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10 Things I Learned the Week of Nov. 2nd

Posted on: November 3, 2009 11:00 pm
 
1) The Sports Media can KMA- For those of you who follow me regularly here, you already know my opinion of the sports media.  Well they did absolutely NOTHING to change that this week.  I give you, the Brandon Spikes youtube video that went viral.  Now, even as a Gator fan, I am not going to sit here and even try to defend Brandon Spikes actions, even though the Georgia running back in an EXTREMELY classy move did.  Honestly, Spikes could have been suspended for the whole Vandy game.  But what gets me, and makes me give a big STFU to Bulldog fans, is that the coverage on this story has been completely one sided, which is a huge shock (not.  Remember, sensationalistic journalism obviously sells these days).  I don't mind people getting on Spikes or asking for punishment or whatever, BUT PLEASE POINT OUT that the Georgia team nearly took his head off during the game, at least twice.  Here's a quote from Mark Richt, who I have a lot of respect for, but obviously received a different version of the game tape than what I witnessed.  Georgia coach Mark Richt said Spikes' "helmet went flying off ... and there was one time he got hit with his helmet off."  Um, coach, what about the time it was going to be third and a half a yard, but you were penalized 15 yards because YOUR OFFENSIVE LINEMAN TRIED REMOVING SPIKES' HELMET WITH HIS HEAD STILL IN IT.  But do we hear about this from the media?  No.  Do we hear an outcry for this guy to be suspended for at least part of a game?  No.  Instead you get the same clueless, classless drivel from Dennis Dodd and Gator Hating onesidedness from John Taylor of collegefootballtalk.com.  Sad thing is, a lot of what Taylor was saying WOULD BE RIGHT, if he just dropped the Gator Hating angle and reported both sides.  He went so far as to say " Even if Spikes was the victim of having his helmet ripped off a couple of times during the game, there's no justification for playing proctologist on a man's eyes.  None."  IF??  IF???  All he has to do is change that "if" to "though" and he'd have a lot more respect.  Georgia fans, you are disqualified because of the people in glass houses rule.  Bama fans, equally disqualified due to sour grapes for Spikes not signing there.  The rest of you, I'm open to your opinions.  Am I just refusing to take off my Orange and Blue colored glasses here, or do I have a point?  By the way, one last thing, Spikes put Urban Meyer in a no win situation here, and can the media please back off of him, too.  Oh, and great win by the Gators, their most complete win of the season.  Joe Cox looks like the new Johnathan Crompton (and ironically, Crompton is lately playing like people thought Jevan Snead would).

2) Quack attack shellacks USC- Wow.  Nearly 400 yards rushing.  Over 600 yards overall.  I thought Oregon would win due to USC's suspect defense that hasn't shown up for 3 weeks now, but I simply did not see that big of a beat down.  A huge thank you to the Ducks for FINALLY taking care of what the pollsters have REFUSED to the past 4 years.  Good luck to the Ducks in Pasadena, most likely on the 1st.  And can we please stop the talk of an Oregon Boise State rematch (unless it is on the 1st).  First off, it would be unfair to Boise State.  What do you do if the Ducks win?  Best 2 out of 3?  Best combined stats?  Secondly, should TCU win out, they will be the more deserving non-BCS team.  Plus, you cannot simply erase the Ducks loss, no matter how well they are playing right now.  Also, I think the Big 10 champ has to be playing on the 7th for the rematch to happen on the 1st.

3) Some Musings on the BCS poll- In a largely cosmetic move, Texas moved up to the number two spot because they played their second complete game in dismantling Okie State while Bama was on a bye leaving pollsters with lasting memories of the squeaker against Tennessee.  Another thing that hurt Bama that's been overlooked by everyone I've seen is that that Va Tech win at the begining of the year just doesn't look so good anymore after they lost to UNC.  Meanwhile a kudos to the poll for having the seven undefeated teams as 1-7 in the poll.

4) Bulls run through the Mountaineers- In a must win to get some respect, the Bulls played one of their most complete games in stopping their annual October swoon and beating the Mountaineers.  They absolutely shut down Noel Devine, and just seem to match up well with them.  While the top 3 in the Big East all have to play each other in the coming weeks, the Bulls are lurking just on the outside with the two loses ALREADY having played the big three.  Depending on how things break, the Bulls could finish second in the Big East with a pretty good bowl game.

5) Indiana must love instant replay- Look, I'm not going to sit here and say it cost them the game, as replay did not score all of those points in the fourth quarter, but HOW does that play get botched, ESPECIALLY WHEN CALLED CORRECTLY ON THE FIELD.  In order to overturn, there (again) HAS TO, HAS TO, HAS TO be INDISPUTABLE video evidence that the call was botched (see, Dustin Doe return for "touchdown" last week).  Still Iowa pulls that junk against most other teams, throwing five picks in a game, and they get buried.  I'll actually be pulling for tOSU come the 14th.  Iowa would be KILLED by the Ducks in Pasadena.

