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The Reality Check Week 14 NFL Power Rankings

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The Reality Check Week 14 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 07 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week:  32)

Dan Orlovsky did just enough in the 4th quarter to make you think a little bit more about their visit to M&T Bank Stadium.

31. St. Louis Rams (LW:  30)

I really don’t have anything nice to say here.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW:  31)

Quick: Name the Jags interim coach. (I know you didn’t get it. It’s Mel Tucker.)

29. Minnesota Vikings (LW:  29)

Christian Ponder played fairly well right up until that pick.

28. Washington Redskins (LW:  27)

Insert Fred Davis/Trent Williams bong joke here.

27. Cleveland Browns (LW:  21)

I have no idea how they beat anyone.

26. Philadelphia Eagles (LW:  22)

So…the deal is that Andy Reid will stay but Juan Castillo has to go? Why did they ever hire him to begin with?

25. Buffalo Bills (LW:  18)

If anyone cared about the Bills outside of Western New York this would be one of the more historic collapses in National Football League history.

24. Carolina Panthers (LW:  28)

They’ll have some chances to try to ruin other teams’ playoff hopes over the next couple weeks.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW:  20)

Inexplicable.

22. Arizona Cardinals (LW:  26)

It won’t be easy to get opposing coaches to ice their own kickers moving forward.

21. Kansas City Chiefs (LW:  19)

Tyler Palko is the anti-Tim Tebow.

20. San Diego Chargers (LW:  23)

But they can’t do it again…right?

19. Miami Dolphins (LW:  24)

This has to be a mistake.

18. Seattle Seahawks (LW:  25)

This has to be a mistake.

17. Chicago Bears (LW:  11)

Caleb Hanie has to be a mistake.

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The 15-7-0 > The BCS

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The 15-7-0 > The BCS

Posted on 05 December 2011 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. Oklahoma State looked REALLY good Saturday night. It’s a shame it didn’t really matter at all.

I tried explaining to everyone it wouldn’t matter if the Cowboys blew out Oklahoma Saturday night in Stillwater. Every time someone asked a question like “what if the Pokes win by a score of 50-0?” I responded with a simple “it won’t matter.”

I was right. Louisiana State will face Alabama again in the BCS Championship Game and OSU will get to watch after playing Stanford in the Fiesta Bowl.

It’s a shame, as Oklahoma State certainly looked like a team capable of making things interesting in New Orleans on Saturday night. The shame is that their Bedlam rivalry win was marred by 13 fans being injured when they rushed the Boone Pickens Stadium field. It’s also a shame the Big 12 Champs aren’t Bayou bound because we’d all like to see more of Mike Gundy dancing…

2. With that in mind, does anyone think LSU is losing in the BCS title game?

It’s not that I don’t think highly of Oklahoma State (or Alabama), it’s just that the Tigers have been pretty dominant. See Badger, Honey.

It appears as though Tyrann Mathieu’s punt return TD shouldn’t have counted, and he actually had another return later in the game that didn’t result in a TD that was more impressive. But this was still a lot of fun to watch him run all over the Georgia Dome field in the SEC Championship Game.

It’s awfully early, but I’ll go ahead and call a Tigers win over the Crimson Tide in the title game. Just going out on a limb without having to at all. All balls, that Glenn Clark. At least that’s what my 4th grade teacher always said.

3. Tim Tebow is in first place. Since he won’t say it, I will. “Suck it, haters.

I picked the Denver Broncos to beat the Minnesota Vikings on “The Friday Football Frenzy” this week; but I gave myself an out. “If Von Miller doesn’t play the Broncos lose” I said.

What I didn’t know is that the great Tim Tebow had the “throw a 41 yard touchdown to Demaryius Thomas while running out of bounds” in his repertoire…

Tim Tebow is better than you. And thanks to an Oakland Raiders loss we’ll get back to later in the game, he’s in first place in the AFC West.

Some Tim Tebow haters won’t give it up, including Merrill Hoge. He told the New York Post that Tim Tebow hasn’t proven anything because he hasn’t won a Super Bowl. Yep. That’s solid analysis. Well done sir.

Since we’re here, here’s this humorous picture of Matt Willis and Willis McGahee.

And also, this is apparently a photo of a fetus (or unborn child if you will) Tebowing. If you don’t want to look at it, don’t. I have no idea what I’m looking at myself.

