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The Weekend Recap: Silver Lining Edition

// September 6th, 2011 // 4 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.


Leave Reggie Alone

// September 13th, 2010 // 1 Comment » // Uncategorized


Like some bad deleted chapter from “1984″ the University of Southern California continues their attempts to erase the Reggie Bush era from our memories.  This weekend the Trojans removed Bush’s jersey from his tenured position juxtaposed to fellow Heisman winner Matt Leinhart in the Colosseum (just in time for Saturday’s home opener against Virginia).  This comes after the USC’s copy of Bush’s Heisman Trophy were removed from Heritage Hall on campus.

I have to pause and ask myself, “Isn’t all this just a little bit ridiculous?”  I know that the school is trying to do all the can to comply and cozy up to the NCAA, but shouldn’t they be standing up for a player who brought so much notoriety and attention to the University?  NCAA “violations” are one thing, but denying that he ever existed is a slap in the face to what he did for USC while still a student-athlete.

When will a school finally decide to cut their own path and honor players for the amazing accomplishments they …uh…accomplish while enrolled.  The NCAA can have their sanctions, their disillusions of “amateurism”, but why can’t USC (or any other university) stand up and tell them where to stick it?  Keep Reggie Bush in the record books, in Heritage Hall, his Heisman on display.  All the real players and people that matter know what it is like to be a part of a major college football program, his accomplishments are just that: his.  No amount of scrubbing the history books can erase that truth.

2010 Senior Bowl Players To Watch (Yes Tim Tebow Is On There)

// January 29th, 2010 // 7 Comments » // Justice, Minnesota, Rob Lunn, Uncategorized

You should watch this year’s senior bowl for several reasons.  Not only is it a precursor to the combine and draft, but it is also infinitely more entertaining than the Pro Bowl.  Sure, its an All Star game, but these guys actually have something to prove, which makes them very dangerous people.  So here are my players to watch.

QB - Tim Tebow, Florida Gators - Tebow is probably the prospect that everyone is watching. He had an outstanding career at Florida but has a ton of questions to answer as an NFL prospect. Can he play under center? (probably  not) Can he make drop backs second nature? Can he fix his extremely long release? (that’s what she said)

WR - Danario Alexander, Missouri Tigers - Great Size (6′5, 221 lbs.) Went under the radar at Missouri. His speed is the big question mark. There are a lot of good receivers in this draft but many are small guys with blazing speed. He is a different type of WR.

RB/WR - Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss Rebels - Kid can fly. I mean not literally, but pretty close. Many people will question his size (5′8, 165 lbs.) but the NFL is built for speed, not comfort (like Dr. Quinn’s boobs)  Current examples in the NFL include DeSean Jackson, Darren Sproles, and Percy Harvin.  His stock is sky rocketing and I’m going on the record saying he’ll be a 2nd round pick.

DT - Terrence Cody, Alabama Crimson Tide - I just wrote him in because rarely do you get to watch guys close to 400 lbs play football. He weighed in at 370 lbs. An absolute monster in the middle. Cody says he will drop 20 lbs. before the combine but for how big he is, he is athletic and can move. He clogs up the middle and will allow LBs to run free through holes to make stops in the back field.

S - Taylor Mays, USC Trojans - At 6′3, 231 lbs, Taylor Mays is like a LB playing safety. He is an absolute freak athlete. He runs very well and is a student of the game. He struggles in the play action passing game and some scouts question his football instincts. He had a down year at USC and it will hurt his draft stock a little. Sometimes Mays takes bad angles to the ball. There has been talk that Mays will move to LB in the NFL.

UConn Beats South Carolina, Redeems The Big East

// January 4th, 2010 // 9 Comments » // Uncategorized


As many of you know I went down to Alabama for the bowl, I began tweeting my adventure, and then like a sick twist of fate to my blogging soul, my laptop and cell phone (excuse me, PDA, ehem, Smartphone) died.  And I was left for the rest of the trip, living like I was Amish.  Although it did allow me a few opportunities to better collect my thoughts.  So here they are.

1.  It is always good getting to go back and see your old teammates.  A slightly slimmer Rob Lunn was able to appreciate just how truly athletic and…well…huge our UConn offensive and defensive line is.  And, after watching the game, I have a feeling that Steve Spurrier was equally surprised.

