Saturday, November 17, 2007

Kentcuky Football - Same Old Story

New Niece
My sister Rhonda and her husband Kevin welcomed their new daughter into the world last week, Annaleigh Eliza-Beth Richard... She is an absolute doll who we are looking to spoil over the next many years... Miss America 2027 is my prediction!!!

Disappointing Football Team at UK
My wife and I attended are first true road game at Vandy... We me two-thirds of our tailgating crew there the morning of the game...
What a great town Nashville has turned into... The developments around the Vandy campus and the development of the downtown area is incrediable... That day Vandy had a football game, a basketball game, the Predators were playing hockey and the Titans had a home game the next day... That place was rocking!!!
Vandy is a great place to watch a game but the facility below is really sad... I am guessing that is why UK fans had Vandy so outnumbered... Vandy fans just do not come out...
If you have never been to a game there or to a basketball game there then I recommend you go... If you like Bar-B-Q then there is a little shack (I mean shack) in the park that has the Parthenon, behind the MacDonald's that is across the street from the Holiday Inn that is fantastic... I have eaten their for years... Give it a try...
Kentucky looked sick against Vandy... Had Vandy not missed two field goals and an extra point UK would have lost... Lose to Vandy and the season was a huge disaster and pretty much over... I probably would have skipped the Tennessee game had UK lost down there in an act of defiance... Which brings me to my next point...
Let's all recite The Wolf Line from the scene "The Bonnie Situation"!!! If you don't know it go rent the movie...
I ain't drinking the kool-aid... Rich Brooks is proving to me the last four games why after his first 10 years at Oregon he had a losing record the next 10 (he had a losing record the first ten also but he gets a pass)... This team is pathetic, they are not ready to play, the special teams are awful, the defense is getting gapped like an over matched high school team and is being applauded this week for only giving up 99 yards passing to Georgia... Could that be because they were running the ball down our freaking throats... The LSU game is over guys so get over it...

Lose to Tennessee and in my book means this team has underachieved... Brooksy says that this is the most successful Kentucky football season since 1977 and I ain't buying that one either... As of right now this team is Hal Mumme mediocre... Get off your asses and beat Tennessee then we can talk about success!!! Yes I am a very frustrated football fan because when this team started 5 and 0 there is no way they should not have won at least eight games to this point... I ain't accepting this season as a step forward until we beat Tennessee...

Andre Woodson has turned into a big wussy not a Heisman Trophy contender... Two weeks in a row when he could put his head down and make a big first down and he has pranced his way into a soft tackle and this week goes out of bounds... He took a fourth quarter sack that he took vs throwing the ball away cost the team a field goal which is a freshmen play not a fifth year senior play... In my opinion the kid has quit playing, scared to get hit or hurt and focusing on his potential pay day in the NFL... It is unbelievable to me that this kid could just quit playing after the Florida game and that the coaching staff would allow this to happen... Andre is showing me that he is now all about Andre and the hype... Guess what dude their is no Andrea hype so get over yourself and play football.. Brooks excuse for Andrea on Saturday was there was wind on the field... How laughable is that!!!

Come on Rich have you relaxed and are just accepting where you are??? Injuries and schedule are not an excuse!!! Let's get this team over the hump... Your marquee win over LSU does not mean squat at this point so the team and the coaching staff need to get over it... You always down play Mumme and Morris's regular season achievements but you have not won more the seven games in the regular season yet buddy...
Hey Rich!!!

- Why is Burton returning kicks???

- Why is Little returning punts???

- Why is Derrick Locke not getting more carries??? Joker said after the game he should have given Locke more carries after UK's 29 carries for 29 yards...

- Why is the fullbacks never in the game anymore when these guys were opening huge holes during the first give games???

- Why is Alfonso Smith not getting any touches???

You can call me an arm chair quarterback if you want but I am in the stands week in and week out and calling like I see it and I call this team and coaching staff out... Beat Tennessee and you have had a successful season to this point... Lose to Tennessee and I guess I will see you at the Liberty Bowl... I want a win and trip to either the Peach or Outback Bowl...

My grades are a B minus for Brooksy, B minus for Joker (but falling fast) and C for Steve Brown... Joker is so predictable in his play calling and Steve Brown is outmatched... Why would he not put seven men on the line of scrimmage yesterday and make Gerogia beat you throwing the ball... How did you let Sylvester Croom whup up on your head???

It is only one game but 8 and 4 and a trip to the Peach or Outback would make a great year where 7 and 5 is mediocre... A win in the Peach or Outback would be outstanding... As I said earlier in the year I do not see this team as mediocre but that is where they are today...

