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Recapping Everything About The 10-1 Colorado State Rams

Welcome to the 86th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where I’m interrupting my vacation to come through with what actually turned into a pretty good-sized post. Happy Thanksgiving week. Let’s get into it…

Dee Hart cruises over the goal line for one of his six touchdowns on Saturday. Scoring six touchdowns is probably pretty cool. Andy Cross, Denver Post

I’ll start with some quick thoughts on Colorado State football after the 58-20 route of New Mexico that improved the Rams to 10-1. The CSU Rams are 10-1. That’s amazing.

The story of this game was Nick Stevens’ fourth-quarter performance. The back-up quarterback completed three of seven passes for 17 yards in garbage time to close out the game.

Oh, and Dee Hart had a decent afternoon, too. He rushed for 230 yards and five touchdowns. He had 42 more yards and another touchdown receiving. My math tells me that’s 272 yards from scrimmage and six total touchdowns.

Yes, New Mexico’s defense sucks, but that was one of the most impressive single offensive performances I’ve ever seen.

Hollywood Higgins kept doing his thing as well, with 10 catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns. He now leads the nation in receiving yards, receiving yards per game, and touchdowns. His incredible year continues

And Garrett Grayson, on Senior Day, in what could be his last game ever at Hughes, completed 23 of 29 passes for 389 yards and three touchdowns. If it turns out to be his last home game, (hope not) it was a fitting end for the most prolific passer in the history of Colorado State football.

Here’s a pretty cool Vine from CSU of Hart’s first TD of the day. WEEEEEEE!

After the big, dramatic Boston College win, I wrote this about the Rams’ remaining schedule (a screenshot from this September 30th post):

csu 11-1

Hey look I found a typo!

Now, two months later, the Rams are 10-1. All that stands between them and that 11-1 record is a win at Air Force on Friday. Earlier in the year I was under the impression that Air Force wasn’t very good. I’ve changed my mind after watching them go 8-3, including going 5-0 in Colorado Springs. Troy Calhoun is a hell of a coach and has led a very impressive turnaround after last year’s 2-10 campaign.

This game scares me quite a bit even though the Rams are favored by seven in Vegas. Air Force didn’t look all that good on the road against a mediocre San Diego State team on Friday night in their first game without leading rusher Jacobi Owens, who is out for the season. But Air Force is still 5-0 at home. They will be jacked up for this game. The Rams have a short week with the Friday kickoff. The Falcons, who played SDSU on Friday night, do not.

So there’s some cause for concern, but there is also a big reason for Rams fans to be confident. His name is Jim McElwain. McElwain and his staff have had his players prepared for every game this year.

The Rams’ defense will be tested again against an option offense. They certainly held their own against New Mexico, limiting them to 301 yards rushing, though much of that was in garbage time. (For reference, the Lobos rushed for 505 yards against a good Boise State team.) Having the best linebacking corps in the Mountain West can sure help defend the option.

Air Force’s home field advantage could be mitigated some by playing a team that also is comfortable at altitude. A whole lot of green in the stands wouldn’t hurt either. See y’all on Friday.

In the rankings, the Rams jumped up to #21 in both the Coaches poll and the AP poll. They should be ranked by the College Football Playoff committee later this evening, but the committee has shown complete disregard for any non-Power 5 teams, so who knows. I’m not actually sure if the committee is aware that there are dozens of other teams in other conferences at this point.

Okay, time for your weekly record update thing even though by now I think we all get the point and this is getting redundant I don’t care I’m going to keep doing it anyway! Colorado State is now 10-1 in 2014. They’ve won nine in a row. They’re 14-2 in their last 16 games going back to last season. 16-3 in their last 19; 17-4 in their last 21. Those are some crazy-ass numbers, folks.

Of course the other game of almost equal importance this weekend goes down a day and a half after the Rams play Air Force when Utah State heads into Boise. By now you know that a Boise loss coupled with an CSU win would give the Rams the Mountain Division title and the opportunity to host the Mountain West Championship at Hughes on December 6th.

Utah State is pretty good. They’re the only team to come into Hughes this year and not get blown-T-F-out. But Boise is favored by nine in Vegas, largely because Boise is 90-4 at home since 2000, which is decent. Utah State has the best defense in the Mountain West and should be able to slow down the Broncos’ offense. The question will be whether or not the Aggies can muster any points on offense.

Should be a pretty good game. ESPN 2; Saturday; 8:15. Go Aggies.

It would be some unspeakably bad luck for CSU to go 11-1, enter the national rankings and gain some national notoriety after years of futility and not even play in a major bowl game, let alone win the conference, let alone participate in the conference championship game. Guess we’ll see what happens.

