- Rodney e-mailed me Sunday: "How could you be so negative about the Falcons? That was a great comeback!"
Dear Rodney: That loud noise you just heard was some of the folks who e-mailed me Thursday having their heads explode when you accused me of being too negative. More on that later.
To answer your question, I thought Saturday’s loss to Toledo was more about the things the Falcons didn’t do, which caused them to lose. Remember, there’s no comeback unless BG digs itself into a big early hole.
Judge for yourself … click here to read about how the slow start hurt the Falcons, and click here to read about the mistakes by the seniors costing BG in a three-point loss.
- “Falcons Forever” e-mailed me Thursday: "You are a hopeless homer for [BG coach Dave] Clawson. How could you defend his record?"
Dear Falcons Forever: It turned out to be easy, actually. I just used a little thing I like to call “facts.”
So everyone can get up to speed, click here to read Thursday’s “End Zone,” which takes to task BG fans who call for Clawson to be fired.
My point, in a nutshell: Everyone seems to be going crazy that Clawson’s record is built by beating teams with losing records. My counter-point is simple: It is, but that’s the case for just about EVERY Mid-American Conference school.
And here are some numbers so you can judge for yourself. Here are the other MAC schools with winning records this season, and the record of the teams those schools beat (not including FCS schools):
Bowling Green: Tulsa (2-5), Kent State (2-7), UMass (1-7), Akron (2-7). Total: 7-26, .212 “winning” percentage.
Northern Illinois: Iowa (5-3), Idaho (1-7), Purdue (1-6), Kent State (2-7), Akron (2-7), Central Michigan (3-5), Eastern Michigan (1-7). Total: 15-42, .263 “winning” percentage.
Ball State: Army (3-5), Eastern Michigan (1-7), Toledo (5-3), Virginia (2-6), Kent State (2-7), Western Michigan (1-8), Akron (2-7). Total: 16-43, .271 “winning” percentage.
Ohio: North Texas (5-3), Marshall (4-3), Akron (2-7), Eastern Michigan (1-7), Miami (0-8). Total: 12-28, .300 “winning” percentage.
Toledo: Central Michigan (3-5), Western Michigan (1-8), Navy (4-3), Bowling Green (5-3). Total: 13-19, .406 “winning” percentage.
Buffalo: UConn (0-7), Eastern Michigan (1-7), Western Michigan (1-8), UMass (1-7), Kent State (2-7). Total: 5-36, .122 “winning” percentage.
See my point? Toledo is the only MAC school to really generate much of a record because the lower-tier teams bring everyone else down. And after this Saturday, when UT faces (and presumably beats) EMU, that winning percentage will drop considerably. The Falcons should blame Tulsa for stinking this season -- and taking the luster off what at the time seemed to be an impressive win. If I’m marking down BG for not beating winning teams, should I do the same for Buffalo? I do a bit in the MAC Power Rankings, but I don’t ever say UB coach Jeff Quinn should be fired. Because that’s just crazy. And the same goes for Clawson.
- “Jeremy” tweeted me on Wednesday: "Think moving [BooBoo] Gates back to rover makes the most sense?"
Dear Jeremy: Jeremy tweeted this to me after my tweet after junior rover Gabe Martin being lost for the season because of a torn ACL. The idea is that Gates, who played rover before moving to safety, can best fill Martin’s shoes.
Personally, I think there’s some validity to that. Gates is a playmaker, and the rover position is built for guys who can make plays against the run and the pass.
There are a couple of reasons I don’t think that will happen, however. First, Gates has been a safety since the spring of 2012, and last season he won All-MAC honors at the position. Second, it isn’t as if the Falcons are particularly deep at safety, either, as Josh Pettus comes back from injury.
For the moment, I would suspect Justin Ford and Brian Sutton see most of the work at rover. It also wouldn’t surprise me if BG used its “nickel” package more -- the Falcons have opened the past three games playing the nickel -- and that would mean more action for Jude Adjei-Barimah.
- “Drew” e-mailed me: "Why is Gavrillo Princip famous?"
Dear Drew: I think “infamous” is closer to the truth: Princip assassinated Archduke Frank Ferdinand of Austria in 1914, an event Austria-Hungary used as its reason for invading Serbia -- and starting World War I. Don’t believe me? Look it up.Agree? Disagree? Use the "Post a Comment" area below to voice your opinions. Keep it clean, keep it civil, and it will be all good. Join in NOW!