Middies Rule

Navy leads the nation in rushing, has a top ten total offense but is 115th in total defense... In two weeks if they beat Army then they will finish 8 and 4 and are headed to the Poinsettia Bowl...
If you have not watched this team play then you are missing watching a team give the ultimate effort which is what you get at the service academy schools... They are over matched almost every week but seem to be able to overcome it...
Go Navy!!! Beat Army!!!
ShagOnSports Top Five
1. Kansas
2. Missouri
3. LSU (they lost to Kentucky)
4. West Virginia
5. Ohio

I was on a conference call today with a group of people who live in Kansas City and are split right down the middle on Missouri and Kansas... It was fun to here them going at each other... One of these teams obviously falls this weekend...

Harvard and Yale met this past weekend for the Ivy League Title... It was the first time since 1968 that "The Game" was for the Ivy League Title... Harvard rolled over Yale big winning the title... The 1968 game ended in a 29 to 29 tie after Harvard scored 14 points in the final 90 seconds to tie the game... The headline on the Boston Sports Page read the next day "Harvard Beats Yale 29 to 29"...

Congrats to IU who will be going to a bowl game and beat Purdue this weekend...

Annual Thanksgiving Day Golf Classic

This Thursday will be a tradition like no other!!! The annual Thanksgiving Day Golf Classic hosted by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of Henderson...

This years event is filled with some drama before it ever starts... We will be missing two of our regular players so we are pulling a former participant back into the fray and will be inducting a new member who has been on the waiting list for a few years...

This will be my first time playing golf since my surgery this summer but I still feel that my team has a chance to win because in a scramble skins format it could only take one hole to win the event... I am banking on that opportunity and think it will come this year on the sixth hole of the day (#16 at players club in Henderson as we are starting on #11 there)... A par on this hole could go along way for sure... I will be saving my swings for this hole...

Just looking forward to getting back out on the course and enjoying some fellowship with my friends before our Thanksgiving Family Feast... Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday due to the fellowship I get with my family and friends...

Random Thoughts

- I do not read much into Billy G not signing his contract yet... I do read some things into the Garnder Webb loss but the team has an opportunity next week to start the season over... It is going to be a rough 2007 for this team and the schedule after the first of the year looks tough!!! To early for predictions... If I were Billy G I would play the young guys... He does not owe Bradley or Crawford anything...

- I do not care what you say the private schools in Kentucky have a huge advantage over the public schools in high school football due to the total number of players they put on the field... The games have almost no competitive interest even during the state playoffs (Look at the ridiculous scores last weekend)... Numbers only give you a big advantage in football because in baseball or basketball you are only playing nine and five at a time and not twenty-two... I would like to see the KHSAA go to a public school only playoff system which is what most other states have especially bigger cities... Private schools are great but they should not be included in the State Tournaments for Football in the State of Kentucky...

- Barry Bonds is getting what he deserves... I doubt he will be convicted but I hope his career is over... No one should think they are bigger then the game itself and Bond's obviously has that mentality... Bonds is a Hall of Famer because of his early career numbers but I am not sure that he ever gets in... I used to think I would vote for Pete Rose to get in but now I would not so I need some more time on Bonds...

- A Rod looks to be signing a 275 million dollar contract for ten years with the Yankees... If he hits 30 home runs a year the next ten years he will crush Barry Bonds Home Run Record... I am glad to see A Rod thumb his nose at his agent as agents, especially Scott Boras, are ruining pro sports... The players deserve allot of money but they need to take care of the future of the game like the players did before them... Pro Sports will not survive at it's current pace... All of the leagues will be there in the future but a some point the leagues will shrink... It will take some years for this to occur but without some major changes it will happen...

- My buddy and UK Football Super Fan CT's streak of games attending games ended this weekend... CT had been to every game until the Georgia game... Nice run CT!!! Next year we are targeting the Mississippi State game as our road game we are going to attend...

- There is a great documentary on HBO about the Michigan and Ohio State Football Rivalry... I am not a fan of either team but I will admit this is probably the greatest rivalry in Sports... They have been playing this game longer than the World Series has been in existence or longer then the NFL has been around...

- How do you get an Ohio State Fan off your porch, Pay him for the Pizza... There is an Ohio State Fan and Michigan Fan in third grade which one is bigger??? The Michigan Fan because he is 15 years old... A Michigan Fan left school and transferred to Ohio State and raised the grade point averages at both schools...

- Eight for eight this week in my college pick'em... Puts me at 60% for the year...

- Tim Tebow wins the Heisman... He has my vote for sure...

- Rumors are flying the Steve Kragthorpe is going to leave U of L for SMU... Also hearing that there are some U of L players part of an investigation into possible point shaving...

ShagOnMusic

Watched a great show on A & E this weekend with the band Heart... They played live and sounded better now then they did many years ago... Ann Wilson has a new solo record out where she covers allot of songs and of course she does a Zepplin song and did that one on the show...