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”……
I would recommend Daniel Murray never move out of his native Iowa City. Because for the rest of his life; if anyone ever hands him a bar tab or a dinner bill; all he needs to do is pull out the newspaper clipping of what he did Saturday night. The Hawkeyes’ kicker hadn’t made a FG since the opening game of the season; but was called on with just 8 seconds left and Iowa trailing undefeated Penn State 23-21. The freshman Murray was true from 31; giving Iowa their biggest win in over 15 years; and making sure the rest of us wouldn’t have to worry about seeing a Big Ten team play for the national title again.
Make it 3 straight starts for Johnson; who recorded 28 saves for the Caps in their 3-1 win over the Rangers Saturday night. Mixed into the performance was a VERY impressive penalty shot stop on Chris Drury in the 3rd period to keep the Caps ahead. The Caps have now recorded at least 1 point in every home game this season.
Maybe inspired by the chants of heard earlier this week in Chicago; the Titans used the same chant when asked if they could figure out a way to beat the Bears at Soldier Field if they weren’t able to run-“Yes We Can”. The veteran Collins was 30/41 for 289 yards and 2 TD’s; and the Titans are now 9-0. How early can they clinch the AFC South?
Forgive me if I’m not gushing over a man who has defeated graybeards Roy Jones Jr. and Bernard Hopkins this year; but Calzaghe still deserves praise. Saturday night’s fight was a dominant performance, as Calzaghe won every round but the first for a unanimous decision over Jones. If nothing else; hopefully this loss will prevent anyone from feeling the need to spend money on Roy Jones again in the future; although there was a time where he was the best pound for pound fighter in the world.
Graham Harrell threw for over 450 yards, sure. But #2 Texas Tech’s win over #9 Oklahoma State should be credited to Leech. The distractions facing the Raiders were numerous last week, as they had the attention of the national media following their emotional win over Texas last week (the biggest in the history of the program). There were the discussions about where the Raiders belonged in the Top 25 and BCS rankings; the talk of next week’s showdown with Oklahoma, and even rumors swirling about Leech’s own future in Lubbock with the Tennessee job opening. It wouldn’t have been surprising if the Raiders had allowed the Cowboys to jump out to an early lead given the entire situation. But Coach Leech kept his team poised; and they pounced on OK State early an often on their way to a 56-20 victory.
6-The Quarterbacking Matts (Matt Ryan and Matt Cassel)
Ryan continues to make Joe Flacco a non-factor in the race for the NFL Rookie of the Year award, throwing for another 248 yards and TD’s as the Falcons beat the Saints. Cassel was 23-34 for 234 and rushed for a TD as the Patriots also got an important division win over the Bills. Meanwhile Matt Leinart………ummm……..
7-The Running Joneses (Thomas Jones and Maurice Jones-Drew)
MJD was called a “Fantasy Football Hall of Famer” in previous ESPN commercials; and his 2nd quarter was the type of performance that might back that claim up. MJD found the endzone three times in the 2nd quarter as the Jags shook off their loss to the Bengals to beat the Lions 38-14. Thomas Jones added 3 TD’s of his own as the Jets SHACLACKED the Rams 47-3 (it was 40-0 at the half!). Heck, even Julius Jones had 88 yards for the Seahawks, but they were losers in Miami.
8-NBA Big Men: Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard, Tyson Chandler & even Shaquille O’Neal
Bosh tallied 30 points and 15 boards for the Raptors in their 89-79 win over the Bobcats.
Howard had 31 points and 16 boards for the Magic in their 106-81 win over the Wizards.
Chandler had 13 points and 10 boards for the Hornets in their 100-89 win over the Heat.
Shaq had 29 points and 11 boards for the Suns in their 104-96 win over the Bucks.
Even Carlos Boozer had a big game for the Jazz in their first loss. It was a good weekend to be a big man.
