#ThanksDak: Bullies whip Pack in Belk Bowl

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No, it wasn’t a New Year’s Six Bowl.  But it was the sixth bowl trip in a row for Mississippi State, and the final game of the best player in the history of Mississippi State football.

And, he certainly went out in style.  On a rain weary night at Bank of America field in Charlotte, NC, Dak Prescott led the Bulldogs to a dominant 51-28 thumping of the NC State Wolfpack.  Prescott passed for 380 yards and four TDs before bowing out late in the game with a wave to the crowd and an embrace for his coach Dan Mullen.

Thanks for the memories, Dak.  Thanks for everything.

also:  Dak, No other Bulldog like him, forever changed MSU

Black Swan, Blood Moon and College Football

Over at Zero Hedge, a preview of this weekend’s referendum on Catalonian independence from Spain.

The 27 September election in Catalonia, which accounts for ~19% of Spanish GDP – matters. First, the pro-independence movement has transformed the election into a de-facto referendum on Catalonia’s independence – an attempt to bypass the Constitution. Second, the result of the regional election could have a bearing on the December national election.

catalonThe pro-independence parties The centre-right Convergence of Catalonia (CDC) joined forces with left-wing Catalan Republic Left (ERC) and other Catalan associations. They will run under a pro-independence joint list: Junts pel Si (Together for Yes). Junts pel Si pledges to declare unilaterally the independence of Catalonia from Spain in about 18 months if they win the election and if the secession negotiations with the central government fail. 

The pro independence parties come from a very heterogeneous political spectrum. This is not a positive. In our view, a Catalan government supported by CDC, ERC and CUP would have only the pro-independence battle to keep it standing. Hence, the leaders of such a government will likely continue on the pro-independence path not only out of conviction on its feasibility but because of lack of alternatives.

Sunday is also the date of the Blood Moon Prophecies.

bloodmoon“There’s a sense in the world that things are changing and God is trying to communicate with us in a supernatural way,” Pastor (John) Hagee added. “I believe that in these next two years, we’re going to see something dramatic happen in the Middle East involving Israel that will change the course of history in the Middle East and impact the whole world.”

The popular American preacher recently narrated the Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change, a film created to coincide with the fourth blood moon. The movie was based on Hagee’s book on the topic, the Times of Israel reports.

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. Joel 2:31

 

And, just as I was feeling better about Martin Armstrong kicking the 2015.75 economic forecast out to the year 2033 ….

But all that occurs on Sunday.

On Saturday, we’ve got some bidness to take care of.  Namely, the Red River Shootout, and the Auburn Game.

I think sometimes that my blog podnah hates the Texas Longwhorns as much as I hate the Auburn Tigers.  Frankly though, I just don’t think that’s possible.

Predictions:

Sooners 44, Longwhorns 14

Bulldogs 42, Tigers 35

#HAILSTATE, Baby!

#BOOMERSOONER

Rivalry Week lives up to hype

Nickoe Whitley strips Bo Wallace as Hugh Freeze looks on in horror.

Nickoe Whitley strips Bo Wallace as Hugh Freeze looks on in horror.

Beginning with Mississippi State’s dramatic overtime win over arch-rival Mississippi in the 2013 Egg Bowl on Thanksgiving night, college football’s annual Rivalry Week was full of big plays, timely defense, some trickeration, and BCS-changing upsets.  The table is being set, with one of the few BCS questions remaining to be settled next Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma, 11:00 am kickoff.

Friday’s SEC matchup featured hapless Arkansas reverting to form in the final seconds to give up the game winning TD pass to LSU’s freshman qb, after Mettenberger went down with a season ending knee injury.

Saturday’s games included Michigan’s tough loss  to Ohio State in The Game, SC thumping of Clemson, and Missouri claiming the SEC East over aTm in the night cap.  But, far and away, the game of the year was played at Jordan-Hare Stadium as Auburn claimed the West in the annual Iron Bowl with an ending that I can best describe in three letters.  …  WOW!!!   If you didn’t see it, just check SportsCenter, it will be shown for weeks to come.  Auburn has the look of a team of destiny, if you believe in that kind of stuff, or unbelievably lucky if you don’t.

