Thursday, October 23, 2014
Behind The Scoreboard
SEC top four of five
The fans had yet another weekend to celebrate across the SEC nation. And this is a fair, if shallow, warning – there might be a handful of more weekends where we will be captivated by that glowing feeling that SEC football is the best and Mississippi SEC football is the greatest.
The eighth week has eclipsed and Mississippi still insists upon picking up more records. The number one team (Mississippi State) was off, but I can’t see any reason for a change in ratings or rankings. As good as the game was between Florida State (#2) and Notre Dame (#5), the Ole Miss–Tennessee game (almost a blowout) was great entertainment. We’ll have more to say about that a little later.
First, let us look at the Top 25 and see where everybody else stands. Would you believe that after all the years of collegiate football we have had, the SEC is the first conference to claim four of the five top spots in the AP Poll? And they all roost on the “West Division” poll. Florida State has to feel the heat being the only “outsider” in this top five (and also the defending national champion). LSU and Georgia make seven “roosters” in the top 25 from the SEC.
And this seems like the ideal time to depart this anecdote for retired bishop Joe Potocnak. His Excellency says that he was listening to a radio show a week or so ago and a caller asked the host why the SEC teams were so consistently good. The host adroitly answered, “They (the SEC) don’t have a salary cap.”
I suppose that there could be found any number of reasons why SEC fans would want Notre Dame to topple Florida State. Personally, I think it would have given the SEC a lock on the first five slots. The game ended in controversy although the call at the end of the game was ruled legit. The officials ruled that the Notre Dame offensive player had “blocked” the Seminole defender who had a clear chance at the ball.
The term isn’t used anymore but the pass pattern which the Irish receiver was running was called a “button hook.” The intended receiver runs into a crowd of players (defenders and receivers), stops suddenly and turns, placing himself in position to catch the thrown ball. In this case the officials said that he had blocked the defender who had “clear intent” to intercept.
Brian Kelly, head coach of the Irish, in my opinion was justifiably upset. The commentators explained that the call isn’t made that often because the officials find it hard to defend.
Maybe it is time to take another look at the rule.
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