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Time to get mad as hell, and stay mad!

Constitution BurningI’m a high school drop out. My parents are both dead and left me no inheritance. Theoretically, the American dream should be well out of my reach. Yet, at 31 I have a house that is paid for. I came through the economic crisis with stable finances, good credit, and enough cash to take advantage of opportunity. This, despite the burdens that have been placed upon me. Despite the Fed artificially lowering the amount of interest my money generated while in savings. This despite the government monkeying with the housing market and trying to limit the drops in value (making it harder for me to purchase a home). The government has done very little of service to me in my life. I did not go to public schools. I have never received a government check for anything in my life. They did not pay for my education, food, or healthcare. The sad reality is that the government has been more of an obstruction in my life than actually aiding me. I am currently searching for a used car, and pondering the high prices on older used cars. I wonder if the government destroying over 500,000 working vehicles (with my money) had anything to do with that?

There are over 200 million working cars in America. But, to remove over half a million of the most affordable, and least desirable, yet running cars from the market has obvious implications! For someone with limited finances, let’s say in the lower 10% of the population financially, they are now dealing with a void in the vehicles that would be available. Over half a million cars, that would have been priced under $4,000 no longer exist! They had been needlessly destroyed (at considerable cost to the rest of us). I’m not sure which is worse, the destruction or making us pay for it. The key here is that the poorest people did not get new cars out of this, because they couldn’t afford a new car. Yet, they (in hard economic times) have to pay more for a used car. The results worked their way up, as the void in used cars drove prices up, contributing to 16 year highs in 2011 that continued going up in 2012.

Dear government, you have caused me to have less money, you have made my house more expensive, and you have made my next car purchase more expensive as well. I would see fit to thank you for the basic services you provide, but the taxes paid at every turn makes me feel as though I’m under-compensated in that regard as well. Yet, I love my country. Why do I love the country that if anything has been an obstruction to my efforts to better my life? I love my country because of the promise of what it can be. I love my country because of what it has been in the past. I love my country, that despite what the government has done to it, still affords me the opportunity and freedom that I do have.

I have lived in three states (Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee), and another country (Germany). Nothing has made me love my country more than to see other countries. To see the subtle differences, the freedoms we take for granted that are not available in other parts of the world. Our freedoms are eroding though! More and more people are becoming wards of the state, giving up their chance at freedom and prosperity in return for meager compensation. The government is continually overstepping their bounds. We have drones flying overhead, illegal immigrants who are entitled to more benefits than many of us are, and people who are in jail longer for possession of marijuana than for rape. We became so lost in the old fight for power between Republicans and Democrats that we lost sight of what was actually happening.

Under George W. Bush, we lost freedom, we lost grasp of our finances, and we saw government continue to grow. We did not see the actions of constitutional conservatives, or fiscal conservatives, we saw the political party in power simply seeking to increase the power it held. Law after law was passed without scrutiny or veto. Nominations were made without true consideration to their views of the constitution. The Republicans were not a principled party, they were simply politicians acting as politicians do. In their own interests, not ours.

The Obama reign has been predictably horrible. Our debt skyrocketed along with our unemployment. Welfare saw massive increases (may be those people had trouble buying a car and getting to work). America regressed financially, and many Americans became ensnared in the servitude of public dependence. What became worse under the Bush administration has become unbearable under the Obama administration. Nearly 50% of Americans are reliant on the other 50% to meet their needs. This obviously can not continue!

The logical check to this, the balance that should have been in place is the constitution and our individual rights. The problem is, that there was no one on the nationally political stage (save Ron Paul) that has been concerned with this. They sought power, and traded in favors, and we have lost. John Roberts is just another, of a long line of individuals who does not value our individual liberties. He values the rights of the illegal alien, who has no right to be here in the first place, but he does not value my rights.

I am tempted to drop my health care insurance. I am tempted to refuse to pay the “tax”. And then, when the government comes for my property? What then? Who will act in my defense? My only crime being refusal to purchase something, but who will come to my aid? We have gone well past the line. Our freedom is in the rear view mirror. Our rights are crumbling like a neglected monument.

It is not too late to act though. But, we must act with determination and with clear vision. I support the Republicans because they are far better than the alternative that the Democrats provide. However, we must push beyond that. We must espouse the teachings of people such as Ayn Rand, Thomas Jefferson, and Milton Friedman. We can support the Ron Paul Revolution, and the various tea parties without betraying our necessary allegiance with the Republican party.

