Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Pitfall: Big time thumbs up. Little Champ spent many hours on the Atari 2600 leaping over rolling logs and trying to land on crocodile eyes. Good times.
Old Pitt Logo: Thumbs up. Big props to the groups out there trying to bring back this classic look from the '80's. Let's be honest, the new logo/color scheme looks terrible.
Jerome Lane: Thumbs up for contributing to the greatest in-game soundbite ever.
Pink Panther Movies: Thumbs down. I never really got the whole Inspector Clousseau thing.
Pink Panther Cartoons: Thumbs down. Yawn.
The Peach Pit 90210: Thumbs down. Melrose Place was much more happening.
Pittsburgh Airport: Big thumbs up. Love the mall inside, great time killer during a layover.
The Money Pit: Thumbs up. Solid 80's flick you might find on Comedy Central some Saturday afternoon. Featuring a pre-Oscar Tom Hanks and a soon-to-be-out-of-Boston Diane Chambers.
Michigan Panthers: Thumbs up for the first USFL champions.
Phil Connors: Thumbs up to the best damn weatherman in Pittsburgh. Thumbs up to the best damn weatherman in Pittsburgh. Thumbs up to the....
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh: Thumbs down, Dr. J you are better than this.
Mr. Belvedere: Thumbs down to this 80's show set in the 'burbs of Pittsburgh. Uecker couldn't even save this one.
Primanti Brothers: Thumbs (and cholesterol level) up. Champ spent a year living in Pittsburgh; they know how to eat down there.
Barry Bonds in Pittsburgh: Thumbs........well, he used to look normal.
Florida Panthers: What is this "hockey" you talk of?
Carolina Panthers cheerleader story from 2005: Thumbs up. T3I thoroughly enjoys stupidity.
Kevin PITT-snogle: Thumbs up: Snogs & Gansey were two non-Cuse favorites of a couple of the Idiots.
Pass the Primanti Bros. sandwich and my Atari 2600.
Some bonus clips for you, courtesy of Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician, we have a completely maniacal and most likely mildly retarded Pitt Panther fan here.
And to honor the end of the Chad Pennington era in NY, here's a message from Chad, on why drugs are bad - the Pitt Panther fan referenced above should pay close attention to this message (if you're at work, cut the volume with 15 seconds to go - apparently Chad has some Tom Brady anger issues).
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Below is the text they sent out trying to drum up ticket sales for SU's last two home games of the year:
See the Orange fight to go undefeated in November!
Hey [name redacted],
Buy tickets to see the Syracuse Orange take the field against the Bulls and Bearcats in November! Have tickets you can't use? Sell them on StubHub — with FREE Listings and FREE shipping! Just set your price and leave customer service to us.
2007 Home Game Schedule
South Florida At Syracuse
Cincinnati At Syracuse
Now, I'm as positive and upbeat as the next guy - actually I'm not - but "See the Orange fight to go undefeated in November," is one of the most insane marketing pitches I've ever heard. Not to mention the fact that there were about 20,000 people in the building versus Buffalo and uh, tickets aren't hard to come by. Check out any scalper outside the dome on game day, those poor bastards look like they're ready to swallow a bullet any minute.
I can only imagine some of Stubhub's other marketing ideas:
Hey Female New Yor Knick Fans - Come see Isiah Thomas fight to NOT sexually harass anyone!
Hey Miami Dolphin Fans - Come see the Dolphins fight to keep their new quarterback from suffering massive concussions!
Hey [insert random hockey team name here] Fans - Come see hockey - seriously, please come see hockey, its still a sport.
As a Syracuse season ticket holder that lives 2 hours from the Dome, the distance obviously complicates the tailgating situation, but it's certainly not insurmountable. However, when you add into the equation the fact that almost every home game now starts at noon, it's not even worth the effort. Local Syracuse fans who enjoy tailgating can get those breakfast recipes ready because the Syracuse-South Florida game will kick off at noon. It marks the 4th noon home game this year, and that really blows.
