Trophy Day

December 8, 2007

Three trophies for Tim Tebow the Cheat!

Tonight is the Heisman Trophy ceremony, and by all accounts Tim Tebow will win it. He’s already won the Davey O’Brien and the Maxwell Award, and for him to take home the Heisman would be a great ending to an amazing season. No one deserves it more than Tim does, and I fully expect him to make history tonight.

Unfortunately, I am not in a place with cable at the moment, so I will not be able to watch the ceremony tonight. I have it recording on my DVR back home, so I will get to see it when I get back to Florida. That’s fine though, since most of the show is fluff-ridden biopics of each candidate. I can live without yet another ESPN piece on Colt Brennan, considering there’s been one nearly every week on College GameDay.

Congrats, Tim. You’ve earned it.


Brown Accidentally Votes for “Daniel McFadden”

November 30, 2007

LOS ANGELES, Ca. — Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Brown knew who wasn’t going to be his choice in this year’s balloting. However, his research into who was going to be his choice for the prestigious award led him to make a historic blunder.

A source close to the Heisman Trophy Trust confirmed that Brown has submitted his ballot, and his choice for first place was “Daniel McFadden,” a likely confusion of the names of two current leading candidates, Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel and Arkansas running back Darren McFadden. The source additionally stated that the given school was “University of California, Berkeley,” which happens to be the home of Daniel Little “Dan” McFadden, a Nobel Prize-winning econometrician.

Brown said on several national media outlets that he did not believe an underclassman should win the Heisman Trophy and therefore would not be voting for Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. When contacted, Brown explained that he attempted to do research into the other leading candidates using the Internet, the first time he had tried to use a computer to help fill out his ballot. “I’m not very good with these computer things,” Brown said.

A search for “Daniel McFadden” on leading search engine Google will lead the user to several websites about the real Daniel McFadden. When contacted, McFadden stated that he was unfamiliar with the award, though after hearing that it is an award related to colleges, he wanted it made clear that UC-Berkeley is his employer, while the University of Minnesota is his alma mater. McFadden shared the Nobel Prize in economics with Dr. James Heckman in 2000.

It is believed this is the first time that a Heisman vote has gone to someone who is not a student at an eligible university. It is not yet known whether Brown’s second and third place votes will stand.

Good News, Tim

November 24, 2007

It’s cold and snowy in Kansas City, and the game between Kansas and Missouri is a night game. That hinders the passing game and favors defense, and Kansas has the better defense. Todd Reesing has no realistic shot of winning the Heisman, but Chase Daniel does. Conditions that favor Kansas hinder Daniel and help Tim Tebow in his cause.

Because last night was probably too little, too late for D-Mac. Pay no attention to ESPN in that regard, because they need to have a race to keep people watching. If Tim has a big game today, it’s his to win.

Storyline Preempted

November 23, 2007

So much for the “Will Les Miles take the Michigan job while preparing for the national title game?” theme. Darren McFadden and Felix Jones powered Arkansas to a 50-48 triple overtime win. I think Miles is definitely gone after the SEC title game now.

Oh, and it’s still true. You can’t spell Les Miles without two Ls.

Name That Heisman Candidate

October 1, 2007

Everyone likes playing comparison games where you replace team or player names with letters to disguise them and prevent bias from entering the equation. Today, I’m going to do that with running backs. Who do you think is having the best season so far?

Player A (5 games)

  • Carries: 157
  • Yards: 761
  • Average: 4.8 yards/carry; 152.2 yards/game
  • Rushing TDs: 7
  • Receptions: 3
  • Yards: 18
  • Average: 6 yards/catch; 3.6 yards/game
  • Receiving TDs: 0
  • Average Opposing Rushing Defense Rank: 59.5
  • Average Opposing Yards/Game: 147.3

Player B (4 games)

  • Carries: 105
  • Yards: 657
  • Average: 6.3 yards/carry; 164.25 yards/game
  • Rushing TDs: 6
  • Receptions: 7
  • Yards: 56
  • Average: 8 yards/catch; 14 yards/game
  • Receiving TDs: 0
  • Average Opposing Rushing Defense Rank: 95.75
  • Average Opposing Yards/Game: 214.7

Player C (4 games)

  • Carries: 117
  • Yards: 713
  • Average: 6.1 yards/carry; 178.25 yards/game
  • Rushing TDs: 10
  • Receptions: 4
  • Yards: 57
  • Average: 14.25 yards/catch; 14.25 yards/game
  • Receiving TDs: 0
  • Average Opposing Rushing Defense Rank: 80.75
  • Average Opposing Yards/Game: 186.48

I think you can make the case that Player C is having the best year, especially when you consider that defensive stats for Player A do not include the I-AA opponent he has played. Players B and C look about even if you look at averages, but Heisman voters look at raw numbers more than averages and in that department, Player C wins for having 56 more yards and 4 more TDs. Plus, Player B has faced the weakest defenses of them all.

Who are these masked men? Player A is Mike Hart. Player B is Darren McFadden. Player C is Kevin Smith, who plays for UCF. I have to believe that if the Knights had pulled off the upset against Texas, we’d be hearing about Smith as a dark horse Heisman candidate. It just goes to show, sometimes the best players are not where you’d expect them to be.