Tag:Oklahoma State Cowboys
Posted on: September 15, 2009 6:32 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2009 7:03 am
Well, week 1 of the NFL season is in the books, with a lot of close games decided in the last two minutes (stupid Bungles costing me a shot at winning week 1 of the pick 'em pool I'm in). Here is the next weekly installment of 10 things I gleaned from the sports world in general.
1) How 'Bout Them Cowboys?- Well, one week after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs at home, The Oklahoma State Cowboys come out and lay an egg against the Houston Cougars. What, were they looking ahead to that epic clash against Rice? Indefensible. I love Mike Gundy, but whenever a team fails to get up for a game, it falls squarely on his shoulders. And how about the set of stones on Lee Corso? He picked this upset on ESPN's College Gameday. Kirk Herbstreit had to check and make sure the coach was actually picking them to win outright, and not just putting Okie State on upset alert (which it seems Herbstreit had them there as well, just didn't think there was any way they'd lose that game at home without even an opponent to "Look Ahead" to). The one week dream of challenging for a national title is dead (unless Oklahoma loses one more, Texas would likely have to lose two, and several other things would have to break their way). I know they're not completely out of it yet, but you can't come out of this game as say Oklahoma did last week losing to BYU on a neutral field.
2) A shot at Todd Blackledge- This is something I never thought I'd do, especially since when it comes to college football colormen, he's probably second only to Gary Danielson in my book, but not knowing a basic rule WHEN YOU'VE PLAYED THE GAME is inexcusable. I gave him a pass last week for not being able to analyze the situation of everything that had happened after FSU's missed PAT (more on the Noles in a bit), but this I cannot forgive him for. Come with me to this week's UCLA-Tennessee game which he was calling. 3rd down from their own 1 yard line late in the game up 19-13. UCLA's quarterback falls asleep in the end zone and dives trying to avoid the safety. Blackledge starts screaming for a booth review because part of the ball was out past the goal line. Here's the problem. THE GOAL LINE IS PART OF THE ENDZONE. EVERYTHING ALONG THAT PAINTED STRIPE IS IN THE END ZONE. Whereas you simply have to break the plane to get a TD, to avoid a safety THE ENTIRE BALL MUST BE OUTSIDE THE ENDZONE. Clearly A LOT of the ball was still in the end zone on that play. Safety. I do have to give credit to Blackledge and Nessler for explaining what UCLA would have liked to do in that situation with running as much clock as possible which would have required them getting it to fourth down (although I wouldn't even bother sending the punt team in. I'd have the QB take the hike from under center and have him run around as much as he could. You risk snapping it over the punters head [see South Carolina versus Georgia, Southern California versus Ohio State]). I was kind of hoping Tennessee would win that game so that maybe they would come into the swamp this week with a false sense of confidence and maybe bravado. But, thanks to Crompton, and his three picks (god I hope he starts this week), that didn't happen. On a side note, how many safeties were there this week? I could count four in just the games I watched at least a part of.
3) Tressel logic: p->q=F- I sure wish somebody would explain to me why for somebody with the reputation of being as conservative of a coach as he is gets these quirky moments at the worst times, especially in big games. I still remember his decision on January 8th, 2007 of after being absolutely blown up on a third and one from his own 29 down 10 and possibly still in the game of going for it on 4th and 1, getting stuffed, and eight plays later it's 34-14 (I still thank him for that, by the way). Now, come forward to Saturday night. Late in the first half, up 3, ball again deep in your own territory. And you're throwing downfield??? His explanation to Holly Rowe was you can never have enough points, especially against USC or something to that effect. While true, there is a way to go about this (which Pete Carroll, coincidentally, followed to a T to tie it up and almost go in up 14-10). You don't take your shots downfield there. You run and use short passes to try to get down to about the 50. If you don't go anywhere, the clock has very little time on it. If you get to around the 50, you start thinking FG, and maybe open up intermediate routes and quicken the pace. Should you get down to the 20-25, then you start thinking TD. This tried and true method has worked many a time. Carroll was perfectly happy to try to get off the field only down 3 and regroup in the locker room, but tOSU fell asleep on defense, allowed a run to about midfield, and you all know what happened from there. Tressel needs to learn to dance with the girl that brought him there, because if you're not good enough to win with talent alone, strange decisions like this will almost never help, and often hurt you instead. Something similar happened to Charlie Weis at the end of the ND game ...
