The Sports Broadcast

A blog about sports broadcasting from the great state of Florida. They report. I decide.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Games in Review

What a game last night from Boise State and BYU. I knew it was going to be good, but wow. Only a missed field goal in the final minute for BYU allowed BSU's streaks to continue. Apparently, QB John Beck had a separated shoulder which took away the Cougars' deep threats and led to the losses to Stanford and USC (that, and USC is in a class above everybody along with Oklahoma), so that was the real BYU offense last night. The Broncos gave up way too many long completions to be considered a true BCS contender right now. They must find a way to fix that before Fresno State comes to town. Fortunately for Boise, they can tune up by pasting SMU and Tulsa, and they even get a week off in between. Additionally, the secondary can get plenty of practice playing against their own offense as QB Jared Zabransky is as capable as Beck and Fresno State QB Paul Pinegar of throwing down the field.

As for the Gators, it was about as frustrating as wins get, but it still goes in the same column as 49-10 over
Eastern Michigan. The defense was strong, but it appeared the only player on the UF offense who came ready to play was Ciatrick Fason. It was about time for him to get more carries, and he delivered with 210 rushing yards. He also caught 5 passes for 43 yards, giving him 253 yards of total offense, or 48.37% of the Gators' total offensive output of 523 yards. He also accounted for the only two touchdowns of the game, one rushing and the other receiving. Chris Leak might have played himself out of Heisman contention with 3 INTs (one of which was tipped and not his fault), but Fason probably, and should have, played himself into it. Mysteriously, DeShawn Wynn did not get a single carry in the game. He lined up in the backfield a few times and even at wide receiver once or twice too. It will be interesting to hear Ron Zook's explanation for this.

The Gator defense really deserves credit for this win. They only allowed 207 total yards to
Kentucky, or just 6 more yards than they allowed in passing alone to Eastern Michigan. After key lapses against Tennessee and a highly underwhelming performance against EMU, this was the kind of game it needed. Kentucky racked up 554 yards and 51 points against Indiana last week, so the Wildcats' offense can be a very potent one. Granted, it was against Indiana, but that's still more yards and points than the Gators have managed against anyone this year. Speaking of Indiana, the Gators did not reach 33 like I wanted them to, but 20-3 is a solid win, considering the circumstances (early start time, threat of hurricane hanging over everyone's heads, Chris Leak momentarily forgetting to stop throwing to people dressed in all white like the Gators were last week in Knoxville, etc). It sure is better than trying to come back from losing 21-3 in the fourth quarter.

Friday, September 24, 2004

College Football Weekend

This weekend does not look too promising for getting a lot of good college football games. Iowa-Michigan and Clemson-FSU appear to be the only ones really worth watching, but each of those four participants have taken turns looking really bad. This could get brutal.

The best game of the weekend might actually be tonight's game, BYU and Boise State on the blue turf at 10 pm Eastern on ESPN. BYU has beaten Notre Dame, but then lost badly to Stanford. Half of the fun will be seeing which Cougar unit shows up the the game. The Broncos on the other hand look to extend their Division I-A leading 14-game winning and 20-game home winning streaks. Both teams like offense a whole lot better than defense, so look for a shootout providing BYU doesn't mail it in like against the Cardinal.

Despite the streaks and its #21 ranking, Boise State still manages to fly under the radar somewhat, so this is an excellent opportunity to see a very good team in action. The team won't be on national TV again until October 29th's game when Hawaii visits Bronco Stadium. Don't be surprised though if the October 23 showdown against Fresno State is picked up, especially since both teams could, and should, be undefeated and the winner will be in excellent shape to go undefeated and become the first team from a "mid-major" conference to make a BCS bowl. Of course, there might be two this year with Utah looking excellent so far with a relatively easy schedule ahead. The toughest tests for these teams, aside from the Fresno at Boise game, will be Hawaii for Fresno and Boise and Air Force or BYU for Utah. Utah definitely has the inside track.

