SWAGGED TO FUCKING DEATH!!!! I am a traditionalist and that’s a huge part of why I love Notre Dame, but I can’t help but love these cleats as a one time deal. Adidas needs to release those as a regular shoe because I want to rocking these kicks next St. Paddy’s Day so badly I can taste it.
PS: That first Saturday of the college football season is going to phenomenal. The Notre Dame vs Navy game kicks off at 8am Central Standard Time. Start the day with an Irish coffee, and then just watch games all day. Decent schedule for week 1 too. ND vs Navy, Miami vs Boston College, and the headliner is Auburn vs Clemson. Wyoming vs Texas could be a decent game too. College Football can’t start soon enough. I would literally skip summer if I could.
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(The Trib)–Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees has been arrested and jailed on a preliminary felony charge following a confrontation with officers who were trying to break up a house party off campus early Thursday, police said. Rees, 19, was arrested on charges of resisting law enforcement, felony battery to law enforcement, minor consumption and public intoxication, according to police. South Bend police had received a call about a loud party at about 12:30 a.m. on Notre Dame Avenue, an off-campus area that is home to many Notre Dame students, South Bend police Capt. Phil Trent said. Officers found a “madhouse of people” drinking and congregating outside a home, enjoying the warm night, he said. “It was a nice night, they were drinking, they’re having a loud time, which is the reason we’re there.” As officers approached, five or six people hopped a fence and led police on a chase, Trent said. The officers caught up with the group and used their hands to corral them, but Rees “actively resisted,” Trent said. “It wasn’t terribly violent, but it was enough to be considered resisting,” he said.
Honestly, this seems like much ado about nothing. Even the arresting officer said “it wasn’t terribly violent“. Sounds like a group of college kids were drinking outside on a nice night and some pain in the ass neighbors called the cops to complain about the noise. Everyone has been in a situation like that. I don’t know how it escalated to the point where Rees was charged with felony battery of an officer, but the kid has to know better than that. In that situation you have to show maturity and good judgement. Either flee the scene over the fence like the other kids or take your drinking ticket and whatever slap on the wrist comes with it. Poor decision-making seems to be a problem for Rees on and off the field.
Having said all of that, Rees could have been given a citizenship award last night and I would still argue that Everett Golson should be the starting QB this fall. Golson is the perfect QB for the spread offense. I look at him and I see Troy Smith. An extremely athletic QB with a big and accurate arm who just happens to be a little undersized. It was said that coming out of High School if Golson was 6’2″ instead of 5’11” he would have been the number one rated player in the country. He has all the tools. Golson was very impressive in the latest Blue-Gold spring scrimmage. He put up the best numbers and was the only QB to not throw an interception. Kelly says that he needs to improve his overall knowledge of the playbook and needs to make his reads more quickly. All of that may be true, but that sounds like every QB on the Notre Dame roster. The difference with Golson is that if he gets into trouble he is more likely to pull it down and extend the play with his legs while Rees will force it into coverage. Golson has the least amount of experience(other than Kiel), but has the most talent. I think this Rees incident should finally cement Golson as the number one option heading into the fall. If Kelly wants to win he needs to let Golson spin. The Irish have an absolutely murderous schedule in 2012, but Golson is the man to wake up the echoes. GO IRISH.
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The internet is buzzing today because Gunner Kiel, one of the highest rated QBs in the country enrolled at Notre Dame. I am not one of the Notre Dame fans doing cartwheels over this news. Here is what we know about Gunner Kiel so far…he was originally committed to Indiana. Indiana football hasn’t been relevant…ever. His older brother, Dusty, was at IU and had two years of eligibility remaining when Kiel originally committed. Dusty Kiel lost the starting job and the Hoosiers went 1-11. Kiel then switched his committment to LSU in December before switching again yesterday. This tells me that Kiel is impulsive and indecisive. Not exactly the best traits for a QB. Secondly, the kid is an ugo. I mean just look at that picture above. If I have learned one thing about football as a Patriots fan its that if you want to win big your QB needs to be HOT FIRE. I just don’t see an albino with a weird mullet instilling a lot of confidence in his teammates.
I watched Kiel play twice this year on ESPNU and also watched that Elite 11 documentary. At no point did Kiel impress me. His arm is good, not great. He seems a little quiet and didn’t perform all that well in the Elite 11 camp. He couldn’t bring home an Indiana state championship his senior year, and most importantly…he isn’t a spread quarterback. I am firmly in the Everett Golson camp going forward. He is athletic, accurate, more accomplished, and has run the spread offense for 5 years now. Over his last two seasons in high school Golson threw for 5900 yards, 69 TDs, and only 4 INTS. That’s unbelievable. The only knock on him is his size. I think Golson is the second coming of Troy Smith. That is the type of QB the Irish need going forward.
