Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Yes, I play requests

Mere moments ago, Uncle Skip asked in the previous thread whether I had anything to say about the Beavers.  I haven't been real motivated to post any blogjunk lately, so I hadn't really planned on it.  But Skip asked nicely, so, here goes...

For those unfortunates who haven't been paying attention, we were supposed to play [cough] Nicholls State on opening day.  But Hurricane Isaac kept the [insert Nicholls State mascot here, as I have no idea who/what the Nicholls State people call themselves] plane on the ground.  Last I heard, the game was tentatively rescheduled for December.  The day before that game was supposed to be played, I was at Reser Stadium installing some last-minute signs and banners and I chanced upon some Nicholls State boosters wandering around the stadium.  They said they'd flown out a few days prior and now were kinda stuck out here until things dried out enough back home for them to fly back.  They seemed like pretty decent guys, even if I almost needed a translator to make the Southern Loozyanna--->English conversion for me.

Which brings us to Wisconsin.  Never been there, but I've developed a fondness for the place.  What with Paul Ryan and Scott Walker in and Kohl and Feingold out, that's a lot of Happy for me.  Except for football.  They whupped on us last year 35-0.  Zip, zero, nada, or even nil, if you prefer.

Payback time.

But, we didn't have that tune-up game against Nicholls State.  Would we be ready for a ranked team?  The answer to that was yes, yes and more yes.  Offensively we moved the ball quite well.  Our placekicker is OK.  Just OK.  So on at least 3 drives we got into 4th-and-3 kind of situations where the FG attempt would have been sketchy, and opted to go for it on 4th down.  Failed a couple times, which explains much of our low scoring output despite having a generally good day on offense.

Our D was the best I've seen it in about 3 years.  For a while our secondary has been kind of thin, but we're finally back to having top-tier talent there and can do more man-to-man.  In the previous couple years, the DBs were getting burned too often to do that regularly.  Now man defense isn't so risky, which allows more versatility in what the Large Men in the front 7 can do.

Well, what did they do?

They harassed the heck out of the Wisconsin QB, forcing a fumble and an INT.  They held Wisconsin to about 35 yards of rushing, which pretty much kicks Ball's Heisman hopes right in the Montee.  And their receiver Jared Abbrederis got hit so hard, it knocked his ribcage right out of his body.  Thankfully he's expected to make a full recovery.  Linebacker D.J. Welch was named Pac12 Player of the Week.

Like Coach Riley said late last season: "Go ahead and pick on us now, because next year's gonna be a different story."  So far, so good.  This week we have a regularly scheduled bye.  Which means that going into week 4, we'll have only played one game.  Weird.  That next one'll be against "now-u-c-l-a-now-you-don't" at the Rose Bowl.  UCLA just beat Nebraska, so it should be pretty interesting.

As for my other Orange-n-Black team, the Giants continue to lead the Detestable Dodgers, who, even with a decent guy like Don Mattingly at the helm, are still detestable.  I particularly enjoyed the Giants' recent victory over Josh "My Face Looks Like a Moon Pie, Only Rounder" Beckett.

Finis.

28 comments:

  1. I happened to be in the stands down south at 'that school whose name we shant mention', and over the loudspeakers came this announcement: 'and a final score in Corvallis, OSU ten, Wisconsin seven.'

    Autzen Stadium erupted in a roar of approval (55755 attendance). See, even we evil guys like seeing a giant killed every now and then. But don't go getting all uppity on us, now, Inno.

    Kill one measly giant, and that doesn't make you guys "Giant Killers." You gotta kill a couple more giants, then we'll talk.

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    1. I figured yer Ducks would suffer with a noob QB but that doesn't seem to be the case. It's too early to say much, but we are *definitely* improved over last year. You gotta admit, it's cool when the Beavs are having a good season and the Civil War is relevant. Hopefully that'll happen this year.

      I also find it interesting all the heartland teams that got whupped by us leftcoasters. Illinois (heh), Okie State, Nebraska, Wisconsin. The PAC is gonna be tough this year!

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    2. I agree wholeheartedly: Pac 12 stomped some butt, most noticeably AZ over OSU Cowboys, it'll be hard for the humans to dis the Pac 12 in the BCS with wins like last weekend over some 800 pound gorillas.

      Civil War may give me some heart palpitations, Inno. I like to win 80 to 0, doesn't look like that is going to be the case this year.

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    3. Looks like your (and my) Beevs killed another giant, Inno. Knocking off a ranked UCLA in the Rose Bowl, pretty darn impressive. Of course, my #2 Ducks mopping the floor with then-#22 Arizona 49-0 isn't just chopped liver, either.

      Are we called 'Giant Killers' yet? Or are the Beevs themselves now a 'giant?' How's that for a philosophical connundrum...

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  2. Nicholls State -- the Colonel (the school was named for a Confederate Colonel). Don't think I'm getting all uppity smart -- I had to Wiki it, even though it's just a stone's throw from here. And I could've interpreted the Cajun for you. Of course, I probably would've translaterd it into Southern, so you'd still be in the dark.

    I'm actually pretty happy that Wisconsin lost. I have an ultra-liberal friend who used to teach there and she needed a little comeupance.

