There is only ONE Oklahoma

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

But its just a boring 4-0

Call me crazy, but I thought the Tulsa game was exciting. Not just in the "I want to win every game by at least 50 points" sort of way either. I'll admit it. I love Tulsa and their brand of ball. Any Tulsa fans who happen upon this meaningless blurb can re-read that if you need, but I mean it.

Don't get me wrong. I'd rather OU have the offense we have, but for where Tulsa's at, their scheme works well for them. And there will probably be aspects of that scheme that find their way into gameplans at bigger schools. It also needs to be said, that crazy stuff is good for the sport. It's refreshing to see excessive creativity and "out of the box" thinking. It's hard to know what's coming next and it's fun to watch.

The Sooner offense cranked out the production we expected, lots of yards and lots of points. There seemed to be a little more emphasis on basic plays than in the first three games. I'm fine with that. Opponents have seen a variety of things for which to prepare. Some fundamentals in base run plays needed to be polished. An opportunity to wear down Tulsa's front seven needed to be seized.

OU QB Sam Bradford continues to impress, though he had an errant throw picked. I'm sort of glad he had a chance to experience that for the first time now instead of later. The RB's continue to impress and Patrick showed he's got his stride back. We're STILL throwing to the TE [YES!] and JI showed defenses why they'd better think twice before they key completely on Kelly.

I can't shake the feeling we're going to see much more from this o-line that's already quite good. I'm talking about some key game down the line where these guys just take the thing over and drive somebody off the ball when we need it the most.

I guess we could sit here and gripe that the defense gave up over 350 yards in the air and 21 points. Maybe there's some room for that, but I suspect Tulsa's offense is harder to stop than we might think. It's like every play is a trick play or something you really don't expect. In spite of giving up a lot of yards, much of those yards were between the 20's. Think back to some Tech games and you'll remember the defense gave up some yards, but held down the points. In fact, think of some Switzer defenses against early spread offenses in the days of yore. Similar story Saturday.

The front seven continue to play well. The DE's are solid and we're seeing good push from the DT's. Our LB's are amazing compared to what I was hoping for at the beginning of the season.

Some folks are disappointed at the DB's, but I'm not sure they performed that badly. Some schemes will yield an open receiver frequently if the play has just a moment to develop. And I'm a little slow to blame a specific DB because it's hard for fans to have a handle on exactly which coverage busted. Whatever questions we may have about coverage, it needs to be said the tackling is good.

Special teams still show flashes of greatness and flashes of question marks. Did we have one missed FG and one missed PAT? I think that's right. That really needs to tighten up. But we also need to remember our guy can kick the long FG, consistently buries the KO, and coverage is good.

OU is not playing the tough games some teams are playing, but different aspects of the team are being tested each week. I hear from friends, fans of other schools, that this team looks more like the real deal all the time. That gets easier to believe with each passing week and I like me some of that! On to boulder, Boomer Sooner!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Spotterman speaks his mind

Spotterman makes another appearance on SFC and add his two cents about last week’s Dover race, the COT and college football. What is interesting about his opinions is that he falls for one of the most common ironies of Nascar fans. That is the double standard of ‘criticism’. This double standard is lumping a lot of independent issues and blaming some broad entity, in this case Nascar (usually spelled NA$CAR) Its a lot like blaming ‘big oil’ for every cent price increase of a gallon of gas. Then conversely walking on eggshells with his criticism of his beloved South Carolina Gamecocks football team. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Here is a portion of Spotterman’s opinion of the Dover race and the COT in a thread he titled ‘BORING Race’:

“Obviously the last 50 laps or so were interesting due to all of the wrecks but how did you all feel about the first 350? I have never been so bored on the roof in my life! These guys aren't able to race hard in these cars. Give them some downforce, some softer tires and let's go racing. This is like watching a John Deere race.”

While there is little doubt that this past Dover race was a snoozer, laying blame on the COT and Goodyear might be a little bit misleading, especially considering the history of this track.

1) Dover’s first Cup race was in 1969 and was only 300 laps (300 miles). This race also must have been ‘boring’ with only 4 cautions and only ONE car finishing on the lead lap. (The 2nd place car finished 6 laps down)
2) Two years later in 1971 the race went from 300 laps (300 miles) to 500 laps (500 miles) and went caution free. Once again, only one car finishing on the lead lap.
3) Dover changed the racing surface from Asphalt to Concrete in 1995 from 1969 to 1994 the average number of cars finishing on the lead lap was less the 3 cars per race.
4) From 1995 to present with the Concrete surface the average number of cars finishing on the lead lap is just a little over 9 cars per race.
5) In all of the Dover races, the average cars finishing on the lead lap are just over 5 cars per race.

So maybe, just maybe the problem is not the COT or Goodyear, but the nature of the track itself. Would a softer tire make for a more ‘racier’ car? Probably, but are you willing to trade that for more tire failures? One has to just flashback a few years ago when Goodyear under Nascar’s blessing went to softer tires, and the teams whined after each failure. Then this issue is compounded by the fact that Dover races have a history of long green flag runs, thus making tire wear an even more of a priority.

