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Google Does Not Think Much of Les Miles

We already covered the bone-headed moves LSU made to end the game in their eventual loss to Ole Miss Saturday. Apparently the awful decisions by the Tigers and their coach, Les Miles, has led to many pissed off fans feverishly googling like mad. The following insult has now become the top phrase in google’s automated search system for Les Miles:

Les Miles Google Idiot

Just so there’s no mistake about my intention, I was trying to search for Les Miles’ record against fellow SEC West teams. I thought I had heard a statement that he was 0-3 against Bama, Ole Miss, and Arkansas the past two years. Since Google wasn’t helping, I had to look it up by hand to get confirmation. No wonder LSU fans are pissed.

Andy Dalton Gets a Mohawk for TCU’s 11-0 Start

Even though Andy Dalton had to shave his head after losing a bet with his teammates, I’m guessing the teammates wished they had asked for a different bounty. The red head was probably thrilled to pay up considering the terms of the deal: he had to get the cut if the team won 10 straight games. They did that last week in their easy win over Utah so Dalton showed up to TCU’s game on Saturday looking like this:

Andy Dalton mohawk shaved head

The picture doesn’t show the reverse side where apparently Dalton had “TCU” shaved in. The Horned Frogs started off slowly against Wyoming but turned it on midway through the 2nd quarter to win 45-10. At 11-0 and with road wins over Clemson, Utah, and BYU, they’re legit. It’s too bad the Big 12 Title Game can’t be canceled so TCU can play Texas instead of Nebraska. No doubt the Horned Frogs would make it a game. As for Dalton, he now has 18 touchdowns against 5 interceptions, 2,256 yards passing, and 477 yards rushing on the season. Not too shabby.

Les Miles Brain Cramp Costs LSU in Loss to Ole Miss

However bad the schedule of games on Saturday looked, the finish to the Ole Miss/LSU game made up for all the disappointment. Early on in the 4th quarter, Ole Miss scored on a halfback option pass from playmaker Dexter McCluster. That touchdown made it 22-17 Ole Miss, and they added a field goal with about four minutes left to take it to 25-17. LSU rallied to score a touchdown on a 25 yard pass from Jordan Jefferson to Rueben Randle to make it 25-23. Despite being only a yard or so out on their two-point conversion try (Ole Miss had a pass interference on the first attempt), they weren’t able to convert on a fade pass so they were forced to try an onside kick. Amazingly enough, Brandon LaFell picked up a low kick in stride and took it down around midfield. While that was one part of the craziness (the other was converting on 4th and 26), the brain cramp part was soon to come. After throwing a screen pass for an 8-yard loss, LSU let the clock go from about 27 seconds to nine seconds before calling timeout. That blunder cost them big time. Check out the highlights below to see what unfolded:

Talk about big time mismanagement. Les Miles looked confused even when time ran out, as if he didn’t understand what was going on. I can’t believe that such a savvy coach like Miles could have let this situation get so out of hand. The first mistake was letting so much time expire before ultimately calling a timeout after 3rd down. The next mistake was not running the field goal unit out there after connecting on the 4th and 26. With only 1 second left, there was no way to spike the ball even though that’s what LSU attempted. I’m sure Tigers fans won’t get over this loss and the series of blunders any time soon.

Auburn Shows us how to Pee on Sidelines

It seems like the kind of question a Howard Stern type would ask: “Yeah, I know you have to run around and tackle 250 lb players who run super fast, but what I’m really wondering is what happens when you have to go to the bathroom during a game?” That question has been answered by Auburn which has brought the art of urinating on the sidelines into the 21st century. Check out these pictures from last weekend’s Georgia/Auburn game, via Dr. Saturday via EDSBS and You Are What You Eat:

Auburn Player Peeing on Sidelines

Auburn did lose the game 31-24 despite taking an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter. They’re off this weekend before the clash with Alabama next weekend. If you ask me, the Tigers should approach this game with confidence knowing they have Gene Chizik on their side. After all, isn’t getting blown out in the Iron Bowl one of the main reasons they axed Tuberville?

