Monthly Archives: September 2014

Colorado State Beats Boston College For A Huge, Wild Win

Welcome to the 79th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where tonight officially starts one of the best times on the sports calendar with the MLB Postseason, college football and the NFL all going strong. Let’s get into it…


Grayson to Lovett for the biggest play of Colorado State’s young season and a huge, dramatic win. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

“This is what I came here to do.” – Jim McElwain

Colorado State had no business beating Boston College as our Saturday mornings transitioned into Saturday afternoons. Not after CSU traveled farther east than the program had since 1959. Not after kicking off at 10:30 a.m. local time (an underrated factor in this game). Not after their senior quarterback threw two first-quarter interceptions. Not after falling behind 14-0 late in the second quarter. Not against an ACC team that beat the #9 team in the country on this field two weeks ago. Not with CSU’s senior quarterback beat up and grabbing his shoulder in pain after just about every play. Not when they were down three points facing a fourth-and-eleven with 1:05 left.

But then Garrett Grayson saw Charles Lovett just hanging out by himself in the back corner of the end zone. He threw him a football and Colorado State did beat Boston College on Saturday afternoon. College football is fun when you win! (Video of the winning TD can be seen here. It’s worth watching again.)

My biggest takeaway from this game is the resiliency the Rams showed once again. We saw it in the New Mexico Bowl vs. Washington State. We saw it in the Rocky Mountain Showdown vs. Colorado And to a lesser extent, we even saw it in the vain comeback attempt vs. Boise State, This team doesn’t quit when they fall behind. Even on the road. Even against good teams. That’s an encouraging characteristic as we move into the meat of the schedule.

I think that starts with Grayson. The quarterback threw two bad interceptions in a horrible first quarter, but he kept his head and stayed poised. (Not to mention played through an apparent injury.) Next thing you know, he’s making one of the country’s most dramatic plays from Saturday.

Much of the credit for this win needs to go to the CSU linebacking corps, which was just able to contain Boston College’s vaunted rushing attack. Max Morgan was all over the field. Morgan, Corey James and Aaron Davis appear to be one of the best groups of ‘backers in the country.

Running back Dee Hart was a game-changer again. His versatility is starting to pay huge dividends for CSU, with McElwain using him on kickoff returns, punt returns, catching passes out of the backfield, and handing him the ball. His 43-yard kickoff return in the 2nd quarter went for naught, but his 43-yard run on the final drive set up that dramatic game-winning touchdown. Hart had 207 all-purpose yards.

And I told y’all that Rashard Higgins is a damn star. He had nine catches for 98 yards and a TD.

So now CSU has won three straight over “Power 5” teams, coming from behind in each one. That’s the kind of stat you used to hear back in the Sonny glory days. They’ve also won seven of their last nine games overall and nine of their last twelve. The Colorado State Rams are straight rollin’ right now.

Listen, Boston College isn’t a college football power. They’re not ranked. But they are a pretty good team and there’s no doubt this represented one of the toughest games on the Rams’ schedule. With that in mind, and with the direction the Colorado State program seems to be heading, this was the biggest regular season win for the Rams in many, many years.

Take a minute and think about how this game would have gone four or five years ago. Those teams would have had about a 50 percent chance of keeping the game competitive and a zero percent chance of coming away with a victory.

The times they are a-changin’.

Colorado State won 24-21.

Colorado State had plenty to celebrate Saturday afternoon. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

So where does this team go from here?  Hopefully upward.

This sounds a little crazy, but with the CSU’s soft schedule, it’s not completely unreasonable to at least think about seeing them win out. The game at Nevada in two weeks looks like a tough one. Utah State for Homecoming no longer looks like a huge challenge. (They’ve struggled on the road and Chuckie Keeton hasn’t been able to stay healthy.) And there is always the strong possibility of CSU laying an egg and losing a game they shouldn’t lose.

So yeah, I realize saying the Rams could win the remainder of their games and go 11-1 sounds pretty silly. And I’m not necessarily predicting that. I’m just saying it doesn’t look impossible.

On a much more important and slightly more serious note, the Rams’ chances of winning the Mountain Division increased dramatically Saturday night. About eight hours after the Rams won, Boise State lost to Air Force. I didn’t think the Broncos would lose a conference game after dominating CSU in Boise in week two. Then they went to Colorado Springs and fell behind a bad Air Force team 28-0. Uhh, what?

