Saturday, November 28, 2009

Futile Superfan Saturday

After a tense Iron Bowl win for Alabama and a somewhat surprising hoops win for Florida over #2 Michigan State, a huge weekend of sports action for the G:TB family continues today. As usual, the center of the sporting universe is Williamsburg, VA, where William & Mary takes on Weber State in the first round of the 1-AA football playoffs.

The 9-2 Tribe returns to the postseason for the first time since 2004, a veritable generation in the wilderness for W&M faithful. Weber State's Wildcats are the 15th seed, entering the game with a 7-4 record that includes a pair of close losses to D-I opponents Wyoming and Colorado State.

While at least one G:TB staff member will be painting his face and attending the game in person, real superfans can follow the action live on the internets via CBS Sports. Kickoff is at 1:00.

This evening, W&M's cagers take on ACC foe Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. The Tribe enters the game with a pleasantly surprising 3-2 record, with wins over Richmond, Manhattan, and Hampton, and a close loss to UCONN. Wake is unbeaten and likely to remain so, but we'll get a chance to see whether this Tribe team is really better than we thought it was when Midnight Madness started.

To round out your day of viewing pleasure, The Second Coming will whip Grandpa Bobby's sinners today at some point, setting up the Second Annual Biggest Game in the History of Ever. Y'all have a good day, y'hear.


Update:

I'm not going to steal Rob's thunder but I didn't want to feel responsible for ruining anybody's Saturday (including Urban Meyer's) by not posting my weekly picks. With that in mind, here you are:

Ole Miss (-7) @ Mississippi State:
Yeah that's right, it's the Egg Bowl. Driving around, king of town, always got my windows rolled down. Ready to throw, you know it's the Egg Bowl. Rebels win.

Georgia (+9.5) @ Georgia Tech: In case you haven't figured it out yet, Georgia is terrible. The defense is a joke and the offense is worse. At this point (and I would argue that "this point" was 4 weeks ago) there's no legitimate defense for Mark Richt continuing to start Joe "Ginger Ninja" Coz at QB. First, he's among the worst QBs in recent SEC history. Beyond that, he's a 5th year Senior on a team that's barely bowl eligible. Richt should've broke down and given Aaron Murray some snaps weeks ago. At this point though, you might as well save his redshirt. You know what else? A.J. Green (also know as Georgia's only good offensive player) is out today. Georgia's likely to come out today with tons of fire and emotion, but once that wears off, its tough for me to see them stopping Tech rushing attack or scoring enough to keep up with the Yellow Jackets. Tech wins but they do so in sloppy fashion, allowing an ugly Georgia cover.

FSU (-21) @ Florida: I'm concerned about the emotion in this game for Florida. Historically, Tebow has struggled with being too pumped in the early part of big games. It happened against Tennessee this year and against Oklahoma in the 1st half of last year's BCS Championship game. I think it will affect him and the Gator offense early in this game as well. I could even see FSU scoring first following a Gator turnover and a big play by a very underrated Seminole offense. I don't expect that lead to last though. The Seminole defense is atrocious and plays too undisciplined to consistently keep the Gator offense down. Florida's going to open things up in the 2nd half and not only win, but cover as well. Gators.

Finally, I'd like to take this space to send a thank you to the greatest senior class in Gator Football history on the day of their final game: So, thanks...Markihe, Doe Boy, AJ, Burgess, Coop, Cunningham, Epps, Wondy, David Nelson, Stamp, the Brandons and, oh yeah, that Tim guy too.

GO GATORS!

124 comments:

rob said...

egg bowl, egg bowl, egg bowl, egg bowl

oh, and cbs sports, go fuck yourselves for having such an awful interface for your all-access product. near as i can tell, the w&m game you've advertised is unavailable. but the ohio state/stanford women's soccer game sure is compelling.

rob said...

should also mention a nice win for tr's rutgers squad.

and w&m's hoops win over richmond got even better last night when the spiders stopped jarvis varnado and mississippi state.

Shlara said...

I thought it was my computer...glad to know that CBS isn't just screwing me. I guess I'll have to listen to the Tribe game on the radio...

rob said...

yeah, i'm bitter. now the cbs gametracker isn't even updating.

rob said...

espn's gamecast isn't working for the tribe game, either. this is a fucking conspiracy of the highest order. well, mediumest order, at least.

