Wednesday, October 29, 2008

TATTOO: Louisville Cardinals vs Syracuse Orange

Welcome to this weeks Team Against Team: Trivia and Obscure Observations (TATTOO). Facing off are the Louisville Cardinals and the Syracuse Orange. This weeks TATTOO is an Orange Bird:

Born on Date
Louisville: 1798 vs SU: 1870
Ottos Edge: Louisville… nearly 100 better just like the game will be

School known for
Louisville: Medical field vs SU Journalism
Ottos Edge: Louisville... who discovered a vaccine that is 100 percent effective against cervical cancer, were first to implant a self contained artificial heart, had the first successful hand transplant (creepy for Halloween), and were also credited with developing the Pap smear test, the first civilian ambulance, the nation's first ER, and the first blood bank in Louisville.

Also known as
Louisville: Pizza U vs SU: Cuse
Ottos Edge: SU... Cuse can order pizza while in the house

GPS (Location)
Louisville: Louisville vs SU: Syracuse
Ottos Edge: SU… NY beats out Kentucky

Louisville: Louie, Louis, Loua vs SU: Sira, Sara, Ques
Ottos Edge: Push… lets get it right people

City named after
Louisville: King Louis XVI of France vs SU Siracusa, Sicily
Ottos Edge: SU... off with their heads

Some other notes about Louisville:
-the city owns a steamboat (Belle of Louisville)
-the city was 70% under water from the floods of ‘37
-the largest building will be Museum Plaza Tower a 62 story building set to be completed in 2011

Sticking with Kings…

State is
Louisville: a Commonwealth vs SU: an Empire
Ottos Edge: SU… one day the SU empire will strike back

But NY is not part of an Evil Empire…

Tom Cruise
Louisville: grew up in the city (Louisvillian as they call themselves) vs SU: born in the city
Ottos Edge: Push... having him born in your city is nothing to be proud of, but Louisvillian sounds like villain, maybe that is what made Tom evil?

Now to cruising in cars on the…

Road way
Louisville: Spaghetti junction (where I-64, I-65, and I-71 meet) vs SU:Erie boulevard
Ottos Edge: SU… nothing is good about traffic nightmares

Speaking of food…

Let's put the women and children to bed and go lookin' for dinner (Cuisine)
Louisville: Exotic vs SU: Normal
Ottos Edge: SU… I love food but wont even touch half this stuff. I will stick with the salt potatoes and Dino ribs. Look at this stuff:

Hot Brown- open faced sandwich of turkey and bacon covered in mornay sauce and baked till crisp
Burgoo- stew of veggies and lamb
Frog legs
Fried brain sandwich- calves brain on bread

Derby pie- chocolate and walnut tart in pie shell with pastry dough crust
Benedictine- condiment made from cucumbers and cream cheese
Bourbon ball- crushed cookies, corn syrup, pecans mixed with borubon and coated with powdered suger
Beer cheese dip

And to wash it down…

Louisville: Bourbon vs SU: Beer
Ottos Edge: Louisville… that will put some hair on your chest

Bourbon is in Mint Juleps that are drinkin at…

Most exciting 2 mins in sports
Louisville: Kentucky Derby vs SU: time before FB team trails and the game is over
Ottos Edge: Louisville… whose band plays my old Kentucky home at the Derby

Staying with Horse Racing…

Oldest race
Louisville: Derby 1875 vs SU: Travers 1864
Ottos Edge: SU… the Travers is the oldest of them all

Another name for a horse is a Bronco…

Denver Bronco Great
Louisville:Tom Jackson vs SU: Floyd Little
Ottos Edge: SU… TJ gets points tacken away for not sacking Berman yet

While we are on sacks…

Sack Master
Louisville: Dumervil vs SU: Freeney
Ottos Edge: SU... he terrorizes the NFL as well

Freeney plays for the…

Colts Great
Lousville: Johnny Unitas vs SU: Marvin Harrison
Ottos Edge: Loiusville... the best field general of all time

Sticking with WRs…

Miami Dolphin Great
Louisville: Mark Clayton vs SU: Larry Csonka
Ottos Edge: SU… and an all time great

I am the Greatest…

All time great athlete
Louisville: Cassius Clay (native) vs SU: Jim Brown
Ottos Edge: SU... Brown was great in several sports and I think he coulda beaten up the Louisville slugger too

Often marking greatness are trophies…

Louisville: Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award vs John Mackey Award
Ottos Edge: Louisville... QB is more important than TE

Sticking with QBs…

Younger Brother
Louisville: Jay Gruden brother of John was QB at Louisville, Arena League HoFer, and current Orlando Predators HC vs SU: David Bavaro brother of Mark
Ottso Edge: SU… nothing beats a Bavaro

Best QBs
Louisville: Johnny Unitas, Browning Nagle, Chris Redman, Dave Ragone, Jeff/Brian Brohm, Stefan Lefors vs SU: Donovan McNabb, Marvin Graves, Don McPherson, Wilmeth Sidat-Singh
Ottos Edge: Louisville… Johnny U could win by himself

