Whew!!! This weekend’s games had endings worthy of any Hitchcock-ian thriller.
We’ll begin in New Haven, where in the 126 edition of The Game a bunch of Yale Bulldogs were dominating Harvard and leading 10-7 with less than three minutes to play. Unfortunately, that’s when Yale Coach Tom Williams channeled Bill Belichick or maybe Les Miles and called – possibly the most befuddling play in the game’s storied history – when he decided to fake a punt on a fourth and 22, on his own 25 yard line. Yale only picked up 15, and three plays later – Harvard 14 – Yale 10 – and you think Charlie Weis is a bad coach. Bring back Carm Cozza.
Speaking of Weis – “little” UConn, supposedly a “patsy” a “cupcake” on the Irish schedule, came into South Bend and ran through, and over, the “mighty” Irish winning in overtime and finally, and mercifully, sending Charlie Weis and his arrogant ample profile out the door. (Even overcoming a pair of TD’s called back.) In his five year tenure – Notre Dame never defeated a team that ended the season with less than four losses. Now that’s genius!!! But worry not for Charlie – the buyout is rumored to be in the $18 million range!!
But what summed up the Weis era occurred at the end of the game when NBC (Notre Dame Broadcast Company) who pays ND millions to televise its home games, interviewed Charlie as he waddled toward the locker room. When the reporter asked a second question Mr. Hubris said, “That’s enough.” – which perfectly summed what the Irish administration is going to say to Charlie.
Our choice to replace Charlie is Northwestern head man Pat Fitzgerald – who not only played the game a high level – a two time All-America linebacker at NU – but has produced winning teams (8-3 this season) at a school with higher academic standards than Notre Dame. He is young, energetic (both of which was lacking with Weis) and coaching at Northwestern brings in the Ara connection, who came from the Evanston campus.
In Oxford, Mississippi there was another head scratchier as LSU’s head man, Les Miles, sent clock management back to the sun-dial era. LSU was trailing by 2, and on a third down, QB Jordan Jefferson tossed a short pass that was stuffed on about the fifty – with 36 seconds left on the clock. Amazingly, LSU watched the clock run all the way to 9 before some sideline genius decided to call for a timeout, its last. On fourth down the Tigers hit its “Hail Mary” pass down to the six yard line of Mississippi – with the clock stopping at one second. Confusion reigned – and LSU never even attempted to get its field goal unit on the field, and then spiked the ball as the clock ran out. If time had been called with even 20 seconds left – LSU would easily have won the game. AMAZING!!!
Break up the Temple Owls, as coach Al Golden’s boys have now won 9 in a row!!
What is going on in Norman? The Sons of Bobby Stoops need a season ending victory against its in-state rival Oklahoma State to avoid a 6-6 season. DOUBLE YIKES!!!
Even though it was filled with fluff – 82 year old JoePa had another 10 win season and has a chance at a BCS bowl bid.
The “Civil War,” between Oregon and Oregon State on Thursday, December 3, will be anything but, as winner is going to the Rose Bowl.
Army needs to beat Navy – a tall order – in order to become bowl eligible for the first time since 1996. It should make for a very entertaining Army/Navy game on December 12th.
Imagine the length of time it took to play the game between Division 2 playoff teams West Liberty and Edinboro – the final score West Liberty 84 – Edinboro 63, with 1394 yards of offense. It must have looked like Notre Dame was playing defense for both teams.
Speaking of defense – or lack thereof – Stanford’s let them down again in the 112th playing of; “The Big Game.”
Good for Clemson and good for Coach Dabo Swinney, as the Tigers who have won 6 in a row, and punched its first ticket into the ACC title game. Its last ACC crown came during the George H.W. Bush Administration of 1991.
Fraud team alert: SUNJ – State University of New Jersey also known as Rutgers, waited all season to claw its way back into the top 25 only to see it come to a dispiriting crash in Syracuse, as the Orangemen crushed SUNJ – 31-13 for its 4th victory of the season.
Coach $Rod and mighty Meechigan – lost again – losers of 7-8, finishing last in the conference – and enduring consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the Kennedy Administration of 1962-63. Coach $Rod has one more year in Ann Arbor to get it fixed. The Wolverines have also lost to the Buckeyes 6 consecutive times.
After losing 9 in a row Rice won its second straight.
No wonder Georgia’s mascot UGA VII died unexpectedly – it couldn’t take the pain of another Bulldog loss. The Dawgs lost to Kentucky for the first time in 32 years and dropped to 6-5 with a game next week against the best team from the Peach State – Georgia Tech. Yikes. Great year for KU’s Rich Brooks who has the Wildcats 7-4, with a home game remaining against Tennessee.
That’s it from cyber space. We’ll be up and running with week 13 Wednesday night. Enjoy Thanksgiving. Until then, Peace. PK