There are plenty of places to begin.
We could start in Columbia, Missouri, or Tallahassee, Florida, or Baton Rouge, Louisiana, or Ann Arbor Michigan.
But instead we’ll stay local, and begin in good old Somerville, Massachusetts home of the Tufts University Jumbos football team.
Yesterday the Tufts eleven did something that hadn’t been accomplished on campus in nearly four full years, celebrate a football victory!!
The Jumbos ended its elephant sized 31 game losing streak with a 24-17 victory over Hamilton. Good for them!!!
I know one thing, its starting quarterback won’t be jumping onto the top of a table in the middle of the student union, and screaming a disturbing obscenity about women.
Remaining on the local front, kudos to a pair of Silver Lake Regional teammates Coaches; Tim Murphy of Harvard, and Buddy Teevens of Dartmouth for opening their seasons with victories.
The Commonwealth’s flagship university UMass Amherst 0-4, was crushed by a superior Penn State squad 48-7, and is now a bottom feeding 2-26 since signing on to play with the big boys!!
But as we have said previously, if anyone can turn this rust bucket around, it’s Coach Mark Whipple, who once again didn’t do any coddling when he said he thought his team played “scared” at Beaver stadium.
Now on to the national scene.
In Tallahassee, it was Clemson, once again in a big game, being Clemson, as the Tigers missed a pair of chip shot field goals, and had a number of costly miscues that left points on the field, in losing in overtime to the “Crablegs” (QB Jameis Winston) suspended Seminoles: 23-17.
It was tough to watch the phony Heisman Trophy winner, wearing his number 5 jersey, cheering on his teammates from the sidelines. YUCK!!
It felt as sleazy as a Steve Wynn casino production.
And the Seminoles, winners of 19 straight, remain a front runner for the ACC Conference title, and a coveted spot in the playoff race.
Speaking of yuck, there is a whole lot of it going on in Ann Arbor.
The once mighty Maize and Blue lost yet again, in another desultory performance; 26-10, this time at the hands of the Utes of Utah.
Michigan has now lost 7 of its last 10, and Coach Brady Hoke’s popularity now rivals the bottom feeding numbers of Barak Obama, as UM was the only loser in the conference yesterday!! DOUBLE YIKES!!
The game was delayed for hours by a biblical rain and lightning storm, which may be a message to the Administration about the way it handled the firing of the coach it should have kept; Rich Rodriguez.
But most importantly for any program, it’s fannies in the seats that do the loudest talking.
And there were thousands of empty seats at the Big House, with tickets selling on Stub Hub as low as $19!!! Holy coffers!!!
That is the ultimate coach killer, and will most assuredly making this the last roundup for the “Meeechigan Man” at Michigan.
As Gene Wilder screamed in “Young Frankenstein” “It’s alive!!”
And yesterday, the conference everyone loves to bury; The Big Ten, had a very nice day, as; Rutgers, Iowa, Michigan State, Maryland, Illinois, Northwestern, Minnesota, Purdue, Nebraska, and Wisconsin, and Indiana all won.
We’ll highlight the Hoosiers in its stunning upset in Columbia, Missouri, a 31-27 victory, in which Indiana scored with 22 seconds leaving the Mizzou faithful heads down and slumping in its seats.
It was IU’s first victory over a ranked team since W occupied the White House in 2006.
Good for them, and good for the Big Ten.
In the stop the madness scheduling: Michigan State, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Texas A@M outscored its opponents by the combined aggregate: 265-37!!!! ENOUGH!! NOBODY WANTS TO WATCH!!!
In another stunner, Mississippi State (4-0) got its signature victory in the Coach Dan Mullen era; a 34-29 Saturday night smack down of the Bayou Bengals in Death Valley. WOW!!
It was the Dak Prescott show, as the Bulldogs QB passed, and ran around the overmatched Tigers.
And MSU marched out of Baton Rouge with its first victory since Old Man Bush occupied the White House; in 1991.
The Bulldogs had lost 15 in a row against ranked opponents, and the Starkville eleven who had been a pathetic 2-22 against top-25 opponents under Mullen, played like it is a legitimate contender in the rugged SEC West Division.
Hail the smart kids!!!
Duke using a stifling D, clobbered Tulane 47-13 to start 4-0 for the first time since 1994, while VaTech is losing the beam off “Beamer Ball” as the Hokies lost two in a row at home for the first time since” 1995. Ouch!!!
Finally, in Tuscaloosa, Groucho’s favorite town, Alabama found its QB, as Blake Sims sliced apart a – at least was thought to be – a good Florida defense passing for over 440 yards and 3 TDs.
Bama crushed the Gators 42-21 in a game that really wasn’t as close as the 21 point deficit, and are clearly once again, one of the nation’s best.
That’s it from cyber-space. We’ll be up and running with our analysis of week 5 Wednesday night, until then, Peace, and listen to the music!! pk