Monday, September 22, 2008

Fear of a Black Folsom

Excuse my French, but profanity is all I knew
And to you other sellouts, oh yeah, 'F' you too...

PROPS and DROPS from the Buffs Blackout win over West Virginia on Thursday and the Broncos come-from-ahead victory over the Saints yesterday:

PROPS: The usually reserved CU crowd brought its 'A' game for the nationally televised Thursday game. They heeded the AD's advice and arrived early, but not without some spirited tailgating (in which the SG crew were ballyhooed participants). Even the non-student sections were on their feet the entire game. Most of the crowd were dressed in the requested 'Blackout' gear, especially the student section, witness the 'Colorado: We Know How To Blackout' t-shirts. And don't count the SG as among those foggies who deride the students for rushing the field. These are young people and they should have the chance to enjoy these years while they can...extra props to the dude rushing the field on crutches.

DROPS: Despite making three big plays when they counted, the Donks' defense overall was just putrid. The problem stems from a complete lack of pass rush, and against the Saints it was non-existant, even after they lost tackle Jamal Brown. Jarvis Moss isn't reminding anyone of Julius Peppers in his first action, and John Engleberger may be servicable in the run game, but he isn't getting near the QB. Drew Brees had time to style his birthmark to the tune of 400+ yards.

PROPS: Buffs' RB Rodney Stewart continues to amaze the Buff nation, as his quick bursts and surprising physical play garned him over 150 yards versus a stout WVU defense. Stewart, shows that cliched "extra gear" when he hits the holes. The OL in front of him redeemed themselves from the Eastern Washington game, with tackle Nate Solder having a superb game. Super stud frosh Darrell Scott had some key runs, but the staff chose to go with the hot back in Stewart as the feature back.

PROPS: Brandon Marshall shook off some miscues by QB Jay Cutler and an early drop to again post a stellar game. After toasting Charger All-Pro Walter Cromartie last week, the victim this week was Rastafarian Mike McKenzie, no slouch after 10 years in the league. At this point in the season, Marshall has shown he is the NFL's top receiver, with an insane ability to simply find space on the football field.

PROPS: The Donks' young OL is coming together nicely, with both Ryan Harris and Ryan Clady already looking like polished vets. Jay Cutler has barely been touched in the early part of the season and the running game is breaking off big chunks. As the OL gels and the weather changes, perhaps Shanny can counter his lackluster defense by playing a little ball control on offense. All three RBs: Selvin Young as a the feature back, Andre Hall as a change of pace, and Michael "Guns" Pittman as the short yardage guy, have run tough and not fumbled.

DROPS: West Virginia coach Bill Stewart coached like Stuart Little, as he looked completely lost throughout the televised portion of the game. Although he didn't seem to bungle the clock at game's end as much as ESPN would like you to believe, he did seem oblivious to much of the surroundings in the game. Maybe it was Erin Andrews in those tight black pants that had him looking like a dufus.

PROPS: The CU safety situation is a sticky one, and when starter Daniel Dykes couldn't play due to an illness, Northglenn product Anthony Perkins completely stepped up to fill his shoes. Perkins was credited with seven tackles, but also crowded the box (witness the nine in there) when WVU was showing run- nearly every damn play- and covered his man well when called upon.

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marshall is the best WR in the NFL hands down, and if anyone doesnt think so, I will give you a fat lip.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous Spotwood said...

While I wouldn't exactly call WVU's defense 'stout' by any stretch, CU's run game did do pretty well all night. However, I was confused by the absolute lack of any decent play calling after the 1st quarter. They played not to lose and almost failed at it. Big test this week as putird as FSU looked I'm hoping CU doesn't overlook them because Free Shoes U returns 5 starters they haven't had all year due to suspension.

As for the Broncos, I'm all about being 3-0. But they really ought to be 1-2 right now, and while my FF team is super happy about the way they play, the Broncos fan in me is worried about that D. I wonder how many coordinators it will take before they actually fix it.

1:12 PM  
Anonymous boulder creek tailgater said...

I think WVU is still a factor in the Big East. Remember, both offenses had a few points taken off the board b/c of turnovers.

hopefully the 5 FSU starters return a bit rusty or add to the chaos that FSU seemed to have on Sat nite.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Juck said...

I told you Rodney would make you shit your pants.

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