05 January 2006

Dateline: Rossland, B.C.

Rose Bowl
So I was a little off with my Rose Bowl prediction. It also seems BYU isn't the only team that can't tackle. Unfortunately that's the only thing they have in common with USC. Vince Young was clearly inspired by losing the Heisman to Bush. The announcers fell all over themselves praising his play--and he was good--but I don't know if he'll be able to make it in the NFL. The zone-read play and option will not work in NFL where defenses are much faster. I could be wrong, but he could be another Michael Vick--good for a highlight or two a game, but unable to work the West Coast Offense. Otherwise, congrats to Texas, hook 'em horns.

Fantasy Football
I should have thanked him sooner, sorry Robbie. This last week concluded the season for my fantasy football league, broke phi broke. Though I finished 3rd in the regular season, I pasted R Jones in the Championship 69-49. Thanks for playing.

Canadian Observations
I don't want it to seem as though I don't like Canada. I think its a great country. I have a good friend from Toronto, though I haven't heard from her in a while... Anyway, the skiing is great.

Specifically, Red Mountain. Size wise, this is the smallest of the three we have skied, but the snow conditions have been by far the best. My brother tells me Red Mountain has the finest glades skiing in North America. I've only skied 15-20 resorts but it is definitely the best glades skiing I've skied. The people are nice and the burger with carmelized onions was delicious. One thing I've noticed is that a high percentage of Canadian women have pierced noses and lips. I can't figure out what that's about.

I've read about the same speech in both the National Review and Best of the Web and it fits my Canadian theme so I figured I'd better reproduce it here. This is the National Review version.
Here is a news item from the Friendly Giant to Our North--a country large and consequential enough, you would think, that a person who had once served as its minister of defense and deputy prime minister would be possessed of more than the average endowment of gravitas [link added for my American Heritage students still reading my blog]. Think again. Paul Hellyer, who held those positions under Prime Ministers Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau, recently told an audience at the University of Toronto [is this a serious school?] that George W. bush is planning for an intergalactic war against space aliens--you know, the ones in UFOs, which vessels are, averred the former Sec Def and Deputy PM, "as real as the airplanes that fly over your head." Warming to his theme, Hellyer accused the Bush administration of planning a forward base on the moon, the better to counterattack the extraterrestrials. "The time has come," he concluded,"to lift the veil of secrecy, and let the truth emerge, so there can be a real and informed debate, about one of the most important problems facing our planet today." The speech received a standing ovation. So now we know: Hatred of George W. Bush , in combination with the enervating effects of living in the world's most boring country, can send you barking mad.
So what's the excuse of left-wing nuts in the States? One thing the University of Toronto has in common with liberal schools in the U.S.--all a speaker has to do is mention their hate for George W. Bush (even if the speech asserts the existence of ET) and they will get a standing ovation. This guy really should meet Michael Moore, though I'm afraid of the freak of a love-child movie this union would produce. Fahrenheit Area 51 anyone?


morgan said...

Vince Young had a great game and is a great college QB. However, I don't believe he will be a great NFL QB. I realize he has the best efficiency rating this year in college football. However, I believe this is due in large part to the offensive line (which completely dominated the SC defensive line last night) and the system in general. I seem to remember many other great college qb's who put up sick numbers runninng the zone read or option that never amounted to anything as an NFL qb. See Kordell Stewart, Antwan Randle El, Matt Jones, Alex Smith, and Eric Crouch. Vince Young is an incredible athlete yet he looks almost awkward throwing the ball. Bill Simmons compared his delivery to somebody triying to flick a piece of poo off their hand. It also appears to me that Young floats EVERY pass over 12 yards down the field. NFL defenses are just too fast to get away with floating balls. Receivers will get their heads taken off and interceptions will abound. Maybe his delivery will improve ala Donovan McNabb. Maybe not. I know one thing for sure, qbs who like to run are very injury prone. Look at Steve Young, Donovan McNabb, Ron Mexico, and Steve McNair. A switch to WR similar to Randle El and Matt Jones may be a very wise move for Vince Young. He would enjoy a definate size advantage going against corners and safeties. See the Rose Bowl for perfect examples. He would also not take the physical punishment he would by faster and stronger NFL linemen and linebackers. Give me Matt Leinart as my NFL qb any day. Give me Vince Young as my NFL receiver and I would be very happy. Maybe even a tight end???

Kalie said...

Hello Jacob! Glad to hear you guys are alive, and in Canada, apparently. How do I not know these things? I've only visited Halifax and PEI. Saddening. But you're saying there aren't really UFO's??? :D Happy New Year!

kayla said...

Vince Young had a good game, but towards the end there, he got a little shaken up and wasn't sure of his next moves....at least Matt Leinart stays calm throughout, no matter who or what hits him. Great game though, even better watching it live ;)

Matt said...

Wasn't sure of his next move? Are you talking about when he weaved his way effortlessly through the USC defense on 4th-and-5 to score the game-winning touchdown? Or when he ran untouched up the middle on the QB draw for the 2 point conversion? Maybe it was just before that, when they were down by 12, and Vince was running around instilling confidence in the players around him, just before he orchestrated a brilliant come-from-behind victory?