So now Boise and CSU both already have one conference loss (though BSU will have the tiebreaker over CSU because of the head-to-head victory). Utah State has to travel to Fort Collins and Boise. I’m still not sold on Wyoming or Air Force as contenders. A whole bunch of football still needs to be played (obviously), but at this point it appears that the Rams are in the hunt for their first conference title since Bradlee Van Pelt’s 2002 team.

So that’s pretty cool.

Subject change…

The MLB Postseason begins tonight, which is just wonderful news. There’s no better dramatic theater in sports than the baseball tournament that begins in a few hours.  The Athletics and Royals are in the AL play-in game tonight in Kansas City. The Giants and Pirates are in the NL play-in game tomorrow night in Pittsburgh.

The best first-round series figures to be Dodgers vs. Cardinals, a rematch of last year’s NLCS that will feature two separate matchups of Clayton Kershaw vs. Adam Wainwright– two of the heaviest heavyweights in baseball. Like most fans without a horse in the race, I’ll be pulling for the Pirates and Royals. Could you imagine that World Series?

That said, I like the Nationals to beat the Tigers in the Fall Classic. While I’m not overly confident in that prediction, my confidence in the Postseason being awesome is very, very high.

Off to the weekly departments…

Vine(s) of the week:

Speaking of the Nationals, Jordan Zimmerman threw a no-hitter on the last day of the regular season on Sunday. The final out was pretty remarkable, especially when you have this vantage point:

I also like Zimmerman’s reaction:

Stud(s) of the week:

Lots of options this week, but I want to give some love to Paul Konerko. The longtime White Sox first baseman played his last game on Friday. Konerko has had a remarkably underrated career and the game will miss him, his quiet and workmanlike approach, and his 439 homers and 1,412 RBI.

I also like this Jose Altuve story. Altuve, who is awesome and only like four feet tall, was leading the American League in hitting heading into the final game. The Astros tried to bench him to make sure Altuve would win the batting title. (He was leading Victor Martinez by three points heading into Sunday.) Altuve refused, played, and got two hits to raise his average and take the AL crown. Pretty legit.

The Rockies went the opposite route and benched Justin Morneau for the last two games to ensure him of leading the NL in hitting. LAME.

And on a somewhat related note, look at this swing from Altuve from few days back:

Douche of the week:

Hey look Michael Phelps got his 2nd DUI today. All the money in the world and a very public reputation on line… I just don’t get it man.

But also… No Broncos were arrested on the bye week. Sweet!

Picture(s) of the week:

Some Ohio State bro did that neat thing where you run out onto the field during a game. Ohio State assistant strength coach Anthony Schlagel took care of that.

The picture is better, but here’s a Vine of the incident:

Wait we have one more picture! My favorite mugshot ever:

Unbelievable! The weird thing about this is if you actually visit that link, that mug is nowhere to be found. So I’m not entirely sure if this guy is the suspected bank robber or if CBS 4 Denver just has an awesome stock photo to run when bad guys get caught. Either way, I’m glad I saw it.

Tweet of the week:

Some really solid analysis from Broadway Joe on Sunday:

Offense of line.

Some other stuff the internet had to offer from the past week:

The Pirates were excited to make the playoffs. This is how you videobomb a newscast!

Mike Trout is inventing the “no-look diving catch”.

I don’t even understand that.

Hey here’s a GIF that made me laugh:

I have no idea why I found this 30-yard stumble to be so damn funny:

Steve Smith has no interest in handing the ball to the ref. I really respect this move:


SB Nation

Arizona State lost to UCLA 62-27 Thursday night, but the final score wasn’t the most embarrassing part of their evening. This was:

A couple links worth sharing from the past week:

And finally, I don’t have much time to get into the incredible overkill of Derek Jeter’s final games. But gosh, Keith Olbermann does makes some interesting points about Jeter’s career:

On the other side of the spectrum, his nephew’s little hat tip was pretty darn cute:

Happy Tuesday everybody.  GO WATCH SOME BASEBALL. Thanks for reading. See y’all next week.


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This Moral Victory Is Cool With Me

Welcome to the 78th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where I’m just taking losses in stride. Hey we have a lot to get to! Let’s get into it…

Description of . Denver Broncos Seattle Seahawks September 21, 2014 at CenturyLink Stadium. (Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

Von Miller might have been the best player on the field Sunday afternoon, which is a very encouraging sign for Broncos fans. (Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

Let’s talk about that football game on Sunday! That was fun as hell.