Later in the thread however, Spotterman shifts gears and give an opinion on South Carolina Football. He expresses his displeasure over the loss to LSU (maybe the best team in the country right now though) with this comment:

“I can honestly say we were out-coached, in my opinion. Turnovers by the players definitely hurt us but that has to be the worst game Spurrier has ever coached since he came to South Carolina. He pulled the starting QB, didn't play the back that was so dominant on the first scoring drive and was asleep on the FG attempt, which with the fake led to a touchdown.”

Every one of these statements/opinions are fair and even justified. But then ironically Spotterman feels some need to quantify his statement with this:

“I am not bashing a team or coach I support just stating my displeasures on that particular game. There's always next week and in the end... Who am I to be a Monday morning quarterback? I'm no one which is why I'll remain a fan and let the folks that know how to make NCAA football exciting do their jobs. We could all rant and rave when our teams don't do well but if you haven't walked in their shoes you need to lace your shoes up and zip it. I'm lacing and zipping as I type... You either support a team or you don't.”

The irony is that for some reason his opinion about the COT and Goodyear is justified and ‘okay’, yet on the other hand his displeasures of the Gamecock effort need some back peddling as in is own words, he is ‘just a fan’ and that he should ‘and let the folks that know how to make NCAA football exciting do their jobs’. For some reason, this doesn’t apply to Nascar, and thus the irony. You either support Nascar or you don’t…right?

But Spotterman is not alone as this is very common among Nascar fans. (Myself included) While I don’t agree with his opinion of ‘fixing’ the COT, his opinion is noted. And he is probably dead on about the Gamecocks and their head coach, as in the coming games and years as they will experience much success.


and oh yea….BOOMER SOONER!!!!!

Monday, September 24, 2007

The Best 17th Place Finish is Nascar History?

You hear the cliche all the time in other stick and ball sports where someone says, "you wont see that on the stat page tomorrow morning" and nothing could apply more to the 19's team effort from Dover.

I don't think there was one instance where the 19 car actually improved his position 'on the track', but did manage to salvage a nice finish through good pits stops, a spotter who has cat like reflexes guiding his driver through wrecks, and a driver who listens to that almost 'psychic like' spotter.

Starting 12th, the 19car almost immediately began sporting the now patented 'falling back through the field' with an ill handing car to the high 30s in the field. It's like a broken record hearing 'loose on entry, tight in the middle, loose off', repeat as needed.

But sometimes it is not how fast the car is (even one that really was only a tenth or so 'off') but how the whole team reacts. The crescendo came with just a handful of laps left in the race when the 'big one' happened just in front of the 19car, and the plethora of 'back it down, back it down, wave em off' by spotterman and the presence of mind of the driver to slow his car without flat spotting the tires. That exchange won't go in any record books, but probably was the difference from finishing 17th compared to the possible 34th. So the next time we hear about how 'bad luck' played into a finish, the opposite is true for this week's Dover finish.

And lastly:

I thought upstart Denny Hamlin showed much maturity and restraint with ole guard driver Kyle Petty. While on the track Hamlin may have made a bonehead move, off the track he remained calm and simply watched Petty make himself look foolish.

Score one for a 'young gun'.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007



A tearful Britney Spears fan named Chris Crocker posted a passionate video called "Leave Britney Alone"! [video below] on YouTube after the pop star’s disastrous MTV Awards performance. Crocker’s video has become an instant YouTube hit and has gotten about 4 million views.

If Chris Croker was a Nascar fan, I’m thinking his next YouTube video might look something like this!

"How friggin dare anyone out there make fun of Elliott Sadler after all he has been through. He lost all his eye candy, he went through a nasty break-up. He has 80 gazzillion friggin dogs. His sweety turned out to have a mind of her own, and now he going through a custody battle over those dogs!

All you people care about is…........ readers and making money off of him.


What you don’t realize is that the ‘Southern Gentleman' is making you all this money and all you do is write a bunch of crap about him. He hasn’t performed on the track in years. His latest Track Side Live bit is called “worst car ever” for a reason because all you people want is MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE.


You are lucky he even raced for you BASTARDS!


Mike Helton talked about professionalism and said if Elliott was a professional he would’ve pulled it off no matter what. Speaking of professionalism, when is it professional to publicly bash someone who is going through a hard time. Leave Elliott Alone Please….

Leave Elliott Sadler alone…right now…......


Anyone that has a problem with him you deal with the Tartan, because he is not well right now. leave him alone!!!!!"

This could almost double as 'hate' email I receive especially with the justifications and excuses given. But they are good for a giggle now and then.

And just in case you have been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, here is the original clip.
'Leave Britney Alone"

Friday, September 14, 2007

Say it ain't so, Roger

So NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell slams the hammer down on the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick. The sanctions and penalties levied were fining the head coach $500,000, the Patriot organization $250,000 and have to forfeit either a 1st round pick or a 2nd and 3rd round pick next year. But what did they really do?

The Patriots were guilty of breaking a very vague rule of 'recording (or stealing) defensive signals', which in Nascar terms is about the same as proving the intent of having a car fail post race inspection for having the left front fender measuring 'too low'. But here is the catch, the NFL before the season started specifically warned the Patriots to not do this very thing. Does this sound a bit familiar with the Nascar warning to teams before Speed Weeks this past February?

