Callahan Pockets More of Your Money
* I noticed, and perhaps you did as well, that there was not a monumental outpouring of support for Steve Pederson's extremely predictable contract extension offer to Bill Callahan yesterday. You would have thought the same guy who produced highly touted recruiting classes and tight games with Maine would be celebrated a bit more by the red masses.
Unfortunately for you, your lukewarm excitement speaks volumes. Oh sure, many of you have already bought your tickets to New Orleans. I know that several of you are already outraged at the AP ONLY handing you 4 extra spots in this week's poll. But regardless of all that, there is still a hallow empty feeling within every arrogant statement…within every unrealistic prediction. You may claim to be back in the game's good graces, but I think I know you people well enough to know that your true myopia potential has not even begun to be tapped.
Everyone on earth, including me, knows that there is absolutely no way Steve Pederson is going to let Callahan go. Not now, not ever. In fact, the timing of the whole thing is idiotic and reeks of typical Pederson grandstanding. This whole, "Let's wait til the season gets started" and then the "Ohh, well he crushed Nevada, so we're going to lock him up", is insulting to you people as the sheep that you are. You know he's not going anywhere. I know he's not going anywhere..so why not just give him the damn contract the second you handed yourself that fake trophy back in November of last year?
Don't get me wrong…I know it's not real hard to split you people down the middle in terms of Steve-O the great. However, if you think fans of every other team in the conference are shaking in their boots, you're probably going to have to wait til..oh I dunno…you actually beat somebody worth a damn? The current extension was given to appease you freaks who think you're on the cusp of being a national power again…while at the same time "waiting to see progress", and holding off the "Frank apologists", who are probably pissed that nobody admitted to Peterson or Callahan that throwing the ball all around isn't always they way to win a game. Either way, the whole thing had a very eerie silence to it.
* Hmmmm, so Wake's starting QB separated his shoulder prior to this week's showdown in Winston-Salem? Not sure how this is going to effect anything. The Hodges kid had pretty good numbers. 17 for 23 with a TD and 0 picks isn't a bad line, but it will be interesting to see if he falls under the spell of the vaunted blackskirts. Some do…some don't…Chad May did…Bobby Pesevento didn't. Regardless, I still don't understand Husker fan's complete unequivocal optimism toward this game.
Is Wake the single greatest defending conference champion? Not really. Are they chalked full of future NFL players? Nope. Are they tradition filled? Nope. Are they one of college football's "elite" programs? Not at all.
But they are more than capable than beating your untested ass at home? Uhhhh…yeah.
This is a team that hung with Louisville in a BCS game. This is a team that beat Florida State 30-0 last year on the ROAD. They played Clemson tough, and hung with Va Tech for quite a while as well. Have you seen Louisville, Clemson and Va Tech lately? Ummm…they're pretty good. Wake isn't going to throw up ungodly numbers, nor are they are they going to scare the hell out of you with their defense. But they win close games (6 by 10 points or less) and they get tons of turnovers. (6th in the nation in 2006). Did I mention they ran a fumble back for a TD last week?
The fact of the matter remains, you have beaten TWO winning programs on the road in the Clownahan era. Colorado in 2005 (Where their coach/team quit and they were outscored 853-3 in the next three games) and Texas A&M last year, where a last second drive won the game over the same team that struggled with Army and lost to Cal by 35. In other words…Wake is probably better than either one of those teams, although I will admit the environment at College Station is a bit tougher to deal with than BB&T field.
Would I like to change my prediction after last week's epic thrashing over Reno Junior High? Nope. I don't see 30 foot wide holes being open for Marlon Rozier to waddle through as was the case last Saturday.
Oh, and don't forget that Hodges was going to be the starter for the Demon Deacons last year, but separated his shoulder. Skinner then stepped in to lead the team to 11-3. (POST EDIT - No he wasn't. Different kid. My bad)
* Finally, a quick note about something that was brought to my attention by some Husker co-workers. If some clown logs onto your message board, and drops my blog URL in there, it's not me. I will never ever step foot on a Husker message board…ever. I never have and I never will. WHY ON EARTH would I take the time to advertise myself on your sorry ass, pitiful little pissant message board when I'm probably getting more hits per day than you are anyway? Do I really need that extra 1/10,000th of a penny? Have you seen how much AdSense ads pay these days? Trust me, it's not enough to make me wallow in your myopic little playpen of red-clad manlove.
Don't insult me with the notion that I need to come to YOU for pretty much anything.
You probably could learn a thing or two.