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The same argument can be made for Florida's 2013 season, which saw 20 offensive and defensive starters and 28 scholarship players miss games due to injury, including starting quarterback Jeff Driskel with a season-ending broken leg in Week 3 against Tennessee. The Gators' 2013 season was the source of my disdain for Will Muschamp's long-time strength and conditioning coach, Jeff Dillman. South Carolina also sustained inexplicable injury rates during Dillman's tenure as S&C coach there.
Well, while we're on the topic of fake news, there is no such thing. That phrase is just a clever propaganda technique. There is inaccurate reporting and there is slanted reporting, but there is no "fake news," unless you're referring to sites like Infowars.
1. FSU (they'll be back in about three years) 2. Utah 3. Texas
Can you imagine what you might say if a Gator fan had come up with such a convoluted rationale?
OK, I give. Are you really going to split hairs between "pro" and "biased"?
Good point. Although it is kind of funny within the context of Leghumper accusing Michael Bratton of being pro-Gator a week or so ago.
On second thought, 57% ABV single malt might just get the job done.
Wash your hands and don’t touch your face. Alcoholic beverages, oddly enough, don’t have enough alcohol content to disinfect. But they do aid in washing virus particles down to the stomach, where they are destroyed by stomach acids. Hot liquids (tea, coffee) are excellent.
Leghumper, I confess I have no knowledge of any of these other national championships you mentioned. 1980 was a consensus NC, as was 1942, though the latter should probably be referred to as the “League of Their Own” NC. Consensus NCs my friend, consensus.
My worst take of 2019 by far was that Miami would only lose one or two more games after their opening loss to Florida in Week 0. I was impressed by Miami's defense and the poise of their freshman quarterback. But when a team has a glaring weakness (two freshman offensive tackles, in Miami's case, and a freshman QB who likely got demoralized as the season progressed), opponents are going to exploit that weakness unmercifully.
Fuzzy, I wouldn't worry about a depression. The economy is structurally healthy. Modern governments understand that consumer spending is vital and act accordingly at times like this. With the pattern of new cases in China, Italy and other hard-hit areas, and the known math of contagious disease spread, everything should be back to normal by mid-June. July through October should be pretty normal months, and any resurgence of COVID-19 in the late fall should be limited by ramped up testing and new patient isolation.
Well, that's a more measured and reasonable answer. But yes, we do pick and choose which things to worry about. If the COVID-19 pandemic was not addressed aggressively, at a five-day doubling rate and 1.2% average mortality, it would likely spread to 60% of the U.S. population by mid-June and kill 2.3 million Americans. As it is, it could still kill 200,000 as a result of delayed response and stupidity, but I think there's a very good chance to keep deaths under 30,000 with aggressive testing and social distancing. Hunger and food insecurity are significant global problems, but the number of Americans who will starve to death this year, while probably not zero, is likely close to zero. There isn't even a statistical category for it in U.S. cause of death statistics.
This is a silly article (8 months from ESD, kid with history of decommitting decommits again), but the comments section does illustrate how preoccupied Georgia fans are with Florida. You would never see this level of commenting by Florida fans on a Georgia article; we just don't care. Those of us over 30 know that three straight wins by Georgia are the exception over the last 40 years and not the rule. While I'm sure Georgia fans tell themselves that it's going to be different under Kirby, statistically he is quite literally Mark Richt 2.0. Stylistically, down to the on-the-field convulsions, he is Will Muschamp; he's just at a school with more structural recruiting advantages than South Carolina. With Florida under Mullen going 10-3 and then 11-2 after McElwain's 2017 4-7 debacle, despite depth issues in the secondary and offensive line, I for one do indeed hope Mullen stays at Florida for the next 10 years. Florida will probably win its fourth national championship before Georgia wins its second. (Sorry, 1942 wasn't a real college football season.)
You implied, pretty clearly, that the coronavirus pandemic is not a big deal in relation to annual flu deaths. Its lethality is different by one order of magnitude.
The panic buying is a typical human reaction and not unique to any country. It happens on a regular basis as hurricanes are approaching a coastline and in the locale of every natural disaster. There actually was considerable panic and fear after Pearl Harbor that the Japanese would invade the West Coast of the mainland U.S.
Wrong decade, but this article reminded me of Les Miles going for it and converting five first downs against the Gators in 2007.
