Saturday, September 26, 2009

Week 4 NCAA Picks: Quantity, Not Quality

In which we make up for our obvious lack of prognosticating skills by giving you more picks.

Miami (FL) @ Virginia Tech (+2)
I don't buy the Miami resurgence. I think Oklahoma's gonna go all Boomer Sooner on them in a few weeks, with or without Sam Bradford. Jacory Harris seems almost as likely to do something moronic as he is to do something dazzling (noteworthy evidence in favor of this position: his threat/promise to wear a pink suit to the Heisman ceremony should he be invited). And against Bud Foster's turnover-happy Hokies, Harris will be given all sorts of opportunities to wear the metaphorical pink suit of ignominy.

On the other hand, I don't buy Virginia Tech's offense. At all. Tyrod Taylor simply isn't very good at quarterbacking the football. He's Jacory Harris without the style. Eh, that's not fair to Harris. More accurately, he's Brian Randall without the skill.

What we have here is a dilemma, boys and girls. ACC Football, it's flawwwwtastic. After much consultation and several coin flips, we like Miami to go to Lane and pull out a win. We also like ESPN to go all in on the 'Canes over the next several weeks, with feature stories on Bernie Kosar's hair straightening, Lamar Thomas' post-Teague redemption and fall from grace, Randy Shannon's quiet confidence and gambling addiction, and Warren Sapp's Japanese commercial acting career.

Bonus Worst Game in America

Middle Tennessee State @ North Texas (+7.5)

The Raiders take on the Mean Green in this battle of schools that may or may not be fictional and almost certainly served as the inspiration for the Scott Bakula/Kathy Ireland vehicle, 'Necessary Roughness'. MTSU beat Maryland, 32-31, last week, stretching their winning streak against the Terps to 2. North Texas got predictably stomped, 53-7, by Alabama. It may be a measure of the program's history that USA Today calls their 1-2 start 'a pleasant surprise'.

MTSU has a win over Memphis in addition to Maryland, which North Texas features a freshman quarterback with the terrific name of Riley Dodge. As much as we'd like to go with the kid, the results on the field are pretty compelling. Raiders coast in Denton.

Illinois @ Ohio State (-15.5): Tough game to pick here. I'm morally opposed to picking in favor of Ron Zook, unless its a barefoot waterskiing competition. That guy is an animal on the open water. Off topic: Anyone remember when he nearly lost a foot during a waterskiing accident while the Head Coach at Florida? Yeah, well, he did and I think that anecdote is the perfect summation of his ill-fated tenure in Gainesville. Good times, gone terribly (nearly tragically) wrong. Anywho, I don't want to bet on Towlie here but I also don't believe in Ohio State. They lost a ton of defense last year and their one offensive palymake is Terelle Pryor. And, he is terribly overrated. He doesn't throw very well and he seems to shy way from contact which limits his effectiveness as a running threat despite his size and speed. Personally, I think he'd be better off saying fuck it, moving to WR and maximizing his significant physical gifts. But, what the hell do I know? I'll tell you what I know...15.5 is waaay too many points to give up in what looks to be the football equivalent of two down syndrome kids mud wrestling. I'll take Illinoize and the points. Remember folks: Ron Zook sees improvement and they are going to get things corrected.

Arkansas @ Alabama (-14): Anyone see the Arkansas-Georgia game last week? That was fun wasn't it? Its nice to see shootouts in the SEC from time to time. It balances out the AFC North style slugfests that we so often see when two top tier SEC teams square off (think LSU-Auburn of the mid 2000s). Well, I have some bad news. This isn't going to be one of those games. While the Razorbacks' offense is definitely legit, its defense is definitely shit. They couldn't stop Joe Cox last week and, believe me, Greg McElroy is much better than the Ginger Ninja. On the other hand, the Tide's defense is light years ahead of the shit that Willie Martinez is throwing out on the field in Athens these days (Seriously Willie, it might be time to start revising that resume. And umm, it might also be time to stop going by Willie. You are not British, black or under 10) and they'll prove to be a far stiffer test than the Dogs were. Bama has early round NFL draft picks in all three areas of their defense (Cody, Arenas, McClain, Hightower, etc.) and an evil little man caning them and feeding them raw hyena intestines Monday through Friday. Did I also mention that Bama has 4, yes 4, talented tailbacks that all play? Yeah, well, there's that too. Fuck all that bullshit talk about Miami. As of today, Alabama's the best team in the country, and as much as Nick Saban respects Bobby Petrino's ability to lie to and shit all over people who have trusted him and paid him exorbitant amounts of cash, thats not going to help Hogs one bit tomorrow. Alabama by at least 17.

