Posted on: September 5, 2009 9:56 am

Georgia at Oklahoma State ... I'm thrilled

STILLWATER, Okla. -- And I'm dead serious.

This game looked good when it was assigned to me a few weeks ago, but the more I look at it, the more handsome it gets. It's kind of like me in that regard. Moving on ...

This is the biggest season-opener in Oklahoma State history. It's possibly the biggest game in OSU history, although any number of rivalry games with Oklahoma probably deserve that billing for now.

But No. 9 OSU has never (before now) started the season in the Top 10, and it has never played in a stadium as majestic as the one recently refurbished with money from booster T. Boone Pickens, and then when you add in the fact that the opponent isn't San Jose State (no offense) but No. 13 Georgia? With its own issues in the post-Stafford/Moreno era?

This game is huge. Not locally huge. Nationally huge.

And there are more subplots and twists and turns and rumors and all sorts of crazy s--- that I haven't even mentioned, but I'm saving some of that for my game column later. Please come back? I promise it'll be worth your while.

Even if the writer is only me.

That was an attempt at humility. Needs work, I know.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 4, 2009 11:28 am
Edited on: September 4, 2009 11:55 am

To be clear, the Boise player also was a jerk

I meant what I said and I said what I meant about LeGarrette Blount: sit him for the year, Oregon.

But Boise State ought to hand out a little discipline -- not a year, for crying out loud, but something -- to the player who taunted Blount: Byron Hout.

Video is clear. Hout showed zero class in victory, using the postgame to hoot at Blount -- who had talked trash before the game -- and even putting his hands on Blount's shoulder pads. Did Hout deserve to be punched? Nope. But was Hout an innocent bystander?


Blount was a poor loser and a despicable, at that moment, human being. But Hout was a clown who deserves some sort of smackdown from his team. Figuratively, I mean. He already was given a literal smackdown.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 4, 2009 7:37 am
Edited on: September 4, 2009 11:56 am

Awww -- he's like a young Pacman Jones

LeGarrette Blount of Oregon, I mean. He's a young Pacman Jones. Is that a good thing?

Of course it's not a good thing.

He didn't just lose his cool Thursday night when he sucker-punched a Boise State player after the game. He became completely unhinged. He forgot where he was, who he was, and where he wants to go. And if he plays again this season, shame on Oregon coach Chip Kelly.

(Here's the video!)

A season-long suspension is a stiff, stiff penalty to pay for a college football player, especially a senior. But Blount has to go. A player cannot sucker-punch another player after the game, and then make it worse by trying to go all Ron Artest on the crowd. If it weren't for the police who stopped him, Blount would have been in the crowd making (punches) rain.

This might not be a bad guy, but that was a despicable show. And he has to go.

And if Chip Kelly doesn't see that, well, maybe Chip Kelly has to go as well.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 3, 2009 7:14 am
Edited on: September 3, 2009 8:13 am

Boise State is unworthy, and this is why

If Boise State beats Oregon State tonight, the Broncos are a safe bet to finish the regular season undefeated, and therefore in position to create another BCS controversy.

Which is absolute dung.

In the college football that I know and love, there are no "safe bets" to run the season and finish it undefeated if you win your first game. That's nonsense, but that's the reality for Boise State. Which means Boise State is nonsense.

Boise State as a national title contender, I mean.

Pick a school from a BCS conference. Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Ohio State, (OK, don't pick one from the Big East. That league sucks.) If any of those teams wins their first game, are they a safe bet to run the table? Of course not.

Boise State is, but only because Boise State's schedule includes Miami (Ohio) and Nevada and something called UC Davis. Georgia plays Florida. Oklahoma plays Texas. USC plays Ohio State. And there are plenty more tough games where those came from.

Boise State is a nice story, and probably a pretty good football team. But Boise State as a national title contender? Come on. You don't really believe it, right?
Category: NCAAF
Tags: BCS, Boise State
Posted on: July 27, 2009 3:46 pm

Big Ten Media Day: all 11 schools

CHICAGO -- Do me a favor. Pretend like these are live updates. Look, I could have done live updates, but that would have required effort. And a web connection from the interview room at the Big Ten media day. But this is the next best thing. Plus, it's me. And you love you some me.

And me being me, this isn't going to be about the actual football teams of the Big Ten. That's insider minutiae crap that serves a purpose, but not my purpose. Here's what you get from me after listening to all 11 coaches, in order:

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald: First he wins over the media, or me, by noting how times are so tough in the media industry and thanking those of us who came for showing up at all, and then announcing that he had, in fact, voted for Tim Tebow as first-team QB in the SEC. Very nice. And then he went self-deprecating, answering a question about his induction into the college football Hall of Fame -- he was a stud linebacker at Northwestern when the team went 15-1 in the Big Ten from 1995-96 -- by saying this, "You can see from my illustrious NFL career that I was so good. That said, you can see it (induction) was a lot less about me and a lot more about my team and teammates."

