Zapruder Analysis Of The "Wives Of The SEC" Feature On GameDay

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Screenshot from GameDay's YouTube page
ESPN's College GameDay is the gold standard for preview/studio shows. While I state this as opinion, by almost any statistical measurement, it is practically fact.

The show attracts a couple million viewers every Saturday morning, draws another several thousand to whatever venue the traveling roadshow brings the circus to each week, and generally calibrates the topical college football discussion for every Saturday in the fall. It is essentially a living, breathing organism.

It's become so successful through the years that it's evolved into a three hour show, so there is a ton of content, most of it really, really good.

Saturday's show was done live from Columbia, SC, in advance of the Missouri-South Carolina game, and the most discussed feature, without a doubt, was this six minute video about the life of a coach's wife in the SEC:



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On Cusp Of NBA Season, Rockets-Mavericks Rivalry Is Going Next Level

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Monica Fuentes
As much as we'd all like to get along, as much as life becomes easier with peace and harmony, there is no doubt that conflict stokes people.

Many of you reading this live in the great state of Texas, where conflict is inherently baked into our opinions on the state as a whole and our respective cities within the state. Houston hates San Antonio, San Antonio hates Houston, and everyone hates Dallas. Hell, conflict is the basis for our state's catchphrase, for Willie Nelson's sake!

Don't mess with Texas.

Our state is one big people stew of various flavors of the "likes to fight" guy. Don't mess with our city, don't mess with our state. So in the one professional sport where the state has more than two teams (and that third team just happens to be the best in the world at that sport), it's fun to see leadership for a couple of the teams get feisty and personal.

Yes, the NBA season is here, and if the quotes from Rockets general manager Daryl Morey are any indication as to how his players and coaches feel about the Dallas Mavericks, then (to quote WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross) business is, by GAWD, about to pick up!

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College Football, Week 5: The Weekend In Tweets, Vines, and YouTube

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colorblindPICASO
September is almost over, and this week the calendar will flip to October, which is the de facto beginning of fall, and in college football, the de facto beginning of the real regular season.

Yes, we've seen a rise in the number of power conference teams willing to take on other prominent power conference teams outside of the conference, and will continue to see that trend grow in years to come. But there's nothing quite like conference play kicking in full bore.

Starting next week, we should be seeing at least two or three games every weekend that are College Football Playoff shaping types of match ups, virtual elimination games that will be legacy shaping for many of the coaches and certainly some of the players involved.

Like this coming weekend, for example, is a practical playoff weekend in the SEC West, with six teams ranked in the top 15 facing off. The match ups are as follows:

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Texans 23, Bills 17: Four Winners, Four Losers

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Sunday's game proved J.J. Watt is a great PASOP
The way the Texans' 2014 schedule lays out, given the caliber of opponent they've played, the first quarter of the season looked a lot like the same portion of many college teams' schedules -- a few non-divisional opponents, one of them (as it turns out) that's pretty good, the remainder being lower level teams the Texans should beat.

And that's how it played out, because here they sit at 3-1. So, in theory, as well as according to oddsmakers (the Texans have been favored in all three wins and a slight underdog in their one loss), the Texans are right where they should be.

However, if you're looking for a specific positive takeaway from Sunday's hideously beautiful 23-17 win over a feisty Buffalo Bills squad (who was also looking to go 3-1, incidentally), it's that the Texans found a different way to win an ugly football game.

Here's what I mean...


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NFL: This Weekend's Best Bets

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Parker Anderson
Last weekend was an amazing bounce back weekend for me.

After back to back 2-4 stinkers, the doubters began creeping out of the woodwork again. Actually, to say they crept out of the woodwork would imply they were hiding and then being somewhat subtle about their lack of faith in my prognosticating skills.

It was actually the opposite of that.

They've been pretty much taunting me all season long, reminding me that I barely cracked the 40 percent mark last season, and telling me about the wings they added to their respective homes by going against me from October on last year. There was even a hashtag of #FadeSean making the rounds on Twitter.

So how did I respond? Like a goddamn CHAMP, that's how! 5-1, bitches! FIVE AND ONE. And there's a whole lot more where that came from. I could go on and on about how proud I am, but I'm going to let high school football star and future inspirational speaker Apollos Hester speak for me...

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ESPN's Bill Simmons Dares His Bosses to Suspend Him, So They Do

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Don't play chicken with ESPN. You'll lose..
Inside the figurative collective "building" that is ESPN, there are few people more powerful than Bill Simmons.