The answer to this dilemma is simple - GET BETTER and the networks will actually pick games up and put them on at decent times. Noon games are for Big Ten teams wearing red uniforms..........and now for SU - Ugh.
In the meantime, I guess we are stuck reading about truly great tailgating events, like The World's Greatest Outdoor Cocktail Party that took place last week.
Monday, October 29, 2007
I can't say I'm surprised of the "opt-out." Let's be honest, all Yankee fans knew what we were gettting involved with when he came aboard in 2004. I will miss the gaudy numbers and production from your spot in the order.
I will not miss your disappearing act in October.
Good luck wherever you may land. Some words of advice: if you sign with an AL team, think Bobby Bonilla when you come to the Bronx.
Everyone is now tied for first-place, go Yanks!
- I have never understood the desire to be a soccer hooligan, but if I lived in England and watched that abomination of a football game yesterday, it seems like a more pleasant alternative.
- Who woke up Reggie Brown?
- I watched enough of the Raiders-Titans game yesterday (and by enough I mean 7 plays) to honestly say that Gilbert Brown is faster than Daunte Culpepper.
- Was Joe Gibbs even awake during that massacre yesterday?
- There are so many different ways people in sports bars can be annoying, you've got your basic moron screaming at the top of his lungs, the douchebag wearing the jersey of a guy that was cut 2 years ago, the couple who bring their one year old and sit at the bar - this happened yesterday, seriously, what's wrong with people? However, far and away, The MOST ANNOYING TRAIT a person can display is to be the person yelling at the players on his/her (mainly his) favorite team, and calling them BY THEIR FIRST NAMES. Memo to the Vikings fan sitting next to me yesterday, you don't know Adrian Peterson, so please do not address him as though you do - jerk off.
- Norv Turner may have finally figured out how to not screw this season up - although I reserve judgement until the beat a decent team - the Texans looked like they remembered they are still the Texans yesterday.
- Chad Pennington, it's over buddy.
- Andy Reid, I'm begging you to do two things for me - keep running the ball and for God's sake, eat a salad.
No SU football game to complain about, no Syracuse basketball players shattered a backboard, and I'm pretty sure no one wants to hear me break down the scintillating Eagles-Vikings game yesterday, so I thought I'd look into my crystal ball and offer some predictions on the week ahead:
- The Red Sox win the World Series, the Patriots are undefeated and the games aren't even close and the Celtics start their season this week, I predict Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy, gets treated for priapism.
- The scoreboard operator at Gillette Stadium suffers an attack of carpel tunnel syndrome
- Peter Gammons gets accolades (deservedly so) for calling out A-Rod
- When asked a question by a member of the media, Greg Robinson won't know something
- Rich Rodriguez's wife burns all tapes of their loss to South Florida so he doesn't kill himself
- Bud Selig announces that the International League and the National League will swap places next year
- Hospital rooms all across the state of Connecticut are flooded with Husky fans who broke their own arms slapping themselves on the back
- Maybe, just maybe, there may be one or two stories written about the Patriots-Colts game next Sunday.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Trinity University- 28
And you probably missed the first 59 minutes and 58 seconds of the game. Not to worry, T31 is here to provide you with the last 2 seconds of gametime:
Here's the SI writeup.
Friday, October 26, 2007
For those of you unfamiliar with the Idiots, I'd like to give you some background information . We are three educated, professional, down-to-earth guys who enjoy arguing with each other about stupid things-- usually sports related. We enjoy a legal beverage now and then, tasty pub fare, and watching football in our respective man caves. Basically we consider ourselves pretty ordinary, open-minded, accepting folks.
However, there is one character trait that absolutely boils our blood: smugness.
T3I has conducted a highly scientific poll (cough, cough, it's just us) to answer an important question in the world of sports; smug or not smug? We proudly present to you the T31 Smug-o-Meter.
