Please find a comfortable spot at the end of the bench. Don't bother showing up to practice either. Our defense has had enough reps at "jumping the route" and breaking up/intercepting your passes. Our receivers need to spend more time playing catch with the QB and build a good rapport with him. This will go a long way toward helping us return to the Super Bowl. Your services are no longer needed. It took a while but I have finally realized that you do not have the makeup of an NFL Quarterback and that Brian Griese...or Kyle Orton...or Vinny Testaverde...or whomever we can find that's sitting by the phone at home (Anybody has Jeff George's phone # handy???) will be a better fit for our system. I'm sorry it had to come to this but it is what it is. You can't see over the offensive line. You can't roll out of the pocket to see around the offensive line. You can't go through a route progression. What can you do, Rex??? Wait...I've got it!! You can complete passes but they tend to be caught by the defense at an alarmingly high rate. See all is not lost. You can effectively replace the JUGS machine in defensive drills. (hey Ron...cancel that order on the M1700...Rex will take care of it for us.) Ok Rex...sorry to take up anymore of your time. Thanks for not making me look like a total fool out there. I think this move will be best for the both of us in the long run. I can restore the fans' trust in me and you can stop having to go to the psychiatrist the day after a game. It's a win-win situation for all involved!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
These are my actual plays from last weekend...for record keeping purposes at the end of the year:
Oklahoma -24 @ Tulsa
Wake Forest - 3 vs Maryland
SMU +21 @ TCU
Dallas +3 @ Chicago
Tennessee +5 @ New Orleans
Louisville -35.5 vs Syracuse (damn impluse run down to the sports book after listening to Gameday )
Texas Tech -6 @ Okie Lite
Oakland -3 vs Cleveland
Tennessee +180 @ New Orleans along with the under (-115) on 47 points. THANK YOU to Rob Bironas for missing the chip shot (under 30 yd) FG in the 4th quarter!!!
Posted by Zebbie L. at 1:31 PM
I hope that like me...you took the Titans (on the moneyline at +180) and the under for a nice parlay. I found out yesterday that I won't have internet at home until Saturday...so combine that with our internet at work being down yesterday and I feel quite seperated from the world right now. Oh well...I'll survive.
Posted by Zebbie L. at 8:49 AM
Monday, September 24, 2007
First off I want to apologize on not getting anything else posted last week. I wrote everything that I wanted to post...but could never find free internet near the blackjack tables for some reason. It's crazy I tell ya. Then I get home yesterday and my internet is down (and still was this morning). As far as my picks...I did have Tech winning 52-42 and the Bears beating the Cows 24-19. The Tech pick was an honest pick...the Bears pick was reverse psychology. I'm heading back to Vegas again this Thursday night (for a wedding) so I won't make this game...but I will get a Tech preview posted. Unfortunately...it doesn't look like the directional louisiana (no I won't capitalize the L) game will be on TV...and I don't want to spend time researching a 1-AA team so you'll just get some thoughts on Tech and a discussion on what it will take for them to win by X points on Saturday.
Saturday afternoon...sitting at the Bellagio sports book and watching Tech and Okie Lite trade TD's in the first half. Thoughts...Crabs is getting better every week...wow our defense blows...do we know how to tackle??? or blitz???...wow...what a great catch by MC...nice job getting two quick scores before the end of the half. Then we head down to Mandalay Bay to catch the 2nd half since we were going to a show after the game. Well 90 minutes of walking and trying to find a taxi and food later...I'm still hungry...still haven't found a TV...and I'm listening to the end of game updates on my cell from a friend. Upon hearing of the dropped TD pass...I turned to the girl and said, "Well...there goes the national championship." I then proceeded to drink 17 spiked fruity red drinks during the show...well not really...but maybe it would've made me feel better.
I think I'm the last TT fan site to post this...but Lyle Setencich is gone as the Def Coordinator. While he "officially" resigned...this quote from the LAJ sure makes it sound like Leach initiated the departure:
Tech athletic director Gerald Myers said head coach Mike Leach moved to make the change.
