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Today, the writers of The Sports Bank will be bringing all their thoughts to you in live, real time fashion!  Ahh, the wonders of the internets!

Join us today as we give you the inside scoop on who, what, why and how YOUR favorite team is doing!

Just some of the games we will be spotlighting today (all start times central):

Towson St. at Northwestern (11 AM)
Minnesota at Syracuse (11 AM)
Navy at Ohio St (11 AM)
Western Michigan at Michigan (2:30 PM)
Missouri at Illinois (2:40 PM)
Northern Illinois at Wisconsin (6 PM)

Simply look for the bolded portions of the post for your favorite teams’ names and look for what’s going on at the stadium and/or in the minds of the people covering the games!

Minnesota 7, Syracuse 0 (13:48 left in the 1Q)
You can tell this is going to be a wild game, with two great kick returns, a turnover, a touchdown, and Syracuse already knocking on the door…I hope if you made a wager on this game you bet the over.  Defense and the defensive side of special teams already seem to be lacking in this one.
Paul Schmidt

Northwestern 7, Towson 0 7:55 1st qtr
Ohhhh, it’s good to be back, god I love football season especially collegiate level. Wish there was more of a crowd here though

–Paul M. Banks

traffic here near the stadium SUCKED!! I can’t believe Ryan Field isn’t more full when you consider how much traffic was backed up

–PMB

Freshman tailback Arby Fields catches a pass. how about 5 for $5.95? When Kafka knows he’s going to throw to him, do you think he says in the huddle to his teammates “I’m thinking Arby’s man”?

–PMB

NU 14, Towson 0, 3:37 1st qtr.

NU freshman TB Arby Fields score his 1st TD. Curly fries, beef n cheddars, and Dr. Pepper all around.

–PMB

Minnesota 14, Syracuse 3

Tweets from @PeterChristian….he’s on fire today:

“Greg Paulus is not accustomed to going this long in a collegiate game without fist pumping wildly (and annoyingly).”
“Thanks to ESPN for sending their 32nd best booth crew to the Gophers-Orange game.”

A couple of thoughts – Minnesota’s defense looks a little bit better than I thought it would, and their offense looks primed like it’s the middle of the season.  Decker is on fire and Adam Weber is firing bullets.
Oh, and I think Pete might be giving these ESPN2 goofballs in the booth too much credit by saying they are #32…
-PS

Minnesota 14, Syracuse 3 (9:59 left in the 1Q)

Minnesota starting this drive for the first time inside their own territory…and now they are lining up a WR named Stoudamire up at QB….good times.

@PeterChristian was wondering if seeing highlights of Minnesotas Eric Decker catching a thousand balls against Illinois last year was fun…why, yes, Pete, it was.  Thanks for asking.
Heading over to the main ESPN to see the Middies and Buckeyes knotted up at 7….
-PS

Northwestern 21, Towson 0 :37 left 1st

I have to admit everyone on NU who’s caught a pass or done something significant on offense today has a GREAT NAME: Arby Fields, Scott Concannon, Drake Dunsmore, Zeke Markhausen. Fictional names are nowhere near as good as these!
–PMB

Love how Towson’s main receiver and return specialist is named Banks. btw, Arby Fields scored again this time from much further out. Is Towson thinking Arby’s man? Ok, that’s it. I’m retiring the roast beef fast food chain jokes

–PB

arbys

NU 28, TU 0 12:44 left in 2nd

Dan Persa, Wildcats’ 2nd string comes in for a drive. 72 yard bomb to Brewer. He’s elusive like Kafka.

–PB

Kafka had a great 1st qtr 7 of 8 for 92 yards.

–PB

NU Athletic Director Jim Phillips is a very friendly and talkative guy. Just chatted with him. He makes sure to chat with all the journos here

–PMB

Minnesota 14, Syracuse 10 (:32 left in the 1Q)
Nice little ball fake by Paulus and he hit his receiver in stride for a 30 yard TD.
We also got the debut of Greg Paulus jumping up and down hands in the air, as well as several little fist-pumps…not good times.
From @PeterChristian

“Dick Vitale just peed himself with that Paulus TD pass.”