He pitched a clean sheet against Parkville last week; and did it again Saturday night to move the Gators into the 4A finals. Kane was masterful with 10 saves in regulation, then followed it up by giving up just one goal in PK’s to hand Perry Hall the win. It was Kane’s 12th shutout of the year; and when you do that at my alma mater; you make the list.
10-Roger Wrenn and the Poly Engineers
DigitalSports.com tells me that City’s Ellis Foster was on the cusp of becoming the first QB in City-Poly history to go 4-0 against their rival, as the Knights held a 13-0 lead over Poly at halftime in the historic 120th meeting between the two schools. But Coach Wrenn and the Engineers rallied in the 2nd half; reeling off 16 points in front of 6,500 fans at M&T Bank Stadium for a 3 point win. In the process, Poly may well have stolen a spot in the playoffs from City.
This is a tough pill for me to swallow; especially when Ralph said after the game that the Terps had worked on defending the run for the 10 days leading up to their showdown with the Hokies. But Evans reeled off a school record 253 yards on the ground to get Virginia Tech back to their winning ways with a 23-13 victory over the Terps. He probably could have run for even more.
12-Jin Soo Kim
I’m still not convinced he’s going to play a major role for the Terps this season; but Jin Soo Kim was fun to watch Saturday afternoon. Kim dropped 18 points in the 2nd half and 20 overall as the Terps beat exhibition foe Northwood 104-60. The Sun’s Don Markus even went as far as to compare Kim’s debut to Joe Smith’s first exhibition tilt. He made only one 3; but he took the ball to the hole and showed a fun nervous energy for a Terps team that might badly need a spark this season.
13-AC/DC’s new single “Rock N Roll Train”
I will admit that I have issues with ANYONE who charges $90 for upper deck seats; but I can only hold so much against AC/DC. This track is just another rocking hit in their lengthy career; and can get clubs, high schools, and Lions Club meetings all tapping their toes. You have to admit, it’s a fun song. If you haven’t heard it, take a listen.
14-Heisman Candidates who DON’T play for Texas Tech: Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford, Matthew Stafford, Javon Ringer, and Tim Tebow
Graham Harrell admittedly has the lead through 12 holes; but there a group of players who were hitting their own eagle putts this weekend as they try to remain in the hunt.
McCoy was 26/37 for 300 yards and 5 TD’s as Texas beat Baylor to get back to 3rd in the BCS standings. Bradford was 22/33 for 320 yards and 4 TD’s as Oklahoma routed Texas A&M in College Station. Stafford was 17/27 for 376 yards and 3 TD’s as Georgia held off Kentucky. Javon Ringer rushed for 121 yards and 2 TD’s as Michigan State beat Purdue. And Tim Tebow had 259 combined yards and 5 combined TD’s as Florida crushed Vanderbilt. At least it will be an interesting race.
15-Anyone who took a date to see Role Models
You probably had to do a little bit of work to convince her to see it (I had to show the girlfriend a trailer AND beat her in Rock, Paper, Scissors to avoid a Madagascar 2 fate); but you knew that Paul Rudd would deliver. You weren’t wrong; as the movie had sex jokes, nudity, funny drug scenes, and even children cussing-the type of stuff that always makes guys laugh. But you looked like a million bucks when the movie turned out to be a bit of a chick flick; and the characters showed a softer side; allowing your date to smile. Nice choice, friend.
The Lucky 7……
Brad Childress had NEVER defeated the Green Bay Packers in his tenure as Vikings Head Coach; and that streak very nearly continued Sunday. But when Mason Crosby was wide on his 52 yard FG attempt in the final minute; the Vikings gave Childress a 28-27 victory over the rival Cheeseheads; and got back into the NFL North division race as well.
It would have been an empty feeling for Nick Saban had he walked out of Baton Rouge with a loss Saturday no matter what the circumstances were. But when Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffin’s line drive FG attempt was tipped away as time expired; the angry mob at LSU had to get the feeling that their Tigers were destined to end the perfect season for their former coach and his Crimson Tide. But Saban’s team came up with an INT and a John Parker Wilson TD to finish LSU in overtime; and Saban escaped the hostile environment with a victory.