So the quick game wrap looks like this:  For a while it appeared the Broncos may get blown out and embarrassed again. They only had three points at the half and didn’t seem particularly poised to score more. John Fox’s offensive game plan was ultra-conservative, even for John Fox. (I kept making hilarious jokes that his favorite three plays are the punt, the kneel-down, and the squib kick because I’m hilarious.) But then the Broncos woke up and stared down the Seahawks in the fourth quarter. They finally put their balls on the table. (Can we say start saying that again?)

The Broncos even looked poised to win the game in regulation before Peyton Manning made a bad throw and a worse decision on what appeared to be a back-breaking interception. (You don’t say that often.) But then holy crap that last drive! 80 yards in under a minute with no timeouts! In that environment! What a catch by DT!

Damn, THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! can be fun when you’re watching good players on good teams making good plays instead of reading about the league mishandling the discipline of giant men beating women and children. (I’ll let you decide which is more important.)

Anyway, back to football games. You know I’m a “big picture” guy. What can the Broncos take away from this one? Should fans be content with a losing effort?

Yeah, we sure should.

The biggest takeaway from this game for me was the play of Von Miller. He looked like the dominant defender we haven’t seen since 2012. And I’m not the only one with that outlook, as Pro Football Focus graded him as the best player on the Broncos on Sunday.

So with the aid of Miller, the defense finally had that mean, nasty look fans have been clamoring for. I guess it helps to have Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib, TJ Ward, Rahim Moore, and Chris Harris on defense (along with Ryan Clady and Emmanuel Sanders on offense) when you play the Seahawks. None of those guys played in the Super Bowl.

After all 16 preseason games have been played, this one probably won’t mean much in regard to the AFC standings and playoff seeding. I don’t think the Broncos were going to go 16-0. And I don’t think they’ll need to.

The Broncos are 2-1. They’re going to the playoffs. And, yes, they still look like the best team in the AFC. (I’m not sold on the Bengals or Chargers after three weeks.)

The Broncos just lost a game to the defending Super Bowl champions in a really tough place to play* because of a coin toss. That’s what we call a moral victory.

*Did you know the stadium in Seattle gets really loud?

You’re crazy to be concerned about this offense. And the defense finally looked like the one fans were hoping to see.

I know I don’t sound as manly and tough and hardcore and intense as all the gasbags screaming that THERE ARE NO MORAL VICTORIES!!, but in this case– a fourth-quarter comeback to force overtime against a very good team on the road in a tough environment after losing to that team 43-8 in a Super Bowl played on a neutral field– there are definitely some positive takeaways from a loss.

Last week I predicted the Broncos would lose a close game and that I’d be back here in a week beating my everything-is-fine drum again.

Well, here we are. The beat goes on.

Off to the weekly departments…

Tweet of the week:

One last beautiful picture of a beautiful stadium in a beautiful state. Indeed, the Rockies are done playing at Coors and 2014’s last game is Sunday. I wrote quite a bit about the Rockies all year and I wanted to write a “What Went Wrong” post, so here it is. Don’t tell me nobody cares about the Rockies anymore!

The Colorado Rockies had a long season. Here’s what went wrong for the hometown team in 2014:  Everything except Corey Dickerson.

Vine(s) of the week:

Colorado State plays at Boston College on Saturday in an important game for the Rams. Traveling that far east for a 10:30 a.m. kickoff is a pretty rough situation and CSU opened as about 6 point underdogs. The game definitely provides another interesting measuring stick for CSU and I think they’re capable of winning it.

Anyway, enough of all that football talk! I discovered BC head coach Steve Addazio’s Vine page. It is bizarre. And it is hilarious. (He really likes DUDES!) Here are my favorite two:

You can see all seven (unfortunately there are only seven) here.

Oh and while we’re talking CSU Football (kind of) here’s the link to Episode 4 of “The Grind.”

Stud(s) of the week:

This kid is everybody’s new favorite person, and with good reason.

What an awesome human being he is.

Wait so is this lady. Her outlook on life is a little different from Apollos Hester’s. But this is still awesome. We’ve all thought about quitting every job ever in a manner that somewhat resembles this. (Be careful, she says a bad word.)


Douche of the week:

Whichever Bronco gets arrested during the bye week.

Picture of the week: Someone tell Julian Edelmen this is not how you play football.