“So much for thinking the defensive backs aren’t going to be the Achilles’ Heel of the Gophers. I just threw up.”
Agreed on the DBs…either Paulus is far better than we all anticipated he would be after not playing QB for 4 seasons, or the Gopher DBs are not very good.
Also, I think it is time for my first beer.  Look out world!
-PS

Ohio State 17  Navy 7

After forcing a fumble, Pryor play-fakes and runs in for a short TD. Pryor is not very accurate, but he CANNOT be sacked, and he’s scrambling and then looking downfield, not just tucking and running.

-JF

Minnesota 14, Syracuse 10 (11:48 2Q)
From @PeterChristian:

“Note to Adam Weber: those kind of INT’s are not acceptable when you’ve been starting for two years.”
Agreed.  I didn’t really know what to say about that pass, because after Weber did a really nice job avoiding the pressure, he looked like a second-string high school QB throwing the ball to a receiver that, under no circumstances, could have been considered open.
The Gopher defense held, and even got their first sack on Paulus (a good sandwich…), but those types of passes have to be worrisome if you are a Gopher fan.
-PS

Ohio State 17  Navy 7 (2:51 2Q)

Interesting development here. After Pryor starts out sizzling… he is replaced by the back-up QB for this drive. What!?  The announcers like the move but I’m not so sure. Pryor doesn’t look thrilled either. Fittingly, on his first pass he is sacked.

-JF

Minnesota 14, Syrcause 13

With more tackling issues for the Minnesota DBs, it bears the question, asked via twitter to @PeterChristian, just what their deal is, when they can’t tackle anyone?? @PeterChristian says:

“Because tackling isn’t cool. It’s like crossing the street at a crosswalk. Not doing it is frowned upon, but sometimes it works.”

Ok, then.  There ya go.

Also, Greg Paulus does NOT look like he hasn’t played in a college football game in his career.  They’re using all these little short passes, their version of the Wildcat, the Orange Stallion, and playfakes to completely keep the Gopher D on their toes. The DB’s not bringing receivers down on first contact makes those short passes VERY effective.

Delone Carter just scampered 20+ yards on a straight draw for the Orange, and just punched it in from one yard out, now making it:

Syracuse 20, Minnesota 14 (1:39 2Q)
PS

Syracuse 20, Minnesota 14 (halftime)

Say what you want to about Greg Paulus, he has completely energized the Syracuse fan base, and their entire team.  They’re fired up to be playing, and excited at their prospects — and the reason that is important is the Carrier Dome gets really, really loud when the student section is rocking.  I’ll call it right now — don’t be surprised if the Cuse manage to find their way to a bowl game this season.  I really like what I’m seeing from them so far.

As for the Gophers, Adam Weber looks really lost so far, and many of his passes are far off the mark.  Just first game jitters/rust?  Or something more?  Keep an eye on this as the game progresses.
PS

Northwestern 37, TU 7 10:30 3rd qtr
I’m surprised Towson even came out for the 2nd half. I would have just stayed inside. And we just had our 1st Wildcat roar of the day… rar rar rar!!

–PMB

I know this is a FCS (formerly I-AA) team, so it’s not that impressive, but still it’s impressive 37-7 total domination

–PB

danny_green_dunking_on_greg_paulus

maybe Eastern Michigan will be a bigger challenge next week. The MAC sometimes gives the Big Ten problems

–pmb

NU 37, TU 14 8:30 in the 3rd

Anybody watch that Big Ten Network Friday night Tailgate show?

No? Yeah, I didnt think so, but anyway, they had this gorgeous new co-host on their who’s an absolute train-wreck on air. Melanie..something. Total babe, but just zero broadcasting skills for the 1o minutes or so I saw towards the end of the show.