2. Maybe instead of living my life based on stereotype and broad, sweeping generalizations, I should have checked  That way, instead of arriving in Alabama without even so much as a proper jacket, I would have been prepared for 30 degree weather, while I sat there shivering.  Although, I was kept warm by the dismantling of the Gamecocks.

3.  Leave no doubt.  Next years D-Line will be even better than this year.  Sure, UConn loses Lindsey Witten to the NFL, but Kendall Reyes at 2 sacks (shoulda been 3), and they’ll be moving Greg Lloyd to defensive end, which should have the same effect as when (now Jacksonville Jaguar) Julius Williams was moved from ‘backer to DE.

4.  Did anyone else think it was a little premature of Spurrier to go for it on 4th down that early in the game?  Make it and your Belichick, get stuffed, and you’re Norwood.

5.  I was on the field after the game, and got to have a quick word with a Papa John’s official, who I think had something to do with media relations.  I asked him “do you think it would be cool if I asked Head Ball Coach for his autograph…” (I was insinuating that it might be a bad time, you know after the embarrassing loss and all) he replied, “You kidding? Go for it!  But, I’d hurry up and catch him, knowing him he’ll be on the golf course, grabbing a “quick-nine” before you can say Gamecock!”

6.  You want to talk about southern hospitality?  Go to Birmingham, Alabama.  I got off the plane and random strangers approached me saying “Welcome to Alabama, son”  Friendly? Sure.  But I had to ask, how did they know I wasn’t from around there? Was it my suitcase?  My superb dental work?  The world may never know.

7.  If you ever get a chance to go to Jim and Nicks BBQ, run…don’t walk….to the nearest location.  Order the Pit Master plate, and call me in a few days after your food-coma has subsided.  Holy crap that was good food.

8.  Coach Edsall was pretty emotional about the win in the locker-room.  I know Mike Enright (UConn media relations) was a little wary of me being in there, now that I am off the payroll and all, but I’ll leave what was said to stay in that stadium.  I will say this, talking with the guys and even players parents, I heard one particularly touching story, the quote isn’t verbatim, but it’s close enough:

“You know, Coach makes sure we know it all the time now.  We all know everyday that he loves us.   There is no question about that.  I’ll be walking through the facility, and instead of passing by, he’ll stop, look me in the eye and say “I love you, how’s your day.”  He’s genuinely interested in how I’m doing, and I know he cares not only about me as a player but as a person”

9.  I had a lot of people come up to me, my dad, and my grandfather and express your love for the blog.  I really appreciate it.  Even the guy who was waiting to fly standby, who got bumped by me, told me he loved it.  So dude, thank you.  And, if it is any consolation I ended up not only getting delayed into Boston by 4 hours, but on the ride home I was smushed into a window seat by a drunk Florida fan, who proceeded to use me like a pillow and reeked of beer, stale chinese food and mothballs.  I wish was lying, but even my girlfriend (the saint who picked me up at 3am) asked me if I’d been eating Mushu Pork.

10. Not that I am Nostradamus or anything, but when I did the interview on WTIC (if you have a copy/link email me) I told everyone that giving Todd Orlando that much time to prep for a team was unfair.  Well, I think I was more than right.  UConn’s defense was lights out all game.  Perhaps Tywon Martin put it best after it was all said and done:

“Those dudes (USC) tricked me”
“How So?”
“Dog, I thought they were gonna be unreal…we watched the tape, man.  They freakin’ tricked me”

11.  I am really proud of Husky nation, and to have ever been a part of that program.  Enjoying a game from the stands is a new, but great thrill for me.

Wake Up To FWG as Bowl-Game Nostradamus

// December 29th, 2009 // 7 Comments » // Uncategorized

Good morning good readers.  Hope the holidays Christmas went well for you.  Nothing like booze and family to remind you why you went out of state for college (just kidding, Mom…)  That being said, in my 7 day food coma I got real lazy with the blog posting and forgot to post this video in which I was able to not only predict the USC vs. Boston College bowl game outcome, but also drop in a “Super-Frauds” reference.  Tremendous.  Enjoy this video and stay tuned.  Thanks for your continued support of Thoughts From A Fat White Guy.  Without you, I’d be unemployed.