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"Steveo's Salvos" - May 2012 Edition
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2012 Hall of Famers - Two of this year's inductees stand out in our minds. In 1989, we watched Ty Detmer lead BYU his sophomore season over Navy in a 31-10 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on their way to No. 22 in the country. That day, he completed 26 of 35 for 353 yards, 2TDs, and no INTs. WR Matt Bellini scored two TDs via the pass and two on running plays. Four years earlier, we saw Bellini tally 111 yards on nine catches including two TDS in the Kickoff Classic from another BYU Hall of Famer, Robbie Bosco. Detmer finished his career with 15,031 yards and 121 TDs. He is the fifth BYU QB to enter the Hall of Fame. We saw Syracuse's Art Monk back in 1979 twice when we watched SU play two "home games" at The Meadowlands when The Carrier Dome was being built. Monk scored a 38-yard TD catch and made a tremendous leaping catch on the subsequent two-point conversion in a 24-14 win over West Virginia led by QB Oliver Luck, current WVU AD and father of the first pick of this year's NFL draft, Oliver Luck. A few weeks later versus Penn State, we watched Monk catch six passes in a 35-7 loss. With his catches, he became SU's all-time leader in pass receptions that day. Already an NFL Hall of Famer, his entry onto the College Football Hall of Fame seems way overdue.
Another Trojan gift? - "Beware of Greeks bearing gifts." The city of Los Angeles handed over control of the dilapidated L.A. Coliseum to the University of Southern California. It's one of the stadiums still on our wish list, but only if we get to see the Trojans play Notre Dame or UCLA in the future. We hope that the school will make the improvements so that we can enjoy the revamped historical stadium originally built to host the Olympics.
Bowl wishes - After our BCS Championship game this season, we came up with a list of remaining bowl games that we'd still like to attend. We question if all of them will continue to operate for the long-term, will the conference contracts remain, and how significant will each game be? We have a desire to see some of the more historical bowls that offer games in some places we haven't been to yet. Our wish list: 1.) Gator Bowl, Jacksonville, Big 10 vs. SEC; 2.) Capital One Bowl, Orlando, Big Ten vs. SEC; 3.) Chick-Fil-A, Atlanta, SEC vs. ACC; 4.) Sun Bowl, El Paso, TX, ACC vs. PAC 10; and 5.) Independence, Shreveport, LA, ACC-MWC. We're leaning to the Belk Bowl in Charlotte this season as it's played the same day as the Military bowl this year and we've been there three times. We've seen all the other major bowls at least once. As far as others we haven't seen, they can discontinue them as far as we're concerned except maybe the Hawaii Bowl. It's just too far for us to go during the holidays.
Whatever happened to team work? - It sure isn't the example all these school emulate for their young athletes. It's all about the money. Now Florida State considers the Big 12. Maybe Miami or Clemson will, too. UConn and Louisville are rumored to be looking at the ACC. Why? Money. If all these schools just banded together under the organization of the NCAA, it seems to me that they'd have a lot more power to get what they all need instead of of jumping from conference to conference. The NCAA has just relinquished too much of the power they wield but delegating it to schools, conferences, and ESPN. The NCAA has just not had the strong leadership needed to make this work for their membership as a whole. It seems like it's now just every team, or every conference, for itself.
Draft notes - Trips to Florida, South Carolina, and Germany these last few weeks have me a little behind, but it's a slow time in college football as we await the preseason publications to start piecing together this year's predictions, so here's a little reflection on some of the players we saw in previous seasons and how they fared in the draft. CB Stephon Gilmore of South Carolina was the highest player we saw get drafted No. 10 by the Buffalo Bills. DE Bruce Irvin of West Virginia went five picks later to the Seahawks. We don't remember much about him on defense in the Orange Bowl as it was the WVU offense that rambled for 70 points in the 70-33 romp over Clemson. The guy we really liked chosen at No. 18 by the Chargers was Gilmore's teammate, DE Melvin Ingram. A comment was made about his detriment having short arms. We see him overcoming that being long on heart, something Mel Kuiper, Jr. seems not to take into account. We had hoped that the Jets would have selected him earlier to see him play more often in our area. The first three picks we had seen in 2011 all performed in big wins we watched over Clemson. A surprise to us was another DE landed by the New England Patriots at No. 21, Syracuse DE Chandler Jones. We just didn't see anything impressive last season when we saw the Orange beaten by USF ,33-17, but if the Patriots saw a No. 1 in him, who are we to argue? OT Riley Rieff of Iowa was the final first round pick we saw when his team struggled against a tough Penn State defense in a 13-3 loss last season. Iowa's offensive line dominated no one along the PSU line that day, but the Detroit Lions watched him more than we did and selected him at No. 23. His reputation from the previous season preceded him. As far as Penn State players, DT Devon Still was the first to go at No. 53 overall to Cincinnati. G Johnnie Troutman went to the Chargers and defensive stalwarts DE Jack Crawford and LB Nate Stupar went to Oakland to bolster the Raiders' D. Clemson DE Andre Branch was chosen in Round 2 by the Jags while TE Dwayne Allen who impressed us especially against SC was chosen in the third by the Colts to team up with QB Andrew Luck, No.1 pick overall out of Stanford. Miami F., whom we saw fall to Maryland in last season's 1A opener, had six players drafted as did South Carolina. The Giants finished the first round selecting junior RB Ryan Williams of Virginia Tech. Surprised but happy to see the Giants improve their running game, I had seen him score two TDs in my 2010 1A opener when Boise State defeated the Hokies, 33-30, in a come from behind victory led by QB Kellen Moore. That's something I don't understand. Here's a QB that went 50-3 as a starter. Many players around him got drafted, but he's the guy that held the Broncos together. He ended up signing as a free agent with Detroit. Despite his physical stature, look at his stats, his composure, his accuracy, and his leadership capabilities that got his team 50 wins in four years. Last year, I also saw Jake Locker of Washington. Big, strong, but a leader of a loser who had and inaccurate arm and who was slow on his feet despite what draft analysts said what they saw. He was earmarked as the top QB pick of 2011. I'll take Moore over him any day. We'll see who makes his mark based on past performances as opposed to physical stature. I think Moore has the guts and demeanor to make a big mark somewhere in the NFL. I'm still trying to figure out why people think so highly of Locker.
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BCS - yes! - We don't know who will be playing in the BCS championship game on January 7, 2013 in Miami, though we'll be making predictions before the season and following closely, but we'll definitely be there! Tickets on order and a hotel room booked - we're in because we invested in a package two years ago to guarantee us the BCS title game this year. Hopefully it will make up for the last two Orange bowls. We didn't go to the ho-hum Stanford-VA Tech game two years ago because we already had tickets to the dreadful Fiesta Bowl where Oklahoma whipped UConn, 48-20. Then we got to our first Orange Bowl last season to see WVU set the bowl scoring record with a 70-33 thumping of Clemson. As part of this year's package, we had to take the Orange Bowl tix (Jan. 1) to get to the the BCS. Now we hope that Rutgers finally wins the Big East. Tickets will be in demand since Scarlet Knights will be looking to celebrate New Year's in Miami for the first time ever. For any of you RU fans, I'll have a deal for you! Stay in touch.
Salvaged - We still get to see Kutztown with QB Dan Morgan play when we'll see the Bears host C.W. Post on November 3 in a D2 match that may have some playoff implications. We look forward to game like this as much as some of the FBS games that we will see.
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