BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: Frank Beamer says “four tailbacks is too many” and that he thinks splitting the carries in practice is affecting the running game’s consistency. They’re going to pare down the rotation during the bye week. Sounds like something many of us have been saying they needed to do all year. The question is, why did it take eight games to come to this realization?
ZEBRAS SUSPENDED: I was surprised to get an email from the ACC yesterday announcing suspensions of three officials — two from the Duke-UNC game and one from thee FSU-Miami game. Didn’t know they made those things public. Anyway, the two from the Duke game will sit out one game “for failure to adhere to correct mechanics of the game and rules related to player safety.” The FSU-Miami ref — Giles County resident David Epperley — was suspended “for failure to properly administer the 10-second runoff rule” at the end of the first half.
WHAT I WANT TO SEE… is replay officials face the same scrutiny. To me, the most egregious errors are those overtuns/upholdings of calls that are clearly in error. On-field guys are going to make mistakes. The game is fast.
SKUNKED: The Giants beat the Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the NLCS and advance to face Detroit in the World Series, with Game 1 tomorrow night. This should be an excellent Fall Classic. Looking forward to it.
DEALING WITH THE DEVIL: Remember how the Longhorn Network was going to make Texas unstoppable in the Big 12? Well, now coach Mack Brown is complaining about his weekly time commitment to produce three shows, the network’s access to practice and the tips opposing coaches might get from watching it. He says he “didn’t ask for” the network. Gotta take the bad with the good, Coach.
RG3: Didn’t mention him at all yesterday but should have. That guy’s unbelievably entertaining. We ran a story today in the paper about the Giants players gushing about how good he is. You worry about injuries with all that running/cutting, but when he’s healthy, I’ll be watching the Redskins a lot more than I used to.
OUCH: Some big injury news in the ACC, as FSU leading rusher Chris Thompson is declared out for the season with a knee injury. Maryland loses quarterback Perry Hills for the year to a torn ACL. So if you’re counting, that’s two Terps QBs out for the year.
LANCE: The International Cycling Union shovels a little more dirt on what was left of Lance Armstrong’s legacy, formally stripping him of his seven Tour titles. Nobody will be credited with the victories, largely because pretty much everybody else who finished high on the podium has been linked to doping, too. Still, all that stuff coming out in SI and elsewhere about Lance’s pattern of intimidation tactics and bullying is pretty grim for him.
ODDS AND ENDS: The Bears improve to 5-1 with a win over Detroit in Monday Night Football…The Panthers fire their general manager…Richmond will be the future site of Redskins training camp (it’s been in Ashburn for a decade)…Norv Turner says none of his Chargers players have used Stickum…Roanoke College AD Scott Allison is giving up his men’s soccer coaching duties after 27 years…Apparently Brady Quinn is still alive. Not only that, he’ll start for the Chiefs this week.
NAME THAT TUNE
Still looking for that blue jean, baby queen
Prettiest girl I ever seen
See her shake on the movie screen, Jimmy Dean