Re: Mickey Plyler's Blog: Friday (Thursday) Email Bag
Oct 25, 2012, 12:06 PM
"...the stadium is now engulfed in [possibly carcinogenic] fireworks smoke long enough to make people sick...."
Yes, I've been engulfed every time. That smoke just hangs around for what seems like hours.
Let's get rid of the fireworks. While we're at it, lets ban clapping and cheering (and the cannon) in the stadium because it can cause deafness. Get rid of the scoreboards and light ribbons because the flashing lights can cause seizures. Eliminate drinking in the parking lots because it contributes to addiction. Allow only electric vehicles on campus because of carbon monoxide. And for goodness sake, why are we letting people go on the field after the game? Someone is sure to get mauled in the crush.
I've heard some folks talk about the lack of touchbacks by Clemson kickers. There is an article on the ncaa website that is tracking the 2012 kickoffs and it said that through 10/6 that there had been 1450 touchbacks and that for all of 2011 there were only 1397 touchbacks. The rule changes (35 yard line kick vs 30 last year) plus the reward of starting on the 25 yard line, seems to be encouraging returners to take a knee. It seems Clemson and several other teams are trying to manipulate the rules in the other direction by kicking a "sky ball" with a shorter distance and longer hang time, and trying to keep the returner inside the 25 yard line. I don't doubt that if we had an opposing returner that was a concern that the kicker could put it out of the endzone when necessary. It would be interseting to know where Clemson's opponents are starting after kick-offs as compared to giving them the 25 to start.
I find Ed's letter on ESPN bias to be as close to omniscient
Oct 25, 2012, 11:56 PM
as a mere mortal can achieve. Just wanted to thank Ed for his thoughtful insights and keen observations. In fact, he sounds precisely like the kind of professional strategist that I would like to hire for my company. Seriously, we're talking seven figures here and that's just for starters.