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“Though he still had a decent game, it didn’t look like Braxton matured much more than any of his teammates during bowl practices. His final statline read 18/23 through the air for 162 yards and a pair of touchdowns but he was 12/17 with just 80 yards until a last gasp drive against Florida’s prevent defense saw him pad his numbers with 6/6 for 82 yards. Passing accuracy really wasn’t the issue today though he did overthrow a wide open Posey for a sure 23 yard touchdown that would’ve tied the game at 14 late in the 1st half. Windy or not, the throw needed to be a touch pass as there wasn’t a Gator defender within 10 yards of DeVier but Miller threw a laser high and outside.
The biggest area of opportunity from this game, as it has been with many others, was a lack of pocket awareness. Yes, the pass pro was shaky at times but Braxton often had plenty of time to throw, either to a receiver or simply to get rid of it, but instead took a sack.” [Lauderback/Eleven Warriors]
Trying to predict the Hall of Fame balloting- “2. Strength of ballot. This is the single most important guideline. When the ballot’s overall strength goes up, the members of the backlog have their vote totals go down. If a ballot gets weaker, the backlog’s support gets stronger. Two things change the strength of a ballot: guys arriving on it, and those departing from it. For example, in 1999 Nolan Ryan, George Brett, Robin Yount, Carlton Fisk, and Dale Murphy arrived on the ballot and the holdovers suffered considerably.
Alternately, 2008’s ballot’s newbies received almost no support, with only Tim Raines getting more than two votes among the newbies (not two percent; two votes). 13 of the 14 backloggers on the ballot had their vote totals increase. (The exception was Harold Baines, who fell from 5.3 percent to 5.2 percent of the vote. Big deal). A typical crop of first-year players receives gains around 1.6 votes per BBWAA ballot. This year Bernie Williams is the only guy with a chance to top five percent. Aside from him, the best new contenders are Brad Radke, Tim Salmon, Brian Jordan, and Javy Lopez. This should be a historically low vote total to new candidates.” [Jaffe/Hardball Times]
Can you spot the error in this sad excuse of a piece on Phil Dawson? [Shutdown Corner]
“As the starting point guard, Irving has run the offense confidently and effectively. He has become perhaps the team’s biggest weapon at just 19 years of age, and after only 11 college games at Duke. Irving is averaging 13 points and occasionally is mentioned in the same sentence as Chris Paul by Cavaliers coach Byron Scott.” [Amico/FSO]
Finally, love this picture of Omar. Who is that sitting next to him? Do you know? [WFNY Tumblr]