Johnny used to battle…

Giants CB
Louisville: Sam Madison (current) vs SU: Will Allen (ex)
Ottos Edge: Louisville… he has the ring to prove it

Remaining with the D…

NT Ted
Louisville: Washington vs SU: Gregory
Ottos Edge: Louisville... Washington is a mountain

Bobby Boucher (best current defender)
Louisville: Earl Heyman vs SU: Art Jones
Ottos Edge: SU… my mama says Heyman is the devil

Other Footballers
Louisville: Ernest Givens, Deion Branch,
Frank Minnifield, Ray Buchanan, Kerry Rhodes, Otis Wilson, Bruce Armstrong vs SU: Rob Moore, Donovan Darius, Ernie Davis, Keith Bullock, Joe Morris, Jim Ringo, David Tyree
Ottos Edge: SU… Skill Position U

So called FB players…

Louisville: David Akers vs SU Gary Anderson
Ottos Edge: SU… is he still playing?

From kicking to…

Louisville: the bird at midfield vs SU: the Dome
Ottos Edge: SU... stomping the Dome is fun, stomping the bird results in an ass whooping

While we are there…

No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around (Home Field)
Louisville vs SU: Dome
Ottos Edge: SU… no place like home

Stadium named after
Louisville: PapaJohns Pizza vs SU: Carrier AC
Ottos Edge: SU… I cant live without AC and could do with that “pizza”

Draws 35k fans
Louisville: St Xavier/Trinity game vs SU: in a good year
Ottos Edge: Louisville… FB is foreign to CNYers

Someone who we all wish was foreign to us…

Head Coach
Louisville: Kragthorpe vs SU: GRob
Ottos Edge: SU… he has a winning record against Kragthorpe

Staying with HCs…

Turned the program around
Louisville: Howard Schnellenberger vs SU: Coach Mac (or GRob in a negative way)
Ottos Edge: Louisville… we atleast had prior greatness

As seen by our FB history…

First year FB
Louisville: 1912 vs SU: 1889
Ottos Edge: SU… what took them so long?

All Time Wins
Louisville: 438 vs SU: 672
Ottos Edge: SU… it is sad what has happened to SU

National Championships
Louisville: None vs SU: One (1959)
Ottos Edge: SU… I would love to see another

Big East Championships
Louisville: 1 vs SU: 4
Ottos Edge: Lousiville… nothing like program building

Lambert Trophies
Louisville: 1 vs SU: 6
Ottos Edge: SU… since when are they NE?

Bowl Record
Louisville: 6-7-1 vs SU: 12-9-1
Ottos Edge: SU… last year broke a streak of 9 straight Bowls for UL

Rivalry Trophies
Louisville: Governors Cup (UK) and Keg of Nails (UC) vs SU: Schwartzwalder (WV)
Ottos Edge: Push… neither team can win the trophies

Head to Head
Louisville: 3 wins vs SU: 4 wins
Ottos Edge: Push… they will tie it up this year

Both schools are more known for BBall…

Famous BBall coach
Louisville: Denny Crum vs SU: Jim Boeheim
Ottos Edge: SU... JB has more wins and will have more championships when he is done

Rick Pitino
Louisville: Head Coach vs SU: Assistant Coach
Ottos Edge: Louisville... how old does that make JB feel?

Top 50 NBA player
Louisville: Wes Unseld vs SU: Dave Bing
Ottos Edge: SU... both were good but he is our guy

Freshman BBall phenom
Louisville: Pervis Ellison vs SU: Melo
Ottos Edge: SU… Pervis would be nervous if he had to guard Melo but that may have to do with cheap shots

Someone who must be hearing constant cheap shots…

Former Thursday night ESPN CFB guy
Louisville: Lee Corso (ex coach) vs SU Mike Tirico
Ottos Edge: SU... poor Mike has to be teased about this SU team

ESPN is part of…

ABC news
Louisville: Diane Sawyer (Good Morning America) vs SU: Ted Koppel (Nightline)
Ottos Edge: SU... he has better hair

Something that would be big news…

Breaking into
Lousiville: Fort Knox vs SU: win column
Ottos Edge: Lousiville… we should be able to break through in our lifetimes

Columns are used to build…

Louisville: large Victorian section vs SU: Mike Holmes
Ottos Edge: Louisville… ok that was a stretch

Speaking of Homes…

Louisville Chris Dodd (Fannie mess) vs SU: Biden
Ottos Edge: SU… he hasnt ruined our country, yet

While we are on Gov…

Louis Brandeis
Louisville: born there and his remains are located under the portico of Brandeis Law School vs SU: Sacco & Vanzetti mural on HBC (Mrs Sacco stayed at Brandeis home during trial)
Ottos Edge: Louisville… their connection makes sense

Sticking with building names…

BBall Practice Facility
Lousiville: Yum! Center after KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut parent company vs SU: Melo Center
Ottos Edge: SU… Louisvilel has sold out to fast foods

Louisville also has ties to UPS, who offers full tuition reimbursement to students who work overnight at Worldport, the companys air hub. Currently 75% of the workers there are students.

