Gawd, those Super Bowl gameday prohibitions are stupid. Screw 'em. I would just go tailgate at the Vince Lombardi Rest Stop on the NJTP.
Wonder if they're going to hold Media Day outdoors at a swank location in Jersey City?
posted by beaverboard at 08:26 AM on December 10
If you've ever seen footage (no pun intended) of Dempsey's kick, you get a sense for how remarkable it was. It was not kicked indoors - there was no Superdome at that time. It was kicked in the thick, lowland sultry air of old Tulane Stadium, where the Saints used to play. The day was overcast and funky. I felt as though I could almost see the air the ball had to travel through as I watched the broadcast. You could hear the sound of the kick as he struck it. It was a remarkable, unique sound.
Climate and sea level wise, New Orleans is the anti-Denver. It would be great to see how the big legs of today would do in the conditions Dempsey competed under.
I loved that the league made such a big deal out of the accomplishment at the time, and that the kick became so legendary. Even better, there were at least a couple of times during Dempsey's career when one of his kickoffs was being returned well upfield and he had to join the pursuit to prevent a score on the runback. I was amazed at how willing and able he was as he helped give chase.
posted by beaverboard at 08:50 PM on December 09
Are Michigan alums all good with State being the ones to deep six the Buckeyes?
posted by beaverboard at 10:59 AM on December 08
The Rose Bowl ought to be fun to watch. If Coach D'Antonio's facial muscles can recover from all the smiling he did late in the game and can revert to their normal position.
I think they'll need more than a handheld calculator to compute the over/under for the title game.
posted by beaverboard at 07:49 AM on December 08
I predict that Petersen will be successful at UW. He may wind up dominating a few programs in the conference, such as OSU and WSU. He needs to set his conference schedule accordingly. It should always be Beavers first, then Wazzu. Never the other way around.
posted by beaverboard at 02:43 PM on December 07
First the Jags are described as "resurgent", then as "the hottest team in the league". They now have twice as many wins as the Texans. Disorientation is setting in.
I am becoming increasing drawn to their new helmets and unis (it has taken awhile), and I always feel better when teams in fancy gear can back up the snazz with their efforts on the field. Nothing is worse than watching comic book action heroes get humiliated.
posted by beaverboard at 02:30 PM on December 07
Holy hell - BG beat 'em decisively too. NIU must have gotten behind early and had to scrap the game plan and throw on every down. I need to go look at the turnovers and special teams data.
I know all eyes will be on the SEC title game today, but I want to check out the PAC 12 championship game. Both of those teams are capable of taking care of major business. I did not think that Todd Graham was going to take ASU this far this fast. I wasn't sure how he was even going to do in general in the PAC 12.
posted by beaverboard at 08:39 AM on December 07
Hope it's a big contract so folks can say that Tebow will be laughing all the way to the bank (gotta love that lower photo).
posted by beaverboard at 01:28 PM on December 06
I think Auburn fans are entirely satisfied to let Bama followers kill each other as often as they want. Keeps 'em from poisoning historic oak trees.
This is why Kiffin can never go back to Volunteer country, even in the middle of the night with an armed escort to get the last of his stuff out of a dimly lit storage unit.
Anyone traveling through the Heart of Dixie at this time is advised to simply say that their daddy was an Arkansas or Kentucky fan.
posted by beaverboard at 12:59 PM on December 04
I feel about Scott Boras the same wistful way that Superman feels about Lex Luthor. "What a tragedy that such a bright mind hasn't dedicated his talents to doing good in the world".
I have ambled about through Sox country in the hours since the Ellsbury deal was announced, and here's what I've found among the faithful:
- If the Sox had signed Ellsbury for that kind of money with that length of contract term, all hell would have broken loose and we would soon be watching a new feature length film entitled "Cherington's Afire".
- I found a group of five Sox fans in line at a Dunkin Donuts who were utterly dismayed by the deal and animatedly discussing it among themselves. Each and every one of them was a lively, happening young suburban woman on her way to the gym. I don't think I have to add that not once were any baseball statistics or strategic contractual points brought into the discussion.
posted by beaverboard at 12:44 PM on December 04
Ugh. Warming up to that is going to take me a while. The perception dichotomy discussion reminded me a bit of the Incognito narrative.
posted by beaverboard at 11:55 AM on December 03
Three weeks ago, I thought Orgeron was doing a good job in a difficult situation. As of this week, I thought they ought to hire him as the permanent guy. Even though he's no one's idea of a perfect cultural fit for the school.
