Bowl Game Glut, A Recap….

When I said I resigned myself to watch as many bowl games as I could I wasn’t kidding.  I viewed quite a number even if it was not the whole game I still saw a great deal.  Get a load of some of those bowl game names, I love it.  Many of the games were poorly attended but the players played like it was a full house.  The games even produced big emotions at the end many times.  Good for the players, the coaches and the fans.  That’s what it’s all about, right?  Damn straight.  See you in September.

New Orleans Bowl – Boring.  Hell even I couldn’t get into it, but I did watch most of it.

LA Lafayette 13  Nevada 3

Potato Bowl – Why is it every game I watch in this stadium, Boise State with the blue rug, it’s always snowing or raining or something crappy.  It looked like there were about 17 people there.  Of course bringing in teams from far off didn’t exactly help attendance.

Air Force 38  Western Michigan 24

Camellia Bowl – Bowling Green throws the Hail Mary to win it, otherwise forgettable.

Bowling Green 33  South Alabama 28

Miami Beach Bowl – Big fight at the end.  Bad ending to a good hard fought game.

Memphis 55  Brigham Young 48

Boca Ratan Bowl – Marshall had one receiver with 18 catches.  Marshall rolls.

Marshall52  Northern Illinois 23

Pointesettia Bowl – Navy pulls out a squeeker at the end.  Good low scoring game.

Navy 17  San Diego State 16

Bahamas Bowl – Central Michigan makes a hell of a comeback only to miss the two point conversion to win it at the end.

Western Kentucky 49  Central Michigan 48

Hawaii Bowl – Rice rolls.  I was very surprised here.

Rice 30  Fresno State 6

Heart of Dallas Bowl – Actually I thought Illinois was the better team but they kept self destructing.

Louisiana State 38  Illinois 17

Quick Lane Bowl – This surprised me too.  Is Rutgers that good?

Rutgers 40  North Carolina 21

Military Bowl – The only fumble fumble touchdown play I ever saw

Virginia Tech 33  Cincinnati 17

Independence Bowl – Good competitive game.

South Carolina 24  Miami 21

Pinstripe Bowl – Penn State acted like they won the National Title at the end.  That’s what the bowls are all about.

Penn State 31  Boston College 30

Holiday Bowl – Prayer not answered at the end.  Why did Nebraska let their coach go?!?

USC 45  Nebraska 42

Russell Athletic Bowl – The Tigers could do NO wrong.  The Sooners are better than this showing.

Clemson 40  Oklahoma 6

Music City Bowl – Good competitive game.  ND re-finds it’s life.  FG to win.

Notre Dame 31  LSU 28

Peach Bowl – Over before it started.  TCU tries to make a point.

TCU 42  Ole Miss 3

Fiesta Bowl – Boise quarterback play was outstanding.

Boise State 38  Arizona 30

Orange Bowl –  The Ramblin Wreck’s triple option is hard to contain.

Georgia Tech 49  Mississippi 34

Outback Bowl – First OT game of the bowl season was great ending to a great game.  Maybe the best bowl game of the bowl season.

Wisconsin 34  Auburn 31

Cotton Bowl – The Bears blew it.  Bad!  Now this may be the best bowl game of the season.

Michigan State 42  Baylor 41

Rose Bowl – Ducks speed ruled the day.  The turnover didn’t hurt either.

Oregon 59  Florida State 20

Sugar Bowl – Alabama beat at their own game.  Good competitive game however.

Ohio State 42  Alabama 35

Alamo Bowl –  The game doesn’t matter.  Bill Snyder is a favorite coach of mine.

UCLA 40  Kansas State 35

Birmingham Bowl – Good journeyman game.  Gators one step ahead the whole way.

Florida 28  East Carolina 20

GoDaddy Bowl – Speed speed hurry up speed and more speed.  Really no fun to watch, so I stopped in the first.

Toldeo 63  Arkansas State 44

National title Game – Buckeye’s literally beat up the Ducks, badly.  An ass whipping at it’s finest, and with a third string quarterback too.

Ohio State 42  Oregon 20


Didn’t see any of the:

New Mexico Bowl

Las Vegas Bowl

St. Petersburg Bowl

Sun Bowl

Liberty Bowl

Texas Bowl

Belk Bowl

Foster Farms Bowl

Citrus Bowl

Armed Forces Bowl

TaxSlayer Bowl

Cactus Bowl

Jim Harbaugh #4 returns home to Michigan….

QB Jim Harbaugh will now wear the headset at the "University of Michigan".
QB Jim Harbaugh will now wear the headset at the “University of Michigan”.


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This guy will restore The University of Michgan back to the winning way!  This guy is a no nonsense football motivator and if you don’t like what he says or does, too bad, that’s the way it is.  And his way wins football games.  Sound familar?  He is a disciple of Bo and coaches with the same fire.  Bo said of all the QB’s he ever coached Harbaugh was the one he trusted the most on the field.  It may be a bit too much to ask coming out of the gate but two or three years down the road the Wolverines will once again be a force to be dealt with.  He’s been successfull everywhere he’s coached and I can’t wait to see him wear the block M hat and walk the sidelines at Michigan Stadium.  #4 is back.

