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Monday, October 16, 2006
Football thoughts from this weekend
Some random thoughts from the world of football this past weekend.
  • Georgia was unimpressive in the second half, yet again, allowing Vanderbilt to steal a huge win (for Vandy) between the Hedges. I will say to Vandy fans what I said to UGA fans years ago when they came into Knoxville and finally ended our winning streak--OK, it's only huge if you do something with it. If Vandy goes out and tanks this week to South Carolina, it will be same old Vandy. If they go out and win or at least play respectably against the Gamecocks, that will tell me a something. Oh and Vandy, when is the DVD retrospective of this game going to hit the shelves?
  • Well, there are no more undefeated teams in the SEC, which means the best conference in the nation is out of the national title hunt (for now). Honestly, it's really pathetic how teams like Ohio State and USC can have the potential to go undefeated in weak conferences. If they played in a real conference that was competitive, they'd probably have at least one loss. Well, USC would have more, actually.
  • Well, the BCS standings are out for the first time and we can all (once again) see how screwed up the system is. Case in point--Tennessee is behind Cal, who we beat like a drum to open the season. Again, Cal, get in a real conference and then we can talk.
  • I've seen the footage of the brawl between Miami and Florida International Saturday night. Disgusting. I've never had any great respect for Miami and this doesnt' help matters. I think it's good the teams suspened the players but it may be too little, too late. Miami has had a pattern of going back to its old ways in the past few games and being a bunch of thugs on and off the field. I hate to tell Miami this but in order to get the respect you so desparately crave, you have to give it as well. And the way you act doesn't show it..hence why no one respects you.
  • That said, I have the perfect solution to this situation--both teams should forfeit the rest of their games this year. Just don't play them at all. It will send a strong message that this will not be tolerated.
  • Speaking of that, have you heard the comments of the Miami play-by-play guy, Lamar Thomas, that went out on ESPN's GameDay package? I think the man should be asked to not call any more games for the Canes...but that's just me. Here's a sample:

It didn’t take long for Thomas to get his wish. And as the violence erupted on the field, he cheered it on. “That’s what I’m talking about,” he exclaimed. “You come into our house, you should get your behind kicked. You don’t come into the Orange Bowl playing that stuff. You’re across the ocean over there. You’re across the city over there. You can’t come over to our place talking noise like that. You’ll get your butt kicked. I was about to go down the elevator and get into that thing.”


If anything, Thomas seemed disappointed that the referees finally got the game under control. “You know, I say, why don’t they just meet outside in the tunnel after the ball game and get it on some more?” he urged. “You don’t come into the Orange Bowl, baby – we’ve had a down couple of years – but you don’t come in here talking trash. Not in our house…


“You come in here talking smack, it’s time to get it on. We let you play in our stadium – they play well, I gotta give it to FIU, they played well so far – but you cross the line at some point.”


And even when the game started again, Thomas was still at it, complaining that referees threw a flag on a blatantly late hit on the kickoff following the brawl. “You gonna call that?” he exclaimed in disbelief. He ended the night by urging Miami coach Larry Coker, whose team was leading 35-0 with 40 seconds to go in the game, to run up the score with a field goal to teach FIU a thing or two.

  • So, my Redskins stunk it up at home yesterday and the Titans won their first game of the year. Were it any other team besides the Redskins, I'd be excited. But since it was the Redskins I am just bitter. I do wonder if this win will energize the fan-base this week. Maybe the Coliseum will fill up this week and we'll have an enthusiastic home crowd. That would be nice to see for a change.
  • Say what you will about the apparent (at the time) desparation of Jeff Fisher in starting Vince Young...it has made a huge difference. You can just see the team's confidence in him and around him when he's on the field. Something severely missing when we had Billy Volek and Kerry Collins in the game. The question I still have is this--will Fisher make it past this season to reap the rewards of this move?


posted by Michael Hickerson at 10/16/2006 10:36:00 AM | |
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