Monday, September 17, 2007

In Poland, the field goals are wider

Word, I'm here to crush all my peers
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Props and Drops from this weekend's football contests invoving the Buffaloes' loss to Florida State and Broncos' OT win versus the Raiders:

PROPS: The CU defense played rather well in the late night loss to the Seminoles. Granted, that ins’t Charlie Ward or Warrick Dunn out there for the ‘Noles, but they still have the playmakers the made it a top 5 staple for a decade plus. CU tackle George Hypolite was all over the field, and LB Jordan Dizon will have 6000 tackles if he keeps up the pace. The defense should be bolstered further this week when two suspended players, Michael Sipili and Chris Perri, return.

DROPS: The Bronco run defense was allowing more holes than OJ’s defense in Las Vegas. LaMont “Big Dummy” Jordan ran over, through, and around the Donk D to the tune of 150+ yards. The front four haven’t quite seemed to hit their stride, as new names keep popping up along there. And the LBs, other than Nate Webster, still seem to have trouble in the new Jim Bates scheme.

PROPS: Mike Shannahan used the ol’ “timeout to ice the kicker trick” to perfection in overtime. Must’ve given Sebastian Janikowski time to think about his time kicking concrete bags through decrepit oak trees back in old Poland or something, because the second kick was half a hot dog short of going through.

DROPS: The CU running game turned into the CU standing game as they never established any sort of ground attack versus the Noles. The return of RB Hugh Charles provided limited success, as he and the other backs were held to what most Pee Wee teams rush for versus the Arvada Mini Eagles. The five OL have played every snap this season and CU’s lack of depth may be catching up. Expect to see some forsh OL, mainly super recruit Ryan Miller, get some extended pt soon.

PROPS: Bronco receivers continue to make the key catches and are getting open. Javon Walker runs a slant better than anyone in the AFC by the looks of the quick strikes he’s been getting. Brandon Marshall, all 6-5 of him, is making the difficult catches and some surprising moves to get YAC. Brandon Stokley has done exactly what was expected: line up in the slot and make the 3rd down and big catches. TE Dan Graham, while not getting the big numbers, is a blocking machine, both for the RBs and WRS downfield.

DROPS: The kicking game, both at CU and for the Donks, has been less than spectacular. Jason Elam, while winning both games, has given fans reason to sweat on anything outside the 45 yard range. CU’s Kevin Eberhart has made Buff fans pine for the days of Mason Crosby, as other than the winner versus the Sheep, has really struggled to get the ball in the uprights. With both offenses struggling to get in the endzone, the kicking game becomes more important.

QUICK PROPS: CU student section for the “Blackout”…ex-CU players greeting the team in introductions…Bronco fans loud enough in the OT to cause some Raider confusion…Dre Bly might be able to match Champ’s INT total this season…Nate Webster is all over the place…Buff OL has allowed only a handful of sacks…young Buff WRs Josh Smith and Kendrick Celestine add the needed speed they need…Donk punter Todd Sauerbraun is booming the ball on punts and kickoffs.

QUICK DROPS: CU DBs continue to give up the long ball…Jay Cutler will wreck momentum with a bonehead pass…Broncos inability to put the Raiders away when up by two scores…CU looks like they have forgotten the TE is part of the passing game…CU trying to run end-arounds versus the Nole’s speedy defense….Shannahan not letting one back carry the load.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buff fans are acting like they won the game. That was a beatable fsu team and the Buffs to quote Dennis Green "let them off the hook!"

10:03 AM  
Anonymous Spotwood said...

'Buffs fans' watched a 2 win team last year that got demolished by nearly everyone they played. Unlike the pros, there are moral victories in college. Especially when you're in the middle of redifining the university. They've managed to get some decent talent but it takes time to get it together.

That FSU team isn't as good as they were in the 90's, but neither are the Buffs.

Right now, everyone in the Big 12 outside of Norman, is 'beatable'.

The games that matter start soon enough.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous boulder creek tailgater said...

that was frustrating. I see Cu is 115th in the NCAA in rushing. No way they can compete in the B12 with that BS. hey better get on Miami quickly, that would provide some time to get the frosh into the swing.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Hallux Valgus said...

well, we've got Miami of Ohio next week, so I expect to get healthy with the quickness. Too bad there's no Florida State of Ohio. I bet we could wreck shop against them too.

Fucking Eberhart cost me winning on the spread.

3:53 PM  
Blogger bankmeister said...

Icing the kicker is a strategy employed wherein the coach calls timeout as the special teams unit lines up in anticipation of the snap. Waiting until the center is less than a second away from calling the snap is not icing the kicker, rather it's knowing that the play will have gotten off in regular fashion and now, having (in this case) made it, he'll have to do it again.

In no case has icing the kicker ever involved a replay of a nullified play. It's a psychological strategy employed to make the guy think about the task at hand before he does it, not making him do it again because you can get away with a low-down, last-ditch effort to win a game you should technically have lost.

12:33 AM  
Blogger Commish CH said...

^anon- you might be right, we did let them off the hook. That was winnable. FSU will be lucky to get to 7 wins

^Spot- agree on the B12. Mizzou is looking OK, but their ddefense is giving up pts.

^-BCT- we'll see he frosh this week. Heard from an "insider" that Kai Maiava is an animal

^HV- the scary thing is after Eberhart is no one. FGs could be back to the Pat Brougham days in 08.

^Bank- That's on the ref if your defintion is accurate. The ref shouldve denied him the TO or called it ASAP. Same thing happenned in the CU-csu game in 06, where Lubick called a TO instants before Crosby amde a 50+ yarder. 2nd kick, no good. Again, well within the rules; may be something the NFL Comp Comt looks at soon.

7:06 AM  
Blogger Hallux Valgus said...

My buddy desperately wanted to buy a Pat Brougham jersey. Desperately. He couldn't imagine anything funnier. For that matter, neither can I.

I thought they had some hot shit freshman lined up from '07 who just hadn't shown up on campus yet. Something Davis, I think

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