4) May the Forcier Be With You- Thank you Michigan, from the bottom of my heart!!! For those of you who followed me last year, you know my opinion of the ND Fighting Irish, or more specifically, their fans. God, they were getting full of themselves based on what? Two wins over Hawaii and Nevada? It all came crashing down this week, and made people like the four letter network's Lou Holtz and Shaun King look ridiculous. I said after the Hawaii game last year that Notre Dame would go 9-3 this year due to their soft schedule, return to a BCS bowl where they would be completely over matched, and get blown out starting their new 9 game bowl losing streak. I've seen nothing to change this (altough they may not lose less than 4 games, which would be fine by me). And to Michigan, I hope this is a sign you are turning things around after last year's debacle. Your D still needs major work, but Forcier is fun to watch, and will keep you in most games this year.
5) Tough start for the Almost Competitive Conference- Sorry, Bradman, but after watching FSU go into the last minute against Jacksonville State, there is no denying that the ACC is off to a rough start. The good news is, they were off to a bad start last year, and ended up rebounding and sending 10 teams to bowl games. You can't lose two and nearly a third game to FCS competition, though.
6) Fake Delhomme strikes again- Suprised John Fox didn't break down into a "Playoffs?" rant after that performance. Jake is responsible for a whopping ELEVEN turnovers in his last two games, which simply cannot happen in the NFL. This might be the begining of the end.
7) Is it okay to call Bush a bust now?- Something that will likely get lost in the Saints throttling of the Lions and Brees' SIX touchdown passes (and Stafford's three picks) was what Reggie Bush did. Or more specifically, what he didn't do. I have said all along that this guy is playing the wrong position in that same way the Mike Vick was a RB lining up with his hands under the center's butt, Bush is a WR lining up behind the QB. In a game in which Pierre Thomas didn't play due to injury, Bush had his obligatory 5 receptions for 50 some odd yards, but only achieved 18 yards rushing. Saints fans will turn a blind eye and say it was because of how effective Mike Bell was running the ball, but, you must remember that you drafted this guy SECOND overall, not in the second round, and are paying him the money as such. You HAVE to get more production from him than just a receiving threat that once in a blue moon breaks the big play.
8) The Falcons continue the momentum- In my look ahead point last week, I pegged this game for this reason. It was a huge win by the Falcons to establish forward momentum into this season in the hopes of stringing back to back winning seasons together for the first time in franchise HISTORY. I'm POed, though, because in my real fantasy league, I have three Falcons on my team (and no Bucs, which is painful for me, but, can't pick with your heart) and ironically started the wrong one (one's Elam, my kicker, so he doesn't count). Never would have guessed that Tony Gonzalez would out perform Michael Turner, but maybe I should have. Tony looks to be a HUGE pick up for the dirty birds (and hopefully for me as well). By the way, in my real league, TE's are optional and are considered a receiver and not their own position, so there was a huge risk/reward factor. And I won by two, so all in all it wasn't too bad. Just wouldn't have had to sweat out Nate Kaeding last night.
9) Take this ball and shove it down your bleeping throat, I ain't playin' here no more- Wow! Talk about two people who have to know the situation and have to handle it WAY better than what they did. First, the lineswoman cannot make that call in that situation unless it is obvious. Honestly, Williams was unlikely to come back, but now we'll never know. And Serena, you CANNOT let your flustrations get the best of you and you ABSOULTELY must handle yourself in a more professional manner. Come on. Bad calls happen in every sport. Lou Pinella may kick some dirt, but I doubt he's out there threatening to shove a baseball down an umpire's throat. Two wrong's never make a right (although two Wright's did make an airplane), but in this case, Serena's wrong far outweighs that of the lineswoman. While I'm talking tennis, last week I said I was looking forward to how far Melanie Oudin could go. Then comes the story on the day after she's ousted that her mom is having an affair with her coach. Apparently, divorce paperwork was filed by Melanie's dad nearly a year ago, and somehow the story is just now breaking. I'm glad it didn't break during the tournament, but you do have to question the timing of it. And way for yet another tennis parent to get in the way of their kid's career. We should be celebrating Melanie's accomplishment's, not putting her in tabloids.
10) The look ahead- The things I'm looking forward to this week are UF Tennessee (obviously) to see if Monte Kiffin can keep the game within 50 (seriously doubt he can cash the check his kid's mouth wrote), Notre Dame Michigan State to see which team can bounce back, Nebraska Va Tech to see if the Huskers are for real (or if the Hokies potentially aren't), and Texas Tech Texas in a rematch of an absolute classic last year, and in the pros, the Giants and Cowboys to see how many punts hit the scoreboard (and it should be a good game).