4. Through one week, everyone who said “TJ Yates will be fine because he has Arian Foster” is right.

Of course, I was not in that camp so I feel like a bit of a silly goose.

The Atlanta Falcons had a great chance to make a move in the NFC Wild Card race, but they couldn’t contain Arian Foster in a loss to the Houston Texans.

I don’t have any (legitimate) highlights of the Texans’ win, but I DO have a video of Tommy Lasorda dropping a TON of F-Bombs in an old interview. Does that interest you???

5. I believe the pythagorean theorem somehow helped deliver West Virginia to the Orange Bowl. Clemson got there the old fashioned way.

The Mountaineers barely held on to beat South Florida Thursday night in Tampa Bay, claiming part of the Big East title-apparently the part that gets you to Miami.

Clemson on the other hand finished a season sweep of Virginia Tech (we’ll get back to them) in the ACC Championship Game. They totally earned their spot in the BCS. It’s a neat change of pace.

The Tigers and ‘Eers will get together in an Orange Bowl showdown that absolutely no one will be interested in. Except maybe this girl…

But I don’t really think of her as much of a sports expert when you think about it.

Oh-and apparently the appropriate way to celebrate a Clemson ACC title is to “fromble.” I had a lot of beers when I was in college. I didn’t know a damn thing about this…

6. Perhaps Chris Johnson really was worth a ton of money after all?

CJ2K has gone over 100 yards three times in his last four games, a feat he accomplished just once in in his first eight games.

That would be better if you were confused while playing along at home.

It was 153 yards and two TD’s Sunday as the Tennessee Titans topped the Buffalo Bills, a team I SWEAR had been good at some point during their existence…

Things get a BIT more difficult for the Titans next week, as they battle the Saints in Nashville. They find themselves still alive in the AFC South race but also still in the AFC Wild Card mix. AND they’re in the mix for the Cotton Bowl. Or something like that.

7. I don’t think much of the New York Jets, but I enjoy watching anyone beat the Washington Redskins.

The Jets scored 3 TD’s in the final five minutes of Sunday’s game at FedEx Field and got big plays from Aaron Maybin to avoid the upset.

A few things to giggle about here.

One-If the Skins manage to win two of their last four games this season, Mike Shanahan will manage to tie the great Jim Zorn’s record through the first two seasons! Big stuff!

Two-Washington’s Fred Davis and Trent Williams are suspended for the next four games for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. I don’t think the substance has been officially announced, but I think I have a guess…

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The Reality Check Week 13 NFL Power Rankings

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The Reality Check Week 13 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 30 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week:  32)

But firing Larry Coyer should probably solve things.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW:  29)

But firing Jack Del Rio should probably solve things.

30. St. Louis Rams (LW:  28)

Shouldn’t they be firing someone right about now?

29. Minnesota Vikings (LW:  26)

It’s a shame Jared Allen doesn’t play for a better team.

28. Carolina Panthers (LW:  30)

They beat the Colts. It shouldn’t count for much.

27. Washington Redskins (LW:  31)

I know they won on the road. I just don’t think they’re very good.

26. Arizona Cardinals (LW:  27)

But they’ve played better with John Skelton.

25. Seattle Seahawks (LW:  23)

Losing at home to the Skins should count as 3.

24. Miami Dolphins (LW:  20)

Heartbreaking loss on Thanksgiving. They’re still not very good, but they’ve been tough.

23. San Diego Chargers (LW:  19)

The definition of “free fall.”

22. Philadelphia Eagles (LW:  22)

You had to see that coming.

21. Cleveland Browns (LW:  24)

More fight than talent, but certainly scary for a Ravens team that has struggled on the road.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW:  18)

This defies logic. They should’ve stolen a win or two somewhere.

19. Kansas City Chiefs (LW:  25)

Nearly beat the Steelers with Tyler Palko at quarterback.

18. Buffalo Bills (LW:  21)

They at least played inspired football this week.

17. Tennessee Titans (LW:  17)

They are unlikely to win another game when committing four turnovers though.

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The 15-7-0 Is Feeling Rather Presidential This Week

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The 15-7-0 Is Feeling Rather Presidential This Week

Posted on 28 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. The Towson University football team didn’t play a game this weekend, but somehow it will likely go down as the greatest of their lives.

The scene at the Towson Center Saturday afternoon rivals some of the most incredible I’ve seen in Charm City sports history, but sports had very little to do with it.

The most special moment of the visit from President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama (Michelle’s brother Craig Robinson is the head coach of the Oregon State team that crushed the Tigers Saturday afternoon) came at halftime.

