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Sunday, September 22, 2019
Dan From the Couch 2019
My much-anticipated weekend on the couch turned out be just
what the doctor ordered. First up however was Friday Night Lights as the Monte
Vista Mustangs traveled to Oakland to play Bishop O’Dowd. Pre game festivities
took place at the legendary Ricky’s sports bar as I was the lone Pom Dad representative
in a den of Football Dads. As one of the guy’s stated so profoundly “Dan is a Football
Dad trapped in a Pom Dad’s body”. The local CBS affiliate came in and
interviewed us on our thoughts about Antonio Brown. Apparently, I was too damn
handsome as they cut my interview out.
O’Dowd was coached by former NFL players Napoleon Kauffman
and “Touchdown” Tommy Vardell. Monte Vista dominated the game and won 27-3. Upon
returning home, I poured a nice glass of red to watch a recorded game of Boise
State on the blue, in a stadium black out while they beat Airforce dressed in
Monte Vista D slaying the Dragons!
Up and at it early Saturday for ESPN Gameday. Three great feature
stories, one on Wisconsin All American running back Jonathan Taylor, one on UGA
QB Jake Fromm and the last on Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson who just lost
his wife to cancer. The latter brought a tear to my eye. Damn that Tom Rinaldi!
One of the most anticipated matchups of
the week turned into a contest of the strong versus the weak as Wisconsin absolutely
thrashed Michigan. They were drinking old fashions and eating cheese curds in
Madison Saturday night. Are Harbooger’s days numbered at Michigan? I cooked up
a mess of Brian Donnelly’s “Famous Old Bay Wings” and slid into the afternoon
games in between grazing, napping and grabbing an occasional adult beverage. Texas
A&M v Auburn was a snoozer with Auburn dominating in College Station and
winning by 8, but it was not that close. Pitt upset the 2017 National Champions
(Just ask them.) UCF in a thriller at Heinz field. In the battle for the Iron
Skillet, SMU bested TCU to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Outstanding foul chow!
The fun really began with the third set of games as I
switched from lagers to dark red vino. Both pared well with the wings. Mrs.
Tailgate’s Cowpokes gave the Horns all they could handle in Austin but came up six
shy of a tie. The game of the week did not disappoint as the Notre Dame
fighting Irish traveled to Athens, GA to play between the hedges in Sanford
stadium. The first half was as physical of a game as we have seen all year with
ND doing a great job in bottling up the high-powered Dawg offense. The second half
saw the UGA size and strength start to wear down the Irish on both sides of the
trenches. Down 6, ND had the ball and a chance to engineer a game winning drive
but it was not to be. Final score UGA 23-17. In a nod to my annoying neighbor John
the UCLA Bruin fan, the most exciting game of the day perhaps took place in the
Palouse. Wazzu was up by a comfortable margin of 32 in the third quarter. “Not
so fast my friend”, as UCLA pulled out one of the most unimaginable comebacks
and ended up notching their first win of the season by a final tally of 67-63.
Combined yardage for both teams was about a mile with Washington State QB Anthony
Gordon throwing for a school record of nine touchdowns. A shout out to San Jose State for traveling to
Fayetteville, AR and beating a SEC West team. I guess Arky can at least now go
chant SEC for the rest of their conference as this was as bad of a loss as Tennessee’s
loss to Georgia State earlier this season.
Scenes from the various chairs and couches throughout the day
Bieber - The Cal Bears traveled to Oxford, MS to
take on the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday. The Bears were up by eight with fifteen
seconds remaining with Ole Miss driving. Ole Miss caught what appeared to be a
touchdown only to have the refs mark the ball just short of the goal line with
the clock ticking toward zero. Ole Miss barely got the snap off in a futile attempt
to run the ball in only to be denied and awarding Cal the victory. The pass should have absolutely been reviewed
and the clock stopped on the previous play. Whether or not the Ole Miss receiver
was in is not the bigger issue here. A play of that magnitude at that time
being that close should have been reviewed. Of course, our culprits were the
PAC 12 refs homering the call in an away venue. Just last week they blew a
potential game altering call when Arizona State upended Michigan State in East
Lansing. Thirteen years ago, Oklahoma traveled to Eugene, Oregon where multiple
incorrect calls were made in the waning minutes ultimately handing Oregon an
unearned win. Those refs were suspended for only one game. The PAC 12 body
count they are racking up is giving the Clintons a run for their money. Better
not say anything bad about them or you may be next. For this pattern of inaccurate
calls that potentially alter a game’s outcome, the entire PAC 12 refereeing
crew is awarded this week’s Bieber honors.
Ginger (Badass) – Last Saturday in Ames, Iowa, 24-year-old
fan Carson King held up a sign on ESPN College Gameday with his Venmo handle stating
his Busch Light supply needed replenishing. He ended up getting $35K sent to
him that day in which he promptly donated to the children’s’ hospital adjacent
to Iowa’s Kinnick stadium where the now famous, in-game wave takes place from
the fans to children. The amount as of Saturday morning had swelled to over $245K and will be
matched by Venmo and Busch raising the total to $735K. How amazing and selfless
is that act given that he could have just kept the money and done something for
himself. In fact, Busch went one step further and is giving him a year’s supply
of the beer with his likeness printed onto the can. Your last name is King and
you did a truly Kingly act of kindness and a badass one at that. Congratulations
Carson King on being this week’s Ginger awardee!
Next Week - A tri-level trifecta will be pulled off
for the first time that I can remember. Friday night high school game with Mrs.
Tailgate, jump on plane Saturday and hit the Utah State game with “Don” Iorio,
followed by another flight to Denver for the Broncos game on Sunday with former