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What We Learned From This Weekend In Football 11/5/2011 – The “I Can’t Believe This Is Happening” Edition

1) The Penn State Situation

I’m not going to get into the minutia of this disgusting affair now, if for no other reason than I want to see if somebody hits the nail on the head about why this played out the way it did. As horrible as this story is, there is also a very stinging indictment of American society contained in all of this. While we should all be foremost concerned with the well-being of the victims, and while we must reserve the hottest fires of hell for the perpetrators of these terrible acts, we must also take a hard look at how the society we’ve collectively created allowed this to happen.

In a few days when the emotion has settled off of this story, I’m going to revisit this point in detail.  Stay tuned…

2) LSU and Alabama are still the two best teams in the country

Don’t believe that? Which team not currently in the SEC could beat either of them? I’m waiting…I’ll be here all day…

3) The Tebow Question, volume 2:

I will be the first to admit that I was wrong about Cam Newton; I said he’d never make an NFL quarterback. To me, this begs a question about another son of the SEC, Heisman-winning signal-caller. What does Tebow have to do to to get all the Tebow-haters to change their minds? I’m suggesting he’s done anything worthy of that yet, but I’m wondering where the line is? I’m looking at a guy who has won two road-games with a team which barely has the talent to win two games period, so I’ve got to ask…

4) Speaking of Rookie Quarterbacks…Have You Seen The Bengals lately?

This begs another question. What does Andy Dalton have to do to get some love? Don’t look now, but the Bengals have won five in a row, led largely by Dalton’s  1,696 yards, 12 touchdowns versus only 7 interceptions.  I don’t know if you knew this, but rookie quarterbacks aren’t supposed to be able to U-turn a team from 4-12 to 6-2.

5) The San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers are 7-1. They’ve won six straight games. The last time that happened, the sex scandals were in D.C., not State College, Jim Harbaugh was quarterbacking the Colts, and the 49ers were still doing that Bill Walsh/West Coast offense.

Then the 49ers were as a “finesse” team. Now with Harbaugh as their head coach, the 49ers are more than willing to kick your ass.

There was that whole incident a while back when Harbaugh had some words with Lions coach Jim Schwartz. This past week, Niner tight end Vernon Davis got into a squabble before the game with several Redskins players, then later wide receiver Kyle Williams felt the need to throw his shoulder into the body of Washington linebacker London Fletcher.  This led to another fight, one that included a few choice words from Harbaugh himself.

Oh, and they’ve abandoned that pass-happy offense as well. Now, the 49ers are ranked 30th in passing yards and winning.

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10 comments on “What We Learned From This Weekend In Football 11/5/2011 – The “I Can’t Believe This Is Happening” Edition

  1. sportsglutton
    November 8, 2011

    Aces across the board today JW. I’m with you on Tebow, have been contemplating the whole situation for a while now, and will have a larger post about him finalized hopefully tomorrow. Cheers!


    • JW
      November 9, 2011

      I’ll be looking forward to it!


  2. afrankangle
    November 8, 2011

    First time visitor (and sports fan) via Les’s recommendation. As a Cincinnatian, thanks for the Bengals praise … and Dalton’s success has surprised us too! He reminds me of another Bengal # 14 … Ken Anderson.


    • JW
      November 9, 2011

      Kenny Anderson…now there’s a blast from the past! He pre-dates the Tiger-stripe uniforms!


      • afrankangle
        November 9, 2011

        And some say he’s worthy of the Hall!


  3. tophatal
    November 9, 2011


    Not only is the Penn St episode disgusting but it also embodies everything we deplore about such individuals ! Matt Millen is jumping to the defense of Joe Pa’ but consider this the former <a href="http://pro-football-reference.com/colleges/pennst/Penn St standout sits on the board of the charity that Sandusky started and used to procure many of his young victims.

    Sad news about the death of Joe Frazier !

    I can’t wait to see how the Niners matchup against the Ravens . The game will pit the Harbaugh brothers against each other and it should be fun to watch !

    Alan aka tophatal …..


    • JW
      November 9, 2011

      Like I said, in a few days, I’m going to have a detailed opinion on this situation. One thing I am not willing to do is hanging blame on anybody not at the center of this until I know all the facts…meaning Sandusky and the two jag-offs under an indictment. I reserve the right to reconsider that as I discover more…

      I felt bad for Millen…if you saw that complete footage on ESPN, he was not so much defending anybody as he was trying to sort out his feelings on live TV. Frankly, I thought ESPN took advantage of him a bit.

      Anyway, check back in a few days because the detailed piece I’m going to write WILL generate some strong opinions.


  4. sportsattitudes
    November 9, 2011

    Those truly passionate Tebow haters will remain for all eternity because their beef with him has nothing to do with football. At least he’s finally, finally getting the chance to prove himself instead of holding a clipboard. Indeed…with nothing around him…he has managed to make lemonade from lemons.


  5. chappy81
    November 9, 2011

    God, I can’t believe we couldn’t stop Tebow. Even though the Raiders lost, they are still somehow in first. I guess Tebow can make throws when the secondary decides it doesn’t want to cover his revievers. Even when they were wide open (which was all game) he still over threw them a few times lol.

    Honestly, I don’t need to see LSU-Bama part II. I’d love to see what Luck can do in a National Championship situation against either of those defenses.


  6. ChrisHumpherys (@SportsChump)
    November 10, 2011

    I don’t think there’s any way Cam Newton DOESN’T get ROY but I agree, let’s give Dalton some love here, particularly if his team makes the playoffs and Carolina doesn’t.


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