Florida-Penn State

November 3, 2008

Despite Alabama and Texas Tech being 1-2 in the new BCS rankings, both ESPN bowl projectionists predict a Florida-Penn State national championship game.

Personally, I would most like to see the Big 12 Champ and SEC Champ play for the national title, with Penn State and USC playing in the Rose Bowl. I think everyone acknowledges the Big 12 and SEC to be the top conferences, and I enjoy keeping the Big Ten-Pac 10 Rose Bowl setup whenever possible. Unfortunately, it looks like Penn State will get through undefeated and defeat this plan (unless Alabama and Texas Tech both win out, which no one thinks will happen). But in college football, we should know better by now than to think we can figure out the BCS picture before the final week of the regular season is done. Penn State is at Iowa and then home for Indiana and Michigan State to close out the season.


Crabtree wins it

November 2, 2008

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The Ghost of Lloyd Carr

November 2, 2008

Michigan won’t be going bowling for the first time in 33 years. This type of historically bad season might lead a proud program to fire its head coach, only Michigan can’t exactly do that, considering they fired Lloyd Carr last year and brought in Rich Rodriguez for big bucks amid much fanfare. And then they signed him to a contract with a $4 million buyout barely over a week ago! Big Blue fans must be feeling blue right about now.

(As a non-partisan observer, it looks like that game at Purdue was quite something, with a hook-and-lateral game-winner late in the 4th. Too bad it was on Big Ten Network and no one saw it. Anyway, go watch the online highlights at the link.)

Florida States takes over the distinction of having the football team with the most consecutive bowl bids at 26, and it doesn’t get easier for the Wolverines as they play at Minnesota, Northwestern, and at Ohio State to close out the year–could they go 2-10? More here and here.


Cocktail Party

November 1, 2008

Man, I would love to go to Florida-Georgia one of these years. I wonder how I would go about making that happen?


Michael Vick in Better Days

July 27, 2007

With the Michael Vick dog fighting arraignment hitting the national news today, it has come to my attention that there are plenty of people out there who are not aware of Vick’s body of work on the football field over the years. Specifically, my dad earlier this evening was wondering about who this Vick character was, and I explained that I’ve enjoyed seeing him play many times.

In thinking back on my favorite Vick-watching moments, I realized that his Virginia Tech performances left the deepest impression on me; exciting as Vick has been as a pro, he has never attained the lofty potential people saw in him and has always been considered a tantalizing disappointment. But when he first burst onto the football scene in 1999, he was an absolute sensation.

That’s all by way of introduction to a few YouTube clips. Here’s the game-winning drive in Tech’s win over West Virginia in November 1999, a victory that kept the Hokies alive for a berth in the national championship game (they lost to Florida State). On the drive, just when the Mountaineers look ready to claim the upset, Vick pulls of a scramble down the sideline to set up a late field goal.

The following season, I vividly remember seeing Vick play a game at Boston College where he simply could not be tackled by the defense. The 82-yard touchdown run, where Vick shakes off a defender who face masks him just before getting to the end zone, is just ridiculous.

I couldn’t find any clip, but I would have to say that the game Vick played in the Falcons 2002 tie at Pittsburgh is one of my favorite NFL viewing experiences ever. The wild card win at Lambeau field was also a lot of fun.

In conclusion, I hope these memories can remain, despite the awful imagery of dead animals that will now seemingly surround Vick’s name forever.


The Opening Kickoff Isn’t Everything

February 5, 2007

It occurred to me that there was an opening kickoff returned for a touchdown in both the Super Bowl and the college football national championship game this year. Last night, the Bears’ Devin Hester did the honors.

Do not kick to Devin Hester

 

Last month, as you may recall, Ted Ginn Jr. similarly started the game off in style for Ohio State. Unfortunately for both talented return men, their teams proceeded to lose badly in games that would’ve been even more one-sided if not for their initial moments of brilliance. At least their fans were delirious with joy for that moment.


Reggie Bush may not be so innocent after all

January 25, 2007

This is still not confirmed, as evident by the headline of “Tapes could confirm Bush received gifts”, but it sure sounds a lot more likely that Reggie Bush could be caught for some sort of wrongdoing now that we know taped conversations exist in the case.

Reggie Bush takes a bribe from Mickey

The stakes are high as Bush could be forced to give up his Heisman trophy, USC could be stripped of its national titles, and the fond memories of college football fans like me could be sullied by all this unpleasantness. USC now doesn’t seem so out of line about not wanting Bush on the sideline for the Rose Bowl earlier this month.I am left with two questions about the story, beyond the obvious issue of when we might find out what is on those tapes. First, why does the timing seem fishy to me? The Saints’ season ended just a few days ago. Imagine if Reggie Bush had to deal with questions about all of this during the pre-Super Bowl fortnight-long media circus. Is it pure coincidence this didn’t come out until Bush’s offseason?

And second, since when does Yahoo.com break big stories like this?