SEC West Championship hopes

What a difference a couple of weeks make. Who saw Arkansas upsetting both Ole Miss and LSU? State better be ready! (Bit worried about that one actually. I don’t remember State EVER winning a game versus Arkansas in the state of Arkansas.)

Alabama with one SEC loss is in the lead now, with Arkansas (YES ARKANSAS!), LSU and Ole Miss behind with 2 SEC losses each. MSU and A&M each have 3 SEC losses so they are out as is Auburn with 5 SEC losses on the year. What happened to Auburn this year, their only hope is to spoil Alabama’s chance at the national championship games by giving them another loss! Gotta add that, I will laugh my ass off if Auburn does somehow beat Alabama but I don’t see that happening.

With the SEC West beating the hell out of each other, I don’t know if Alabama will make it to the championship games even if they win out. The SEC West is VERY muddled in the middle; hell, change around 6 plays and almost every game this year could have gone the other way. Because of the  multiple losses, the rest of the country will declare the SEC ‘weak’, where most of us SEC fans will see ‘parity’. Whether that ‘parity’ means that your average SEC West school can beat your average other big 5 conference team I don’t honestly know, but I think for the most part the West won their OOC games. The Memphis loss isn’t nearly as bad as Ole Miss fans thought at the time, but I can’t explain away the Arkansas early OOC losses.

We should be getting some pretty accurate bowl predictions this time next week. Remaining games (teams in alphabetical order):

Alabama (9-1, 6-1)
Charleston Southern

Arkansas (6-4, 4-2)

Auburn (5-5, 2-5)

LSU (7-2, 4-2)
Ole Miss
Texas A&M

MSU (7-3, 3-3)
Ole Miss

Ole Miss (7-3,4-2)

Texas A&M (7-3, 3-3)


Maximize Shareholder Value BS

You always hear that myth that corporation’s first duty is to ‘maximize shareholder value’. Well that’s bunk, and I want an easy place to keep the response when someone tosses that BS my way, so I’m putting it here.

NakedCapitalism has the scoop and ya’ll should check it out. It’s a great econ blog.


Also included on that page: 

My personal remembrances of Katrina

Still wish I’d helped Jim out more. For me the knowledge of what ‘the MS coast’ was like grew slowly. First I got reports from my radio because my power was out. Then I saw the images on TV when I helped out at MEMA (MS Emergency Management Agency)  by doing a 12 hour 7PM-7AM shift.  I THOUGHT I understood what it was like down there after that. Three weeks later I went down to the coast to help my friend clean out what was left of his house.


‘Cleaning out’ a house wasn’t getting furniture and loading up a trailer. It was taking everything out of the house and depositing it in a rubbish heap. Everything from furniture, to TV’s, Refrigerators, cabinets, drywall, and ceiling insulation. EVERYTHING had to go. You see the water got into EVERYTHING and black mold was growing everywhere. And this wasn’t just Jim’s home. It wasn’t even just their neighborhood. It was the whole damn coast.

So, sorry guys. So very sorry.

Also, So VERY VERY glad yall survived. You see, Jim road this out in his attic.

My flickr album:

How often do YOU comment on things of which you have no clue?

Sometimes when I read Ars Technica, or other blogs both general and subject specific, which have a large commentator population, I get the impression that  a significant proportion of the commenters have no clue about what they write. In this article about the Police not liking Waze ‘tracking’ them you can tell that a LARGE part of the problem with some of the comments is that the people making those comments have never used Waze.

The Internet is a silly/horrible/awesome/frighting place.