Hello Followers. Click on the old jumpavegas for this morning's look at the Wide World of Sports.
Followers, as we head into yet another off-season, its important to remember that, at times, creating content is like trying to grasp a single grain of sand...
So, rather than try to delve into all things Cougar all the time, it will occasionally be necessary to expand the lens a bit. With that in mind, here we go...
Don't know if you caught this, but it appears that Nicholas Holt landed the coveted Defensive Coordinator position at Clemson University. In case you missed last night's hot BCS action, Clemson got nipped last night by West Virginia in what was a real squeeker. The final score: 70-33. Of course, those of us in the NW know the direct implications of this final tally: Clemson just gave up a DC who surrended 70 in a bowl game for one who just gave up 67.
Whatever happens with our DC search, one thing is clear--Clemson has set the lowest of low bars...GO TIGERS!
Speaking of offensive defensive searches, it appears that Mike Smith--the man who was rumored to come in as our linebackers coach--is going to stay with the Jets to fill the same role. While it is not hard to see why Smith would choose coaching for the Jets over the Cougs, this most recent development appears to provide another signal that our search for a defensive coaching staff has hit a bit of a snag. Personally, I thought that the hiring of Smith signaled that we were bound to play a 3-4 this season. Now, I'm not so sure. In either case, it sure looks like our search for a defensive coordinator has moved from Plan A to Plan C, D, or even E....
Given his success at Boise State, it probably didn't come as much of a surprise to many of you that Chris Petersen just inked an extension to his existing deal. The total dollar amount? About two million per. Not bad for Boise, right? What was surprising to me, however, is the extent of Petersen's success with the Broncos. I mean, did you know that his record at the school is 73-6? Let me say that again: Did you know that Chris Petersen's record at Boise State is SEVENTY THREE AND SIX?????
Notwithstanding the lack of elite competition in the MWC and the WAC, its hard for some good coaches to have that type of record against air.
Tonight, our Cougies open the Pac-12 road slate against a catastropically bad Utah team and then close on Saturday against bottom third feeder, Colorado. Personally, I'm thinking that we gain a Huddy this weekend, but a sweep sure would be great. I mean, win both this weekend and we should be sitting in the conference's five hole, with a trip to Seattle and a battle for first place set for next week. While I am not holding my breath with this crew, I remain cautiously hopeful that we can find a way to finish in the upper tier of the conference. What's more, with a host of NBA defections forthcoming for the Christian Caples, we just may be positioned to steal back state dominance in Hoops in the next year or so...
Finally, have you heard about the recent news that the M's may be in the hunt for Prince Fielder? Me neither.
Don't know about you all, but while the Presidential Race is starting to really heat up, I am involved in a race of my own: The campaign for chairing the "I used to care about the M's but now don't even check the scores" club. Color me interested the moment that Abraham Lincoln is no longer chairing the M's front office.
Okay, that's it for today. Hopefully, the Khan will be here tomorrow.
Until then. Go Cougs!
UGH! We ain't going to Huddy this weekend.
I know our foul shooting was atrocious, but I about went ballistic with what Reggie did at the end of both regulation and overtime. Who's our best player? Motum. Who's our best player in Reggie's mind? Reggie. Yeah... Let's see. You have 16 seconds and your point guard doesn't run a play. No, he dinks around at half court waiting for the shot clock to get to low to do anything except put up a desperation shot. But, hey, I'm Michael Jordan. Even though I'm the shortest player on the court, I'll just drive in the middle with no time remaining and try to throw up some crud and of course it will go in because I'm so good.
Reggie is our best ball-handler, but he is not even close to our best decision maker. He dishes, when he dishes, (often) to run up his stats in the assist column. Then when we need him to pass he tries to make the final shot. ARGGHH! I feel like I felt watching the Jail Blazers when they had a bunch of prima donnas and Arvydas Sabonis. Best player on the court. No doubt the best passer, and would they pass it to him? Hardly ever. During crunch time? Never. Get your fat, giganto, Euro rump outta my way, sucka! Jordan wanna be comin' through!
Let me be the first to say, "Welcome to the club!" I run the Walla Walla County chapter of the I Used To Care About The M's But Now Don't Even Check The Scores Club.
During the summers around here we all go out to Borleske Stadium and watch our Walla Walla Sweets! (Summer league for college baseball players. Last year we made the championship series against Corvallis. We lost, but I think it's cheating for Corvallis. They are mostly Oregon State players who never leave school during the summer or even their own home stadium).
Problem with the Ms is that they got good. Once you've tasted success you can stomach the kind of seasons we were used to throughout the 1980s.
I know it goes against the saber metric dork position out there, but take your WAR and shove it up your VORP! I wants HOME RUNS and Prince can hit them in bunches as a left handed masher in Safeco. I went to one M's game past year and it was amazingly pathetic watching Adam Kennedy hit cleanup. Adam Kennedy a cleanup hitter? In the AL?? What planet am I on??
Did you know that Peterson's record against BCS schools is 6-0? I am not sure if I supposed to be impressed that he is undeafeated or if he's only played 6 BCS schools, essentially making each of those games the season for BSU.
@WallaCoug Here come the Vultures.....
but don't give up on the Huddy yet
@SeanHawkins "What planet am I on?"
Planet of the Rhesus Monkeys. We sure don't have any apes...
@SeanHawkins Isn't Mariners attendance down like 50% from just a decade ago? George Sherrill and Jay Jaso, and some Japanese middle infielder should do the trick!
@SeanHawkins I don't know about the rest of the faithful, but I'm just glad I have a VORP.....I think...
@SeanHawkins I am pretty sure I tuned into a game last year well into the season where 6 of our 9 hitters were batting below .220. The opposing pitcher considered it an off day in his rotation.
@Longball I can kinda see it, but he's too deficient in the forehead department to draw any real comparison.
@ptowncoug3012 They are pretty much the Gonzaga of college football.
@ptowncoug3012 given that those games have been against quality BCS comp, I'm pretty impressed.
@Sutra@ptowncoug3012 Its a complicated legacy. It is impressive that every time they've lined up against a BCS opponent the last 5 years they have won, often on the road and always against very good teams. However, if you wanted to go undefeated in 6 matchups with quality BCS teams, spacing them out 1 per year is a good way to do it. As an employee at the University of Idaho we followed BSU obsessively, of course, and their schedule was maddeningly un-challenging. Week after week they lined up against opponents who had no chance at all. The WAC was basically a bunch of terrible teams who could really only get wins against each other and the Mountain West they moved to had just unloaded its 2 best teams. They had two conference opponents with a pulse the last 2 years, Nevada and TCU, and they lost to both of them, albeit with some damn hard luck on field goals.Now they are moving to a Big East that is also losing quality programs to realignment.
At the end of the day they are very very good and can line up with anybody... and i do mean "anybody", LSU, Bama, etc. However their schedule is a total insult to anyone vying for a BCS bowl from a real conference.