"Mike told me early this morning that he was going to talk to Lyle today about this,’’ Myers said. "Mike did initiate it and felt he needed to talk to Lyle about it, and so that’s what transpired. … I think they just decided that a change needed to be made on defense."
I'm surprised that Leach is willing to pull the trigger mid-season and had resigned myself to watching one of Tech's best passing attacks in recent memory be hampered by a weak defense. Now I'm not saying that changing the DC will create overnight improvement on defense...but early indications are that McNeill is willing to blitz, stunt, and mix up coverages on a regular basis, something that Lyle would never do. If he does that, then the burden will be on the players to step up, be aggressive, and perform on Saturdays. They'll have two "warmup" games against NW la and Iowa State before the Aggots come to town October 13th for their next "statement game" so it will be a few weeks before any real judgements can be made. That doesn't mean we won't try to make them though!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I'm quickly turning into the worst blogger ever...that or maybe I just have a bit too much going on right now. I promise that this site will get much better in Ocotober and November as my travel will only be to Tech football games and not to 18 other places like it has been in recent months. Anyways...onto the picks and I'll be writing my Bears/Cows preview on the flight to Vegas today and post it once I can get down to the 1 free wi-fi spot at the Wynn.
Texas ATM +3 (-135) @ Miami - You have got to be kidding me with this spread. The oddsmakers are continuing to leave the Canes as the favorite...and just making it that much more of a negative payout if you bet the Ags. It's not that I'm high on ATM for any particular reason...but Miami has an above average defense and a pathetic offense. Worst case scenario...ATM chokes it up on the road and the weather gets nasty. There is a good chance for some significant amount of rain and that could serve to keep the scoring down. If you wanna bet this game...take the Ags...but more than likely take the under.
Oklahoma (-24) @ Tulsa - Until the BlowU offense stops putting up 50+ points a game...my money is on them. Tulsa is a nice team with a new coach (Todd Graham) who has instilled some confidence in the Golden Hurricanes. However, they haven't yet faced the BlowU defense and their offensive production is going to change. Expect Tulsa to keep this one close for a quarter...maybe until halftime. However, they'll wear down and the Sooner depth will take over.
Texas Tech (-6) @ Oklahoma State - I'm scared to bet this game...but since I'm not writing up a preview I might as well give you my pick. Okie Lite is likely w/o stud RB Savage and the loss of C David Washington is a big blow to the offense. B0bby Reid has gone from being hyped as "The Next VY" to a guy who is too lazy to put in the work needed to win games. The QB position is up in the air but expect to see both Reid and Zac Robinson at times during the game. We know what to expect from Tech...there is a lot of uncertainty from the Pokes. I'll take the certain play and say Tech wins this one in a high-scoring affair. Check the total...and if it's below 70 then take the over!!!
Posted by Zebbie L. at 8:04 AM
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The latest victim (Rice) has been added to the logo. Sorry I haven't even had 5 minutes to stop and write yet. Work and travel has all but consumed my time lately. Hopefully I'll get packed for Vegas tonight and have time to get my thoughts on Okie Lite up for yall. To help pass the time...I've posted my favorite pic (so far) from the Georgia Tech/Boston College game. For anybody that doesn't know the name...Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College...he's going to be a really good QB in the NFL for years to come. Maybe the Bears can pick him up as I bet he falls to late in the 1st round. Anyways...here's the pic. I still have a few editing things I want to do with it (like straighten it up a bit) but it will work for now. Click on it if you want to see the "condensed" full size version...
Posted by Zebbie L. at 3:57 PM
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Yes...it's 2AM...and I have a flight to catch to the ATL in a few hours. Sorry...no explanations...just my picks for the weekend:
Texas Tech -28 @ Rice - If TTU doesn't win this one by more than 28 (the line is now at 29) then I'm going to start worrying about the Baylor game...now!!!
Georgia Tech -7 vs Boston College - Gonna be a good one. I'm excited about attending this one!!!
