Day late and a dollar short posting this week's edition. Must say all of my look ahead games ended up being close, interesting games, so a pat on the back to me. Hey, I need one since my Infinity League team is tanking. Can't get any receiver help. Anyway, on to this week's musings ...
1) What a difference a year makes- 365 little days. Okay, so that's not how the song goes, but it fits for what happened in the UM-Ga Tech game. Last year, Miami was lost against the option running attack, allowing something like 1000 yards (actually, closer to 400, but you get the picture). This year, they absolutely obliterate the Jackets, and reappear in the Top 10 for the first time since Coker was winning with Butch Davis' kids. Put up the Hurricane warnings in Blacksburg. That should be one heck of a game.
2) Why can't we be friends- Ugh. Just when it looked like Meyer and Kiffin might be able to patch things up and move on, they can't. Saturday's UF UT game ended up being a lot closer than most people thought, thanks in large part to a Tim Tebow fumble that led to a UT touchdown for a 14 point swing and a very good Volunteer defense. In fact, if UT had some semblance of an offense, especially at the QB position, they would have been in a position to potentially win. The main thing I noticed between this year's game and last year's is that unlike last year, UT did not quit, although the decision to keep running the ball down 17 late was confusing at best. In fact, Meyer said to Kiffin during the hand shake that Kiffin's team "Played Hard," which is a nice compliment. Both coaches handled themselves very well in the immediate post game as well. But then over the course of the next day or two, Meyer, in an attempt to most likely quell Gator fan and alumni fears after expecting a "Slaughter in the Swamp" mentioned his team was suffering from the flu (which is something you don't make public and come off looking like you are using it as an excuse) and said that he was taking it easy on Tennessee late in the game, something you absolutely don't say (although, again, I believe it was related to the flu thing). Well, this just opened the door for Lane to become a childish a-hole again, and needless to say, he took the bait and kicked that door wide open. Meyer, next time don't say things that don't need to be said, and Kiffin, please just go away ... soon. If you want to see swagger, look at the aforementioned Hurricanes. What you are doing is instilling false bravado, and the only people it's fooling is YOUR fans and alumni.
3) Oops, we did it again- Way to go, University of Spoiled Children. Last week, I had to defend both UF and Texas as SC fans were piling on us about our out of conference schedules and they should be ahead of us. I had to remind these bozos that while yes, I would like to see both these teams play slightly better competition, the fact is that both Texas and UF's IN conference schedules are far superior, and they have to play in a little something called conference championship games. And I reminded them of their annual Stanford they always pull. They fired back about how the Pac-10 was 5-0 last year in bowl games, and while the 100% winning percentage is admirable, YOU SENT FIVE FREAKIN TEAMS TO BOWL GAMES. By comparison, the ACC sent 10 and the Big 10 and SEC sent 8. Now we always hear from these whiners about an east coast media bias, and there is. Almost all of your major cities are on or east of the Mississippi River, duh. But every year it seems USC is not properly punished for their annual choke job. This year, falling down to number 12, hopefully they will be.
4) Cry me a river- Bama fans, please stop complaining about where you are in the polls and you should be number one. Yes you beat Va Tech on a neutral field (who just might be 2-2 after this week and barely avoided being 1-2 right now). Yes, UF and Texas looked less than impressive in games they were expected to do better in. But you base this on what, looking impressive against a pathetic North Texas team??? Just go out and win your games and you will have your shot at the BCS title game. In fact, the most impressive team not to lose a game right now just might be ... you got it. The "U."
5) Sparty comes up short- Arrrrgggghhhh!!! I thought Michigan State was going to win it driving late in the game and officially start the Charlie Weis death watch, but alas the football gods tease me and give Notre Dame a pick to seal it. Now I still have to sweat out the Irish making a BCS bowl game and being slaughtered by a team they are clearly overmatched by.
6) One thing I'm not looking ahead to- Is the Detriot Washington suck fest on Sunday. I actually had to swallow poison and ended up picking the Lions in all of my pick 'ems because they are the home team and in my book, have actually looked better than the Redskins so far this year in their two losses.
7) "Pack" attack- Ugh. I'm dead in both of my dead pools thanks to the Green Bay Packers. All preseason all anybody talked about was how good they looked, especially on offense. Two games into the season, they had to have Jay Cutler hand them their only win, and lost convincingly against a Bengals team where Palmer was attempting for a while to do the same thing. I don't know who I'm goin to root for when they play Minnesota. Goes to show preseason means nothing.
8) Tony "Ronoooooooooooo"- This guy will never be an elite quarterback in the NFL, I'm sorry. And notice, I said elite. He is a good quaterback. He is one that has the tools to win you some games and take you to the playoffs most years. But he will never, ever be one that will get you over the top and win rings for you. For one thing, it's obvious he doesn't have the work ethic necessary to put in the time to improve himself and become an elite QB. In fact, if you gave me a choice of NFC East QB's to start a franchise with, Tony Romo would be a distant third, and you can guess who he's in fornt of.
9) Getting close- Pretty soon, the MLB playoffs will be upon us, as will another thing, hockey season!!! I love the sport of hockey and encourage everyone if they can to just attend one game live to see if you get hooked. The sport just does not translate well to TV, which is a shame. I'm hoping my Lightning will be able to win some more games this year as it looks like they'll be able to throw a better set of defensemen on the ice. Don't think they'll make the playoffs, but hopefully they surprise me.
10) Weekly look ahead- Let's see if I can nail this like last week. Give me Miami Va Tech as the only game in college to see who has the early hands up in the ACC, and for the professionals, let me see Atlanta and New England, to see if the Patriots can rebound, or, if as I have it, instead if the Falcons are for real. All in all, not a very good week, and not many baseball races to make MLB interesting. Oh well.
Oops, forgot to hit on the Mountain West being done after BYU and Utah losing. Basically my point was going to be that the Mountain West overall is still a quality conference, but they will not be sending any teams to Pasadena this year. Go Horned Frogs! And how do you take a team like FSU lightly? Sorry, Cougars, but that's what you did. Got too full of yourselves after your big win over Oklahoma and saw the Seminoles limping in after barely beating Jacksonville State, and got smacked around in your home stadium for your efforts. Your consolation T-Shirts are at the door.