Monday, October 27, 2008

Shut Em Down

But I don't party and shake my butt
I leave that to the brothers with the funny haircuts...

PROPS and DROPS from the Buffs' loss to the Missouri Tigers and the Broncos' bye week:

DROPS: The opening kickoff to the last play of the game. Pretty simple, there was not one positive the Buffs could take away from this game. The opening kickoff went back to near midfield by the Tigers and a few plays later Chase Daniel and company had a 7-0 lead. Perfect place for the freshman QB Tyler Hansen to fumble his first snap, promptly go three and out and watch the Buff punter fumble the snap. Sound like a horror script for Buff fans? Halloween a week early. 14-0 Tigers after the fumble as the Tiger RB literally scored without being touched. Game over from there with 3 1/2 quarters left. No rhythm, no downfield passes, no blocking, nothing on offense. No tackling, no pass coverage (Jeremy Maclin, guys, he's pretty good, maybe you should cover him), and absolutley no pass rush. Chase Daniel was flat footed on a half his drop backs and passed all over the field like a 7 on 7 drill.

PROPS: As putrid as the Donks have looked in the past two weeks, the playoffs are right there for them. San Diego just does not want to get it together and the Raiders and Cheifs are, well, the Raiders and Chiefs (all the more reason that KC loss stings.) If the Broncos can go 8-8, there's a good chance they can win the division and get their asses beat in the first round try to capture some momentum in the postseason.

PROP or DROP: The Buffs 242 game scoring streak came to an end with the shutout versus the Tigers. The only teams with a longer current streak are Michigan and Florida. While the loss of the streak stings, Buff fans are split over how it ended. CU did have the ball in FG range on two occasions in the 2nd half; the first time Dan Hawkins elected to go for it on 4th and 3 from inside the 20 down by 30+ points. The second was late in the game when the play clock was ran off a little too fast by the Mizzou operator standing the Buffs at the 11.

Should the Buffs have kicked a FG to extend the streak? On one hand, it is pretty good company to be mentioned with Florida and Michigan with the nation's longest streaks. No one outside of Buff fans are going to know that they kicked a meaningless FG to extend the streak. Some say they owe it to the players and staffs from the last 20 year that worked so hard to get the streak to keep it going. On the flip side, what type of message is it sending to the current team and supporters to kick a weak-ass FG as opposed to competing and trying to get a TD? And owe it to who? The team members who scored a FG in a 70-3 loss to Texas in 05? The pretty good 92 team who managed a TD versus Nebraska in 92? Either way, it's a dicey question.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

how many of the Florida or Michigan games in the streak were a 3 pt score only? If Hawk woudve kicked a FG in that 2nd H drive, no one wouldve cared. If he kicks one with 11 seconds, then he gets his ass on fire.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I think people would care more than you might think. One of the things people around here like about Hawk are that he's a no nonsense kind of guy.

While I hate the fact that the streak ended, I'm not upset at them trying to actually earn points, instead of cheesing it out.

3:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The streak was the biggest farce in the AD. it was a Dave Plati creation. The offense went plenty of times w/o scoring over the last 20 yrs- loss to OU in 02 Big 12 Championship game (Bloom KR TD),04 game v UT (Wheatly pick for TD) and even the 70-3 loss was the result of a Vince Young pick that lead to a FG

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodman would have missed it anyway.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, we were actually discussing how you could rationalize it on Saturday, by claiming you were just trying to get the kid some confidence back. Still cheese.

5:10 AM  
Blogger @slushygutter said...

great discussion by all...

^Velo- Hawk probably would get some heat from the Sandy & Mike's of the world if he kicks with 11 secs

^Spot- Definitely could say "trying to get Aric some confidence" but hardcores would see thru that

^Rick- Hawk only scored 3 pts in 2006 in two games too.

^Homon- True, maybe they couldve given Jameson a try

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