Trash Talk: Last Call For The F1 Circus, Crunch Time in NCAA Football

A little late to the post with Trash this weekend, had an issue crop up last night after a long week. But we are getting down to crunch time in both Formula One, last race of the season and it will decide the Drivers’ Crown, and it is now down to the last make it or break it couple of weeks in college football ahead of the conference championships. And, of course, there is a full slate of NFL games too.

So, I will be along in a bit with some actual content. Or maybe Marcy will slide some in too. I am sorry, long night and a bit of an aimless day so far and i need to get the post up and quit waiting for my fingers to spew out some malarky from me. So chat away, make your own prognostications and let loose. See, you get what you need!

Update: Okay, two bits of content, at least.

First, I think this is all a plot to make sure Boise State has a shot at #1 by the end of the year.

The No. 2 [Auburn] Tigers brushed off the storm brought by allegations of a pay-for-play scheme with another dominant offensive performance, beating Georgia, 49-31, in front of 87,451 to clinch the Southeastern Conference West championship and a berth in the conference title game.

There was a renewed allegation last week from an agent’s representative that Cecil Newton Sr., Cam Newton’s father, solicited money from Mississippi State when his son was being recruited. That is an N.C.A.A. violation that could result in Newton’s being declared ineligible, even if Cecil Newton did not solicit money from Auburn.

This is all headed to Auburn being disqualified just in time to leave Boise State with the best record.

And then there’s the NFL game of the weekend. Well, maybe not. While I’m looking forward to the Pats-Stillers game, I think the Brownies thumping of the Pats exposed the real New England, so I expect the home team Stillers to win handily.

Which brings us to the Ryan bowl.  In the Manning bowl, the expected winner–Peyton–won. And you gotta place $$ on Rex here. But I’m going to bet Rob Ryan’s Brownies surprise the J-E-T-S-Jets this weekend.

And in the loser bowl? The Bills will finally get their much deserved first win against the Stafford-less, Hanson-less Lions (though I hope not). Go Kitties.

  1. Neil says:


    Ephs Jeefs … don’t want to talk about it. Looks like Ohio State is coming back with a vengeance in the 2nd half. Time to look in on Auburn Georgia.

    • readerOfTeaLeaves says:

      UofO Ducks. All that Nike money and excellent conditioning program makes for one hell of a second half.
      Oh, and Boise State. Just because I’m sentimental…

      Other than that, my WSU Cougs are just too humiliating to mention this year… (sigh…).

        • Mauimom says:

          When either Boise St. or TCU plays a “real” team, during the pre-season or regular season, THEN I’ll consider granting them a seat at the table.

          As it is, they each establish a “winning record” by playing cupcakes. Do they play ANYONE with the talent of Oregon, Stanford, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Wisconsin?

          No. Their schedule consists of teams that would have a difficult time scoring against my kids’ nursery school, or the Oneness Peace & Family School team — if said school had one.

          • bmaz says:

            Yes, Boise State has played Pac-10 teams regularly; if they have lost yet, I don’t recall it – certainly not recently. They also played Oklahoma two years ago in the Fiesta Bowl and people said the Sooners would kill them. Boise State won. They can play with anybody, and deserve the chance to do so. Saying they do not belong when you will not give them a chance to prove that they do seems odd. For the last six or seven years, Boise State has tried to schedule and SEC or Big-10 team during their non-conference schedule. None of them will play Boise; they would rather chump out against Western Louisiana Polytech or whatever. The Pac-10 teams have been the only ones willing to do it and they have been regularly beat.

          • bmaz says:

            Ah, okay. Boise State is 3-1 versus the Pac-10 recently going 2-1 againsr Oregon State and 1-0 versus Oregon (beating the Ducks last year when the Ducks finished the year ranked #11 in the country).

            Here is an instructive prediction of how Boise State would do if they were allowed to play in a BCS top conference. It is WAY better than you are giving them credit for.

          • john in sacramento says:


            I’ve been wrong zillions of times, and I can only go on what I see

            Sometimes I get things right. If you’ll remember I was telling people how Stanford was going to shock people two years ago. I said they’d beat USC and they did. And I said they’d beat Notre Dame and they did. I said watch out for Harbaugh before anyone even knew he was a coach, and I was touting Andrew Luck before anyone even knew his name

            But I think they can run with anyone. TCU has amazing speed, and Boise is the most creative offensive team in football — college or pro

  2. scribe says:

    Ohio State dealng an asswhipping on JoePa’s boys after halftime – 2 picks for TDs and a bunch of additional points, too.


      • scribe says:

        Mommmy! Boo-boo!

        Belicheat held him out of practice all week, or maybe Whatshername did. Who knows who he listens to. Something about a “real” injury.

        Me? I’m still liking James Silverback Harrison’s statement: he wants to hurt people, but not injure people.

