10.04.2009

Football Thoughts

  • I was lucky enough to catch two great endings: LSU/Georgia (3 TDs in last 5 minutes) and Michigan/Michigan State (overtime loss by Michigan after a furious rally to tie it).
  • Texas Tech looked awful until halftime against New Mexico (which might be the worst team in Division I.) It all changed when they made a quarterback switch due to injury, and I bet there's now a quarterback controversy in Lubbock.
  • The Texas/OU game in two weeks has lost a ton of luster. OU falls to 2-2 after losing to Miami. But I'm not certain Texas will win that game because I don't know if they are any good- they've played no one and only have Colorado next week which is also not a challenge.
  • I don't know who is any good. This year's Cinderella, unbeaten Houston, gets beat by awful UTEP team, 58-41.
  • And everyone wondered if unbeaten A&M was for real. Uh, not so much: Arkansas takes them down 47-19. (The game was at JerryWorld and we learned the Razorback fans still travel like they always have.)
  • Obscure question: In the 4th quarter of the OU/Miami game, a Miami receiver catches the ball, makes a first, and then goes out of bounds. Color man Kirk Herbstreit says he should of stayed in bounds to use more clock. Normally, after a first down the clock is stopped but rolls again once the ball is set. But that's exactly what happened on the next play even though the receiver went out of bounds. Is that right?
  • I really like knowing all the rules so stuff like that bugs me.
  • Baylor played Kent State and won handily. But they looked awful. Absolutely awful. We go to OU next week and might not score a single point.
  • TCU remains unbeaten but will have to go to BYU later in the season. For them, it's just a matter of staying focused.
  • Miami is back to its old ways: The starting QB has "SWAG" as in "swagger" cut into his hair on the side.
  • Fun game next week: Unbeaten Florida goes to unbeaten LSU for a night game in what is probably the wildest stadium for a night game in America.
  • Today, I bet Denver beats Dallas.
  • Huh?: I just looked up and saw Channel 8's Debbie Denmon is interviewing one of the gay men getting a divorce in Dallas live and on the set. But they are referring to him only as "J.B." to protect him.

12 comments:

Todd Carruth said...

Thanks for mentioning my frogs. THey looked horrible in the first half but finally got it together. Prediction: Ugly kicking game will cost TCU a win sometime during the season.

Anonymous said...

1. Dallas will lose
2. That guy was so gay on "8" u could pick him out of any crowd.
3. Great college ball over the weekend, could it be that the "evil empire" is set up to loose to OK?
4. You have learned over the years to keep up with the times, that's good.

Anonymous said...

Barry...I'm with you on the clock stopping when ball goes out of bounds and after a first down.


I understand that the judge on the gay divorce case is acquaintences/friends with defendants. Rumor?

Anonymous said...

The LSU/Georgia ending was a great. Not every day do you get to see a player puke on cue.

Please post a white paper explaining the celebration rule.

I approve of this football intensive post. You are forgiven.

I disapprove of the punt while running to the side. It cost the aggies dearly.

I miss muddy football games. It may have made the baylor game entertaining.

Year of the hurt college qb severely impacting a whole year of football.

Football guru

Anonymous said...

Your bagging on UT, OU and TT..and they all wipe their arse with your beloved BU? Seriously, Griffin is out and so is your season....

Anonymous said...

On the clock thing...

You are correct that the clock stops on a first down in college. The question is when the does the clock start back up again. In college ball, when the ball is deamed "ready for play" by the officials, both the play clock and game clock start after either a 1st down or an out of bounds play.

The difference comes within the last 2 minutes of the 2nd and 4th quarters. During the last 2 minutes, the game clock does not start until the ball is snapped.

See V. below for reference.

