Friday, August 31, 2007
Game Prediction: Orange 19 Purple 15.
If you think that score looks ugly, just wait until you see the game. Concerns abound on both sides of the ball, I am counting on positive turnover margin, a steady diet (25 carries) of various running backs, a gamebreaking play from one of the WRs and most importantly two fully-loaded idiots (Champ and Russianator) spearheading the noise in a raucous Carrier Dome. Their incessant heckling is worth 5 points for the Cuse. Is it kickoff time yet?¦Go Orange.
Season Prediction: 5-7
As much as I'd like to think that this team is worthy of bus-ride to Toronto for the International Bowl come January, I just don't see it. Major concerns starting a freshman (practically) quarterback behind an offensive line which is still a huge question mark, the entire LB corps is unproven, and the loss of Delone Carter (DC3) is not easily forgotten. Have I mentioned that our QB is practically a freshman? It is worth mentioning again. It may be unfair to put so much stock into one game but tonight's game will set the table for the season and is a must have.
Win and maybe we can scrap our way to a 6-6 season, lose and its back to 4-8 land. An honest look at the schedule: 1 certain win (Buffalo); 2 likely wins (at UConn, at Miami,OH); 4 certain losses (at Iowa, at Louisville, WVU, Rutgers); 2 likely losses (at Pitt, USF); and 3 toss-ups (Washington, Illinois, Cincinnati).You can run the numbers yourselves, but one number that Greg Robinson should keep close at hand is 21 -- as in Century 21.
Game Prediction: Cuse 13 Huskies 10:
I have to agree with BOSS on this one....this came is going to be UGLY. Cuse will be playing catch-up most of the game. It will be a battle of field position, however a late Taj Smith "homerun" will put the Orange up for good. We need some big conversions from ARob and the WR's. I'm seeing a lot of 3rd and longs. Brinkley's load should be light this week as the knee is still not 100%.
The wins: Washington, Buffalo, Miami, UConvicts, CincinnattiThe Loses: WVU, Louisville, Rutgers, USF, Illinois, Iowa, PittThe flirtation with .500 keeps GRobb here another year. Based on the "progress" this year, Daryl Gross announces plans for a 100,000 seat open air stadium to be built on Route 31 in Clay, in adjacent to the Outback Steakhouse. Dr. Gross comments, "The football may be bad, but the bloomin' onion really makes the trip worthwhile."
Game Prediction: SU 23 UDub 21
SU's wide receivers, defense and return game make enough plays for the cuse to secure 2 unlikely touchdowns and Fat Pat Shalde is straight and true for 3 fgs. The Huskies and their redshirt freshman QB Jake Locker are in it until end, attempting a game winning 41 yard FG at time expires - sadly, the kick goes wide right (deal with it bills fans) and afterward a distaught Ty Willingham blames the miss on the wind.
Season Outlook: 5-7
It makes for boring blogging for all of us to predict the same season, but that's why we're idiots. Too many young guys, too much talent at the top of the Big East, and being waaaaaaaaay too thin at too many positions make 5 wins the best case scenario this year. I hope I'm wrong.
OK people, lets play some football, I'm off to drink beer in a parking lot.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
As the season fast approaches and in the fairness of full disclosure, T3I thought we'd let you know who in the world of college football stands as official ENEMIES OF THE IDIOTS. From time-to-time we'll be sharing with you other enemies from the world of sports and entertainment. While this list is not comprehensive, it is a starting point for you to understand the deeply disturbed minds of the idiots.
Yes some of these grudges are approaching 20 years old, we know we need help.
Mr. John Swafford: used car salesman from the South
Virginia Tech: tragedy aside, we can now go back to rooting against you. Coach Beamer deserves special recognition for his staff's expose on "Lollipopgate" in 2001 (scroll to #15).
Joe Pa: I've started to mellow on this one, but he still makes the list.
Notre Dame, Inc.: a parasite to the Big East. Let me step out of my glass house first, but can someone tell me the last big game they won?
The B.C.S.: denying us a playoff......PLAYOFF???
Cuse Fans Who Leave the Dome Early: beating the traffic??? What traffic problems exist with a crowd of 30,000?
We're less than 2 days away from kickoff. Rest assured T3I will be rooting against all of our enemies this football season.