Athletic Director Mike Waddell introduced Head Coach Rob Ambrose & the CAA Champion football team, who were enjoying a week off as they prepared for their FCS playoff showdown with Lehigh next Saturday at Unitas Stadium. The President walked out to greet the team, then posed for a picture to the absolute delight of the young men.

It was the type of moment that induces chills. Wow.

2. I’m really jealous of the Cincinnati Bengals for having AJ Green on their roster.

Oh, and Jermaine Gresham too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFByq1hpVGE

They duo (and Cincy QB Andy Dalton) were vital in the Bengals’ come from behind win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday in a game that judging by the attendance no one in the Queen City knew was happening…

Can’t help but notice a few empty seats in the background there, gang. This is a team fighting for AT LEAST an AFC Wild Card spot, not completely out of the AFC North race. This is the best you can do? Maybe “Los Angeles Bengals” has a nice ring?

Since we’re here, here’s a picture of Colt McCoy Tebowing…

3. Rob Gronkowski is not the only reason the Patriots are good, but something tells me there’s a correlation between 11 TD catches and a 6’6″ frame.

To be fair, the way New England was playing Sunday it’s possible a 4’6″ receiver could have caught a TD from Tom Brady Sunday at The Linc…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwO47-nf1lM

Vince Young threw for 400 yards in the defeat, basically because he had no choice but to throw the football every time the Philadelphia Eagles had the ball.

That SHOULD put the final nail in Philly’s “Dream Team” coffin. Andy Reid’s has been sitting open for awhile now outside the City of Brotherly Love. Will it be nailed down as well? We’ll see.

4. Robert Griffin III’s injury might be just enough to default the Heisman Trophy back to Andrew Luck somehow.

The other candidate in the mix (and perhaps the frontrunner) is Alabama RB Trent Richardson, but we’ll get back to him.

After an incredible performance a week earlier against Oklahoma, the Baylor QB might have been one more spectacular performance away from locking up the chance to hear his name called in New York in two weeks. Unfortunately, RG3 was taken out of the game in the second half (probably for a concussion) and had to watch the second of the Bears’ win over Texas Tech from the Cowboys Stadium sideline…

So…Stanford QB Andrew Luck (the preordained winner of the Heisman before the season) was back in the picture with the chance to lock the thing up. Luck was good but not great in the Cardinal’s win over Notre Dame and left the thing up for grabs again.

As I searched YouTube for a recap video of Luck’s final game at Stanford Stadium I believe a Fighting Irish fan summed it up well by channeling M*A*S*H…

I don’t even know what that means!

The (regular) season is over for Richardson so he won’t have another chance to make a statement. Luck’s Cardinal don’t get another chance either since Oregon won the Pac-12 North. Baylor will play host to Texas next week in Waco, but Griffin’s status is up in the air due to his injury.

If none play again, I think I’d vote Luck. Someone will yell at me for that. Go ahead.

5. Houston is a Conference USA Championship Game win over Southern Miss away from playing in a BCS Bowl.

Fourth on the list (of three) candidates to win the Heisman is Cougars QB Case Keenum, who shredded Tulsa Friday in a manner similar to the way he’s shredded everyone else he’s played this season.

If the Cougars top the Golden Eagles in next week’s C-USA title game, they’ll become the first ever team from the conference to make a BCS bowl. Teams from the WAC and Mountain West have played BCS buster, but never C-USA.

Someone will call the occasion “historic”. Those people won’t really know what the word historic means.

6. Another reason why I like Tim Tebow? Sabermetricians would hate him.

He effing did it again, huh?

You know what’s the ONLY THING IN THE WORLD that could make us not spend the entire week talking about the Denver Broncos’ QB? How about a picture of San Diego Chargers kicker Nick Novak peeing on the sidelines at Qualcomm Stadium?

Thanks CBS!

7. Mark Sanchez also really pissed off a lot of haters Sunday.

The New York Jets’ QB threw for four TD’s, including a game winner to Santonio Holmes in their win over the Buffalo Bills…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJtRuC19Ab8

We’ll of course remember the game as the time Bills WR Stevie Johnson insisted on making a complete ass out of himself…

…again.

