Happy Friday: Halle Berry Edition

Halle Berry says “Happy Friday.”  And so do I.  I don’t think I’ve ever featured one Halle Berry here on the site, or in my blogging days at all.  And for that, I humbly and gracefully apologize.  Hopefully, this makes up for it, at least in part.  If not, trust me, I will keep working on it.  (By the way, that woman just had a child!  Wow.)

Anyway, notes from my Friday so far.  Do you know how freakin’ hard it is to navigate the UPS website to apply for a stinkin’ job?  Waaaay harder than it should be.  Last night as I was navigating through the application, and I felt like I was applying for a vice president position with the company, and not the dockworker position that I was actually going for.  So once I figure it out, I’ll let you know how it goes.

So other than that, there isn’t much going on.  The wife’s having a girls night tonight, so apparently I’ll be throwing together a boys night out.  I’ll probably end up staying home watching re-runs of Cops and playing Madden, but at least the wife gets to have some fun.

Here are some links for the day.

1. The Big Lead previews week 2 in the NFL for y’all.  We agree with their take about the Pat’s chances with Cassel at the helm, instead of Brady.  We think they’ll do okay enough with Brady.  Pats beat Jets 24-20.

2. I know I’m a little late to the party, but apparently the Yankees are done and will not be seeing the postseason this season.  FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNALLLLLLLLLLLYYYYYYYYYYYY.  

3. Oddly enough, I JUST heard that there’s this big college football game happening this weekend or something.  I think it’s Ohio State playing either UCLA or USC right?  Out in California, getting tickets will definitely cost you.  Our take: USC 27, Ohio State 20.

4. Joey Harrington once dominated football in the state of Oregon.  Looks like he’s back in town again…at least for a while.  Maybe for good though?  Harrington’s plight is pretty unfortunate.  Too bad too, he’s a pretty cool  dude.  And he’s down with Law & Order too. 

5. Vice Presidential babe Sarah Palin had her first interview with the media.  No surprise the Boston Herald calls Charlie Gibson’s tatics “tough, but respective.”

6. For equal time’s sake, here is a take on the Palin interview, from the National Review Online.

My Completely Objective Personal Account of the BYU-Washington Game

Well at least the weather for the game was considered calm.

As far as everything that happened during the game, from kickoff to the final seconds, “calm” was hardly an appropriate description.  I have to say, this was a great game.  It was definitely worth the price of admission.  Actually, most every college game I’ve witnessed in person has been worth the price of admission.  I’ve been lucky like that.  This one though, definitely had some icing on the cake, as they say.

My dad and I went to the game as BYU fans.  We’re Mormon, so it kind of comes naturally.  At least a little bit natural.  And we have a little bit of love for the Huskies, so it was going to be a win-win for us all the way around.  We were just hoping for a good, competitive game.  And looking back, we got way more than we paid for.  It was great.

So when I go to events, especially sporting events, I always make mental notes of things I see around me.  The thoughts come up kind of randomly, so here we go.

1. There are a lot of things these days that make me feel old.  Too many to list individually right now.  One of them is getting up ridiculously frickin early and not going back to sleep.  The definition of ridiculously frickin early for me is anything before 7 am.   On Saturday, I needed to be awake by about 6:30 to be ready in time.  But my insanely uncomfortable bed had other plans.  It woke me up at about 5 am.  I still haven’t recovered from it.  As a matter of fact, I had to slam two Red Bulls just to make it through this post.

2. Everywhere BYU goes, they’re always going to have loyal fans in that city.  This is obvious.  I was still surprised how many BYU fans we saw walking to the game.  There were even more when we got into the stadium.  Definitely much more than the usual quota of fans for the visiting team.  It was kind of nice actually, since we were rooting for BYU.  We still didn’t cheer too loudly for BYU, as we were smack dab in the middle of enemy territory.  Fellow BYU fans were nowhere near us.

3. Best/funniest part of the day.  On the way in, we saw all the usual types of fans.  In front of us, there were the typical we-have-to-be-loud-and-drink-as-much-as-possible before we get into the game.  You know, frat boys and the like.  The funny part is that when I looked a little closer at them, they were all decked out in BYU gear!  I thought it was hilarious.  And they were definitely loving the attention they were getting.  For all I know, they could have just been Husky fans being funny.  I thought it was great, so I snapped a photo.  It was hilarious, I’m tellin ya.   

