Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
UPDATE: I went back in and projected opponents, too. Enjoy.
1. and 2. - BCS team(s): BCS Title Game: Florida (vs. Texas); Sugar: Alabama (vs. Cincy)
3. - Capital One: LSU (vs. Penn State)
4. and 5. - Cotton picks West: Ole Miss (vs. OK State); Outback picks East: Tennessee (vs. N'western)
6. - Chick-Fil-A: Georgia (vs. Clemson)*
7. and 8. - Music City and Liberty (order decided with SEC): South Carolina (vs. UNC) and Auburn (vs. Houston)
9. Independence: Arkansas (vs. Iowa State) Imagine if AU and Ark are swapped...
UPDATE 2: I'm actually thinking this will be Texas A&M. Even thought he Cyclones are higher in the standings, I doubt Shreveport will pass up the team closer to home.
10. Papajohns.com: Kentucky (vs. South Florida)
* This is iffy - VA Tech very well could end up here. Of course, that's assuming a GA Tech win in the ACC CG. If Clemson wins, they'll get the Orange Bowl. That would bring up the possibility of Miami coming to ATL.
That said, who would have thought we would have won like that? Outrushing, winning the turnover battle, and dominating at the line? That's not what we do. You knew the roles were completely reversed when Tech was having to pass late and pretty much lost their last chance on a dropped pass. How very UGA of you, Jackets.
Either way, it feels like order has been restored in the Peach State. All the Tech "fans" that popped up out of nowhere last year will slowly melt back into the woodwork and we won't see them again until another Jackets win down the road. Eight out of Nine, baby!
From Rivalries to Recruiting: Well, the second week of rivalries is down and there's one more to go. And the matchup I've honestly been looking forward to the most is finally here: The Civil War. The Ducks and Beavs play for a Rose Bowl bid and it should be a great game. Masoli versus the Rodgers brothers, lots of speed and surprising defenses. Plus, if State wins, what does that say about Cincy? They would have beaten the champion of a much-IMPROVED PAC-10 this year. That should lend them some credibility. And, if the Ducks win, hello Boise State! I know we hate to hear it, but that's the sound of parity. There's still only a few 4 and 5 star recruits out there and the premiere programs get them. But there's a hundred 3 star recruits to pick up and a good coaching staff can make all the difference in the world, whether it's in the SEC or WAC.
I have no problem with Pete Carroll's decision to bomb the Bruins with under a minute left. You shouldn't have called the timeout, Nuheisel. It's what I feel like doing when the computer does it to me and we all know life is exactly the same as video games. You want the game to be drawn out? You got it - now you have to stop them. Now we know why Carroll didn't criticize Harbaugh's 2-pt. conversion in public after the Stanford game...he secretly loved it!
No Transitive Victories Here: Please look at the SEC standings and try to make sense of them. There are six 7-5 teams in the league, and playing the who-beat-who game will only get you a migraine. Georgia beat SoCar, who beat Kentucky, who beat Auburn, who beat Ole Miss, who beat LSU, who beat Georgia, who beat Arkansas, who beat Auburn, who beat Tennessee, who beat Kentucky, who beat Geor...you get the idea. Plus, apparently any one of them could have won the ACC.
Heisman: Toby Gerhart had an insane night and would get my Heisman vote right now if I had one. 200+ yards, 3 rushing TD's, including the game-winner, and a crucial 4th down passing score to tie it up late. That's a clinic, son. Rounding out my ballot would be the QB's McCoy and Tebow, who both had great days against their rivals, and then maybe a defensive player for fun, like Brandon Graham. I would probably leave my 5th spot blank because statistically it should be Clausen and fuck that.
UPDATE: Actually, my fifth spot would go to Kellen Moore.
