Tag:Florida State Seminoles
Posted on: December 2, 2009 1:05 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2009 8:37 pm
As winter quickly approaches us and most of my loyal followers are preparing for bitterly cold nights, snow, and all the other things that come along with it while I sit here in my shorts pecking at my computer (nah nah ), due to a couple of major college football stories, I feel compelled to break my own rule yet again and extend it to covering Tuesday as well, especially since one affects a certain game on Dec. 5th. So here are 10 things I learned in the week and a day between 11/24 and 12/1.
1) What an idiot!- How can you, in the week leading up to one of arguably the biggest games in your career, do something so stupid as what Carlos Dunlap did to effectively end his career at the University of Florida. I honestly don't see him playing another game this year, and he was likely to come out, so this pretty much puts the kabosh on UF's leading pass rusher and defensive MVP from last year's BCS title game. It remains to be seen as to what effect this has on the Gators on Dec. 5th, as the Gators do have lots of talent, but unlike some of my fellow Gator fans, I realize this will affect them at least somewhat. There is not another Carlos Dunlap on this team, and his presense and pressure will be missed to some degree, no matter how well everybody else steps up in his absense. And to those trying to pin this on Urban Meyer somehow, please stop. What, do you want these teams to have 100 assistant coaches to babysit each player personally all the time? Notice, I wasn't in here blaming Lane Kiffin for what Richardson and his thug friend did (although I did find it funny that it was the same guy Lane got in trouble with the SEC over). It's how the coach deals with these situations that you can hold them responsible for, not the actions themselves. Dunlap is an adult, and he will face the consequences of his poor choices.
2) Bobby deserved better- Yes, I know things haven't been going the Seminoles way recently. I have NEVER seen a UF-FSU game where the Noles didn't deserve to be on the same field as the Gators until Saturday. But this is the man that had FOURTEEN straight AP Top 4 finishes. That's a mark that's very likely never to be duplicated ever again. The whole Bowden-Fisher situation will be filed away under "How NOT to handle a head coach in waiting." Depending on who you listen to, Bobby Bowden was either forced out, or given the option to come back, but as little more than a figure head. Now, while I feel that Bobby should have been allowed to come back next year with no strings, Jimbo did deserve the right to name a defensive coordinator, as that would have been Bobby's last year. You did have to start preparing for life after Bobby. Thing is, it's awful hard to be the man who replaces the man. Why do I get the feeling that if FSU struggles early next year, that firejimbofisher.com is not too far away. Hopefully FSU sends Bobby out on a winning note in whatever bowl game they end up in.
3) Sorry Charlie- In a move that surprised absolutely no one, Notre Dame cut ties with Charlie Weiss on Monday, ending Notre Dame's worst three year run in their history. While there is a lot of blame to go around here, where is the blame that should fall squarely on the shoulders of the former athletic director (I forget his name)? As much of a weasel as he is, Mike Lupica pointed this out on a recent "Sports Reporters" on that four letter network. He's the one that got played by Charlie Weis and locked him up to a ridiculous 10 year deal that's now going to cost Notre Dame something in the range of $20 million to pay a coach who won't be coaching for them. And they'll have to pay whoever comes in, likely involving another buy-out. And where's these strong athletes from ND's alleged top 10 recruiting classes recently? They have Floyd for one more year, and Teo for two more. Beyond that, what do they have? Claussen will be gone. Tate will be gone. If you notice, Charlie only won with Willingham's players. It's going to take a lot for Notre Dame to return to BCS title contender, because as I pointed out before, the reason they had lost 9 bowls in a row before last year was they kept running into superior competition due to them being Notre Dame and drawing well in both fanbase and ratings. This is not going to change soon, even if they start winning 9-10 games a season. Those annual bowl blowouts do hurt you when it comes to recruiting. I don't care if you are Notre Dame.
4) Crash that Tiger- Who the hell is in Tiger Woods P.R. staff and why do they still have jobs? Look, Tiger owes us the general public absolutely nothing. No explanation. And I can see why his lawyers told him not to talk to police (because Elin would be in jail right now if he had). But if you want to see a playbook of P.R. done right, spin it back to Kobe Bryant. He had geniuses on his P.R. team. To think that this would go away just because you're Tiger Woods. Look, because you ARE Tiger Woods, somebody in the media will dig up the dirt and uncover the story. And while stonewalling the police is the correct legal tactic, don't think they won't do the same. Fewer people are going to forgive him for trying this P.R. coverup spin job. The media, police, and public are not stupid. We can put two and two together just fine on our own, thanks. UPDATE: As I was piecing my blog together, Tiger finally came out and admitted some of the stuff, something he should have done on Sunday, but I guess better late than never. It is my sincere hope though that people can now leave him alone and let his family work it out if they can, or handle what they must if they can't. I just know I'd find it hard to cheat on Wood's wife, although I'd find it hard to marry her now knowing her temper. Hell hath no furry like a woman scorned.
