Posted by B.O.B. on
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at
Welcome to the tantrums, where Uncle B.O.B. was very happy to see some actual cool sports performances on the field, and almost no drama off it. Let’s keep this trend up.
Just a sports thought. Damn if this weekend was not a phenomenal sports weekend. Great CFB games and all, but how far has the NFL fallen when we are pleasantly surprised by the product they put out this weekend? Let’s be serious for a moment, when you looked at this past weekend schedule, you weren’t exactly enthused were you? Yeah, there was SEA/SF and CAR/NO, but really was there anything genuinely compelling?
NFL. I love Football, and I’m disgusted by what it’s becoming. Case in point – nobody is going to convince me that what is going on with the Houston Texans is nothing more than players absolutely quitting on the team. A team with that talent losing 11 games in a row? Something very deep is going on down there. Oh, and congratulations Texan players, you got your coach fired.
Speaking of quitting – hello Washington Deadskins. Good Lord, could you imagine the rage coming out of our friend 3rd Stone from the Sun?
Ten NFL thoughts:
Hey Richard Sherman: You mad bro? Seattle got exposed yesterday in SF. Zebras finally took away their excessive physicality on D.
Hey 49ers: GROW UP!!! Play your game and stop whining to the Zebras.
Vikings/Ravens game was a classic. I don’t know why, but I’m on the Vikings bandwagon.
Don’t get me started on the Cleveland/New England game. Absolute BULLSHIT!
That Gronkowski injury was absolutely brutal. But because it was New England, I guarantee that all of a sudden the NFL will become "interested" in low hits.
Are we really looking at a Miami Dolphin team that is 7-6 & in the fight for a six-seed in the AFC?
Philly/Detroit game was amazing.
I absolutely love the improvement of the Arizona Cardinals. Who knew?
Just because Denver blew up Tennessee, it doesn’t mean the Peyton questions aren’t still relevant.
Was just thinking, Tampa is 4-9 right? A few breaks go their way in September and we’re looking at 7-6, add in blowing that lead in Seattle, and they could have been 8-5. A better team than we all think?
NBA. Hey Spike Lee, how you doing?
Amazing how a few years changes things. Just a few years ago, Carmelo Anthony engineered/forced a trade to the New York Knicks. The Knicks mortgaged everything just to get him and now look. Now all of a sudden Knick fans want to trade him. OK Knick fans, what exactly do you think you are going to get for a superstar with baggage who only wants to play in NYC at a high price? I would be shocked to see anybody fool enough to pull the trigger and grab Anthony.
Wow, what happened to the Knicks Sunday? Getting blown out by 41 is bad enough, but to the Celtics?
I really wish I could take the NBA more seriously as a legitimate professional basketball league because what’s going on in San Antonio, Portland, and Indiana is certainly worthy of mention. Teams playing as a team and dominating.
Toronto and Sacramento trading seven players total (Rudy Gay, Acy, and Gray to SAC for Salmons, Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, and Chuck Hayes) is good for both teams, but does nothing in the short-term.
MLB. DO NOT be surprised if at some point within the next ten years, Robinson Cano is wearing Yankee pinstripes again.
How cool would it be if A-Fraud wins his battle and the Yankees say “OK” then sit him.
Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa, and Bobby Cox going into the HOF? Hell yeah, right thing to do.
Lastly, there will come a time very shortly where I will have to talk about the debacle regarding the Oakland A's ownership, location, and stadium issues. It's getting ugly folks. It'll probably be some filler come January, but this issue could be huge and Bud Selig is an effing liar.
Posted by B.O.B. on
Sunday, December 08, 2013 at
The last two weeks of this CFB season made up for a lot, and there’s at least one final regular season game, Army/Navy. Now this is gonna sound a bit arrogant, but I believe that when you talk about student-athletes, you have to use these young men (as well as Air Force) as role models.
Color me a happy B.O.B. today as Ohio State lost.
Northern Illinois blew it, and it hurts the MAC’s chances going forward of ever getting props.
How weird is it that the 2nd best CFB in the State of Florida is Central Florida?
Rice is the C-USA Champ?
For as much bashing as I do to the SEC, that game yesterday was good. Didn’t go down the way I would have liked, but it was still good.
I honestly thought Arizona State was gonna give Stanford a bit of a challenge.
How in the hell did Oklahoma State blow that game against Oklahoma? They came in way too flat.
Fresno State has had a pretty good run this season. Too bad that because they are the champs of the Mountain West that they didn’t get more respect. But I will say that CBS putting that game on their channel was pretty cool.
Who got the better coaching deal, USC or Washington? I say Washington. But out of all of that UCLA will win the recruiting wars.
What does losing Peterson mean for Boise State?
I wanna give props to Texas. They may not have achieved the normal level of expectation in Austin, but they didn't shrivel up and fade away either.
My Bowl Picks. Holy Crap, did the BCS get lucky. After all the craziness shook out yesterday, the Orange Bowl went from looking at a potential Duke/UCF matchup to Clemson/Ohio State. Uh, I'd say they were the big winners down in Miami. The Fiesta Bowl got screwed, and if I'm the folks in Phoenix, do I really want to buy a ticket to a Big 12/Big Least game?
