This will be weekly, every Saturday after the lecture is the open NCAA thread for those of us watching football and not wanting to soil the respectable threads with cries of ‘Hook ‘em Horns’ or ‘Soooeeeee Piggie!’ and we sure don’t want to run Ralphie through a serious thread! Some of our writers would get really mad.
Its week 2 in this very young and already interesting College Football Season. The Auburn Mississippi State game was more fun than i thought it would be with the War Eagles Holding on for the win at the Bulldogs. Friday night’s let down was Marshall once again blowing a lead and losing to the WV Mountaineers. Marshall had the Mountaineers at home, on this the 40th anniversary of the plane crash that killed the entire Marshall football team and they blew it.
And the rankings agree in all polls, Alabama is #1, Ohio State #2, and the boys from the smurf turf Boise State are #3! Watch out for Boise State….
So onto Saturday: Today’s top match-ups are 22 Georgia at 24 South Carolina at noon. There are three 3:0pm games worth looking at: first is 17 FSU at 10 Oklahoma, the rematch of the 2000 national championship in the Orange Bowl, and 12 Miami at 2 Ohio State. Colwarrior’s favorite football teams are whomever is playing Miami Hurricanes this week and whomever was the last team to beat them. Miami, ‘the U’, AKA the criminal element should have lost the right to a football team in the 1990′s with all of the gross violations they had. And as always the Michigan at Notre Dame game, both teams are in rebuild mode. Its still a rivalry and should make for an interesting match-up for the new coach at Notre Dame.
At 7:00 pm PSU is in Tuscaloosa to play the #1ranked Alabama Crimson Tide; shades of the classic battles between Bear Bryant and Joe Paterno.:
“It’s one of those games,” said Penn State quarterback coach Jay Paterno, Joe’s son, “that the rest of the country will sit down and watch. It’s the two uniforms that haven’t changed. You know you’re watching Alabama, because of the uniforms. We’re no different. The only thing I’ll miss Saturday is not having Keith Jackson there. They should have called him and said, ‘We need you for this, baby.’”
They have played each other only 13 times. Alabama has won eight, Penn State five. Yet each program has played a pivotal role in the other’s football history. There is more than fate there. Political commentator James Carville once described the state of Pennsylvania as “Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between.”
Carville referred to the values and politics of central Pennsylvania. But he may be on to something. For some 40 years, the Alabama Football Fan Club of Bridgeport, Pa., has made an annual pilgrimage to a game in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The club will be there Saturday night.
One of the Crimson Tide’s most beloved players, quarterback Joe Namath, grew up in Beaver Falls, Pa.
I’m afraid JoePa will not walk out of Tuscaloosa with a win this time. PSU has a very promising and exciting freshman quaterback and an inexperienced O line. Vegas is giving PSU 12, its hard to say when Coach Saban will have mercy on PSU and call of the Tide.
As an aside, today, we are not forgetting 9-11. We are BBQing, flyin’ the flags, and lookin’ at football while keeping an eye on the muzz. In the end, I am confident that our side, the side of freedom and liberty, will triumph over the fascism and evil that is Islam.
****sep 11 ‘where were you when it happened’ thread was saturday morning 11 sep 0800-1200, we would like to collect and share some memories…write your story for everyone and post it up for history****
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