The Coloradoan’s Kelly Lyell did a good job laying out the Rams’ different bowl scenarios. There are plenty of moving parts, but I’m reading it with these being the three most likely possibilities.

  • Fiesta Bowl, Glendale, AZ., December 31st against a big name, top-15 school. This only happens if everything breaks in the Rams’ favor. A win over Air Force. Utah State beats Boise State. Rams win the Mountain West Championship game. Committee has the Rams ranked ahead of Marshall. This is the ideal scenario, but there’s a pretty good team up north on a stupid blue field that provides a large obstacle.
  • Las Vegas Bowl, in… uhh… Las Vegas, December 20th against a decent Pac-12 team. If Boise beats Utah State and wins the Mountain West, they’ll be picked by the committee as the highest ranked Group of Five team and would head to the Fiesta Bowl. The Las Vegas Bowl, which is scheduled to host the Mountain West champion, could then pick any Mountain West team to take their spot. One would have to imagine they would choose CSU. So at this point, I think the Vegas Bowl seems like the most likely.
  • Poinsettia Bowl, San Diego, December 23 against Navy. Navy should become bowl eligible in either of the next two weeks. When they do, they’ll be playing in this game against a Mountain West team. If Las Vegas doesn’t pick the Rams, the Poinsettia Bowl will.

Again, that’s a lot of speculation on my part, but I’d circle those three dates on your calender.

In other very, very, very important news, it sounds like the new on-campus stadium is pretty much a lock with an announcement coming soon.

I was planning on talking about the Broncos next, but I ended up writing more on CSU than I thought I would. This was supposed to be a shortened holiday post!

But I’ll just say I thought the Broncos played pretty well against a good team. They got the ‘W’ and that’s all that matters. That was the #2 overall defense in the NFL and the Broncos scored 39 points, even though it felt like they struggled quite a bit.

The offensive line played really, really well a week after playing really, really poorly. So that was an important development. The Broncos were stubbornly committed to the running game and they had success with it, which greatly changes the dynamic of the offense.

The defense was excellent if you ignore two long, easy touchdowns drives from Miami. Can you do that? No? Okay, so that was a bit of a mixed bag.

Special teams pretty much sucked again. That chip-shot missed field goal immediately followed by a fumble from the no-name punt returner dude just about cost the Broncos the game.

But they overcame their mistakes and won a game against a pretty good team.

So we don’t have to push the panic button yet.

Also this gif of Ramirez and DT reacting to McManus’ chip shot field goal is awesome.

They react just like us! Cool!

Hey look, the Broncos just signed Connor Barth and waived McManus. Had to do it.

Off to the weekly departments…

Stud of the week:

Let’s talk about Odell Beckham Jr. Obviously, you’ve already seen this. (I could watch it like 50 times in a row.)

But let’s put some perspective on who we’re dealing with here. Because what this dude can do is absolutely amazing.

Here is Beckham warming up before Sunday night’s game. NBC showed this almost immediately before his incredible catch, which worked out pretty perfectly.

(I also encourage you to check out those catches in super slow-mo here. It’s hypnotizing.)

And here’s a different, perhaps even more amazing, warm-up routine from three weeks ago.

And here he is at LSU catching a FREAKING TOUCHBACK– without looking– with one hand like it’s a ping pong ball.

Yeah. He’s cool.

A bunch of other stuff from around the internets:

This Vine is the most Raiders Vine ever. Two dudes celebrating like 15 yards in the offensive backfield while a play is about to start. Love it.

Coaches are in good moods after they play CU.

Mississippi State weirdo gave me a good chuckle.

Jameis Winston pushing a ref is awesome because it’s Jameis Winston. And he’s pushing a referee. That’s really pretty amazing when you think about it.

Wyoming basketball might be pretty damn good this year. Here’s their best player, Larry Nance Jr., throwing down in an upset over CU.

Jimmy Fallon mentioned former CSU Ram Weston Richburg in his “Most Likely To” segment:

A couple links worth sharing:

And finally, JaVale McGee would like to wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. I love him.

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. Have a tremendous Thanksgiving. Go Utah State. See ya next week.

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Weekly Roundup! Colorado State! Broncos! Baseball!

Welcome to the 82nd edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where last-second field goals and record breaking touchdowns are commonplace. Big post this week. Let’s get into it…

Hollywood just making plays on the reg. (Andy Cross, Denver Post)

I’ll start– again– with some thoughts on the Colorado State Rams. I keep planning on focusing on something else in these posts, but they just keep winning in dramatic fashion. They leave me no choice.

This one started with a bang. On the first play from scrimmage Rashard Higgins took a short pass and turned it into a 69-yard gain. CSU would score three plays later. The sellout (no, really!) crowd at Hughes was rockin’.