With that in mind, here's my idiotic analysis of the Greg Robinson era to date. This is what I know - there are 3 types of coaches in the college football world today - coaches who win championships like Pete Carroll or Urban Meyer - mediocre coaches like the departed Coach P who string you along but never win anything - and crappy coaches like Ron Zook who should stick to recruiting and water skiing.
While it's still too early to definitively say where Robinson will ultimately end up, it's not too early to look at what has transpired so far. To date Robinson has compiled a record of 5 wins and 18 losses, that speaks for itself. Year one was a complete disaster, resulting in one win and while no one would argue that the team was loaded with talent, P would have found a way to squeeze out 5 or 6 wins with that squad and drive everyone completely insane in the process. Year one for Robinson grades out as a Zook performance.
Year 2 brought a new offensive coordinator (thank God) and a new quarterbacks coach, and resulted in a 4 win season. To be fair, let's say Robinson and his staff he got what they could out of the talent that was on that team, especially in light of a season ending injury to play maker Taj Smith. Year two grades out as a Pasqualoni performance.
That brings us to year 3, which is hours from getting underway. By my count, since Robinson took over, both the offensive and defensive coordinators have changed, he has new o-line and d-line coaches in place, as well as a different quarterbacks coach and a new running back coach. At this point we have to assume he's more comfortable with this staff than the original. Hopefully he's seen what didn't work and made changes. However, for this season to be classified as any kind of success, Robinson has to pretend he's from Missouri and show me.
Show me the team is implementing your offensive and defensive concepts - show me that the young guys you are bringing in are difference makers, show me a quarterback who's progressing and a defense that's aggressive - and for the love of God man, please show me some freakin points. Show me that you can take a squad that on paper doesn't look that great and get them to play their asses off. Show me that in future years there's at least a chance we get coaching performances that are closer to Carroll than Zook. A repeat of last year simply isn't good enough.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
I used to really respect Ty Willingham. I always thought he got kind of a raw deal at Notre Dame, Inc. However, this item from Donnie's blog I find particular amusing. In a conspiracy theory that would make Oliver Stone proud, Ty has determined the reason that his Fighting Irish lost to the Men of Orange in 2003: Pat Campbell left the doors open.
The loss had absolutely nothing to do with Walter Reyes' 189 yards rushing or his five, yes Ty that's 5, touchdowns. Didn't you know that "Dome wind" is good for 26 points?
Ty is really off base here. The truth is the Dome is controlled by UFO's that are piloted by Elvis and Bigfoot. Get real Ty, and don't forget to pack a jacket. It is a bit drafty in the Loud House.
As everyone knows, the San Diego Chargers had the top pick in the draft that year and they were still suffering from a severe case of RLS (Ryan Leaf Syndrome). Not wanting to roll the dice risk and acquiring (and paying for) another case of RLS, they traded the top pick to the Falcons, and ended up with Atlanta’s pick, the 5th choice, where they ended up selecting the most dominating player in the NFL today – LaDainian Tomlinson. The Chargers then used the first pick in the second round to select future Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Brees out of Purdue.
In looking back at the draft, if the Falcons had just stayed where they were, the chances were very good that in addition to picking up Tomlinson at the 5 spot (assuming they were smart enough to do that), they also could have drafted Brees early in the second round. To start round two, the Chargers would have had the first pick, and would have taken Vick, meaning Brees wasn’t an option. Then the Browns were on the clock, and at that point they were still committed to Tim Couch, the Cardinals were up next and Jake Plummer was still their guy, meaning most likely Brees would have been there.
It’s pretty amazing to speculate that the conceivably, the Falcons could have been starting Brees and Tomlinson in the same backfield. Call me crazy, but that’s a slight improvement over Joey Harrington and a washed up Warrick Dunn.
Of course, it's not all bad news for the Atlanta fans -had another team snatched up Brees, at least they didn't pass on any other star quarterbacks. In fact, the other quarterback options in the 2001 draft were beyond awful. The complete list of losers drafted after Vick and Brees reads like a who’s who of guys who really suck. Specifically, the signal callers who are drafted after Brees were Quincy Carter - Cowboys (53); Marques Tuiasosopo - Raiders (59); Chris Weinke -Panthers (106); Sage Rosenfels Redskins (109); Jesse “the Bachelor” Palmer - Giants (125); Mike McMahon - Detroit (149); A.J. Feeley - Eagles (151); Josh Booty – Seahawks (172); Josh Heupel – Dolphins (177).
