Monthly Archives: January 2014

The Official DYC Super Bowl Preview


This Sunday, it all comes to an end. Our true national pastime bids adieu once more, as the Broncos and Seahawks lock up in a match-up pitting not only the top teams in each conference, but also the NFL’s best offense versus the NFL’s best defense. We’re going to go over what happens when each team has the ball, some friends of the blog are gonna make some picks, and we’re going to point out some of the best ways to lose money causally this weekend. Most importantly, we’re not going to cut you off cold turkey from football for safety reasons.

First things first, prop bets. Everyone loves them, they’re a great way to integrate casual fans into the game, and if you’re paying close attention, there’s money to be made. We covered prop bets at length on the not-yet-award winning DudeYouPodcast, but there’s one we DIDN’T cover that I win money on every year.

National anthem over/under.

This year, the anthem will be brought to you by Renee Fleming, an opera singer who brings a full lyric soprano to the table (according to Wikipedia). I was embarrassed not to know who she was until I read that she was an opera singer, so I’ve got that going for me. Vegas has the length of her anthem set at 2:25, and the record right now is 2:36 seconds held by Alicia Keys, and that was done just last year. Couple the fact that we’ve got a classically trained singer who may not be used to braving the elements, and I think the under is the bet here.

(Yes, I’m aware that I have grossly over-thought this, and yes this might be a sign of a debilitating gambling addiction. What are you, my mother?)

Now, on to the game itself!

Seattle @ Denver

When We Last Saw Seattle: Richard Sherman was Richard Shermaning, Beast Mode was Beast Moding, and Pete Carroll was becoming the first coach to lead a team to a BCS title game and a Super Bowl, as I have been reminded by my USC fan friends over the past two weeks. All USC vacated title jokes aside, it’s amazing that just four years ago, the NFC West was bar none the worst division in professional football. This year, we saw two from the division lead the entire conference wire to wire, and an 11-win Arizona team miss the playoffs, so it’s safe to say that they survived the best division in football to get here.

This is a team built on their defense and their running game, and with the apparent neutral conditions Sunday, it looks like this will be a good time for them to shine. Look for the Seahawks to start early with a heavy dose of Marshawn Lynch, as the Broncos haven’t had to deal with a true power running attack all year. The reason they’ve been able to avoid that kind of attack has been they score so many points so fast, that teams are forced to throw to keep up. Won’t be the case this Sunday, as this record breaking Seattle secondary will present a unique challenge for the Denver offense.

The biggest variable for Seattle is just how much Wilson is going to be asked to do under center. He’s stepped up big in every situation asked for thus far, and while his numbers haven’t been gaudy, I don’t think he stops stepping up now. Win, lose or draw, Seattle will be improving their receiving corps in the offseason, but is this the game where their biggest weakness finally bites them? Land Baron Carroll says no.

pete carroll

When We Last Saw Denver: Peyton Manning and company were juuuuuuust finishing up laying waste to the entire NFL in general, and the offensive record book in particular. Passing yards? Got it. Passing touchdowns? Been had it. Most points in a season? Something something, Danger Zone. Bottom line, this is the most prolific offensive season in the history of the Shield, and I’m not sure we see anyone top it going forward. Not to be lost amidst the passing stats, the running game from Denver was the 15th in the league this year.

Success on ground may have come from the offense softening defenses with the passing attack, but that same passing attack accounts for their success against the run. As I already mentioned, teams were often forced to abandon the run early to accommodate keeping up with the Peyton Mannings, and left this defense as 8th against the run. Seattle is not one to abandon the run, and will look to extend their possessions with the ball, in an effort to keep this offense off the field. The major question becomes lies on the match up between the passing game and the Legion of Boom. Can Kam Chancellor and company keep the passing game under wraps? Bionic neck cyborg quarterback Peyton Manning says no.

THE PICK: I was raised on defensive football. I like a defense that hits and makes plays, and that talks the talk and consistently backs it up. But, I’m also human. I watched this Broncos season like everyone else who helped bet this line up, and watching their efficiency and dominance this year makes it hard to think that anyone can stop them, even the Seahawks. Before we get to my pick, I asked some people around the blog and former guests of the pod their opinions:

Jason Smith (writer at DudeYouCrazy.net, new guy, @jasonisasmith) – “Denver wins on 7 straight field goals from Matt Prater who becomes the first kicker to win the Super Bowl MVP.”

Rodimus Prime (host of the award-winning podcast The Black Guy Who Tips, better at podcasting than us, @rodimusprime) – “This is tough but give me the Seahawks because Russel Wilson is QB cyborg and that defense is nasty. So I’m going with Seahawks plus the 3!”

Chad Floyd (writer at DudeYouCrazy.net, former intern, @Chad_Floyd) – “The Beast Mode rushing attack against a decidedly average defense? Seahawks +3. Seahawks moneyline. Seahawks with points negotiable.”

Michael Felder (lead college football writer at Bleacher Report, drinker of beer(s), @InTheBleachers) – “As the guy who started “All Russell Wilson Everything” on that Thursday night against UNLV‎ in his debut game at Wisconsin, I feel like I need him to finish the drill. The kid balls. Oh and Seattle’s DBs play ball like a real G should. Get down or lay down Broncos.”

Andrew Hall (site runner at DudeYouCrazy.net, mid-podcast vanisher, @DudeYouCrazy) – “I’ve got Seahawks winning outright. The defense and the weather will rattle the Broncos. Beast Mode will be enabled. Wilson will make just enough throws.” 

Flying in the face of convention and public opinion, I have to agree with most of these breakdowns: I think the games stays close, and a close game goes to the team that can run and play defense.

