Thursday, September 29, 2011

Syracuse - Rutgers Prediction

The Syracuse Orange open Big East play against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Saturday at noon.  With the Orange ACC-bound, this series is most likely coming to an end at some point in the near future.  Since he's now retiring from 60 Minutes and has some time on his hands, we've asked Andy Rooney to predict the outcome of the game. Take it away Mr. Rooney:

Syracuse plays in a dome. I've never liked football inside. It seems unnatural, like trimming your eyebrows. The last football game I went to was 1956. It was an Army game and it was so cold that my pocketwatch froze and I had to put it under my balls to get it to work again. But I still don't think football should be played inside.  People should have to use their testicles to warm up their timepieces.

I was in the Army and would have played football, but I decided to eat a can of chick peas instead.  I like chick peas. Army men have strong chins. So does Rutgers coach Greg Sheeeeanu.  I like that.  For the life of me I can't figure out why he stayed in that crap-hole in New Jersey.  It seems to me, he should have got out in 2006 when the gettin' was good. I know a little something about leaving at the top of your game. He should have asked me for advice. I would have brought him over, sat him down on my davenport and set him straight.  

So who wins this game - the team that refuses to play outdoors - or the team that has a coach with a strong chin and bad sense of timing?  I pick the chick peas.  I like chick peas.

Syracuse - 31
Rutgers - 30

A Nelson Muntz Moment

Welcome back curse.  Better luck next year Chowds.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ebay Item of the Week: Sugar Ray Syracuse

The inspiration for our Ebay Item of the Week came from Grantland's fantastic read on the 1987 Leonard-Hagler fight.  Names like Hagler, Hearns, Leonard, Holmes, Chavez, Spinks, Tyson, and Duran, made the '80s a great time to be a boxing fan.  The Leonard-Halger matchup was perhaps the biggest of that decade.

 Hit the rewind button to 1981.  Coming off the famous "No Mas" fight, Welterweight Champ "Sugar" Ray Leonard defended his title against southpaw Larry Bonds in America's favorite on-campus teflon-inflated roof stadium, The Carrier Dome.  We've gone from world championship boxing to Monster Truck Jams.   Oh, how you've grown up Dome.

Looking for some time to kill?  Well here's Part I of the fight from Youtube.  It features some god-awful camera work and a ring announcer wearing some Charles Nelson Reilly-like glasses.  Enjoy.

Review: ESPN's Catching Hell

I watched ESPN Films Catching Hell, which was billed as the story of Steve Bartman, the infamous foul ball and the aftermath.  Some TV critics that I really respect, like Alan Sepinwall loved it. Our buddy Brent Axe called it terrific.

I wish I had the same reaction. I really wanted to love the documentary and I think it worked very well in parts, but I can't call it terrific. Making a movie about an event that lasted 7 seconds is tricky, and when main subject is someone who won't talk to you, it limits the amount of material a filmmaker has to work with. In my opinion, there was an hour of great material in the movie.  Unfortunately, with commercials, it clocked in at two hours.

Catching Hell is a movie about the anguish of Cubs fans, yet it starts with a long introduction about how the incident is similar to the 1986 Boston Red Sox. We didn't get a single view of play that the whole documentary was about until 35 minutes in, and that's where I got frustrated.

The Bartman incident is a terrific subject -- made even more ripe for documentary storytelling by the fact that he has gone completely underground for the last 8 years.  I wanted to learn as much as I could about Steve -- what happened to him in the weeks and months after the game ended?  What kind of person is he?  What was he like before the game?  What has happened since?  The film didn't answer those questions.  Instead, we got a story about the parallels between Bill Buckner and his error in 1986.

The Buckner incident, the fan reaction, and the ultimate forgiveness Boston fans bestowed on Bill, and the forgiveness Bill found for the media, are great stories.  However, they are stories that have been covered ad naseum.  These events also have nothing to do with Steve Bartman, the Chicago Cubs or how Chicago Cubs history would have  been altered if Moises Alou had caught a ball that drifted into the Wrigley seats that fateful night.

So why so much on Buckner?  Because the director, Alex Gibney is from Boston and he's a Red Sox fan.  The story he presented about Steve Bartman, the Cubs, and scapegoats in sports is more about how Red Sox fans relate to the subject matter. In fact, substantial portions of the movie feature Gibney talking to a Chicago radio host about himself.  About how he feels as a Boston fan. Apparently there wasn't a filmmaker in Chicago available to make a movie about something that deeply affected the city of Chicago and tortured Cubs fans.

That's not to say the documentary was terrible, it wasn't.  Once the subject matter moved from Fenway to Wrigley, we were treated to some very strong stuff.  Gibney does a great job of incorporating footage from another filmmaker who was there that night, and he talked to almost everyone who was surrounding Bartman in Wrigley.  He does an excellent job of recreating the play, isolating fans, and speaking with the security personnel that smuggled Steve Bartman to safety that night.

The footage showing the the vitriol that many in Chicago had at the time makes Bartman an absolutely sympathetic figure.  It paints a picture of outraged fans - outraged media personalities and a frustrated fan base.  It also shows that in hindsight, almost all of those people have since reversed course and realize that outrage was misplaced.  Almost everything about Chicago was well done.

However, the missing piece was Bartman.  You can't fault Gibney for not getting an interview, Steve hasn't talked to anyone in the media in eight years and frankly, that's his right.  However he also didn't get any of Bartman's friends, family, or surrogates.  He wasn't able to attain any insight into his state of mind, or how life has been for him before or since.  There's maybe a minute spent describing him as a mild mannered little league coach, but that's the extent of it.

In a story about Steve Bartman, I wanted the director to work harder to tell me about the main subject.  He didn't, or couldn't, and ultimately that weakened a strong movie. Catching Hell is at times a powerful film, however, it was a film could have used more Steve Bartman, a lot less Boston and a shorter running time.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Syracuse Athletics Takes Inspiration From Idiots

Readers of this space know we appreciate the finer things in life.  We live for epically bad mustaches,  bizarre coaching rants, and hot-damn do we love cringe-worthy music from the 1980s.

It seems that the powers that be in the SU athletic department share some of these passions, as it was announced Monday that Tone Loc will be part of the midnight madness celebration to kick off the SU basketball season.