This game was pretty much settled since the 1st qtr…it’s 40-14 now. It doesn’t look like they have any other games on the tvs in the press box here. So I’m going to use the 4th here to write my NBC story for the game and get ready to fly out of here to meet Paul S. and co. at joe’s to watch Illinois. I want to get to see a qtr or two of that game before I have to jet again and drive out to Naperville, to get to Lisa’s place for street fest tonight.

OSU only up 6 on Navy- shocking! PSU is crushing Akron 31-7. And Minnesota is still losing. go Cuse!

Ohio State 23  Navy 14

Wake up call for the Buckeyes! Navy just went on a 15 play, 99-yard drive capped off by a 16-yard laser of a TD pass by Ricky Dobbs that took up almost 9 minutes. The defense has some kinks to work out before USC comes to town next week, but the triple option is difficult to defend/prepare for. This is a good early test for Pryor and the inexperienced offense. Just as i typed this, OSU came back and answered with a field goal.
-JF

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio State 29  Navy 14
And just like that the suspense is over. Senior safety Kurt Coleman forces a fumble and the offense cashes in with a score. It’s hard what to make of the defense. Without the forced turnovers, pretty mediocre. Pryor looks like he has improved a lot from last year. He is constantly making plays. Hard to tell against Navy, but the running game looks pretty solid too. Nice response.

-JF

 

 

 

Iowa 17, Northern Iowa 13
Coming at you live from Joe’s Bar on Weed Street here in Chicago….yes I’m live blogging from a bar.  This should be entertaining.

Nice, NICE ball from Ricky Stanzi to Tony Moeaki at TE for the Hawkeyes, but it wasn’t entirely clear that he came down with the ball in the end zone without bobbling it.  Too tough to tell, really.  Now Northern Iowa faced with a tough 3rd and 5 to stay somewhere in the game…and not making it.  I’m not saying that the game is over…but it’s not looking good for the Panthers.
-PS

Syracuse 20, Minnesota 17 (14:10 4Q)
From @PeterChristian – “Nobody on this Gopher offense is on the same page. They’re reading different books. The only ones reading the Gopher playbook is the ‘Cuse D.”

I am telling you, this is a solid job of working with what you have by a not-very-talented Orangmen unit.  They aren’t trying to win it all on one play, like the Gophers seem to be every time they touch the ball.

Of course, Weber just went 40 yards through the air and hit Decker in stride.  So what do I know.

Ohio State 29  Navy 21 

Every time i say something about this game, something crazy happens. Navy just threw an 87 yard TD pass after OSU went for it on 4th and 2 when they were well within field goal range and got stuffed. OSU secondary has serious issues. This game is wacky! I suggest turning it on if you can. -JF

Ohio State 31  Navy 27

NAVY TOUCHDOWN!  QB Ricky Dobbs on a 20+ yard run up the middle. Chris Spielmann is having a heart attack in the booth. It all comes down to the two point conversion…..Navy goes to a spread look and….Pass INTERCEPTED and returned all the way the other way for 2 points! Very odd play call, Navy hadn’t been in the spread all day. Onside kick is unsuccessful. 2:23 remaining -JF

Iowa 17, Northern Iowa 16
I don’t think that I can really ezplain what the hell just happened…I had no sound.  But I’ll try….

UNI had a great drive all the way down the field with no timeouts, and did a fantastic job getting themselves into field goal range.  UNI kicker lines up, looks confident….GREATPUSH ON THE IOWA LINE IT’S BLOCKED GAME OVER!!!!

Wait….no it isn’t.

See, you can’t, if you’re the defense, touch the ball on a blocked kick if it crosses the line of scrimmage.  Acts as a fumble.  UNI knew this and recovered the ball for first down, with one second left, and another 42 yard attempt to win the game.

The UNI kicker lines up.  He looks confident.  The ball is snapped and HOLY SHIT IT’S BLOCKED AGAIN?????????

Unequivocably the most wild finish to a game this season so far.  Yeah, I read it…..
PS

Syracuse 20, Minnesota 20 (OT)
The first college football OT of the year is butting up against the start of the Illinois game.  I’m not happy.