    We shall not, however, discuss my Razorbacks for, probably, at least 3 weeks.

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    1. Not sure why, but blogger has put many of your recent comments in the spam bin. Hope your account isn't compromised.

      As for your 'Backs, I hadn't paid much attention since Petrino went Full Fonzie on his mo'sickle. Just did some checking, and it sounds like the new dude ain't gettin' it done. From 8th to not even ranked? Ooof

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    2. Blogger hates Moogie, is all I can figger. She winds up in the SpamTrap at EIP, too.

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  3. Beavers and Ducks, Ducks and Beavers. Ah, Orygun! What's not to like? ;-)

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  4. Josh "My Face Looks Like a Moon Pie, Only Rounder" Beckett.

    Congrats on the big win, Inno! Must admit that the Pac-12 had one of its best weeks in a coon's age. I shall resist the SEC homerism to offer sincere 'grats to your Beavers.

    It sucks to lose, and it feels GREAT to win. This I know.

    Moogie's Hawgz...sigh.

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    1. "It sucks to lose"

      I saw that phrase fingerpainted on the side of the Washington Husky bus as it was going up the interstate...

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  5. Poor Mattingly. And on the very ugly side the Yankees continue their slide into oblivion, having not won two games in a row in over a month.

    The collapse must needs be I guess. I've already emotionally disengaged from the situation, much like I did with my last marriage.

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    1. It's not too late to change you allegiance to the Giants.

      Come to the dark side...

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  6. Blogger must be a jealous old hag.

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  7. I understand that the Ducks' mascot has announced a waddle for the Presidency.

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    1. Duck fan or not, I certainly admire the Duck philosophy of Overwhelming Offense. Should the Duck win the office, I am confident that he'd Go Deep on the jihadists in Libya and Egypt.

      Wish I could say the same for turkey presently in office.

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  8. Inno, my Beavs beat Wisconsin, My 9ers beat Green Bay. Coincidence?

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  9. I haven't a clue why I missed this post until today.
    Here it is now three weeks into the season and your school is undefeated... congratulations ;-)

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  10. So the Giants will be playing the Yankees in New York next September. You of course, will be traveling to NYC to see the game?

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  11. Normally I think interleague play is a Scheme of Satan, but that would be *very* cool. I've never been to NYC or even close to NYC. That would be a great experience. I have a lot of BS I have to undo, though, before I could give it serious consideration. So ask the money fairy to leave a stack of c-notes under my pillow, ok?

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  12. Alright. You haven't posted for over a week, and leave it to the Beavers to beat UCLA (sorry, couldn't resist that line). Now they come to my neck of the cacti, ranked #18, while my Wildcats are just rank. At least last week.
    Just so you know, the Beavs will have a special place in history, as they will be the first team in 4.2 billion years to play against the Wildcats decked out in copper helmets.

    Just thought you'd wanna know.

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  13. Sorry 'bout the dearth of posts. Life has been treating me in an unkind manner. I'm about 2.5 weeks from being homeless so blogging time has been lost to house hunting. Enrollment at OSU is *way* up so everything worth living in is taken, and everything that is a disgusting hovel is also taken. Something will shake out but so far ...

    As for the copper helmets, I dunno what to think of that. The normal red/white/blue works OK for me. Are there copperhead snakeys down in the desert? What's the connection? Either way, I'm gonna be in the car pretty much all day tomorrow, so I'll prolly miss out on the football fun. :(

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    1. ahh, sorry to hear that. Really hope you find the one in a hundred kind of deal that turns out to be sweet. We're looking at maybe downsizing and/or taking in mom, neither of which we can afford to do right now. Then there's daughter (22) and son (26)... I hear ya. I'm lucky I don't have the grandpa gig yet... hang in there bro.

      The thing with the copper helmets (which I really don't think I like either) is to pay "homage" to the state's biggest industry, copper mining. Which is kind of amusing given that there's a big fight going on over a new mine that has the rights, permits, etc. to open south of town. Est 500 new jobs, but darn it, the mountains won't look as pretty...

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    2. The copper helmets looked pretty decent to me. While they looked like Duracells, they played like Energizer Bunnies and just wouldn't quit. We weren't very good at stopping you in the 2nd half. Had we not got that last INT, your guys could very well have pulled it off. Great game.

      As for the libdork greenies that don't want to see progress, we get that here too. Human lives and American families are way down on they priority scale compared to the environment. Try this logic on them: Copper is expensive. Increased supply will reduce cost. Which will make copper less desirable to thieves. Which may keep their cousin Vic from getting electrocuted trying to steal wire to feed his meth habit. C'mon, liberals! Do it for Vic!

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    3. It was a good game. Funny you mention people stealing copper. I saw in the news last week that somebod(ies) stole 80,000 pounds of copper from a smelter in ingot form! The ingots are almost 900 pounds each, and are transported by flatbed semi about 20-30 at a time. I guess they caught the guys up between here and Phoenix with about 100 of them... my question: where would you sell something like that???

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  14. Congrats on the win, Inno.

    3-0 has got to feel really good after what y'all have been through.

    Good luck on the house hunt.

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