Tuesdays With The Sorries 11/25/08

My long-suffering wife and I spent last weekend in San Diego. We caught up with several old friends who live in the area; it had been far too long since we had seen them. We were sorry to leave. I tell you that only to give you one of the common meanings of the word “sorry”, because today is Tuesday and that means I will proceed to chronicle here examples of another common meaning of the word “sorry”. Once again, it is time for “Tuesdays With The Sorries”

Normally, when a team loses to an opponent ranked #5 in the nation, that loss would not trigger a mention here. However, Texas Tech was supposed to be the #2 team in the nation last week; so even if they were playing an away game, one might expect them to have made a game of it. Not so. I noticed exactly no phase of the game in which Texas Tech was even marginally close to Oklahoma on Saturday. The Sooners game them a solid butt-stomping. Sorry…

Michigan State also traveled last weekend. They had a shot at the Rose Bowl if they had won the game; they had only lost twice all year long. They were dissected by Penn State to the tune of 49-18 – - but do not let the score fool you. With about ten minutes to play, the score was 49-7 when Michigan State chose to kick one of the more meaningless field goals in the history of football. Then Penn State took out all of their starters and Michigan State got another TD. That score looks like a rout; the game should not have been that close. Sorry…

[Aside: Michigan State played two big games against Big Ten opponents this season. They lost both of them - - to Penn State and to Ohio State. Combined score in those two games was 94-25. Sorry…]

LSU was supposed to be a Top 10 team at one point this year. Last week they lost to Ole Miss at home in Baton Rouge by 18 points. Ole Miss is a team on the rise; its record is 7-4 – - same as LSU’s record – - but still, losing at home by three scores? Sorry…

North Carolina also lost at home last week to a North Carolina State team that is mediocre at best. The Tar Heels lost by 31 points. Sorry…

Maryland had inched its way into the Top 25 as of last week and played at home against Florida State. People were saying it was time to “Fear the Turtle” once again. Final score: Florida State 35 – Maryland 3. Sorry…

Wisconsin won in overtime by a point and gets a prominent mention here in “Tuesdays With The Sorries” because that win came at home against Division 1-AA Cal Poly/SLO. Wisconsin should be ashamed to have scheduled that game; they should pretend it never happened because someone might look to see how embarrassingly close it was. Sorry…

Perhaps the sorriest NCAA performance of the weekend came from Notre Dame playing at home against Syracuse. The Orangemen have been miserable this year and their coach is already fired. No matter; they beat Notre Dame in South Bend 24-23. The winning TD pass came from Cameron Dantley who is the son of Adrian Dantley who was a basketball star at Notre Dame. Sorry…

However, I think the ultimate sorry NCAA football performance of the weekend came from Minnesota. The Gophers had inflated their record against the halt and the lame early in the year and once held a 7-1 record. After last week’s disembowelment at Iowa by a score of 55-0, Minnesota’s record is 7-5. They will go to a bowl game; can you wait to find out so you can circle that date on your calendar? Me neither. Sorry…

In the NFL, the St. Louis Rams lost 27-3. They gave up 201 yards rushing to the Bears and were never really in the game. Coach Jim Haslett denied that the Rams had not quit in the game but did say the team was terrible in terms of play-execution, ball-security and tackling. I guess that is better than quitting, no? Sorry…

The Jacksonville Jaguars are done for the year. To be sure, their playoff chances were dim indeed going into Sunday’s home game against the Vikings. On Sunday, Minnesota led 14-0 with 13 minutes left to play in the first quarter and things did not get a whole lot better after that. Sorry…

The Cleveland Browns lost at home managing to score a total of 6 points. Making it worse, they lost to the Texans who never win on the road. Brady Quinn amassed 94 yards passing while throwing 2 INTs. Derek Anderson replaced him and generated 51 yards passing whilst throwing yet another INT. Sorry…

