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SEC Hoops Power Poll: Conference Week 3

January 22nd, 2010 Comments off

The timing on the TeamSpeedKills.com weekly Blogosphere Power Poll is awkward for Hoops.  A Thursday midnight cutoff is a full half week after the Top 25 polls close and is just a weird time to submit.  Nevertheless, Phil from Save the Shield and I got our picks for Conference Week 3 of Southeastern Conference Hoops in on time.

The only real, substantive change is that South Carolina got jumped by Ole Miss and Florida, and that Ole Miss jumped Florida.  There’s a pretty big drop between MSU and Ole Miss and between South Carolina and the bottom of the league.  The real question mark is how much better the Fighting Freshmen in Kentackalacky are than the rest of the league.  That question (and whether the Vols’ lack of depth will catch up to them) are the real unanswered questions.  It looks like it will be a three team (UK, UT and Vanderbilt) battle in the East and a state of Mississippi battle for the West (with MSU winning at Oxford already).

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SEC Power Poll: Conference Week 2

January 15th, 2010 1 comment

Phil from Save the Shield and I are back to power poll blogging with our picks for Conference Week 2 of Southeastern Conference Hoops.  As you know, these are submitted to TeamSpeedKills.com for their weekly Blogosphere Power Poll.

Not much changed in the last week, other than the big win by Mississippi State over Ole Miss in the west and Tennessee proving that they do, indeed, still have weapons in their roster.  Other poorly chosen colloquialisms from Bruce Pearl last week: “We’re trying to not reveal any crack in the roster,” “Bobby Maze is just going to have to play at a high level,” “Tyler Smith was never really our only threat,” and “Do I seriously have to play my son?”

Anyways, click click click on through for this week’s ballot:

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SEC Power Polls Return: Final Football and First Hoops

January 14th, 2010 Comments off

Phil over at Save the Shield and I are continuing to collaborate on the STS.com ballot for the power polls hosted by TeamSpeedKills.com, the Southeastern Conference’s sports blog site.

There’s been some polls taken of late (including the Football All-SEC poll teams) and I’ve been delinquent in posting.  After the jump I’ve got our final, post-bowl Football Ballot and last week’s Hoops’ ballot, which was the first of the year.

Tomorrow I’m going to get back to normal and have this week’s Hoops Power Poll.

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SEC Power Poll — Week 13

December 2nd, 2009 Comments off

Once again, this week’s SaveTheShield.com SEC Power Poll Entry is a true collaborative effort. STS’s Philip took the first crack and I filled in some of the gaps. See the final results at Team Speed Kills, though our ballot wasn’t submitted in time for the official poll.

And, for the record, Carlos Dunlap hadn’t yet acted a fool when we wrote this.  With him out, I think Alabama probably would have stayed #1 on our ballot.

The NCAAs most dynamic DE will not play in this weekends SEC championship.

The NCAA's most dynamic DE will not play in this weekend's SEC championship.

1. Florida

Clay Travis should have clarified in his question what the definition of “virgin” is.  Pretty sure that the national media has performed certain acts on Tim Tebow that most would consider deflowering… never moreso than after his swan song in the Swamp.

2. Alabama

Sure, Tide fans, it was look-ahead to Atlanta that left your team flat. Or lack of respect for your intrastate rival. Or all those trick plays. If your team turns it into a victory over the Gators, no one outside of Auburn will care.

3. LSU

Distant third, but they are one of the only three teams with a winning SEC record.

4. South Carolina

The ACC office blames y’all and Georgia for depressing attendance at their Championship Game. They had really hoped to get a good 30,000 people in Tampa.

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SEC Power Poll: Week 12

November 25th, 2009 Comments off

Once again, this week’s SaveTheShield.com SEC Power Poll Entry is a true collaborative effort. STS’s Philip took the first crack and I filled in some of the gaps. Look for the final results when Team Speed Kills releases them on Wednesday morning.

1. Alabama

The Crimson Tide beat a team named after pieces of Native American footwear. That just doesn’t impress us.

2. Florida

The only thing that could have made this game worth watching would be if Isiah Thomas decided to coach the FIU football team too. Yawn.

3. Ole Miss

Ah, bittersweet November: the Month Houston Nutt ponders what might have been, had he not made such a hash out of September and October (also the month his texting thumb’s arthritis starts acting up in the cold).

4. LSU

We heard that Les Miles really meant to accept the Michigan Job. He just couldn’t get back to them before time ran out.

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SEC Power Poll Results for Week 11

November 18th, 2009 Comments off

Phil and I pretty much nailed the standings and had three of our quips selected. Full results are over at Team Speed Kills.

