This must be the reason why the security at Notre Dame football games has been so ridiculously over the top the past decade. It has become so obvious that football, booze, and cooking in a parking lot can lead to a fireball of destruction. Otherwise known to go by the name of Cappy at Notre Dame or Al Davis in Oakland. Both are good at destroying any sort of fun the fans might be looking for while rooting on their team before, during, and after a game. They must be stopped or thrown out because football just isn't as entertaining with those two guys in charge.
Video HT: Busted Coverage
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
It's comforting to know that political games along with pissing and moaning among our government officials will never come in between what is good for our economy. I mean honestly, I didn't really think all that money I kept putting in my 401k was actually going to pan out in the long run. I've learned a good lesson to never put good old fashioned boozing money or hooker spit money for that matter into something our financial institutions and government would just manage to throw away any ways. My bad.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 8:20 AM
Monday, September 29, 2008
I think I'm still a little awestruck by just how dominate Alabama was on Saturday night in Athens. They absolutely destroyed Georgia in every phase of the game with the most notable being the line of scrimmage. Georgia's inexperience on the offensive line hurt but there really is no reason to get dominated in that much of a fashion unless Bama is just the better overall team. Clearly Nick Saban is to blame for this. Poor Matthew Stafford never saw it coming.
Video HT: EDSBS
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 3:33 PM
I just thought I would let the readers who don't know about the "Crank Me Up!" chant that the Notre Dame football players, students, band, and fans and alumni have been using all season see if for their own eyes.
The Irish crushed Purdue 38-21 and finally found an offensive identity for the first time since Brady Quinn graduated. These are exciting times to be an Irish fan since the majority of their starters and playmakers are underclassmen on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. The Irish appear ready to make a run for a major bowl appearance if they can continue to stay focused and improve with QB Jimmy Clausen leading the way.
We have the official "Crank Me Up!" shirt with the trademarked slogan which is exclusive to us available only on our store page for only $14. A portion of all sales goes to the American Cancer Society.
CRANK ME UP!
Video HT: IrishIllustrated
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 11:01 AM
C.C. Sabathia and Ryan Braun celebrate the Brewers first playoff appearance since 1982.
As you have noticed by reading this blog lately I have pretty much written off baseball since football started. I love baseball but it's been hard for the past decade plus when my favorite club, the Baltimore Orioles, are mathematically eliminated starting in spring training in the always rough and tough AL East. At least this year we don't have to hear about the New York Yankees in the playoffs. Hell, the Milwaukee Brewers made it for the first time since 1982 and have as good of a shot as any other team to win the World Series. The playoffs should be very entertaining (more on it later) but I'm here to talk about the regular season awards and who I think they should go to.
AMERICAN LEAGUE MVP
Francisco Rodriguez, Anaheim Angels-Talk about using an upcoming free agency in the off season and turning it into a jackpot. K-Rod broke Bobby Thigpen's save record of 57, actually he destroyed it, by recording 62 saves as he helped lead the Angels to the best record in baseball by shutting out opponent's bats in the ninth. Normally I'm not a fan of picking any pitcher especially a reliever for a MVP award but Rodriguez stands out on the Angels because without him the Angels wouldn't be nearly as formidable as they are right now. Plus he broke a significant MLB record and nobody else in the league can say that. Dustin Pedroia would be might second place vote for playing an unbelievable second base despite being 5 foot 2.
NATIONAL LEAGUE MVP
Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals-Granted the Cardinals didn't make the playoffs but it shouldn't matter as Pujols again put up another monster season and deserves the award. He had more extra base hits than strikeouts and was the main reason why the Cardinals were in the Wild Card hunt till mid September. He is a pitcher's nightmare and he is top 4 in almost every important hitter's stat including batting average (.357, second only to Chipper), RBI's (116, 4th despite missing a month of the season and with a lineup with weak leadoff hitters), on base percentage (.462, second only to Chipper), 1st in OPS and slugging percentage and intentional walks. He is the modern day Babe Ruth and although I have my suspicions of illegal ways of acquiring these stats he has never been caught or had any legal cloud over him. Manny Ramirez deserves second place for destroying NL pitching and getting the Dodgers to the playoffs.
AMERICAN LEAGUE CY YOUNG
Cliff Lee, Cleveland Indians-Lee went 22-3 and led the league in wins, ERA, and win percentage despite playing on a team that finished .500 on the season. I gave K-Rod the MVP so I wanted to spread out the love and give Lee the Cy Young for best season from an American League starter.
NATIONAL LEAGUE CY YOUNG
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants-He might have the best name for a ballplayer in San Francisco with his last name having porno written all over it. That alone should get him the Cy Young. Kidding aside Lincecum was first in the league in strikeouts and win percentage despite playing on an awful Giants team which blew 5 of his games late which would have made him an easy 20 game winner. He finished second in the league in wins and ERA despite being only 24 years old and only in his second season in the majors.
AMERICAN LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays-The rookie third basemen helped the Rays win the American League East division despite not even making the ballclub out of spring training and missing 30 games with a broken wrist. He led all AL rookies in RBI's, total bases and extra base hits. He has drawn comparisons to Chipper Jones, Mike Schmidt, and Scott Rolen for his play all season at third despite only being 22 years old.
NATIONAL LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs-Like Longoria he helped lead a perennial loser in the Chicago Cubs to a division championship while manning the most difficult position in all of baseball at catcher. The kid raked all season and held together a pitching staff which is always difficult for a rookie. He also hit the most homeruns for a rookie catcher since Mike Piazza.
MANAGERS OF THE YEAR
AL-Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays got them to the playoffs and won the AL East division pretty handily despite having a payroll the fraction of the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
NL-Lou Piniella of the Chicago Cubs got them to the playoffs and are probably the favorite to win the National League thanks to his bat shit crazy persona.
