chance of bowl: 13.6%
Figured I would repost this for you "Spishak" since he doesn't have enough points to start a thread. That way, more people can see this write-up he did:
Can't start a thread, so I thought I'd just throw this in somewhere--sorry if it pops up again elsewhere. Just got back from Sione Houma's game. Well, I went to half of it anyway. His team (Highland Rams; ranked 4th in state in class 4A) was up 35-0 at half and I figured Houma was probably going to be pulled for the second half, so I left so I could watch the rest of MSU's mediocre effort against YSU.
The home announcer pronounces his name, Say-own-ee Hoo-ma. They have quite a few polynesian players on the team, so I would imagine his pronunciation is correct. Who knows?
Sione plays OLB and FB/RB. He almost always is the soul back and lines up in a 3-point stance about 2 yards behind the QB. Their offense is NOT fancy. They did not once line up with more than two wideouts; they ran 80% of the time; mostly QB keepers. Houma runs between the tackles and right at the defense. Very fullback-ish. Didn't get to see his speed on display, if he has any. He is definitely a thumper; solidly built. He is 6', 6'1" in cleats. The program had him listed as 6'1", 210(!). Probably 195, IMO. He played only 1/3 of the defensive plays and they nearly always lined him up right on the DE's ass. (As a strange sidenote, their program had 22 players listed as RB's. Highland played onlyHouma in the backfield, though he didn't get many touches.)
His stats (for one half): 2.5 tackles (one tfl); 40 yds rushing, TD, on only 5 carries. His longest carry was 15 yards. They simply didn't need him much tonight as they had their opponent (Provo) very outmatched.
The only other player that stuck out was Highland's QB/DB, #6, Anthony Smithson. In one half, he accounted for 4 touchdowns, 3 rushing--one of them an impressive tackle-breaking, shifty 70 yard run. He is listed as a 5'11", 185 lb, senior. I could see him going to a D-I as an "athlete." Sorry; no video. And it would have been boring as hell. Just picture it: 5 up the middle carries. Maybe next week if there's anything worth putting up.
Carson Butler cut by the Patriots today .. again
Carson has now been a member of 7 NFL teams without making an appearance in a single game. Who know, maybe he'll catch on with lucky number eight.
Also of note, the Titans cut Rhode Scholar Myron Rolle.
I'm not sure how many people remember this, but Rolle was a 5* to both Rivals and Scout (#12 and #7 respectively) and was considered by many to be a heavy Michigan lean. That being said, I'm sure he'll land on his feet with whatever post NFL endeavor he chooses. I guess he was one of those NCAA atheltes that's going pro in something other than sports ...
In honor of the guys dining at the Campus Inn this evening, we served a steaming pot of Clam Chowder from scratch with fresh steamed corn on the cob and sourdough bread + butter for dinner tonight. Not sure of the significance of Clam Chowder - just know it's important from the Hoke pressers over the last 30 days - but we're onboard here in SW Ontario and looking forward to seeing you all next weekend in AA for the ND Beatdown.
Tonight as I was heading home from work, there was a pretty interesting story on NPR. Part of it was talking about Ohio State but the other part was talking about the general direction of college sports. One of the people they talked to said it was basically time for us to answer a basic question. Do we really want student-athletes or just athletes?
Whitmer vs (some team from Canada)
My friend is one of the voices of the Whitmer Panthers, Mason Lowery.I got a text last night saying that he will have ace on at half time. Might be worth a listen. in other game notes, Whitmer is also the home of Chris Wormley. Just figured I would pass it along for the board to give a listen. Have a great gameday-eve.
It's easy to forget that less than eight months ago this hire was not that popular with the fanbase.
Will we be like the guy in the second video? We've moved in that direction, but the results on the field will tell the tale.