- Boise State
- Ohio State
- Virginia Tech
- Georgia Tech
- Penn State
- Oregon State
- Oklahoma State
- Texas Tech
Real classy, Tech. Remember, you're having your best season in 20 years and are still just the second-best team in the state. Of late, I had become somewhat neutral when it came to Tech's games. I never "pulled" for them necessarily, but was definitely not outright rooting against them on principle. After seeing this, I've reverted. I'm anti-Tech all the time. So, come on Clemson, Wreck Tech!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
First: He wears anti-Semitic eye-black. You don't call them 'Hebes', Tim. That's like you're grandad using 'Jap' in everyday convo. It just doesn't happen anymore, you racist.
Second: Tim Tebow is an agent of aggression, carrying out the white, western world's agenda by mutilating the genitals of indigenous populations in the pacific. I mean, c'mon, is it still 1855? Why don't you force children to run a diamond mine in Africa while you're at it, Cecil Rhodes.
Third: He obviously does not understand the proper mechanics a real QB would use. Jumping? What are you, five years old? Loser. He's so overrated, but the spread option-media won't tell you that, will they?
Fourth: He never beat Auburn. That's right, 0-2 against the Tigers. And, we all know they're the true measuring stick of success. It's not the Heisman or the conference titles or the national titles, or the 11-1 record against your rivals, but Auburn. Obviously, OVER-rated.
Fifth: It is a fact that Tim Tebow, while he puts up a good-guy front, actually spends his time with known felons. That's right, Tebow hangs out with hardened criminals while talking about living a clean life. What a hypocrite.
Sixth: He steals. Possession is 9/10ths of the law and that record was possessed by Herschel.
Sir, can you prove to us that you're not a pedophile?
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Texas Turkey Day Showdown
Texas 45, Texas A&M 16 - Congrats to the Aggies for getting bowl-eligible, but that's about it. The way McCoy has come on the last few weeks leaves me very worried about that suspect A&M defense.
First off, UPSET ALERT: Illinois over Cincy? Could the Illini ruin the BearCats' season? It sets up perfectly for an upset here.
Alabama 29, Auburn 17 - The machine keeps rolling along.
Pitt 31, West VA 30 - The Mountaineers could salvage their season by derailing the Panthers', but I think the 'Stache pulls it out. Crap that's scary: putting my faith in Wanstedt.
Clemson 27, SoCar 20 - Ugh.
Oklahoma 30, Oklahoma St. 14 - I've been calling the Sooners in this game all season. And now that Robinson might sit out, it seems like a lock.
Utah 24, BYU 14 - I'll take the Utes in the Holy War, as the Cougs have been flat lately.
LSU 34, Arkansas 32 - I was planning on taking the Razorbacks here, but then Miles gave up that game to Ole Miss last week. I don't see the Tigers losing two-in-a-row.
Georgia Tech 38, Georgia 17 - If everything plays out like it's been going lately, this could be more like a 45 or 52 to 17 situation. The Dawgs would have to play a perfect game to win and that's not likely since the best they've done this year is slightly awful.
Well, I'm off to chug some type of 'Quil, either Day or Ny, pound some OJ, self-medicate and take a nap. Happy Thanksgiving, mofos!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
UPDATE: Oh yeah, and the red face-masks were U-G-L-Y. We looked like some D-3 or high school team. And we played like one, too.
UPDATE 2: Let me reiterate, I do like special uniforms - sometimes. As a matter of fact I loved the new Nike unis that TCU sported two weeks ago. I also liked the Jolly Roger motif ECU adopted for the VA Tech game. And, like I said, I like the black jerseys...I just don't want to break them out anytime soon.
- Boise State
- Georgia Tech
- Ohio State
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
- Penn State
- Oregon State
- Ole Miss
1. Be the champion of one of the automatic-qualifying conferees: SEC, B10, B12, BE, ACC and PAC-10
2. Be the champion of a non-AQ conference and be ranked in the top-12 of the BCS
3. Be undefeated, ranked in the top-12 and ranked higher than an AQ conference winner
or, be LSU, Miami, and USC. Are you kidding me?
Jimmy Clausen got punched by a fan!
