Sugar Bowl Live Blog: Charlie Weis, Record Setter

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

No, I can't throw 40 yards from my butt, but can JaMarcus Russell write 40 paragraphs from his butt? Didn't think so. Let's call it a draw.

I suppose I should apolgize to AA for using his "Best College Football Game Ever" tag, but I'm really enjoying this 20 point deficit.

Now we're talking! A deflected Quinn pass hangs in the air for what seemed like ages and it's picked off by LSU's free safety, who gets himself an unsportsmanlike penalty for underhanding the ball toward the Notre Dame bench, and I can only hope that Jeff Samardzija was the intended receiver. Notre Dame returns the favor on the next play with a late hit, and...oh, wait, LSU got the unsportmanlike penalty for their reaction to the uncalled late hit out of bounds. Another touchdown, and this game could get seriously ugly. It's tense out there, and LSU going for a flea flicker on the very next play couldn't help. And I'll tell you what, it was a perfect pass.

Now, I understand LSU's desire to put the final nail in Notre Dame's coffin, but why is JaMarcus Russell repeatedly throwing deep balls into double coverage? There are over twelve minutes left and you have a 20 point lead. Run the ball. I realize that Notre Dame has struggled on offense for most of the game, but they're really good. Why give them more possessions?

And just like that, Notre Dame goes one, two, three and out. LSU picks up a first down through the air, another on the ground, and we're ticking down to 10:00 left in the game. Les Miles was born in Ohio, played at Michigan, and now I know why so many LSU fans dislike him with that sort of background. His team continues to eat up yardage on the ground, and Notre Dame is fading quickly.

Charlie eats a record ninth-straight Irish bowl defeat

And it's like pow!, LSU running back Keiland Williams bursts off the right side for a touchdown and a 41-14 LSU lead. Honestly, if anyone needed this beating it was Notre Dame fans. Of course, everyone will still think Charlie Weis is a genius when the ballots are passed out in August and the preseason magazines are printed. However, Mr. Jesus With A Whistle still hasn't beaten a good team in his two years at Notre Dame. And yes, I fully realize they pasted Penn State in the second game of the year. They're not even ranked right now, and will barely sneak into the top 25 after beating Tennessee.

If I was Charlie Weis right now, I'd just call a bunch of running plays and get the hell out of the Superdome. The Irish run a few pointless plays and punt it back to LSU for what we can only hope is the last possession of the game. Les Miles, in a nice gesture, pulls his seniors and Russell (who may be playing his last game) on second down to give the crowd a chance to show their appreciation. The LSU coaches in the press box have unplugged and fled to the playing field, and it ain't nothin' but a good time for the Tigers. We're still facing the prospect of a Brady Quinn walk of shame, as LSU faced 3rd and 8. They come up two yards short and will undoutedly punt.

Charlie chooses wisely, and keeps Brady Quinn on the sideline. Notre Dame runs a pair of innocuous plays, and your final score is Lousiana State 41, Notre Dame 14.

Barring a post-game streak by Jeannie Zelasko or Terry Bradshaw, that'll do it for tonight's live blog. Thanks to Awful Announcing and all of you who have checked in or commented, it's been fun. Here's a final YouTube gift for you in honor of the fourth quarter comments.

Here's the boxscore.


I think Brady Quinn has got the right idea. More interceptions means maybe I don't have to play in Oakland...

BF said...
Jan 3, 2007, 11:38:00 PM  

You have to respect a guy who wants to play for the Browns. I guess. Given the other choices at the top of next year's draft, I can't say I entirely blame him.

Jan 3, 2007, 11:41:00 PM  

Lou Holtz is looking really silly right now. Of course, Lou always looks silly.

BF said...
Jan 3, 2007, 11:45:00 PM  

Hey RUTS, isn't your avatar from an oldie PC game of the 80s or early 90s? I think I remember playing it... a looong time ago

>>bLuEJaY said...
Jan 3, 2007, 11:46:00 PM  

That would be our old friend Glass Joe, from Mike Tyson's Punch Out. I figured he was perfect for the job, because everybody ran up the score on Glass Joe. He was the first opponent in the game, hailed from Paris, pranced around the ring like a fairy, and threw a weak jab once every fifteen seconds.

Jan 3, 2007, 11:48:00 PM  

piston honda was my favorite. him or don flamenco

Jan 3, 2007, 11:51:00 PM  

King Hippo...hands down.

Jan 3, 2007, 11:55:00 PM  

I was a huge Soda Popinski fan. Tough bastard, though.

Jan 3, 2007, 11:56:00 PM  

"turn off the liiiights, the partys ooooover!"

Jan 4, 2007, 12:00:00 AM  

Piston Honda, definitely.

And that's another TD. I'm gonna get ready for work now...

Signal to Noise said...
Jan 4, 2007, 12:00:00 AM  

Damn, this game is so long that Nick Saban has already moved on from Bama to a new school.

Jay said...
Jan 4, 2007, 12:02:00 AM  

For all the crap we give Les Miles, LSU is outscoring teams in bowls 81-17 the last 2 years.

BF said...
Jan 4, 2007, 12:02:00 AM  

les miles gets crap because a team this talented should be playing on monday night against the buckeyes...

Jan 4, 2007, 12:04:00 AM  

RUTS where did you get those punch-out animations from?

Jan 4, 2007, 12:07:00 AM  

Google image search. I also found something interesting on YouTube that'll be up in a second.

Jan 4, 2007, 12:13:00 AM  

Dear Chris Rose: "Listen to them chanting your name" is not a question. Christ. And why try to get the guy to badmouth Brady Quinn?

Jan 4, 2007, 12:21:00 AM  


Brady Quinn 15-35, 149 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT.

Total yards: LSU 583, ND 293.

The yards per play stats are disgusting for Notre Dame, as well.

Jan 4, 2007, 12:25:00 AM  

Oh man that video is amazing. Great work RUTS....much appreciated. (I won't mention how you do 10x a better job than I do)

Jan 4, 2007, 12:26:00 AM  

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