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