5) I've finally found the best team in the NFL- After wondering if it might be the Colts of the Vikings (and I still think the Vikings will be a tough matchup), and as much as it pains me to say it, because of their holier than thou, think they've already won somehting in the past, refusing to take off their Black and Gold glasses and defend Reggie Bush till the end fans, there is no denying that it is the New Orleans Saints. That was an epic beatdown of a pretty good Patriots team on Monday night, and they did something I never would have thought possible, especially form a Saints team, confuse Tom Brady with their defense. I was always holding reservation on the Saints, because I just didn't believe in their D (have always believed in their O, even with Reggie Bust). I always thought somewhere along the way it would revert back to the old Saints D. Well, now I know better, and unfortunately, it reaffirms my prediction of the Saints winning it all I made a few weeks ago. I'll be very happy for the Saints players (except Reggie and maybe cocky Shockey), and the city of New Orleans, but god, I dread having to deal with the obnoxious fans thinking that they just might FINALLY win something this year. By the way, Gregg Williams HAS to be coordinator of the year.
6) So much for that matchup in Tampa- Yeesh. The ACC has to be thrilled that its two best teams got beat by mid-level SEC teams this past weekend. Georgia Tech looked from being in line for a Top 5 finish to being just another conference champion. And that's IF they beat Clemson and win their Orange Bowl game. I'll have my prediction in point 10.
7) Can we stop with the overrated crap?- After Thursday and Friday in which Texas and Alabama both struggled on the road in rivalry games and Cincinatti's defense got exposed by Illinois, all the threads in here were about just how overrated these three teams are. And while I can't give a good defense to Cincy (although I still wouldn't call them overrated), the other two, along with Florida and TCU who took care of business on Saturday, are clearly the four best teams in the country. Look, they are called rivalry games for a reason. Usually you can throw the records out. And they all won, which is what counts in the end. The 2006 Gators didn't earn any style points in the season, but still handled tOSU with ease. And what I wouldn't give to see TCU play any/all of the other three teams. They are the real deal, and I think would matchup well. God, a playoff (even 4 team) would have been nice this year. And in a side note, I hope if Texas beats Nebraska, the BCS does the right thing and gives an invite to Boise State as well.
8) Some quick college hardwood thoughts- What a start for the University of Florida basketball team, one that most people has going 5th in the SEC East. Now, while they have yet to play a conference game, and Michigan State followed it up with a disappointing performance in last night's rematch of the title game, you have to like how good they look right now. It will be interesting to see how they do against Syracuse (another hot team early) in the SEC-Big East challenge game here in Tampa. Even as a Gator fan, I didn't see a 7-0 start. I'd love to see Billy's boys make the tournament this year. And what's happened to UCLA. They look completely lost out of the gate at 2-4. Now they have players transferring out. And it doens't get any easier with a Dec. 6th date at Kansas.
9) Look ahead- The games I'm looking forward to are the conference championship games, which I will predict in my next point, and in the NFL, Patriots Dolphins to see which team can bounce back from devastating losses, Cowboys Giants to see which team ate too much turkey on their Thanksgiving day game (my guess would be the Giants who seemed to load up before their night game with the Broncos), and Packers Ravens. There's also a couple interesting NBA games coming up with Boston San Antonio on Thursday, and Lakers Heat on Friday with the Heat on the back end of a two in a row situation. In hockey, you have the Penguins and Avalanche on Thursday, and my Lightning have a tough two game stretch with Boston tonight and New Jersey on Friday. And on the college hardwood, you have a very interesting Ohio State Florida State matchup tonight as part of the ACC Big Ten challenge.