But the real problem here is the inconsistency of NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell's sanctions this year. He suspends former Bears quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson five-games and $100,000 fine for purchasing over the internet HGH (Human Growth Hormone) for his personal use to counter diabetes by normalizing sugar metabolism gradually. There has not been any proof provided to the NFL that any HGH was funneled to players or that it ever left Wilson's home.

Adam "Pacman" Jones was also suspended for whole season for off-field incidents with the law along with Chris Henry who was suspended for 8 games.

But the message the NFL is sending is clear, have illegal substances, even as a coach, continue to get arrested and plan on getting suspended. get caught CHEATING on some vague rule and get a slap on the wrist with some monetary fine, and no suspensions. Some might say that losing a 1st round draft pick is hash, but what they are forgetting as that the Patriots will have another 1st round draft pick as well.

We ask Nascar to publish their rulebook and have specific penalties for violations, but somehow the NFL 'gets away' with the same thing by allowing the Commissioner to subjectively access penalties as he sees fit.

Sounds alot like the NCAA, the NBA, MLB and the list goes on and on, it is not just Nascar.

Monday, September 10, 2007

A Train Wreck Right Before Our Eyes, Elliott Sadler style

While watching College football most of Saturday and Saturday evening, I still had the presence of mind to use the greatness of the Internet and Trackpass to help me keep up with the Nascar race.

It was just a little bit after the cross flags when the scanner chat of the 19 radio came to a crescendo. But what many may not realize, this is not anything we have not heard over the scanners before from the “Southern Gentleman” and if he holds true to form, the over/under of how long it will take for him to have a complete meltdown on his Crew Chief is about 3 races.

I wish I had a dollar for each time Sadler makes the comment that “this is by far the worst race-car I have ever driven”. This has become as much as a weekly comment as his second favorite, “I think I have a tire going down”, only to hear the Crew Chief after an unscheduled pit stop comment that ‘all the tire pressures were up’. But it is a sad day when they owner has to come on the radio and attempt to keep the driver clear and focused because of the driver’s comments which once again indicates that he has ‘given up’ for the night. The “Southern Gentleman” sounded more like he was in kindergarten and had to miss recess because he was in trouble. It was borderline ‘pouting’.

The last time the ‘Southern Gentleman’ had a meltdown like this, he was dropping F-Bombs on the scanner towards his Crew Chief and Crew claiming that ‘Since you guys are not F-ing doing anything, why don’t you ask…….. What I did wrong?’ (After Nascar re-aligned some of the field under a caution) This was in his final season with RYR.

Then there was the conversation that began with ‘Brett, what position am I running in’? Being human, it seems that Spotterman could not give his usual immediate answer as he was ‘taking a break’. I guess red flags are good for something! But soon the conversation shifted and what could have been a simply ‘honest’ comment by the Spotterman, or it my have been a brilliant move to turn a “pouting child’s” attitude around. Spotterman made the comment that ‘everyone up here (the spotterstand) are checking their Blackberries for College Football scores.” Sadler responded with ‘How did the Tarheels do?” Brett responded with “Tarheels got beat by 3, E”. Sadler then asked how Brett’s South Carolina team did, and with a chuckle the response was "Cockadoodle doo baby!"

So much for the ‘Hokie Club’ membership and allegiance the “Southern Gentleman” was claiming earlier in the season! But it was a classic move by Spotterman to deflect some of the negative attitude that was spilling out of the 19 car.

And lastly from off the track, a couple of weeks ago the “Southern Gentleman” denied having ANY contact with former sponsor M&M/Mars.

"I haven't talked to them…….I don't see it happening to be honest with you. I haven't really talked to the guys.”

This statement reeks with semantics, especially coming from someone who just a little over a year ago for months denied ‘talking to EMS’ and owner Ray Evernham, only to be named the driver of the 19. That spin has been well documented before.

This statement takes another twist when you see Spotterman on SFC, countering articles claiming that M&Ms/Mars have a clause with RYR, that they cannot sponsor a Sadler driven car until after the ’08 season.

While M&Ms/Mars has not made their ’08 plans public knowledge, they have privately and internally made a decision on which direction they will be going next year. Is it with the ‘Southern Gentleman’? Maybe, maybe not. Has the ‘Southern Gentleman’ personally spoke to M&Ms/Mars? Probably not, but I would bet the farm that his representatives have and know exactly where M&Ms/Mars will be next season.

This spins better than the 19car after a few ‘chassis changes’!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

This is a must read

I couldn't have said it any better and this blog echoes what I have been saying for a couple years now. Of course it is no fun watching the 19 literal go backwards on the track each week, but it is even worse when one is only considered a 'fan' by how much they 'pay'.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Short Cut

Lost in the Chase

With all the talk of what the 8 car has to do in order to make the chase, one item seems to be overlooked. That 100 points docked for using illegal wing brackets during pre-race inspection at Darlington. I can almost hear the 'what ifs' from the Junior Nation if the 8 car does finish within 100 points of the 29.