In what is either a case of inspiration, or more likely a crazy coincidence, we've been talking about Tone Loc for weeks around here. In fact, you have to wonder if there aren't a few Three Idiots fans at SU who read this blog and were worked into such a Tone Loc frenzy they decided they must have  him. Let's review the timeline:

September 2, 2011 - Champ proclaims the T3I adopted Orangemen of the year is Jeremiah 'Funky Cold' Kobena.  The post comes with a Tone Loc video that's no longer working. You can check this one out instead.

September 15, 2011 - We announce the Funky Cold Kobena T-shirt is now available for purchase.  We also provide you with the same video -- because we're lazy.

September 26, 2011 - Syracuse athletics announces Tone Loc will be at midnight madness.

Now the cynic would say that this a pure coincidence and SU has been working for months to secure Mr. Loc's services -- but honestly, it's Tone Loc we're talking about here. There's a good chance you could book him for your cousin's bar mitzvah next weekend, provided he's not working a night shift Sizzler.

Either way, there's no denying that 2011 has been a Tone Loc type of year at Syracuse.  We're glad to play our part....or maybe we're not. Either way, here's the Wild Thing video.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Syracuse - Toledo Observations

A lot of people dressed like empty seats watched SU v. Toledo on Saturday
It wasn't always pretty, it wasn't officiated correctly,  but holy hell was it exciting.  Syracuse beat Toledo 33-30 under the teflon big top Saturday afternoon.  The people that bothered to show up (and there weren't many of us) were treated to the second thrilling overtime victory in the Dome this year.  Let's talk about what we know now that the game is over.

What We Thought: Ryan Nassib has made huge strides from last year.

What We Know: In my opinion, Ryan Nassib is the best player on this team.  Period.  He's in total command of the offense, he's now buying time in the pocket with his feet which is allowing his receivers to get open and make plays. Both TD throws were things of beauty, especially the toss to Provo in the first half.  Nassib was flushed left from the pocket, keeping his eyes down field he rolled to let Provo get behind the defense before delivering a perfect touch pass.  It's a play he wouldn't have made last year.

He's accurate and confident.  I want to see the coaches put the ball in his hands and allow him to make even more plays.  We will get to that in a minute.

What We Thought: Van Chew and Alec Lemon, who are both playing well, would take approximately 97% of the snaps at wide receiver.

What We Know: Jarrod West got his first real chance to make an impact and he did, stretching the field and hauling in two passes for 56 yards.  In addition, while he didn't get any balls thrown his way, freshman Kyle Foster saw some action as well.

What We Thought: The Syracuse secondary is young and beat up.

What We Know:  I have to assume that it was a lack of bodies, but when Toledo spread the field, SU never countered with extra defensive backs.  Part of the problem was cornerback Ri'Shard Anderson went down with yet another injury.  It's not his fault and most likely there's nothing he can do about it, but the guy is officially injury prone.  You can't count on him to stay on the field and not get hurt.

What We Thought: The Syracuse linebackers are small.

What We Know: Siriki Diabate played extensively in this one, spelling Marquis Spruill in the middle and while he didn't stand out one way or the other, what I couldn't get over is how small he looked out there.  He's listed at 5'10", 210 pounds.  If he's 210, he was standing on the scale with rocks in his pockets.

What We Thought: People in Syracuse don't have much of an interest in showing up to watch this team.

What We Know: People in Syracuse don't have much of an interest in showing up and watching this team.  The announced crowd of 39,116 was inflated by at least 8 grand. I might go into this more in-depth this week, but the picture above was taken halfway through the first quarter.  Frankly we don't have very good fans.

What We Thought: Doug Marrone and Nathanial Hacket want to run an offense that looks like the New Orleans Saints.

What We Know: In the first half the offense did look like the Saints, in the second half it looked like the 2010 Syracuse offense.  I really thought Hacket and Marrone got way too conservative with the play calling after half.  Ryan Nassib is playing at an extremely high level.  The defense isn't very good.  SU is going to need to score a lot of points to win games this year.  I don't think grinding it out is necessarily the answer.

Consider this according to the play by play, in the first half, SU called 4 run plays and 4 pass plays on first down.  In the second half and overtime, on first down the Orange had 9 rushes and 2 passes.  The play-calling worked, but its not exactly something you see when Drew Brees and the Saints take the field.  The way Nassib was throwing the ball, I think SU could have scored 40 against the Rockets.

What We Thought: Syracuse would miss Chandler Jones.

What We Know: Syracuse really misses Chandler Jones.  For a team that likes to harass the quarterback, the Orange aren't getting nearly enough pressure on the the opposing team -- especially from the defensive line.  If the D is going to improve, they will need Chandler back, and the other guys on the line to starting winning individual battles.  With a linebacking corps that is young and inexperienced, the big guys up front need to create more pressure.

The Bottom Line: This wasn't ever going to be an easy game.  Toledo is good, they were rested and SU was returning from a cross country trip.  While the blown call was horrible and really screwed Toledo, Syracuse made enough plays to win. A third of the way through his third season head Coach, Doug Marrone is once again over .500 with a 15-14 career record.  With a defense that's young, banged up and frankly not very good, SU is going to have to outscore people to win games and they scored enough on Saturday.  Buckle up Orange fans, It's going to be a wild ride -- the Toledo game certainly proved it.  Rutgers is next to open up conference play.  Go Orange.

This Week in College Football

33-30, good guys.  Another week in the books.  Let's review:

*  Is it me or does the new Mountain West logo look like something I'd see on VH1?

*  Just wondering the over/under on the average BAC level of the Mountaineer fans in attendance Saturday night.

* UConn beat Buffalo this week.  In a couple of years, this matchup could be a Big East game of the week.

*  The Pitt Panthers (and let's be honest Syracuse also) aren't impressing any ACC fans.

*  Minnesota, yikes.

* Does anyone else have a weird feeling when flipping around and catching a bit of an ACC game?

* Another reason to dislike Va. Tech, they are ripping off our uniforms.

* In a battle of guys-rumored-to-be-the-next-coach-of-SU-after-GRob-was-fired,  Steve Addazio's Temple Owls beat up Randy Edsall's Maryland Terps, 38-7.

* In other rumored GRob replacement news, it was certainly not a good weekend for New Mexico coach Mike Locksley.

* Bring on Rutgers!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Big East Network Is One Classy Outfit

Here's a screen shot from today's SU-Toledo game brought to you by The Big East Network.   How much did the folks at the Beef O' Brady's bowl pay to have their name misspelled?  They must really enjoy partnering with the Big East.