Crap….I’m abandoning the Gophers.  I’m sorry.  Pete is frothing at the mouth though, know this. 
-PS

Illinois-Mizzou, just prior to kickoff
Just know, I’m predicting Illinois to get their first Arch Rivalry win since the inception of this awful nickname…

They just showed the announcers and I don’t know who they are….Ed Cunningham??? WTF, ESPN??
PSIllinois-Mizzou KICKOFF!!!!!
The 2009 season begins with Rejus returning a kickoff 25 yards.  I-L-L!!!

Mizzou 3, Illinois 0 (7:23 1Q)

As far as both teams’ first drives go, this was about as bad as it could have gone.  Illinois didn’t go three-and-out, but had a nice drive stopped by poor Juice Williams decisions, culminating in him NEARLY throwing an interception.

Then Mizzou drove down with relative ease, throwing, running and running an option that I just didn’t see coming.

And in the middle of that drive, Rejus Benn went off the field to the locker room. 

This may be the quickest the Illini have ever made me want to kill myself….

PS      Mizzou 10, Illinois 0
Maybe this live blog was a bad idea….

 

Mizzou again was moving the ball with no problem, and AGAIN, they score.  This time on a long touchdown pass from Gabbart to….someone.  I don’t know who.  I think I blacked out.

Benn is still in the locker room.  This is, officially, the worst I’ve felt about an Illinois game ever…

PS     Mizzou 10, Illinois 3 (13:30 2Q)

 

Well, we’re on the board…I don’t know if it’s a good thing when you see that Baline Gabbart is 8-9 for 100+ yards and a TD.  Mizzou is still moving the ball like it’s going out of style.

STILL no Benn update.  I have to believe, given the way he was walking, it was something above the hips, because there was no limp at all.  Maybe the shoulder again?  He’s got a bad one.  A concussion? He did look….wobbily?  Unsure of his steps?  I don’t know. 

It’s all speculation, and it would be great if SOMEONE would say what happened so we could stop speculating…

-PS     Missouri 13, Illinois 3 (8:36 2Q)

An awful pass by Juice Williams to a wide open AJ Jenkins — Who probably should have caught the ball — led to an interception…two GREAT plays by Martez Wilson stop the drive in it’s tracks though.  Still an FG…

 

But Martez asserting himself with a huge hit is great, and a big tackle for a loss is even better.

Still, much like the crowd in St. Louis, the crowd here at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street is losing interest quickly.  It’s like we knew this was coming.  We’re cut!  The Russian is cut!!

PS  Mizzou 16, Illinois 3


See, this is why you come to the bar with your pregnant wife:  1) she orders fried things with cheese (mmmmmm mac and cheese bites and fried spicy ravioli!!!), 2) she can drive you home when things go inexplicably wrong. 

 

At some point, you have to say Mike Locksley was the heart of the Illinois offense, and that the other Mike, Mike Schultz, isn’t getting the job done. 

Also at some point, if the Illini lose enough games, you have to say Ron Zook (pronounced, according to random old guy announcer that isn’t Ed, Zooooook) is in trouble job-wise.  This team has so much talent….they should go 9-3 or 10-2 no question.  None at all!  Losing to a Missouri team that lost every possible skill player you could imagine in the first game of the year before they really knew what was going on is absolutely inexcusable.  IN-EX-CUSABLE.

I’m going back to my mac and cheese bites.  They’re just more satisfying than the Illinois offense.

Somehow, improbably, still no word on Rejus Benn.  And with music blaring, if it comes at halftime, I won’t know unless one of the people I’ve asked to emails me.  Here’s hoping.

On a side note, I’ve been tweeting all week with @Red_Grange…I haven’t heard from him during the entire game.  I think the Illini killed him again.

Michigan alot, Western Michigan not alot (halftime)
Don’t have a current score on this one but the last time I saw it was 30-0 Wolverines.  Looks like I might have been wrong about the Broncos. 

From resident Wolverine fan Bosch:

“You see Robinson’s speed on that play??  Fuck Pryor!”