Rivalry Week was a Football Feast.  Bowl season is coming up fast, and I can’t believe how quickly the season has passed.

 

#GAMEWEEK

The final countdown to the 2013-14 NCAA College Football season is upon us, and Game Week is here.

Yeah, Baby!!

Game One Predictions will follow on Wednesday.

 

7 days from kickoff     Mississippi State Football.      #Fight4MSU      #HailState

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No. 7 Matt Wyatt played QB for the Bulldogs during the 1996-1999 seasons. During his career for the Bulldogs, he threw for 2940 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 1996 and was a four year letterman for the Bulldogs, earning those honors for the 1996-1999 seasons. In April of 2011, Wyatt was named Color Analyst for the Mississippi State football broadcast crew, where he works alongside Jim Ellis and John Correro.

Choppin’ Cotton At The ‘Death Star’

I haven’t payed much attention to what the alleged experts have to say regarding tonight’s Cotton Bowl match between OU and TAMU.  I’m certain the story lines always begin with Johnny Manziel, though.

As for the nuts and bolts of the game, my take is probably quite different from the alleged experts.

Other than La. Tech, I’m not certain TAMU has encountered a potent spread offense and they barely escaped Shreveport with a 59-57 win, that was a missed two point conversion from going to overtime.  Other than La. Tech, TAMU has only faced one other team ranked in the top twenty scoring offenses, #14 Alabama.

Conversely, OU encountered five of the top twenty scoring offenses, losing one to #9 Kansas State.  OU has faced four of the top fifteen teams in total offense, winning all four. TAMU faced only one, La. Tech.

As for how these two teams ranked in scoring defense, TAMU finished at #29 while OU finished at #40.  In total defense, OU finished 45th in the nation, TAMU was not ranked in the top 50.

If the thought hasn’t already occurred, TAMU has not faced the high powered offenses OU has and doesn’t have the defensive statistics to indicate they are capable of doing so.

Then there is the fast paced offense that OU runs, an offense that TAMU head coach Kevin Sumlin was instrumental in developing while co-offensive coordinator at OU.  Many of the TAMU defensive players will remember facing it last year and others from the years before that.  Many teams in the NCAA now use the ‘hurry-up’ offense, but OU was the originator of the concept five years ago.  In the 2009 BCS championship game, Urban Meyer of Florida said if his team hadn’t had forty days to prepare for it they could have never won.  Even when Florida had conditioned specifically for the ‘hurry-up’ they were clearly gassed at different points in the game when they couldn’t substitute defensive players.

My conclusion, the OU offense OUt matches the TAMU defense more than the TAMU offense OUt matches the OU defense.  Further, the advantage of  Senior QB Landry Jones, the most prolific passer and winner of more games than any OU QB(which speaks volumes), and his experience in big games is a tremendous advantage over the young red shirt phenom Johnny Manziel.

Regardless of the words I have used and the many others have, the game is only hours away.

The tailgaters will be setting up outside Jerry’s ‘Death Star’ soon.

The bands will be arriving in their buses and prepping their instruments and uniforms.

The excitement is building for the fans and players, a big game on national television on a Friday night at the stadium that sets the standard for modern stadiums.

Both teams have played at this stadium, OU played a big game there a few years ago, coming from behind in the last Big 12 championship game against Nebraska.

Then, when you don’t think you can wait any longer, the players exit the locker room and take the field.

BOOMER SOONER!!

Friday before the State-Alabama game, OU-ND, and other tidbits

Top-ranked and undefeated Alabama has opened as a 20+ point favorite over the Miss State Bulldogs for their game this weekend. The New York Yankees were swept in the ACLS. A one-time popular Democrat president is poised to lose his re-election bid. The MSU quarterback, starting only his eighth game, was heavily recruited by Alabama. This will be the biggest game of his career. The Alabama coach has multiple national championships under his belt. A statue of him resides outside the stadium in Tuscalousa, Alabama. Sound familiar? Well, it should. It describes tomorrow’s showdown between State and Alabama. It also describes another game between the same two teams, in 1980, when Emory Bellard‘s Bullies defeated the Bear Bryant-coached Alabama squad 6 – 3.  I think the similarities are more than just a coincidence.  The stars are aligned.

