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.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – After winning their first Colonial Athletic Association football championship, the Tigers will host Lehigh University in the second round of the 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Johnny Unitas® Stadium, it has been announced by NCAA officials.
More information on the match-up, including the time of the game, will be announced as it becomes available. (The game will air live on AM1570 WNST.net.)
Now 9-2 on the season, the Tigers posted a 7-1 record in the CAA after defeating Rhode Island by a 28-17 margin on Saturday afternoon for their third straight win. The win capped off one of the most successful regular seasons in school history and completed a tremendous turnaround for the Tigers, who were 1-10 last year.
Led by sophomore quarterback Grant Enders, the Tigers overcame a 10-0 first quarter deficit to earn the win. Enders, a two-time selection as the CAA Offensive Player of the Week, completed 20 of 26 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the Tigers by rushing for 60 yards on nine carries.
Freshman tailback Terrance West, who leads the Tigers in rushing with 1,242 yards, was limited to just 52 yards against the Rams on Saturday. However, he scored two rushing touchdowns, upping his NCAA FCS-leading total to 27 in 10 games this season.
Currently 10-1, the Patriot League champion Mountain Hawks have won nine straight games following a 37-13 victory over Lafayette on Saturday afternoon at Goodman Stadium. The Mountain Hawks will be making their second straight appearance in the NCAA FCS playoffs after reaching the second round last year.
The Tigers and the Mountain Hawks will be meeting for the 12th time in a series that Lehigh leads by a 10-1 margin. However, the teams have not met since 2003 when Lehigh earned a 35-3 victory over the Tigers. Towson’s lone win in the series came in 2002 when the Tigers edged Lehigh by a 23-19 margin at Unitas Stadium.
Tickets for the Towson-Lehigh game are available by calling the Towson Athletics Ticket Office at 1-855-TU-TIGER or by visiting TowsonTigers.com.
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…
Which is what I guess the Towson Tigers figured they would do to move back into a first place in the CAA…
Terrance West ran all over the Black Bears, much like he’s done to everyone else in the conference. Towson has a completely legitimate chance to win the conference. I almost can’t believe I’m typing that.
The Atlanta Falcons traded away many things to get this man on their team. If he keeps playing like he did against the Indianapolis Colts it will go down as one of the greatest decisions in National Football League history…
As far as Indy in concerned, things have gotten so bad that at one point QB Curtis Painter threw two forward passes on the same play. No really, this actually happened. He wears the same number as Bert Jones. That’s where the similarities end.
There were many amazing things about the Giants’ come from behind win over the New England Patriots in Foxborough, notably the plays made from Eli Manning to Jake Ballard to win the game. But NOTHING I could share with you would be as good as the footage of Michael Strahan celebrating the win while the cameras were “off” at FOX…
During the Sunday Night Football halftime show, Bob Costas pointed out that Ballard’s number (85) was the same number worn by David Tyree in Super Bowl XLII. Pretty good.
(Puts on “Superfriends” announcer voice)
“MEANWHILE….IN SAN DIEGO….”
Phillip Rivers nearly figured out a way to beat the NFC (and NFL)’s best team. The reason why he “nearly” figured it out is because part of beating the best team in the the league is NOT repeatedly throwing the ball to them.
I feel like Aaron Rodgers is getting dangerously close to “so good we can’t possibly like him” territory by the way.
Kellen Moore wasn’t necessarily brilliant, but he surpassed Colt McCoy as the all-time winningest quarterback in NCAA history in Boise State’s win at UNLV…
Kellen Moore’s season only remains interesting however if Luck begins to stumble. Their national TV (ABC) game Saturday night against Oregon will be Luck’s chance to follow up on his performance against USC with a “clincher”. Probably. He had some early struggles, but was good again Saturday against Oregon State…
Trent Richardson remains third on my list-but he’s currently third on a list of two. Case Keenum heads the “others receiving votes” category.
Tim Tebow by no means beat the Oakland Raiders on his own (Denver Broncos teammates Willis McGahee, Eddie Royal & Eric Decker certainly helped), but what the hell do we care about anyone who plays in the Mile High City not named Tim Tebow?
By the way, the Broncos are only a game out of first place in the AFC West. And thank God the Raiders solved all of their problems by trading for Carson Palmer.