Did ya ever notice, results of football games are not always accurately predictable? I did not have personal emotional involvement in the USC-Stanford game but I was kinda empathically pulling for the Cardinal on Marlow's behalf. BTW, what is a Stanford Cardinal? Ya got St Louis and Louisville Cardinals, ya got Catholic Cardinals, ya got cardinal numbers .. ya got cardinal points of compass..ya got cardinal virtues.. ya even got a kinda dark red color..??
j-a-m wrote:Guess the BYU coach disagrees with me on that, as shown by his play-calling when BYU played Boise State yesterday.
With 8:03 remaining, BYU backup quarterback Taysom Hill engineered an 11-play, 95 yard drive capped by his four-yard touchdown run. But BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall gambled, electing to go for a 2-point conversion to try to secure the Cougars' first-ever victory over Boise State. Hill dropped back to pass, was immediately flushed out of the pocket and his on-the-run throw was deflected by linebacker J.C. Percy and fell incomplete into the end zone. "I wanted to win," Mendenhall said. "We had momentum for the first time in the game, moving the ball offensively. We wanted to capitalize on it. I'd do it again."
"I wanted to win," Mendenhall said. "We had momentum for the first time in the game, moving the ball offensively. We wanted to capitalize on it. I'd do it again."
That coaching decision was a slap in the face of his defensive players after they did such an outstanding job in that game.
??!! What would it have been to the offense who had just driven the field, if they hadn't gone for it? Strike while the iron is hot. Leaving it to overtime brings in all sorts of other variables, that might have had nothing to do with how well the D is playing.
The experts (sic) have been praising the Cardinal O-line, the great smash-mouth running game, the great D-line/linebackers, the improved D-backs, and the 'competence' of Nunes. I saw glimpses of it against SC, not much last night . . .
Of course I agree with both KevinM and pego. I don't want to go back to the days of Dick "Night Train" Lane trying to decapiate people and the suplex move has no place on the football field. I think it's good that the headhunting and spearing have been outlawed. However, I think the officials should only be in the business of legislating the technique of the hits. I don't think they should legislate the intensity of the hits. I've seen too many games recently when defensive players have made tackles straight of the textbooks and been penalized becasue the offensive player was knocked out.