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.
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…
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.”)
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
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?
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???
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…
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.