Tuesday, August 6, 2013

ESPN Poll Question Rundown

If you remember the podcast days (we're working on bringing it back to life - but we'll see) then you remember that my go-to move was just to go through the ESPN.com poll questions and make fun of how the votes broke down state by state.

Well guess what? I'm doing the same thing here, but in blog form so you can see the maps for yourself when they are relevant. (Quick note: there were 18 today so I'm skipping a bunch. Ain't nobody got time for that.)

1. How do you feel about the Yankees' decision to play Alex Rodriguez during his suspension? (OK with it/Not OK with it)
This is a pretty hard "Not OK with it" for me. The MLB supposedly has "a mountain of evidence" against him, so he's going to lose the appeal eventually. Do you really want him representing your team any more than he already has? As a Phillies fan, I can't say I'd want him on the field if he were a Phil - but that's kind of how I've felt for the past four or five years.

4. Tony Stewart broke his leg competing in a sprint car race. What do you make of drivers racing in extracurricular events? (Good way to keep sharp/Too much risk for injury)
Does Tony Stewart not normally race in sprint car events..?

6. If you were/are a Jets fan, would you listen to Rex Ryan's pleas to stop booing/jeering Mark Sanchez? (Yes/No)
Quick: what's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Mark Sanchez?
Mark Sanchez butt fumble gif BUTTFUMBLE
I'd boo the shit out of him. Let's see what NY/NJ says:
The lesson: everyone hates you, Mark Sanchez

7. The NFL wants to penalize players who taunt opponents by spinning the ball. What do you make of the NFL's rules on celebrations? (Too harsh/Just right/Too lenient)
Let me start out by saying that anybody who thinks the NFL's policy on taunting is "too lenient"(6% of people who voted) is a "fucking dickhead." I miss the Owens/Johnson/Moss/Horn days of wide receiver celebrations. Gronk spikes. Flips. Salutes. Dancing. That's what makes football great. "Hey I just scored on you so for the next ten seconds you can suck me."

Anybody know what the policy is in the Arena League?

10. Kansas coach Bill Self said that the NBA would tempt him were an opportunity available. Would Self succeed as an NBA coach? (Yes/No)
I said no and the nationwide response was split 50/50, but the more I think about it my actual response would be "in the right situation, yes." From what I gather, he's an awesome teacher and he's really good at coaching college-age kids. Kansas is a fairly legendary program, but I'm sure that Self being the coach helps attract high-quality talent like Ben McLemore, Thomas Robinson, and the Morris twins.

You know what? I'm all in on Self in the NBA. Give him a young team that needs to grow together quickly. Sixers! Where you at!

11. Who will win the PGA Championship? (Tiger/The field)
It's the field. Don't be foolish.

12. What do you make of the Patriots and Eagles holding a joint preseason practice? (Good idea/Bad idea)
Racism! Murder! Dog fighting! Spying on opponents! Tonight on Smackdown!

In all seriousness, they're playing each other in Philly for the first preseason game so it probably makes sense logistically. I'm surprised either of these coaches would agree to it, though. Chip Kelly's system is supposed to change the game and we all know how hypocritically private Bill Belichick is. Maybe this is a sign that they've tempered their expectations for success and are buying into the NFL community more than team success.

Nah, it's about money. Definitely about money.

13. Would you want your team to draft Johnny Manziel in the first round? (Yes/No)
For me, it's a resounding yes. For America, it's a resounding no. 81% no and not a single state said otherwise. Texas, Philly, and New Jersey were slightly higher than the nation (looking good, Mike Vick and Mark Sanchez!) but nobody went any higher than 26%. I guess the "first round" bit is what's doing it - and that makes sense. But from a business perspective, he's worth more than a first round pick; he's bigger than the game. I have this fantasy that the NCAA suspends him (for making $7500 selling his own autograph) and he joins the Arena League and turns the Philadelphia Soul into Philly's fifth-biggest team (To the Union.. Gareth Bale is available if you want).

Side note: check out Jay Bilas' twitter rant from today. He really has a point - the NCAA needs to get its shit together on the issue of paying its star athletes.

That'll do it for today. I'm off to try to raise $170 million to bring Gareth to Philly.

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