Pre-Game Tailgate Feeling:
Damn it feels good to be an (Arrogant) Ass Again!!!
In the 2nd half we had Stribling who was stellar and I think he was tied for 3rd leading receiver for Wiscy with 2 catches – Er, wait – check that - Interceptions!
In fact, Michigan saved the best for last with this beauty. In the 4th quarter, tie game, ON FIRST DOWN no less, with Bo rolling over in his grave, Jimmy let Speight air it out to Darboh – and they connected!!!!
I think we all had the feeling after that catch that it was kind of over. It was going to take a miracle on Wiscy’s part to close the gap as they continued to start with a field of 80 plus yards in a very loud north End Zone state of confusion. Then, Jordan Lewis did something kind of “Woodson-esque” – albeit a knockdown would have given Michigan the ball inside the 10 yard line, something the Ole MMQ didn’t even put together until I was back at the tailgate!
It was just an incredible play that will make a lot of season ending highlight reels and has let people know that Jourdan Lewis lives!
I know, I know. It wasn’t the margin of victory predicted by the FMQ, but if Kenny Allen could put the BALL THROUGH THE UPRIGHTS I believe there would have been at least two if not three scores of separation in Saturday’s game.
Worst Feeling in the world was when Newsome went down late and I think the entire team came out on the field. Michigan cannot afford an offensive line injury and it looks like the worst has happened….Next man up…
Was it the test we’ve been waiting for?
I’ll say….Yes. After re-watching the game on BTN60, Wiscy Football 2016 is, as always, a legitimate Top 10 team and can probably claw their way back into the Top 10 in the coming weeks with a few victories against other Top 25 teams (Nebraska, suckeyes). I know that the Wiscy offense was anemic or non-existent, but I’m chalking that up to Michigan’s Defense rising to the occasion and taking things away. The pass happy attack that beat Sparty wasn’t available to Wiscy in Ann Arbor. But they will be back on offense against other teams.
Bring on Rutgers!
The Rest of the Mess
Cinci Chilli @ Houston (Thursday): This game was kind of over before it ever got started. Yes, it was an interesting first half of the 1st quarter, and then Houston more or less said, “Why are we toying with these clowns”? The throttle went down and Herman and Houston added another style point victory to their resume.
HUSKIES vs. Stanford (Friday): Wow. I mean just….WOW. I was sort of, kind of watching this game while I worked on a project on Friday evening in the work room (more on that in Idle Thoughts). It was weird because I could hear the announcers saying that Washington scores again! Beating Stanford 44-6 gets my attention. The defense of the Huskies is for real and their offense is nothing to sneeze at, either. The Huskies go to a 2-3 Oregon Quack-less Attack on Saturday (as 8 point favorites) and are the Pac North Leaders for the moment. The Chris Peterson Era in the Pac has begun….
Syracuse @ Domers (in the Meadowlands): Domers claim this is a 2nd home. I guess they made their point with a drubbing of the Orange in the Meadowlands. But Kelly’s seat is still hot as the Domers have nothing left to play for this season but a non-New Year’s day bowl….
SOS @ Indiana: SOS – SOS – SOS – SOS – SOS – SOS – SOS – SOS – SOS
Sending out an SOS for “Same-Ole-Sparty”. Got a chance to see a lot of this one on the couch on Saturday night with Superfan. Indiana is not bad and Sparty is not good. When you get to OT and you get the ball first, the idea is you have to score, period. That’s your job. A TD or a Figgie. One or the other. When you do ‘nuther, well, you’re not going to win very many games. After a total Sparty-Fail in the first OT, the Hosers put a butt-hurt on Sparty with the 2nd field goal attempt after Sparty shot themselves in the foot - AGAIN by leaping off a player to try and block the first kick. The penalty brought the Hosers closer, and the kicker straightened out the 2nd kick and it was over. Marcus (Not in East Lansing much longer if LSU calls) Pannini might be heading out of Dodge on the first train to Baton Rouge now that his seat is warm and he’s sitting at 2-2 in the first week of October and 0-2 in the B1G (first time since 2007). When does Hoops season start?
Tennessee @ Georgia: Kirby’s seat just got extra warm, except that there’s no way a team that “suffered” 15 years with Mark Richt will fire Kirby before season 3 or 4. Georgia had just scored with less than 10 seconds on the clock on a long TD of their own to take the lead right before this happened:
The Cremesicles throw the Hail Mary from the 50 yard line with 4 tics on the game clock and manage to haul it in to claim the victory, yeah, things are going to be difficult the next week. Welcome to Head Coaching in the SEC, Kirby….