Jerry said...

It's been on CBS for a while now. They missed the 1st few minutes.

Jerry said...

1 camera and the Tribe radio broadcast. Works for me.

Jerry said...

This is going to be a tough game. Weber looks pretty good.

Dan said...

if you would rob, any/all scoring updates, say qtly or so, on tribe game would be appreciated...
hope all had a good turkey day.
drinkn' my bloody and doin some shit around the house, in case you care.
smell ya later.

Shlara said...

My live stats update is telling me the score is 17-0, Tribe. Is this correct???

Mark said...

I really should've heeded my own advice (from last week) on Houston Nutt. After last week's improbable win, there was no way he wouldn't find a way to fuck things up against Miss. State. Dammit, dammit to hell.

Jerry said...

Yes. 2 INTs returned for TDs including one with :20 left in the 1st half. Very evenly played game with Weber possibly having a slight advantage, but they missed 2 FGs and the 2 picks are the difference in the game.

rob said...

now 24-0 good guys with 6:10 left in the 3rd.

rob said...

elon's giving richmond all they want

Dan said...

very well. rather than take the 3-4 minutes to look up who the tribe will play after this game, maybe someone here can just tell me.

rob said...

winner of this game gets the southern illinois/eastern illinois winner

rob said...

southern's up 24-7 at the half of that one

rob said...

twitter tells me the tribe's up 31-0. cbs is still stuck in the 3rd quarter.

rob said...

make that 38-0. i may watch every game via twitter. the replays are awesome.

Dan said...

wahoos in convincing fashion score td on 1st drive of game against hokies. wahoos are 112th or worse in virtually every offensive category

rob said...

tribe defense has been phenomenal, judging by the stats - 4 picks, weber can't run the ball. as jerry noted, pair of weber missed fgs helped, too.

Dan said...

only one winchester'ian on tribe this year, surprising considering you're in the playoffs.
tebow - who dresses him? the mob called and they want their 3 piece back - that's A. B, his mom has a pretty nice body, i'm specifically speaking of the rack.

TR said...

Would be a strong statement for the CAA to have all four teams win, giving us half of the teams in the qtrs.

And it looks like Krag is out at Lville. Amazing collapse for that program.

How about the underdog winners in today's rivalry games so far? Miss St, S Carolina. NC State, Oklahoma victorious so far.

rob said...

don't let mark catch you blaspheming the chosen one's mother like that, daniel

Jerry said...

Weber ran a run and shoot style offense with a lot of quick hitters, which gave us some trouble in the 1st Q. Then we started sitting hard on the short stuff, which resulted in the 2 picks for TDs. The one right before halftime seemed to knock the wind out of them and they couldn't recover.

rob said...

florida state blows

rob said...

danielson just said that tebow made a mistake. he'll be getting a call from the higher-ups in short order.

Jerry said...

Tribe is going to Carbondale.

Mark said...

Listen, nobody enjoys Pam Tebow as much as me. Well done, Dan.

I'm also out drinking and watching the game eith mix of FSU and Florida friends. This us why I never go out with the masses for games. Too much talking, too many jackasses, not enough insight. Guess I'll get drunk.

mayhugh said...

I want every second the following echange took of life back:

Danielson: Is there only one "Black Eyed Peas"? They seem do be every where.

Vern: I... don't know.

Danielson: They're GOOD!

Vern: Yes, they are.

Mark said...

TRIBE-SALUKIS!!!! ON TWITTER!!!

rob said...

i wholeheartedly endorse mayhugh's viewpoint on that exchange. absurdist brilliance.

rob said...

cbs sports is to tim tebow as fox news is to sarah palin

Dan said...

easy on fox news...they are fair and balanced.
so who here has looked up, if they didn't already know, the hebrews passage that the golden one has under his eyeballs?

rob said...

did it have something to do with parting the garnet sea? 'cause they ran away from him as if it was ordained on that td.

rob said...

quickly, can anyone think of a class that's had a better 4 years than these gators? as much as i hate these fuckers, they're an impressive bunch.