How it works: Each idiot was provided with a list of personalities in the world of sports and given the opportunity to vote smug or not smug. Write-ins were also allowed. Results are as follows:
Smug Gottlieb Hall of Fame: three noses in the air (three unamimous yes votes), these are the Dr. Michael Mancinis of the sporting world. Their unparalleled smugness which makes all of us sick to our stomachs when we see these fools. Named after the Babe Ruth of Smugness. Officially smug. Members include:
- Skip Bayless
- Brian Billick
- Mike Brey
- Curt Schilling
- Quinn Snyder
- Steve Phillips
- Jerry Jones
- Phil Jackson
- Jim Rome
- Mike Francessa
- Tony Stewart
- Matt Leinhart
- Tiki Barber
Smug: two noses in the air (two yes votes) Congratulations, T3I officially deems you smug:
- Colin Cowhard (yes- Russianator, Champ)
- Chris Fowler (yes- Russianator, Champ)
- Isiah Thomas (yes- Boss, Russianator)
- Keith Olberman (yes- Boss, Russianator)
- Jeff Gordon (yes- Boss, Russianator)
- Pete Carrol (yes- Boss, Champ)
Dash of Smug: one nose in the air. Exhibits occasional moments of smug, but gets a pass for now. Officially not smug, however: we will be watching you.
- Bobby Valentine (yes- Champ)
- Brady Quinn (yes- Champ)
- Pat Riley (yes- Boss)
- Tim McCarver (yes- Boss)
- Chris Collinsworth (Boss write-in)
- Troy Aikman (Boss write-in)
- Joe Lunardi (Boss write-in)
- Bob Huggins (Boss write-in)
- Joe Buck (Russianator write-in)
Smug-free: zero noses in the air.
- Woody Paige (generally mentioned as just plain stupid, not smug)
- Rick Pitino (the Jimmy B connections helped)
- Mel Kiper (he's grown on us)
Since I'm devoid of any original ideas today, I thought I would blatantly rip off the Sports Guy and post my weekly football picks and what was going through my mind as I made them, for our loyal readers. Bonus for all fans of T3I, unlike Simmons, you don't have to wait until 5 PM Friday to read this. (something tells me Bill isn't worried).
Some disclaimers before we start - these are my ACTUAL PICKS that I submitted to the pool I'm in at work. The lines used are the ones we are using this week and the home teams are in capital letters. I may or may not post them on a weekly basis, depending on how lazy I get, and I'm doing AWFUL this year, so if you are looking for some guidance, my best advice is to pull a George Costanza and do the opposite of everything that's below, it should work out for you. Here we go:
Giants (-9.5) over the DOLPHINS
This "home game" for Miami is being played in London, Jesse Chatman is the Dolphins starting running back, Zach Thomas isn't playing, and Channing Crowder admits he couldn't find London on a map. Oh yeah, did I mention Cam Cameron is the Dolphins head coach? I'll take the G-men. One last note on this one, its probably a good thing it's in London, since Miami fans don't exactly have a stellar history of supporting losing teams at home.
JETS (-3) over the Bills
Jets-Bills, it's the crappy game of the week - and if you live in NY like I do, you can see every play of this fun filled extravaganza. Something tells me my Sunday destination will include the words "sports" and "bar." I'm going with the Jets for a few reasons A) they are due B) they are at home C) the Bills are playing hard, but they are still devastated by injuries D) Trent Edwards is due for a bad game, even against a terrible defense and E) New Jersey passed a law revoking the Man-genius nickname from Mangini if the Jets lose, and there's no way he's giving that up, so I'm going with the Jets (sorry Anthony).
Browns (-3) over the RAMS
What's this world come to when the Browns are giving away points on the road and I'm totally confident they'll cover the spread? The Rams are putrid - and that's an insult to everything that's putrid. Their offensive line is terrible and even though Stephen Jackson is supposed to be back, Marc Bulger is walking around with that look on his face like those guys who get busted on to catch a predator - he knows it's over, and he's just hoping what comes next doesn't kill him.