Seriously, that's a pretty lame move. But, if it had to happen, god I'm glad it happened to this douche bag. Sounds like the wheels are really coming off up in South Bend...
UPDATE: I mean, honestly, who wouldn't want to punch him? Look at that stupid fucking face.
Monday, November 23, 2009
UPDATE: Now we're hearing about offensive tells that are noticed by fans in the stands!! If grandma is picking up on the play from 27 rows back, I'm guessing Charlie Strong is having zero difficulty doing it. Fuck, this is getting embarrassing.
And, while Richt has some issues to deal with, at least he hasn't fucked us out of a win quite as bad as Les Miles did for LSU Saturday. Sheesh. What's worse, Miles came out and said he didn't know why Jefferson tried to spike the ball...even though the camera clearly shows CLM running down the sidelines ordering the clock play. What a douche.
But, at least Miles isn't Yale coach Tom Williams. He's definitely the winner of the COACHING FAIL award for the week.
The PAC-10 is the most exciting conference in football. Arizona and Oregon had to win out to get to the Rose Bowl and their first tests were against each other. They didn't disappoint, playing a lightening death-match OT-thriller. Throw in the back-and-forth Big Game (Cal-Stanford), and we realize that all this conference had to do to get interesting was overthrow USC. It's like they're having their own football-style French Revolution...Oregon better be careful, I think we all remember what happened to Robespierre...
If Arkansas and Miss. St. win next week, the best record in the SEC behind Florida and 'Bama's will be 4-4. Not only that, but we've seen some crappy play from teams out of conference and middle-of-the-pack mentality losses all over the place. People, I think the SEC is the new PAC-10, just with a two-headed king. Regicide, anyone?
After the loss to UConn, Charlie Weis should be out at Notre Dame soon. Let the Urban Meyer to South Bend talk begin in earnest now, even though he'd have to be an idiot to do it.
Guess what? Katie Couric's kind of hot.
Well, the home tailgating season is over and I'd like to say to all my peeps that I had a blast this season, despite all the night games. So, thanks again to Weezy, a.k.a Father Tailgate, for the infrastructure and to The Moviegoer for all the Chick-Fil-A. I always had a blast with JINX, enjoyed arguing with Aroo when he showed up, and there'd be no work done without LTDx. I wouldn't trade the friends in my life for any number of victories on the field.
Lastly, if you're not watching It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, what the fuck's wrong with you? Seriously, we should have an intervention for that. Well, onward and upward, chaps, The top-25 should be along shortly.
Also, thanks to the tailgate crew for reminding me of how great a song "Kiss From a Rose" is.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
If the season ended today (and in MY best estimation)
National Championship: Florida/Bama vs. Texas
Strong! I dont want any part of picking this game.
Ditto. I will go ahead and say that I'll take Florida over 'Bama, though. And, if I have to pick Fla vs. Texas, I'll take the Gators. Why? We saw Texas manage a season-low 16 points against a tough, athletic defense (OU) earlier this year. I think the Gators' D is actually tougher than the Sonners' D and with Tebow at the helm, the offense always seems to do enough to win big games. McCoy, on the other hand, seems to tighten up, which could cost the 'Horns late.
Sugar Bowl: Florida/Bama vs. TCU
While I think this could be a great game, a tough loss by either Florida or Bama in the SEC Championship Game could prove a major bust to motivation for their BCS game.
With the Orange Bowl getting the next pick from the at-large teams, I think they'll pick TCU. The Fiesta would take Boise St. with the 2nd pick and then the Sugar would be left a default SEC 2nd place and the Big East Champion. So, we're looking at 'Bama vs. Cincy, which is still a match-up that could be a lot of fun. Honestly, to me, wherever Cincy plays, with that offense, could be fun. Not only that, but don't expect 'Bama to be unmotivated twice in a row...
Orange Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Georgia Tech
Easily the best of the non championship games. Two up and coming underdogs both trying to finish up great seasons. I actually am holding out hope that Cincy goes undefeated so BCS naysayers have more to gripe about on Capital Hill this offseason.
