And Down Goes the Champ

September 27, 2009
Tim Tebow was knocked out of Saturdays game against Kentucky by a clean clean shot from defensive end Taylor Wyndham.

Tim Tebow was knocked out of Saturday's game against Kentucky by a clean shot from defensive end Taylor Wyndham.

The most overrated quarterback in college football was absolutely crushed Friday evening in the Gators game against Kentucky.  The Wildcats defensive end, Taylor Wyndham, sprinted off tackle and speared Tim Tebow straight back.  It was an absolutely clean hit, driving Tebow to the turf.  Only, on the way to the ground, Tebow’s head struck the knee of a teammate and he was knocked cold.  He lay motionless on the turf for a couple of minutes, and Commonwealth Stadium went silent.  Fans had tears in their eyes, as America’s darling wasn’t moving.

He eventually was able to walk off the field under his own power, later being escorted to the local hospital to be admitted for observation.  All test results point to a concussion and there is no ETA on his return.  He could play in Florida’s next game, two weeks from now versus LSU, but it is too early to tell.  The game against LSU looks to be the toughest on the Gator’s schedule this season, so if he is unable to go, it could cost Florida a shot at defending their national title.

I’m not upset though.  I’m rather unimpressed with Tebow the player.  He plays quarterback, yet is known more for his rushing.  He rarely throws the ball more than 25 times a game, and his carries number in the double digits.  The media is always abuzz, raving about how talented Tim Tebow is, how he will transcend the NFL, reinventing the quarterback position.  I don’t buy it.  We’ve seen this type of “talent” before, in the form of another former Heisman winner, Eric Crouch.  Both players were athletic quarterbacks, who rushed the ball from the snap, hardly ever counted on to win games with their arms.  Statistically, they were marvelous quarterbacks, in college.  The NFL didn’t buy into it, drafting Crouch as a safety, and he never played in the NFL.  Another college quarterback who was supposed to reinvent the QB position was Vince Young, a highly productive college quarterback who won games with his legs.  Currently, he’s riding the bench, trying to get the nerves to finally pull the trigger (not on a pass from the pocket, but on a bullet in the chamber).  Tebow fits those comparisons.

Now don’t get me wrong, I admire his leadership.  That speech he gave last year after Florida lost to Ole Miss is an instant classic which makes me want to lace up the cleats and head into battle with him.  And leadership is an intangible skill, something you can’t teach.  He’s got it, no question.  I just don’t buy that his skills as a quarterback will translate into the pros.  It’ll be interesting to see if Florida can perform without their leader, and if they do, will it temper the hype surrounding Tebow.  Either way, he got his clock absolutely cleaned Friday night.  And it was awesome.

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The Puppy Who Lost His Way by Tyler Hansbrough

September 23, 2009

The first time I saw this AT&T commercial I thought, “That’s kind of a stupid cute commercial, and hey, that ugly guy looks like Tyler Hansbrough.”

The second time I said, “Hey, that ugly guy is Tyler Hansbrough.”

I am all for finding dogs for sad little kids, but just tell me why Tyler Hansbrough is in this commercial?  Is he trying to break into acting?  Anyways. Here it is.


I Would’ve Punched Him Too

September 4, 2009

Am I the only person who thinks that Byron Hout had it coming?

Put yourself in LeGarrette Blount’s shoes.  You just lost a game.  In Division 1A College Football that basically means, the dream is over, you are done, might as well go study or something.  You are angry about any loss, but first game of the season to a team maybe you thought you should have beat, you are devastated.  Then Byron Hout comes up to you, goes out of his way to get your attention, and says something probably not too bad, but enough to boil you over.

Blount ran for 1,000 yards last year, but one punch could derail his future.

Blount ran for 1,000 yards last year, but one punch could derail his future.

As this point, Blount stops and thinks if its worth it, and then I think he realizes how big a douchebag Hout was, turning to his friends and giggling at the comment he had just made, and Blount brings him back to reality, and the blue turf with a right that knocked the spit out of the sophomore’s mouth.

In watching the video a few times, I have to wonder what Hout said, because after the punch, his teammates did not jump in to go after Blount.  They all just sort of stand there.  Whether they were stunned, knew it was not worth fighting because they will face consequences, or just deathly afraid of LeGarrette Blount at that point, it made them come off as people who just do not like Byron Hout.

Even people who agree with me will say, “I’m not defending what Blount did,” but I am, I am defending what he did because there is no bigger dick move than kicking a dead Duck while he’s down.

Hey guys, whens the next Haleys comet?

"Hey guys, when's the next Haley's comet? "

Blount had a pretty rough game.  -5 yards on 8 carries including scoring 2 points for the other team.  So this guy is probably leaving the field just not wanting to speak to the media, and then Dbag Hout comes over, thinking about how many Natty Lights he can drink before he leaves the stadium tonight and thinks, “Maybe if I tap this guy on the shoulder and thank him for the safety he provided for us, I can bang a cheerleader,” and so he does, and a Duck punches a Bronco.

These are not professional athletes.  They are treated like them.  The NCAA uses their images for free and makes a ton of money off of them, but the players do not see much of it other than a bit of a stipend.  These are kids.  This is no different than something you would see at a Pee Wee game except without all the tears.

So everyone is biting both these guys heads off today, but just let it go.  Its funny, when you think of college, you think of immaturity.  You think of a period in your life when you were allowed to act like a complete jackass for 4 years, and basically see no consequences.  If you were a normal college student at a normal college, you saw countless fights five times as bad as this.  College was immaturity, and yet, football players, maybe some of the most immature people I knew in college, are held to this higher standard.

Everyone talks about how they love college football because the guys still play with passion.  They aren’t just playing for money, and then a guy acts on that, and all of a sudden he’s public enemy number one.

Suspend Blount a game and put some soap in Hout’s mouth, but don’t treat meathead kids like NFL veterans.


One of the Most Dominant and Foolish Performances in Sports History

June 1, 2009
Texas Austin Wood pitched 13 scoreless innings of relief on Saturday night versus Boston College.

Texas' Austin Wood pitched 13 scoreless innings of relief on Saturday night versus Boston College.

In the longest baseball game in NCAA history, Texas pitcher Austin Wood put on a performance for the ages.  The Longhorns outlasted Boston College in a 25-inning game that lasted a record 7 hours and 3 minutes, to win 3-2.

Even more impressive than the longevity of the game, is lefty Wood.  He entered the game with one out in the sixth inning and left 13 innings later.  Meanwhile, he mowed down 14 batters while shutting down the Eagles.  He wound up allowing one hit in those 13 scoreless innings.  Wood was an example of pure dominance.  It could be the most impressive display of pitching in college baseball history.

It could also be one of the most foolish performances in all of sports history.  Texas coach Augie Garrido allowed his senior lefthander in the game to throw 169 pitches, 120 for strikes.  Consider the fact that most big league starters don’t throw past 100 pitches very often, and it becomes clear how dangerous this outing was.  It was clearly irresponsible for the coach to ride his senior to a victory.  No pitcher is conditioned to throw that many pitches in an outing.  It is unfair of him to abuse the player in the attempt to win the game.  Consider that BC used 8 pitches in the game, Texas used only 3.  IN A 25-INNING GAME!  It’s unheard of.  The coach risked injury to the player in the hopes of advancing farther in the NCAA tournament.  If they win, the player and coach are the heroes.  If not, the coach always has next year.  The player who threw 169 pitches?  There’s no telling if he has a future, and throwing that many won’t help him.

Hats off for a terrific performance by Austin Wood.  He did what he had to do, which was shut down BC for the time he was asked to.  And a big thumbs down to the Texas coach who rode his senior’s left arm to victory.  To risk the health of a player that will never pitch for you next year is just foolish.  It unfair to put the player in that position.  But Wood persevered, dominating the opponent in a performance for the ages.


Calhoun is Connecticut

April 6, 2009
Jim Calhoun: The only reason Uconn is any good.

Jim Calhoun: The reason Uconn is a legitimate NCAA program.

I was just going to comment on my distinguished colleague’s article.  Then, I read it.  So, due to the fact that it was complete bullshit.  I decided to write my own.

Jim Calhoun is Uconn.  As much as Geno Auriemma is the women’s program, Calhoun is the men’s program.  Calhoun takes players who aren’t necessarily top recruits, and rarely are good citizens, and turns them into great teams and great individuals.  Kemba Walker is the first McDonald’s All Amercian Uconn has had since Rudy Gay left in 2006.  The other big name coaches (Roy Williams, Mike… umm Coach K, Bill Self) get High School All Americans every year.  With the fascists at the NCAA forcing High Schoolers to spend a year in college now, these recruits are critical to programs.

In a comment you said,
“You really think recruits solely come to UCONN for Jimbo?,” well, yes actually they do.  They know what he has produced since 1986.  He turns great athletes that have been somewhat overlooked into NBA stars. Of the guys he coached currently in the NBA you could create a pretty solid team.  Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, Caron Butler, Emeka Okafor, Charlie Villanueva, and Rudy Gay have all turned out pretty good.

To say that Calhoun is washed up, is just a lack of research.  Calhoun is 556 and 204 in his career at Uconn.  Connecticut had one bad season in recent years in 2006-07, the season after the departure of Marcus Williams, Josh Boone, Rudy Gay, and Hilton Armstrong.  Since then they are 55 and 14.  And also, they did just lose in the National semifinal, so I guess all but two coaches in the country are washed up.

This is a program that means very little to people outside the state of Connecticut, but means everything there. Uconn is not like a University of Texas, UNC, or Kansas where they can recruit in state and get guys who grew up dreaming of playing there.  Uconn has local kids growing up wanting to play there, but Connecticut produces rich, five foot five white kids, not basketball players.

To say that this game was lost because of a lack of heart is also not true.  Uconn did not give up.  On the contrary, by the end they were playing too forcefully, AJ Price was trying too hard to run the show, and everyone went cold.  You also failed to mention that MSU was playing in front of a home crowd.

The “distractions” you speak of took place when the NCAA tournament had already started and did not seem to affect Uconn all that much until they lost in the final four to a number two seed in an away game.  Obviously this occurred as a result of the distractions.  Unless you are speaking of the reporter telling Jim Calhoun, basically the CEO of one of the only currently profitable corporations in Connecticut, that he ought to take a pay cut.  The reporter, who was first off, not a real reporter, and second of all, a douchebag, deserved to get yelled at, and did.  Look at John Calipari’s new contract and go tell him to take a paycut.

It would be a shame for Calhoun to leave because it would turn Connecticut into purely a women’s basketball state.  The state needs Calhoun or else the program will end up in ruins.

“It’s time for you to go Jimbo.  Not because of your health, but

because the program shouldn’t be about you.”

The program is about him, just like any good college program should be about the coach.  They have four years max to make guys mesh and win.  Calhoun has done this as well as anyone else for the last 23 years.  He may be underrated in fact.  Uconn was ranked #2 in the preseason, and lost their smartest and best defensive player (Sorry Thabeet, you’re a pussy) to injury.  They finished #3.  I guess you would have only been happy with a national championship.  Washed up, yeah, so’s Tom Brady.


It’s time for Jim Calhoun to retire

April 6, 2009

He has done a great job coaching this UCONN program, and putting it all together.

This years collapse however, just shows how overmatched he has now become.  Sure, they lost Jerome Dyson so that’s why a lot of people are going to overlook this horrific loss and say, well they did better than expected!   No I’m sorry, that’s not acceptable for a “legendary” coach.

UCONN entered the game against Michigan State knowing what to expect.  Michigan State is known to be a very physical team, with a strong team emphasis on rebounding.  Hm, sound like any other teams (PITTSBURGH)?  Jim Calhoun did not prepare his team for this game.  No one in the nation can dispute the fact that UCONN is a much more talented team, yet they are out of the tourney and get to sit and watch the game they should have been in.  So how did this happen?

A:  The loss of Jerome Dyson was too much to overcome.

Wrong.  They have been showing all season this team has too much talent to let that stop them.  Yet,  come time to put up, they fall short. 

B:  Jim Calhoun is no longer a great coach.

DING DING.  Absolutely right.  The distractions that the UCONN team faced this year, all stemmed from their “legendary” coach.  Be it how much money this fraud makes a year, his health and well being, his recruiting scandal.  It doesn’t matter.  HE was the distraction.  Not only did he serve as a distraction, or an excuse, for his immature team, however he did not get them ready for the big games.   Losing to Pittsburgh twice in the same season, when you are the team to beat, is not the makings of a great coach.  A great coach reads and reacts to what is happening.  Yet, both of those games they were overmatched physically and beat to the ball far too often. 

Not enough for you?  What happened vs. Michigan State?  The team had NO HEART. They got beat physically and mentally.  They didn’t play like they wanted to win that game.  They played like they were okay with whatever happened. You let your team dance around for 20 minutes in front of the camera like they just won the world series, when all they really did was clear the quarterfinals, and this is what happens to your immature program.  ALL THEY DID WAS MAKE THE FINAL FOUR.  BIG DEAL.  The team is already filled with extremely immature players, who know their lives have been gift wrapped for them.  You don’t let them take pride in the fact that they made the semifinals of a tournament.  You drive them for more.

You win that tournament and then you celebrate.   

Michigan State brought heart and determination.  They weren’t content with making the semifinals because they knew they weren’t supposed to be there.  They knew this was not their tournament to win, but they were going to win it.  Tom Izzo got them to believe they needed to win this for their state.  To bring joy to a state in economic ruin. 

That’s what Calhoun is missing now.  He doesn’t have the heart to convince his players that they are playing for more than popularity.  Calhoun is content to ride in the spotlight and let whatever happens happen.  He’s content to let the spotlight be on him, while his team falters in the big games.  He’s selfish and washed up.

 

This man has no heart

This man has no heart

It’s time for you to go Jimbo.  Not because of your health, but because the program shouldn’t be about you.