Somehow we'll find a way to blame this on John Marinatto also.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The ACC Can Take My Room Temperature Dome Foam From My Cold Dead Hands

No need to fear Cuse fans.  The internets were abuzz this week with talk that the Orange's move to the ACC would result in a ban of beer sales at the Dome.  Disaster averted.

In other suds news that Syracuse fans are painfully familiar with, here's what watching Greg Robinson coached football results in...grandmas shotgunning beers:

Syracuse v. Toledo: The Series that Launched the Career of Troy Nunes

In addition to looking just like Butler Coach Brad Stevens, Troy Nunes saw his first collegiate action against Toledo
Like you, we are already tired of hearing and writing about the conference realignment mayhem that has dominated the week.  The good news is that since Texas is impossible to deal with, John Marinatto can't find his ass with either hand, and artist formerly known as the Big 12 is still a big fat mess, we will all be dealing with this for quite some time.

Thankfully there's a football game to be played this weekend and it's time to once again focus on the action on the field. Syracuse's opponent, the Toledo Rockets aren't half bad and will present a very significant challenge. The senior-laden team played Ohio State tough and then fell to Boise State last week. They will be looking to get their season moving in the right direction as they take on a Syracuse team that hasn't found its stride so far this year.

Even given the tough task ahead, some people may not be "up" for the game. It's not a traditional rival. It's a MAC team. The teams have very little history with each other. And that's where we come in.

Because while Syracuse and Toledo have a very short, history, it's also a very significant history  The series only spans a total of two games, but the first launched the career of an internet legend (most likely to Troy's chagrin, but that's another topic).

On September 2, 1999 Syracuse traveled to Toledo to take on the Rockets in the season opener and trotted out a redshirt freshman QB onto the Glass Bowl turf to start the game. That quarterback was Troy Nunes. It was Troy's first game action in Orange as he faced the unenviable challenge of being the first guy to start a game at QB after the departure of Donovan McNabb.

Luckily for the Orange, Toledo wasn't very good. Mr. Nunes went 9-13 for 118 yards and a touchdown that night, leading SU to a 35-12 victory. It launched a four-year career that is best known for being the inspiration for the name a popular Syracuse sports blog - but hey, it's something.  There's a reason why there's no web site called Madei Williams is an Absolute Magician.

Nunes was a surprise starter that night -- as the aforementioned Williams was expected to follow in McNabb's footsteps.  However, Mr. Nunes got the nod and in what would become a Paul Pasqualoni trademark that continues to this day, the two would go on to split time throughout the year. In fact, after Williams eventually transferred, Troy would spend the better part of his career sharing the position with R.J. Anderson. 

Undersized and scrappy, Troy never gave up on a play, sometimes to the detriment of his own team. However any failures he had weren't from a lack of effort.  People tend to forget he put up some decent numbers during his career at SU, throwing for over 4,500 yards and 32 TDs. He's still fourth in career touchdown passes (soon to be passed by Ryan Nassib) and third in career completion percentage.  He even threw for 403 yards in an upset of Virginia Tech 50-42 in 2002.

The Orange and Rockets would go on to play one more time, in 2003, the year after Troy left, winning 34-7.   An interesting side note, Cincinnati Bengals QB Bruce Gradkowski started that day for Toledo.

However, that game in 1999 did more than just launch Troy's career, it shaped the program.  Consider this, since Toledo was overmatched in that contest it gave young Mr. Nunes a chance to get comfortable and set the stage for his career. Just five years later Pasqualoni trotted out another freshman quarterback to start the season on the road and it didn't go so well.  Joe Fields was the starting quarterback when Purdue, led by Kyle Orton, throttled SU 51-0

Fields looked like a deer in the headlights that day and frankly never recovered.  By the time he graduated, he was a starting safety.  You have to wonder what would have happened to the two QBs if the roles were reversed?  What if Fields had the easier opponent and Nunes was thrown to wolves? We'll never know, but its something to ponder.

It seems hard to believe it's been over a decade since a plucky freshman led SU to victory, following in the footsteps of a legend.  So Saturday morning when you're having a beer in a parking lot at 9 am,  and getting ready for the game remember - Syracuse and Toledo do have a history -- and it's more rich than people remember.

Viva La Nunes!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Ebay Item of the Week: A Big East Fossil

It's  "Conference Armageddon."  The realignment asteroid is headed right for the Big East.  I doubt that Bruce Willis will be saving the day, so to those who will be missing the Big East, you'll want to grab an original 1979 Big East Media Guide.   Our Ebay Item of the Week takes you back to the original eight teams that Dave Gavitt brought together to form what would become the greatest college basketball conference ever.

Bruce Willis vs. John Marinatto......gimme Bruce:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

What John Marinatto Doesn't Get

Pete Thamel of the NY Times spoke with John 'no comment' Marinatto about the plight of the Big East.  Marinatto offered the usual platitudes about the conference emerging stronger after the departure of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, and to be fair, that's exactly what you'd expect him to say.

However, in a statement that confirms what the rest of the sports world already knew, Marinatto once again proved just how out of his depths he is in his current position. From the article:

Marinatto acknowledged that he had been criticized in the news media since the departure of Pitt and Syracuse. His only response was, “It’s not about me.”

In the history of misguided statements, this one has to be in the top 10, because it ABSOLUTELY IS about him. In fact, it's ALL about him. Everyone knows that football is the driving force behind the rapidly evolving college landscape.  Everyone also understands that football is one big unregulated, out-of-control hot mess right now.  Former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese acknowledged that no one is in control and that the only people that have power in this situation are conference commissioners.

Which brings us to Marinatto -- who just so happens to be a conference commissioner.  As the commissioner of a conference with a BCS bid, he presumably would have some power, except for the fact that no one, especially those in his own conference, have any faith in his ability to lead.  If they did, they'd still be there.  If he wasn't widely perceived as being a weak, incompetent leader, the Big East could have at least had a shot (a long one) at being seen as viable.

What he's never understood is that perception is reality, and in today's wild west, no holds barred conference landscape, that's never been more true. Right now conferences will beg, borrow and steal to protect their futures and line their pockets and John Marinatto is the last guy you want protecting your back.  I wouldn't leave John Swofford alone in a room with my wife for two seconds, but I'd let her go snorkeling in Aruba with Big John.

If he had done anything at all to try and correct the perception that he was weak, he might have had a chance. If he hadn't found out his conference was getting raided from a member of the media, he might have had a chance.  Love him or hate him, Tranghese was respected by others through the sheer force of his personality.  If Marinatto had projected one-tenth the amount of strength of his predecessor, things might be different.

