Tuesday, October 31, 2006
When asked about potentially replacing Bunting, Rodriguez said "Anytime any coaches on our staff or myself get mentioned [for a job], it's very flattering. It's not something I've ever viewed as a distraction. I'm focused on what we're doing right now in our season," he said. "After the season I'm sure I'll sit down with our people here and discuss, with my family, if anything is interesting at that point. "
Obviously, this raises anxiety among WVU fans. Everyone wants to hear him say "I'm committed to WVU and plan to be here for many years to come." But, that's just not reality. We dealt with the same thing with John Beilein last year. Success brings these types of problems. RichRod's name has been thrown out for many jobs all over the college football landscape. Personally, I don't see him going to UNC. However, there is another potential job out there that could be open this year or next that I could see him leave for: Florida State.
Imagine what Rodriguez could do with the recruiting base in Florida. He's a great recruiter and a great coach and with FSU resources, he could build on the success of Bowden. It's really the only place I could see him at other than West Virginia. I've heard that Rodriguez and Bowden have a good relationship and the Florida State fanbase has expressed an interest in landing the coach. I would hate to see him leave, but if he does, this is the most likely place he'd land.
In other news, Governor Manchin was in town yesterday and made the big announcement. I've heard a lot of grumbling about the waterpark project but, hey, something is better than nothing. A lot of people expect it to fall apart. But, I'm not so sure. If it were a public funded venture, I would agree that it would end in disaster. But the fact that it is privately funded gives me hope. Obviously the group that is building it needs it to succeed and will do everything in their power to make it happen. I'm genuinely optimistic.
Lastly, head over to the M Zone to check out Coaches' Halloween Costumes. Rich didn't make the cut but I definitely enjoyed Tommy Tubberville's. Oh, and I really hate Charlie Weis.
Monday, October 30, 2006
With that said, today Fairmont Officials and the Governor will announce the plans to construct a major resort on what is known as the "Sharon Steel Site." Plans include a waterpark, hotel and conference center. Jobs and growth are supposed to follow the project into Fairmont and Marion County.
I am certainly in favor of using the waste dump for something...anything. And if it really occurs, excellent. I am in favor of any development in Fairmont and Marion County. But I can't help but think the timing of this announcement is a little suspect. Eight days before an election, Fairmont City officials announce this major plan...after sitting on their hands for how many years?
Folks, this doesn't come down to a Republican v. Democrat argument for me in Fairmont. This comes down to a "Good Ol' Boys" network that has controlled Marion County and Fairmont politics for years. With the backing of Manchin and Mollohan, Fairmont and Marion Count have fallen into the "vote for the name" system of politics. And my question is why? What has voting the same people into office over and over again done for Marion County and Fairmont? Show me one major improvement in Fairmont compared to the surrounding areas.
Some people might point to the High Tech Consortium in White Hall. Well, what good has that really done for Fairmont? Have you been to East Side? You can't shop on the East Side of the river. You can't get a decent meal on the East Side of the river. And, quite frankly, the West Side isn't a whole lot better. What businesses are moving into Fairmont? We're spending millions on a highway connector that runs to Yann's. Now, don't get me wrong, Yann makes a great hotdog but do we need a 4-lane into his business?
But that's besides the point. I want someone to tell me what benefit Marion County and Fairmont have received from constantly voting in the exact same people. I think it's time to put in some new people with fresh ideas who can work for Marion County, not work to pad their pockets. It's time to vote people in who care about Fairmont and not their own advancement. It's time to vote out the Good Ol' Boys and I hope you join me on November 7th in attempting to do just that.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
In other news, I'm watching the Steelers lose to "da Raiders" right now. Big Ben has just thrown his THIRD interception. I am now officially on Charlie Batch watch. I don't know if the Steelers will really lose, but if they do, Pittsbugh is done. They will officially be a "bad" team. I hate to say that but there's not other way to put it. No repeat. No playoffs. I'll reserve final judgment for tomorrow. But the fact they are struggling against Oakland says a lot.