As for the game most near and dear to my heart, I am hoping for a pre-hurricane blowout win over Kentucky for the Gators. I expect at least 33 points out of UF because Indiana just put up 32 on the Wildcats last week. Ron Zook has had his troubles to say the least, being down 21-3 in the fourth quarter of last year's game before a three-touchdown comeback, but Steve Spurrier had his troubles against Kentucky too at times. The "DOERING'S GOT A TOUCHDOWN!" game is the prime example of that. Both of the afforementioned games were at Kentucky though, and last year's game was before the Gators figured out how to play together (which didn't happen until after the loss to Ole Miss. Kentucky has a better defensive line than Florida, but that's about it. I expect it to be uncomfortably close for much of the game before UF pulls away in the second half.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Can't Let Go


Just the look of that is disgraceful.

It's been nearly a week, but I can't let it go. Another loss for the Florida Gators due to disgraceful officiating.

"But maybe they should have made the field goal in the third quarter. Or covered over the middle in the fourth. Or this. Or that." Or maybe, the refs could have ran the clock correctly.

All football requires is doing enough to win. Being convincing is not required. Ohio State has taught us that countless times over the past couple of years. The Gators did enough to beat Tennessee. Any time a team is punting from anywhere outside of the endzone with 30 seconds to go and a lead, they have done enough to win, barring a special teams collapse. That's exactly what the Gators did. Only problem was, due to ineptitude of the officials, the game clock sat at 0:55 instead of running down to 0:31. Brilliant!

It's still a loss, and that won't be changed. At least the SEC supervisor of officials was big enough to admit the error, as opposed to the ACC supervisor's smarmy non-apology after the catastrophically bad officiating by ACC officials in last year's FSU-UF game. This loss to Tennessee isn't just a regular loss. It has more meaning than that. Consider:

-UF had not lost consecutive games to Tennessee since 1970-'71. That streak was broken.
-UF does not control its destiny in the SEC East this year due to bad officiating.
-UF has lost two straight rivalry games due to bad officiating.
-UF has lost two of the past four games due to bad officiating.
-UF is 6-3 in it's past nine games instead of 8-1 due to bad officiating.
-Ron Zook is on the hot seat due to losing two straight to Tennessee and two straight to FSU, instead of being lauded for winning the most recent games against those two due to bad officiating.

And it goes on. I'm not that concerned about the SEC this year because that Tennessee team is not good enough to run the table or lose just one conference game. The other things matter though. That streak was impressive. Rivalry games count more than other games. Regular season games determine bowls. 8-1 looks a lot better than 6-3. And I like Ron Zook. I think he's a good coach with the potential to be great, and he is the one who brought Chris Leak, Channing Crowder, and many other highly talented players to Florida. Whether or not UF is the kind of place for a first-time coach to learn to be great or not is another debate, but anyone deserves better than these past two UT and FSU games on top of all of the madness. No, I can't just let that game go. I won't.



Full Disclosure

Instead of beginning with some kind of dumb introductory post, I'm going to start this thing off with a "Full Disclosure" page. Writing about sports is incredibly difficult to do without bias, especially when doing sports opinion like I intend to do. So, to make things easy, I'll go ahead and spell out what I like and don't like, and hopefully this will help explain me and minimize confusion. Also, since I was born and raised in Florida, I don't really follow hockey much as I can't really relate to a sport that requires large amounts of ice for long periods of time.

Favorite teams:
Baseball: Baltimore Orioles (AL), Cincinnati Reds (NL)
Football: Tampa Bay Buccanneers
Basketball: Orlando Magic
Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning
NCAA: University of Florida

Other Teams I Tend to Root For:
Baseball: Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners
Football: Tennessee Titans, St. Louis Rams
Basketball: Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks
NCAA: UCF, Boise State, Air Force Academy, Texas Tech, the Oregon schools, Iowa, Oklahoma

Teams I Don't Like:
Baseball: Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, New York Mets
Football: Dallas Cowboys
Basketball: Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks
NCAA: FSU, Tennessee, Georgia, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, USC, the ACC in general

Other Favorites:
Pitchers' duels (but not Roger Clemens), seam routes to the tight end, the fade pass, perimeter ball movement, back-door cuts, having playoffs decide champions, grammar and punctuation, people who don't use leet, and the numbers 45, 13, and XXXVII

All content on this page other than "Favorite Teams" is subject to change.