Tagged: Football

Busy Times

It sure is a busy time in the sporting world. It is crunch time for several of my favorite teams this week. This is a time to give shout outs to the other sports besides baseball. I think it is appropriate anyway since none of the teams are doing anything in the MLB anyway.

SteelersThis week my Pittsburgh Steelers will be taking on the New England Patriots. Usually this would be an amazing game, Tom Brady vs. Ben Roethlisberger. New England’s offense going up against Pittsburgh’s defense. That would be a great game. But as we all know Mr. Brady hurt his little knee and is out of the season so Matt Cassel has to step up against the #1 defense in the league. Pittsburgh is #1 in the NFL in passing defense, rushing defense, and total defense. Yes, the Triple Crown in defense. It is going to be hard for Cassel to throw to Randy Moss from his back.

As for my Penn State Nittany Lions, they are already in the Rose Bowl. They smashed Michigan St. to end the season and get the Rose Bowl bid. Now all that has to be decided is who they play. The winner of the Pac-10 plays the winner of the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl. So, it is either Oregon St. or USC. If you happen to be a Penn State fan you are already aware that Penn State embarrassed Oregon St. already this year. I don’t want to watch that again. So I have actually found myself rooting for USC. Although it isn’t like they need my help against Notre Dame. What I do need to root for is for Oregon to beat Oregon St. That would make USC the Pac-10 champion and give them a bid to the Rose Bowl.

Oregon DucksNever thought I would say this but, GO DUCKS!

Basically it comes down to the fact that I would rather see Penn State play USC and possibly get beat then beat down or even lose to Oregon St. I think it would just be a flat out better game. I have been wanting to see Penn State play USC for a while now anyway. There is no doubt in my mind that USC will easily embarrass Notre Dame, having Oregon upset Oregon St. is what the challenge will be. But, you never know, anything can happen. Any team can beat any other team on any given day. That is just the way it is.

Tyler HansbroughAny college basketball fans out there? If so I take it you watched the Maui Invitational. All I have to say is damn, UNC is good. Hansbrough isn’t even healthy yet and he is still yammin on people. That kid is ridiculous. 

He is going to win Player of the Year again. I am still a little shocked that scouts said he would be a late first round pick in the NBA draft last year. Are you kidding me? He is the freakin NCAA Player of the Year and he is a late first round pick? Doesn’t make much sense to me.

The rest of his team does need props though. Danny Green can knock down a 3 from anywhere over anyone. He is just obnoxiously athletic. Ty Lawson is ridiculously fast. He was running past Notre Dame defenders that were already down court.

As for the Atlanta Braves, they have still done absolutely nothing. They have so much money and are clearly waiting around for San Diego to come back. It is disappointing that there was so much hype for the off season and a whole bunch of nothing has happened. Oh well.

Till next time,

~Ben

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thought I would finally join the trend and wish everyone reading a Happy Thanksgiving.

Turkey

This is the time of year where you get together with family and get to spend some quality time with your loved ones, AND EAT FOOD. But mostly it is about giving thanks for everything that you have. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, black or white, male or female, a Yankee fan or a Red Sox fan, we can all get together and be thankful for the freedoms we enjoy in this fine country we call home.

I am thankful for everything I have in life and never take what I have for granted. As they always say, you never know what you have until it’s gone. It’s the truth.

Basically, just have fun, be safe, and give thanks. Don’t eat too much that you get sick and be sure to watch some football afterward. The Eagles-Cardinals game preferably because we all know that the Titans-Lions game won’t even be competitive.

Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving everyone

~Ben

Rose Bowl

Rose BowlEarlier this evening my Penn State Nittany Lions defeated the Michigan State Spartans to clinch a spot in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. They had BCS title hopes but those were crushed by Iowa two weeks ago. Eh, they are making the best of what they can. I still think it’s a little messed up that even though they own the tie breaker with Ohio State, Penn State and Ohio State share the Big Ten title. Sounds stupid doesn’t it? Either way they would have gotten screwed out of the BCS championship game anyway.

Penn State had a great year with just that one costly slip up in Iowa. Daryll Clark had a great year despite having some accuracy issues at times. Clark got all the press but there was one player that flew under the radar, Navarro Bowman.

Navarro BowmanAaron Maybin got all the press and hype on defense with his standout season, but Navarro Bowman was the MVP of the defense. This guy is the best linebacker I have ever seen play college football. The last few years I got to see Paul Posluszny, Dan Connor, and Sean Lee play. This guy is better than all of them. Bowman led the team with 98 tackles, the next highest was 66 by Josh Hull. Bowman is so fast it isn’t fair. Terrel Pryor found out the hard way that he isn’t faster than Bowman.

The season was in a way a failure, as they had BCS title hopes. A Rose Bowl isn’t bad but it isn’t what I was aiming for. It could have been the perfect ending to Joe Paterno’s career and put Penn State back into the truly “elite” group of football schools. I just hope they don’t have to play Oregon State in the Rose Bowl. Penn State already smashed them earlier this year so I don’t want to watch that again.

By the way, right now Oklahoma is completely annihilating Texas Tech.

Till next time,

~Ben