But that doesn’t leave much time for…

Louisville: Tier 3 vs SU: Tier 1
Ottos Edge: SU… gotta love the NBE

Hitting the books will lead to a good job that allows you to hit the…

Golf course
Louisville: Valhalla Golf Club vs SU: Atunyote Golf Club
Ottos Edge: SU… Turning Stone is up and coming, hopefully SU FB will soon be too

And finally the category of the week…

I love the 80s
1980s Redskins Great

Louisville: Joe Jacoby vs SU Art Monk
Ottos Edge: SU… about time he got into the HoF

And the TATTOO goes to...

The Syracuse Orange as they pull off a win for GRob

Monday, October 27, 2008

And the winner is...

The 2nd Annual: Who will be SUs HC next year? winner is.....

Back to Back Champion Mike Locksley, who was able to win a tie breaker over HCRE. It was teh second straight year that HCRE came up short vs Locksley. Coming in 3rd was Turner Gill and 4th place went to Al Golden. Please make sure to come back in 2024 to take part in Who will be SUs HC next year? III, the Final Conflict.

My Top 10 HC List

Each week I will update my list of Top 10 choices to replace GRob. I will only use guys who I think we have a realistic chance of getting.

10. Chip Kelly (-1)
9. Al Golden (+1)
8. Turner Gill (-1)
7. Bud Foster (+1)
6. Glen Mason (-1)
5. Mark Whipple (-1)
4. Skip Holtz (+2)
3. Chris Petersen (-1)
2. Gary Patterson (+1)
1. Tommy Bowden (NC)

Computer Rankings

I used a Supercomputer (my brain) to rank the teams:

10. Boise St (NR)
9. Okie St (+1)
8. Texas Tech (NR)
7. USC (-1)
6. Fla (+1)
5. UGA
4. OU
3. PSU
2. Bama
1. Texas

Monday, October 20, 2008

King Ottos Konclusion

Not sure if I will watch the game again. At this point there isnt much to say. Why critique the coaches when none will be back next year? Brinkley continues to have a great season. Cam struggled in the second half, as he did against Pitt. But both of them just brought the heat and SU cant handle it. We are moving the ball on O but cant score points. Part of the problem is mistakes. It seems like our penalties have been up the last few games and killed drives. We are still a young team and hopefully we keep things close the rest of the way. We dont want the kids to lose focus and not develop properly.

Computer Rankings

Not that the BCS standings are finally out, it is time for my rankings. I used a Supercomputer (my brain) to rank the teams:

10. Okie St
9. tOSU
8. LSU
7. Fla
6. USC
5. UGA
4. OU
3. PSU
2. Bama
1. Texas

My Top 10 HC list

Each week I will update my list of Top 10 choices to replace GRob. I will only use guys who I think we have a realistic chance of getting.

10. Al Golden (-2)
9. Chip Kelly (-2)
8. Bud Foster (-2)
7. Turner Gill (-3)
6. Skip Holtz (-1)
5. Glen Mason (-2)
4. Mark Whipple (-2)
3. Gary Patterson (NR)
2. Chris Petersen (-1)
1. Tommy Bowden (NR)

Dropped Dean Hood (9), Don Treadwell (10)

Bowden wasnt available until now. Gill barely beat Army and needs to win out to be seriously considered. Patterson joins the list because of his UC Davis connection. It is a slight connection though so I am not sure if I will keep him on this list.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

TATTOO: Syracuse Orange vs South Florida Bulls

Welcome to this weeks Team Against Team: Trivia and Obscure Observations (TATTOO). Facing off are the Syracuse Orange and the South Florida Bulls. This weeks TATTOO is a set of Orange Bull Balls:

Born on Date
USF: 1956 vs SU: 1870
Ottos Edge: SU... my parents are older than USF, which was built on Henderson Air Field, an old WWII airstrip.

GPS (location)
USF: Tampa vs SU: Syracuse
Ottos Edge: USF… there is a reason people choose Tampa over Syracuse for vacay

Area known for
USF: sunshine, beaches and babes vs SU: snow, snow, and more snow
Ottos Edge: USF... sign me up

Speaking of babes…

Strip Club
USF: Mons Venus vs SU: Adult World
Ottos Edge: USF... where they show you their butt and their trap stays shut, at the nudie bar

While we are on bars…

Party district
USF: Ybor City vs SU: Armory Square
Ottos Edge: USF... they built this city on cigars

And sticking with drinking…

Joy of Beer
USF: free samples at Busch Gardens vs SU: actually sold at a CFB stadium
Ottos Edge: USF... you cant beat free beer

Staying with stadiums…

No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around (Home Field)
USF: Raymond James vs SU: Carrier Dome
Ottos Edge: SU... we have our own place

Inside the stadium you will find the….

USF: Herd of Thunder (HoT) vs SU: SUMB
Ottos Edge: SU... heard of lame names?