Some other quick observations:
- Michael (or is it Mike now?) Vick threw the Falcons to another victory today. Well, I still don't think he's that good. Just give it a little time...the Ron Mexico we all grew to hate will show himself again. It's only a matter of time.
- Chicago is just plain awesome. 41 first half points against San Fran. I know it's the 49ers but 41 points in a half is unbelievable. I like Da Bears.
- Fire Denny Green today, please. Even the Cardinals deserve better.
- Baltimore is the best team in the AFC North.
- Philadelphia is overrated...like they are every year.
Lastly, if you're voting in this election, I would like you to consider voting for Roger Anderson for City Council. I know Roger well and I know he would do a great job for the City of Fairmont. Thanks...
Saturday, October 28, 2006
I've grown very weary of the 1-loss vs. undefeated Big East argument. Every week it's the same thing. Obviously Lee has a vested interest that an undefeated Big East team be overlooked in favor of a 1-loss team...any 1-loss team is better than the Big East as far as he's concerned. And he's not alone. But I would remind them that the season isn't even close to over. Florida still has an SEC championship game to play. USC still plays Notre Dame. Notre Dame and USC have both looked poor all season long.
I would also remind everyone that the Big East is and will remain a BCS conference. Therefore, an undefeated Big East champion should be given the same weight as any other conference champion. I would also argue that the Big East is a very strong conference right now. WVU, Louisville, Rutgers and Pitt are all good teams that I would feel very comfortable seeing compete in any conference. Cincinnati and USF are each one win away from bowl eligibility. Syracuse is improved over last year. UConn is in a rebuilding year.
I will be the first to admit that the schedule of Big East schools is not overly impressive. However, the Big East has played the teams on their schedules and played very well. WVU beat a good Maryland team...one of the better teams in the ACC. Louisville beat an average, at best, Miami team. Rutgers scheduled, and beat, Illinois, UNC and Navy. Who knew UNC and Illinois were going to be that bad. UNC was supposed to be good this year and Illinois was supposed to be turning around under Ron Zook. Pittsburgh played Virginia and Michigan State. Who knew Virginia was going to be that bad and probably fire Al Groh at the end of the year. Michigan State beat Pittsburgh but Michigan State has been bipolar all year...good and bad.
So, judging by that, Big East schools did schedule some decent competition. Unfortunately, the teams they scheduled were far worse than anyone would have guessed 3-6 years ago when they made the schedules. By comparison, let's look at a national powerhouse schedule. Texas is ranked right behind WVU...who is their out of conference opponents? North Texas, Ohio State, Rice, and Sam Houston State. Outside of Ohio State, the combined records of the other 3 schools is 9-14 with Sam Houston being a I-AA school. Is that a national schedule?
Obviously, the argument would then turn to "look at the in-conference opponents." Okay...Oklahoma is playing reall well. They handed Oklahoma their only loss. No undefeated teams in the Big 12. So, I'll admit the Big 12 is a great conference but I don't necessarily believe that the toughest teams in the Big 12 are really that much greater than Louisville, Rutgers or Pitt. I think Pitt could beat Texas A&M, Louisville could beat Oklahoma and West Virginia could beat Texas.
Anyway, I'm just about sick of the argument. The season isn't over...WVU and Louisville could both lose before the season is over and the argument is moot. But I will continue to argue that if WVU or UL is undefeated at the end of the season, they deserve a nod to the BCS championship game over a 1-loss Florida, ND, USC or any other 1-loss team you want to throw at me.
With that said, I'm now ready to travel to Louisville on Thursday to cheer the Mounties on to victory. I can't wait to see what the reception at Papa Johns' Stadium is like for Mountaineer fans. Since Louisville has declared it "Blackout Thursday," I purchased a white WVU polo today to wear to the game. Nothing like sticking out...