NC Game: Florida State/Auburn
Rose: Stanford/Michigan State
Orange: Clemson/Ohio State. The big bowl winner here.
Fiesta: Baylor/UCF. No disrespect, but the biggest bowl loser here. This game will get ignored.
Cotton: Missouri/Oklahoma State
My CFB Top 25. As you know I am a Florida State fan, but there is no joy in my heart about this NC Game. Their schedule was PATHETIC, their leader put himself in the middle of a felony charge, and now they potentially are the sacrificial lamb being led to the SEC slaughter. There's one thing we don't know about the Seminoles: How will they play when they face a challenge? How will they respond if Auburn jumps out to a lead? They don't know how to respond to adversity.
Auburn (12-1) (1, Won vs. Missouri 59-42). SEC Champions & NC Championship Game vs. Florida State?
Florida State (13-0) (2, Won vs. Duke 45-7). ACC Champions & NC Championship Game vs. Auburn?
Alabama (11-1) (5, Lost @ Auburn 34-28). Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma? Not to their standards, but not bad consolation.
Michigan State (12-1) (7, won vs. Ohio State 34-24). Big 10 Champions & Rose Bowl vs. Stanford.
Ohio State (12-1) (6, Lost vs. Michigan State 34-24). This has to be the luckies program out there. A trip to Miami in the Orange Bowl vs. Clemson?
Baylor (11-1) (8, Won vs. Texas 30-10). Big 12 Champions. Fiesta Bowl bound vs. UCF?
Stanford (11-2) (9, Won @ Arizona State 38-14). PAC 12 Champions and Rose Bowl vs. Michigan State. Physical game.
Oklahoma (10-2) (13, Won @ Oklahoma State 33-24). Inconsistent team, yet they draw a Sugar Bowl bid vs. Alabama?
Missouri (11-2) (3, Lost to Auburn 59-42). Hell of a run. Hope the Tigers get a Cotton Bowl bid.
Arizona State (10-3) (10, Lost vs. Arizona 38-14). There's something about these guys I really like.
Oklahoma State (10-2) (4, Lost vs. Oklahoma 33-24). They’ve got to be sick after this loss.
Oregon (10-2) (12, Won vs. Oregon State 36-35).
Fresno State (11-1) (15, Beat Utah State 24-17). MWC Champs. I hope they get rewarded w/a good bowl.
Duke (10-2) (12, Lost to Florida State 45-7). Peach Bowl bound?
South Carolina (10-2) (21, Won vs. Clemson 31-17).
LSU (8-3) (17, Won vs. Arkansas 31-27).
Clemson (10-2) (7, Lost @ South Carolina 31-17).
UCF (11-1) (19, Won @ SMU 17-13). Big Least Champs. Congratulations - you got a Fiesta Bowl bid against Baylor.
North Dakota State (12-0) (20, vs. Furman). Second Round FCS Playoffs.
Louisville (11-1) (22, Won @ Cincinnati 31-24). Meh…
Bowling Green (10-3). MAC Champions.
Northern Illinois (12-1) (12, Lost vs. Bowling Green 47-27). Damn. At home? Lost a whole bunch of chedda on that choke job.
Miami, FL (9-3). (24).
Ball State (10-2) (NR).
Biggest Winner yesterday: Michigan State.
Biggest Losers yesterday: Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Northern Illinois. These guys have to be absolutely sick at what they lost considering prestige and money involved.
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Tuesday, December 03, 2013 at
Welcome to the tantrums, where Uncle B.O.B. welcomes you to December and hopes that you had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend, and to those celebrating Hanukkah, Happy Hanukkah. Sad to see the weekend go away, but since time stands still for no man, I guess we need to move on…and look towards Christmas. My your holiday season be full of fun.
But before I get started on the rants, does anybody else think the Wendy's commercial with the dude getting all hot and bothered by the newest Wendy's burger is a bit creepy?
Just a sports thought. I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but there HAS GOT TO BE a frank and honest discussion about the officiating in “professional” Football, Baseball, and Basketball. The latest issue? When the Redskins are trying to drive the field with less than two minutes left in the game, down seven points, and the clock running. How on Earth can the officials not be on the same page with respect to what down it is, and or communicate it to the Redskins? If there was even a hint of confusion did they not take an officials timeout? That is inexcusable.
NFL. Hey y’all, I heard that there was some good football being played this weekend in between all the commercials. Can anybody confirm that? I heard AP, Josh Gordon, and Alshon Jeffrey had 200 yard games, but how could anybody know that?
I do not want to hear Wide Receivers pulling diva-type antics ever again. These divas as so busy dropping balls and costing their teams drives that its getting crazy.
I take some heat for not drinking my teams Kool-Aid, but the San Francisco 49ers have shown me NOTHING! Their record is clear – they’ve beaten the teams they should and have lost to the teams who are better and that does not bode well for the 49ers come January. They are the sixth seed in the NFC and will likely stay there, maybe 5th. The offense has a long way to go, the defense can’t continue to hold them up, and the players are spending way too much time responding to Twitter rather than focusing on getting better on the field. The thing that is saving them right now is that they have played a lot of the NFL bottom-feeders.
