Drinking the Kool-Aid

Your team wins in impressive fashion. You feel that no other team in the world could take you down. In fact, anyone who thinks that your team isn’t the best is simply a hater and must be punished! How dare they try and find flaws in our performance!? WE TAKE NAMES AND KICK BUTT!

This type of thought is commonly referred to as “Drinking the Kool-Aid”, which refers to believing what the out of touch fans tell you. We’ve all heard it before, using it daily when it comes to sports. Still, one has to wonder where the heck this term came from?

13 & 0!!! Leigh Tiffin for Heisman!!!

Do the Kool-Aid manufacturers walk around with tin foil hats, claiming that purple men from Saturn killed JFK? Do people who have out of touch views prefer this cool beverage after typing 200 message board posts reflecting their thoughts? Where did this come from!?

My “research” (by research, I mean Google) took me to a strange encyclopedia without any pages (also known as Wikipedia), where I found my answer.

If you’re old enough to remember the Jonestown massacre, which I am not, you may remember the fact that the radical zealot Jim Jones led his followers to their doom. How did he kill them? By serving Kool-Aid laced with potassium cyanide:

The saying “Do not drink the Kool-Aid” now commonly refers to the Jonestown tragedy, meaning “Do not trust any group you find to be a little on the kooky side,” or “Whatever they tell you, do not believe it too strongly.”

Having “drunk the Kool-Aid” also refers to being a strong or fervent believer in a particular philosophy or mission — wholeheartedly or blindly believing in its virtues

Man, I am going to get some crazy Google search hits for this one…

If you happen to have a conversation with an over-zealous fan about how awesome the totally awesome ball boy happens to be, just remember that this term may not resonate the actual accusation you’re trying to make. I doubt anybody would argue with you if you claimed “Hey dude, stop drinking the beverage of death”

In short, uhhhhh………… just……….. just drink a Coke.

SEC Power Poll

1. Georgia

Nice victory in the desert. I think they should have enough motivation, but Richt seems to think some black jerseys will make the difference. We’ll see.

2. Florida

I doubt there have ever been so many circumcision and fat jokes made in the same location in the history of mankind.

3. LSU

The Fighting Tigers of Red Stick have a QB after all.

4. Alabama

Odd fact: Nick Saban has now beaten Arkansas in 4 different cities (Baton Rouge, Little Rock, Tuscaloosa, and Fayetteville).

5. Auburn

The offense did look better, but being outscored 23-7 in the 2nd half usually leads to a loss.

6. Vanderbilt

I used this before, but it fits for this moment:

The new phone book’s here! The new phone book’s here! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity I need. My name in print. That really makes somebody. Things are going to start happening to me now!- Steve Martin

7. Tennessee

For such a hyped up game, it ended up being a rather boring affair. Fulmer could be in a world of hurt if he doesn’t turn this around.

8. Ole Miss

Ole Miss fans 2 week ago- “Jevan Snead might just be the best QB in the SEC!”

Ole Miss fans today- “Jevan Snead stinks!”

9. Kentucky

Battle #2 for in-state domination against Western Kentucky.

10. South Carolina

I wish I could make a funny remark, but I am really at a loss when it comes to this team.

11. Arkansas

Hey, at least Casey Dick had 3 Touchdown passes. Two of them were to the opponent, but let’s not get worked up about who we’re tossing it to since Arkansas needs something to build from.

12. Mississippi State

Should we start the Croom Death Clock now? Ouch!

A Public Service Announcement

John Parker Wilson would like to remind Damario Ambrose of the score. Smack talk can be fun, but be sure you’re on the right side of the score when it happens, ok Damario?

Expating With The Best of ‘Em

The good folks of Razorback Expats recently asked me if I was willing to provide a guest post. I recommend you give them a read, because they provide great Arkansas coverage.

Their fortress of solitude

Even though we’re friendly now, things might be a bit different come 11:30 am on Saturday morning. Go buy some bacon, and prepare plenty of the other white meat, because it’s time to hog tie Petrino’s offense! (yes, that is a very bad joke. You think blogging for free means you get good stuff all the time?! You crazy man.)

I’ve got this gut feeling that this will be a tough game, as they usually are between Alabama and Arkansas. Road games in the SEC are tough no matter where you go, so let’s hope our boys come to play a physical game. stay tuned for more….. VIST THE RAZORBACK EXPATS!

SEC Power Poll Roundtable

In a world where SEC bloggers can only voice their opinions in short blurbs in a poll format, one man seeks to change everything.

That man is Cock’N Fire from Garnet and Black Attack, who brings us a new SEC Power Poll Roundtable. It’s not going to happen every week, but it will give us some time to stop and review what has happened in order to determine what will happen (assuming we’re actually good at predicting things).

Please feel free to comment, and look for a round-up on G and B A.

1. Pretend for a minute that Vanderbilt wasn’t 2-0, then answer this question: What has been the most surprising thing in the SEC so far this season?

I’d have to say South Carolina’s offense. I thought this would be the year where SC would finally be able to live up to the Spurrier offense. They have an experienced QB and a handful of good receivers, but still seem to struggle. That offensive showing against Vandy and UGA leaves me scratching my head.

2. Conference action has either just begun for most teams, or will Sept. 20. (The exception is Kentucky, which I believe plays I-AA teams until mid-November.) From what you’ve seen so far, how will your team fare in your division? If it’s not going to win, which team will?

Alabama will certainly play a factor in the chase. I don’t know if we’ve got enough depth to take it, but we’ll certainly make more than just a two team race.