Double Fake Nils C. Ames-Anderson

When Clock Starts—ARTICLE 5
Approved Ruling 3-2-5
I. Team B makes a fair catch. RULING: Clock starts on the snap. The
clock stopped at the end of a legal kick down.
II. Fourth and six. Team A’s running play, which ends inbounds, gains
(a) eight yards or (b) five yards. B1 is offside during the play.
RULING: (a) Team A’s ball. First and 10. The clock starts on the
ready-for-play signal. (b) Team A’s ball. Fourth and one. The clock
starts on the ready-for-play signal.
III. Fourth and four. Team A’s running play, which ends inbounds,
gains (a) six yards or (b) three yards. B1 is offside during the play.
RULING: (a) Team A’s ball, first and 10. The clock starts on the
ready-for-play signal. (b) Team A’s ball, first and 10 after accepting
the penalty. The clock starts on the ready-for-play signal.
IV. Third and four. Team A’s pass is intercepted by B1, who is downed
inbounds. B2 was offside during the play. RULING: Team A’s ball.
First and 10. The clock starts on the ready-for-play signal. Although
the clock was stopped to award Team B a first down, Team B will not
next snap the ball.
FI-12 Rule 3-2 / Periods, Time Factors and Substitutions
V. Late in the second or fourth quarter, the ball carrier goes out of
bounds. When the game clock is stopped it reads (a) 2:00 or (b) 1:59.
RULING: (a) The game clock starts when the ball is ready for play.
(b) The game clock starts on the snap.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for pointing out that Texas has played no one. It's amazing that the #2 team in the nation won't play a ranked team until Mid-October, when they play OU....and that depends on OU staying in the top 25.

Anonymous said...

Football Guru...

Unsportsmanlike Acts
ARTICLE 1. There shall be no unsportsmanlike conduct or any act
that interferes with orderly game administration on the part of players,
substitutes, coaches, authorized attendants or any other persons subject to
the rules, before the game, during the game or between periods.
a. Specifically prohibited acts and conduct include:
1. No player, substitute, coach or other person subject to the rules shall
use abusive, threatening or obscene language or gestures, or engage
in such acts that provoke ill will or are demeaning to an opponent, to
game officials or to the image of the game, including but not limited
to:
(a) Pointing the finger(s), hand(s), arm(s) or ball at an opponent, or
imitating the slashing of the throat.
(b) Taunting, baiting or ridiculing an opponent verbally.
FR-122 RULE 9-2 / CONDUCT OF PLAYERS AND OTHERS SUBJECT TORULE
(c) Inciting an opponent or spectators in any other way, such as
simulating the firing of a weapon or placing a hand by the ear to
request recognition.
(d) Any delayed, excessive, prolonged or choreographed act by
which a player (or players) attempts to focus attention upon
himself (or themselves).
(e) Obviously altering stride as an unopposed runner approaches
the opponent’s goal line, or diving into the end zone when
unopposed.
(f) Removal of a player’s helmet before he is in the team area
(Exceptions: Team, media or injury timeouts; equipment
adjustment; through play; between periods; and during a
measurement for a first down).
(g) Punching one’s own chest or crossing one’s arms in front of the
chest while standing over a prone player.
(h) Going into the stands to interact with spectators, or bowing at the
waist after a good play.
If committed while the ball is alive, these fouls are treated as dead-ball
fouls.
2. After a score or any other play, the player in possession immediately
must return the ball to an official or leave it near the dead-ball spot.
This prohibits:
(a) Kicking, throwing, spinning or carrying (including off of the
field) the ball any distance that requires an official to retrieve it.
(b) Spiking the ball to the ground [Exception: A forward pass to
conserve time (Rule 7-3-2-d)].
(c) Throwing the ball high into the air.
(d) Any other unsportsmanlike act or actions that delay the game.

Double Fake Nils C. Ames-Anderson

RPM said...

Go Frogs!

Anonymous said...

But what do ya'll think about my mighty Fightin' Irish? They're a certain BCS team now (however would have lost yesterday without some booth official incorrectly overruling a Washington touchdown).

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to the RED RIVER RIVALRY! Sam Bradford will be back and OU will be on top of their game. Landry Jones has done well, just needs a bit more experience. Texas has not been challenged yet, and hoping they come into the game feeling a little smug. That's usually all it takes to have a loss.

Anonymous said...

Best football game of the weekend was Saturday afternoon at Decatur. The Decatur 6th grade team beat TCR black, 20-14. The TCR team has only lost 2 games now in the last 6 years. After saturday's game, the number is now 3. The whole team played an excellent game after a somewhat rocky start. Have to give the coaching staff a lot of credit for keeping the boys heads up after that start and guiding them to a big win.