Can you believe that already we are heading into the final month of the NFL season? WOW!
Detroit, FOUR turnovers and a 30 point win? That’s unusual.
I’m really shocked by the Oakland Raiders performance this season. I expected five to six wins, but they seem to have been competitive and it seems the Silver and Black are turning a corner in terms of cleaning up that franchise.
Mike Tomlin needs to be held accountable for that sideline thing.
All this crazy crap surrounding the Miami Dolphins and yet they are the #6 seed in the AFC? Are you kidding me?
What in the world is going on with the Chicago Bears?
How great is Adrian Peterson? The quickest to 10,000 yards? Can we start talking about him being in the group of best of all time yet?
I think a lot of people are getting it twisted: Kansas City is still rebuilding and just because they’ve won so many games, it doesn’t mean they were ready for Denver.
NBA. Watching the Kings play the Warriors Sunday Night, DeMarcus Cousins, who is no stranger to officials wrath, was tied up with Andrew Bogut on many occasions. He gets an elbow to his face – no call. On a play later in the game, Bogut is holding his arm down, Cousins raises his arm up, Bogut flops as if he was hit in the face, and Cousins is hit with a Flagrant 2? Fortunately, it was rescinded moments later, but officiating falling for the flop needs to be addressed.
CFB. Really Alabama? This what it has come down to for your spoiled asses? Hey Alabama fan, are you really Twitter screwing with your kicker and making threats? Oh, that’s right, all the dropped passes of the wide receivers had absolutely nothing to do with the loss. How embarrassing for the state of Alabama that they actually have people who did that. Cowards. YOU SUCK!
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Sunday, December 01, 2013 at
What a weekend of College Football – this is what it should be like every stinking week!!! For those who want to see the BCS sweat just a little bit, this past CFB weekend was just for you because now it’s utter chaos and could be devastating if Michigan State wins next week over Ohio State. I’m in the minority, but I don’t believe either Florida State OR Ohio State is worthy of the NC Game.
I spent the majority of yesterday and today listening to the bias in favor of Ohio State and I wonder "Really?" So I say OK justify it, and all I get is "Undefeated". OK, fair. So by that standard (and I know Doug hates this) why isn't Northern Illinois in the discussion? They're undefeated. They play a D-1 schedule. So tell me why Ohio State, or for that matter Florida State is more deserving. See my point about how ludicrious that argument is?
Take it a step further: If the decision is that that NIU is unworthy, then what are they or the MAC, MWC, CUSA, Big East, or Sun Belt doing in D-1? Why if they have ZERO chance of being recognized, let alone have an actual chance don't they create their own division?
At first glance, Florida State/Duke might not seem to be a challenge, but…
40 years of watching football and what Auburn did to Alabama at the end I only saw once and that was at a HSFB game.
Did anybody catch that ass-whoopin Arizona State put on Arizona? This is a team who might challenge UCLA next season for sure.
Speaking of being dominated, the Ultra $ucky Cheaters took a beatdown from UCLA, and while I don't care it's significant to see the power shift down south.
My Bowl Picks. This is as of right now:
NC Game: Florida State/Auburn
Rose: Stanford/Ohio State
Fiesta: Oklahoma State/UCF
Cotton: Alabama/Michigan State
My CFB Top 25. No offense, but I’m not ranking four-loss teams. I have respect for SOS, but four losses is four losses. Nobody has a better resume than that.
Auburn (11-1) (4, Won vs. Alabama 34-28). Next: Missouri (SEC Championship Game)
Missouri (11-1) (5, Won vs. TAMU 28-21). Next: Auburn (SEC Championship Game).
Oklahoma State (10-1) (1, Idle). Next up @ Oklahoma 12/7
Florida State (12-0) (2, Won @ Florida 37-7). Next: Duke (ACC Championship Game).
Alabama (11-1) (3, Lost @ Auburn 34-28).
Ohio State (12-0) (6, Won @ Michigan 42-41). Next: vs. Michigan State (Big 10 Championship).
Michigan State (11-1) (8, Won vs. Minnesota 14-3). Next: vs. Ohio State (Big 10 Championship).
Baylor (10-1) (10, Won @ TCU 41-38).
Stanford (10-2) (11, Won vs. Notre Dame 27-20). Next: Arizona State (PAC 12 Championship).
Arizona State (10-2) (14, Won vs. Arizona 58-21). Next: Stanford (PAC 12 Championship Game).
Oregon (10-2) (12, Won vs. Oregon State 36-35). From NC contenders to ugly uniform matchup.
Duke (10-2) (15, Won @ North Carolina 27-25). Next up: Florida State (ACC Championship).
Oklahoma (9-2) (13, Idle). Next up vs. Oklahoma State 12/7
Northern Illinois (12-0, Beat Western Michigan 33-14).
UCLA (8-3) (19, Won @ USC 35-14). This will be a very tough team next season!
Fresno State (10-1) (9, Lost @ San Jose State 62-52). Next up: Utah State (MWC Championship)
LSU (8-3) (17, Won vs. Arkansas 31-27). Once again, prevent defenses prevent wins.
South Carolina (10-2) (21, Won vs. Clemson 31-17).
Clemson (10-2) (7, Lost @ South Carolina 31-17).