6) The Saints go marching on- What a great game on Monday night, and the Saints just might be the best team in the NFL (although I still think it's the Colts, a close second, though, as much as it pains me to say it).  I must say though that Matt Ryan cost the Falcons by locking in on Tony Gonzalez late in the game.  On the pass that was deflected, Porter already had excellent coverage on Gonzalez (and this was the turning point in the whole game, you go from being potentially up 3 to down 11).  Plus Sharper should have had another pick around the 2 minute mark.  Still, have to give the Falcons credit, too, for never quiting in the game, especially Coy Wire.

7) Favre sticks it to Ted Thompson, Green Bay fans- The whole amazing thing to me (other than Packers fans not wanting to run TT and his tremendous ego out of town) is the quick chemistry that has developed between Lord Favre and Percy Harvin.  People said going into the draft, Harvin had the most upside, it was just a question of would he live up to his potential.  Well, with Favre taking him under his wing, and Percy listening to the grisled vet, the Gator WR/KR could just be the NFL offensive ROY.

8) Other quick lessons taught to me- The Giants are massively struggling on D as one of the games I looked forward to turned into a huge blowout, the Phins swept the Jets (so much for the post week 3 talk of an all NYC Super Bowl) thanks in large part to 2 100+ yard kickoff returns by Ted Ginn Jr. who Dolphin fans were almost ready to run out of town (wonder if Roy Hall held Reggie Nelson for him), and will somebody PLEASE explain to me why JaMarcus Russell is STILL a starting quarterback in an FL that does not start with U, C, or A?

9) The series returns to the Bronx- I know, I'm breaking my own rule a bit here, but in what is turning out to be just like I expected, since it seems the Phillies can only win with Lee on the mound and Chase Utley can only bat with Lee on the mound, I like my Yanks in 6 predicition right now (and I definitely like the Yanks if it goes 7.  Hammels is not the same pitcher any more).

10) The Look Ahead- Next week I do my official NFL playoff predictions, so look for those.  In colleges, give me Notre Dame Navy, to see if the Midshipmen can repeat their performance of two years ago just so I don't have to worry about the Domers cracking the BCS Top 14 and getting an automatic birth, tOSU PSU in a huge Big 10 matchup, and Alabama LSU to decide who will be in Atlanta on Dec. 5th taking on the Gators (seems a little ridiculous that they locked that up on Oct. 31st).  In the pros, it's just Dallas Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Denver.  Oh, and if the Bucs lose again this week, if I can just throw them back along with their throw back uniforms.
Comments

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2009 10:33 pm
 

10 Things I Learned the Week of Nov. 2nd

I didn't see what happened to Spikes to provoke him, but going for an eye gouge...I dunno, I can't really defend that.  It'd be like trying to defend Blount from Oregon for clocking that Boise State guy.

I also think the Colts are the best team in the NFL.  That game against SF was pretty ugly, though.  And New Orleans didn't play too well at the end of their game against Atlanta, thanks to Coy Wire.  That guy is a hell of a player.

It really says a lot to me about the Saints for them to pull that game out.  The Colts won without their offense showing up (for the most part); they should have had way more TD's than they did, given how often they seemed to be in the red zone.

I'm looking forward to playoff predictions; also Dallas/Philly, since I'm a Cowboys fan.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2009 5:35 pm
 

10 Things I Learned the Week of Nov. 2nd

Thanks for the comments, everyone.  Not sure Spikes should be kicked out, but he did get off lucky.  I thought a game was in order.  And what (individually) happened to him was not on the level of what he did (although according to the guy it happened to, it looked worse than what it was).  The one I specifically mentioned was obviously called in the game (happened right in front of either the umpire or the back judge) and the Bulldogs were forced to punt after the next play.  Spikes definitely needed to be the bigger man and realize two (or 3 or 4) wrongs never make a right, and I implored my fellow Gator fans not to defend his actions.  From what I've heard, the responses from some of them are even more sickening than ANYTHING that happened on the field that day.  I would just like both sides to be covered is all.  To most people, it's as though one never happened, even though it does not excuse the retaliatory actions.  You can't blatantly ignore it, however.  And Rob and Moo, you NEVER have to get off your soapboxes in here.  My blog is a forum for everyone.



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2009 12:21 pm
 

10 Things I Learned the Week of Nov. 2nd

Good points Buc, although like Rob above, I think the punishment for the gouging incident should be at least 1 full game, if not longer.  If similar treatment such as hitting a player in the head intentionally as the o-lineman did to Spikes, similar punishment should be forthcoming.  College players get away with doing this, then we wonder why they do it when they turn pro.  Sometimes everyone forgets football is a game.  Too much pressure, TV, money, and stupidity gets in the way of that though.  Oh, did I mention money, and lots of it for the schools, NCAA, and some players fortunate enough to be talented to have a chance at the NFL.  Oh well, no one wants to listen to me on that one.  Just wish the Div. 1, BCS teams would step back and realize what has happened to the sport.  It hasn't all been for the best.  And, it has been building up the last 30 years.  It even creeps into D2 and 3 at times.  OK, off the soap box for me.

