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Monday Armchair QB

What a wretched week/weekend for South Florida sports, especially football.

The Hurricanes were downgraded to a mere Tropical Depression by the Yellow Jackets running attack. Prior to the game, a GT fan said that Miami was going to be runn all over Thursday because of two coaching mistakes Shannon was making. #1. He instructed the players to swarm to the ball. Against this offense, it’s important to play assignment football, and the swarm mentality will leave players out of position, in overpersuit, and susceptible to misdirection. #2. Shannon instructed the players to tackle high in order to create turnovers. This mistake would cause players to be run over by the large RB HB/FB, QB, and WR’s who are operating this triple option. Miami needed to get lower than the O-Line and ball carriers to keep from getting run over, through, or having tackles broken. Both of these predictions came true and Miami gave up the most yards on the ground since 1944, the second most in school history. You just cannot give up 450 yards total, much less on the ground and expect anything less than a complete embarrassment. Strangely enough, the Canes are still in contention for an ACC championship depending on the outcome of VT’s upcoming match up, GT’s next game, and their own game against NC St.

As for the Dolphins, it was a fun game until late 3rd/early 4th Quarter. The Wildcat was tamed overall, but Pennington had a fine game scoring 3 passing TD’s. NE is now in second place in the division at 7-4, Miami falls back to 6-5 and has a tough road to a possible playoff birth.

In pickem, I was the only picker to pick the greatest pick of the week. I called NY Jets to beat the Titans, thank you very much.

In fantasy football, there will be another shake up. Unless Mason Crosby scores 30 points for me tonight (hahahaha), I am going to lose due to my own trade. It’s ok, I would still have traded Turner, but this week his 36 points beat me. I hit a buzz saw named the Turkey Buzzards who just a few weeks ago were winless. Now the Buzzards are going to have 3 wins in a row and have the week’s high score. I also made a mistake starting Denver on D and benching Thomas Jones who also had a big week.

Stand by until tomorrow for the Fantasy Football Report.

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The Monday Armchair QB

Another great weekend of football has gone by the wayside.  College and NFL games really turned out some big upsets, and some great finishes.  Due to my whirlwind schedule on Saturday and Sunday, I didn’t get to watch a single game, with the exception of the second half of last night’s Patriots/Colts game.
The U pulled out an incredible drive to finish regulation in a tie against UVA.  After penalties and a negative play, the final drive was 99 yards led by Jacory Harris and capped by a 30ish yard prayer of a TD pass and chewed up over 7 minutes of the clock to tie the game.  UM then missed a game winning fieldgoal with 4 second left.  In OT, UM quickly scored a TD with another pass from Harris.  UVA, in their possession, ran the ball and looked like they would be plowing in quickly.  After 11 yards, the Virginia RB fumbled the ball and the game away.  UM wins 24-17 in a great win for Miami.

The Dolphins pulled out yet another unexpected win against a favored team on the road.  This time, the victim was the Denver Broncos.  The defense, particularly Will Allen, turned up huge in this game.  The Ronnie Brown show continued to be a driving force as well.  At 4-4, and with a weak AFC, it is not crazy to think about the possibility of a playoff run.  The Houston game could have and should have had a different result.  We would be talking about a 5-3 team right now.  As of now, it is a vastly different season than last.

Here is a great game, Texas vs Texas Tech matchup.  Did anyone actually expect the Red Raiders to beat the Longhorns?  I know any team with an offense as good as TT’s can do something special, even against some of the best teams in the nation.  But the way TT played defense was the biggest surprise.  There were several series straight for the Longhorns that had negative yards.  They were at the most crucial points of the game, in the second and third quarter.  But then the WR from Texas (Williams) made some great plays to put Texas right back in the game late and then even take a lead.  Then with a few seconds left, the Red Raiders showed their steel.  TD, game over, Texas Tech pulls the big upset.  This year is not over at all in the Big 12, considering TT has to get past very good OK State and Oklahoma teams in 2 of their last 3 games.  That south division looks to be very strong!

UF beat Georgia like a rented mule.  They were short one point of the greatest margin of victory in the series history.  That’s impressive considering how long this series has been running.  Tebow accounted for 5 TD’s, 3 on the ground and 2 through the air to become the all time TD rushing leader in UF history surpassing Emmitt Smith who was actually a running back.  Tebow is by far the best player in football this year, much less the best QB.  I do not like the Gators, but I am a fan of this guy!

On to fantasy football.  Let me touch really quickly on a few things.  I will likely hand Ritz his second loss of the year (I beat him in game one and he has not lost since) yet he will remain in first.  Jesse‘s Fuser Heads will lose as well, and he will remain in 2nd place.  Pastor Trav is looking at his 4th win in a row, as he makes a serious push for the playoffs.  I am going to hold on to first place in the Vegas style LPC league, and I  will capture the best week of all the members in the second chance league, but I will not even come close to the  lead.  I have a lot of work to do in the second chance league.  But things are really heating up!  More tomorrow on the fantasy football report.

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NCAA Men’s Basketball 3/14/08 UM vs VT

Since January 1993’s Sugar Bowl match-up of the “unbeatable” Miami Hurricane’s against the lowly Crimson Tide of Alabama, I have become a pessimist. Anytime there is a marginally competitive opponent, I just assume the Canes will find a way to lose. That started to change in 1998 when The Edge ended UCLA’s title hopes, and 2000 against FSU and in the Sugar Bowl against UF, 2001 when we went undefeated and won the football championship. I had progressed back to a cocky Cane fan until Terry Porter infamously snatched the championship from us and handed it to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Since then, I just assume we will lose against marginally competitive teams, basketball or football, doesn’t really matter. Well, I was proven right today. The Canes were in the game, even had a second half lead against the Virginia Tech Hokies. Then, VT just decided to put us away. 63-49 was the final. The Canes this year are not bad, but they aren’t great either. We will probably get a 9 or 10 seed and be lucky to get past the first round of the tourney. It’s a good season on which to build the future, but not really that much to brag about.

There I go again, sounding like a pessimist in a season that is not even technically over yet.

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