UCF (10-1) (22, Won vs. South Florida 23-20).
North Dakota State (10-0) (21, Idle). Hey Big 12, Why not?
Louisville (10-1) (26, Idle). Next 12/5 @ Cincinnati.
Cincinnati (9-2) (23, Idle). Next 12/5 vs. Louisville.
Posted by B.O.B. on
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at
Welcome to the tantrums, where I and my family want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving Day, especially to Mama B.O.B. and “In the Gene Pool” and his family. By the way “ITGP”, feel free to bring it here at The Gab more…we need some smack talk from a Gator fan. Don’t worry, I won’t hold your Cowboy fandom against you. We don’t have any Central Florida representation here.
This day quite possibly the week is the one I look forward to the most all year. I give thanks for all that we have, and I'm a very lucky man, but really how much better does life get than Thanksgiving week including family, a fantastic meal, and tons of football?
Some of you may already have traveled, some may be traveling now, but please be safe out there.
And to the veterans and their families who are apart on this very special day: we love you, and we honor you. We hope that you are safe and sound and most importantly, we hope you come home soon!
One of the things to be thankful for during all Thanksgiving week is Football. There is Monday Night, three games Thursday, traditional College Football Friday and Saturday, and the NFL again Sunday. Good Lord, you can OD on Football more than turkey.
Just a Black Friday thought… At first I was concerned about this, but on days like Black Friday, I come to appreciate things like Amazon and internet shopping. I mean seriously, I realize it’s a tradition for some, but how can folks handle the craziness of Black Friday, a day which year after year I see the worst in people, just mere hours after we celebrate what’s best and what we should be thankful for? Once again, I’ll be sitting at home watching news reports on Friday of people trampling each other and acting ignorant while scrambling to get the goods.
Just a sports thought. We all know that professional sports are a business – it’s about money. I don’t begrudge anybody for trying to make a buck, but at the same time don’t insult the intelligence of the fans of the sports that pay the freaking bills. Officiating, unbelievable prices for the events, poor quality on the field, rumors of pay per view games, excessive injuries, more commercials than action, and on and on and on...
That being said, there are times that I question the intelligence of sports fans, myself included. We accept this. We allow ourselves to become emotionally invested in sport, and as the years go by, I ask myself “Why?” Is it even sport anymore, or is it an "event"? And yes folks, there is a MAJOR difference. Until fans stand up and demand better, professional sports will continue to be what it is, a sub-par product. Seriously, how many of you fans without question open up your wallet to attend a pro sports event? I don’t.
We as fans have to accept that professional sports is one of two things (1) corrupt, or (2) so completely ignorant that they allow horrific performance from their refs year after year. Businessmen that run these leagues don’t make money by being ignorant, so…
Let’s call it like it is – officials cannot be that bad, for if they were, don’t you think they’d be fired by now, so that kinda narrows it down, don’t you think? In any other walk of life, if somebody performed to the level that NFL, MLB, and NBA officials seem to perform, they would have been gone long ago.
NFL. Beeze posted this video and I had to repost it because it’s so funny, true, and speaks for more than just Cleveland.
My friends over the weekend stole my thunder, so let me ask the question this way: Has the NFL hit its peak? Who runs this out of control league?
Let’s call it what it is, the officiating in the NFL absolutely sucks right now, and the Carolina Panthers have been a HUGE beneficiary. Miami got boned.
Why is Dallas Cowboy fan so silent and apparently accepting of Jerry Jones’ myopia?
Why were the New York Giant players running their yaps leading up to the Giants/Cowboys game?
$16,000 fine to Brooks for that hit on Brees? NFL Alumni are getting pissed.
I have to offer a big fat, juicy mea culpa to my man B-dub. I was the ring leader of hatred over Cam Newton when he was first drafted, and after a few years, he has proven me wrong. That being said, that Superman TD celebration makes him look like a douche.
That Denver/New England game was crazy, and it did nothing to enhance the legacy of Peyton Manning and the knock that he can’t play in cold weather. Hey Denver, way to piss away Knowshon Moreno’s 225 yards rushing.
Hey Detroit, Tampa just smoked you in that sewer you call a home. Feel free to play well EVERY week, not just when you feel like it. And don’t ruin my Turkey Day by screwing up again.
Memo to Tampa: You’re next on the Carolina schedule. So that means part of my game plan is to ensure players understand that they won’t get any benefit of any doubt from any official. Oh, and since flopping is now OK in the NFL, anytime a Bucs offensive player is anywhere near Luke Kuechly, fall down. You might get a call…
Thank you Baltimore. Any time the Jets lose it’s a good day.
Psst, anybody catch that beatdown the Zonies laid on Indy? What a good football weekend for the State of Arizona.
Michael Irvin, please for the love of everything holy, STFU? How in the hell can you act a fool and turn the entire NFL Network post-game show into a love fest for a .500 franchise?
CFB. One thing that I wanted to mention and forgot to on Sunday was this: The Navy Quarterback literally ran FOR SEVEN TD’s in Navy’s win at San Jose State on Friday Night. I don’t care who you are and who you faced, that is incredible. If Peyton can get that much love for it, a kid playing for Navy deserves that much…AND MORE!
