Posted on: April 13, 2010 1:41 pm

Smoke (finally clearing out), Mirrors (breaking)

So how far can a team really sink?      Ask USM's Baseball team...  After an average season last year, the Golden Eagles got hot with Corky Palmer's retirement announcement, and rode that all the way to a College World Series appearance.  

And USM fans thought we had something...  

We did.. until Corky left.   After a 13-5 start, with some wins that weren't all that impressive, and some losses that were... dubious, at best.    (Lemoyne?!), I think the 'retirement' push is now officailly done.   We're 3-9 in the last 12, including get swept at home by UCF... UCF!?!?

When it was first announced that Coach Berry was the hand-picked successor to Corky, I was willing to believe that the coach had the ability to take over the reigns from the legend (Yes, Corky is a "LEGEND!".), I was going to let Corky name his follower in his footsteps... and boy howdy, I WAS WRONG!

This team can hit the ball... but they can't swing at first pitch strikes, they have absolutely NO baserunning ability, horrible pitching, a LOUSY arm behind the plate...    It's time for Scott Berry (and in a lesser effect, Corky) to say that he is in over his head in terms of coaching. 

Yes, we've played LSU close, going extra-innings, but we only play 2 or 3 of those "big-name" out of conference games a year.. and we can't win those (see LSU and Ole Miss), but when you're losing a home series against UCF or UAB and you're losing games you shouldn't (Lemoyne, St. Mary's), then there's something wrong.

USM rode an emotional wave into the CWS... unfortunately that wave is now officially a "Wipe out".
Category: BBD
Tags: C-USA, Scot Berry, USM
Posted on: October 12, 2009 11:07 am

Apparently, Glad I didn't watch this saturday...

WHAT THE ... you iknow what?   I never thought I'd say this, but I swear this team is falling apart at the seams.   You get the lead back and then... If it's not the defense it's the specail teams.. if it's not the special teams it's the fumbles.

I really don't know what else to say about this team at the moment.

THe worst feeling is, as quoted by CBS:  "give Louisville its first win over a Football Bowl Subdivision team in nearly a year".

I'm just sick to my stomach (and no, not from the swine flui) now from the performance of our team the last two weeks.. it's almost as if they said, Okay, we can't beat Kansas, so we're not good enough to play for 60 minutes.

I really thought L-Fed would have this team back on track after ripping into them over the UAB game... now.. I dont' know what the hell he (or our defensive coordinator in particular)  are doing.
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 24, 2009 11:04 am

Rivarly restored... MSU vs. USM

At least for two years.     While i'm waiting to hear the final results from the MSU-USM home-and-home matchup agreement (at least I'm HOPING it's home-and-home), I got to wondering.

For USM fans, which non-C-USA matchup would be most important to us?

Mississippi State?   Ole Miss?   Louisville?  

I leave Alabama and Auburn off this list, because it was always a road game for us, with no return games ever allowed, and we were forced to deal with Pro-Alabama/Auburn officiating 99% of the time.  (No, that's not sour grapes, there are documented examples).

MSU and OM were always long instate rivals, and the team that managed to win the three games took pride in being the "Mississippi State Football Champions"  (kind of like how somehow despite our horrid basketball teams, we  managed to beat UNO, LSU, and Tulane to be the unofficail "Louisiana State Basketball Champions". 

But then i got to thinking, was there any rivalry for USM more "heated" than Louisville?     Everyone remembers how Favre became a college-household name with his 60 yard hail mary that bounced from one Louisville player to a USM player who took it in for a score.  Or how there were always fights and scrums in the past when our teams met.

So which is it USM fans?    Which team do you miss playing the most?  (even though we now get both Louisville and MSU in the future... Come on Webbels.. not scared of us are you?  Not with your #4 ranking... you coudln't be 'scared' now could you?)

Now before I cut off, I had an idea, let's take our three heated rivals... MSU, UM, Louisville... and we schedule a repeating cycle with all three teams.   Say the first week (or second week,if you really want a pre-game warm up with Alcorn, MTSU, Jackson st, etc.) of the season.. we kick the season off right.

2010 -  MSU @ Hattiesburg
2011 -  USM @ Louisville
2012 -  UM   @ Hattiesburg
2013 -  USM @ Starkville
2014 -  Louisville @ Hattiesburg
2015 -  USM @ Oxford

And then repeat the cycle in 2016...    Let's face it.. Bowl games don't want in state rivals, which was our best chance to meet either of our in-state rivals  (there was always talk that hte Liberty Bowl would lift that ban for USM - UM or MSU. but reportedly "Ole Miss balked" at that.. true or not, I don't know.)

It's a sure-fire money / attendance winner for all three schools...   I've never known a Louisville - USM game not to sell out, and would wager that on even terms (Home-and-Home), USM and OM/MSU would be a sure-fire sell out for both schools.    If any of the three teams were national title contenders, and got bumped in that week, there are still 10 to 11 weeks (which is why IMO, it should be week one of the season) of the season to rebound.
Posted on: September 19, 2009 8:44 pm

A tale of two halves...

So on paper, Virginia was 0-2... USM was 2-0.    

On the field, you wouldnt' have known it for 30 minutes...  Yes, the "comedy of errors" that Virginia suffered through the first two weeks of the season appeared to start all over, as Sewell fumbled the second snap of the game, and USM took over.   From that point on, however, for the next 29 minutes of the game, you wouldn't have recognized the two teams from their records.

I don't know what happened to my USM team, but the offense sputtered, Deandre Brown couldn't hold a ball for his life, Davis refused to work the magic with his other RB's and WR's... and the defense... well, we won't mention the defense of the first half, other than to say that when you give up 190 yards (yes, 190) to a team that had about a 108 yard per game average (if CBS-C had the right numbers), you know it's just wrong.

The DL was getting no push, couldn't get NEAR Sewell and the coverage just ran out of time to cover all the WR's.. and Vriginia was looking like an all-pro team out there, moving up and down the field at will.

First half score:  27-10

Then something happened... either Fedora lit a fire under someone's donkey at halftime, or the Virginia players remembered that they lost to Wiliam and Mary...   I'm not sure what it was, but other than one drive that ended in a Sewell TD, USM apparently showed up to play, including a 100 yard Kickoff return by Freddie Parham  (I thought it was 102, but I'm not an official statistician, sorry Freddie, my numbers don't count :) ), and Damion Fletcher passing Sammy Winder for the all-time rushing Touchdowns in a USM career.

But for the second week in a row, the defense seemed to have problems with a scrambling, agile QB, particularly until the 4th quarter.   I'll be honest, I haven't kept up with this new (i think he's new?) Kansas QB, but if our line can't get any pressure on him without the help of a blitz, this is going to be a VERY Long week/weekend.

And just for what it's worth, Coach Fedora, please save the half-back pass plays until we're IN the lead with no fear of a comeback... PLEASE?
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