Feel free to argue your case for another guy in the comment sections if you disagree with my picks.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 9:22 AM
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Noon: Maryland at Clemson-Last year the Tigers got 100 plus rushing yard performances from their Thunder and Lightning combo and easily handled the Terps. This year the Tigers are preparing Tommy Bowden for another year of not competing for the ACC Championship. I'm taking the Terps in the upset...31-28
12:30: Ole Miss at Florida-The Gators survived the Rebels last year behind a brilliant performance from Tim Tebow in the Grove. I expect the Gators to win this game but that 22 point spread looks a little too large and I think Jevan Snead and Ole Miss can hang with a soft Gator's defense. Florida wins 38-24
3:30: Turdue at Notre Dame-The Fighting Irish better be ready to "Crank Me Up!" and come out of the tunnel ready to destroy the Wilford Brimleys. A beautiful day awaits in South Bend today as the Irish beat up on their redheaded stepson as Jimmy Clausen finally chopped his Thuderlips-look away and is ready to lead the good guys to victory. ND wins 27-20
3:30: Tennessee at Auburn-The Vols were my pick as a sleeper in the SEC but so far they have been sleeping ever since they traveled to LA. Auburn still has the team to compete for a SEC Title and I think they prove it today by winning another competitive SEC battle. Auburn wins 20-13
7:00: TCU at Oklahoma-For some reason I have a feeling we could be in for an upset. TCU has the nation's top rated defense and are huge underdogs in this game. They know they can beat the Sooners like when they bottled up Adrian Peterson and won in Norman in 2006. No other visitor has won since, a streak of 19 straight Sooner home victories. TCU with the shocker...26-23
7:45: Alabama at Georgia-The game of the weekend matches two undefeated, top 10 teams in Athens. The Crimson Tide have been cruising so far as they have dominated the line of scrimmage in every game so far. Georgia is playing the nation's toughest schedule and Mark Richt has an ability to get the Dawgs focused and ready for big time games. This is a huge game as College Gameday finally comes back to Athens and isn't disappointed. Georgia goes back to #1 after this battle. Georgia wins 35-21
The beers of choice today are NewCastle Brown Ale and Sam Adam's Cherry Wheat.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 7:42 AM
Friday, September 26, 2008
You thought it ended last night after the Beavers of Oregon State ripped apart the leaky Trojan's defense but no my friend...it was just a precursor of things to come the rest of the evening....
May God have mercy on any pollster's soul if they keep USC in their top 10. They lost to a team who was 1-2, unranked and got blown to pieces by Penn State and lost to Stanford. There are no excuses for this paper champion which USC has become in the media's black eye.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 6:14 AM
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Sporting Blog has this video of a wide receiver from Morgan State making an insane catch against Winston-Salem State last Saturday. I'm still not sure how he could manage to grab the football so well unless he has hands the size of Shaquille O'neal or was using some serious stick em or pine tar on his gloves. Either way it's a hell of a play and one that I hope to see out of WR's Michael Floyd and A.J. Green this weekend. And I say that because I have a lot of $$ riding on it. Get it done freshmen. I would really love to keep my other pinkie toe for at least another week if you catch my drift.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 12:57 PM
Big ass HT to best bud Andrew for sending me this video. I will never think of Guinness the same way again. In fact just seeing someone drink a cold, soothing Guinness might get me all hot and bothered from now on. Just a warning but I might start mimicking my black lab Soco and start hip thrusting when ever I see something I like.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 12:28 PM
FanIQ has the picture of this Washington Redskins fan displaying his love and admiration for Mr. Jessica Simpson in Dallas. I got to say it gets the message across about his true feelings. But it made me wonder... what if sports celebrities could pick whatever they wanted to say on their license plates and not worry about people judging them? I think some of them would look like this...
Pete Carroll: ILUV HUKERSPIT
O.J. Simpson: I DID IT
Allen Iverson: PRACTICE?
Tom Brady: MANGINA
Randy Moss: WEED
Brett Favre: INT
Knowshon Moreno: SPECIALK
Tim Tebow: TEBLOWS
Urban Meyer: URBANLYER
Charlie Weis: FUSC
Jimmy Clausen: THUNDERLIPS
Nick Saban: RESUME
Feel free to post your license plate suggestions for sports figures below.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 8:28 AM
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
LoserswithSocks has this great picture of the Rock that sits on the University of Tennessee campus right next to the athletic center where all the football players study. This should do wonders for their recruiting...
Fulmer: "Son, we would love to have you here to enjoy our redneck anthem and our beautiful women while you play in front of 100,000 plus of the best fans in the world."
Recruit: "Sounds great Fat Phil, can I please have a bite of my sandwich now?"
Fulmer: "Oh yeah, sorry, I get hungry when I recruit. Actually I get hungry when I breathe. Let me show you our Athletic Center and our lovely rock of unification!"
Recruit: "Oh, you talking about that one over there?"
Fulmer: "Motherfucker! Best fans my ass!"
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 1:50 PM
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I will be launching a website soon selling football helmets that range from the early 1950's to the present. So whether you are looking for the specific helmet that Herschel Walker wore during his freshman season at Georgia or looking for the latest proline authentic helmet that the Notre Dame football players wear when coming out of the tunnel you won't be disappointed.
I will beat anybody's advertised prices.
For instance if you want to buy an authentic Joe Namath Alabama Crimson Tide helmet that retails for as much as $200 in some places I can get it for you at $140 total with free shipping.
Whether it be pro or college I can get them all. Most mini helmets sell for anywhere from $25-30 online or at retail locations but I can get them to you for $20.
