Monthly Archives: December 2008

SchnellSpeak: Bowl Game Day: 12.26.08

Howard Schnellenberger is 5-0 as a head coaching bowls, heading into Florida Atlantic’s battle in Motown with Central Michigan. Historian Schnell explains how it started when he was an assistant to Bear Bryant: “Those days that I was helping him prepare his teams for the bowls and saw what he did, I probably patterned a […]

SchnellSpeak: Christmas/ Chanukah Gift

Just a photo of our boy as my Holiday gift to all my loyal readers who hang on The Schnell’s every syllable, who cherish his verbosity, who appreciate his gloriously syntaxic insight, who . . . oh words fail me. Any man who can use Bar Mitzvah and pastor in the same sentence as metaphors […]

Who Deserves To Be Kicked????

So riddle me this. The leading vote getter on the All-State football team is Bell County’s Monte Merrick. He punts. He place kicks. He’s the best at that in the state. One of the best in the country. So, let’s say there’s a local school that really really really needs help at the kicker spot. […]

SchnellSpeak: 12.24.08

Howard Schnellenberger and his FAU Fighting Owls have arrived in Motown for their Friday night date with Central Michigan in the heralded Motor City Bowl. Paternal Schnell raved on religiously about his experience at the Boca Raton school and why it’s his most meaningful coaching stint: “Not from what we accomplished, but who we accomplished […]

Hear Me Now, Believe Me Later

I got to Dan Wetzel’s most excellent expose of the whole Bowl Game boondoggle through an article by King Kaufman at salon.com. Which I mention for attribution purposes only. But it is a topic on everybody’s mind this time of year, when football fans look at each other and wonder why there isn’t a college […]

Cats On The Prowl

Yeah I know that UK’s four straight recent wins have come over rummies Mississippi Valley State, IU, Appy State and Tennessee State. But I tell ya, this is looking more and more like a team that nobody’s gonna want to play after the first of the year. The Cats play tall and tough. And when […]

Darryl Lamonica Doesn’t Do Chanukah

Nor was he or any other pigskinner around to help me out in Joey The Vig’s Bowl Pool. I passed on the EagleBank Bowl. Fresno State spit it out at the end of the New Mexico Bowl. So too Troy, which let the New Orleans game slip from its grasp at the end. And I […]

SchnellSpeak: 12.23.08

Let’s just say, as Christmas approaches, our main man Howard Schnellenberger is not looking for mistletoe. As his FAU Fighting Owls were prepping for their trip up north to take on Central Michigan in the heralded and anxiously anticipated Motor City Bowl, The Schnell was dealt a bad blow by the school. Four starters can’t […]

What If It’s A Tie??????

Al Michaels and John Madden are generally regarded as the gold standard of NFL announcers. Right now, I’m not so sure. I’m watching the Panthers and Giants. Carolina misses a field goal after the New York score and two point conversion. The game goes to overtime. First score wins and that team gets home field […]

Reverse English

Former Michigan Wolverine D coordinator, Ron English, is leaving Louisville after one season and returning north. On Monday, Eastern Michigan will announce his appointment as its new head football coach.