Rivalry

Rivalry trophies are like kids in a divorce. They never go ‘home’ they just stay with one parent or the other for a while before going back to the other one, and the entire time the host tries to convince the kid and themselves that they love them more than the other guys.

College Football is NUTS this year!

I can understand the complaints about the SEC being over-rated, I mean hell, 4 of the TOP 5 teams are SEC WEST schools, but think about what that means for SEC schools to just REACH the championship this year.

I can’t pretend to know what everyone will be ranked as the teams play later in the season, so I’m just going to use their rankings as they were when the games were played earlier in the season, and as they are now ranked as if that’s what they will be ranked when they play later in the season.

The number of top ranked opponents you’d have to beat in order to become the National Champion this year is CRAZY if you are in the SEC West!

MSU would have to beat 8 top 10 schools to win it all. They’ve already beat #8 LSU(over-rated), #6Texas A&M(over-rated), and #2 Auburn(not over-rated). To guarantee winning the SEC West they’ll need to beat #4 Alabama(NOT over-rated) and #3 Ole Miss(Not over-rated), then in order to get to the National Championship games they’ll need to beat the SEC championship opponent from the East who will most likely be a top 10 team, then win the preliminary championship game against a top 5 opponent, and of course the championship game opponent who will also be a top 5 opponent!

Ole Miss and all the SEC West teams are in basically the same boat. Ole Miss has beaten 2 top 15 teams, and would have to beat (#24 LSU), #5 Auburn, and #1 MSU then their opponents become the same as above. That’s again 8 top 25 teams!

Alabama would have to beat 7 top 25 teams! (After losing to one!)

Auburn would have to beat 8! (After losing to one!)

Georgia if they win the SEC East would have to beat 6 top 25 teams to win it all.

Florida State has so far beaten #22 Clemson, and #5 Notre Dame, and would have to beat the ACC Championship opponent (I’m assuming they’ll be ranked) and then the 2 playoff teams. So they will have to run a gauntlet of 5 top 25 ranked teams to win it all (Maybe only 4).

I’m not bringing all this up to glorify the SEC, but to simply point out how incredibly unlikely this season has been. I think Florida State’s gauntlet is a bit weaker than normal but it’s still the more usual path to a championship. The SEC West teams path is so incredibly difficult I’ll be amazed if any of them actually make it. Only Ole Miss or Mississippi State can actually run the table at this point, and both teams still have to get through their second games with an Alabama school and then each other.

It’s a crazy year folks! Playing 15 games, much less WINNING all 15 just seems an incredibly arduous task for these kids. I REALLY hope there aren’t many injuries ahead.

I’ll end with this: #HAILSTATE!

The latest ‘Nigerian Prince’ scam email, this time from the ‘FBI’.

Just got another one of those ‘we need your bank information to give you money’ scams. I love that it’s supposed to be from the ‘FBI’ but the email says it’s from ‘europ planet’ (europplanet1@outlook.com). Make sure to tell your less technical friends about this. I mean it’s got to be working on SOMEONE or they’d quit right? Anyhow I’m pretty sure I’m safe from FBI’s need for me to have a non-existent DIST. Behold the latest scam in all it’s glory!

 FBI Headquarters
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20535-0001

This is to notify you that huge funds valued at 8.3million Dollars have been transferred into your account. This transfer

was stopped today by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) because our verification showed that you do not possess the

Diplomatic Immunity Seal of Transfer (DIST) to show that this fund is legit and rightly belongs to you.

Do reply to this e-mail so we can direct you accordingly where you will obtain this legal wiring document to fully

authorize the crediting of your fund into your main account.

FBI Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division
Special Agent, Michael J. Heimbach
FBI’s Washington Field Office.

One more thing about college football rankings

I just want to add this for posterity. YES every college football fan enjoys their team being highly rated and their players being considered for Heisman. BUT! (You knew that was coming right?)

BUT, don’t let the rankings or Heisman talk bother you till around the end of October or the beginning of November. Until then it’s just speculation, guesses, BS and PR.

If US Representatives were actually based upon the smallest state’s population

Political Post so ignore: (I saw this mentioned as a needed change to the gerrymandered house and decided to figure out the actual numbers.)

A quick back of the envelope calculation of how many representatives each state would have if the representatives were chosen based upon the smallest state’s population.

Wyoming’s population is the smallest at 582,658. So they would get ONE representative and every other state’s number of representatives would be determined by dividing that state’s population by Wyoming’s and rounding up.

Currently we have 435 Representatives. Under this rule we would have 567 and they would break down thusly:

California 66
Texas 46
New York 34
Florida 34
Illinois 23
Pennsylvania 22
Ohio 20
Georgia 18
Michigan 17
North Carolina 17
New Jersey 16
Virginia 15
Wasington 12
Massachusetts 12
Arizona 12
Indiana 12
Tennessee 12
Missouri 11
Maryland 11
Wisconsin 10
Minnesota 10
Colorado 10
Alabama 9
South Carolina 9
Louisiana 8
Kentucky 8
Oregon 7
Oklahoma 7
Connecticut 7
Iowa 6
Mississippi 6
Arkansas 6
Utah 5
Kansas 5
Nevada 5
New Mexico 4
Nebraska 4
West Virginia 4
Iaho 3
Hawaii 3
Maine 3
New Hampshire 3
Rhode Island 2
Montana 2
Delaware 2
South Dakota 2
Alaska 2
North Dakota 2
Vermont 2
Wyoming 1
Total: 567

Bing vs Google Search

I’ve been running an experiment this month. I changed my default search engine from Google to Bing. Bing offers a 5$ gift certificate once you’ve used the service enough so I figure I’ll stick with it till I get that Amazon certificate. After almost a month I must say that Bing works as well in ‘most’ cases but sometimes falls remarkably short.

Use both search engines for this text string:

“dungeons and dragons 5th edition character sheet”

Bing gave me 3rd edition links and other basically USELESS links. Google’s FIRST hit is EXACTLY what you’d want.  I’m finding that this happens way to often for Bing. I think they’d better KEEP on offering those monetary rewards because they aren’t ‘there’ yet compared to Google.

Maybe you’ve had the opposite experience? If so let me know. If you want to try out Bing and get yourself a 5$ gift certificate ALSO let me know. If you join because of my invite I get a big reward of ‘points’.  🙂