I don't see what Sarkisian has done as a head coach that has been so distinguished that he merits this consideration. It comes at an intangible cost that may prove significant.
If the AD is choosing coaches partly based on criteria that are unique to the current way of handling things at SC, I will admit that of the two, Orgeron would be a hell of a lot harder to fire on the spot from the front steps of the team bus.
posted by beaverboard at 08:59 PM on December 02
When I think of the Big 10 and the SEC, I think about Bret Bielema. If I'm a Big 10 guy, highly regarded and successful at UW and am able to withstand the winters in the upper Midwest, I'm taking all factors into consideration in making any career decisions, and there is no way I'm leaving Madison to go to Fayetteville (where zealots are already calling for Bielema's head). Bigger money and higher level of competitive challenge be damned.
I loved Gus Malzahn's responses to the press after the Iron Bowl. When asked if beating Bama was the biggest win of his career, he hedged and pondered the question and eventually gave a semi-enthusiastic answer. There was no knee jerk/ heat of the moment "Hell Yeah - War Eagle!" You could almost feel and hear the anguish and disappointment crushing the sternums of the Auburn faithful when they realized that the man who had scripted one of the program's most glorious moments had not yet fully embraced their One True Religion. That helped balance the subsequent homie-o-pathic blather of the Auburn AD when asked if his school belonged in the title game.
I don't like or dislike any one conference or school indefinitely. I've liked and disliked both OSU and UM at different times. My fleeting allegiances are framed by my regard for the folks at the top of the pyramid: coaches, AD's, and college presidents. When Urban Meyer became a Buckeye alongside the likes of E. Gordon Gee, that slammed the book shut in Columbus.
posted by beaverboard at 10:31 AM on December 02
it continues to confuse me why a powerhouse monster of a team like the Tide don't have a dominating kicker
As you alluded to, this has been an Achilles heel for many great teams in the past. Such as several editions of Coach Bowden's Seminoles.
One has to assume that those teams just don't recruit for and coach the PK position as though it were a priority of any sort.
Conversely, it has always intrigued me how many truly bad NFL teams over the years have had fabulous punters.
posted by beaverboard at 03:06 PM on December 01
Wet britches staging area for fans leaving Jordan-Hare Stadium
posted by beaverboard at 08:42 AM on December 01
The Johnny Cash take
posted by beaverboard at 12:45 PM on November 29
Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing...
Back into the chamber turning, all my soul within me burning,
Soon again I heard a tapping somewhat louder than before.
`Surely,' said I, `surely that is something at my window lattice;
Let me see then, what thereat is, and this mystery explore -
Let my heart be still a moment and this mystery explore; -
'Tis the wind and nothing more!'
posted by beaverboard at 12:32 PM on November 29
I'm now remembering that the absolute king of bitching at one's teammates was Dan Marino late in his career. Hobbled and sputtering at someone after almost every play from scrimmage. I wondered how an offense could function effectively with that much ongoing vitriol in the atmosphere. If he and Cowher ever got into a spitting contest, it would have to be refereed by Lou Holtz.
posted by beaverboard at 10:55 AM on November 26
Rivers is going to be a certified latter day Craig James at the studio desk when his playing days are done.
In hindsight, I guess there's something to be said for Drew Bledsoe's "aw shucks, gosh darn the luck" approach to life's struggles on offense. Although when he was in his prime, I prayed that someone would sneak some gunpowder into his sports drink.
posted by beaverboard at 09:20 AM on November 26
NoMich has got to get up there for the parade tomorrow with a carload of "Ice Up Son" merchandise.
posted by beaverboard at 08:43 PM on November 25
Moreno also got beat up pretty good last night with the amount of work he got. There's more football yet to be played. I'm sure Belichick didn't enjoy giving up well over 200 yds to one guy, but I'll bet he didn't mind that guy getting over 35 carries put on his odometer in case these two teams meet again in a few weeks.
Now my mind is drifting into David Carradine Kung Fu country:
"If after a journey of a thousand miles you were to meet an enemy, what would you do?"
"I would make sure that the journey was his."
posted by beaverboard at 03:58 PM on November 25
I think BB took a smidgen of added delight in having multiple opportunities to punt to Welker. Wind or no wind.
