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Sep 27

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 2:33 pm | Leave a Comment (4)
Category: Looker of the Week

With the Gators handing UK its first loss of the season this past weekend, the armchair quarterbacks across the Big Blue Nation came out in droves. Let’s rehash some of those infamous lines that you have either heard or said:

“I’ve been patient long enough with Hartline. He sucks!”

“Our defense was terrible. How could we not contain Burton in the Red Zone?!”

“Joker obviously didn’t have a good game plan.”

“Why don’t we just run the Wild-Cobb every play?!”

Sound familiar? These and other more colorful lines have been widely circulating across the blogosphere today, and I’m sure they’ve made appearances around the old water cooler as well.

I’ve always been amazed when people throw the team, or specific individuals, under the bus when their exceedingly high and unrealistic expectations are not met.  It was Florida for goodness’ sake. Let’s face it, we were beat fair and simple. There’s no need to make excuses or to create scapegoats for why we lost. We still have a ways to go before we are on the same level as programs like Florida, and until that time, we should take such losses, even if they are by 34 points, as learning experiences.

Let me also note that a large part of beating a team that you haven’t won against since 1986 is “luck.” All the other facts were not in favor on Saturday night, and a little luck would have made a huge difference, I think. However, I did think for a moment that luck was on our side when big ole Ridge Wilson intercepted Brantley’s pass early in the 2nd quarter; yet, another lost opportunity. Oh well.

Let’s not be discouraged, my friends. We will prevail over Ole Miss this weekend. If we don’t, well maybe then you armchair quarterbacks will actually have a little truth in your claims. But, until that time, stay on the couch and keep your mouths shut! Go Cats!

As always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know.  And remember, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.”  Cheers!

Sep 20

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 4:01 pm | Leave a Comment (3)
Category: Looker of the Week

(Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Oh Brett Favre, let’s be honest, your future looks quite grim;

Your Vikings are now 0-2, which makes your chances of making the playoffs very slim.

To be exact, one sports writer put your chances at a mere 13 percent;

Boy, this has to hurt your pride and ego, even just a little bit.

With all of the drama that seems to unfold when you tend to make a decision;

Maybe all of that hype would be here to stay if you could just go throw with more precision.

C’mon, Brett, four interceptions in two games has not met our expectations;

We want to see more touchdowns and on-field celebrations.

Could it be your offensive line or receivers, or even your coach Brad Childress?

I dunno, I’m no expert, but what I can say may go against your interest.

See, I think you should consider “spending more time with your family,” as the saying goes;

Before this season gets out of hand and all of your flaws become exposed.

So, I wish you the best of luck this Sunday, even though your future may be bleak;

But, until that time, my friend, you are our “Looker of the Week.”

As always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know.  And remember, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.”  Cheers!

Sep 13

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 2:00 pm | Leave a Comment (3)
Category: Looker of the Week

Davidson in his most favorite pose (Whig.com)

It’s September, which means that baseball is nearly at the end of its season and football is beginning to take precedent in American sports for many fans. Of course, this doesn’t mean that baseball has already lost its most colorful moments of the year. Take, for example, the recent game last Tuesday between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee’s Miller Park. What happened during that game, at that park, and on that night  was despicable; we, as sports fans, should all be outraged for the events that unfolded in the city where Jeffrey Daumer once called home. And once again, as I previously commented on a few months ago, what happened had nothing to do with any one player, coach, or even the game itself. Instead, our attention was turned to an umpire—good ole Bob Davidson.

Go ahead and Google Mr. Davidson.  What did you come up with?  Nothing but a tremendous amount of disappointment from all corners of the sports world for that man, right?  Well, he deserves it.  In case you missed it, Davidson went on an all out testosterone-filled, self-fulfilling act of ejecting three people, folks, from what has now become a very memorable game.  That’s right, I said three people, and he received some assistance from one of his crew members, who threw out Brewers’ manager Ken Macha in the second inning.

After the stage had been set for Davidson after Macha was ejected, Davidson ejected Cardinals’ pitching coach Dave Duncan, Brewers’ center fielder Chris Dickerson, and Sean Ottow, some guy who was sitting in the seats behind home plate.  The latter completed what one blogger referred to as the “superfecta.” Well, I suppose it was a good night for horse racing fans.

Apparently, in the seventh inning, Davidson had enough of Ottow’s heckling of Cardinals’ catcher Yadier Molina (who is a tremendous backstop, by the way). Davidson said in at least one account that he believed Molina was going to go after the fan if he had not intervened, because Ottow made several homosexual slurs toward Molina. What? Where in the rulebook is that allowed?  Well, according to the Major League Baseball rulebook, such a stunt is not allowed. In fact, umpires are only allowed to eject fans if they come onto the playing field.

Davidson has a history of making such tremendously bad calls or terrible decisions with regard to the game. Hell, just this year, he had another memorable poor performance on the diamond. Remember that blown call he had in the Phillies-Marlins game, which costs the Marlins the game? According to one sports reporter, “…if [we] listed every call that Davidson got wrong [we’d] be typing for the next 48 hours at least. He’s a disgrace to the game and has been for many, many years. Baseball people laugh at him.” Them some harsh words, my friends.

In other “looker” news, Virginia Tech has failed to meet pre-season expectations of many college football analysts by going 0-2 this past weekend. They fell to the nationally known super power James Madison Dukes by the score of 21-16. Although it put JMU on the map, it pretty much ended VaTech’s hope for a BCS bowl in January. In addition, Boise State is (once again) screwed from making it to the national championship if they go undefeated during the regular season again this year. I don’t know whether to chuckle or feel sorry for the Broncos.

(AP Photo, The Roanoke Times, Justin Cook)

As always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know.  And remember, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.”  Cheers!

Sep 7

Looker of the Week

Posted by: Nate Lowe at 4:23 pm | Leave a Comment (12)
Category: Looker of the Week

“Get focused!”  You betcha Mike Hartline was this past Saturday.  Now, by a show of hands, who all doubted Hartline going into the game against UofL?  Who all doubted Joker’s decision to name Hartline as the starting quarterback?  Better yet, who actually believed in Hartline?  For the record, yours truly was among the latter; I’ve supported Hartline when many others have discarded his potential to be a solid SEC quarterback.

Hartline’s statistics this past Saturday were just that—solid, but not entirely impressive:  17/26 for 217 yards (65% completion rate).  Yeah, he may not have thrown for any TDs, but, most importantly, he didn’t have any INTs.  His overall quarterback rating was 135.49 (ESPN), which ranked him in the middle of the pack among all Division I-A quarterbacks for the weekend.

Beyond his statistics, let’s focus on what was arguably the most impressive aspect of Hartline’s performance—his on-field mentality.  I’m talking about those things that cannot be taught necessarily, but what must be developed through experience.  His maturity showed on Saturday by routinely making good decision with and without the ball.  Honestly, his performance against UofL is all that we need from him for the rest of the season.  He just needs to be solid, make good decisions, and play within his self.  Is that too much to ask?

So, how does all of this relate to the Looker of the Week?  Well, if you’re one of those persistent Hartline haters, you are our Looker of the Week.  Get a grip, folks, shut the hell up and give a little respect to the guy.  If you know someone who falls within this category, but they’re too weak to take responsibility for their name-calling, please call them out.  Maybe they’re a work colleague, a family member, or a fellow church-goer; whoever they are, call them out as a “looker” for us this week.  If it’s you, well, just own up to it and move on with your life.

As always, if you have a good candidate for “Looker of the Week,” please let us know.  And remember, refrain from making dim-witted remarks and/or engaging in ludicrous acts, or you may just be our next “Looker.”  Cheers!