Mr. Peabody, Sherman, please turn the dial to the ancient past of . . . September 14, 2013.
Okay, yeah, that’s right, it’s just a week ago, but I feel compelled to return one last time to clear up the confusion about the end of Wisconsin’s L to Arizona State. Actually I’d leave it alone, but for the constant nagging by one of my not so friendly readers, Badger Billy a/k/a Wildcat.
A brief synopsis. Badger QB Joel Stave went to down the ball as the clock was running out, so Wisconsin could kick a FG, which would be the winning points against the Sun Devils if through the uprights. Instead of taking a knee, he simply set the ball on the ground and looked toward an official. After a few seconds without a whistle, an Arizona State player fell on the ball. Confusion reigned. The zebras finally ruled it down, Badger ball. But the clock ran out before Wisconsin could get a chance to stop the clock and kick a FG.
The PAC 12 reprimanded the refs, but, frankly, I’m not sure what for? The national media has prattled on and on about how Wisconsin was screwed. Badger Billy spent a great deal of last week braying in my ear, filling my In Box with diatribe, because I had the audacity to opine that Stave never took a knee, therefore it was a fummmmmmmmble.
So I presented the situation to local refereeing guru Sonny Mercker, before the U of L game Saturday. He advised the rule reads that a player with the ball isn’t down until some part of his body other than his foot or a hand touches the ground.
Therefore, what Stave did would have to be ruled a fumble.
The defense rests. Arizona State’s W is legit. Case closed.
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Given the poor excuse for compelling games last Saturday, I tuned to ESPN Goal Line for the first time. It is purported to be the collegiate equivalent of NFL Red Zone, switching from game to game for the most competitive action.
I know and love NFL Red Zone, and ESPN Goal Line, you are no NFL Red Zone.
There was no organization, rhyme or reason. The announcers were, to use language suitable for a family audience, poo poo kah kah. The best thing I can say about my first — and, perhaps, last — foray to Channel 508 on my TW dial is “Feh!!!!”
Meanwhile, Scott Hanson, who hosts NFL Red Zone, is a master. From Sunday kickoff to 8:00 pm, he’s the Master of the Universe. Engaging. Organized. Enthusiastic. And his producers are the deal. I can sit and see all the action without commercial interruption.
Such a deal.
The time slot from 3:45 or so to 4:30, when the early games are winding down, is as compelling sports TV as there is.
The World Wide Leader has a long way to go to even try to catch up.
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Well, plenty. No Top 25 team lost, except Arizona State — It’s those pesky Sun Devils again — who lost to another, higher rated school, Stanford.
Thus, there was little movement of significance in the polls. Except that those darned coaches thought LSU’s W over Auburn more resonant than U of L’s evisceration of Florida International. Thus, the Bayou Bengals leaped over the Cards to the 6th spot.
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Mack Brown can breathe a might easier this week. Though I he and Nick Saban aren’t going out for a beer.
His Longhorns posted a W against Bill Snyder’s Purple Pride.
But, the news isn’t all good. He lost his best defensive player, Jordan Hicks, for the season with an achilles injury.
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Michigan tried to hand UConn a W on a silver platter.
Desmond Gardner lost a fumble, threw three picks, and didn’t complete a pass in the 2d half.
But, the 0-3 Huskies, obviously mesmerized into disarray by “Hail to the Victors,” gave up 10 unanswered in the 4th Q, thereby snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in a game that could have their season and the perception of the AAC.
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Who is getting raves as the most improved QB in the land?
LSU’s Zach Mettenberger, that’s who.
And who doesn’t coach Mettenberger anymore?
Steve Kragthorpe, that’s who.
– Seedy K