Feel free to email me at email@example.com if you need a quote on a helmet you are looking for. I will do my best to get them to you in a timely manner at a fraction of the price you would pay elsewhere.
For instance this Notre Dame authentic helmet retails for as much as $320 in some places but I can sell it to you for as little as $160. All you have to do is email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me which specific college or NFL helmet you are looking for and I will get it to you for basically wholesale pricing.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 10:00 AM
If you want to know just how embarrassingly good the talent is on the USC football field just take a look at the revised QB and RB depth chart. QB Garrett Green was just promoted to #2 QB behind Mark Sanchez for the Thursday night battle against Oregon State.
This means Aaron Corp is now 3rd string and 5 star prospect/Arkansas transfer Mitch Mustain now sits at the bottom of the totem pole at 4th string. I can't recall a situation where a 5 star QB who started 8-0 his true freshman season while playing in the SEC conference is now collecting the most splinters while riding the pine as the last possible guy to replace Sanchez. And to think that Mustain's mother couldn't wait to get her son out of Arkansas during his freshman season because her son wasn't starting at the end of the year. You have to wonder what Mustain thinks now as he stands and holds a clipboard knowing that Sanchez still has another year of eligibility after this season if he doesn't go pro and #1 incoming recruit Matt Barkley ready to join the Trojans in the spring to battle for snaps behind the center.
At running back 5 star prospect Marc Tyler can't even make the travel squad to Oregon State as a redshirt freshman. It is true Tyler had a horrific leg injury during his senior year in high school that required him to redshirt and rehab during his freshman season but he appears to be on the mend and ready to go and yet he still can't sniff a chance at carrying the rock. The same goes with Broderick Green, a 4 star prospect and highly regarded back from Arkansas. He can't even make the travel squad for the Oregon State game.
It is almost sickening how much talent and depth the Trojans carry into every game and yet they managed to lose to Stanford last season at home while the Cardinal had their 3rd string QB playing. Now that is funny and another reason why the media and fans need to stop thinking the Trojans are just going to walk through their schedule and play for the BCS Championship. I fell for it last year thinking they might be the best team ever with all their elite senior talent and depth on both sides of the ball and yet they lost two PAC-10 games and barely squeezed into the Rose Bowl.
In other words FUSC and all their riches of football talent and beaches and pretty California girls with their perfect bodies and tans. They can be beat....by themselves.
The FUSC shirt is available here. Wear it with pride and get it now before Mitch Mustain's mommy buys them all.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 9:04 AM
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Photo courtesy of SI.com
1. Georgia Bulldogs-The Bulldogs arrived in Tempe and did what they were suppose to do: destroy Arizona State. The final score could have been much worse but the Dawgs are working on their young offensive line and are still missing key blocking fullback Brandon Southerland. Freshman sensation WR A.J. Green emerged into a go-to target for Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno was up to his Special K attributes of leaping over tall defenders. Georgia has no time to rest on their laurels and get a tough Bama team at night in a "Blackout" game in Athens.
2. USC Trojans-Pete Carroll and his Trojans had another off week to prepare for a road trip to Oregon State this Thursday night. The last time USC visited Corvalis they lost and have a history of always having a tough time there. USC should cruise considering the Beavers are not anywhere close to being a good team this year and Mark Sanchez should put up huge numbers against a soft Beaver defense. And by Beaver I mean vagina.
3. Missouri Tigers-The Tigers struggled a little bit against Buffalo but thanks to Chase Daniel's near perfect day (36-of-43 for 439 yards) the Tigers remain in my #3 spot. They get an off week to prepare for a trip to Nebraska in what will be the start of a tough Big 12 schedule for the Tigers.
4. Oklahoma Sooners-The Sooners enjoyed an off week and now face a ranked albeit marginal top 25 opponent in TCU. TCU has given Oklahoma fits in the past and are actually one of only two teams to have beaten Oklahoma in Norman in the last decade. If the Sooners don't come out focused and fired up they could be in for an upset. Chances of an upset are slim.
5. LSU Tigers-The Fear-Les Tigers jump to the 5th spot and slide past Florida after an impressive win at Auburn. These Tigers don't appear to be rebuilding and are still playing top defense while the offense reloads. The Tigers seem to be playing the no respect card as media pundits rarely mention them as a serious contender for the SEC. RB Charles Scott is playing his way into Heisman consideration and he should put up some impressive numbers this week against Mississippi State in what should be a blowout win for the Tigers.
6. Florida Gators-Something is missing on this Gator's team. Granted the blew out the Vols on the scoreboard in Knoxville but they still can't run the ball with any consistency and their defense looks as soft as Phil Fulmer's cheeks. The good part of their game is they still have Tim Tebow in one piece and their special teams excel in all aspects. Plus they have great coaching with Urban Meyer. They have Ole Miss this week in the Swamp in what could turn out to be one of the best SEC games of the week since the Rebels are no pushover.
7. Texas Longhorns-Colt McCoy had a great performance against Rice as he went 19-of-23 for 329 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 83 yards and another TD. They get their make up game against Arkansas this week in what should be a blowout by the 3rd quarter at the latest.
8. Penn State Nittany Lions-They destroyed Temple 45-3 despite fumbling the ball 4 times and allowing over 200 yards in kickoff returns. This Nittany Lions team is the most impressive since they went to the Orange Bowl a few seasons ago and right now appear to be the best team in the Big Ten. Illinois comes to visit Happy Valley in what should be an offensive explosion worth watching.
9. Alabama Crimson Tide-Bama has been more than impressive in Nick Saban's second year in Tuscaloosa and this week get to visit Georgia for a "Blackout" game. If Bama can control the line of scrimmage like they have the first few games then they have a legitimate shot at a road upset.