We Believe!  State 28, Alabama 26.     UPSET ALERT!!!

Notre Dame rolls into Norman with their best team in a long time, and the pollsters have taken notice.  The 5th ranked Irish boast defensive stoppers, and will be tested by a Sooner team that is hitting their stride at just the right time.  The 8th ranked Oklahoma team is a 9 point favorite, and I don’t think it will be anywhere near this close.  I’m looking for a good old-fashioned butt-stomping.  Oklahoma 44, Notre Dame 17.

Iowa travels to Northwestern in a critical B1G game for the Hawkeyes.  In a season filled with close games, last week’s blowout loss to the fighting Sanduskys was unexpected.  Look for Kirk’s squad to show up in Evanston, and play some cold-weather defense against Northwestern.   Iowa 18, Northwestern 14.

Other picks and scores:

Florida 38  Georgia 36,  Texas Tech 28 Kansas State 27 (UPSET ALERT #2),

Oregon 44  Colorado 14,  Oregon State 31 Washington 28,  Southern Cal 28, Arizona 21.

Help Wanted: Pig Sooey

When you are an offensive genius, you get a job in the NFL. When you get a job in the NFL, you lose games. When you lose games, you take a job at Arkansas. When you live in Arkansas, you get bored. When you get bored, you go looking for strange. When you go looking for strange, you find strange. When you find strange, you take it for a ride on your motorcycle. When you take strange for a ride on your motorcycle, she reaches around and grabs your junk. When she grabs your junk, you wreck your motorcycle. When you wreck your motorcycle, you end up at a press conference in a neck brace. Don’t end up at a press conference in a neck brace…switch from cable and upgrade to DirecTV.

Update: When you end up at a press conference in a neck brace, you get fired. Don’t get fired….
switch from cable to DirecTV

Nothing Beats Home Cooking

It’s fourth down, Auburn goes for it and is stuffed.

The measurement … TV clearly shows space between the end of the chain and the tip of the ball.

The call? Auburn 1st and 10.

See for yourself …

This call is almost as blatantly bad as the call in the Big-12 championship game a few years ago when the refs put time back on the clock to allow texas to kick a FG and beat Nebraska.

Almost.

Nothing beats home cooking. Damn I hate those mother-17-ers.

hat tip@ClarkSeal

Update: SEC Spokeshole Steve Shaw issued this statement regarding the call …

”When the officiating crew put the first down stake in its final position, the nose of the football was touching the stake making it a first down.”

Mississippi State defensive back Charles Mitchell, who was standing above the ball on the field, said there was “definitely daylight” between the ball and the yard marker. “They didn’t get it,” said Mitchell, “but they gave it to them.”

BCS Open Thread

Colt McCoy is injured in the 1st quarter. Two early Texas field goals then 24 unanswered from the Tide.

Halftime score Alabama 24 Texas 6

Funniest thing so far, Lee “Not so fast” Corso, drunk off his azz at the ABC desk …. just doin’ his Max Baucus impression, I suppose.

Update: It’s final, Bama 37-21.

2nd funniest thing so far, Nick “Show Me The Money” Saban getting a gatorade shower. He was the only person in the entire audience that didn’t see it coming. Solid!

WFFOT: Bullies 19-Bama 18

It’s Friday! (the 13th, no less)

One more day trip to take care of some bidness, then it’s time for weekend full of some of the finest college football in the land. Our home will be full of family and friends who are coming in later tonight for fellowship and fun, and a ton of BBQ from the BreakPoint. I can’t wait.

This week’s featured matchup:  Nuke’s own MSU Bulldogs, hosting the Crimson Tide of Alabama in Stark Vegas.  ESPN has the broadcast at 6P, and the big screen hi-def will be rockin’

msucowbellNobody gives MSU a snowball’s chance, naturally. Why should they? Alabama is ranked #2 in the land, has a ferocious defense, and a rushing game led by Mark Ingram that seems unstoppable.