The band plays the…

Fight Song
USF: Golden Brahman March vs SU: Down the Field
Ottos Edge: SU… although we dont hear it often enough

That song is part of our FB tradition…

1st year of FB
USF: 1997 vs SU: 1889
Ottos Edge: SU... close, oh wait that is 1997 and not 1897

Some notes on USFs brief history:

They lost their first game to Kentucky Wesleyan 80-3. That maybe bad but they have never been shut out in a regular season game. Their only shut out L was their 100th game in the Meinke Bowl (14-0 NC St).

All Time Ws
USF: 85 vs SU: 672
Ottos Edge: SU... 8 times as great Head to Head
USF 3 Ws vs SU 0 Ws
Ottos Edge: USF… they will keep the shut out going

Bowl Games
USF: 1-2 vs SU: 12-9-1
Ottos Edge: SU... slight edge

USF: UCF vs SU: ???
Ottos Edge: USF… wait a minute they have been a program for a dozen years and have a rival but we dont? WTF?

We are going streaking
USF: at one time had a 21 game home W streak vs SU: 15 straight winning seasons (1987-2001)
Ottos Edge: SU… a lot of those 21 games werent against real teams, while our streak was legit.

From streaks to…

Circus freaks
USF: live in area during winter vs SU: only come when circus is in town
Ottos Edge: SU... they are scary. Although they usually have some midgets. Speaking of Freaks…

Crazy local
USF: Tony Little vs SU: Tom Cruise
Ottos Edge: USF... you can do it As long as you train, say your prayers, and eat your vitamins….

USF: Terry Bollea vs SU: Mike Rotunda
Ottos Edge: USF... he is the greatest of all time brother Terry is also known as…

MSG Hero
USF: Hulk Hogan vs SU: GMac
Ottos Edge: SU... an atomic leg drop isnt as devastating as a GMac bomb. Whatcha gonna do when GMac goes wild on you?

Games at MSG are often aired on…

USF: Ann Liguori vs SU: Mark Malusis
Ottos Edge: SU... she couldnt be any more annoying, boring, or clueless

Sticking with The Fan…

Zero Point Zero (alumnus who didnt graduate)
USF: Mike Francessa vs SU: Lou Reed
Ottos Edge: SU… maybe one day Adam Schein can be as big as Mike (his career not his waist)

And continuing with sports…

USF: Lightening vs SU: Crunch
Ottos Edge: USF... NHL beats AHL but how does Florida have an NHL team? It just doesnt seem right

Minor League Baseball
USF: Tampa Yanks vs SU: Chiefs
Ottos Edge: USF... baseball season lasts a month in Syracuse

Horse racing
USF: Tampa Downs vs SU: Vernon Downs
Ottos Edge: USF... and while you are in the area you can hit the greyhound track too Mail used to be brought by horseback aka the Pony…

USF: Serengheti at Busch Gardens vs SU: Elmira
Ottos Edge: SU... ED was faster

Staying on trains and travel…

USF: Streetcars vs SU: Centro
Ottos Edge: USF... trolleys are cool

But they cant get you to…

USF: Florida's the boot of America vs SU: Siracusa, Sicily
Ottos Edge: USF... better to be the boot than the ball

While we are on balls…

USF: Bolitas vs SU: State run
Ottos Edge: USF... tax free if you win

Sticking with the underworld…

USF: Lowry Park vs SU: Burnet Park
Ottos Edge: USF... where you can also see Henry Hill and Jimmy Conway holding people over the lion cage.

USF: Santo Trafficante Jr vs SU: Conn Mafia
Ottos Edge: USF... he was rumored to be involved in the Kennedy assassination

Speaking of Kennedy…

JFK link
USF: alum Ruth Paine (friend of Oswald's Wife) vs SU: commencement speaker as a Senator
Ottos Edge: SU... how can you be friends with a Commie?

We were protected from Commies by soldiers stationed at...

Military Base
USF: MacDill Air Force Base vs SU: Fort Drum
Ottos Edge: USF... it is home to US Central Command and US Special Operations Command Who give us the freedom to choose…

Miss America
USF: Nicole Johnson (1999) vs SU: Vanessa Williams (1983)
Ottos Edge: SU... we have the first African American Heisman winner and Miss America winner. Although she lost the crown due to nude photos.

While we are on controversies…

Controversial alum
USF: Debra Lafave (teacher got with a student) vs SU: Marv Albert
Ottos Edge: SU... getting with a student is wrong. Plus who hasnt worn women's underwear? But he was also accused of biting, which is often associated with…

Scary Movie
USF: Once Bitten (Lauren Hutton alum) vs SU: Jaws (Carl Gottlieb alum)
Ottos Edge: USF... I rather be bitten by Hutton than a shark And vampires suck just like…

Nick Carter
USF: lived in Tampa vs SU: born Jamestown
Ottos Edge: Push... there are no winners here.

