Straight Shots From Welch Ave.

In this week's edition of Straight Shots From Welch Ave., find out what Williams thinks about everything from DeAndre Jackson's season ending injury to the ridiculous brawl in the Miami FIU game.

Thank You DeAndre


When I heard the news about DeAndre Jackson being out for the season, honest to God I wanted to throw up. For those who have never had the pleasure of getting to know him, let me describe DeAndre for you.


He is one of the most humble, classy human beings I've ever met in my entire life. A lot of times college athletes have it in their heads that they're larger than life. In a way, it's hard to blame them. When these kids are recruited, they're constantly being told by "football people" how great they are. When they get to campus all of the sudden they're a celebrity with sorority girls all over them. It's a head growing experience to say the least.


DeAndre has never fallen into that trap. Talking to DeAndre is like talking to some random student. There's no ego, and DeAndre puts the team first. That's literally all he cares about, and I can't put into words the amount of respect I have for DJack. I got to know ‘Dre really well when I took an acting class with him during our sophomore year. Yes, acting, you heard me right. If the NFL doesn't work out, I'm sure Hollywood will be on ‘Dre's doorstep.


In all seriousness, on senior day, this guy better get a huge standing ovation. Even though he won't be suiting up, Jackson is one great Cyclone. It's a shame that his Cyclone career had to end this way, but I know that nobody will rehab harder than number four to get ready for the draft. Good luck ‘Dre!


Big Test on the Horizon


Alright Clones, unfortunately this is now the scenario. Iowa State is off to another 0-3 start in the Big 12. You know what that means? That means that the fans are going to be tested.


Will the fans continue to come out and support this team? Or will we see crowds of 40,000 on Saturdays.


I know what I'd bet on. 50,000 plus against Tech on Saturday. We have some of the best fans in the nation, let's prove it and support our guys the rest of the way, no matter what the outcome. 




I am not an insensitive person. I love a good ole fashion played-out storyline as much as anybody else. That said, did we really have to hear about Adrian Peterson's father's release from prison on every channel carrying a football game 10 times a quarter. Did anybody else get tired with that?


I think it's great that his dad is out of the slammer and can finally watch him play. I think the story itself is a really cool thing. I'm happy for the family in the sense that they have a chance to move on from everything in the past.


That being said, enough already. We got the point after the tenth time you mentioned it yesterday, Fox Sports. As if that wasn't enough, it was all you saw on ESPN all day too. That is until it was known that Peterson would miss the rest of the season after he broke his collar bone.


That's a tough break for a young man who we all should be rooting for. I didn't think that Saturday's game would be pretty, but it turned out to be a lot worse than either team could have imagined.


A Joke Down South


Here's a statement for you. Larry Coker should be fired…IMMEDIATELY. If you didn't see it, our friends down in Miami just happened to get in yet another skirmish on Saturday, this time with the Golden Panthers of Florida International.


This wasn't just a fight; this was an absolute Royal Rumble. An injured player actually ran out onto the field and started using his crutches as a weapon. My favorite part was when a Miami player was on the ground and a Panther then took a running kick at a guy. Dude, he's wearing a helmet.


Now, FIU did instigate this brawl, but don't you find it weird that the Canes are always involved with things like this? Yeah, you didn't start it Miami, but you also didn't have a big enough of a sack to walk away. It takes more of a man to do that than it does to run out there like a maniac swinging your helmet at other players.


Why do football players do that? Don't they realized that when you throw a punch at a guys hard HELMET, it's going to hurt your bare hand more than it will the player with the protection on?


Miami's program is now officially a joke. Year after year, game after game we see antics like this. At first it was alright, the "U" had some swagger. But now it's just plain ridiculous.


In the end, the fight shouldn't be the most embarrassing thing about Saturday for Miami. The most embarrassing thing about Saturday for Miami was the fact that they were only up 7-0 against a winless Florida International team at halftime.


Good work Canes! It's fine to have a down season, but do it with some class.


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