Monday, December 2. 2013
Utah Utes 2013 Football Season Posted by The Mad Giggler in Sports at 20:42
I wanted to put this out there before I forget, since I don't know when Brandon will get to his end of year Red, Blue & Pigskin. I attended six home games and watched the BYU game on TV. This is the most fun I've had at Rice Eccles in several years. I didn't expect much from this team at the beginning of the season.
A 4-8 record is more or less what I'd pictured. I kind of got my hopes up after the Stanford game, but of course horrible things began happening to Travis Wilson at that point. We ended up 5-7 with a fairly young team, ravaged by injuries to several key players. The thing that stood out to me the most was just how much fight this team had. And really, that's all I could ask for.
When the question is asked, "Would you rather still be in the MWC winning 9 or 10 games every season?" the answer is really easy for me. "No, of course not." I would much rather sit through a season like this one than the season we had before joining the Pac-12. It got boring watching Utah blow out Colorado State and UNLV, then getting blown out by TCU (who also left the MWC.) This season may not have been a winning season, but it was a really fun one.
Thursday, October 24. 2013
Red, Blue And Pigskin Posted by Sideshow in Red, Blue And Pigskin at 07:29
Sometimes, I just hate being wrong. This past weekend was one of them. All that good will Utah got for beating Stanford. All the replays on ESPN all week long, it's gone. Tossed away by a dreadful, unprepared, flat performance on the road in Arizona this past weekend. In the end Utah let Stanford beat them, now they have to avoid letting Arizona turn the Stanford win into two consecutive losses.
Meanwhile, I'm not sure it the Cougars (both of them) couldn't get large enough modes of transportation to get their teams to the game, or what. You remember those signs that kids hang up on their room saying "No Boys Allowed", or "No Girls Allowed", well apparently Houston, and Byu both thought that the defenses would give them Cooties, because it was apparent that Reliant stadium had a "No Defenses Allowed" sign on the door.
This week, though, the Cougars better find their defense if they want to pull of Division 1-A history on Friday. Continue reading "Red, Blue And Pigskin"
Wednesday, October 16. 2013
Red, Blue And Pigskin Posted by Sideshow in Red, Blue And Pigskin at 09:28
Well that just happened!
As fans of Utah and Byu, we've seen plenty of National Championship hopes and dreams die on our own home fields. But that's because, if we're being honest, any national championship hope was false to begin with. Especially in today's climate of College Football.
Last Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium, we saw an entirely different National Championship dream die. And it was glorious!
But before we get to last Saturday's major upset for the Utes, there was another unexpected event down in Provo last week, and no not the outcome of that game. Continue reading "Red, Blue And Pigskin"
Monday, September 16. 2013
Red, Blue And Pigskin Posted by Sideshow in Red, Blue And Pigskin at 15:41
Well here we are. This is the week that originally inspired me to start writing this series. This is the game that always has a little something special to it. It's always my favorite entry to write. I'm of course speaking of Rivalry week.
This is a special rivalry week because it's the last one we'll get until 2016. Which means it's the last time I'll get to write my favorite entry until 2016.
First things first though, there were games this past weekend, and have to do a quick recap before we move full on into the Rivalry Game To End All Rivalry Games (Until 2016). Continue reading "Red, Blue And Pigskin"
Sunday, September 8. 2013
Red, Blue And Pigskin Posted by Sideshow in Red, Blue And Pigskin at 10:00
I have no idea, no clue. Three days later and I'm still not sure what that was in Provo last weekend. It defies explanation. No one could have predicted that. Not even the most blue goggle wearing, Bronco Kool-Aid drinking, fireside attending, Cosmo loving, Max Hall worshiping Cougar fan. (I say this with confidence because he also told me yesterday he had no idea what went on Saturday.)
