Bowden: It’s a two-horse race for the ACC Crown

The Seminoles look to regain their spot atop the ACC

The Atlantic Coast Conference is still trying to become the dominant conference it dreamed it was going to become when it raided the Big East in 2004. That never came to fruition as the ACC as a whole has not been in the national title picture since Florida State played for the BCS crown in 2002. When you look back at it’s history however, the ACC has depended on Florida St. to carry the conference nationally since they joined the conference in 1991. The dreams of Miami and Florida St. dominating the conference year in and year out quickly died once both teams fell into constant rebuilding mode after Miami joined the conference in 2004.

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Posted by on August 18, 2011 in Football, NCAA, Sports

 

Helllo, Nurse! (But Goodbye, Strong Black Woman?) – Pt. I

The television show HawthoRNe has had a pretty amazing run. For three seasons now, it has captivated audiences by blending hospital drama from a nurse perspective, with storylines outside of the hospital that are equally engaging and entertaining. HawthoRNe hasn’t always had the best ratings, but it does have a very committed fan base that extends into social networking sites. It’s a given that, if you’re on twitter, you likely have more than a few friends who have tweeted about “Christina,” “Tom,” and “Bobbi” on their Tuesday nights.

For those unfamiliar with the series, HawthoRNe stars Jada Pinkett Smith as Christina Hawthorne, the head CNO (chief nursing officer) at James River Hospital who juggles the stresses of work with those that come with being a widow and mother. Christina’s patience is tested not only by her daughter, Camille; but also by her fellow coworkers at James River, such as the hospital director, Morrissey (who has always had a target on her back. Some will say it’s because Christina tends to shun authority and rules when it comes to saving a patient’s life… I’ll avoid playing the “it’s ’cause she Black” card); fellow nurse Bobbi (the sexiest thing on one leg, ever… that was inappropriate, but it is true); and Tom, a doctor who was friends with Christina’s husband and who has harbored romantic feelings for Christina for a while.

One thing that really kept bringing me back to HawthoRNe, was the fact that Jada Pinkett Smith made Christina such a STRONG character. Finally, we had a strong Black female lead in primetime who didn’t need to buoyed by a group of friends (see The Game, Girlfriends, Living Single) and who was charismatic, feisty, and sexy all the while. The show exposed viewers to many facets of the nurse life – being looked down upon by doctors, for example, and going above and beyond the call for every patient. And while many actual nurses spoke out against Hawthorne’s “unrealisticness” (claiming that, if a real-life nurse took half the actions Christina does, much less ignored authority figures like she does, she would’ve been fired), the fact is, it was refreshing to see a no-nonsense Black woman at the helm of such an entertaining show (Jada is a producer for the show, as well).

However, I’ve admittedly found myself… disenchanted, for lack of a better word, with HawthoRNe’s third season. While the episodes have been high on drama, they have been regrettably low in other areas. Seeing as HawthoRNe’s season finale is tonight, I figured I’d voice a few of my concerns with the turn the show has taken.

**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.**
**Additionally, in the interest of space, this will be a two-part post.** 

1) Christina & Tom’s sham of a marriage

Tom & Christina - Back when it all made sense.

Followers of HawthoRNe know Tom has been trying to get at Christina since the very first season. We’ve always noticed a sort of attraction between the two of them, and it became heir apparent when Tom tried to sneak some sweet talk to Christina in French during one of their conversations in the first season. In season two, Tom & Christina finally confronted their feelings for each other, culminating in them having sex and after which Tom gave Christina an impromptu proposal… one that was funny at the time, but turned out to be true. Indeed, Christina was afraid to really get into another relationship, but she gave in to love, and she and Tom start out season three getting married. (I personally felt as though this was a rushed marriage and a corny way to start out the season. But as a viewer, we’ve been rooting for them to get together forever, so I was like, okay, fine.) Yet over the course of the third season, Christina somehow found herself in the arms of another man, Detective Nick Renata (who was first introduced in season two as a potential love interest). Not to mention, we haven’t seen ANY of Tom’s family members, but Christina is over at Renata’s mother’s house all the time and gets real familiar with his family. And now, in the second to last episode of the season, they’re about to get divorced. I should’ve known their wedding getting interrupted by that car accident at the start of season three was a sign, huh? *Unfortunately, I wasn’t smart enough to know that Bossip had provided a sign of their own back in June*

2. True Life: My Daughter Pimped Jesus

Have #Thirst, Will Pray

Okay, that’s harsh. But Christina’s daughter Camille has been doing the most this season. In season one, she was just a rebellious free spirit. I could deal with that. By season two, she was becoming a fixture at the hospital – granted, we don’t even know if this girl was a nursing major, much less if she was going to school – and dating one of the nurses (the guy from Stomp The Yard: Homecoming). By season three… Stomp The Yard dude is gone, and now Camille’s working at James River and seriously lusting after a new doctor (Miles, played by Derek Luke) who’s separated with kids. I mean, seriously – Camille’s all but earned an endorsement from Gatorade with all the #thirst she’s exhibited towards Miles. Now, Miles has some scruples, so he shuts down Camille’s earliest attempts to make moves on him. But then Camille sees that Miles is very devout, so she pretty much uses Jesus to get on his good side. She asks him to teach her how to pray, but we know what the deal is…  By midway through the season, Miles has baptized Camille in the hospital fountain and she’s looking after his kids. Miles’s wife (Keisha from Single Ladies LisaRaye, reprising her role as Diamond) notices it too, because she slaps Camille at the hospital when she comes to check on her son after something happens when Camille’s been watching him. (Keep in mind, that Camille apologizes to Miles because she feels she disappointed him… not because she, you know, put his child’s life in danger) It’s just all a mess, y’all.

3. Hospital Drama Turned Murder Mystery? Sure, why not?

I ruined my marriage... and I'll ruin your show, too.

Apparently, Marc Anthony’s character Nick Renata was easy to pay well-received in his brief appearances from last season, because they brought him back for the third season. Here’s the thing – at the start of the season three premiere, a pregnant Christina is randomly attacked and beaten in the hospital parking lot. All Christina sees before she loses consciousness, is that her attacker is wearing a ring. Renata assigns himself to Christina’s case… and at the end of the first episode, Renata places a ring similar to the one her attacker was wearing, on the food tray near Christina’s hospital bed. Now, my first suspicion is that Renata CLEARLY had something to do with her attack; after all, how else is he in possession of the ring? Tom shares my skepticism. But Christina, for whatever reason, sees Nick as MORE trustworthy after this happens.

Anyway, there’s now a side story going on throughout this third season of “Who Attacked Christina Hawthorne?” And Renata seems to be present whenever any new evidence pops up, such as when the body of her alleged attacker is found. Plus, we have an Internal Affairs officer who finds Renata’s methods suspicious, to say the least, especially because of his work on another case. And in last week’s episode, now we have ANOTHER dude popping up around the hospital who wears a similar ring? Is there a murder club or something going on here? Umm… can we get back to the patients, please? Lowkey, I think this storyline was much more heavily pursued because another didn’t pan out…

**Stay tuned. I have a few more points to make, but I’ll address those in Part II.**

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2011 in Television

 

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Jealousy Is A Weak Emotion

you gotta overcome that. So in order to get out of the shadow of Texas Texas A&M has decided to bolt for the SEC. Somehow it’s the Longhorns fault that they bring in less money, recruits, or wins. Consider this an open thread for Aggie Bashing.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2011 in Daily Distractions

 
 
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