Moo, your Mizzou Tigers took nearly the whole game to wake up against Bowling Green. What was up with that? Using cyclical logic (which would give us an FCS team winning the title every year) that makes Bowling Green much better than the Fighting Zooks.
Tags: ACC, Altanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Charlie Weis, Drew Brees, Foot Fault, FSU Seminoles, Houston Cougars, Jake Delhomme, Jim Tressel, Johnathan Crompton, Lee Corso, Melanie Oudin, Michigan Wolverines, Mike Gundy, New Orleans Saints, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Ohio State Buckeyes, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Pete Carroll, Reggie Bush, Rules, Safety, Serena Williams, Southern California Trojans, Tate Forcier, Tennis, Todd Blackledge, Tony Gonzalez, tOSU, Upset Alert, US Open
Posted on: September 8, 2009 6:44 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2009 10:12 am
It's BAAAAACK!!!! My friends, I welcome you to the proud and triumphant return of 10 things I learned this week, one person's slightly biased (hey, we all have them) review of the week that was in sports. I do try to remain as objective as possible with these, but sometimes you'll see my Gator or SEC love shine through. I'll be upfront that my favorite sports are by far football (college and pro) followed by hockey (pro) and then college basketball. As such, my blog will be heavily skewed towards these sports while they are in season (assuming I'm not forced to quit before the Super Bowl like last year). I will mix in pro basketball and baseball on occasion, but as I am not as heavily versed in these sports, don't expect too much from me. For those of you who didn't catch it when I was running it last year, on Tuesdays (or if I miss Tuesday, I shall limit it as though I am talking on Tuesday), I shall put up 10 things that I feel I have a strong opinion about from the goings on of the previous week in sports. Readship is encouraged, comments even more so. Well, here goes me diving back into the pool. Enjoy...
1) Early season kinks- One game from college that pointed out the glaring difference between pro and college ball was the South Carolina vs. NC State game on Thursday. That huge difference? PRESEASON!! Both teams could have used a game or two against live competition, in a HIGHLY mistake filled game by both teams resulting in a 7-3 final. Now, I won't put up an arguement against people who say the NFL preseason is too long (it is), but I will fight tooth and nail against those who say it's unnecessary. Not only to you have to determine exactly who your 53 best players are, but it cuts down on this.
2) Will the Pac-10 be USC and everybody else again?- Cal will hopefully provide them some competition, but one of the teams that was SUPPOSED to give them issues didn't even DESERVE to be on the smurf turf on Thursday against Boise State. Folks, don't let the final score fool you. If Boise State hadn't fumbled 100 times, losing about half of them, Oregon would have been CRUSHED. I stayed up to watch that whole game, but it was a huge disappointment. And, taking nothing away from Boise State, but had that been a competent team they were playing against, they would have been punished for those miscues (see: Ole Miss at Florida September 2008).
3) Grohing pains- Did I really just see Virginia, a January Bowl team from two years ago LOSE to William and Mary? As in FCS (Div 1-AA for those of you still stuck two years ago) William and Mary? If Al wasn't on the hot seat to begin with, his butt cheeks are firmly planted there now, and it might take pretty much winning out to remove them. Of course, they weren't the only team that struggled against FCS competition. Duke lost as well, and Iowa, a top 25 team, was lucky to escape against Northern Iowa. And there was a board poster who suggested Iowa would remain a Top 25 team after that because "I've never seen a team get knocked out of the Top 25 for winning." My response was, "Hello. For a 21-25 ranked team after week 1? Not only do I guarantee it has happened numerous times before, but that it will happen numerous times again, starting with Iowa." Hmmm, guess who was right.
4) UGAly offensive performance- Well Bulldog fans, now you KNOW just how much the loss of Matt Stafford and Knowshon Moreno is going to hurt you. But in spite of this, I was amazed at the lack of respect being shown to the Oklahoma State Cowboys (by posters, not pollsters for a change). Look, I don't care how you win a game, if you win a big game, you win a big game. And deserve all the kudos thereof afterwards. So, "How 'Bout them Cowboys?!" And Dez Bryant is a stud. I think he'll be the next Calvin Johnson.
