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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Les Miles-Bozo or Crazy Like a Fox

Short week this week, so here's this week's LSU show without further elaboration. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Mangino on the Hot Seat at KU?

There is quite a ruckus brewing in Lawrence, Kansas, over Mark Mangino's alleged abuse of players and assistant coaches, and it may wind up costing him his job. This was supposed to be a big year for Kansas, but after a 5-0 start and Top 25 ranking, they have lost 5 in a row and still have Texas and Missouri on the schedule. Can't help but wonder if the Jayhawks were having a better year that this would be such an issue, but I digress. Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star relates this entire brouhaha to Mangino's weight. Not sure about that, but interesting theory. Waiting for his next one about how Mangino's weight messes up everyone's Direct TV and Dish Network broadcasts.

I don't really follow Kansas football, so I have no dog in the fight. However, reports are out now that Mangino would routinely threaten assistants' jobs in front of players, withhold food from walk-ons, including pre-game meals (I am not making this up, and have a pretty good idea where these meals wound up), and told a player if he didn't play better, he would "send him home to St. Louis to get shot and killed with the rest of his 'homies.'" Pretty poignant, since the guy's brother had recently been hospitalized after a drive-by shooting.

An asshole is still an asshole, no matter how plump or slender. However, to understand Whitlock's point, here is a video of a sideline conversation between Mangino and a player who had just gotten a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Could you describe the ruckus, sir?

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Razorpod Picks

"Welcome back to the blog," says Olga Kurylenko. After an absence of picks on the blog, it's time to return as the podcast crew enters the home stretch. Our fearless host, Patrick Williams, leads the picks contest by three games with three weeks remaing. His magic number is dwindling, and the rest of the crew, especially last place Jimmy G, needs to make their move now.

PW (42-24):
Stanford 49 Cal 31
Ohio State 21 Michigan 10
LSU 24 Ole Miss 14
Oregon 45 Arizona 15
Arkansas 38 Miss. State 18
Indiana 38 Purdue 37 (Old Oaken Bucket Game!)

TL (39-27):
Stanford over Cal
Ohio State over Michigan
Ole Miss over LSU
Oregon over Arizona
Arkansas over Miss. State
Northwestern over Wisconsin

JF (35-31):
Stanford 30 Cal 20
Ohio State 27 Michigan 9
Ole Miss 20 LSU 9
Oregon 31 Arizona 24
Arkansas 42 Miss. State 20
Michigan State 17 Penn State 16 (Land Grant Trophy!)

JG (33-33):
Cal 38 Stanford 37
Ohio State 31 Michigan 10
LSU 12 Ole Miss 10
Oregon 35 Arizona 28
Arkansas 35 Miss. State 17
North Carolina 20 Boston College 10

As for our national sleeper teams, the crew reversed the jinx this year, and three national sleeper teams still have realistic shots at BCS bowls.

PW - TCU (10-0, #4 BCS) Two wins over Wyoming and New Mexico will cement a BCS berth for the Horned Frogs, and with a little help, TCU could find its way into the BCS National Championship Game.

JF - Oregon State (7-3, #19 BCS) Oregon State is still alive in the Pac-10 race. Wins over Washington State and Oregon plus one Arizona loss puts the Beavers into the Rose Bowl.

TL - West Virginia (7-3, Not Ranked) West Virginia has had a solid season, but losses to South Florida and Cincinnati ended their hopes of a Big East title and BCS bowl bid. The Mountaineers still have a shot to knock of Pitt in the Backyard Brawl, and a 9-3 record could land them a spot in a New Year's Day bowl.

JG - Clemson (7-3, #23 BCS) After a slow start, Clemson is on the cusp of winning the ACC Atlantic Division. A win over Virginia or a Boston College loss to North Carolina sends the Tigers to the ACC Title Game. Beat Georgia Tech in that game, and a berth in the Orange Bowl is theirs. IPTAY!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Razorpod 11-17-09: Unhorsing Troy; Mississippi State Comes to Historic War Memorial

Despite Johnny Fayetteville's worst fears, the Troy game turned out to be nothing to worry about. Mallett had another big day, spreading the ball around so that 8 different players scored. Big day for the offense all around. Defense is who we though they were. Porous between the 20's, but stout in the red zone. Next up is Miss. State, coming off a brutal loss to Bama. We'll see whether they decide to let go of the rope at War Memorial Stadium this Saturday. Early kick has been kind to the Hogs this season, so let's keep it going. In the mailbag, we discuss a possible early entrance to the NFL draft for Mallett, and a listener fills us in on the military flyovers before games.

Razorpod 11-17-2009: Troy Wrap; Mississippi State Preview

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Razorpod 11-09-2009: Down Goes Carolina; Be Very Worried About Troy

Three-man booth this week with Tom Logan out on assignment. Johnny Fayetteville, Jimmy G, and Patrick Williams discuss the Razorbacks' 33-16 win over South Carolina, along with a game of "Quien es mas Impatient? Petrino or Spurrier?" Petrino wins in a landslide this week, as Twitchy Spurrier made an appearance in Fayetteville and his impatience really hurt the 'Cocks. Up next: Troy (formerly Troy State) the Sun Belt leader and a program known for knocking off the big boys. The crew thinks we better be ready to play this week. Bowl possibilities abound, and we'll see where we land in the pecking order.

Patrick Williams still ahead in the picks contest, but the Hawkeyes hurt (literally). Rest of the national games are about as expected, and JimmyG provides an on-site report from Wholesome Lincoln, NE. Patrick picks the game formerly known as the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk matchup, and much more.

Razorpod 11-09-2009: South Carolina Wrap; Troy Preview

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Razorpod 11-03-09: Suck It Ron English; Does Spurrier know Arkansas is in the SEC?

Big win over Eastern Michigan last week, and the crew ridicules Ron English's post-game comments. Other than that, not much to complain about except whether Tyler Wilson is ready to step in for Mallett if necessary.

On to the Cocks. JimmyG speculates if Spurrier remembers Arkansas is an SEC team as he seems to have a vaguely puzzled/constipated look on his face whenever his team plays the Hogs. Patrick Williams again deems this week a MUST WIN, and for once everyone agrees with him.

National games are "meh" this week except for Alabama-LSU, and a crew member makes a surprise pick on that game. Sleepers are fun as usual, and Tom Logan utters more than monosyllables about the Big 10 for once. Enjoy.