Look, there's no denying the fact that he walked into a very tough situation. An almost impossible situation.  The basketball/football split was most likely unworkable from the start.  However, by failing to realize it is all about him, and by failing to demand and earn the respect his position requires John Marinatto hastened the demise of the Big East.  In the wild west, you want be be aligned with Al Swearengen, Marinatto is E.B. Farnum.

That's why Syracuse and Pittsburgh are gone. It's why others will leave. Someone should tell the emperor he has no clothes....then again his response would probably be that this isn't about fashion.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Jim Boeheim on Syracuse Moving to the ACC

Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Boeheim talks about Syracuse's move to the ACC. It's Boeheim at his most candid -- and a far cry from the canned statement of a couple of days ago. Hat tip on the video to Chris Pollone.

Syracuse - USC Delayed Reactions

Caron Palmer pre-gamed the SU-USC Tilt
With all the conference realignment madness going on, Syracuse's 38-17 loss to the USC Trojans on Saturday has basically become an afterthought, which is mind-blowing, but it also gives you an idea of just how big SU's move to the ACC really is.  However, the game did happen, so let's get to a few observations about what we saw.

What We Thought: That USC alum Carson Palmer was too busy trying to force his way out of Cincinnati to worry about how the Trojans are doing.

What We Know: Maybe he really is serious about this retirement thing, as he was tailgating before the game. Evidence above via Larry Brown Sports.

What We Thought: Tim Brewster was just a failed football coach.

What We Know: "Coach Brew" has apparently broadened his horizons.  Instead of only making the lives of Minnesota football fans miserable, Brewster brought a unique brand of awfulness to the entire football watching world.  Every time Gus Johnson threw it over to "Coach Brew" I wanted to throw the remote through the TV.  He brought less to the table than John Marinatto.

What We Thought: Ryan Nassib is a pretty good quarterback.

What We Know: Even without much help from his offensive line, Ryan Nassib is a pretty good quarterback, and he's much better than he was last year.  We are excited to see what he'll be able to do in Big East play.

What We Thought: The young defense would have its hands full.

What We Know: The defense is very young and very thin.  A rash of injuries doomed SU's chances.  USC had too much talent.

What We Thought: Alec Lemon is a receiver.

What We Know: Alec Lemon had almost as many passing yards Saturday as Donovan McNabb had in week one for the Vikings.

What We Thought: Van Chew is pretty good.

What We Know: Van Chew has the best hands we've seen since Kevin Johnson left.

What We Thought: The offensive line has been flat out disappointing so far this year.

What We Know: Yup, that one's still true.

Bring on Toledo.  It won't be an easy one.

Who Killed The Big East?

Defendant: ESPN

The Prosecution's Case:   This is a slam dunk.  ESPN's backing of the "Longhorn Network"  began the latest round of conference realignment that quickly developed into a tsunami.  Quite simply, the Big 12 is in the midst of breaking apart due to the fact that Texas alienated their conference mates via ESPN.  Nebraska and Colorado quickly realized what was going on and bailed last year. The Big East dominoes fell this weekend.  The enabling of Texas by ESPN single-handily set this into motion and as as result, killed the Big East.

The Defense's Case:   How can a network that was instrumental in the building of the Big East in the '80s through its college basketball coverage be seriously considered as a suspect here?   If you're arguing that the Longhorn Network killed the Big East, then put the University of Texas on trial, not ESPN. 

ESPN has been a long-supporter of the Big East between Big Monday, Big East Tournament Coverage, and a more than fair football television contract.

The Verdict:  We'll let you weigh in.

Next on Who Killed The Big East:  Mike Tranghese

Sunday, September 18, 2011

This Week In College Football

38-17, bad guys.  Forget this expansion/super conference business.  Let's get to what stood out this weekend on the playing field:

*  Derek Dooley, nice pants

*  LSU playing on a Thursday night, anyone else find that REALLY weird?

*  BC, really?

*  Navy with a heckuva effort against South Carolina

*  Speaking of the Gamecocks, Marcus Lattimore is the man

*  Kind of sad seeing Miami-Ohio State square off in a blah NFL stadium, I could only imagine what the scene would have been like in the old Orange Bowl

*  I think Florida is going to sneak up on people this year (as much as a ranked member of the best conference in college football can "sneak up" on someone)

*  Bad loss Pitt, bad loss

*  Will UConn-Iowa State become a future Big East rivalry game?

*  A couple of my favorite "under the radar" rivalry games took place this weekend:  Colorado/Colorado State and the "Holy War" between BYU/Utah

*  38-17 seems a lot better than 45-17 as a Syracuse fan

*  Auburn's 17 game winning streak is snapped, another victim of the salary cap

The John Marinatto Era Summed Up in One Non-Response

Syracuse and Pitt are gone and John Marinatto's head is still buried in the sand
Syracuse and Pitt are bolting the Big East for greener pastures in the ACC.  We endorse the move -- in an uncertain conference landscape, going to the ACC is a smart, stable decision. The current state of college athletics uncertain to say the least only conferences with competent leadership are going to thrive.  That alone is more than enough of a reason to get the hell out.

Big East Commissioner John Marinatto didn't even know SU and Pitt were gone until a reporter, Brett McMuphy, called him.  He's a guy who, correctly if you ask me, has been perceived as someone looking our more for the basketball interests of the league, rather than the football interests.

So now that the announcement has been made, what does Marinatto have to say about it?  Nothing.  According to Mike Waters, the commissioner isn't going to comment until Monday.

The story broke Friday night -- by Sunday Syracuse and Pitt were gone -- yet Marinatto can't say a single thing on the record for nearly 72 hours?  In my real life I work in communications.  We counsel many clients in what is called "crisis communications."  What we tell all our clients in the midst of a bad situation is to be honest, be clear, and be direct.  Mostly, we advocate speaking to the media and not hiding -- because if you don't say something, others define the issue.

So, in the face of the biggest crisis the conference has ever seen, Marinatto is silent.  Predictably.  Good riddance.

Who Killed The Big East?

My oh my how things can change over a weekend.  In the coming days, we'll get into the many reasons T3I fully endorses this move to the ACC, even for an unapologetic hater of the the Atlantic Coast Conference such as myself.  With rumors of more teams leaving the Big East faster than Syracuse fans leave a game at the Dome (disregard this comparison Mr. Swofford), it's autopsy time.

