Man of the Hour

Posted in Uncategorized on July 31, 2009 by 2guysdishinit

Love and Sympathy to my close friend George…his father passed away this weekend and was buried today…the Man of the Hour has taken his final bow…goodbye for now Mr Torrosian.

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2009 College Football Super 7

Posted in Uncategorized on July 30, 2009 by 2guysdishinit

Well now that spring football is over and the NFL draft is behind us I thought it was about time to come up with my super 7 teams. This is where things stand right now and things can change a great deal before the season starts so this ranking could look very different in September. What I’m going to do is give a brief summary of each team, a potential roadblock to success, a strength of the team, the toughest game and a trap game. I’m also going to give you a most valuable player and a surprise player. The surprise player is someone you might not know right now but figures to play a big impact in fall. With that said lets get started at the top.

1. The Florida Gators: The defending national champions return their entire starting defense, 2007 Heisman trophy winning quarterback Tim Tebow, and has a very favorable schedule in 2009. Can Florida be the first team to repeat as National Champions since the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers?

Roadblock to success: Some might say complacency, but I think there is more than enough leadership on this team. I feel the biggest roadblock will be the loss of the dynamic wide receiver/running back Percy Harvin. Someone will have to step up (Brandon James, Jeff Demps, Andre Debose,) and fill his mighty big shoes.

Team Strength: Leadership. How hungry will this team be? The off-season will be just as important to this teams’ success as the preseason. Having Tim Tebow back will be huge but don’t underestimate the value of All-American linebacker Brandon Spikes and what he means to this team on an emotional level.

Toughest game: @ LSU on October 10th. The winner of this game has won the last three national championships.

Trap Game: @ Mississippi State on October 24th. Florida has lost the last 2 times they’ve visited Starkville.

MVP: This is an easy one, quarterback Tim Tebow. He could leave Florida with 2 Heisman trophy’s and 3 national championship rings, not to shabby.

Surprise player: Andre Debose. The true freshman receiver/running back out of Sanford, Florida will get the first crack to replace Percy Harvin.

2. The USC Trojans: They lost quarterback Mark Sanchez, and the bulk of their defense, to the NFL but I think this is the year that USC puts it all together. It doesn’t hurt that the BCS title game will be played in Pasadena (motivation anyone).

Roadblock to success: Inexperience. The Trojans will be breaking in a new quarterback, redshirt sophomore Aaron Corp or true freshman Matt Barkley, and eight new starters on defense.

Team Strength: Depth. No team in the country has recruited better than USC over the last few years and it will show this year.

Toughest game: @ Ohio State on September 12th. Not exactly the best way to break in all the new starters.

Trap game: September 19th @ Washington. The week after going to Columbus to face the Buckeyes the Trojans have to travel to face their former offensive coordinator and new Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian.

MVP: Safety Taylor Mays. No player is more intimidating than the Ronnie Lott clone.

Surprise player: Linebacker Malcolm Smith. The younger brother of New York Giants receiver Steve Smith could be the next great linebacker at USC.

3. The Texas Longhorns: Texas fans feel like they should have played for the title last year instead of Oklahoma. Could they get their chance this year? If 2008 Heisman trophy runner up quarterback Colt McCoy has anything to do with it they will.

Roadblock to success: The defensive line. Texas will break in four new starters up front on defense. Outside linebacker Sergio Kindle moved to defensive end this spring to improve the pass rush.

Team Strength: Colt McCoy. The offense should be explosive again this fall lead by quarterback Colt McCoy. Can he win the Heisman trophy and lead Texas to a national title?

Toughest game: This one is easy, October 17th against Oklahoma in Dallas. Will a Texas victory lead to a Big 12 South title? It didn’t last year.

Trap game: November 14th against Baylor in Waco. Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin could give the longhorns fits.

MVP: Quarterback Colt McCoy. All he has left to do is get his team to the national title game.

Surprise player: Cody Johnson. The 255 pound running back will add power to the running game.

4. The Oklahoma Sooners: They lit up the scoreboard in 2008 but they came up short in their chase for the national title. 2008 Heisman trophy winning quarterback Sam Bradford returned to Norman for his junior season and could be one of six NFL first round draft picks in 2010.

Roadblock to success: The offensive line. Last season Sam Bradford must have felt all alone in the pocket. The four senior starters from the 2008 season have moved on and it might take time for the new line to gel.

Team Strength: Firepower. The offense was fantastic in 2008 and led by running back DeMarco Murray, tight end Jermaine Gresham, and quarterback Sam Bradford, 2009 should be just as explosive.

Toughest game: This one is easy, October 17th against Texas in Dallas. Will an Oklahoma victory lead to a Big 12 South title? They lost to Texas last year and still won the Big 12 South.

Trap game: October 3rd @ Miami. The Hurricanes would love nothing better than to take down the Sooners and move back into the national spotlight.

