Monday, September 29, 2008

I was wrong...

In my last post, I said that John Parker Wilson could not win the game against Georgia, but he could certainly lose it. In order to win this game, I felt like JP had to have an exceptional day. After watching him melt under pressure last year, I was concerned about this game. This was the biggest of the season.

I was wrong about my comment. John Parker Wilson helped win this football game with his calm approach to managing the game. He was the leader he is expected to be as quarterback. He made good decisions on when to throw or when to scramble. I do not recall a "forced" pass or a delay of game. (The delay of game that they were charged with was to the kicking team when the kicker forgot to kick.)

After the big win against Clemson, Alabama struggled against Tulane. This is the biggest win of the season thus far and a tough Kentucky team is coming to town. Was this a fluke against Georgia? Do they deserve the #2 ranking? This next game will help answer these questions. The true test is not always the game with all the hype and publicity, but the game that follows the one with the hype and publicity.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Javier Arenas..

This made me laugh out loud I love the way he responds. Bama will have their hands full this weekend playing on the road again. I think they have a chance to win, but they have to play well in the defensive secondary, and John Parker Wilson has to have a good day. He cannot win it for them, but he can certainly lose it.

Check out the video on Javier...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I found this article about the Georgia Bulldogs. It hits the nail on the head, but could also apply to Ohio State and a few others.

The part of the article that really sticks with me is this statement, which is about half way down the first page:

"Be lucky enough to be ranked higher than you deserve in August, and you'll stay higher than you deserve most of the season. Get screwed in the first poll, and you might as well get used to the feeling."

We complain about this every year, but I think these two sentences sum it up very well.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008


What a way to start football season! I sat through a nail-biter Friday night as our local 5A high school team opened the season at against a big 6A team. These two opened against each other for about 15-20 consecutive years before ending the tradition about 8-10 years ago.

Eufaula and Dothan always reminded you of a playoff game although it was the first game of the season. They were defensive games and usually ended with a 3-0, 7-3, 10-7 kind of score. No team ever scored over 14 points and the margin of victory was always close. We would be disappointed Friday night as Eufaula, ranked #1 in the 5A polls and playing with a back-up quarterback, squeaked by Dothan 13-9. Eufaula's starting quarterback suffered a knee injury earlier in August that may put a damper on his senior year.

We had our usual upsets and blowouts in the NCAA. I was especially proud of my Alabama Crimson Tide and the way they handled themselves in their opener. Obviously, Clemson was not the #9 team the polls made them out to be, but forget the score. The lack of penalties, the teamwork, the decision making by the quarterback, and overall team spirit of Alabama did not look like that of a young team in their opening game of the season.

They have a hard time finishing, and then staying focused the next week, so we will see what kind of job the coaches can do with them this week.

Ohio St. vs USC is right around the corner, and should be one heck of a game. It is kind of hard to tell what they have when they don't play anyone, but right now, I am going to give USC the edge.

We dodged the hurricane this weekend, but it looks like Mother Nature is going to give us a couple of more opportunities in the next week or so. Football season is here. Life is good!