        And I get the Sunday evening game….

    • bobschacht says:

      No-no-no-no, that was the Badgers who administered the whupping on Indiana. 83 points? Gee-zuss, sounds like a basketball game. I gave up watching at half-time, tho’ I hear phred was imprisoned in Camp Randall Stadium, and had to watch the whole thing.

      But the Wolvereenies whupped Purdue despite 4 turnovers, I think I heard. Maybe the Michigan defense is finally shaping up. And I’m waiting to hear about the outcome of AZ State vs. Stanford– I had to leave at half-time to take the Mrses out to din-din. Was a good game at the half, with no clear winner in sight.

      Bob in AZ

      • radiofreewill says:

        Well, our team ran that opening kickoff back for the TD…and then kept on going right into the locker room…and didn’t show up for the rest of the first half.

        USC 15-7

  3. Peterr says:

    Earlier today, Northwestern kicked some Hawkeyes around, 21-17, and now the Cornhuskers are having their way with the Jayhawks.

    It’s a good day in La Casa Peterr.

    Except for the fact that NU’s quarterback injured his Achilles tendon while throwing the game-winning TD pass, and is out for the rest of the year. But in fine Chicago tradition, coach Patrick Fitzgerald (no, not THAT Patrick Fitzgerald) says “wait ’til next year.”

    Persa’s only a junior, you know.

    Still, Persa’s backup is a redshirt freshman. It’ll be a heckuva end to this year.

      • Peterr says:

        Again, to speak as a Cub Fan, “wait until next year!” For Nebraska, the move to the Big 10 will definitely be . . . eye-opening.

        When the news that Nebraska would join the Big 10 hit the KC media, The Kid looked and Mrs Peterr and me and said “but that means your two teams will be playing against each other!”

        Next year will have certain tension around our house.

  4. dawgzy says:

    This is all headed to Auburn being disqualified just in time to leave Boise State with the best record.

    Looks like the only way that anyone will have a better record than the Ducks would be for the feralpusses or beeves to get them in the next 2 games. From what i’m seeing on the teevee tonight neither seems likely. For a phoenix (bcp) boy living in portland, this season is sweet! The dux can win ugly, too.

  5. Neil says:

    Here’s a succinct summary of the game in the NYT:

    And so I say congratulations to the Ephs and first year Coach Kelton. 8-0. Perfect.

    It was Sunny, 60 and Homecoming Weekend. It was the 125th meeting of the arch rivals.

    This is where I come from – a place where all year was preparation for football season and no matter the number of wins in the first seven games, a victory in the last was a, if not the, singular measure of success. I doubt if much has changed in that regard.

    This year’s Amherst team was impressive, strong on both sides of the ball, leading the league in run defense *and* offense. It had a 14 game winning streak after it’s win against Tufts two weekends ago, a game which included 600 yards of total offense and 70 points.

    This was a good team with talented players that made mistakes today. They did not bring their best performance to the most important game. When you play your best game and get beat, you can take a measure of solace in your performance – Hey, they were better than us but we gave our best and the the best team won. That did not happen today.

    A coach from Williams put it this way:

    If you wish to be happy for an hour, get intoxicated. If you wish to be happy for three days, get married. If you wish to be happy for eight days, kill your pig and eat it. If you wish to be happy forever, beat Amherst.

    D3 Football in NESCAC is good football played by student athletes on lovely gridirons, fields as opposed to stadiums really, quaint fields attended by a few thousand spectators… except for the Amherst Williams game when the place fills up. There are no bleachers abutting the end zones. It was fun to see so many people brought their portable chairs and setup a seating section at each end of the field.

  6. bmaz says:

    SEBASTIAN VETTEL wins in abu Dhabi thus becoming the youngest GP World Champion in GP history. Kid had fast and good written all over him from the first second he popped on the scene. When he won a race in a Minardi, of all things, at Monza you knew he was remarkably special. Anybody getting a Minardi to victory lane is a god. And here he is winning the crown for Red Bull. Outstanding. And he beat out his sourpuss teammate Mark Webber and the arrogant and surly Fernando Alonso too. Well Done

  7. bmaz says:

    Oh for fucks sake, the Arabs won’t let them have champagne on the podium. They do not deserve to have the las GP of season if they can’t get their social laws out of the stone age. Jeebus.

    • cbl says:

      unsolicited anecdote – in numerous landings at Jeddah, ours was always the first aircraft to be serviced with parking, departure ramps, fueling, etc. – wildly coincidental the first passenger down the ramp and off the manifest was Black, Mr John W. :D

  8. bobschacht says:

    Manny Pacquaio proved last night that a politician can pack a punch, even against a bigger opponent with a longer reach. There had been some concern that Manny’s training camp was off, and that he wouldn’t be ready, but he displayed the form last night that demonstrated the skills that have made him a dominant, if aging, champion. I suppose that he now returns to the more tranquil life of a Philippino legislator.