10. Auburn Tigers-I know it seems weird to lose a game and yet I bump them up to my top 10 but this Auburn team is really good and lost a last second contest to an equally good LSU squad. QB Chris Todd came into his own and should give Auburn fans hope of still competing for a SEC Title.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 1:55 PM
Paul Westerdawg of GeorgiaSportsBlog points out an Alabama assistant coach
using the Black out this Saturday as motivation for BAMA to bury the Dawgs. His exact words at the 1:03 mark in the video are this...
"THEY ARE WEARING BLACK BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING TO A MOTHER F-ING FUNERAL!"
And so it begins.
I'm sure Georgia head coach Mark Richt can use this video as a little extra motivation for not only his players but his coaches to be ready to fight against Alabama. This is going to be one of those brutal slugfests with whoever wants the game more is going to come out with a victory in Athens. Alabama comes in high as a kite riding blowout victories including one over Clemson but have yet to play a top 5 team like Georgia currently is and I get this feeling Bama thinks they can come in and destroy the Dawgs. Their confidence or arrogance as some would point out is at an all-time high as it should be.
With that being said I think Georgia comes out with their ears pinned back and ready to maul Bama in front of a national audience. Alabama wants revenge for a losing a tight one in overtime last year in Tuscaloosa in which Mikey Henderson caught his first career touchdown catch from Matthew Stafford in a barn burner. These programs and their fans will be ready to fight starting at the morning tailgate with all the build up and hype of two top 10 teams battling it out with ESPN's College Game Day there.
I'm contemplating whether to make the trek up to Athens this weekend to see some of the fireworks. Granted I don't have tickets but I have a feeling some of the pregame festivities or tailgates as us drunks call them will look a lot like this...
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 9:18 AM
Monday, September 22, 2008
Yeah...go ahead and sniff her a little bit...nobody is looking! I figured this picture of hot unleashed LSU Tiger mating poon was the perfect time to introduce the new Poon of the SEC shirt. Sportscrack Tees has teamed up with HotSECPoon.com to unveil the new shirt for all the Southern Poon hunters and lovers out there. Go ahead and unleash your inner pooness by wearing this kick ass t-shirt.
Only $18, this shirt is sure to to be the talk of the next tailgate. Don't be that guy who misses a chance to hook up with some great SEC Poon. Wear the shirt and get the Poon, it's that simple. The Gamecock cheerleaders would be very disappointed if you were not seen with your Poon of the SEC shirt...
Come on..you are better than that, buy the shirt.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 5:29 PM
Correct me if I am wrong but I don't ever remember hearing a coach in football say to "chop down those big trees" you need to take out somebody's leg like this. I know football injuries happen but to me this looks to be as dirty as an Auburn or Denver Broncos linemen performing a career ending chop block.
Blaine Irby will now be done for the season after undergoing surgery to fix a dislocated kneecap. Losing Irby is a huge blow to the Longhorns as he had emerged this season as a key target for QB Colt McCoy (2 TD catches) and provided some excellent blocking in his first season starting as a sophomore after replacing Jermichael Finley. More than likely he will be granted a medical redshirt and can come back with 3 years left of eligibility if he can in fact walk properly again. Expected to replace Irby is redshirt freshman tight end Ahmard Howard. If Texas is to remain a serious contender for the Big 12 title it will need Howard to step up and contribute much like Irby had in the first 3 games.
No truth to the rumor that Longhorn officials branded him afterwards and downgraded Irby to Grade C beef.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 9:49 AM
"28 years of listening to this hen cluck, blah blah blah, I should have civil liberties, gimme a good job...oh they let the color one speak, I didn't know that was allowed...excellent...forward progress...wonderful! As long as she still makes me a sandwich!"
I want to make love to McCain's brain. I want to cuddle with it and hold it oh so tight while we drink Sarsaparillas and reminiscence about the Great Depression.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 7:08 AM
Sunday, September 21, 2008
-USC's victories over Ohio State and Virginia are looking less and less impressive considering how bad those programs are playing right now. Everybody wants to annoint USC as the clear #1 and they couldn't be more wrong. USC will go as far as QB Mark Sanchez takes them and this should bode well for the Trojans but I still think a SEC team like Georgia or LSU could beat them on an even playing field.
-Speaking of Georgia, you have to be more than impressed with their performance last night in Tempe. They destroyed a supposedly strong PAC-10 team in Arizona State with an offense that put up over 450 total yards on offense despite their offensive line starting a bunch of non-starters including two freshmen and a sophomore. Knowshon Moreno vaulted himself back to the top of Heisman conversation with a spectacular performance in front of a primetime national audience.
This weekend they will break out the black uniforms for Alabama in what should be another big game in Athens with the College Gameday crew showing up. If Georgia lays it on Alabama then I believe a lot of the voters will rethink their vote of USC as #1.
-Javon Ringer of Michigan State looked like the Heisman Trophy winner yesterday by pounding the ball 39 times for over 200 yards rushing on Notre Dame. Unfortunately for Ringer this will be his highest rating for the Heisman all season. The Spartans are notorious for fading big time after wins against the Irish and yesterday they managed to ride Ringer to a victory but in the process put a lot of wear and tear on their best player. Without Ringer the Spartans are just an average to bad team nationally. With that being said if the Spartans win 9 games or more this season then it will be because of Ringer and he should be a finalist for the award.