5) Stormin' Mormons overrun Norman south- Impressive, impressive win by BYU. And let me be the first to say that it sucks that Sam Bradford will be down 2-4 weeks rehabbing his shoulder. You never want to lose a player of his caliber, even as a college football fan in general. The thing I took out of this game, however, was just how good OU's offensive line was LAST YEAR, and I'm absolutely shocked by how much they seem to miss the four starters they lost along that front. Honestly, even with Bradford all year long, I don't think this offense would have thrown up NEARLY the numbers this year compared to last. And OU fans, please DO NOT say you would have won with Bradford in the game. It was 7-7 when he went down (and you could have been losing had BYU not had a case of fumbleitis), it was 10-7 your favor at halftime, you were up 13-7 very late in the game, and you were attempting a game winning FG at the end. You had every chance to win this game, still. Take your loss and hope you run the table and hope everybody in front of you loses. Lord knows it's happened the last two years.
6) BCS Championship game buster- With BYU's win and astounding jump to 9th in the AP poll, could this set up for a Mountain West team not just making the BCS, but making Pasadena on Jan. 7th? I have to say, a resounding maybe. One of the things holding "mid majors" back was the ridiculous pratice of preseason polls, but the AP made up for that in one fell swoop with an 11 spot jump. Personally, I think the first poll should come out after week 4. By then, you have a pretty accurate gauge of where teams really stand. BYU still has games against FSU (tarnished a little by their loss last night), TCU, and Utah. As long as TCU and Utah win the games they are supposed to, and as long as there are not 2 BCS conference teams that are undefeated, I think BYU should be there. And actually I think it would be better if there were 2 undefeated teams besides the Cougars, because it would make the Mountain West's "Why not us?" arguement stronger and we might take one step closer to actually deciding a champion on the field. As for those BCS fruitcakes like John Saunders of ESPN who spew out the arguement that every week is a playoff and that not having it will diminish the regular season, see my comments on number five about OU and tell me they're not true. Fact is, they KNOW they're not totally out of it yet.
7) Kickoff "Classic"- Let me be one of the ones to say the game for the most part lived up to it's name. It was a great back and forth game against two good teams with good defenses. And way to go Tide defending the SEC's honor. Unfortunately for the SEC this year, all the strength is obviously in the West.
8) Restoring "The 'U'"- Big win for Miami last night in what was a very exciting keep you on the edge of your seat games. I was a little surprised by the lack of defense. Last year, Miami hung with UF for 2 1/2 quarters based on their D, which looked young and hungry. I didn't see that D last night. One of my Seminole friends got mad at me for suggesting UM should have won by a TD, or maybe a little more. If you can fault the Canes for anything last night, it was the horrible play calling on the first and goal from the 3 when it was 23-14 where they ended up kicking a FG and the failure to recognize where Reed was on the field on the last kickoff. You have to, have to account for that type of player on special teams and recognize that he was up front, so kick it long. Kudos to the FSU special team staff for noticing what UM was doing, and adjusting for it. And to Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge, who I thought called a good game, get off the FSU kicker's back. He did not cost them that game by missing the PAT. You could say that if it happened at the end of the game, or had FSU not been able to score any touchdowns afterward, but FSU went for and made a 2 point conversion afterward. And had he made the PAT, FSU would have kicked the PAT after the following touchdown. So the situation was that FSU would be down 4 anyway, or down 6. In either case, they would have needed that last TD. What a leg on that kid. Actually, what cost them the game was their horrible clock management at the end. That, also, CANNOT happen.
9) A baseball thought- I am finally conviced that the Tampa Bay area doesn't deserve the Rays or baseball period for that matter. If the Rays were having the year they are having ANY OTHER year, we'd be beside ourselves, but no, we're a bunch of spoiled brats for having won the ALCS last year. And the media here is just atrocious and are making a bad situation worse (as they always do, see: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jon Gruden). Just as a curious side note, for most of the year, the Rays would have been leading at least two other divisions in baseball (of course, it's zero now), and how sick are the Yankees that they are SIXTEEN AND A HALF games up on a team that is six over .500. I can't stand the Yankees, but you HAVE to give them their kudos. This might be the year A Rod finally wins a world series.
