Archive for October, 2006

Brinkhater Named Offensive Player of Week!

October 31, 2006

Yes, Cougar nation, Brinkhater was named offensive player of the week today after a few choice expletive laden tirades directed at Peanut (Loren Langley) during Saturdays game . Can’t believe I won it, but I can say that I have been doin’ my best to stay within myself, give it 110%, stay healthy, and do what I need to do to help the team win….

At any rate, congrats to Alex Brink for winning Pac-10 player of the week for another fantastic performance! Watching Brink throw the ball over the middle, hit his tight ends, throw the ball to the sidelines with authority…it was difficult to breathe! Add to all of that the resurgence of Woolridge, the explosiveness of Tardy, and the return of Boyd, and, well, we’ve got a bonafide Top 25 team on our hands.

So, a quick peek at the rest of the year (and in case anyone is wondering, Brinkhater is sitting fat and sassy at 9-0 in predicting Cougar fortunes this year…And guess what? I’m goin’ 12 and 0, baby!):

First things first, THE COUGARS WILL WIN OUT.

No doubt about this one. Sure, there are things to worry about: For example, how will we respond this weekend in what is a BONAFIDE let down game? Will we weather the crowd and finish the Pac-10 season with a PERFECT conference road record against ASU? Will we overcome the yips and become the first Cougar team to beat the Huskies three straight years?

The answer: Yes. The reason: Simple.

The defense is simply NOT going to give up more than 28 points in any game for the rest of the year. Period. We’ve got 9 games worth of proof. And, Alex Brink is NOT going to face the type of defense that can cause him problems. In short, he’s figured it out, he has the confidence, and he has the weapons. NO ONE left on the schedule will be able to stop this offense. No one has the speed to do so.

So, even if we find ourselves in mini shootouts, we win. Barring collosal injury, we’re going 9-3. Put it in the bank.

Couple of other notes: In case you’re wondering who and what to root for over the next couple of weeks, here you go:

Oregon over Washington
Oregon over USC
Arizona State over Beavs
Beavs over Oregon
Cal over USC

Put it all together and it spells HOLIDAY BOWL for our beloved Cougs. Best thing about it–it all is GOING TO HAPPEN.

Enjoy the week.

And yes, Rooster, rest Bruce this weekend. You HAVE TO!

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It’s ROLLING now

October 29, 2006


What a tremendous win. I rambled on and on about it here, but just to review – is this the most resilient team in WSU history? Have you ever seen a team come together more than they have under extreme adversity? Just 3 weeks ago there were serious calls for Gary Rogers and major doubt was everywhere……except where it matters most. Sure they were frustrated, but you never saw anything close to a QB controversy, or a split in the locker-room over anything, really. They have hung tough, and now they are playing at an elite level the last couple of games. I could go on and on about them, but bottom line? They are ROLLING.

Oh yeah, and WELCOME back to the Top 25! Ok, so it’s only the AP poll, and ok, it’s only #25….but it sure beats the alternative, doesn’t it?

8-4 Prediction

October 27, 2006

At the beginning of the season when I made my outrageous prediction that the Cougs would go 8-4, this was one of the games that I said we would lose. However, I thought we would beat Cal. I’m asking the football gods for a trade… I probably should have asked earlier.

It seems like all season long the defense and offense have fed energy off of each other, and when they do they are a BCS caliber team. It was particularly apparent last week. The key to the game is going to be whoever is on the field first needs to make some big plays and get the entire team fired up. Having said that, I would feel more comfortable getting the defense out there first. They’ve been the more consistent ones of the two. They also have the best chance of running over an inexperienced quarterback and his so-so offense versus our offense trying to make an immediate impact on what is basically the best defense in the Pac-10. The offense needs the defense to start the fire.

I hope Doba and the crew are as ready for UCLA as they were for Oregon. It was impressive that they came out, cured the Red Zone problem and continued to wreak havoc with the 3-4 defense. Hopefully they don’t rest on their laurels with the new red zone package and not change it up some. I would think a week of watching film would be plenty to render the 2 back stuff from last week useless. I have faith in the coaches… Cougs win this one:

WSU 24 UCLA 20
UW 24 Sundildos 23
Schmucks 55 PSU 16 (Does that score look familiar Hawk? Just for fun)
USC 42 Beavuares 17

FOOTBALL FRIDAY, WEEK IX

October 27, 2006

Happy Football Friday, Week IX style. Pretty hard to believe that we have only four games left on the slate. Where has the time gone?