The Tech Trifecta!!!
Texas Tech -28
Georgia Tech -7
Ohio +21.5 vs Virginia Tech
Buffalo +10 @ Pittsburgh - The Bills have either won or lost by less than a FG in 8 of their last 9 games. The Steelers are getting too much credit for blowing out a bad Browns team last week. They'll come back to reality this week.
Chicago -13 vs Kansas City - This isn't because I love the Bears offense...it's because the Chiefs are just that bad. I could easily see this being a 17-3 or 21-7 game...and I still cover.
Indianapolis @ Tennessee - At 45.5 points...I still like the under in this game. Last year both of their games were low scoring. With the way the Titans ran the ball last week, I would expect them to do the same again to control the clock and keep the Colts offense off the field. Colts still win this one...but it won't be another rout.
If you want a parlay...take the Bills and the points with the under on the Colts/Titans.
That's all I got folks. I'll be back Sunday...so you'll get a recap on GT/BC (sorry I never got a preview up) and then I'll get back to my TTU writings after that once I can watch their game on DVR. With Okie Lite getting blown out tonight by Troy St...it sure makes me feel better about next week's game in Stillwater...but more on that next week! :)
Friday, September 14, 2007
3. Pray for a turnover miracle from above. Maybe a few Graham Harrell passes get batted up in the air early in the game and the Owls can catch them and take them back for a Pick 6 (see Mizzou game last year). Once the turnovers start...sometimes they don't stop.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Texas Tech 45
Well I might be the only one that says this...but the score made this game look a lot closer than it really was. UTEP took advantage of a few turnovers in the 1st quarter and the Tech defense decided to wait until almost halftime to show up at Jones. That being said...the offense looked great again...poor Rice is about to take a severe beating this week!!! Now onto the grades...
Quarterbacks (A) - Graham Harrell was the only one to play in this one and he put out another outstanding performance. He set a record for completions at 48 and had another 400+ yd performance and minimized his mistakes (75% completion). He did throw 1 INT but it seemed like 1) he was trying to throw it to a spot that only Crabtree (if anybody at all) could reach it. It's debateable as to whether or not MC even saw the pass so I'll let this one go as an unusual circumstance once the game was all but over.
Running Backs (C+) - For future reference...the C+ grade will mean average. You did nothing to hurt the team but nothing that stood out and made a difference in the game. That's what we saw from Shannon Woods and Kobey Lewis on Saturday. 5 yds/carry is nice but there wasn't a single explosive run. Woods had 5 catches for 10 yards but 1 of those catches was for 9 yards.
Wide Receivers (A) - Overall, we saw improvement from this group vs last week. There were amazing catches (L.A. Reed going Superman for 29 yards), outsanding performances (Crabtree with 15 catches and constantly making guys miss), and guys (Amendola, Morris, and Britton) getting the tough yards across the middle to keep moving the chains.
Offensive Line (B+) - Another solid performance and for the most part they kept Graham free from punishment. While it would be hard to duplicate last week's performance in terms of pass protection, it was another admirable job by this inexperienced group. They still have room to improve in the running game though. They need to do a better job of holding their blocks longer to give the backs a better opportunity to get to the 2nd level.
Defensive Line (D+) - F in the first half...C in the 2nd half. UTEP put up just shy of 300 yards IN THE FIRST HALF!!! Vittatoe was able to find receivers and scramble at will with no pressure from the front four. These games are supposed to be prepare the team for Big 12 play but this game was a huge step backwards for this group. They started stunting some in the 2nd half and I felt this change helped slow down UTEP in the 2nd. It worked for now...but it's not going to surprise a good Big 12 OL.
Linebackers (C-) - Their play was definitely below average...but as I've said beore I don't think it's entirely because of their lack of ability. No they aren't the fastest guys out there but they do a good job of tackling once they make contact. However, SOMETHING needs to be done to create pressure on the QB. I know I'm probably beating a dead horse because the Def Coord (Setencich) isn't going to start calling a lot of blitzes but geez...1 blitz per drive would be A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! Ok...enough of that rant for this game. Tillman and Paul Williams made some stand out plays when needed.
