There are a pile of articles in my "Daily Links" trove today, and several deserve extended comment. Because there isn't any pressing football issues to discuss, let's take them all one by one.
- Last week, Bob Kravitz chimed in on the Ohio State issue, imploring us all to remember the value of a college education. Here's the problem with people discussing the 'value' of an education: they typically reference the cost. Cost and value are NOT the same thing. The price of college has been skyrocketing in the last thirty years, well beyond the cost of inflation. It's easy to argue that college may be the most overpriced 'commodity' in the United States. For some students, a 'free' education is completely worth the money. For others, it simply isn't. Not everyone should be in college nor does everyone have the requisite skills to take advantage of the opportunity. Just because something is expensive doesn't make it valuable. Just because a school charges tens of thousand of dollars a year doesn't mean that's actually what their education is worth.
- The NFL wants a better Super Bowl experience from Indy than they got from Dallas. I can pretty much promise you that it will be better in Indianapolis. The city simply knows how to host big sporting events. I expect the entire experience to be eye opening for the rest of the country.
- Dallas Clark has been doing his job pass blocking according to PFF. Again, take any and all PFF individual stats lightly. They claim to know much more than is actually knowable many times. Still, I was surprised to see him rank so highly. I was also surprised to see Gijon Robinson do so poorly. If he couldn't pass block, what was he even doing on the roster? He cost us a playoff game by blowing a block. This is just further evidence, however, of how much Indy missed Clark last year. Tamme duplicated his production, but I think Clark was missed in more subtitle ways that didn't show up on the stat sheet.
- ESPN's arbitrary and odd team rankings are out. The Colts are super-down graded for their coaching staff. I'm not sure I get that. It seems like this poll is all about who won a championship in the last 12 months.
- Here's a great story on how Twitter has helped to change perception of Brandon Phillips. Phillips has radically altered the way fans view him by reaching out directly to the people. It's been a fascinating study of how athletes no longer need the media as much as they used to.
- Of course, no athlete embodies that spirit better than Pat McAfee. Phil B includes a helpful list of all the Colts' players on Twitter.
- Calbert Cheaney to IU? Uh, yes, please! Cheaney is my favorite Hoosier.
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