We have to fight two wars. We have to fight to put Republicans in power, but then we have to fight an ideological war. We have to fight to keep another faux conservative President and Congress from leading us down this path again. We must fight on behalf of the Republicans, but if we win that war we must continue fighting. If Mitt Romney does not follow constitutional ideals, we must fight him in the primaries. If we see Republicans in power that do not act in the best interests of our country, we must fight to replace them. This battle must be fought. Having a Republican majority did us little good in the past. It only does us any good if it is populated with people that value our rights and our freedoms.

There is one issue that is of personal concern to me. College football (FBS) has now moved towards a playoff, much to the relief of many casual observers. What does that really mean, what does that really say? For over 140 years, college football existed without a playoff. For nearly 100 years they crowned national champions without need for a playoff. During this entire time, the focus was on excellence, on being #1. But, there has been controversy. Some schools did not like being left out. Orrin Hatch, the poster boy for Bush era Republicans, thought it was a matter for Congress to take up. Mr. Hatch, you should have been worried about not driving this country off of a cliff, not trying to earn browning points with the people back home. Orrin Hatch became part of the movement that our entire country has been a part of. A move away from excellence and towards inclusion. The playoff that college football will be getting has criteria for conference champions. The reason for that is simple, the conferences want to be included whether or not they actually deserve it.

I can not help but see this as all part of the same thing. The health care law is based on the notion that mediocre health care for all is better than excellent health care for most. The inclusion of the minority that has refused to, or otherwise been unable to avail themselves of health insurance is the basis of this monstrosity. The move towards a college football playoff is just a smaller version of that basic practice. Simply having the two most worthy teams play each other to determine the champion was not inclusive enough. We must expand it, and by expanding it we must also try to insure the broadest representation. We must, once again, choose inclusion over excellence. It is all part of the participation trophy mentality that we have fallen victim to.

We can fight this, but we must fight this as a thought. We can support Republicans, and we can support Libertarian ideals, but we must fight the toxic thought of decrying excellence. We have become scavengers, seeking to find things that are great around us and rip them to shreds, claiming tiny, broken fragments of what was once great. We can no longer tolerate seeing something beautiful if we can not benefit from it. We would rather see it destroyed and made worthless if it is of no obvious benefit to us. We have become the persecutors of John Galt. We have become the cultural revolution of China.

No more! I have limited means but I will try to use them. I have my words, and while I might use them poorly, and might be but a whisper in a sea of noise I will speak never the less. This is a fight that can not end. This is a vigilance that must remain. No majority, no election of officials will protect us. We should be able to see that now. Only a struggle that continues, in good times and in bad can preserve the nation that I love.

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Why We Won on Draw Mohammad Day

Previously 12 cartoons had resulted in cartoons that prompted embassy burnings, death threats and murders, all of which had a significant chilling effect on the free press of the West. Now, after Draw Mohammad Day, there are over 12000 cartoons, and the Islamic world has been shown to be essentially toothless. The best that they could do was shut down parts of the Internet for Pakistan (a country where it is still possible to get executed for blasphemy). A short sighted mover as they cannot expect to integrate into the modern world without embracing the internet. That was it…. they were shown to be powerless on the internet…. there were no embassies to burn, no product they could refuse to buy. They were confronted with the proposition that Sharia Law does not apply on the internet, and that if they try to enforce it, or threaten to kill people, they will get served. Through Draw Mohammad Day, the wake up call of the internet age has been heard in the Islamic world, and once they have accepted that they do not get to dictate the rules to the rest of the world, and have accepted free speech…. then there is the possibility for rational discussion. The victory was won by those who acted, and in spite of those who tried to undermine it.

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The Faustian Playoff Proposition

I intended to write a large(r) article, but it seems that a college football playoff is a certainty. It feels futile to break down things in a comprehensive manner when it is at best a eulogy. Nevertheless, there are a few things gnawing at me and I feel I need to get them off of my chest. I have to preface my statements by saying I would support a +1 that gives #1 a bye, and features #2 at home against #3. Without elaborating further, I think that would reward each according to their regular season accomplishments. I can not find a valid reason for including #4 though. Over the history of the BCS, the fourth seeded team has not once proven to be on equal footing with the champion. That aside, I might breath a sight of relief if we actually get a top four seeded playoff rather than some of the abominations we have seen discussed. My greatest concern is why there is such a strong desire for change.