MVP: Sam Bradford. He put up amazing statistical numbers in 2008 but his team came up one win short of the title. He’s back at Oklahoma looking to lead his team toward a chance at redemption.

Surprise player: Adron Tennell. The 6’ 4” senior wide receiver had a great spring and could become one of Bradford’s favorite targets.

5. The Virginia Tech Hokies: The two time defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions return 16 starters including dynamic quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Could this be the year that the ACC champions get a shot at the national title? The champions from Big 12 and the SEC are going to have to stumble but Virginia Tech should be there if they do.

Roadblock to success: Tyrod Taylor. When he is healthy the quarterback can be very dangerous. His health and his development as a passer are critical to the Hokies success in 2009.

Team strength: Tyrod Taylor. No other player in the ACC can match the game breaking skills he brings to the table each game.

Toughest game: September 5th vs. Alabama in Atlanta. This game won’t determine Tech’s fate in the ACC standings but it might determine the fate of the ACC in the national standings.

Trap game: October 17th @ Georgia Tech. Hard to call this game a trap but the Hokies better ready for the Yellow Jackets and their smash mouth style of football.

MVP: Tyrod Taylor. Notice a theme here, as Taylor goes so go the Hokies.

Surprise player: Running back Ryan Williams. He had a huge spring (153 total yards in the spring game) and hopes it will carry over to the fall.

6. The Ole Miss Rebels: The rebels were the surprise team in 2008. They were the only team to beat Florida (and did it in Gainesville) and the easily handled Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl. They lost two first round draft picks to the NFL but have tons of talent returning to Oxford.

Roadblock to success: Expectations. It’s one thing to sneak up on people but it’s another thing all together to win when there’s a target on your back. How does Ole Miss handle the role of the hunted?

Team Strength: Talent. They have perhaps the deepest defensive line in the country, led by defensive end Greg Hardy, and the talent on the offensive side of the ball is just as good. Quarterback Jevan Snead could be a first round draft pick in 2010.

Toughest game: October 10th vs. Alabama. This game could be for the SEC Western Division title. The good thing for Ole Miss is the Tide have to come to Oxford.

Trap game: October 31st @ Auburn. Winning on the plains is no easy task. The Rebels better not overlook the Tigers.

MVP: Quarterback Jevan Snead. Snead had committed to play at Florida before Tim Tebow chose Gainesville and Snead ending up in Austin where he sat behind Colt McCoy. Could this be the year he proves to the best prospect of the three?

Surprise player: Linebacker Patrick Trahan. You might not know him now but I assure you other coaches in the SEC and NFL know who he is.

7. The Oklahoma State Cowboys: It’s the story of the good and the bad for the Cowboys. The good is they return fourteen starters from a team that won 9 games and they have one of the best offenses in the country. The bad for the Cowboys is that Texas and Oklahoma are just as loaded and they all reside in the Big 12 South. Only one team from that division can play for the conference title, can the Cowboys be that team?

Roadblock to success: The Big 12 South. If three of the top seven teams in the country are in the same conference then that can be a problem for two of them, but if they are in the same division of the same conference that can be a nightmare.

Team strength: Offense. The Cowboys might have the best quarterback (Zac Robinson), running back (Kendall Hunter), wide receiver (Dez Bryant), and offensive tackle (Russell Okung) combination in the country. The problem is Oklahoma is their competition in that category as well.

Toughest game: November 28th @ Oklahoma. Not only is this a huge rivalry game but it might decide the Big 12 South and much more.

Trap game: September 5th vs. Georgia. This game will lay the foundation of the Cowboys season, but just how sturdy a foundation is the question.

MVP: Dez Bryant. This wide receiver is a Terrell Owens clone, without all the drama.

Surprise player: Richetti Jones. On a team desperate for a pass rush the sophomore defensive end could make a huge impact.

Other teams that could steal the spotlight: Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, TCU and Boise State.

Taking a closer look at the top seven you’ll notice that you’ve got three teams from the Big 12, two from the Southeastern Conference, and one each from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Pac 10. Wouldn’t it be great to have the champion from each of those four conferences play in a playoff format….wait that’s getting way ahead of myself the season is still months away and not one game has been played. Oh well this top seven should be enough food for thought to hold you over till the season starts right? Remember a lot can change between now and the first of September.

Mark you calenders now!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 24, 2009 by 2guysdishinit

As we get closer to the start of the college football season I can’t help but get excited. I get excited by thinking about all the big games and exciting match-ups that will take place in 2009. Then something happened, I got invited to a wedding in September and the first thing I thought wasn’t congratulations but rather what games are on that weekend and what am I going to be missing. Fortunately I checked the calendar I’m going to be alright. That got me thinking, first of all who gets married in the fall and what are some of the big match-ups this fall, and what weekends will I need to reserve my couch for watching football. Here is what I came up with.

I found the three biggest games of the fall and they are, in no particular order.

