WMD: 1998 Colts vs 2010 Rams

This segment of WMD (Weller’s Musing and Divination) came via a suggestion from Bryan, which he mentioned in this post. The suggestion was to compare the 1998 Colts team with the 2010 Rams team. The ’98 season was Peyton Manning’s rookie year with the Colts and this 2010 season is obviously going to be Sam Bradford’s rookie year with the Rams. The Colts were coming off an abysmal 3-13 season that landed them the top pick in the 98 Draft. The Rams are coming off an abysmal 1-15 season that landed them the top pick in the 10 Draft. Colts top receiver, Marvin Harrison was entering his third season and had yet to really put together a great season. Rams top receiver, Donnie Avery is entering his third season and has yet to really put together a great season. It was Colts head coach, Jim Mora’s first year with the team. It’s Rams head coach, Steve Spagnuolo’s second year with the team. The Colts star running back, Marshall Faulk, who was easily the best player on the team, was entering his fifth season and was coming off a good season in which he was able to play in three more games than he had the previous year. The Rams star running back, Steven Jackson, who is easily the best player on the team, is entering his seventh season and is coming off a great season in which he was able to play in three more games than he had the previous year. The Colts had finished dead last in the worst division in the league the previous year. The Rams finished dead last in the worst division in the league last year. Also, when all else failed the Colts had the small bright spot that was their punter, Chris Gardocki. And, when all else fails the Rams have the small bright spot that is their punter, Donnie Jones. Continue reading

College Football Week 2

Remember those good feelings that the Big 12 had after Week 1?  Forget them.

The Big 12 looked like the ACC out there.

I was at Mizzou’s squeaker of a victory, so I haven’t had a chance to watch a whole lot of the games.  I did get to watch the first half of Tennessee’s debacle before heading off to a tailgate.  Weller may have some sort of report on that later, unless he’s in an alcohol induced coma which is a a very real possibility.  Anyway, let’s get to whatever I was able to deduce from looking at box scores…

As I said before, the Big 12 had a big time hangover.

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Big 12 North Preview

Yesterday I started our brief college football previews with the Big 12 South.  Today, we’ll preview the much weaker North. The Missouri Tigers have won the last two North Titles only be trounced by Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game.  So who gets to be the sacrificial lamb this year?

I think it’s going to be the Kansas Jayhawks.  Of the three real contenders in the North, only Kansas returns their starting QB.  Todd Reesing set all kinds of school records last year while leading the way to 7-5 record and an Insight Bowl victory over Minnesota.  As good as Reesing is, wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe is better.  Briscoe caught 92 balls for 1,407 and 15 touchdowns.  He may be the second best receiver in the Big 12, behind OSU’s Dez Bryant.  The running game is okay with senior RB Jake Sharp returning after two straight 800 yard campaigns.  The passing game will obviously be the feature, however.

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Big 12 South Preview

spo_ft_big12conference_1006A while ago Weller and I decided we’d do some previews for the upcoming college football season.  Since we’re lazy we decided to do the only two conferences that matter: The Big 12 and the SEC.  I’ll be taking the Big 12 today and Weller will do the SEC whenever he gets around to it.  Maybe the Vandy fans will come back and give him crap for that too.

So let’s get started in the South.  Obviously the stronger of the two divisions, the South boasts two true title contenders going into the season in Texas and Oklahoma plus  the upstart Cowboys of Oklahoma State, rebuilding Texas Tech, up and coming Baylor and Texas A&M.

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Big 12 Top Seed Stumbles

12kansas533For those of you that didn’t see, Kansas lost to Baylor today in the Big 12 Conference Tournament. Baylor was the 9 seed in the tournament and needless to say it was quite a surprise and upset that they took down the number 1 seeded Jayhawks. Continue reading

Big 12 Championship

On Saturday a group of five of us headed up to Kansas City to see the Big 12 Championship Scrimmage.  Most of you probably tuned in for the first half and then turned it off.  I probably would have also, except I was there and couldn’t do that.

picture-179I’m not sure if it showed on TV, but it was about 17 degrees in the stands, which makes a 40 point drubbing even harder to take.  I took two “positives” from the 62-21 loss.  At least we weren’t the only team to get beaten by Oklahoma like that and at least it wasn’t this.  I don’t really feel like talking a whole lot about the game, it wasn’t exactly a bright spot in Mizzou Athletics, but I will mention that the back judge for the game was absolutely terrible.  He missed at least four easy calls both ways.  Of course, none of these calls would have changed the game, but had the game been closer, they might have.  I hope the Big 12 reviews that.

Now, as far as our trip went, we had a great time.  Four of us left from Columbia and met Weller in a Wal-Mart parking lot so we could pick him up and buy a box of hand warmers for the game.  Great idea.

We showed up about 45 minutes before the game, ($22 parking again) and went straight into the stadium.  It was too cold to walk around anywhere else.  The Oklahoma section was full about 30 minutes before kickoff while the Mizzou side filled up just before kickoff.  Maybe that should have been a sign of things to come.  We had a guy behind us who kept yelling, “IN THE FACE!”  at different points in the game, which was odd, but funny at the same time.  Not a whole lot around it, just, “in the face.”

After Chase’s untimely fumble, it was decided that we were not going to win, so we began to try and find the lighter side of some of the fan’s antics.  This brings me to the best part of the whole night.

picture-182After another Oklahoma touchdown an unsuspecting fan comes walking out of the entry ramp with his newly bought nachos and cheese.  I’m not sure what caused this, but he got the very end of the ramp and lost it.  He went headfirst over about five rows of people, spilling nachos and cheese everywhere.  The guy falls in between two rows and disappears for a second, only to poke his head up from the ground to reveal that he got the worst of the cheesing.  He was covered, as were most of the people he had flown over.  It was great.

We left at the start of the third quarter and went to Hooters to watch the rest of the game there.  We were never heckled by any Sooner fans, to their credit.  I guess the 40-point loss was enough.  I hope they crush florida in the Championship Game.

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