10) Weekly look ahead- The games I will be looking forward to are the Steelers/Titans to kick off the NFL season, Miami/Atlanta to see if both teams can keep the momentum from last year going, the Packers/Bears, and in college, Michigan/Notre Dame to see just how far the Domers have come along, South Carolina/Georgia to see which one of them seems destined for a long year, and to see if Melanie Oudin can continue her run in the U.S. Open. Talk about a never quit attitude and a spunky spirit. The Williams sisters won't play forever, and we don't have a male player worth anything noteworthy, so hopefully this kid will continue to develope and give us a reason to watch tennis as a sport. I couldn't turn off her match yesterday.
Tags: Al Groh, Alabama Crimson Tide, Bad losses, Baseball, BCS, BCS Busters, Boise State Broncos, BYU Cougars, Clock management, Dez Bryant, Escapes, FSU Seminoles, Getting the bugs out, Iowa Hawkeyes, It's back, Knowshon Moreno, Matt Stafford, Media, Melanie Oudin, Miami Hurricanes, NC State Wolfpack, New York Yankees, Northern Iowa, Offensive line, Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Oregon Ducks, Pac-10, Polls, Preseason, Sam Bradford, South Carolina Gamecocks, Tampa Bay Rays, Tennis, UGA Bulldogs, US Open, USC Trojans, Virginia Caveliers, Virginia Tech Hokies, William and Mary
Posted on: October 21, 2008 8:39 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2008 9:20 pm
1) Kissing your sister - God what an awful game. In a game that set the NFL back at least 25 years, Sebastian Janikowski kicked a FIFTY FREAKIN' SEVEN yard field goal (that would have been good from at least 63) with 2:30 left in OT to beat the Jets. Anybody paying attention to that game should have been hoping for that game to end in a tie (which would have been the first since I believe the Steelers and Falcons tied a game back in 2002 ). What a horrible display of football. And when are coaches going to learn to stop calling a TO the millisecond before the ball is snapped to ice the kicker? You want to do it? Call it right after they get set, not right before they hike it. All it does is give the kicker a free practice swing at it. Unfortunately, both the Raiders and Cardinals won a game that that boneheaded move should have cost them.
2) West Coast Love - Yes, I truly believe that for the most part, there is an east coast media bias. Why? Because most of your largest cities are east of the Mississippi (duh). So what on earth is everybody's fascination with USC? Why are they fifth in the first BCS poll? They play in THE WORST conference (yes, worse than the ACC and Big East. Even the Mountain West has more teams in the top 25) and have THE WORST loss of ANY of the one loss teams. I shouldn't have to worry about them playing in any game other than the Rose Bowl, and yet I have to because the pollsters are freakin' idiots. Why are they not being punished for their schedule that was put together by silkworms and NEVER being in a game they were like a billion point favorites? Again, and being a Gator fan, I HATE tOSU, but I would a million times MORE rather see them in the BCS championship game than the Trojans, especially if they beat Penn State this week. Speaking of Penn State, I have yet to mention them on my blog, and to their fans who might read it, I apologize. I cannot begin to say enough about the job that they and Joe Pa have been doing. This appears to be their last obstacle, and that the winner of this game will go on to win the Big Ten. Good luck to you all. Anyway, back to the University of Southern Chokeifornia, you pull this yearly choke job, and I for one am sick and tired of it. As much as I HATE Notre Dame (which is more than I hate tOSU, by the way), I will be the world's BIGGEST Domer Homer the week they play you, and if there is a god, they will win that game.
3) Dallas' implosion is on - How 'bout them Cowboys. I especially chuckled when people were saying that they didn't miss Romo when they took their first drive of the game for a TD. How did the rest of the game work out? Their secondary is a wreck (and now they've lost the Roy Williams that matters for the season), and their offense looks lost. I'm hoping my Buccaneers pile on to their misery this week.
4) Another firing - Mike Nolan was the latest coach to get the axe. What amazes me is that, while I don't hate this move, the amount of misdirected hate coming from Niner fans toward Nolan and their unreasonable expectations. I heard many of them say that he underachieved with their talent. Talent? What talent? Beyond Patrick Willis, exactly what talent has he been "underachieving" with? He has no QB (through partial fault of his own due to Alex Smith being a bust). Niner fans, vent your angst where it belongs, and just like your friends across the bay, you need to be looking at your owner, Dr. York. He is BY FAR one of the worst owners in the league. I know, you can't fire the owner, but you need to be wishing you could. I do wish Mike Singletary the best of luck.
5) Weekend look ahead - Other than the World Series, the games I'm looking forward to are the aforementioned Penn State-Ohio State, Georgia-LSU and Texas-Oklahoma State in college, and the Steelers-Giants and of course the Cowboys-Buccaneers in the NFL.
