As you may have heard, the nomination period for the College Football Blogger Awards has begun. Like Kyle I urge you to go over and nominate the bloggers of your choice for one of the exciting and lucrative awards. Ok, so the awards aren't really lucrative, but then again, neither is sportsblogging, snd that hasn't stopped us yet.
I don't know if I'll submit nominations for every category, but I will be submitting a handfull over the next couple of days, including:
Best Analysis: For my money, no one does statistical analysis better than Joel at Rocky Top Talk. Just take a quick gander at his before and after analysis of the recent Tennessee/Kentucky basketball game. Because you totally need to know how many assists per game Wayne Chism averages from his forward spot. And don't even get me started on his drive charts during football season. Joel runs the numbers so Vol fans won't have to. Which is a good thing, because most of them can't count to 11 with their shoes on. I kid! I kid!
The Job Award: This one goes to the sportsblogger who handles his/her team's poor season with the most aplomb. As a tribute to my blogging buddy T. Kyle King, I'm taking a modified resume ranking approach. I seriously considered MGoBlog, because, let's face it, the post-Apocalyptic flood of kittens was muy interesante. However, in retrospect, Michigan's season wasn't that damned bad. I mean, 65% of college football fans would welcome the opportunity to tough it out through a 10-3 season in which they beat the defending National Champions, led by the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in their bowl game. Yeah, that's a hardscrabble existence. I also considered EveryDayShouldBeSaturday, just so that I could link one more time to Orson's now legendary Georgia/Florida Summary, which I printed out and keep next to my desk for a quick pick-me-up. But again, go to the Capital One Bowl, and you get jobbed for the Job.
Instead, I think this award has to go to a Notre Dame blogger. Hell, if there were no Notre Dame football blogs on the entire internet, I would set up a Blogger account just to write one, so strong is my conviction that this award must land in the bratwurst-padded lap of a Fighting Irish partisan. And I nominate Rakes of Mallow. Because of this. And this. As much as I enjoy watching Notre Dame fans suffer (hint: I enjoy it just slightly less than I would watching Steve Spurrier suffer from an itch he can't quite scratch), I have to give Rakes of Mallow kudos on staying far more level headed than I ever could have through a 3-9 march to oblivion, choosing mere dejection over profane mathematics. A wise decision, compadre. Take it from one who knows.
I've gotta go get some resume tips from Brian Van Gorder, but I'll be back tomorrow with some more modest proposals. Until then . . .