Getty Images

Some other stuff the internet had to offer from the past week:

The look on Jimbo Fisher’s face when he sees his suspended Heisman Trophy-winner in full pads before kickoff Saturday night is a thing of beauty. Somewhere I heard this described as a very “Coach Taylor” look, which makes this particularly hilarious if you’ve ever watched Friday Night Lights. And everyone should watch Friday Night Lights.

Johnny Football did something kind of awesome.

…but it didn’t count.

The best play from the college weekend was this hail mary to complete a wild comeback for Arizona over Cal. Really cool footage here:

And here’s the scene inside their locker room afterwards. This is good but not great until you notice the freaking mascot wildcat, on a knee, front and center, nodding in agreement with each word from RichRod. That damn cat literally had me in tears. Still does, in fact.

College football is just so damn fun, man.

Football fans are weird.

This is why there’s no need for a glove at the ball game. The slow motion shot of this one (1:00 mark) is pretty sweet. Dude was all over it.

Another really cool Vine from MLB:

Joey Porter was coaching on CSU’s staff last year. He’s back with the Steelers but is having some trouble adjusting to the size of NFL players.

A couple links worth sharing from the past week:

And finally, Malcom’s dad, Walter White, would like for you to watch the MLB Postseason. This is great and baseball needs more of this kind of marketing. Also, I know it’s football season ’round these parts, but there is some really intense, fun baseball going down just about every night from now until the end of October. You should really watch some of it.

Cranston is the man. The dramatic reading of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” had me cracking up.

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. See y’all next week.


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Your Football Weekend Roundup (Again)

Welcome to the 77th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where we’ve offically entered the last week of summer. That’s depressing. But it means lots of football in the coming weeks, which is not depressing. Let’s get into it…

Description of . Peyton Manning (18) of the Denver Broncos congratulates Demaryius Thomas (88) of the Denver Broncos after a touchdown in the second quarter. The Denver Broncos played the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado on September 14, 2014. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

(John Lebya/Denver Post)

I’ll start with a few quick takeaways from the Broncos win over the Chiefs. The Denver Broncos won again. And people are upset again. I am still not one of them. In the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! I am completely on board with the “win is a win” mentality.

Take a look around the league. Plenty of other good teams with Super Bowl expectations are not 2-0. The Patriots lost to the Dolphins. The Seahawks lost to a decent San Diego team. The 49ers choked away a big 2nd-half lead at home. The freaking Saints are 0-2. Bad losses happen in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE!. If the Broncos had dropped either of these games we might have some– SOME– cause for concern. But they didn’t.

Being a Broncos fan is really fun these days. They look like the best team in the AFC and they’re 2-0 and everybody is still finding stuff to be unhappy about. That’s pretty awesome when you think about it.

I said this last week, but all the Broncos need to do is keep piling up the ‘dubyas. I realize I would get a lot more reaction and readership if I yelled at you that THE BRONCOS ARE IN TROUBLE AND LOOK LIKE CRAP AND WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE DEFENSE NO WAIT WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE OFFENSE THEY’VE BARELY EVEN BEATEN TWO TEAMS THAT WENT A COMBINED 22-10 LAST YEAR THAT’S HORRIBLE. But I’m just a little more levelheaded than that. This team is fine. My outlook is pretty boring. It’s also true.

Keep in mind that if the Broncos recover the onside kick against the Colts, which they should have, that doesn’t turn into a one-possession game. And of course, if the Broncos don’t repeatedly shoot themselves in the foot with silly 4th-quarter penalties and catch a bad-break on an Alex Smith tuck-rule replay, they also win Sunday’s game pretty comfortably.

Von Miller is coming off an ACL injury. That’s not a particularly easy thing to do. He’s going to get better as the season progresses and that will help the defense a great deal. Wes Welker will be back this week which will improve the offense, especially on third downs.

The Broncos are going to the playoffs. That’s when things get interesting. Because I just can’t get all that worked up about the regular season. Especially when the Broncos are scoring more points than their opponents.

Speaking of winning games, I can’t imagine the Broncos will do so Sunday in Seattle, during what should be a fun afternoon. A Broncos win would be a huge statement to the rest of the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE!, but really I’m just looking to see if the Broncos can keep it close and stay competitive. A loss to the Seahawks in Seattle doesn’t break your season, but getting blown out… something like a score of… I don’t know… 43-8… You would have to think that would do some damage to the Broncos’ mental makeup over the course of this season.