Friday is the big BIG East/West game here in Fairmont. It will be the biggest East/West game I have ever been a witness to. Probably the biggest in at least 30 years considering both teams are going to the playoffs. The winner will have homefield advantage for the first round of the State playoffs. That's something worth playing for.
Lastly, I had been in Charleston most of the week, thus the lack of updates. We had another person leave our IT department suddenly which necessitated my trip. My apologies for not getting up the predictions before the games. I would have been way wrong anyway probably...
Monday, October 23, 2006
- Kenny Rogers may or may not have cheated to beat the Cardinals last night to tie the series at 1 each. LaRussa didn't care...so I don't care either.
- Cincinnati/South Florida may have set the Big East back a year. What a horrible game. There were 17 people in the stadium and the play was just bad. Really, really bad. Why are they playing on a Sunday night anyway? I hope everyone was watching the World Series and not this demonstration of high school football.
- Steelers lost again. Big Ben injured again. Are the Steelers cursed? Probably. Michael Vick threw 4 touchdown passes. He's the greatest passing quarterback ever. Well, I don't believe that but expect to hear it over and over again next weekend.
- The Raiders won a game. What a disappointment. I was looking forward to the 0-16 season. Seriously.
- UCLA broke my heart. Notre Dame is barely winning...and Professor Holtz wants them to be in the BCS Championship. Bull...
- WVU jumped Auburn in the BCS polls. People are upset. WHY? If WVU is undefeated and in a BCS conference and goes undefeated, they deserve the shot over a 1-loss team. If they don't, remove the automatic BSC bid from the Big East. But, if you remove it from the Big East, remove it from the ACC too because they are horrible.
- Rutgers beat Pitt. Another ugly game...I wasn't overly impressed with either team. But Rutgers is 7-0 and that is something I never thought I would see.
- East Fairmont clinched their first playoff berth in 30-years. 30-freakin-years. That's just unbelievable.
- Louisville has declared their game against WVU as "Blackout Thursday" and has asked their fans to wear black. If you're going to the game, I encourage you to wear light colors.
Alright, that's about it for now. Have a good one...
Thursday, October 19, 2006
I'm surprised more coaches don't blow up like that after heartbreaking losses. Let's face it, Arizona had the Bears whipped. And I had already crowned the Bears. Chicago's offense could do nothing right. The Cardinals defense was decent. The offense scored. There is no way Arizona should have lost that game. And then your field goal kicker misses the game winner. How do you know blowup? How do you not lose it? Seriously?
Ah well, anyway...Game 7 of the NLCS tonight. I like the Mets tonight. Something about Shea Stadium. Then the Tigers win the World Series and Detroit is finally removed from the map following massive rioting. Or maybe not. Seems like Detroit fans might have grown up some. No rioting after the ALCS victory. I don't understand rioting after victories. There should be rioting after defeats where fans of the losing team throw stones at their team's stadium. Not vice versa.
Yeah...so, on with the predictions:
Fairmont Senior 21 - Wheeling Park 24
Bridgeport (who lost to GRAFTON last week) 35 - Nicholas County 13
Morgantown 34 - John Marshall 21
East Fairmont 30 - Buck-Up 13
Clemson 24 - Ga. Tech 17
Pittsburgh 28 - Atlanta 21 (Ron Mexico is stopped!)
WVU 45 - UCONN 13
AND LASTLY, my friend Mr. Davis from WVConfidential is "allegedly" moving to Chicago at the end of the month. Do I believe it is part of a terrorist plot? Yes, actually. But I wish him the best of luck anyway.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Now, as funny as the Canes fight was...what's funnier is Lou Holtz chiding Larry Coker for lack of team control. Lou Holtz left Notre Dame, South Carolina and Minnesota and all three schools were put on probation for violations during his stay. So if anyone knows about maintaining control of a program, it's Lou Holtz.
But, hey, at least he didn't let a brawl occur during a game...
