Friday, November 03, 2006

Dink & Dunk: Game of the Century (Stifle Your Laughter) Edition

Wink Dinkins and Buck Dunkowitz couldn't do their normal Wednesday featurette because they were in prison. But thanks to the House's chief consiglieri and illegal searches being inadmissible, they're back in action. This week they take on last night's West Virginia-Louisville game.

  • What's going on? There's no football game on ESPN tonight, it's just the "Eleven Man Hundred-Yard Dash Presented by Papa John's ®". Seriously, is tackling illegal in the Big East?

    Speaking of Papa John's, do you think Urban Meyer has season tickets to Louisville games? After all, his identical twin brother owns the naming rights to the stadium:

  • God gave us eyes because he loves us and wants us to be able to see Erin Andrews. He is a good God.

    Testify, my brother.

  • Am I on drugs or did they just promo the Boston College - Wake Forest game as "a crucial game in determining the ACC championship"? On a night where a Thursday night Big East game is a pivotal game in the BCS title picture? I need to sit down and take a Valium, the room is spinning.
    I'm beginning to really appreciate the irony that since Miami, V Tech, and BC went to the ACC, the Big East has turned into an automatic BCS Championship berth and the ACC is struggling to place a team in the top 20. It's delicious.

  • Down 17 points with 6 minutes left? No need to panic, Mountaineers fans. Kevin Pitsnoggle is going to get unchained and win the game at the buzzer. I've seen this one too many times.

    Clearly, this isn't a Big East basketball game. One team almost has fifty points!

  • Thank you, Mark May, for chipping in your brilliant analysis: "Louisville impressed tonight both on offense and defense". What, might I ask, would you consider to be unimpressive if you're impressed by giving up 575 yards and 34 points?

    It may not sound impressive, but think of it this way. Louisville's D held one of the best offenses in the country to only 121 yards over their season average. That's just a little over 1.2 football fields more offense then they put up against the likes of Eastern Washington, Marshall, and Syracuse. Kudos!

    France, 1940. Another phenomenal defensive effort.

And... it's over. An epic matchup of two teams who will both be ranked higher than Notre Dame come next week. Thanks for chiming in, fellas.

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At 4:31 PM, Anonymous TomB said...

Seriously, is tackling illegal in the Big East?

No, you may have missed it, but the "Big" East is pioneering a new form of football; Greco-Roman Football.

There's no tackling below the waist. (or above for that matter, but that's just for style points)

At 4:38 PM, Blogger gwzimm said...

I STILL say Jimmy Clausen's high school team beats Loisville AND Worst Virgin on the same day

At 7:36 PM, Anonymous captaineclectic said...

What wouldn't impress Mark May?

Anything done by Notre Dame.

At 11:12 AM, Anonymous domerva said...

Sad but true. ND will be ranked lower than both WV and LU. By the way, Erin Andrews is HOT!!

At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For you Erin Andrews lovers out there, the wizard of odds posted another picture...

At 1:47 AM, Blogger Clashmore said...

i had no idea mark may said that. i was lucky enough to be hammered by halftime in a bar and there was no sound to the game.

this man is employed why?

At 9:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate to tell you.....I've seen every game ND and Louisville have played this year (and I am an ND grad). Right now, Louisville is better and would win 8 out 10 games against ND. Head to head analysis:

Run game: Edge - Louisville. Better depth at RB, better O-line. Would be huge advantage if Michael Bush had not gotten hurt. Walker is a good back, possibly great IF he had anybody to run behind.

Pass game: Edge - Louisville. I give Brady a slight QB edge over Brohm right now (better durability, mobility, 1 more year of experience), but Brohm is pretty damn close. At receiver, no question that I would choose Mario Urrutia first over any other receiver on the two teams. He is that good. Smardjiza and McKnight are very good, but Harry Douglas is a more legit deep threat. Carlson and Barnidge are a wash at TE. I give Petrino an offensive coaching edge over Weis (they are both phenomenal). Louisville just doesn't have the hard-to-watch unproductive stretches that ND has from time to time. They attack all the time and have better run/pass balance.

Pass defense: Louisville covers the pass better. Ndukwe, Richardson, Lambert and the gang are improving, but still regularly find themselves 7-8 yards away from an open receiver. Louisville gave up a few longer passes earlier in the year, but seem to have corrected that lately.

Run defense: You can attempt to criticize Louisville for giving up 300 rushing yards to WV, but how many did ND give up against Navy? ND would not fare any better (nor would anyone in the country) vs West Virginia's run. Slaton and White are legit 4.3 - 4.4 speed guys.

I'd be interested to see a statistical analysis of the two teams to see if my observations are supported. I'd be even more interested to see a bowl game matchup of these two teams.

Go Irish!

At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, I hate to burst your bubble back at you, but Louisville might be a little overrated as the #3 team in the land.

Would you mind if I "attempt" to criticize their defense, as you so termed it?

What about the Louisville-Cincinnati game? In that game Cincy rushed for 212 yards. Giving up 212 rushing yards has nothing to do with Bush or Brohm. And it came down to the final play. If Cincy had ANY threat at WR (who could catch the ball) they would have won that game. Did I mention it was a home game for Louisville?

To say that Louisville gave up over 500 yards of offense only because they faced two guys that can run a 4.3 is not telling the whole story. Yeah, Slaton and White are good, but Louisville's defense is well, not that good.

Forget Rutgers. Louisville should beware of the South Florida Bulls. Remember what happened last year (when Bush and Brohm were healthy)?

At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Checked some stats....

Louisville gives up 3.3 yds per rush, while gaining 5.5 yds per rush. Louisville has outrushed its opponents 1626 yds to 842 yds.

