Archive for September, 2009

Mitch Albom wants to take away your freedom.

September 30, 2009

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If you’re a regular reader of T9C, you may remember a post about some drunk Lions fan getting into an altercation at Ford Field during the Vikings game two weeks ago. The situation was obviously a bit out of hand and after watching the clip, Mitch Albom has something to say about it: Tailgating should be banned. [via The Big Lead]

But, meanwhile, make no mistake. The fists may fly in the stands. But they get lubricated in the parking lots.

This will not make me popular with Budweiser, Miller or millions of parking lot drinkers, but what is the point of going to a football game for the expressed purpose of getting wasted? It’s one thing to be out at night and one beer leads to another. But when you get up at 8, are parked by 9, and are three beers deep by 10, you have issues.

I blame the tailgaters, but I also blame the teams — pro and college. By encouraging a seven-hour drinking experience, football now sees its stadiums marred with behavior like this past week’s wildly popular YouTube moment (billed as “Two Drunk Girls Kicked out of Vikings vs Lions Game”).

You’re right Mitch. It’s not the sheer stupidity of those involved, it’s all about the alcohol. I’ve got an idea: How about total prohibition! That would be splendid indeed! I’m so glad you were able to use your masters in journalism to stage a nationwide intervention. How noble of you!

Some people obviously have drinking problems, but what’s the difference between drinking in a parking lot on the weekend with friends and fans or drinking your life away at the end of the bar. Simmer down now, sir.

Some of my favorite moments in life have come from tailgating with my friends and fans of the teams involved. It’s not just about drinking (although it does make the situation a bit more festive) but about hanging out before the game, talking football and the overall atmosphere.

The bottom line is that football is entertainment and just because some people prefer drinking in parking lots before watching their favorite teams play instead of spending hours upon hours in a cramped bar droning on about how work was is not a reason for you to interject.

So to you, Mitch: Stop acting as if you a savior and reformist. You are not. You report on sports. Go back to The Sports Reporter with Mike Lupica and have a scotch while no one watches your terrible show.

Also, good timeliness, the incident at the Lions game happened two weeks ago.

Your college football wrap-up:

September 27, 2009
Bruce Pearl went to a football game and that makes us happy.

Bruce Pearl went to a football game and that makes us happy.

If this were Wednesday and you asked me about the schedule of college football this weekend, I would have told you it was going to be a pretty boring weekend. Then Ole Miss blew their chance and lost at South Carolina. Then Georgia Tech beat North Carolina, Matt Grothe-less South Florida took down Florida State, Michigan ALMOST lost to Indiana and that wasn’t the half of it.

The demolished Oregon team that was thought to be wandering around their schedule like a zombie destroyed the Cal Golden Bears 42-3. Virginia Tech reasserted their dominance in the ACC, crushing Miami 31-7. Penn State showed why they’re overrated (called it), losing to Iowa for the second straight year.

LSU avoided disaster with a goal line stand against Mississippi State while it took TCU a fourth-quarter touchdown to take control in Death Valley against Clemson. Houston showed why they should stay ranked, beating Texas Tech 29-28. Even Kansas looked fallible (for reasons other than simply being the Jayhawks) and needed a late TD to beat Southern Miss 35-28.

Oh, and that Tebow guy got hurt.

You’ve probably already seen the video of Teblow puking while being taken off the field, so I decided I’d surprise you with a girl talking about how “it’s not that big of a concern for the team.” You’re point is pretty damn clear, girl. NOW SHUT IT!

Our response:

Dear Punter,

They tell you to curl up in the fetal position around the football when a snap goes over your head. Remember that next time.

Sincerely,
Mike Ditka

Don’t mess with the integrity of the game.

September 24, 2009

You mess with the integrity of the game and you’re going to get your ass whooped.

Cuff ’em: Drunk Lions fan.

September 22, 2009

If this were last season, I’d say Lions fans finally have something to cheer for, but they’ve got Mathew Stafford now and could actually win a game this season soooo….. this video is still awesome? Does that work? Yeah? No? Oh. Crud.

Well maybe you shouldn’t get so drunk next time, silly girl. You just know it’s not going to end well annnnnd here come the cuffs. Have fun in Detroit jail! I heard it’s a real friendly place.

Oh, it’s not? Crud.

Yes Chris Fowler, this should go on YouTube.

September 21, 2009

Absolutely hilarious video from two Thursday’s ago of a Clemson fan after watching his team lose on a last minute field goal to Georgia Tech. Notice the commentary by Chris Fowler and Jesse Palmer absolutely making fun of this kid for just about crying because his team lost.

Must be a freshman though, cause if he were around last year, he’d be a little more used to losing.

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Hitler reacts to Virginia Tech beating Nebraska.

September 21, 2009

Hilarious video.

And just a side-note to this game: Why the hell did the Virginia Tech students rush the field? You were ranked higher than Nebraska and favored to win the game. You can’t just rush the field whenever you want. So answer in the comments, I know VaTech students read this blog.

Robert Henson doesn’t know how to use commas.

September 21, 2009

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The Redskins were able to pull out a 9-7 win over the Rams yesterday after squandering every opportunity for a touchdown in their five trips to the red-zone. Understandably, the Redskins faithful were quite upset with a 2-point win over a team the Seahawks destroyed last week 28-0.

You could hear the boos for the poor performance throughout the second half as the Redskins continued to struggle. After giving the Rams the ball on their own 4-yard line with just a minute left and shutting down Bulger for four more plays, FedEx Field erupted with boos.

The Skins players apparently weren’t happy either. This is where linebacker Robert Henson comes in. I don’t mean to discredit Henson by saying he didn’t do anything else during the game… oh wait, Robert Henson didn’t play.

Henson took to twitter to express his dismay with the crowd at FedEx.

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Clearly, Robert Henson doesn’t know how to use commas, as evidenced by referring to the Redskins players as dim wits. Good work. I see you learned a lot during your time at TCU.

Comcast Sports Net decided to clean up the tweet a little bit. Notice the comma:

Photo courtesy of DC Sports Bog

Photo courtesy of DC Sports Bog

Henson continued his rampage on twitter, shelling out 49 more tweets by the end of the day. Henson tried to apologize but looked even more like a jerk:

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I feel so bad for whoever has to do some spin work at Redskins Park today. Jeez Robert, don’t go to twitter to boo your fans COMMA jackass.

Preseason hockey. Kinda awesome.

September 18, 2009

Have fun with this preseason hockey hit courtesy of Dion Phaneuf on Kyle Okposo that starts a fight between Phaneuf and Pascal Morency. Can’t wait for hockey.

Matt Ziesel runs for a “touchdown.”

September 18, 2009

Matt Ziesel is a running back on Benton High School’s football team that was able to run 68 glorious yards to the endzone. Now the feel good part: he’s got Downs Syndrome. Ziesel’s coach asked the opposing teams coach to let him run for the touchdown to make the score 46-6.

Am I the only person not cool with this? Just letting him run into the end zone? Back in my day, I never got a touchdown for my defeated West Potomac Wolverines. I did EARN the only first down of my career with excellent play that stemmed from hard work in practice.

When that gigantic defensive end came barreling down on me as I punted the ball, knocking me to the ground and EARNING that 15-yard roughing the kicker penalty… well, I did that for the team. And I earned it.

EARNED IT I TELLS YA!

They usually fall when running out of the stadium.

September 15, 2009

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