Scam Newton – Should we be surprised that this amazing talent rises like the phoenix out of nowhere in the South? Or as a wise man or inebriated friend once told me, “nothing is ever as it seems to be”. I am not taking a position on the events and clouds accumulating around our boy Scam, as I still believe he is the most exciting player in CFB and a rare talent that does not come along every year. But character issues seem to always come back to haunt those labeled as such. Randy Moss, Pacman Jones, Ben Roethlisberger to name a few. In this case, can a tiger really change his stripes? Time will tell, but enjoy watching him this year as he will surely now be playing for more than $180k next year on Sunday’s. That being said, I can’t remember a player so singularly dominant in college football in my lifetime. Yes, there have been many greats but not one like Scam who can take over a game all by himself. Newton’s Laws of Physics tell us that a man 6 ft 6, 235 lb’s should not have the speed, grace and skill of the one they call Scam. And to think it only cost the CFB Gods $180 large. What a bargain, they should do this more often. He has the chance to change the QB position at the next level and turn his million dollar smile into $ millions in dough.
Around the horn – Thank you Notre Dame for finally beating a ranked team and doing so in dominating fashion. This win does not bode well for TCU as Utah was its signature win…and now that signature is somewhat illegible. If Notre Dame can beat Army at Yankee stadium they will be bowl eligible…wake up the echoes!! They say that there is no such thing as a moral victory and there is no column that counts MV’s, but Cal did a number on Oregon last night that was nothing short of amazing. Holding Oregon to one offensive touchdown and losing by 2 because your kicker crop dusted before his kick and moved away from it to avoid the pungent odor and was called for illegal motion? The defensive scheme used by the bears is a blueprint for the Ducks upcoming opponents. In the other big games of the afternoon both Penn State and Georgia forgot that you actually have to play two half’s to win a game. Wisconsin, what did Indiana do to deserve you rolling up 83 on them? You were still passing for scores when you were up 40…Really? Fear the Turtle Wahoo’s from Virginia…the Fridge is back. TCU, you need to stop celebrating your Utah win and realize you still had a game to play. I think the events of this weekend will cost you in the polls. Don’t look now but VA Tech has reeled off 8 straight wins and sits atop the ACC. Will the urban lovers please finally take Florida out of the top 25…the Ole Ball Coach “pitched it around a bit” and took a major gator bite out of your hide in Gainesville. Has anyone located the Texas Longhorn team that played in last year’s National Championship game? Mike Gundy, who is a man and is at least FORTY!! could not find them in Austin as the Cowboy Orange corralled the Longhorn Orange and finally got that monkey off their back. Brandon Weedon, OSU’s QB has the tools to play at the next level as he is leading the nation in TD tosses and is also almost Forty!!!. Our boy Vontaze Burfect was at it again ringing up another game changing unsportsmanlike penalty for ASU resulting in another loss. For those of you still watching late at night, Nevada beat Fresno in a thriller out in the San Joaquin Valley. Does anyone else think that Coach Pat Hill actually looks like Fresno’s Mascot? All three Service Academies’ are bowl eligible for the first time since 96. Navy and Army had wins over MAC conference foes building each team up for the big game in December. I salute you!
The Tailgate was parked at home on Saturday in advance of the big hall pass for next weekend. Nonetheless, I was able to visit the new University of Minnesota Football stadium during my travels on Tuesday. Quite impressive, now they just need a product to match the facility. Radio and my sister and brother n law contributed a tailgate pic form the Navy CMU game (See above).
Gripe of The Week - The BCS (Barely Credible System or Buncha Crap System or Big Cheat System..I could do this all day but will stop). When we look at all other College sports including football in the lower divisions, they all have a postseason playoff system. This allows many teams to be in the hunt for the National Title after the regular season. Here we are on November 13TH rendering 118 out of the 120 D-1 A schools irrelevant for the rest of the season. If the top two BCS teams win out then no other undefeated or 1 loss teams have a season that is worth anything. We are allowing a flawed system to remain because of tradition and conference money. I would argue that by holding a 16 team playoff during the month of December that more money would be generated than all the BCS bowls combined. And the commitment of the fan base would be much more than the loyal throngs of the 2 teams who are anointed by this flawed system. The greatest post season set up is NCAA hoops tournament. The whole country is tuned in for the better part of the tournament. College football has a great build up throughout the season but always ends with a whimper in December as most teams play in irrelevant bowls and two teams alone play for the gold. Perhaps we could emulate a Tea Party movement and invoke change in the way the CFB is governed!
Next week I will embark on my fourth “Trifecta College Football Weekend”. We will start in Seattle on Thursday night as UCLA visits the University of Washington. A quick trip over to Boise for the Friday night game against Fresneck State. The Tailgate Concludes the trifecta on Saturday in Provo Utah to watch New Mexico take on the Cougars. Can I buy beer in Utah? We will work in some tailgating at each location!