Thursday, November 1, 2007

Purdue its gold and black....

Figure 1-2: Great Iron Horse Come to Valley
This Saturday Purdue rolls into town; it's Senior Day in Beaver Stadium. My, where does the time go. Just seemed like yesterday Connor was cranking ex-coaches.

I can't speak for the team, but I just feel deflated. Our normally formadable D was shredded last week. Whether by injury or not, the PSU D has been the one constant in my universe for awhile. Even during the bad years, It always showed up in one form or another.

So now we come to the pass-happy Boilermakers. Repeat: pass-happy. The same style of offense that killed us in the past two weeks. What can we possibly do to stop them? What possible hope do we have?

For one, Coaching needs to get their collective heads unf_cked. Against OSU, bringing blitzers kind of worked in that it forced Boeckman to make quicker decisions, with some good results on our side. When we rushed four, we got destroyed. Seriously, we should have just put in 3 extra DBs and rushed one lineman.

Secondly, keep running the ball. We were having noticeable success in the running game, and our coaches decided to put the game in Morelli's hands. Bad move. This strategy also doubles to keep the already struggling defense off of the field.

Third, play like you want to win. Words cannot describe what went through my head when we punted on their 38, especially when the running game was working. Let's just say it took me three cigarettes and a bar full of slutty Halloween costumes to get ready for the second half. 10-17, or heaven forbid, 14-17, does wonders for a teams' ego going into halftime, especially when you start the second half with the ball. Prolonged drives and intestinal fortitude will win out against Purdue.

Fourth, tell DWill to stop moving like Austin Scott. Pick a path and take it. Stop dancing. Don't go down in token contact.

Fifth: Quarless, Golden, Norwood, repeat.

Sixth: No more screen passes. Morelli had overshot the RB in screen passes 4 games in a row. By a lot. It just so happenned that OSU was well aware of this fact.

I am not sold on putting Clark and/or Devlin in yet. Clark is still far too inaccurate, and Devlin just isn't ready.

What do I think will happen? I am fully confident that our offense will employ the run early and often. However, this game will be won based on the ability to force Painter's hand. Rush 6 from every conceivable angle.

Final score: PSU 27 PUR 23

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Complete Disgrace

A rumor floating around from the '05 game was that people were throwing bags of urine at the OSU band. Great, that's just the image I want people to have of my school. Fortunately, nobody to this date has come forth with a shred of credible evidence to back this story up.

Then this season started. Rumors persisting about a minority of students/alum treating the visitors incomprehensibly. I always thought/hoped the real story to be far less worse than the truth.

Then last weekend happenned. Then this video surfaced.

Fucking great. Now, every stupid rumor about my beloved campus will instantly be believed as true. Think about this video being circulated nationally, and then add the fact that on live TV one of the GameDay crewmembers had a beer thrown at them.

Now compile that with the urine toss, and everything else (bad) you've heard about PSU tailgating.

So now what will happen?

We probably just lost the GameDay crew. Given the reports coming out of State College right now, we probably just lost any night game for any good team in our future schedule. Way to go students.

First, I hope they find that jackass who pushed, and then later threw a beer at, that OSU fan. Of course, the original video was taken down, but thanks to someone's quick thinking, it has now made its way around. Scrawny punk is probably shaving his hair off as we speak. Fuck him. If he is a student:

  1. Charge him with assualt
  2. Let him clean the stadium
  3. 10 year ban from attending a PSU football game at home.

Secondly, the guy with the camera knew him. Let's find out who the cameraman was. Put the screws to him, see who else can get ratted out. See above punishments.

Third, I hope every alumni will see this.

Fourth, I hope Spanier sees this, and takes some kind of action.

May no act of ours bring shame,
To one heart that loves thy name

Monday, October 29, 2007

Foggy Memories

Figure 1-1: The second biggest letdown of the year.

Caught the game at Front Page whilst touring the Nightmare on M street. So many pretty girls dressed...well......If'n I ever do have kids, they can't be girls. Big ups to the staff at FrontPage for putting the PSU game on the flatscreen right in front of us.

All signs were positive coming into this game-our D would figure out what is wrong, the students were into it, beautiful weather, and 2 dollar Miller Lights. Hell, even the wings I ordered were good, which is somewhat of a rarity down here in DC.

Then the game started. Kind of. Hard to tell with all the commercials. The PSU D hit the field first, and promptly got lit up. OSU got 3 out of it because we were rushing LBs from the outside, forcing Boeckman to make his reads faster.
Then the PSU offense took the field and came out flying. Unbridled enthusiasm at the bar.

So with PSU up 7-3, what did the defense do on the next drive? Rush 4. That's right. They were getting blown up by OSUs line, so we decided to put no pressure on Boeckman. From that point on, things get kind of foggy. 2 dollar Lites combined with that steaming pile will force what's left of your brain into blackout mode.

But this is what someone told me: OSU picked us apart the rest of the game-all sides of the ball were screwed.

What does this tell you? We definately got outcoached. Tressel et al. did their homework, and put together THE perfect gameplan. They threw where we weren't, and blocked where we were.

Does OSU have better talent? I really don't know. I can't tell what this PSU team has at this point. After the Iowa and Wisconsin games, it was thought that we definately have the pieces. I am not so sure after this mudhole stomping.

If we lost a close game, I could prob handle it better than this. At least then we had a chance of winning this game.

I am still too disturbed to properly write about this game. All I can do is sputter out terse statements. More tomorrow. For now, I just feel entirely let down.