September 18, 2007

Rumor & Innuendo

Ten things I think I think about The Game (with apologies to Peter King): 1) Former Fern Creeker Mario Urrutia never plays with the Eye of the Tiger. 2) In a game that was obviously going down to the wire, U of L wasted a second half timeout before a first-and-10. Whatup with that? 3) Louisville’s delay of game in the red zone late, the illegal formation penalty that wiped out a TD and numerous oddly called timeouts were just three of many signs that organization — actually lack thereof — is a serious flaw for the Cards this season. 4) With 9:27 to play, facing fourth-and-goal and down five points, U of L went for the TD instead of letting the nation’s best kicker try a point-blank field goal, which would have provided opportunity for another FG to win the game.   That’s what wannabe teams hoping for an upset do, not squads giving lip service to contending for the BCS title. 5) Steve Johnson, Rafael Little, Keenan Burton (playing hurt), Andre’ Woodson, Harry Douglas and Brian Brohm are gamers. 6) Mitch Barnhart deserves props for hiring Rich Brooks, a move once decried that now seems spot-on. 7) “Bit once, shame on you; bit twice, shame on me.” U of L lost on a deja vu blown secondary coverage. 8) Louisville has a better chance of losing five more games than it does of winning out. 9) Kentucky was the more focused, better prepared team. 10) As Rich Brooks justifiably gloated, “The right team won.” SchnellSpeak of the week. Assessing FAU’s match-up with Minnesota before the 42-39 W, Coach Thesaurus was succinct: “Fearful? No. Unsure? No. Concerned? Yes.” After the victory over the Big 11’s cellar-dweller in front of 10,759 in Dolphin Stadium, we heard from Flood Assessment Specialist Schnell: “It’s a new high-water mark.” And Legal Bureaucrat Schnell: “I told our players it certified us like a notary public.” And Psychologist Schnell: “I think this is a validation.” Coach started his post-game press conference with this bon mot, a validation of his own high-water marks of notary public-certified loquaciousness: “I guess hyperbole is in order.”BY SEEDY Kseedyk@culturemaven.com