SMQB: There Have Been More Joyous Saturdays

Schnell on the Schneid. The appropriate word here is easy: Bittersweet.

Schnell opened his new stadium at Florida Atlantic, a program he’s built from scratch. The inagural game’s foe was on the rise but still relatively hapless Western Kentucky. I wrote earlier in the week that it would be a bowl game for the Fighting Owls. FAU AD Craig Angelos confirmed this in a post game comment. “We wanted this to be a bowl game.”

The Schnell never lost a bowl game.

Until yesterday.

Fighting Owls 0, Hilltoppers 20.

It wasn’t that close.

FAU had three times as many yards in penalties as they did rushing. 8/71 vs. 25/25. Six 1st downs. Four — count ‘em — 4 return yards. Nine punts.

College Football’s Poet Laureate was beside himself.

“Oh boy,” were the first words he uttered to assembled media after the shutout.

“I’ve never been in this situation before.

“We had such a wonderful story going in, and we had a really different and bad story going out.

“I was feeling like a proud father watching a baby being born . . .

At the end, considering the joy of opening his stadium compared with the desultory play of his team, His Verboseness articulated, “That made the wonderfulness of the day melt into the agony of where we are as a football team.”

Before we leave this Battle in Boca, some props for Willie Taggert and his Western Kentucky Toppers. They’ve won two in a row for the first time since ’07, and their first FBS shutout.

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Cards Crap Out. Reality has set in for the Louisville Football Cardinals.

I must remind myself once again that I should have known this year was going to be tougher than last, Charlie Strong’s first at the helm. Too young. Too raw. Too tentative. Too many penalties.

The offensive line continues to struggle. Perhaps more mightily than Card fans might have hoped.

Some of what caught my eye. Eli Rogers being caught from behind by a linebacker on that long pass play down the sideline. Throwing a pass on 3d & Goal at the 1/2 yard line. Mike Evans big time 63 yard pick six. Philpott’s steady field goalery. 3d & 38.

Next up: Big East’s surprise team of the year. Rutgers, which stands 5-1.

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Texas Tames Tigers. Not much to say about this one, except that the team with the best pitching staff, best hitters top to bottom and least number of significant injuries won. Period.

Somehow it’s easier to take when your team is throttled like Detroit was last night. That early two run lead dissipated quickly. And with terrible swift sword.

It allowed for contemplation of a season well played.

And to consider what Dave Dombrowski is looking at for next season. More help at 3d. Some back up behind the plate. Maturation on the mound.

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Holy Trinity may be just a Top Two. Oklahoma is good. (And, to be honest, cross state rival Oklahoma State, with its almost 30something QB, is probably better.)

LSU and Alabama are great college football teams. What they are doing in the SEC, a conference so much better than the others it’s not even open for argument, is simply astounding.

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Enough is Enough. The college basketball season hasn’t started yet and I’m already way tired of the UK/ U of L pissiness. Matt Jones’ totally uncalled for “joke” at the UK luncheon. Coach Cal’s verbal shots across the bow. The Rick’s petulant retorts.

Just ball, for heavens’ sake.

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Tigers Tamed. Will Lions Roar? Time for my Detroit Tigers throwback to go back on the shelf. And to invoke the spirit of Bobby Layne, Doak Walker and my main man, Night Train Lane.

Lions and 49ers in a big one at 1:00. That, thank the football dieties, is not a typo.

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Mo’ later.

– Seedy K


  1. Birdie King
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    The Schnell is retiring just in time. Anyone knowif he has named his successor?

  2. c d kaplan
    Posted October 17, 2011 at 8:15 am | Permalink

    I think he’s fully retiring, meaning his bosses will actually choose the next coach. Apparently there’s a list. Mike Leach is on it. 

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