Lions (+5) over the BEARS
The Bears defense is really beat up, God loves Jon Kitna more than the Bears, and I think Roy Williams is finally rested after his exhausting day last week delivering pizzas - so I'm going to roll the dice with the Lions. Besides, people don't seem to realize this, but Cedric Benson sucks. He sucks like a porn star - we're talking serious suckage here people.
Colts (-6.5) over the PANTHERS
Who is Carolina going to start at quarterback and does it really matter? Those are the questions. David Carr looks like some turn of the century magician these days - what is up with that look he's sporting? While some people may be inclined to think the Colts will be looking past this game and towards their showdown with the Patriots next week, I say that's not possible and here's why - Peyton knows if they are both undefeated next week it means one thing - MORE COMMERCIALS. He may not even practice next week, he may just shoot 500 TV spots.
Raiders (+7) over the TITANS
Ugh. Honestly I don't know and I don't really care. Basically it comes down to this - do the Titans ever win by more than a touchdown? Not that I can remember. One other note on this one - Daunte Culpepper hit the wall harder and quicker than Meg Ryan. It's sad really.
Eagles (-1) over the VIKINGS
I'm an insane Eagles fan, have been since I was 3, I can't discuss them rationally. Also, Tarvaris Jackson stinks, so take the Birds. That having been said, it wouldn't surprise me if he goes 18-23 for 250 yards and 3 tds on Sunday, that's just the way things seem to be going this year.
Steelers (-3.5) over the BENGALS
The men of steel don't really play well on the road, but it doesn't matter. Chad Johnson's insanity and Marvin Lewis' insistence on letting everyone do whatever the hell they want has finally caught up to the Bengals - they are done.
Texans (+10) over the CHARGERS
If not for the wild fires wreaking havoc on Southern California and the fact that they still don't know where this game will be played, I'd take the Chargers in a heartbeat. Especially since Sage Rosenfels may be playing quarterback for the Texans (who names their kid after an herb anyway?) However, in times of crisis, Norv Turner is not the name that comes to my mind, I think the Chargers win, but the Texans get the all important cover.
BUCS (pick) over Jags
I have two words for you, Quinn Gray. If you can look me in the eye and tell me you're wagering on Quinn Gray, well, God bless you (just make sure Jon Kitna approves).
Saints (-3) over the 49ERS
Alex Smith may try and come back early from a separated shoulder - that's how bad things are for the 49ers - a quarterback is attempting to play with a separated THROWING shoulder. Good work Trent Dilfer.
PATRIOTS (-16) over the Redskins
This line could be 100 and I'd take the P-men. Take the Patriots until they fail to cover one of these ginormous spreads - then take them the next week, they'll be taking their frustrations out.
BRONCOS (-3) over the Packers
Brett Favre on Monday Night Football - in what could be his last appearance on Monday Night Football. I'm already puking at the praise every member of the media will be covering him in. In fact, Peter King probably has his Monday Morning Quarterback column already written, it will go something like this - Brett Favre is dreamy, Brett Favre is special, Brett Farve makes my panties moist............kill me now. I pick the Broncos and Mike the Rat Shanahan out of spite.
Good luck to all this week - and remember, I'm an idiot.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Chins up Cuse fans. WE CAN"T LOSE THIS WEEK! In a T3I exclusive, here's what was heard around the Robinson house during bye week:
"Honey, where did we put that resume paper?"
"Hi Nancy, it's Coach Robinson...is it possible to enroll players this week?"
"I wonder how C.B.A. pays."
"Yes sir Doctor Gross...extra wax on the car this weekend. I hear you loud and clear. I won't forget to shampoo the floormats either."
"How can I get 14 players on the field at a time without getting caught?"
"I've finally figured it out-- we just need to score more points than the other team!"
"I've got nothing to worry about.....Coach Boeheim has been averaging 30,000 fans a game for years now, and he's not going anywhere!"
"Yes, I know Doctor Gross, I will pick up your dry cleaning right after I finish with the car washing."