Okay, boys and girls. That's all you're getting for now, unless TJ, TR, Zoltan or any other member of ever growing yet still unbelievably lazy staff decide to get off their ample posteriors and, you know, actually do their job. Be safe out there. Which, of course, is my way of saying. Get drunk and fight somebody...though not necessarily in that order.

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Mark said...
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Mark said...

What the hell has happened to TJ? He's been more absent and useless than normal these couple of days. Is he suspended without pay?

If so, its about damn time.

Mark said...

I remember last year when we all did picks (though they were NFL) consistently each week. I preferred that to this lazy, scrambled crap we've been throwing lately.

TJ said...

Hey, I just went to load Mark's picks in...and lookee that, one of you actually manged to hit publish. Kudos.

TJ said...

Sounds like Mark wants to wear the Captain's hat...and Tennille's blouse.

Mark said...

That was me. Because I got tired of waiting for your lazy ass. Even when I'm sick I'm still more motivated and capable than you. You ND loving, Yankee sucking bitch.

TJ said...

You calling me lazy is akin to Greg questioning my time managment skills.

And, um, I don't think I've paid attention to how much Corso is truggling on Gameday. Couldn't someone have nicely suggested he rest for a few more weeks?

Mark said...

No Captain's chair for me. I much prefer to bitch and moan from the back of the room. I'm also a little bitter that I effectively fought a cold all week long only to have it finally break me on a Friday afternoon.

Mark said...

Corso is definitely truggling.

Finally, is this Gameday a fucking 3 hour PSA for PSU? What the fuck? Not only is ESPN/Gameday at a crap game but now they're shilling for Paterno and the Lions. This...is bullshit.

TJ said...

Actually, I think I will now be using "truggling" in daily conversations...

Mark said...

In other news, the flu is still running roughshod over the Gators. Tebow, Major Wright and Joe Haden all have the flu and are currently isolated from the team to prevent further infections. Great.

TJ said...

McShay looks like such a tool sitting in that cube breaking down tape.

Mark said...

He may look like a tool but his job is still pretty awesome.

Mark said...

I'd like to say how bummed I am that Matt Grothe is out for the year for USF. Not only is he massively entertaining (both good and bad) but he's been instrumental in building up USF's program. Its a shame he's going to miss his chance to take the Bulls into battle against both FSU and Miami.

Mark said...

TJ fixed the formatting! What a guy.

Jerry said...

Agreed on Grothe. He was always worth watching, especially on the Thursday/Friday games.

Disagree about Jacory. I think the guy is fantastic. Poise and accuracy. That's what a QB needs and that's what he's got.

Mark said...

I'm a Jacory Harris fan, for sure. Its very easy to see why Shannon went with him over Marve. He has all the intangibles you look for in a QB. His arm strength is better (though not overwhelmingly so) and he's more mobile but (and I've said this before) he reminds me of Ken Dorsey in a lot of ways.

Mark said...

I just read Rob's picks. He needs to brush up on his North Texas Mean Green history. They've fallen on hard times but they had a pretty good small college program during the early 2000s. I'm pretty sure they made 3-4 straight New Orleans bowls during that stretch.

As for Harris, I think Rob's basing his analysis on one particularly erratic stretch from Harris during the FSU-Miami game. Aside from that (mostly the 32nd quarter) he's been terrific thus far.

Mark said...

How about the 2nd quarter and not the 32nd?

Mark said...

Nice goal line stand by the Bulls. Fuck FSU.

TJ said...

The Gameday piece on Harris made me like him even more. He certainly doesn't lack confidence, that's for sure.

Mark said...

Nonoe of those Miami Northwestern kids do. Something about growing up in Miami's worst ghetto seems to produce ample amounts of bravado.

And FSU is losing to USF while my FSU alum sister is stuck at her daughter's tee-ball practice. She just called me for an update and USF scored while we were on the phone and she responded by cursing out loud. I'm sure she's a hit with her fellow parents...did I mention she's a kindergarten teachr?