Eddie O’s Tigers vs. Missouri: Hey, look at that! Ogeron takes over and the Tigers find a way to score more than 20 points! Here’s the issue with firing Les Miles mid-season. Ogeron’s going to win some games. He’s won the first one in convincing fashion to a team that some thought might beat LSU. If ole Ed keeps winning and goes 7-1 or 8-0 and makes it to the SEC Championship, the question becomes: How do you fire him NOW????? This is going to be a fun situation to watch for the rest of the season
Huskers vs. Illini: Huskers did their job and Smiling Mike Riley is still smiling!
Maryland vs. Purdon’t: 50 points Purdon’t? 50 POINTS???? What the hell are you doing Hazell? I can tell you right now you’re moving up the Hot Seat in a fast and furious way!
Furry rodents vs. PSU: I was a little disappointed in the furry rodents Saturday, to say the least. The Big Blue “M” handed “little m” the “BLUE” Print for beating the Nittany Nuthins and you squandered it away like a drunken sailor in Bangkok…which, I think you did as you dick-tripped down the field time and time again letting opportunity after opportunity slip away. Sure, you got it to OT, but that was not necessary. And this happened:
Bad form, gophers, bad form….Targeting is targeting as we all know! It’s such a simple rule!!
Clemson vs. Louisville: Clemson holds home-field advantage, but Louisville looked strong none the less. The ACC’s is Clemson’s to lose at this point and I really don’t think FSU is going to have a lot to say about it….Speaking of the Seminoles:
TarHEELS vs. Florida State: Jimbo Fisher is also taking calls and sending his resume out after losing to the Tarheels in semi-dramatic fashion. Injuries suck, but at the same time, that FSU defense isn’t playing the same as it did a couple of years ago. FSU could easily lose two more games (Canes and Gatorland still on the schedule) and have now entered into the 5 Stages of Slappy Fan Grief in a Big Way!
The 5 Stages of Slappy Fan Grief
- Denial and Isolation –Seminoles. Okay, we have two losses in the ACC, but at the beginning of the season everyone was talking about 2 ACC Teams in the CFP…So we just need to win out, right? Georgia fans also fall into the D&I category this week with the comments of “Smart gets a pass for the first season. I don’t care what he finishes….” Throw ole Sparty Fan in here as they’re going to say that “It’s only 1-loss in the B1G East and we still control our destiny!!!”
- ANGER –The Domers haven’t left. Still pissed off and moaning about Kelly. Sparty has arrived. Fans are pissed that they’re 2-2 and their coach is in every rumor mill for anyone that’s looking for a coach. LSU, Domers and USC are all places that Dantonio could end up. Going to put a few Seminoles down here as their heads are spinning and they can’t believe they just lost to the Tarheels.
- Bargaining –Quack Attack. Fire Helfrich and go get Kelly Back. 2-3 at that place hasn’t been seen in I don’t know how many years. You can bet Phil Knight is already making phone calls and trying to figure out how much he’ll have to pay to get Kelly to come back to right the ship….
- Depression – Cardinal Fans…Stanford had been the measuring stick in the Pac 12 for a lot of years. After the Beat Down at the hands of Washington, the Cardinal have been shown what Chris Peterson football looks like. And it’s a better version of what Stanford used to do!
- Acceptance – Purdue. How in the Blankety-Blank world do you lose to Maryland by 50 POINTS????? That’s not possible. Maryland’s good, but they are NOT 50 points better than Purdue….. Have I mentioned I’m glad Maryland is home this season? That’s shaping up to be a Big Game….
Idle Thoughts from Saturday
-For what was supposed to be a rainy day, it’s beautiful!
-Glad I brought the sunglasses!
-E-Kit has the steadiest hands…
-For people who’ve been to the tailgate, you know we try to be somewhat organized.
-Were not Candelabras and Tiffany lamps like Victors, but we are efficient, dammit!
-Except for the “Blue Tub”.
-Apologies to whoever it was that came LAST week against PSU and we couldn’t locate you a beer coozie.
-You know, those little foam rubber things you have a million of at home but not in the tailgate supply tub where it’s really needed.
-So, I got home last Sunday, got some coozies and put them in the tub.
-And saw disorganization.
-And it made me mad. And it motivated me with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind!