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SPOOKY EXPRESS AND LABOR DAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKEND
Wanted to wish Bobalou and everyone in the Hurricane zone a safe and quick recovery.
Dealing with my dad who had a stroke so apologize for my lack of posting. But will get it started slowly.
Have a great, safe and awesome Labor Day Holiday weekend BTB guys and gals.
Friday's List of 13: Things I'm looking for this weekend........
13) College football takes center stage this weekend; top matchup is probably Michigan-Alabama at Jerry World in Dallas Saturday night.
12) NC State has a senior QB (Glennon); Tennessee has a quality QB (Bray) and a monkey on its back, as coach Dickey is under pressure for his Vols to have a better season this year, or else. Interesting neutral field opener Friday night.
11) Kellen Moore went 50-3 as Boise State’s QB, now he’s struggling to adjust to the NFL game with the Lions. Boise is opening at Michigan State, with both sides breaking in new signal callers. Broncos have a recent history of winning as underdogs.
10) Clemson-Auburn has been a good series last couple years. Auburn struggled LY after Cam Newton graduated and Russell Wilson chose Wisconsin over The Plains, so curious to see if they’ve come up with a decent QB. Clemson brought in a new DC; we’ll see if its helped.
9) I’m not a morning person, so not sure how much of 9am Notre Dame-Navy game I’m going to see. Navy had had the edge in this series last few years. Game is being played in Ireland, which is why the early kickoff.
8) Penn State starts a new era Saturday, hosting Ohio U; game opened at Penn State -15 back in the spring-- they were -6 last time I looked.
7) Florida International was a home favorite over Duke LY, but blew a 4th quarter lead and lost 31-26; their 7-6/8-5 seasons the last two years are first winning seasons in FIU history. Panthers are visiting Duke this week.
6) FOX has Gus Johnson calling its Game of the Week, so the mute button could be in order; this week’s game is Hawai’i-USC, as Norm Chow makes his debut as a head coach. For some reason, FOX hired Erin Andrews to work its pregame show; I would’ve gone for ESPN’s Jenn Brown instead. Think she’s smarter and has more personality to carry a show like that.
5) Miami-Boston College is an interesting league game for the first weekend. BC won at Miami LY as a 13-point underdog.
4) Troy-UAB split a pair of one-point decisions the last two years; Trojans had their worst season under long-time coach Blackeney LY (3-9); they’ve lost three of last four visits to UAB, with two of three losses by a single point.
3) Underdogs covered five of last six Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech games; why would any receiver go to GT? All you’re going to do there is block for four years.
2) San Diego Padres are 17-10 this month, with Chase Headley driving in 30 runs; if they have a good September, you think they have momentum heading into 2013?
1) Actor Terry Kiser from Weekend at Bernie’s is throwing out the first ball at the Red Sox-A’s game Saturday. The A’s have adopted “The Bernie” as kind of a celebratory dance and its actually gotten to this point. Kind of cool they’re having fun during a pennant race. Somehow Kiser made three movies as Bernie, playing a dead guy for 2.5 of them.
Labor Day weekend List of 13: Random stuff to end a stressful week
13) Even after last week’s salary dump, the Red Sox have a payroll of around $130M; Bronx Bombers’ payroll is around $210M, yet Tuesday night, the Sox had Ryan Lavarnway batting cleanup, the Bombers had Steve Pearce batting 4th. Huh? That’s the same Pearce let go by the Pirates and Orioles this season. Go figure.
12) Atlanta Braves have now won Kris Medlen’s last 17 starts, longest winning streak by a team in one pitcher’s starts since the Cardinals won 17 straight Chris Carpenter starts in 2005.
11) Tampa Bay Rays are first team since 1969 (Astros) to lose four 1-0 games in the same month.
10) Two college football games scheduled for Thursday night were moved because of the stormy weather on the gulf coast; Texas A&M-Louisiana Tech will play October 13, and UTSA will play South Alabama Saturday instead of Thursday.
9) Toronto slugger Jose Bautista had surgery on his left wrist, is out for the season. Rough year medically for the Blue Jays.
8) Was watching the Red Sox game on NESN, and I learned that new 1B James Loney can jump rope really fast. He doesn’t hit anymore, but he skips rope well, so he has that going for him.
7) Seven different Angels have recorded a save this season, the most since 1982, when eight different Halos recorded a save. At least they made the playoffs that year; doesn’t look good for them this season.
6) Interesting story on ESPN.com on Coastal Carolina’s I-AA football program, which fired a coach who had a 63-39 record, in order to hire a guy with more of a business background.
Joe Moglia made a fortune as CEO of TD Ameritrade, but now he’s head coach of the Chanticleers. Its an interesting/controversial story about what it takes to be a successful head coach.
5) San Diego State has already sold out all its home basketball games for this winter. Hope Steve Fisher has an attendance clause in his contract.
4) Pitt Panthers are going to start this basketball season with an outdoor practice at night October 12. That’s if the weather cooperates.
3) Penn State is starting seven seniors on defense this year, and four 5th-year seniors on offense, so they should be OK.
They’re not deep, but if they can avoid the injury bug, their starters should carry them thru this season.
2) Was very surprised to see on HBO’s Hard Knocks that rookie QB Ryan Taneyhill knows very little about the NFL; he couldn’t even name which teams are in what division. “I can’t believe you don’t know this.” That’s what fellow QB Matt Moore told Taneyhill. Good TV.
