Monday, September 26, 2005

Wow What a Weekend of Football!

How else does one define happiness? By having all your teams have a great football weekend. I'm a sports nut. I follow my teams pretty closely and, admittedly pathetic, my attitude tends to change whether they win or lose. However, this weekend was one for the ages! Well, at least it was one where all the stars seemed to align for all the teams the Rican follows. Here is a short recap.

Saturday: Wisconsin had a big game against Big Ten rival Michigan. Wisconsin, historically, struggles badly against this Big Ten power. The Badgers had not beaten Michigan since 1994. That all changed this past Saturday. In his farewell season, Barry Alvarez finally beat Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr (he had been 0-6 previously against him). In what has become known as "Barry Ball," the Badgers grinded it out on the ground with stud tailback Brian Calhoun and won it with a quarterback sneak in the final minutes. Final Score 23-20 and the Badgers are 4-0 in a season many said was a rebuilding year. While that might still be true, this Rican has a feeling that this could be a special team.

Saturday night: UCF finally wins a game! This might mean much to the casual fans since teams win games pretty regularly. But not the Knights. They had been 0-17 in their last 17 games. They had gone 699 days without a victory. Almost 2 damn years! The Knights were a constant presence in ESPN's Bottom 10 including as recently as 3 weeks ago being ranked #1. All that changed at the hands of former MAC rival Marshall University. UCF followed Marshall into Conference USA this year after struggling against them in the MAC. It was supposed to be a rivalry in the making that never materialized due to UCF's inaptitude. Now, after being 0 for their last 699 days, the Knights are in first place in the Eastern Division of Conference USA. Even though they are 1-2 overall, the important record is 1-0 (conference record). Way to go Knights!!

Sunday: Living in Wisconsin and not being a die hard Packers fan is sacrilegious. It's not that I'm not a fan, I follow them and cheer them causally. However, when they play the Bucs, all bets are off. I had gotten crap throughout the week from some of my buddies from up here. They knew that Tampa Bay had not won in Wisconsin since 1989. But this is a different team. This team has early season MVP and Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate Carnell "Cadillac" Williams in the backfield. Cadillac tore through Green Bay's tough run defense for 158 yards on the ground and the Bucs held off the Pack 17-16 at Lambeau Field. With the victory, the Bucs are now 3-0 and in first place of the NFC South Division. The defense is reminiscent of it's 2003 Super Bowl team giving up less than 12 points a game. Cadillac becomes the first player EVER to start his NFL career with 3 straight 100 yard games. Legendary players Emmitt Smith (all time leading rusher), Barry Sanders (the sickest back I've ever seen) and Jim Brown did not do that. I'm not suggesting Cadillac is up there yet, but he sure looks special.

Man what a weekend!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the Dolphins won too.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Buddha said...

Wish you could have been there man. The goal posts came down at the Citrus Bowl! A few thousand students (and a few aging, but excited alumni) rushed the field. It was a great weekend for football

9:58 AM  
Blogger FreakinRican said...

I lived vicariously through said aging, but excited alumni. You know damn well I would have climbed my fat Rican ass up on those posts. I will be there next year when we extract revenge on those cows from Tampa.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Spexial said...

ok you and i are officially about I AM A PACKERS FAN DAMMIT..and yup we lost yesterday....fuck fuck fuck...

but college team officially kicked ASS...GO MSU!!! drew stanton is a bad boy!

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Bob said...

Go Knights! Beating Marshall is huge. And losing to USF doesn't feel so bad now that Louisville lost to them as well, but clearly we have some serious catching up to do before we play the Bulls next year.

3:52 PM  

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