Welker also had a dropped ball on a pass route, with mechanics similar to a notable drop or two that he's made in the past. It all looked very familiar. When the drop occurred, Al Michaels said "how often does that happen?" and there was an awkward silence after that, as both he and Collinsworth realized that "often" wasn't the critical part.
posted by beaverboard at 11:29 AM on November 25
A vote of confidence Muschamp may have, but the chat traffic is on fire and headed firmly in the other direction. And the flames are spreading well beyond Gainesville.
Some Texas aficionados appear ready to send a plane for Muschamp so he can return to Austin to serve as DC under Saban (they are assuming they will snag Saban after they send Mack Brown packing).
I did see one Florida fan mention that it's time for UF to stop dicking around with Zooks and Muschamps and not get drawn in by the likes of an Urban Meyer and go out and get themselves a proven winner by the name of Bobby Petrino.
posted by beaverboard at 11:12 AM on November 25
The Tennessee Titans are currently bowl eligible at 5-6.
posted by beaverboard at 12:41 AM on November 25
That's just what I was thinking.
But this is somewhat different than the Martin thing. If true in this case, what sort of QB is idiot enough to make life hell for one of his bigs on the OL?
You would think any QB would want to take care of his linemen. Lots of them do. Peyton sent his guys to Augusta to play golf, which is probably the gold standard.
posted by beaverboard at 10:47 AM on November 21
The back judge threw his flag after the ball was intercepted and Lester was on the ground with it. He watched the full sequence unfold before throwing the flag.
The back judge strode into the end zone waving his arm and pointing at players. He clearly had a sense of command and purpose, not the look of a man who has just made a mistake and knows it.
The field judge and the side judge came toward the back judge to confer, but it is not clear what resulted from that.
The referee made a beeline for the back judge from his position behind the QB, got right in front of the BJ and spoke with him directly. He did not speak to any of the other officials on the way there or immediately afterward.
The back judge tucked his flag back in as the referee was talking to him. There was no appearance of an attempt to discuss the call or the play. It appears as though the referee was dictating the decision. The referee shortly thereafter declares that there was no foul and that the game is over. Without conferring with the other officials and without any replay review.
That is right up there in the travesty annals with Phil Luckett's Steelers-Lions overtime coin toss call on Thanksgiving Day.
However, I will say that that was a well-coached defense, Kuechly's infraction notwithstanding. Lester and Kuechly both had Gronk, Lester saw the ball and handed Gronk off to Kuechly and went for the pick. He secured the ball like a keeper when he went down. Great discipline. Nothing left to chance. There are rookie DB's and then there are Saban-coached rookie DB's.
posted by beaverboard at 11:59 AM on November 20
The back judge saw everything unfold right in front of him, threw his flag unequivocally right along with the flow of events, and was overruled in short order, apparently without any replay review.
If he was overruled by the referee, he was overruled by the official standing the farthest away from the spot where the play actually took place.
Tirico and Gruden sure seemed dumbfounded by the call reversal, but either wimped out or were told to ignore it so the producer could go to the sideline reporting.
No doubt it was magic moments like this that Bank of America had in mind when they secured the naming rights to the stadium.
posted by beaverboard at 12:42 PM on November 19
With the approaching anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, there has been such a media inundation of all things JFK that when I was watching the end of the Pats-Panthers game last night, I saw the replays of the final play of the game, saw how the officiating crew handled it, and the only thought that entered my mind was that the Warren Commission had decided that there was no penalty committed on the play.
posted by beaverboard at 07:42 AM on November 19
All I can think of is that he's probably licensed to operate a motor vehicle.
This is why Ralph Wilson lives in Detroit.
posted by beaverboard at 07:29 AM on November 19
those horrid, striped throwback uniforms.
In partnership with the NFL, all Allegheny County McDonald's franchises are including collectable "Pittsburglar" action figures in Happy Meals from now to the end of the month.
posted by beaverboard at 09:22 PM on November 17
I've seen family life take the vibrant edge off of more than a few people, but I think that thus far, paternity is only serving to hone and enhance yerfatma's abilities.
With offspring in the picture, parental fleetness of mind is a prized commodity.
posted by beaverboard at 12:51 PM on November 17
That was one of the damnedest last 12 or so minutes of a football game I ever saw.