Fuggetaboutit. This week’s upset special: State stops the inside running game, and forces Bama to win or lose with the passing game. Bama’s passing game just isn’t enough. Take it to the bank. MSU 19 – 18.

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This is the World Famous Friday Open Thread: a free speech zone.
WFFOT: We need more cowbell!

They’re B-a-a-a-a-a-a-c-k!!!

The College Football season kicks off the 2009 season tonight.

Ahhhhhh.

Life is good.

Here are some notes of interest from the nation’s best conference.

sec_logo• All 12 SEC teams in action in Week 1 with regional and national television coverage for each contest.

• SEC has national-best five teams ranked in the Associated Press, USA Today and FWAA pre-season polls.

• Nine of 12 SEC teams have .500 or better marks since 1999.

• Only two SEC starting quarterbacks have 10 or more starts heading into 2009 season.

• SEC has more Top 25 finishes in the USA Today Poll since 2000 than any other conference (43).

• SEC has the nation’s highest winning percentage in non-conference games since 2000 than any other conference (.738).

• The SEC has led the nation in total attendance for 28 straight seasons.

• The SEC has appeared in and won more bowl games than any other conference. It is tied with the Pac-10 for highest bowl winning percentage (.533).

• The SEC has led or tied in most NFL draft selections in 10 of the last 12 years, including the last three drafts.

• Since the inception of the BCS, the SEC has won more BCS games than any other conference (12). The SEC’s .706 winning percentage in BCS games is also the highest in the nation.

• Florida’s Tim Tebow and Brandon James as well as Alabama’s Javier Arenas are active players listed in the Top 10 of SEC career statistical categories.

Ole Miss spanks Tech in Cotton Bowl

There is an old saying that things are bigger in Texas.

Ole Miss FootballOn this 73rd and farewell performance in Cotton Bowl Stadium, the size of the can of whoop-ass that Ole Miss opened up on Texas Tech was big indeed.

Sparked by the twin MVP’s Dexter McCluster on offense, and Marshay Green on defense, the Rebels overcame an early 14 point deficit to dominate the Big-12 South champs 47-34.

Hotty Totty! Go Rebs.

(That’s hard to say for this die-hard MSU Bulldog). Read more from ESPN….

Behind Jevan Snead’s passing, Dexter McCluster’s squirming runs and some big returns by Marshay Green, No. 25 Mississippi overcame an early deficit and beat No. 7 Texas Tech 47-34 Friday in the final Cotton Bowl played in the stadium of the same name.

The Red Raiders (11-2) converted a pair of early turnovers into a 14-0 lead, but Snead led the Rebels to touchdowns on their next three drives, followed by a go-ahead field goal shortly before halftime.

Once Green returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter, Ole Miss (9-4) was well on its way to capping coach Houston Nutt’s first season in grand style.

This was Mississippi’s sixth straight win, matching its longest streak since 2003, when Eli Manning was a senior. That also was the last time the Rebels had been to a bowl.

This roll began when Ole Miss was only 3-4 and coming off consecutive losses following its stunning upset at the Swamp.

Although Texas Tech pulled off huge comebacks in its last two bowls, McCluster ended any such thoughts by barreling into the end zone with 4:34 left. When Rebels fans finished clapping, they began chanting “S-E-C! S-E-C!” They did so again with 1:37 left after Ole Miss snuffed out a 2-point conversion attempt, then again following a recovered onside kick.

A little louder and the chants might’ve been heard at the Big 12 offices about 12 miles away. Still, the message that the fourth-best team in the SEC, according to the polls, is better than the third-best team in the Big 12 will certainly be noted as schools from these leagues — No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Oklahoma — meet next week in the national championship game.

S-E-C!

Breaking: Sylvester Croom resigns at MSU

Just breaking from ESPN, embattled head football coach, Sylvester Croom, has resigned from Mississippi State.


Sylvester Croom has resigned as head coach of Mississippi State, ESPN.com has learned.

Ole Miss humiliated Mississippi State 45-0 on Friday at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in the most lopsided Egg Bowl in 37 years. The Bulldogs finishing with 37 total yards and three different Mississippi State quarterbacks were sacked 11 times.