The Denver Broncos lost at home managing to score a total of 10 points. Making it worse, they lost to the Oakland Raiders who are a miserable squad when they are at their best. With five minutes to play, the score was 10-10. Then the Broncos gave up three TDs to a team that had appeared to give up touchdowns for Lent. Sorry…

[Aside: Denver managed to maintain its two game lead in the AFC Worst when the Chargers lost at home to the Colts in the final seconds of the game on a 51-yard field goal. The Chargers had scored 10 points in the final 5 minutes to tie the game but managed to lose anyway. The Chargers are 4-7 now and have only the hope that Denver will implode in the final five games. So much for pre-season Super Bowl participants. Sorry…]

Notwithstanding any of the above, the absolute sorriest performance of the NFL weekend has to belong to the Philadelphia Eagles. Their season was over last week when they managed to hold onto a tie with the sorry-assed Cincinnati Bengals but just to put a point on it, they came back and wet their pants this week against the Baltimore Ravens. Donovan McNabb was pulled at halftime after another bleak performance this week. His replacement, Kevin Kolb, did no better. Kolb was 10-23 for 73 yards and 2 INTs generating a passer rating of 15.3. The Eagles only score was on a kickoff return; the Ravens’ scores included an interception return and a safety in addition to garden-variety field goals and offensive touchdowns. Sorry…

Finally, here is a comment related to instant replay from Greg Cote in the Miami Herald:

“The NBA will have instant replay this season for certain plays and situations. I’m OK with that. As long as they don’t have NFL-styled black curtains that make it look like the referee is watching porn.”

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

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  • Rich  On November 25, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Did I hear Michael Vick say he was sorry today? If so, he may be getting a get out of jail card soon. What’s the chance of him getting back into the NFL?

  • Anthony  On November 26, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Vick WILL be reinstated…there is too much PR worth for an athlete that has fallen from grace, who did his time, ADMITS he is wrong, targets the young audience as who he failed, and can be used [eventually] as a way for the NFL to service themselves by saying that football saved his life.

    That being said, if he comes back, it will not be for a lot of $, and he will come back as a WR. Hey, with the ‘new’ wildcat offense, I think he would be dangerous; although it could be argued that Atlanta ran that offense for years.

  • The Sports Curmudgeon  On November 26, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Rich/Anthony:

    When Michael Vick gets out of jail – scheduled for next July – he will need to be reinstated by Roger Goodell. Given the precedent situation of Pacman Jones, my guess is that Vick will serve some NFL suspension time subsequent to his penitentiary time even if the only purpose for that suspension is to make the NFL look good in a PR sense. Then he will be reinstated.

    But remember, Vick’s legal troubles are not yet over. According to reports in the last ten days, he didn’t even file his income tax forms for 2007 and reportedly owes the IRS more than $1M. [What were his lawyers thinking?] That will not make his bankruptcy filing any easier. Next summer, with the economy likely still to be in the crapper and the Federal deficit stretching to astronomical levels, “tax evader” is not a label likely to be very popular…

    I agree that some teams may be interested in signing Vick and that the use of the “Wildcat offense” will make him more appealing. [That assumes that defensive coordinators have not rendered the "Wildcat" useless by the end of January this year.]

    Nonetheless, Michael Vick will not get a contract offer in excess of $100M like the one he lost when he got himself caught up in this dogfighting mess. He will be 29 years old when he is released next July. More than likely, he will need a full season to get reinstated and then to get himself back into the condition and the rhythms needed for NFL football. So, his contributions to a future team will probably begin when he is 30 years old in the 2010 season. He has potentially productive years ahead of him – - but not nearly as many as he had when he signed his last mega-contract.

    You know who wants him back in the NFL more than anyone else? PETA wants him back. With Vick on a roster, that gives PETA a chance to be in the news and on the news repeatedly for the span of an NFL season (July – January). The only thing PETA loves more than animals is the chance to be on TV.

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