CFL. I just want to give a quick shout to the folks in that frozen ass place known as Regina, Saskatchewan. Those fans went out and watched their hometown boys beat Hamilton to take the 101st Grey Cup. I would put the fans of the green up against any group of fans anywhere. They are real and rabid and they act right.
Oh, and though I absolutely LOVE Canada, no my friends of the Great White North, A great Grey Cup does not make up for your unleashing Justin Bieber upon the rest of the world. Consider yourselves not forgiven for that major, MAJOR party foul!
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Sunday, November 24, 2013 at
I have to put my Florida State fandom to the side for a minute here. At first, I questioned the timing of the “Famous Jameis” allegations, but things are coming out that make it pretty damning for him. No matter how the allegations turn out, this dude is branded for life, but much worse, there's a woman out there who is living a tough existence right now.
I’ve really avoided ranking AAC teams, but Cincinnati, Houston, Louisville, and UCF are decent. And after all, whose really worthy of ranking anyway? Seriously, whose worthy of being ranked? I have to look at the old Big East to find teams to rank.
Duke sitting at 9-2 and could very well end up in the Orange Bowl?
Well, at least we finally have a decent game in the Big Ten: Michigan State/Ohio State, but Minnesota’s loss to Wisconsin shouldn’t detract from their season. They’ve done well.
I’ve been so focused on the Pac-12 North that I forgot to pay attention to Arizona and Arizona State. Pretty solid teams down in the desert.
Oklahoma State destroyed Baylor, and now they have to wonder what could have been had they not laid that egg against West Virginia.
Is it really possible that Missouri can beat Texas A&M AND Alabama?
San Diego State is 7-4, but 7-1 since Week 3, and that loss was in triple overtime to Fresno State. They lost to Oregon State by 4, and upset Boise State. This could be a sleeper team next season.
Surprise team of the Year. So, whose your surprise of the year? UCF? Missouri? Duke? Minnesota? Miami? Arizona State? Oklahoma State? Fresno State? For me, it's gotta be Duke. They're 9-2, and really should be 10-1 but losing in OT 58-55 to Pitt was a speed bump.
My Bowl Picks. This is as of right now:
NC Game: Florida State/Alabama
Rose: Stanford/Ohio State
Fiesta: Oklahoma State/Arizona State
Cotton: Auburn/Baylor State
Holiday: Stanford/Fresno State
My CFB Top 25. Is there a BCS rule that requires top ranked teams to play scrubs in mid-November? Quick, what was the connection between Idaho and Chattanooga? Yep, that is who the top two teams in the Nation played yesterday ON WEEK 11. But a funny thing happened yesterday which was supposed to be “a day off” for many of the top teams – A FEW GOT SMACKED, and the PAC-12 took the brunt of it (Oregon, UCLA) courtesy of the State of Arizona.
But again, what to do about Ohio State? Well to me it’s pretty simple. I don’t care that they haven’t lost in two years, anybody can win 24 games in a row without playing a challenging schedule - hell, isn't what people have screamed for years about Boise State and TCU? Hell, even Urban Meyer is embarrassed, and he knows what would happen if he drew Alabama or even Florida State (w/Winston). He’s very smartly keeping his mouth shut and will take a Rose Bowl.
This isn’t to be contrarian: I’m just rewarding Oklahoma State for playing destroying one of the best teams in the country while the other two played jokes.
Oklahoma State (10-1) (10, Won vs. Baylor 49-17). Good Lord if they could have beaten West Virginia. Beating Baylor was HUGE!
Florida State (11-0) (1, Won vs. Idaho 80-14). Distractions and blowing out a scrub team? Drop.
Alabama (11-0) (2, Won vs. Chattanooga 49-0). Amazing how they have an FCS game every late Nov. Oh, and who have they played again?
Auburn (10-1) (5, Idle). Alabama’s next 11/30.
Missouri (10-1) (7, Won @ Ole Miss 24-10). Coach of the Year here?
Ohio State (11-0) (6, Won vs. Indiana 42-14). They get break cause the rest are playing worse scrubs.
Clemson (10-1) (8, Won vs. Citadel 52-6). Waiting for the South Carolina game.
Michigan State (10-1) (9, Won @ Northwestern 30-6). Ohio State awaits.
Fresno State (10-0) (14, Won vs. New Mexico 69-28).
Baylor (9-1) (4, Blown out @ Oklahoma State 49-17). Their chance to prove themselves and this.
Stanford (9-2) (11, Won vs. Cal 63-13). What could have been had they remained focused.
Oregon (9-2) (3, Lost @ Arizona 42-16). Wow!
Oklahoma (9-2) (13, Won @ Kansas State 41-31). A bit tougher than imagined.
Arizona State (9-2) (15 Won @ UCLA 38-33). Is this their breakout win?
Duke (9-2) (19, Won @ Wake Forest 28-21). The ACC is rising. Surprised how close this was.
Northern Illinois (11-0) (18, Won @ Toledo 35-17). Rooting for BCS bowl bid, but last year hurt em…
LSU (8-3) (18, Won vs. Texas A&M 34-10). Thank you for humbling Johnny Football.
Texas A&M (8-3) (12, Lost @ LSU 34-10). Good.