Check the link in the post below for the most in-depth breakdown of this weekend’s tilt that you will find anywhere–and that of course includes the papers. Great work, Hawk!

In terms of Brinkhater’s takes, well, just scroll down to the bottom of the blog. Obviously, this weekend comes down to Alex Brink’s ability to start off strong enough to create some lanes for the running game–cuz they are gonna stack the box to start. Of course, beyond establishing the pass to set up the run, Alex and the crew has to deliver again in the redzone once we get down there.

But, as I’ve said in previous posts, Alex will do just that. Why?

As I noted, this is the time of the year where confidence and moxy means EVERYTHING as we painfully witnessed in the reverse last year. And this group has it collectively as well as with its individual leader, Brink. A couple of key points to remember:

1) WSU is 7-3 over UCLA since 1994 and has won the last two trips to the RB. Simply put, there is a feeling that we “own” these guys that can not be underestimated. And that feeling is only bolstered by the fact that one of the “3” included last year’s choke job where we kicked their butts for 3 1/2 quarters when we were 4-7.

2) Alex Brink has played well against these guys and ALREADY has won in the Rose Bowl. So, we aren’t gonna see the ‘Yips’ that we saw in Reser where he was trying to shake off the deamons of years past. He ALREADY knows he can win down there. And, he’ll do it again.

3) UCLA’s offense is NOT as good as Oregon. Simply put, we shut those boys down with a 3-4 and with Tark and company until the game was already over. We’ll effectively limit UCLA’s O as well.

The only scenario that we lose this game is if we get smashed by a bunch of injuries to the defense or if Brink gets hurt. I don’ t think either is gonna happen.

Cougs are gonna win this weekend and win big (but BEWARE of a resting Arizona and a let down next week!):

WSU 35 UCLA 24 (two UCLA scores happen in the 4th).
UCLA 23-21 (hawk)

Elsewhere (Hawks’ picks below)
ASU 31 UW 17–UW comes back to life after inspired first game without Stanny. ASU becomes scary again.
UW 27, ASU 23

USC 38 OSU 6 (Bernard’s injury makes Moore A LOT less)
USC 30, OSU 16

Oregon 116 PSU 81 (who cares!)
Oregon 45, PSU 13

Enjoy the game!!!

Trouble "Bruining" at UCLA?

October 27, 2006

The AOL preview is up. Read it if you dare……if you are too lazy to click? Just think about the kicking game and you can figure out what I think will happen.

Let me just say, this is a VERY difficult week to call for the Cougs. My gut isn’t good for this week. I really haven’t liked all the bowl talk, from Doba on the down the line, because yeah, beating Oregon was fun and I love that they are confident…..but we’re still just 5-3. We haven’t arrived at anything, yet. No other way to say it. I’ve been “popping my jersey” over doing so well picking WSU and UW for that matter, but I might bite the big one this week!

My football Friday picks:

UW 27, ASU 23 – UW saves their season against improving ASU
USC 30, OSU 16 – Yvenson Bernard is out? Forget it.
Oregon 45, PSU 13 – zzzzzzzzzzzz
UCLA 23, WSU 21 – Medlock over Langley

World’s largest outdoor cocktail party – Florida 34, Georgia 17

The Confidence Game

October 25, 2006

Hope that the Cougar Nation is enjoying this week of sitting at number 25 in SOMETHING for the first time in three years. Don’t know about you all, but Brinkhater has been feeling like he’s been on a Hawaiin vacation. Man, is beating Daisy, Daffy, and Donald sweeeet!

Now, onto UCLA.

Well, much to the chagrine of my detractors, this week’s game really comes down ONCE AGAIN to the play of, well, Mr. Alex Brink.