"Hey Mack....no, no, things are going great up here in Syracuse, I'm just talking hypothetically if I could have my old job back at Texas."
"I swore there was a finish-last-in-the-Big-East bonus in my contract."
"Now if Ron Popeil can sell people on that rotisserie cooker, then I can sell the fans on the rest of this season."
"Century 21 or Remax?"
"Absolutey Doctor Gross, I was planning on stopping at Wegman's anyways. I'd be glad to pick you up some scones."
"You know in video games you can just restart your season anytime you want. Maybe the NCAA can look into that."
"So the Raymore & Flanigan sale flyer has more pages than my playbook......who cares?"
"Yea guys, for the staff Halloween party I'm calling the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz costume! You guys fight it out for the rest."
"No problem Doctor Gross, I've re-tiled a bathroom before. I'll be there by 7:00AM."
"Ouch, that door really does hurt you when it hits you on the way out."
1. Ohio State: Big road test vs. Joe Pa, early forecast calls for a "whiteout" at Beaver Stadium
2. University of Our Whole Athletic History is the Flutie Pass and The 92 Notre Dame Game: Playing Va Tech tonight....I'll be cheering for whatever is on the other channel
3. LSU: I really can't wait until they leap over the traitors from Chestnut Hill. Superfans, take solace.
4. Oklahoma: Norman, OK- this week's stop on the Dennis Franchione Fairwell Tour
5. Arizona State: EAST COAST BIAS ALERT--- I haven't seen much of this team this year.
6. West Virginia: They are big fans of Rutgers.
7. Oregon: Battling USC this week. Time to put up or shut up.
8. USC: Duck Hunt, classic Nintendo video game.
9. Virginia Tech: Ugh.
10. Sioux City, Iowa: Fly into Iowa, it really doesn't suck.
Thanks Jimbo, really. Except for everyone else on the planet, you're the best.
Even though it's clear he's kidding, in the newspaper story, Waters quotes him as saying it with a smile, I still find the man to be intolerable. There are about one million things he does that drive me insane, and one of my biggest pet peeves is that Calhoun walks all over the court during games, even when ball is live. Seriously, check it out sometime, he spends more time on the floor in one game than Matt Gorman did in 5 years at SU.
And while I couldn't find the actual clip of the Aaron Boone home run, this one is pretty funny.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
It's a slow time in the sports season, with baseball officially dead (thanks Yanks), and the adventures of GFraud and Doctor Daryl Gross ruining things on the Hill this fall, I turned to Young MC for inspiration.
What constitutes a one-hit wonder in the world of sports? I'm going with the working definition of "champions who should have been dynasties." Here goes:
1985 Chicago Bears: Domination personified. With (arguably) the greatest defense ever, and (arguably) the greatest running back of all time this was a team that should have run off three or four Super Bowl titles. A thrashing of the Patriots in Super Bowl XX was followed up by an 11-4 record and a divisional playoff loss to the Redskins. Buddy Ryan you were missed.
1984 Detroit Tigers: This team dominated MLB with a 104 win season which featured a 35-5 start to the season. They won the AL East by 15.5 games, back when only two divisions existed. Featuring an "in his prime" Jack Morris, Lou Whitaker, Alan Trammel and future MVP Kirk Gibson this team should have had another World Series title in them. Instead they fell to 3rd place in 1985 and wouldn't taste the posteason again until 1987.
1999 Rams: Remember the Greatest Show on Turf? Another team that should have squeezed out at least one more Super Bowl title. Of course they were two yards away from possibly not even getting one.
1995 Atlanta Braves: Where to begin with this one? Lots of opportunities to have added to their lone title. I bet they were distracted by Leo Mazzone's constant rocking back and forth.
1986 Mets: I'll be honest, I'm not crying any tears this team imploded. One of Little Champ's most hated teams growing up. Not a recipe for success: Dwight Gooden and cocaine, Sid Fernandez and cheeseburgers, and Bob Ojeda and electric hedge trimmers.