But I think it will be an entertaining game. The Broncos lose a fairly close one. And I’ll be banging the “Everything-Is-Fine” drum in a week.

And hey did you see Peyton Manning being a real cry-baby jerk* when he was yelling at Orange Julius?

*Just kiddin’. This is what leaders (and all good, competitive quarterbacks) do. It’s part of sports. And sports are fun!

Off to the weekly departments…

Douche(s) of the week:

Seattle Seahawks fans are enourmous douche bags. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Seahawks fans are the absolute worst. There is no longer any doubt who is the most insufferable fan base in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE!. It’s not the Raiders or Steelers or Patriots or even the Jaguars.

  • Seahawks fans insist on calling themselves the 12th man, even though that is a blatant rip-off of Texas A&M, who has been using and embracing the term since 1922.
  • They’re more proud of having the so-called “loudest stadium in the league” than anything else in their lives (except maybe Seattle’s soccer team). I think all stadiums are pretty loud when the home team is good, you no-life losers. Get over yourselves and give it a rest.
  • Some of them wanted to erect a statue of Richard Sherman, which is a really stupid thing to want to do.
  • They were nowhere to be found just a few short years ago when the Seahawks were an average (or bad) team. This whole mantra is brand new. And in a few years after they have to pay Russell Wilson and the makeup of their roster has completely changed and they’re no longer Super Bowl champions, they’ll be nowhere to be found once more.

Oh, and Richard Sherman is also a huge douche and the most self-absorbed player in the league.

(Unrelated: Jonathan Paplebon is still a douche as well.)

Stud(s) of the week:

So RayRiceRogerGoddellAdrianPeterson and the entire National Football League! should probably have the previous, “douche” distinction because they’re all horrible. And yes, there seems to be a new story every day that makes me want to abandon all of professional football. But I won’t. And neither will you. And I’ve come to terms with that because it’s important to remember the people in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! who are not horrible. You know, the vast majority of people affiliated with or employed by the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! who are upstanding citizens and good people.

It’s okay to still watch and root for them.

Tweet of the week:

Pretty funny. You should follow Eric Stangel.

Vine(s) of the week:

This one might take you a while, but is pretty awesome once you see it. I’ve watched this a few dozen times and have no explanation as to why he is doing that.

(Update: This Vine has absolutely exploded in the past 12 hours or so– 13 million loops!– and the coach has since offered an explanation. They were pretty much just messing around, which is awesome.)

And I can’t tell if this guy is doing some really mean trash talk or is simply a very caring person.

No… No, he’s just being a dick. Pretty awesome. (Hat tip to Dunks for sending that one over.)

Some other stuff the internet had to offer from the past week:

This GIF just cracks me the hell up:

I absolutely love the mid-dance beer swig. Doesn’t miss a beat!

This is not how you’re supposed to do it:

Some really good pass defense here:

These two Miss America contestants have some interesting and potentially completely made up factoids about themselves:

A couple links worth sharing from the past week:

And finally, this guy knows exactly what to do when some douchey frat douches start acting like douches and beating the crap out of a fellow douche.

Facial expression just kills me.

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. See y’all next week.


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Your Football Weekend Roundup

Welcome to the 76th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where FOOTBALL. Let’s get into it…

Description of . Julius Thomas (80) of the Denver Broncos runs in the second touchdown of the game during the second quarter.  The Denver Broncos played the Indianapolis Colts at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo. on September 7, 2014. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

It’s hard to envision a game in which Julius Thomas doesn’t dominate. (Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

The first weekend of the year to offer a full slate of both college football and the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! did not disappoint. Let’s start with some fairly quick thoughts on the local squads:

The Denver Broncos are 1-0, which is the best record they can have at this point in the season, so that’s good. Naturally, many Broncos fans and media-types are concerned because the Broncos were not dominant enough in the second half of their opener vs. the Colts on Sunday night. Complaining after beating good teams will always seem strange to me.

Is the second-half near comeback by the Colts reason for concern? Yeah, probably a little. Obviously we all would have liked to see both the offense and defense play a more complete game. Last year throughout the season I was Mr. Everything-Is-Fine when discussing the Broncos. Then they played in the Super Bowl. So yes, this year we would all like to see a little (or a lot) more “nasty” from this team.

And there sure wasn’t much of that in the second half on Sunday night.