Famous Alumni
USF: Tony La Rusa, Elayne Boosler, Mark Consuelos (Kelly Ripa hubie) vs SU: Marty Glickman, John Zogby, Megyn Kelly (Fox News)
Ottos Edge: SU… we can add many more to that list

Sticking with famous people…

Celebrity look alike
USF: Leavitt looks like Jim Haslett vs SU: GRob looks like Bam Bam
Ottos Edge: USF… his record speaks for itself

Bam Bam had an early version of the Sledge-O-Matic…

USF: Gallagher vs SU: Marcy
Ottos Edge: SU... juicy Sticking with food…

Let's put the women and children to bed and go lookin' for dinner
USF: Outback vs SU Dino
Ottos Edge: SU… OSI Restaurant Partners (Carrabbas, Outback) HQ is in Tampa

Which is why the Outback Bowl is in Tampa. Staying with Bowls…

Major sporting event
USF: SuperBowls vs SU: Sweet 16s
Ottos Edge: USF... its the biggest event of the year

Another big event…

City holds State Fair of
USF: Florida vs SU: NY
Ottos Edge: SU... NY is the emperor of states

Florida is the sunshine state. Speaking of sun…

USF: Sun vs SU: Carrier
Ottos Edge: SU... loud house wins this one. Interesting note the Sun Dome opened in 1980 as well (November) but broke ground in 1977 (vs 1979 for SU).

Sticking with buildings…

Structure easily seen from higway
Sulphur Springs Water Tower vs SU: Lawrinson
Ottos Edge: SU... one holds something to drink the other people who drink

While we are on dorms…

School known as
USF: commuter school (13% live on campus) vs SU: communications School
Ottos Edge: SU... 99.9% of the reason to go to college is to get away from the parents

While they aren’t getting away they obviously must be partying hard…

USF: Tier 3 vs SU: Tier 1
Ottos Edge: SU… with all these academic powers in the BE, Memphis would be an awful fit should the BE expand

Getting back to the student body…

USF: 9th largest in country vs SU: small private school
Ottos Edge: USF... larger pool of hotties Which means they have a larger circulated…

School Paper
USF: The Oracle which was first student paper to use color vs SU: Daily Orange
Ottos Edge: SU... we are good cuz of content not pretty colors

Sticking with color…

USF: what you pick off trees vs SU: what you call your teams
Ottos Edge: USF... oranges are healthy, watching SU isn’t

The most famous orange…

USF: Rocky the Bull vs SU: Otto the Orange
Ottos Edge: SU... Otto can roll over any opposing mascot

Speaking of rolling over opponents…

SB winning NY Giant
USF: Kawika Mitchell vs SU: David Tyree
Ottos Edge: SU… that catch was like something out of the movies

While we are on movies and FB…

Bobby Boucher (best current defender)
USF: George Selvie vs SU: Art Jones
Ottos Edge: USF… he may get more sacks then SU points

More fun with movies…

Great Fictional Character
USF: Drew Office Space O Face guy (Greg Pitts USF Alum) vs Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller)
Ottos Edge: SU… the SU fan base may collectively have an O Face Monday if GRob is fired

Remaining with fictional characters and the category of the week…

I love the 80s
Fictional Icon
USF: Hulk Hogan vs SU: Coach Mac
Ottos Edge: SU… wait Coach Mac is for real?

And the TATTOO goes to…

The Syracuse Orange as they pull off a big time upset.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

KingOttos Konclusion

I didnt watch the game live. I heard it on the radio until it became 10-6 in the 4th. I then missed the rest. But I was able to go back and watch the game.

I wouldnt have gone for any of the three 4th downs. But I cant kill GRob for going for the first two. The last one just made no sense. You need two scores why go for the 4th and 18? Also the 2nd 4th down I would like to know if the 3rd down call was GRobs or MBs. You DO NOT used 3rd down to make the 4th down more makable when you are on the 8 yard line. You should be trying to score on 3rd down. That was backwards thinking running it there.

I thought he called a good game. The O killed itself the first few drives with mistakes. Too many penalties and that fumble on the first drive killed. I thought there was a good mix of run and pass. My biggest issue was the 3rd down call mentioned above. Also there was a 3rd and inches in the 4th Q I believe that we ran the ball and was stopped. Either QB sneak it or give it to the FB. And we tried to throw to the FB waaay too much. MB is doing a good job overall, especially with the OL.

We played good D for once. We made some personel changes (about time). Cant complain too much here.

Nice kick by Shadle. Good for him. I was actually surprised GRob went for the long FG with that much time left. I woulda punted.

Dantley played well overall. His only problem is he has no touch. But he is good enough to get the job done. We should be fine at QB next year.

CB has been great this year. I worry that it will be hard to replace him next year.

We have a lot of decent young WRs. Can you say Spread next year? I like what I am seeing for Davis (a perfect #2) and Sales has looked good as well. Imagine if we get Mike Williams back to join these two to go along with Lobdell, Chew, Fairchild, Cervino, Sheerhan, and Merk.

