Monday, October 15, 2012

I'm Too Old Tor This ....

Last week, 6 turnovers.  This week, 19 penalties.  And yet, victory.  JFF and the Aggies continue to elevate the heartrate.  By the way, La Tech's Patton sure is good. 

Now the fun begins.  LSU managed to beat South Carolina on Saturday, which may be a good thing.  Or not.  The Tigers' offense is still iffy, but their defense is stout....big, fast, and physical.  JFF is going to have to protect himself from punishing hits and the O-line will be tested in a new way.  The Aggies can't have the turnovers and the penalties against LSU but they will need some JFF magic.  Good thing that this is a home game.  Gig 'em.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Goodness Gracious Sakes Alive!

When, in the history of EVER, has A&M won a game like Saturday's game against Ole Miss?  JFF finally made those freshman mistakes that we all have been waiting for....ill-concieved desperation throws and  a scrumble ( a fumble while scrambling).   And yet.... the non-safety, the throw to Evans, the perfect throw to Swope, the touchdown run.  Wow!  NO! NO! NO!...YES! YES! YES!  We may not win them all, but we are in for some fun times.

And let's not fail to give credit to Malena, Swope (who somewhat redeemed himself by catching that perfectly thrown ball in the endzone) and my new favorite, Mike Evans.  That catch on 3rd and 18 from the 4 was clutch and spectacular. When is the last time we saw an Aggie receiver make that kind of catch?  And, he is a freshman.  Thank you, sweet baby Jesus.

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 06:  Mike Evans #13 of the Texas A&M Aggies catches a pass over Senquez Golson #21 of the Ole Miss Rebels during a game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Oxford, Mississippi.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) (Getty Images) / SA

Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope (25) reaches for a 20-yard touchdown reception against Mississippi  defensive back Mike Hilton (28) in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. Texas Af&M won 30-27. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Photo: Rogelio V. Solis, Associated Press / AP
As for the defense, I still have my concerns but given the fact that our offense gave the ball to Ole Miss 6 times, the defense played pretty well.  Two ints, one for a TD, and one to stop Ole Miss' final drive, and a BIG stop on 4th and inches to give us the ball and that last chance to score.  Thanks, too, to Ole Miss' Coach for that bonehead call.  Appreciate it, dude.

Ahead we have La Tech, which now looks tougher than I expected then LSU at home....maybe not as tough as I expected but even though LSU has no offense, it has an intimidating defense, including the brilliantly named BARKEVIOUS LEVON MINGO.  I kid you not. Then the fun begins with away games at Auburn (maybe), Mississippi State (maybe), and Alabama (no way in hell).  Prediction:  we win 2 of the next 5, putting us at 6-4 after the Bama game.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Yu's K's

This is really cool.  For a little analysis, checkout today's Newberg Report entitled "Twelve Things".


Hope Flickers

This morning I received this email from an old college friend, who is a  knowledgeable sports guy:

Ole Miss represents a real swing game for the Aggies. They are a solid but not great team and the kind of opponent you need to beat to reach the top tier. Louisiana Tech looks to be even tougher the following week.

Suddenly all the remaining games look winnable (except @Alabama).

I’ll say A&M 31-20 this weekend.

I, too, think A&M will prevail this week and I agree that we have no chance against Bama.  However, I  don't give us a chance against LSU either.  Those LSU guys are total wild-asses but they are bigger and badder than the Aggies and will wear us out.  As for other games, I now think that Auburn is beatable, which I didn't think prior to the start of the season.  I picked us to go 6-6, but I think there is a glimmer of a spark of a hope of a chance that we might finish better than that.  Gig 'em.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sadly, it is time to sit Josh Hamilton. He's been sick again for a while. Craig Gentry gives a better chance to win. Time for the young bats as well- meaning Profar (I may have the name wrong). I'd stick him at 3B and DH Beltre if his injury requires him to continue at DH. Soto? Be serious. Moreland at 1B and Napoli catching. And a citizen off the street at manager. When was it time to pull Dempster? After a 4 pitch walk to the lead off hitter in the 4th inning when he had a 4 run lead. And bring Nathan right then and there. Shut that inning down while we had a 4 run lead. It is now evident- the window has closed on the Rangers as presently formed. 2011 was the team- and with a different manager 2010 was very winnable. Optimistically, if Josh is no longer in the clubhouse, Washington is no longer necessary. Jon Peterson has a gut check rapidly approaching.
By the way, Michael Young might be the right  manager for the 2013 Rangers.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

What's that Smell?

The Cowboys stink.

Our receivers are either stupid, undisciplined, or poorly coached.  Probably all 3.

As for the Rangers:  COME ON!  All of our metroplex sports hopes are riding on you.

Monday, October 1, 2012

That was an impressive A&M win against a decent SEC opponent with a very good QB and RB-who fumbles. We gave up >300 yards passing - and look much better at covering receivers than for the last several seasons. JFF broke the all-time SEC single game total offense record held by Archie Manning since 1964. Reasonably good fourth college start. We are no match for LSU nor Bama - but have a puncher's chance otherwise. Manziel is so fun to watch that we are going to become a popular team to be televised.
Ryder Cup Collapse - didn't see it coming at all. Good for Europe to reverse the entire match dynamic. 
From here on, the Rangers become the focus. Cocaine warmed up nicely in yesterday's doubleheader. He runs a friendly clubhouse that is player oriented which keeps the fellas cheerful with each other. However, My criticism remains that he does not have a feel for games in progress strategy decisions and this gets magnified in play-off baseball. Without the talent of Nefti Feliz, I think our playoff run will be short. He fails to recognize that Ogando has the talent to play a major role pitching against play-off level offenses. Dempster is shitful.

Aggies Slop the Hogs

Saturday was a good day.  My two best buds were in town;  we went to the Fair, ate gobs of food,  visited for hours.  Just a wonderful day.  Oh, did I mention that the Aggies creamed the Hogs?  It was fun to watch...JFF is one reckless, wild-ass dude....And while I understand that certain defensive packages were in play because of the score, I remain concerned about the defense and its ability to withstand the LSU and Bama offienses.  Until then, however, I will just revel in it.  (Will be interesting to see if C.Mike can fight his way back into to Sumlin's good graces.)