Franco Harris must've done wet his britches.
posted by beaverboard at 08:03 AM on November 17
"wow, I really hope this isn't how the first NFL player dies on the field."
Chuck Hughes died on the field in the 70's. That really got my attention when I was in high school.
posted by beaverboard at 10:41 PM on November 16
Belichick needs to forget about his fascination with Rutgers players and look west. Last night, UCLA's first 5 touchdowns (on offense) were scored by a linebacker and a defensive end.
Loved seeing the Bruins line up in an inverted wishbone for those scores.
posted by beaverboard at 08:08 AM on November 16
All things are possible, owl. Two women I know decided that they wanted to start a family together. The one who was younger and in better health became pregnant in due course. After the news became widely known and was hailed with delight, there was a convivial holiday gathering that the couple attended.
Things loosened up considerably as the evening went along and at one point, I found myself facing 3 gents I know well who all had a devilish look in their eyes. They came up to me and leaned in. One of them said to me in a Christian Slater sort of way: "you're the sperm donor, aren't you?"
posted by beaverboard at 12:38 PM on November 15
As someone who does not attend Red Sox games, I enjoy riding into town on the T on afternoons or evenings when the Sox have a game. I'm the only one in the car without some sort of team gear on, and I'm always amazed by how focused and orderly the Sox fans are. Preparing themselves for the impending business at hand, which will be conducted in the holy shrine. There's a buzz on the train to be sure, but it's a pretty darned serene one, comparatively speaking.
One time, a group of cheerleaders from an ACC football team (I think it was Clemson) got on a Green Line train full of Sox fans, and it seemed as though the car suddenly descended into the realm of ungovernable conduct.
posted by beaverboard at 01:46 PM on November 14
When people would find out I had all girls and no boys, they would look at me with such condescending pity and sorrow in their eyes. To hell with them. I've got the far better bargain. I didn't have to make critical decisions about:
- Joining the Boy Scouts
- Having them become altar boys in the greater Boston archdiocese
I'm more than comfortable having to deal with the onset of menstruation and the possibility of unplanned impregnation instead.
posted by beaverboard at 01:21 PM on November 14
It surely wouldn't be a big deal to someone from Arlington. The residents there paid $325 million of the cost to build the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium, and Arlington has no public transportation whatsoever.
posted by beaverboard at 06:53 PM on November 12
The era of public-financed stadiums has become the era of disposable public-financed stadiums.
And Atlanta is likely among the worst offenders on this score, as they want to replace the Georgia Dome as well.
Before they implode Turner Field, I want to buy the seat that Jane Fonda was sitting in when she fell asleep during the World Series. It might help with my apnea.
posted by beaverboard at 03:39 PM on November 12
posted by beaverboard at 12:19 AM on November 12
Jags are just too good to keep down indefinitely. Bucs now have the inside track on the A.J. McCarron sweepstakes.
posted by beaverboard at 08:00 PM on November 10
The USC football team is enjoying life since the athletic director replaced Barney Rubble with Fred Flintstone.
posted by beaverboard at 08:08 PM on November 09
Maybe for some of the best young players in the future, their "contract year" will be their final year of college ball. Get drafted as high as possible, sign for as much as possible, invest wisely, leave the game sooner rather than later.
(And as a rookie, do not shell out 15K to help send Incognito's fat ass to Vegas).
posted by beaverboard at 09:06 AM on November 09
I wish Dan Snyder played for the team he owns.
posted by beaverboard at 07:45 PM on November 07
I always wanted to go out with high class women that spoke several languages but somehow was never able to cross the international date line.
posted by beaverboard at 04:50 PM on November 07
This thing ain't over.
Samuel Adams vs. the lead Clydesdale
Texas Death Style
Two Out of Three Falls
Falls Count Anywhere
No Evening Gowns
posted by beaverboard at 11:59 AM on November 06
Gawd, that croquet clip is choice. Then there's Incognito's membership on the team's leadership council. This story is proving to have limitless potential.
Philbin is a special piece of work. This from the morning USA Today web page:
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin pledged Monday to fix the team's workplace environment if the NFL's review revealed a problem.
Lord save us all. Don't take charge or take any responsibility for your own locker room. Hang back and let the league come in and sort it out. 10 Jason Taylors and 20 Dan Marinos wouldn't be enough to compensate for the top to bottom leadership void on the current club. If Philbin donated his body to science, they would decline the spine.
