Sunday, November 23, 2014

Late night open thread

It's the Saturday Night Scoreboard Show!

Michigan St. 45
Rutgers 3
Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor > Snooki

Maryland 23
Michigan 16
Ann Arbor is closed, Moose out front should have told you

Alabama 48
Western Carolina 14
What is it with SEC schools scheduling a late November cupcake every year?

Wisconsin 26
Iowa 24
Bucky sets up a winner take all contest for the B1G West next week with the Minnesota Lundegaards

Western Michigan 32
Central Michigan 20
They're putting the Zoo in Kalamazoo tonight

Harvard 31
Yale 24
Harvard wins their 8th straight vs. Yale and wins the Ivy league title

New Hampshire 20
Maine 12
New Hampshire turned over everything but the combination to the state vault with all the gold in it, losing three fumbles and three interceptions yet winning anyway

Lafayette 27
Lehigh 7
The oldest rivalry in college football turned 150 at Yankee Stadium today

Minnesota-Duluth 25
NW Missouri St 21
Duluth spent the first three quarters on the team bus eating Cheetos and drinking Red Bulls before storming out in the 4th quarter with 19 unanswered points

The Jersey City Desk Game of the Week®
Wake Forest 6
Virginia Tech 3 2OT
This one has dibs on Game of the Year. Ot was 0-0 going into overtime meaning for the first time since 2005 nobody scored in a regulation game. That's worth the price of admission, huh? In overtime Wake Forest's Mike Weaver kicked two field goals after missing three in regulation so Mike Weaver may loot and pillage but only for 12 hours because he did miss three field goals...

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Rutgers football Gameday!

Welcome to the RU football Gameday Johnny has waited all year for -- The Michigan State Spartans.

Michigan State is proof Rutgers can succeed in the B1G. Michigan State had drifted for years in the conference without much to take away from, well any of it. Since Duffy Daugherty retired and after Nick Saban left in 1999 MSU fell into a general malaise winning only one Big Ten title in 1990. They'd have some nice runs and the occasional upset of Ohio State or Michigan but nothing you'd go up on rooftops yelling about.

Kinda sorta like Rutgers for the last 25-30 years. A lot of naysayers said Rutgers would be the doormat of the B1G this year and that has been far from true. Rutgers has established a calling card in only their first year as being a team that is difficult to play against and excellent on special teams. Quick, what's Maryland's calling card? Exactly. It's not as bad as all that Scarlet Knights fans. Mark Dantonio at MSU has taken overlooked two and three star recruits and coached them better than anyone else in the midwest and has become a national power in the process. Rutgers has a good coach in Kyle Flood. If he can have three or four years to get his guys in that FIT the program he's trying to build, and gets guys overlooked with something to prove and yes, nine or ten win seasons are not out of the question. Johnny's not saying it's going to happen overnight or that Rutgers will become Auburn or Alabama any time soon but RU is positioned well right now.

OK, football! This is an A gap blitz. MSU runs these a LOT:

See the two middle linebackers get a healthy running start at the opposing team's backfield? Yeah, and if Gary Nova does not handle these Pat Narduzzi blitzes Rutgers is in for a long day. Why can Michigan St. blitz like this? Their cornerbacks play tight press coverage and are very good at it. They know most long passes are not completed especially when A) the QB is under great pressure and B) The defender is good. The Spartans dare the opposition to throw long. In order for RU to keep things close and hope for an upset Gary Nova is going to have to hit at least three plays of 50 yards or more. He is going to have to prove to the 75,000 green and white fans on Senior Day he can go long and keep going long. Though not a strength Rutgers is going to need to run the ball against the Green Wall for around 100 yards to keep Nova upright when he passes.

When MSU has the ball they have perhaps the most balanced offense in the conference. Pro to be Connor Cook is not afraid to use his arm (Note: At least once a game he WILL throw a pass that makes MSU fans wonder if he's blind) and has a cadre of good receivers and one great one. Tony Lippett, (#14 in your program but #1 in your heart) has had a breakout season. He's big, strong, fast and makes great catches for long gains:
Getting back to how Rutgers can emulate Michigan St. by smart player selection; all everything running back Jeremy Langford was a third team defensive back after his freshman year. It cost MSU nothing to move him and see if his talents didn't fit better elsewhere. Smart good coaching can cover a lot of holes. Look at Langford now, over 100 yards for 13 straight games. He has 33 career TD's. All they did was move him.

