This week finds us in the middle of Johnson County and at a neat little place called Scoreboards. We’ve been there before the blog started off and we’re pretty sure it’s a good time. There used to be a Scoreboards in Manhattan but we don’t think it’s the same bar. Sometimes sports bars survive on their own without a website, but we think these guys could use one. It was super hard to find a pic or logo of the place. Maybe we can open up a KCCGD hosted space for bars around the area. Or post some ideas for Scoreboards below and we’ll talk to the manager Saturday.
Western Europe meets the western Kansas City area as we trucked way the heck out to Shawnee to view Saturday’s selections at J. Murphy’s Irish Pub and Grille. The games lined up for the afternoon seemed like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The traditional fare sprinkled the joint so well we were waiting for a Contra Dance to bust out. And the food, well the food was all it was cracked up to be, Irish wise. But there was so much more than really cheesy Irish references (which we will stop as of now) at J. Murphy’s.
Believe it or not, I’m a big supporter of the current BCS system. Anymore I see major complaints coming from sports writers who lack the creativity to come up with something compelling. Either that or they think they control college football like baseball writers. At any rate, the major beef from them nowadays comes in the form of mid-conference teams not getting a fair shot. You see Utah and Boise State lifted up high as a examples that the system doesn’t work. I’m not so sure about that but there is something that’s happening this week that is making me take a second look.
Okay, everybody is fairly settled in on the new changes for Pick It and Stick It. Now we get a chance to turn our focus from the rules of the game on to the actual game itself. Usually you see pick sets float around the office or in the college dorm. Typically on top of that you will see a wager attached to sweeten the deal. What we like to do here is get feedback from you to see what the wager or prize should be. Now it can be a pitcher of beer, or it could be making the loser(s) wear the other team’s colors. So read on through and drop us a comment to let us know what you want as the prize for the champion this year.
So the voters spoke and we’re feeling Irish this week at J. Murphy’s. It’s not March yet, but we have a feeling it’s going to end up like it by the time we get done here. So let’s run down the stats on the bar. Green decor. Check. Beer (with Guinness). Check. Irish Whiskey. Check. Corned Beef and Cabbage. Check. All football games. Check. Looks like they meet the requirements for an Irish sports bar. Come out with us Saturday to find out if the proof is in the Shepard’s Pie. Erin go bragh!
Notes: It’s a somewhat of a trap game for Missouri as they head to Nevada Friday night. Kansas hopefully will turn their punches toward Southern Miss and not the basketball team when they host the Golden Eagles. Virginia Tech plays another game of the week when they host newly resurgent Miami. The Illibuck Trophy is up for grabs as Illinois heads to Ohio State and hope for an upset like last time. Speaking of upsets, Iowa hopes to do the same thing this year to Penn State like they did last year and derail their national title hopes. The Shillelagh Trophy is up for grabs when the Fighting Irish take on the Purdue Boilermakers. Texas Tech takes a long road trip to Houston and look to duke it out against the newly christened cinderella Houston Cougars. Finally New Mexico and New Mexico State meet for the 100th time this weekend in the Battle of I-25 and the Maloof Trophy.
This week’s barspot brings a suburban locale. Usually in suburbs around this time, you smell the freshly mown lawns and the first scents of fall. You even hear the birds chirping. In that spirit, we will watch the action at Birdie’s Pub. Um let’s see here. Another way to think of this place is that we are going to a golf players fantasy sports bar. So while we see the golf season wind down, we can see the college football season pick up. Okay, now we’re just blabbing on. We really don’t know what’s in this place because we’ve never been there before. Hopefully, the local crowd won’t chirp to much while watching the games. We also hope that Birdie’s does better than par for the barspotting course. Now bring on the beer cart babes.
Notes: Alrighty some of the better games are happening tonight and tomorrow. The Georgia Tech and Miami game should be good but we’re not sure if a fight will break out or not. We know the Battle for the Milk Can can be rough and it’s up to Fresno State to spoil Boise States frothy pour toward BCS busting run. The Governor’s Cup is up for grabs when Louisville heads to Kentucky. Too bad both programs are a little blah right now. Kansas will handle Duke better than the basketball contest. The O-Rourke-McFadden Trophy (a leather helmet) is what Boston College and Clemson will be shooting for Saturday. The Trophy first showed up just last year. Missouri will roll. Florida will take out its frustrations on Lane Kiffin’s smack talk against his Tennessee team. In what will be the game of the week, we will see two great defenses pound on each other with Nebraska going to Blacksburg to take on Virginia Tech. Due to a scheduling difference, Texas Tech agreed to play Texas this weekend. For us it means an early treat and a revenge game for the Longhorns’ Colt McCoy. UTEP and New Mexico State ride the Battle of I-10 to vie for the Silver Spade. Finally we get Kansas State heading to UCLA. So the starting QB is out with a broken jaw and 4 other players are suspended from UCLA for this game. I still think this game has home victory written all over it.