Now, without invoking the ire of all of his fan club of three (as compared to my army of ONE), here are some pretty plain facts surrounding Mr. Alex:

1) His arm strength is too weak to beat elite competition.
2) He is MUCH better and effective when he has a running game.
3) He has NOT played with much confidence during his entire tenure with the program.

(I am BEGGING you all to stay with me here)

Now, I know that some of you are gonna argue about claim #1, but that point is really irrelevant because we aren’t going to play anyone who is elite the rest of the way. So let’s move on.

Point #2 is going to be of premium concern–at least for this weekend–because the Shmuck’s run defense was TERRIBLE and you, me, and America know that UCLA’s game plan is going to be to stop the run and play the “beat me Brink” game all day and night.

Which brings me to point #3: THE CONFIDENCE GAME.

When you look back on Alex’s career objectively, he really hasn’t had an opportunity to develop confidence not only as a QB, but as a leader. Consider:

Year 1: He inherits the job and gets bombed against the Beavs and SC. He recovers to play VERY well in the upset @ UCLA, then gets bombed against ASU, then plays well against a 1-10 UW team. Then, he heads into offseason competition with Swogs–the team’s Captain.

Year 2: He wins job over Swogs and plays well in first three games. He then throws 900 picks against the Beavs (along with 7,000 yards) and the rest is history: despite a 1900 yard running back, we lose 7 straight (and we KNOW that the locker room was divided on him and Swogs). He doesn’t fold, but the confidence just isn’t high. THEN, he leads us to victory, on the road, against the Huskies. As this blog attests, I thought he broke through at that point. But then:

Year 3: He starts the year by playing HORRIBLY against Auburn. With the exception of SC, his limitations, the boo-birds, and the potential promise of Rogers just rattle Brink’s cage to the bone. Mind you, all this time you see quotes that look like confidence from Brink, but really they are brash, arrogant comments from a really insecure kid (case-in-point following the Auburn loss, he says that was his “first” bad game…..) On top of that, Brink can’t beat any of the elite. Hell, he can’t beat ANYONE with a winning record. Plus, now the team can’t score in the redzone…..BUT THEN,

A BREAK THROUGH.

This time, though, there is no offseason to stop the momentum like last year following the Huskies. Moreover, this breakthrough came with an injured J. Hill and without Cody Boyd. And, while it did not come against an Elite Team, it came against a RANKED team. And, this breakthrough was all about Brink.

Now, I still contend that Brink can not and will not beat anyone who is elite, but, again, he just doesn’t have to now. And Brinkhater is now of the mind that Alex has stepped out and is now ready to play his game of efficiency and savy with the utmost success and results.

While the defensive injuries are certainly reason for pause, the rest of this season really comes down to offense and our ability to score. If we do, then 9-3 is possible, and even more than that, if 9-3 is possible, so is 10-3.

So, consider this message to recruits in the off-season, Cougar Nation:

10 win seasons in 4 of the last 6 years!

Yes, Cougar Nation that tagline is indeed possible. And, yes, Alex Brink is the guy to take us there.

Go Cougs

Eat IT!

October 22, 2006


EAT IT BRINKHATER! (or is it Brink-LOVER now??) 🙂
I was just looking at the Play-by-Play on the final stat sheet…Brink was INCREDIBLE from the 2nd Q on. First Quarter he was 3-5, 24 yds and an INT. His first pass of the second Quarter was an incompletion…But after that incomplete pass (which was only a minute or two into the quarter), Brink went 17-17 for 155 yds and 2 TD. Except for the fumble, Brink played about as perfect as you could ask him to from the 2nd Q on today.

Time to think about the Holiday Bowl?

October 22, 2006


Kudos to Alex Brink and company for a resounding victory over Daisy, Daffy, and Donald. Besides the annual trouncing of the Huskies, there is NOTHING more satisfying than beating the new nation of arrogance, the Oregon Schmucks. Add a running game to a weak opposing defense, and little Alex becomes THE MAN. And so he was today, 20 of 23! That’s lights out, people!

With the win, the Brink-led Cougs have clinched no-worse than a tie for the coveted NW championship, and in so doing, are ONE stinking win from bowl eligibility.

