Just a man: Over the last few weeks there have been a lot of ASU “fans” dogging on Rudy Carpenter.
They scream at him if he throws an interception or doesn’t throw the ball away instead of taking a sack. But let’s remember, this guy has been sacked more than any quarterback in college football. He’s had his thumb sprained and banged and his nose and lip bloodied, among other things. If anything, fans should be praising him for his guts and for guiding this Sun Devil team to their best record since 1996.
Ah, if only Jim Mora were coaching the Cardinals right now. He’s not, but that funny sounding eight-letter word is starting to creep into the vocabulary of players and fans. It’s possible, though unlikely, the Cards could run the table and finish 11-5. That being said, it’s also possible that they could end up a familiar 5-11. Chances are they’ll split the difference, rack-up eight or nine wins and play in, uh, January.
Knock, knock: Who’s there?
Heisman Trophy winner. Heisman Trophy winner who? … Who cares. Recently some new names have been thrown into the mix for the Heisman, including “whichever quarterback wins the Big 12.” If that’s the new criteria for being a finalist, this award has lost all credibility. It was bad enough as “the best player on the best team.” How about the best player in college football? Injured quarterback, defensive tackle, a cornerback from the Sun Belt. It doesn’t matter how good (or big) a school is. If the best PLAYER in the country is there, he wins.
Kick in the pants: Maybe Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson’s game-tying field goal last week won’t go down in NFL lore, but it might lead to “The Dawson Rule.” Currently a field goal try is a nonreviewable play, for some unknown reason. Luckily the officials got the call right Sunday, but the fact that it even came into question might just force the NFL to allow replay for kicks. If you have the technology and opportunity to get a call right, then it’s a no-brainer.