10) BuccinGator's college football conference championship game predictions- While there are only 5 official conference championship games (3 BCS in SEC, Big 12, and ACC and 2 non in CUSA and MAC), with two conferences having defacto championship games this week with tomorrow's Oregon Oregon State game (which for the first time will decide a Pac-10 champion and Rose Bowl bid between these two) and Saturday's Cincinnati Pitt game, in what has to be a scheduling coup for the Big East and Pac-10. So, in order of how they are played:
Oregon 38, Oregon State 24 (just think Masoli is too much for the Beavers yet again)
Central Michigan 34, Ohio 17 (LeFevour gets it done)
Houston 45, ECU 20 (Case Keenum way too much for ECU, way too late for Heisman. Those UTEP and UCF losses will kill him)
Cincinnati 37, Pitt 27 (Although Cincy's defense does scare me. Pitt could pull this out, but I refuse to bet against Pike)
Florida 31, Alabama 27 (was going to go with last year's score as I think the game will be very similar [still do], but with Dunlap out, give Bama another TD)
Georgia Tech 31, Clemson 27 (C.J. Spiller could play spoiler, though. Just noticed the forecast for here in Tampa calls for thunderstorms that day. Of course, both these teams love to run anyway)
Texas 21, Nebraska 9 (Nebraska's D will keep this close, quite possibly closer than what I have it).
Hopefully I can go 5-2. Last year, I think I went 3-2, but I also think it was the mid-majors that tripped me up.
Tags: ACC Championship Game, Alabama Crimson Tide, Bad Public Relations, Best team in the NFL, Bobby Bowden, Carlos Dunlap, Charlie Weis, Clemson Tigers, College Basketball, Conference Championship Game Predictions, Crash, defense, Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Gregg Williams, Jimbo Fisher, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, overrated, Patriots, Public Relations, Saints, SEC Championship Game, TCU Horned Frogs, Texas Longhorns, Tiger Woods, UCLA Bruins, Urban Meyer
Posted on: October 6, 2009 7:51 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2009 9:02 pm
Welcome again, my friends, to another installment of that sports knowledge that was imparted upon me this week which I shall now share with all of you. And just to show that I'm not all about the Gators and/or the SEC (although those who read regularly already know), my verbose point of the week shall be about a certain team from Tallahassee and their coach whom I have a world of respect for, even coaching the enemy.
1) NHL season underway- But not the start for my Bolts that I was hoping for, dropping their opener 6-3 against the Thrashers. I'm still hoping for a better defense and more points this season. That was a little disappointing giving up 6 goals, though.
2) The "U" upgraded from Tropical Storm to category 3- Wow, huge win for the Canes and Jacory Harris, who rebounded very nicely after throwing two early picks. What a leader this kid is turning out to be. The Hurricanes could have let last week's horrid performance and early troubles inundate them, but instead held it together for an impressive win. The Hurricanes could possibly lose only the one game and be a second representative for the ACC in the BCS (unless Va Tech loses a couple in conference, in which case they could be THE representative). By the way, can we please abolish preseason polls? Oklahoma is still in the Top 25 with two loses because of what? Oh yeah, they started number 2. How can you rank them and not an undefeated Wisconsin team? Now, don't get me wrong, in no way am I suggesting that the Badgers are better. Most likely, Oklahoma beats them. But until Wisconsin loses a game, how can a TWO loss team be in front of them. And what if the Badgers don't lose? Eventually they have to leapfrog the Sooners, right? Right??? Actually, unfortunately, it's not likely to happen.
3) The football gods officially have it in for me- Gyah!!!! That was heartwrenching to watch Washington choke away two shots close to the goalline like that and have the domers come back and beat them, extending my worries that ND will make a BCS bowl game. Kudos to the Irish defense for stepping up like that, but come on Sark!!! The runs to the middle were not working. Mix in a roll out with a run/pass option. I'm not going to get on the officials for blowing the two point conversion call which I immediately saw on the first replay that he was down. Afterall, I think Sark had his challenge left. But that didn't cost them the game. The ineffeciency I previously mentioned did.
4) Speaking of Gyah's- I pick my Bucs to win over the hapless Redskins, and what thanks do I get? Missed FG's, no adjustments, and a loss. This team's best (and possibly only) shot of winning a game is in two weeks when the Panthers come to town. If they lose there, 0-16 is not out of the question. And could we please throw Josh Freeman to the wolves already and see what we might have in our first round draft pick from this year? This season is lost, and Josh Johnson is not the answer. Sure he gives you mobility and a faster delivery, but lacks everything else Leftwich brings to the table. Honestly, Leftwich never should have been pulled until Freeman was ready to play, which even in that case is hopefully sooner rather than later.
5) Giving credit where it is due- Have to give props to the Saints, which is hard for me because I can't stand their win nothing, think their crap doesn't stink fans, but that was a huge win over the J-E-T-S. I'm still not sold the Saints D will be able to stand up for a whole season, but for one game, they won it for them.