Here are my favorite bits of snark from the bloggers around the SEC Sports-Sphere:

ALABAMA

Eh. Seen one Bama game, you’ve seen ’em all.–Rocky Top Talk

LSU

LSU’s offense could not offend anybody unless they wore the Confederate flag.–A Sea of Blue

GEORGIA

Did the Bulldogs win? These days I only check out Georgia games to see what they’re wearing.–Orange and Blue Hue

ARKANSAS

Can a team get a defense on eBay?–And The Valley Shook

AUBURN

The Tigers are no longer only the most inconsistent team in the conference from game to game; they showed Saturday they can do it from quarter to quarter, too.–Garnet And Black Attack

SOUTH CAROLINA

Man, do I wish I could wager on things like “‘Cocks will end this promising drive to take a fourth-quarter lead in epically bumbling fashion and never threaten again.” I’d have a new food processor.–War Blog Eagle

VANDERBILT

The good news for Vandy is that 09 is almost over. Seriously … that’s the only positive thing.–Over the Pylon

SEC Power Poll – Week 11

November 17th, 2009 Comments off

This week’s SaveTheShield.com SEC Power Poll Entry is a true collaborative effort. STS’s Philip took the first crack and I filled in some of the gaps. Look for the final results when Team Speed Kills releases them on Wednesday morning.

1. Alabama

We’ve been thinking that, based on the clinical ruthlessness of his teams, Nick Saban should be an executioner at the state prison. But you know, with all the joy that he brings the majority of Alabamans, he can probably settle for consistently pulling the plug on UT and Auburn fans’ collective hopes.

2. Florida

After breaking in with a one week engagement of “Impressive,” the Gators have returned to their regularly scheduled program, “Merely Effective.” Good enough.

3. LSU

Putting Louisiana Tech between Bama and Ole Miss screams sneak up… but c’mon. You’re better than that. Weak wins against Washington, Vandy, and now LT make me wonder if LSU isn’t further back toward the pack.

4. Georgia

The Dawgs are 3-1 versus the muddled middle. If you forgive the whuppings at the hands of Urban and Boy Blunder, it’s not too bad a resume.

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TeamSpeed Kills Power Poll

November 11th, 2009 Comments off

So this week’s TSK power poll is up. Me and Phil from SavetheShield.com had two entries make it in (for Georgia and Vanderbilt) from our ballot.

Linked is the full poll result.

My favorite entries:

ALABAMA

Another week, another tough game. This week a new hero rose up to save Alabama’s season. This weeks game ball goes to SEC Replay official Gerald Hodges!–Orange and Blue Hue

LSU

I didn’t much care who won that game last week, but I really, really wish they’d called it an interception just so we’d have all been able to go one d— week talking about actual football.–War Blog Eagle

TENNESSEE

Wow, Jonathan Crompton‘s still getting people fired. At least it’s someone else’s coaches this year.–War Blog Eagle

GEORGIA

I never thought I would say ‘Georgia defense’ and ‘shutout’ in the same sentence for 2009.–The ACC & SEC Blog

SOUTH CACKALACKY

The Gamecocks have lost 3 of their last four and are on the verge of collapse. That can mean only one thing . . . THANKSGIVING IS ALMOST HERE!!!–Orange and Blue Hue

MISSISSIPPI STATE

It’s unfortunate that the NCAA requires a team to win six games to qualify for postseason play, because I’d like to see a bowl game pitting Mississippi State against Connecticut to settle the question of which is the best 4-5 team in America.–Dawg Sports

SEC Power Poll – Week 10

November 9th, 2009 Comments off

Here’s this week’s submission I penned for SaveTheShield.com’s entry into the TeamSpeedKills.com SEC Power Poll. You’ll note that I’m officially resubmitting my Tennessee and Vandy one’s from last week’s Power Poll, as apparently it didn’t get submitted in time for use by TeamSpeedKills… and, well, they are still applicable.

1. Alabama

Try as we might, we can’t really get too worked up about the blown interception call because Alabama was the better team. Huzzah LSU, but you’re clearly third.

2. Florida

Chas Henry allowed a punt return (a 6 yarder) for the first time since the first play of the 4th quarter of the Orange Bowl last year. All others were downed or fair caught. Tebow may be the best QB in the country. Henry is the best punter.

3. LSU

It kind of sucks knowing you’re the fourth best team in the country and you’re not going to go to the BCS because you happen to play with two of the three teams ahead of you.

4. Tennessee

It turns out that the way to coach up a mediocre quarterback is death threats. Many, many death threats. Way to go, Vol fans. You did your part. Better get started on JP Prince or his mid-range jumper may never come around.

Special Add On. Did anyone really think that Jonathan Crompton would account for more touchdowns than Eric Berry this year? Raise your hand. No really, I’m serious.

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SEC Power Poll, Week 9

November 3rd, 2009 Comments off

Here’s this week’s submission I penned for SaveTheShield.com‘s entry into the TeamSpeedKills.com SEC Power Poll.

1. Alabama

The lack of any eye gouging, suplexes and use of shivs during the off week ensured that they would remain on top, notwithstanding Florida’s dominating performance. Yes, I also can’t believe I just said Alabama Football was morally superior to someone else.

2. Florida

Pardon me, Mr. Lamb of God, remind me again where in the bible it says that it’s OK to gouge out an opponents eye if they do it to you. Oh, “eye for an eye,” Leviticus 24:19-21. Right, OK. Carry on.

3. LSU

LSU must be getting pumped for the last SEC game to mean something before Atlanta. The real question is whether or not LSU can get into the BCS championship if they win out. Methinks yes.

4. Tennessee

It turns out that the way to coach up a mediocre quarterback is death threats. Many, many death threat. Way to go, Vol fans. You did your part. Better get started on JP Prince or his mid-range jumper may never come around.

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