- Back to Reality: after last year, most of us were excited to see that we were up to No 32 on the AP poll (well we got one vote) and were No. 28 (subject to check) on the Amway Coaches' Poll. While I was excited and thought it was cool, I wasn't sure how we were getting votes and what it really meant. If you are ever curious on who voted for us on the AP, you can use this site: http://collegepolltracker.com/football/ It ends up that our sole voter was Rick Wright (@Burquerick) from the Albuquerque Journal. At first I got a little fired up that Vingleberry didn't give us any votes. Then I looked at his voting history, and it really wasn't that far off of the consensus. So thank you Mr. Wright for giving us all some respect, albeit short lived. On the Amway Coaches' Poll the votes were similarly sketchy. There are 5 C-USA Coaches that vote each week. We only got 3 out of the 5. The FIU loss put an end to us moving up into the Top 25 for this year. As I tweeted earlier in the week: 6-2 still looks good to me.
- Office of Admission's Tailgate Success: my daughter was invited to the Office of Admission's Tailgate. We were very impressed. Having visited several competing MAC, AAC and a couple of Big Ten schools in the past year, I am proud to report that the Marshall Recruitment Office does an awesome job. During the spring, we toured Marshall, Ball State, Cryami (where I got in trouble for wiping my feet on their seal during the tour), UC and Ohio. The individual tour that the Marshall Office of Recruitment did was far superior to anything we saw at the other schools. The tailgate that they threw last weekend was perfect. It was well attended, well organized, and I think it sealed the deal. We were promptly greeted when we arrived. They were also very attentive and made sure that directors were available to answer questions about Financial Aid, and Housing. They even brought over the Chair of her planned major. After leaving the tailgate, I cannot tell you how proud I felt to be a Son of Marshall. WE ARE...coming in for the Office of Recruitment's Green-White Day and bringing another potential student from Indy. Kudos Office of Admissions and Recruitment.
- President Gilbert: I seen quite a few Marshall Presidents over the years. Some I have respected. Some I have believed in their visions. Some I have tolerated. Some I've wondered how many cans of hair spray they used a day. I even despised one of them (for what they did to my football team, but that dude developed some great buildings). I really hadn't seen much of Gilbert other than what I read on-line and in the papers. Saturday was the first time that I really saw him in person. I was very impressed. He gave a very solid and short speech to all of the prospective students when he arrived. If he would have stopped there, I would have been impressed. But then he went to each table and spoke personally with the prospective students. I've read comments on the board about how he cares for the students. It is one thing to read it, it is another to see it in action.
- Proud of Team: Saturday was very disappointing for the few of us who actually showed up at the Joan and those on the sideline. For those of us who watched the game, I think we can all agree that while the Herd didn't look good, they didn't give up. That wasn't the case last year.
- Surprising (to me) Leader: the wheels fell of the Green Bus on Saturday. The Defensive Coaches were fired up and trying to get the players motivated. Some of the players responded appropriately. A couple even spoke back. Some of the players simply dropped their heads. Some started talking among themselves. Then Hernandez came down the line and told them to get their heads up and to get ready to get back on the field. Most of the guys listened. The clearly disgruntled ones shut up for the most part. I always thought of Hernandez as a solid player. I now see him as a Leader.
- 2nd and 8 is Great (keep telling yourself that): I wonder if it wouldn't be just easier if we could get the opposing team to agree that we will only get 3 downs but we start off 2nd and 8 because that is where the Goat of Predictability has us every series.
- Felt Sorry for Doc: Doc got schooled on Saturday. The team wasn't focused. The team wasn't prepared. I wasn't angry. After last year, I don't think that I want to ever go back to being angry. Some posters on the Board are calling people Doc Apologists. As someone who probably typed "Snyder Apologist" a billion times, I may not have the strongest position to preach from, but I don't consider myself an Apologist. I like Doc and hope he continues to succeed. On Saturday, I felt sorry for him. Especially after the botched FG attempt.
- Stood Up for My Team: I spent the third quarter in the Big Green room watching the game with my buddy and his wife. It was very comfortable and enjoyable. But my daughter and I walked back down to our seats for the fourth quarter to show our support for the players. Again, they did not quit, and I decided I wasn't going to either. I stood there so that they knew some people still cared. I am proud of the players this year. That was not the case last year. I was a little shocked at how few people there were still in stands at the end of the game.
- New Routine: we had a good meal at Fat Patty's the night before the game, and went to Oscar's for breakfast before the game. While I was a little disappointed that Jason wasn't there, we thoroughly enjoyed our meal, and I got a good laugh when I saw the picture he has over the can. I also thought it was cool when one of my buddies told me on Saturday that his cousin owns Fat Patty's and he would like to introduce me to him. It is nice to know that some of my buddies actually read my blog.
- WKU at Least I will See You: after seeing the empty seats on Saturday and reading the board, even with a strong win over FAU, I'm not overly optimistic that we are going to have a big crowd for WKU. My family will be there. My tailgate buddies Danny, Nick, Angela, John and Vicky will be there. I hope Herdfans will put any boycotting plans on hold and come out and support the players. Go Herd!!!
At the beginning of the year, I knew that my work schedule wasn't going to allow me to post a timely blog each week. I've also found it challenging to balance maximizing the time I have left before my daughter heads off to college next year. Here are the Ten Things I Think I Know About Being 6-2:
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