If I was to put it into broad terms, I would say the push represents a desire for inclusion over excellence. We are entering participation trophy territory, in which simply showing up is criteria for a reward. There are people out there that just can’t comprehend why one person’s accomplishments should be more rewarded, or are better. These people tend to think everyone should be able to get a college education, no matter how stupid they are. This mentality is galled by the notion of competitions that reward excellence. The notion of only letting the top two teams have a shot at being champion? This is an affront to that type of thought. If we must compete, surely we can let more teams have a chance! Never mind that the BCS has an unparalleled track record in crowning championship worthy teams. Set aside the fact that the lineal champion nature of #1 vs #2 presents an almost unassailable champion. They have a problem with the process itself. Allow me to finish this point by quoting Buzz Bissinger, who has polluted our conscious by writing a few things about amateur football: “I still think you have the fundamental problem of sports…It’s all about winning.

Another aspect of the push for a playoff is represented by money. Ironically, a playoff is almost universally fair to the players in that amateur, or professional you recieve very little in the way of compensation. The media has incentive to push for playoffs, as it both gives them topic for discussion and gives ESPN and the like more games to air, and the powers that be them self have financial incentives. It’s the players that are generally speaking left only with their competitive spirit as motivation. Do college athletes get more free education for participating in a post season? Professional athletes get mere pittance when compared to their regular pay (hardly worth the risk financially). The NCAA? They make a majority of their money in the NCAA basketball tournament. So, it’s remarkable that college football has held out this long.

Why do I argue that this is a deal with the devil? It might not be disastrous, and surely many people supporting a playoff have good intentions (and in some cases valid, well thought viewpoints). The unavoidable reality is that, the national dialogue is being controlled by entities with dubious motivations. We have the media pushing us toward a playoff, and we have every right to question their motives. This is the same media that, in the form of the AP, refuses to be part of the BCS, but when it comes to the random home court advantage, 68 team, 31 automatic bid, wheel of fate NCAA basketball tournament, they refuse to release a poll at any point during or after the tournament. This is the same media that helped bring us terms like “Mythical National Champions”, a derisive term that acts as though #1 playing #2 is somehow less credible than two lower seeds battling for a “championship”. We have the powers that be, that despite the obvious top 4 seeded option, seem to insist on ridiculous proposals. So, I believe we are striking a deal with the devil. As good as our intentions might be, I see many, many ways for this to go wrong and consider who we’re dealing with the likelihood of that happening eventually seem all but certain.

To put this into more specific terms, and what motivated me to write this, was a May first piece by Rick Reilly I came across today. It might seem innocent enough, labelled “BCS finally gets it right”, but as I read it I saw exactly what I feared. This is the devil we’re dealing with, and I can’t consider any bargain to be a good one in that case. Here’s some excerpts:

So who wants in on my bracket contest? Where are President Obama’s picks? You have a 12.5 percent chance of a perfect bracket.

One will play Four and Two will play Three. Are you listening? The four highest-ranked teams have a chance! That’s a 100 percent improvement on what we have now, which is dog meat!”

I’ll leave the Obama, dog meat part alone. But, are we really supposed to be enthused by this because we get to fill out a bracket? Is that really a motivating factor? 100% improvement? Is this guy a raving lunatic? Is that a rhetorical question? Let’s see, we have #1 vs #2. Somehow, in the land of the media, adding #3 and #4 represents a 100% improvement. That’s like having one painting, by Leonardo and you add one by Thomas Kinkade and claim your collection has improved by 100%. To use the BCS formula, we are being told by Rick that 17809 is 100% better than 19419. Only someone that cares more about brackets than excellence could come to that conclusion.

No more Auburns (12-0, ranked third, 2004) getting robbed! No more Cincinnatis and TCUs (both 12-0 in 2009, third- and fourth-ranked) getting double-shafted! No more USCs (12-1 in 2003, third-ranked, with five first-round draft picks) getting reamed!

