PROPS and DROPS from the Buffs' blow out loss to the Ducks and the Broncos' miracle win in Miami:
PROPS: Wanted: A hypnotist to work with local professional football quarterback. Repsonsibilities include hypnotizing said QB into thining that first 55 minutes of football game is actually teh last five minutes. Please apply with with Denver Broncos, Dove Valley, Colorado. To say that Tim Tebow's first three quarters of football was horrid is a disservice to thw word 'horrid'. He had more good passes to dudes in Bronco/Dolphin polo shirts than to actual Bronco WRs. But there he was in the last two drives looking like Fran Tarkenton Jr (minus the cheesy hosting role on "That's Incredible!") Yes, the Bronco brain trust didn't actually let him loose with the vanilla game plan, but what do expect, they only had two weeks to prepare.
DROPS: Let's remember that this was the Miami Dolphins that we are talking about here. They have a QB named Matt Moore, dropped at least five passes, play in a half empty stadium, and have a coach who will soon be appearing as an analyst rather than a football coach.
PROPS: Lost in the Tebow hysteria was Matt Prater's flawless onside kick execution. The bounce he got on that would make a professional foursquare player blush. Yes, the Dolphin player dropped it, but the hangtime allowed the Donk players to converge on him and dislodge the rock. Far out theory on the bounce: that field in Miami is one of two in the NFL that is shared with baseball; the field is a bit harder and compact due to the use of the turf.
PROPS: Was there not a person in the known football universe that thought the Broncos would do anything but run Tebow on the 2pt conversion? Why even bother covering the spread WRs? You have a great chance Tebow wouldn't be able to get the ball to an uncovered WR on the sideline.
DROPS: Is there anything worse than a blowout score where you only have 2 points? It just screams "our snapper screwed up at some point and gave up a safety." But alas, the Buffs got their 2 points and were spared the humiliation of a shutout, because you know they haven't been humiliated all season.
PROPS: I saw no dropoff with the Ducks backup QB in the game, rather he looked quicker and more agile than their normal starter. Depth, that's what good/great teams have. Point fingers at Dan Hawkins or whoever, but the Buffs depth is non-existant. You have guys playing in positions they've never played, walk ons everywhere, and injured players struggling to play.
PROPS: Former SG winner Juck joked all day that "we need to build around our kicking game." After seeing Buff punter Darragh O'Neill punt a billion times, that's not reallty a wacky concept. It could be argued he is one of the team's best players, and that when he punts he puts the opposing offense in a position to be less-than-successful. Recruit the defensive players to keep the offense at bay and a power running game to go with it and you have a winner! There you go Embree, us drunks solved your entire dilemna.
DROPS: CU becomes the second BCS team (Indiana) to be eliminated from the post season. Throw all the jokes about not missing Shreveport or Albuquerque, but even those bowls are looking so far off now. Sad day when we miss the Weedeater Bowl.
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