Sunday, November 15, 2015

Week 11 - Homeward Bound

DFT was homeward bound for the weekend

A room with a view
The Tailgate was finally grounded this weekend as was previously communicated, so I was able to enjoy all the day’s action from the comfort of my family room. In full ADD mode, I watched parts of over thirty games from 9 AM Pacific until Midnight, as well as the UFC beat down of my girlfriend Rhonda Rousey on Periscope. 

Larry is fired up for the Playoffs.
Around the Nation – Dr. Pepper Concessionaire, Larry Culpepper will be happy to know that the College Football Playoff picture is starting to gain clarity after this weekend. The top 5 teams in the CFP picture all won on Saturday, albeit in an unimpressed manner (Clemson, Bama, OSU, ND and Iowa). Out West, the PAC 12 cannibalized their chances of getting a dance invite with Stanford being upset by the Dux on the Farm and Rich Rod’s Wildcats chewed up the Utes in the Desert. UNC quietly continues to have a great season improving to 9-1 with a decisive win over Miami. Keep an eye on them as a dark horse to crash the party. Navy should be a top 10 team as QB Keenan Reynolds led the Midshipmen in victory over SMU, and upped their record to 9-1. In doing so, Reynolds set the career college football touchdown record by surpassing Monte Ball with 78 and then adding four more to it. Arkansas knocks LSU out of contention with a shocking win in Death Valley, LA. Moreover, the supposed lock for the Heisman, Leonard Fournette is no longer in that discussion. It was a mere two weeks ago that all the talking pinheads said he was a lock and LSU was the best team in the country. HMMMM, you only need to come to DFT for the truth. I am omniscient, unbiased and humble all in one. Michigan wins a thriller in OT in Bloomington over the Hoosiers. Wolverine QB Jake Ruddock is a cool cat under pressure.  The surprising Houston Cougars remain perfect with a mild upset win over the Memphis Tigers. Oklahoma State got lucky in Ames coming from 17 down to prevail over the upset minded Cyclones. In the game of the week in the confines of the beautiful McLane Stadium in Waco, the surging Oklahoma Sooners delivered a knockout blow to the Baylor Bears’ chance of getting into the four team playoff. OU QB Baker Mayfield jumped squarely into the Heisman race with an amazing performance in out-dueling Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham. Star receiver Sterling Shepard had 14 catches for 177 yards and the Sooner Defense slowed the Bear offensive juggernaut just enough to allow them to get the win. Final score OU 44 – 34. In Division III news, Amherst bests Williams in “The biggest little game in America”, Randolph Macon gets the W over Hamden Sydney in “The oldest small school rivalry in the South”, and Salisbury State wins the Regents Cup with a win over my Frostburg State Bobcats.

The Devine boys at the Devine gate at Notre Dame Stadium

Major Voytek and his Cronie at West Point

The Kernans at Randolph Macon

Crazy Nerd fun at ND.

Now this is a sweet tailgate rig at the Voytek West Point game.
Bieber Award– The “know it all”, opinionated CFB Pundits. You can pick your favorite Tool, but it amazes me that ESPN, Fox and CBS continue to throw shekels the way of these self-proclaimed modern day Nostradamus’s.  Beginning in week 1 and culminating in December, we have to hear these blowhards pontificate about who is in the CFP playoff and who will win the Heisman. They are so self-assured and perhaps they even Belieb themselves. ESPN has shows on all week where they allow these fools to show the Nation their brilliance. I simply turn them off. Jason Seehorn, David Pollack, Heather Dinich and of course Mark May come to mind for me. There are more. I would rather watch the QVC channel or CSPAN than waste any more heart beats tuning in to hear their nonsense. By the way, I almost forgot, they are almost always wrong. Let the season play out, go to an eight Team Playoff and we could put these folks in the unemployment line. They could always hock their Bieber hardware for a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 if they get desperate enough.

Next week – Mr. and Mrs. Tailgate will link up with other family members to Tailgate and attend the 136th rendition of The Game between Harvard and Yale in the Yale Bowl in new Haven, CT.