TJ said...

Ms. Lippy's car is green.

Mark said...

FSU's Oline is truggling.

Mark said...

Speaking of truggling, Mississippi State and LSU are knotted at 13.

Mark said...

Excuse me, Bulldogs up 14-13.

Jerry said...

SEC football should never start at noon.

I'm gay for Kansas. Arsenal needs some goals.

Mark said...

sadly, one SEC game always starts at noon.

I too love Kansas. Especially since Todd Reesing is one of the last healthy marquee names on my college football fantasy team.

Hey! Look at that, FSU's FG attempt was wide right. Who woulda thunk it?

Mark said...

Most interesting slate of noon games so far this season?

Most interesting slate of noon games so far this season.

Mark said...

I'm really enjoying this debacle by FSU.

Mark said...

FSu has a defensive player named Mister Alexander? I really blew it by not following thru on the Miami/FSU made up names post...

TJ said...

That's Mr. Mister to you pal.

Mark said...

This is becoming a theme, but man do I hate Greg Reid.

Jerry said...

Yeah, best noon window -- good quantity of non-marquee but decent games. That's kind of the theme of the weekend.

I think I saw a guy on LSU named "Russian".

Mark said...

USF is rapidly losing control of this game.

Mark said...

I'm sure you did Jerry. Even with that, he's still got the second best name on LSU. They have a freshman named Barkavious Mingo.

Mark said...

Miss. State just wont go away.

Mark said...

My opinion on Les Miles' coaching ability is well documented. Between last year and the sloppy start to this year, its beginning to look like his Zookian tendencies are starting to catch up with him and the LSU program. I'm probably jumping the gun here but this team has WAAAAY too much talent o play the way they've played over the last 10-12 games.

Mark said...

FSU is actively trying to lose this game with mental mistakes.

Mark said...

Like I said, actively trying to lose this game.

Mark said...

Chad Jones might be the nation's most underrated athlete. High level SEC baseball and football player. He also just happened to save LSU's ass (for the time being) in Starkville.

Mark said...

So...Indiana's beating Michigan? Suck it, Swint.

Mark said...

FSU just took Ponder out on 3rd and 2 while down 10 with less than 3 minutes remaining? What the fuck?

Mark said...

Well, that was anticlimactic.

Mark said...

FSU...blow me.

Mark said...

Swint just made a mess all over his Forcier fathead.

Mark said...

Michigan's gonna win...BOOOO!

rob said...

guilty as charged on my harris analysis. if you don't think my picks posts are anything other than an exercise in creative writing then in need to go back to the drawing board.

in other news, i've been away from the internet for 24 hours. barely survived.

Mark said...

Okay, Virginia Tech up 14-0 in the 1st quarter. Didn't see that coming.

I mean, I had Miami pegged for a let down and they have been terribly overrated by the reactionary media (which might be my least favorite trend in sports these days) but Tech's offense is so bad and Tyrod Taylor is such a crap QB that I didn't really believe they could beat Miami. Still a long way to go, but I'll damn sure take it.

Mark said...

You came back just in time Rob. I'm thoroughly enjoying my Saturday thus far.

TJ said...

Some shit ass weather in Blacksburg today.

TJ said...

Jacory...yikes buddy.

Mark said...

The rain is Blacksburg is eerily reminiscent of the weather in Auburn last week.

Mark said...

Awful special teams bits Virginia Tech in the ass. That's more than a bit ironic.

Mark said...

Bits, bites...whatever.

Mark said...

Jacory's making Rob look like less of an idiot. Not a lot of pocket presence so far today.

rob said...

cody grimm is having a fairy tale game.

i'll be here all week. try the veal.

Mark said...

You know, its a shame Nick Saban's never been prosecuted for raping all those little Filipino boys.

Mark said...

I'm enjoying Oregon's throwback unis.

Mark said...

I heart Trent Richardson. I dont want to, but I do.

TJ said...

Rutgers/MD engaged in a to-be-expected cripple fight in College Park...

rob said...

tyrod taylor is just not very good.

Mark said...

Of all the games on TV right now. Why in the hell are you watching that?

They said Wang.

Mark said...