But at this point, I’m still not one to worry. Just like last year, the Broncos are playing a 16 week preseason. On Sunday night they probably didn’t play well enough to win in January or February, but those important games are a very long way away. Lots of things can change over the course of the next four months. Right now, piling up the ‘dubyas is all that matters.

So I’m not going to fret this one. Even with that lackluster finish, it’s clear who the best team in the AFC is.

Description of . Boise State running back Jay Ajayi (27) tumbles into the end zone over Colorado State linebacker Max Morgan during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

Jay Ajayi had no problem against the CSU defense. Weeeeeee! (Otto Kitsinger, AP)

Coming in to this game, I said we didn’t really know how good CSU was, because we have no idea whether or not CU is terrible (more on that later). Now we know with certainty that the Rams are not on the level of the elite team in the Mountain West. At least not yet. Overall, though, I’m still not sure what we have with this team.

The killer running game from week one was completely nonexistent (28 yards on 23 attempts) and the defense could not do anything to stop Jay Ajayi and Grant Hendrick. Boise racked up 675 yards of total offense, which is an absolutely absurd number.

So yeah, this one didn’t go particularly well. The Rams did get their crap together eventually and made it an interesting game in the fourth quarter, but the outcome was never really in doubt.

I’m going to go ahead and make some excuses now. This was ridiculously difficult scheduling. Traveling to Boise immediately following an emotional win over your rival is just a tough draw. Hell, starting conference play on the road against the best team in the conference in the season’s second week is a tough draw in itself. Also, two of the Rams best offensive players and preseason all-conference selections didn’t suit up in Ty Sambrailo and Kivon Cartwright.

So I do think that this game would have been more competitive if it was played in the heart of the conference schedule. All that said, there’s no doubt that Boise is the better team. And that shouldn’t be all that shocking when you think about it.

So moving forward, CSU has a cupcake, an off week and then an interesting game on the road at Boston College, who was just beaten by Pittsburgh at home.

A couple weeks ago I spoke of that elusive “Next Step” for the CSU program. While winning the Mountain Division of the MWC just took a serious hit, that “Next Step” is still within reach if they can avoid bad losses and win at Boston College and/or beat Utah State at home.

And after the first two weeks I have no idea whether or not that’s realistic.

While we’re on the topic, here’s the third installment of CSU football’s YouTube series, “The Grind.” There’s some really cool Rocky Mountain Showdown footage in here. Of course, this was more exciting before that game on Saturday night. Still a great production though.

The Colorado Buffaloes were thiiiiiiisss close to losing to Massachusetts. UMass is in the MAC and has won one game each of the past two years, their only two seasons as an FBS program. Holy crap, guys! CU might be really, really bad. Like, 2012-CU-Buffs-bad. That’s hilarious, but as previously mentioned, might not bode well for your Colorado State Rams.

And I was going to say a few words about Ray Rice but screw it. Too much to the story and it’s evolving too fast for any of my scorching hot takes. I will say; however, that I do find it incredibly odd that the new video changed everything so quickly when everyone had already seen a video of him dragging around an unconscious body. We all needed the new video to piece this all together? Really? What am I missing? Weird.

Anyway, Goddell might be screwed. This ends today’s analysis on the situation.

Moving on…

There was so much happening on the internet the past week, that I’m not going to break all of these into the weekly departments, but here are a bunch of pictures, videos, tweets, GIFs, and Vines that I enjoyed:

We obviously have to start with the greatest play in the history of football.

That’s Antonio Brown just jump-kicking some poor, pathetic punter right in the face. It’s incredible.

Look at this shot!

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Greatest play in the history of football.

I don’t know why, but eating out of a full-sized box of Frosted Flakes inside the stadium at a NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! game had me laughing harder than anything else this weekend.

Nevada beat Washington State on Friday night. The Wolfpack has a guy who looks like this, so that’s pretty neat.

I’d like to think that if I were a Division One football player I would do everything I can to look ridiculous on a daily basis like Mr. Hekking. Maybe dye my hair black and my beard blonde or something, I don’t know, that mullet is pretty hard to top.

A whole bunch of people in my Twitter feed really hate Chris Collinsworth. This slip-up was his finest gem from Thursday.

You see, he said “the ’85 Bears in ’86”. It’s funny because it’s impossible.

Tony Dungy deleted this tweet for some reason. But an astute observer grabbed a screenshot:

I wonder what it would be like to poop out a bird. Probably not that awesome, huh?