Dan Marino was asked about what he thought of Sanchez Sunday, but he was too busy checking out Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge’s boobs to respond…

And here’s my cue to post another VS picture of Aldridge…

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The Reality Check Week 12 NFL Power Rankings

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The Reality Check Week 12 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 24 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week:  32)

There is a 100% chance folks in Baltimore will pick the Colts to beat the Ravens in a few weeks.

31. Washington Redskins (LW:  31)

Folks in DC were talking this week about how the Skins “showed heart” against the Cowboys. They also showed another way to lose a football game.

30. Carolina Panthers (LW:  26)

I’m assuming Cam Newton is the favorite for Rookie of the Year. Without winning more games he shouldn’t be.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW:  28)

And if you lose to the Browns, it should really count as two.

28. St. Louis Rams (LW:  29)

Their lack of playmakers is incredible.

27. Arizona Cardinals (LW:  25)

I’d say the return of Kevin Kolb could help, but could the return of Kevin Kolb really help?

26. Minnesota Vikings (LW:  23)

Without Adrian Peterson they’d be lower. Yes, it CAN get lower.

25. Kansas City Chiefs (LW:  21)

If Kyle Orton doesn’t throw the ball once in practice this week he should still play ahead of Tyler Palko. And Kyle Orton stinks.

24. Cleveland Browns (LW:  30)

How does this team have four wins?

23. Seattle Seahawks (LW:  24)

I’m going to assume they’ll win a third straight game Sunday.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (LW:  22)

Let’s see.

21. Buffalo Bills (LW:  17)

They’ve been awful recently and Fred Jackson is hurt. Remember when they were good?

20. Miami Dolphins (LW:  27)

There’s half a chance they win Thursday in Arlington.

19. San Diego Chargers (LW:  18)

I guess it’s clear now they AREN’T the best team in the AFC West.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW:  19)

How does this team ONLY have four wins?

17. Tennessee Titans (LW:  15)

They’re too close to the Wild Card race to just play Jake Locker, but it has to at least be tempting.

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

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

Posted on 21 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. I have no concrete proof that Towson University is building a statue for Rob Ambrose, but I don’t know why they wouldn’t.

A lot of people are surprised by the Tigers’ success, but not me. I’m so effing stunned I’m still not a hundred percent certain it actually happened…

There’s no way anyone…in the world…could have ever seen a CAA Championship coming this season. This team still has more work to do though. They won’t feel incapable of beating anyone they play in the NCAA playoffs, starting with Lehigh December 3rd at Unitas Stadium.

Seriously…this is Towson we’re talking about. This can’t be real.

2. I thought I was happier to see the Washington Redskins lose when they play miserably, but I think I was even happier to see their fans suffer heartbreak Sunday.

I will admit that I thought those a-holes in DC were done after Tony Romo hit Jason Witten from 59 yards away…

…but somehow Mike Shanahan’s team stayed in the thing long enough to have a kick to win in overtime. Graham Gano of course missed the kick and DeAngelo Hall channeled DeAngelo Hall to help the Cowboys survive.

I celebrate your misery, clowns. May you never win another game…unless for some reason you play the Steelers. Even then, I dunno.

3. Tony Sparano is giving Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross something very similar to what Lou Brown gave Rachel Phelps.

Does anyone remember earlier this year when the Buffalo Bills were good? No? I swear I thought they were…

Stephen Ross started interviewing coaches before bothering to fire Sparano. Sparano used that to fire up his team, convincing them to win in order to piss off the ownership there that wanted to get new players and coaches. Suddenly Matt Moore and Reggie Bush are playing like real National Football League players and there’s a problem on South Beach…at least for now.

It’s very similar to what Lou Brown did back when he was managing the Cleveland Indians…

Did we ever find out if Brown won American League Manager of the Year that year? He was a hell of a skip.

(Side note. Every time the Orioles tried to hire a General Manager this offseason I assume the calls went awfully similar to that time when Charlie Donovan called Brown at Tire World to offer him the gig with the Tribe.

“How would you like to be the Birds’ GM?”
“Gee. I don’t know.”
“What do you mean you don’t know? This is your chance to be a Major League Baseball General Manager!”
“Let me get back to you, will you Peter? I got a guy on the other line asking about some white walls.”)

4. Andrew Luck has an impressive lateral motion towards the Heisman Trophy.

Do you get the feeling the Stanford quarterback is saying to himself, “Well, if no one else wants it…”?

I’d show you something from the Cardinal’s win Saturday night over rival California, but there wouldn’t be anything that would convince you Luck has locked up the award.

