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Football Friday: Sick of the Irish

Posted: September 28, 2012 by dontbeskerritt in College Football, Must See TV, NFL
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That annoying sound you hear on Saturday’s is Irish fans beating their chest knowing that their football team has cracked the Top 10 for the first time since 2006.  Notre Dame is 4-0, with 3 wins against the Big 10, two of which were against Top 25 teams (but we all know how I feel about the Big Ten).  How have they excelled this season?  Well their defense is awesome.  They are fifth in turnover margin in the country.  The front seven is virtually impregnable with senior leader Manti Te’o at linebacker.  Brian Kelly’s offense hasn’t missed a beat with redshirt freshman QB Everett Golson.  Touchdown Jesus looks to be shining on the Irish.

But as Lee Corso says, not so fast my friend.  Have you seen the secondary lately?  If you think the New York Jets originated the running back converted to cornerback, you haven’t been watching NBC on Saturday afternoons.  KeiVarae Russell moved from running back to cornerback for the Irish because of injuries.  Thanks to a soft schedule against teams struggling to pass, the Irish have gotten by.  But things are about to crank up next week.  First, a big game looms against Miami in Chicago, which should be a win for Notre Dame, but the Hurricanes impressed against Georgia Tech next week (I refuse to call this Catholics vs Convicts because I’ve always hated the name and Miami doesn’t play like convicts AT ALL anymore).  Then, huge tilts against Stanford and at Oklahoma threaten the Irish.  Not to mention the season finale at USC.

So while Irish haters like myself have to stay quiet for now, let us remain vigilant.  The Irish have imploded in season’s past, and pretty soon this team that is constantly overrated by the media will fall on its face again.  They left the Big 10 and all of their natural, regional rivalries for awesome competition against teams like Wake Forest, Maryland, and Virginia (at least they get to play Pitt).  So Notre Dame haters, let’s stay sick of the Irish a little while longer, it will make the humbling this season even sweeter.  Song of the week and the games of the weekend follow.

Saturday, September 29

EARLY AFTERNOON: 25 Baylor vs 9 West Virginia(12pm, FX)/NC State vs Miami (12pm, ESPNU)/Penn State vs Illinois (12pm, ESPN)

LATE AFTERNOON: 14 Ohio State vs 20 Michigan State (3:30pm, ABC)/Tennessee vs 5 Georgia (3:30pm, CBS)/ 17 Clemson vs Boston College (3:30pm, ESPN2)

NIGHT: 12 Texas vs 6 Oklahoma State (7:30pm, FOX)/Wisconsin vs 22 Nebraska (8pm, ABC)/2 Oregon vs Washington State (10:30pm, ESPN2)

Sunday, September 30

EARLY AFTERNOON: New England vs Buffalo/Minnesota vs Detroit/San Francisco vs New York Jets

LATE AFTERNOON: Oakland vs Denver/New Orleans vs Green Bay/Cincinnati vs Jacksonville


Football Friday: On Windows

Posted: September 7, 2012 by dontbeskerritt in Must See TV, NFL
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Jerry Needs His Glasses Clean to See His Window of Opportunity

On Wednesday Night, you either saw the magnificence of Bill Clinton, or the promise of the Dallas Cowboys.  Whichever way you feel about these two polarizing entities, you had to give props to their performances on such big stages.  I’m going to touch on the Cowboys briefly.  In the offseason, owner Jerry Jones said that the Cowboys window to win was closing.  This intrigued me since the Cowboys are .500 and have only won one playoff game since 1997.  Now Jones ended the window talk just before training camp and instead opened up a glory hole (pause).  After this game, I’m sure Cowboys fans are saying that now is the time for the Cowboys to return to prominence, to take advantage of their talent now to win big.  But I want to explore this concept; what is a window to win?

Window SHUT!!!