Stanford Runs it Up Against USC, Mocks Trojans Saying ‘Fight On’

Have a thing for crazy statistics? I have one that will blow your mind. USC is 47-2 at home since 2001. Both losses are now to Stanford, making Jim Harbaugh 2-1 against the Trojans since taking over the Cardinal program. While Stanford was something like a 40-point underdog at the Coliseum in their first upset win over the Trojans, there’s no doubt the effect of each win was equally shocking. USC got smashed 55-21 this time and they were pushed all over the field by the Cardinal, leaving the home crowd stunned. As a UCLA fan there’s no doubt I’m pleased to see USC knocked from its perch as the perennial uncontested champ in the Pac-10, but I would have liked to see more class from Stanford in the process. Up 48-21 after Toby Gerhart’s 3rd touchdown run of the game, Stanford went for a two-point conversion that got stuff by SC. Then, towards the end of the game, the cameras caught Stanford players Richard Sherman and Ekom Udofia mocking USC’s Fight On:

It’s easy to celebrate and dance on your opponent’s grave when your program is at its peak and winning games, but it’s no fun to be on the other end of things. Given its recent history, Stanford should know that. Yes they should be proud of their huge win and big season thus far, but they shouldn’t lose their class during the win. If not for the reason of respecting your opponent, Stanford should realize they’ve set themselves up to take USC’s best shot next year because of the revenge factor. The Trojans won’t forget this loss any time soon, I can promise you that.

Why Was Jahvid Best Even Playing Against OSU with a Slight Concussion?

Jahvid Best Concussion

We’ve already posted about the crazy fall and concussion Jahvid Best sustained against Oregon State on Saturday and we’re glad to hear he’s been released from the hospital. The injury comes at a curious time where the NFL was forced to answer to alarming studies that reveal the severity of concussions in governmental hearings. Much of the data suggests concussions impair people later on in life and that there is a greater susceptibility to a second concussion if there hasn’t been enough healing time following the first. After reading that, it makes sense that Best looked so knocked out after his fall (dropping from five-six feet in the air doesn’t help either).

The severity of the concussion raising the most critical question: why was Best even playing in the game? I asked the same question when Tate Forcier played against Delaware State despite suffering a mild concussion against Iowa the prior week, and why Tim Tebow was playing against LSU two weeks after suffering a concussion against Kentucky. Yesterday alone, we saw Eagles running back Brian Westbrook sit out against the Cowboys because he was still having headaches from his concussion suffered two Monday nights prior against the Redskins. The bottom line is that long-term health matters more than the short term desire to win one game. If a young player like Best suffered a concussion in one game, he shouldn’t have been playing the very next week. Just because players used to tough things out back in the day doesn’t mean it was the smartest thing to do. We constantly pride ourselves on our ability to learn, discover, evolve, and improve. If new data overwhelmingly proves the link between concussions and brain injury, we shouldn’t be resistant; we should change for the better. I think Cal learned its lesson.

The Hit that Gave Christian Ponder a Separated Shoulder

When I saw this game on Saturday night and watched the play unfold with Ponder trying to make a tackle after his interception, I said to myself, “Damn, he’s a gamer.” Now I’m thinking his display of tough guy wasn’t such a good idea after hearing that he separated his shoulder on the play. Watch the video of Christian Ponder’s separated shoulder caused by his hit on Clemson DB DeAndre McDaniel:

When they say turnovers are painful it really applies in this situation. It’s too bad Ponder got hurt on that play because he was having a good season and starting to emerge as a top quality quarterback. What’s worse is that that turnover and the ensuing hit may have ended not only Ponder’s season, but also Bobby Bowden’s tenure at Florida State. The Noles are now 4-5 and at Wake Forest and Florida in two of their last three games. A 5-7 season is likely the recipe for Bowden’s firing and that’s where they’re heading.