With All of the Losses, Even the 15-7-0 Is Now in the BCS Title Picture

November 21, 2011 | Glenn Clark


7 Not So Positive Observations…

1. Navy decided to join Maryland in the “not going to a bowl game” department after all.

Unlike the Terps, it’s been a LONG TIME since the Mids didn’t go bowling at the end of the season. Also unlike the Terps, Ken Niumatalolo’s team still has a meaningful football game to play this season after their loss to San Jose State. All Randy Edsall’s team has after getting their asses kicked at Wake Forest is one more opportunity to get their asses kicked, this time at NC State.

The only redeemable thing about the Terrapins’ loss Saturday was the moment when CSN color man Keith Jones describing that a Demon Deacons player from Plant City should be befriended due to the fact that he was from Plant City…”and they have strawberries.”

Randy Edsall’s thoughts?

Elsewhere in Maryland sports action this weekend-the field hockey team stunned North Carolina for their second straight NCAA Championship, the soccer team beat West Virginia in the NCAA Tournament, and the basketball team got their asses kicked by Iona in Puerto Rico. Testudo Times had Mark Turgeon’s reaction…

2. Things were so bad for the Arizona Cardinals against the San Francisco 49ers that they played something named Richard Bartel at quarterback for a bit.

Here are some highlights without the benefit of sound…


I guess that whole “should the Cards keep playing John Skelton ahead of Kevin Kolb” debate is over.

The Niners come to M&T Bank Stadium now for a Thanksgiving night showdown at M&T Bank Stadium. No pressure or anything.

3. Which is worse: losing more games with Philip Rivers at quarterback or losing Jay Cutler to injury in a win?

The San Diego Chargers’ quarterback now has a NFL-leading 17 interceptions thrown on the season after the Bolts’ loss to the Chicago Bears Sunday. In the win, Jay Cutler made a HELL of a TD throw to Johnny Knox…


The problem is that it appears Cutler will be out for at least the rest of the regular season with a broken thumb; meaning the Bears will be forced to play Caleb Hanie. Well I guess they aren’t necessarily “forced” to, they could just not play a quarterback. I’m pretty sure the Redskins would like that option as well.

Don’t tell me the Bears can survive with Hanie under center. It’s like saying the Houston Texans can survive playing Matt Leinart. No freaking chance.

4. Much like Oklahoma & Oklahoma State, Oregon & Clemson had little interest in getting to the BCS Championship Game.

Matt Barkley is ALSO in the Heisman Trophy mix now (I have him behind RG3, Luck & Alabama RB Trent Richardson) after USC held on to defeat the Ducks in Eugene…

The game included this moment, which was described by SportsGrid as Trojans LB Dion Bailey riding Ducks RB LaMichael James “like a horsie”…

Clemson was thrashed by NC State, which was bad…but wasn’t nearly as bizarre as another ACC finish, where Virginia appeared to beat Florida State; then the teams were brought back to the field to allow Dustin Hopkins to miss a 42 yard field goal to clinch the Cavaliers’ victory-their first ever over FSU in Tallahassee. It was weird.

I have no real way to work this in elsewhere, so here’s Seth Meyers & Kermit The Frog from Saturday Night Live…


And since we’re here, enjoy Florence + The Machine doing “Shake It Out” on SNL Saturday night as well…


5. I think the Tampa Bay Buccaaners are better than the Cleveland Browns, but they are both 4-6 right now.

The Bucs were supposed to represent a “trap game” for the Green Bay Packers. It was interesting for a minute, and not just because Deion Sanders would later describe this LaGarrette Blount TD run as “six people trying to hit that Blount!” on NFL Network…


The Packers win over the Bucs included something we can all get behind…BJ Raji scoring a TD and then dancing…


Just awesome.

6. For as terrible as the tragedy at Yale was Saturday, perhaps I’m most surprised there haven’t been more stories like this over the years.

If you haven’t heard, a fan was killed (and two others were injured) before Harvard beat Yale Saturday at the Yale Bowl when struck by a truck in a tailgating lot before the game…

This is unthinkably horrible, but for some reason it doesn’t seem to be terribly surprising. With all of the alcohol involved, plus the close proximity, etc…it’s almost amazing these types of stories aren’t brought up more.

7. The Baltimore Charm lost to the Philadelphia Passion Friday night at 1st Mariner Arena. But really, are there ever any losers when it comes to the Lingerie Football League?

I mean…

Also in LFL news (and my buddy Aaron in Dundalk would be proud of the fact that I’m staying on top of this), Chloe Butler is from Australia and plays for the Los Angeles Temptation. She recently broke Minnesota Valkyrie quarterback Jana Skrtic’s arm. Butler is pictured below. She’s…just…ummm….

And my “oh no” moment of the weekend from outside football….

“Oh no, you missed Robert Randolph Saturday night at Rams Head Live? What’s wrong with you???”

Inexplicably there is no video of Saturday night’s show on YouTube. Instead, here’s RRTFB doing “Voodoo Chile” at some other show in the past. Saturday night’s version was probably better though. Shame on you for missing…

Thanks to Deadspin, Awful Announcing, SportsGrid, Busted Coverage and more for tips! 

Flexing my mic muscles since 1983…


1 Comments For This Post

  1. Aaron Manfra Says:

    Whenever you guys get a bus trip to a LFL game with front row seats I’m in.

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