6) Cal Bleakly- Boy, what a fraud this team was. People thought they were going to be the ones to challenge USC? People figured out if you shut down Jahvid Best, whose Heisman Hopes are now officially zero, there isn't anybody else on this offense that's going to beat you. And who is the leader of the Pac-10 at this point in the season? Would you believe it's the Stanford Cardinal? No joke.
7) Keep the yellow in the pocket, part 1- Well, at least unlike the Pac-10's head of officiating who defended the worst call in history last year, the SEC's head ref stepped up and admitted they screwed up throwing a flag on Georgia Bulldog receiver A.J. Green after making one of the most incredible catches I've ever seen, the fact is that that flag has to stay in the pocket in the first place. Actually, more likely the rule needs to be changed, but as the 90,000 people in attendance and millions watching at home clearly saw, Green made no jesture. It would have been kind of hard from the middle of the mass of humanity that was his teammates congratulating him on his spectacular play. But don't get me wrong, UGA fans. this DID NOT cost you the game. Again, blaming it on officials is loser speak, and there is the little matter of kicking off TO Trendon Holliday and giving up a 40+ yard return which likely would have happened regardless of kicking from the 30 or the 15, and not being able to wrap up on Charles Scott and everybody else seemingly giving up on the play when the defender SHOULD have had him on the turf. THAT cost you the game, and LSU DESERVED to win. And the only thing worse than all of this? The make up call on Scott after his touchdown. Under NO circumstance should you EVER compound one horrific call with another trying to level the field. And deny it all you want, but if that wasn't a make up call, then I'm not a Gator fan. Remember, two wrongs don't make a right, but three rights make a left. Point is, you don't ever want to be worried about your team scoring a touchdown because some ref might get a little overzealous.
8) Keep the yellow in the pocket, part 2- I had the Pats-Ravens football field thingy on NFL.com several times during Sunday as I had the Ravens in my Pick 'Em pools and knew it would be an important swing game. Twice I saw as the Pats had the ball just past the 50, Personal Foul, Roughing the Quartback on the Ravens. Then I heard about Ray Lewis' remarks after the game. Even being right, I figured he was going to be fined for speaking his mind, especially since he was questioning the officiating, which is a definite no-no in the NFL. Shoot, on one play, it looked like the flag was thrown simply because Tom Brady whined for it. Well, I heard today on the radio that Ray Ray will not be fined for what he said, which means one of two things. Either A) Our Refs really F'ed up, or B) Our rules are F'ed up and need to be revisited after the season. Most likely, it's the latter, and to me, and to many other people, it appears that the league has far too many rules in the name of "Protecting the Player" that is detracting from the game. Pretty soon, football will become 7 on 7 where the offensive and defensive lines are eliminated, and it's man on man, including a defender to shadow the QB who can't touch him until he gets near the line of scrimmage. Seems this is what they want. Oh, and no making a good hard hit on the receiver, either.
9) Bored of Untrustees- First off, I will make this clear. Even as a Gator fan, I have a huge amount of respect for Bobby Bowden and what he has accomplished. I was adminantly PO'ed this offseason as it was suggested he lose 14 wins for playing players that to the best of his knowledge that were eligible, while the school which allowed itself to get swallowed up in an academic scandal that encompassed SIXTY ONE of its athletes in NINE sports got off with nary a slap on the wrist. To me, nothing screamed lack of institutional control more than this case, and made me yearn for the days of bowl probations and losing t.v. revenue. You want to stem something like this, hit the university in the pocketbook, don't punish a coach by vacating wins. Not like Duke is going to show a victory for that game anyway. Now word comes from Monday of the head of the Seminoles Board of Trustees, who I can only define as a world class moron. Here are the quotes that came from his way.
"We've got too many bosses out there," Smith said.
"Jimbo is in a very, very tough situation where people assume he has a whole lot more authority than he really has," Smith told the Associated Press. "He's getting blamed for a lot of things that's just not his fault."
Really, too many bosses? I count one. A coach in waiting does not count as a boss. And if coordinators count as bosses, then yes, there are too many as this would make Mickey Andrews and the special teams coach a boss, too, but no team is run like that. Fisher's situation is clearly outlined to him, and as far as getting blamed for a lot of things that just are not his fault, I'll blame him for one thing that is his fault. He is the offensive coordinator, correct? He, or one of HIS OWN assistants call the plays, correct? Then I blame him for having a offense that has the consistancy of an elderly man's bowel movements on a low fiber diet! And don't give me recruiting, either. Yes, it hasn't been up to standards at FSU recently, but do you really think Fisher has no input, especially with offensive players? Give me a break!!! And he continues:
Smith said Fisher should take over following Florida State's last game this season.