Indeed. He executes the two handed shovel pass with aplomb though.

And Rob, are you telling me (thru your silence) that you don't have a budding crush on Trent Richardson.

Mark said...

Nice tackling Miami.

TJ said...

I'm watching the Yanks/Sox game actually.

Mark said...

Commie.

TJ said...

It's quite fun...the Red Sox catchers couldn't throw out a guy if they were standing on the back of the mound.

Jerry said...

Aikman, Staubach...

Mark said...

So, Pat Forde, how about Miami you ranking Miami #1 in the country?

Jerry said...

Strong candidate for Bama of the Week: The guy in Harris Teeter at 4 PM wearing a Virginia Tech shirt and hat.

Jerry said...

I actually don't have a problem with ranking Miami #1 this week, if the ranker consistently subscribes to a very fluid system based on what's happened over the course of the year. I don't think he's smart enough to understand the concept though.

rob said...

sorry, mark. i'm just now realizing that i can actually change the channel on my tv and watch another game. A reentry is proving to be a challenge. and richardson is growing on me.

Jerry said...

Alabama might be worthy of some #1 votes.

rob said...

javier arenas is a bad man.

Mark said...

I don't have a huge problem with it either. I just became extremely annoyed with the national media's overreaction based on two games against ACC teams that we know little to nothing about. The 'U" is not back, not yet. They are on their way for sure but I'd really enjoy a little more perspective amongst the sports media. doubtful that's gonna happen though, not with the culture of immediacy that we currently exist in.

TJ said...

I like how Verne slipped in where Mark Ingam's dad is currently residing.

Mark said...

Bama's my #1 right now. They're very solid across the board.

Jerry said...

Damn, I got bad info in a trivia game about Staubach.

Mark said...

As an SEC homer I have to say something. I've had various fans tell me that the 'SEC is no god this year' and various other things meant to justify the ratings of their teams from the Big 12 or ACC. Here's the difference folks...The SEC has a recent track record of success that can't really be disputed. The SEC has earned the benefit of the doubt. The ACC has not, not by a mile.

Jerry said...

I kind of enjoy the Cal loss when they start sneaking up the rankings.

These 3:30 games might be done and dusted in time for the Gators kickoff.

Mark said...

Thats the hope, Jerry.

Mark said...

Can we get some Iverson high school football clips?

Jerry said...

I like the one where he returns a punt 90 yards and then pulls out a gun and shoots the back judge in the end zone.

TJ said...

I enjoy the one where he knocks the mascot off the horse to kill the clock.

Mark said...

I get jokes. Even bad ones.

rob said...

jesse palmer sticking in the knife on fsu. comical.

TJ said...

Texas is up 47-7 on UTEP. There's still a monute left before halftime.

Mark said...

I missed Palmer. I'm sure I would've enjoyed that.

Mark said...

Miami appears to have made some nice halftime adjustments. Mark Whipple is a good OC, from what I can tell.

rob said...

the way oregon's played the last two weeks, is it time to start wondering how good boise state really is?

Mark said...

This just in: Terrelle Pryor is terrible.

Mark said...

Yeah. Though Oregon's win last week had a lot to do with Utah's incompetence.

Mark said...

Nice hands on the Miami tight end.

rob said...

wow, danielson with a kyle macy name drop. i approve.

Jerry said...

Rutgers has 2 defensive TDs and set up the offense in FG range. The team has 20 points. But they're winning a game that's actually really important for both programs.

Mark said...

flu update on ESPN2. Awesome.

Jerry said...

Must be nice to be able to run 3 charter planes to a game.

Jerry said...

"The literal heartbeat of the team"

Jerry said...

This Gators game might be done and dusted in time for the 7 PM kickoffs.

Jerry said...

That was kind of supposed to be a joke, but it's 31-0 now.

TJ said...

Shit...I figured based on what Mark said Tebow would barely play, so I benched him and played Clausen in our college fantasy league. The only good thing is Purdue has a subpar defense even by Arena League (R.I.P.) standards.

TJ said...

But Jer, at least Kentucky has -1 total yards right now.

Mark said...

So...Florida's pretty good, huh?

TJ said...

Sorry Mark, it's more like KY is a fucking trainwreck.

rob said...

though it's against my superstitious nature, i reluctantly concur with mark that alabama may be pretty good.