I don’t know who Robinson is, but…well, apparently he and Terrelle Pryor are in a romantic relationship….

“It may be the beer talkin, but the big ten better watch out!  I think the Wolverines will be a force!”

Well, what with the Terrelle Pryor fucking and all…..

-PS   Mizzou 23, Illinois 3
Yeah, the worst case scenario just happened.  Huge plays on a Mizzou opening drive to start the second half lead to a 3 yard TD pass from Gabbart to….another nameless Mizzou WR.

 

I mean, he probably wasn’t nameless, but I’m pretty drunk at this point and I don’t remember anything that’s happened and I’m too angry to look.

Benn’s injury is of the ankle variety, despite not limping as he walked off.  No word whether he returns or not. which is awesome.

Incidentally, the Illinois defense is not very good.
-PS

Missouri 30, Illinois 3 (5:14 3Q)

I just didn’t see it coming.  I just didn’t see it coming.

I don’t even know what to say about this game, other than my decision not to drive down to St. Louis on my own dime to cover the game was a really good idea. Really, really good.

I think I’m going to have to divide my Illinois-win-prediction by three to be right this season.  This is just abysmal, and it looks like there is no hope in sight.

Hoohoo just got his first catch.  With 1:30 left in the first Q.  Not like he is one of the best TE’s in the country or anything.

Finally, a tweet from our resident Wolverine fan Bosch:

“This is HJB…what is wrong with your team, man??”

Yup.  That about sums it up.

-PS  Missouri 30, Illinois 9
I wondered what we were missing….a blocked extra point!!! That was it!

 

Apparently Jason Ford is also injured if you’re wondering why we’re getting such a steady diet of suck…I mean Mikel Leshoure. 

I’m running out of bad adjectives for this game.  At this rate, my snark level will be very low for the evening games…

-PS   Missouri 37, Illinois 9
I have a hard time believing I even just typed that score into the posting area.  It’s downright shocking.

 

It’s the worst Illinois loss of the last three years, for one. 

I think, from a rationality there was no way to expect this.

From a fan standpoint, there’s nothing to say other than I feel betrayed and that I feel as though I was sold a bill of goods. 

I find it almost impossible to believe that somehow this is the way we have started a season that could have ended in a very special way. 

Either Missouri is going to be way better than people thought, or Illinois is going to be train wreck bad.

-PS Illinois-Missouri post-mortem
I just got a text from my mother, and Illinois grad. She said, and I’m quoting:
“What ga?”
Quite honestly, that may sum up my feelings…..
PS

 

Wisconsin 14, Northern Illinois 3 14:52 in second quarter

Tweet at 11:30 mark in first quarter:

“To quote Matt LePay: Welcome to the Big 10 Scott Tolzien.”
Mike Lucas shares my thinking that the play almost mirrored the Matt Schaebert/Lee Evans connection in 2004 against Ohio State. Sitting on cloud nine at this point, then reality sets in with the 47 yard run by Me’co Brown down to the Wisconsin 15 on the first play of their second drive. On the bright side, The Badger defense has two sacks already, which is roughly half of what the team had for a total all of last year. If they’re going to give up so many points, at least play with some sense of urgency. I don’t completely understand that saying, but that was my high school football coach’s favorite buzz word. Good thing we didn’t win a game.

Nick Toon is a beast by the way. And I have to admit I didn’t foresee Isaac Anderson’s dual-threat capablities. They have a pretty good crop of underrated receivers. Tolzien just needs to play like Craig Krenzel to give the offense a chance to score. Here comes Curt Phillips…

Halftime: Wisconsin 14, NIU 6

6:54 p.m. tweet- “And so begins Wisconsin’s Chris Leak/Tim Tebow combo, except for the cheerleader pass that Tebow throws. Ride T/P to victory!”

4:10 in second quarter

Welcome to the Big 10 Mike Taylor, and watch that rib contusion you just suffered. His housewarming gift of a fumble inside NIU territory was ruined by Tolzien’s Wakefield knuckler to that cornerback. I love that I can hear the “eat shit” and “fuck you” chants over the television. Totally classy. The Big Ten Network doesn’t have the money to pay for the censors ESPN uses to bleep the chants to “eat_______you.”

