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November 19, 2008

Weekly Ramblings

Thoughts I’ve had while waiting for Notre Dame to grab an onside kick.

– I knew that Ole Miss would beat llLouisiana-Monroe, but I did not see a 59-0 blowout coming. That was an impressive performance by the Rebels. They are playing well right now and could be playing themselves beyond the AutoZone Liberty Bowl. I know Harold Graeter, Steve Ehrhart and the rest of the folks would love to have the Rebels, but they may not be available for the Liberty Bowl. If Ole Miss wins at LSU this week, I don’t see any chance of them coming to Memphis.

– What Florida is doing to opponents these days is ridiculous. Another week, another 50+ point output and another blowout for the Gators. There is no doubt they are playing the best football of any team in the country right now. I have to believe that Urban Meyer took particular enjoyment out of beating a Steve Spurrier coached team by 50. The only question I have about Florida right now is how in the hell did they lose at home to Ole Miss?

– Congratulations to Vanderbilt! The Commodores are bowl eligible for the first time since 1982 after their win at Kentucky. It was starting to look like they were going to pull another collapse after the 5-0 start and end up not getting to 6 wins, but Chris Nickson played extremely well with 285 yards of offense and D.J. Moore was outstanding with two touchdown catches on offense and two interceptions on defense to lead the Dores to that ever-elusive sixth win. This week, Vandy looks for number seven when they host Tennessee and Vandy is actually favored in the game, which according to Chris Low of ESPN.com, has only happened two other times in the last 30+ years.

– Anyone who watched Kodi Burns try and throw the ball on Auburn’s final drive against Georgia, should understand why the Tigers have been so bad offensively this year.

– Congratulations to Rich Rodriguez for doing in one year what no coach could do in the last 128, lead Michigan to an 8-loss season. I don’t think it’s all Rodriguez’s fault, but it is a pretty amazing stat. Also amazing is that neither Tennessee or Michigan had ever lost eight games in a season, and both may do it this year.

– How is it that so many people involved in the NFL don’t know the rules? The refs in the Steelers-Chargers game didn’t know the rules on the final play of the game so they took a touchdown away from the Steelers. Even though the points only really mattered in Vegas, it’s unbelievable that not one ref on the crew knew for sure what to do. In addition to that, you have Donavan McNabb not knowing that after one overtime period, a game ends in a tie. How can any player in the league not know that rule? Every casual fan of the NFL knows that rule. It’s common knowledge, I just thought everyone knew that.

-Another ridiculous NFL note: Adrian Peterson was fined $5,000 by the league for wearing a white skull cap under his helmet. Apparently, black is the only color skull cap allowed by the league. Considering you only get to see the skull cap when a player has his helmet off, who cares what color it is?

– Congratulations to DeAngelo Williams! The former Memphis Tiger turned in his third straight 100-yard performance Sunday and has four touchdowns in those three games. He’s playing extremely well.

– I didn’t know what to think about the Tiger basketball team playing an 11pm game, but after going to the game I can say I liked it and wouldn’t mind seeing them do it again. It was a fun atmosphere and it didn’t take away from attendance. The fact that 18,000 people show up for a game at that time just further illustrates the love affair this city has with Tiger basketball. The ovation for Derek Kellogg before the game was a very nice gesture by the Tiger fans.

– This week’s Sports Illustrated includes an article on former Tiger Derrick Rose. You can check out the article here.

– Shaq called himself and Kobe the greatest 1-2 punch in Lakers history. Would you take Shaq-Kobe or Kareem-Magic? It’s a tough call, but MWR would lean slightly towards Shaq-Kobe.

– I’ll be in Daytona Beach for the next few days with the Ole Miss basketball team filling in for David Kellum on the call of the games while Kellum is in Baton Rouge with the football team. I’m looking forward to it and want to thank the Ole Miss Radio Network for the opportunity. If you’re going to get the call to pinch hit, Daytona Beach not a bad place to get to go. The Rebels will play Utah at 5:30 Friday and Marshall at 3pm Sunday. You can hear both games on Sports 56 in the Memphis area.

– That’s all for now, I’m out!

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