Archive for August, 2005

30
Aug
05

FBB Week 1 — The March to Seven

Ahhhh….. my favorite time of year. Time for SoCal cheerleader letter sweaters and flying tortillas. Time for Waving the Wheat and the Quack Attack. It’s time for pre-season hype and the bitter taste of reality some call the Texas State Fair– no not fried Twinkies. It’s time for the sweet sound of “oh baby what a play.” And it’s finally time for RObert to take up a new hobby on Tuesday evenings as the ‘Ville receives admission to the BCS Country Club. Oh yea…..it’s that time of year again.

univ of kansas Florida Atlantic vs. Kansas -24

The Mangino Experiment enters into its fourth season – the standard shelf-life for popular KU coaches. Jayhawk legend Don Fambrough had two non-consecutive four year teams. Bud Moore and Pepper Rodgers hung around Mount Oread for four years as well. Each made one bowl trip during those four years, but never in their fourth and final season. The Flying Manginos experienced the sweet taste of post season play in 2003 – will he suffer the same fate. Conventional logic might say yes ….

  • KU wrapped up the 1995 season – the final season of the Big Eight Conference — with a 10-2 record. Kansas hasn’t had a winning record since.
  • KU has never won more than three Big 12 games in a single season –uggggg
  • It gets worse. Since entering into the Big XII, KU hasn’t had single season at .500 or better.
  • In the century-plus history of KU football, the longest stretch without at least a .500 season is 10 years (1936-45).

Well my friends of little faith, last season’s best four and seven team begin the long journey to seven wins with the Florida Atlantic Owls. KU will field the best defense in the Big XII North – granted it is still the Big XII North – the best cornerback in the country in Charles Gordon, and a giant question mark on offense – specifically our ability to score. My two cents…KU will get off to a slow start against arguably the worst team in the country but will catch their offensive stride in the second quarter. The field possession game should be one-sided.. Look for KU to cover and take its first of seven steps on Saturday.

univ of oregon Oregon (-7) vs. Houston

Seriously…..who are we kidding? Did the Cougs resurrect Andre Ware and David Klingler? This is Mike Bellotti ball — the same Mike Bellotti that tripped up the Maize and Blue in pre conference play. But hey….it is NCAA version of pre-season for many programs so let’s cut them some slack. Vi’s Ducks get back to their 2003 swagger, shake off the cob-webs of last season 5- 6 record, and cover on the roadagainst this fierce bunch.

univ. of texas Texas (-40) vs UL Lafayete

The Young campaign begins as he runs for 120 and throws for 150 – all before the seven min mark of the third quarter. The question mark for me is the other half of the offense — you have Vince Young and everyone else. The running game and receiving corps have to keep defenses honest this season. Few questions will be answered by the no-so Ragin Caguns…and Texas fans will be over served and finalizing plan in Columbus before this one kicks off. Hats off to Mack for accepting this OU diversion….

texas tech Texas Tech – off


Well not much to say about the Raider pre-season schedule that wasn’t summed up in today’s Forte Yard Dash on ESPN.com. To steal an excerpt –

And five schedules that satisfy every coach’s inner coward:
Texas Tech (27): Sure, playing in the Big 12 South is brutal — but scheduling a nonconference slate of Florida International, Sam Houston State and Indiana State is shameless. The Yellow Raiders don’t play a I-A opponent with a winning 2004 record until Oct. 22.

Ouch…..
And hey KU made the Forte as well:

What would be appropriate sideline headset music for college coaches as we kick off the 2005 season?
Kansas’ Mark Mangino (5): “I like mine with lettuce and tomato/Heinz 57 and french-fried potatoes …” — Jimmy Buffett.

u of l Louisville (-22) vs. Kentucky

Rich Brooks may have been Rose Bowl bound in Oregon but has sucked ass in the Blue Grass State. Louisville has every reason to be confident that they will make some noise in the Big East and possibly a BCS ticket. Their biggest concern should be that the all-knowing BCS does not strip the conference of their automaitic bid after last season’s embarrassment. In-state and rivalry games are often unpredictable and close contests – not this one. The Ville covers and the best FBB QB debate begins.

