By turkey, of course I mean football and the coming bowl season. The bird isn’t anything to get excited about really, but it can make an excellent sandwich to accompany football-watching.
LSU-Arkansas (Friday on CBS) will be an afterthought among all the interesting games in the next few days, but I originally wrote this blog back in 2006, and it’s what touched off my successful (for me, anyway) Rivalry Series. So if you have any interest at all, please check it out.
Sometimes I wonder if articles are written for Bleacher Report just to annoy me. I used to suspect the same thing of Sporting News. Not me in particular, but they want to get under fans’ skin to get more hits. Brian Pedersen is a “Featured Columnist” on the site, and based on the way his “Which Teams Got Screwed in Week 14 Standings?” column is written, he doesn’t understand how the BCS rankings work after 15 years. The rankings will cease to exist in a couple of weeks. Have some respect.
• explain why Clemson (10-1) got passed by Missouri in the latest standings, despite both teams winning? Yes, Clemson moved up from seventh to sixth
> So let me get this straight. Getting “screwed” means not moving up ENOUGH after beating an FCS opponent? Does it not occur to him that Missouri beat a ranked Ole Miss team. Maybe there are times when beating a ranked team should move you ahead of someone even if that other team doesn’t lose. Is that so hard to imagine? I know a few other teams beat Ole Miss, but let’s review who they were: Alabama, Auburn, and Texas A&M. Ole Miss has beaten LSU, Texas, and Vanderbilt. Even if you’re not convinced Ole Miss is a good win, let me float this idea: Maybe Clemson shouldn’t have been ahead of Missouri in the first place. This doesn’t convey a highly fundamental misconception of the BCS. Maybe he figured the pollsters would penalize Missouri for what they knew would be a boost in the computers, I don’t know. But wait for it.
> He then mentions South Carolina didn’t lose ground after a similar game. NEITHER DID CLEMSON! He also mentions LSU climbed after beating an FCS opponent “and not just because teams above it lost”. Staying at 13th isn’t climbing. Missouri lost to a team called South Carolina. Guess what Clemson can do if they belong ahead of Missouri?
• But did the (Baylor) Bears‘ loss to Oklahoma State—arguably the hottest team in college football right now and currently ranked seventh—justify dropping from fourth to ninth?
>> Falling 5 spots after being blown out seems reasonable to me. LSU was in the Alabama game until the fourth quarter, and they fell 8 spots. This is the same guy who tries to argue there is a double standard in favor of the SEC. If anything, if you’re further down to begin with, losing to a top team shouldn’t hurt you as much.
>> Another big complaint seems to be that Stanford—which beat Arizona St., Washington, UCLA, and Oregon—passed up the Bears. Let’s review Baylor’s best four wins: Oklahoma… Texas Tech, Buffalo, Kansas St. Utah went downhill since beating Stanford, but they’ve played all the best teams of both divisions (not to mention BYU and Utah St., both of whom they beat) and some of the losses were very close. Stanford just happened to be their lucky game. South Carolina might pass Baylor if they beat Clemson (which would at worst be their second win over a 2-loss team). I think that MAYBE trumps Oklahoma and Texas Tech perhaps?
• Michigan State (10-1) is locked into the Big Ten title game, where it will have a chance to earn an automatic BCS bid if it were to beat Ohio State in Indianapolis in two weeks.
>>> And best of luck to them. What’s the problem? Oh, they DIDN’T pass up the likes of Clemson and Baylor. So, the team that stays behind Clemson and Baylor got screwed. Clemson and Baylor also got screwed by not staying ahead of all the teams they had been ahead of. Wow. South Carolina is also ahead. He then mentions how Michigan St. should get more credit for winning its division. Baylor isn’t in a division. Michigan St., unlike Clemson, isn’t in a division with Florida St. Maybe he has a point with South Carolina (which won’t win its division unless Missouri loses to Texas A&M), but not if South Carolina beats Clemson.
• Fresno State (10-0) gave its home crowd a powerful sendoff by putting up 69 points against New Mexico on Saturday, getting 820 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns from superstar QB Derek Carr [but fell behind Northern Illinois]… You can probably chalk that up to NIU getting ESPN exposure on weeknights the past two weeks, while FSU was on the lesser-watched CBS Sports Network.