Jerry said...

I benched Ryan Williams (31 pts) for Hardesty and McKnight based on matchups. Montario has a TD already though.

Mark Jones gets a lot of names wrong.

Jerry said...

By the way, THE Ohio University up 14-7 on the cousin bangers.

Mark said...

UK is a mess but the Gators are running the ball whenever they want and their Ds been pretty solid too.

And furthermore Tj, how can you have so little faith in Tebow? Have you been asleep for the last 3 years?

Mark said...

McShay with a straight out of Crompton shout out. Nice.

TJ said...

Robert Smith stealing my Straight Out of Crompton nickname. Asshole.

TJ said...

Oh, it was McShay? I'll accept that.

Jerry said...

racist

TR said...

8 for 12 in the picks pool, with 4 to go. A couple more are looking good, and I missed the points tie-break by 1 point.

I'm sure you all care, but this guy (pointing thumbs at self) is pretty psyched. And half-drunk on a Yuengling -> white wine run.

Mark said...

Urban Meyer's refusal to play any of Florida's young WRs is quite vexing. It's driving me fucking crazy.

rob said...

middle tennessee up 20-7 on north texas late in the 2nd quarter.

Mark said...

Worst hit Tebow has ever taken. Jesus.

Mark said...

Tebow was out cold when he hit the ground. Good god, just sit him and give Brantley some time.

rob said...

i'd like to thank cbs sportsline for the spot-on information about dez bryant and armando allen and their status going into today's games.

Mark said...

Tebow throwing up everywhere. That's the concussion and motion, not the flu.

Mark said...

CBS Sportsline runs the worst, most frustrating fantasy leagues ever.

Jerry said...

How much cash could you get for that sack of Tebow puke on ebay? I say 5 grand if they put it in the freezer right now.

Jerry said...

You're playing against a guy starting Juice (not the good one) and Jahvid Best on his worst day of the year. Quit whining.

rob said...

my embrace of fulham has resulted in the cottagers staring the relegation zone square in the face.

Jerry said...

Tribe up 23-7 on Delaware in the 3rd. Boo yah.

Jerry said...

Fulham played a very strong game against Arsenal today. I was nervous throughout and the Gunners were fortunate to escape with a 1-0 win. There's no chance Fulham goes down (not just based on today).

rob said...

yeah, i know. but they haven't had much in the way of results since i jumped onboard.

Jerry said...

Fulham is an admirable choice, but there's not a lot of action for the fan. Even qualifying for the Europa League will be difficult now with the way Man City and Spurs can splash money. Prepare for some mid-table mediocrity and pray for a cup run or an occasional win against a top team. Admirable though.

rob said...

georgia might not be very good.

Mark said...

Jerry...I lost Michael Floyd and Rob Gronkowski for the season last week. I'm entitled to a little whining. Though, my whining was about CBS Sportsline's lack of a user friendly site, not my team. So, maybe you should mind your own business. I'm just saying.

rob said...

north texas charging back from a 30-7 halftime deficit to put the cover in jeopardy. 30-20 late 3rd.

rob said...

make that 30-21. 'cause i know you care.

Jerry said...

My draft:

1) Kendall Hunter (injured since we started the league
2) Robert Griffin (OK, but..)
3) LeGarrette Blount
4) Florida D

Dexter McCluster, Golden Tate, Shay Hodge

TJ said...

It's a free college fantasy league, the first we've ever found. Much better alternative to Swint keeping score on an Excel spreadsheet for two weeks and then just stopping.

rob said...

that's what you come back into the discussion on? really? dammit, teejay, you can do better.

TJ said...

I came back to guys fucking bitching and moaning about a college fantasy league. What the fuck is wrong with you?

rob said...

okay, fair point.

TJ said...

I don't have time for your shenanigoats...I'm working on my anthrax letter for Charlie Weis.

TJ said...

And Jerry's roster is huuuuuurting.

TJ said...

Erin Andrews, wearing a Mr. T-level of necklaces tonight (and no, not a pearl one in the entire mix).

rob said...

w&m 30, delaware 20. beating the hens is a good, good thing. i'm starting to wonder about this tribe squad.

Jerry said...