Illinois coach Ron Zook: The Zooker was hoarse from his first word, and he wore a shiny, shark-tone jacket. His opening comments were a stream of consciousness that included everyone on his team AND the backup quarterback, whoever that is.

Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema: Poor guy. He was the only coach who was shooed off the stage with time still in his allotted 15 minutes. Worse, he came on a few minutes late because Zook ran long. Not a lot of interest from the Big Ten media in Wisconsin.

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez: He was asked a gutsy question about his high number of transferring players, and he answered it with gutsiness of his own: "The team's fine. We only worry about players who play for us." Nicely done.

Purdue coach Danny Hope: He opened his remarks with, "Thank goodness that football season is finally here and we can bring some sanity back to our lives." Nobody laughed. A tumbleweed blew past the stage. Then again, most of the media members hadn't returned from our first lunch break.

Minnesota coach Tim Brewster: This is Brewster? He was so calm, so sedate. I expected a maniac, but I felt better when another writer leaned over and whispered, "He must be on decaf, because he's not so wired." Brewster got animated just once, when he mentioned the Gophers' coming series with Southern California. Maybe he'd be more animated if he coached USC.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel: Cute little fellow. He follows Brewster and has to lower the microphone so he can reach it, and as he does so, he mutters, "They always put me after a tall guy." Awww. Tressel reminds me of the elf-turned-dentist from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. So does ESPN's John Clayton. Which means Tressel reminds me of John Clayton.

Indiana's Bill Lynch: Like Danny Hope, Lynch spoke to a sparse following. Lots of media people were eating during their second break time. Probably just a coincidence that Hope and Lynch were given time slots right after a break. What did Lynch say? I was there the whole time, but I have no ideazzzzzz.

Michigan State's Mark Dantonio: Not gonna say a lot about him, because I think I'm writing on him for tomorrow. But I like him. Even if he did note that the Spartans are picked to finish third this season "by the sports writers," and he made sports writers sound like an infectious disease.

Penn State's Joe Paterno: Holy cow did JoePa win me over. He was hilarious. Here are some of his better lines:

When his very first question was an inquiry into "what makes you come back year after year" ... Paterno said, "Oh, I missed you guys."

Also, when asked about quarterback Daryll Clark: "Jay Paterno our quarterbacks coach wanted him to play more two years ago, but I thought that would shake the confidence of the kid we had at quarterback (Anthony Morelli) and I thought the kid we were playing had the potential to be a good quarterback, and I blew that one."


And when asked about scheduling non-conference teams, he said, "I can't be looking ahead to see who we're playing in the year 2020. I'm dumb, but I ain't that dumb. I'm optimistic, but I ain't that optimistic."

Love it.

Finally, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz: I listened. But it sounded like the guy from Indianzzzzzzz.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: July 24, 2009 1:24 pm

Tebow was asked about sex ... and I liked it

I mean, I liked everything about it.

I liked the guts it took, and the insight it required, to ask that question of that athlete. He's not just an athlete. He's the most famous Christian athlete in the country, and he's walking on a campus -- I went there -- teeming with temptation. Are you saving yourself for marriage? is the wrong question to ask every athlete but one in college football. But it's the right question to ask Tebow. He's The One.

I like the poise Tebow showed in answering it, and in making fun of the media for being so uncomfortable with the moment.

I liked the passion Dennis Dodd showed in his takedown of the questioner, Clay Travis. Dodd can write, friends. He can really write.

I liked the debate it has stirred up around the country. Was the question fair? Was Tebow even telling the truth? Lots of interesting points to banter about.

Liked it. All of it. Not sure I'd have asked it, but only because of my own weaknesses. However, if it had occurred to me, and I was there, sure. I'd have asked.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: July 20, 2009 4:24 pm

I'm scared ... my Erin Andrews opinion coming

You're going to have to wait for it, but get ready. It's coming out tomorrow, and it will be brutal.

This thing could be the end of me.

Having said that, I'm as guilty as the next guy. I put Erin Andrews' name in the title of this blogg post, as well as in this sentence, to guarantee maximum exposure. That woman is an internet hit-making machine. Unreal.

Imagine being her. Or her dad. Heartbreaking, really.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: Erin Andrews
Posted on: June 9, 2009 9:53 am

Lane Kiffin, selfish young man

See! Age is an adjective. Nothing more or less ... Paterno fans.

Anyway ...

I'm not a Lane Kiffin guy. Read me at all, and you know that. I seem to mention it a few times a year month week.

Here's another example.

Not the violation. I don't care about the violation. I don't even care that ESPN helped commit the violation. ESPN was, technically speaking, doing its job. Plus, it's ESPN. ESPN does what ESPN wants. I get it. No problem.

But read at the end of the story where Kiffin gives an explanation about his infamous, and alleged, "gas pumping" comment. Notice the order in which he defends himself: He defends his intelligence before he defends his integrity. Even subliminally, those are his priorities.

Which tells me he's not as smart as he thinks he is. And not as wholesome, either.
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