A couple series later, Utah State answered with a 59 yard touchdown run from Joe Hill.

From that point until the fourth quarter the game was… actually pretty boring. Lots of punts. Lots of penalties. A couple field goals. A couple injuries. A missed field goal. That was pretty much it.

In fact, the second and third quarters saw a combined total of three points.

So credit goes to both defenses for stepping up. Even though there wasn’t a lot of flash, the game was intense throughout.

Things became particularly intense when the fourth quarter started. Let’s break that down a bit.

The final frame began with Utah State at the CSU 22 and driving with a little bit of momentum. But CSU held them to a field goal. 13-10 Aggies.

Colorado State then moved the ball, but the drive stalled and Jared Roberts missed a 47-yard field goal that seemed like it could be a back-breaker. But the CSU defense forced a quick three-and-out and the Rams took over down by three with nine minutes left.

The Rams moved the ball and chewed a lot of clock, which set up a huge third and five at the Aggie 30 with about two minutes remaining. McElwain surprised me with a conservative play call on what could have been the Rams’ final drive. A Jason Oden run up the middle went for no gain. When I saw the running play I thought maybe McElwain was in “four down territory” mode. And perhaps he would have gone for the first down if the prior play had led to a fourth and short. Instead, on fourth and five he trusted his kicker to make one from 46. It worked. Tie game. 1:40 left.

That moment was pretty damn dramatic. The final 1:40 wasn’t too bad either.

Utah State took over at the 26 and Hughes came alive like I’ve never seen before. It was a pretty cool moment for me personally to take a step back and glance around the stadium and listen to that sellout crowd roar in the game’s biggest moment. The students, who often leave to go increase their B.A.C. sometime in the third quarter, were still loud as hell and focused. Pretty good stuff.

After one first down, the Rams’ D stepped up again and forced another punt from the Aggies.

CSU took over on the twelve. Most of us assumed they would play for overtime, which is what they did initially. Handoff to Hart for a couple yards. Let the clock run. Handoff to Hart… Except this one went for 17 yards and a clock-stopping first down.

Well shoot, now you might as well take a shot right?

(You’re welcome for that very technologically advanced and professional multimedia presentation I created by holding my phone in front of my TV. Via CBS Sports.)

So that pretty, majestic, dramatic, stalwart 46-yard bomb to Higgins blew the roof off Hughes and set up a last-second 46-yard field goal from Roberts, who COMPLETELY REDEEMED HIMSELF after his miss earlier in the fourth quarter.

Victory.

Colorado State is 6-1.

I think I’ve said this before, but this was a big win for CSU.

Utah State is another good team and they came to play. Yes, CSU caught a break when quarterback Darrell Garrettson went down for the Aggies. But honestly, the USU offense wasn’t doing much with him in there either.

It was not the prettiest of wins. The Rams’ offensive line line was completely outplayed by Utah State’s strong front seven, which recorded three sacks in the first half and five more in the second. Colorado State had to overcome a whole crapload of big penalties, too (11 for 116 yards). But they did.

So the bottom line from Saturday is that Colorado State won yet another game they could have easily lost against a quality opponent.

Hey let’s update these numbers, which I enjoy doing every week (apparently). Colorado State is now 10-2 in their last 12 games going back to last season. 12-3 in their last 15; 13-4 in their last 17.

Before the season, I said Colorado State’s schedule had one “maybe” game, three “probably not” games, and 9 “should win” games. CSU won the “maybe” (Colorado) and went 2-1 in the “probably nots” (Wins over Boston College and Utah State). It’s been an impressive seven weeks.

The Rams will be favored in every game for the remainder of the regular season. If they can take care of business against lesser teams, this could turn into a very special year.

And while we’re at it, go ahead and jump to the 1:56 mark of this video to bypass a bunch of screaming hooligans who rushed the field and some interesting(?) locker room dancing and enjoy some awesome locker room Fight Song-ing.

Off to the weekly departments…

Stud of the week:

I’ll use this space to share some thoughts on the Broncos, because their quarterback is kind of a stud. Did you know that Peyton Manning broke that record for touchdown passes or whatever? He totally did.

Manning breaking the record was a special moment for the Broncos and their fans, even if Manning did throw 399 of his touchdowns in a Colts uniform. Simply put, I am constantly in a state of awe at what Manning has done in the two and a half years he’s been in Denver. It has to be the most remarkable story of my generation, right? Coming back from those surgeries and being released by Indianopolis and missing an entire season to achieve all of this is just unbelievable. All he needs is a Super Bowl (or two) to cement his story as one of the all-time best in sports history.