To be fair, I included the whole quote. Auburn didn’t get robbed. They are, one of a couple compelling cases to include the third (not fourth mind you) ranked team in the process. They played the 60th ranked schedule. They merely had a good season that fell short of either of the top two teams. The Cincinatti and TCU part is just gag inducing yellow journalism at it’s finest. TCU lost to Boise State. Let’s just stop there for a second, because his argument is that TCU, a team that finished ranked 6th in the AP poll was “shafted”. He chooses not to even allude to Boise State because after all Boise State wouldn’t even be included in a plus one. No doubt, if the same scenario plays out in 2015 he’ll be explaining the need for a 8 team playoff. The most asinine part of this is his mention of Cincinatti. Cincinatti, who finished ranked 8th in the AP. Cincinatti who was blown out by 54-21 by Florida (the second best team in reality, but you won’t see Rick take up their cause because we’re not being inclusive if we include two SEC teams). So, somehow, a team that rode a soft schedule to a meaningless undefeated regular season, a team that proved to be completely unworthy of a championship, got shafted by not being included. I am left with the conclusion that Rick doesn’t care one bit about worthy champions. As to USC? The second team in the history of the BCS that was excluded, that I believe might have had an argument for being championship worthy. Having said that, they lost didn’t they? They didn’t win a conference championship game did they? And, to tell me that including Michigan, who finished that season with three losses is somehow a massive improvement since it gives USC a second chance, well that’s a hard sell in my mind.

And there we have it. If you break things down, and really strain out the superfluous nonsense, what we are left with is the reality that USC in 2003 and Auburn in 2004 are the only legitimate reasons to have a +1. The resolution to that is simple, but we both know a 3 team +1 will never happen. The other undeniable aspect of what is going on, is we’re being lead by people that think sports shouldn’t be about winning. That think 8th ranked teams should have a shot at championships. The BCS isn’t perfect, but the results are pretty darn hard to argue with. We’ve had the BCS since 1998, and only once did a major selector disagree with the results (even then it was an overtly biased move, they actually took #1 votes away from Oklahoma/LSU and awarded them to USC in the final poll). If one is being objective, it is incredibly hard to argue with the results. I can accept the notion that if anything, the BCS accidentally got things right. That despite everything working against it, the BCS actually found a way to function. It’s possible that a +1, despite the NCAA, Rick Reilly’s, Big 10’s, Pac-12’s, and so of the world this might turn out ok. But, it’s still a deal with the devil in my mind.

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If I am free

Tarsiers love freedomI tire of people discussing my rights and freedoms as though I appointed them arbiter. I did not, or in the very least I do not recollect doing so. Many people spend a great deal of time discussing what is “best”. That’s fine with me. However, I have a serious problem when they then decide that what is “best” should apply to me.

I am only free, if I am free to make my own choices. I am only free, if I am free to experiment, to do things that might be harmful to myself. What is the use of discussing whether capitalism or socialism is better? It is not a question of how they perform, but of what freedoms they allow me. A caged animal might live a longer life, but it is still living life in a cage.

To be free is to be in the wild. To live with consequences, and the ability to choose your own path. Captivity is to have others tell you what is best, how you can live, where you can do, and what you can do. There is no way to place a value on freedom, if we do not have it, what purpose is our life? We become automatons, slaves to society, once we give up our freedom.

Freedom does not exempt you from responsibility. It is still my responsibility not to bring harm to others. But, if I am to be free, I can not be forced to take upon more responsibility than that. If I wish to feed the hungry, then that is my right. I am best equipped to decide. Who can better judge how my resources be used than myself? Am I to give up medicine I need to be healthy, to feed someone else? It is my choice and my choice only, if I am free.

Society owes me nothing save one thing. I do not ask for food, or clothing. I do not ask for medicine, or housing. I only ask for my freedom. If you do not provide me with food, I will grow my own. If you do not provide me with clothing, I will sew my own. If you do not provide me with medicine, I will treat myself. If you do not provide me with housing, I will build my own. If I am free, I am free to provide for myself and you for yourself. If we both are free, we are free to share our skills with each other.

If I am free, I am free to fail. If you are free, you are free to succeed. If we are free we have all that we deserve.

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IVY LEAGUE- ALL DAMN DAY (PROD. J WONDER) (OFFICIAL VIDEO)


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Draw Mohammed Day


Not a bad drawing, and unlike most videos, the commentary is actually fairly good as well.

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Thought of the day.

If George Zimmerman is white, then so is Barack Obama.

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Draw Mohammed Day Jerk

Ok my computer just crashed but Allah saw fit to spare this video. I will take this as a sign that he too thinks that Muslims take their religion to seriously. It is important to note that I am not doing this out of hate for another culture. I encourage and would defend your right to believe , say , and act as you wish … as long as you can do so with out killing those of us who would disagree. IT’S OK TO DISAGREE!!! It is not ok to kill your fellow human beings over these disagreements. I do this video for those who have been killed for a thought; and for those Muslums who did not speak out against it. It’s time to grow up, or at least grow a sense of humor.