The most overused cliche after week 1 is that "a team makes it's biggest improvement from week 1 to week 2." That certainly held true in this state as Utah State, Utah, and BYU rolled to victories and were all running much crisper than in week 1. But if week 2 is about making your best improvement, weeks 3 and 4 are about figuring out what is real, because only 1 improvement from this week should be taken at face value. Continue reading "Red, Blue And Pigskin"
Tuesday, September 3. 2013
Red, Blue And Pigskin Posted by Sideshow in Red, Blue And Pigskin at 12:15
The state of Utah houses 5 Division 1 football teams, with Utah, Utah State, and BYU in 1-A and Southern Utah, and Weber State in 1-AA. 4 of those teams played division 1A opponents this past week, with 3 of those games being against out of state foes on the road. 2 of them lost, but it was in against an in-state opponent, leaving just 1 of the 5 division 1 football teams in this state to lose to a non in state opponent.
And with that countdown out of the way, let's review what went down in the first week. Continue reading "Red, Blue And Pigskin"
Monday, August 26. 2013
Red, Blue And Pigskin Posted by Sideshow in Red, Blue And Pigskin at 10:53
It's Game Week! There's an extra hop in the step of football fans everywhere because we are finally, finally, FINALLY in Game Week. There's one guarantee for this week, somebody in the state of Utah will not make it to week 2 undefeated. Continue reading "Red, Blue And Pigskin"
Thursday, August 15. 2013
Red, Blue And Pigskin Posted by Sideshow in Red, Blue And Pigskin at 12:26
I present for your perusal 6 highly important numbers:
Their meaning? The first five numbers represent the length of our long national nightmare. They are the total days since the last football game played by the Utes (265), Aggies (243), Byu (238), Any College Team (220) or since any relevant football of any kind at the Super Bowl (193).
The final number? That is the amount of days we must endure before the nightmares all come to an end (Well except for BYU who has to wait 2 more days..
So with only one week to go, Red, Blue And Pigskin makes it triumphant return. Continue reading "Red, Blue And Pigskin"
Wednesday, April 17. 2013
Red, Blue And Pigskin: The Lost Pigcast Posted by Sideshow in Red, Blue And Pigskin at 07:13
A little while ago, Joey, Pete and myself got together to discuss a few things. Events then converged, and the podcast got extremely delayed. Well here it is now. Fortunately most of what was discussed wasn't too time relevant.
So what was discussed?
We spent some time breaking down the move of Dennis Erickson to be "Co-OC" of the Utes, including a little bit of time disparaging the Alma Mater of one of our own. Then we gave BYU's schedule equal treatment to what we gave the Utes schedule when it became official.
Finally we moved on to the NFL where we discussed the Blackout Haurghbowl. I unleashed my full QB rankings, and finally we spent a good chunk of time talking about our the coaching moves we were most interested in.
It's about a month late, but still worth a listen.
As always, feedback is always welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, February 11. 2013
Red, Blue And Pigskin: College ... Posted by Sideshow in Red, Blue And Pigskin at 08:44
When we got together for a Super Bowl related Pigcast a couple weeks ago, Joey and I had to wait on that slow poke Pete to get home from his occupational related duties. What better way to kill time than a podcast to discuss the Coaching Carousel that's gone on the local college ranks.
It was done before the news of Dennis Erickson to Utah broke, but it was interesting to go through and discuss the inbred coaching ties that entangle the three universities.
Also we went through Utah's 2013 SEC-like (in the sense they don't leave the state for 8 weeks) schedule.
Tuesday, January 29. 2013
Red, Blue And Pigskin: Super Bowl Sunday Posted by Sideshow in Red, Blue And Pigskin at 07:16
In recent months we've celebrated Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. We rang in a New Year. Heck we've even celebrated my birth. But now it's time to celebrate the only national holiday that matters: Super Bowl, and what better way to celebrate than with a Super Bowl Centric PigCast!
Joey, Pete and I take a look at this battle of brothers, and break down matchups for the Harbowl. We also examine the places of Ray Lewis, Joe Flacco, and return to the Colin Kaepernick conversation.
We also make our picks for the Super Bowl winners, as well as some of the dumb prop bets Vegas has available.