And while I’m on the topic here are some non-Manning-record Broncos thoughts:

  • They currently look like the best team in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! by a wide margin. Vegas agrees, listing them as heavy favorites to win the Super Bowl at 3-1.
  • They just pounded a pretty darn good 49ers team, albeit one that is depleted by injuries. Sunday night was the biggest statement the Broncos have made all year.
  • We might be entering the part of the season when the Broncos just beat the crap out of whoever they play and we’re all bored by halftime. It is not okay to complain about this.
  • That said, they lost a Thursday night home game to San Diego last year. They play San Diego at home on Thursday night. Thursday night football is stupid and this game concerns me.
  • Against the 49ers the Broncos used the pass to set up an effective run game instead of trying to set up the run from the outset. This is how it should work every week.
  • When Von Miller steps on the field, he is the best football player out there. A healthy and active Miller is a huge game-changer.
  • The sweetest play of the night might not have involved Peyton Manning. It may have been this fake spin move sack from DeMarcus Ware.

And as a quick aside, if you didn’t assume this was scripted and planned out (which it was) from the moment you saw it, you’re far less cynical than me. This was classic, goofy, aren’t-we-cute? Peyton.

Tweet of the week:

The lady who received Brett Favre’s now infamous picture message had some advice for Peyton on Sunday night.

Well played, even though I hate the term “prolly”.

Douche of the week:

I’ll use this space to talk about some baseball because I hate the Giants so damn much. Travis Ishikawa is a douche for doing this.

Although… I also hate the Cardinals so he’s kind of a stud too.

A quick thought on Joe Buck’s call there… It was perfect. He knew the ball was gone and jumped in immediately. Perfect timing. “The Giants win the pennant!” has historical significance. He quickly made the call with exuberance followed by silence from the whole booth for 46 seconds. Perfect. If you don’t like Joe Buck calling a baseball game, you’re trying too hard to find something to complain about.

Anyway, I can’t believe the Giants are in the World Series again. I’m convinced they’re just not that talented. It does not add up. Their starting pitching isn’t even that good this year outside of the postseason version of Madison Bumgarner. But I suppose there is something to be said for a team that finds ways to win. Even if those wins come on wild pitches, errors on bunts, and routine fielders choices.

Over in the ALCS, the 2007 Rockies 2014 Royals swept the Orioles and haven’t lost a postseason game yet. They’re the first team in history to start a Postseason 8-0. Though, to be clear, that statement is a bit of a misnomer. The ’07 Rockies did the exact same thing, but their Wild Card play-in game was considered game 163 of the regular season and not a Postseason game. Same exact thing though.

Also, this is a thing that happened.

@cjzero

@cjzero

Here was the awesome scene in Kansas City on Wednesday afternoon:

The MLB Postseason has been awesome– even with all of the short series–  and I’m geeked for the Fall Classic, which starts tonight on Fox.

I’ll pick the talentless and hatable Giants to win it all for the third time in five years. I have no idea how San Fransisco will score late runs off the Royals’ bullpen and that outfield defense (Gordon and Cain are simply a treat to watch out there), but they will probably find a way on some flukey garbage nonsense. Giants in six. Hope I’m wrong.

Vines of the week:

More good stuff this week, but I have to warn you, nothing as funny as that Longhorn punch from last week, which I still haven’t stopped laughing at.

…But Lou Holtz saying this sentence is pretty darn close:

I’m not the Mike! This is just awesome audio.

I’ve never heard a ref say this.

Here’s Tubby Smith falling on a mortorcycle.

Smooth, Tubbs.

Madison Bumgarner Wasting Beer, Volume III

We’re up to 66 oz. of waste this week.

A couple other cool things:

The Ohio State marching band is amazing. Keep an eye out for the pin ball session.

@Landgrant33 / SB Nation

I am told those are people moving around out there, presumably playing instruments.

This lady is just too damn much:

A couple links worth sharing:

And finally, Katie Nolan is on the same page as me when it comes to Madison Bumgarner’s celbratory antics. This video is great, but I’m really just putting this in here because Nolan is one of my favorite people on the internet. She’s a star in the making. And… you know… I think we’d probably get along.

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the Fall Classic. See ya next week.

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Colorado State Beats Nevada; Utah State Up Next

Welcome to the 81st edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where I’m still overloading on sports. We have a lot to cover. Let’s get into it…

Jim McElwain and the Rams just keep winning. (Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports)

Let us begin with some thoughts on Colorado State’s important win over Nevada.

The Rams were absolutely dominant through most of the first three quarters while building up a 31-3 lead. Garrett Grayson threw three touchdowns without any turnovers. Rashard Higgins did what Rashard Higgins does. The sophomore went off for almost 200 yards receiving with two touchdowns. He looks like the best offensive player in the Mountain West.

