The Most Ridiculous Thing You’ll Read About Football Today

Nate Silver use data that doesn’t pass the smell test to make some bizarre statements about college football.

  1. I don’t know about college football fandom in NYC, but I would suspect that at least one of the national megaschools with a history of college football success (Ohio State, Florida, Texas, USCw, etc.) has significantly more legitimate football fans than Rutgers.
  2. If Georgia Tech actually has more fans than Georgia I will eat my hat. Same comparison goes for Miami (FL) and Florida State (and even more so for Boston College and Florida State. That’s just ridiculous).
  3. Fans following along at home should note though that people in the SEC, B1G, PAC-whatever and now maybe Sunbeast front offices ARE having TV market-driven conversations, which is why I initially thought this article would be of interest. Presumably they’re using better data than this.

Texas A&M Officially Invited to Join SEC

“After receiving unanimous written assurance from the Big 12 on September 2 that the Southeastern Conference was free to accept Texas A&M to join as a new member, the presidents and chancellors of the SEC met last night with the intention of accepting the application of Texas A&M to be the newest member of the SEC.”

People who follow this kind of thing have known this was coming for months. If someone asks Rick Perry about this during the Republican debate tonight I’ll be so excited I might scream (e.g. “Gov. Perry, in light of your alma mater’s invitation to the SEC what do you think the economic impact of the coming superconference system will be, and do you think the Big XII is ‘too big to fail?'”).

Seasteading

Peter Thiel (Paypal co-founder) has given the Seasteading institute $1.25 Million.

 

Thiel is on the Bilderberg Group steering committee, so enjoy that paranoia. He also said “I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible,” (Source) and “While I don’t think any class of people should be disenfranchised, I have little hope that voting will make things better,” (Source) so he’s outside of the political mainstream by a fair amount. Of course, folks who’ve seen The Social Network may remember that he gave Facebook $500,000 for a 10.2% stake in the company in 2004, so he’s pretty crafty too.

I think seasteading is neat as a concept, but I’m also a 12 year old on the inside and think that pirates and getting off on technicalities are neat as concepts. Of course seasteading never works because the sea is cruel (as the video suggests) and actually believe it or not flouting the Westphalian order is not a great way to make money. I do think that we’ll see a revolution in the way we think about government in my lifetime, but I think that will come as private companies make the leap into space.