4. As for the game, it was close the entire time.  Pretty much always tied.  Back and forth.  Back and forth.  7-7 after on quarter.  14-14 at the half.  21-21 at the end of three.  It felt a lot like how it goes when I play Madden 08.  Lots of scoring.  Not very much defense.  Two observations about the game: Jake Locker and Harvey Unga are both pretty amazing players.  I had no idea that Unga was that good, and Locker….well he is amazing.  Oh and both defenses are pretty worthless.  If BYU plans on busting the BCS this season, they will have to make some changes.  Especially if they play a QB with any similarities to Jake Locker.

5.  Bold, theoretical statement: If Jake Locker would have went to Oregon to play (or any team better than UW, for that matter), the Ducks would play for the national title this year.  I am almost certain of this.  I would put any amount of money on it.

6. The people of Seattle, Washington LOVE Jake Locker.  I saw at least 1,000 Jake Locker jerseys with my own eyes, and obviously there were many more than that in the rest of the stadium.  I don’t think the fans up there even know there are 10 other players on the field when Locker is playing.  And since Locker doesn’t play defense, I am not entirely sure that UW fans know exactly what’s happening when their team is on the field playing defense.  I think they are all under the impression that he was sent from the ‘gods of mediocre and formerly corrupt football programs.’  This is the same football gods that folks in Coral Gables (U. of Miami) and Tallahassee (Florida State U.) pray to.

7. Now for the botched call at the end of the game.  After two days of non-stop reaction to the unsportmanslike conduct penalty that was called on Locker, I get it.  I get that it was a bad, bad call.  And I agree that the rule that the NCAA has enforced is bogus.  But let’s not forget that Washington still had a relatively good shot at making that extra point.  I also understand that yes, making a PAT from 35 yards is going to be harder than a normal PAT attempt.  There is no denying this.  But let’s not get carried away and make this seem like he had to kick the ball 50 yards and he had no shot of making it.  Yeah, by moving the ball back, the level of difficulty was increased but not by that much.  (Husky honk will never agree with me on this and that is fine.)

8. More about this penalty call.  I feel that this point is getting lost in all the articles being written.  From Gennaro Filice of SI.com, let’s not forget this please.  “Now, let me get one thing straight — officials did not hand this game to BYU. The Cougars played well enough to win at a tough road venue. And even if the excessive celebration penalty had not been imposed and Washington had converted the PAT, the game was still headed to overtime.”

Everyone has forgotten this and are practically accusing BYU of paying officials off and what not.  Trust me, I heard people saying as much at the game.  I was there.  Hello, they were PAC-10 OFFICIALS, so calm down.  There is no way to say who would have won the game in OT.  But it’s not like BYU got a free ride to victory, and everyone is reacting to this as if that was the case.

9. I could go on more about this penalty call but I’ll stop.  One last thing though.  After the game ended, we kept as quiet as possible.  We weren’t going to be that stupid.  I cheered once real loud when BYU blocked the kick, but that was it.  I mean, I wanted to get out of there alive.  Oh annnnd I was just waiting to be offended before I left the game too.  That was on my list of things to do for the day.  Be offended, check.  So thanks UW fan, for doing the honors.  It’s a real classy move (and really, really, really original too) to shout something crude about Mormons when your team loses to BYU.  I’m sure this guy was like the first guy ever in the history of college football to shout something about Mormons and how manly he thinks we are.  

I may not be the most PC guy around, but I nor anybody that I know would shout something derogatory about Catholics upon losing to Notre Dame.  It’s a real sign of intelligence, for sure.  For that reason alone, I have no sympathy for UW or it’s excessively celebrating players!  HA!

10. Last thing.  In reference to where we were sitting, I believe I have a pretty good idea how an offensive coordinator sees the game from his perch at the highest point of the stadium.  Me and Norm Chow now have something in common.  Here’s the visual.

Your 2008 Better-Late-Than-Never Pac-10 Preview

So in the process of switching sites and getting the new one up and running properly, I completely forgot to finish my Pac-10 preview that I had started early last week.  And instead of running through each team and why they’re good or why they’re bad, I’m just going to finish this up by predicting the order in which the teams will finish.