Before the body gets cold, the Idiots kick off a series of posts examining whom is responsible for the death of the Big East Conference.  First up:

DEFENDANT:  The University of Notre Dame

The Prosecution's Case:  Citing their desire to remain independent, the greatest brand name in college football refused to go "all-in" and help a conference that put it's basketball program on the map.  While occasionally throwing the Big East football teams a bone by scheduling a game here and there, the Irish stuck to their "we're proud to be Independent" stance.  Of course, a multi-million dollar deal with NBC may have had something to do with it.  

Notre Dame's refusal to join the Big East Football Conference certainly made the decision of the schools involved in the 2003 exodus an easier one.  Had the Irish signed up after 2003, who knows who else would have joined them.  I'm betting on programs other than Conference USA cast-offs.

In addition, a Big East Football Conference that included Notre Dame Inc. certainly would have never faced the constant threat of losing their BCS "bid."  This constant instability led to the conference's downfall.   At any point, Notre Dame could have brought stability to the football side of the conference.

The Defense's Case:  Are you serious?  We're to believe that somehow our football independence has something to do with a lack of vision, insight, and leadership from Big East officials?  Let's set the record straight--- the Big East football teams should THANK Notre Dame for saving their bowl tie-ins (think less Gator Bowls and more Beef O'Brady's).

And before you knock our "throwing teams a bone" scheduling practices, a nationally televised game in South Bend isn't exactly bad for recruiting purposes.

Verdict:  We'll let you weigh in...

Next on "Who Killed The Big East":  ESPN

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Is the ACC about to get an Orange makeover?

Hmmmm....the NY Times is reporting that SU and Pitt are in talks with the ACC.

Yeah, yeah, yeah....this expansion stuff is all over the place.  However this excerpt from Pete Thamel's article will make you think a little...

"Syracuse Athletic Director Daryl Gross, when reached on his cellphone in Los Angeles, where the Orange will play Southern California on Saturday, said: “I can’t comment on that. Maybe that’s even too much to say.”

This could get interesting.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Beat USC

It's certainly a good omen for the Syracuse Orange that the most trafficked site in the world features an Orange when it normally doesn't.  Even Google wants SU to Beat USC*

* possibly not true

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ebay Item of the Week: More Politically Incorrect SU Gear

We know when we've stumbled into a different era when our Ebay Item of the Week is labeled as "Vintage Syracuse NY Orangemen SU Hat Indian."  Is Morty Seinfeld selling this thing?

Seriously, this logo is so over the top it looks like a Scooby Doo villain.  I can see Fred ripping off that mask to reveal the true identify of the culprit before loading up the Mystery Machine for his next adventure with the gang.  Just don't get him started on his scarf:

The Internet Continues to Be a Haven for Rational Thought

The fire Brian Kelly movement is underway
There is a lot of really dumb stuff on the Internet (for example, this site) but that's precisely what makes it great.  A couple of years ago around this time, we pointed that if you're a football coach there is probably a web site out there dedicated to firing you.

As you can imagine, society hasn't evolved much over the past two years.  With a big hat tip to, we present you with the latest message board dedicated to unemployment -- fire Brian Kelly.  An 0-2 start, which includes an excruciating loss to Michigan and a defeat handed to you by the son of the last coach that was actually worth a damn at Notre Dame will do that to you.

So we here at T3I salute you, angry message board ranters - you are real men of genuis.

If you're Brian Kelly, you really should look at the bright side -- Leslie Frazier has been the permanent head coach of the Minnesota Vikings for one whole game and there's already a Fire Frazier twitter feed dedicated to getting rid of him.  God Bless the internet.

Funky Cold - The T Shirt

Champ recently announced that Jeremiah Kobena is our adopted Orangeman for the 2011 season. As such, we're celebrating Mr. Kobena's first season in Orange with the Funky Cold Kobena T-shirt, which can be purchased in the latest edition of our half-assed store.

And if that doesn't float your boat, you can alway buy this shirt for your annoying brother-in-law who went to Rutgers and still thinks it's 2006.

Take us out Tone:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Decision 2012: An Idiot's Endorsement

We try and stay out of the political scene here at T3I.  But when an opportunity comes along to endorse a candidate like Olympic hero Carl Lewis in his efforts to win a NJ State Senate Seat, well...we have to make our voice heard.

We've been big fans of Carl since his epic National Anthem performance that even brought former Orangeman Derrick Coleman to tears.

This magical moment was made even better later that night through the reaction of former SportsCenter host Charley Steiner.  If this montage of Charley's takes on the Lewis Anthem, Tonya Harding, Mitch "Blood" Green, and Kerry Wood's public urination arrest doesn't put a smile on your face, I don't know what will.


The current failed political's time to "Break it Up"

Syracuse Rhode Island: Delayed Observations

Barely Adequate  It Beats the Alternative

I couldn't make the SU game this weekend as I had a previously scheduled late season golf trip and once I saw the final score, I couldn't make myself watch the game immediately. However, I finally sucked it up and watched the game, all so I could write about it for free on the Internet, and then not have anyone read it. The sacrifices we make in life.....

Let's see what we learned this week.

What We Thought (going into the game): That Syracuse was at least 4 TDs better team than a .500 FCS Team.

What We Know (now - presumably): Oops. I also thought Ron Jaworski would never say "shit" on Monday Night Football.  You never really know what's going to happen until a game is played.

We Thought: Ryan Nassib is developing into a very good QB and has carried the momentum from last year's Pinstripe Bowl into this season.

What We Know: Even though it was Rhode Island, Nassib took another step forward Saturday. The ball came out quick, he was very accurate, he was in command of the offense and didn't take any bad sacks. He recovered nicely from a poorly thrown interception on the first series and played another solid game. There were a couple of deep balls he'd like to have back, but through two games he's got 6 tds, only one interception and is completing 75% of his passes. That's nothing to sneeze at.

What We Thought: That the veteran offensive line that struggled against Wake Forest would get their act together.

What We Know: This line is to good football what the entire cast of Entourage is to acting.....they've both been around a while and neither has improved. SU rushed for less than 40 yards against Rhode Island. I don't care if the Rams put 11 guys in the box -- the offensive line has to be better. From what I could see on the DVR, there were too many missed assignments, Macky MacPherson is still a turnstile and Zach Chibane made Willie McGinnis look like Willie McGinnest.

What We Thought: Chandler Jones and Mikhail Marinovich are very good defensive ends.