So back to the original question, Which Gunner are you taking? Gunner Kiel, the ugo albino QB or Gunner Stahl, the guy who got stoned by a girl in a shootout and cost his team a championship?
PS: The ND QB depth chart in 2012 should go Golson, Hendrix, Kiel, Rees.
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Great weekend of college football. Conference play is getting underway and October is when the real season starts. Here is what we know following week 4:
1. People who were kind of sleeping on Florida before the season(a.k.a people like me) were dead wrong about the Gators:
Florida looks like they are back. Demps and Rainey are as exciting as any players in the country and have that ability to score every time they touch the ball. Florida last year was suffering for Tebow withdrawals, injuries, and a burnt out coach. Urban Meyer left the cupboard STOCKED with talent. A fresh face and an offensive system that fits QB John Brantley better has Florida looking like they could challenge for a conference championship. Next two weeks will tell the story for the Gators. They host Alabama then travel to Death Valley to face LSU. Any way you slice it…the SEC is still king.
2. LSU’s defense is SCARY
If I were John Brantley or anybody else on LSU’s schedule, I would literally SHIT myself if I had to play those guys. They are crazy good. Playmakers all over the field and they play mean. LSU looks like they want to hurt people(not injure. There is a difference). This might be the college football version of the 2000 Baltimore Ravens. This is one of the most dynamic defenses I have seen in a long time. I can’t wait for the Florida and Alabama games. I wonder if Jarrett Lee can be good enough to win a close game against another great team. Either way, this LSU defense should be recognized as one of the best in recent history.
3. Notre Dame’s offense is TERRIBLE
Notre Dame is wasting the best defense they have had since the early 1990’s with this dog shit offense that they have. It’s a team game, but really the only thing holding them back is quarterback play. Rees has been largely terrible and its time for ND to make a drastic move. I really don’t think ND can go back to Crist at this point. Its time to start giving Everett Golson some playing time. Give Ohio State credit for recognizing that their veteran QB wasn’t getting it done and then turning to their freshman QB Braxton Miller. If Rees is bad and only has half field reads, why not let Golson have a shot. At least if things break down, Golson can use his legs to make something happen. The read option game would also open things up for dynamic running back Cierre Wood.
4. The MAC is pretty decent
Week in and week out the MAC is competing hard against BCS level teams and has snagged a few wins. Toledo, Northern Illinois, Western Michigan, Ball State, Bowling Green, and Temple have all had impressive games against top competition. This is probably the deepest MAC field in years and will be one of the better Non-AQ conferences in 2011.
5. mmm…Samantha Steele. So hot right now
I am in love and I don’t care who knows it.
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Full disclosure…I am not really loving any of the games this week. But if I know one thing about gambling its that you lose 100% of the bets you don’t make. So here are my top 5 plays for college football this Saturday:
Florida State +2.5 @ Clemson
As much as I don’t trust Florida State, I trust Clemson even less. I feel like Clemson loses these games 100 times out of a 100. Florida State is the more talented team and will be looking to make a statement after suffering a home loss vs Oklahoma. The Pick: FSU +2.5
USC +2.5 @ Arizona State
I hate USC as much as the next guy, but they can’t be this bad can they? I mean ASU just lost to Illinois team that is average at best. Even though the game is in Death Valley, I’ll still take the road team as long as they are more talented 99% of the time. USC is as talented as any team in the country and I think they show it this week. The Pick: USC +2.5
Notre Dame -7 @ Pittsburgh
I am a believer in the Irish and I believe they have turned the corner after smashing MSU last week. 7 points is a lot of points for a road team to cover, but the Irish can score in bunches and their defense has been dominant. Playing Pitt at Heinz Field isn’t exactly playing the Steelers at Heinz Field. The Irish will have their way in front of literally dozens of Pitt Panther fans in attendance. The Pick: Notre Dame -7
LSU -6 @ West Virginia
If you read this blog consistently then you know that I am a big believer in the Mountaineers. I LOVE Geno Smith and Dana Holgersen together. They are figuring it out and will be easily the best team in the BigEast by the end of the season. Having said that…I think they may not cover if they were only playing the LSU defense. LSU defense is scary good. Like 2000 Ravens good. Jarret Lee has been efficient lately, and I just don’t respect the Big East as a conference at this point. The Pick: LSU -6
Vanderbilt +15.5 @ South Carolina
I like what Vanderbilt has cooking down there in Nashville. After years of sucking, they are finally branding themselves properly…”Come to Vanderbilt, play in the SEC, and actually be able to read”. They are getting better and have some nice recruits locked in already, but they aren’t close to being on South Carolina’s level yet. I hate Stephen Garcia, and would love to him fail, but Vandy doesn’t have the horses to keep this thing close on the road. The Pick: South Carolina -15.5
There you have it. Parlay these if you want to be a thousandaire by Sunday morning. 60% of the time these pick are right every time.
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