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1/8/2019      [Erroneously posted as 1/9/2019 originally]

FAKE NEWS Scandal Renders Final AP College Football Poll Meaningless; A Call to Rectify

Well, why not start the new year like we have the preceding two or three -- with a major FAKE NEWS scandal. This one involving the (supposedly) sacrosanct arbiters of journalistic rectitude -- The Associated Press -- and the already ethically-challenged NCAA which refuses to accept the thirteenth amendment to the US Constitution.

After Monday's College Football Championship, we posted:

Both Parker and I had "penciled in" Notre Dame as the #5-rated team in the nation in our final polls. We were just awaiting the Alabama-Clemson result to distinguish #1 and #2. However, after the smackdown delivered to Alabama by Clemson, we have re-evaluated the result of the ND-Clemson game. Two factors drove this re-evaluation (and we are disappointed that others failed to do their research before submitting their ballots*): (a) this tweet by Pete Sampson** -- discovered after we elevated Notre Dame -- helps explain why Parker and I (independently) did so and (b) because (after beating Alabama by a wider margin than its defeat of Notre Dame) it is apparent that Clemson is "in a league of its own." In short, it is NOT because we are "Domer-Homers" that we have chosen Notre Dame as the #3 team in the nation in our final polls but, rather, that we approach our evaluations using objective UP-TO-DATE analysis! (And the game forced us not only to update data points but data sets as well.)

We then showed this tweet by Pete**:


We then had this parenthetical: (**Most of the points scored by Clemson against Notre Dame occurred while ND's All-American cornerback was out of the game under a concussion protocol and Clemson exploited his absence by near-constantly throwing in the area of his replacement who -- for his own protection -- will go unnamed.)

We then noted that our regular contributor (Ron Worley) was unable to produce his Top Ten list.

And then... Holy hell broke loose...

As you will see from a parenthetical from above*, we were FROM THE OUTSET "disappointed that others failed to do their research before submitting their ballots." It is only now that we add a footnote to explain what we knew then but did not report at the time.

Parker had noticed that rankings were appearing on the internet from some AP voters BEFORE THE GAME HAD BEEN PLAYED!

And then, on Tuesday morning, Eric Hansen of the South Bend Tribune (who is one of the AP Poll Voters) confirmed our worst suspicions by posting this on the internet:


Translated this means that "the fix was in" and that Notre Dame was hurt by voters not recalibrating their respective evaluations of Clemson and Alabama. Among those benefitting from this FAILURE TO RECALIBRATE were Alabama's semifinal opponent, Oklahoma, and the entire Southeastern Conference.

(To reinforce our point, see the ballots of AP Voters Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, Garry Smits of the Florida Times-Union, John Bednarowski of the Marietta Daily Journal, Jerry DiPaola of the Pittsburg Tribune-Review and Michael Vega of the Boston Globe)

This is a disgrace that can only be rectified by THROWING OUT THE FINAL VOTE AND / OR MANDATING A REVOTE with all ballots required to be made public with a narrative section detailing how the championship outcome caused individual votes to be recalibrated.

AP Rankings affect careers, salaries, and job security. To ignore this scandal -- one involving two of the most important (and purportedly unimpeachable) American institutions (the AP and the NCAA) -- is to say that the lives of human beings are unimportant in this world of FAKE NEWS and ENDLESS WARS BUILT ON MASS DECEPTION. On behalf of men who practice legitimate journalism and who have served their nation honorably in military uniform, I say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! - Vince Milum, Executive Editor of Milum Sports and US Army Veteran.
               

Bolstering our message, Ron Worley overcame challenges to send us the following:

What a solid knockout last night. I would as a result give Notre Dame even more credit. So looking at how teams were playing at the end and who they still had on the team at the end this is my list.

1. Clearly Clemson, 15-0
2. Notre Dame, 12-1
3. Ohio State 13-1
4. Alabama, 14-1
5. Oklahoma, 12-2
6. LSU, 10-3
7. Georgia, 11-3
8. Washington State, 11-2
9. UCF, 13-1
10. Texas, 10-4

The above is not my starting top 10 for next season due to graduation, draft entry and other factors. Today I would put Clemson #1 and Texas would be #6 or better, at the head of the Big 12, and in front of about #9 Oklahoma. Get your tickets now for the October Red River battle in Dallas it could be one of the best ever.
                                  

1/7/2019

Milum Sports Final Top 10 of College Football 2018



Explanatory Notes by Vince Milum, Executive Editor of Milum Sports

Explanatory Note 1: Both Parker and I had "penciled in" Notre Dame as the #5-rated team in the nation in our final polls. We were just awaiting the Alabama-Clemson result to distinguish #1 and #2. However, after the smackdown delivered to Alabama by Clemson, we have re-evaluated the result of the ND-Clemson game. Two factors drove this re-evaluation (and we are disappointed that others failed to do their research before submitting their ballots): (a) this tweet by Pete Sampson* -- discovered after we elevated Notre Dame -- helps explain why Parker and I (independently) did so and (b) because (after beating Alabama by a wider margin than its defeat of Notre Dame) it is apparent that Clemson is "in a league of its own." In short, it is NOT because we are "Domer-Homers" that we have chosen Notre Dame as the #3 team in the nation in our final polls but, rather, that we approach our evaluations using objective UP-TO-DATE analysis!


(*Most of the points scored by Clemson against Notre Dame occurred while ND's All-American cornerback was out of the game under a concussion protocol and Clemson exploited his absence by near-constantly throwing in the area of his replacement who -- for his own protection -- will go unnamed.)

Explanatory Note 2: Neither Regular (Milum Sports) Commentator, Ron Worley, nor Milum Sports Consultant, Dave Dubie, was able to submit a ballot (due to other obligations). However, both should be back next football season to help us maintain our KC-area leadership on college football coverage.
                                  

12/31/2018

Vince Milum's closing article on the 2018 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football season.

This is my final article on the 2018 season. It also serves as preliminary notice of my ponderance of divorce from the Irish (who as of Saturday, are not entitled -- in my opinion -- to the prefix "Fighting").

For the fourth* time in six years, Notre Dame has embarrassed itself in a major college football game (two of which were part of the national championship). (*Versus Alabama, Ohio State, Miami, and most recently Clemson.)

Schadenfreude now reigns supreme among all Golden Dome Haters (and understandably so).

Outside of safety Alohi Gilman (who made 18 tackles), punter Tyler Newsome (who made NFL-quality kicks), running back Dexter Williams (who did a decent job of running, catching, and blocking with little support from others), and cornerback Julian Love (who fought through an injury to play well), no one has a right to do anything but hide his head in shame for the Irish.

As for defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, he reverted to the jackass-freshman version of himself (against USC) and is directly responsible for Clemson scoring a last-second touchdown as the the first half was expiring.

I could go on, but what's the point. Notre Dame has proven (yet again) it is not -- and likely never will be -- ready for prime-time.

Don't waste your energy (as I have) getting emotionally-involved with this football team -- they will break your heart every time.

At least Muffet has proven she can coach a national-championship-caliber team at ND. So, let me sign off by saying:

Go Lady Irish!
                                  

12/19/2018

Notre Dame has a Successful Signing Day


Today, we take a pause in previewing the upcoming playoff game between Notre Dame and Clemson to focus on National Signing Day.

Notre Dame was pursuing roughly two dozen players for signing today and (so far) has gotten 21 to commit to the university. For the full details of today's big event, see:


                                  

NOTE 1: For earlier 2018 Football season coverage, CLICK HERE.

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