What We Know: Jones is obviously out with an injury, but I watched Marinovich closely and really liked what I saw. I thought last year he got washed out at the point of attack quite a bit and didn't set the edge well all the time. I didn't see any of that this game. He collapsed the pocket well and Rhode Island couldn't move him at all.  He's become stronger and is really turning into a beast.

What We Thought: That Steve Probst was an guy who has the same last name as the host of Survivor.

What We Know: Apparently SU can turn any QB into a college hall of famer. Give the kid credit, the Rhode Island signal caller was a gamer and the Orange couldn't contain him when he got out of the pocket. However, if SU is going to have the season it wants to have, they simply cannot have a replay of this performance. They made an FCS quarterback look like Ben Roethlisberger - minus all the rape accusations.

What We Thought: Van Chew and Alec Lemon are developing into solid, reliable weapons.

What We Know: Against inferior competition (the Wake pass defense isn't very good) they can be dominant. We don't know if these two will fade when the opponents get tougher, which is every week from now until the end of the season, but so far so good. We've got two sure handed, productive starting wide receivers. It's comforting.

What We Thought: Shamarko brings the lumber.

What We Know: When Shamarko hits you, even Chuck Norris feels pain. He is so much fun to watch on the field, especially in run support.

What We Thought: That SU would need a walk-on from Solvay to catch a TD pass late in the fourth quarter to beat Rhode Island.

What We Know: Even Miss Cleo wouldn't have predicted that -- but it happened ahd hey, a win is a win, not matter how ugly. Based on this game the chances of a win next week in LA look slim -- but we all would have said that about Rhode Island's chances.  So let's close this out with a phrase Calvin Murphy has never said -- bring on the Trojans.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

This Week In College Football

21-14 good guys.  Be sure to check out our buddy Axe's Sunny Side/Dark Side posts.  They are always a good read and dead on.

Now, here's what caught my eye this weekend:

*Brutal weekend for the Big East-  Lousiville, UConn and Cincy fall in non-conference match-ups while Syracuse and Pitt struggle with 1-AA FCS opponents

* FONT WATCH- What font is Mark Richt using to update his resume?

* Denard Robinson scored a lot of points in my book with his heroics against ND...although I have been chuckling all day reading about the Robinson/Michigan magic (insert GRob flashbacks here)

* First Georgia last week, now Oregon this week, my eyes can't take this much longer

* Crazy ending to USC-Utah...first the Utes got absolutely jobbed on a 4th down spot that was eventually overturned in their favor, only to have USC block their game-tying field goal attempt and return it for a TD (interesting subplot on the point spread and final score for those who like a friendly wager every now and then)

*  Tumbs down to ASU for their new uniforms that no longer feature one of the coolest logos in college football

*  Great call by my brother-in-law and frequent T3I-poster AJV who reminded me to switch over to the  FX Game to hear everyone's favorite announcer Gus Johnson calling some college pigskin (buckle up Syracuse fans, the USC game is on FX)

* Get well Coach Kill

Friday, September 9, 2011

Great American Orators - Coastal Carolina Coach David Bennett

Meet Coastal Carolina Coach David Bennnett, who in addition to sporting an exquistely groomed mustache, wants you to learn a thing or two about cats and dogs and how they relate to his football team.  At least that's what I think he's trying to convey here -- although there's no way anyone can really be sure.  All I know is that it's so insane it's all kinds of awesome.

Via Lost Letterman, via Dr. Saturday

Syracuse v. Rhode Island -- FCS Games Suck

Even Rhode Island's most famous weatherman Ollie Williams isn't excited about this game

The Syracuse Orange take on the Rhode Island Rams tomorrow and for the Orange, the timing couldn't be better.  After struggling mightily for three quarters against a Wake Forest team that most likely isn't very good, SU gets a week of practice and game-like conditions to correct a lot of problems.

The game represents a chance to look at all the things they did wrong on film, work on them in practice and then go out execute those concepts against a barely-breathing opponent.  It will give the young defense valuable playing time, provide Macky MacPherson valuable game experience, and hopefully it will let the SU coaches get young wide receivers Jarrod West, Jeremiah Kobena and running backs Prince-Tyson Gulley and Jerome Smith some extensive playing time.

However, that doesn't mean the game is going to be any fun for fans.  Rhode Island is an overmatched opponent.  If they hang in the game with SU, it will raise huge red flags.  If the beat the Orange there will be exactly 12 people in the stands for the Toledo game. If SU blows them out quickly, like we all hope, it will be a snoozefest.  Not exactly a weekend to get geeked up and paint your face David Puddy style.

Let me make this clear -- I'm not blaming SU for scheduling this game.  That's the way college football works these days.  With the Big East only having 8 football members right now (subject to change at any second) league members are basically forced to schedule FCS teams.  It's a product of how screwed up the game of college football.  It's the only major sport where it's acceptable to play JV teams and count them as wins - but it is what it is.  That doesn't mean it's a heck of a lot of fun but it could be worse -- we could be Rutgers fans and be forced to watch this type of game 4 times a year instead of once.

So the mission this week is clear:

1.) Avoid any Appalachian State or James Madison disasters.
2.) Start quickly and put the game out of reach by halftime.
3.) Stay healthy.
4.) Get the young guys playing time.
5.) Don't fall asleep in the stands.
6.) Win by 100 - I still want revenge for 1988.

Go Orange.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Syracuse Orange: The Most Arousing Color on Earth

I usually leave the task of finding Syracuse-based internet novelties to Champ, since he's fantastic at it. Let's face it, the man unearths Utica Club Syracuse Orangemen beer steins (that celebrate the 2003 national championship) the same way William Perry locates fried chicken.

However, I was on Amazon tonight buying Drew Magary's new book the Post Mortal when I decided to see if there were any other items I'd like to add to my shopping cart.  That's when my eyes were assaulted with these:

This is the actual picture used to sell this product on

Now to be fair, this particular under garment does not appear to be associated with Syracuse University, but rather the item in question turned up in my search because the color of these fine briefs are "Syracuse Orange."

More evidence your school name needs to be more than simply a color

A few thoughts - in no particular order:

1. We didn't need any further proof that dropping the "men" and "women" from the Syracuse Orange name was dumb -- but this is what happens when you decide to just use a color, and only a color, as your school's name.  You become associated with super-skimpy banana hammocks.

2. I'm not in the underwear marketing business but if I was, you can sure as hell bet I wouldn't be naming products designed to cover people's junk "hand me down."  Trust me, when shopping for drawers, that's the last phrase anyone wants to hear.