>>>> This is that one shining moment you’ve been waiting for. I seriously doubt a whole lot of voters dropped Fresno St. In fact, their points in both of the BCS polls went UP (maybe a little less than Northern Illinois’); but you know those computers? They don’t get impressed by scores, because the NCAA mandated that the computers couldn’t factor that in. They also don’t care what channel the games were played on. They care that Northern Illinois beat a team with only one other loss (Ball St.) and then another (Toledo) who had been 7-3. Before beating New Mexico (3-8), Fresno St. had a bye week. Those mean computers want you to prevail over actual competition. For shame!
There was some griping about Central Florida and Duke, not completely without merit. But it’s just reality that when it’s 2/3 human polls, they’re not going to start supporting teams that have been out of the spotlight as quickly as you might like.Central Florida wasn’t realistically going to go ahead of undefeated Northern Illinois and Fresno St., but they don’t have to worry about that since all they have to do is win their conference anyway. Duke (with two losses) is behind a few teams with three losses. Maybe they have an argument to be ahead of USC, UCLA, or both; but do we have to pretend the SEC West is roughly equivalent to the ACC Coastal?
Finally, he complains about Cincinnati, with the worst schedule in college football other than possibly Old Dominion, which played mostly FCS schools. Cincinnati was absolutely destroyed by Illinois. The Illini have three other wins, but none of those victories were against teams with a single FBS win of their own. The Bearcats also lost to South Florida, whose one other FBS win was over Connecticut. Cincinnati did beat SMU, Rutgers, and Houston in consecutive weeks, but that doesn’t make up for those losses. The best win before those? 3-7 Memphis.
The same guy also did the bowl projections for this week. I know this will come as a shock to fans of the Stanford Cardinal, but even if they beat Notre Dame, the chances of playing for a national championship are approximately 0. He also assumes Texas will beat that great Baylor team he complains about and play Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl since LSU has three losses. Uhhh, Texas A&M does too; and furthermore, he projects Missouri to beat the Aggies! I had been wondering who to cheer for in this game since I think I might like to see South Carolina play Auburn or Alabama more than Missouri, but it’s clear now. The thought of LSU getting passed up for the Cotton Bowlagain despite beating A&M again is a bit frustrating for me, so I’ll be cheering for all three SEC Tiger teams.
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Let me start off with this years Gobble awards. These are for the biggest Turkeys in Sports for the past year. We will work from 1-to 5 Gobbles the biggest Turkey gets 5 Gobbles.
NFL , constantly changing the rules which is creating some inconsistent Officiating. The NFL who should also adopt the college system of every play being reviewed by replay Officials hasn’t seemed to slow down the college game at all.
Last week I mentioned the Chicago Black Hawks selling part of their championship Ice.and we all know that when ice melts it reverts back to it’s original form.
The Boston Red Sox have topped that they are auctioning of players shaved beards. Again like the Blackhawks it’s all for charity but really auction off a stick or a bat or something else.
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble
This goes to Johnny Football for being a dumb ass in the off season. Kid has his whole future a head of it.and his ticket wrote so don’t blow it.
In the words of the Immortal Dean Vernon Wormer
“son fat drunk, and stupid is no why to go through Life son”
All the drunk it fans that think sliding down banisters or jumping from the upper deck is funny. You get what you deserve for being frigging stupid.
All the MLB players that took the Suspensions and were implicated in the Biogenesis scandal.
Johnny Peralta gets an extra half Gobble for having a press conference and just bad planning and we will throw his lawyers and agent in there for letting him talk at all.
This Years Grand Prize when is 5 Gobbles Please
You guessed it A-Rod. Yes for fighting his suspension, For walking out of meetings last week for just being a total moron. He should have taken the suspension and he may have been able to comeback and play a few more years no chance of that now.
Happy Thanksgiving to all
To all the High School Seniors who will be playing their last Football games last Night and This morning Good Luck to you all.
I will be finishing my season this morning as well. It has been a fun season worked some good games and worked with a lot of good Officials. this year.
To All Of You Here at the Gab Happy Thanksgiving be Healthy and be Safe.