Wildcard – who else FSU vs. Miami…
This one will require some more thinking…analysis TBD.

29
Aug
05

FBB Pre-season: Year of the Palindrome

 jayhawk A few of you may recall that I closed out last season with the following statement: KU was the best 4–7 team in 2004. Well….to kick-off the countdown to the 05 season I will pick up where I left off and segue into my first FBB posting of the season. KU will move from 4-7 to 7-4 and will be bowl bound by season’s end.

Here’s my rationale. Coach Mangino stated in one, if not several, of his many preseason press outings that KU will win the games it should win. While a rather tired and predictable statement…. I believe I know what specifically he is speaking to. Yes he expects us to beat the Appalachian States on our schedule – this is a given – but also to find a way to close out games in the 4th quarter. That’s winning the games you should win.

Last year the Northwestern, Tech, and Texas late game losses can be attributed to a two areas – a lack of depth and and its impact on our ability to control the line of scrimmage in the 4th quarter. Giving up big plays late in the game (recall Tech 70 yard touchdown scamper, Vince converting a 4th and 18) was reoccurring theme in 2004. With both depth and experience on both side of the line addressed in the off-season look for KU to close out games and find their way into post season play.

To take it one step further….here is how I see it playing out:

  1. KU picks up its first three games as it should (note: all in Lawrence) – Florida Atlantic, Appalachian State, and Louisiana Tech. Record: 3-0.
  2. KU picks up an upset and goes 1 of 2 on the road in either Lubbock or Manhattan. The smart money is a win against ksu due to the off-season decimation of their defensive line. Tech is always difficult at home….though KU did pick up the W the last time they were in Lubbock. Record: 4-1.
  3. OU in Arrowhead and CU in Boulder may be out of reach. For now we will pass on this part of the schedule despite the fact that College Football News predicted a KU upset in Arrowhead. They also like mizzou over Texas in the conference. opener. Record: 4-3
    Side note — Should we pick up one of these and the two previous road games you can pencil us in as at least a share of Big XII North title.
  4. KU defines their season – picking up three of the next four – and I am noted as the grand poo-bah of all FBB prognosticators. mizzou, Nebraska, and Iowa St are all in Lawrence – and we take all three. Yes…we finally beat the Big Red Machine and the Wheel implodes with post-game activity. The KU game in Austin may be out of reach given that it is unlikely Texas will be looking past the Hawks at home. Record: 7-4.

There you have it….and you heard it here first. Now let’s see who has enough stones to outline their team’s 05 slate.

07
Aug
05

Banner Day

Fueled by Friday’s Blue Plate meatloaf with Jonathan and Eileen — for those close to the BP menu, they have brought back blueberry and peach pie — Atticus and I cranked out a post injury PR of 40 mins in GGP. Julie also cranked out 25 mins of running — a milestone in her slow climb back from the IR. As we have mathematically eliminated ourselves from any marathons this year we have set our sights on pre-College GameDay fitness.

Then….Dogs Days of Summer at SBC. All the time, money, and frustration invested training Atticus paid off in spades. He could not have been better behaved amongst 738 other dogs, 42,000 people, and an olfactory barrage of hotdogs and garlic fries. I denied both Julie and Atticus the costume contest and the parade around the park. Some of the costumes were classic but I refuse to have our boy in drag. Maybe we’ll consider the in-park parade next year. Check out the Gallery picts —

We returned back to the house for fajitas on the grill and many bottles of wine. Solid…solid day.

04
Aug
05

Test Driving Popularity Ratings

OK…killing some time this evening with a new WordPress Plug-in…Alex King’s Popularity Contest. Nothing overly sexy but it rates he said blogs posts based on views, comments, and trackbacks. So hey….come early and often. The wife thinks I’m giving in to the dork side. I simply view it as the necessary maturation process of HeSaid…..it is slow but extremely necessary.




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