The Poll Attacks
Posted on: December 28, 2009 6:41 pm
Don't ever let anybody tell you the Poll Attacks aren't working.
Because they're working.
Pitt got zero votes this week.
I made that happen.
Now let's see what this week's Poll Attacks can get done.
AP poll: God bless you, Roger Clarkson from the Athens Banner-Herald . You are hard-headed, no doubt. But you finally came around and dropped Pittsburgh from your ballot, and you are to be applauded on this Monday. Sure, it took three weeks of Poll Attacks to make it happen, the last of which was vicious. And, yes, I think it's hilarious that the week you finally decided to remove Pitt is the week in which the Panthers beat Ohio 74-49. But that's beside the point. The point is that you listened, and that the Poll Attacks are working. And this must be how people feel when they help the less fortunate around the holidays. Like them, I now know that I'm making a difference in this world. It's a proud day for both me and this blog. See how I'm smiling in that picture up there? That's how I'm smiling right now. With tears of joy in my eyes.
Coaches poll: One of the things I hate about rankings is how teams are dropped when they lose road games to higher-ranked teams. It makes no sense. I mean, why should a team ranked No. 9 go win on the homecourt of the team ranked No. 2? Answer: It shouldn't. And it shouldn't be penalized when it doesn't (unless it's an absolute massacre), which brings me to Michigan State.
The Spartans were ranked No. 9 in the Coaches poll last week.
Then they went and lost 79-68 at No. 2 Texas.
And so the voters processed that information and decided to drop Michigan State from No. 9 to No. 11.
Why penalize a team for playing tough non-league road games?
If anything, we should reward teams for playing tough non-league road games.
Meantime, Connecticut moved from No. 11 to No. 10 thanks to wins over Maine and Iona because voters decided in that last week that UConn deserves to be ranked higher than Michigan State because UConn beat Maine and Iona while Michigan State failed to upset a Texas team that got three No. 1 votes. It's crazy. Switch the schedules, and it's safe to assume Michigan State would've moved up with meaningless wins over Maine and Iona while UConn dropped after a loss at Texas, and that means voters are ranking teams based on nothing more than scheduling philosophies, which is wrong.
Again, it's wrong to penalize teams for losing games they should lose.
That's why I didn't drop Ole Miss for losing at West Virginia.
That's why I didn't drop Michigan State for losing at Texas.
That's why the Coaches poll makes me crazy.