UCLA (8-3) (16, Lost vs. Arizona State 38-33). Next up USC.
Notre Dame (8-3) (20, Won vs. BYU 23-13). Not a terrible surprise here.
South Carolina (9-2) (21, Won vs. Coastal Carolina 70-10). No props for this.
UCF (9-1) (22, Won vs. Rutgers 41-17). I want to believe, but the old Big East?
Cincinnati (9-2) (34, Won @ Houston 24-17).
North Dakota State (10-0) (21, Idle). Hey Big 12, Why not?
USC (9-3) (28, Won @ Colorado 47-29). Big game next vs. UCLA.
Posted by B.O.B. on
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at
I knew this was going to be a bittersweet couple of days and writing this has been a challenge, so many jumbled thoughts trying to piece together in a coherent blog. Please bear with me if it seems like I'm drifting.
This will be my final time talking about my son and his football days because his season (and football PLAYING career) came to an end Saturday on a beautiful day in Wayne, Nebraska (or as the folks back there call it: Wayne, America). The Cougars won 35-10 and in a phenomenal gesture by the Coaches, Jerry not only started, he played almost the entire game! Yeah Jerry, you really did have a helluva run:
HSFB: Undefeated League Champion, a four year sweep of your rival, and near upset of a school that was triple your size in the HS playoffs.
JC: 21-1 record, two Bowl Championships and the start of a tradition of greatness for the Beavers.
SF: 15-6 record for the first two years of the schools arrival in D-2 along with a 3.2 GPA!!!
I remember a comment you made not too long ago Jerry: Who'd have ever thought nine years ago sitting in Northern California that you would have ended up playing your final Football game ever in Nebraska?
One last thing son and this is what perhaps I am the most proud of: You never allowed anybody to tell you that "you can't". You saw a challenge, you went out and you achieved, and look what your hard work has gotten you! You and your sisters have done your mother and I proud. Congratulations, and we can't wait until May for the final trip back to watch you walk. Well, that and finally getting to slam down a Juicy Lucy!
Debbie and I have now twice been to Sioux Falls, and let me tell you something – what I found is that College Football in all reality – in the REAL world outside of Nike and ESPN and Big Time $$$, are the overwhelming number of kids like in places like Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Wayne, Nebraska, Bismarck, North Dakota, Crookston, Minnesota, and Fayette, Iowa. They are good, polite, appreciative, hard working kids who do the hard work, earn their rewards, and quietly move on to the next phase of their lives. Their character, heart, passion, drive, and commitment to each other and their school is unmatched. They have lived their dream and chances are they had a helluva lot of fun doing it, making lifelong friends and memories. Oh yeah, they actually get ed-u-mc-ated too
We all see CFB from the "Big Picture, D-1 perspective." Let me tell you what I saw the REAL CFB is about, what the vast majority of student athletes do:
Being far more mature than any “professional” athlete or D1 stud will ever even think of being.
The guy who plays for the love of the game, not for future pro contracts.
The guy whose bumps, bruises, and worse are just as significant as our "heroes" in D1. Yet they play through it, treated for the most part by student trainers, who deserve far more credit than they get, I'm sure.
The guy who actually sits in class and busts his ass and works to help his teammates struggling in a class.
The guy who chances are actually holds down a part time job or has help from mom and dad – those who are lucky enough to have that luxury.
The guy who probably doesn’t have a car, and relies on help from teammates just to get to and from practice.
The guy who probably lives in an old house off-campus with four or five other guys and if the Health Department ever came to their house they’d be condemned. Yeah son, clean it up! Sorry, that's the Dad in me.
The guy who is actually held accountable to the stupid rules the NCAA enforces on them because God forbid they hold cheatin-ass D1 programs accountable and lose money from it's precious sponsors and alumni.
The guy who LOVES when his teammates parents hit town so that they can enjoy some different company and perhaps even a meal that doesn’t involve the six-taco special at Taco Bell or Taco Johns, that welcome diversion from the three to four hour nightly grind of studying biology, business, sciences, or tech. Whether you parents know it or not, you are a GODSEND to these kids!
The guy who brings his teammates with nowhere to go home during the holidays. Enjoy Wyoming over Thanksgiving son!
The guy who goes to Coaches house for that home cooked meal and just chewin the fat getting to know the taskmaster just a little bit and maybe learning a bit more about the game they love.
The guy that plays in front of 1000-5000 fans in half-filled stadiums mostly without family support, just happy and excited to be a part of something.
The guy whose "media exposure" consists of student journalists, small town sports talk radio, spotty internet streaming, and if they're lucky, a YouTube video or two.
The guy who does the little things like practicing in 20 degree weather and 30 MPH winds because the bubble is too small.
The team that does the big things like standing behind a teammate in a time of need.
The guy who leads by example – he goes out of his way to cheer for his teammates and lift up rather than tear down.
The guy who would run through a freaking brick wall just to stand on the sidelines come Saturday afternoon, even if it means sitting as second or third string – being ready for the call that may never come. .
The guy who gets his party on --- not that Mom and Dad or worse yet the Coaches find out about that crazy party, Animal House Style. Party on, but maintaining, and not doing anything remotely ignorant. Silly? Hell yes, illegal – hell no because they know what is on the line for them.