-Speaking of the Irish I can't ever remember taking a loss in stride as well as I did yesterday. As a fan I can be irrational a lot when it comes to Notre Dame football and want to blame coaches or players or officials for a loss. Yesterday I thought the Irish came out with a horrible gameplan of trying to run the ball when their strength is Jimmy Clausen's arm but they could have easily won yesterday's game without the turnovers. Turning it over twice in the red zone will almost always result in a loss (ask Phil Fulmer)and if the Irish can eliminate those mistakes then they should win the majority of their games. The future is bright with the Irish when the majority of their star players are either freshmen or sophomores. With that being said the Irish are still not close to being a top 25 team until both their offensive and defensive lines improve. This week against Purdue should be a good test to see if the coaching staff can make adjustments and capitalize on their strengths (secondary and passing game) instead of trying something that clearly isn't working (running game).
-Chase Daniel is the best quarterback in college right now. He is completing over 75% of his passes and is on pace for a 36 TD to 3 INT season. Those are Tom Brady type numbers. If you get the chance watch Mizzou because they might be the most entertaining team with future NFL stars like Jeremy Maclin and Chase Coffman catching bombs from Daniel.
-As much as I hate Nick Saban I have to admit he is doing a hell of a job at Alabama so far. BAMA rolled all over Arkansas and now might be the second best team in their division behind LSU. If they can beat Georgia this week then you have to consider BAMA a serious contender for a SEC Title this season. Saban has them playing discipline ball and it helps with an underrated senior QB in John Parker Wilson leading by example. I can't wait to see Julio Jones and A.J. Green battle it out for best freshman WR bragging rights in Athens this week.
-The beer of choice this weekend was Red Stripe. Hooray for beer.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 5:51 PM
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Apparently "Loser" was already taken by Beck. Here are the lyrics from Eddie Vedder...
Don't let anyone say that it's just a game.
For I've seen other teams and it's never the same.
When you're born in Chicago, you're blessed and you're healed.
First time (every time!) you walk into Wrigley Field.
Our hero's wear pinstripes; hero's in blue.
They give us the chance to feel like hero's too.
Whether we'll win, and if we should lose,
We know someday we'll go all the way.
Yeah! Someday we'll go all the way.
We are one with the Cubs, with the Cubs we're in love.
Yeah hold our head high as the underdog.
We are not fair weather but foul weather fans!
We're like brothers in arms in the streets and the stands.
There's magic in the ivy and the old scoreboard.
The same one I stared at as a kid keeping score.
A world full of greed I could never want more.
Someday we'll go all the way.
Yeah! Someday we'll go all the way.
And here's to the men and the legends we've known.
Teaching us faith and giving us hope.
United we stand and united we'll fall
Down to our knees the day we win it all.
Yeah Ernie Banks said, "Oh let's play two."
Or did he mean 200 years?
In the same ballpark, our diamond, our jewel.
The home of our joy and our tears.
Keeping traditions and wishes made new.
The place where our grandfathers' fathers they grew.
A spiritual feeling if I ever knew.
And if you ain't been I am sorry for you.
And when the day comes, when that last winning run,
And I'm crying and covered in beer.
I'll look to the sky and know I was right.
To think someday we'll go all the way,
Yeah! Someday we'll go all the way.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 10:28 AM
Friday, September 19, 2008
Hall of Famer George Brett is an American icon after telling this story. Anytime one can admit they Hershey creamed themselves while in a public place, notably the Bellagio Casino, deserves to have two plaques in the Hall of Fame in my book.
And yes, there will be a shirt made about this story. You can't let a legendary tale like this just slide down your leg and not let people know about it. It's just wrong people.
Video HT: WithLeather via Deadspin
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 11:26 AM
"I do believe that this football team has faced one of the most difficult stretches that any team has had so far this season," he said of losses to three ranked teams. "I do think we are a better football team and now we need to build on it and show it."
These are the words of one Tyrone Willingham after Oklahoma dismantled Washington, a once proud football school, 55-14 to give Losingham a record of 11-28 overall since he arrived in 2005. It's time for the Huskies and the rest of the nation(I'm looking directly at the media on this one) to admit that Willingham is an average at best coach who rode the coat tails of one fluke Stanford season in which USC wasn't the power they are now to a Rose Bowl appearance and future millions which are unearned.
With a new AD hired it's only a matter of time before Willingham is shown the door but I wonder how the media will react to this one. Will it be a call of racism on Washington's part for firing or forcing a coach to resign who had yet to fill his contract in the fact that his program had progressively gotten worse in his tenure or will it be a confession where they admit they were wrong in their prior convictions that Willingham was a helpless pawn in the Notre Dame coaching debacle since Lou Holtz left?
I'm going to say neither. No one ever wants to admit one's guilt, especially on national television or print, and this will be conveniently sweeped under the rug without a knowledge that yes, Pat Forde, Stewart Mandel, The Wizard of Odds Blog, Collegefootballnews.com, and many other national media members and blogs are about as smart as Gary the Retard on The Howard Stern Show.
Perhaps one of them can be his new offensive coordinator when he gets another job he doesn't deserve. George Bush has first dibs apparently.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 12:11 AM
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
1. Georgia Bulldogs-Okay, I know I'm going to get some shit for putting Georgia this high from some of you but listen up. Georgia went on the road and beat a tough South Carolina team in a defensive battle. A win is a win in my book and I fully expect the Bulldogs to beat Arizona State convincingly this Saturday night on national television.
2. USC Trojans-The Trojans look good, actually great so far. They destroyed the Buckeyes last week and part of that has to do with QB Mark Sanchez. Sanchez is very poised and is light years ahead of JD Booty at this point in their careers. Whoever does their schedule deserves some serious props because they get a week off this week to mentally focus for Oregon State after all ready having a week off before the Ohio State game. Somehow they have another week off before the Notre Dame game too. Awesome.
3. Missouri Tigers-Chase Daniel is on top of his game and he should put up more Heisman worthy numbers this weekend against a horrible Buffalo team. Mizzou could put up 70 points by halftime.
