So without further ado, here is your weekly look into the Fat Irish Bastard's mushy goop of a noggin, again without help from Bubba, who is somewhere near the Texas-Arkansas border running from the Texas Rangers after his latest adult sody pop related escapades.
1- Big news this week from the hardwood as the big dawg, Lute Olson, asked for and was granted an indefinite leave of absence from the team. Kevin O'Neill will take over on an interim basis as Olson sorts through things in his personal life. Many people speculate as to why the leave of absence was needed and to those folks I say mind your own damn business. Whatever personal issues he has to deal with Lute will do so with the utmost class, like he always does. People need to stop guessing and just let the man and his family be.
2- Arizona freshman punter Keenyn Crier has found himself square in the national spotlight. Crier was named one of ten national semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation's top collegiate punter. The fact that Crier made the list as a red shirt freshman speaks volumes about the talent that Crier has but it also speaks to the true nature of just how good he could be. When he came to Arizona as a walk on Wildcat Special Teams Coordinator Joe Robinson compared Crier, physically, to Ray Guy and so far he is emulating Guy on the field with his abilities also.
3- Arizona Sophomore place kicker Jason Bondzio is now 18-22 on his field goal attempts for the year. One of his misses proved costly as he missed a chip shot 29 yarder against Stanford but one of his misses was also a 59 yard attempt that had the distance but was about 8 feet wide left. Bondzio, along with Crier, helps form a dynamic duo of kicking talent that has already made Wildcat fans forget about Nick Folk.
4- Watching the highlights of last Sunday's NFL games was humorous. The Lions-Broncos game provided one of the funniest sights of the year when Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers intercepted a pass and returned it 66 yards for a score. During the return it was hilarious watching Rogers, who is a cookie away from 360 pounds, rumble ever so slowly towards the goal line. Rogers employed a stiff arm and actually said he used the Jumbo-tron to help him see if there were any pursuers on is tail. Kudos to Rogers as he gave us fat guys some very positive pub with the return. Fat guys rule!
5- With the Oregon Ducks coming to Tucson for a nationally televised game on ESPN next Thursday there is one question that is on my mind. Which of the 1932 ugly uniform combinations will the Ducks don in the Old Pueblo? There are so many to choose from that the Ducks decision has yet to be announced, to the best of my knowledge. Whichever combo is chosen one thing is for sure, they will look like they were peeled off of a snot rag. NIKE sure could have put their money to better use than design those putrid uniforms.
6- There are minor rumblings that Lute Olson will retire after the conclusion of the 2008-2009 season. Interim Head Coach Kevin O'Neill has publicly said that he knows that Olson will be the man for the next two years but nobody has said that King Lute will be coaching beyond next season. It is all speculation and innuendo but there seems to be a tiny shred of possibility to this rumor.
7- This past weekend the Arizona Football program got a huge boost after their win over UCLA when it received the oral commitment of Corona (CA) Centennial running back Ryan Bass. Bass is one of the best backs in the national high school ranks and he will add a ton of talent to the Wildcat corps of backs. One thing folks have been talking about on the message boards is the possibility of Bass being a huge academic risk. While Bass has work to do to become eligible the rumors and talk have been blown way out of proportion. Bass has had a plan set out for him as to what he needs to do to met the entrance requirements at UA and now it is up to him to meet those requirements. It can be done and guys have made it into school that were much further behind where Bass currently is.
8- With the off week the schedule may have changed some for the Arizona Football players but that has not been a reason for actually taking days off. While the Cats may not have practiced Monday or Tuesday the players were still following their normal routine in the weight room. The Wildcat players know that even with a day or two off from practice it is still extremely important for them to stick with their normal regimen of workouts.
9- December 1st is shaping up to be a very good day for the Arizona Football program as that is the day they will hear about two of their top recruits and their commitment decisions. Fresno (CA) Edison cornerback Robert Golden and Garden City, Kansas athlete/wide receiver Brodrick Smith will both announce their decisions on that day. Golden, who was originally committed to Arizona before de-committing amid rumors of the coaching fate of Mike Stoops, was in Tucson for his official visit this past weekend and he witnessed the Cats win over another one of his final three schools, UCLA. Since Golden still has the Cats as his top school and the fact that Smith's father played college football with current UA running backs coach Mike Smith, the Cats are in VERY good shape for both Golden and Smith and December 1st looks to be a very good day for the program.
10- Arizona senior cornerback Antoine Cason is a semi finalist for both the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back, and the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation's top defensive player. If he wins Cason will be the third Wildcat to win the Thorpe and the second to win the Bednarik. Odds are he will become a finalist for the Thorpe Award but not the Bednarik Award. No matter what happens Cason has become a likely fist round NFL draft pick and has done so while remaining a very humble and honorable Wildcat.
11- The game against Oregon next week will mark the final home game for some beloved seniors. Antoine Cason, Spencer Larsen, Jason Parker, Yaniv Barnett, Lionel Dotson, Dane Krogstad, Chris Jennings and Anthony Johnson will all take the field at Arizona Stadium for the last time. All of the seniors made their mark in Tucson and all will be missed. One player that will not be missed, at least by your humble Fat Irish Bastard, but will also be making his final run on the Arizona Stadium turf is Louis Holmes. Holmes' tenure as a Wildcat has been more down than up and has been a huge waste of time in my opinion. I want to extend a hearty thank you and a fond farewell to the departing seniors that have added so much to the Arizona program.
12- Another recruiting update for y'all. One new prospect that is shooting up the Arizona recruiting charts is class of 2017 standout, Colton Stoops. The 3-foot-2 inch strong safety currently has Arizona number one on his list just ahead of Iowa, Ohio State and Steele Elementary School. Stoops' ultimate decision may come down to how he gets along with Arizona's head coach, Mike Stoops. It has been said that the two have had differing opinions on how much the Cats should blitz in the Pac-10 and also how many vegetables the young safety should eat but even those small differences shouldn't hurt the Wildcats' chances with the fiery young defensive back. Stoops announced that he will make his decision known to the world on January 7th, 2017 at the Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas.
WildcatInsider.com's extremely diminutive and pudgy Editor-In-Chief ‘Frodo' Allis helps out the Fat Bastard with numero thirteeno this week again since Bubba is chasing his drunk tail in Texas yet again and in typical Allis style, it is a basketball related tidbit.
13- While there is no way the basketball program would ever let them go, could you imagine what a few of the UA hoopsters would look like on the basketball court?
How about Laval Lucas Perry locking guys up as a DB? The kid was all-state in Michigan. Fendi Onobun resembles high school teammate and current Texas A&M standout Martellus Bennett. Think Fendi couldn't play either tight end or defensive end?
Heck, timing patterns to Jamelle Horne in the corner of the endzone would be sick.