ESPN released its “Your Ad Here” Self-Esteem Boosters field yesterday. It’s the 10th straight year more than 130 colleges let a tv network schedule one of their games under the guise of “Look at us! We matter!”
Do we sound bitter?
Yeah. We do. Cause this lil exercise in false hype is just that. It’s not about the games, it’s about slapping a corporate sponsor on the games.
Rest assured, no brackets will be busted. And other than . . . → Read More: Self-Esteem Booster doesn’t do much for esteem
We’ve seen goal posts thrown in. We’ve seen late night nudists take a jump. And there’s a polar plunge every year. But dude – “Four Appalachian State University students were frigid but safe late Saturday night after their vehicle skidded off the road and plunged into the ASU Duck Pond.” Before anyone asks, no .. we don’t know if any of the mutant goldfish there were injured. Though, from what we’ve seen, there’s at least one fish in that . . . → Read More: Guess what fell in the Duck Pond
Potential – “For Appalachian State to take charge in a jumbled race in the SoCon’s North Division, coach Jason Capel says, it will have to find consistency and show toughness. Jamaal Trice could be the linchpin in that formula starting today, when App State will start a string of three straight home games with a game against North Division leader Elon.”
Kickoff at 4 EST. No pressure – “Several times throughout the week of workouts coaches often pulled aside Quick after drills to make corrections because of what appeared to be shoddy footwork and imprecise routes. “I don’t think I’m there yet [in terms of polish],” Quick said. “But when the ball is around me, I feel like I’m the type of guy that will go and get it.””
Habits – “The Spartans produced yet another turnaround, rallying from a 17-point deficit to knock off App State 77-73 in OT. It was the fifth straight victory for the Spartans, now 7-14 and 5-4 in SoCon play. ASU laid the foundation for what could have been a road-game windfall by rolling to a 30-13 lead in the first half.” Sounds kinda familiar, doesn’t it? /deep sigh
Welcome – “Nine-year National Football League veteran Alvis Whitted and former Mountaineer tight end Nic Cardwell have joined Appalachian State University’s football staff as wide receivers and tight ends coach, respectively, head coach Jerry Moore announced on Wednesday. Whitted comes to ASU after a year as an offensive assistant at UCLA.”
Beat the last perfect SoCon team? Check?
Three game win streak? Check
First place in the league? Check.
Best record in SoCon? Check.
Player of the week? .. Oh, you know it.
Bonus? She’s . . . → Read More: Everything’s coming up App State
Panned – “Brian Quick had a rough day. He is built just like Plaxico Burress and he has good get-off speed, but his hands appear slow. What I mean by that is that the ball gets into his pads quickly and if the throw is at his torso he has no prayer of getting his long arms out fast enough to catch it. The one ball all day that Kellen Moore really rifled hit Quick between the numbers while . . . → Read More: Not a good Day 1 for the Quickness
Former QB/WR/DB DP gets his PR TD on! It came in Saturday’s Florida All-Star game, when the one-time Walter Payton finalist put on a show.
App State beat the ‘Whee Saturday in front of the largest Jones Arena crowd in a couple of seasons. There was drama – “Harouna Mutombo’s driving layup with 6:20 left (capped) a 15-3 run and tying the score at 59. Back-to-back plays by Jamaal Trice put the Mountaineers back in control in front of a crowd of 3,476.” There was comedy. Some of the ‘Whee starters forgot their jerseys(!). Responsible benchsitters gave up theirs for practice jerseys. Universtiy . . . → Read More: ‘Whee forgot our jerseys
Oops – “SoCon commissioner John Iamarino said his league is taking a wait-and-see attitude about the UNC Asheville-Big South Conference scheduling conflict. The conflict centers on March 3, when the SoCon women have four games scheduled from noon-8:30 p.m. in Kimmel. That date is also the championship game for the BSC men’s tournament, with a noon start. The BSC tourney format calls for the title game to be played at the site of the higher seed, and the Bulldogs . . . → Read More: When tourneys collide
Promises – “He committed to Appalachian State this morning,” said Todd Wofford, Central Gwinnett’s coach. “They are moving to Conference USA in two seasons, and he wanted to be a part of that. He loves their facilities, the guys on the team and the stadium. He likes how they spread the ball out and says he can come in a make an immediate impact.”