I Can’t Go There Yet !
Well week 12 of the College Football season is upon is upon the fall of the unbeatens now leaves us with just one unbeaten program in the nation. Les Miles and the LSU Tigers now sit atop of the rankings . In the midst of this all many of the presumed Heisman Trophy — candidates this season have seen their stars fall while other appear to be on the rise . And of these perhaps that of Stanford (Cardinals ) Andrew Luck may well have taken the biggest blow , albeit that many analysts believe that the player still remains the consensus favorite to lift the prestigious trophy at the Downtown Athletic Club in Lower Manhattan , New York City , New York .
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As Luck’s star may well have taken something of a hit it has to be said that Oklahoma State’s (Cowboys) Brandon Weeden is now soaring and his play and that of the team has many wondering whether or they are capable of playing for the BCS national title . I think that this season there have been a number of players who simply fit the mold that they have the look of a NFL player . Granted , a player of the caliber Michigan’s (Wolverines) Denard Robinson and whether or not he has all of the prerequisite skills to be a successful quarteback in the NFL . If Robinson can simply exceed the NFL career thus far of Vince Young then who can fault the player ? I mean since his entrance into the NFL as a draft pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2006 .
Vince Young’s troubled career with the team and his constant bickering with then coach Jeff Fisher and the very fact that the front office of the organization were simply clueless as to how best the address the ever growing rift between the much respected coach and the self absorbed NFL player. Titans’ owner Bud Adams perhaps the only franchisee who seems to be chronic sufferer from narcolepsy ! So oblivious was he to growing divide between the quarterback and Fisher that he simply sided with Young , even when it was quite obvious that after the player’s egregious actions of walking out on his teammates after a humiliating loss , having denigrated them and the coaching staff. Thankfully , Young is no longer with the Tennessee Titans now having joined the Philadelphia Eagles as a backup to Michael Vick . Let’s just say that at present the Eagles’ season now seems to be circling the bowl as it makes its way down along with the fecal matter and urine .
In the aftermath of the Alabama ( Crimson Tide’s) loss (9-6) to LSU Tigers both A J McCarron and Trent Richardson have seen the team’s — season fall from grace with possible premise that they may not acquire a BCS bowl berth. Nick Saban a two time national title holder as a college coach still remains the figure head for the program that has him as one of the highest paid coaches in college football. Saban’s annual compensation along with incentives nets just under $5 million a year .
Marcus Lattimore also of South Carolina has made himself a prominent player amongst the Heisman hopefuls but as to whether not he can place himself amongst the top three the voters’ choices will be predicated upon his performances through now and the rest of the season . I am sure that Steve Spurrier would like nothing better than to see his team prevail in their remaining two games against The Citadel and Clemson Tigers rounding out their calendar . .
Given what we have all witnessed over the course of the College Football season I have to admit that I have been impressed with a number of teams . Most notably LSU , Oklahoma State , Stanford and most notably the Oregon (Ducks) (9-1) under the tutelage of Chip Kelly and his coaching staff . With the standings within the Pac 12 being what they are and how things are likely to permeate between now and the end of the season it will be very interesting to see which teams are part of the conference championship . Granted, should the USC Trojans make it to the Pac 12 finale , even with the likelihood of a championship win , their postseason foray would end there . The NCAA imposed sanctions in the aftermath of the Reggie Bush ” scandal” has left the program as onlookers as others make their claim as legitimate national title contenders. That prohibition of being a participant in a Bowl or BCS Bowl game weighs heavily on AD Pat Haden , coach Lane Kiffin , his coaching staff and in particulary upon the players on this team .
Chip Kelly for his part has a very competitive and explosive team . Led by Darron Thomas , LaMichael James , De’Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner this a highly prolific and explosive offense . Can Chip Kelly have this back in the national title game and redeem themselves after their championship loss (22-19) to the Auburn Tigers last season ? That was in essence Cam Newton’s coming out party announcing himself to the world , which would end with the player being the recipient of the 2010 Heisman Trophy .
As to the aspirants for College Football’s most prestigious trophy I have to say inasmuch as the Heisman is Andrew Luck’s to lose in the aftermath Stanford suffering that loss (53-30) to Oregon . I feel that the gap has narrowed greatly between he and the likes of Trent Richardson , Brandon Weedum , Case Keenum , Denard Robinson , Justin Blackmon , LaMichael James , Ryan Broyles , Kellen Moore and Tajh Boyd .