Instead, here’s Lee Corso dropping the “f-bomb” on ESPN’s College Gameday Saturday morning from the University of Houston. There’s no real reason to share the video, other than the fact that it includes the f-bomb.

5. If ANYONE has put their name back in the Heisman mix, that person is Baylor QB Robert Griffin III.

The Bears’ QB almost singlehandedly made sure next weekend’s “Bedlam” game was uninteresting to the rest of the country by throwing (and running) all over Oklahoma Saturday night…

It’s probably too little, too late as far as the Heisman is concerned-but it is certainly a reminder that RG3 has been one of the most entertaining players in the country all season. This TD pass to Kendall Wright however is probably not one he should take credit for…

Also humorous? Erin Andrews took the worst of a Gatorade shower intended for Griffin…

AND…in the hysteria on field after the win in Waco, America fell in love with a gal rushing the field on crutches…

6. At times, Matthew Stafford is one of the best quarterbacks in the world.

But if he did this more often the Detroit Lions wouldn’t have to make dramatic second half comebacks week in and week out like they did Sunday against the Carolina Panthers…

This game also involved Lions TE Tony Scheffler invoking an AT&T Flash Mob commercial in a TD dance…

And a note to Fantasy Football owners: Lions RB Kevin Smith ran for over 100 yards in this game. The physics of that alone are stunning, really.

I’m well aware it’s a different guy, but can we talk about this picture for a second? I say this as a HUGE Silent Bob fan. WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? Are those shorts? Is it some sort of jean skirt? Is it a denim quilt? Holy hell.

7. No one knows how to pronounce his name, but Chris Ogbonnaya had himself a fine day Sunday.

Well, I feel like a bit of a silly goose for taking fantasy advice and playing the Jacksonville Jaguars defense against the Cleveland Browns Sunday.

The only meaningful highlight in this one came from Jags RB Maurice Jones-Drew, who invoked Cleveland “hero” LeBron James by tossing powder in the air after scoring a TD…

And in an unrelated story, here’s a 6 year old kid crying about the New York Jets after their loss to the Denver Broncos the other night. He has an awful mother…

El oh el.

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Hopkins Football Run Ends With Tourney Loss to St. John Fisher

Posted on 20 November 2011 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, MD – Visiting St. John Fisher ate more than 14 minutes off the clock in the first quarter and never let host Johns Hopkins get comfortable as the Cardinals topped the Blue Jays, 23-12, in the first round of the NCAA Division III Football Playoffs at Homewood Field Saturday afternoon. The win propels Fisher (9-2) into the second round and a trip to Delaware Valley, a 62-10 winner over Norwich on Saturday. Johns Hopkins ends the season at 10-1 and had its school-record 15-game wining streak snapped.

The Cardinals led just 13-12 after Johns Hopkins’ Scott Barletta capped a 12-play, 87-yard drive with a one-yard run midway through the third quarter. As they had done early the game, the Cardinals answered with a long drive that Cody Miller polished off with a two-yard scoring run of his own. The eight-play, 75-yard drive took just less than three minutes and was highlighted by a 42-yard pass form Ahmed Hassanien to Ryan Francis that set the Cardinals up at the Blue Jay 22- yard line. Miller went over five plays later to make it an eight-point game.

Hopkins had a chance to pull even early in the fourth quarter, but a 10-play, 58-yard drive came up empty when senior quarterback Hewitt Tomlin missed senior running back Nick Fazio on a swing pass from the Fisher 11 on a fourth-and-six play that turned the ball over on downs.

St. John Fisher moved the ball out to midfield on its ensuing possession before punting the Blue Jays deep in their own territory. Faced with a fourth-and-two from their own 34, the Blue Jays failed to convert and the Cardinals moved in for what proved to be the decisive score as Chad Monheim converted his third field goal of the game, this one from 23 yards out, to make it 23-12.

From there, the Cardinal defense came up with three big plays to seal the victory. Dave Vosburgh intercepted Tomlin on the first play after Monheim’s field goal and Troy Sant stopped Fazio one yard shy of a first down on a fourth-and-five play on the JHU’s next possession. The Blue Jays had one final chance late in the game, but a quick, nine-play, 74-yard drive ended when Tyler Schier picked off Tomlin in the end zone to kill the threat in the final minute and secure St. John Fisher’s date with Delaware Valley.