ND gives up 3.8 yds per rush, while gaining 3.2 yds per rush. ND has rushed for only 964 yds while giving up 1137 yds on the ground.

Quinn's passer rating is 150.0. Brohm is 153.6, and his backup is 166.1, combining for 157.3. Louisville gains 10.02 yds per pass attempt, while ND gains 7.56. ND has given up 24 sacks, while Louisville has only given up 11.

Louisville's run yds/total yards is 41%, while ND's is only 27%.

Louisville gives up 6.55 yds per pass attempt, while ND gives up 6.8 yds per pass attempt. Louisville has given up 122 points on the year, compared to ND's 199 given up.

One could counter with the "tougher schedule" argument, but the various computer rankings which take that into account have Louisville ranked higher. As a fan of both teams, I'd like to see them would be a highly entertaining game - two great offenses, two great coaches, star-power galore, and two average defenses...

At 1:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can throw stats out there all day, but stats can be awfully deceiving. Why about Boise State? I bet they have some pretty good stats too.

66% of the rankings (BCS) are based off of human polls, and SOS actually is actually a very small factor in the equation. It is no secret that Louisville has a weak schedule. Not as pathetic as West Virginia's, but not too far from it.

Consider Louisville's competition this year: Middle Tennessee St, Temple, Kentucky, Kansas St, as well as the BE bottom feeders Syracuse and Cincinnati. None of those teams are good. Not one. Oh yeah, they played a crappy Miami team as well. You can't find one high powered offense among that group. When they did face a high powered offense in WVU, their defense all of a sudden didn't look so good. And let's not forget that West Virginia's defense looked awful as well.

Besides West Virginia, I invite you to tell me Louisville's marquee wins in the last 3-4 years. Their level of competition just hasn't been there. Not this year, or any of the last three. I'm sorry, but you don't need a computer to figure that out.

By the way, you say you want Notre Dame to play Louisville. It is unlikely to happen anytime soon, because that would mean that Louisville would actually have to play a tough schedule.

At 5:30 PM, Anonymous Mr. Wednesday said...

Anon #1, care to justify your statement that the tight ends are equivalent? I'd take Carlson over just about anyone right now, he seems to catch just about everything and is a deep threat down the middle of the field to boot.

At 5:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ND has of course had bigger historical wins and more of them(although Louisville has knocked off ranked Florida State and Miami teams in the last few years). However, two facts (not opinions of mine or yours) on this year's strength of schedule:

1. According to Stewart Mandel's Bowl Projections on published today, Louisville will have played against 9 bowl teams during the regular season, and ND against 7.

2. Louisville's composite computer ranking right now (no humans) is #3 (all six computer polls have them #3 or #4), while ND is #6 (ranging from #3 to #7).

By the way, ND's wins this year are not all that impressive.... miracle wins vs Mich St (which got destroyed by Indiana) and 4-loss UCLA, not terribly impressive wins against whoop-de-doo Purdue, Navy, NC and Stanford, and decent wins vs Penn State and Ga Tech (which got blown out by Clemson) - those last two wins are no better than WV and Rutgers this year.

Bottom line.....if ND beats USC, or if Louisville loses to Rutgers or someone, you will prove to be right and I will prove to be wrong - but my gut feel and the stats suggest otherwise right now.

Still plenty of football to play .... I'll be watching your site to where this all winds up. Keep up the great work (but do give Louisville a little bit of credit if they keep winning...)

At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are my responses:

1. Are you serious? To just compare the schedules based on what teams might make bowls is erroneous and misleading. It was just a week and a half ago that the Louisville newspaper correctly pointed out that the only two teams with winning records that Louisville had beaten thus far were Middle Tenn St and a bad Miami team. Meanwhile, Kentucky, Kansas St, Temple, Syracuse, and Cincy all had losing records. Just because these teams get to 6 wins by the end of the year doesn't say much. A lot of bad teams play in bowls, you know.

And to compare Notre Dame, we could very well have played against the ACC Champion (GTech), the Big Ten Champion (Michigan), and the Pac Ten Champion (USC) by the years end. How many conference champs like that has Louisville played against?

2. Actually, the de facto standard to rate SOS ratings is Jeff Sagarin, not Stewie Mandell. Sagarin rates ND's SOS tougher and has been doing so all season. At one point ND had the #1 toughest ranked schedule in the country after we palyed Michigan St. Just last week 6 of the 8 BE teams didn't have a SOS above 50 (including Louisville and WVU). Our first 5 teams we played against were undefeated. And when teams are undefeated they have more to play for and with a lot more confidence.

The marquee win for OOC for the entire Big East conference is WVU beating Maryland. That is it.

Can you explain why Louisville is #3 while Rutgers is #15? And why won't Rutgers play in the BCS championship if they beat Louisville? What about Boise St?

My point here is that Louisville may not deserve their #3 ranking, in spite of being undefeated. Their schedule is chaulk full of weak teams.

At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it...why all the football chatter when there's a smokin hot picture of Erin F'n Andrews! Shouldn't we be discussing those mellons under that sweater or something?

At 11:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry, but I just wanted to say that Louisville's defense, as I was saying all along, was pathetic tonight.

They just got beat by a bunch of midgets that had practically no passing game.

See what happens? See what happens when you actually play two tough teams in a row?

#3 in the nation MY ASS!!!

At 6:12 PM, Blogger gwzimm said...

Erin has a sweater full of goodies

At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just hope this pic of Erin never goes away - I can't get enough.

BTW, great pic of clashnore, the ND mascot from the 40's & 50's, from commentor Tony.


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