There Is No Bye Week For The 15-7-0

October 10, 2011 | Glenn Clark

7 Not-So-Positive Observations…

1. So if the Terps didn’t have enough problems already, now they have no Andrew Gonnella and a full blown QB controversy too!

No one thought the Terrapins would keep things close with Georgia Tech Saturday. No one thought that five games into his tenure Randy Edsall would find himself with a quarterback controversy between Danny O’Brien and CJ Brown. No one thought a return to the Military Bowl would be a minor miracle for this team.

Time to start thinking I guess.

The Terps were crushed by the Yellow Jackets Saturday, all while trying their damndest to break their own record for “worst uniforms in college football history”…


Andrew Gonnella done for the year to boot. I’ve never seen an injury that was (apparently) so bad the broadcast crew refused to show it again. That’s what the ESPNU gang did Saturday which an injury that APPARENTLY involved bone and skin.

This never happens. They usually show even gruesome injuries OVER AND OVER AGAIN. For example, how many times’ have you seen Oregon RB LaMichael James’ arm bend backwards in the last four days?

2. The Houston Texans are significantly better WITH Andre Johnson than they are without him

So much ground to cover here.

-I don’t care what anyone says about playing an opponent “at full strength.” Especially given the injuries to Jimmy Smith, Chris Carr and Haruki Nakamura; the Ravens are way better off without having to face Andre Johnson.
-Mario Williams also suffered a pectoral injury in the Texans’ loss to the Oakland Raiders. I don’t know if it’s serious-but it goes without saying that his absence would be more good news for the Ravens. Monday afternoon update: Mario Williams is out for the year. I assume you already know that’s good news.
-Clearly Raiders coach Hue Jackson was very emotional after the win because of Saturday’s death of owner Al Davis. I found some of the memorials surrounding Davis’ death to be a little odd, but I thought NBC’s Bob Costas was very good during halftime of the Sunday night game.
-Sebastian Janikowski made three 50+ yard field goals in the game. He likes to call those “chip shots.”
-Holy crap Darrius Heyward-Bey made a really big catch…

3. I get to say I was a week ahead of the Andy Reid fray

I said after they lost to the Niners that I felt there was something seriously wrong with the relationship between the Philadelphia Eagles players and their head coach Andy Reid.

My theory was met by a number of “let’s see how the season plays out” responses from national analysts I talked to. I get the feeling there might be more folks in my court next week.

I get the feeling Andy Reid might have been aware of that in his postgame press conference…

Also of note. The Buffalo Bills are 4-1. HOLY CRAP THE BUFFALO BILLS ARE 4-1. HAS THE WHOLE WORLD GONE MAD?!?!?!?

And Michael Vick passed Randall Cunningham as the all time leading rusher in NFL quarterback history. That’s neat.

4. Ken Niumatalolo might need to call another of those team meetings in Annapolis.

Southern Miss absolutely STOMPED Navy Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, from kickoff to the final whistle.

I’d post the highlights, but they aren’t worth watching. Having Alex Teich might have helped the Mids, but it didn’t appear as though ANYTHING would have helped them slow down the Eagles.

The only good news for Midshipmen fans is that USM came to town and there were VERY few mentions of you-know-who during the game…


5. The Arizona Cardinals might never win a game at 1pm EST. Ever.

The only thing worse than being an Arizona Cardinal Sunday at the Metrodome was being a cameraman Sunday at the Metrodome…

In related news, the Minnesota Vikings have a win now-so there are only three winless teams left (Colts, Miami Dolphins, St. Louis Rams). I assume the 2008 Detroit Lions are starting to call each other and prepare champagne.

6. Three weeks ago the New York Jets were Super Bowl contenders.

And three weeks later they have the same record as the Chiefs and Seahawks. That’s not so good…

The Jets actually somehow looked BETTER in their loss to the New England Patriots than they did a week earlier in their loss at M&T Bank Stadium. Part of that has to do with the fact that they didn’t have to face Ed Reed, part of that has to do with the fact that they could play Nick Mangold again instead of having to play Colin Baxter.

Both are very helpful, but neither resulted in victory. it feels like a long time since Rex Ryan proclaimed Super Bowl for Gang Green.

7. I’m really bummed for Eric Kettani personally, even if I respect and appreciate what he’s doing.

If we needed a reminder of why it is important to have a strong military, we got it during the Greece-Croatia Euro 2012 qualifying soccer match, when fans attacked each other with smoke bombs and flares.


Kettani joined Drew Forrester Monday on “The Morning Reaction” on AM1570, you can check it out HERE in the Audio Vault.

And my “OH NO” moment of the weekend…

Oh no-I don’t care how heroic Nyjer Morgan was. You’re not getting me to buy this “T Plush” nonsense.

The dude is a goof. Not only did he drop an f-bomb on Sam Ryan during the TBS postgame interview…

He then wore an Army helmet in his postgame press conference…


I can’t believe this maniac gets to be a hero.

That being said, since the Milwaukee Brewers have Jerry Hairston Jr. on their time I’ll be rooting for them to win the NLCS…probably the World Series too.

Unless having the Texas Rangers win means we get to see more of this gal popping balloons…

I don’t know why I like that but I like that.

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…