Floyd Mayweather’s long-anticipated title fight against Manny Pacquiao dominated sports headlines a week ago, so it’s only fitting that it kicks off this week’s Q&A session.
The bellyaching that ensued after Floyd Mayweather fought a prototypical Floyd Mayweather fight made our first question easy to answer.
@kensing45 How would Floyd Mayweather do in the SEC West
— MACeyMACMAC (@MACtheSPORK) May 7, 2015
To answer this, I’ll turn it over to SEC Bro.
So a lot of y’all have been emailing and blowing up my Galaxy since my debut column dropped. It’s about time I got the keys to drive this baby around the block again, much like I drive my dad’s sick M3 around campus.
The top question y’all have wanted me to answer after I broke down where Steph Curry would finish in the SEC is how Floyd Mayweather would do against the SEC.
Let me start by saying I can appreciate Floyd. He loves money, and I love money, too.
Floyd also would have been a great fit in the SEC West. Emphasis on would have, if this were 2011. We were feeling that 9-6 vibe then. Game of the Century right there!
But a Fight of the Century with the equivalent of 9-6? Naw, man.
Floyd Mayweather uses his speed on defense. That used to be Real Football, until SEC teams started scoring a lot and now Real Football is all about that offense. My boy Johnny Q. Football, Esq. flipped the script with his touchdown-scoring and sorority girl-macking.
Nice! That’s the template every SEC player should follow.
I called up my dude T-Rock, who’s at law school at UNLV. He’s an SEC undergrad and would have stayed out here, but he wants to set up shop in Vegas. Respect.
Plus, Altee Tenpenny transferred from Alabama to UNLV, so the Rebs have some SEC credentials now.
Well, T-Rock went down to the sports book and demanded to know where Floyd Mayweather would finish in the SEC. After 20 minutes of shouting he was a law student and needed an answer, security threw him out. Dude is wild!
That also shows how Vegas thinks Floyd Mayweather would do in the SEC: so bad, they won’t even take bets. I slot him No. 1,179 in the SEC West, right behind Busta Rhymes’ The Coming album, but right ahead of Bernie Sanders’ presidential hopes.
We now return you to our regularly scheduled Q&A.
@kensing45 what's the line on Kentucky basketball @ Vandy football and where's the early steam heading.
— Alex Kolodziej (@AlexK_47) May 7, 2015
Opening line for Kentucky hoops at Vanderbilt basketball is UK -19. Kentucky struggled in a handful of road SEC games, and add the difficult of dribbling on turf, and the line is lower than some might think — especially for a Vandy team that got routed at home by Temple.
But, because the line is a bit lower, the steam is going hard on Kentucky covering. Give it some time and this baby will jump by a touchdown, and without the Harrison Twins there to hit some 3-pointers against a lackluster Vanderbilt secondary, the Wildcats won’t cover.
Call my 1-900 line for more winners.
@kensing45 who's the least likeable college football head coach (P5) not named Saban or Petrino and where would u take him on a bro date?
— Kevin Causey (@CFBZ) May 7, 2015
Oof. This is a tough question to answer, because I feel like I’m passing judgment on people I’ve never met. What am I writing, that’s the primary principle the internet was founded on!
One coach I won’t call unlikeable, but will describe as having a rough exterior you’d need to chip away is Mike Leach.
Yeah, seriously. That guy.
Leach is renowned for his obscure references and quirky interests. Those are also the gems that get unearthed from a mine of salt.
As someone with his own love for some very offbeat things, Leach and I could bond at a marathon showing of cheesy and/or obscure horror films. The guy has to appreciate Hammer Dracula movies, right?
The next two questions are USC-related, so I’ll consolidate into one response.
@kensing45 USC has been a perennial overrated team in the preseason this 5 or so years…why should we believe this year will be different?
— Tommy Four Rings (@BeardownBD) May 7, 2015
@kensing45 Given all the NFL draftees Steve Sarkisian has coached at UW and now USC, does that reality work for or against him right now?
— The Student Section (@TheStudentSect) May 7, 2015
It’s true that every year since 2009, save maybe 2011, USC was overrated heading into the season. Phil Steele — whose work I love, and who is one of the most genuinely nice people in football media — is typically way too high on the Trojans. His AP projections released last week have USC at No. 7.
The Trojans won’t get hyped quite like 2012, when pundits ignored the loss of numbers from the scholarship reductions and the departure of Matt Kalil, the best offensive lineman in the nation the season before.
Still, No. 7 is entirely too high until USC proves otherwise. The wide receiving corps actually looks better despite losing Nelson Agholor, but until Justin Davis proves capable of carrying the load as the No. 1 back, and the defensive line finds a way to replicate Leonard Williams’ production, I wouldn’t consider USC a top 10 team.
USC, along with four other Pac-12 South teams, should be ranked heading into 2015. The thing is, all five are interchangeable. And the Trojans came a missed field goal of losing to all four last season.
To the second question, and this is one reason I expect USC to fare better this season commiserate with its expectations than in seasons past is that Steve Sarkisian has loaded the roster with talent.
He’s an outstanding recruiting, as evidenced with the flood of Washington players drafted last week. He gained a bad reputation at Washington for winning seven games three straight seasons, but his 2013 team turned the corner, and I believe had he been the coach in 2014, Washington would have won 10 or more games.
I realize the irony there, given Chris Petersen’s reputation vs. Sarkisian’s, but first-year coaches often face adjustments, and the previous regime’s recruits may not always fit what a new staff wants to implement.
Of course, all that matters are tangible results. Right now, Sark’s track record for sending players to the NFL will benefit USC. But the Trojans need to win the Pac-12 South within two seasons, and the conference within a recruiting cycle, to keep top-flight recruits coming.