The Miles Meme Continues

Deadspin doesn’t read ATVS.  Not that I’m surprised or anything, I think we’re going after a different kind of readership.  We do reviews of comic books and invent statistics.  They post embarrassing pictures of athletes who have had too much to drink.

But even in their LSU preview, written by an LSU fan, they repeat the meme that Les Miles is essentially a moron who just got lucky.  Here’s the quote:

Most importantly, this skull would serve to protect the precious cargo housed inside of it; a wee but efficient lump of mush built specifically to analyze and process complex gridiron data in mere nanoseconds, all the better to make snap judgments that often seem monumentally dipshit-y on the surface in their moments in time, but judgments that ultimately prevail gloriously each and every time they're made.

Look, isn’t the whole point of the blogosphere is so we don’t have to listen to the same stupid analysis being blown up our asses by the MSM?  Thanks, guys.  Thanks for repeating the same stupid line without thought. 

Going for it on fourth down isn’t stupid.  In fact, teams should probably do it more often, especially when they have a defense as good as LSU’s.  For the record, here is the list of the eight times Miles decided to go for it when he wasn’t running clock or had no choice because he was down late:

SCORE

QUARTER

BALL ON

TO GO

PLAY

DRIVE RESULT

14-7 LSU

2nd

USC 15

4

Fake FG

TD

10-0 UF

2nd

UF 1

Goal

QB sneak

TD

17-7 UF

3rd

UF 25

5

QB sneak

TD

24-14 UF

4th

UF 4

3

Pass to Byrd

TD

10-7 LSU

2nd

UK 30

6

Defensive PI

TD

14-7 LSU

3rd

OM 26

1

QB sneak

TD

7-6 UT

3rd

UT 31

1

Hester rush

Downs

14-13 UT

4th

LSU 45

6

Fake punt

Punt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do any of these seem like a bad idea?  How many of these calls, given the situation, seem dumb?  The Florida game, Miles pretty much just kept going for it on fourth because we couldn’t stop Tebow and everyone knew it.  But going for it on the one yard line?  Whatever.  Turning down a 42-yard field goal attempt to go for it on fourth and 5?  It’s really not the worst idea, especially down 10.

The Kentucky game requires one second of explanation as that fourth and 6 was because it was right before the half and there was no point in punting.  And two fake kicks aren’t that big of a deal over the course of a year.

But yeah, Miles is dumb and just lucks out.  Wanna know why?  Because that’s what everyone says and we just exist to repeat the same memes.  Thanks for helping out, Deadspin.

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