Ohio State or Oregon. Who’s going to win the first College Football Playoff Championship?
Based on my intensive research which was watching both teams play on New Years Day, here’s my prediction:
* They are huge. Or at least appeared that way lined up against Alabama.
* Cardale Jones looked like he was the biggest guy on the field — who can throw the ball pretty well. As can his receiver.
* And the Buckeyes are fast. To be so huge.
* Urban Meyer is a great college coach.
* Marcus Mariota. My mom loves him. And he won the Heisman which says something I guess.
* They are fast. Really fast. They had FSU huffing and puffing. Ohio State was Big Ten faster-than-Bama; the Ducks meet-George-Jetson fast.
* The Spread Offense is crazy. Got to love that.
So looks like we got a pros on each side. What to do?
Use the never fail Helmet Test.
Yes, ever since Dwayne on What’s Happening revealed the helmet test, it’s my go-to strategy.
Low and behold, I found that clip on YouTube.
Look at 2:00. Yes, “The team with the fanciest helmet wins.”
Of course in Dwyane’s case, he picked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over the Oakland Raiders.
The mid-70s Buccaneers never won a game but they did have great helmets.
That randy pirate.
In the show, the Raiders killed the Bucs. Yet I have quite good luck with selecting the winners with helmets. Unless I bet on the team.
Then they lose.
Okay. Back to tonight.
Well, I’ve examined the photos of the team uniforms for the Championship game.
The publicity stills really don’t give a gal a great look at the side of a helmet
The best that I can tell, Ohio State has a pretty clean helmet — except the stickers. You know, those marijuana leaves.
Okay. They are not marijuana leaves but I’ve thought they looked like that since I was 10. Old habits die hard.
Now’s here where my prejudice comes in. I hate stickers. If your team has the coolest helmet and it’s covered in tomahawks or dog bones or Fruit Loops, I’m probably not picking them. I say probably not because a really, really cool helmet might sway me.
But luckily, I can pick the clear winner, stickers or no.
The last time I wore pantyhose was sometime mid-1990.
It was some variation of flesh-tone. Certainly not blue.
Men wear blue hose. It’s like a Scottish Thing. Think Mel Gibson in Braveheart.
When I see picture of Mel with that flowing tangled-mess of hair and blue face it almost makes me forget how really bizarre he ended up.
Welcome to Whoville?
We went to see the Presbyterian College Blue Hose play on Saturday. It was a visit for prospective football players and after a few minutes there having a school team called the Blue Hose seemed well, not so odd. Go figure.
First, we went to a meeting with the coaches. Head Coach Harold Nichols gave a very inspiring talk. I didn’t take pictures. I thought about it — lots.
But I chose to forgo taking pictures at that point in lieu of having my son acknowledge me as his mother for rest of my life.
Finally, I said darn it. I’m a mom with a blog. I have journalistic momblog integrity to consider.
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I started snapping away.
Their lockers were all pretty neat. And I didn't notice any locker room smell but my sinuses have been rather irritated of late.
We toured the campus then had a great lunch with the Homecoming crowd. I should have taken a picture of my plate. EXCELLENT barbecue, fried chicken and everything else.
I ate it all.
The day could not have been more beautiful. I was so very full.
I wanted to nap.
But we went to the game. Go you Blue HOSERS.
Jake hung out on sidelines before game.
Yawn. I tried to stay awake.
Then the cowbells started. We sat behind Number 16’s loved ones.
Lots of scoring by the Blue.
Number 24 had awesome game. Kind of like I used to for the Thetas.
The SMU Thetas. SMU Ponies 5 and 1. Woo.
The Blue Hose beat Gardner-Webb 28-14.
And after the game all the families went on the field to see the players — which I thought was pretty cool.
That Number 24 again. Just like they used to interview me after intramurals.
My husband said, “I wanted to text Coach Malone and say that it was the best complete effort I’ve seen the team play.”
He was about to fall asleep on the bed for a nap when he said this. Coach Malone consider yourself texted.
The Game Story.
The offense played great. The defense played over-the-top great.
Our boys flew around the field hitting the boys in the white jerseys like I hit an open bag of corn chips after a harrowing drive back from Atlanta.
Here are a few just a mom with a blog highlights.
The ROTC brought Bulldog enthusiasm to new heights by wheeling a cannon onto the field.
Be forewarned, the cannon fires at every kickoff, touchdown and first down play. (Okay, not on first downs.) But it did seem like it was firing an awful lot — which is good thing.