And the defense played strong and physical– particularly the secondary– while shutting down a potent Wolfpack offense.

Nevada, of course, made things very, very interesting and uncomfortable for CSU fans in the fourth quarter. After Dee Hart scored to give the Rams a 28 point lead, Nevada came back with three unanswered touchdowns to make it a seven point game. The Wolfpack had the ball late and a game-tying touchdown appeared imminent until DeAndre Ellington sealed the win for the Rams with an interception in the end zone.

This was another big win for CSU.

Yes, they almost choked away that 31-3 lead, but it’s important to remember that Nevada is actually a pretty good team. Pretty good teams are rarely blown out by four touchdowns at home. Nevada had a decent little resume heading into this one. They nearly beat #16 Arizona in Tucson, they easily beat Washington State in Reno, and they almost beat the same Boise State team that handled CSU with ease.

So while that comeback/chokejob wasn’t pretty (or particularly fun), it’s not like the Rams were falling apart against Tulsa or UC Davis. Cody Fajardo is a baller and he was bound to make some things happen at some point.

An injury-avoiding conference road win is never, ever, ever, ever a bad thing. So I came away from this one with nothing but positive thoughts. (I also had a good time with a lot of you on Twitter, as I threw out some fairly absurd and possibly not sober Tweets throughout the game. That was fun.) Anyway…

At the halfway post of the 2014 season, the Colorado State Rams are 5-1.

DeAndre Ellington with the game-sealing interception in what turned out to be another dramatic win for Colorado State. (Jeff Mulvhill Jr. For the Reporter Herald)

So we can now make that 9-2 in their last 11 games going back to last season. (Or 11-3 in their last 14 or 12-4 in their last 16. Go ahead and focus on whichever one you find most impressive.)

Of course, big wins like this and Boston College can turn out to be far less important if the Rams are unable to build on them as the season progresses. That brings us to this week’s Homecoming matchup under the ‘A’ vs. Utah State. In my CSU season preview I identified this as the most important game on the Rams’ schedule. That remains true, and one could certainly make the argument that there is actually even more on the line than I envisioned in late August. Because I certainly didn’t expect this team to be 5-1.

Utah State entered the year as most people’s co-favorites to win the Mountain West alongside Boise State. They shutout the Rams in Logan last year and won the Mountain Division. This year, they’ve played a more difficult schedule than the Rams and are 4-2. Chuckie Keeton, who generated a little bit of preseason Heisman buzz is out for the year after another devastating knee injury. After slipping up at Arkansas State (that’s still a head-scratcher), they went on the road and beat #18 BYU and followed that up with an easy home win over Air Force. Those two wins came sans Keeton.

So yeah, this is a big game.

Which means you should really get your ass to Fort Collins on Saturday and support this team. It’s a damn good time to be a Colorado State fan. We haven’t been able to say that much in the past decade so take advantage of it, people. Not only is this team pretty good, but they’re entertaining. Even if you don’t like or understand football just sit there and watch #82 because he’s probably about to do something awesome.

Attendance has been a problem for Colorado State athletics. That’s no secret. Legitimate reasons for lower turnouts are plentiful. But, at some point, that needs to change. Winning changes everything. At least it’s supposed to.

Colorado State fans are a guarded bunch. We’re not particularly anxious to get our hopes up over a football team. In recent years, we’ve seen quite the combination of unmet expectations, heartache, let downs, and just an overall crappy product. I understand all of this as well as anyone.

And I’m not sitting here trying to tell you that Colorado State is one of the best teams in the country. But, folks, they’re 5-1. That’s good! The season is half over and their winning percentage is .833. They’re coming off a 2013 bowl victory. They’re undoubtedly the best college football team in the state of Colorado. They received votes in both national polls and a win on Saturday just might mean cracking the top-25 for the first time since prior to the 2003 season. They have serious Mountain West Championship aspirations.

And they play a very good Utah State team on Saturday in a game that could go a long way in determining who wins the Mountain West. The forecast says sunny and low-70s. Kickoff is at 5 pm. It’s nationally televised (kinda). The Rams are about 5 point favorites. It’s Homecoming weekend. What’s not to like?

Yeah, I’ll see y’all on Saturday.

The late CSU game on Saturday night led to a really quick turnaround before…

The Broncos played in New York for one of their two early games of 2014. I wanted to discuss this game a little bit here, but apparently don’t have the time. So I’ll just say what I always say in this space. Everything is fine. All is well. Winning by 14 points on the road in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! is cool with me.

Sure, the Jets suck. But this one could have been a sneaky trap game and the Broncos took care of business. Nothin’ wrong with that. Pretty simple really.

In fact, Julius Thomas thinks “It’s so easy.”