Mark said...

Never.

The Fox BCS broadcast was far worse, as far as tebow related fellatio, than CBS could even dream of. I do appreciate Rob getting his game face on though.

Mark said...

Never was in refrence to the scripture passage but, yeah it's one hell of a senior class.

TJ said...

I've always had a soft spot for that class led by Dr. Johnny Fever. Those kids had a magnificent run. Expect for Jawaharlal.

rob said...

golf clap

outstanding job, teej

rob said...

have we mentioned the fact that florida state blows?

Mark said...

FSU's defense is an exercise in a lack of discipline.

Dan said...

46-6? i think that is what their record was? you'd probably have to back to army of the 40's or 50's to find that sort of performance. or notre dame of course.

Dan said...

i'm fairly certain knute rockne was 112-5 at ND...so, he must have had a better 4 years.
notre dame wins.

Dan said...

sorry...105-12
making him/them still...better

Jerry said...

This is why I can't deal with people who are critical of Meyer. They're making Florida State look like Florida International. Granted, FSU is way down, but it's still a rivalry and UF still has to hold up their part of the equation. Plus, Meyer probably deserves a little bit of credit for FSU's demise.

This is going to be 14-1 against the big 3 rivals? Ridiculous.

rob said...

50s vintage oklahoma was strong, too. and the ken dorsey-era 'canes were great.

montana's about to complete a 27-point comeback against so dak state.

rob said...

florida's beating fsu like elin beat tiger.

we don't believe it was a car accident, right?

Mark said...

Yes Dan, ND wins. Based on something that happened 60 years ago. Well done.

And Jerry's right, Meyer has absolutely dominated rivalry games during his time at Florida. FSU sucks in part because of how awesome Florida is.

rob said...

looks like the caa will go 4-for-4, now that unh has opened up on mcneese. that's a pretty impressive opening weekend for 1-aa's best conference.

Mark said...

It seems all the FSU fans at my local bar had an early curfew tonight.

rob said...

this is just embarrassing

Dan said...

i thought that would elicit at least one comment...mission accomplished
ya'll be happy to know that i will likely be hangin out with one of your own, former tribe fball all world db, erin mcguire who is in the area in the coming weeks.
meyer is nice - no denying.
this week he will receive the call from nd. they will make him say no...

rob said...

the sec championship is at 4:00 next saturday? 4:00? the same time as my daughter's performance of the nutcracker? 4:00? the sec championship?

that's fucking great.

Dan said...

and rob - i'm with ya...would LOVE to know this Tiger story but i don't think we ever will. 2:30 in the am on tgiving???? i know what kind of shape i was in at 230, and most others that have a penis. tiger has a penis.

Jerry said...

This is fantastic.

Mark said...

Same time as last year Rob. Sorry bout your luck. That's the deal you make when you decide to
have rats of your own.

FSU vontinues to impress me with their lack of discipline.

Dan said...

and by "vontinues" you mean what exactly?

Dan said...

sadly, the vatech uva game is a little more competitive. vatech, like uf, has new flashy uniforms - it's great for viewing pleasure

Dan said...

rob - selig retiring in '12....that's all you.

Jerry said...

The SEC CG commercial is awesome. Simple and effective.

mayhugh said...

Verne continues to be impressed with the technology of cameras.

mayhugh said...

and Tebow looks overly annoyed that he had to run that one in.

TJ said...

The Wu Tang clan vontinues to be my favorite rap super group.

mayhugh said...

Whomever instructed the FSU offensive line to not move on a defensive offsides should have rocks thrown at them. Do they not know you can take the result of the play? Therefore, you could either a) stay in place and not block or b) actually play the snap and try to help your quarterback make a positive play.

It's possible, I guess, that they are immensely out of shape and have been told to conserve energy, but that's still super weak.

Dan said...

the tiger plot thickens...no talky to police today either...veddy inetedesting.
i will be there to pick elin up, if that is what this evolves to. cuz that's the kind of guy i am.

Mark said...

37-10. Fuck you assholes.

Dan said...

kansas mizzou is good stuff.
very depressing that this is the last week of reg season cf.

Whitney said...