1:51 mark-

Make that 0-5 on third downs for NIU. The Badgers aren’t looking too bad on either side of the ball. A bend but don’t break mentality on defense will keep me happy as long as the run-run-pass, more boring than watching paint dry offensive scheme to some level of consistency. 

The best way to describe my feelings at halftime? “Good.” So descriptive, I know. My expectations were pretty low to start, so I’m very happy with both sides of the ball. Tolzien can throw a spiral and the defense is actually creating turnovers and pressure. Now let’s open it up in the second half.

On a separate note, I’m openly campaigning for the Packers to sign Jeff Garcia now that Brohm is out the door. I’ll discuss that later this week.

9:15 in the third quarter-Wisconsin 21, NIU 6

Typical Wisconsin touchdown: A single digit run after some good pass plays. John Clay is bringing back shaving designs into your head to showcase your lifestyle choice. I have a feeling “Tolzien to Toon” will be heard more than a few times this year. Props to Scottie for not emptying his colon before connecting with Al’s son.

Final score: Wisconsin 28, NIU 20

Nothing can ever come easy, but considering all the question marks surrounding the Badgers, all sides of the ball showed a spark that was rarely seen last year. The key word for the rest of the season will be consistency, but the defense was tough, Tolzien’s jock is only stained with sweat, and the rest of the passing game showcased three or four different threats. I’ll have more on this game and the answers to most of those pregame questions next Tuesday. Until then, I’m going to enjoy the fact that the defense wasn’t a game-altering enema like it was so many times last year.

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  1. Paul Schmidt says

    Everyone was shopping, PB….

  2. Paul Schmidt says

    I’m thinking Arby’s!!!

  3. Paul Schmidt says

    “The announcer just said, “That’s what Navy does, put you on your knees”

    You know, I’ve heard that about seamen…

  4. Paul Schmidt says

    Can someone tell me why Kenny Chesney is playing music in between segments of game? This is a bad, very bad development.

  5. Paul Schmidt says

    Matty! Good to see you here. As of yet he has not done any flopping. That’s just as of yet though, I’m sure we’ll see a phantom roughing the passer penalty before all is said and done!

    And there is the first sack on Paulus, almost on cue! He didn’t flop…he didn’t see the rush until it was too late…but he didn’t flop. He did get it from both sides. And you can interpret that however you like, lol…

  6. Paul Schmidt says

    What’s the deal with Pryor, Jake? Did he get hurt? Or are they just that confident?

  7. Are you thinking Arby’s man?

  8. Paul Schmidt says

    that answered my next question, Jake…I honestly couldn’t havae even begun to guess who the Buckeye backup QB was…

  9. does Greg Paulus slap the turf like all Dukies do to the court on the defensive end?

  10. I know Peter isn’t going to like this… but Paulus does have an arm on him… you think Coach K started crying after that TD pass?

  11. Matt Schrock says

    Since I’m stuck at work and can’t watch any of these games, my question is this… If a Gopher Def. Lineman breaks through the Orange OL does Paulus wait to see if he gets hit or just instinctively flop theatrically?

  12. HA HA good one PS and DK! slapping the turf…I love Navy’s triple option

  13. MOstly I like Navy because they have that guy at QB with the 40 syllable name and the 1 ND game I went to was the one where they ended their 40 yr drought or whatever vs. Notre Dame

  14. Paul Schmidt says

    ESPN college football presented by 5 Hour Energy! Now there’s a sponsor I can get behind!!

  15. This blog may keep me somewhat interested in college football this season… brilliant idea gentlemen…

  16. Was Paulus the guy who had Danny Green’s nuts in his face on a dunk two years ago?

    Sat is always a HORRIBLE day for traffic. I think this feature will change that…hopefully! We can call this bit Taking back Saturdays

  17. UPSET ALERT: Northern Iowa 10, Iowa 3… 2-plus left in 2nd qtr…

  18. Paul Schmidt says

    Coming to you live from Joe’s Bar on Weed Street…I need to make a post, Jake! Dammit, quit editing stuff!!!