Langford has fumbled in the past and as noted above Connor Cook is prone to a horrid throw every so often believing in his arm more than he should. Rutgers is going to need turnovers and will most likely need one of their patented blocked kicks for a score to keep it close and spring what would be a huge upset and BIG program win for Kyle Flood and RU.

All this being said Johnny is gonna go with his deep seeded loyalties today in the rain/snow/fog of East Lansing.

Fearless Forecast:
Michigan St. 45
Rutgers 14

Friday, November 21, 2014

Late night open thread

Yeah, Johnny's cheating on the calendar tonight sipping egg nog and listening to music and it's not even December yet. Go ahead, call the authorities Johnny dares you. The arrest, court case and publicity will only lead to more street cred.

Time for Jersey City, After Dark


Johnny can tell you without a doubt what his favorite all-time slow song is. Can you? Quick, Johnny will give you a chance to read this story and listen to this incredible song that long ago put a hook in Johnny probably no other slow song has. 'Sara' is simply a one of a kind and Johnny can tell you the very first time he heard it, camping outside one night in George Fischer's front yard in 1979.

That's a big fucking hook eh?

Get your learn on as Stevie talks about writing the song while you listen to what heaven sounds like.

"I wrote Sara on the piano, by myself. The original Sara was 16 minutes long. Like about nine more verses than what you hear on the record. It got edited down to 14 minutes, down to 11 minutes, down to 9 minutes, down to 7 minutes, down to 4 minutes and 40 seconds. I was to the point where I went, 'Is the word Sara even going to be left in the song?'

I knew that Sara would be very popular because I loved writing that song. I've had more fun writing that...I remember the night I wrote it. 'I sat up with a very good friend of mine whose name is Sara, who was married to Mick Fleetwood. She likes to think it's completely about her, but it's really not completely about her. It's about me, about her, about Mick, about Fleetwood Mac. Its about all of us at that point. There's little bits about each one of us in that song and when it had all the other verses it really covered a vast bunch of people. Sara was the kind of song you could fall in love with, because I fell in love with it..."
 -- Stevie Nicks, Tommy Vance show, May 1994


The king of Dire Straits has always done wonderful solo stuff. Interesting, great storytelling and as always terrific, thoughtful lyrics. Johnny is dedicating this song, 'Who's Your Baby Now' to all the gals who passed Johnny over and or god forbid broke up with him before he became rich, powerful, and above the law.

Whoa, Johnny, what brought this on? You're normally positive on people. Yes friends but news from back in Michigan has reached Johnny's ears by raven of a gal who quite pointedly told Johnny one day she was leaving him because he wouldn't make a good solid husband one day and her college psychology courses had taught and prepped her on how to pick the right man and stay married. She knew friends, she foresaw Johnny's failings. Next year is Johnny's 30th anniversary and now gal who bailed on Johnny recently began her third marriage so see, the vindictive story has a happy ending after all.


Ok, are you ready, by the time the song hits the line "Don't talk back, just drive the car" we want you spitting that out just like Peter Gabriel does. C'mon, loudly with seething contempt and let 'er fly!

Peter Gabriel with 'Digging in the Dirt'

The NYPD murdered an unarmed black man last night

It would be horrid enough just to say they murdered an unarmed man but with things being the way they are these days with police murdering a LOT of unarmed black men, well then this needs to be put on the table.

A rookie officer named Peter Liang got nervous and opened fire into a dark stairwell killing Akai Gurley and according to NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton this was just an accident so don't worry about it:

“What happened last night was a very unfortunate tragedy,” said NYPD Commissioner William Bratton at a Friday news conference. “... It appears this may have been in fact an accidental discharge.”

Yes, so whatever, no problem here right Mr. Bratton. Just let your unqualified officers just fire their big guns into dark stairwells every time they get nervous. What complete and utter shit. If someone had been horsing around with a gun and shot and murdered an NYPD officer they'd be filing terrorism charges about now. No apologies accepted until Peter Liang sits in a jail cell for his stupidity that cost another human being their life.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Late night open thread

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
 -- Henry David Thoreau

Time for Jersey City, After Dark

Breaking News: The weather is so bad in Buffalo the Jets game there Sunday is being moved

A neutral site game is what the Jets will face as yet another 3-4 feet of snow fell in and just south of Buffalo today forcing the NFL to move the game to either Detroit, Pittsburgh or Washington but no final announcement has been made yet. We'd expect tickets to be free, seriously on that, to help fill the stadium wherever it turns out to be.

Late night open thread

Time for Jersey City, After Dark