Too bad this isn't the board of trustees' decision and you have no direct say in it whatsoever.
Smith said that arrangement has resulted in division among the Florida State staff, an accusation Seminole coaches have vehemently denied.
"I know coaches are sniping at each other and that's just terrible," Smith said Monday. "There are too many mixed signals."
Really??? And you know this from what? Your close, intimate, first hand knowledge of the team? You'd swear HE was a coach at FSU. Yeah, I'm sure there's a lot of dissent between Bowden and Andrews, life long friends. And if there is division between Fisher and Bowden, which I don't believe there is, especially since Jimbo has yet to produce on his end of the field, well then, there might be another agenda at work there, so forgive me if I put absolutely no stock in it whatsoever.
He also said fundraising has slowed significantly, and the school has an obligation to fans and alumni to be competitive.
"I take absolutely no pleasure in this," Smith said. "I love Bobby Bowden, but I tell you what, I love FSU more."
Ah, and at last we arrive at the only true statement from this genius, and the true crux of his problem. Fundraising is down. Imagine that. First off, Bobby can't go out there and play for these kids, so I apologize for the sudden downturn in which you have your first losing record since Bowden's first year. Yes, that hurts a little, but, clown, fundraising is down everywhere. There's this thing called the economy, which maybe you're not up on current events, but it hasn't been doing all too great as of late. The fact of the matter is you have little power and no immediate knowledge of the current situation there, so dude, please, STFU (and no, I'm not talking about John Cena's finishing move). If anybody's earned the right to go out on his own terms, it's Bobby. Besides, sure didn't hear you or any of the other Nole faithful complaining as he was delivering a record 14 straight top 4 finishes to you, and I'm sure ALL KINDS of fundraising dollars. Guess you didn't invest wisely when you had the money.
10) Weekly look ahead- The things I am looking forward to this week are, surprise, surprise, the Florida LSU game to see who can stake early lead to conference supremacy, Alabama Ole Miss to see if Jevan Sneed can rebound or if the Tide continue to roll, Nebraska Missouri to see who's the early leader for the Big 12 North, and Ohio State Wisconsin to see if the Badgers are for real, or if they're simply Badgering me wanting to put them ahead of two loss Oklahoma. In the NFL, give me New England Denver, Jets Miami, and Redskins Panthers wait, that's another suckfest. Also give me the start of the MLB playoffs, which is really underway right now with a tight one going on in Minnesota. Also, my Bolts play three games this week against teams currently 0-2. They need to take at least 4, preferably 5 or 6 points from them. I'll update after today to give you my MLB playoff predictions.
Update: MLB Playoff Predictions- Wow what a game tonight in Minnesota. Unfortunately, I don't think it bodes well for them having to turn around and play tomorrow in New York. At least they get a day off after that. Anyways, here's what I think for the playoff series.
Philadelphia over Colorado in 5
Los Angeles over St. Louis in 5 (both cases just because of home field. Think the NL is very evenly matched)
New York over Minnesota in 4 (Yankees should win game 1)
Boston over Los Angeles in 4 (I know LA will be out for revenge after last year, just don't think it'll work)
Tags: A.J. Green, bad enforcement, bad officiating, Bad penalties, bad rules, Baltimore Ravens, Board of Trustees, Bobby Bowden, Byron Leftwich, Cal Berkley Bears, Charles Scott, Excessive Celebration, Florida State Seminoles, Georgia Bulldogs, Jacory Harris, Jahvid Best, Jim Smith, Jimbo Fisher, Josh Freeman, Josh Johnson, LSU Tigers, Miami Hurricanes, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, NHL, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Oklahoma Sooners, Polls, Preseason Polls, Ray Lewis, Roughing the passer, Stanford Cardinal, Steve Sarkisian, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Tom Brady, Trendon Holliday, Washington Huskies, Wisconsin Badgers
Posted on: October 1, 2009 12:21 am
Again a day late, but this time it was by choice. See, I knew I was going to be long winded on a couple of topics very near and dear to my heart, the Bucs and the Gators (hence, the name BuccinGator). Wanted the extra time to collect my thoughts and make sure I got everything out there. So without further ado, 10 things ...