  19. They are just that confident, which is really really confident because it’s been a pretty even game except for the one NAVY fumble, the guy’s name is Joe Bauserman, He led them down the field for a field goal, but Pryor is obviosly much better. He isn’t injured

  20. Greg Paulus is an idiot. Why the hell didn’t he play football the whole time? i just caught his last drive, very impressive

  21. Paul Schmidt says

    I wasn’t looking, but Navy then put a score on the board?? What the hell?

  22. Paul Schmidt says

    Checking out til the Illinois game to conserve battery life….If someone else could post Pete’s rantings and musings, that would rule…

  23. NU is swithcing QBs too. Kafka and Persa are playing back and forth. CFB doesn’t have a preseason, so playing a FCS (formerly I-AA is the next closest thing)

  24. Peter Christian says

    I just spent 20 minutes doing shots of rubbing alcohol, my tweets should get considerably more interesting… Stay tuned.

  25. OSU/NAVY has hit a lull. This is the time of the game when the student section starts yelling at each other or i start drunkenly hitting on the ladies around me, one of whom always inevitably looks like she could play fullback

  26. could there have been a more awkward start to an in-game interview than the one we just witnessed during the ESPN crew and Donovan McNabb???

  27. how do Pete and I not have a job as a two-man booth yet? Seriously, we would be more entertaining than a drunk Harry Caray

  28. wasn’t minnesota running the spread last year? I didn’t know they changed schemes. And I don’t like Paulus, but he has been pretty impressive so far.

    Kenny Chesney and country music suck. The sad part is that that stuff is much more marketable and clean than decent rock music that actually works as a pump up song. I’ve never heard of an athlete listening to country to get jacked up.

  29. haha…I wish they would’ve left the camera in the booth on McNabb as the announcers stood in awe of a man taller than 5’6″

  30. And Evander Holyfield’s fall to obscurity has come to fruition

  31. Let’s play a game called “Hey DeAngelo Hall, how about you live up to your 98 speed in Madden and massively undeserving contract and study your playbook instead of seeing how many times you can say the word ‘day’ in a tweet.”

  32. Pryor has MKE under one eye and VICK under the other written in eye black, the university has to be thrilled with this

  33. I just told my buddy from ESPN West about that Vick thing, that’s crazy. Pryor…he’s so leaving for the draft after next season

  34. I’m a huge fan of the bubble screen… I also think Paulus would be a better back-up QB option for the Packers than Brian Brohm…

  35. Sorry Paul, I’m done!

  36. OSU’s Kurt Coleman just intercepted a pass. This game is ova

  37. Paul Schmidt says

    I do believe that I have never seen a game end like that ever.

  38. Paul Schmidt says

    Just because ‘m in the mood to torture some Missouri fans…it reminds me of the Tyus Edny play.

    It doesn’t really, I just wanted Mizzou fans to cringe and not know what.

  39. Paul Schmidt says

    Incidentally, I don’t even have the Minnesota feed anymore. It was taken away.

  40. they just showed some Syracuse floozy wearing sun glasses… Isn’t it the Carrier DOME??? must be some BRIGHT lights in there…

  41. yeah, this game is insane! Navy just intercepted Pryor’s pass!!!!! They have the ball on the OSU 34. I can’t keep up with this game!

  42. I totally jinxed Navy… haven’t watched a minute of the game, flip it on and their game-tying 2-point conversion gets pick two’ed??? is that the equivalent of a pick six???

  43. Paul Schmidt says

    Both, so far Matt. And I died a little when Rejus walked off the field.

    OK, I died a lot.

  44. Minnesota Golden Gophers Offensive Scheme:
    Hope Eric Decker can bail you out on 3rd down after penalties and terrible play-calling stick you with a 3rd-and-long.