    Bob in AZ

  9. BayStateLibrul says:



    Do you mean Hannity?

    No faith in Tommy

    “Tom Brady generally plays his best in big games, so expect a big effort tonight. Brady and the Patriots offensive line are coming off horrendous performances in Cleveland. Brady will be fiery and efficient as he goes about attacking a Steeler defense that will be without stud defensive end Aaron Smith and probably Brett Keisel. Brady won’t have a lot of time (even if the O-line performs at a high level), so it’s imperative for his receivers to get clean breaks and get open quickly.”

  10. john in sacramento says:

    Cal was their typical bi-polar self last night. When it doesn’t matter and nothing’s expected of them they play like world beaters

    If Tedford could ever recruit a QB they’d really do some damage. He’s had very good defenses, he’s had very good RB’s, but only average QB’s since Aaron Rodgers

    • scribe says:

      I find myself in a strange, strange place: as a lifelong Steeler fan, disdain for Cleveland is a given. Not hatred. Hating them gives the Brownies too much respect, much more than they are entitled to. I mean, after all, their color and name is synonymous with shit.

      And, yet, here I am rooting for the frickin’ Browns. Of course, it’s to beat the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS. So I guess it’s not heresy or something worse.

      But, favoring Cleveland. The places one finds oneself after losing one’s footing at the top of a slippery slope.

      • BayStateLibrul says:

        Amazing how the Jets pulled it out. I guess, reluctantly, I need to give kudos to the Jets, even though I hate those bastards…

        • bmaz says:

          If I recall correctly, there are a couple of notable denizens of this blog that champion the two respective professional football clubs playing in tonight’s game. A Wheel and a Scribe. I wonder where they are?? The Jets Jets Jets have won today, maybe that scared em off….

          • emptywheel says:

            Oh, I’m watching alright.

            Wondering where the fuck this Pats team came from, but not complaining.

            Or maybe whether Big Ben has had another head injury.

          • scribe says:

            I’m watching, too.

            I’m left to wonder why the Stillers are so f’g tentative in their play. I mean, I wanna see Bieber-too-young-to-shave crying over a booboo.

  11. BayStateLibrul says:

    Coin flip sucks.

    Sanchez can’t manuveur, why is he in the game? (I’m glad though)

    Bad fucking coaching

  12. BayStateLibrul says:

    Belichicky lit a match to his players.

    Did ya see Brady yelling after the failed short run?

    Great game…

    Very nervous about the second half…

    • bmaz says:

      When Tom Brady is going all Mike Vick on the Pittsburgh Steelers defense and running for TDs, you know it’s gonna be a long night for the Stillers.

      • bobschacht says:

        Brady was treating the game like it was the Superbowl. Rothlisberger, not so much. But still, he put together a pretty good rally in the 4th quarter, and made the game interesting.

        Bob in AZ

  13. scribe says:

    Ugh. I had to quit watching.

    The only good thing which may come from this is that the Stillers may get pissed off and kick some ass the rest of the way out.

    • BayStateLibrul says:

      When-are-you-going-to-give-Brady-and-the-building-year-Patsies-their-due, Scribe?

      Spiking the ball better than a spiked heirdo?

      “Working without the aid of crutches, Jacoby Ellsbury’s body cast, or Paul Pierce’s wheelchair, Brady carved up the vaunted Steel Curtain on NFL Sunday Night Theatre. He completed 30 of 43 passes, threw for three touchdowns, and ran for a fourth as the Patriots beat the conference wannabe kingpins, 39-26, to improve to 7-2.” Shaughnessy

  14. bobschacht says:

    Everyone things AZ Cards are mired at the bottom because Kurt Warner is gone, and they lack a quarterback who can score. Wrong! The Cardinals have actually scored more points (175) than any other team in their division. Their problem is with the *defense*, giving up 29 points per game, or about a touchdown more per game, on average, than the next worse team in their division.

    Bob in AZ

  15. bobschacht says:

    It’s not just Vick. The whole Eagle offense is clicking on all cylinders. And the Redskin defense looks like the AZ Cardinals– missing tackles all over the field, on this last Jerome Harrison TD run.

    28-0 in the first Quarter!

    Bob in AZ

  16. bobschacht says:

    Well, at least the ‘skins are on the board now. But 35-7 in the first half? Sheesh. “Ay caramba” indeed!

    Andy Reed and Michael Vick have had a mind meld and are definitely on the same page. Mike Sheehan & McNabb are not on the same page. Sheehan is expecting McNabb to learn and adapt to the Sheehan offense, even though it is completely different from anything he’s ever done before.

    Bob in AZ