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The Weekend Recap: Silver Lining Edition

// September 6th, 2011 // 3 Comments » // Uncategorized

College football has become harder to watch in recent years.

That was the sentiment my brother and I shared on our way to a camping trip this weekend (More on both in Part 2 of this Labor Day Weekend Recap extravaganza).

The reason?

College sports have forgotten about college.  They are in most cases, a breeding ground for the pros, and the term student athlete usually only applies to the punter, and a maybe few scrubs on special teams.

Then there’s the malfunctioning bowl system that gives us a month worth of games that either we don’t care about, only one team cares about because for them it is like the Super Bowl, one team doesn’t give a shit about because it is an insult to be in the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl and they never show up, or a National Championship game that subjects us to a half of sloppy football because both teams have been off for a month.

Think about some of the lasting images from the history of college football.

The band on the field.  Flutie’s hail mary against Miami.  Kordell Stewart’s last second bomb to Michael Westbrook. Oklahoma/Boise State.  Just to name a few.

Now what comes to mind when you think about college football today?

Ohio State players/coaches getting suspended and fired.  The U’s legal troubles.

It’s no wonder that two rabid football fans would be questioning their love of the game.  It’s not nearly as fun to watch a game where the announcers dominate the color commentary with legal mumbo jumbo, and you’re more likely to hear a debate over whether COLLEGE athletes deserve to get paid a salary than one over who runs the best offense.

For those of you out there who feel the same way; I present a Silver Lining edition of the Weekend Recap, in which I will find something positive about all of the games featuring Top 25 teams this past weekend.

1)Oklahome 47 Tulsa 14 - Tom Wort honoring friend, and fallen teammate Austin Box by wearing his number out onto the field was the kind of moment that makes you forget about bull shit like agent scandals.  Oh, and the Sooners’ offense is scary good.

2)Alabama 48 Kent State 7 - A much needed distraction for those devastated by the tornado in Tuscaloosa a few  months ago.

4)LSU 40 3)Oregon 27 - Might make everyone clamoring for a place at the top of the college football mountain for the PAC 10 shut up.

5)Boise State 35 19)Georgia 21 - Might make all those who claim that the SEC is an untouchable super conference shut up.

6)FSU 34 UL-Monroe 0 - Good to see that someone in college football still values defense.  A shutout is the ultimate embarrassment, and some teams will even kick a field goal while down by 40, just to avoid it….

7)Stanford 57 SJSU 3 - Ummmm…..Andrew Luck is good.

8)Texas A&M 46 SMU 14 - There was a prank in Virginia this weekend that involved over 17,000 pairs of women’s underwear.  So Much Underwear, get it?

9)Oklahoma State 61 Louisiana-Layfayette 34 - Do I really need to sell a game that featured 95 points?

10)Nebraska 40 Chattanooga 7 - Taylor Martinez is Tim Tebow 2.0, without all the Jesus jocking and bible thumping, and with a neck.

11)Wisconsin 51 UNLV 17 - The Badgers gave up two late scores, and a cover of the spread, with under five minutes to go.  Immediately after, head coach Bret  Bielema bought a Maserati.  Gambling conspiracies are fun.

12)South Carolina 56 ECU 37 - 93 points, and some ole ball coach hypocrisy as he tried to punish Steven “Joe Kane Jr” Garcia by benching him, only to bring him in in the second quarter after falling behind 17-0.

13)Virginia Tech 66 Appalachian State 13 - Appalachian State stinks again.

Baylor 50 14)TCU 48 - An instant classic.

15)Arkansas 51 Missouri State 7 - You now know that Missouri State has a football team.

South Florida 23 16)Notre Dame 20 - We can get all that, ‘Maybe Notre Dame will be good because they used to be good, and they have cool helmets’ stuff out of the way.

17)Michigan State 28 Youngstown State 6 - Spartan captain Joel Foreman gave up his spot in the starting lineup to Arthur Ray Jr, who had been sidelined since signing in 2007, while he battled cancer in his leg.

18)Ohio State Akron 0 - The Ohio State University didn’t break a single rule, or sell a single jock strap.

20)Mississippi State 59 Memphis 14 - Miss St RB Vick Ballard has one of the coolest names ever.  Hopefully he realizes his potential as a leading man in porn movies.

21)Missouri 17 Miami OH 6 - This game was on at noon, when most of us were hungover and still sleeping.

22)Florida 41 FAU 3 - Gators were pitching a shutout, then heard that Tebow was seen at a synagogue.  They gave up a field goal before realizing they had simply misheard, and he was actually singing gaga.

23)Auburn 42 Utah State 38 - The defending National Champions needed two late touchdowns, AND an onside kick recovery, to beat the Aggies.  No not those Aggies.  The ones from Utah State.  I’d say overrated, but I don’t like to gossip.  So you ain’t heard that from me!