They are opening holes and keeping guys off Dantley. Too many penalties early though.

Jones still making plays. This group is still young.

Smith has been good in pass coverage all year. This game he made plays at the LOS as well. Previously vs the Spread he played over the slot. Suter was there this time freeing up Smith. Makes you wonder why we havent done this all year. We still need to find 2 other LBs though.

Graham made a nice pass break up in the end zone. Holmes made so nice plays as well. Suter was very disruptive out there. WTF hasnt he been in at all this year?! He was blowing plays up single handedly. There was no excuse to not have him in vs the Spread teams earlier this year. Even vs non Spread teams he should be playing SS and be near the LOS. I dont care if he isnt great in pass coverage. Play Cover 1 or 3 with Bruce at FS. Suter needs to be on the field.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Final Four

The Final Four is set

HCRE- who makes his second straight Final Four (finished 3rd)
Turner Gill- who didnt make last years tourney due to Nebraska rumors
Al Golden- first year in tourney
Mike Locksley- defending champ looking to make it back to back

Semifinal Results

Semifinal I
Gill 75%
Cowher 16%
OLeary 8%
Kiffin 0%

Semifinal II
HCRE 54%
Golden 27%
Holtz 18%
Mullen 0%

Semifinal III
Locksley 72%
Coughlin 18%
Whipple 9%
Graham 0%

My Top 10 HC list

Each week I will update my list of Top 10 choices to replace GRob. I will only use guys who I think we have a realistic chance of getting.

10. Don Treadwell (NR)
9. Dean Hood (NR)
8. Al Golden (-2)
7. Chip Kelly (+2)
6. Bud Foster (+2)
5. Skip Holtz (-3)
4. Turner Gill (NC)
3. Glen Mason (+2)
2. Mark Whipple (+1)
1. Chris Petersen (NC)

Dropped Mike Locksley (7), Lane Kiffin (10)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Know your enemy

In order to beat your opponent you must learn everything about them:

-WV windchimes

-WV Hansome cab

-WV palm pilot

-WV motor home

-What do you call an WV farmer with a sheep under each arm?

A pimp.

-What do West Virginians call duct tape?


-What's the difference between a normal zoo and a WV zoo?

On the cage in a normal zoo, it will have the name of the animal and the scientific name in Latin. A WV zoo will have the name of the animal and a recipe.

-Did you hear about the West Virginian who passed away and left his entire estate in trust for his beloved widow?

She can't touch it till she's fourteen.

-What's the most popular pick up line in WV?

Nice tooth!

-Why do folks from WV go to the movie theater in groups of 18 or more?

17 and under are not admitted.

-What do you get when you have 32 West Virginians in the same room?

A full set of teeth.

-How can you tell if a West Virginian is married?

There is tobacco spit stains on both sides of his pickup truck.

-Did you hear that they have raised the minimum drinking age in West Virginia to 32?

It seems they want to keep alcohol out of the high schools!

-What do they call "Hee Haw" in WV?

A documentary called "Life Styles of the Rich and Famous."

-How many West Virginians does it take eat a 'possum?

Two. One to eat, and one to watch for cars.

-What do West Virginians do on Halloween?


-How do you know the toothbrush was invented in West Virginia?

If it was invented anywhere else, it would have been called a teethbrush.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Ranking the SU FB Eras

Buddys article (which made no sense) compared the 10 best years of Ben and P. It got me thinking of comparing the SU RBs. So I took a look at SU RBs that had over 1500 career yards and broke them down into eras.

1. Ernie Davis- during his three years (1959-1961) Davis rushed for 2395 yards, leading SU to a 26-5 record, a national title, and he won a Heisman Trophy.

2. Malcolm Thomas/Rob Konrad/Kyle McIntosh- this should be named the McNabb era. From 1995-1998 SU went 35-14. For their careers they rushed for 2199, 1524, and 1926 yards.

3. Robert Drummond/Daryl Johnston/Michael Owens- these are the guys that brought SU back. From 1985-1989 SU went 41-17-1. During that time they rushed for 2164, 1706, and 2009 yards.

4. Jim Nance/Floyd Little/Larry Csonka- Nance followed ED and then joined with Little who then joined with Csonka to lead SU to a 43-19 record. They rushed for 1605, 2704, and 2934 yards.

5. David Walker/Terry Richardson- from 1990-1993 the led SU to a 33-12-3 record while rushing for 2639 and 1523 yards.

6. Jim Brown- he started it all going 16-9 from 1954-1956, rushing for 1652 yards.

7. Dee Brown/James Mungro- while they did play a role during the McNabb era, they really werent the main horses until after. From 1999-2001 they produced a 23-13 record. For their careers they rushed for 2657 and 2869 yards.

8. Martin Januszkiewicz/Roger Praetorius- from 1970-1972 SU went 16-15-1 while these two rushed for 2069 and 1772 yards.

9. Robert Avery- he rushed for 1705 yards as SU went 15-18 from 1975-1977.

10. Jaime Covington- he held the fort the years before the resurgence rushing for 2188 yards as SU went 14-19 from 1982-1984.