Rob, don't you have TiVo? Problem solved. The only adults at that performance will be moms, senile grandparents, and total pussy homo dads, so no real threat of hearing a score.

Whitney said...

Tribe defense saved the day today. The offense was impotent for a half but were propped up by the TD picks that Jer mentioned. Archer missed open guys all day long a la Jason Campbell. This after the meager game against the Spiders -- we're gonna need to step it up quite a bit next week against the Salukis.

And the Tribe special teams is almost certainly going to result in points for the other team if we don't batten down the hatches a bit. Mediocre for the third week in a row.

But criticisms aside, awesome to see playoff football back at Zable/Cary. Tribe got it done in a big way, Let's hope the TV situation lends itself more nicely to our viewing next weekend.

Whitney said...

And now that I think about it, did any other G:TB/Wheelhouse guys attend any W&M football games this year? Today was my fourth of the season. Anyone?

Come on, people. I need friends to drink with beyond the usual Tribe die-hards. And Pedro.

rob said...

son of a gun - could've sworn the sec championship was z night game last season. well, it should be a night game, in any case. and i'm far too ocd to be able to wait patiently to watch a recorded telecast. hope my phone gets coverage in the arts center.

Jerry said...

SEC CG used to be at 6:30. It definitely was in 2006.

No Tribe games for me this year. Today was going to be tough to make it there. Hoping for a home game next week, but no luck.

Dan said...

no nd stanford game here...thanks charlie.
fortunately, the commitments is on tv.
i wonder if tiger is delaying due to not driving a buick the other night.

Jerry said...

ND game is 211 on DirecTV. It should be televised. The reverse mirror game usually isn't in HD, so check your regular D ESPN 2 channel if you're on cable or Fios.

Dan said...

thank you jerry.

Jerry said...

I'm your guy for TV sports minutiae. Works magic with the ladies too.

Jerry said...

Maybe not so futile...

Jerry said...

William and Mary 78
Wake Forest 68

Wow.

rob said...

good day to be a tribesman. last time w&m beat an acc squad? you got me.

Jerry said...

I feel like we beat UVA sometime but I'm not sure. There's a reason why I never had a Futile Superfan membership card.

rob said...

i'm efforting the answer. should be a lot easier than this.

rob said...

we beat virginia tech in 2002-03. the year before they joined the acc. stay tuned.

Jerry said...

That might be what I was thinking of.

Notre Dame's passing game is outrageously good.

rob said...

admittedly, i've been drinking. but my perusal of w&m's archives tells me that the last tribe hoops win over an acc team was a 54-53 decision over uva.

in 1984.

mayhugh said...

I just checked the ESPN after learning the Tribe Bball score. I Had to do some pretty thorough research (ok, I clicked three times, but still) to get the score. No one reported it.

On a related note I haven't paid any attention to the Tribe this year, and know almost nothing about them. However, a brief perusal of the stat sheet reveals a bunch of players' names that sound like they might have spent their time yachting with Geoff when they were younger (mark, insert appropriate gay joke here).

mayhugh said...
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Jerry said...

I'll do it --

Geoff you're fucking gay, you gay fucker. Get me a beer. This tank top is comfortable. Fucking gay.


-- Sparky

rob said...

this uga/ga tech game is turning into a donnybrook

Jerry said...

These games are all good. UT-UK is going to OT.

rob said...

clemson, georgia tech, and florida state aren't doing much to dispel the idea that the acc is a dreadful football conference.

Jerry said...

Ark just took the lead with 1:18 to go. Great action. And Andrew Luck is much faster than he looks.

晴天 said...

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Marlin said...

Dong, where is my automobile?

TR said...

Marls is our official AM drive time humorist.

Aauuuuuuutomobiiiiiillllllllllle

zoltan said...

Marlin fills Gary's role on Z-Man and the Teej. Tah-Tah-Tootie.

In other news, 55 degrees and sunny from noon to 4 pm in East Rutherford. Perfect weather to watch two terrible football teams.

Marlin said...

I think I would rather be the Fred to Teej's Howard and your Robin. Bitter, bald and potentially unbalanced.

TJ said...