On top of that, win at UCLA next week, and we return home 6-3 to face an Arizona team to go 7-3. Do that, and we will find ourselves in the Top 25 again for the first time in 3 years!

That all said, with the injuries to the DTs and Brackenridge’s hammy in tow, next week is going to be tough.

UCLA will be ANGRY after choking a lead to Notre Lame in South Bend, but if we weather the storm early, we’ll be alright, cuz offensively they’re just not that good and with the 3-4 and a healthy Tyrone, our D is THAT good!

Moreover, Brinkhater believes that the Brink-led offense now has confidence, momentum, and a lack of top quality opposition to slow Brink down. IF the DTs can come back by ASU, dare i say the Holiday Bowl is in site–assuming that CAL and USC go to the BCS with one loss records…

In any case, with 9-3 and 8-4 real possibilities now, its time to get excited again about Cougar football!

Brinkhater’s no-brainer score for next week:

WSU 38 UCLA 27 (we win in the Rose Bowl, unless, of course, we’re playing in the Rose Bowl)..

Enjoy the win Brinkhater army! Enjoy the win!

FOOTBALL FRIDAY WEEK 8: BEEEG GAME!

October 20, 2006

Hope everyone out there had a good week. Thankfully, its almost game time. And what a BIG game this is. (has anyone else forgotten what an ASSH%LE Bellotti is? After this one, Brinkhater may change his name to Duckhater. I Hate these guys!)

With Stanback’s injury, our bowl hopes are nearly solidified, barring a complete and bizarre collapse. In other words, you can take Brinkhater’s 6-6 pre-season prediction and KNOW that that is THE WORST that we are gonna do this year.

Instead, this weekend determines the possibility for what the UPSIDE of this season could look like. Don’t know about you all, but despite the dissapointment of NOT beating any of the “big boys” on our schedule, it we win out, we finish 9-3! To put that record in perspective, last time I checked, the last great WSU football team ( 2003) finished with a record that was, well, like 9-3!

So, here’s my take. Win this week, and I think you go down to the Rose Bowl and beat UCLA. Lose this game (especially if we lose by continuing our scoring struggles) and I think we lose next week as well.

Again, let me be clear: we lose the next two weeks and I still think we finish 6-6. But, win this week and i think Rooster’s 8-4 pre-season pick becomes the worst case scenario.

While injuries are of chief concern right now, Brinkhater is VERY comfortable with Oregon’s lack of a run defense. And, even with Cody Boyd out (note: if Boyd was healthy we’d KILL the Ducks this weekend), I still think we’ll move the ball. And, despite the woes of weeks past, I think Brink steps out this week–especially with the threat of Rogers taking over a distant possibility because of injury. In short, Brink is gonna relax a bit this week, establish a good tempo with the running game, and we’re gonna score!!!!!!!!!!!

Cougs make it interesting late, but win this game 28-27. Brink may wind up salvaging his legacy after all!

Other games:

UW 6 CAL 51
(Get ready for the new Jake the Snake after this debacle)

Arizona 21 Oregon State 17 (Dawg let down will be apperant after this one. The Beavs are NOT any good)

ASU 38 Stanford 0 (this game may wake up the sleeping SunDildos)

UCLA 28 Notre Dame 21 (Anyone else think the Irish are overrated?)

Enjoy the games!

Rooster’s Reardan Review & Picks

October 20, 2006

I’ve got to get on the road to Pullman so I’m gonna make this quick. Oregon is always a major thorn in the side, I just have too many memories of Clemens burning us with that damn Coug linebackers over commit forward lateral thing that they do. Who know’s how this one will end up the way both teams have been playing, so I’ll make a uneducated, bias pick like usual.

WSU 24 UO 21
Cal 32 UW 24 – I hate to say it but if I had a bookie I would put big money on UW against the spread (23).
ASU 35 Stanford 10
Irish 35 UCLA 24
Beavs 30 Wildcraps 17

In Happier News, yours truley’s Reardan High Indians are 6-0 in B-11 competition and have out scored their opponents 234-27. 3 of those games were shut outs. Obviously they are in possession of the #1 ranking… Again.