We made it through the first week of college football, but not without some bumps and bruises. Injuries were all over the news in the last week, including the Purple Yeti’s back issue. Fortunately he has a myriad of pills to numb any pain. Oklahoma Sooners fans are probably still numbed from last Saturday’s upset loss. So we will dedicate this week’s Crib Sheet to recovering from any mental and physical injuries. 5 out 7 doctors agree the Crib Sheet has soothing properties. Kick back, relax, and enjoy:
Texas A&M mans up and schedules USC and Oregon starting about 6 years from now. Do they expect to be that good to compete with those juggernauts by then? We’re not even sure Mike Sherman will still be coach by then.
A swine flu scare caused Stillman College to forfeit a game Saturday. Is Swine Flu so scary that public events must be canceled? It really is the flu. That’s it. Yes, it’s a new strain, but it’s not going to kill anybody. It may thin out the herd but usually that’s small babies and old people.
Mired in between the cold cock of the Boise State Bronc, was Oklahoma State’s head coach Mike Gundy’s decision not to do a pre game hand shake before their contest against Georgia. The American Football Coaches Association suggested that every team do it in the name of sportsmanship for the first game of the year. Gundy was afraid of on field fights. It didn’t matter, however, as the Cowboys took care of the Bulldogs on the field over the weekend 24-10.
The big news story of the last week was Heisman winner Sam Bradford leaving the Oklahoma game versus BYU at halftime. He injured his throwing shoulder and people went from unsure to about 4 weeks before he can play again. Also, the Sooners were upset in that game. Bradford’s injury slowed the Sooners down, but they were already being outplayed Saturday night. Mix that in with the news that all American tight end Jermaine Gresham is out for the remainder of the season and Sooners are in big trouble after just one week. Will they bounce back or will they fall even further? Fortunately they have a couple of weeks before a real challenge in Miami. We’ll find out by then if they have regrouped or are still blown to pieces.
This is a little embarrassing. We’re getting all hyped up for another great year of college football and stumbled a bit in our preparation. You see, we naturally assumed that in the last two years of this fine and dandy operation that we actually had a barspot at a Tanner’s Bar & Grill location. This is not true. So to make up for it, we are kicking off our 3rd season by hanging out in one of the storied sports bar traditions for the Kansas City Area. Join us at the Waldo district to kick the season off in style and welcome to another year of KC College Gameday! Continue reading Barspotting: We Almost Forgot About Tanner’s→
Here at KCCGD headquarters, we are drawing up game plans and doing walkthroughs for the upcoming football season. We have some goodies coming up in the next couple of weeks, including analysis, predictions, and some new looks. We’re busting a major sweat and pouring it out into everything we do here to make KCCGD the best place to go for you Kansas City college football needs. Be on the lookout. Until then, here’s this week’s Crib Sheet:
Kansas State’s lawyers are bringing the full “he said, she said” stating that no such attempts were made to quiet Ron Prince, which his lawyers accused the school of. This is a real bad case of a coach and school parting ways. It’s only gonna get worse. Please remember to hug a coach and a school official today.
Backup Nebraska quarterback Cody Spano is out for the year with a torn ACL. The Husker’s projected starter is Zac Lee and if he goes down there really is nobody left behind him. Plus, it’s his first year as a starter. Husker fans need to hope Zac stays healthy if they want to live up to the pre-season hype of a projected Big 12 North title.
15 Duke football players have symptoms of the swine flu. Usually colds and flus make their way through teams and then move on. What’s interesting about this article is that Heather Dinich called it the swine flu. Not H121. Way to go Heather! We like realistic names and not ones deemed okay to say by Congress.
Oregon football players (or as new ESPN sportscaster Jon Gruden calls it, OrEEgon) are now wearing cameras on their helmets during practice. The more tape, the better. Our guess is the next step in the evolution of video games will include this footage. Then, in turn, football players could practice by playing the video game. Geekery abound!
Colorado cornerback Ben Burney had his blog axed after the first draft. Being the blogging realm we are disappointed to see such speech revoked. Although the kid probably shouldn’t have touted how well in the sack he is. That’s not quite the inside look people are looking for in football.
Mike DeArmond from the Kansas City Star profiles Missouri’s defensive secondary. They were the worst in the Big 12 last year and are looking for a turnaround. With many of the offensive players from last year drafted away to the NFL, the defense needs to step up and help shoulder the load (and transition).
Speaking of defense, bot the Topeka Capital Journal and the Manhattan Mercury talk about Kansas State’s defense. There’s no place to go but up for the defense as they ranked below 100 in the terms of total defense last year. To help the attempted turnaround, they are featuring nickel defense much more this season. Hopefully that will help counteract the explosive offense most of the Big 12 teams bring into the year.
Former Duke basketball starter Greg Paulus will now be the starter for the Syracuse Orangemen. We’re not sure if it’s because he’s super talented (he was a five star football recruit in high school) or if the rest of the quarterbacks on the team stunk. At any rate, the school will sell more tickets because of this guy and that’s a good thing.
Former Rivals #1 recruit Bryce Brown and Tennessee are under investigation by the NCAA for alleged violations in his recruitment to the university. The question is whether funds raised for Brown’s trip out to Tennessee was legit or not. Brown, a Wichita native, tread the news waters earlier this year when he was waffling back and forth between schools after his commitment to Miami expired, including Kansas State. This guy smells like trouble and chances are he won’t turn out well.