And to complete a great week for football in Colorado, let’s not forget CU. They did their part by not playing. Good job, guys!

Even with all of the football happenings, the biggest Colorado sports news of the week came from the front office of the Colorado Rockies when General Manger People Dan O’vett and Bill GeiDowd both resigned on Wednesday morning.

It’s been real, Dan. (photo via Denver Post)

This happened six days ago, so my thoughts aren’t exactly timely. (That’ll happen when you post on a weekly basis). Here are a couple anyway:

The Rockies organization is a mess. Change is good. At this point any front office change has to be considered a good thing. That said, the real problem is the guy who owns the team and he isn’t going anywhere. And because of Monfort’s stubborn loyalty towards O’Dowd, resigning is the only way O’Dowd was ever going to leave.

Naturally, Monfort immediately filled the position with an internal candidate. Very, very “Rockies” of him. Jeff Bridich seems like a bright young executive and for all we know, he could be the perfect replacement. But it would have been nice for Monfort to at least poke around the baseball world outside of his own organization.

So I think Rockies fans should proceed with some cautious optimism. I can’t get overly excited, but this is progress. And progress is good.

Instead of the weekly departments, I just have a bunch of Vines…

Vines are taking over the sports highlight/sports humor world these days. We’ll start with my absolute favorite Vine in months. So much going on here:

I know I say this kind of thing a lot, but that Vine had me in tears for a solid five minutes. So much going on. The reaction from numero 42 just slays me. It’s part What the hell did I do? and part Did I just get punched in the face?. Also notice Charlie Strong coming in and saying Wooaaahhhh as a reminder that if you’re that punching unsuspecting teammates right in the face mask, you should probably take it down a notch.

This one is a distant second, but also had me laughing pretty hard. Don’t know what the hell is going on, but look at this guy’s sweet dance!

Also, here’s a “Man Getting Hit By Football.”

Not funny but awfully innovative and cool:

Madison Bumgarner added a beer to his celebration when the Giants advanced to the NLCS.

I think he wasted 55 ounces this time.

And finally, I’ll just leave you with this guy doing this:

@cjzero

I could watch that all day. Damn, you know it’s a busy week when I can’t even find time to comment on the MLB Postseason. Every game is incredible. This postseason is making a run to be considered the best event in all of sports

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. See you at Hughes on Saturday. Then again right here next week.

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football in the groin.

Recapping An Incredible Week In The Sports World

Welcome to the 80th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where I’m still trying to comprehend all of the sports I consumed over the last seven days. Let’s get into it…

Demaryius Thomas’ record-setting performance was just one part of an amazing week of sports. And now he smells like beer, lady. (via @Broncos)

I started last week‘s post by mentioning that we were officially entering one of the best times on the sports calendar. Those words would prove prophetic. The past seven days have just been unreal for a guy or gal who likes football and baseball. Who knows, there might have even been some soccer on, too! Let’s recap a few of the finer moments from around the sports world since last we spoke in the form of words, Vines, Tweets, GIFs, pictures, videos and whatever else exists these days.

TUESDAY

No football is played on Tuesday nights because the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! clearly doesn’t understand good business. Playing games on one-day’s rest would lead to a beautiful product with a high level of play and low injury rate. SMH. No worries though! The MLB Postseason kicked off on this night with a one-game playoff between the Oakland A’s and the Kansas City Royals. The game marked the end of Royals’ 29-year postseason drought, the longest in major professional sports.

It only turned into one of the greatest baseball games ever played.

The Royals were down four runs in the sixth inning with Jon Lester on the bump. And Lester was just cruising. But they somehow chipped away. Scored three in the eighth. One in the ninth. To extra innings we go.

One of my favorite aspects of this game was Royals’ reliever Brandon Finnegan, who was drafted THIS JUNE! He’s 21. He came into the most tense atmosphere one can imagine and dominated for a couple innings.

He was pumped:

But the Royals’ magic appeared to run out when Oakland scored in the top of the 12th.

On the contrary, their magic was far from over. Eric Hosmer hit triple that looked like it might be a game-tying homer. Christian Colon singled him in on a ball that went about ten yards. Colon stole second, the Royals’ seventh steal of the game. 14 position players played for the Royals, and HALF OF THEM stole a base. Seven steals!

Then Salvador Perez came up. He was 0-5 coming into this at-bat, when he sent the Royals to the ALDS:

Jeff Passan made that Vine. The opening paragraph from his piece the next morning was all goosebumps if you’ve ever been a fan of a downtrodden team.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – There is always a payoff. That’s why we’re addicted to sports. No matter how ugly it gets, how miserable the team, how long the skid, how abhorrent the owner, how dreadful the management, how unlikeable the players, the payoff exists, somewhere in the future, at some random juncture, like on a Tuesday in the middle of America at a baseball stadium that for 29 years waited and waited and waited for such a night.

