August 30, 2008

Take Your Marks

8 long months and now, and finally football…glorious football. Oh how I’ve missed you.

Be sure to check back tomorrow morning for in-depth (ok, that’s a stretch) analysis and key breakdowns of all the panic points as we bring sexy back to college football blogging. God forbid the Hicks lose, and you’ll know exactly where to turn as the tears continue to fall. In the meantime, a few random notes:

- Something tells me Rich Rodriguez isn’t going to get off to such a hot start in Ann Arbor. Look for the Weasels to struggle early, as they always seem to do. NOBODY is going to go out and day one run that offense effectively.

- My key to the game for Mizzou vs. Illinois? Tommy Saunders. Coffman and Maclin will draw coverage all night long, look for Saunders to have a big night going one on one with one of Illinois young DB’s. Illinois is going to have to control the clock and find somebody to run the football. It seems this game often showcases some freshman that comes out of nowhere. Eddie McGee and Jeremy Maclin last year. Brad Smith a few years before that. Should be pretty good.

- My key to the game for Nebraska: Stop Jamarko Simmons. This is a nightmare scenario for the Hicks, as they go up against a top-flight wide receiver right out of the shoot. You can damn well bet your overalls that if Steve Pederson was in charge, he would have swapped the date out with San Jose State to give NU a little better start. It’s going to take a lot for the Broncs to win, because I don’t think they’re going to stop the NU running game…but if they stay in it throughout the first half…look out.

- Upset alerts? East Carolina vs. Virginia Tech, Kent State vs. Boston College.

- One last thing, since you all know I’m a politics junkie: Kudos to John McCain for either making the most idiotic or brilliant move in the history of politics. In one morning, the guy single handedly electrified an already crazy upcoming campaign season. As for Palin, you can look at her two ways. (Three if you count the hot “naughty librarian” look she was sporting yesterday.)

First, she could be devastating because some of you are nearly as qualified as she is. It’s absolutely stunning to go from PTA leader to THIS level of government in this short of time. It’s never been done before, let alone by a woman. She is going to get grilled over like no other on the way to 11/4, and she doesn’t have that much time for the American public to get to know her. (And who knows, maybe they won't)

On the other hand, it’s brilliant, because it kills 3 birds with one stone. (From what I’ve read on her, she’s also a lot sharper than people think) First, it re-energizes the GOP. Second, it reaches out to those who feel like McCain is same old, same old. And finally, this lady has insight into two gigantic issues that the other three guys don’t. Her experience taking on big oil companies and her son is shipping off to Iraq.

I have no idea if it was a good move or not…and it very well may be political suicide. But if it works, John McCain singled handedly will have pulled off the greatest move in the history of modern politics and pretty much changed it forever. The old-school good-ol-boy network will have been gone, and the door will be open to an army of younger, non-traditional politicians seeking office. In the end, I know the democrats are feeling giddy about the pick. But then again, weren’t they feeling giddy when President Bush was running with a 35% approval rating in mid 2004? Moral of the story…never underestimate the power of the GOP camp. They may be unethical and sneaky..but they’re very good at getting their people elected.

It should be absolutely fascinating to watch.

Enjoy the games.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy shit do I hope your team gets rolled.

Idiot Misry fans

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Coach Bughead said...

Keep up the good work AJ....keep pissing the arrogant pricks off. I'll do my part to expose them for what they are, as I'm an ex-husker native fan. and I do mean "ex". They just went down the wrong past and I wouldn't follow.

2:30 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

Boy, I called that one didn't I?

ECU 27
VT 22

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Coach Bughead said...

Good call. Kinda blows the hell out of that tough game with VT coming up. Maybe VT will come to Lincoln with something to prove. Hope so....AJ the Greek

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Coach Bughead said...

Just a short note on Palin. MILF. Enough said on that. Secondly, I doubt that 85% of the state of Nebraska has any clue that there is a presidential election coming up because they've been so wrapped up in the Pelini for President campaign that I think they think it's already happened. And they won. How could it be any other way? There is a good chance that with football season running right through the elections, the state of Nebraska may wake up in January and ask a couple of questions; "President who, and when did that happen?" They won't really care either way, just as long as they go 6-6 and make it to Shreveport or Dallas. Final note, say a little prayer for the folks in the cross hairs of the hurricane. They need them more than any team.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Chuck said...

Beau Biden is going to Iraq in October.

3:57 PM  
Blogger daddyact said...

Two words, h8er: Geraldine Ferraro.

The nomination of Palin smells of desperation. She doesn't have as much experience as even Ferraro did, and lest you think Hillary supporters are idiotic enough to vote for McCain because he has selected a female, well, you're not a Democrat are you?

Nice game the Tigers had today. Bet the Maclin injury scared the crap out of you, though.

11:35 PM  
Blogger daddyact said...

Hey, bughead. You're not a Husker fan and you never were. But you do fit the profile of arrogant prick.

11:37 PM  
Blogger Husker_Engineer said...

Just got home....tired, yet had to check your god damn blog AJ....

Okay two things.

a) Simmons 3 catches for 24 yards, so consider him taken care of. Problem was we forgot to cover the TE who torched us for like 125...

b) Palin. Thank you John McCain...thank you thank you thank you for bringing us the naughty librarian.

12:35 AM  
Blogger KSTATER said...

Giving up 347 passing yards to Western Michigan. I love KSU chances of winning now! Your pass defense is still awful, try to not let Tech score 80 on you this year!

Mizzou needs to learn to keep their foot on an opponents throat, and KU looks like they are taking a big step back!

The juco criminals in Manhattan passed their first test, NUB is going down in Manhappiness!

10:32 AM  
Blogger Coach Bughead said...

Hey daddyact...go fuck yourself, you arrogant prick.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Coach Bughead said...

Hey that was the best you could come back with, you arrogant strap on.

11:27 AM  
Blogger daddyact said...

Awwww, bughead, did I hurt your wittle feelings?????

3:18 PM  
Blogger AJ said...

You've posted 900 times in the past 24 hours, and I'm still not sure who you root for.

That's the sign of a quality comment poster.

4:39 PM  

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