3. What the hell  is up with the model? Was he just staring at Kate Upton pictures or something? Did they really have to hire John Holmes son to show the world how underwear works?

4. $22 for these things?  Really?  Doug Marrone's thigh wouldn't fit in here.

Ebay Item of the Week: This One's For You Poncho

We're spending a special shout-out to our buddy Poncho with our weekly look into the world of online sports memorabilia.  

What do you get when you combine Syracuse's 2003 National Championship and the fine lager Utica Club?  You get this week's Ebay Item of the Week.

What the heck....let's use this post as another excuse to relive the 2003 run:

Rutgers Al Rides Again

For those of you who peruse the message boards like Syracuse Fan and those dedicated to other schools, you have may have heard of the Rutgers Super Fan who uses the handle Rutgers Al.  Al's love of Rutgers athletics is unquestioned - his grip on reality.....well maybe not so much.  He's probably best known for his Jersey Power video, which he took down, only to have it remixed -- brilliantly.

In the video below, a subdued Al previews the RU team with his characteristic belief that Rutgers has SEC talent and is just a few breaks away from winning the national championship. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Grantland Rice-ification of Syracuse Football

If you spend any time at all on the interwebs you know that the Godfather of on-line sports writing Bill Simmons has assembled a staff and is now writing at -which is under ESPN's huge umbrella. You may have also seen one of these awful commercials that promote the site.

The site's name is an homage to Grantland Rice, one of the defining sports writers of the 20th century. Over the summer, I happened to read a piece by Tommy Craggs on Deadspin titled Why Grantland Rice Sucked.  Craggs is a very talented writer in his own right, and spent the majority of the piece talking about how Rice shouldn't be revered for making Gods out of athletes that most certainly were not. 

While I would argue that since Rice wrote in a time before we could see highlights five seconds after they happened on YouTube, the grandiose verbal poetry he used was needed to paint vivid mental pictures for the vast majority of the country that had no access to the games. The same games that allow people then and now to divert attention from the myriad of real problems we all deal with on a day to day basis.

However, the issue got to me to thinking -- what if sports writers today still wrote like that?  What if the media still painted grand pictures of games we watch and the athletes who play them?  For SU football coverage, Nolan Weidner does a fine, utilitarian job of reporting what happened, but let's face it, the stories could use a little color.  A little satirical splendor if you will.

So, in an experiment that will most likely end horribly, I thought it would be fun to see what Nolan's game stories would look like if people still wrote like they did in the Grantland Rice era......if the person covering SU was a mediocre writer with a barely working knowledge of history.  I apologize in advance.

Syracuse football team rallies late, tops Wake Forest 36-29 in overtime

How grave was the condition of the stallions who were carrying the SU flag through the first three quarters of the majestic home opener against Wake Forest?

By the time the frenzied Carrier Dome crowd of 40,833 was announced early in the fourth quarter, many of those brave souls had already departed to begin the long night's journey into day.

For shame. The deserters who once sat amongst us missed the most exciting comeback since the Americans defeated the British at Concord.

After digging a hole deeper than the the one that held Chilean miners, the mighty SU offense roared to life like Secretariat roared down the stretch, scoring 15 points in less than 90 seconds in a fashion that would have left even Joan Rivers speechless. The epic contest was tied 29-29 when SU summoned the strength of a thousand men and scored a touchdown that was part thrilling and part epic to defeat the Demon Deacons 36-29.

“It’s not rocket science,” said Orange head coach Doug Marrone who nonetheless coached more brilliantly than Hermann Oberth practiced the art he had just mentioned. “You have to make plays to win.”

An SU offense that was smothered by warriors from the Carolinas for the first 45 minutes somehow found a resolve that we haven't seen since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and scored 22 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Young genius offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said swarming pressure defense expertly applied by the behemoths from Wake Forest stymied an offense that was prepared for a tactical assault that the Orange assumed would have been lauched from a far different angle.

“They came out, they pressure everybody, on every play,” Hackett wistfully mused about an SU offense that gained two first downs, racked up 52 yards and scored one touchdown to trail 20-7.

Had it not been for a lone TD drive that reminded many of John Elway in the playoffs, the heroes from Syracuse had the ball six times in the first half, running a mere 18 plays.

“At halftime, I take the whole game plan and throw it out,” Hackett explained.
In the third quarter, SU's flawless offensive execution resulted in a nine-play drive to make it 20-14, but Wake was not to be denied. Like a mother lion defending her cubs, Wake struck back and answered with a TD of its own to push the lead back to 26-14.

Things looked as bleak as a dark, moonless night when SU tailback Antwon Bailey fumbled on the first play of the fourth quarter and Wake Forest recovered at the Orange 30. Mere seconds later, Wake’s lead was 29-14, although rocket-armed starting quarterback Tanner Price left the game right before the field goal with a knee injury.

Orange defensive end Chandler Jones, as tall as a redwood and stronger than granite, was violently grappled to the ground on the play when Price was hurt, and when his blocker finally released him from his death grip, the mighty Jones tumbled head over heels into the young quarterback’s leg. The strongest steel could not have withstood the blow. Young Tanner was done for the game, and while they had not yet received the telegraph, so was Wake.

At that point, Price was painting a picture more spectacular than the Mona Lisa, going 18 for 31 passing for 289 yards and three TDs.

“I feel like that was our time to take it up a notch,” Jones said, explaining the marvelous feats of strength that were about to come.

With 11 minutes left, the Orange marched down the field like the allies stormed Normandy, going on an eight-play, 73-yard touchdown drive to make the score 29-21 with 8:26 left to play.

Quarterback Ryan Nassib, who had to dance more deftly than Fred Astaire to stay upright in the pocket most of the first half, completed five consecutive passes for 55 yards, including a 2-yard TD toss to fullback Adam Harris.

The Syracuse defense then laughed in the face of Wake Forest, denying them on three consecutive plays and valiantly returning the oblong-shaped pigskin back to the offense on its own 47-yard line.

Then, the world shifted on its axis. On the first play from scrimmage, Bailey took off around the left side of the Wake defense and ran 53 yards for a TD, and it was clear that the axis shift that had just occured helped keep the young man in bounds as he teetered perilously along the sideline. On the conversion attempt, senior receiver Van Chew stretched out to a length that would make Paul Bunyan look tiny, making a diving catch of a Nassib pass just inside the goal line for two points.

