View from Rocky Top designated Mr. Numb Existence in pre-season BlogPoll, awaits Mr. Bold’s defense

All right. Brian at mgoblog has posted the final pre-season BlogPoll. If you have no idea what the BlogPoll is, you can find out all about it here.

View from Rocky Top has won the year’s first designation as Mr. Numb Existence (the “rightest ballot”), which is pretty funny because I was Mr. Bold (the “wrongest ballot”) for my first poll last year (the second-to-last of the season). For such an inept debut, I earned this rebuke from Brian:

Mr. Bold is the aforementioned newbie The View From Rocky Top, who, um, really likes the SEC: UGA #4, LSU #5(!), Florida #6(!), Auburn #12, Alabama #14… okay. Florida State is #9, GT #11… er, okay. Perhaps the ballot entry form was excessively confusing? Perhaps the Tennessee Season of Doom has sent our newest poller into a nervous breakdown where this year never happened and it’s 1967 or something? It is the mystery. Explain yourself! Try not to say the words “Southern Speed,” lest you feel the lash of my whip!

Well, I employed the insanity defense (don’t even bother with the video — it’s buggy and really small), and I was, in fact, in the final throes of lunacy, which was understandable in light of The Season of Which We Do Not Speak.

I’m feeling much better now. Thanks for asking.

Anyway, as Mr. Numb Existence, here is my charge:

Each week the top blog on each list will be given a fancy title–”Mr. Bold” and “Mr. Numb Existence,” respectively–and politely requested to comment on their ballot. Mr. Bold is asked to convince poll voters that he is right on a team or two he has ranked strangely. Mr. Numb Existence is asked to evaluate Mr. Bold’s argument, decide whether he buys it, and declare if he will adjust his rankings accordingly next week (pending the games, of course). Should either Mr. Bold or Mr. Numb Existence be unable to participate in this exercise, the next blog on the list shall step forth into the void.

The pre-season Mr. Bold is Frank McGrath, who might have an insanity defense of his own, as he is a New York City banker who likes both chess and NASCAR and whose favorite movie is March of the Penguins. Here’s his ballot:

Ballot of Frank McGrath, Week 1
Rank Team Delta
1 Notre Dame
25
2 Ohio State
24
3 Florida
23
4 Auburn
22
5 Southern Cal
21
6 Miami (Florida)
20
7 Florida State
19
8 Georgia
18
9 Tennessee
17
10 Nebraska
16
11 Texas
15
12 Penn State
14
13 Virginia Tech
13
14 Clemson
12
15 Iowa
11
16 West Virginia
10
17 Tulsa
9
18 Alabama
8
19 TCU
7
20 Louisiana State
6
21 Oregon
5
22 UTEP
4
23 Oklahoma
3
24 UCLA
2
25 Michigan
1

Dropped Out:

Dude likes the SEC. For the sake of comparison, here is the composite BlogPoll:

BlogPoll Week 1
Rank Team PPB StdDev Delta
1 Ohio State (20) 23.3 2.2
25
2 Texas (11) 22.6 2.3
24
3 Auburn (9) 22.2 2.3
23
4 Southern Cal (5) 22.0 2.1
22
5 Notre Dame (8) 20.5 3.2
21
6 Louisiana State (2) 18.3 4.5
20
7 Florida 17.3 3.4
19
8 West Virginia 16.9 5.2
18
9 Miami (Florida) 14.3 4.1
17
10 Cal (1) 14.1 5.5
16
11 Louisville 14.0 4.7
15
12 Iowa 13.9 4.7
14
13 Florida State 12.7 4.5
13
14 Michigan 12.6 4.1
12
15 Georgia 12.0 4.2
11
16 Oklahoma 11.0 6.0
10
17 Virginia Tech 8.1 4.8
9
18 Clemson 7.4 4.2
8
19 Penn State 6.6 5.2
7
20 Nebraska 5.6 4.8
6
21 Oregon 5.2 4.3
5
22 Tennessee 4.2 4.9
4
23 Texas Tech 2.5 3.0
3
24 TCU 2.4 3.6
2
25 Alabama 2.1 3.1
1

Also Receiving Votes:
Boston College(2.0), Arkansas(2.0), Arizona State(1.9), Georgia Tech(1.3), Utah(0.8), UCLA(0.8), Wisconsin(0.6), Navy(0.5), Michigan State(0.5), Boise State(0.4), Fresno State(0.4), Northern Illinois(0.4), South Carolina(0.3), Tulsa(0.2), Pittsburgh(0.2), UTEP(0.2), Purdue(0.2), Iowa State(0.1), Arizona(0.1), Texas A&M(0.1), Rutgers(0.1), Duke(0.0), Central Florida(0.0), Toledo(0.0), Hawaii(0.0), Colorado(0.0),

Total Ballots: 59

So there you have it. Brian has done the work for us and boiled down the questions for Mr. Bold to answer:

Mr. Bold is Tulane blogger Frank McGrath, apparently the last person on earth with faith in the state of Florida. He ranks the Florida-Miami-FSU triumverate extremely high (3-6-7, respectively), but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. I wonder if the placements of LSU (20) and Michigan (24) have something to do with McGrath’s split Tulane(NR)-Notre Dame(1) fandom. Other sources of BOLD: Tennesee and Georgia in the top ten; Penn State and VaTech 12 and 13; Louisville unranked. Let’s try to keep the writhing hatred somewhat better cloaked, kids!

So Frank, Mr. Numb Existence is listening. Convince me.

By the way, I’ve updated the Animated Race to the National Championship with the BlogPoll results, if you care to have a look.

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