Sorry, Charlie, All the KIng’s Horses and All the King’s Men are otherwise engaged. In Lawrence, trying to put Kansas’ own version of Humpty Dumpty Mangini back together again. Kansas 20, Hook ‘Em Horns 51. So, not only are the Rock Chalk Jayhawk faithful wondering why their coach is so angry, they’re more than a might peeved at their disappointing record of 5-6. Hmmm, those numbers sound familiar.
Oh right, back to the Golden Dome. The Irish stand 6-5. Thus it’s an edifice in need of such repair that, forget the calvalry, even the magic and intuition and skills of Dr. Robert Langdon might not be enough. A call to Tom Hanks couldn’t hurt though.
UConn 33, Notre Dame 30 in Double OT. Sounds so sweet, let me repeat. UConn 33, Notre Dame 30. Sublime.
Plus the Irish stand 0-4 against the Big East the last two season. So, I must ask again: What does Notre Dame add to the Big East mix? Other than stealing a bowl spot more often than not. That’s right, kids, nothin’. So it’s time for ND to deep six Charlie Weis. As in, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.
And for the BEast to bid a fond adieu to Notre Dame. As in, so long it’s been good to know ya. Memphis. East Carolina. Central Florida. Temple. Any of those football playing institutions of higher learning will be just fine as a replacement.
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Speaking of Double OT, how ’bout my Oregon Ducks. Quack 44, Arizona 41.
They’re on a collision course with a Civil War battle to match Gettysburg. (Kudos to my man Eric Crawford, who reminded us this week at his personal blog what an incredible speech Lincoln made to memorialize that bloody encounter.) Their battle with the Beavers will determine who beats the Buckeyes in Pasadena on New Year’s Day.
A little shoutout to the unheralded hero of the day, Nate Costa. Number 7 in the program, but Numero Uno in the hearts of Duck fans. He’s the guy who handled a bad snap on the extra point try that allowed the conversion that sent the game to OT.
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I have to admit I was so locked into Oregon/ Arizona, I missed most of the Cats stunning comeback and W. Sure, Georgia self destructed. Sure, UGa was in such a bad way this autumn that the mascot passed away 48 hours before kickoff. Students wore black. More for the dog than the team. All that said, Rich Brooks’ teams always play hard, if not consistently well.
Less than healthy Randall Cobb hung tough. Two TDs worth. Newton was workmanlike. And the D — oh yeah, the Big Blue D — seemed to make all the big plays when it mattered.
All of which means that, if the Big Blue can finally muster the mojo to break the Rocky Top jinx, UK will finish 8-4 with an outside chance of a New Year’s date.
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As for the Cards, it’s the same ol’ song, but will have a different meaning when he’s gone.
U of L played some of its best and most inspired football of the Kragthorpe regime. But, as is most often the case, it was too little too late. I’ll say this. The Cards play hard, and don’t look like a gang that’s spit out the bit. There simply aren’t enough good players. And the ones haven’t been given winning instructions.
It would be a stunning turn if TJ keeps Steve Kragthorpe for another season.
So, the choice for Cardinal fans coming up is: Black Friday at the Mall or Black Friday at the Pizza Bowl? Rutgers must have been caught looking ahead to the Louisville game. They got trapped in the Carrier Dome. Last week, they looked like maybe the best team in the league. Go figure.
How ironic if Kragthorpe would win his last game in Louisville? For the players’ sake, let’s hope it happens.
– Seedy K