Posts of the Week
Each week, we will highlight a few entertaining and/or informative posts from the previous week. Please keep in mind that it is hard to keep track/prioritize all posts so we would welcome input from all Booties. You can make a "Bootie Selection" post as a response to any post that you deem worthy or you can email a link (to the nominated post) to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are the posts that made this week's list:
Poster: Gerald McGowin
Subject: All Darrin, all the time
1951 is a little far back even for me.
I would always say some play by Darrin. The one in the Big game at Berkeley in the flat on the left side going south when he caught that ball and blew past the bears who ran into each other and fell down in a heap, mentioned by others, was great.
But I guess my favorite was in the Bluebonnet bowl. They played the game on New Year's Eve and we had a large group over to our house to watch it. Georgia destroyed us in the first half, 20-0 if I recall. We had dinner planned for halftime and it was glum.
Then early in the third quarter we threw a pass to Darrin over the middle only about 3-4 yards past the line of scrimmage. All of the Georgia DBs were much further downfield and had a shot at him. He just turned it on and out ran each of them to ignite us to victory. Seems like I remember a Margerum touchdown and Gordy Ceresigno (sp) and Robby Chapman making big plays. We won 24-23, I think.
For those of you who liked the Elway-Margerum pass against SC, there was an even longer one in Eugene to Darrin. John ran around forever and Darrin was standing in the endzone with no one closer than 20 yards from him.
I also fondly recall a run he made around right end late in the game at Stanford against UCLA for a TD where he went 1 on 1 in turn with the outside backer, the DB and the safety and none of them laid a hand on him. Great punt return for a td against San Jose, too.
Plunkett to Vataha for 94 yards against Wazzoo to set the all time NCAA record for total offense was sweet. The fake punt in the Rose Bowl to beat Michigan was another favorite. Greg Sampson running down their big back from behind, grabbing him by the shoulder pads with one hand and throwing him down was another highlight of that game.
Lynch and the Bus was the best defensive play in the last 25 years.
Subject: Re: nice to see at least one former player
You bet, I can't stand $C students and alumni for the most part. I can think of about 3 or 4 that I've met that I actually like. Their players are a bunch of hired guns that for the most part don't belong in college. I don't hate them, I feel sorry for them for the most part outside of your occasional Tony Boselli, Jeremy Hogue or John Allred, who are all really good guys. Sadly, Troy is in many ways the epitome of the exploitation of college athletes. Their aging and arrogant alumni who long for the glory of yesteryear keep bringing in athletes who have no academic credentials and criminal records to try and restore the winning tradition of days gone by. No scruples, no taste, no regard for how poorly these players reflect on their school. Yet despite bending and breaking the rules and stooping to such low levels they still haven't won anything significant in eons. The fact that Stanford's alumni base and university administration is so steadfast in it's desire to win both in the classroom and on the field while maintaining a high level of admissions standards is quite admirable. It's what college sports is supposed to be all about; academic achievement and athletic excellence.
I don't think any of us live in a dream world, we know that there
are quite a few Stanford athletes who don't have the same high
test scores as their peers, but at the same time they bring a
more well-rounded resume to the table. Admissions does a great
job of making sure that they belong at Stanford and that they can
do well. 95% of the time they are right on the money. At $C,
you've got a lot of athletes who don't even belong at junior
college, let alone a major university that is trying to convince
everyone that it's on the same academic level as Stanford is....
So for their students and alumni to sit there so arrogantly and
play that stupid song over and over again, giving the victory
sign and adhere to their ridiculous traditions, clinging to the
notion of their national championship years, while at the same
time having the audacity to now attempt to put themselves in our
league academically, it really turns my stomach. Oh well, I'll
feel much better after we make it 3 in a row at around 6:30 PST
Subject: Randoms on U$C/Oregon
I taped the game and had the chance to watch it on Monday.
Several items jumped out at me, some of which have been discussed
in part here.
* $C's defensive speed is real, and it should change the way we run the ball on Saturday. Relative to the ASU game, I expect more carries for KC, and more success. BA is fast, and should be underestimated, but I just don't see him beating $C's defenders outside as easily as he did against ASU. Still, our OL shouldn't have terrible problems opening holes for KC or BA, and we could break some good/big runs between the tackles.
* I don't believe that $C's coverage is as threatening as was relayed by LW from the Oregon posters. UO's receivers and TEs (namely Peele) got open plenty. Harrington just didn't beat them.
* Speaking of Peele, I'm more worried about him than Maurice Morris for when we go to Eugene.