24)West Virginia 34 Marshall 13 - After this rain shortened affair, I know what Article 3a, 3b, and 3c in the college football rule book are.

25)USC 19 Minnesota 17 - USC finally ran out of illegally signed players, and I’ve finally run out of snarky things to say.

Until later on that is, when I unveil Part 2 of The Weekend Recap, the My Favorite Things edition.

——-Corey

FWG Interview: UCONN Catcher Doug Elliot

// May 26th, 2011 // 3 Comments » // Uncategorized

The Fat White Guy Network presents an exclusive interview with UConn Baseball Catcher Doug Elliot. Elliot took some time just a few hours before the Huskies take the field against Notre Dame in their first game of the Big East Championship tonight at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.

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FWG Intern Chris Hall: Doug, good to have you my man. I first have to ask, where did the nickname “Moose” come from?

Moose: Haha yea, it has become nickname after one of our announcers just gave it to me last year. It most likely comes from being one of the biggest guys on the team, and also having the typical blazing speed of a catcher.

C: How does it feel to grow up as the son of former Husky baseball standout Doug Elliot, and end up playing for the Huskies as their catcher 30 years later?

M:  It was always my dream growing up to be a Husky like my dad because I grew up going to the  games.  When I got to UConn, it was a really cool feeling catching on the same field that my dad caught years ago.  The best feeling was being able to take our Big East Championship photo with the alumni, including him, two weekends ago.

C: Double question, will Papa Elliot be in attendance at tonight’s game and what was his nickname?

M: Yes, Pops will be in attendance tonight. He will be roaming around the stadium, because he doesn’t like to sit in one place during the game due to nerves or superstition.  No animal nicknames for him, just the classic “Pops”.

C: What have you guys done as a team since your arrival in Florida besides practice for tonight’s game?  Clearwater Beach? Mini Golf? Concerts? Aggressive snuggling? All of the above? Don’t hold back…

M:  We did get a chance to check out Jason Aldean and Eric Church back in CT on our off day this past weekend but once we got to Florida it has been all business so far.  Our days have mostly consisted of team breakfasts and the UConn Baseball past time PBN’s or Post-Breakfast-Naps.  A few of us have been hitting up some of the lakes and streams around our resort for some bass fishing here.  Most of the guys bring down their gaming systems so plenty of Call of Duty and The Bigs has been played.

C: A lot of us saw the recent YouTube video of the Radford Baseball squad and their attempt at a rain show during a delay but does it compare to the original dance-off between UConn and South Florida back in 2009? Do you have a favorite routine and were you apart of any of the shenanigans that took place?

M: Hah! We always take pride whenever we see another copy rain delay video.  Ours was truly spontaneous and just epitomized the characters we had on that team.  No one had done a true dance off like that before. Sure, the new videos may be more creative, but the originals are always best.  I think my all time favorite has to be the upside down man routine.  Our ace of the upside down man has to be Dave Fischer who did it in the 2009 video.  Personally, I stick to coming up with the shenanigans because Moose don’t dance.


C: What are your favorite pre-game and post-game meals?

M: My favorite pre-game meal would be a traditional peanut butter and jelly. I don’t like to play on a full stomach so I like to just eat a light meal before getting to the field and then maybe an apple or orange before batting practice.  My favorite post game meal would have to be anything that is already cooked haha.  I’m pretty beat after most games and am lucky to have a great girlfriend who almost always has a meal when we get back from the games.  She cooks a great chicken cordon blue which would have to be my favorite.

C: What’s the clubhouse like? Is there a team comedian? Team mother?

M: Clubhouse is filled with characters.  We’ve got a bunch of personalities that make anything fun lead by a bunch of comedians including Hurval, Glynn and Vance.  No team mom but we’ve got a team grampa in Bob Van Woert whose pushing 30 years old(just kidding, only 24).  Every guy on our team has a unique characteristic that makes them fun in like our Techno boys(LJ, Zaccardo and Moore), team photographer(Vance) or our team meatheads (Andreoli and Pavone).

C: Have you guys done anything such as team building for this post season play? Play-off beards, hair-dye, mustaches, shaved heads, or is that played? One year my soccer team did bleach blond hair. We all looked like a bunch of Eminem’s out there.

M: We’ve done the beards and mustaches before and they haven’t brought any luck. We have even done Canadian Tuxedos for team meals but again no luck. This year were just going in to try and take care of business as the #1 seed.  As long as we play within ourselves and limit our mistakes we should be alright.

C: What has been your favorite play of the Huskies magical run in the 2011 season that you feel has defined the season for you guys? (if more than one, make a top 3?)

M: I think our season changing moment came against St. John’s. We came back and walked off against them with a pinch hit at bat from Tim Martin, and a game winning hit from LJ Mazzilli.  We had some struggles after that, but that weekend set the tone in the Big East after sweeping St John’s and starting 5-1 in the conference.