As editor of the popular long-form writing haven Grantland, erstwhile podcaster and television personality (formerly NBA studio show, soon to be his own NBA show with Jalen Rose), Simmons has his hands in numerous highly profitable, high-profile projects that generate millions in revenue and viewership/readership.

In short, Bill Simmons makes money for ESPN. Lots of it. Therefore, he seemingly has a longer leash than many of his peers and counterparts when it comes to discipline.

This past week, Simmons pushed the limits of his employer's seeming latitude to the extreme with this rant about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell:

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Texans Draft Woes Continue, Louis Nix III Heads to Injured Reserve

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We'll have to wait until at least 2015 to see Nix take the field.
It's too early to tell if the Texans' last couple of draft classes are cursed, just not that good or some combination of those two things.

The one thing that is undeniable is that, on the whole, it's hard to find another team in the NFL (certainly a team that is 2-1 and favored to win in Week 4 at home this weekend) that is getting less from its rookie and second-year draft picks, assuming they're still even with the team anymore, than the Houston Texans.

Aside from DeAndre Hopkins and, for the first few weeks this season, D.J. Swearinger, under-performance and injury have been the norm for the draft classes of 2013 and 2014, and based on Bill O'Brien's comments the past few weeks, you could argue that rookie nose tackle Louis Nix III encapsulated both of those things.

Texans fans have been waiting for the 350-pounder to get on the field. The wait will continue until at least 2015, as the Texans placed Nix on injured reserve late this morning.

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Keith Olbermann Eviscerates the Derek Jeter Farewell Tour

Categories: Game Time, Sports

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Keith Allison
If there is one silver lining to all of the bad news that's enveloped the NFL, jacked the 24 hour news cycle, and smothered our Twitter feeds over the last couple weeks, it's that the Derek Jeter slurp-fest we all assumed ESPN would be conducting as the Yankee shortstop's career winds down this week has been, at the very least, subdued, if not muted.

The Worldwide Leader (and to be fair, many of us in the media) are inclined to take star players, especially star players in New York, and push them to the moon. It's what we've done with Jeter for nearly two decades, in part because he was on winning teams early in his career, and in part because he's been a very good (not great) player.

Also, most heterosexual men are completely impressed with the list of models, actresses, and generally beautiful females with whom Jeter has fornicated. This matters to many of the us savages out there.

So this week, amidst the trickle of Jeter coverage that found its way onto my radar, I began asking myself "Just how good was Jeter?" He always felt overrated to me, but can I quantify that?

And just as I was ready to engage in four hours of exhaustivebaseball-reference.com study, Keith Olbermann dropped this bomb on his ESPN night show:

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Fan Fighting League! San Francisco and Arizona Fans in a Bleacher Bloodbath

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The NFC West might be the toughest division in the National Football League.

I don't think I'm breaking any new ground with that take. The Seattle Seahawks are defending Super Bowl champions, the San Francisco 49ers are a year removed from winning the NFC and last season went to the NFC title game, the Arizona Cardinals are one of three remaining undefeated teams, and the St. Louis Rams....well, Jeff Fisher has an amazing mullet.

But when it comes to king of the NFC West in the Fan Fighting League, one city stands tall above the rest.

Nobody messes with San Francisco 49ers fans. Nobody.

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College Football, Week 4: The Weekend in Tweets, Vines and YouTube

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Debbie R
We rate teams according to the super-scientific "Iron Sheik" scale.
We're still waiting, college football.

Still waiting on that "Holy shit!" weekend of games where some foundational pieces of the Top 25 get shaken up and we see the earth shift a little bit in this brave new world of college football where all roads lead to a post season playoff, albeit a miniature four-teamer.

(This is where I gaze longingly at a cartoon "thought bubble" over my head with a bracket for a 16 team playoff, and a tear slides down my face like the Native American in the old commercial where he sees some regular American folks tossing trash on the ground in our great nation.)

This weekend was flush with opportunity -- spunky, revived West Virginia hosting Oklahoma, Mike Leach hosting a somewhat overrated Oregon, Auburn traveling to take on Bill Snyder at night, and of course, Clemson taking on the Jameis-less Seminoles.

In the end, we got a little bit of entertaining football, numerous opportunities to make fun of Jameis Winston, another Dabo meltdown, and the rankings all pretty much look status quo, save Dan Mullen and Mississippi State finally beating LSU (in Baton Rouge at night, no less!).

Thankfully, even ho-hum college football is still college football, and we were given a few nuggets that will make you chuckle from the weekend.

Like these....

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