What a game.

WEDNESDAY

Still no football. What the hell, NFL?! The players haven’t even played since Sunday. That’s two whole days of resting. SMH. No worries though! There was another one-game playoff in the baseball world. This one was between the very hatable San Fransisco Giants and the easy-to-root-for Pittsburgh Pirates.

It was a bit of a letdown after Tuesday’s show, but I won’t complain about watching an elite pitcher throw a complete game shutout on the road against a good offense. Madison Bumgarner was incredible in an 8-0 Giants win.

Bumgarner is usually pretty mellow, but after the game he gave into some locker room peer pressure.

Jason Miller/Getty Images

I prefer the picture, but here’s the Vine of Mad Bum wasting about 44 ounces of beer:

There was also this incredible moment of a baffled security guard and an old lady in the Giants’ dugout:

THURSDAY

Thursday was the first of five straight days with both football and postseason baseball.

We started with the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles to begin the ALDS. This was a one-run game until the ninth inning when the Orioles busted it open with eight runs to win 12-3. The Baltimore crowd was almost as good as the Kansas City crowd from Tuesday.

As that game was in its final stages, the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! started their fifth week. The Packers blew out some crappy team. I literally can’t remember who they beat right now (legitimate sports overload, guys). I could look it up in like 10 seconds, but who really cares? Thursday Night Football is pretty stupid. At least this one gave me an early lead in my fantasy league.

But we had more baseball! The Royals, coming off that ridiculous win on Tuesday, had to go on the road and face the team with the best record in baseball in the Los Angeles Angels. Each team scored a run in the third. Each team scored a run in the fifth. And that was it through nine innings. And ten innings. Tension was high. Then Mike Moustakas hit a homer in the 11th. Greg Holland quickly locked down the bottom half of the inning and the game.

The Royals, in their first two postseason games in 29 years, played 23 innings and won each by one run. Amazing.

But that’s not all.

We also had some college football with unranked Arizona heading to Eugene to play #2 Oregon. This turned out to be a very entertaining game. We even had Heisman candidate quarterbacks running over defensive backs while catching 26-yard touchdowns from running backs.

GIF: Ducks with some trickeration

via @cjzero

Naturally, the Thursday night showcase game was an omen for the weekend to come. Arizona came into Eugene and took down the #2 team in the country in their own crib. This game ended a little after midnight because sleep is overrated because SPORTS!

FRIDAY

This day saw all four MLB Postseason series in action. The first game started at 10:07 a.m while I was still groggy-eyed at the office. The last game ended some 13 hours later after about ten beers while I was at my third bar (I think). Three of the four games were decided by one run. The other was decided in the 11th inning. Just an amazing day of baseball.

Baltimore and Detroit started us off. Baltimore was down three heading into the bottom of the eighth. They scored four in the frame and won 7-6.

San Fransisco beat Washington in another one-run game that saw Bryce Harper hit a ball that appeared to go 800 feet or so:

Friday’s main course was a matchup of Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright. Naturally the two best pitchers in the National League combined to give up 14 runs. The Dodgers entered the inning down 5 and dropped an 8 spot on Kershaw, who had the best regular season since Pedro Martinez in the late 90s. Fort Collins native Marco Gonzales, a rookie on the Cards, got the win in his first postseason action.

Yet, the best game again involved the Royals, which was fine with the Kansas City Police Department:

A well-pitched game from both teams led to extra innings again. And it led to Eric Hosmer heroics again. His 11th-inning bomb gave the Royals a 2-0 series lead over a 98-win Angels team.

So make that 34 innings in three postseason games for Kansas City. All extra-inning, one-run wins. Simply astounding stuff.

We also got a great Vine of what happens when you give thundersticks to a couple kids rooting for opposite teams.

So sometime after 11 p.m., Friday’s madness comes to an end. Time to take a breath, because the next day was…

SATURDAY

This was the nuttiest single sports day of the year, or is at least tied with the first two days of the NCAA tournament back in March.

The college football weekend was complete chaos. We saw losses from the teams ranked:

  • Second.  #2 Oregon 24, Arizona 31
  • Third.  #3 Alabama 17, #11 Ole Miss 23
  • Fourth.  #4 Oklahoma 33, #25 TCU 37
  • Sixth.  #6 Texas A&M 31, #12 Mississippi State 48
  • Eighth.  #8 UCLA 28, Utah 30
  • Fourteenth.  #14 Stanford 14, #9 Notre Dame 17
  • Fifteenth.  #15 LSU, 7, #5 Auburn 41
  • Sixteenth.  #16 USC 34, Arizona State 38
  • Seventeenth.  #17 Wisconsin 14, Northwestern 20.
  • Eighteenth.  #18 BYU 20, Utah State 35
  • Nineteenth. #19 Nebraska 22, #10 Michigan State 27

Now, not every one of those games are upsets. But still, five top-18 teams lost to unranked opponents. That’s a pretty wild day!