Feel free to add to the Gobble awards in the comments
As my Father in law has been known to say at every family gathering,
“Always take the time to count your blessings”
and he doesn’t mean just list them with a number but actually be thankful for each one and try to feature what life would be like with out each.
I’m posting this early, using the yougab time machine feature for this to post Thanksgiving morning so I can spend the time I need to help the lovely and vivacious Mrsharry get ready for family festivities, fun, food and frolic.
Together with the family on Thanksgiving which is my favorite time of year.
This year it’s a small crowd at the harry’s with my Marine’s out in San Diego hosting about 10 of the single Marines with no family into their home for dinner and football.
My two oldest sons will be with the families of their significant others. It’s my Bride and son’s number 3 & 4 with their best girls, a couple of older neighbors and my Mom. After its to my brother and sister in laws for drinks, desert and football on a larger TV.
So I guess Sunday nights classic legends NFL clash, Manning / Brady 14
finally and for once and for all ended the debate on who is the better QB
Manning (you mad bro?)is the better indoor QB (2-7 when the temp is 35 or colder)
Brady is the better outdoor QB (25-5 when the temp is 35 or colder)
And I’d be negligent if I didn’t add that Brady now has a 10-4 head to head record.
My first annual Oldharry Gobblers Award goes to:
BostonCollege senior running back Andre Williams
The 6’ 220 lb RB Andre’s game log for this season is below
8/31 Villanova 23 114 1 TD
9/6 Wake Forrest 35 199 1 TD
9/14 USC 17 33 0
9/28 Florida State 28 144 1 TD
10/5 Army 30 262 5 TD’s
10/12 Clemson 24 60 0
11/2 Virginia Tech 33 166 2 TD’s
11/9 New MexicoState 30 295 2 TD’s
11/16 NC State 42 330 2 TD’s
11/23 Maryland 32 255 2 TD’s
Season totals 320 2071 16 6.5 per car average
Amazing season and still has a game to go. Hasn’t been listed among the top Heisman Trophy candidates but would get my vote if I had one
And I’m sending this thanksgiving thank you to the honchos here at the Gab as well as to my fellow gabbers. Thank you for reading my dribble and thank you for the comments you take the time to write which makes this all worth while. Best to all of you and God bless.
There are fewer holidays that are more steeped in football tradition than the Thanksgiving classics, dating back to 1920 the NFL at one time played its entire week of games on that fourth Thursday in November, Detroit has played on Thanksgiving since 1934 and every year since 1945, though there had been some calls of late to take the Thanksgiving game from the perennial losers. The Cowboys started hosting a late afternoon game in 1966 and have been a Thanksgiving staple themselves playing in 45 of the last 47 late afternoon slots. The most recent third game was started in 2006 at the behest of AFL founder and Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt who had long advocated rotating more teams into the Thanksgiving games. One of the most longstanding NFL records was set on Thanksgiving when Ernie Nevers scored 6 touchdowns (and all the Cardinals points) in a 40-0 win. From the unheralded Clint Longley winging bombs to stun the Redskins in 1974, to the Lions ringing up 55 poins in 1997, to rookie receiver Randy Moss catching all of four passes, three of them going for scores in 1998 or the infamous butt fumble by Mark Sanchez last year the Thanksgiving games are ones that are a staple of the football season. The odds are being provided by ESPN scorecenter. From this side of the keyboard to you and yours have a Happy, safe and filling Thanksgiving.
NFL SCHEDULE – WEEK 13
Thursday, November 28
Packers (5-5-1) @ Detroit (6-5)
Ford Field, Detroit 12:30 (FOX)
Favorite Lions by 6
Last Week Packers played Vikings to 26 all tie, Lions lost to Buccaneers 24-21
Fast Fact The Lions have been generous on Thanksgiving, having lost 9 straight turkey day games
Rallying hard to even the score the Packers were playing on fumes when in OT and were lucky to escape with a tie. The Lions are trying their best not to collapse as they were upended by a surging Bucs squad. The Packers are trying to hang on the fringes of the playoff race till they can get Aaron Rodgers back but are running out of time. Meanwhile the Lions are trying to figure out the magic that spurred them to a strong start. Matt Flynn hopes he can recall his halcyon days of new years day 2012 when he shredded the Lions for 480 yards and 6 scores, I think that Flynn will be the stabilizing force that the Packers need to steady themselves and hang tough in the NFC North race. As much as Im tempted to say the Lions are way due for a big win and to break their Thanksgiving skid, I cant do it.
