Hey little suckers I know you hear me callin you
Cause you wanted some but I see that you ougta do...
PROPS and DROPS from the Broncos Turkey Day win over the Giants and the Buffs' season finale loss to the Huskers...
PROPS: Potty mouth McD, I freaking love it. I’ve always been a sucker for coaches/drill sergeants/bosses going ape shit and dropping mad curse words and the like. In fact, when I’m the one the tirade is directed to, I usually have trouble keeping a straight face, which in turn leads to enhanced diatribes leveled at me. Extra dap to the Donk offense for listening to the meltdown and not cracking a smile.
DROPS: Specal teams’ overhaul: it is needed in Boulder. The unit can be pinpointed as the a main culprit in the loss to the Huskers. The punting was lethargic, no hang time and no distance. Couple that with the return coverage and you had an easy (and it was truly easy) TD return for the game’s first score. The NU returner made one “cut” and went straight to the house. The FG game, easily said, was lacking. Mechanics, of the body and of the mind may be Aric Goodman’s problem. The kicking comp needs to opened up in the Spring. Identify a returner and get him reps, TONS of reps. Jason Espinoza and Scotty McKnight aren’t giving you anything in the return game. Finally, more starters are needed on the units. Give yourself a chance with your best players covering and returning.
PROPS: The Giants came in with an old school smashmouth offensive line and a running back who looks more like a power forward. Yet the Donks were swarming to the Giant ball carriers like bees to honey. Less than 60 yards on the ground for the Giants resorted Lil’ Manning to seemingly be backpedaling in the pocket most of the night.
DROPS: The Buffs’ Red Zone offense is almost comical. A barrage of penalties (another delay of game coming out of a timeout), horrible play calls, and blocking breakdowns forced two FG attempts when a TD would’ve put them right into the game. Don’t get silly inside the 20s, just muster ahead for another 10 yards and put it in the damn endzone. Marques Simas had a great game, but on his 58 yard catch late in the third that got the Buffs in the red zone he blew the RAC. Rather than cut into the middle of the field, he simply went out of bounds.
DROPS: Dan Hawkins again had a bunch of head scratching BS flowing from his mouth post game. Among them was that the Buffs were “10 plays” away from being in a bowl game. 10 plays? Maybe if those 10 plays included appearances by Adrian Peterson, Ed Reed, Peyton Manning, and Jared Allen. The fact is the Buffs were “two plays” away from being a 1-11 football team, since both the A&M and KU games came down to a single play.
PROPS: My Pops came by the Commish Casa on Saturday and noticed my CU flag still flying. “You gonna take that thing down?” He asked. I reckoned that I probably should, and he replied “you should probably replace it with a white surrender flag.” Thanks for that, Dad.
PROPS: Sometimes Brandon Marshall reminds you how he truly is a freak of football and Thursday was that game. Crisp routes, running away from defenders, and mind blowing catches made him the night’s MVP. Most impressive was his positioning on the Giants defensive backs. He was always in the perfect spot to catch the ball either by shielding himself in front of the defender or creating just enough space behind the DB.
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