The SEC West picture will probably clear up a good bit in the next two weeks with Alabama vs. Arkansas and LSU vs. Auburn. If Bama wins, we’ll be in contention for most of the season. There will be one Tiger team that could be eliminated, so keep an eye on that one.

3. Which SEC player that few of us are paying attention to is poised to have a breakout season? Try to choose someone not on your team.

Casey Dick. What? Why is everybody laughing?

I still won’t make a decision on Arkansas until they play BCS level talent, but Dick will have some very impressive statistics when it is all said and done. Petrino likes his NFL passing attack, and I know he’ll use it as much as he can.

4. Both Arkansas and LSU have had games delayed because of hurricanes. If you could choose a game on your team’s current schedule to get postponed because of inclement weather, which game would you choose and why?

Alabama’s schedule would become extremely difficult if we had to postpone any of our remaining SEC games. We end the season with LSU, Miss. State, a bye week, and then Auburn. If we had to put in a Georiga, Tennessee, or even Ole Miss in that bye week, that would be tough.

I guess I would wait with Arkansas State, so that we could have an extra week to prepare for LSU. I don’t think playing Ark State later would help or hurt our chances to win that game, but it would certainly be a nice time for a rest.

5. So, the Large Haldron Collider hasn’t destroyed the Earth — so far, anyway. But had the world ended Wednesday morning, which SEC game would you have most regretted missing? Assuming, of course, you had been around to regret it. (Head…hurts…)

I know everyone will say this, but if I would like to see Florida vs Georgia (This is assuming I am not allowed to pick any Alabama games).

Take the two best Quarterbacks in the SEC, mix in a little Knowshon, and then sprinkle in some Harvin & Rainey. You let that simmer for a week in Jacksonville, Florida with pleanty of Jack Daniels, and you have yourself a very good recipe for a football game.

Crimson and White Roundtable

Today might just be a big Roundtable-fest.

3 games, 3 wins, 3 roundtables, and 3rd Saturday…. good times. This week, the CWR is hosted by the folks at Third Saturday in Blogtober. They have shown themselves to be one of the more dedicated CWR contributors, and always provide very good insight.

1. What are your feelings on Alabama’s current position in the polls? Are we overrated? Underrated? Just right?

I wish we weren’t ranked in the Top 10, because going on the road as a TOP TEN TEAM can bring extra fire from opponents, as apposed to an 12th ranked team. In the future, this shouldn’t be of too much concern, but until this team can prove they can be consistent… I shall worry (somewhat).

2. What aspect of the game did Alabama control that shocked you the most? What aspect of the game was Alabama dominated in that shocked you the most?

It was nice to see a total domination on offense. I knew we’d win, but I didn’t know we’d get 500+ yards.

Didn’t really see anybody on Alabama get dominated, but that 4th down TD given up was less than impressive. Effort like that will bury you in the SEC.

3. Name your player of the game on Offense. Also name one on Defense.

Julio Jones had some nice plays, catching the ball 5 times for 66 yards and a TD.

Rashad Johnson had the most tackles, with 7 unassisted. Great games for both.

4. Who on each side of the ball has been the biggest surprise to you so far?

Mark Ingram really seems to be shining so far. I knew Glenn Coffee would get his fair share of carries, and I thought Terry Grant would get some as well, but Ingram has been playing the best out of all of the Freshmen this year. Whenever he gets the ball, the pile just continues to move. It helps to have a sharp O-line, but he is playing the best ball out of all of the offensive skill players.

How about Javier Arenas? The return specialist has 13 total tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, and a sack. How many tackles did he have in 2007? 13. So yes, he’s already reached last year’s total in 3 games. He’s a beast on special teams, and have proven himself to be a player on Defense.

5. The last three weeks were fun, but now it’s time for conference play.  What area of play concerns you now that we’re getting into the more physical stretch of the schedule?

Arkansas doesn’t seem to be the biggest defensive threat in the SEC, so I will worry about how a young defense will handle an aggressive passing attack under Bobby Petrino. Clemson depended on their ground game, but Arkansas appears to be a bit pass happy under the veteran QB Casey Dick. The Hogs have proven themselves to be comeback kids (albeit against lower level talent), so I know they are used to quick drives in the crunch.

SEC Power Poll

1. Georgia

Need to step it up a bit. Arizona State lost to UNLV, but the Bulldogs need to be careful for their longest road trip in years.

2. Florida

Tebow took a break this weekend, electing to save only 4 or 5 people from burning buildings.

3. LSU

LSU’s first REAL test is coming up this weekend. Insert Tigers vs. Tigers joke here.

4. Alabama

Good win, although that was a big mismatch. Let’s hope we don’t have a Tulane performance against Arkansas.

5. Auburn

Offense was horrid. Where did those hard hats come from? (see Sen’Derrick Marks after the game)

6. Vanderbilt

“I’ve got to keep breathing. It’ll be my worst business mistake if I don’t.” – Steve Martin

7. Tennessee

Crompton was up and down. Arian Foster needs the ball more, assuming he can keep it in his arms.

8. Ole Miss

So-So performance against Samford, a team that isn’t known for playing it close against Div-IA teams.

9. South Carolina

There’s always Wofford.

10. Kentucky

I’m still not sure what to make of this Wildcats squad. Some bigger tests are on the horizon.

11. Arkansas

Arkansas seems to play poorly until the last 10 minutes of a game. Let’s see what happens when a conference opponent comes to town.

12. Mississippi State

I’m not sure what goals MSU’s offense had for this season, but it looks like scoring isn’t one of them.

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