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Tiger Stadium Shining Bright Blue

21 July 2016 - 07:11 AM

in honor of the police officers murdered.  

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SEC Media Preseason Picks

14 July 2016 - 01:42 PM

Here’s the entire predicted order of finish, according to the media, for 2016:


Alabama (223 points)
LSU (59)
Tennessee (29)
Georgia (7)
Florida (5)
Ole Miss (4)
Texas A&M (1)
South Carolina (1)
Vanderbilt (1)
Arkansas (1)


Tennessee (2167 points)
Florida (1891)
Georgia (1860)
Kentucky (933)
Vanderbilt (810)
Missouri (807)
South Carolina (800)


Alabama (2220 points)
LSU (1984)
Ole Miss (1479)
Texas A&M (1130)
Arkansas (1047)
Auburn (890)
Mississippi State (518)

Official: Trumps VP Is...

14 July 2016 - 11:46 AM

            Gov. Mike Pence is dropping his re-election bid in Indiana to become Donald Trump’s running mate.

IndyStar has confirmed that Trump plans to announce Pence as his selection for vice president, ending a weeks-long vice presidential casting call during which Trump vetted a handful of high-profile Republicans.

Trump's national campaign spokeswoman, Hope Hicks, said "a decision has not been made." A formal announcement is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday in Manhattan.

The long-awaited decision upends the political landscape in Indiana and at least partially remakes the Trump campaign in Pence’s image.

In Pence, Trump has added a social conservative who GOP strategists say will reassure rank-and-file Republicans that Trump can be trusted to pursue their interests. Veteran political observers say Pence, a former U.S. House member and chairman of the House Republican Conference, will provide a disciplined counter to Trump’s improvisational campaign style. Pence also brings fundraising power and credibility on a wide range of policy issues that are important to conservatives.

Pence is set to officially become the vice presidential nominee during the Republican National Convention, which starts July 18 in Cleveland. He could become the first vice president from Indiana since Dan Quayle took office in 1989 under George H.W. Bush.

Pence’s departure for national politics sets up a scramble among Indiana Republicans to determine who will replace Pence to run against Democratic challenger John Gregg in the November gubernatorial election.

For the first time in state history, the Indiana Republican State Committee will determine the GOP candidate for governor in a process that could last into August. The 22-member panel has 30 days from the date Pence officially withdraws his candidacy to choose Pence’s replacement on the ballot.

Once it’s clear who will be vying for the Republican nomination, the committee must provide a 10-day notice before it votes. That means, at the earliest, the process will conclude in late July.

The field of candidates already includes at least two elected officials. Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita have declared their intentions to run.

Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, who has not yet publicly said he will seek the office, is thought to be a frontrunner. U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks of Carmel also could be a candidate.

Pence's elevation in the political world comes as he faced a tight race in Indiana. The most recent poll, which was conducted in May, showed Pence leading Gregg 40 percent to 36 percent, a virtual tie when factoring in the 4 percent margin of error. Pence defeated Gregg in the 2012 race by 3 percentage points.

Pence, a vocal Trump supporter since he clinched the Republican nomination, will turn his attention toward helping the real estate mogul defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton in November. Even without Pence, Trump has been closing the gap. A national CBS News/New York Times poll released this week shows Clinton and Trump tied at 40 percent just one month after Clinton had a 6 percentage point lead. Yet,projections based on state polls suggest Clinton has an advantage, albeit adiminishing one.

Trump appeared to have winnowed the field from about 10 people last week in what some have compared to a reality-TV show. Aside from Pence, the other favorites were thought to be former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

A couple prospective running mates withdrew their names from consideration in the days leading up to Trump’s decision, including a pair of U.S. senators, Bob Corker of Tennessee and Joni Ernst of Iowa. Ernst suggested Pence should get the nod while saying she was focused on serving Iowa in the Senate.

Pence, Ernst told Politico, is “so well-rounded, served as a governor and I think he’s a great conservative.”

Then Pence essentially auditioned for the position during a Trump rally and fundraiser on Tuesday. Pence, who has traditionally eschewed negative campaigning, attacked Clinton for the loss of U.S. personnel in Benghazi and compared Trump to Ronald Reagan.

