Disappointing, Discouraging, and Depressing

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Well THAT sucked.

Not too much positive to take from that game. It was a poor effort, but it was a tough situation to step into. I discounted NIU's offense until I looked at Phil Steele's preview where he listed 10 or 11 returning NIU offensive players. The good news is that Army can put this one behind them and look to the next test at Michie. The BAD news is that NIU is about the caliber of team that Army will face for the duration of the year.

It seems clear that it is a year of rebuilding for the Cadets, but before we write off all bowl hopes just keep in mind that the season is young and West point teams are built to adapt to adversity. Yes, there is a good deal of adversity - also, Army doesn't seem to have the pieces to adapt with, but this team will get better for next year and they will get better for this year as well.

If you want to write t off now, then do so - forget about national titles, forget about CIC trophy, wish that the team pushes through a youth movement if you like... it won't change that Army got drubbed in the season opener.
The consolation is that Army isn't the only team that got assfucked today, Duke got it, Oregon got an assfucking too, Oregon State? them tooNew York City's team was also administered an assfucking.

That's the way it goes sometimes. If you were hoping for a 20-13 win in Army's season opener well, forget about that. Unless the Black Knights show the impetus to improve - not just for this year, but for 2012 and beyond, we are all in for a downer of a year. And while that does speak to a youth movement, I don't think playing sophomores and freshman is the answer for this team.

We should keep in mind how lucky the Cadets were last year in terms of turnovers and at the very least we should brace ourselves for more of the same adversity. You can't win these games unless you possess the ball and play the game  mistake-free. Tonight's effort was simply just not good enough.

That has no implications on anything but the road opener, and not much went right tonight. Next week we can expect focus, determination and attitude; whether Army wins or loses next week it's clear that those elements were missing tonight. 

Army 0-1

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Catching Up

It's been a weird weekend so far - one in which I've been immersed in college football chatter (Thursday fight from Portland, OR to DFW - University of Oregon cheerleaders included) 

Then to Tennessee with more football chatter on the plane. I watched Friday's TCU/Baylor pillowfight from the bar of Nashville's Vanderbilt Mariott, where incidentally,  the view from my room looks quite like this:

Sadly, I'm not here for tonight's Vanderbilt-Elon game and even if I had the time to go to the game I would probably forgo the VU football experience to keep up with other games.

Speaking of keeping up: Sal has a preview available for the Army/NIU game. I am fairly certain that I won't be able to watch the NArmy/NIU tonight, but the good news is that ESPN should run a full compliment of highlights tonight since the game is on ESPN3.

The Military Times looks at this week's service academy games.

There will be a live chat on the Army Rivals forum (subscription access).

Some fellas on the Scout boards are trying to find a way onto ESPN3, so you can check there for any updates.

It's a frustrating way for me to start the season, but that's the way it goes sometimes.

An Army win and long postgame highlight reel would cure all of that for me.

I may have the chance to post a live stream so check under the Radio tab for whatever updates I might find.

UPDATE:  (9:15 AM) There is a link up courtesy Ilemi, check the Radio tab in the above site navigation bar.


Yearbook: Tennessee State The Radio

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tenn. State has their yearbooks online and they make the 29th yearbook set in the collection. TSU's yearbooks are hard to find on their website, but are pretty easily read on PDF - which is the opposite of the norm.   The yearbooks available are all older as the collection features selected yearbooks from between the years 1925-1966.

Not much football in this one, but you will have more than enough gridiron in the coming days.

Again I start the first week of college football season on the road as I'll try to be in touch from Nashville, TN.

Sorry for the sparseness of content here, I'll post when I get the chance this weekend. 


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Blogpoll Preseason Top 25

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ready or not, here's my Blogpoll Top 25 ballot.


SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings


The Unbalanced Line Ballot - Week 1

1Florida St. Seminoles--
2Nebraska Cornhuskers--
3Alabama Crimson Tide--
4Stanford Cardinal--
5Oregon Ducks--
6Oklahoma Sooners--
7Virginia Tech Hokies--
8Georgia Bulldogs--
9Florida Gators--
10South Florida Bulls--
11Wisconsin Badgers--
12Notre Dame Fighting Irish--
13Penn St. Nittany Lions--
14Texas A&M Aggies--
15LSU Tigers--
16Northern Illinois Huskies--
17Nevada Wolf Pack--
18West Virginia Mountaineers--
19Central Florida Knights--
20Arkansas Razorbacks--
21USC Trojans--
22Texas Longhorns--
23Pittsburgh Panthers--
24Troy Trojans--
25Utah Utes--
SB Nation BlogPoll College Football Top 25 Rankings »

I really thought I would get the chance to edit my first Blogpoll ballot before Monday's deadline.

I like my top 10 or so, but the bottom half of the list is very questionable. I consciously put these teams on the list, so for some reason I feel confident about each team that is on the ballot so I am confident that every team I ranked should be bowl eligible, but that isn't much of a standard for top 25 teams.
I'll get a chance to make it right next week, but for now that's my ballot.

Here is the official Blogpoll Top 25 ranking:

College Football Rankings 2011

Results for Week 1

1Alabama Crimson Tide (42)    24.332.21--
2Oklahoma Sooners (39)    24.011.28--
3Oregon Ducks (7)    22.391.44--
4Boise St. Broncos (1)    19.324.17--
5Florida St. Seminoles (2)    19.262.84--
6LSU Tigers    18.873.93--
7Stanford Cardinal (1)    18.333.83--
8Wisconsin Badgers    17.203.52--
9Nebraska Cornhuskers    15.953.67--
10Texas A&M Aggies    15.493.92--
11Virginia Tech Hokies    14.544.34--
12South Carolina Gamecocks    14.223.23--
13Oklahoma St. Cowboys    14.044.64--
14Arkansas Razorbacks    11.954.11--
15TCU Horned Frogs    11.304.65--
16Michigan St. Spartans    8.014.38--
17Notre Dame Fighting Irish    7.974.85--
18Georgia Bulldogs    7.415.00--
19Ohio St. Buckeyes    6.594.50--
20Mississippi St. Bulldogs    5.304.43--
21West Virginia Mountaineers    4.643.86--
22Missouri Tigers    4.293.79--
23Florida Gators    4.154.51--
24Auburn Tigers (1)    2.894.42--
25USC Trojans    2.623.64--
       Others Receiving Votes:        Texas Longhorns | Penn St. Nittany Lions | Arizona St. Sun Devils | Utah Utes | Pittsburgh Panthers | Houston Cougars | Iowa Hawkeyes | Michigan Wolverines | BYU Cougars | Nevada Wolf Pack | South Florida Bulls | Central Florida Knights | Clemson Tigers | Miami Hurricanes | Air Force Falcons | Northern Illinois Huskies | Tennessee Volunteers | Mississippi Rebels | Vanderbilt Commodores | Boston College Eagles | Northwestern Wildcats | Southern Miss. Golden Eagles | Iowa St. Cyclones | SMU Mustangs | Kentucky Wildcats | Texas Tech Red Raiders | Colorado Buffaloes | San Diego St. Aztecs | Akron Zips | Washington Huskies | N.C. State Wolfpack | Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets | Arizona Wildcats | Troy Trojans | Cincinnati Bearcats | Ohio Bobcats | Tulsa Golden Hurricane | North Carolina Tar Heels | ULM Warhawks | Florida Atlantic Owls | Oregon St. Beavers | Hawaii Warriors | Navy Midshipmen | Dixie State Rebels | UAB Blazers | Baylor Bears      
Updated: Aug 29, 2011 10:23 AM EDT


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