Sunday, October 15, 2006
The computers have WVU ranked at #14. That's fine with me too. If you look at our schedule, that may be about right for a computer. The toughest part of the WVU schedule is ahead of us and if we continue to win, we will move up in the computer rankings which will help our standings overall. The humans have us at #4 which is about right for people who have actually seen the team play.
Let's look at who is ranked ahead of us: #1 Ohio State. They very well may go undefeated and be in the BCS championship game. Only real test left is Michigan. #2 USC. USC has been barely sneaking by opponents. They will lose. #3 Michigan. See above. #4 Auburn. Still a really tough schedule left plus they have a loss.
There's a lot of football left. Too early to even care about rankings but ESPN puts so much stock in them that you need to be ranked high. #5 has a good feel to it. If we beat Louisville, then we can start asking to be higher. Until then, I like where we're out. It will all sort out in the end.
In other news, Pittsburgh is killing KC. I'm not saying that they've turned it around completely but they sure look good. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Baltimore and Cincy both lost which helps the Steelers a lot too. Maybe things are looking up.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
In case you missed GameDay this morning, Lee Corso went off on the WVU defense. He said WVU was not a Top 5 team. He said we have a Top 5 offense but the defense isn't even top 50. I've never seen him make sure pointed comments on GameDay. He really called out the defense...I'm sure those comments will be played over and over this week at WVU practices.
But, regardless, WVU is now 6-0, 1-0 in conference play, and improving. Pat White finally showed his explosiveness which makes me very happy. 247 yards and 4 touchdowns is a pretty awesome day. Slaton and Schmidtt are looking awesome. Colson needs to be cut. McAfee made my day with his tackle...awesome. Hopefully WVU keeps rolling until the November 2nd showdown at Louisville and the Big East game of the year.
In other news...Vanderbilt beat Georgia at UG. And Indiana beat Iowa. I like both of those. Rutgers looks like they will remain undefeated. And USF destroyed UNC. All good things. East Fairmont has secured its first winning season since 1990. Also a good thing.
And, that's about it for right now. More big games coming up later. A good evening of football ahead...
Friday, October 13, 2006
Why does Temple still play I-A football? Seriously. They are really, really bad. I feel sorry for them. Tommy Bowden probably could have dumped 100 on them last night.
Frank Beamer's goiter has lost its magical powers. There's something seriously amiss at VaTech and I love it.
Alright, on with the predictions:
East Fairmont 56 - Preston 13 (East Fairmont is beastly -- seriously)
Fairmont Sr. 32 - Elkins 17
Tyler Consolidated 24 - North Marion 13 (Sorry, NM is going winless)
University 27 - Wheeling Park 21
Auburn 24 - Florida 21
WVU 44 - Syracuse 17
Pittsburgh 20 - Kansas City 24 (Really, really sorry -- Pittsburgh shows no life)
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
1. Habib has never returned the mouse. We e-mailed him inquiring about it but never received a response. Matter of fact, he has not e-mailed anyone in the firm from the e-mail address he gave us as his new work e-mail. We're beginning to wonder if he truly has a job.
2. East Fairmont appears to be a lock for the playoffs (barring a Yankee-like collapse). I am truly amazed and very pleased. It's only been 30 years.
3. You need to read this article: We Can't Imagine The Minnesota Candidates In 20 Years
And lastly, a YouTube from Matt:
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
First, the vendor who was in charge of the upgrade was over an hour late. He was supposed to be here between 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Arrival time: 5:15. That's a poor start to the evening. But, hey, no big deal. The hardware was here and it had been "tested" back at his company so all he needed to do was open the boxes, disconnect our current hardware and put the new equipment in place. Right? RIGHT?
Wrong. It became clear around 7:00 p.m. that something was amiss. Had we missed a step? So, what do you do when nothing works? Call support. So, we attempted to get support. No answer. Of course. The vendor tech who was here? Couldn't get support. And, by the time we actually got through to someone, it was 10:00 p.m. And, well, no real answers there either. By 11:00 p.m., we started switching back to the old equipment. And by 1:00 a.m., I was on the road home.