He’s Here, A Christmas Story….

I believe most people who know me would say my two favorite words are, “Go Blue”.   Well they’re up there and were the tops for a great number of years but I think “He’s Here” has overtaken the top spot.  You see when I was waiting on my grandchild, for nine months all the talk I heard centered around the baby coming, showers, due dates, checkups, how big he is, is he healthy, and the mother or baby’s needs.  But mostly the talk was of the future and the baby that’s coming.  You hear about it, you talk about it, but you can’t wrap your hands around it.  It’s like talking about Santa or the Easter Bunny, lots of talk but they never really appear.  You hear the talk talk talk but what they speak of is never with you.  100_8833An intangiable object.  The excitement in their voices is there to be sure, but still something’s missing and what is coming never seems like it will ever get here.  On April 1, 2014 I sat quietly in a hospital waiting room only a short distance down the hall from the delivery area where my Daughter and Son in Law were about to make me a Grandpa.  Only there a few minutes at best when my son in laws sister looks at her phone and says in an excited voice; “He’s Here”.  A text and photo from the delivery room announced his arrival.  It then hit me, BA-BAM!  My mind went clear as a bell with only one thought. He’s right down the hall right now.  He’s in the next room.  No more living in a state of wondering.  I can now see him in person.  I can go meet him and hold what the all the talk was of for so many months.  A Grandchild I can put my hands on.  You have no idea of how remembering hearing the words, “He’s Here” makes me feel.  Just slightly above “Go Blue”!

Capitol One Bowl Week, It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year….

I think there are somewhere around 38 bowl games this year. Some want to get rid of the lesser bowl games.  Why?  Let the kids who sweated all fall go on a trip, usually somewhere warm, play football, and have some fun.  It’s a reward for the work.  The players act like the just won the National Title when they win one of these so called lesser bowls.  I say let capital-one-bowl-2010em have the fun!  With the football playoffs at 4 games, these lesser bowls still have meaning to the people who particiapte in them.  If the masses have their way and we go to 8 teams or even 16 teams in the playoffs, the tradition of the bowls is over.  My opinion, anything after 4 teams in the playoff crowns a tournament champion, not a real National Champion based on their season’s play.  But that’s just me.  I enjoy the Utah’s, the Utep’s, the Bowling Greens etc etc etc, the minor bowl games and so forth.  As College football gets closer and closer to the edge of ruin I’m just trying to enjoy what is left and what it was built upon.

Sportsmanshiplike Conduct II….

Devin Gardner
Devin Gardner

Everyone saw Michigan senior quarterback Devin Gardner consoling Ohio State freshman signal caller J.T. Barrett last week when he went down with an injury in the midst of a huge rivalry game.

Ohio State’s Dave Claborn and the OSU athletic department sent Gardner a letter of appreciation for his actions last Saturday.  It reads:

“Dear Mr. Gardner,

I write, simply, to thank you for the inspiration you are and the class you showed as you consoled J.T. Barrett when he was injured this afternoon in your game against the Buckeyes.

The Ohio State- Michigan game is important, but it pales in comparison to the humanity you displayed during that moment.

As I think you know, J.T. Barrett has been an inspiration to the Buckeye squad this season, coming in as he did when Braxton Miller was injured. He’s preformed with maturity and poise well beyond his years. I suspect it’s been guys like you who have been his role models.

You are an extraordinary young man and your example of sportsmanship and true humanity to thousands of young (and older) people this afternoon was, in my opinion, worth far more than any football statistics.

Thank you again for showing all of us how it should be done.”

Sportsmanshiplike Conduct….

Devin Gardner.
Devin Gardner.

Even though “The Game” did not work out like I would have liked it to there was one defining moment late in the going that helped make it all ok.  OSU quarterback JT Barrett pressured and scrambling found himself going down under three Michigan defensive players.  His leg was folded up underneath him and the result was a broken ankle.  During the stoppage of play to attend to the injury Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner came out on to the field and offered a positve word and told Barrett he would be praying for him.  Devin Gardner had a tough career at Michigan for a lot of reasons.  But he’s weathered them all and for whatever reason I never wanted him out of the lineup, no matter how he played or how the situation itself played out.  I knew he was our best chance, as we all saw when he was benched midseason.  He took a beating in many a game and kept coming back.  He showed signs of greatness at times and at others times seemed lost.  Regardless I like the kid and now a new found respect for what he did here and what he has done in his community.  He can come to my house anytime, I’ll buy him a beer.  Good Luck Devin!

Ferguson MO….

I found this on-line and found it rather raw but at the same time right on point.  I researched it as well as I could and found it to be true through the author’s website and a few other various sites.  I did not want to post some imposters, from their point of view, improper rant.  Interesting piece however it will not set in with anyone and will eventually be lost in the shuffle.  Read at your own risk.