Saturday, October 21, 2006

Saturday morning cartoons

Left the Runway after midnight last night. Mulled over a few things while trying to keep from falling asleep on the long drive back to New Haven.

  • Randy Edsall told the media to be on alert. If there are any more injuries, we may be called upon to fill in. That's because Edsall said any true freshman who hasn't played yet will not see the field no matter what in order to preserve the redshirt. Same with Dennis Brown at quarterback. Dave Solomon is ready. Get him a helmet with a single-bar facemask.

  • UConn was a quarter away from ending Steve Slaton's Heisman campaign. Instead, he tacked on 89 yards in garbage time, including a 56-yard TD run when it was obvious the West Virginia coaching staff was looking to pad his numbers, and finished with what would appear to be a respectable 128 yards on 19 carries. Don't expect him to be on many ballots from Connecticut voters.

  • Pat White, on the other hand, should be mentioned with Troy Smith, Garrett Wolfe, Brady Quinn, Ian Johnson and the rest on the Heisman watch lists. But Slaton's getting the hype this season, so White may have to wait til next year to get serious consideration.

  • West Virginia has a linebacker named John Holmes. The press box sounded like a Beavis and Butthead sketch after his name was first announced. John Holmes. Huh Huh Huh.

The press box reacts to a John Holmes tackle

  • Have to get this off my chest. An F-minus performance by the fans at the Runway last night. The place emptied by more than half by the time of the second half kickoff, and it was only 20-3. By the middle of the third quarter, it was all but empty. Ok, fans. And this isn't a sweeping indictment, mind you. But this isn't the Big E. It comes off a tad lame when you show up, have a fried dough, listen to the marching band for a few minutes, point and laugh at the drunk frat guys, watch a little bit of the game then head for home before the tractor pull. This was a nationally-televised game against a team that has a shot at winning the national championship this season. Maybe the first and only time an eventual national champ AND the season's Heisman Trophy winner come to the Runway. I got a ton of emails from friends looking for tickets because the game was a sellout and they couldn't buy them. Then you watch the ESPN broadcast and it's a sea of empty seats. Why spend the money on season tickets if you don't care about the team that much?

Looking forward to watching the Rutgers-Pitt game this afternoon. Should be a good one.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you're another fan leave early whiner hey?

You, of all people, should know a fan base isn't built over night.

It's bitter in the wind, the team has no offense, so making some kind of concerted effort to come back is next to impossible.

You've got casual fans who are so new to the game that sitting in the bitter cold wind is not even close to being an option for them.

As for not buying the tickets and letting others buy them. Be careful what you ask for. CT fans don't have much patience and because they don't realize it takes time to build a winner, tickets may be easy to get real soon.

Must be cozy in the press box hey?

Disclosure: I'm a season ticket holder who, 99% of the time, stays 'till the last minute or 2. But last night I brought my wife and she is unable to handle the cold for a number of reasons. We left at the half. Even if she was not there mid 3rd quarter might have been all I could take. I'll continue to stay till the end in most instances but don't expect the casual fan to. It takes time. You should know that.

October 21, 2006 12:55 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much time does it take for fans to learn to watch a football game past halftime? This isn't cricket. What a totally lame excuse. Connecticut fans aren't football fans.

October 21, 2006 1:26 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly...they are not FB fans....yet.

It takes time to build a base of dedicated fans.

I'd like to know what D 1A program started out and filled their stadium every game for all 4 quarters. It just doesn't happen that way. I wish it did. But it doesn't.

I still get frustrated when I stand up and scream on 3rd down or any down in the red zone and fans still sit in their seat quiet as can be. But there's not much I can do except scream louder

October 21, 2006 1:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the calendar, it's October 21st. Cold? In late October? With very strong winds predicted in advance? Shocking!

Winter clothing? Blanket? Gloves? Hat? Good idea!

Not a football fan? Except for emergencies, give your tickets in advance to people who are fans and will arrive on time and leave after a game ends. Great idea!

October 21, 2006 4:58 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Connecticut football fans have to be the most fickle and ignorant bunch ever.

First of all they are not football fans. They are UConn fans. When UConn is losing or UConn appears to have the victory at hand, UConn fans head home. They are there to see UConn win and that's all. They don't know the game and they don't know college football.

October 21, 2006 11:46 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pat white is no heisman contender. don't confuse him with brady quinn who in the clutch is unstoppable, and has amassed 1,900 yards thus far, and holds every notre dame quarterback record. white can't throw the ball, west virginia is one dimensional, and won't play for a national championship over a one loss SEC team, texas, or notre dame because they play nobodies.
you guys gotta get your instate recruits to build up your team (asaph schwapp, startin fb, notre dame; john sullivan, starting c, notre dame), and hopefully the big east will develop to something more than a mid major. until then your best shot at watchin a real football team comes when the fighting irish play the big east starting in 2009.

must commend edsall's discipline. if calhoun had his backbone, the hoops camp would also have class.

October 22, 2006 10:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


A two loss Notre Dame doesn't even deserve the BCS. This one loss Notre Dam doesn't even deserve it. When was the last time ND won a BCS Bowl? When was the last time WVU won a BCS Bowl?

The Big East is anything but mid-major this season. It won't be long before the conference can stand on its own football wise. At which time I hope that the Conference wises up and kicks The Irish to the curb where it belongs. We'll find another basketball school that actually brings something to the table.

October 26, 2006 12:28 PM 

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