Despite rolling up 13:45 in possession time in the first quarter, the Cardinals led just 3-0 at the end of the period as Monheim’s 26-yard field goal capped a game-opening 16-play, 60-yard drive that took more than eight minutes off the clock for the only points of the first quarter. He added a 28-yard field goal on the second play of the second quarter to make it 6-0, but the Blue Jays answered with a 13-play, 60-yard drive of their own.

After a 19-yard loss on the first play of the drive, Tomlin converted a third-and-25 with a 30-yard strike down the middle to senior Tyler Porco- one of three, third-downs the Blue Jays would convert on the drive. Despite the success on third downs, it was actually a fourth-down play that resulted in JHU’s first touchdown as Tomlin fired a strike to sophomore Dan Wodicka from six-yards out to pull the Blue Jays even. The extra point was blocked.

Fisher sandwiched interceptions by Vosburgh and Wade Kline around a seven-yard touchdown pass from Hassanien to Francis to carry a 13-6 lead into halftime. Hassanien had relieved starting quarterback Ryan Kramer, who left with a hip injury after a two-yard run from the Blue Jay nine-yard line. On his first play of the game, Hassanien hit Francis and Monheim’s drilled the extra point to give the Cardinals the lead for good.

In a huge swing of momentum, it appeared the Cardinals were about to take control when they worked their way to the Blue Jay nine-yard line, but Miller’s fumble on first-and-goal was recovered by junior P.J. Caufield and the Blue Jays took over at their own 13-yard line.

Mixing the run and pass effectively, the Blue Jays moved deep into Fisher territory and Barletta’s one-yard run drew the Blue Jays to within 13-12 with 6:35 remaining in the third quarter. Porco and junior Jonathan Rigaud combined for 46 rushing yards and Tomlin connected on three passes to Wodicka to fuel the drive, but the extra point was wide right and Miller’s two-yard run followed three minutes later to give Fisher the eight-point lead that Hopkins couldn’t crack.

The Cardinals did a tremendous job of mixing the run and pass themselves as Miller’s 82 yards led a ground attack that accounted for 162 yards. Hassanien and Kramer combined to go 16-of-25 for 234 yards with the one score and no interceptions. Ryan Schmidt had 11 receptions for 124 yard and Francis added five catches for 110 yards and the one score – no other St. John Fisher player had a reception on the day.

A trio of Cardinals – Vosburgh, Schier and Travis Jones – led the way on defense as each had 11 tackles and Vosburgh added two of St. John Fisher’s five interceptions on the day.

Rigaud totaled 137 yards rushing and a career-high 230 all-purpose yards for the Blue Jays, who also got 224 yards passing from Tomlin and solid days from Wodicka (12-83-1) and junior Scott Cremens (10-89-0). Facing a St. John Fisher defense that rushed just three and dropped eight into coverage to prevent the big play, Tomlin was forced into a season-high five interceptions, but was still 31-of-52 for the 224 yards.

The Blue Jay defense kept Hopkins in the game with timely stops and by holding the Cardinals to three field goals on trips deep into the red zone. Senior Ryan Piatek totaled 15 tackles, including 1.5 for losses, while junior Taylor Maciow (11 tackles) and senior Michael Milano (10) also hit double figures in tackles. The Blue Jays came up with seven tackles for losses on the day and only one of JHU’s five turnovers on the day ended in points for the Cardinals, but an effective Fisher attack kept the Blue Jays just off balance enough to advance.

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The Reality Check Week 11 NFL Power Rankings

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The Reality Check Week 11 NFL Power Rankings

Posted on 16 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark’s Rankings…

32. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week:  32)

Indy fans are giggling like a-holes over the thought they might get Andrew Luck. I pray to God this somehow backfires.

31. Washington Redskins (LW:  28)

Do they have a third quarterback? They might want to think about playing someone at another position as quarterback. It’s that bad.

30. Cleveland Browns (LW:  24)

Please keep losing. We need more Mike Polk.

29. St. Louis Rams (LW:  31)

Finally won a game that was started by Sam Bradford. What do you think Steve Spagnuolo will be doing this time next year?

28. Jacksonville Jaguars (LW:  26)

They’ll probably be closer to the bottom of the list in the future.

27. Miami Dolphins (LW:  30)

Cue Major League. “Let’s win the whole f***ing thing.”

26. Carolina Panthers (LW:  25)

I have to stop giving them the benefit the doubt because of Cam Newton. They were terrible Sunday.

25. Arizona Cardinals (LW:  29)

If they somehow win another (they won’t), John Skelton will keep his job.