1) The Ol' Ball Coach shuts down Ole Miss- I'll start with the Thursday night game. Now, I'm not going to jump on the Ole Miss was overrated band wagon. In a year where many a team already has one loss, they were just beneficiaries of everybody else losing earlier in the year and their starting ranking which was probably a little too high based on what they did last year and returning Jevan Sneed. But while SEC detractors point to this game as a sign of how the SEC is overrated and not that good, I point to this game as a sign of why the SEC is so great. You better bring your A game every week, and you better be ready to play against some slobberknockering defenses. I'm still a big Houston Nutt supporter (and Arkansas fans, check out how his replacement did this week. More on that later), and I still like Jevan Sneed, just think it was a case of where they ran up against an equally matched South Carolina squad in their stadium, and got outplayed. While Ole Miss was overrated through mostly no fault of their own, the fact is that South Carolina was probably more underrated.
2) Big 10 replay officials trying to overtake Pac 10 as being the most boneheaded and ignorant of the rules- Wow. What in the world is the point of having a replay system if it's not even going to be used properly? Come with me, my little chickadees, to last year, ironically involving the Michigan Wolverines. Forgot which side of the play they were on, but there was an absolutely ridiculous call that thankfully had no bearing on the outcome of the game against Michigan State in which a receiver was awarded a touchdown because his foot smooshed the pylon, which the replay official THOUGHT was in bounds. Nevermind the fact that 98% of the receiver's shoe was clearly Oscar Bravo. Now, spin it forward to Saturday afternoon, where an Indiana University receiver and Michigan defender CLEARLY had dual possession of the ball upon hitting the ground and then the defender wrestled the ball away and was awarded the interception. Even in the pros, where the ground does not end a play, the tie goes to the receiver. And no, Michigan fans, there is nothing in the rule that deals with who has "more" possession or whatever else you were trying to argue. I don't care if the defender has the ball locked to his chest, if the receivers hands are around the ball, that's it. And to me, it definitely appeared that the IU receiver had the better possession until it was ripped out ON THE GROUND when the play is over in college. Point is it's a moot arguement, and the rule clearly states that it should have been IU's ball. Their coach had every right to chuck his gum a la "Mr. Perfect" Curt Henning, and they should have had the chance to see if they could produce the winning drive. Now we'll never know.
3) The running of the Bulls D-Line- Daggummit!!! The Seminoles just had absolutely no answer for the University of South Florida's D-Line. And it's nice to see others step up and make plays while George Selvie is getting double and triple teamed. They just decimated the Seminoles offense and forced four fumbles. And the Seminoles secondary was non-existant on several plays. It doesn't help that your best secondary guy is a smurf who plays 10 times his size. I love Greg Reid, but all teams have to do is throw it whereever he's not. And even if he's there, he can get picked on in goalline situations where his height becomes a true disadvantage. The Noles need to solve their inconsistancy on offense, showing up only on odd numbered games (which bodes well for my Gators as they are game number 12). Defensively, they are consistant, though. Consistantly bad. Going to be a long year for the Noles, who are still expected to win the Atlantic Division and make a trip to Tampa. For the Bulls, though, this was a huge win for recruiting. I hope both they and Cincy can stay undefeated heading into the upcoming Thursday night game here in Tampa. The Big East could use the positive exposure that that game could bring them.
4) The "U" downgraded to a Tropical Storm- Again, I'm not going to jump on the Miami was overrated bandwagon, as I think it's great what they are doing, winning two games when many expected them to be "0-4 out the door." I think they are still in for a solid year. Just obviously were not ready to make that next step in a true return to national prominence. Great game turned in by the Hokies.
5) Razorbacks hog-"Tide"- Again, I am not a huge Nick Saban fan, but you have to be impressed with what he is doing in Tuscaloosa. Moreover, I love each and every time anybody, and I do mean anybody (okay, well maybe not Lane Kiffin, but it's close) in the SEC can put a beat down on that despicable turncoat of a man that coaches the University of Arkansas. Sure, Saban is a bit of a turncoat himself, but what he did is Mother Teresaish compared to Petrino, especially what that waste of humanity did to the Falcons, a team that I am by no means a fan of. Razorback fans, I hope every year you finish behind Ole Miss in the standings.
