Sunday, November 21, 2010

Week 12 recap (The wet & cold weekend)

It was a wild weekend with many games decided in the final minutes, and we’ll talk about them in a few minutes. But first we must address the controversial issue of the Tailgate’s planned trifecta weekend. As fans all over the world now know and the blogosphere is abuzz, the trifecta became a deuce as the Tailgate was flagged for failing to convert for the three. After two night games in the great wet & cold Northwest, the executive committee of the Tailgate thought it more prudent to not take on the third game of the weekend in Provo, UT with a forecasted winter wonderland looming there. I come to you my readers on bended knee, humbled an begging for forgiveness for not being able to complete the feat. And if you can’t find it in your heart to forgive me..then the hell with you…at least I went to 2 games this weekend!

Game 1 was Thursday night in Seattle as the Washington Huskies took on UCLA in their Senior night in a stadium “Black Out”. Ever since the days when Don James paid for the best talent to come to UW I have been fascinated with their stadium. It is only 1 of 2 College Football Stadiums in the country where you can take the ferry to as it sits on Lake Washington. With the setting of boats moored outside the south end zone and Mt. Rainier looming in the background, it is perhaps one of the most beautiful settings in America for the world’s greatest game. But, being that it was a night game and in the rain, my visual sensories were limited to the confines of the interior of Husky Stadium. Although open ended and adorned with a track, it is perhaps one of the loudest stadiums I have been too. Great energy in the crowd which was aided by the Huskies thrashing the Bruins in a game where the referees had more yardage attributed to them then the Bruin Noffense. Final score UW 24 -7. No tailgating before the game as we were rushed to get to the game by kickoff. Tablegating after the game took place at Roasters Sports Bar in Burien, WA.

Game 2 took place Friday night in Boise, ID for the WAC rivalry of the BSU Broncos and the Fresno Bulldogs. Although the weather was foul, the Tailgate was game for a late afternoon of trunkgating and lot wandering. I rediscovered a true Mark May Fan Club sign (See above) and a Pig who never saw it coming (also see above). The fans were fired up for this rivalry game. Despite the weather, the game was sold out with a loud and thunderous fan base watching a dominating performance by the mighty Broncos. It was not only the 51 points they submitted to the scoreboard, it was the stifling defense that limited the Dogs to less than 150 total yards and no points. The Bronco’s were attired in a new all orange getup that seemed to work out well for them. The game was intended to be an orange out but with the temperature dropping to the 30’s it became a snuggie fest of all colors. The Tailgate was accompanied on the trip by brother “Radio” (He likes football) and Tailgate Tony from the Yard. As Tony summed it up best with 9 minutes left and the score 44 -0 and his toes and nose blackened with frost bite “Hey Dan, are you ready to go”? He relayed to me later that he was met with a cold stare as we remained to the bitter end (Pun intended). It was also great to see my daughter again and visit my favorite haunts in Boise.

Around the Diamond…I mean horn as 2 games were played in the cozy confines of Wrigley and the House that The Boss built. Illinois ran one way aplenty against a High IQ Northwestern squad that could not solve for Mr. Leshoure as he racked up 317 one way yards. The Irish out maneuvered a game Army Team and put up an in impenetrable front that Army could not breach. In other games, Oklahoma State and OU both won in convincing fashion as they gear up for the Bedlam showdown at T- Boone Stadium next weekend. College Gameday will be in Stillwater for that big showdown. Bo “The Nose” Pelini not only lost the game in College Station but lost his composure doing his best Bobby Knight impersonation and is being reprimanded by Dean Wormer. Stanford Axed the Golden Bears in a blowout in the Canyon. For the third time in a row, the Mighty Trojans fell in Corvallis to a fired up Beaver squad. Les Miles, you have lived your ninth life for the last time escaping with a win over a poor Ole Miss Squad led by Felonomious Masoli. The Mullets of Arkansas pulled a tight one out over the MSU Bulldogs. VA Tech has won 9 straight after the disastrous start to the season and have captured the ACC Coastal division crown with its beat down of the U! The Noles did not fear The Turtle and Shell lacked (hahaha) them in College park. The Big Ten is still all knotted up at the top as MSU and OSU escaped with wins at the end of the game and Wisconsin put up big numbers in The Big House. Nevada routed NMSU in a tune up for the big showdown with Boise next weekend. The Tailgate will be in attendance in Reno Friday night for the big battle.

Gripe of the week – I have been waiting for this one all season but with the Notre Dame/USC game next weekend the time is upon me to blast the biggest weasel to ever coach college football – I am speaking of one Cheat Carroll, AKA Pete the Weasel or Hollywood Pete formerly of USC. Yes Pete Carroll, you who benefited from Reggie Bush and all the other highly compensated players to grace the SC campus over the last decade. Yes the same Pete Carroll who claimed not to know that the hammer was about to fall and ran like a rat out of glue trap before he was stuck in it. You can blame Mike Garret, and there is some truth there, but your legacy is tarnished forever because you were the CEO of the mighty Trojan Juggernaut of the first decade of the 2000’s that turned out to be to good to be true. In my world, a real man will go down with his ship and be the last one off the battlefield. In your weasly world you were the first to run and now your program is headed for 40 years of wandering in the desert. You left your Joshua in charge, who is an easy target for the Tailgate based on his past transgressions. But none of Boy Lane’s activities compare to what you have done to a storied program. You are a weasel, a coward, a wuss, Pop from Rice Krispies, and a person that would run from battle. I would not want you backing me up in a bar room brawl because you would be hiding under a table in your skirt sipping your umbrella drink. I could never see someone like a Joe Pa, Bobby Bowden or Bear Bryant run like you did Forrest Carroll. I hope the Seattle fans ultimately see through your disguise and kick you to the curb Cheaty Boy!

RIP Rob Lytle, star RB of the Michigan Wolverines in the 70’s who passed away last night.

Next weekend the tailgate will make the drive up to Reno for the Boise – Nevada showdown. Should Boise win, there is no doubt they will pass TCU in the BCS. I also predict that Auburn will fall to Bama in the Iron Bowl.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Tailgating!