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Penn Point – Penn Jillette’s thoughts on Molly Norris going into hiding.

I have to preface this by saying I feel a bit closer to this issue than just a spectator. In truth, I don’t think I got a single threat (although I neglected to check the email I set up for my Draw Mohammed page more than a couple times). I missed not only major sites and the like being denied access in Pakistan (you can read a bit more about it here), but also most reactions. I can say I had a degree of pride in hearing that the nation of Pakistan saw fit to take action to specifically ban my web site in their country.

The whole point I had in drawing a picture and the like was a show of solidarity, the idea that the thuggish behavior was not going to be rewarded with silence. I didn’t go over the top though, I didn’t affix my real name, I set up a new email address and I made sure the site was pure html (nothing to exploit). Although, a few people easily found me as it wasn’t as though I went out of the way to hide my identity either. So, while others got threats and their sites hacked, I just got my site on a short list of banned in Pakistan sites. I guess you could say I had things real easy, I got to make my point and get some recognition without the death threats.

Below is a video Penn Jillette’s comments on Molly Norris going into hiding. It’s an older video, and it’s sad to watch both as a reminder of how Islam treats innocent individuals, but also how powerful their brutality is. Penn Jillette is hardly afraid to speak his mind, but watching him delicately maneuver around this issues is painful.

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Trent Richardson for Heisman

I’m a college football fan, and a Alabama fan, but I’ve never made the case for an Alabama player being worth of the Heisman trophy. It is not decided yet, but in my opinion Trent Richardson is the most deserving candidate at the moment.

The Heisman trophy is awarded to “most outstanding player in collegiate football“. The Heisman seems to factor in not just the player’s statistics, but how outstanding a player he is (the best players don’t always have the best statistics), and how outstanding his team is. The Heisman trophy has completed ignored many record setting players, because their performances while excellent were against inferior competition or did not lead to outstanding performances by their teams. The Heisman trophy does favor offensive players because their performances are easier to measure.

Trent Richardson didn’t start the season off as a leading Heisman candidate. Between Alabama playing below expectations, splitting time with Ingram, and missing a couple of games he didn’t build on his freshman season and get much momentum for a Heisman candidacy. Andrew Luck on the other hand rode a lot of hype. Trent has marched by candidate after candidate to place himself beside Luck as a top Heisman candidate. His statistics are quite impressive, he’s sixth in rushing yards per game, but the players ahead of him have a lower average per rush and less touchdowns. He’s tied for second in the NCAA in scoring, and both the running back tied with him and the running back ahead of him not only have less yardage, but they have a lower average per rush. To sum it up, statistically speaking he’s the best runner in the FBS and when you factor in how well Alabama has performed and the fact that he’s doing it playing an SEC schedule and there’s ample justification for his Heisman candidacy.

Trent vs Luck
If neither team loses and neither player gets injured it is nearly a sure thing that one of these two players win the Heisman. While Luck might be the better player, his performances are not nearly as excellent in my opinion. Let’s take a look at the level of competition:
Opponent’s passing defense ranking
73 San Jose St.
102 Duke
114 Arizona
88 UCLA
85 Colorado
103 Washington St.
110 Washington
Average=96.4

How do you even evaluate Luck’s performances? He hasn’t even faced an above average passing defense as of yet (there are 120 FBS teams). All you can really take away from that is that he’s done well against horrible competition. He’s 22nd in total passing yards and 12th in points, and in each category he’s below 2 PAC-12 quarterbacks. So, unlike Trent who is running away from his SEC competition, Luck despite horrible competition has not put himself ahead of his peers. He is 5th in passing efficiency (below RG III, Russell Wilson and Kellen Moore), but even against inferior competition he has not (statistically speaking) shown himself to be the best quarterback in the FBS. He does have a chance to prove himself against slightly better competition coming up, as he faces three (barely) above average passing defenses, but even then, these are not good passing defenses: 104 Southern Californi, 90 Oregon St., 59 (tie) Oregon, 46 California, 59 (tie) Notre Dame. These teams bring the average up to 86, but if Luck still hasn’t distanced himself from the other FBS quarterbacks by then I don’t see him as being worthy assuming everything else remains the same.