11. Joe Morris- our career leading rusher with 4299 yards was only able to lead SU to a 19-25-1 record from 1978-1981.

12. Walter Reyes/Damien Rhodes- from 2002-2005 SU went 17-30 as these two rushed for 3424 and 2461 yards.

My Top 10 HC list

Each week I will update my list of Top 10 choices to replace GRob. I will only use guys who I think we have a realistic chance of getting.

10. Lane Kiffin
9. Chip Kelly
8. Bud Foster
7. Mike Locksley
6. Al Golden
5. Glen Mason
4. Turner Gill
3. Mark Whipple
2. Skip Holtz

1. Chris Petersen

Monday, October 6, 2008

TATTOO: Syracuse Orange vs West Virginia Mountaineers

Welcome to this weeks Team Against Team: Trivia and Obscure Observations (TATTOO). Facing off are the Syracuse Orange and the West Virginia Mountaineers. This weeks TATTOO is Ben Schwartzwalder:

Born on Date
WV: 1867 vs SU: 1870

Ottos Edge: WV… which was founded as the Agricultural College of West Virginia

You can find the schools in…

GPS (Location)
WV: Morgantown vs SU:
Ottos Edge: SU… Morgantown was founded by Zackquill
Morgan, son of Morgan Morgan

Those cities are located in the…

State Nickname
WV: Mountain State vs SU: Empire State
Ottos Edge: WV... which was
once part of Virginia but broke away and stayed with the Union during the Civil War. Good for them. That damn Virginia is always causing problems (ACC mess).

Sticking with mountains…

Mountain Range
WV: Appalachian vs SU Adirondacks
Ottos Edge: SU... the
Appalachians dont have everything the Adirondacks do, including people with teeth. WV is the only state entirely within the Appalachians.

Other WV geography…

WV is part North, part South, part East, and part Midwest. The state stretches as far North as Staten Island. The NE part has a connection to DC. The NW part along Ohio has a Midwestern feel. The Southern part shares with Kentucky and Virginia. The North is all about Pitt. So WV is the epitome of the NBE, all over the place.

And to get all over the place…

WV: Morgantown Personal
Rapid Transit System vs SU: Centro
Ottos Edge: Push... what we really need is a genuine, bona fide, six car monorail

While commuting you may read the…

School paper
WV: The Daily Athenaeum (DA) vs SU: Daily Orange
Ottos Edge: SU… the best place to read about SUs upset win

Or you may use your IPod to listen to…

Unofficial Song
WV: Country Roads vs SU: Remember the Name

Ottos Edge: WV... I wish someone would take SU FB home to a place it belongs

Which brings us to FB tradition…

First year of FB
WV: 1891 vs SU: 1889

Ottos Edge: SU… we have more history than them

All time wins
WV: 667 vs SU: 672

Ottos Edge: WV… they will pass us this year thanks to GRob.

National Titles
WV: None vs SU: One
Ottos Edge: SU... and that aint changing any time soon. West Virginia is the winningest team to have never won a national championship. BTW I am sure this isnt much of a shocker but WV is 13 time Rifle champs.

Big East titles
WV: 5 vs SU: 4

Ottos Edge: Push… its the BE, who cares?

Lambert Trophies
WV: 3 vs SU: 6

Ottos Edge: SU... too bad this isnt the trophy for a true Northeast Conference. Having SU, RU, UConn, BC, Pitt, Temple, PSU, Maryland, and WV all together would be almost heaven.

Bowl record
WV: 12-15 vs SU: 12-9-1

Ottos Edge: SU... we are better at winning the big one

All time great player
WV: Sam Huff vs SU: Jim Brown

Ottos Edge: SU... Huff will admit Brown is the best

WV: Marc Bulger vs SU:
Ottos Edge: Push… not sure which NFL team is worse

1980s QB

WV: Major Harris vs SU: Don McPherson

Ottos Edge: WV... he had a great career, too bad he didnt finish his major at WV and left school early.

Other QBs
WV: Rasheed Marshall, Jeff
Hostetler, Darren Studstill vs SU: Marvin Graves, Todd Philcox, Troy Nunes
Ottos Edge: WV... Marshall set BE records and Jeff won a SB, although Graves is a fan fave in WV.

WV: Adrian Murrell, Amos
Zereoue, Avon Cobourne, Quincy Wilson vs SU: Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, Floyd Little, Joe Morris
Ottos Edge: SU… their RBs have names starting with “A”
but ours are grade A.

WV: Rat Rodgers vs SU: Larry
Ottos Edge: SU… whos he?

WV: Jerry Porter, Chris Henry, James Jett vs SU: Marvin
Harrison, Art Monk, Rob Moore
Ottos Edge: SU… none of those
WV guys turned out

WV: Darryl Talley vs SU: Keith Bulluck
Ottos Edge: WV… I wouldn’t want to upset the Talley-Whackers so this goes to Spiderman

WV: Pacman Jones vs SU: Will Allen
Ottos Edge: SU… Jones got the nickname for packing heat. Ironically WV has a top forensics program that was created with the help of the FBI. Maybe Jones and Henry can inspire the show CSI Morgantown.