C: What do you think the key match-ups are for tonight?baseballbarnes_lg

M: Since all teams throw their top pitchers game one, its gotta be the starting pitcher match up tonight.  Our #1 and future first round draft pick, Matt Barnes, will be throwing for us against a very solid Brian Dupra out of Notre Dame.  We got to him in our regular season match up but he has been a top pitcher for four years in the Big East. Runs will be at a premium so we have to scratch a few early to get a lead and hold on.

C: What would a Big East Championship Tourney and birth to Omaha mean for this UConn Huskies baseball family and University?

M: Those would be unbelievable.  We always set our goals at the beginning of the year with both of those and a regular season title. We’ve got the first one already and our next goal is the Championship Title. Bob Van Woert and Greg Nappo and me have been to the Big East Championship three times, and reached the title game all three times. However, we lost all three.  This year seems like the year we finally get it.  Once, we take care of that we will hopefully set our sights on climbing the ranks to Omaha.

C: Who would win in a fight, a Husky or a drunk Irishman?

M: No question, a Husky without a doubt.

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Special thanks to Doug “Moose” Elliot for taking time out to give us an inside look at UCONN Baseball and The Big East Championship.  Hopefully we will hear from again in the coming weeks as the Huskies make a run at Omaha.

Wake Up! Monday Morning QB: Around the NCAA

// September 13th, 2010 // 6 Comments » // Uncategorized

atomic-wedgie*Hat tip to Ramblings From The Runway for the picture.

Starting off with UConn (yes the old standby, the object of my undying affection).  Like I said last week, UConn was going to come out in Week 2 with a chip on it’s shoulder; They didn’t disappoint.  Handing out a 59 point margin of victory over Texas Southern the Huskies proved that they could play tight and consistent football.  I’m sure the level of talent was a factor, but as Appalachian State reminded us three years ago, and more recently Virginia Tech’s loss to JMU:  many teams stumble against so called “lesser” opponents.  Truthfully the major difference between 1-AA teams and their Division I counterparts is depth, being able to cycle in and out talented players over the course of a game, this fact has never been lost on UConn who has prepared (and delivered) in such games over the past 5 years (average margin of Victory 49.5-  3.8….yowzer).

Texas Southern never looked “great” so I doubt there is much that the Husky Nation will be able to extrapolate as so called tea-leaves for the rest of the season (although I’m sure it won’t stop The Wesley Watt Lounge from trying…right guys?)  But what I’m SURE that can be taken away is the level of focus and intensity with which UConn played, practiced, and prepared for this win (and the many more to come).

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Michigan And Denard Robinson

For as much as I do not care for Rich Rod and is method of coaching, he finally found his “Michigan Pat White” in Denard Robinson.

In my opinion it was a matter of “can Rich Rod find the talent he needs” in time to win before the boosters and athletic department (or even the NCAA) have his head on a platter, letter of resignation in hand.  Well, it would appear as though he’s found it.

South Carolina

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I was more than a little “miffed” to see that Spurrier was “embarrassed” with how he ended last season (losing to UConn in the Papa Johns Bowl).  I may even be more surprised that the media is ready to jump on the Spurrier band wagon so soon.  Sure, Head Ball Coach has some great talent this season in Marcus Lattimore, but one player nor two wins does not a successful season make.  Spurrier’s tenure as a Gamecock has been less than excellent, so let’s watch a few more games (or reach bowl eligible) before we start crowing a new prince of the SEC, okay?

Head Coach Brian Kelly Gives A Humble Interview: “Every Place I Go I Make Better”

// July 6th, 2010 // 7 Comments » // Uconn, Uncategorized

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[Rivals]

I respect swagger, I really do.  But this is some grade-a spin right here (I expect nothing less from the son of a politician).  He give no credit to his players, no credit to his support staff, its all “me, me, me”  Going a step further, Kelly has no problem glossing over the fact that he abandoned his team after they went 12-0, refusing to coach in their bowl game thus leaving them high and dry.  All this was after he held a team meeting to tell his players he would not be taking the job at the Notre Dame
You may be able to fool the hordes of blind-Notre-Dame-faithful but I have a feeling that the fans on Cincinnati football (including me)  have a different view on the Kelly era:  He raised a program up, only to abandon them in the national spotlight.

My Bracket Is Donezo…Get The Kool-Aid Ready

// March 19th, 2010 // 4 Comments » // Uncategorized

cult-suicideIts probably the only time of the year when it is acceptable for grown men to yell furiously at their office computers (thanks live streaming) or, call it quits at noon mid week.  Double Whammy on the mid week drinking by the way, St. Pats?.. now this?  I bet the campus of Notre Dame looks like a scene from Jonestown.  Just bodies strewn everywhere, blacked out from excessive green beer.  I feel bad for the people in South Bend, just a joyless existence out there…you know, besides mediocre football and touchdown Jesus.