4. Oklahoma Sooners-Listen, don't start jumping on their bandwagon for beating the bag out of a terrible Washington team. I learned last year this team can lose to anybody and they almost always seem to get crushed in big bowl games. If they beat Texas and look good while doing it in a few weeks then they will get more respect in my book. Right now this team reminds me of Ohio State. Great on paper until they actually play somebody good.
5. Florida Gators-Urban Meyer has a perfect record against the Volunteers and that will continue this week as Florida will come in and Swamp the Vols in Knoxville.
6. LSU Tigers-If they win at Auburn this Saturday night then this team is a serious contender for a repeat as National Champion. Expect a close game as 11 of the last 18 matchups have been decided by 7 points or less.
7. Texas Longhorns-They play a patsy this weekend against Rice. Yawn.
8. Penn State Nittany Lions-The JoePa's continued to roll and now are the favorite in my book to win the Big Ten after seeing the Buckeye's performance the last two weeks. Over/under on # of players arrested this week is 3 in case you were wondering.
9. South Florida Bulls-It kind of makes me sick to my stomach to put South Florida in the top ten considering they are a Big East team but they beat a good Kansas team last week and deserve some recognition. They should roll this week against Florida International.
10. East Carolina Pirates-They struggled with Tulane which was a letdown game after West Virginia. If they struggle against North Carolina State this week then I'm dropping them out.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 9:34 AM
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Not many people know but John McCain has roommates in his 7th house which just happens to be an apartment. Things have been getting stressful with the upcoming election and well...McCain doesn't seem to be helping things especially with the apartment rules...
And to make things worse now it appears Sarah Palin has moved in...
You can't be leaving your shit on tables McCain and bringing in broads from Alaska without consulting the broskis. How can we vote for a guy who can't even respect some simple house etiquette?
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 9:22 AM
I'm not hear to bang on the kid for making a dumb mistake. Sure he looked like an idiot when he tossed the ball backwards before hitting the goal line and yes it would have been his first NFL touchdown in front of millions on Monday Night Football but at least the Eagles scored on the very next play thanks to Brian Westbrook. Desean will be reminded of the play for the rest of his career much like Leon Lett probably is today if the guy is still alive and not snorting coke off of stripper's poles while making it rain. The point is Desean needs to keep his nose clean and his attitude in check. Do your showboating once you know for sure you have scored. Don't be that guy Desean. He pulled the same shit when he was playing in the US Army All-American Bowl by doing a flip and losing the ball at the 1 yard line. Time to man up rookie and grow up. The great ones say you should act like you have been there before and I think Desean will realize that sooner than later or he will be out of the league real fast.
Video HT: FanIQ
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 8:11 AM
Monday, September 15, 2008
Seriously, who the hell cares if they only scored 3 points and won the game. If Auburn has poon like that they deserve to get more first place votes then USC in my opinion. I call it the Power of the Poon poll.
Go to Poon of the SEC for more hot poon action.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 3:36 PM
Picture courtesy of South Bend Tribune
-The stadium was electric on Saturday despite the fact that both teams were unranked coming into the battle. I still haven't recovered my voice as I'm am pretty sure it is still in Section 2, row 21.
-This year's Notre Dame team is completely different from last year. They are much more emotional and the team seems united and more focused. I credit the coaching staff with some of this but I think most of it comes from the players. The leadership is much stronger and guys are stepping up.
-Golden Tate needs to get at least 8 touches a game. Every time Jimmy Clausen gets the ball in Golden's hands something good happens.
-Robert Hughes is quickly becoming one of the most reliable backs in the game. Two TD's and no fumbles in a wet game was key.
-This ND team is so young it really should be a serious NC title team next season. When you see guys like Floyd, Rudolph, Kamara, Tate, Hughes, Allen, Clausen, Robinson, Johnson, Fleming, Blanton, Harrison Smith, Brian Smith, Neal, Gray, and many others who are making major contributions to this team who are all underclassmen you realize the future is very bright for Notre Dame football in 2009 and beyond.
-This team still hasn't earned their respect. Mo Crum talked about earning it at the pep rally and despite kicking the shit out of Michigan they will not earn any until they beat Sparty in East Lansing this Saturday. It's good to see a team play with a chip on their shoulder who wants to prove the world wrong. This team wants to win badly and it shows by the emotion on the field as soon as they come through the tunnel.
-Mike Aenello is a God. The special teams dynamo is a former walk-on who earned a scholarship this season because of his incredible energy, hustle, and overall great play on kickoffs.
-Overall this was my most memorable trip to Notre Dame. I met a ton of great people at Corby's, the College Football Hall of Fame, at the tailgates, and of course at the game itself. I managed to carry Johnny Lattner's Heisman Trophy and talk to Rocket Ismail for nearly two hours. In case you were wondering, Rocket could not stop talking about Golden Tate and for good reason.
-And to top it all off I knew the attitude of these players had changed when talking to some of them on Thursday. When asked about Michigan and their chances on Saturday, one starter simply stated to us "FUCK MICHIGAN!" Words that bring tears to these Irish eyes.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 6:13 AM
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
And Al Harris is the boy waking up from his slumber as the Metallica big rig destroys his livelihood.