1989 A's: Not enough HGH to go around apparently in the late 80's.
Our Clip of the Week - the flying Bears fan............
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
It belongs to the Baltimore Ravens and their asshole of a coach Brian Billick. A coach who has done less with more than anybody in recent memory (of course its possible my memory has been slightly affected by an egregious amount of alcohol over the years), and is the real offensive coordinator for the Ravens. This past weekend, down 5 and facing a 2nd and 1 late in the fourth quarter at midfield, he called 3 straight passing plays (this is with Kyle Boller at QB, not Tom Brady – and against the 2nd worst defense in the NFL) all of them incomplete, which spurred the Ravens to another disgraceful loss, this one at Buffalo, or Toronto, whatever.
In typical Billick fashion, he took no responsibility for the loss and instead conducted his own ask and answer session after the loss. I effing hate it when coaches attempt to usurp the postgame grilling after a loss, especially jerks like Billick, whose smug quotient is immeasurable. That makes three embarrassing losses for the former Super Bowl contenders and yet another shell in the crabcake for Ravens fans...and that is something no amount of Old Bay can fix.
Did you know that Donnie Baseball is also an inventor? Not only was he great player and all-time favorite of T3I, he's also the inventor of the V-Grip softball bat.
Tony Pena is famous for being the former manager the Kansas City Royals, being the father of major leaguer Tony Pena Jr. and of course for being a very good major league catcher for 17 years. However, did you know catchers were really skinny and uh, shall we say excited, before everyone was juicing?
And, if you're looking for a good good Christian speaker for your next event - Joe Girardi is on the list and available. I wonder if he took the lord's name in vain during this conversation with an ump.......
What's this all mean? I have no idea really, after all, I am an idiot, but now you can consider yourself truly informed as the Yankees weigh this important decision.
Andy Reid to quit coaching and put his mustache to work as a policeman
Heath Shuler, you missed the LVP watch, but you still suck
Gregg Easterbrook is clearly trying to provoke a fist fight in with Bill Simmons by calling the Patriots evil
Ever wonder what happened to Martin Gramatica - he's been found
If you are of a certain age, and played video games like I did, this will bring back memories
Jason Caffey, little known NBA player, but a legendary sperm distributor
And Kige thinks Donnie Baseball should be the next Yankee manager, and seriously, who's gonna argue with Kige?
Dropped out - Chad Pennington (nice game against the Bengals, he'll be on the bench soon anyway) Winston Justice, riding the pine
Knocking on the door - 52 members of the Miami Dolphins, the entire St. Louis Rams roster, Emmitt Smith (world's worst announcer).
Got suggestions of your own -feel free to leave them in the comments section.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
What the Steinbrenner's should have done was made a clear cut desicion, if they wanted Torre back, offer him 2 years, at $13-$14 million. If they were ready to move on, just not make an offer at all. One year, at less pay says "we don't believe in you, we don't think you are the guy." Good for Joe Torre, walking away was the right move.
Of course for T3I the true treat is always the words of wisdom from one Greg Robinson. Here's what I learned this week from GRob:
- Greg Robinson has a killer sense of humor, “Good afternoon and I mean that (smiling). I don’t know if I meant it last Saturday." Greg, tell us again about that shopping cart with one bad wheel.
- “It is a terrible feeling to lose a week before a bye. It is a great to win and you can build off of that. It’s great that we have a bye right now because we need a bye. " Greg I give you a big "hear-hear" in your praise of the bye week. These noon starts are killers for us tailgaters.
- "We had a lot of young people out there so we couldn’t get very exotic with what we wanted to do." You know I've been trying to put my finger on what is missing from this team. We're not "exotic" enough.
- "It was a good win – all wins are good wins – but it was a win that I thought was hard fought." All wins are good wins, cliche quota satisfied.
Bring on the bye week.