1) There are kickers in NFL camps this summer from Missouri Western and Harding College, and both those guys are really good.
How does Boise State rarely have a quality kicker? That’s the only thing preventing them from having a truly amazing record the last five years.
As the Express rolls into another season, please remember I always buy a point on most games.
Usually dont post many games that far in advance but with my dad in the hospital never sure where I will be.
Really not much of an opinion on tonights games but will throw out a pick anyway. gl
Opening weekend of college football List of 13: Our list of happy/unhappy people.....
Happy—Very happy that football season is starting; love my baseball, but there’s something about the weekly routine of a football season that makes life simpler.
Unhappy—DirecTV didn’t hook up with the Pac-12 Network, which means I’m missing out on seeing lot of live west coast games this fall/winter.
Happy— Denver coach John Fox has made a Super Bowl with Jake Delhomme as his QB; he won a playoff game LY with Tim Tebow under center. Now his QB is Peyton Manning; you don’t think he’s the freakin’ happiest person on earth?
Unhappy—Jet fans saw the team create a QB controversy for no reason, other than increased media exposure. In the NFL summer, no news is good news. Unless you're the Jets, where any news is good news.
Happy— Adults in September—Pennant races, football season, their kids go back to school.
Unhappy—The kids who go back to school.
Happy— LA Laker fans—Landed Steve Nash/Dwight Howard and all they had to give up was Andrew Bynum.
Unhappy—Cavalier fans—Lebron James won an NBA title and a gold medal in the same summer. The Indians/Browns/Cavs all suck. Cleveland fans are not happy.
Happy— Carl Crawford went from being a $20M a year flop in Boston, a tough city for flops, to playing for a team owned by Magic Johnson. He has to be very happy.
Unhappy—Jon Lester/Dustin Pedroia—“How come we didn’t get traded to the Dodgers?”
Happy— Los Angeles Kings fans—Won Stanley Cup this spring for first time in their 46-year history.
Unhappy—NHL fans everywhere—Donald Fehr runs the NHL Players’ Association; this is bad news for anyone who wants to watch hockey this fall.
Happy— Football weekends are the best; nothing like a weekend jammed with ballgames and junk food to make me happy.
Nice way to start the season with 2 winners. Focusing on the best plays I have but also like a few others today for shits and giggles. Looking at Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and California in addition to what was previously posted.
Added one more play to the thread above which I love and added a few more shits and giggles plays.
4 Straight winners over the weekend: Wrapping up a college football Saturday........
Once again the reason I only post my best plays is due to the fact that all the shits and giggles plays suck. lol But a very nice start to the college football weekend with one game remaining.
13) Alabama was dominant in waxing Michigan 41-14 at JerryWorld, not the best game for a national TV audience. Just being a mobile QB ain't going to be enough to beat a quality SEC defense. Too much team speed. Denard Robinson is a fine player, but he's a sub-standard passer, and it showed.
12) Syracuse outgained Northwestern 596-337, but Wildcats ran a punt back for a TD and had a defensive TD in a wild 42-41 win. Northwestern scored winning TD with 0:44 left, on a drive helped greatly by a personal foul on a late hit by the Orange. Very bad loss for Syracuse.
11) Oklahoma was tied 7-7 at halftime with UTEP, before pulling away for a 24-7 win. Miners tried a fake punt in their own territory when it was 10-7, and that blew up in their face.
10) West Virginia coach Dana Holgorson has been HC/OC for 80 college games; his teams scored 40+ points in 41 of those 80 games.
9) Bad starts to season for Pitt/Middle Tennessee/Memphis, which all lost to I-AA teams Saturday. Cruddy way to start your season.
8) Savannah State got $385,000 to go to Stillwater and get pummeled 84-0 by Oklahoma State; game drew 55,784, so if the average ticket was $20, OSU took in $1,115,680. Next time, schedule a better opponent, or hold the score down. Winning a game 84-0 makes you look like a bully.
7) Texas-San Antonio won 33-31 at South Alabama, in matchup of couple teams playing their first game in I-AA. Roadrunners got a 51-yard FG with 0:16 left for the dramatic winning points.
6) Arizona's kicker wasn't as fortunate, missing on 23/25-yard attempts, but his Wildcat teammates beat Toledo 24-17 in OT, making Rich Rodriguez' debut in Tucson a happy, albeit a tense one.
5) Clemson gave up 70 points in their bowl game LY, so they went out and spent a small fortune on Brent Venables to run their defense. Tigers beat Auburn 26-19, making that money dollars well-spent, at least last night.
4) Ohio U's Tyler Tettleton was 31-41/324 passing, led three TD drives in second half as the Bobcats rallied from down 14-3 at the half to win 24-14 at Penn State, spoiling the coaching debut of Bill O'Brien.
3) If you took Oregon -36 last night, my condolences; Ducks led 50-10 at halftime, then called off dogs as Arkanas State "rallied" to lose but cover the spread 57-34.
2) College football has a new rule where if a kid's helmet comes off, he has to sit out the next play; this hurt Northwestern, which had to change its QB on a 3rd-and-5 play with 5:45 left when they led 35-33.
1) Highlight of the day though, was actor Terry Kiser, age 73, throwing out the first pitch in Oakland last night, as part of the A's Weekend at Bernie's promotion. Kiser played Bernie Lomax in the classic 1989 film, which has become popular in Oakland because of the A's recent success.