Nebraska was almost on the wrong side of an all-time upset at home to some team named McNese State. But then Amir Abdulla, who is awesome, did this.

I was unable to find the original picture or posting anywhere, but here’s a tweet/screenshot/thing of a really great photo from the Virginia Tech – Ohio State game (which Virginia Tech, who wears orange, won).

The Patriots lost and Tom Brady was sad.

This isn’t from a football game but it’s great. Whatever’s comfortable, bro.

Please note the multiple Dos XX cans on the bleachers and the half-eaten hot dog in the right hand. What an awesome human being.

This is not a from a football game either, but I found it interesting and I really enjoyed the video below. Tony Reali is leaving Pardon The Interruption after 13 years. He’ll still host Around The Horn and is going to do something for Good Morning America, which is apparently still a thing that some people watch. I don’t watch PTI or Around the Horn anymore, but I used to. And I know a large group of people around my age who are reading this watched those two shows, back to back, just about every day in high school and college. I’ve always thought Reali is pretty awesome.

A couple links worth sharing and other items of note (lots this week!):

  • USA Today caught up with Jim McElwain for a fairly lengthy interview.
  • Terry Frei did some great work at the Denver Post in providing some insight into Dee Hart’s background.
  • Kenneth Faried has been killing it for team USA in the FIBA World Cup. What does that mean for the Nuggets?
  • Northern Colorado almost beat an FCS team on the road. They lost to UNLV by one point after a missed chip-shot field goal with under six minutes to go. This never would have happened if that Bigelow kid was still there. Also, this means UNLV is really, really crappy.
  • The Cincinnati Bengals signed a player to their practice squad solely because his daughter has cancer and he needs the health benefits and salary. This is an awesome story amid so much NFL awfulness.
  • The New York Times obituary of Joan Rivers is interesting as hell.
  • The horribleness of Derek Jeter’s farewell tour continues. The Yankees will be wearing Jeter patches on their sleeves and hats for the remainder of the season. That’s like a whole month of wearing a patch for a guy who is not dead or retired, but still on the team. I get how much everybody likes Jeter, but come on. It’s getting embarrassing.

And finally, this video is not suitable for your workplace due to a good amount of what I think is profane screaming, but I found it too funny and strange not to share. (Hat tip to E.V. for sending this one over.)

When she hip-checks him and he flails on his back like an overturned turtle for a few seconds… That’s just gold. 2 millon view is one day! I used to put random, non-sports videos like this in almost every post. Whatever happened to that?

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. See y’all next week.


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Colorado State (Eventually) Dominates Colorado

Welcome to the 75th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where I have a fairly short post about five hours later than usual. Apparently watching Colorado State beat the hell out of Colorado, then having three more days to party can really take a lot of a guy. (And I didn’t want to wait til Wednesday to “publish”.) Let’s get into it…

Dee Hart ran all over the Colorado Buffaloes. Might he be a top-level talent after all? (Doug Pensinger, Getty Images)

That was a fun one.

Hey, I tried to tell you about Dee Hart. Okay, in fairness I said I wasn’t sure what to expect from the Alabama transfer. But I also said he could be a season-changer. And after one game, that seems to be the case. I did not; however, tell you about JuCo transfer Trey Jarrells. That dude pretty much came out of nowhere. The two combined for 260 yards and three touchdowns against CU.

By now, we all know what happened. CU jumps out to 10-0 and 17-7 leads and things aren’t looking particularly awesome for the Rams. Then the CSU running game just takes over and Colorado State dominates for 24 unanswered points.

I incorrectly predicted that quarterback play would make the difference. Turns out it was the line play. CSU’s offensive line won them this game. A new unit that was assumed to be a weakness dominated a Pac-12 (haha) defense. And– AAAAND!– that all happened after losing Ty Sambrailo in the first quarter. He’s only a possible first-round NFL draft pick and maybe the most important player on the team. And as we all assumed, the Buffs couldn’t run the ball all that well either.

So the offensive and defensive lines of Colorado State decided this year’s showdown. Big ups to them.

Of course, it would behoove all Rams fans to keep this game in perspective. Don’t get me wrong, live it up. Party your ass off. Troll the hell out of CU. But remember, it’s impossible to gauge what a win like this means for the team over the course of the regular season. It’s always wise not to invest too much into a single game, but that is especially true after beating Colorado.