If you think about it, every season, right before that Star-Spangled Banner and the coin toss and pageantry, all NFL teams should have their window to win open.  That’s the nature of parity.  But is this talk of windows dangerous for franchises?  As a Redskins fan, I swear Dan Snyder has believed that Redskins window to win was WIDE OPEN between 2000 and 2010.  The Skins were one quarterback, coach, or defensive end (Jason Taylor smh) from returning to glory.  If Snyder could have seen that the Skins needed to close their window and build their house, instead of propping it open with the likes of Spurrier, Archuleta, and McNabb, then…we wouldn’t have RGIII.  But I think this franchise would be more relevant than it is now.  You can change the names of the owners and players and substitute the Redskins for Raiders and it’s the same

Other franchises like the Cardinals,Falcons, and Ravens are fooled when looking at their windows.  They have refused in the past to get that piece to push them over the top.  The Cardinals have no QB right now, wasting their receiver talent and solid defense in a winnable NFC West.  The situation is worse for the Falcons, who thought they were one receiver away from the Super Bowl, so they traded away their draft for one.  Turns out they need a better offensive line and secondary.  Whoops.  The Ravens searched the entire last decade for a QB while their defense destroyed opposing offenses.  Now they have a competent signal caller but their defense is hanging by a string now.

Other franchises recognize that the window has slammed shut and there is no use fooling themselves or their fans.  The Colts are a perfect example.  They bombed last season and showed Peyton Manning to the door.  Now they have a quarterback for the next 15 years.  Their window isn’t open just yet, but when the team is ready, they’ll be there for a long time.

So who is the window really open for this year?  I have the Patriots, Bengals, Texans, Broncos, Ravens, and Chiefs in the playoffs in the AFC.  In the NFC, it’s the Giants, Bears, Saints, 49ers, Packers, Lions.  I have a Ravens-Packers Super Bowl with the Ravens pulling it out. So no window or hole for the Cowboys.  And the Redskins are still paying for propping up their window with twigs for so long.  It’s a funny thing about windows; anyone can enjoy looking at the view when it is wide open.  But will your front office see the reflection of the team when it starts to close?  As always games are below, bold for the best and so on.  Song of the weekend after the list of games.  Peace.

Saturday, September 8

EARLY AFTERNOON: Auburn vs Mississippi State (12pm, ESPN)/Penn State vs Virginia (12pm, ABC)/Miami vs 21 Kansas State (12pm, FX)

LATE AFTERNOON: 24 Florida vs Texas A&M (3:30, ESPN)/Purdue vs 22 Notre Dame (3:30pm, NBC)/2 USC vs Syracuse (3:30pm, ABC/ESPN2)

NIGHT: 7 Georgia vs Missouri (7:45pm, ESPN2)/Washington vs 3 LSU (7pm, ESPN)/16 Nebraska vs UCLA (7:30pm, FOX)

Sunday, September 9

EARLY AFTERNOON: Washington vs New Orleans/Indianapolis vs Chicago/Buffalo vs New York Jets

LATE AFTERNOON: San Francisco vs Green Bay/Carolina vs Tampa Bay/US Open Men’s Championship

In the absence of all things great from the NFL. We here at still have you covered as we will begin our TheManCave06 game of the week series. A weekly covering the best game of the previous week. This past week we saw one of the great rivalries in college basketball Duke vs UNC. This week the ACC gets our game of the week, but the show was stolen by none other than Austin Rivers.

Rivers goes for 29 points against one of the best teams in college basketball. Austin is not your typical Coach K player. He is a scorer, but at Duke he is learning to play the game of basketball. Great choice by him to attend Duke to develop his game, rather than attending another school where he would average 50 shots a game and 30 points. Learning to play within the game plan of your team, and making your teammates better is what separates the Sports Center Top 10 players from the greats. His ability to get to the rim whenever he wants is the most dangerous weapon he has in his arsenal right now. Besides one of them Plumlee’s, Rivers is the only person on Duke who can create his own shot. UNC had no answer for Rivers all game, and when the game was on the line. What should teams do? Go to your scorer, and tell him to win the game for you. That is exactly what Austin did in UNC stunning all them baby blue fans lol. Watch the game winner. Clutch!