  45. Paul Schmidt says

    Nothing about Benn yet…I’ve even emailed contacts, no one is saying nothin’. At least we have points on the board.

  46. was anyone else watching the Iowa game? crazy ending

  47. Paul Schmidt says

    Matty, I think under some format it will continue. Probably without me drinking as much.

    And Dave, that would be right in line with my betting for today…

  48. I’m about to check out now…I’ll be following the Illinois game in the car though. Paul, I will call you at halftime to chat a bit about the ILL game and how we’ve done with this noble experiment today

  49. Matt Schrock says

    (again since at work, can’t watch the game) Does the Illini D look as bad as it sounds on the radio? Or is Mizzou lookin better than expected?

  50. Matt Schrock says

    YOU died?!?!?!?! I’m frickin listenin to the radio and can’t see any of the extra stuff…. PLEASE keep updating anything they say bout benn, geez.

  51. Paul Schmidt says

    Now. That will be addressed before the end of the night.

  52. Matt Schrock says

    By the way, I for one am quite grateful for the live blog and would love to see it every saturday. It’s helped make working somewhat bearable, given me some interesting perspectives on other Big Ten games, and even though the illini aren’t lookin great, I have someone to feel miserable with as opposed to other live blogs that focus on games I couldn’t care less about. So thank you from the cornfields.

  53. For the record, my Badgers prediction: Wisconsin 31, Northern Illinois 20

  54. Paul Schmidt says

    Juice has been, at most junctures, making awful decisions and throws. For the record. And I’ll be right there in the corner with you Matt…

  55. Paul Schmidt says

    …I’ll give you your space though. Probably.

    Hold me.

  56. Matt Schrock says

    So with this underwhelming first half offensively, how long til the “mike locksley lamenting” begins?

  57. Matt Schrock says

    Again, since I can only hear the game and not see it… with the spread we are running, is the scheme just not getting guys open or is Juice not making good reads?

  58. Matt Schrock says

    Gettin off work now, thanks for the read, hope to check in after I get home… but if we don’t get something goin I will be in the corner rocking in the fetal position…………..

  59. Matt Schrock says

    There are no words… what does it say about me that it’s now 7:30, the game is long over, and my 3 yr old daughter is asking me “Daddy, why are you sad?” This one hurt.

  60. Peter Christian says

    I had to go dark after the Gopher game or else I would have been sent to Gitmo by the FCC (don’t let them fool you, they can do that). After one game here is what we know about the Gophers: the offensive line is a shell of what you expect of a typical Gophers OL, Adam Weber hasn’t adjusted well to the new pro-style offensive scheme, the Gopher running backs aren’t that smart, the defense made halftime adjustments (it didn’t all last year) and finally the coaching staff needed this game as a wake-up call just as much as the players did.

  61. Paul Schmidt says

    Matt, went over to Wayne and Kim’s (more second floor HH denizens, I hope you remember…), and as my lovely wife and I were walking out I was stalking down the stairs and blurted out:

    “I can’t believe we just lost to Mizzou 37-9.”

    She actually said, truthfully, “I’d managed to forget about that, thanks.”

    I won’t. It was as abysmal of a loss as I can ever remember. For Paul Banks’ reference, it was roughly 1,000,000 times worse than the Minnesota Homecoming game last year.

    And it bears mentioning….again….I just didn’t see it coming.

  62. A- Camp Randall’s cell phone service sucked… wouldn’t let me send or receive any texts… dumb… hense the lack of tweets…

    B- My prediction of UW 31-20 was three points off… damn gina!

  63. I’m just so hungover- physically and mentaly from yesterday. did the ILL-Mizzou game really happen? seriously, were they that bad? it couldn’t have. cuz a 2-10 or 3-9 really looks likely after that….really that can’t happen, right?

  64. Mouth of the South says

    Football is back and it begins at the college level. The talk of the day is Oklahoma’s season coming to an end instead it ending three games before the season ends or a bowl game. They were ranked # 3 in the AP poll however this was a sign of things to come.

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