The Buffs could be decent this year. Or they could really, really suck. I’m not going to have fun berating everything about CU again this week, but would anyone in the world be shocked if they went 1-8 in the Pac-12 again?

There is a distinct possibility that CSU just beat one of the worst teams in the country.

We’ll find out a lot more about where CSU stands when they travel to Boise on Saturday Night. The Broncos got their asses kicked by Ole Miss on Thursday, but Ole Miss is hoping to contend for the SEC title and could be a top-10 caliber team.

For all serious Rams fans, a win over Boise State would be much bigger than one over CU. BSU opened as about 10-point favorites, by the way.

Stud(s) of the week:

The Colorado State student section. Holy crap, guys. This was my ninth consecutive showdown. I spent five or six (actually maybe seven now that I think about it) of them sitting in the student section. albeit, sometimes as a graduate disguised as a student. Anyway, I watched the CSU student section from a distance this year and that was, without a doubt, the most packed and loud and active student section I’ve ever seen for the Rams. They definitely made a serious impact on the outcome. Ram Ruckus, the “Official Student Spirit Group of Colorado State”, announced that the student tickets sold out and it sure looked like it:

It was that packed on all three levels. They were awesome. Let’s hope they stick around for the rest of the year.

Douche of the week: Michael Hancock

I don’t know if he’s really a douche (probably not), but I want to use this space to talk about the interaction between Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Jim McElwain, which was pretty hilarious.

That’s coach McElwain grabbing the microphone from Hancock as the mayor is addressing the crowd. McElwain is somewhat forcibly saying, “My name’s coach McElwain.” Hancock called him coach “MacIntyre” (that’s the name of the CU coach, of course) and then stuttered the sound “Mac” a few times before McElwain took over (video here). Later, in a press conference, McElwain made it clear he was still pretty pissed.

“I will say one thing,” he said. “I do understand where we are on the food chain from a relevance standpoint because the mayor doesn’t even know my name.

“The guy needed help, man. Somebody pointed that out, that nobody thinks much of us, even though how many alums do we have in the Denver area? Like the most of any university there is? And yet the mayor doesn’t even know the head ball coach’s name.

“I guess that really shows where we are and where I am as a program. . . Boy, that makes a guy feel good. Guy giving you the trophy and can’t spit your name out. Shows you how much they care about Colorado State, right?”

I think it’s awesome that McElwain is standing up for himself and his program. Not backing down… leaning on the “scrappy underdog” angle… Calling out local politicians who don’t know what they’re talking about… It’s all good with me. I like this guy more and more each week, man.

Of course, both men made nice via Twitter.

Hey also one more thing how cool is this little image from the CSU marketing folks?

Props to the people behind that one.

Subject change…

Of course, the Broncos season kicks off on Sunday night. There’s no need to add me to the list of people you don’t care about breaking down every game on the schedule. (If they lose in two months does anyone say Oh yeah that one talk show host/blogger/columnist predicted this two months ago!) But overall, you can put me down for 12 or 13 wins.

My gut reaction when looking at the Broncos’ big picture is that they probably won’t go to the Super Bowl again, because going to the Super Bowl is a hard thing to do. But when I look at the AFC, not much scares me. Unless the Broncos seriously regress– and there’s not much reason to think they will– they should be the heavy favorites to win the AFC, and according to Vegas, they are. The Patriots weren’t that close last year. The Colts don’t scare me much outside of Andrew Luck. (I bet Sunday is another Opening Night blowout.) Who else? The Chiefs? Chargers? Mnneehhh.

If the Broncos stay relatively healthy, they should be playing in February. Of course, crazy things happen in the NFL all the time, so this outlook may change.

Off to the (other) weekly departments…

Tweet(s) of the week:

So… that’s some big news. No time to break it down, but damn!

Vine(s) of the week:

Check out the wheels on the Auburn ball boy.

And here’s a very happy young man screwing with a news anchor by waving a… Well you can probably figure that out. People messing with news anchors by making idiots out of themselves like this will never get old.

He’s just so happy.

The picture of the week this week is actually just a screen grab of my favorite sign at a sporting event in a long, long time.

A couple links worth sharing:

And finally, uhhh…. I don’t have anything for this space this week so here’s a music video. I’m going to see these gentlemen in a couple days so it seems fitting. I guess. Whatever. (Actually a really awesome performance though.)

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the first great football weekend of the year. See y’all next week.


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