So, using my logic from the Sugar Bowl above, I would say that this would end up being GA Tech and TCU. To me, that's still an interesting match-up. Maybe not as much potential fun as the triple-option vs. the air raid spread, but how will a tough disciplined D like the Frogs hold up against the Jackets? And, the Tech D has been suspicious at times and could find itself susceptible to the read-options and roll-outs TCU runs. Throw in the special teams and turnover margins and this could be a GREAT game for fundamental football. Not only that, but Patterson will be in discussion for almost every big-time coaching opening in the off-season and this game could go a long way to padding his resume.
Fiesta Bowl: Boise St vs. Oklahoma St?
Is this the best that we can offer the Broncos? A chance to win bragging rights in the state of Oklahoma?
I do like Boise here, but I do not think OK St will make it. I think the Pokes drop a season-ender to OU, putting them out of the BCS pool and opening the door for the 3-way glut of 2-loss Big 10 teams. Iowa is currently the highest ranked of these teams, but Penn State and Wisconsin are creeping, all in the top-16 of the BCS (and most likely top-14 by season's end). Without Stanzi, Iowa might lose to Minnesota, but probably not, and since the Hawkeyes have head-to-head wins over both the Nits and Badgers, this is where they'd most likely land.
So, Fiesta Bowl: Boise State and Iowa. Honestly, with Stanzi back by then and the RB corp healed up, I'll take Iowa. Sure the Broncos will have 500 yards of offense, but turnovers, safeties, special teams, lightening, prayer and the force will push the Hawkeyes over 19-18.
Rose Bowl: Oregon/Oregon St vs. Ohio St
The winner of Civil War vs. an overrated Ohio State team with 2 losses? Boring!
I'd love to say Stanford will make it to Pasadena, but too much needs to happen for that be the case. Arizona contorls it's own destiny, but their back stretch is too tough to run undefeated. That leaves us with the Civil War. Really, if the Ducks beat 'Zona, they could drop the CW and still go to the Rose Bowl. But, I don't think they lose either game. So, Ducks and Bucks it is, and I honestly don't see how it's boring. Let's not forget Ohio State's Fiesta Bowl last year, taking Texas to the wire in a surprisingly-fun-to-watch showdown. I also think Masoli's development into a top-notch QB will give us enough fireworks to make this Rose Bowl worth the watch.
Ultimately here there are only two losers: LSU and the fans
LSU deserves a BCS game after being the best two loss team in the country, and by having those two losses come in very competitive games against 2 of the big 3.
The fans deserve more. And rather than reiterate the same top 8 team BCS playoff jargon that we hear annually, here is what I propose: Any team within a BCS conference that has 0 or 1 loss during the regular season (not including conference championship game) and any non BCS school that goes undefeated should make a playoff for the national championship. Some years you have more teams, some you would have less. This way teams that truly deserve spots would earn the chance.
As of today, we would have 7 teams (possibly 8 if Pitt beats Cincy) playing for all of the marbles, using the BCS for seeding. The BCS need not be fully abandoned as teams will still be working for the coveted first round home playoff game.
GT, Boise, and TCU also still have to win out but it would set up matchups as follows:
8 Pitt @ 1 Florida/Bama
5 Cincinnati @ 4 TCU
6 Boise @ 3 Florida/Bama
7 GT @ 2 Texas
(If Pitt lost to Cincy, Florida would get a first round bye)
All four games are a better watch than the ones above because they all will mean something. Not tomention, how important would the Cincinnati-Pitt game become? Plus, I'd like to see the 2nd round matchups take place in traditional BCS sites with the championship rotating annually. What are your thoughts?
