Saturday, September 29, 2007

SPORTS! (because it's all I've got the energy for)

Y'know... there aren't many bright sides to being disabled, in crippling pain, and needing spine surgery... and don't let anyone tell you otherwise... but it did allow me to kick back in bed all day and watch one of the best college football weekends in years!

"Upset Saturday" won't soon be forgotten...

#3 Oklahoma lost to unranked Colorado
#4 Florida lost at home to unranked Auburn
#5 West Virginia lost to #18 Southern Florida
#7 Texas lost at home to unranked Kansas State (by 20! Sweeeet!)
#10 Rutgers lost to unranked Maryland
#11 Oregon lost to #6 Cal
#13 Clemson lost to unranked Georgia Tech
#21 Penn State lost to unranked Illinois
#22 Alabama lost to unranked Florida State

The biggest game was #6 California going to #11 Oregon. Started slow, but turned out to be an awesome game and a really big win for Cal. Oregon, driving to the goal with only seconds left, was hit right before the line and fumbled the ball through the endzone for a touchback. D'oh!!! Reminds me of 3 years ago when Cal won a huge game at Memorial Stadium on a dropped Oregon pass with seconds to go. I have to give it to the Oregon fans... they were up before sunrise to scream at the crew from ESPN's College Football Live. Like one of the signs said - "East Coast Bias Is A Crime!"

The other game I watched all the way through was #1 USC at Washington. I was kind of worried about Cal meeting Washington later in the year, but, after watching this, it should be no problem. USC did everything they could to hand the game to the Huskies - 3 turnovers, a blocked punt, a missed field goal, and over 160 yards in penalties. In the end, this game didn't show why USC is #1, but instead showed beautifully why Washington still has a long, long way to go. Washington will be a force to be reckoned with in a few years. But not now.

USC should not be #1. LSU should get the top spot, with USC second. Cal should be #3. Y'all have no idea how strange that is to a Cal fan from way way back! And, despite the loss, Oregon goes up - maybe as high as #7.

In the Women's World Cup (held in that new bastion of capitalism: Communist China) spurned goalkeeper Hope Solo has every right to be pissed... and I don't blame her one bit for leaving the team and not playing in the consolation match. She's just the latest unfortunate victim of Team USA's consistently inept coaching. The men's team crashed out of the World Cup in 2006 mostly due to Bruce Arena's timid, bizarre coaching, so I guess it shouldn't be a surprise that the same thing happened with the women's team.

If you're not working tomorrow, the last day of the baseball season should be awesome. I'm rooting for San Diego and Philly.

But, as fun as this day was, and tomorrow will be... I'd trade it all in for being able to walk again, or sit up in a chair, or eat while not lying down. Just 3 more weeks...

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