24. Seattle Seahawks (LW:  27)

I don’t truly believe they’re suddenly turning into a good football team.

23. Minnesota Vikings (LW:  23)

Not a whole lot of team look good at Lambeau Field.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (LW:  21)

It’s just about over for Andy Reid.

21. Kansas City Chiefs (LW:  18)

Tyler Palko playing almost assures they’ll be falling down the list in the coming weeks.

20. Denver Broncos (LW:  22)

Who can complete two passes and win a football game? Tim Tebow can!

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW:  15)

They’re in a ton of trouble in the NFC playoff race. Now two games behind Wild Card leaders.

18. San Diego Chargers (LW:  16)

My gut tells me this will ultimately still be your winner in the AFC West. My gut also tells me that Norv Turner has no business coaching this team.

17. Buffalo Bills (LW:  14)

Hard to think of them as a good football team after the last couple of games.

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Take A Good Look At The 15-7-0, It’s On A Boat!

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Take A Good Look At The 15-7-0, It’s On A Boat!

Posted on 14 November 2011 by Glenn Clark

You know how it works. 15 positive football observations, 7 “not so” positive football observations and one “oh no” moment from outside the world of football.

(As a reminder, we don’t do Baltimore Ravens analysis here. We do PLENTY of that elsewhere. This is about the rest of the world of football.)

15 Positive Observations…

1. The Towson University football team is a win away from a CAA Championship? The Towson University football team is a win away from a CAA Championship.

Terrance West ran for 265 freaking yards as the Tigers beat the New Hampshire Wildcats Saturday. They’re now a win over Rhode Island next week away from claiming the CAA title…

This can’t be right, can it?

2. Tom Brady hasn’t lost three straight games since 2002. Holy hell.

I don’t know what’s more embarrassing for New York Jets fans-the fact that Mark Sanchez was eaten alive by some dude named Rob Nankovich or that Deion Branch owned Fireman Ed after catching a touchdown…

Rob effing Nankovich. A dude named Rob Nankovich just played hero for the New England Patriots. Maybe Bill Belichick really is better than the rest of us.

3. Still think the San Francisco 49ers haven’t proved themselves?

It’s crazy how much the Niners are different under Jim Harbaugh. Justin Smith is playing like a Defensive Player of the Year, Carlos Rogers is playing like a capable National Football League cornerback and Alex Smith…wait, Alex Smith is still playing semi-respectable football? No way…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfX7gbCnlRg

I’m trying to put a Ravens-related spin on some of the things in the 15-7-0 this week. For example, the 49ers are a GOOD team, so when they play the Ravens on Thanksgiving we can be certain the Ravens will win, right?

4. Brandon Weeden was brilliant and Kansas State/Texas A&M was incredible. Ladies and gentleman, your weekend in the Big 12.

After a big performance in Oklahoma State’s rout of Texas Tech Saturday, Weeden’s Cowboys are now two wins away from the BCS Championship Game…

The Wildcats and Aggies played a four overtime thriller IN Manhattan. It was way more fun to watch than the game I was at Saturday night…

5. After a disastrous week for everyone at Penn State, almost everything that happened Saturday in Happy Valley was positive.

The Nittany Lions fell short against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, but this pre-game moment will probably be more memorable…

Elsewhere in the Big Ten…you know there wasn’t all that much going on elsewhere in the Big Ten. Well, Goldy Gopher DID attempt to frog splash Bucky Badger through a table; but not much else.

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6. The Dallas Cowboys might have just put more points on the Buffalo Bills.

Let me get this straight. The Cowboys beat the Bills 44-7 and after the game the only thing anyone was talking about was the ONE Bills TD???

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6WvmOGoZ2E

The story is that Bills WR David Nelson caught a TD and then gave the ball to his girlfriend Kelsi Reich, who is a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader. This is a fantastic reason for me to post a picture of Kelsi Reich…

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7. The Chicago Bears defense scored more fantasy points than a number of quarterbacks this weekend. 

Included in the Bears’ huge NFC North win was (inexplicably) ANOTHER punt return TD for Devin Hester…

What’s the worse idea? Predicting the Orioles will sign a significant free agent or kicking the ball to Devin Hester?