By the way, Aaron Rodgers looked really good last night. I think the Packer fans can rest easy while chowing down a cheese sandwich.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 2:59 PM
Monday, September 08, 2008
Congratulations go out to the always classy Roger Federer for winning his 5th straight US Open title and 13th overall Grand Slam(1 behind Pete Sampras). Federer was at the top of his game today as he throttled Andy Murray in less than 2 hours to show he still is the best in tennis. We will have to wait till January to see if Roger can win his 14th Grand Slam down under. Personally I can't wait because players like Federer and Rafael Nadal are making the sport of tennis interesting again for outsiders like myself who can't appreciate all the nooks and crannies of the country club sport.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 11:09 PM
For the incredibly low price of $14 is the new "Crank Me Up" shirt. Show your support for your favorite team with this great tee with the trademarked design and saying of "Crank Me Up" which is exclusively owned by Sportscrack Tees.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 8:56 PM
We got two weeks under our belts now of college football ecstasy. Some of us(USC and Georgia fans) are giddy about our team's chances while some of us including myself think this may be a long season. I've managed to catch at some point at least a half of play from all of these teams in my top 10 so I feel about as confident as a 10 inch softie that this top 10 is as good as they come.
1. Georgia Bulldogs-The Bulldogs have been the most impressive team to watch this year from top to bottom. Matthew Stafford is coming into his own and has complete control of a very talented squad. Special K has looked as good as advertised with 6 TD's already and Caleb King and Richard Samuel are two backs that most teams would die for and yet they are backups. Both set of lines are setting the tempo despite key losses to personnel and Mark Richt has the team focused on the prize which is a SEC Title then a BCS Championship berth. They shouldn't have any reason to overlook South Carolina this week after the Gamecocks beat them last year in Athens.
2. USC Trojans-I managed to see about 3 quarters of the Virginia dismantling to already instill in my mind that this team is loaded. Mark Sanchez wasn't touched and thus had a great game and the defense looked really fast while Pete Carroll smiled with his "eat shit" grin. Two weeks ago I thought the Buckeyes could beat USC but now I think they will have a hard time especially if Beanie isn't playing.
3. Missouri Tigers-Their offense is already clicking on all cylinders with Chase Daniel doing his best Drew Brees impersonation by methodically picking apart defenses. People seem to discredit the Tigers because of their history but if you watch this team they really are a great team. They are still my pick to win the Big 12.
4. Oklahoma Sooners-Stoops team has absolutely dismantled their first two opponents with an offense led by QB Sam Bradford and RB DeMarco Murray. They should have little trouble going against Washington this week as they look to further extend the knife into Willingham's fading credibility.
5. Florida Gators-The Gators were not on top of their game Saturday night against the Hurricanes but still won by more than 3 TD's. I know Tim Tebow is Superman and all but they need to figure out a way to run the ball with either Chris Rainey(way overrated in my opinion) and Emmanuel Moody to take off some of the pressure on Tebow. They have a week off to prepare for Tennessee and get their running game in order.
6. LSU Tigers-What in the hell do they put in the water down there in Louisiana? Obviously not very good levees. The Tigers again looked ready to contend for another BCS Title(remember they have two while USC only has one) with a defense as good as anybody and a running game led by Charles Scott who has breakout star written all over him in their season opener last week against App State. They should crush North Texas this week.
7. Texas Longhorns-This Longhorn team has fooled me before with inconsistent play but so far they look the part of serious contender. Colt McCoy has been phenomenal in the first two games while accounting for 8 TD's. I have little doubt this team will be undefeated going into the Red River Shootout with a chance to make a claim for a top 3 spot.
8. California Golden Bears-I knew Cal would be good this year but I just didn't think they would be this damn good. RB Jahvid Best is one of those names you might not know yet but once you see him play he is hard to forget. The kid can flat out burn people. Right now Cal looks by far to be the second best team in the conference behind USC and could have a legit shot to make a BCS game for the first time.
9. Penn State Nittany Lions-I will be the first to admit that I thought this team would be garbage this year. They are far from it. JoePa has managed to keep the players focused on the task at hand even when some of them are in handcuffs. Remarkable in my book. Don't laugh but State Penn could win the Big Ten this year especially if Beanie can't return for the Buckeyes.
10. East Carolina Pirates-The only team in the country to have beaten two ranked opponents so far, is Coach Skip Holtz the early favorite for coach of the year or what? They crushed West Virginia behind a swarming defense and look to be the best non-BCS conference team to have a shot at reaching a BCS game. It's just a matter of time before people start talking about Holtz going back to alma mater.
So if you look real close you can see I don't have Ohio State in my top 10. They struggled to beat Ohio at the Horseshoe and just don't look like they have the eye of the tiger yet. Maybe that will change this week in the Coliseum. If not they will get embarrassed again on National television.
If you have any thoughts about your team or opinions on the poll please feel free to post them below.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 11:13 AM
Sunday, September 07, 2008
If you didn't manage to catch the Texas Longhorns game against the Miners of UTEP on ESPN2 last night well then you missed this great hands on job by some dude's girlfriend while watching the game from atop some rock near the stadium. The funniest thing is it looks like Bob Davie circled the act as it took place.
No tickets: $0
Natural Light Beer: $3.75
Getting a hand job on national television: PRICELESS
Video HT: FanIQ
Here is another video, with a better close up view of the two lovebirds....
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 1:33 PM
Saturday, September 06, 2008
168 yards rushing with 3 TD's and one hurdle as pictured above over Central Michigan today puts Knowshon as the frontrunner for the Heisman in my opinion. If you disagree fine, but then watch the video clip and tell me this kid is not amazing.
How do you spell Heisman again?
Go to Red and Black and GeorgiaSportsBlog for more coverage of the great Knowshon.
