- Frustrated Herdfans: There was a lot of grumbling in the stands and at the tailgates at halftime and after the game on Saturday about the team’s performance. As I am headed to dinner after the game, one of my Facebook friends posts on my wall his own ten things, five of which were rants on Legg. I too was frustrated for the reasons that I will discuss in No. 2 infra. Why were so many of us disappointed? We are 7-1. When I got back to Colorado on Sunday, I watched the game on my DVR. It wasn’t as bad as I thought. Why are we so negative? Is it the disappointment of the Ohio loss keeping us out of the Top 25? Is it unrealistic expectations? Whatever our issues as a fan base are, the team is 7-1. I am going to try and remind myself that constantly when I feel frustrated with the performance on the field. I am also going to remind myself that upon further review, the team looked better than what I thought during the game.
- Failing To Cover the Spread (the one I care about): During the game I kept thinking about WKU’s 55-28 win over North Texas and Portland State’s 66-7 drubbing of the Lean Green. On Saturday, I kept waiting for the HERD to manhandle the lean green. It didn’t happen. In fact we had to use a fake punt against a winless team to ensure the victory. As I sat at the Joan, my vision of the 2015 Herd felt threatened. In my head WE ARE the Conference Champion, and we are repeating. Every game that I watch of WKU, I get more and more concerned about my vision becoming reality. Unlike some of my buddies, I wasn’t concerned about the 30 point spread in Vegas. On Saturday, I was concerned about the 10 point difference between our 30-13 score and WKU’s 55-28 score against the common opponent. To add gasoline to my idiot fire, I kept thinking about the beat down that Portland State put on the lean green. After watching the LSU game, maybe I should just lighten up and rely on the better odds of WKU having most of their team disqualified for at least a half of the game due to targeting.
- Litton and my Hashtag Failure: the thing that impresses me the most about Litton is his composure and his ability to brush off mistakes and get back in there without hesitation. He showed that after the Pick 6 at FAU. He didn’t have a highlight real game on Saturday, but he got his 6th win. During the game I made a tweet about Litton and included a hashtag that I meant about the whole team. It was an epic failure on my part, but I didn’t realize it at first. Once I saw the $&#@storm that I had created, I deleted the tweet, and took the verbal beatings from MarshallMark, Dave Smith and others who were all saying things that I agree with. I’m a dad of a 15 year old; I don’t want anyone criticizing my kid. I am also a Moderator on here who takes monitoring and editing out criticisms of players very seriously. Moreover, I have an incredible amount of respect for Litton. In short, I sent him an apology on Sunday and listened to Shake It Off on my flight back home. While I may have irreparably irritated @jAfoinTamPa, I am pretty sure that Litton has brushed my Hashtag Failure off like the Pick 6 at FAU and has moved on. In case his parents read this blog, I am very sorry for writing anything that could be construed negatively about your son.
- One Tweet I Will Stand Behind:during the game I tweeted that “sometimes a RB is a RB and not a Slot.” In my opinion, Hyleck Foster is in the position that he is meant to be in!!! 112 yards and a TD isn’t bad for a benched WR. I’m looking forward to seeing what he does on Saturday.
- Fake Punt:since the first punt of the year we’ve all been waiting to see that play. Before his injury Rockhead was the upman. I was just a little surprised that we had to use it against a winless team. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we did it. I was just surprised.
- 30k Update: one of the things I had in my unpublished FAU blog was that I really like it when the Athletic Department sends out the M showing the level of tickets sold to date. In my FAU blog, I was also going to talk about the comment that others made in the thread on the board, Facebook and on Twitter. I was also going to eat some crow (growing a taste for it this week) over my comment about Herdfans who could make it in for every game but don’t. One of my Herdfans buddies posted pictures on Facebook of the event that he was at during the Southern Miss game. It was a really cool event. That made me rethink my personal desire to be in Huntington for every home game. I tested out my theory after the FAU game by going to some pretty incredible sites in Colorado after watching it on TV. At the end of the day, I came to the conclusion that for me the right place to be is in Huntington on game day. To make me feel worse about calling out my fellow Herdfans buddy, he ended up being in Huntington for a Big Green event later in the week. Oops. One thing that wasn't an Oops was Hamrick nailing down the Boise 1-1. If he wants 30k, that is the recipe to get it. Great job Mike.
- Tip Off Club:on Friday night, I went to the Tip Off Club event. If you weren’t there, you missed a first class event put on by the Big Green. As much as I love Marshall football, my real passion is Herd Hoops. It was great talking to Danny and seeing his team taking shape. I like his philosophy of running an up tempo game when everyone else is walking the ball up the court to do a simple pick and roll. I joined the Tip Off Club and set a goal to make it in for at least 5 basketball games this year (this should test whether my wife actually reads my blog or not). It was also great listening to my dad talk to Danny about the players that played with Danny.
- Homecoming Thoughts:having grown up on campus so much of my personal identity is tied to the University and its Faculty and Staff. Prior to the game I thought about Dr. Plybon, Dr. Sullivan, Dr. Gilliland, Dr. Gerke, Dr. McNearney, Jimmy Rodgers, Dr. Adkins, Dr. Taylor, Joe McCoy, Dr. Milicia, my parents and so many others. As the game started, my thoughts turned to Ed Stalling whom I remember pacing the sideline in front of the student section looking up at us in a very dignified but disapproving manner. As far as my friends and Herdfans go, I tried to make it around to see everyone at their tailgates. If you felt that I didn’t stay long at your site, blame it on W0lfman. I had such a great time talking to W0lf and sipping Tanqueray and Sprite, I really didn’t want to leave his tailgate.
- My Favorite Marshall Hangout: At halftime, I went into Mancini’s with my buddies Bob and Nick to have a beer and let the rain pass. While in Mancini’s I thought about how that place captures all of the great Marshall hangouts from my past. It’s not necessarily the look, but it reminds me of Wiggins, John’s Sandwich Isle, and the original Frank’s. Don’t get me wrong, Fat Patty’s and other local eateries are great, but it just isn’t a trip home for me if I don’t go into Tony’s.
- Here’s one for Apollo (or Tony Cavalier): there has been a lot of complaints on the board about rain. While I can’t make it stop raining, I can throw out there a theory on why we are getting hit with rain on the weekends: Urban Heat Island Effect, which creates downwind urban rain. http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/terra/news/heat-islands.html One theory is that downwind urban rain happens on the weekends when the cities upwind are not producing as much heat and the front can move past those cities (http://www.pnas.org/content/100/20/11225.full). If this is true, then I guess you guys will join me in my desire to see us play more week night games on ESPN….uhhh probably not. Well at least we can all agree on one thing: GO HERD!!!
There’s a lot more pressure on freelance blog writers than most people know. On Saturday, I got called out by Rick at our tailgate for not having my FAU blog posted. When I tried to explain that I did the collage but my job didn’t allow me the time to write it, he didn’t seem to be satisfied, so in the spirit of returning to campus for Homecoming, I am giving myself a failing grade for last week (crap, I should have submitted a withdrawal form). As I note in No. 3 below, I didn’t have my finest hour on Twitter this past week either; so I guess I earned another failing grade this past weekend. Still I had a great time in Huntington, and here are the Ten Things I Think I Know After the Lean Green (and FAU):
Thundering in MD