So, 8 hours of work and we ended up right where we started. Quite a productive evening. We've determined that we have some misconfigured hardware. Apparently the "tests" the vendor performed where not done in the correct environment with the right settings. They had us confused with another client. YIPPEE!
No surprises. I had told my boss we would be here until at least midnight. Nothing ever goes smoothly. Why do you think there are so many tech jobs? Incompetents. That's what keeps the job market alive.
Monday, October 09, 2006
The Yankees have been eliminated. So, the question is: Is it better to make the playoffs and lose in the first round or better to just not make it? I am honestly not sure. The Yankees prompt exit is really unacceptable considering the money put into that lineup. I hate to say it but if I were Steinbrenner, I would fire Torre and trade A-Rod. Torre has been a great manager but there's something amiss on the team and it starts there. I don't know that Pienella would be my first choice for a replacement but I would let Torre go. As for A-Rod, he's a great player. He will return to being a great player. But he needs to play shortstop and I don't know about the pressure of New York. I would trade him for young pitching. His contract isn't as bad as you might think considering how much the Rangers picked up. I don't blame A-Rod at all for the Yankees being out of the playoffs but I just don't think he's a good fit for the team. And someone would be very happy picking him up.
The Steelers are in serious trouble. Being 1-3 and in, arguably, the toughest division in the NFL isn't a good thing for Pittsburgh. I don't know if they can right this ship or not. Honestly, I missed the 2nd half of the game...I wasn't feeling very well. Ben was playing pretty good in the first half so I'm not sure where the collapse was so if someone wants to fill me in, that would be excellent. I haven't read anything about it yet so it seems the offense must have died in the 2nd half.
Lastly, T.O. at Philly was a major disappointment. I had to live through months of hype for this stupid game and it was the biggest disappointment ever. The game was okay but no one ran on the field and tried to tackle T.O. I didn't see anything thrown from the stands. Not witty chants but the Eagle faithful. Major disappointment. T.O.'s little fit on the field and on the sidelines weren't as good as they could have been. His press conference sounded like a baby crying about not getting his bottle. T.O. was afraid to catch a pass across the middle so he would catch on the sidelines and jump out of bounds. What a disappointment. As for the Cowboys - bench Bledsoe and fire T.O.
Friday, October 06, 2006
On the other hand, I do not like Mickey Andrews at Florida State. I think it's because he has no lips. Or maybe it's because every time they cut to him during a Florida State game, he is spitting something somewhere. Can you imagine talking to this guy? I think you would walk away covered with whatever he has in his mouth. The guy kinda creeps me out. He's a very talented defensive coordinator...he's done great things at FSU. But can't he do something about that spitting thing. And why does ESPN find it necessary to show him 800 times per game? Give me a break.
Speaking of ESPN coverage, it really gets boring. Show Bowden. Show Amato. Show Andrews. Show Evans' dad during radio commentary. Let Fowler and Herbstreit argue a little. Go back to Bowden. Back to Amato. Etc., etc. Who is producing these things? Yeah, there's only so much to show but maybe they could focus on the game a little more. I don't care who Mickey Andrews is spitting on. Did I mention that earlier?
One last thing on this subject: The ACC is really bad. I mean, they really are pretty bad. Is Clemson the class of the ACC? Or Wake Forest? The ACC is not the SEC where there are a handful of elite teams that could beat up on each other. The ACC is just that bad that anyone can beat anyone. FSU was supposed to be the class after they beat Miami. Miami is horrible. FSU lost to a team that lost to Akron. Virginia Tech - no. Georgia Tech - lost to Notre Dame. The ACC is really bad.
Predictions for this week:
East Fairmont 35 - Lewis County 6
West Fairmont 42 - Buck-Up 17
Morgatown 52 - North Marion 10
LSU 17 - Florida 14
Oklahoma 23 - Texas 21
WVU 45 - MSU 17
Chargers 28 - Steelers 17 (OUCH!)
