Daily Archives: December 1, 2007

SEC Championship 2007: LSU Tigers wrench the title from the Tennesee Volunteers

The University of Tennessee Volunteers and the Louisiana State University Tigers fought it out at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA for the SEC Championship title.

The Volunteers tight end Chris Brown made the first touchdown of the game.  The Tigers put up two field goals by the end of the first quarter.  The second quarter was scoreless.  LSU wide receiver Demetrius Byrd made a TD in the top of the third quarter.  Volunteers wide receiver Josh Briscoe reclaimed the lead, 14 to 13, for his team with a TD in the bottom of the third quarter.

LSU corner back Jonathan Zenon intercepted a Tennessee pass and made a touchdown in just after the top of the fourth quarter.  Ryan Perrilloux, who stepped in as QB for this game because of Matt Flynn’s shoulder injury from a previous game, went into the end zone for a two-point conversion.  LSU 21.  Tennessee 14.

All right. LSU is going to the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day. Head Coach Les Miles must be so elated right now.

Observations & Miscellania:  

1.  Verne Lundquist, one of the commentators, said something along lines of “there’s Matt Flynn, the Matt Damon lookalike, on the sidelines” when the camera filmed the LSU quarterback.   Lundquist also pointed out that LSU’s previous appearances at the SEC Championship Game were in odd number years (2005, 2003, 2001).

2.  I believe Lundquist also mentioned in the third quarter that not since 1999 have the Volunteers worn all-orange uniforms.  Either he or Gary Danielson added that they look like moving dreamsicles.  Here are the non-all-orange uniforms.

3. Gary Danielson brought up the Pythagorean Theorem in an attempt to approximate some kind of value regarding the Byrd touchdown.

4. Three no good field goals today, two from Tennessee, one from LSU.

5. Ryan Perriloux sustained an index finger injury in the third quarter (if memory serves correctly).  He’d have to get stitches after the game ends.

Get game stats and play by play here.

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Michael Oriard on Football and Integration

I came across this article that Michael Oriard, a former college and NFL player, wrote on football and integration.  It’s six years old but very compelling.   I read through much of Oriard’s books Reading Football and King Football while I was researching for my thesis.

 

Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Football has no Jackie Robinson, the lone racial hero whose achievement changed baseball forever and whose story is common knowledge thanks to the recent 50th anniversary celebration of his breaking the color line. Instead, the gridiron has William Henry Lewis, an All-American at Harvard in 1892; Paul Robeson, the first black student at Rutgers, who earned Phi Beta Kappa as well as All-American honors in 1918; Fitz Pollard, an All-American at Brown who played in the first integrated Rose Bowl in 1916; Duke Slater, another All-American, who played for Iowa in the late ’20s and later became a judge in Chicago; as well as Oze Simmons, Kenny Washington, Marion Motley, Bill Willis, and Levi Jackson—a collective “Jackie Robinson” who broke down racial barriers not in a single burst but a step at a time.

College football was integrated outside the South as early as the 1890s, but only marginally and unevenly. Lewis played for Harvard in 1892, but Princeton and Yale—the rest of the Big Three in football’s earliest years—had no black players until the ’40s (Levi Jackson’s election as Yale’s captain in 1949 warranted a front-page account in The New York Times). In any season before the Second World War, no more than two or three dozen African Americans played in what the black press called “mixed football.” Until UCLA fielded a team in 1939 with Kenny Washington, Woody Strode, and the one and only Jackie Robinson (with a fourth black player as a sub), no team had had more than a couple of black players at any one time.

Notre Dame, the “home team” for every despised immigrant in the ’20s and ’30s, had no black players before the ’50s. Army and Navy, as national institutions with numerous Southern students, were also late to integrate. The Big Six Conference (forerunner of the Big Eight and now the Big Twelve) officially integrated in 1947, the Missouri Valley Conference in 1950, the ACC in 1963, the Southwest Conference in 1966, the SEC in 1967. I’m old enough to have played (for Notre Dame) against Georgia Tech in 1969 and Texas in the 1970 Cotton Bowl, before those teams were integrated.

Read the rest of the piece here.

Oriard also put out a book this past summer called Brand NFL.   It’s probably a must-read for anyone who wants a career in sports and marketing or sports and finance.

College Football: Navy docks Army

The Army Black Knights vs. the Navy Midshipmen for the 108th time in front of a sell-out crowd at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. Televised by CBS (for the twelfth year in a row), for both teams, this game is the apex of their school year every year. For seniors, it’s more than likely the last they’ll play football competitively (in an organized, institutionalized fashion). After the four quarters are over, the Midshipmen and the Black Knights take on the responsibility of protecting our country.

Navy beat Army 38 to 3. At the bottom of the first quarter, Navy slot back Zerbin Singleton made a touchdown (the first of the game for either team). In the middle of the second quarter, Army got three points from a field goal. Navy slot back Reggie Campbell followed that play with a ninety-eight yard kick-off return TD. Midshipmen 14. Black Knights 3. After taking possession of a fumbled ball, Navy increased their lead with a TD by slot back Shun White. With one second left on the clock in the second quarter, Navy put a fifty-one yard field goal on the board. Going into halftime, Navy 24. Army still 3.

Third quarter progressed scoreless until about the middle, where Army could’ve have scored a touchdown when fullback Mike Viti leapt towards the end zone (second and goal). Unfortunately, the ball came loose before he hit the turf. Navy recovered the ball. Reggie Campbell made another TD for Navy in the top of the fourth quarter, giving the Midshipmen score of 31. Army still 3. Numerically speaking, one would think one was watching the New England Patriots playing anyone.

After blocking an Army punt, Navy scored another touchdown (thanks to their own quarterback Jarod Bryant). Midshipmen 38. Black Knights 3.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. I do believe that only in the Army-Navy game would stadium attendees and viewers at home be asked to join in prayer before the singing of the national anthem. The Navy chorus, or Sea Chanters, sang the anthem–beautifully done too.

2. Head coach Paul Johnson at Navy has turned the team around. They’ve won the past five games against Army.

3. Navy’s victory today made it in the record books regarding this rivalry–it’s the first time one of the teams has won six times in a row.

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