Agree or disagree with any of our picks or thoughts? Leave a comment or email email@example.com and share your thoughts, or to just reminisce about the season that was as we prepare for the long, cold offseason. Afterall, after Sunday, there's no competitive football for more than 6 months.
Wednesday, December 19. 2012
Red, Blue And Pigskin: The Pigcast Posted by Sideshow in Red, Blue And Pigskin at 06:51
The end of the season, mainly needing a colossal blunder in Colorado kicking to Reggie Dunn to avoid a second loss in two seasons to the Buffs, was just too painful to write about, so I delayed it and included it in this podcast.
In this edition of the Red, Blue And Pigcast, we begin to say goodbye to College and ramp up our excitement for the people who get paid (above the table) to play this game we love.
But first, a little postmortem on the Utes season, including how we are going to miss Star Lotulelei absolutely dominating guys like Khaled Holmes, and a brief preview of the Poinsettia Bowl.
Next I am joined by both the host, and guest host of Trek West 5, (You guys can debate which is which), as Peter, Joey and I discuss the current state of the NFL, Harbaugh hurting concussions, a great two years of drafts, and why Jim Schwartz is a jerk.
Please give a listen, and interact via comments or email.
The tentative recording schedule between now and the beginning of next season will be as follows. We'll try for the beginning of playoffs, and also the week before the Super Bowl.
Sometime around April for a draft podcast, so we can discuss which local guys may get drafted, and which local guy may end up getting drafted way too high, based purely on speculation over his potential (Ziggy).
Maybe again as Spring Camps wrap up, and Then as Fall Camps/Training Camps begin and the new year is upon us.
Finally one last question. This just went down on Tuesday Night, so after the recording had been done, but Gary Andersen, after telling his team he was staying, has decided to take the Wisconsin head coaching job. This means that in the past week Utah State stole a recruit from BYU, Came oh so very close to stealing a recruit from the Utes, won their bowl game for the first time since 1993, and finished ranked for the first time in possibly ever, and then lost their coach.
Was it a good week, or a bad week for the Aggies?
Also want people's thought on the name of Red, Blue And Pigcast for the Podcast edition of Red, Blue And Pigskin. (Thanks Joey.)
P.S. In case you didn't know, I'm also finally in iTunes, so subscribe to the podcast there.
Saturday, December 1. 2012
Red, Blue And Pigskin Posted by Sideshow in Red, Blue And Pigskin at 10:50
Just a couple quick updates.
First this week's article will be up next week.
Secondly the podcast is finally available in iTunes, so please subscribe.
Wednesday, November 21. 2012
Red, Blue And Pigskin Posted by Sideshow in Red, Blue And Pigskin at 07:41
Well if you live in Logan you were probably celebrating at the airport around Midnight Sunday Morning when your team flew in. The rest of the state however was feeling pretty terrible. Continue reading "Red, Blue And Pigskin"
Monday, November 19. 2012
Red, Blue And Pigskin: The Jinxcast Posted by Sideshow in Red, Blue And Pigskin at 11:21
Sorry this was so delayed, but please enjoy the third quarter podcast here.
The last time we did a podcast, we finished a mere hour before the Utah State game in which Utes lost, Wynn was forced to retire, and Wolfman and Eric Rowe both ended up missing some time.
Now I'm thinking that wasn't a fluke, as once again we do a podcast and multiple jinxes come to be. Utes get embarrassed in Seattle, and then later lose out on Bowl Eligibility, BYU ended up laying an egg against SJSU, we help the '72 Dolphins pop the champagne cork, Joey jinxed the crap out of Big Ben and the Steelers, twice, and I'm not sure if we jinxed the Rams or Jinxed the Niners. Was that a double jinx, or do they cancel each other out?
When not jinxing plenty of talk about the first three quarters of the season and the tough road to hoe.
This edition though has some extra reading that goes along with it, that I highly recommend:
New York Times writeup of Jordan Wynn
Why the NFL needs Chip Kelly, or Why you should root for an Oregon National Championship.
I look forward to hearing from the listeners.
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