My hurting squad is about to go 2-1 and put up the 2nd best score of the week. (loss to Mayhugh and 2nd place to Mayhugh this week...he has a juggernaut)

Mark said...

Yep, Jerrys roster sucks. TJs right, maybe we've bitched a bit too much...but CBS Sportsline really does suck.

Mark said...

Alright then. Fuck Jerry, I no longer feel bad for him. Coincidentally, I don't feel bad for UGA. Eat shit Mark richt.

TJ said...

Jerry, the media recognizes it's your leadership in the locker room that has allowed your squadron to overcome injuries, questionable first names and RB-face punching...

And I can't believe Mayhugh has the uber team. Pisser.

Jerry said...

Maybe too cocky...Quizz just got in the end zone, cutting my margin to 4...but I still have McKnight in my pocket (ngs).

Jerry said...

I say you should feel bad for me and then recognize my excellence in fantasy college management. Or recognize that most people in the league don't try and haven't heard of 69% of their own roster.

rob said...

point of order. going into this week, my juggernaut led the league in scoring. my training staff is obviously substandard, but my ath-a-letes are top notch.

Jerry said...

Mayhugh has 161 right now with Lance Leong (2 TDs last week) still playing.

rob said...

even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and again. believe me.

Mark said...

Are we sure Charlie Weis isn't mentally retarded?

TJ said...

This game is boring as hell. I've switched over to the Pac-10 game on Versus.

rob said...

mtsu covers. booyah. that might be the first correct pick i've made this year.

Jerry said...

He's definitely physically retarded.

rob said...

what the hell are texas tech and houston doing tied at 7 well into the 2nd quarter?

TJ said...

Well hello Iowa special teams...

rob said...

penn state. not so fast, my friends.

rob said...

it seems subjectively and objectively clear at this point that every conference other than the sec and big 12 is playing for fun this season, no? that's not really up for debate at this point, is it?

Mark said...

Ruffin McNeil is the sweatiest dude Ive ever seen.

rob said...

greg paulus, 21-28, 271 yards, 2td as syracuse holds off upset-minded maine. don't underestimate how difficult it is to keep a motivated black bear at bay.

Jerry said...

It's really unfortunate that Northern Iowa couldn't have made one of those FGs vs. Iowa.

Jerry said...

If you think Ruffin McNeil is fat and sweaty from the front...just wait until he turns around.

rob said...

so texas vs. the florida/alabama winner, huh?

rob said...

kinda fun ending in west lafayette

rob said...

that's some ambivalent irish defense

TR said...

I'm about to go 11 for 16 in this week's college picks. I'm nailing the shit out of these picks. Too many goofy spreads out there.

And I don't see Texas making it through the Big 12 undefeated. Somebody will trip them up. All in all, looking like a very weak season for the NCAA. Very few teams look very good at this point in the season. Maybe there's an overlooked undefeated team that will show some cojones in October. No idea who that could be. Iowa? Cincy? Michigan?

rob said...

3 fucking rushing touchdowns for texas tech? that's not cool. y'know, dorkily fantasy-wise.

Mark said...

Purdue may need some clock management lessons.

Jerry said...

It's shocking how few people understand clock management. That was a good timeout by Purdue.

TJ said...

Wow.

rob said...

yeah, that timeout just cost them the game. jimmy clausen was impressive on that drive.

rob said...

i want to learn - jerry, why's that a good timeout?

Jerry said...

Maybe you could make the argument that the TO allowed ND to settle down, but they had as much time as they wanted to run 2 plays. If they spiked the ball with :40 left, they should've fired Weis on the spot.

rob said...

totally agree that spiking the ball is an asinine play - a panic move. but that's what they were going to do. purdue timeout only helped purdue if they were completely disorganized.

rob said...

looks like indiana/phoenix in the wnba finals. who you got?

Jerry said...

Thinking it through, I'm not sure it's a good timeout. But it's not terrible timeout either. I think it could go either way.

ND had 2 plays left and :40 on the clock. They weren't going to spike the ball. It's not hard to get two plays off in :40. ND wasn't going to lose to the clock. The only way they would lose is if Purdue stopped them on 2 plays. So Purdue would want to conserve time in case ND scored.

The reason that I reconsidered my opinion was thinking about what would happen after a sack. If Purdue didn't call a TO and managed to sack Clausen, they would've won.