Aroo's idea isn't bad, but all the talk in the world won't change things before Bowl Season. What I will take issue with here is Aroo's title for this post: "This is going to be the worst BCS ever." Ever? Really? I'd like to submit 2007 as evidence to the contrary. You had 2 games with double digit spreads (USC over Illinois and UGA over Hawaii), Kansas matched up with VA Tech (instead of the more entertaining WVU), and two 2-loss teams in the Title game; not to mention that one of those teams was Ohio State. If Ohio State is so "Boring!", why do we prefer years they were in the title game?
Monday, November 16, 2009
If, for some stupid reason, you're not reading EDSBS daily, you're missing out some great insight and observations, delivered with humor and the right amount of edge. Use the links above to get acquainted with his writing and be ready for two of the best weekly posts on the web: Mustache Wednesday and Schnellenberger's Top-25.
"P is for Pastoral. I was in Athens this weekend, and came away convinced of the truth and power of cliche. Ask a college football aficionado "What is the best college town?", and parrot-like they will respond "SQUAWK ATHENS SQUAWK." This usually means, like most universal opinions, that Athens is not the best college town, and that you have to make your own estimates and surveys before coming to a different and undoubtedly smarter, more correct judgment. In this case, however, broken clocks are right, and everyone is correct: Athens is the premiere college town in the known universe, and there is no real refutation of this available that is not total gibberish. It is inseparable from the campus due to proximity; architecturally consonant with the campus's Georgian stylings; arranged in a neat grid for maximum packing-in of bars, restaurants, and other student necessities; possessed of a nice mix of frat-boy booze troughs and hipster beer halls; warm; friendly; and finally, it has the Five Star Day Cafe, where they advertise their Kool Aid Flavor of the Day by color and serve fried green tomatoes in a sauce so good it must be made of pure evil and baby parts, because it cannot be legal in any of the fifty states.Q is for Quarter, Granted. As Florida fan, this is treason, but I'm already guilty so why not press the case. Athens is nice, but Georgia fans are even nicer in person, and bear no resemblance to their online selves in the flesh. How do you know you're dealing with quality people? The answer is universal: THEY OFFER YOU DORITO SALAD: Pic of Dorito Salad. In addition to this, the fanbase showed superb humor for a collection of fans trodden upon by a miserable 5-4 season and a defensive coordinator who considers blitzing to be unspeakably rude. Points and kudos awarded all around to UGA fans. With the exception of the week leading up to the Cocktail Party, we love you all and your superior college town. (We didn't even mention the attractive ladies of Athens, because I'm old and that's creepy, but I just did, making me old and creepy. But yes: stunning in all directions. Not my type, because I saw no women carrying obvious knives or guns, but impressive nonetheless.)"
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I thought about Temple, but they need to win out to recover from that opening loss. I also thought about Navy, but they lost to Temple and, well, see the previous sentence.
I wanted Ole Miss for their blowout win and West Virgina for the close loss to Cincy, but Auburn beat both those teams and I just can't rank AU right now.
I did move Rutgers and Oregon State in to the rankings, but didn't have the heart to drop Houston or USC completely...yet.
Utah's out, but only to make room for the newbies, and if Nebraska wins next week, they'll be knocking on the door again.
Biggest winner: Stanford; Biggest Loser: Miami.
- Boise State
- Georgia Tech
- Ohio State
- Oklahoma State
- Oregon State
- Virginia Tech
- Penn State
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Last week: 6-2; Season: 46-21
Rutgers 31, SoFla 24 -Why do I keep picking the Knights?!
Cincinnati 33, West Virginia 21 - UPSET ALERT ONE!! This is a perfect place for the 'Neers to catch the 'Cats slipping. Cincy's coming off a short week and settling QB questions, while coming off an emotional game they barely won. They could be a bit slow out of the gates and if WVU's offense clicks...but, here's hoping that doesn't happen.
BTW, Temple's playing Friday night, as well...oh, and did I mention the Owls are 7-and-fucking-2?
Florida 27, SoCar 13 - Slow, sloppy, methodical...and still perfect on the year. The Gators add to the imploding Cocks' problems.