6) Tebow to McCoy ... Heisman - Earlier, Tim Tebow was asked who he was voting for for the Heisman trophy, as being a former winner he gets a vote. He rightfully pointed to Colt McCoy of the Longhorns. An EIGHTY ONE completeion percentage? Are you kidding me? I mean, yes, he doesn't play SEC defenses every week, but still, that's phenominal. What he and the Longhorns have accomplished so far is beyond words, absolutely DESTROYING the Missouri Tigers. And Chase, you can go ahead and unpack that bag, because you won't be going to New York. The Longhorns continue their brutal schedule this week against a very good Oklahoma State Cowboys team.
7) Yurgh!!! - The horrible start for my Bolts continues (talking NHL Charger fans). Not scoring a single goal in a game, not even in the SHOOTOUT portion. Inexcusible. They need to get it turned around, and quick. Update: Yea! They finally won one. Now they just need to string about 10 more in a row, and then go about .600 the rest of the way.
8) An interesting theory - Well, the rest of these will be baseball takes. I heard a theory today that Vegas made the Rays -135/+115 favorites to try to recoup impending losses on Rays early season bets at 100:1 in case they win. Two problems with this. Even at 100:1, they only need 100 bets on TWENTY NINE other teams, including two from Chicago, two from New York, two from LA, Boston, Philadelphia, and a Detriot team that was supposed to do better than what it did. I can't imagine there were THAT many Rays bets to not have it covered. Secondly, even if that is true, it still makes no sense. As anybody who does any sports betting will tell you, Vegas wants equal action on both sides. If they PURPOSEFULLY set the line to get all the money on one side, and then the Phillies WIN (which is very possible), now you're paying out all these +115 bets, plus whatever bets you had on the Phillies to win it all at the start of the season (let's say it was 10:1). Now Vegas IS losing money. They are not in this to LOSE money.
9) Another interesting theory - Yes, this isn't the LA-Boston series that everybody wanted, but why does everyone think that nobody will watch this series. First, they were the two best teams, period. Secondly, both cities are very passionate and will watch. Which brings me to the fact that Philadelphia is the FOURTH largest market, and Tampa/St. Pete the THIRTEENTH. Those aren't bad numbers. Plus, yes, Boston was involved, but game 7 was the highest rated baseball game on cable EVER. That's EVER. And maybe some of the people watching that game outside of Boston/Tampa/St. Pete will want to continue to watch this fascinating team. I'll tell you one thing, this series will feature a lot of speed. The Rays were first in stolen bases, the Phillies were fourth. Could put a lot of pressure on the batteries. Both teams can mix in the long ball, too.
10) World Series predicition - Well, so far I'm batting exactly .500. So this one will decide if I'm successful or not. The Phillies will win any game that they can get to Madsen and Lidge with the lead in the 8th and 9th. Clearly this is where the Phillies have their advantage. The problem will be getting it there, because I believe the Rays have the advantage everywhere else. Their biggest advantage might come in starting pitching. Cole Hamels is lights out, but the rest, eh. Plus I think the Rays have SLIGHT advantages in speed, hitting, power, and defense. All this will amount to Rays in Six. I heard that this has the softest odds in Vegas of all the possible combinations, so I'm going with it.
Tags: Chase Daniels, Colt McCoy, Dallas Cowboys, Dr. York, Georgia Bulldogs, Heisman Trophy, Icing the Kicker, Jets, Joe Paterno, Las Vegas, LSU Tigers, Mike Nolan, Mike Singletary, New York Giants, Ohio State Buckeyes, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Pac-10, Patrick Willis, Penn State Nittany Lions, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Steelers, Raiders, Ratings, San Francisco 49ers, Sebastian Janikowski, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Longhorns, Tim Tebow, USC Trojans, World Series, World Series Odds
Posted on: October 14, 2008 6:38 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2008 11:25 pm
Wow, one of the great things about being on vacation is I get to post my blog on time. Here goes this week's edition. Hope you all enjoy. And hope I can keep it to ten.