With things clearly not going their way, the Detroit Lions started fighting with the Bears. It’s weird because nothing about the team made me think they’d do something like that for no reason.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqyyZDR1kxA

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Hopkins To Face St. John Fisher in First Round of DIII NCAA Tournament

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Hopkins To Face St. John Fisher in First Round of DIII NCAA Tournament

Posted on 13 November 2011 by WNST Staff

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BALTIMORE, MD — The 10th-ranked, Centennial Conference Champion and 10-0 Johns Hopkins football team will host St. John Fisher in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs it was announced Sunday evening. This will be the first-ever meeting between Johns Hopkins and St. John Fisher and the teams shared no common opponents during the 2011 regular season. The game is scheduled for noon on Saturday, November 19 at Homewood Field.

Johns Hopkins earned the Centennial Conference’s automatic bid to the playoffs, while St. John Fisher grabbed one of the six at-large bids available to the tournament after a runner-up finish in the Empire 8 Conference. The winner of the Johns Hopkins-St. John Fisher game will play the winner of the Delaware Valley-Norwich game in the second round on Saturday, November 26. The location of that game will be announced at the conclusion of first round action.

Johns Hopkins (10-0) is making its third appearance in the NCAA Playoffs as the Blue Jays previously qualified in 2005 and 2009. The Blue Jays capped the best season in school history in 2009 with a run to the NCAA Quarterfinals. St. John Fisher (8-2) is making its fourth playoff appearance and first since 2007. The Cardinals have won at least one game in each of their three previous appearances with a trip to the NCAA Semifinals in 2006 and a quarterfinal appearance in 2007.

Johns Hopkins earned its seventh Centennial Conference championship, including its third outright title, this season. The Blue Jays will carry a school-record 15-game winning streak into Saturday’s game against the Cardinals, which will be the first home NCAA Playoff game in school history. The Blue Jays’ 15-game winning streak is the second-longest active winning streak in all divisions of college football. Only two-time defending Division III national champion Wisconsin Whitewater’s 40-game winning streak sits ahead of Johns Hopkins’ 15-game streak.

The Blue Jays enter the playoffs with a balanced team that has been effective on both sides of the ball. Johns Hopkins is currently averaging 42.6 points and 500.3 yards per game, while the Blue Jay defense has been equally strong as they have allowed just 12.1 points and 229.1 yards per game.

Senior quarterback Hewitt Tomlin leads the way offensively as he has thrown for 2,459 yards and 23 touchdowns against just five interceptions. He is completing better than 68% of his passes and topped 10,000 career passing yards in JHU’s 28-24 win over McDaniel in the final regular season game of the year.

Hopkins features a talented trio of receivers in senior Sam Wernick (71-644-8), junior Scott Cremens (49-616-9) and sophomore Dan Wodicka (75-1,162-6) and a breakaway threat at running back in junior Jonathan Rigaud (123-768-11).

On a defense full of seniors, it’s junior linebacker Taylor Maciow who leads the team in tackles with 77 to his credit entering the playoffs. Senior Kale Sweeney and junior strong safety Adam Schweyer are tied for second on the team in tackles (57) with Sweeney also topping the squad in tackles for losses (10.0) and sacks (5.0). The Blue Jay defense has allowed just 12 touchdowns in 10 games, has allowed the opposition to convert just 33-of-146 (.226) third-down opportunities and has produced 33 sacks and 19 turnovers on the year.

St. John Fisher is averaging 32.0 points and 369.4 yards per game and the Cardinals feed off junior quarterback Ryan Kramer, who has rushed for a team-high 840 yards and 12 touchdowns and thrown for 1,460 yards and 13 more scores. He has a pair of talented targets in Ryan Schmidt (61-615-5) and Ryan Francis (42-556-7). The Cardinals have turned the ball over just 13 times in 10 games and have taken over games in the second and third quarters, where they have outscored the opposition 188-94.

Defensively, the Cardinals are stingy and opportunistic as they are allowing just 319.1 yards per game and have registered 18 interceptions on the year. Dave Vosburgh is the headliner on defense for St. John Fisher as he counts team-highs of 99 tackles and 11.5 tackles for losses to his credit. The son of head coach Paul Vosburgh, he counts nearly 300 career tackles to his credit and his 99 tackles are more than 30 above the next closest player on the team.

The game will also match a pair of head coaches who rank as the all-time winningest coaches in school history. Johns Hopkins is led by Jim Margraff, whose 147 all-time victories (147-78-3) are more than double any other coach in Blue Jay history has amassed. Paul Vosburgh is in his 21st season as the head coach at St. John Fisher and sports a 118-98 record.

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