There are a slew of games today that could decline who gets to the BCS playoffs and ultimately takes the cake. The NCAA has the Clemson, Auburn, Wisconsin and Oklahoma in the top four, with Alabama ranked fifth. It implies that if Ohio State beats Wisconsin or if Georgia beats Auburn then Alabama could have a shot at getting in. The Shock Exchange finds it hard to believe that if two-loss Ohio State wins the Big 10 title it won’t advance. It would mark the second year a Big 10 team was not represented. The Big 10 and Ohio State have too much clout for that to happen.
In the Shock Exchange’s opinion, two-loss Auburn is the best team in the country. They beat Georgia and Alabama when they were both ranked number one. They also played a number two-ranked Clemson team close early in the season when quarterback Jarrett Stidham had not become acclimated to new surroundings, and the Tigers had not formed an identity. They absolutely trucked Alabama 26-14. They out-finessed Bama at times and punched them in the mouth when needed. They ran on Bama – nobody does that. Kerryon Johnson racked up 104 yards on 30 carries. This was psychological in that they played smash mouth football and Bama had no answer.
Auburn has the juice now … with one caveat. Kerryon Johnson has to have two good shoulders. He had to leave the game in the fourth quarter with the game in hand. He was holding his left harm and went to the sidelines to get his shoulder examined. There appeared to some confusion over how Johnson got hurt since he went down without contact. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has been mum on the injury ever since:
When asked about specifics to Kerryon Johnson’s shoulder injury, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he’d have the similar questions for team surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
“That sounds like something I’d ask Dr. Andrews and I haven’t asked him yet,” Malzahn said. “I’ll probably ask him Wednesday and get back with you.”
The Montgomery Advertiser decided to do that same thing as well.
When contacted this week but not asking to diagnose a patient he hasn’t examined personally, Dr. Alan Reznik said it’s very possible Auburn’s training staff knew what they were likely dealing with before the end of the Iron Bowl game last weekend.
However, the Shock Exchange knows exactly what happened – Ronnie Harrison happened. Earlier in the game Johnson turned up field on a big play and tried to punch it over the goal line. Harrison fought off a block and met Johnson. Harrison lowered his shoulder and dropped the hammer, while Johnson tried to extend the ball over the goal line with his left harm.
Harrison’ “hammer” met Johnson with his arm extended, and it did not end well. It took Johnson several plays before he left the game, but both he and Harrison knew why he left. While Bama lost the game, they took a casualty with them. If Johnson does not play against Georgia or is not 100 percent then it could be the difference Georgia needs to win the SEC title. Such an outcome could catapult Bama into the BCS series and position itself for another chip. A routine play that Ronnie Harrison did not give up on could be the play that saved Bama’s season and doomed Auburn.
On Trump And The Global Economy
The second installment of Trump And The Global Economy Town Hall took place October 24th in Fort Greene. It Featured Professor Lance Brofman, Coconut Rob (Coconut Rob Smoothies), Wuyi Jacobs (AfroBeats Radio) and Ralph Baker, author of Shock Exchange: How Inner-City Kids From Brooklyn Predicted the Great Recession and the Pain Ahead.
The event was well-received by the community. We parsed through President Trump’s proposed tax plan and [i] how it was pure economic folly and [ii] high net worth individuals could potentially game the system by shifting income around. Apparently, Kansas Coach Bill Self did this when the state of Kansas cut taxes in the past. We discussed the pros and cons of technology on workers and the economy. How will the economy and country prosper under Trump’s leadership vis-a-vis Obama? What’s behind the verbal sparring with black athletes, ESPN’s Jemele Hill and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un?