Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Perspective, Phil, Perspective

After the tenth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers erased a 21-0 halftime deficit to win an overtime game over #4 LSU in Death Valley (an unfortunately appropriate nickname in Louisiana these days), Vols coach Phillip Fulmer had this to say about his sometimes first, sometimes second-string quarterback:

"There's no better story than Rick Clausen...Getting done what he got done, coming back here to win this football game at a place where he had been, I don't know if there is a better story in the world than what this guy has done."

Really, Phil? There's not a better story in America, let alone the world, than a 20-year-old kid winning a football game? Sure, he transferred from one school to another, hung in there after being designated the back-up in a two-man rotation, then went back to that first school he didn't get playing time at and engineered an amazing comeback. But best story in the world? What Clausen did last night was fantastic, a true testament to perserverance and hard work. He got in the game trailing big, but he never rattled and led his team with a 21-for-32, 196 yards and a TD performance for the win.

Still, this game had special significance outside of the Clausen family, too. In case you haven't heard, there was a major hurricane in the area a month ago and the threat of another just this past weekend. LSU's first game was postponed, the second moved to Arizona State and this one turned into a Monday Nighter instead of a Saturday game after Rita's course was charted.

In the first major event in Louisiana since Katrina, when people finally got the chance to see the Tigers take the field and put away their Hurricane-related worries for the night, Tennessee left many people with a bitter taste in their mouths (tastes better than Gulf water, I'm sure). Hundreds of thousands are still homeless, millions of Texas residents are still settling back into their homes, and we still have to deal with all the many problems we were facing before Katrina struck -- remember Iraq and the deficits and all those people in poverty without health insurance?

That's not to mention the many heroes of the past month: the little girl I just saw on CNN who organized a huge stuffed animal drive for the kids left homeless by the twin hurricanes, or the relief workers who have yet to sleep in September because of the tough job that lies ahead, or the National Guard or local police, etc.

But, I agree, Phil, there is no better story in the world than Rick Clausen playing 30 minutes of football and defeating the team for whom everyone in America was rooting. What a douche, this guy should be considered the worst story in the world -- he's like the Grinch without Christmas. He took away hope from the keeeds, man, he robbed the already looted populace. Shit, Phil Connors has more tact than Fullmer.

Slack News/Movie Line of the Day: "We got no food, we got no jobs, our quarterbacks' soulders are falling off." Chad's out for the year, and Jew Fiedler is still up in the air. Let's hear it for the Brooks Bollinger Era...I'm sure Jonny Vilma is psyched. I have no idea what to make of this development. I'm just stunned we're off to a 1-2 start with no viable quarterbacks in the mix. Here's to you, Brooks -- do it.

Slack Band Names of the Day: We've got two from yesterday, the first of which cancelled or postponed much of the baseball schedule from last night -- Remnants of Rita and Real Tennis.

Slack Songs of the Day: Just for the hell of it, let's throw it back to the awesome 80s -- Eddy Grant's Electric Avenue, Matthew Wilder's Break My Stride, El DeBarge's Who's Johnny and Lionel Richie's Dancin' on the Ceiling.

And just to counteract that dose of ultra-cheesiness, feel free to sink your teeth into the 6/17/04 Phish show at Coney Island's Keyspan Park. And if that's not your bag, here's some Railroad Earth from this year's Gathering of the Vibes.


At 10:13 AM, Anonymous SpanishMiguel said...

Alright Ace, let's calm down with the "heroes" talk. The way our politicians and media have used inappropriate words to dumb down everything that happens is first on my list of thirty-seven things that annoy me.

Number twenty-two? MTV's "Direct Effect."

At 10:16 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Allright, poor choice of words. You're right, instead of heroes they're more like "Excellent uman interest stories."

But thanks for pickin' out one word and runnin' with some criticism. Chupa mis huevos, Spanish.

At 11:04 AM, Blogger ahren said...

brooks bollinger wasn't even good in college. though i guess he could sorta run the option ok, and he could definitely do a decent job handing the ball to ron dayne. so, the clear solution is for the jets to trade for ron dayne, and start running the option with bollinger, martin, and dayne.

At 11:16 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Wow, you just got me real excited for the rest of the season, Ahren.

As a Big Ten guy, I watched plenty of Brooks in college, and I remember him being a Heisman-caliber awesome QB with the arm strength of Marino or Elway and the accuracy of Steve Young. Yes, that's how I remember it.

At 11:38 AM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

He's the second coming of Craig Krenzel. I'll bet the Jets sign that Druggie Quincy Carter, but if you want to go the "bad Wisconsin QB route" Mike Samuel is still ot there. He's twice the QB that Brooks is.

At 11:50 AM, Blogger poophopanonymous22 said...

word on the street is the jets have signed vinny testaverde

in a related story, the AP reports Allen Iverson is already giving up his nickname to Vinny

its good to know we can cross one team off the list in the tough afc east, if only rodney hadnt been "theismann'd", i'd really be talking shit about the Pats now

At 1:13 PM, Blogger John Howard said...

I completely forgot that game was even on.

And I why did I think his name was Casey Clausen? Dis he have a brother that played at UT too? If so, that's too many damn brothers playing QB at that school. Peyton Manning, CJ Leak...

At 1:34 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Yeah, Casey's younger brother...I think there's a third Clausen brother, but I'm not sure what his name is or if he's even old enough to vote.

Poophop, is Harrison getting Thiesmanned the equivalent of you making an early excuse for the Pats missing the playoffs this year? Talk all the shit you want 'round here, make some predictions, go for it. Boston, terrible.

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Don Fiedler said...

Hey John,

I don't think brothers should be playing QB at all.


Jimmy the Greek

At 1:46 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I hate to blow smoke, but that's the funniest comment of all time.

At 1:57 PM, Blogger poophopanonymous22 said...

not at all ace, when u have the best team in the league, u dont worry about injuries to key contributors, u have faith in the greatest coach of any sport ever to plug in some douche who nobody's ever heard of to do the job


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