Yes, I know that the first weekend of college football is pretty much over, but my predictions haven’t changed a bit, despite how all the teams in the Pac-10 performed this past weekend.  Scout’s honor, people.  I haven’t changed anything.  I still think that UCLA isn’t going to be that good, despite beating Tennessee last night in grand fashion. (Freaking Awesome Game, by the way.)  I still think that Oregon State will finish better than Stanford, even though they got stomped on the other night by the Cardinal.  (Plus, OSU always finishes much stronger than they start…)  And I think that Oregon is finally going to surprise some people and finish the year stronger than they have in the past couple of seasons.  So here’s how I think they’ll finish: 

1. USC Trojans: Hard to pick them to go undefeated, so I’ll throw in an upset loss to a fellow Pac-10 team…someone like Oregon or ASU.

2. Oregon Ducks: One of the best defenses in the nation will be able to limit many Pac-10 offenses, therefore helping them win tight games all year long.

3. Arizona State Sun Devils: This team is definitely headed the right direction, under head man Dennis Erickson.  Offense is great, but defense is still a year away.

4. Oregon State Beavers: This team is going to finish strong as always, loss to Stanford be damned.  At least their QB Moevao seems to be off to a much better start than expected.  The front seven on D is what needs work now. 

5. California Golden Bears: Great start in a win against Michigan State.  This team isn’t going to be holding any #2 national ranking at any point this season, as was the case last season, but Tedford’s team will be in the mix for sure again.  

6. UCLA Bruins: We love when any Pac-10 team beats any team from the SEC, but UCLA is going to settle back down as they go throughout the year.  Give this team a couple years and Neuheisel will have them solidly in the top half of the conference.

7. Arizona Wildcats: I’m afraid this is the end of the line for Mike Stoops down in Tucson.  Wildcat QB Tuitama will be great, we think, but there isn’t much else to this team.  Chalk up a couple of “upset” conference wins for the Cats, but we don’t see them making a bowl and saving Stoops’ job.

8. Stanford Cardinal: Jim Harbaugh bugs the crap out of me.  Sadly for him, slapping ass and practically stunting with the cheerleading team won’t translate into many wins.  Scratch that, it doesn’t translate into anything really.  Plus, Stanford football players have to study much too hard to actually succeed at football.  If they were looking to study less (meaning no studying at all), they should have looked into Ohio State. 

9. Washington Huskies: Poor, poor Ty Willingham.  Same story as Coach Stoops at Arizona.  Their QB, Jake Locker gives them a puncher’s chance of winning games.  But it’s hard to have consistent success when you have a great QB and little else.  Man, I sure do miss the glory days of Husky football.  Sigh…

10. Washington State Cougars: Bring back Ryan Leaf and Drew Bledsoe days.  This is their only hope, people.  That’s all I got.

Here We Go Again Boys

Well I would be lying if I said that I expected anything more from the boys tonight.  You see, at Oregon State, this is just how they start off their seasons.  By losing.

I have to admit, they kept me watching til the end, although I did turn the TV off briefly when they were trailing 36-20.  They somehow managed to tease me a little more and almost friggin tie the game.  Yeah, the Beavers should have won, but I would hardly call this an upset.  Oregon State just starts off slow.  I can’t even imagine what would happen if the Beavers actually won to start off a season.  Holy crap, that would be way too much for the town of Corvallis to handle.  There would be human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together…mass hysteria.  Out of control.  Winning the first Pac-10 game of the year just isn’t how the Beavers go about their business.

So am I panicked?  Not yet.  Like I said, this is a fairly normal way for Oregon State to start out a season.  More than anything, I was bugged watching tonight’s game.  For a couple reasons.  First, it’s great to see that our stellar Pac-10 officiating is back for 2008.  I wasn’t paying that close of attention the whole time, but I noticed two missed calls.  I know, I know, it’s nothing to cry and complain about, but hey, it’s surely not a good sign, right?

And secondly, this.  Does anyone else find Jim Harbaugh as annoying as I did tonight?  I don’t have video or the patience to go and find some video, but freakin A.  Jimbo, you need to chill the freak out and act like a coach man.  If you want to jump up and down and play grab-ass the entire game, join the freaking cheerleading squad dude.  

Anyway, Coach Harbaugh’s rah-rah moves bugged me way more than OSU losing.  So this isn’t sour grapes or anything like that.  Seriously, take note and watch Jim Harbaugh this year.  He’s like a 12-year old kid coaching.  Being excited is great man, but try to keep the ass-slapping and fist pumps down to a minimum buddy.  Stanford ain’t gonna win that many games.