1) Game Over - Well, it just came down that Roger Goodell has suspended Adam Jones for at least 4 games. I still hang on to two contentions that I've been hearing from Cowboy apologists. One, they are hanging on to that allegedly the bodyguard started this and that it was a "verbal" altercation, even citing the police report. Well, first off, even if it is the bodyguard that started it, it's Jones' previous behavior that made the bodyguard necessary and even if he started it, Jones HAS to realize with the short leash he's on, he has to be the better man and just ignore it. Now, on to this being a "verbal" altercation, my response to that is, man when your heard as a kid that words can hurt, I guess they really meant it. Jones showed up at practice Wednesday with obvious facial bruising. Man, those F-Bombs can be rough on the complexion. Also, how big of an idiot is Jerry Jones for not stepping up and doing SOMETHING in the first place. If he does do something to Adam, I don't think Goodell comes down as hard. He still comes down, but now it's a MINIMUM of 4 games. And Jones non-chalantly acted like this was no big deal. Of course it's a big deal, and thinking that nothing was going to happen shows that Jerry just might be as senile as good old Al Davis.
2) Basic Cable - Yup, it was all Lane's fault. The Raiders went out and proved that by performing WORSE than what they were doing. First off, it was the Raiders D that was choking away games, and yet Rob Ryan is still employed. Also, great job by Cable throwing JaMarcus Russell under the bus today. It's obvious he's Al's puppet. And this also proves that Al was on a senile rant in his goodbye speech to Lane. Remember, Lane was the one who didn't want Russell. Well, last week we found out they were still talking, and this week, Al, via Cable, throws JaMarcus to the wolves. The Raiders are a mess.
3) Wild week in the NFL - Last second finishes. Big time upsets. And an impressive, impressive victory by my beloved Buccaneers. Big props to the Rams, Browns, and Falcons as well.
4) NFC NASCAR division - I'm starting to wonder if this isn't the best division in the NFL. The south's only loss was to a team from the south, while the NFC East was inexplicable playcalling by the 49ers away from pulling the 0fer. Guess only time will tell.
5) Hook 'Em Horns - What a great game turned in by Colt McCoy and Texas this week. They fought hard the whole game and were rewarded with a win. While I would have ranked Alabama ahead of them, I can't find an arguement against them being number one. Their upcoming schedule is brutal, so we'll see if they can hold on to it. Meanwhile, why is Oklahoma still a top 5 team? Yes, I know they lost to number 5 Texas on a neutral site, but still. I would have them around number 7 myself. And Sooner fans, your season isn't done, yet, although you will need two losses by Texas. I know there is no rule saying you have to play in your conference championship game to play in the BCS title game, but it will most likely be a case of out of sight, out of mind.
6) How 'bout them Cowboys - No, not the ones from Dallas. The ones from Stillwater. I haven't seen very many better defensive performances this year. Nobody thought anybody would be able to harass Chase Daniels into a bad game. Absolutely outstanding. And now maybe people will recognize Mike Gundy for the good coach he is, and not his press conference blow up at that reporter who ran a bad story.
7) It's great to be a Florida Gator - Wow. Didn't see that blow out coming. LSU looked lost against their first real defense they've played all year. And wow, what a difference a running game that doesn't rely on Tim Tebow makes. Rainey and Demps look fantastic. The fan piece on the expert picks section of this site said that this game would catapult Charles Scott to the Heisman. Oooh, so close. What, did you think he was going to put up 200 yards and 4 TD's against this defense (similar to what some Georgia fans thought Knowshon Moreno was going to do to Alabama)? The defenses in the SEC are just too darn good. With Vandy losing this week, I'd love to see an Alabama-Florida SEC championship game, especially if at least one of them has a shot at the BCS title game.
8) Are the Cowboys ready to implode? - No, not the ones from Stillwater. This time I am talking about the team from Dallas. Injuries are starting to mount. And now they have to go with
9) Madden not making the trip to Tampa - John Madden is taking a two week vacation, citing not wanting to make another cross country trip. Madden's idol Brett Favre called him a wuss. He had called nearly 300 games in a row.
10) My Apologies to Phillies fans - Well, I knew that pick had a decent chance to come back and haunt me. Even mentioned it in my post. I know they still have to win one more game, but I think it's clear that Philly is indeed the better team and should move on. And what a melt down by the Dodgers. I still love Joe Torre, but he made some extremely questionable decisions last night. Meanwhile, what a huge win by the Rays knocking around Lester. Hey, Papi, do the Rays still look scared to you. Despite the baserunning mistake by Upton, what a performance he has put on this post season. He cleared the park on that shot (and Baldelli would have, too, if not for the Sports Authority sign). Still a long way to go in this series, though. Being able to beat Wakefield tonight would be huge. If not, wow, what a series.
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