Alright I’m finally recovered from the long trip enough to pop back up and give y’all meager roar of the weekend that was in college football. This week I’m talking about Kansas State, West Virginia, Oregon, Mississippi State, Alabama, Big 12, SEC, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Bill Snyder, Texas Tech, Tommy Tubberville, Seth Doege, Collin Klein, and Tyler Lockett
This weekend sees the culmination of what looks to be another Cinderella season for my obvious homer cheered Kansas State Wildcats. They head to Morgantown this weekend to take on the hobbling West Virginia Mountaineers. This is make it or break time for both programs and Saturday’s game will determine who will stay on the national stage and who will steep back down into the conference championship race. Oh there’s some other games going on this weekend, but this is the big one for me and for most of the nation (Big 12 nation, okay?). Continue reading Pick It And Stick It: It’s A Big One To Finger
Puns aside, I go over the Big 12 action that was last weekend, all the while pointing toward the massive game Saturday night when Kansas State heads to Morgantown to take on West Virginia. I also talk about the BCS rankings and the teams involved, minus Oregon (sorry guys!). Start getting pumped, we are halfway through the season and it’s about to get even more jacked. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 39: I Ames To Please
Another year of Kansas State football is upon us and there’s some weird mixed feelings going on. Maybe not in Manhattan, but certainly down here in Austin and in this Purple Yeti’s abode. You see, part of me wants to believe that Kansas State will improve upon its amazing record from last year, but another wants to believe in the negative hype the so called sports media jams down my throat. Is everyone writing off Kansas State too easily, or will reality hit hard for the little Wildcats from the Little Apple? Continue reading Kansas State Football Preview 2012: Always The Underdog
I’m sure you’ve seen my previous post about the major move down to Austin yesterday. Yeah I’m still pretty shocked myself and I’m the one that knew about it for over month. Never fear, we’ll still chug along and it continues today with this week’s Crib Sheep:
- Missouri players get together and bond by paintballing. I’ve never done it myself but I imagine pelting someone square in the chest with a faux bullet brings some sort of joy.
- Even though there’s a contest at quarterback this spring for Kansas State, Collin Klein shoulders all of the expectations going into next season. Meanwhile, Bill Snyder 2.0 is trying to use that competition to blow the steam off of former #1 recruit Bryce Brown.
- They already are bucking tradition by introducing a championship game, so it makes sense that Big 10 Commissioner Jim Delany is trying to push for later start times on games. Everyone knows the Big 10 starts mega early, with the Big 12, so why go and change it? I want to maximize my football watching day.
- Speaking of the Big 10, Nebraska lost its AAU membership. Ho man that just made my week. One of the strong points for Nebraska to move was its AAU membership. Now both the Cornhuskers and the Big 10 look dumb.
- Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tubberville offered his viewpoint on the whole ‘birthers’ debate. It’s few and far between when football comments on politics. I’d rather have that then the other way around.
- The BCS set the dates for the bowl games next year, but they have to wait until the NFL cleans up its mess before they can lock it down. I’m not sure how long they will wait, as the NFL can bump a month and still have a full season.
- It looks like being a part of the big boys for Boise State means having a couple of NCAA violations attached to their program. Its secondary so they won’t suffer too much. Welcome to big time, guys.
- The Pac 12 will get a mega buck deal from Fox and ESPN, much like the Big 12. Except it’s the biggest deal in history. Too bad they have 2 more teams to split up the costs with.
- The tornadoes last week missed me while I was driving down and it missed Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide’s long snapper Carson Tinker was injured, however. Auburn is even reaching out to help the area recover from the nasty storms. Just goes to show that heated rivals will always team up against mother nature.
- No more new bowls for the next three years. The NCAA will review the licensing process in that time to determine if enough is enough. Three years is plenty time for the FBS to expand so that the bowls can expand without leaving the chance of a school with a losing record in on the fun.
- ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit is taking some time out from Twitter because his Ohio State homies are bashing him for being fair. The Internet is a cruel place, Kirk. A cruel, cruel place.
We’ll get to the big story of the week in the Crib Sheet, but first I wanted to preface that by saying, ‘Huh?’ I can understand that tradition is the lifeline of college football. I get that. I’m just having a hard time imagining why there’s all of this hooplah surrounding the first news item. I mean when I went to K-State, we used to toss spray painted chickens on the court before the Kansas again. PETA was all up in arms and that was it. It seems like everyone in the world is sad about this latest stunt. Read on for the story:
Another actual barspot and I’m keeping up on the known favorites with Lew’s Grill and Bar. I’ve been here a couple of times and have begun to become a regular here. They’ve upgraded the televisions and also the food. The day of football was long and fun, so I was glad I got the sweet spot for watching in the bar. Regarding the action on field, we saw some tight games and some surprising blowouts. It was a lazy day, but it sure was a weird one too.
