Shame on Me & Week 13 Post-Mortem
Hello again everybody...
It's Monday, which sucks. But it's Thanksgiving Monday, which means for most of us, we're only at work for 3 days this week. And that can't possibly be a bad thing. I'm also feeling pretty good because I got to see Iron Man on DVD in 64-inches of goodness and full Dolby Digital surround sound last night (thanks Lon!). It's awfully hard to complain after that.
So today I have to admit to a shameful act. One which I've spent the last 48-hours regretting. So I've decided that confessing to you, my loyal readers, will perhaps purge my soul of this black mark. At least I hope it works! Then it's time for the Post-Mortem on my Week 13 college football picks. So no more dawdling, let's go!
"In the United States, there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is."
- Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), American author
Wouldn't that depend on what your definition of "is" is?
Okay, time to step into the Sports Take confessional. I've got a confession to make, and this is the perfect forum in which to make it.
Okay (deep breath), here goes...
I turned the game off before the end.
(insert Dan cringing here)
That's right, I admit it. I gave up on the Badger game with about 6 minutes remaining, assumed they were going to lose, and missed them coming back to win.
Yes, I'm the same guy who forces my family to stay through the end of the 9th inning anytime we go to a baseball game regardless of the score. Hence, my shame in this case.
Allow me to paint a picture.
The Badgers were hosting that traditional FCS (formerly known as Division I-AA) football powerhouse Cal Poly (short for: California Polytechnic at San Luis-Obispo). This is a team that Wisconsin should beat by 40 at a minimum. But as has been the case throughout this season, the Badgers came out flat against inferior competition and got behind early.
At first I wasn't worried because in the past, they've come back and ended up putting the wood to these teams. But that wasn't the case this week.
Instead the Badgers kept firing round after pathetic round into their collective foot and couldn't ever really get on track. And yet, thanks to Cal Poly's pathetic kicking game (3 missed extra points?! 3?!), they were still in the game with 8 minutes left on the clock. What followed was one of the most pathetic 8 play 33 yard drives you've ever seen. By the time that the Badgers turned the ball over on downs with 5:45 remaining, I was so convinced that the Badgers weren't going to get the ball back with a chance to tie it up, that I turned the game off.
Not only did I turn it off, I sent a text message to a friend saying, "the Badgers are going to lose. why is there life on this planet?"
Okay, that was a little melodramatic I know. But that's just how down I was.
So what happened? The Badger defense finally developed a spine, and held Cal Poly to a 3 and out, which got the Badgers the ball back with 4 minutes remaining. Wisconsin took only 2:18 of that 4 minutes to travel 89 yards, punch the ball in for a touchdown and a 2-point conversion to tie the game.
A missed field goal by Cal Poly sent the game into overtime. The teams traded touchdowns. The Badgers converted their extra point. Cal Poly didn't. And that was the game.
So yes, I'm ashamed of myself. I've preached over and over that you can't give up on a given sporting event - especially one involving a favorite team - because you just never know when a late comeback is going to happen. And yet, that's exactly what I did.
I hope you all can find it in your heart to forgive me.
My mea culpa here today is the first step along the path to forgiving myself.
Onto happier subjects, namely my Week 13 College Football Picks Post-Mortem! Some were predicting a let-up now that I've clinched a +.500 record for the season. Would that be the case? Or would I prove the nay-sayers wrong? Let's find out!
Boise State -6.5 @ Nevada: Final Score - Boise State 41, Nevada 34.
Sometimes you curse the half-point. Sometimes you worship it. Put me in the latter category this week.
Admittedly the game was a lot closer than I thought it would be. Nevada's offense can definitely move the ball. But in the end, the Bronco's maintained their perfect record on their quest to bust up the BCS once again!
What Dan Learned: If anybody has the address to Wolfpack head coach Chris Ault's office, let me know. I'd like to send him a Christmas card. The Wolfpack had the ball deep in Boise territory late in the game, down by two scores, when Ault elected to kick a field goal rather than go for the touchdown. The field goal allowed me to cover. A touchdown wouldn't have. Don't get me wrong, it was the correct call for Ault to make. But I'd like to express my appreciation none the less!
1-0 and rollin baby, rollin!
Utah -7.5 vs. BYU: Final Score - Utah 48, BYU 24
Didn't see any of this game, so I can't describe what happened. But apparently the "Holy War" turned into a "Holy Can of Whoop-Ass" for the Utes.
So like Boise St., Utah remains undefeated. The difference? Utah's in the clubhouse at 12-0, while Boise still has a home-game against Fresno State to contend with. I still think Boise will win and we'll have two 12-0 non BCS-conference teams to deal with. I just think the wrong one's going to end up going to a BCS game.
What Dan Learned: Speaking of Mormons, I saw part of the move Orgazmo on cable this weekend. Brought to us by the creators of South Park, Orgazmo tells the tale of a Mormon missionary who stumbles into a job acting in an adult film. Naturally, hilarity ensues. Unintentional comedy also abounded since, in order to put it on a non-subscription cable channel, they had to blur-out and bleep so many things, you couldn't get through a scene without having to lip-read or mentally de-pixillate something. It was an experience, I tell you.
2-0. Yep, still rollin...
Oregon State +2.5 at Arizona: Final Score - OSU 19, Arizona 17
I've discussed in the past, the wonder of the underdog winning outright. And it was just as sweet on Saturday as it's ever been.
I know it was a road game for the Beavers and all, but I still don't understand why they were getting points here.
Whatever. Thank you Vegas.
What Dan Learned: This has got to be near the end for Mike Stoops in Arizona doesn't it? Why can't the Arizona programs win on a regular basis? You'd think it'd be easy enough to recruit there.
"Here son, we're going to pay for you to go to school someplace that has highs of 65 and no humidity in the dead of winter."
Seems to sell itself, doesn't it? Weird.
3-0. Dare I dream of my first 4-0 week?!
Texas Tech +7 @ Oklahoma: Final Score - OU 65, Texas Tech 21
*This game was this week's Sports Take Flier Pick of the Week
Oof. I have to admit, there was a moment where I was tempted to lay real money on this game. Then I remembered that getting into sports betting is one of those "black holes of life" that I may never get out of.
So I resisted.
Oklahoma came out swinging and Tech never really seemed to know what hit them. The Sooners scored the first 28 points of the game and quite literally stunned Tech's entire sideline. Yes, the Raiders managed to score 21, but 14 of those were after the game had essentially been decided.
A more thorough beat-down, you will not see.
What Dan Learned: Sure I thought OU could win this game. But in this fashion? Nope, didn't see that coming. The fun part is, with wins by all 3 next week (OU has the toughest test @ Oklahoma St.) we'll have a 3-way tie in the Big 12 South. And since each of the three holds a win against one of the others, the tie breaker is (drum roll please) the highest ranked team in the BCS! What a system! Right now Texas holds that distinction, but since they play lowly Texas A&M, while Oklahoma plays an above average Oklahoma State team, there's certainly an opportunity for Oklahoma to leap-frog a team that beat them head-to-head and play for the National Title over the Longhorns. Fun, huh?
Once again whiffing on the Flier Pick means no 4-0 this week. Oh well. Fortunately, due to the FP rules, I ended up 3-0. That makes me 30-17 (.638) for the season. As I mentioned in the preamble, life really isn't bad at all.
That's all for today. Enjoy the rest of your Monday. I'll be back on Wednesday with the DFTU and a special Thanksgiving surprise for you! Until then, thanks for reading!
Posted by Dan Cook at 1:30 PM