Thursday, October 05, 2006
Ummmm, I agree with a majority of the things covered in the male restroom etiquette guidelines. However, I do not agree with the call that you skip the 2nd and 4th urinal if 1, 3 and 5 is taken. If you have to go, you have to go. Secondly, I don't agree with not flushing the urinal. Especially if it is a urinal that has the water that stays in it. You should always flush. It's disgusting.
- PacMan Jones is out there making us proud
- In case you've never found it, Pro Football Talk - profootballtalk.com -- is an awesome web-site for NFL rumors and they are located right here in the Mountain State.
- If you haven't heard, T.O. is playing Philidelphia this weekend. He might bring some other Cowboys with him too.
- Tommy Tuberville is crying about how tough the SEC is. Basically, he's saying there's no way anyone can get through an SEC schedule undefeated. Oh well...
- The NHL season started yesterday. The highlight: Barry Melrose's hideous pink/purple pin-striped suit that he said he got from Garth Brooks. I haven't been able to locate a picture of it yet.
- Lastly, if you live in the Mountain State and really want to watch the Mountaineers this weekend, they are on pay-per-view only. Sorry.
And, well, that's about all for right now.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Oakland / Minnesota - Well, this one is over pretty much. Oakland beating Johan Santana at the Metrodome shouldn't happen. Not to this Twins team that dominates at home. But struggles on the road. They blew their homefield advantage that fast. I think that loss probably took the wind out of their sails. The Big Hurt is on fire. Oakland in 4.
Los Angeles Dodgers / New York Mets - I think all the Mets pitchers died at the end of the season. Pedro is out. El Duque is injured. At one point in time it looked like the Mets were the class of the National League. So, things look bleak for the Mets. On the other hand, the Dodgers have Nomar Garciaparra which costs them a game in my eyes. So, Mets in 5.
St. Louis / San Diego - St. Louis collapsed down the stretch and nearly blew the NL Central. Then they whipped up on San Diego yesterday in San Diego. So, which team shows up tomorrow is the question. I just think the Cardinals are a better team but the Padres can push them to the limits. St. Louis in 5.
Detroit / New York Yankees - The Yankees lineup is just unbelievable. Damon, Jeter, Abreu, Sheffield, Giambi, Rodriguez, Matsui, Posada and Cano. With the exception of A-Rod, that's some serious hitting potential. The Tigers can't out-slug that group. Pitching is the only Yankee downfall but it shouldn't stop them in this series. As much as I like Jim Leyland, the Tigers overachieved this year and aren't moving on. Yankees in 3.
Monday, October 02, 2006
South Carolina nearly upset Auburn...but it didn't happen. I was prepared to write a big article about how much I liked Steve Spurrier (which I don't) but he blew the game. I don't like Steve Spurrier. Iowa never really got going against Ohio State. WSU hung tough against USC but couldn't pull it out. Alabama blew it late against Florida. The Notre Dame offense showed life against Purdue. And Rutgers is still undefeated. That pretty much sums up college football...oh, and Lou Holtz still needs to be fired.
As for the NFL, the Raiders really may not win a football game all season. Cincinnati bowed to Tom Brady's thrown. Chris Henry was suspended. Washington is showing life. Baltimore is 4-0 and may be the best team in the AFC North. Miami, the pre-season hot pick, it struggling (like their college counterpart). Tennessee may be as bad as the Raiders.
Once again, pretty boring. Except for Da Bears. Chicago may be the best team in football right now. The defense is awesome and Rex Grossman figured out how to throw the ball again. Chicago stomped Seattle last night and I was very impressed. Some Seattle folks will say that the lack of Shaun Alexander made the difference...that's bull. Chicago dominated Seattle and I don't think it mattered who Seattle had or what they did...37-6 is not something one running back can overcome. Chicago is my pick for the NFC now.
Anyway, that's about it for the ol' football roundup. Pretty boring I would say...