Moving onto hoops......T3I officially issues an ARINZE WARNING to the rest of the Big East.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
With Syracuse clinging to a 20-19 lead, Buffalo takes over at their own 10 yard line with 2:00 left to play. A gallant drive leads them to the Syracuse 29. With 8 seconds left, Buffalo tries for the game winning field goal:
Your final: Syracuse 20, Buffalo 19
College football brings us numerous great rivalry games throughout the year, and this weekend is no exception: Tennessee – Alabama, Miami – Florida State, and USC – Notre Dame come to mind. While UB-SU isn’t quite in that category yet, with a bit of marketing and publicity the administrations at Buffalo and Syracuse can lay the foundation for what promises to be one of college football’s preeminent rivalries over the next few years. Just imagine the classic games, the battles for recruits, the jam-packed stadiums, and for the victorious, the hoisting of the Dilapidated Brick Warehouse. Talk about spine-tingling, I can hardly wait until next season’s Thruway Throwdown…but before this can become a real rivalry, the Bulls need to show that they belong. Saturday the rivalry begins:
Buffalo 27 Syracuse 24
Greg Robinson, the beleaguered coach of the mighty men of Orange - Turner Gill, the hot coach already eyeing a reunion with the man who launched his career, Tom Osborne. What to make of this epic battle? Will it set ratings records for ESPNU? Will it become an instant classic? Will it launch a rivalry that will last 100 years? Are you out of your fucking mind - of course it won't. Here's what will happen, the Orange, although being out coached the entire game, do just enough to get by, and the last second pass from Drew Willy is knocked to the ground by super frosh Mike Holmes, the orange hang on to win.
Syracuse 20 Buffalo 14
I made at least 10 different attempts to write something coherent about the fiasco that is going to take place on the fake grass of the Carrier Dome tomorrow at 4 pm, but for the life of me, I just couldn't get anything together that didn't suck. The fact of the matter is that Greg Robinson has done such a horrible job as a head coach, the outcome of a HOME GAME against a team that has won 15 games since returning to Divison I play in 1999 (see comments below - thanks Zibby) is very much in doubt. As a writer, I've really pulled a GRob here, so let me link you to some people who have basically summed up my thoughts:
- Donnie Webb analyzes the match ups on the field, and Dave Rahme looks at how Turner Gill has the Buffalo program moving in the right direction
- Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician looks at the game from a cinematic angle
- Nick's 2 cents has a very well titled post on the game, calling it a bunch of bull
- The Axeman pulls sizes up the game using a classic, and extremely accurate Cheers reference
- A site called the College Football Fix speculates that if SU loses, Robinson could be fired on Sunday (that will never happen, could it.....)
- And this blog calls Robinson a dead coach walking - which may be an insult to Zombies
Sudden Impact takes on a whole new meaning these days.....
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Athlete's names can also be translated into everyday catch-phrases. Ocean's 13 offered us the "Billy Martin."
Some other examples:
Earnest Byner: For use when one of your buddies really drops the ball. Ex: "You forgot your ID to get in? Nice one Byner!"
Pulling a Norman: For use with an extreme choke job. Ex: "Those '07 Mets really pulled a Norman this year."
Don Mattingly: We love Donnie Baseball, but watch where you go fellas when nature calls. Ex: "Hey keep an eye out for me, I really have to go but I don't want to do a Mattingly." Note: not to be confused with the much more serious "Gary Miller."
With that in mind, T3I offers up these possibilities:
- "Man did the pilot in that plane crash pull a GROB or what?"
- "I have no idea what that professor's lecture was about. He talked totally GROB."
The Daryl Gross
- "Nepotism, schmepotism. I've got the perfect plan, I'm just going to pull a Daryl Gross and hire my girlfriend anyways."
- "The mechanic keeps saying that funny sound in the engine will get better.....somehow I think he's trying to Gross me."