So, while they obviously screwed up the Vick, Brees and Tomlinson issue, at least they didn't pass on any other good QBs, so they've got that going for them - which is nice.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
The Canes enjoyed remarkable success playing in the Orange Bowl. They reeled off a 58 game home winning streak that Syracuse helped contribute to. Opposing teams cringed at the sight of the Hurricanes emerging out of the tunnel through smoke and onto the playing field.
The stadium hosted 5 Super Bowls and also was the site of arguably the greatest professional and college football games ever played. Kellen Winslow's San Diego Chargers outlasted the Fish 41-38 in a 1982 Divisional Playoff matchup.
For me, the Orange Bowl was all about college football. LittleChamp grew up in an era when the Orange Bowl would be the last game played on New Year's Day, and I'd struggle to stay up to see the end of the game on NBC. Back when "conference tie-ins" existed, the Orange Bowl game matched the champion of the Big 8 vs. an at-large team, often times with the national championship at stake.
In 1984, Tom Osborne made one of the gutsiest (and questionable) calls of all time. His failed two-point conversion cost the Huskers a national championship but earned him the respect of the college football world. Anytime you get a chance to replay this game as a "classic" in PlayStation World, take advantage of it. The talent on that field makes it a fun one: Mike Rozier, Irving Fryar, and Bernie Kosar. The Congressman from Nebraska would find redemption on the very same field in 1995 as his Huskers would be crowned national champions after defeating the University of Miami 24-17 in the Orange Bowl.
The old stadium also hosted the defining moment in Bettor's College history. The Flutie "Hail Mary" game, coupled with the Glenn Foley ND game encompass BC's entire athletic history. To quote Mr. Tony, "That's it! That's the list!"
The Dolphins would say goodbye in 1987 and the Orange Bowl game would follow in 1996.
LittleChamp dreamed of the day Syracuse would play in an Orange Bowl. I always thought, how cool would that be, the Orangemen playing in the Orange Bowl. In 1999, this dream was realized. Due to a Dolphins playoff game, the Orange Bowl returned to it's original home. Donovan McNabb's farewell performane was one to forget as the Orangemen fell to The Ole Ball Coach's Florida Gators 31-10. A game that was as ugly as the actual stadium.
The Canes will never enjoy the same advantage in their new antiseptic home. The electricity in the air for a night game was unmatched at the Orange Bowl.
It's very unlikey Syracuse will be making trips to a BCS game in the near futre, so maybe it's time for me to dream of the day LeMoyne plays in Dolphin Stadium.
Monday, August 20, 2007
I will however use this story to remind us everyone of our good friends in Connecticut. Their baskeball team really started this whole "stealing computers" craze. The former Yankee Conference "power" now has their sights set on BCS bowls and conference championships. And their fans will quickly tell you how they are the future of Eastern football. Yes, this includes those 3 UConn fans sitting near me in Section 119 last year. Here's a quick Idiot fact: I have underwear older than how long the Huskies have been playing Division 1 football. I will give credit where credit is due, these guys have a murderous out-of-confernce schedule: Duke, Maine, Temple, and Akron will be wars.
All credit for this goes to the Big Lead which offered up an intriguing article today on top 5 hottest celebrity reality "stars" and the athletes who date them. While it's hard to argue with their picks (except Laila Ali - she scares me) it is an interesting topic to discuss. I would like to point out that they clearly missed the boat by not honoring Hall of Famer Tami Roman into this club.
Tami is one who INVENTED the trend by marrying, then divorcing, former NBA player Kenny Anderson. Well done Tami, you've started a trend, and the Idiots want to ensure that achievement is not only properly recognized, but honored.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Yesterday, after partaking in a full day of one of my favorite August activities - drinking and betting the ponies at Saratoga there was only one thing left to do - head to the bar. While enjoying a Labbatt Blue at the Horseshoe one of my friends reports that he just saw Barry Melrose in line at the port a john.
Now we all know Barry is fairly well known hockey analyst, and probably even more famous for having one of the great mullets of all time. He's also a dead ringer for a certain country music star, so he's got that going for him as well. Anyway, I'm here to report that Barry was barely recognizable due to the fact that the mullet had been cut back significantly. When asked about this development, Barry replied, "hey, it's summer."
My buddy then reported that after being asked about his hair (and while standing in line to use a nasty portable toilet like the rest of us) Barry was extremely personable. He was very friendly, he talked to everyone, and even provided some toilet line hockey analysis - including the fact that he thinks the Rangers will be good, Brodeur will have to play great for the Devils to have a decent season and the Bruins still suck (there were a lot of chowder heads in the bar for some reason).