Raiders (4-7) @ Cowboys (6-5)
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX 4:30 (CBS)
Favorite Cowboys by 9
Last Week Raiders lost to Titans 23-19, Cowboys defeated Giants 24-21
Fast Fact Cowboys have played on every Thanksgiving since 1978
The Pokes rode the precision passing of Tony Romo to a dramatic win in Gotham that has Cowboy fans signing high praises. In spite of their horrid defense and meandering play, they are right in the mix for not only a playoff spot but a division title. The Raiders are their usual out of sorts out of touch selves. Having blown yet another winnable game at home. The Pokes are not as invincible on Thanksgiving as they would like you to believe that they are (6-4 over the last ten years) but I think that they are at least offensively better than the Raiders defense. Though I fear the heretofore unheralded Matt McGloin will have a banner day against the alleged Poke defense, Im gonna close my eyes and hope that Tony Romo continues to play as well as he has.
Steelers (5-6) @ Ravens (5-6)
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore 8:30 (NBC)
Favorite Ravens by 2½
Last Week Steelers defeated Browns 27-11. Ravens defeated Jets 19-3
Fast Fact Steelers playing in their first Thanksgiving game since the infamous overtime coin toss controversy game vs Detroit in 1998
The tryptophan will definitely have worn off by the time these two heated rivals hit the field. These two teams don’t like each other, say as much and are gunning to cripple the others playoff chances as well a few players too. The Steelers are on a roll, and have managed to get back into the playoff conversation by winning five of their last 7. The Ravens have been tottering badly but a gutty, grimy win over the Jets was just the tonic to right themselves. As much as I despise the Steelers they are looking a whole hell of a lot better these last few weeks. This in spite of having a miniscule running game and a defense that still looks like a bad cross between an over the hill gang and the Keystone Kops. Still as much as I don’t trust the Steelers I trust the Ravens even less. Where have you gone Joe Flacco? The Ravens nation turns its lonely eyes to you as he has played as ineffective as one could imagine. An aged but still proud defense cant keep covering up for him and the lackluster play of Ray Rice. The Steelers have that annoying habit of being relevant in December, they win here and put the Ravens more or less out of their misery and will continue to shadow the Bengals closing in on what could be a monster showdown on the 15th.
Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. With Thanksgiving only a day away, it is almost time for the feast to begin. I have to admit that I really love this time of year. Truly, what is not to love? Family, food and football are a combination that is tough to beat. For the first time, I find that there is a void in this special holiday. I have been reluctant to admit to this, but I am missing the Longhorns rivalry with the Texas A&M Aggies. Texas plays on Thanksgiving Day, but without the Aggies…it is just not the same. There are many great rivalries in college football and the Longhorns and Aggies were among the best in football. Each region champions their rivalry as the best and I suppose this is as it should be. Texas still has a great rivalry game in Dallas each year against Oklahoma, but the game against the Aggies was one that was a bit different. Some will argue that the Alabama and Auburn match is the biggest rivalry game and I understand why this is said. It is personal, just as the game against the Aggies used to be. In no way am I trying to say that Michigan vs Ohio State or USC vs Notre Dame are not personal…it is just different because of the similarity of the foes.
