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Appalachian State 34, No. 5 Michigan 32

In terms of being unprecedented, possibly the biggest upset in college football history. Just doing their part to make the Big Ten Network exciting. 🙂

Friday Bayou Bengals Blogging

Almost forgot about Friday catblogging. Let’s see:

After 25 hours of pregame show — seriously, it was 25 hours — the LSU Tigers beat Mississippi State 45-0 in college football. I only caught part of it, but I wasn’t exactly impressed with LSU’s offense. Not sure why so many sports pundits are picking them to play in the national championship. I think this is the same team that didn’t even win its half of the SEC last year, except this year they have a worse quarterback. And, let’s not forget, they still have Oklahoma State’s old coach.

Anyway, MSU’s QB threw six interceptions, which is impressive. Of course, just to be fair, one of those interceptions occurred in the end zone when the receiver was pushed to the ground by his face mask before the ball got there. Perhaps the referee standing five feet away thought it was a punt? So, only five interceptions. Much better. 🙂

Oh, okay…here’s a real cat:

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Sort of.

Fantasy football for real this time

While I’ve been in random Yahoo! fantasy football leagues the last three years, this is the first year I’ve joined a league set up by a friend and actually participated in a live draft. So, I thought I would go the full disclosure route and list the players I picked up for what I think will be the league’s best just-below-.500 team.

Round 1: RB Frank Gore
Gore says he wants to get 2,000 yards in a season. I’ll need at least 20 of those yards to be from the 1 into the endzone.

Round 2: RB Willis McGahee
Yep, he gave up on the Bills, but he’s playing for the Ravens now. I’m counting on fear of Ray Lewis to motivate him and Brian Billick‘s lack of an offensive imagination to give him lots of opportunity. Besides, he’s been really productive.

Round 3: QB Drew Brees
On the plus side, he had a great season last year and an even better preseason. On the minus side, he is made of fine Waterford Crystal.

Round 4: WR Marques Colston
Why, yes, there was a run on wide receivers. How could you tell? Anyway, I’m sure all of the Saints opponents will have forgotten about his performance last season and won’t double-cover him or anything.

Round 5: WR Calvin Johnson
He might not have looked special in preseason, but he sure does in Madden 2008. Hopefully he’ll get used to the ball coming somewhere near him, since it won’t be thrown by Reggie Ball. Relax, Calvin. Embrace the easy catch.

Round 6: RB Adrian Peterson
The Minnesota rookie, not the one who’s going to play a lot for the Bears once they realize they are about to start the season with Cedric Benson at RB. Yep, I picked him because of one play against the Jets. That, and the fact Chester Taylor kept running into the line and falling down. I’ll look prescient.

Round 7: QB Ben Roethlisberger
Jon Kitna went one pick before this, meaning I’ll miss out on the 40+ touchdown passes he’ll be throwing in his mind. However, I will get to hear a lot about how Ben was so good two years ago, and so bad last year. To make up for it, every pass will be exciting.

Round 8: RB Thomas Jones
Heh, heh, heh…I’m so good…He’s going to be Curtis Martin this year. But will it be the great running back Curtis Martin, racking up an 1600+ yard season, or will it be retired Curtis Martin, eating chips on the sofa while watching the game?

Round 9: DEF Carolina
I make this pick every year. Every year I watch as division opponents just run up the middle every play.

Round 10: WR Jerry Porter
Hmm, one catch last year…I have a feeling he’ll improve that by at least 1000%.

Round 11: TE Dallas Clark
Dallas Clark rules! We get points for intangibles and downfield blocking, right?

Round 12: WR Muhsin Muhammad
Moose caught almost every single pass one season with the Panthers. He’s reliable, and Rex Grossman needs that. That, and someone to carefully hand him the ball from center, and then to point out where he should throw, and….

Round 13: WR Bernard Berrian
Another Bears wide receiver. Heck, somebody’s going to catch those Rex Grossman “passes,” and most of the time it will be a Bear. (The mind of the Sex Cannon is a dark and mysterious place.)

Round 14: WR Wes Welker
No, you’ve heard of him. Used to play for Miami. Gave the Patriots fits. Kicked some extra points for them. The sports magazines says he’s a QB’s best friend. Even caught Tom Brady’s baby when it came out. Impressed Bridget so much she secretly named the kid after him. The media says the last name is Moynahan, but it’s really Welker. And most importantly: He’s the Chosen of the Devil.

