MMQB (9/26): Tide, Tigers, Ten Million & 1 Extra Point

One Wafer Thin Point. My guess is you’re figuring I’m about to tee off on the ever incompetent Big East officiating for screwing Toledo out of an extra point and W on Saturday against Syracuse.

Not so fast, my friends. There’s plenty of time for that.

The point I’m talking about is that scored by Richard Dunne in the Premier League. Dunne set an all-time record when he tallied an own goal for his squad’s opponent. It was the 9th time in his career he tallied one for the other squad. The goal cost his team a W. Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers ended up knotted at 1 apiece.

I wonder how many guys have had long, well-regarded careers in big time soccer and not scored 9 goals for their own teams?

An Extra Point. Okay it’s time to tee off on the ever incompetent Big East officiating for screwing Toledo out of a game-winning extra point Saturday against Syracuse.

The Orange clearly missed their last point after. The zebra said it was good. The replay official confirmed the obviously incorrect ruling.

The score should have been 29-27, not 30-27. Thus, when the Rockets hit a late game FG, they should have been winners 30-29. Instead they had to go to OT, where they lost.

The one good thing about the inevitable folding of the Big East is that schools won’t have to put up the absurdly bad refereeing anymore.

Senator Boren, Please Don’t Listen. As a U of L fan, loathe to piss off the obviously powerful, real and true Supreme Commander Sooner Nation David Boren — Sorry, Schnell — I must say this about Oklahoma’s really good football team.

It is not the best in the land.

Alabama is #1. They held Bobby Petrino’s offense to a smidge over 200 yards on Saturday.

LSU is #2. While beating West Virginia isn’t earth shattering. The Tigers did it so convincingly in Morgantown that they must be given their due.

After that duo comes a group with the Sooners, the Badgers and a few others on the contender/ pretender cusp.

Les Miles visits Sabanville on 11/05.

Big Orange Weekend. I spent much of it at the Idea Festival, with its orange color scheme. And I’ve mentioned how the Syracuse Orange stole one from Toledo.

But how about those big Ws by Clemson, at home over the Seminoles, and Okie State, on the road against the Texas Aggie 12? By the by, Clemson’s orange visits Virginia Tech Saturday. The Hokies were orange sometimes, don’t they?

Pop Quiz. Identify Bill Haas.

Okay, time’s up.

He’s not Rick Neuheisel’s replacement at UCLA. He’s not the new Big 12 commissioner. He did not set a rushing record for East Virginia State in a FCS game.

He can however now buy and sell you and me and most all of our close and personal friends. He won the Fed Ex Cup bonus yesterday. Which means he’ll be depositing $10 million in his bank account today.

My golfing guru, Smart Guy, tried to explain the Fed Ex Cup to me. It’s like the Breeder’s Cup of the PGA. And, given how few of us could ID Bill Haas, no more popular.

Heisman Watch. Yes, I know I’m a hater of this meaningless post-season award. Doesn’t mean I won’t use it to feed my blog though.

My favorite remains South Carolina DL Melvin Ingram. The guy scored his 3d TD of the season Saturday against Vandy. A defensive end. Three touchdowns. In four games.

I’ve also got my eye on another pigskinner under the radar. Baylor’s Robert Griffin III has thrown 13 TD tosses on the year. Really good, but not that extraordinary. Except when you consider he’s only thrown 12 incomplete passes.

QB Conundrums. Who do you think is having a worse time of it these days? Dayne Crist and Tommy Rees, who have to deal with petulant, irascible F-Bomb Kelly at Notre Dame? Or Connor Shaw and Stephen Garcia who must deal with tempestuous Ol’ Ball Coach at South Carolina?

Next for Big East. Why not Temple?

– Seedy K

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