Category Archives: College Sports
The schedule looked soft, the mismatches were there, not many games of national interest, and only 1 game involving 2 Top 25 teams ( #5 Georgia @ #21 South Carolina ). We college football junkies could lie on the couch with the remote in hand, doze off occasionally, and enjoy a leisure Saturday afternoon. WRONG!! As Mr. Corso so often says, “Not so fast my friend”! West Virginia kicks a FG at the horn to beat Maryland. ECU storms out early @ Va. Tech, lets the Hokies march back, and QB Shane Carden dives into the end zone with seconds remaining to upset #23 Virginia Tech. Georgia and South Carolina go toe to toe for 4 quarters with the desperate Gamecocks hanging on for a 3 point win. Kentucky gets “homered” at Florida and lose to the once mighty Gators in 3 OT’s. #9 USC goes on the road to BC and gets upset in the slop. In between all of that, UCLA guts out another win, Louisville gets upset @ Virginia, and the Big 10 does what the Big 10 does, gets embarrassed again.
Let’s start with my favorite topic – blasting the Big 10. So they start the new season with 4 statement games and go 0-4. A chance to redeem themselves, a chance to become relevant again, a chance to fight for a birth in the Final 4. As I said last week, put a fork in them – they are done! So what did they do yesterday you ask? They back peddled even further. Ohio State found someone they could beat…a 66-0 drubbing of Kent State. I didn’t even know they played football anymore at Kent State. Michigan trips powerful Miami….that’s Miami of Ohio 34-10. I guess that statement win saves Brady Hoke’s job. Nebraska goes west to blister Fresno State and Penn State wins a yawner at Rutgers. Now the ugly. Upstart Maryland loses to West Virginia, Bowling freaking Green beats Indiana, Purdue loses to ND, lowly Iowa State beats Iowa, Minnesota gets waxed by TCU, and Illinois gets hammered by Washington. Thank goodness Michigan State and Wisconsin had bye weeks!
Spice Nuts ! Delicious and so easy to prepare Your Tailgating friends will go NUTS!
- 2 large egg whites
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 6 cups mixed nuts (any combination of untoasted walnuts, pecans, cashews, and pistachios)
- 1/4 cup (½ stick) butter, melted
- 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan
Preheat oven to 300° F. Line 2 large baking sheets with foil or parchment. Grease lightly and set aside. Position a rack in center of oven. In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until foamy. Gradually add the sugar, beating to a loose, meringue like texture. Beat in the Old Bay Seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cayenne, and salt. Add the nuts and butter and stir well to coat evenly. Add the Parmesan and mix again. Divide the nuts between the baking sheets, spreading evenly in a single layer. Roast for 30 to 40 minutes to a golden brown (do not allow the nuts to darken too much), rotating the sheets during cooking for even roasting. Line a work surface with foil or parchment. After removing the nuts from oven, immediately slide them onto the foil or parchment. Cool completely. Store until your ready to share!
The day of reckoning has come and gone for the Big 10.
For a long time now I have said this conference is overrated and slipping horribly in the national spotlight. If they ever wanted to be compared to the SEC ( and their coaches have said in the past they are equal to the SEC ), they had their chances in the first 2 weeks of the 2014 season. Let’s see how they fared…Wisconsin builds a big lead early versus LSU and crashes. Big 10 is 0-1 in spotlight games. Next up is the face of the conference, Michigan State. They go out to the Pacific Northwest, build an early lead, and get run over by a freight train called Oregon. Big 10 falls to 0-2 in key ’14 games. Michigan then gets their chance to save Big 10 face when they go to the Golden Domers for their final game in this long and storied rivalry. Another Prime Time game for the Big 10. Oops, another spotlight thrashing as the Irish blister the hated foe 31-0.
The now staggering Big 10 is 0-3 on the national stage in 2014. ESPN. Primetime. Biggest crowd ever at the Horseshoe. Downtrodden Virginia Tech at Thee Ohio State. No way the Big 10 can blow this opportunity, or, can they? Yup! OSU lays an egg and the suddenly rejuvenated Hokies make a statement and manhandle the Luckeyes 35-21. The Big 10 falls to 0-4 in marquee games, national spotlight games, and can now say good bye to having one of their teams in the Final 4. The so called experts earlier said the SEC was on the demise. Those same experts said the Big 10 should have their conference champion in the Final 4. Those experts are now 0-2 in their predictions!
We’ve been waiting since January and the 2014 College Football season has finally arrived. And what a start to a new season it was! We saw in week 1 contenders, pretenders, Heisman performances, blowouts, nail biters, poor calls, amazing plays, comebacks….all on the opening weekend. And we still have games tonight as Tennessee hosts Utah State, Baylor vs. SMU, and on Labor Day Monday Miami plays Louisville.
The wacky world of College Football kicked off on Thursday night with a highly anticipated game between 2 SEC heavyweights, Texas A&M at South Carolina. SC was a big favorite and a team many had picked to win the East. They were coming off 3 straight 11 win seasons in a row. A&M lost Johnny Football, their top wide out in Mike Evans, and key offensive lineman. On top of that, they had the worst defense in the SEC last year. The atmosphere was freaking electric in Williams Brice Stadium. No problem for the Aggies as they came in and shredded the Gamecock defense. Kenny Hill lit up the SC secondary and Carolinas defense looked like last years version of the A&M defense!