David Shaw who succeeded Jim Harbaugh now has to place his own imprint on this team but at the same time carry on in a similar vain as they seek to make a success of their season . Teams rise and fall within the college game based on simple principles , preparation , play hard but above all play to your strengths and not down to your opponent ! I firmly believe that these very same traits are applied in the NFL !
Monday nights , Thursday nights , has the damn world suddenly shifted a little off its axis ? I think that we can all agree that this season in the NFL we have seen a number of horrendous performances on the specific nights where NFL games have been scheduled on the nights in question ? Last night was simply no different as Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos (5-5) hosted their AFC counterparts </a. the New York Jets (5-5) at Sports Authority Field /Mile High Stadium , in Denver , Colorado . Here , we had two teams both struggling within their respective divisions and most certainly looking for sense of respectability.
In what might perhaps a telling reason as to why the New York Jets have simply been inconsistent this season . In came Rex Ryan and his team looking far too smug and most definitely complacent . It that wasn’t enough the Jets’ defense was simply mystifying to watch . I wouldn’t necessarily say that they were bad but I had to entrust this unit perform with any sense of urgency then based on last night’s display I would be better off calling for the French military to mount a defense . Mark Sanchez performed below par his counterpart Tebow while animated is simply a player who possesses a great deal of zeal but not much skill at the position . His stats , <a href="http://nfl.com/gamecenter/2011111700/ ( 9/20, 104yds, 0TD’s , 0INT’s) passing stats in particular for the game were deplorable, albeit that the Broncos eked out a 17-13 win over the New York Jets to bring their record to a respectable 5-5 within the AFC West .
Not wanting to lambast the Broncos’ quarterback any further it is becoming increasingly clear that while the team is winning John Fox , Head of Football Operations John Elway and GM Brian Xanders are entirely happy. Because at this juncture their gamble seems to be paying off . The jokes and questions as to Tim Tebow’s ability and talent within the NFL are now being firmly set , as you can either still continue to criticize or state for a fact that without him this team would be nowhere . A win , is a win , ugly or pretty and at present the guise of the Denver Broncos is simply to win ugly because that is their trait ! And given how mediocre the AFC West division appears to be this season , this victory will be seen as a godsend for the organization . No pun intended !
Inasmuch , as I hate to say this but given some of the performances of the quarterbacks within the league this season , Tim Tebow is slowly beginning to make a believer out of me ! John Fox and quarterback’s coach Adam Gase , however , really do need to take the player under their wing and instruct him more succinctly . If not then the player’s career within the NFL might not be as long as he would like it to be.
It is hard to explain where the New York Jets go from here after this inexplicable loss . Rex Ryan has his ways about him but now as a coach , his gig is up , he can’t continue to be bellicose and a pompous asshole , while having little to show for it all . And no I have not forgotten that in each of the past two seasons he has taken this franchise to the AFC championship game . But as the saying goes , ” no one remembers the guy who finishes in second place ” ……. the fans simply want to see a winner . And as of yet under Rex Ryan’s tenure the New York Jets have yet to win a damn thing ! Need I say anymore on the matter ?
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What thoughts if any do you have concerning the points raised within this piece ? By all means simply leave a comment as you see fit .
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(1) The Heisman Trophy bust . But who will raise the trophy this season ?
(2) (2) LSU head coach Les Miles, right, greets < Western Kentucky head coach Willie Taggart after their NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. LSU won 42-9 . AP Photo/Gerald Herbert …
(3) (3) Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey (3) is stopped by LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow (57) during the fourth quarter of their NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. LSU won 42-9. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert ….
(4) Stanford running back Jeremy Stewart leaps over to score a touchdown against Oregon during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. AP Photo/Tony Avelar ….
(5) STANFORD, CA – NOVEMBER 12: Stanford Cardinal head coach David Shaw questions a call during their game against the Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Stanford, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images …..
(6) STANFORD, CA – NOVEMBER 12: Andrew Luck (12) of the Stanford Cardinal throws the ball against the Oregon Ducks at Stanford Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Stanford, California. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images ….
(7) Andre Goodman (21) of the Denver Broncos intercepts a pass intended for Plaxico Burress (17) and returns it for a touchdown during the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images … …
(8) Tim Tebow (15) of the Denver Broncos is mobbed by his teammates after scoring the winning touchdown against New York Jets at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty Images ….
(9) New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (15) walk off the field together after an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in Denver. The Broncos won 17-13. AP Photo/Barry Gutierrez …..
(10) DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets reacts as he coaches in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ……
Hot chic pic of the day ……… Brooke Burke ” DWTS ” co host .