3-The Johns Hopkins Blue Jays
Maryland lost. Towson lost. Morgan lost. Navy didn’t play. It was a dark weekend for College Football in the state of Maryland; but the Jays were fortunate enough to hold on for a 26-25 win at Franklin & Marshall to improve to 7-2. Franklin & Marshall trailed 26-19 with 8:55 left; but marched down the field to score a TD with 29 ticks left on the clock. The Diplomats decided to go for 2 and the win; but Hopkins’ A.J. Albert picked off the conversion try. Even after that; the Jays allowed F&M to recover an onsides kick; but were able to prevent the Diplomats from scoring before time expired. Congrats to receiver Tucker Michels, who had 8 catches for 133 yards and 2 TD’s in the win.
4-Those who have the Sports package on Comcast or their preferred TV provider
On Thursday night; many NFL fans sat down to enjoy Brady Quinn’s first NFL start, only to be reminded of the fact that the NFL Network isn’t on the TV service they pay for. That same night; college football fans across the country sat down to watch Utah battle TCU in a Top 25 College Football showdown with BCS implications; only to be reminded of the fact that CBS College Sports isn’t on the TV service they pay for. I don’t know the political aspects of these particular battles, but I do know that sports fans who pay to watch TV deserve the chance to see something better than the Maryland-Virginia Tech game. As a side note; props to NFL.com for streaming games live online; as the cable is out where I am; and I am enjoying the Giants-Eagles on my computer.
5-The Miami Dolphins and San Diego Chargers
The Dolphins are in the thick of the playoff race in the AFC at 5-4, but this one was a bit of a gift. The Seahawks have made their season on stinkers (2-7 means Arizona can pretty much start pouring the champagne for their first ever division title in the desert); but actually managed to stay in the game on the east coast for a change. But when Seneca Wallace’s 2 point conversion attempt fell incomplete with 2:57 to play, the Dolphins survived. The Chargers also survived a late two point conversion attempt by a bad team; as the Chiefs got a remarkable TD catch in the final minute; but Herm Edwards decided to go for the win instead of the PAT and overtime; but Tyler Thigpen was flushed out and had to lob a pass to the endzone, which was batted down and picked to give San Diego a 20-19 win. Do we have to crown a champion in the AFC West?
Some people will say today’s game was vintage Peyton Manning, but I will not agree. Manning completed BARELY half of his passes (21/40); and needed the assistance of 3 Ben Roethlisberger interceptions to keep his Colts in the game. The Colts aren’t dead in the AFC playoff race; but they aren’t exactly kicking either. The Ravens might want to thank the Colts for beating the Steelers to leave the Ravens tied for 1st place; but the Colts hold a tiebreaker over the Ravens, meaning the Ravens’ 1 game lead over Indy in the Wild Card race is tedious.
7-Anyone who got a parking spot at their local mall this weekend
I met the girlfriend for lunch Friday afternoon at Towson Town Center. Following 15 minutes of driving through parking lots, I finally found a spot on the 3rd level. It was November 7th. A Friday afternoon. Is the Christmas season REALLY this crazy already? I thought we were in a recession?
The Tennessee Volunteers
Last week Drew posed the question; “Who laid a bigger egg in DC-the Washington Redskins against the Pittsburgh Steelers; or John McCain in the electoral college?” While both parties are guilty of getting crushed; nothing can compare to the absolutely BOGUS performance given in Knoxville Saturday. Clearly unmoved by the announcement that their head coach Phil Fulmer was out at the end of the season; Tennessee welcomed the 2-6 Wyoming Cowboys to Neyland Stadium and proceeded to allow their underwhelming opponent to beat them 13-7. Maybe this job isn’t as desirable as everyone is making it out to be.
Talk to you in the morning.