As he strolled out of the bar, I shook his hand and he couldn't have been nicer. It almost makes me want to watch hockey.........almost. Anyway, if you happen to be anywhere near the greater Saratoga region, definitely head to the race track, and if you're out afterward, look out for Barry, and don't be fooled by the shorter hair - after all, it's summer baby.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Now we all know that depth does not necessarily equal talent, but nonetheless, I thought it was encouraging, and everyone could use some good news going into the weekend. Besides, SU is still undefeated this year.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Syracuse fans may remember that Mr. Mexico reportedly reneged on a committment to Syracuse in part because he didn't want to be the "next Mcnabb." Well, to pull a Lloyd Bensten on you Ron, "I saw Donovan McNabb play; I've cheered for Donovan McNabb; I've witnessed Donovan McNabb's character. Ronnie, you are no Donovan McNabb."
To readers of The Idiots, it's never to early to start your holiday shopping. For further gift ideas, check out the fine people at cafepress.com and do a quick "Ron Mexico" search, you won't regret it. And don't forget your four-legged friends this holiday season.
It's only a matter of time until Little Mexico tries to out-do big brother.
Monday, August 13, 2007
While the Syracuse University football team certainly has a mountain of issues to deal with this year, today Donnie Webb touched on something that has me more worried than Lindsay Lohan at a field sobriety test - the punting. For a team that's won exactly one conference game in two years -- and will be starting a quarterback has throw 8 passes in his career -- having a solid kicking game is crucial. As of right now, it looks like a true freshman, Rob Long is the front runner to handle these duties.
With a team that surely will be punting more than anyone would like to see, if something like this becomes common place, any progress made by the offense or defense has the potential to be wiped out in a hurry. How bad could this get you may ask? Well, let us all remember the lesson we learned last year from Illinois - if back up wide receivers start kicking rugby style, we are all royally screwed. In fact, it may leave us longing for the days of Coach Mac and the quick kick. Here's hoping that by October I'm not asking if Darryl Johnston has any eligibility left.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
GUY #1 IN TANKTOP: "Hey there's a preseason football game on tonight." (referring to Colts-Cowgirls)
GUY #2 IN TANKTOP: "What's the line?"
Ok, now I'm saying (insert Jeff Foxworthy voice here) that if you ever bet on an NFL Preseason game.....you might have a gambling problem.
Pass the peanuts.
Friday, August 10, 2007
In the near future the idiots will post a complete preview of the football team's chances this year along with some weekly football picks.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Fear not 90's NBA fans. First it was yesterday's news of the possible return of Cheryl Miller's little brother. Now word out of Miami is that the Penny and Shaq will be reunited. Penny, one of the many "next Jordans" once had serious game in his days at Memphis, no I mean Memphis State, no make that Memphis.
Nick Anderson and Dennis Scott are awaiting Pat Riley's call.
We can only hope that Shaq-Penny II is as good as the first time around.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
So DGROSS announced his latest aberration last week. Apparently some private developers have approached the Syracuse University Athletic Director with the idea of building a new football stadium. So let me get this straight, the waiting list is so long for season tickets on the hill that a new stadium is needed? The Carrier Dome is outdated? C’mon Daryl, you can do better than that. On the long list of needs for the football program, where exactly does a new stadium rank?
JUST A BIT INSIDE....
Finally, Rick Pitino knew what he was talking about in one of the all-time greatest sports meltdowns. "Larry Bird is not walking through that door, fans. Kevin McHale is not walking through that door, and Robert Parish is not walking through that door.” But Reggie Miller might be. Three Idiots is also reporting the 76ers are bringing in Dolph Schayes for a look.
First and foremost, there are 3 of us - Rush, Champ, and Boss.
Second - we are idiots, you'll have to trust us on that one, but in due time, we'll be able to demonstrate just how much this is true.
Third - we love sports. All of us are Syracuse University fans and Yankee fans. In terms of pro teams, we cover the spectrum, so expect to see ramblings about the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia 76ers, Altanta Hawks and if Boss has his way, occasional posts about a sport people call "hockey." I'm told it still exists, but I frankly I'm skeptical.
Lastly - expect opinions on a few other things we love, like food. We enjoy ranting and arguing about tasty deep fried delicacies, which seems appropriate since I was talking about Dennis Green in the first graph.