Boise State 41, Idaho 20 - OH MAN I"D LOVE TO SEE IDAHO WIN...not out of anti-Boise-ness, but I have a soft spot for the Vandals after pretend-building their program into true contention on NCAA 08. Either way, Idaho's bowl eligible for the first time in forever and Boise's likely on their way to another bCS bowl game, so congrats to the entire gem state.
USC 24, Stanford 16 - I love Toby Gerhart and Stanford this year, but it would be too perfect to see the Cardinal knock-off the Trojans this season. Besides, you think Pete Carroll is lsoing another game this year? Not likely.
Ohio State 31, Iowa 13 - No Stanzi, no miracle wins. The Bucks restore order after blasting Penn State last week and en route to yet another blasting of Michigan next week.
OK State 41, Texas Tech 37 - Pokes outlast Raiders in a shootout. How weird would a 3-2 game be between these two teams?
Arizona 26, Cal 20 - With no Jahvid Best, I don't like the Golden Bears' chances against the Wildcats.
TCU 24, Utah 21 - Honestly, this could go either way. I want the Frogs to win and make the BCS, so it probably won't happen. I guess I should probably pick the Utes...but fuck it. With the Nike Pro-Combat Unis (which include blood lines!), TCU's too tuff!
Notre Dame 34, Pitt 23 - They all shall fall.
UPSET ALERT TWO: #20 Wisconsin has everything on the line against a Michigan squad with it's back to the wall and nothing to lose. It could be a bad day at Camp Randall...
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Now for the first thing to actually bring tears to my eyes in years: Dogs greeting their owners coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Biggest winner: Miami; Biggest Loser: Penn State
- Boise State
- Georgia Tech
- Ohio State
- Oklahoma State
- Virginia Tech
- Penn State
- Fresno State
- Oregon State
- West Virginia
- With some key losses yesterday, the BCS bowl picture is getting cleared up a bit. Notre Dame's most likely out, as is a second team from the Big-10 and Pac-10. The ACC and Big-XII have looked like 1 team entrants for a while now, and it does appear the SEC will get it's obligatory two squads in the mix. What this EQ-culling does is open the door for more of the busters, like Boise and TCU. Me personally, I like it. But, I will still likely be pulling for Idaho when the Vandals lock-up with the Broncos.
- I guess I understand why people are tired of hearing about Tim Tebow, anything repeated that much gets old. But, at least he deserves the attention. Why is no one complaining about the special attention (undeserved at that) that Jimmy Clausen gets from the media? I watched a good bit of the Navy-ND game, and from what I was hearing, you would think that JC was leading his team to a big win over a big-time foe, not losing to Navy. Clausen turned the ball over three times, showed poor sportsmanship, and confirmed for me that he is just a brat. It's not all his fault, though. Weis is a piss-poor developer of young men, a talent much needed in college coaching. Thank god the Irish played such a cake-walk schedule...
- The PAC-10 is the second best conference in the nation. Period. Maybe even the best. Think about it: Georgia is still number two in the SEC East. They barley beat Arizona State who's floundering near the bottom of the PAC-10 pack. I'd take the top-6 teams in that league to compete anywhere in the nation, including old kicking posts like Stanford and Arizona. Honestly, I'd keep the SEC at number 1, hold the PAC-10 steady at 2, and I guess default to the Big-XII. But, to me, there's no question that the PAC-10 is better than the Big-XII...I mean, the North division of the B12 is a giant cluster-fuck of mediocrity and the south is WEAK at the bottom.
- Speaking of Stanford, Toby Gerhart is a bona fide Heisman candidate. I hope the Cardinal absolutely BLAST Notre Dame in a couple weeks...but now that I've said it, I've jinxed them, and they'll lose on a career day for Clausen.
- Along the same lines (bruising, pace-setting RB's), I'll keep Mark Ingram on my list, as well.
- With both teams winning yesterday, Florida and Alabama have won their respective divisions and are locked in to square off in the SEC Championship game. It's setting up to be a great re-match from last season, and if both teams win out, they'll both be undefeated with the winner assured of a BCS Title Game spot. Definitely big doin's...