Officials reviewed the catch, the play stood and suddenly an SU team that had been left for dead had risen like phoenix and tied it up, 29-29, with 5:24 left.

On Wake’s next possession, its second with reserve quarterback Ted Stachitas, SU cornerback Kevyn Scott dove through the air, meeting a pass intended for Wake Forest well past its apex. The senior with feet of Hermes cradled the ball in hands so powerful they could crush bowling balls and gave possession back to the Orange. SU advanced to the 22-yard line, but in a turn of events that was more stunning than the assassination of JFK, Ross Krautman’s 32-yard field goal try with two minutes left was blocked.

In the overtime, the Orange ran through the Wake defense like Sir Lancelot through opponents, as SU scored the game-winner from the Wake 25-yard line.

Like a surgeon, Nassib hit Chew, who went out of bounds at the 9-yard line. After Bailey wisely ran up the middle to the 4, Nassib was sprinting like a gazelle being tracked by predators and in the spotlight brighter than a thousand suns he fired a strike that found Chew in the front corner of the end zone.

That catch was reviewed, and but all those in the house already knew that fate was with the Orange. The senior receiver had both hands under the ball and his knee was down in-bounds. The call was never in doubt.

“To be honest with you, I was trying to throw it away,” Nassib said of the throw that will be discussed for years. “I was just trying not to get it picked.”

Nassib kicked off his Heisman campaign by completing 20 of 28 passes for 178 yards and three TDs. Bailey gained 114 yards on 25 carries and scored twice. Junior Alec Lemon caught seven passes for 52 yards, and Chew hauled in four for 60 yards.

Hackett said the Orange offense he assembled in the second half, after re-writing his game plan in a mere 20 minutes, employed tactics used against it's own defense -- one often compared to the 1985 Chicago Bears. Hackett said he thought that change actually helped calm the offense down.

“I still can’t believe it,” he said.

Nor can all of the fans who streamed out of the Carrier Dome gates on a dark and stormy night and missed God shining sunlight and warmth down on a Syracuse team that would not be denied.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Syracuse - Wake Forest: Delayed Reactions

Not all of them stayed, but at least the SU students showed up for the Wake Forest game

This post is a few days late because after SU's thrilling victory over Wake Forest Thursday night, I spent some time away from a computer.  However, just like Greg Robinson kept appearing on sidelines and destroying football teams, I keep appearing on this blog and destroying the internet.  So, as we've done in the past, let's get to some observations on the game.

This year I'm going to do this a little different -- we will go over some things we thought going into the game and contrast that with what the game told us about the current state of Syracuse football.

What We Thought: The Syracuse offense would be much improved, the unit would sustain drives and mix in plenty of deep shots down the field.  We thought we'd be seeing the baby Saints.

What  We Know:  Through three quarters we say the baby Carolina Panthers instead. The offense is definitely a work in progress and for the first three quarters of the game it looked like Brian Pariani was calling the plays.  However, unlike years past, the offense woke up and found a way to win the game.  I don't think we've seen that since R.J. Anderson or Troy Nunes was under center.

What We Thought: The offensive line would be the strength of the team.

What We Know:  The offensive line has a lot of work to do. New center Macky MacPherson looked overwhelmed at times, and the Orange struggled to pick up assignments and handle an attacking pressure scheme that Wake threw at them. They weren't prepared for the scheme they faced and they couldn't adjust.

What We Thought: Ryan Nassib would be in total control of the offense and be a much improved player.

What We Know: Even without adequate protection, Nassib looked in control, accurate and led a fourth quarter comeback that was thrilling.  Even more importantly, he didn't turn the ball over.  If the o-line can get their act together, Nassib will break SU's single-season record of 22 td passes this year.  Book it.

We We Thought: The defense would struggle early in the year.

What  We Know: The defense is going to struggle early in the year.

What We Thought: The defensive line would be able to get a lot of pressure on opposing QBs.

What We Know: The D-line apparently thought the game started at 10:30 at night, instead of 8:00.  At least when they did show up, they made their presence felt.

What We Thought: The secondary would be pretty darn good.

What We Know: The secondary was pretty darn bad, with the exception of Shamarko Thomas who was very good.  The rest of the defensive backfield made Tanner Price look like Tom Brady.   There are some serious issues to work out here -- either guys were running free past Philip Thomas or the Orange were sitting in soft zones allowing big chunks of yards.  Due credit should go to Kevyn Scott for great diving interception in the fourth quarter.

What We Thought: The Syracuse fans are terrible.

What We Know: The Syracuse fans are terrible.  Although I will say that sitting in the stands through the first three quarters of that game, the feeling that nothing had changed was palpable.  Overwhelming even.  If you're like me, you are so emotionally invested in this team, that when something as disappointing and familiar as the epic failure that was the first three quarters of this game happens, you can almost understand the disappointment.  However, as frustrating as it was, I'll never understand leaving early.  Like  always, I stayed until the end, and hot damn, it felt good to be rewarded.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

This Week In College Football

Photo: Kevin Cox, Getty Images

Welcome back old friend college football, we missed you. Here's what lit up my radar this weekend:

  • My eyes hurt from watching the uniforms on display in the San Jose Sabercats/Orlando Predators Arena League Georgia/Boise State game.
  • Speaking of, I can't believe the number of guys w/ the last name "Georgia" that play for the Bulldogs.
  • I think NBC needs to debut the "Brian Kelly In-Game EKG Heart Monitor" feature for us viewing at home.
  • Auburn, really? Utah State? These things happen when you agree to a wage freeze with your players.
  • Colorado, UCLA, Oregon State....not the best weekend for the Pac 12 (still getting used to that).
  • College games in NFL stadiums...not a fan
  • Baylor-TCU was as one heckuva entertaining game
  • Doug Flutie is now doing halftime work for NBC's Notre Dame broadcasts. Nothing earth shattering there, but in even bigger Flutie news, his daughter Alexa made the New England Patriot's cheerleading squad.

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Good Guys Win and T3I Finds Their Man

Photo: Frank Ordonez, P-S

36-29, good guys.

Us Idiots love finding an "under the radar" type player to call our own. Many years ago, the Russianator and I became big fans of former Orange DB Phil Nash. More recently the Idiots adopted WR Chaz Cervino as one of our one. Our buddy Poncho loves him some Van Chew.

A flash on the field caught my eye last night, and T3I thinks we've found our man to follow for the 2011 season: Jeremiah "Funky Cold" Kobena.