The kid who despite a helluva tough practice makes it a point to stop by a parent they don't even know, and with a smile say "Hello", and in many cases strike up a conversation.
And in the end, the guy who truly appreciates that "Second Chance" to keep playing and even get a degree out of the deal.
Sitting in the plane coming home last week somewhere between Denver and Phoenix and thinking what I was gonna write, I was reminded of the quote at the final scene of “The Replacements” and how appropriate it seemed for a group of D2 players playing in their last ever game: "When the Washington Sentinels left the stadium that date, there was no ticker tape parade, no endorsement deals for sneakers or soda pop, or breakfast cereal. Just a locker to be cleaned out, and a ride home to catch. But what they didn't know, was that their lives had been changed forever because they had been part of something great. And greatness, no matter how brief, stays with a man. Every athlete dreams of a second chance, these men lived it." Men, that ain't hype - it is so true. You don't know it now, but you will.
THANK YOU to:
To coaches Rick Davis, Keith Davis, Fred Fletcher, and the rest of the staff at Argonaut High School.
To coach Jerry Haflich and his staff at American River College
To coaches Jed Stugart and Robert Tucker and all the support staff at the University of Sioux Falls.
To the great parents at all three stops along the way. I hope you all are as proud as I am, not just of our own kids, but ALL of the kids.
To all the others, that I may have missed, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
Not only are you great coaches, parents, and supporters, you are good people, and I can see that you've had a positive impact on my son's life. Thank you so very, VERY much.
Finally, here’s to you D2 Kids: "Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever". I lift my glass of Diet Mountain Dew (I don’t drink) in your honor. It was my honor to get to know a few of you, and an honor to watch you perform on the field. Know this: You may not go to the NFL, but dammit you are the true essence of what it means to be “the student athlete”! Be proud of what you’ve earned and achieved, but be humble and remember where you came from and don't change from what you are - it's made you the successes you are. Now go out and kick life in the ass! Take charge and be the leaders I know you will eventually be.
Oh, and to my friend Jeff down Texas way, I envy you...you are just starting the adventure with Blake. If I could give you one piece of advice, enjoy every second of it, it goes by WAY too fast. I look forward to meeting up with you and Blake in 2014.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at
Morning Folks from a literally ten-degree Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I hope everybody had a great Veteran's Day Weekend. This will be short because I'll be heading to the plane back for Crack-town shortly, but:
IF you are looking for a job, the welcome mat appears to be wide open up here in South Dakota and Minnesota. Everywhere I went, folks were hiring. Mrs. B.O.B. said it best, if you can't find a job here, you ain't looking.
For years, many have complained about the Dolphins' owner and the GM, and look what has come about based on these two. A once respectable organization has now fallen to horrific depths. How in God's name does this team attract free agents now? It has gotten so bad that even the hard core Dolphin fans are questioning both the owner and GM.
On the field, Miami literally only gained two yards rushing? For an entire game? That entire O-Line should be fired, the O-Line Coach should be fired, ah hell, the entire Miami Dolphins organization needs to be blown up.
San Francisco 49ers loss to Carolina, at least to me, was expected. Everybody was jumping back on the bandwagon, but forgot one important fact: When the Niners were scoring at will? It was against scrub talent. Carolina seems to be no joke.
Shout out to the Detroit Lion fans. While they may win the NFC North by default, it's still a win and I'm almost ready to say I was wrong about them.
To those handing the NFC to Seattle? There's this team in New Orleans who might have a little something to say about that...
Minnesota State Mankato @ Sioux Falls. Tailgating in cold windy conditions I was concerned about, but I learned a lot about the quality of the folks of Minnesota and South Dakota - good food, great people. Strangers who walked right up, shook our hands and started up conversations, while trying to cram brats down our esophagus. Meanwhile Mankato fan rolled up in a chartered bus, came over and offered some "fire water"...Good times. People watching is fun.
The game was tough with the Cougars losing 52-17 in Jerry's final home game in a very nice stadium where since it opened, the Cougars were 45-2. Mankato was a team that was far bigger, far stronger, and far faster. Their QB (#11, Wolf) has the size, speed, and escapability that reminds me of a bigger and stronger Johnny Manziel. He made a jump over a defender that if I hadn't seen it myself I would never have believed it. That Mankato team could literally send two kids to the NFL, and quite honestly, they are so good, they could be in D-1AA. I honestly wonder how they'd do against D-1 Minnesota, and I think they could win!
The Cougars final game has them traveling to Wayne, NE to face the other Wayne State.
Next week, will be a little different, it won't be about tantrums or negative in "professional" sports, I just want to talk about what I learned about CFB at the lower levels.
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Monday, November 04, 2013 at
Welcome to the tantrums, and welcome to November where Uncle B.O.B. has a lot of stuff to say and try to keep it brief. But before I do, I just want to let you know that starting Wednesday I will be in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska for a week. Obviously, I'm going to Jerry's final home game of his football life, which just so happens to be against Division 2 national number one ranked Minnesota State University Mankato. It's gonna be fun, the weather has held out for us and we'll go do other cool stuff too I'm sure. Trying to talk Mrs. B.O.B. into a side trip to Fargo, and perhaps score some tickets to the Vikings game Thursday Night - just to say we were there! Lame I know, but hey...
