Jeremy Hill is the best back in the conference. Plenty of speed, good hands, and more power than any other SEC guy I’ve watched. He’s just the toughest runner in the league and can pound on defenses to the point where guys don’t want to tackle him as the game goes on.
There’s a list of “Really Good” in the conference, with Malena, Mason, Jeff Scott, several others, including the freshman at Arkansas, he’s absolutely already on the list. But “Great” is only Hill, T.J. Yeldon and Todd Gurley and Hill is at the top. It might be by 1%, it might be by the slightest of margins, but three guys can’t be EXACTLY the same talent-wise. If I’m picking one, it’s Hill. If you want to say either of the other two, I’m fine with that.
Georgia fans lost their minds when I said that. Suggesting that a guy averaging 8.5 yards per carry with six TDs in his first three games is the best back in the league, that’s outrageous and shocking and over-the-top? And look at Hill last season. He didn’t puff up his stats against the worst defenses on LSU’s schedule. Against North Texas, Washington, Auburn and Idaho, he combined for 1 carry for 2 yards. It was against South Carolina and Alabama and Texas A&M that he exploded. Those are the teams you break out against? Guy’s a stud.
So are Gurley and Yeldon, by the way. There are three right answers to this question and no way to prove it, certainly not just by spouting stats of one guy v the other because they all have great numbers and all three teams have multiple backs that figure into the mix. You need to have watched all three several times and form an opinion. I say Hill, others say Yeldon, others say Gurley. So what? Go win this Saturday and next Saturday and in the Dome and for a crystal football, that’s what matters.
Tunnel of Love from Bruce Springsteen.
I was looking for not just another huge seller to follow up the first huge seller. Hysteria following Pyromania. Bad following Thriller. There are plenty of examples. But I was after an important album, that wasn’t simply releasing Part II of the original Monster Album. And with Tunnel of Love, the Boss achieved that.
It still sold plenty, but had a diverse lineup of songs, different musical styles completely on some tracks, and he even pushed the envelope with a kinda sorta concept to the entire thing.
Tunnel of Love, a clear winner.
Specifically, if you look at the Monster Albums of the 1980s (those that sold 9 million copies or more) and then look at the follow-up to each of those albums by the respective artists, the best follow-up album is . . . an extremely close call.
First, the criteria – I was going to use the nice, round number of 10 million copies sold, but there is that measuring stick of “A Monster Album is one everybody had to have!” And if I cut off the list at 10 million, there were a few Monster Albums that everybody had to have that would have just missed the cut.
Accepting that, there are only 24 albums that qualify for consideration. I’ve included the entire list below, with the soundtracks to Dirty Dancing, Top Gun and Footloose not eligible.
1. Michael Jackson- Thriller (29.3 Million)
2. AC/DC- Back in Black (19.1)
3. Bruce Springsteen- Born in the U.S.A. (15.9)
4.Guns N' Roses- Appetite for Destruction (15.6)
5. Whitney Houston- Whitney Houston (14.2)
6. Phil Collins- No Jacket Required (13.8)
7. Prince- Music from the Motion Picture Purple Rain (13.6)
8. Bruce Springsteen- Live/1975-85 (13.1)
9. Dire Straits- Brothers in Arms (12.9)
10. Bon Jovi- Slippery When Wet (12.9)
11. Def Leppard- Hysteria (12.6)
13. Michael Jackson- Bad (11.9)
14. U2- The Joshua Tree (11.8)
15. George Michael- Faith (11.2)
16. Madonna- Like a Virgin (10.9)
17. Lionel Richie- Can't Slow Down (10.9)
18. Whitney Houston- Whitney (10.8)
19. Van Halen- 1984 (10.1)
20. Top Gun Soundtrack (9.6)
21. Madonna- True Blue (9.1)
22. Footloose Soundtrack (9.1)
23. Def Leppard- Pyromania (9.1)
25. Garth Brooks- Garth Brooks (9)
26. Beastie Boys- Licensed to Ill (9)
27. Journey-Escape (9)
Because the Purple Rain soundtrack was all Prince, and because this is my article, that soundtrack is allowed in.
Now, looking at the above collection, any guess on what the greatest follow-up to a Monster Album from the 1980s was? Keep in mind that the follow-up itself didn’t have to be released during the 80s, only the original Monster Album.
My answer will come in Part II.
The Falcons lost three of their top five cornerbacks over the off-season. Christopher Owens, Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes all signed elsewhere and, entering the draft, Atlanta needed to fill those rosters spots.
For anyone wondering why the team would spend its first two picks on the same position, you should give the Falcons' front office credit for taking a position that was full of question marks (including your best corner being 32 years old) and turning it into, potentially, a position of strength. With rookies there are no guarantees, but the same would be true for any draftee in the 2nd round at defensive end or offensive line or tight end.
Good job, Falcons.