Seahawks (+3) over Broncos

If you’ve learned one thing this season gambling with me, it’s that the public is usually wrong. And if I learned anything, well…

Get down or lay down, indeed. Enjoy the game everyone.

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Super Bowl Preview: DudeYouPodcast Style


Daniel Palmer (@DPalm66 on the Tweets) leads a rowdy discussion of Super Bowl Prop Bets with Chad Floyd (@Chad_Floyd) and Andrew Hall (@DudeYouCrazy).

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Georgia Bulldogs January Recap: The Busiest Off-Season Month in UGA History?


First and foremost, thanks for being here.  Daniel Palmer would give me a hard time for using to many numbers, so I’ll just say that in January we set site records for unique visitors and page views.  In fact, the previous mark for both of those numbers were blown out of the water.  We’re keenly aware this has nothing to do with us and everything to do with you.  So sincerely, we thank you.

January was a wild month, so here’s a recap of the biggest storylines for the Georgia Bulldogs in January:

  • January 1: Georgia loses to Nebraska 24-19 in a disappointing close to the 2013 season.
  • January 9: Scott Lakatos resigns as defensive backs coach.
  • January 12: Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham leaves Georgia for Louisville.
  • January 14: Former FSU DC Jeremy Pruitt hired by Georgia.
  • January 15: Defensive line coach Chris Wilson leaves for Southern Cal.  Linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti leaves to coach with the Washington Redskins.
  • January 24: Former South Alabama DC Kevin Sherrer hired to Georgia defensive staff.
  • January 27: Tracy Rocker hired as Georgia DL coach.
  • Oh also…recruiting has been going on like crazy.

 

For what it’s worth, here are the most-read stories on DudeYouCrazy this month:

 

Again, thanks for being here.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Georgia Bulldogs Recruiting: Bryson Allen-Williams’ Mom Loves Jeremy Pruitt and Why That Matters


The last time we heard from Bryson Allen-Williams’ mother, she was insisting that her son’s commitment to South Carolina is firm.  In a statement she released earlier in the month, Darnisha Allen-Jackson offered the following:

Do not make this visit to Georgia something that is more than it is. Bryson is as solid as he can be to South Carolina. It is a free trip on Georgia’s dime. It is a free trip on Alabama’s dime. And as two coaches told me recently, you’ve got to understand if he has the opportunity to do well in the SEC, and he makes it to the next level, you never know who you’re going to run into, and he could run into one of these guys who may be a professional coach, and they’ll be like, ‘oh, this kid spurned me, this kid acted like a diva, or a prima donna with me.

 

I’ll be the first to admit two things:

  1. I really appreciate Darnisha’s approach to her son’s recruitment.
  2. This statement is way better than most of the “Recruit’s-Parent-Issues-Statement” things I read.

 

Knowing my take on the statement Allen-Williams’ mother released is important, because it’s worth noting that I think what she said was (and may still be) completely true.

That being said, a story involving collegiate athletics, me and one of my parents sheds light on why Georgia fans can still be optimistic.

In March of 2000, I was a sixth grader living in Oak Ridge, Tenn. and coming to grips with the world not ending at Y2K.  That spring, my father took me down to Atlanta for the SEC Basketball Tournament.  We watched a whole lot of basketball over the first two days, but that’s not important here.  What is important is that we parked in a garage right outside of the Georgia Dome – a mere 50 yards away from our assigned entrance.  We payed a nominal fee, walked a short distance and had a pleasant experience.

On day three, we arrived to park in the same lot and were greeted by a security guard who told us we could not park in our new favorite lot.  Dad began to plead his case, as dads do.  The officer appeared to understand and seemed on the brink of giving in when he cut my father off and offered an explanation that was both meager and simultaneously decisive.

“Sir,” the security guard began before pausing for dramatic effect.  “Things change.”

Oh, OK.  Things change.  Never mind then.  That explains it.

For Georgia fans, the best hope regarding Bryson Allen-Williams is that simple.  And if that response does in fact come, it will frustrate South Carolina fans to no end.  The best possible words to hear from Allen-Williams at this point are, “Sir, things change.”

We got a tiny glimpse into what could be a change this week when Bryson Allen-Williams told Rusty Mansell of 247Sports that his mother loves Georgia DC Jeremy Pruitt.

Does that mean BA-W is a Dawg?  By no means.  But, it does mean that his mother, who seems thoughtful and both open-minded and firm in her convictions, listens to Georgia.  It means Jeremy Pruitt is saying and doing the right things around players and their parents.  It means that Mark Richt, the ultimate family man, might still have a chance after all.

Things could change.

 

Read more recruiting updates here.

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

 

That’s all I got/

Andrew

Freezenik 2014


So, the best college football writer on the planet NOT working for Dude You Crazy (just kidding, he’s the best period) Spencer Hall did a great job recapping what happened in Atlanta Tuesday. My dad is STILL figuring out his way home, and I hope our southern readers are warm and safe.

This storm not only hit farther north than projected, but also hit in the middle of the day–the exact time when the rush hour cannon is loaded with the full brunt of Atlanta’s commuting class. The city and state failed, but so did everyone else. Employers, famously flocking to Georgia because we don’t have much of a government to interfere with things, did not fill the void by responsibly suggesting people telecommute. Schools said nothing, and had to shelter children overnight while cafeteria workers stayed to make food for the kids.

Read the rest here.

Hell, at this point, Spencer Hall can add best meteorological writer on the planet to his resume too. Apropos of nothing, here’s Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons from the Grammys absolutely tearing the house down to help you thaw out.

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