- "Leave [fill in the blank] Alone" videos. Enough already people - just F-ing stop it. The freak that did the "Leave Britney Alone" video deserves credit for at least being an original freak. That being said, I can also guarantee you the next time we'll hear about him is when TMZ reports on his arrest for blowing a guy in an LA alley 2 months from now. If you go on YouTube right now, search on the words 'leave alone,' you get back 23,300 hits. I don't want to see anymore leave Notre Dame, leave Charlie Weiss, or leave OJ alone videos. It's about as original as starting up a sports blog when there are already a million out there better than yours.........uh never mind, moving on.
- Enough with the "Will Donovan McNabb Be Traded to the Bears" storyline. Oooooh - how original. Let's see, the Bears need a quarterback, McNabb is from Chicago, and in quest to be eternally miserable, some of the media and people in Philly dislike the best quarterback to ever wear an Eagle uniform. Guess what, the trading deadline is over - we've got the whole off-season to beat this dead horse. Besides, who are the bears going to offer? Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs are still removing Adrian Peterson's cleat marks from their heads.
- Anything coming out of the mouth of Dr. Gross lately. For a media hound, you'd think he'd be a little better dealing with the media.
- Rutgers. I hate the fact that I have to hate Rutgers, simply because that means they are relevant. Here's an idea, turn the football program around - I sat through some 70-14 ass poundings SU put on them in the dome, those days gone, but when we're relegated to complaining about them, that's just sad.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
We're less than 3 days away gang from the Battle of the Thruway. Here come the Big Bad UB Bulls. This type of rivalry game must be exactly what Doctor Daryl Gross envisioned when coming to Syracuse. With that in mind, T31 presents some Bull Stuff:
Bull Durham, the movie: Thumbs down. I always thought it was overrated. Major League (on DVD, not edited TV) blows this movie away.
- Bull from Night Court: Thumbs down. The weakest link of the original "Must See TV" lineup on NBC. Cosby Show, Family Ties, and Cheers...now that was good TV. Night Court stunk.
- The British Bulldogs: Thumbs up. Tremendous WWF tag-team of the 1980's.
- Red Bull: Big thumbs up. Mmmmmm, red bull.
- Raging Bull: Thumbs up. One of the greatest sports movies of all time.
- USF Bulls: Thumbs up. This team could really be playing for the BCS Title. Wow.
- Jacksonville Bulls: Thumbs up to the USFL. Rest in peace.
- Running of the bulls. Big thumbs down. This is even too stupid for an Idiot like me.
- Chicago Bulls Intro: Thumbs sideways. Was never a big fan of those 90's Bulls teams, however their intro was kind of cool.
- Mechanical bull: Thumbs down, but take a shot next time you're at Daisy Dukes in the Square.
- Syracuse Raging Bulls: Thumbs.......I really don't know what to make of this. Remember the Syracuse Soldiers? Syracuse Smash? Exactly.
Hey when your program stinks as bad as ours, you'll find anything to write about.
- Syracusefan links an article saying George O'Leary would be a good fit at Syracuse
- Bills fans are more disturbing than ever
- Barstool sports has all the latest in your quasi-celebrity sex tape news
- The Sports Hernia has breaking news on Hubie Brown's hair
- And if you've somehow not been over there, TNIAAM is on fire this week - just read the whole blog, between giant irish car bombs and rants about the Syracuse Athletic Director, it's great stuff
While we are on the subject, here's the clip of Mangino going completely insane on a player earlier this season, and here's a rant from a few years ago that actually got him fined. As the man behind these great clips, here's hoping the coach avoids this new breakfast item, we want him around for a long time.
Kansas plays Colorado this weekend, watch out Ralphie, Mangino is gunning for you.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Tom Coughlin is always mad, and I don't know why. Tiki Barber is great, we'll be gunning for him - 8 guys in the box for sure. We'll leave single coverage on Shockey, he's got long hair like a hippie and everyone knows hippies can't play. They've also got a tall receiver, I can't pronounce his name, so I'm not gonna worry about things I can't pronounce.
Nov. 29 v Packers
Dec. 9 at Lions
Dec. 16 v. Eagles