Just because UCLA had a bye, it doesn’t mean the levy is dry
And when the levee breaks…
Here we are, just SITTING on all this GOLD, with no Bruin win or trojan loss to celebrate. So, since we don’t really need an excuse, this “post” is ALL about sharing the files that are burning the (not-so-)proverbial hole in our hard drive.
But WITH further ado —
With no Bruin or trojan game to watch, and with no O.J. trial or Bushgate Hearing to follow, we got to watch a shipload of OTHER TEAMS playing College Football. And there are two glaring observations that MUST be made (just in case there are more people like Josh out there who ALSO “read the articles.”):
1) The Referees still haven’t mastered Instant Replay;
2) 85% of Head Coaches made stupid decisions at some point during their games.
12 straight hours of Football on 3 simultaneous screens means that all the games blend together in our memory, so we’ll talk in MOSTLY general, not specific terms here. The Refs missed SEVERAL calls, including a handful that should have been overturned but weren’t, and a few that should have been reviewed, but weren’t. Oklahoma had a late TD disallowed that looked good on first glance, and it was just one of many calls that had the Announcers stumped. A Cincinnati TD during their comeback attempt was also disallowed, incorrectly, according to the Announcers.
In the midst of a very troubling year and a half for Referees in all Sports, but especially Pac-10 Football Replay Refs, former Pac-10 Head of Officiating — ex-trojan Verle Sorgen — made a total ASS out of himself, while trying to excuse one of his buddies’ screw-ups. After that horrible, horrible call that almost cost the Oregon State Beavers a game against Washington — a call that was blatantly wrong but never reviewed — Sorgen told the Media: The call wasn’t egregious, unless you’re an Oregon State fan.
What a complete tool, and a PERFECT example of the trojan mentality. Nothing matters, as long as it doesn’t effect you, yourself. Sorgen, even though he was already “relieved of his duties” last year, got Officially reprimanded by his former employers, as his legendary deficiencies have now actually outlived his tenure, which was immortalized by that Oregon/Oklahoma debacle last year.
And speaking of debacles, let’s talk about Coaching. How about letting the clock tick down to nothing, while sitting on two timeouts, which you then use to try to ice the Kicker? That was the genius at Nevada, who allowed Hawaii to remain unbeaten despite missing their Heisman candidate. That was just ONE of the dozens of obvious f-ups made by various Coaches – including well-respected ones – throughout the weekend.
In addition to the horrible play-calling and time-management, there were also several teams that came out flat and undisciplined in major games, like Michigan, whose Receivers dropped a half-dozen passes – not because of the rain, but because they quite visibly took their eyes off the ball, looking at where they were going to run, or at who was about to hit them.
The point is, that EVERY SINGLE fan of every single losing team has a legitimate gripe today about the idiotic Coach who cost their team a game. Maybe Oklahoma’s Stoopes and Oregon’s Belotti will get passes, because they lost their starting QB’s to injury. Too bad not ALL Coaches are given that same benefit of the doubt. And GO AHEAD and compliment Ty Willingham because Washington won without Jake Locker, but if you do, make sure that you realize that it was the Genius from the North Jeff Tedford who brought an uninspired and totally-collapsing team into Seattle to get whooped.
And one other quick note: How about that Jordan Farmar? Some idiots thought that he couldn’t handle the rigors of being an NBA Point Guard, and others thought that he wouldn’t even MAKE the Lakers’ roster this year after they drafted another highly-touted Point Guard. But if the night before last is any indication, Farmar has found a home… in Phil Jackson’s heart. Farmar was the key ingredient in the Lakers’ 2nd half surge that crushed the Detroit Pistons. Detroit was missing two Starters, and had to play Arron Afflalo and other reserves more than they’d like to, but they still made a game of it, and Farmar’s sequence with two Steals and a subsequent three-pointer went a long way towards putting the Lakers over the top.
And speaking of over the top, here are 7 more photos from the ASU game, and the CBE Classic, because when it comes to “hot,” these girls are over-the-top.