Guess who's back in the Poll Attacks?
Yep, George Geise.
Pacman Jones has a better chance of staying out of strip clubs than George does of staying out of this blog, but that's the price that must be paid by men with inexplicable AP ballots. Ladies and gentlemen, the Poll Attacks are in session.
AP poll: Only 71 people voted in last week's AP poll, meaning somebody just up and decided not to turn in a ballot, and that somebody was George Geise from Montana, who has become something of a regular here at the Poll Attacks.
Did I run him off?
Did he decide he didn't need to be scrutinized by some smartass with goofy hair?
I felt somewhat responsible for his disappearance. So you can understand my relief when I learned that all 72 ballots were turned in this week, which means George didn't quit as much as he just stopped paying attention, and when I say he stopped paying attention, I mean he really stopped paying attention, because he now has three-loss Gonzaga ranked fifth in the country.
Now I love the Zags as much as anybody; I ranked them 16th in the Top 25 (and one), and folks were asking if I have a man crush on Mark Few. So I can only imagine what those same folks think of George, who has the Zags ranked fifth -- ahead of Wake Forest, Oklahoma, Texas, Notre Dame and a whole bunch of other schools that should be in front of them. It's wild. But honestly, I'm just glad George is back, because an AP poll with less than 72 voters is an incomplete AP poll, and we shouldn't be forced to live with an incomplete AP poll, not in these already difficult times.
Also, at the risk of piling on, I feel obligated to point out this: George had Xavier ranked 16th when Xavier was 6-0. Since then, the Musketeers have gone 3-2 (with losses to Butler and Duke) to drop their record to 9-2, and now George has the Musketeers ranked 12th. In other words, Xavier has dropped two of its past five games and moved up four spots on George's ballot, and I can't even begin to understand the logic, but it sure is fun trying.
Coaches poll: I'm shocked that Butler wasn't ranked by the coaches, and as a young guy like Brad Stevens I'm claiming age discrimination against the 32-year-old coach, because there really is no other explanation.
The Bulldogs are 10-1. Their only loss came on the road and by three points to the team ranked 23rd in this poll (Ohio State), and that game was tied with less than four minutes remaining. Meantime, Butler has wins at Cleveland State, at Bradley and at Xavier, which is ranked 22nd in this poll. And yet somehow the Bulldogs couldn't crack the top 25 even though Louisville (one questionable loss, one terrible loss and no good wins) came in at No. 18.
And I'll just say this: There's no way Butler doesn't have one of the nation's best 25 resumes.