Georgia Southern was indeed the program low point for 2010-2017, but I didn't include it because that season was pretty much already gone. Not much to deflate. Hardly anyone gets 400 yards rushing against anyone. And I think every objective observer knows Florida suffered from an inexperienced offensive line this past season, with one returning starter. It will be better this season. Pandemic cases are exploding just about everywhere. Georgia currently has twice as many cases as Tennessee and 10 times as many deaths. Stay safe.
It is true that influenza kills 12,000 to 60,000 Americans each year, with most deaths involving co-morbidity factors like pneumonia or other chronic diseases. But it is important to understand that these annual levels of death from influenza occur with normal social interaction, regular public events, unrestricted travel and ordinary open businesses. Apples-to-apples, with no social distancing, 60,000 influenza deaths would equate to at least 600,000 COVID-19 deaths. The 1918 Spanish Flu killed about 675,000 Americans. In 1918, the U.S. population was about 103 million, there were no interstate highways or airline travel, and only 50% of the population lived close together in cities. Today we have 331 million people, people travel throughout the country easily by airline and interstate highway, and 80% of the population lives close together in cities. I believe it is likely we will have a football season. But this is not "just the flu."
Nope. There will be a football season starting in August.
No, this is much worse. The annual influenza death numbers are reached with normal social interaction, unrestricted travel and public events, considerable population immunity and business as usual. The apples to apples deaths with COVID-19 would be 10 times higher: the same environmental and cultural conditions that result in 49,000 influenza deaths would result in 490,000 COVID-19 deaths... and the numbers would be even higher still for COVID-19 because we have no herd immunity for COVID-19. All that said, the disease should peak for this flue season by mid-June.
The mortality for COVID-19 is about 10 times higher; at least 1% of reported cases for COVID-19 nationally versus about 0.1% of reported cases for influenza. Pockets of much higher mortality for COVID-19 (4-10%) are due to unique local demographics and circumstances (e.g., larger concentrations of elderly residents).
The 2012 Jordan Reed goal line fumble against Georgia probably was the most deflating single play of the decade for the Gators, given the team's performance up to that point in the season. But this article made me realize that as bad as 2010-2017 was for Gator fans, we still doled out more deflating trauma than we received. Not just the Franks to Cleveland walk-off TD against Tennessee in 2017, but also the 63-yard catch and run TD pass from Grier to Callaway on 4th down at the end of the game against Tennessee in 2015. Not just the uncovered receiver against Kentucky, but the no time left on the clock TD a couple years earlier. The 2015 destruction of then #3 ranked Ole Miss in the Swamp. And crushing Georgia with 436 yards rushing in 2014.
You could be right about stadium attendance. But the math of virus spread says this thing will reach maximum spread for this flu season and start to decline by mid-June. This isn't optimism or pessimism; it's just the math of R0 (the spread coefficient; around 2) and likely declines in the doubling rate (of the number of cases, from 3-5 days now). This does not in any way minimize the fact that we will likely have between 10,000 and 25,000 Americans dead from COVID-19 by mid-June.
The virus will likely reach its maximum spread for this flu season by mid-June. Whether that's a million infected or 10 million infected depends on the doubling rate in days, which is a function of social distancing and testing. But either way, things should be back to normal by August. There could be a "second wave" of the virus around October-November, but whether that happens or not, there will be tremendous socio-economic pressure to restart all business and cultural activities about three months from now. Note that this optimism about football starting on schedule in August does not in any way mean that April and May of 2020 are not going to be very, very bad. We will likely have at least 10,000 U.S. deaths from COVID-19 by the end of May; and possibly as many as 100,000. If these numbers sound crazy, it's useful to remember that common strains of influenza infect about 50 million Americans each year and kill 12,000 to 60,000.
It's athletes, not coaches. Tim Tebow Bo Jackson Herschel Walker Shaquille O'Neal
Stoops has clearly made a choice to stay at Kentucky instead of taking on a bigger program like FSU, and that will constrain his recruiting potential and long-term won-loss record. But he is an excellent coach. Fisher has made a ton of money off one ridiculously talented roster over a couple year span, headlined by Jameis Winston. And he hasn't really done anything since. Malzahn is remarkably similar to Fisher in that he parlayed his one season as Cam Newton's offensive coordinator into an overpaid job as head coach of a big-time SEC program.