The Aggies have made it clear that they are pleased to be in the SEC and really have no interest in resuming their annual game against Texas. Those are the words of the Aggie AD. ..But I wonder if that is the feeling of Aggie fans as well. There is a great tradition to this game that was enjoyed by fans and players alike. Texas had their hex rally, while the Aggies enjoyed marching up Congress Avenue the morning before the game. I can’t speak for all Texas fans, but I wished the Aggies well and was sad to see them leave the Big 12. A prevailing thought was that by scheduling the Aggies in the future, Texas was assisting A&M’s recruiting process. Others felt that by severing the relationship with Texas and the Big 12 that the Aggies were clear in their feelings about playing Texas. As with any divorce, there are hurt feelings on both sides. With the retirement of Deloss Dodds, there appears to be a sliver of hope of renewing this long term rivalry. The Aggies second year in the SEC has not gone as well as their first one did. Aggie fans may enjoy their new conference and the perceived improvement in “status”…but the case can be made that the Aggies could be fighting for a conference championship in the Big 12, instead of being a second tier team in the SEC. The reality is that the Aggies are gone. But as I look at the non-conference games against Rice, Sam Houston State, SMU and UTEP…wouldn’t a game against Texas actually improve the potential national ranking of the Aggies? For Aggie fans, I would think that adding Texas would also improve the season’s experience. Of course in today’s college football, I suppose the fan experience is a secondary concern. I say put aside the petty differences and do the right thing for the football fans in the State of Texas. Besides, with all of the pent up anger and frustration…it would make for one helluva football game.
The NFL is a tough game to figure sometimes. I was not at all surprised that the Chargers managed to beat KC as I figured it for a trap game. Coming of a loss to Denver with the home rematch a week away…Phillip Rivers came into KC and rolled on the KC defense. Injuries have a way of bringing teams back to the pack…ask Dallas or San Francisco or even the Pats. For the 49ers, they are getting healthy at the right time. Getting Aldon Smith back makes the 49ers defense a different group. The pressure Smith puts on the QB, is simply impossible to replace. Michael Crabtree returns from the injured reserve this week. Although he may not play a huge role against St. Louis, I suspect that he will be ready in two weeks when the 49ers host Seattle. I really like the 49ers to win this game, but they better be careful with St. Louis as they are playing much better of late. I also like Denver to beat KC again and I don’t think it will be as close as last time. My guess is that the Green Bay/Detroit game is a hard hitting affair. Packer Offensive Guard called the Lions a dirty team. The exact words he used were “scum bags”. He suggested that the defense plays dirty because their head coach Schwartz wants them to. Hmmm…I would not want to be playing QB for the Pack on Thursday.
The front of the Casa De Palmas
Last weekend, my wife and I took off Friday and headed down south to see our son play in the annual Green and White scrimmage. The scrimmage is a big deal that serves to signal the end of fall baseball. There were games scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We were excited to see Blake and to be able to watch some baseball…but Mother Nature had other ideas. The typical tropical weather of the valley was replaced by cold and rain. Sadly, all of the games were postponed. We made the best of our time in Edinburg by spending time with our son and eating some great food at Palenque Grill. My wife discovered that the King Ranch was having their annual Ranch Hand festival in Kingsville, so we jumped in the car and took a side trip to Kingsville. It was really too cold to enjoy the outside booths set up along the streets, but we were able to do a very cool spotlighting trip on the King Ranch. Since we were in the area, we made a slight detour to grab an early dinner at King’s Inn. If you ever have a chance, I highly recommend a visit…it is great seafood!
Very nice, but extremely comfortable as well.
The Banyan tree provided a nice backdrop for a picture...but it was obviously cold.
I only wish that everyone could enjoy these tacos at least once. Homemade tortillas stuffed .
with such goodness...the sirloin was seasoned perfectly
Frog legs at the King's Inn...it did indeed taste like chicken, but the shrimp was better!
We stayed at a very cool hotel called Casa De Palmas. It was built in 1918 and was host to a meeting with Fidel Castro and US officials supplying Castro with weapons to be used to overthrow the Cuban government. The area holds a rich history. I wish the weather had been better as we did not get a chance to walk the area around the hotel. I am sure that there will be other chances and I will report back on the details.
That is all I have for this week, but I want to take a minute to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. It is a special time of year for all of us and I hope we can all take a moment to realize what we have in our lives to be thankful for. After the recent stroke of my Mom, I am reminded how important family is for me and will spend the next few days soaking up the time with my wife and kids.
I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…
"Don't ever get your speedometer confused with your clock, like I did once, because the faster you go the later you think you are."
It makes me mad when people say I turned and ran like a scared rabbit. Maybe it was like an angry rabbit, who was going to fight in another fight, away from the first fight.
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…