Here we go rolling into another week of Pick It and Stick It. The games are fresh this week and we are stoked about the upcoming Farmageddon happening right in Kansas City’s backyard. Kansas State is a 3.5 point favorite over Iowa State and we can imagine that Daniel Thomas is the reason for the line. Will we see the same outcome as last year? Hopefully it will be just as exciting. So far, Farmageddon delivers on quality. Here are the picks:
We are back again going out to the best of what Kansas City sports bars has to offer in terms of college football. Like the storied tradition of college football, we have a tradition of going back to the best bar of last year to start out this season for KC College Gameday. We had no way of knowing back at the beginning of last September that Johnny’s in the Power & Light would be the best but here we are planning the first Barspot of the year down there. With every television fit into every nook and cranny as well as the crazy touch table poker game, Johnny’s hit the spot on all things needed for a great sport viewing experience. So come back out with us Saturday as we head back out there to enjoy Johnny’s and scoff at that ridiculous KC College Live thingy going on in the outdoor area.
Man what a crazy roller coaster of an offseason for the Big 12. Who would’ve thought a year ago that the Big 12 would be rocked to its very knees and survive probably one of most weirdest advances in college football history. It was like a whacked out game of Axis & Allies. Welp Germany didn’t win and neither did the Big 10. So here we are going into what is the last season we will ever see for this 12 conference league. Who will come out on top? Roll dice to find out (er read below).
Okay, after a rough week of moving and celebration, we are back in the swing of things at the KCCGD headquarters. This week’s Crib Sheet reminds us that politics and law cover college football like a blanket during the night-time of the offseason. Sure once the sun rises in September and the action goes back on the field, it will all be forgotten. For now, let’s take this week’s edition to plod through the behind the scenes maneuvering that will most certainly shape the year to come.
- So now that Boise State left the WAC, Hawaii is scrambling to find another home opponent for the 2011 season. Not only that, but they have football players calling alumni to renew and/or buy more season tickets. Hawaii might be starting to slide here if they can’t come up with the cash to sustain the Division I-A status.
- The parents of Dale Lloyd II are sued the NCAA for the death of their son and consequently will see an introduction of screening for the Sickle Cell Trait in football players starting this August. Finally, after the numerous football deaths piled up the NCAA realized that they need to check for this trait to help prevent any future casualties. Let’s hope they stick to it and follow through on any recommended treatment.
- Georgia athletic director Damon Evans resigned after being arrested on DUI charges and then trying to get out of it. Frank Crumley is now your new interim athletic director. It’s funny how some people still like to pull the ‘do you know who I am’ card when they get in trouble. Oh well, hopefully this guy will clean up his act and get a second chance.
- From the science side of college sports, Wired Magazine reports that elections across the country are influenced by how well the home team does in football before the election. Once again, it shows that college football threads deep into the fabric of American culture.
- We’re going to see some legal maneuvering that will eclipse the level that Texas Tech has with Mike Leach with the Big 12 Bylaws and both Nebraska and Colorado. It’s not 100% rosy clear that both school will have to cough up all of their money, but ESPN’s David Ubben helps pick apart some of the more questionable parts of the Bylaw that will surely be used by the leaving schools’ lawyers.
- Tommy Tubberville ran his mouth last week about the Big 12 falling apart and now the Big 12 reprimanded him. It looks like any official/coach within the Big 12 that talks smack about the conference will get in trouble big time. Solidarity, brotha. Solidarity.
Summer’s in full swing and we are heading straight into one of the most celebrated holidays of the year: Independence Day! It’s been quiet for the last couple of weeks so we are anxious to roll out some explosives and blow some stuff up. If anything, it will help put a sparkly glow on the news we have for you this week. It seems the aftermath of expansion is an unending line of duds on wet bottle rockets. So fire up the grill and we’ll fire up the display of news to blast in front of your patriotic eyes. On to the Crib Sheet:
- So we knew that Texas A&M received an invite from the SEC, but now it turns out that Oklahoma also got one. The SEC was real quiet in all of the expansion frenzy and it seems they prefer to strike like a ninja instead of a minutemen. At least we know their strategy the next time this happens.
- Chip Brown has been the Woodward and Bernstein in the expansion saga, and Sports Illustrated gives him his due. Brown went from sports writer at the Dallas paper to professional blogger and he’s well on his way to becoming the premiere one, next to us of course.
- The Kansas Jayhawks hired an auditor to help police the ticketing scandal that came out in the last couple of months. They could hook up with StubHub, as they are becoming the front door internet-wise for school specific ticket sales. Ain’t technology grand?
- The NCAA proposed to delay scholarships for athletes to July 1 before their senior year. This may help cut down on recruiting kids before they even hit high school. We’re sure Lane Kiffin is already finding away around this. He’s going to need it with the lockdown USC has for the next couple of years.
- Missouri might come out with their own TV network, not just Texas. This is one advantage the Big 12 (10) has over most other conferences. They have the freedom to create their own networks, not only for smaller sports but for arts, education, and other items. Think public access but on a larger scale. We’re going to see this trend quicker in the next couple of years and conference with television networks.
