You know how this works. 15 deserve props, 7 got lucky, and one is a total zero. 15-7-0. And remember; we’ll get to the Ravens on Tuesday.
These deserve to be “propped”……
He loves him some him. And on Sunday; there were more that loved him too. Owens got the ball more like he wanted; and he brought down 7 catches for 213 yards and a TD as the Boys beat the 49ers 35-22.
2-Bob Stoops and Sam Bradford
So much for not being able to win the big one……for now anyway. Bradford was masterful for Oklahoma; throwing for 304 yards and 4 TD’s in the Sooners’ 65-21 win over previously undefeated Texas Tech. But there are still three more “big ones” standing between Stoops and a possible 2nd national championship. Up first is a trip to Oklahoma State. With a win there; they’d advance to face Missouri for the Big 12 title. Another win and they’d almost certainly play for the BCS National Championship. But we all know Oklahoma’s recent history in BCS games. (Note: Oklahoma is ranked 3rd behind Texas; but they would likely vault past Texas should they beat Oklahoma State.)
3-Jay Greene and Jarrel Smith
Smith scored 14 in the first half to help Towson pull away from Hampton; and finished with 24 to allow the Tigers to hold off the Pirates 82-73. UMBC won the event they played in this weekend at Columbia; Greene had a double-double in Friday’s win over Quinnipiac; then scored 22 Saturday to lift the Dogs to a 66-52 championship win over the host Lions. Greene was named MVP of the event.
4-The AFC East QB’s: Brett Favre, Trent Edwards, Matt Cassel, and even Chad Pennington
Favre threw for 224 yards and 2 TD’s as the Jets beat the Titans 34-13; ending their perfect season. Edwards threw for 273 yards and 2 TD’s as the Bills beat the Chiefs 54-31; snapping a 4 game losing streak. Cassel threw for 415 yards and 3 TD’s as the Pats beat the Dolphins 48-28; but even Pennington threw for 341 and 3 TD’s despite the loss for the Phins.
5-Houston Nutt and Paul Johnson
Each had success had their previous posts (Arkansas and Navy) but left for new locations anyway. Nutt felt “unwanted” at times amongst Razorbacks fans; who celebrated the arrival of Bobby Petrino. In his first season at Mississippi; all he’s done is go 7-4 (with the “Egg Bowl” vs. Mississippi State still looming); beat Florida, and bring the “Wild Rebel” offense back to win 31-13 AT LSU. Many doubted that Paul Johnson could find success with his triple option offense at the BCS level; but the Jackets put together 472 rushing yards to help the Jackets blow out Miami 41-23 Thursday night. They’re now 8-3, and still alive for a chance to play for the ACC title.
Let me get this straight: Mike D’Antoni left Phoenix for New York, stood up to less than effective star Stephon Marbury, traded away some of the team’s dead weight for expiring contracts AND has the Knicks over .500 thanks to 34 points from Quentin Richardson in a 122-117 win over the Wizards? That’s remarkable.
I’m not sure who deserves more props: Turner himself; or those of us who made sure we picked him in our fantasy drafts. Turner picked up another 117 yards rushing and 4 TD’s for the Falcons in their 45-28 win over the NFC South leading Panthers. Those of us who are still fighting for playoff positioning rejoiced.
8-The Women of College Park
It wasn’t a good weekend for the football Terps; but it was a VERY good weekend for the field hockey Terps. The Terps beat Wake Forest 4-2 Sunday to claim Coach Missy Meharg’s 3rd national championship in the last 4 years. On the hardwood, the lady Terps were Thursday and Sunday winners; with Sunday’s win an 88-65 blowout of UCLA. Kristi Toliver scored 25 to help beat the Bruins; she surpassed the 1,500 point mark for her career.
It’s doubtful Hatton will be remembered amongst the greatest fighters of this era; but he has certainly given Americans some entertaining nights thanks to his many British revelers. Hatton had his many fans out again Saturday night in Las Vegas; and stopped Paulie Malignaggi in the 11th via TKO when Malignaggi’s corner decided he couldn’t go any further.
10-Giants Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbride
Let’s get this straight. The Giants were playing WITHOUT Brandon Jacobs AND Plaxico Burress and STILL managed to put up 37 points in an 8 point win over the soon-to-be NFC West Champion Cardinals? The Giants’ offense is GOOD.
We all know about the 37-3 beatdown his Florida State Seminoles laid on Maryland Saturday night; but that wasn’t even the most significant part of Rolle’s day. Rolle was named one of 32 American recipients of a Rhodes Scholarship Saturday afternoon; giving him the opportunity to study at Oxford. After receiving the honor; Rolle boarded a plane and got on the field for the Noles. What a difference a week makes……7 days ago the Noles were reeling from a home loss to Boston College and were dealing with the suspensions of 5 receivers from an altercation that required police response.
