Hey! I’m back this week and I end up actually spending most of my time on Johnny Football. Okay, well more like how he quit Twitter and how you should use the social service yourself. Trust me. I’m an epxert. I also BS my way through news like Sun Belt, Idaho, New Mexico State, Big East, Tulsa, Western Kentucky, Conference USA, and Cowboys Stadium.
Ho Ho Howdy! Merry Holiday! Or what’s left of it. I’m back after my holiday break to squeeze out another 10 minutes of college football tidings. This time I talk about Kansas State, Oregon, Fiesta Bowl, Lache Seastrunk, Baylor, UCLA, Heisman Trophy, BYU, UCF, LA Lafayette, Boise State, Fresno State, SMU, EA Sports College Football, Western Kentucky, Central Michigan, Holiday Bowl, Little Caesars Bowl, Bill Snyder, Ohio State, Elle Roberson, Collin Klein, and the Mayan Calendar. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 48: Holiday Edition
In today’s college football, things can change dramatically week to week both on the field and off. One week, Missouri is leaving the Big 12 and will blow up the conference. The next, the Big 12 invites TCU to join to lock things up. TCU head honchos met to make it a done deal. They made the announcement Monday night. I can breathe a sigh of relief because for the first time, the Big 12 will actually grow and Missouri should stay put for the rest of the year. We’ll have to find out next week if something else that’s huge will go down. In the meantime, here’s this week’s Crib Sheet:
It’s been almost a year since we’ve been to Johnny’s Tavern and it took the rest of the season for us to decide that it was the best Barspot for last year. So, as tradition calls, we found ourselves back at Johnny’s Tavern at the Power & Light District to enjoy the first full Saturday of college football. The bar hasn’t changed much but just enough for us to take notice. The food specials knocked us out but the games were kind of so so. Read on as we go over Johnny’s Tavern and recount the action on the field.
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.
This week we are going to look at the very opposite sides of mascotdom, all from one school. We like to point out either how fierce a mascot can look versus how cartoony a mascot can look. Both have its plusses and both have its minuses. But what if you’re a school that wants to cover all of the bases when it comes to mascots? Well, you do what Xavier did and have a mascot to fill each role. Let’s take a trip down to Cincinnati, Ohio and check out Xavier’s D’Artagnan and the Blue Blob.
As expected, there is a ton of news this week. Conference championships are over, coaches are fired, kids are leaving for the NFL, and the bowls are lighting up. Here’s this week’s Crib Sheet while we go do some Christmas Shopping:
- Mark Mangino resigned last week from his head coaching position at Kansas. They negotiated a fat deal for him to walk away. It was bound to happen. Stories upon stories show how quickly alot of people were ready to turn on this guy. The moral of the story? You can be a big bully until you start losing. And being a bully as a head coach can be hard to do.
- Because of Mangino going, Dezmon Brsicoe will forgo his senior year and head to the NFL Draft. Jeremy Maclin he ain’t, but he will be a force in the NFL.
- As for Mangino’s replacement, the rumor mill is churning big time. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt was rumored but declined. Last real talk we heard was Buffalo’s Turner Gill interviewing for the job. No matter who they get, they will have an uphill battle due to teams rebuilding from this year have improved and have a year head start.
- Wisconsin settled a lawsuit with the family of an ABC cameraman who fell from a platform and died at a game in their stadium. Alot of people think the danger is only on the field, but it can also be on the sidelines and in the stands. The Badgers goofed by not properly setting up a rail for the guy to catch onto. They do need those stinkin’ rails.
- Everybody’s talking about undefeated teams this year but let’s not forget the winless teams. Western Kentucky finished out the year winless Thursday and extended their streak of losses to 20. Good job guys!
- Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins has a super secret email address because of all of the hate email he’s been getting. If this guy puts his money where his mouth is and actually produces, he wouldn’t be bombarded with nasty grams between the Viagra spam.
- What about the Heisman? Yes, the race is still on and Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh and Texas quarterback Colt McCoy are among the finalists. We also have Florida weeper Tim Tebow, Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, and Alabama running back Mark Ingram. It’s a tight race and it would be cool to see a defender get one. Meanwhile, Suh won the Bronko Nakurski Award.
- Welp, Notre Dame officially blew up. Weiss is out, of course, and his kids voted against going to a bowl this year. Plus, offensive superstars Jimmy Clausen and Golden Tate both declared for the NFL Draft. So their offense will dip almost as low as their defense. It’s going to take a strong man to rebuild this program. Maybe Cincinnati’s Brian Kelly is up for it.
- Hofstra’s ending it’s 72 year old football program. Alot more of these smaller schools are axing them due to cash and lopsided scheduling with bigger schools. It’s a shame too. If there are no more small schools, how will the big boys practice for their conference? What about upsets? Let’s hope this slows down.
- Utah State is renaming its field to Merlin Olsen Field, after the famous alumni, NFL star, and actor. Next thing you know, they’ll have Mongo concessions. Mongo like candy!
- Bobby Bowden got his farewell wish and is playing his old school, West Virginia, in the Florida Gator Bowl. We don’t think there will be a group of kids more pumped up to finish out a bowl than the ones that will take the field for this legendary coach. West Virginia should be favored but who knows? They may lay down for the coach.
- A marine accidentally shot another marine to death because of a fight over the Texas and Nebraska Big 12 Championship game. Apparently, there was a tussle and a gun went off. Yikes, aren’t these guys trained to be weapon experts? We’re guessing they were pretty drunk when it happened.
We’re winding down to the end of the off season and the end of our first foray into Mascot Mondays. We have a couple of more to go before we pack the suit away in the trunk and turn off the lights. But before we go away, we have a couple of more guys, er gals, er blobs to feature. So this week we will take a look at one of the influences to this here series. We’ve always known mascots to be fun and lovable while at the same time be fearsome and intimidating to opponents. But every time we see Western Kentucky’s Big Red, we wonder just what the heck does this thing do? We’ll try to figure that out on top of answering why he’s so dang popular.