Defensive Backs (C+) - Their above average play and hard hitting throughout most of the game offsets the coverage breakdowns and poor tackling that plagued them in the first half. There is no excuse at all for a 5 yd hitch route to go for a TD (1st Quarter) or for 35+ yd gains (3rd Quarter) when you have a defender in the area of the pass. The TD was the result of the DB giving too much cushion (see Setencich mini-rant) and the other long pass was because McBath couldn't quite break up a pass on a dive. Other than that though, McBath and Garcia had solid (not great) games and did a good job of minimizing the damage in the 2nd half.
Special Teams (A) - Another solid game for Alex Trlica, including a 45 yd FG that could've cleared much more than that. E-Mo had a nice punt return and L.A. Reed was again a stud on special teams with a nice kick return and consistently being the 1st one down on punts/kickoffs.
- Great crowd and great weather. Attendance was 52,403...just a few hundred people short of the opening game record of 52,991 vs USC in 1979.
- Seeing the students surrounding the Double T in the north endzone was an awesome sight.
- Great to see the Western L.L. recognized at halftime. They received autographed Mike Leach footballs and a great response from the crowd.
- I voiced displeasure with last week's unis but I really liked the black top/white pant combo. It certainly wasn't a traditional look but I thought it looked great. Definitely ok with seeing them wear that again.
While I work on my write-up from Saturday...here are my picks for tonight's games:
Bengals (-3) vs Ravens - I like the Bengals and the under in this one.
Cardinals (+3.5) @ 49ers - I don't know why...but I want to take the Cardinals to cover in this one. Either way, I think the over is the safe play at 47 points.
Haven't had time to do any writing yet...here's a few pics from the game that I took (click on the image to enlarge) as well as a rainbow that I saw on the way back to Dallas on Sunday (yes the photo of the rainbow above the shot of Crabtree was intentional!)
to a computer. The internet was down all w/e at the girl's house in Lubbock so I didn't have a chance to write or edit photos. I'll be back later with a lengthy write-up and a few (hopefully good) photos. It took some negotiation with security but I was able to get my bigger camera lens into the game as well to get some decent shots. Back to work...
Posted by Zebbie L. at 8:36 AM
Friday, September 7, 2007
DISCLAIMER: The following picks are merely for entertainment purposes only. In no way does this blog or it's author condone or approve of gambling on sports, NCAA or otherwise (damn Bodog won't post the Tech/UTEP line this week...grrr). That being said...enjoy and feel free to comment!
#16 Nebraska (-9) @ Wake Forest - The Demon Deacons were lead by an impressive defense last year on their way to winning a school record 11 games and the ACC Championship. This year, they're replacing 7 guys from that defense and while the offense is improved...their defense is nowhere near last year's caliber. Nebraska runs a similar offense to Boston College, who put up 38 on the Deacs last week. Not exactly a blowout...but the Huskers should win this one comfortably.
Wake Forest 14
Miami (+11) @ #6 Oklahoma - Don't get too excited about the Canes just yet because they had a convinving win against a pitiful Marshall team last week. They still have their usual NFL-caliber players on defense but their offense isn't that improved last year. There's a reason that Kirby Freeman (Brownwood, TX), ended up at the U...he wasn't highly recruited by Texas schools. Everybody in the Big 12 South got their first sight of the highly touted DeMarco Murray last week...and his debut struck 4 years of fear through the hearts of the whiny orange in Austin. With Allen Patrick back this week for Sooners...they don't even have to worry about throwing the ball if they don't want to with him and Murray running the ball. Sooners in a rout!!!
#22 Boise State (-3) @ Washington - This looks like a sucker bet...but I'm going to take the bait. Had the Huskies, lead by Soph Jake Locker at QB, not blown out Syracuse (one of the worst teams in the country) on national TV...then we'd be looking at a double digit spread for the Broncos. Locker is going to be a good QB in the Pac-10 for years to come, but this game will be a good test for him and the Huskies. Willingham is turning the corner up there...but he still has a ways to go. Don't expect a blowout, but Boise State should win this one by a safe margin and not have to dip into their bag of tricks.
