Tuesdays With The Sorries 10/21/08

The Mamas and The Papas sang:

“Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day…”

Well, here in Curmudgeon Central I want you to be able to trust Tuesdays completely and so once again, it is time for “Tuesdays With The Sorries” and here they come…

Michigan led Penn State by 10 points twice in their game last Saturday. At one point late in the second quarter, the Wolverines led 17-7. That’s all the scoring they did but Michigan did manage to allow Penn State to score 39 consecutive points en route to a 46-17 crushing. Not commendable…

BYU was on a flight path that led to a BCS Bowl Game. However, they went on national TV (granted it was Versus so fewer people saw it that if it had been on ESPN) and laid a huge egg. TCU took them apart, put them back together and then disassembled them again to the tune of a 32-7 wipeout. It was not that close. As far as a BCS slot is concerned, George Burns had it right:

“Say goodnight, Gracie.”

Not acceptable…

UConn had been ranked in the top 25 a couple of weeks ago and had a 5-1 record going to visit a woebegone Rutgers squad sitting at 1-5. UConn lost the game. Not satisfactory…

Wake Forest had lost to Navy and eked out a win over Clemson in their past two games. Against Clemson, they scored 1 TD and a total of 12 points and won nonetheless. This week, Maryland shut out Wake Forest. The Deacons’ offense can now officially be declared AWOL. Not wonderful…

I said in my Mythical Picks last week that Wisconsin should beat Iowa if there were any pride lift in the Wisconsin locker room. Not only did the Badgers lose the game; they lost by 22 points. Not admirable…

New Mexico led San Diego State University 49-0 at the half. The final score was 70-7. San Diego State has just played its way into the SHOE Tournament. Not even remotely acceptable…

Missouri was out to show that their loss to Oklahoma State a week ago was not nearly as bad as it might have looked. They had a date with the #1 team in the rankings in Austin Texas. You would think the Tigers would have been fired up coming out of the tunnel – - and had you thought that you would have been sorely mistaken. At one point, the score was Texas 35 and Missouri 0. The final score was 56-31. Colt McCoy completed 29 of 32 passes against Missouri’s alleged pass defense. Not excellent…

Clemson has a new coach. For reasons known only to him, he allowed TV cameras in the Tigers’ locker room to record his pre-game speech to the team. He said that Clemson was an underdog there at home in Death Valley and that he could not believe that was the case. Then he challenged his team by asking what they were going to do about it. Answer: They went out and lost to Georgia Tech. Dramatic, yes; feckless, yes. Not first-rate…

    By the way, I hope the new Clemson coach does not get in hot water with the NCAA over his little speech. “Underdog” is a term associated with gambling and his speech acknowledged that some folks just might be wagering on collegiate sporting events like his football games. Perish the thought… We know that the NCAA considers gambling to be the root of all evil and I hope they don’t get on this new coach and start asking him how he knows about underdogs and other related evil topics…

    No one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition… [/Monty Python]

The sorriest of the Sorries in NCAA football this week has to be Washington State. You knew they were going to lose to USC but losing 69-0 is more than just bad. That was the fourth time out of five PAC-10 games where Washington State gave up 63 points or more. That shutout broke the nation’s second longest streak for a team to score points in a game. The last time Washington State had been shut out was in 1984 – - 280 games ago. Thanks to Bud Withers column in the Seattle Times, here were the nations longest such streaks going into last week’s games:

Michigan – 294
Washington State – 280
Florida – 249
Colorado – 241
TCU – 197
Air Force – 187

In the NFL, the Chiefs make one of their regular appearances here in “Tuesdays With The Sorries”. Yes, the Chiefs did manage to make it to double digits on the scoreboard against the Tennessee defense, but the Chiefs allowed more than 330 yards rushing to the Titans. Clearly disreputable…

The Bengals also check in for their commonplace mention here in “Tuesdays With The Sorries”. They lost by 4 TDs at home to the Steelers. Cedric Benson made his debut at running back for the Bengals and changed nothing. Clearly reproachable…

The Saints got Marques Colston and Jeremy Shockey back from injuries to add to an offense that had been making scoreboards blink like pinball machines. Sunday, the Saints scored all of 7 points. How did that happen? Clearly culpable…

The Colts lost by 20 points to the Packers – - and looked as if they did not care all that much. Clearly unvirtuous…

The Chargers lost by 9 points to Buffalo. In that game, Trent Edwards completed 19 of his first 20 passes and 25 of 30 for the game. Clearly reprehensible…

The sorriest of the Sorries in NFL football this week has to be the Dallas Cowboys. They did not just lose to the Rams; the Rams dominated them. The – - Rams – - dominated – - them. The Rams won by 20.

There was no energy in that Cowboys’ team; there was no positive emotion in that Cowboys’ team. Watch the sideline shots of Terrell Owens screaming at teammates and coaches and you just know that seismologists are monitoring the tremors awaiting the next eruption of Mount Owens.

This team is coming apart at the seams; it was assembled ostensibly to play in the Super Bowl at the very least and now there is no guarantee that this squad can make the playoffs.

With three head coaches – and a GM – already fired in mid-season, one has to wonder if Wade Phillips can make it through the bye week coming up after next week’s game with Tampa Bay. Do not make the mistake of thinking the Cowboys’ problems are wrapped up in the absences of star players such as Tony Romo and Pacman Jones and Terence Newman. Those injuries/suspensions do not help of course, but the Cowboys’ offensive line has been dominated for at least the last 8 quarters of football and their defense line is being pushed around too. Those fundamental problems will not change with the return of a “skill player” or three.

Finally, an observation from Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times:

“Not that the Falcons are still dogged by memories of their last QB wunkerkind or anything, but rumor has it they won’t even let Matt Ryan watch Beverly Hills Chihuahua.”

But don’t get me wrong, I love sports…

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  • Rob  On October 21, 2008 at 10:55 am

    It would appear that Jerry Jones’ strategy of getting highly talented malcontents and roughnecks to play for his team (and, lets face it, for the publicity of it) has blown up in his face. Well surprise, surprise.

  • Rich  On October 21, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Pacman Jones doesn’t want to be called Pacman anymore. How about ‘Six-PackMan’ as a new nickname?

  • The Sports Curmudgeon  On October 21, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Rich:

    If Pacman is reinstated into the NFL after his stiong in rehab and a decent interval of good behavior, you can be sure that he will see and hear taunts along the lines you suggest every time he takes the field in a road game. I wonder if the networks will be able to find those kinds of signs to focus on…

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