12-The Cincinnati Bearcats, Oregon State Beavers, Penn State Nittany Lions, and Utah Utes
Two are on to the BCS already; the other two are one home win away. I thought there was a chance the Lions could fall to Michigan State and fall short of Pasadena; but 341 yards and 4 TD’s from Darryl Clark lifted them to a 49-18 win instead. A rematch with Oregon State might be their Rose Bowl fate; after Justin Kahut hit a 24 yard FG to beat Arizona 19-17. Utah got 303 passing yards and 4 TD’s from Brian Johnson to wrap up the Mountain West and an almost certain BCS bid thanks to their 48-24 win over BYU. And Cincinnati needs just a home win over Syracuse to clinch the Big East title following their 28-21 win over Pitt.
13-Coach Bill Waibel and the Joppatowne Mariners
The Mariners could have packed it in when they were forced to forfeit three games due to using an ineligible player. But Coach Waibel kept the Mariners together; and thanks to their 26-0 win over Havre De Grace; they’re on to the 1A semifinals.
I don’t get it myself; but chicks LOVE vampires; or one particular Vampire at least. The plight of Edward Cullen was enough to drive people to moviegoers in droves this week; to the tune of $70.5 million. I didn’t see the flick myself; but if that many chicks are doing ANYTHING; maybe I should be there.
15-$1.75 per gallon of gas
It was a service station on Rt. 40 in the Golden Ring area. I wasn’t the only person excited; as two others pumping gas went out of their way to share their happiness; and everyone at the location seemed to be smiling. I was planning on paying $1.79 to pump across the street; so this was an even more pleasant surprise.
The Lucky 7……
1-Jim Zorn and Ladell Betts
Jim Zorn did exactly what John Harbaugh did Sunday; beating his former mentor in what may be the only opportunity he’d have to do so. But when Ladell Betts put the ball on the ground with 1:29 left, that opportunity COULD have slipped away; and the Redskins’ playoff hopes in the tough NFC East could have gone with it. Fortunately for both; Shawn Springs intercepted Hasselbeck one play later; and the Redskins held on. We could only hope things would have gone differently.
The Badgers were already bowl eligible; but if they felt any need to play for Bowl positioning Saturday; they sure didn’t show it. Cal Poly kicker Andrew Gardner missed THREE extra points; including the game-ender in overtime; as the Badgers survived for a 36-35 win in the extra frame. It’s already been a disappointing season for the Badgers; and it almost got dramatically worse Saturday.
3-Adam “Pacman” Jones
So his NEXT misstep will lead to a lifetime ban? His NEXT misstep? Does this sound like when your parents said, “You better not do that again; or we’ll be REALLY mad”? Jones doesn’t deserve another chance; but much like the guys on the NFL on CBS today; I wouldn’t be stunned if he is eventually joined in Dallas by Michael Vick.
If he doesn’t hit the 3 at the end of regulation; the game stories from Maryland’s game against Vermont would be about his wild runner and late offensive hook costing Maryland in an embarrassing home loss. Instead, he hit the late 3 to tie, finished with 26; and the Terps won 89-74 in overtime.
5-ACC Hoops Winners Virginia, Clemson, and Georgia Tech
Maryland wasn’t the only ACC team that needed overtime to defeat a lesser opponent. Georgia Tech needed extra time to get past Mercer 82-76 Saturday. Clemson BARELY hung on for a 71-70 win over Charlotte; and Virginia rallied to beat Radford 68-66. Virginia Tech and Boston College weren’t as fortunate; as Virginia Tech fell TWICE this weekend; once to Seton Hall……the other we’ll have more about later. Boston College fell 53-50 to St. Louis Saturday.
6-The Xavier Musketeers
Virginia got a putback to take a 2 point lead in overtime Friday night in Puerto Rico; but then THIS happened……
Remarkably; by annoying all of the fans he had left by canceling shows and delaying the release of his long-awaited album “Chinese Democracy”; Rose did nothing more than build significant buzz for the album; which was finally released in stores Sunday. Axl probably deserves to be treated as nothing more than a prima donna living off the success he had with a great band; but he has managed to keep himself relevant for years despite not making good music.
Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick
Greg Robinson is fired. Notre Dame has lost home games to Syracuse and Navy in the past two seasons. Maybe Charlie Weis DOESN’T deserve to get fired at a lot schools; but at Notre Dame-where you can recruit no matter your record; where you have a major broadcast network behind you; and where you have a rabid fan base that can supply you SIGNIFICANT dollars-he deserves to get fired. Jack Swarbrick would have to pay a pretty penny to make the move; but how can you justify charging 100s of dollars for tickets to see a coach lose the types of games at home that he has in the last two years? Swarbrick needs to make the move; and needs to understand that Notre Dame will not be great again until they join a conference.
Talk to you in the morning.