Jerry said...

I guess I was assume competence from the opponent. If ND really was going to spike the ball, then it was a disastrous timeout.

Mark said...

Since I seem to be the guy who angered Jerry, I'll say this:

ND was in full on scramble mode, and seemed to have nothing on their mind but spiking the ball. With that in mind, Purdue decided to take a timeout and, in my opinion, bail out ND. I do not assume overall competence or clock management competence from Charlie Weis, I believe he's earned this.

zoltan said...

The Saints average 330 passing yards per game, best in the league. The Bills give up 332 passing yards a game, second worst in the league. The Bills also lead the league in defensive penalties (19) and defensive penalty yards (167). Thus the Bills' gives the other team's offense 83.5 yards a game. Just to be nice I guess.

So the Drew Brees is going to run roughshod over the Bills today. Perhaps the Bills can kill the clock with Fred Jackson?

Unlikely. The Saints are surprising stout against the run, giving up a mere 56 rushing yards a game, and the Bills only convert 36% of their third downs. The Saints are surprising stout on third down, allowing opponents to convert only 33.3% of the time. So even if the Bills do go with 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust, the Saints will likely stymie them.

But most importantly, Dick Jauron is heavily involved in this game, and he's a knucklehead.

Final score: Saints 51, Bills 24

rob said...

we haven't explored the phenomenon of mitch albom's hair-over-ears styling in nearly enough depth.

Mark said...

One of my friends is obsessed with Albom's "hairstyle". He thinks he looks like a troll. Can't say I disagree.

TJ said...

I think part of me records Sports Reporters each Sunday just to see Albom's hair...in fact, I have definitely deleted the recording the minute I see Albom's Hair is not involved.

TR said...

The person that dressed Cris Carter today should be shot in the head.

Brown stripes x 3 = eyesore.

Jerry said...

My comment wasn't aimed at anybody here - just a lot of pent up frustration with the general inability to manage the clock. This particular instance probably wasn't the best example though.

The fact that the announcers were clamoring for a spike on 3rd down is enough to demonstrate the point.

zoltan said...

I moved about 4 weeks ago and I needed a haircut so I tried a new barber. It went ok - I can't tell if he accentuated my baldness more than my old barber or if the pace of my hair loss is accelerating. The real problem came right at the end of the haircut. Just as my barber finished, I noticed another barber trimming his nose hairs with his scissors, and then he put the scissors back in the drawer. I guess this happens at all barbershops, but if these guys are willing to snip booger-laden nose hairs in front of the customers, what do they do with their barbering implements when no one is around?

Mark said...

I agree that few people have a good grasp of clock management in general and the specific scenarios surrounding it. It should be a relatively simple concept, especially if you coach football for a living. Sadly, thats far from the case.

zoltan said...

The Jets are 2-0 for the 9th time in team history. And they're celebrating 50 years of Jets football. Just a terrible franchise.

TJ said...

I still can't believe, with 40 seconds left, FUPA was going to waste third down by spiking it. 40 fucking seconds...that's plenty of time to run two plays.

TJ said...

Two notes about last night's SNL: there is a faux commercial with Mayhugh written all over it, and some new girl on her first show dropped an F bomb. Good times.

TJ said...

OK, Skins are in the red zone...let the comical missteps begin.

TJ said...

Failed fade route, Betts up the middle for two...confusion and timeout...yep, going well for Zorny.

TJ said...

Yep...what a debacle...

TJ said...

7-0 Lions. I just heard a guy three floors away drop a humongous "mother fucker" on that catch.

Mark said...

Houston-Jacksonville is surprisingly entertaining.

Mark said...

Meanwhile, Tampa Bay is fucking terrible. Just an offensive abortion.

TJ said...

Donald Driver had one helluva catch in the first half of that Pack/Rams game.

zoltan said...

Mark Sanchez would not have won the OBFT mustache competition with the crustache he's rocking today.

TJ said...

Campbell knows you're not supposed to dribble in football, right?

Geoff said...

I just caught myself thinking "you know, this Lions team is better than people think"...and then I called myself a faggot for thinking that. That's what's going on at my house.

TJ said...

Dirty Sanchez accounting for all the Jets TDs today...mancrush fully formed. Step aside Jeter.

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