You can buy the photo above from Amanda C. Melton on GeorgiaDogs if you are interested.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 6:34 PM
Absolutely fucking terrible. The talent is there but the focus needs to start from the first snap. Thank you Golden Tate for playing great from start to finish. And thank you Sergio Brown and Kyle McCarthy for playing incredible defense. Now excuse me while I go try to recover from this heart attack.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 4:23 PM
Notre Dame will destroy San Diego State on both sides of the ball and easily cover the -21 1/2 point spread at home. RB's Robert Hughes(pictured above) and Armando Allen will both have big games rushing the ball against a weak Aztec's defense and look out for freshman TE Kyle Rudolph, he is my pick for the first touchdown of the season for the Irish.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 7:51 AM
Friday, September 05, 2008
I'm not going to lie, I could really give two shits about the NFL this year. The two teams I root for suck balls with the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens both starting rookie quarterbacks in week 1. Ryan will be a joke and Flacco will need time to develop and shouldn't be getting thrown in the fire way this early. I heard there was a NFL game last night between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins. I also heard the game was pretty much garbage except for a Justin Tuck sack and this great run by Jacobs. Landry may be a Redskin but I believe Jacobs scalped his ass.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 6:31 PM
Thursday, September 04, 2008
A week late and a dollar short, here is your preseason 1st team All-American Team.
Tim Tebow, Florida-The reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Tebow does it all whether he is passing, running, or doing circumsicions in 3rd World countries.
Beanie Wells, Ohio State-The best runningback in the game, Beanie was the lone bright performance in the BCS Title game last year for the Buckeyes. If he can stay healthy he should put up 2000 yards rushing especially since the Big Ten will be pathetic this year.
Knowshon Moreno, Georgia-Special K was the difference maker last year for the Dawgs as he put the offense on his back and carried them to a #2 ranking when all was said and done. His spin moves are electric and his enthusiasm on the field can ignite a crowd.
Jorvorskie Lane, Texas A&M-I want Lane to have the ball in goal line situations. He is just so big and powerful it is almost unfair seeing defenses try to tackle him up high.
Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech-Set almost every conceivable record last year as a redshirt freshman for the Red Raiders. He is back and should put up excellent numbers with QB Graham Harrell looking his way.
Jeremy Maclin, Missouri-Every time I see Maclin touch the ball I expect him to score. He is that good! I expect Maclin to be considered a serious Heisman contender at the end of the season as he carries Missouri to a Big 12 Championship.
Percy Harvin, Florida-Unbelievable player when he is healthy, Harvin is the difference between the Gators being a serious contender for the SEC Title and not.
Travis Beckum, Wisconsin-The Badgers may be boring to watch but Beckum is not. He will likely win the Mackey Award for top tight end if the Badgers can reach a BCS game.
Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas-The returning Remington Award winner for best center in the college game, Luigs is a first round talent who helped open holes for D-Mac and Felix Jones.
Duke Robinson, Oklahoma-He is big and blocks well.
Anthony Parker, Tennessee-He is enormous and blocks with a vengeance.
Andre Smith, Alabama-The best offensive lineman in the game. Period.
Mike Oher, Ole Miss-He is huge and not stupid and blocks extremely well.
George Selvie, South Florida-Led the nation is tackles for loss last year.
Maurice Evans, Penn State-I got a million dollars that says he gets suspended for drugs.
Fili Moala, USC-Great name for a gay porn star.
Terrill Byrd, Cincinnati-Who knew that the Bearcats could produce such good defensive players?
Brian Cushing, USC-Steroids have done a body good.
Brian Toal, Boston College-Coming back from a serious injury, I will more than likely regret putting him this high on the list especially over Jasper Brinkley.
James Laurinaitis, Ohio State-I've heard he is pretty good for a two time All-American.
Rey Maualuga, USC-He wears women panties and is more than likely overrated but the kid loves to hit people hard.
Vontae Davis, Illinois-Best cornerback in the game.
Malcolm Jenkins, Ohio State-Second best cornerback in the game.
Michael Hamlin, Clemson-Great player but not good enough to beat Alabama all by himself.
Taylor Mays, USC-You know I hate the Trojans but I really like Taylor Mays. He plays the game the right way and stays out of trouble.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 6:46 PM
Congrats go out to isuarch80 for picking the most winners and collecting the most points in last week's College Football Pick Em contest. He or she gets a free Sportscrack shirt or DLACT shirt of their choice. Tonight starts a new week of picks and whoever gets the most points wins a free shirt so click on this link to get your picks in now.
Don't make the Oregon Duck mad and not get your picks in before the deadline.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 8:36 AM
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Everybody is wondering why John McCain would pick Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his VP. It is true she has a boatload of controversy surrounding her in regards to abortion and teenage pregnancy but we finally get the answer directly from the source: McCain's Brain...
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 1:30 PM
The endless amount of jokes are too easy to even write down from this taco commercial.
What's next for these three? Beef Jerky commercials.
"My taco is the best!" she says. I will be the judge of that. Shawn Johnson's taco looks a little beefy if you ask me. I'm sure it pops though.
I'm going to go now before I get in any more trouble.
Video HT: On205th
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 9:01 AM
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Thank you Mac G for bringing back the Poon. A man can only take Poon withdrawal for so long before he goes insane.
"Hi, I'm Whitney!"
"And I'm Meredith! And we are ready to party at the first UT football game!"
Me: "Here you go ladies, drink it up, you won't feel a thing!"
God I miss college sometimes.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 12:45 PM
Just some good old fashioned Durham Bulls action right there. Crash Davis would have tagged him, tagged the old lady named Sarandon, and then had beers with him afterwards.
Now the real trick is to avoid STD's while banging minor league roadies. Good luck with that Fernando!
Video HT: With Leather via Awful Announcing
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 12:33 PM
Monday, September 01, 2008
Nice to see the new Republican Vice President nominee and current Alaska governor Sarah Palin talking about the Iditarod Dog Race and Minnesota North Stars hockey back in 1988 for KTUU-TV in Anchorage. I kind of miss the 80's haircuts. We know Palin used to rock that hairstyle while doing "favors" in the backseat of her boyfriend's Iroc-Z.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 5:00 PM