* As for $C's running game, McCullough is having major problems getting or finding holes. This bellies two facts: his OL has serious problems, and he may truly be a sprinter playing football (not a "football player who can fly" as he was quoted by Fox Sports). He showed little to nothing in finding openings or a knack to reverse field. This doesn't negate is gamebreaking potential, as was seen on his TD reception, but it tells me that the number of those opportunities should be very few.
* $C climbed back from the dead on two plays - both for TDs. One (to KK) was as bad a case of blown coverage as you can find in football, and could have been run the distance by John Robinson. The other was a dump-off to McCullough that he broke long when Oregon tacklers miffed and missed badly. I watched those replays several times and firmly believe Oregon gave those touchdowns up - $C burned nobody. To SM's credit, he couldn't be caught after he got through the defense, and that is where he's dangerous... but he should never have gotten there.
* The one offensive play that night by $C that impressed me was the bomb down the left sideline to KK in the 4th quarter go-ahead drive. That was beautiful. The *can* do that to us, and the throw and catch was practically indefensible. However, this play is an incredible rarity in Chow's offense to date this season, while Koettner has it as a staple in his gambling offense. I'm not judging which one will win games, but there is a clear distinction between what the two teams are doing with their athletes.
* Carson Palmer makes a lot of bad decisions. This could very likely play out as the real "X factor" in deciding this coming Saturday's outcome.
* Oregon, for all their hype and hoopla, really earned most of their field position on special teams. They must have approached 300 yards on returns in that game, though some got called back on penalties. That sends two messages to me: 1) Stanford is looking at a team where we might have a special teams advantage where we can really hurt them. 2) Oregon and Harrington's success was standing on the shoulders of the special teams Saturday night. Hence they won with some very shoddy numbers from Joey.
* Speaking of Harrington, I heard about his great comeback drive before I watched the tape, and had that focus as I watched the 4th quarter. But before I got to that final minute of the game, I was really struck by his blown performances prior. He twice had his team with starting field position *in $C territory* in that quarter, and got nothing. The first time, he actually lost 7 yards on a 3-and-out. The second time, he advanced a little but was left with a missed FG. Neither time did he do a damned thing with veritable gifts handed to him. For him to make that final drive against a baby-soft prevent D was far less impressive in that context.
* Anyone notice that Belotti changed back and forth with his kickers? Curious.
ps: On KC's touchdown run Saturday, did anyone notice the blocking? He took a hit at the goal line and went in, but he had space completely cleared for him on the right side. I was seriously impressed. Quaccia, Schindler and Kwame all got great pushes, and Nacho and Wright both stuffed their men. Casey laid a great block outside that neutralized one of the DBs. Textbook stuff, from what I saw. And blockers never get enough damned credit for an excellent job like that.
Subject: A harbinger of victory
I can keep quiet no longer, fellow Cardinalmaniacs! With the
USC game looming, it must be made known that history may be on
our side this weekend in Los Angeles!
Sometime about the middle of the 4th Century A.D., one Quintus Smyrnaeus ("Quintas of Smyrna") wrote "The Fall of Troy" in Greek. The Cardinal's red-hot "Pigskin Playmaker" Luke Powell attended "Smyrna" High School and hails from the town of "Smyrna", TN.
Coincidence................ or fate?
The way I read it, Troy is destined to fall!
Ok, so since you are now warmed up for a little history of Asia Minor..... so, this dude Priam, the King of Troy at the time, was the son of Laomedon and brother to both Tithonus and Hesione. The booze-swilling, maroon and gold polyester pants-wearing old geezer, who would eventually be butchered by Neoptolemus or offed by Achilles or something like that, was also the father of a "shepard prince" named Paris. "Paris" was your classic tennis sweater-wearing USC pretty boy. His unusual dual profession was not surprising since as we all know, most SC guys tend to get involved with sheep at an early age. As fate would have it, it was this very same arrogant, good-looking Paris, a super rich guy's son who hadn't accomplished a whole lot on his own (in other words, a typical SC frat boy), who started the whole Trojan war fracas by stealing Menelaus' scrumptious song girl Helen (also a typical slimy SC move). Of course all this stuff did give Homer and Virgil some pretty good writing material. [Note: "Priam" was also the name of a high profile failure in the computer industry, another Trojan effort gone bad].
Jumping ahead to the famous Trojan Horse deal since I know Bootboarders don't have all day to surf in today's economy.....So, at first the confident, but cautious Trojans were not sure whether to bring the famous "giant horse" inside the walls of Troy. The huge horse was said to be an offering to the goddess Minerva. However, they eventually dragged it inside because the prophet "Calchas" had told them that if the Trojans took possession of it, they would assuredly triumph over the Greeks. Game over. Enough said.
Moral of the story? Never, ever, ever trust anyone with a name like "Cal-chas", for Fasani's sake!
Troy: beware of Cardinal(s) bearing gifts!