6) Rookie head coach makes a mistake most Pop Warner league coaches wouldn't make- Okay, I am officially convinced that the football gods are out to get me by putting a horrible Notre Dame football team into a BCS bowl game to be slaughtered. Last week it was Michigan State icing it by throwing a pick. This week, with no timeouts left and after being stopped on a running play and starting to scramble around in an effort to clock the ball which would have brought up third down with under 30 seconds left, Perdue gift wraps the game by calling a timeout FOR Notre Dame. For what??? To get the right personnel on the field?? You already had the right personnel on the field the previous play, and if you SERIOUSLY wanted to make changes, let Notre Dame clock it, and THEN you can run out a new unit. That kind of absurdity can't even occur at a high school head coaching level, much less the collegiate level. It's not often coaches truely win or lose games for you, but in this case, Perdue's coach singlehandedly blew it by not being aware of the game situation.
7) Some general NFL musings- I can't pick a Bengals game right, so the Browns will probably win this week. Brett Favre ripped my heart out and cost me my overall lead in my Pick 'Em pool. But what a play. The Vikings got him to make those plays in exactly those types of situations. Still hate his guts, though, for the stunts he's pulled, especially this offseason, but have to give credit where credit is due. The Patriots grounded the Falcons, showing they still have some work to do. The Lions beat the Redskins in a game I called correctly. Even though they were 0-2, the Lions were playing better football than the Deadskins, and it showed on Sunday. Now even worse, the Deadskins play my Suckaneers this Sunday in the Toilet Bowl. Ugh! And finally, Jake Delhomme is finished. Yes, the pick six was Steve Smith's fault, but there was absolutely NO reason for Fake to be throwing it there IN THE FIRST PLACE. He was well covered and would have been tackled immediately in a situation where the Panthers needed to have a sense of urgency.
8) Hey, hey, hey, we're the Suckaneers- Oh my god. I've slipped back into the seventh circle of Lemon [sic] Bennett hell with my favorite NFL team. And Bucs fans have nobody to blame but themselves and the atrocious sports media we have down here in my fair city (although many are still trying to blame Jon Gruden). The media here wants to be coddled to, and got it for years from Tony Dungy (who to be fair is a great coach and even better human being) and Rich McKay (who I can't say the same for). Then came in brash Gruden who wouldn't bend to their every whim. So they began running stories, began sowing discontent, and everybody down here bought it (except for the one piece of decent media, the Pewter Report, who told it like it was the whole time, good or bad). Then Gruden gets the axe, which I didn't have too much of a problem with, except that you need to replace him with a Shannahan or Cowher. Then came the whole Derrick Brooks debacle, which if Gruden had done, people here would have been screaming bloody murder against him. Look I still hope Morris succeeds, but it is obvious this coaching staff is coaching very poorly and are currently in way over their heads. And hopefully Buc fans will now pull theirs out of the sand and realize what a great job Gruden did with what little talent he had. I know this team is rebuilding, but they were one fourth quarter defensive collapse in ANY of the last four games in which they were tied or had a lead in EVERY SINGLE ONE of them away from making the playoffs last year. To take this many steps back is inexcusible. I had this team pegged for 4-12, but now I'm thinking 2-14 is more in line. And the yahoos down here were actually psyched after the Cowboys loss, spewing 8-8 or 9-7 and how great the offense is and how they'd been waiting for something like that for years. Well, I for one was not buying it, and they were exposed by the Giants this week. Fans forget, this team was 14th in total offense last year, which is respectable, especially when you can throw the type of defense out there we had thrown from 1997 through the first twelve games of 2008. Now the defense is just plain horrible. And the offense, I'm afraid fans will realize, is more in line with the 25th overall ranking they have right now than the 4th overall ranking they had going into the game, although with the D it's not likely to matter much. Oh, and yeah, Jon Gruden was the one holding Michael Clayton back. Since week one, he has TWO receptions and dropped a sure touchdown. Yup, all Gruden's fault. Clayton is a great receiver and worth every penny the Bucs spent on him this offseason. Buc fans, reap what you sow!!!! And to further my attack on the media, and why I think this area does not deserve baseball, the St. Pete times runs a horrid article on the Rays about a week ago saying how Jason Bartlett and Carl Crawford's best value (along with one other player) lies in trading them? Are you FREAKING kidding me? Bartlett, your team MVP, and Crawford, who you dumped Scott Kazmir's salary just so you could keep him? And even at $10 million, which I think is ridiculous, in MLB terms is a bargain for a player of Crawford's talents. Yeah, let's just go back to the dark ages of finishing last every year and drawing 5,000 fans a night. Not like they had a winning season this year, right?? What's that, they did?? Could have fooled the press down here who got spoiled by a World Series appearance last year. People down here want to make me vomit. We are the biggest bunch of front running bandwagoners, and sadly, we're probably the best sports market in the state as Miami and Jacksonville are worse. Pathetic!
9) ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!- I am so sick in the aftermath of the UF-Kentucky game of EVERYTHING that is coming out, that I feel like being concussed. Everybody just needs to get off of everyone's cases right now, because everything that has been said is absolutely ludicrous. As soon as I saw a replay, I knew exactly what had happened, and just became concerned for how bad of a concussion Tebow had. Don't know why it took like 10 for most people to realize it was hitting the right tackle's knee coming down who was being blocked back into him, and not the hit that caused the damage. The first person people need to get off the case of is the Kentucky blitzer (pretty sure it was an LB) who hit Tebow. You have clowns like Dennis Dodd on this site running articles about whether or not it was a clean hit. Are you freakin' kidding me? Why not just have QB's wear dresses and play two hand touch? And again, it wasn't the initial hit that was the problem. It was a very clean football play. The second person people need to get off the case of is the UF left tackle. People, he was blocking the man he was supposed to block. In football, you block inside out. In that situation, the blitzer is TEBOW'S responsibility to pick up, and he didn't do it. And if there was going to be a shift of the O-lines responsibilities pre-snap had the blitz been recognized, that would have fallen with either Tebow or the Pouncey twin that plays center, not the left tackle. The third person people need to get off of is Urban Meyer. The suggestion that it's the way Tebow plays and he runs to much is beyond ridiculous. I must have missed where Tebow was injured on a running play. I could have swore it was a pass. And his style of play is irrelevant of the situation in which he got hurt. Even a pocket passer like Peyton Manning would have been injured whiplashing his head and neck on the leg of an O-lineman. Give me a break. Tebow gives as much punishment, if not more so than he receives. And the fourth person is Tebow himself. Everybody's suggesting after this that he needs to change his style of play and this and that and the other. That would be the absolute worst thing he can do. You have to dance with the girl that brought you there. If you really want Florida to become more of a passing team, just play John Brantley. And enough with all the talk of Tebow and the LSU game and putting the national title above the kids health and whatnot. It may surprise most people, but the decision for Tebow to play or not play this week won't come from Tebow or Urban Meyer, it will come from the UF medical staff, which I have every faith in making the correct call one way or the other. And if Brantley has to play, I'll take my chances. Obviously Tebow's leadership will be missed, and the style will be different, but if that's how they have to go, if we lose, we lose. I still think UF has a shot to win even with Brantley at the QB spot, although obviously I would prefer Tebow. Oh, and to top it all off, watching ESPNU on Sunday, they had reaction from a Gator fan at a Gainsville bar. Here's what this genius had to say. He talked about how upset he was that the UK players and fans were being all disrespectful cheering and celebrating when Tebow went down. Um, excuse me? Just exactly what game was this chuckle head watching? Was it some different feed than the one from ESPN2 that I saw? This wasn't the FSU game where the fans (surprisingly in my book, as I always thought FSU has great fans) were actually cheering when Percy Harvin went down. Hell, I could have swore I was watching a UF home game as the 15,000 Gator fans in attendance were making far more noise than the Wildcat fans. Want proof of that, watch a replay of the Chris Rainey punt block for TD. No, the Kentucky fans weren't celebrating, and the only players celebrating were the one who got the sack and one of his teammates in the immediate aftermath. Afterall, he had just made a great, CLEAN, football play. It wasn't like when the Gator bench emptied, the Kentucky players were on the field dancing around a la, "Ding, Dong, the Witch Is Dead." Come on ESPN, you broadcast the game. You have to do a better job editing your pieces. I'm sure there were other Gator fans at that bar with better comments than what this moron came up with. All in all, though, this whole situation and experience just further enhances my dislike of most of the media. But that's why knowledgable people stop by my blog, right?
10) A look at the week ahead- The things I am looking forward to this week are the Buccaneers Redskins game, the start of the NHL season! The puck drops for real tomorrow night. Woo hoo!!! Look for some ice talk to kick in on my blog. Anyway, to football, give me LSU Georgia and Oklahoma Miami, and in the pros Jets Saints (go Jets, if nothing else than to shut the Aint fans up), Steelers Chargers to see if the Steelers can regroup, and the MNF game of the Vikings and Packers for obvious reasons.
Bonus parting shot- Great job by the Cal Berkley Bears setting up their matchup with USC this week. They go into Eugene against a struggling Ducks team and get absolutely SMOKED. And thanks to Ole Miss, Penn State, Cal, and Miami for letting USC jump right back up in the polls, despite losing to a team that just got smoked by Stanford.
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