Posted on 07 January 2014 by Drew Forrester
I hope the NFL watched Monday’s NCAA title game between Florida State and Auburn.
Did you notice what happened?
The officiating crew didn’t take over the contest with flag-after-flag. I saw horse-collar-tackles, face masks grabbed, hits on the sideline and some midfield collisions that left me shuddering.
And guess what?
No one got killed. I didn’t see one player arguing or screaming with the officials on the occasion when a flag WAS thrown. Even the Davis kid at the end who was flagged for pass interference took it with grace — because he knew he was guilty.
I’ve watched a lot of football in my life and that game will go down as one of the most enjoyable “viewing moments” ever. They just played football. Good football, at that.
It was such a pleasure to see the officials “let ’em play” as the old saying goes. The pace of the game was quicker, for starters, and you didn’t feel like the whole thing was being decided by anything or anyone — other than the players and coaches.
Even the late taunting penalty on Florida State could be accepted much easier — particularly when replays showed that nitwit standing in the middle of the field by himself gesturing over at the Auburn sideline after the Seminoles cut the lead to 21-19.
The refs get a lot of grief in the NFL because they throw more flags and call more ticky-tack stuff than any of us feel is reasonable.
They should watch Monday night’s championship game.
That was football.
Posted on 31 December 2013 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: Women’s College Basketball-Maryland @ North Carolina (Sunday 3pm from Chapel Hill, NC live on ESPNU); Boxing: Argenis Mendez vs. Rances Bartholemy (Friday 9pm from Minneapolis live on ESPN2); MISL: Baltimore Blast @ Pennsylvania Roar (Tuesday 5:05pm from Reading, PA live on YouTube), Missouri Comets @ Baltimore Blast (Friday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube), Pennsylvania Roar @ Baltimore Blast (Saturday 7:35pm from Baltimore Arena live on YouTube)
10. Jeezy (Tuesday 10pm Baltimore Arena); Keller Williams (Tuesday 9pm Rams Head Live), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Slightly Stoopid (Tuesday 9pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Wale (Wednesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 11pm Howard Theatre); Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Tuesday 9pm 9:30 Club); Rusted Root (Sunday 8pm State Theatre)
People I know enjoy Keller Williams. That’s the extent of the discussion I have to offer here.
Wale is a Washington Football Club fan, yet somehow I don’t hate him. It’s really odd.
Remember when I posted a video of Trombone Shorty last week? This one is decidedly different.
Rusted Root is that band that never thought they’d be best known for a rental car commercial.
9. Baltimore New Year’s Eve Spectacular (Tuesday 9pm Inner Harbor); “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” out in theaters (Friday); New season of “Community” debuts (Thursday 8pm NBC); “Don Jon” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)
I mean…I’m so more than ready.
Also, what’s the age when you can stop pretending like you hate the sauerkraut your family serves with pork on New Year’s Day and admit you actually REALLY like it? 30 okay?
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Posted on 09 December 2013 by Glenn Clark
15 positive observations from the weekend of football, seven not so positive observations and we acknowledge a “zero” from outside the world of football. A reminder, there’s never any Ravens game analysis here. We do plenty of that elsewhere. It’s a trip through the weekend of football via videos, GIFs, memes, pictures, links, Tweets and shtick.
The 15-7-0 won’t be right with every football observation we make. In fact, our goal is simply to be right roughly 75% of the time. Or in other words, about 70% more often than your local meteorologist of choice.
15 Positive Observations…
1. Matt Prater’s kick was so amazing that Nick Saban texted him afterwards to ask him if he had any plans Saturday. Of last week.
This was actually kinda awesome.
Seriously, Peyton Manning?
Jim Nantz and Phil Simms did this game for CBS. And then did this weird promo.
2. Auburn is playing for the National Championship. Fans gathered in Toomer’s Corner to celebrate, but after realizing the SEC title game didn’t involve a Hail Mary or a last second field goal return they decided it wasn’t really even worth reveling and instead spread out through the city to clean up liter and ask old ladies if they could use some help getting across the street.
Dressing up like some sort of angelic figure is probably a bit much-but I’ve seen the Tigers’ season. It fits.
This is your potential national champion?
But then again, this guy won money for “throwing” footballs at halftime of this game-so there probably isn’t really any such thing as God.
3. Towson channeled their inner Jay-Z and treated their first FCS playoff game by going “On To The Next One”. They gave Fordham “99 Problems” and will now be “Big Pimpin'” in the quarterfinals. The Rams were essentially “D.O.A.” in the second half after the Tigers were able to “Change Clothes” and go. QB Peter Athens proved that he would “Run This Town” for at least another week and Terrance West got another chance to “Show Me What You Got”. And since there’s no way to organically work “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” into this post, I’m just gonna wrap up. I’ll just go ahead and assume you “Can’t Knock The Hustle”.
Eastern Illinois next. The Fighting Romos. At least I assume.
4. Drew Brees has now surpassed 50,000 passing yards for his career. Sadly he’s still stuck at 49,876 commercials for jeans and laundry detergent in the same span. But he’s close!
Jed Collins introduces himself on Sunday Night Football by saying “Jed Collins. Washington State. Class of 1862.”
Greg Hardy one-upped him.
You thought he made it up, but here’s Wikipedia.
Your thoughts, Rob Ryan?
5. Holy crap Frank Gore is still a thing? What’s next? You’re going to tell me Willis McGahee is still playing in the NFL? Haha…I’m kidding-I swear. Just having fun. Because we all know McGahee retired years ago obviously. Obviously.
Why is this GIF so great?
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Posted on 31 December 2012 by Glenn Clark
Honorable Mention: Boxing-Friday Night Fights: Rances Barthelemy vs. Arash Usmanee (Friday 10pm from Miami live on ESPN2); Women’s College Basketball: Florida State @ Maryland (Sunday 1:30pm from Comcast Center live on ESPNU); High School Basketball: Perry Hall @ Dundalk (Wednesday 6:30pm), Perry Hall @ Chesapeake-Anne Arundel County (Friday 7pm)
10. Badfish (Friday 8pm Rams Head Live); Ryan Cabrera/Teddy Geiger (Sunday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Wale (Tuesday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Delta Rae (Saturday 7pm 9:30 Club); Pat McGee Band (Friday & Saturday 7:30pm Birchmere)
I wish I could say I wasn’t familiar with Ryan Cabrera. I wish more that I could say I didn’t enjoy this song.
Wale is a Redskins fan. As much as that bothers me, I still enjoy this tune.
Delta Rae likely the best band you weren’t listening to in 2012…
I genuinely enjoy Pat McGee.
9. “Looper” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); “Texas Chainsaw 3D” out in theaters (Friday); Cirque Eloize iD (Saturday 8pm Sunday 1pm & 5:30pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Glenn Clark’s New Year’s Day plans (Tuesday parts unknown)
Honestly, you really don’t want to know what I do to celebrate the New Year. I’ll give you a hint. It doesn’t involve pants.
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