Just a thought… How far have we sunk when we literally have to beg kids to go out and play for an hour a day? Those of you who were children of the 70’s and before know what’s up – for the most part, we weren’t HOME for an hour except for a snack, dinner, and the homework because we were outside playing ALL THE TIME. Hell we even tried to stretch it into dark, but Mom and/or Dad were having none of that.
Miami Dolphins Hazing allegations. I understand that the allegations are simply that, and I hope none of it is true, but if it is:
If I’m the owner of the Miami Dolphins and wondering why my team isn’t winning and why I can’t seem to get Free Agents to come play for my team despite the major advantages I have, I just got one pretty clear indicator this past week. Miami had a losing record, had lost four games in a row and seem to be more concerned about hazing/humiliating/breaking and perhaps even shaking down a teammate for money (which in the real world is considered extortion!), one who isn’t even a rookie? Would you come to a team who is apparently terrified of one man who allegedly seems to be running roughshod over an entire organization?
IF the allegations of hazing, harassment, shakedowns, and intimidation of Jonathan Martin are true and they are why that kid left, I sure as hell don’t blame him, especially considering who is allegedly involved (Richie Incognito – who considering his past indescretions - in my mind is guilty until proven innocent). Not only do I allow ESPN to continue to run with the story, I’m sure as hell calling Gloria Allred or one of the other ambulance chasers and making this as public and uncomfortable as possible for Incognito, the Miami Dolphins, the NFLPA, and the NFL itself. Somebody somewhere needs to force the issue and/or stand up to Richie Incognito if it’s proven he had anything to do with this - and judging by the very sudden turnaround by the Dolphins and the NFL, I suspect many are VERY worried. Oh, and Richie: Nice touch on that Tweet to Adam Schefter whose half your size. How very manly of you.
I get it, hazings and initiations are part of the fabric of sport. What I don’t get is how this was allowed to continue not only beyond Martin's rookie season (that's right - he's a SECOND year player), but that it was allowed to continue to a point where the kid walked out. Where were the coaches? Support Staff? Anybody? A pro football player doesn't just walk out on a team and a $4,000,000 contract for no reason. Something has him scared.
Lastly, The Miami Dolphins organization and Dolphin fans everywhere are in denial, and the venom spewed towards Martin is sickening. How can you not see that something is wrong in the organization?
NOTE: Just as I published this, the Dolphins suspended Incognito for conduct detrimental to the team. Gotta wonder now...
NFL. Best wishes to John Fox and Gary Kubiak. I hope you both get well soon.
Sometimes you just have to admit you’re wrong. I honestly thought the AFC was gonna be a crashing bore this year, but suddenly it’s not just Denver anymore, but suddenly out of nowhere New England went crazy, and to me Indy is looking more and more of a threat. Buffalo and the Jets, Cleveland, Tennessee, San Diego, and yes even Oakland have shown signs of improvement.
Cincinnati destroys the Jets, then loses to Miami – on a safety? On a bull rush up the middle that Andy Dalton had to have seen? In Overtime? Against a team that has far more issues than anybody even thought?
Ricky Williams (err, Justin Blackmon) is an utter and complete moron. Jesus, just put the sticky icky down and earn your cash. There’s plenty of time to go Bob Marley after your career.
Could you have asked any more out of Case Keenum for Houston? But you just knew Indy was gonna come back. I suspect the Houston Kicker is looking for a new job probably tomorrow.
Kansas City to me seems to be a team built for a deep run in the playoffs. Solid opportunistic defense, a steady offense that commits few mistakes, and an experienced Head Coach.
You have to wonder how good Buffalo is going to become in the next few years. Strong running game, improving defense, and E. J. Manuel.
Dallas really struggled with Minnesota? Are you kidding me? And they claim the Dez Bryant tirades weren’t a distraction? Yeah, right.
NBA. Memo to the Sacramento Kings: That alleged “effort” you gave Saturday Night against Golden State? That is 100% unacceptable in this new era, and I’m glad that the coach not only sat the starters, I’m glad he went off on your asses in the media. That’s BULLSHIT!
Clippers can’t execute in the half-court offense, and it’ll kill them in May. Hell, they had trouble against a Sacramento Kings team who only had two offensive weapons, one of which was 5’9”, so their defense comes into question also.
Sioux Falls @ Upper Iowa. There are games where you just kinda know that a team just doesn’t have it. Saturday Night was that type of night, as the Cougars traveled all the way across Iowa to face an Upper Iowa team that was far more fired up, and was much bigger. The Cougars lost 30-28, the last seven points coming with five seconds left in the game. The Cougars are now 5-4, and now completely eliminated from any chance of a post-season. But I was proud because the Cougars didn't quit and kept fighting until the final second, getting the on-side kick and putting themselves in a position for a last-second hail mary. Considering how the game was flowing - that was a heck of an accomplishment.
As it turned out I found out later, the starting Cougar RB who had rushed for seven straight 100 yard games unfortunately lost his brother the day before the game. My thoughts and prayers go out to the young man and his family.