You look at the circumstances that the Bucs, Jags, and Dolphins are now in, consider that the state of Florida is currently 4-20, and it's bound to be just a matter of time before Pat Robertson lets us know just what it was that the Sunshine State did to anger God so terribly.
(I'm thinking national election irregularities, not the South Beach lifestyle).
posted by beaverboard at 11:29 AM on November 05
I support the right to arm marmots.
posted by beaverboard at 08:25 AM on November 05
I've never done fantasy sports, so my player organizational aspirations tend to travel along somewhat different avenues.
Such as: double bunk this guy with Hernandez.
Or, if the dad gets roped into it too, quad bunk the two of 'em with the distinguished Ligue father and son act.
(Side note: Herm and a few others commenting on this story have apparently sold a vowel - and a consonant - to Pat Sajak and are referring to #68 as "Cognito").
posted by beaverboard at 02:14 PM on November 04
Incognito is going to wish he was invisible
Or in the Witness Protection Program. He's a shoo-in - he won't have to change his name.
He's bringing further fame and glory to the land of Parcells, and is also continuing a time-honored tradition of noteworthy conduct on the part of former Cornhuskers.
Don't you wish he was a basketball player so he could get called for traveling?
posted by beaverboard at 11:29 AM on November 04
posted by beaverboard at 07:35 PM on November 03
One thing that still troubles me about the extended version of this affair is Barry Switzer getting a Super Bowl ring. I think at that point, Jones became convinced of his own genius and came to believe that he could hire darned near anyone to coach the team and they would be fine. He has certainly put that theory to the test.
posted by beaverboard at 06:00 PM on November 02
Mike Lange alert.
posted by beaverboard at 07:10 AM on November 02
The impact of the historic 2004 Red Sox championship was partially expressed through local luminary milestones.
Johnny Kelley didn't live to see it, but David Brudnoy did (just barely).
My all-night altar of worship was (Sir) Harry Abraham's jazz show on WHAM in Rochester NY entitled "Best of All Possible Worlds". He was an archetypal all-night jazz jock who had a diverse listenership that included truckers from the rural south and Trailways drivers from Rust Belt inner city neighborhoods who otherwise had very little in common.
I have run into fellow listeners of his show under the damndest circumstances.
posted by beaverboard at 01:28 PM on November 01
I still really have no idea how the Red Sox won when you consider their pitching was down to Lester and Lackey for the most part.
Reminiscent of Tom Kelly's "Two and a Half Men (and a Closer)" rotation in the 1987 Series, featuring Viola, Blyleven, and Riordan.
Which was reprised by Lasorda the following year with Hershiser, Belcher, and Howell.
Tougher to pull off in today's compressed 2-3-2 format, without the added travel/rest days of the more relaxed 2-2-1-1-1. (And Kelly's Twins were a dome squad, so four out of seven games with no chance of a rainout).
posted by beaverboard at 09:59 AM on November 01
Determined not to be outdone by the recent World Series walk off obstruction call and walk off pickoff, the NFL presented fans with a walk off safety last night, and SpoFi's head Dolfan Mr. B must be just settling back down to earth right about now.
(So thematically astute of the league to showcase the Bengals on Halloween).
posted by beaverboard at 09:43 AM on November 01
It's worth taking quality and continuity of coaching and front office into account. For the most part that is; things fell apart for the baseball team the minute Valentine was hired.
In a reverse version of the "how many wins is a coach or manager worth" discussion, has anyone computed the overall negative effect that Valentine had on the Sox compared to Tito and Farrell? Stats as well as wins and losses.
posted by beaverboard at 03:25 PM on October 31
And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.
I prefer the Rudy Ray Moore version, where he says he jobbed 'em in the ass.
posted by beaverboard at 10:18 AM on October 31
Going from worst to first has been done before. The Sox carried it a step further. They went from Valentine to Valhalla.
posted by beaverboard at 08:40 AM on October 31
Do "discovered by invitation" second sport abilities count? Thinking here of Lolo Jones, et al.
I wish Doug Flutie had had a chance to keep developing in hockey as well as football. He was evidently a sharp goalie (maybe he still is, in the grown folks leagues).
posted by beaverboard at 04:16 PM on October 30
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