A frenzied series of meeting in Indianapolis followed the campaign appearance. Trump and his family unexpectedly dined with Pence and his wife at a swanky Downtown restaurant Tuesday night, then had breakfast at the governor's residence the next morning. Gingrich and Sessions then flew to Indianapolis for meetings of their own with Trump and his family.


My Presidential Vote

06 July 2016 - 10:21 AM

I suggest you vote the same.

SEC Arrests By Team

30 June 2016 - 10:59 AM

Kirby Smart has had an interesting first six months at Georgia.

He began his tenure splitting duties between two teams, as he possessed both the title of Georgia head coach and Alabama defensive coordinator while leading the Crimson Tide to a 2015 national championship. He’s also had to deal with six of his players getting arrested, two of which have been dismissed from the team (Chauncey Rivers and Chad Clay).

Georgia leads the SEC with six arrests in 2016 as of June 30, 2016. The Bulldogs had only four players arrested in 2015 after seeing eight players have trouble with the law in 2014.

Overall, 20 SEC players (enrolled in the university at the time of arrest) have been arrested thus far in the new year, compared to 23 at this point in 2015. Nine teams have seen players charged with arrests, with Arkansas, Florida, LSU, South Carolina and Vanderbilt all avoiding trouble with the law.

In the first three months of the calendar year, seven SEC players were arrested or charged — the lowest total since 2011 when arrestnation.com began tacking the arrests of professional and college coaches and athletes.

Perhaps the biggest arrests of 2016 were Alabama’s Cam Robinson and Laurence “Hootie” Jones. Robinson and Jones were arrested last month after an officer found stolen weapons in the vehicle Robinson was driving. Both players were charged with illegal carrying of a weapon in the presence of narcotics and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance.

Neither player will be prosecuted for their arrests in Louisiana, as district attorney Jerry Jones said: “I refuse to ruin the lives of two young who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working out and sweating, while we were all in air conditioning.”
Forty-two SEC players were arrested or prosecuted last season, which was down from the 67 in 2014. Through the first six months of the year, the conference is on pace to finish with fewer arrests in 2016.

Here are all of the SEC football arrests from 2016 thus far:
  • Cam Robinson (May 17): Possession of stolen firearms, possession of controlled dangerous substance
  • Lawrence “Hootie” Jones (May 17): Possession of marijuana, illegal carrying of a weapon in presence of narcotics
  • Byron Cowart (April 30): Second-degree possession of marijuana
  • Carlton Davis (April 30): Second-degree possession of marijuana
  • Ryan Davis (April 30): Second-degree possession of marijuana
  • Jeremiah Dinson (April 30): Second-degree possession of marijuana
  • Chad Clay (June 22): Theft by taking
  • Chauncey Rivers (May 11): Felony violation of Georgia’s Controlled Substance Act, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, keeping drugs in a container, parking in a parking spot designated for persons with disability
  • Juwuan Briscoe (April 23): Failure to wear a seatbelt, driving without a license
  • Chad Clay (April 12): Possession of weapon in a school zone, second-degree criminal damage to property
  • Julian Rochester (April 12): Possession of weapon in a school zone, second-degree criminal damage to property
  • Jonathan Ledbetter (March 20): Underage possession/furnishing alcohol, possession/making a false ID
  • Will Thomas Collins (March 4): Alcohol intoxication, criminal mischief, theft, fleeing and invading
  • Jason Hatcher (Feb. 22): Speeding, trafficking in marijuana (eight ounces to less than five pounds), tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Anfernee Mullins (April 8): Simple assault
  • Terry Beckner Jr. (Jan. 20): Possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana
  • Rod Taylor (April 3): Suspicion of shoplifting
  • Breeland Speaks (March 4): Suspicion of driving under the influence (first offense)
  • Alexis Johnson (Feb. 17): Aggravated assault, False imprisonment
  • Speedy Noil (April 1): Driving without a license
No arrests: Arkansas, Florida, LSU, South Carolina, Vanderbilt