I had reinforced how unpredictable the NFL is.  Rams and Titans getting first wins this last week.  JaMarcus Russell may be bad, but why is David Garrard still playing.  Maurice Jones-Drew is a load, but without a QB, the Jags are every bit a mess as other bottom teams.  The Chiefs and Jacksonville game Sunday may be close, but somehow I have the feeling as a KC fan, it won't be great to watch.

We learned Baseball can catch a break on occasion.  Looks like the weather will hold for the last two (if needed) games of the WS. I would prefer to see Philly win, but whatever happens, my team the Royals has a long ways to go to catch either one.

It was also reinforced that college replay officials aren't nearly as good as NFL ones.  True there are more games in college.  Just sad to see another team lose a game because of a bad replay decision (Oklahoma a couple of years ago).  I guess in the end, you should never be in position late in a game where a bad call or non call puts your team into the loss column.

Great job as usual.  Look forward to next week.  Maybe i'll be more coherent.  Must be all that cough syrup I drank.



Since: Oct 31, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 12:13 pm
 

10 Things I Learned the Week of Nov. 2nd

Next week I do my official NFL playoff predictions, so look for thosePanthers!!!???!!!! Yes.!?

1) The Sports Media can KMA-Enjoyed this section inparticular.


Nelson for him), and will somebody PLEASE explain to me why JaMarcus Russell is STILL a starting quarterback in an FL that does not start with U, C, or A?^^^^I don't think he'd start for them either...



Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2009 10:42 am
 

10 Things I Learned the Week of Nov. 2nd

Great post again Buc

6) The Saints go marching on- What a great game on Monday night, and the Saints just might be the best team in the NFL (although I still think it's the Colts, a close second, though, as much as it pains me to say it).  I must say though that Matt Ryan cost the Falcons by locking in on Tony Gonzalez late in the game.  On the pass that was deflected, Porter already had excellent coverage on Gonzalez (and this was the turning point in the whole game, you go from being potentially up 3 to down 11).  Plus Sharper should have had another pick around the 2 minute mark.  Still, have to give the Falcons credit, too, for never quiting in the game, especially Coy Wire.
this was a great game,Colts could win the NFC

8) Other quick lessons taught to me- The Giants are massively struggling on D as one of the games I looked forward to turned into a huge blowout, the Phins swept the Jets (so much for the post week 3 talk of an all NYC Super Bowl) thanks in large part to 2 100+ yard kickoff returns by Ted Ginn Jr. who Dolphin fans were almost ready to run out of town (wonder if Roy Hall held Reggie Nelson for him), and will somebody PLEASE explain to me why JaMarcus Russell is STILL a starting quarterback in an FL that does not start with U, C, or A?As a Raider fan i have had it with Russell,he is not an NFL QB.

Never thought the Giants D would play this bad.

10) The Look Ahead- Next week I do my official NFL playoff predictions, so look for thoseCan't wait, to see who you pick.

Another great post



Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: November 4, 2009 10:05 am
 

10 Things I Learned the Week of Nov. 2nd

I didn't watch the game. So, all I do know of is the Spikes' incident. So, I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt that Spikes' eye gouge wasn't the only cheap shot taken in the game.
That being said ...
That is still one of the most gutless actions I have ever seen on a football field.
The Georgia ball carrier is on the ground, defenseless, with his arms wrapped around the football and Spikes' hand went into the guy's helmet, right at his eyes and started to go to work. It was blatant. It was intentional. And, until you have ever experienced vision problems, you possibly have no idea the damage he could have done to this guy.
Damage that could last a lifetime!
!/2 a game suspension? That kind of action deserves a booting from college football. If for no other reason than to tell everyone else that this will not be tolerated. Do that on the streets to somebody and see how long it takes you to be arrested.
That being said, what I did learn from this is that homerism is indeed alive and well in college football.
The posts from Gator fans defending it is just homeristic and sickening as you find posts from other fans that are crucifying it. One Gator fan said that Spikes was just trying to strip the ball and it was an accident. Seriousy? Wow!
Homerism is affecting how everyone sees this.
But I have no dog in the fight. If I do have a bias, it comes from being sent for several eye surgeries beginning at the age of 6.
Don'y go after someone's eyes. This isn't WWE. This is supposed to be a football game.
One poster said that this is just how the SEC plays football. I certainly hope not. Cause if this is how the SEC plays football, then the SEC does indeed deserve every single "thug" insult that it receives.
Because that is not football.
That's gutless garbage.


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