Football Follies: Livid for LVI

The superest.

There’s a Super Bowl today. We’ve been remiss here at your TOC Football Commentary Service in not getting something up sooner — and this post isn’t going to be the usual thermonuclear warhead.  More like some nice little .22 shot.

Basically, thoughts. Bring ’em if you got ’em.  We’re doing well to remember it’s the Rams and the Bengals.

We’re standing with the fine people of Inglewood, California, however, in saying “Feh” to that (Not) Wonder of the World SoFi Stadium.  We hear the buzz on it is SoNot, although not because it’s a bad stadium or anything. Continue reading “Football Follies: Livid for LVI”

Football Follies 2021: NCAA – Bowls bust their move

Crunch time.

We know nothing.  COVID-19 is said to be wreaking havoc with bowl teams and games, but from what we can tell that’s entirely about positive-test “cases” rather than players actually falling ill.  To date we are happy to report that no Inner Circle teams have been affected, but we did lose the much-anticipated Wasabi Fenway Bowl – and that in spite of the 16-person Executive Committee “comprised [sic] of regional business, education, and non-profit community leaders,” which just goes to show you.

To date, the following bowls have been canceled:  EasyPost Hawai’i Bowl, Military Bowl Presented by Peraton, San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl (!), Wasabi Fenway Bowl, and Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl.  C’mon man.

It being a weird year, with bowl games falling right and left, plus players hiding out in back alleys in anticipation of the NFL draft, not to mention transferring with big thuds and bangs like it’s high tourist season on the Washington Metro, it’s hard to make anything in particular of the conference bowl records up to now. Continue reading “Football Follies 2021: NCAA – Bowls bust their move”

Football Follies 2021: NCAA – Booger Bowls on deck

Booger announces its presence with authority.

They’ve already had the dance-off at the Bahamas Bowl Beach Bash in Nassau – that was Tuesday – so clearly we’re running behind and will need to dog-paddle fiercely to catch up with the Booger Bowl action for 2021.  As previously noted, it kicks off on Friday at noon Eastern with said Bahamas Bowl, featuring our Inner Circle’s own Toledo Rockets.

For simplicity, we’ll take the bowls in order and highlight the ones our Inner Circle is gracing.  In a season with some definite ups and downs, the Inner Circle came out pretty well, all but two of the FBS teams going to bowl games (and even Navy, which ended up on the wrong end of 4-8, having the gratification of winning The Game this past weekend).

The parade of Boogers now begins, with all the usual charm and homely delights that attend it every year. Continue reading “Football Follies 2021: NCAA – Booger Bowls on deck”

Football Follies 2021: NCAA week 15 – The Game

The 122nd Army-Navy game.

We hear these crazy reports that not everyone watches the Army-Navy game.  This seems inexplicable.  Communists.

The overwhelming majority of peoplekind knows that there will be a whole lotta runnin’ on Saturday, when Army and Navy go head-to-head in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.  We liked it better when they just played in Veteran Stadium in Philly every year, but we’re old fuddy-duddies.  We have to remind ourselves with an electronic zapper that Veteran Stadium doesn’t even exist anymore.

Anyway, the running.  Sometimes Army completes a pass, which is really cool.  Navy rarely does.  But Navy has managed to keep Tai Lavatai in the saddle as QB for weeks now, Continue reading “Football Follies 2021: NCAA week 15 – The Game”

Football Follies 2021: NCAA week 14 – Week of Champions

Our ranks have thinned considerably, as coaches get thrown in dumpsters right and left and others ride by on bicycles and broomsticks.  Naming no names, because we’re not that kind of Football Commentary Service.  But we’re just saying.

We did take note earlier today of some fun being made of incoming head coach Brian Kelly’s inaugural address to the troops at LSU.  Something about the accent.  We didn’t really catch the whole thing.  (We think Clay Travis was offering it as listening fare, but we can’t swear to that either, so it’s a good thing we’re not giving a deposition to the FBI.)

The Inner Circle has one competitor this year for a conference championship.  We blame it on climate change. Continue reading “Football Follies 2021: NCAA week 14 – Week of Champions”