A Day of Remembrance – Goodell goes to Bellevue – and CFB week 2

Bullet Points

Seriously, Roger Goodell must be ready to snap and check himself into a Mental Ward after last night’s head set issue.  How does this happen?  More importantly to me is why?  As in, after the Refs were notified of the issue Pittsburgh had with their headsets playing the Patriots broadcast – WHY did they not instruct the Pats to stop using their headsets – as is the rule?  Either way thanks a lot Head-Frequency guy at GIllete Stadium for giving us an all day car-wash of HeadSet-gate on ESPN.

On the flip side, Gronk scored three times.  That is as many times in one game as all of Tampa Bay’s TE’s scored all year.  That puts him 5th, all-time for TE’s.  He is tied with Jason Witten who has played 3x’s as long.  It’s the kind of Ruth-ian domination we are fortunate to see, and good job with the trash-talk all week Steelers about how easy it is to stop him being physical.  Gronkowski is like Wilt Chamberlain – all he does is score.


Here is a games list for week 2, for your College Football fix:
  • AIR FORCE (-6) by 13 over San Jose State – I agree with the DiRTCanon A.I. that the oddsmakers gave us an interesting value-number. Air Force was 7th in the nation in rushing offense a year ago. San Jose State was 119th in stopping the run.

  • FLORIDA STATE (-27.5) by 38 over USF – USF got a nice 51-3 home win over Florida A&M in its season opener. Now, they get to visit that ‘other’ Tallahassee school.

  • MISSISSIPPI (-26.5) by 34 over Fresno State – It’s a big line, but I’m feeling 30+ here.

  • GEORGIA TECH (-29) by 31 over Tulane – Georgia Tech has been on a nice roll for the last 8 games, going 7-1 with a 2-point loss to Florida State in the ACC Championship game as the only setback. That roll isn’t going to be stopped by a Tulane team that lost by 30, at home to Duke last week.

  • Memphis (-11.5) by 16 over KANSAS – Kansas went down big, early last week against FCS South Dakota State and fought back, kinda before losing 41-38. Memphis won’t let that happen. The turnaround under Justin Fuente has been impressive.

  • NEBRASKA (-25.5) by 29 over South Alabama – If Nebraska can’t lay wood to South Alabama, behind the proverbial wood-shed, all is lost in Lincoln.

  • PENN STATE (-18.5) by 25 over Buffalo – Penn State has issues that may not be able to be solved in one week. The DiRTCanon A.I. nailed the Temple win so it’s worthy of riding along with its projection that Buffalo could keep it closer than some expect.  But, I’m not buying it.

  • FLORIDA (-19) by 14 over East Carolina – Lots of changes in personnel and, not to mention, a new head coach in Florida.  Remember, these teams just met on a neutral field in January and the Gators escaped with a 28-20 win.

  • SMU (-3) by 6 over North Texas – SMU is 1-14 in its last 15 games. Somebody knows something we don’t know and we should go with that somebody.

  • TEXAS (-15.5) by 17 over Rice – Texas managed 3 points against Notre Dame. Rice isn’t Notre Dame, but when is Texas, going to be Texas?

  • LSU (-4) by 4 over MISSsT – LSU’s tune-up vs. FCS McNeese State was canceled due to weather so now the Tigers have to take their first snap on the road in an SEC contest. However, Mississippi State wasn’t all that impressive in a 34-16 win at Southern Miss. This is a pick ’em game in my book that LSU wins SU.

  • CONNECTICUT (-6.5) by 9 over Army – Army had a 2-point loss to FCS Fordham last week – while UConn edged FCS Villanova by 5. Not very many people cared about those contests, and not many should care about this one – except my attorney and the rest of the Degenerates.

  • Bowling Green by 1 over MARYLAND (-7.5) – If only because BGSU has the ability to put up points, this projected upset has a smidgen of possible reality to it. But the Falcons also need to show up on defense which they failed to do in last week’s 59-30 loss at Tennessee.  I think Maryland wins SU but close.

  • Massachusetts by 1 over COLORADO (-13.5) – Why is Colorado a 13.5-point favorite? The Buffs were an 8-point favorite at Hawaii last week and the DiRTCanon A.I. said they would not cover that game, which they didn’t – they lost outright. Now they’re a big home favorite vs. a UMass team that returns 19 starters on offense and defense, including the 2014 MAC statistical leaders in tackles, passing yards per game and receptions per game. This is the season opener for the boys from Amherst.  CU wins but does not cover – again.

  • COLORADO STATE by 2 over Minnesota (-6) – The Golden Gophers put up a valiant effort against TCU last week but that was on their own turf. The Rams are 14-1 in their last 15 home games, including 9 in-a-row.

  • Temple by 1 over Cincinnati (-7.5) – Temple’s biggest challenge is coming down to Earth after last week’s monumental win over Penn State. Temple’s second biggest challenge is beating Cincinnati, but staying under 7-1/2 should be reasonably easy for what appears to be a solid Matt Rhule-coached football team.

  • Wake Forest by 0.35 over SYRACUSE (-4) – Both teams were 3-9 overall and 1-7 in the ACC a year ago.

  • Washington State by 3 over RUTGERS (-2.5) – What have learned last week about these two teams, other than Rutgers is awash in off-the-field problems. But on the field, Rutgers destroyed FCS Norfolk State while Washington State was lost to FCS Portland State.  It seems like the perfect trap game.

Ben Franklin said: those that demand security over Liberty deserve neither.  A tragedy that still ripples in our souls and disturbs the tranquility of our thoughts – however, vigilance to the ideals that OUR country was founded upon will echo thru eternity – and for that i find this a nice way to remember what was, before…