Its Official: Kelly To Notre Dame, And Players. Are. Pissed.

// December 11th, 2009 // 2 Comments » // Rob Lunn, Uncategorized

Brian Kelly, Chucks The Deuces At His Team

Brian Kelly, Chucks The Deuces At His Team

“He went for the money,” Gilyard told The Associated Press. “I’m fairly disgusted with the situation, that they let it last this long.”

“We already knew what he was going to say. We weren’t giving him a round of applause or anything,” tight end Ben Guidugli said. “It’s like somebody turned their back on us. We brought this whole thing this far. We’ve come this far. To have someone walk out now is disappointing.”

“Just blindsided by the fact that it’s a business,” Gilyard said. “People lose sight of that. At the end of the day, NCAA football is a business. People have got to make business decisions.”

[ESPN]

A Coaching Vacancy? And Randy Edsall Is A Candidate? You’re Kidding.

// December 2nd, 2009 // 3 Comments » // Uncategorized

rummor-millAccording to NBCSports.com:

Finally, a new name to kick around a little bit when it comes to the Notre Dame coaching vacancy.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a source has informed them that a Notre Dame representative has been in contact with UConn head coach Randy Edsall in order to gauge his interest in the position.
The Hartford Courant, on the other hand, is reporting that their sources are not hearing that the two sides have spoken.
Edsall certainly doesn’t have the “star” power of a Bob Stoops or Brian Kelly, but he would certainly be an interesting coaching path for the Irish to take.
The 11-year Huskies coach has been at UConn since their switch to Div. 1-A in 1999, and has overseen the construction of a solid BCS program.  His coaching job this season, especially how he held the football program together in the wake of the Jasper Howard tragedy, has brought kudos and plaudits to Edsall and raised his national profile.
Has that profile been raised enough to make him a viable candidate for an opening such as Notre Dame?  Given his defensive background, and the Irish’s utter lack of defensive prowess, his candidacy most certainly should be taken seriously by the school.

Look, I’ve been in the locker room for a lot of these rumor and suspicions and its all heresay.  While Edsall is definitely a good Catholic, I don’t think he’ll be taking that job anytime soon.  Which, at the current rate of sin, should cost him about 4 Hail Mary’s and an Our Father or two.

[Special thanks to Mike for the tip.]

What Charlie Weis’s Firing Means For The Players

// December 1st, 2009 // 2 Comments » // Uncategorized

charlie-weisThe firing of Charlie Weis comes as a surprise to well, no one.  Except maybe me.  I am always a fan of the long shot and I truly thought that if he had bested Stanford (or even kept it close for that matter) that Weis would be granted a pardon by the football Gods and return for one more season as a Golden Domer.

No such luck, as he has cleaned out his office and is moving on to greener pastures.  The hot talk right now is which coach De Jour will fill the void and where Weis will end up.  What is not being discussed is the implications this has on players, and their time at Notre Dame.  It is same to assume that after a stellar season and without Weis, we can say goodbye to Golden Tate and Jimmy Clausen.

Aside from a deep loyalty to the university (and I’m not counting that out), it would be an unwise decision to return under a new coach and new system that might not suit them as favorably as this season’s did, 93 Receptions for 1,496 yards and 15 touchdowns and 3,722 yards and 28 touchdowns, respectively.  The other big question mark is whether or not those recruited under Weis will stay, or scatter like rats from a sinking ship.  Take it from me, the recruiting pitch might have included the school, but staying or going depends on the football.  The NCAA mandated year of ineligibility for transferring to another Division I school might keep some recruits in South Bend.  But coming off a 6-6 season and without a solid coaching candidate in sight, might be enough to force some to jump the NCAA’s hurdle.

Case in point would be Zach Frazer, the highly prized recruit, who was buried on the depth chart after Weis’s arrival, only to transfer to UConn and lead the Huskies in this seasons OT win against the Irish.  At UConn whenever rumors swirled that Coach Edsall would be leaving (Syracuse, Georgia Tech were calling) I feared for my status on the team, that some new coach might come in and think to himself, “Why, exactly, is there a 285lb unathletic white kid starting on our defensive line” and I would subsequently be relocated to a life of football obscurity.  At Notre Dame, no position is safe with a new coach, and the panic and emotion is real.  Especially for players, like starting offensive linemen Eric Olsen, with a deep loyalty to their now former coach.  Olsen, reportedly had to be calmed down by Weis after hearing the news.

ESPN Advertisers Have Come Up With Possible Job Opportunity for Charlie Weis

// November 30th, 2009 // 4 Comments » // Uncategorized

charlie-weis-screen-shotcharlie-weis-screen-shot-2Maybe they  should start screening these ads?  Just a suggestion.