I’ll get used it. (Though as a child at the University of Florida games they used to fire a cannon. I hated that thing so much I prayed that the Gators could win by field goals. Which wasn’t such a stretch in the 1970s.)
Love the cannon. May she ring out many times each game.
The Dog Pound.
Yes, the boys and girls painted red had lots to cheer about.
Twenty points. Twenty unanswered points. I hadn’t mentioned that yet. (Sorry.)
I interviewed Number 46 after the game and he said he was impressed with how the whole team played. Especially how the defense shut them down.
They put up a wall at Bill Corry Stadium.
Am very happy to confirm that once again Chick-Fil-A sandwiches are for sale for hungry Bulldogs. (Thanks Burns.)
And that drinks, whether water, Coke or Powerade are $2.
I know this because I bought lots of water.
And carried them back to friends in the stands – giving back most of all the change they were due. (Though a tip for the effort might have been nice.)
Last night marked the debut of Jeffery Rowser as the Morgan County Marching Bulldogs Band Director.
Their performance was all Billy Joel. Perfect for me a child of the …well, let’s say I remember listening to him on Top 40 radio. Not the Classic Rock stations.
It was a flawless production. Though it took the observations of my brother-in-law (a master thespian) to point out the nuances.
I thought the pianos on the flags cool. It took his observation for me to realize their greater significance, as in Billy Joel — the Piano Man.
Just saying so you will get it right off next week.
Play of the Game.
There were so many to choose from. Journalistic integrity requires that I reveal this is the only one I caught with my camera.
Don’t think there was a more exciting play.
Nick Simmons’ run for a touchdown. From just a mom with a blog’s analysis, he looped way out on the right flank and out ran everyone for 82 yards.
Nick is Number 1 — he’s about to hit the 20 yard line in this picture.
Give him six!
It was hot.
With play on the field.
And sitting in the stands.
Even Morgan County’s finest made sure they stayed hydrated.
If you missed the excitement last night, be sure to call Susan Beasley (picture above) and join the Bulldog season ticket holders.
Next week Clarkston High from Atlanta’s Dekalb County travels to Morgan County.
The Mighty Angoras. I’m not sure, but their mascot might be a 1950s fluffy pink sweater.
MADISON, GA — Last night’s scrimmage was against Columbia High School, a 3A school from Atlanta. In the interest of journalistic integrity, they are actually in located in Decatur off Columbia Ave.
You can follow their basketball team on Twitter. I chose not to follow them at this time because I haven’t reason to. I am not a sports journalist.
I am a mom with a blog.
With that disclaimer….
Story of the game:
* Rain delay.
Rain and lightening caused two delays (and eventually ended game at half). Both teams played about 15 plays. Three drives each.
The first delay happened with 9:07 left in 1st Quarter. This resulted in a nice social hour.
I caught up on Aubie Knight’s chase for a 4:30 in the Savannah Marathon this November. Robin Couch’s life in a frat house. (At least that’s how she described summer with a house full of her boys and their friends.) And once again I marveled at how Rhonda Spence keeps the same adorable figure — year after year after year.
So much for the rain delay.
* Speed Kills.
The Eagles dripped speed. A misstep by the Bulldogs and that was it.
Before the game, my son said the DE he was to line up against committed to Auburn.
At the game, I heard six guys committed to Div. I schools.
After the game, my husband said they had five guys committed. Two to SEC, two to ACC and one to Ohio State (That’s the Big Ten.)
Today at Hibbets, Ray Stapleton said he heard they had four athletes committed.
So if you want the real scoop, tweet the Eagles. For remember:
I am just a mom with a blog.
But I feel safe in saying they brought some great athletes to Bill Corry Stadium last night.
* Game Summary
The Bulldogs were losing 14-0 at the half when they called the game due to weather.
It was just a few big plays that resulted in points.
One rushing touchdown happened after a defensive unsportsmanlike penalty on the Bulldogs gave the Eagles another shot after the Bulldogs had stopped them at the goal-line on 3rd and 4.
The other was a long breakaway pass and run from the young man attending THE Ohio State University. (I guess someone surely told him about the Jim Tressel thing before he signed on the dotted line.)
It was just to be nice sitting with friends in the stands again. A happy fifteenth birthday today to #26 Jack Speyer. Learned that visiting with his mother last night.
That’s what I do best. Sit, chat and pull for those sweet youngun’s wearing the Red and Black.
for I am
Just a mom with a blog.
Home Opener, August 26 against Walnut Grove (Not to be confused with China Grove a song by the Doobie Bros that I remember listening to on a little black AM transistor radio.)