- Amusing side note: NBC carries Notre Dame football, so NBC has to put a competitive telecast together, which they do. They even have a rolling score board ticker to keep viewers updated on other games across the nation. Great. The interesting part? Guess who sponsors the NBC Scoreboard...give up? It's the United States Navy.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
UPDATE: Anchors Aweigh, 23-21! Suck it, Irish.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Now, on to the Picks!
Last week 3-3; Season 40 - 19
VA Tech 30, ECU 13 - The Hokies bounce back against a plucky CUSA squad
Boise State 44, LA Tech 23 - I like Lil' Dooley's Lil' Dawgs, but they can't compete with the Broncs from Boise.
Arkansas 27, South Carolina 16 - Mallet clicks and the Hawgs get it together late to upend the Cocks.
Alabama 24, LSU 21 - TAKE THE POINTS...
Oregon 31, Stanford 20 - I'd like to put the Ducks on upset alert, but they're just playing too hard right now. Even hard nose Gerhart won't be enough of a temp tool to slow down Oregon.
Ohio State 23, Penn State 21 - Bucks recover and pull the rug out from under the resurgent Lions
Oklahoma 30, Nebraska 14 - Pelini has fixed the blackshirt D; too bad the offense can't do ANYTHING with the ball
Cincinnati 27, UConn 20 - I like the continued emotion that the Huskies are carrying. It could throw the 'Cats off early, but won't be enough to keep Cincy down.
UPSET ALERT - Wake over GA Tech and Tulsa over Houston. Not saying it's gonna happen, just saying these teams need to be careful.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
On the other hand, the Yankees have not been so stellar themselves. Jeter and Damon have been fantastic batting a combined .372 out of the top two spots which would be super dangerous if EITHER Tex or AROD was hitting the ball behind them. Instead the rest of the Yankees are hitting a paltry .201, over 80 points lower then their regular season average.
And its not that the pitching has been super stellar. Cliff Lee was lights out in Game 1, Burnett was in Game 2. Other then that the starting pitching on both sides has been ordinary to fairly awful. Starting pitchers have ammaassed a 5.04 ERA in the WS, yet none of the 7 guys who have started came with 3/4 of a run of that number during the regular season. The bullpens have been worse. It seems as if everyone who catches the Bell South call to the bullpen gives up a run as soon as they come in. Make that 3 if you are Brad Lidge. Apologies to Mo as he remains untouchable.
Game six stands to be the classic that everyone has been hoping for. Old reliable Andy Pettite standing on the mound in the NEW Yankee Stadium trying to earn his 17th lifetime playoff victory and the club's 27th championship banner. There is no one that Yankee faithful would rather have on the mound for a big game then #46 (well, maybe Whitey Ford). But there is always a a yin to your yang. And Pedro Martinez has been that to the Yankees for the past 10+ years, bringing countless memories, both good and bad, to Yankee lore. As a fan, he is Steve Spurrier to a GA fan, the man that you love to hate no matter where he goes and we relish in his failures. He stands toe to toe, perhaps for the last time in his career, against a team that he has made a career killing. And there is a 2003 Game 7 revenge that he is looking for payback on. Don't look for Pedro to throw 96 anymore, or for Charlie Manuel to leave him in long enough for him to self destruct like that night in 2003. But expect for this Game 6 to go down as an ESPN instant classic between two of the game all time best big game pitchers.
While it could go either way, I stand by my Yankees in 7 quote earlier, as I would love them to shove it down Cole Hamels throat one more time. But I will take a win in 6, just so long as Pedro leaves without that grin on his face that he left with in Game 2.
Monday, November 2, 2009
UPDATE: Well, we lost. But, damn, did we make it exciting at the end. Not only that, but it seemed as though if we were able to clean up the mistakes, we could have actually WON. There's always next time, though, and it'll be here in the ATL...