Round 15: K John Kasay
I did not see those two field goals get blocked…I did not see those two field goals get blocked…I did not see those two field goals get blocked…I did not see those two field goals get blocked…

And that’s it. It’s a lineup you could take out on the field and use to win the…uh…NFC South. Which is a proud accomplishment in its own right. 🙂

Priorities

We were helping family move house this weekend, so I ended up missing Arena Bowl XXI! Wow, where was my head? I would have loved to see that one Iowa team play that team from Orlando. There’s still an Iowa team, right? 😉

Oh, I guess the result was San Jose SaberCats 55, Columbus Destroyers 33. Ohio has a team? Maybe Brady Quinn will play for them one day. 🙂

They Call Him Lightning

Just to show I’m a huge nerd, when I saw this news about Seth Adams being the likely starting quarterback for the University of Mississippi, I read it as Teth-Adam. Not too bad, but then I was unreasonably intrigued by the idea of a killer supervillain/hero with the power of seven ancient gods playing in the SEC.

“The line collapses and Dempsey’s getting a free shot at the quarterback…OH…Oh my! Teth-Adam just threw Dempsey’s head to the receiver! The receiver drops it!”

“Well, Brad, normally he’s got great hands, but there’s a limit to the amount of horror you can withstand on the field.”

“Even if he had caught it, there’s a flag on the field, and I have to assume it’s against Ole Miss. Let’s go to Paul Maguire for his view from the sideline while we wait on the call.”

“GUYS, THAT WAS THE COOLEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN! Dempsey’s arm landed right in front of our cart!”

“The referee has made the call…It’s a personal foul…unnecessary roughness against the Rebels.”

“Bob, it looks like Teth-Adam is going out to dispute the call…Our producers are telling me it’s a good time to cut to a commercial break.”

That all being said, I hope Seth Adams is successful, but how did Ole Miss get to the point of needing to start a transfer from Delta State who never started a game at his old school?

Link courtesy of Every Day Should Be Saturday.

Friday Ticat Blogging

Hamilton Tiger Cats

Are you ready for some Canadian Football? 🙂

Panthers looking to trade Jenkins?

You know, if this rumor is correct, and the Carolina Panthers are actually thinking about trading Kris Jenkins for any less than a first or second round pick — which they’re unlikely to be offered for an oft-injured defensive tackle — I’m going to be further convinced that they don’t get this whole “personnel” thing. They might have a lot of depth along the defensive line, but Jenkins is one of the better tackles in the NFL, and I’m not convinced they can come up with something better in the third round or lower. Besides, at one point the Panthers had a lot of depth at linebacker, and then they overpaid to keep the talented but fragile Dan Morgan, and let just-as-talented Will Witherspoon and versatile Chris Draft sign with the Rams.

Maybe Jenkins wants out? Or maybe the Panthers know a talented rookie they really want to get? They’re okay at the draft, having picked up CB Richard Marshall last year, but given the fact he had such a big impact because the two more-experienced cornerbacks were having troubles, that doesn’t instill a lot of confidence. In a free-agent NFL, going less than 50% on positive personnel moves is the key to hanging out at 8-8. (Ask the Falcons.)

Liveblogging the Puppy Bowl

Well, I was thinking about liveblogging Puppy Bowl III, but then I realized it could be summed up as this:

3-6 PM: Puppies rolling, chewing, biting, running.

Seriously, it might be possible to liveblog it, but since they aren’t wearing numbers, and I don’t have a program, I don’t think you’d get much out of it. 😉

(I’m not sure why there is so much crowd noise. The Super Bowl crowd isn’t that into it.)

Gotta go. There’s a Samoyed walking on a small dog. If you want liveblogging, I’m almost willing to bet this one of Puppy Bowl II will cover it better than I could. 🙂

Puppy Bowl III

Lest we forget, Super Bowl Sunday isn’t just about watching an 18-hour-long pregame show…It’s also about watching puppies and kittens engaging in ceremonial combat in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl III!

Okay, combat might be a strong word. Ceremonial wandering around and sniffing things would be more accurate. Still, awwwwwwh. 🙂

Link courtesy of Deadspin, which had this great quote:

At halftime, they will be running a special “Kitty Bowl,” which is like the Puppy Bowl, except its players are aloof and indifferent to all spectators. Which makes it decidedly more similar to the actual Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLI: It’s a Tie!

I’m pretty sure this is how alternate timelines diverge. Just before Super Bowl XLI, featuring the Colts vs. the Bears, you can get these two highlight videos by NFL Films:

Warner Brothers Chicago Bears Super Bowl XLI Champions DVD
Celebrate Chicago, you are the city of champions once again! Remembering the Monsters of the Midway, the Chicago Bears and their intimidating defense helped vault the club to the Super Bowl XLI title! Relive the Bears’ rise to the top of the league with this Warner Brothers Champions DVD. NFL Films takes you from the opening whistle against the Packers to the final gun in Miami.

Warner Brothers Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl XLI Champions DVD
The demons are gone, buried deep in the Miami sand. Peyton Manning finally won the “Big One,” leading the Indianapolis Colts to their first Super Bowl championship in 36 years. Join NFL Films on a video ride from the first snap against the New York Giants to the final play in Miami at Super Bowl XLI. The Warner Brothers DVD relives the Colts’ rise to the top of the NFL!

Link courtesy of Deadspin.

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