Stanford is playing bad teams, period. According to Sagarin, Stanford has a 92 strength of schedule. This tells us that not only has Luck’s play not been as outstanding, relative to Trent but that Stanford has not been as outstanding relative to Alabama. By contrast, Alabama’s current SoS sits at 35 and we know that’s going up. The quality of run defenses he has faced is also higher as well:
Opponent’s rushing defense ranking
50 Kent St.
19 Penn St.
64 North Texas
88 Arkansas
32 Florida
45 Vanderbilt
115 Ole Miss
63 Tennessee
Average=59.5

LSU is fourth in rushing defense so things won’t get easier. Trent, unlike Luck has had a chance to prove himself against a good defense, as he rushed for 111 yards and 2 TDs against Penn State, making him the only player to rush for 100 yards and the only player to rush for 2 TDs against Penn State. Against Florida, Trent rushed for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns.

The next match-up for Luck is against USC, who is 104th in passing defense with 265 passing yards allowed per game (followed by 90th Oregon St.). By contrast, Trent will go up against LSU next, who gives up a meager 76 rushing yards per game. If Trent is productive at all against LSU he’ll prove more than two great games by Luck. Based on the competition and Luck’s inability to distance himself from the pack, I think Trent thus far, and if things continue will remain deserving of the trophy.

Trent vs Ingram
This is an interesting comparison. They played alongside each other, both played on excellent Alabama teams and logic is that if Mark deserved a Heisman for his performance, Trent has to be deserving at the moment as well. I have to start with the Tennessee game as I saw someone that was critical of Trent’s performance. Trent rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. By contrast, Mark rushed for 99 yards on 18 rushes against UT in ‘09. However, there is a major difference. Mark’s fumble against UT was crucial, and while Trent hasn’t fumbled this year (to my knowledge), he also scored 2 touchdowns, and had three catches against UT while Mark did neither. I am not bashing Mark, but by comparing the two performances, Trent did better.

One has to keep in mind the other roles Trent plays. For instance, UT was playing the run (much like Auburn did in ‘09 against Ingram, holding him to 30 yards) but on the crucial, tie breaking drive to start the second half, AJ passed to Trent (while under pressure), and then faked the hand-off to Trent every play of the drive after (four times), including the final play of the drive which was a touchdown run by AJ. While he didn’t get a single rush, Trent was vital to this drive.

At this point in ‘09 Ingram has 1,004 rushing yards on 153 carries for an average of 6.6. Trent has 989 yards on 149 carries for an average of 6.6. If Trent gets 4 more carries against UT, it’s likely he breaks 1,000 rushing yards and there’s a fairly good chance he sets the Alabama record for consecutive 100 yard rushing games. Mark has the slightest lead in yards. This is opened up a bit when you factor in that Mark had a couple more receiving touchdowns. However, at this point in 2009 Mark accounted for 11 touchdowns and Trent has accounted for 18 touchdowns. This puts Trent well ahead of Mark, and to me gives Trent the chance to have some down games and still have a Heisman worthy season.

Trent vs Everyone
The last weekend of football saw two viable candidates drop out as Russell Wilson and Landry Jones both lost. Considering the number of undefeated teams, this seemingly takes them out of the running. In terms of the SEC, Lattimore got hurt (although at that point he was still behind Trent statistically), and Tyrann Mathieu got caught doing something rather un-outstanding so Trent is the only SEC player with a viable candidacy. Regarding running backs, LaMichael James got hurt and missed a couple of games taking him out of the running. The fact that the other top two RB candidates got injured also speaks to the difficulty of the position. There are still viable candidates at quarterback, as Kellen Moore has put up great numbers but he’s hampered by the lack of competition and he doesn’t have Luck’s popularity to fall back on. Tajh Boyd is looking great as well, but he’s arrived kind of late to the party and I don’t see anyone passing up Luck and Trent unless they drop the ball.

Summary
Trent’s touchdowns and his performance relative to his peers (in the SEC and at running back) make him the best candidate at this point. It is also worth mentioning that he is third in receiving yards at Alabama, and tied for second in receptions. While I think he’s earned a mulligan, if teams do pack the box against Trent, there’s a chance he has some big receiving games (if AJ finds him when he’s open). If Alabama stays undefeated, and Trent stays healthy and has a couple more productive games (finishes with 20+ rushing TDs and a 6+ average), I think he deserves the trophy. However, if Alabama loses Trent’s play will really have to be excellent, but I hope it doesn’t come to that.

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