- We here at the KCCGD loves the Twitter (follow us @kccgd). We especially love how coaches are coming up with creative ways to recruit using the technology. Look at Jim Harbaugh. He could be quoting Greek mythology but he’s really talking about a recruit. Great stuff indeed.
- The Colorado Buffaloes are following Nebraska’s lead and are looking for a way to get out of the Big 12 (10) a year early. Will they eat the cost more or send in the sharks to find a way around the massive exit fees? No matter how it turns out, it should mean more cash for the remaining members of the conference.
- New Texas Tech head coach Tommy Tubberville thinks the Big 12 (10) won’t last much longer with the new deal. He goes back to the original argument about the uneven revenue sharing. Seeing as he came from the SEC, it makes sense that he prefers the older model. If he makes the Red Raiders a bigger winner than what it was before, he may change his tune though.
It’s been a real quiet week. Hey, the weather’s finally coming around and everyone’s outside doing stuff. What are we doing at the KCCGD headquarters? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. We’ve been recovering since SXSW and it’s not time yet to do some cleaning. So we’ve been lounging and laying around soaking up some non conditioned air. We had just enough energy to pump out another Crib Sheet. So check it out while we take a nap:
- Oklahoma State’s Pistol Pete is your new ESPN Radio Mascot Champion. After taking over the college bracket, Pete beat up Benny the Bull from the Chicago Bulls and the pro side. Congrats Pete! Be sure to check up on our review of this guy here.
- The Kansas Jayhawks have a new deal with IMG that includes a new video board for the stadium. Hopefully, the screen size will be big enough to fit highlights of former head coach Mark Mangino.
- Texas A&M students have a shot to play with the big boys on campus this week. They can catch a touchdown, tackle a runner, and do other things with the football players in the ‘Pigskin Palooza’. Head coach Tommy Tubberville says this is all in good fun, but we’re thinking he’s secretly looking for more players. Hey, the military can produce some major athletes, just not general ones.
- The Little Caesars Bowl continues onward with the re-up of the MAC and the Big Ten. But it gets a little different after that. The top MAC team will face the 8th place team in the Big Ten, if that team is eligible. If not, a Sun Belt Conference team will take its place. Or, the MAC and Sun Belt will play in the Little Caesars Bowl.
- Bill Snyder 2.0 came back stronger. They have the technology to do so. They will need again apparently. The Kansas State head coach tore both his MCL and ACL during spring practice. He even coached the rest of practice after the incident. This old guy is tough. Let’s hope he gets a robot leg.
April Fools came and went and we here at the KCCGD headquarters want to share a few of our favorite tricks. The first one: cover the laser part of a laser mouse with a piece of tape or Post It note. Watch as the unsuspecting fool tries to use the mouse and bangs it on the table! Har Har! Next up: keeping with the tape motiff, tape down the latch to your office mates’ phone. Watch as they try to call, or better yet someone tries to call them, and phone won’t unhook from the latch! Comedy gold! Okay, enough yucks. Here’s this week’s Crib Sheet:
- Wow that was fast. Nick Saban wins a BCS National Championship for Alabama and then gets a bronze statue erected in his honor. So if he wins it again, what will happen? A whole new stadium in his honor? How about a permanent seat in Alabama’s government? They do eat, sleep, and breath football down there.
- A highly touted recruit for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish fell to his death last Friday. Matt James was in Florida on spring break when he fell from a hotel balcony. Apparently he was drunk when it happened.
- Georgia linebacker Montez Robinson was kicked off the team after an arrest related to battery charges and domestic violence. S0metimes kids are still kids and they don’t realize that they can’t get away with stuff like that. If you were wondering, this was the second time he was arrested.
- Texas Tech quarterback Talyor Potts will have surgery on his injured hand. He will be out about 8 weeks. Not a good start for Tommy Tubberville. But hey, maybe he can install a real running game while Potts is out.
- Kansas Associate Athletic Director Ben Kirtland resigned Monday with no reason given. Hrm. Either something bad happened or this was the fallout from the Jayhawks not getting far in the basketball tournament.
- While he’s not busy hanging in Key West being a pirate or suing the pants of another school, Mike Leach is consulting. More specifically, consulting on the installation of his offense at Oklahoma State. Any type of offensive knowledge that he can implant at that school could only help. Just make sure he doesn’t send a cowpoke to the outhouse.
Another Monday and another mascot served up fresh for you KCCGD’ers out there. This week we come back to the Big 12 and talk about the mascots for a team that’s had quite the rocky offseason. Texas Tech’s offseason included sending a pirate of a head coach in Mike Leach to plank. Now we’ll switch from pirates to The Masked Rider and Raider Red. Both mascots serve their purpose on both sides of the mascot spectrum. They, along with new head Tommy Tubberville, must help pick up the pieces and start anew. Let’s find out where they came from and how much they can help.