Despite the eight-win season a year ago and all the positive gains Croom made with the program, the Bulldogs have had only one winning season since 2000.

Yada, yada, yada, “positive gains with the program” …Riiiight. At least they didn’t say the “Croom is building the program the right way.” Arrrgggh.

So Long Sly. Thanks for everything. See you in the funny papers.

The wrap-up from Sporting News

More from MState Athletics

WFFOT: Fire Sylvester Croom Now

Update: Croom resigns
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It is 31 – 0 at halftime in the Egg Bowl.

Another humiliating loss for the MSU Bulldogs.

If I have to hear another announcer drone on about how “Croom is doing it the right way,” or some other such happy-sounding BS, I think I will barf.

Croom has had 5 years to do it, right way or not. His teams can’t run, can’t pass, can’t block, can’t tackle, can’t kick, and can’t compete in the SEC.

Other than that, Croom is a great coach.

It is time to Fire Sylvester Croom.

FRIDAY LINKAGE:

Malls, hotels next victims in new mortgage crisis — The full scope of the housing meltdown isn’t clear and already there are ominous signs of a new crisis — one that could turn out the lights on malls, hotels and storefronts nationwide.

The Hedge Fund Collapse — As many as half the funds that existed earlier this year, when the industry topped out at 10,000 funds in business, could fail or be wound up in a year’s time, industry watchers estimate. Assets under management at hedge funds are falling as investors rush to pull money out of good funds and bad. In September, investors took out an estimated $41 billion from the sector, the largest monthly outflow of money since experts began tracking numbers. October looked even worse.

“Something is happening of historic proportions” — I think there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is just a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes these exist, but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus.

Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it. Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is something happening within our country that has been evolving for about ten – fifteen years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two.

What this depression could look like — look back 135 years the current economic woes look a lot like what my 96-year-old grandmother still calls “the real Great Depression.” She pinched pennies in the 1930s, but she says that times were not nearly so bad as the depression her grandparents went through. That crash came in 1873 and lasted more than four years. It looks much more like our current crisis.

Government bailout hits $8.5 trillion:
— The federal government committed an additional $800 billion to two new loan programs on Tuesday, bringing its cumulative commitment to financial rescue initiatives to a staggering $8.5 trillion, according to Bloomberg News.

That sum represents almost 60 percent of the nation’s estimated gross domestic product.

Citi says price of gold could go over $2000 next year — The bank said the damage caused by the financial excesses of the last quarter century was forcing the world’s authorities to take steps that had never been tried before.

This gamble was likely to end in one of two extreme ways: with either a resurgence of inflation; or a downward spiral into depression, civil disorder, and possibly wars. Both outcomes will cause a rush for gold.

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This is the World Famous Friday Open Thread. Your thread in times of global economic meltdown and poor football teams.

WFFOT: Ending the thread the way it began, “Fire Sylvester Croom”

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Tech beats State: SOS

cross-posted at Pike County Times

Same old State.
Can’t run, can’t pass. Multiple turnovers. Special teams are anything but.
Bonehead personal foul penalties.
Not a single first down in the 4th quarter.
Shut out in the second half.

And yet they still had a chance to win.
Trailing by eight points with 3 minutes to go, a State punt was mishandled by Tech, giving the Dogs a 1st down in Tech territory.

Same old State.
A three-and-out, featuring a dropped pass gave State one more opportunity to punt, netting a lousy 15 yards. Tech runs out the clock, punts on the last play, and it’s game over.

C-L reported that Coach Croom was coy in the week leading up to this disaster, promising a more exciting brand of football for State fans. “You need to buy a ticket to see for yourself,” he said. He was right. It was an exciting night to remember for La Tech, and another forgettable night of frustration for the Maroon.

Coach Croom has been given every opportunity to field a competitive team. I’m sorry to say that my patience has been exhausted. This loss was every bit as difficult to watch as the Maine debacle. It will be Same old State, as long as we have the same old excuse for a weak football coach.

Fire Sylvester Croom.

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