Z-Man and the Teej...coming to CBS Radio, Spring 2010

The format is still being tweaked, but I'm quite certain we have rols for all of you donkeys on this one-of-a-kind program

TJ said...

I see Mark's Bucs are tied with Atlanta at the half...I take it Ryan has not returned to the game? And Turner is still crippled?

Whitney said...

Morons. All of them. The Sherms, Zorn, Vinny, and Danny. Morons. If your team sucked at the start of the season and you are missing most of your decent players, you kneel down with less than a minute and the ball deep in your end. You be happy to go into the half with a lead. You saw what messy results Jason Campbell is capable of on easy, 2-yard flicks. You kneel down.

Morons. Wouldn't trust 'em to mail a letter for me if the mailbox was within sight. Morons.

Whitney said...

Also, Greg Blache keeps calling the "cover 2" . . . full name "you send out as many receivers as you like, we'll cover 2." Never seen more wide open (15+ yards away from any defender) receivers against one defense in one season.

Why do I bother? Andy Reid is giving this game away, and you fuckers don't want it.

Mark said...

I really want to like Josh Freeman. I really do. If he refuses to stop fumbling though, well, I don't think this relationship is going to work.

Whitney said...

I need to start scheduling root canals on Sunday like the rest of you Redskins fans obviously did today. Much preferable to this painful afternoon.

mayhugh said...

I've appreciated the effort, but every Skins game their in position to win will always come down to Campbell and co. having to go the field after the 2-min warning with no timeouts.


"The Redskins are out of timeouts" might as well appear on the weekly game program.

mayhugh said...

Cambell has "7 game winning or tying 4 Qtr drives" in his career.

I'm guessing most of those were of the "tying" variety. And then the other team won on the next possession.

mayhugh said...

This is the worst 2-minute offense ever conceived.

Greg said...

Apropos of nothing, I am now an uncle.

Dan said...

congratulations greg - make sure you jot down that birthdate and put in outlook.
also, looks like the jags are as mediocre as they are supposed to be.

Jerry said...

So your sister had a kid or your brother got that postcard from the far east? Either way, congrats. Being an uncle sounds a lot easier than being a father.

Mark said...

That news makes me feel more than a little bit old.

Marlin said...

Uncle Kickass?

rob said...

according to facebook, mark's jealousy of all of us married guys finally got the best of him.

TJ said...

Oh did it now? Mark, care to share with the class?

Jerry said...

CBS special movie at 9: "A Dog Named Christmas"

A mentally challenged man embarks on a mission to find homes for dogs during the holidays.

TJ said...

Jerry, ob-la-di, ob-la-da...Life Goes On.

TR said...

I am enjoying the nascent Dennis Dixon era. And I love his Dad, who appears to be Bill Madlock.

rob said...

after a nervous first series, dixon's looked pretty nice

zoltan said...

Vince Young made the leap from "suicidal headcase" to "object of Costas' affection."

Shlara said...

Do you think Coach Tomlin is especially fired up after yesterday's big win by the Tribe?

Jerry said...

Was Tyler Palko dipping on the sidelines?

Shlara said...

I keep switching between the Steelers game and the R&R HOF concert on HBO. It got me thinking...what's the best mega-show I attended?

- The Tibetan Freedom Concert at RFK w/ the Beasties and Foo?
- The Vote for Change show @ MCI Center in 2004 with REM, Bruce and DMB?
- The Obama Inauguration Lincoln Memorial Show with U2, Beyonce & Bruce?
- The post-9/11 Hero tribute at RFK--amazing line up and emotional experience?

It just may be the 1994 HFStival at RFK...none of these bands mean much now, but at the time, this main stage line-up was AWESOME: Counting Crows, Cracker, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Meat Puppets, James, Pavement, Rollins Band, Violent Femmes,Afghan Whigs

Prob not better than any of the shows listed above, but I'd put it in their company...

And, if I had attended LiveAid, I'm sure that would be on the list too.

Marlin said...

I didn't realize that Kordell Stewart was back in the league.

Whitney said...

Shlara, I was at that HFStival and it kicked some tail.

But please don't disparage Cracker like that; they put out what is arguably the best album of 2009.

TR said...

Emphasis on "arguably."

Heavy emphasis.