Boist State 24
#22 TCU (+9) @ #7 Texas - This is a tough one to predict. TCU has one of the best defenses in the country, lead by All-American Tommy Blake. If Blake plays (I won't get into that mess) then the Frogs have a great chance to pull off the upset in Austin. If he doesn't, it will give Colt McCoy a lot more time in the pocket and that's never a good thing, even for a defense as good as TCU's. On offense, the Horned Frogs don't pose too much of a threat...even with the Horns glaring holes in the secondary. TCU's best chance is to connect on 2 or 3 big passes and turn them into points. Don't know if the Frogs will win this one...but it's sure going to keep everybody in Austin on their toes until the buzzer goes off at the end. I'll say this one ends up in OT with Texas pulling out the W but not covering the spread. Take TCU and the points.
#9 Virginia Tech (+11) @ #2 LSU - To the untrained eye, this might look like a HUGE sucker bet begging for you to take Va Tech. (Since Gameday will be in Baton Rouge on Saturday)...NOT...so fast my friend! (Thanks Lee). VT will struggle on offense and Glennon will wilt under the heat, humdity, and noise that comes with playing at Death Valley. The Hokies best shot at winning is giving the ball to Brandon Ore 30 times and hoping he can run for 150 yards and wear down the LSU defense. If they can't control the clock and the field...then it's going to be a miserable night in Baton Rouge for the boys from Blacksburg. Matt Flynn isn't the second coming of Peyton Manning...but he's good enough to avoid turnovers and keep moving the offense into the endzone (7 of 7 last week with 6 TD's) while allowing their defensive pressure to overwhelm their opponent. Geaux Tigers!
Virginia Tech 10
Thursday, September 6, 2007
A few things of note as we get closer to Saturday:
- Ticket sales are up over 48,000 now for Saturday's game according to a lady I talked to in the ticket office this morning.
- The Western LL team that advanced to the US Finals of the Little League World Series will be recognized at the game on Saturday. Not sure if it will be before kickoff or at halftime.
- 40% chance of rain is still in the forecast for Saturday. It can rain during the game...but it better not rain out my 7:30 tee time @ Rawls on Saturday morning!
On a football related note...I tried to go back through the SMU game last night to see how often we called a blitz. Once I reached 14 plays and 0 blitzes...I gave up. Even if we blitzed 10% of the time...that would be infinitely better than what is going on now. When the opposing offense doesn't have to worry about a blitz...it sure makes their job a lot easier.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
(from the TTU Athletic Dept)
Sept. 4, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas - Join the crowd Saturday and help Texas Tech set a new home opener attendance record when the Red Raiders host UTEP at 6 p.m.! The Red Raiders are 1-0 on the season after opening with a 49-9 win at SMU on Labor Day and need your help to carry that momentum into this weekend's game.
Current ticket sales for this weekend's game stand at 47,052 and more tickets need to be sold to eclipse the home-opening record crowd of 52,991 that witnessed Tech and Southern California in 1979.
Group tickets are available for the game by contacting Garrett Tressler in the Texas Tech Athletics External Operations Office at (806) 742-1195. The Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office opens at 8:30 a.m. each day this week and stays open until 5 p.m., while the office also will be open from noon through the third quarter on game day.
Tickets also are available through area Select-a-Seat outlets and on-line at www.texastech.com 24 hours a day.
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
For some reason I didn't mention this in the first post...the flying flags represent the teams that Tech beat last year that are on the schedule again this year. As we win/lose games...the flags will update to reflect "the skins" that the Raiders have in their possession.
We're one game into the 2007 season and 6 flags continue to fly over Raiderland after the Red Raiders blew by the ponies of SMU yesterday...49-9. I'll be back in a bit with a preview of the UTEP game after I finish up some administrative tasks.