Friday, October 28, 2005

Sports Ramblings 10/28/05

MLB - White Sox win impressively and continue the invert the "reverse the curse" timeline. We now stand at 1917 and Shoeless Joe Jackson and friends can now sleep. Any widespread stories of Cubs fans leaping from tall buildings? We are only 9 years from 1908 guys, hang on, your day is coming.

NBA - Guys, buy a suit (or five). It is not a big deal. Call me in April when the playoffs start.

NFL - The DOMINANT league is at it again with a crazy unpredictable mix of teams. Just when one seems to be rolling, they get smacked. Colts are the best for now - tune in to see it that continues.

NHL - Is it actually back or just a rumor?

College Football - After last night's win over BC I think I have come to see VT as the body puncher to USC's boxer. Boxers are impressive; quick and flashy (see Roy Jones Jr. in his prime). Body punchers don't look impressive and blame is often heaped on the opponent for missing opportunities. What is missed is the impact of the constant pounding creating the marginal mistake that leads to the knockout. Yea they will receive a shot or two during a match but they come right back and start pounding. I think Texas may be a combination of the two teams. I have not seen Georgia so can't comment.

Kudos to BC's defense. They were on the field a longggggg time and did not show signs of fatique or quit. Brian Toal is a beast of a player.

Monday, October 10, 2005

College Football Season Midpoint

Time to get the update on the college football season as we make the turn for home. Here is the Top 10 thoughts (in one man's opinion).

1. USC - defense is a little suspect but the offense is scary, scary. Way to beat them is to really be able to run the ball and control the clock yet be able to pass if you get behind a little. Not many teams fit that bill.

2. Texas - Vince Young is a physical freak - nuff said. Most likely to play USC in the Rose Bowl.

3. Va Tech - No convinced my Hokies are the third best team in America but will say I think.
they may be one of the few teams that fit the bill in #1. Last years game was close and may have gone the Hokie's way except for the worst pass interference call in the history of college football (no really it was).

4. Penn State - Nothing like 4-5 18 year old burners to make JoePa seem a little younger. Good D. Looks like they have the inside track for the Big 10 Title.

5. Florida State - Don't look now but Saint Bobby has the boys winning and the QB is getting better. Could be scary at year-end. Might also be one of the teams that fit the bill in #1.

6. Michigan - What the ????

7. Oklahoma - Three years ago Bob Stoops was the second coming. 9-1 against Top 10 teams, fresh off a MNC. Now he is questioned and his team's heart is questioned. Good time to go long Bob Stoops in my best of the "wait till next year trades".

8. USC (East) - Steve Spurrier has found the going a little rougher in the SEC than when last he visited. Helps having better athletes eh Steve? However in my second "wait till next year trade" except it is the year after I am going long the Gamecocks and the Ol' Ball Coach.

9. Notre Dame and Charlie Weiss - Hell of a football coach but lets not assume ND had no talent. Tye's recruits were just entering their junior years which is when most college football players start to have an impact. Weiss added the discipline and offensive flair. Either ND takes out USC in the shock the world style reminiscent of other nauseating shock the world wins by ND through history or USC puts a little damper on the ND lovefest with a good old fashion "you ain't back yet boys" beat down. Stay tuned.

10. Conference of the Year - Not sure. Your comments would be appreciated.