Kicking great
WV: Mike Vanderjagt vs SU: Gary Anderson
Ottos Edge: SU... the Bills drafted Anderson and cut him. That didnt come back to haunt the Bills in 1990, did it? Then again he did cost the Vikings with his only missed FG in 1998. But to be fair he was long over due.

These players competed at…

No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around (Home Field)
WV: Mountaineer Field at Milan Peskar Stadium (63.5K) vs SU: Carrier Dome
Ottos Edge: WV... the lots around the Dome are not couch burning friendly

And inside the stadium…

Fans wear to games
WV: coon skin caps vs SU: metallic grey
Ottos Edge: SU… our fans are all committed to wearing the same thing

Which you cannot say about SUs unis…

WV: flying WV vs SU: block S
Ottos Edge: SU… we win for now until we change logos again

We also changed our…

Team Name
WV: Mountainqueers vs SU: Orange
Ottos Edge: SU… losing your manhood is better than taking on another manhood

From the team name we get the…

WV: Mountaineer vs SU: Otto
Ottos Edge: SU... oranges are scary to toothless mountain men.

Another SU mascot…

Former coach
WV: Don Nehlen vs SU: Coach Mac
Ottos Edge: Push... they were 5-5 against each other

Sticking with coaches…

Ben Schwartwalder
WV: player vs SU: coach
Ottos Edge: SU... he had to come here to get a ring

Named after Ben…

Battle for the Schwartzwalder Trophy (Head to Head)
WV: 25 wins vs SU: 30 wins
Ottos Edge: WV... there are people alive who have never seen SU beat WV (we have lost 6 straight)

While we are rivals it is not a…

Main Rivalry
WV: Backyard Brawl vs SU:........
Ottos Edge: WV... I wanna hate someone too. WV also plays the Friends of Coal Bowl (Marshall)

Speaking of hate…

WV: lose 3 starting defenders vs SU: lose a bench player
Ottos Edge: SU... with a TD pass from Graves

Which made Graves practically WV…

WV: Bowdens (Bobby former coach, Tommy and Terry Alumni) vs SU: Powells (Casey, Ryan, Mike)
Ottos Edge: SU... they brought the school 4 LAX titles

Families often go out for…

Let's put the women and children to bed and go lookin' for dinner! (Fine Dining)
WV: fresh kill from I-79 vs SU: Dino BBQ
Ottos Edge: SU... sorry I am a picky eater

And you can wash down that meal with…

Mountain Dew
WV: homemade whiskey vs SU: soft drink
Ottos Edge: WV... there is nothing soft about it.

All that caffeine will keep you up at night leaving you to watch…

Caine-Hackman Theory (alum you can see if you turn on your TV no matter what time it is)
WV: Don Knotts vs SU: Jerry Stiller
Ottos Edge: WV… Knotts claim to fame was starring in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo

Someone who makes you drink and keeps you up at night…

Current HC
WV: Stewart vs SU: GRob
Ottos Edge: SU… GRob has lasted 40 games and counting. No way Stewart makes it that long.

Former Alumnus HCing in CFB
WV: RRod vs SU: HCRE
Ottos Edge: SU… at least HCRE didnt leave his school behind

Sticking with coaching…

BBall coach
WV: Huggins vs SU: Boeheim
Ottos Edge: SU… Huggins makes hating WV BBall fun again

Staying with BBall…

BBall great
WV: Jerry West vs SU: Dave Bing
Ottos Edge: WV... both made the NBA's Top 50 all time but Jerry is 5th all time in points

While we are on rankings…

WV: Tier 3 (US News) vs SU: Tier 1
Ottos Edge: SU… they actually spell it edumacation

Zero Point Zero (famous alum who didnt graduate)
WV: Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) vs SU: Vanessa Williams
Ottos Edge: WV… she musta gotten stuck in a car wash and missed class

Someone who was pro education…

WV: state handed to JFK by mob vs SU: spoke at commencement
Ottos Edge: SU… I wonder if that is the reason why Dome concessions has a monopoly on Half Dollars. I dont think they know what quarters are.

They want to know how many quarters you have…

WV: Mean Gene Okerlund vs SU: Mike Rotunda
Ottos Edge: SU… no one is meaner than I.R.S.

The meanest guy on the field…

Bobby Boucher (best current defender)
WV: Mortty Ivy vs SU: Art Jones
Ottos Edge: WV… Art isnt a factor since the rest of the D is so bad

From today to yesterday (and the category of the week)…

I love the 80s (aka oh yeah I remember him)
WV: Renaldo Turnbull 1986-1989 vs SU: Paul Frase 1984-87
Ottos Edge: SU… Frase is a two time Ed Block Courage Award Winner (

And the TATTOO goes to...

The Syracuse Orange as they pull off a major upset.

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