1. Texas vs. Oklahoma on October 17th : This game will go a long way toward deciding the Big 12 South, a possible berth in the BCS title game and maybe even the Heisman trophy. This game will feature the best quarterback duel of the season between Texas Colt McCoy and Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford. Considering Oklahoma has lost three of the past four meetings and Texas won last year but got left out of the Big 12 title game my prediction is Texas 38-35.

2. Florida @ LSU on October 10th: You talk about a tough place to play try Death valley at night. The winner of this game has won the last three BCS titles. LSU will have revenge on its mind after Florida hammered them 51-21 last year in Gainesville. An important factor will be the week before Florida has an open date and LSU plays at Georgia. My prediction is Florida 28-17.

3. USC @ Ohio State on Sept 12th: USC hammered Ohio State last year in Los Angeles but USC will be breaking in a bunch of new starters this year. This will be the first road game for new USC starting quarterback Aaron Corp or Matt Barkley. Could this be the stage where Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor becomes a star? My prediction is USC 31-24.

These might not be the biggest games but they did catch my eye.

1. Georgia @ Oklahoma State on Sept 5th: Georgia will be breaking in a new quarterback and Oklahoma State returns as much offensive firepower at any team in the country. My prediction is Georgia 28-24.

2. Florida State @ BYU on Sept 19th: Florida State will travel a long way to play the cougars. BYU is a BCS dark horse especially if they can get by Oklahoma on Sept 5th. My prediction is BYU 38-21.

3. Oregon @ Boise State on Sept 3rd: If Boise State can get by the ducks at home you could be looking at a BCS spoiler. Keep in mind Boise State went to Oregon last year and won. My prediction is Oregon 45-42.

4. Oklahoma @ Miami on Oct 3rd: Give Oklahoma credit their non-conference schedule of BYU and Miami is no cake walk. I think Miami might be over their skis in this match-up but they should be emotionally charged. My prediction is Oklahoma 42-28.

5. Tennessee @ Florida on Sept 19th: New Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin has a lot to say about Florida coach Urban Meyer and something tells me Meyer isn’t going to forget. The combined score the last 2 years has been Florida 89 Tennessee 26 and that could be about this year’s score but I don’t think Tennessee will score 26 points. My prediction is Florida 56-14.

Those are a just a few dates to mark on your calendar for the fall. Just hope you don’t have to go to a wedding, or another exciting family function, on one of those weekends.

Perfect Game

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 24, 2009 by 2guysdishinit

Real quick thought here…I think it’s still cool when your Dad calls to tell you about a possible perfect game (only 17 EVER in the history of MLB…not a single batter reaches first base…no hits, no walks, no reaching on an error)…leaves a voicemail telling me that there is a 1-1 count on the first batter in the 9th inning…then calls back to leave another vm to tell me that Mark Buerhle of the Chicago White Sox got the perfecto (against my current hometown Tampa Bay Rays nonetheless)…AND he described in full detail the amazing catch the center fielder made…leaping above the wall to rob Gabe Kapler of the Rays a home run…bobbling it…then saving it with his bare hand. I didn’t even need to watch the highlight when I got home. Priceless.

The Age of Twitter

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 21, 2009 by 2guysdishinit

Sometimes in life you just have to accept change and embrace what is new. That is what I did with Twitter. For the longest time I was vehemently against it. I am sure that purists in basketball felt the same about the 3 point line when it was introduced. Hell, Pete Maravich averaged 44.2 points a game WITHOUT said line…how much more fun would it have been to see him average 55? I think that makes my point here. Conversely, the DH is still not totally accepted in baseball…especially by the purists. While it has extended many a career, I feel it has ultimately hurt the essence of the game. YES, it creates excitement when the Rangers and the Angels play a 14-13 game, but it also has led to TOO MANY 4 hr games. However, as we all know, once the world series starts, great pitching usually wins out…like a great defense in the NFL , or a hot goaltender carrying his team to the Stanely Cup. I digress…since going on twitter with my partner in crime b glass, I have become a purist who now loves the DH (and unlike the AL, Twitter is more like a Greg Maddux masterpiece..short and sweet). Since he talked me into ‘tweeting back and forth with random thoughts’, it has led to this ‘experiment’ in blogging (sorry about all the parenthesis’)…brought people closer together…and most importantly given both of us a reason to hone our writing skills and have many sessions of self-induced therapy. If not for Twitter…we would have never started this. While it will probably get annoying many, many, times over…our hope is to share our passions with the masses and get people involved in both completely sophomoric conversations and mature ones as well. Welcome to the blog.

In the beginning..

Posted in Uncategorized on July 21, 2009 by 2guysdishinit

In the beginning there were 2. 2 guys who had a lot to say about everything and nothing at the same time. They also wanted to get their friends involved in their sometimes pointed and othertimes pointless conversations. Articles, essays, and everyday musings about life were also welcome. And so it began….

Hello world!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 21, 2009 by 2guysdishinit

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