The biggest of these wins was probably Ole Miss taking down Alabama. They like to party in Oxford and wins of this nature don’t come around very often, so the people in town were fairly excited. They tore down the goalposts and took them for quite the tour around town and campus, chronicled here. One of the uprights found a final resting place in some dude’s apartment.

Also happening in Oxford: Katy Perry, who was a guest on ESPN’s College Gameday that morning, doing this:

I also encourage you to read more on the scene from Oxford in this excellent piece.

The ending to the Arizona State – USC game was also pretty decent:

And oh yeah, on the local scene, Rashard Higgins had four receiving touchdowns in an easy Colorado State win over Tulsa on an absolutely gorgeous Colorado afternoon. Decent.

 

Not much analysis needed here. The Rams’ are still rollin’. Make that 10-3 in their last 13. Traveling to Nevada on Saturday night is a big one. CSU opened as 1-point favorites.

Hey baseball happened too!

Just two more postseason games decided by one run is all. And hey, one of them lasted 18 innings.

Wait, what? 18 innings? In a postseason game? Yeah, that’s a record. The Giants and Nationals just kept playing and not scoring until Brandon Belt did this:

Check out this bat drop! I had no idea Brandon Belt had that level of swag. Again:

Once that game ended after six hours, it was time to flip over to the other NLDS game, a well-played game that saw the Dodgers even the series with the Cardinals by scoring a dramatic (surprise) 8th-inning go-ahead run.

So that’s it for the day, right? That game ended sometime after 11 p.m.

Nope. Boise State and Nevada were still going back and forth in an important Mountain West battle. Boise was able to hang on in Reno to win an entertaining 51-46 game. (CSU probably wouldn’t have minded if the Wolfpack pulled off the upset.) What a day.

What? There was one more game still going on?

Well look at that! Washington State and California were exchanging after-midnight touchdowns. Connor Halladay set an all-time NCAA record with 734 yards passing. SEVEN HUNDRED THIRTY-FOUR YARDS PASSING. He lost. His kicker missed a 19-yard field goal as time expired. 60-59. Hope you took the over. That was an unbelievable finish to an unbelievable Saturday.

SUNDAY

Ten hours after that last college football game ended, a full slate of NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE! games kicked off.

Locally, Sunday was all about the Broncos game. And naturally, there was plenty to talk about.

Peyton Manning threw his 500th touchdown pass. Demaryius Thomas set the Broncos all-time single-game receiving record. The Broncos won comfortably. They still look like the best team in the AFC. I have essentially no concerns about this team as the long preseason rolls on. (Okay, maybe the running game a little bit.)

While the Broncos were playing, the Orioles completed the sweep of the Tigers in– guess what?– a one-run game.

And then Sunday night the Royals completed their three-game sweep of the heavily favored Angels with a rare comfortable win. The scene in Kansas City was awesome again.

Salvador Perez partying on the dugout with fans. And a broom.(John Sleezer, KC Star)

It just never stops, man.

MONDAY

Monday was just your average, really mellow day of two tightly contested postseason games. Bumgarner slipped up at home and the Nationals stayed alive. Cardinals’ mid-season acquisition John Lackey shutdown the Dodgers to take a 2-1 lead in that series.

And oh yeah, there was a Monday Night Football game that saw Russell Wilson have some sort of career night that led (in part) to my fantasy team losing after holding a 72-point lead heading into Sunday night’s game. Freaking brutal.

Those seven days made for a dizzying amount of sports consumption. If one could overdose on enjoying sports, I would have been a goner sometime Saturday night. What a week, man.

I would say I could use a break… But there’s two more postseason games tonight.

A couple links worth sharing from the past week:

  • Just one: Absolutely incredible, rare, recently discovered footage from the 1924 World Series. Complete with old-timey windups, an unnecessary dive into first base, and 40,000 fans storming the field in Washington DC. From 90 years ago! One of the coolest videos I’ve ever seen.

(All that other stuff is taking the place of the other weeekly departments.)

And finally, Here’s the latest episode of “The Grind.” It’s the best one yet, with some really cool footage from the Boston College upset. After hearing McElwain yell “Go Take It!” at halftime and the boys sing the fight song postgame, I found myself frantically searching for some pads to throw on.

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. And a big, special thank you goes out to sports for their continued existence. See y’all next week.

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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…

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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:

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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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