After the way the Stanford offense has played in 2012….very inconsistent and even downright awful at times….it was a relief and finally some joy to see Stanford beat Cal in the BIG GAME on a beautiful October day in the Bay area.
Very simply…..the Stanford defense was awesome again albeit against a woeful California football team that may be the worst Cal team we have seen during Jeff Tedford’s time in Berkeley which was seconded by several Cal-Berkeley alums after the game as we drank cold beer together at one of our favorite San Francisco watering holes.
The credit should go to the players that actually played in and won the game so…
Congratulations to the Stanford Cardinal football team for the THIRD straight BIG GAME win over Cal
…and congrats to the Stanford coaches as well although when playing actual legitimate Pac-12 football teams later in the year the Cardinal offense will have to play MUCH better, executive MUCH better and be COACHED MUCH better if Stanford football in 2012 wants its’ final win/loss record to reflect the talent that is on this Stanford football team.
We will say it again…IF…Stanford football had brought any offense to the Washington (who got crushed by Arizona on Saturday night) and Notre Dame (who barely got by BYU which is not that great of a team this season) games the Stanford Cardinal would be 7 – 0 right now and ranked in the Top 5 in the country and if the Stanford coaches beginning with head coach David Shaw aren’t still kicking themselves in their asses for the offensive missteps in those games then they cannot be normal human beings.
Stanford is now at 5 – 2 and the Cardinal has left…
Washington State At Colorado Oregon State At Oregon At UCLA
…and save the Ducks Stanford has MORE talent by a wide margin than EVERY team left on its schedule and the Cardinal can keep things rolling by putting all their focus on Washington State next Saturday evening on The Farm in what will be our first chance to see Mike Leach and his Cougars football team in person.
Let’s make sure the Pirate and his Cougars get a “Pop You In the Mouth” introduction to Stanford football next Saturday!
As for California football and Jeff Tedford John Crumpacker of the San Francisco says it all in his post-BIG GAME column…
“The big picture is getting smaller and smaller for Cal’s underachieving football team.
The Bears need to win three of their remaining four games in order for coach Jeff Tedford to avoid his second losing season in the past three years, and that would result only in a 6-6 mark.
That’s a tall order considering Cal finishes the season against No. 2 Oregon at home and No. 8 Oregon State on the road. A winning season for Cal, which dropped to 3-5 after a humbling 21-3 loss to Stanford in the 115th Big Game on Saturday, seems out of the question at this point.
“There’s still a lot to play for. There always will be a lot to play for,” Tedford insisted. “It’s a very prideful team.”
Tedford’s words rang hollow after his team was thoroughly handled by Stanford in front of a partisan Memorial Stadium crowd aching for something positive from the Bears that never came.”
After the BIG GAME on Saturday a couple of us here at Coaches Hot Seat wanted to get an up-close look at Jeff Tedford and what we saw was only a shell of the man that used to be one of the top football coaches in the Pac-10 Conference and in many ways Tedford looked as if he has lost….
His love for the game of football
The “fight” that used to be one of Tedford’s defining characteristics
It almost seems as if Tedford is resigned to his fate….whatever that fate might be
As the two of us walked towards the exit one CHS member said to the other….
CHS Member No. 1: “To fight and conquer in all our battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting.”
CHS Member No. 2: “Sun Tzu?”
CHS Member No. 1 (smiling): “Yes!”
California is now 3 – 5 on the season and they have these games left…
At Utah Washington Oregon At Oregon State
…which is a pretty tough stretch of games to end the season and if Cal plays like they did against Stanford the Golden Bears will not win another game.
As we and our Cal alum friends drank cold beer on Saturday night and discussed the Big Game, the 49ers, the San Francisco Giants and the future of Cal football one of the Cal alums says to us:
Cal alum: “There is no getting around the fact that the Cal football program is mediocre and moving towards bad and Stanford football is still on the rise.”
CHS Member: “So where does Cal go from here?”
Cal alum: “The money is being put together to buyout Tedford and mainly because if things keep getting worse it will cost Cal athletics a fortune as fewer and fewer people go to the games. If Cal loses to Utah next week Memorial Stadium might only be half full for Washington in two weeks.”
CHS Member: “So if Cal does fired Tedford who do they hire?”
Cal alum: “Tell me what you know about that Vanderbilt coach….James Franklin.”
CHS Member:“Oh, shit.”
Cal alum: “Why, the Oh, shit?”
CHS Member:“Because Franklin is a fiery guy and he might just light a fire under Cal football. Maybe Cal should consider hiring Neuheisel.”
Cal alum: “No, forget Neuheisel, we want someone that will put a Cal football team on the field that will pop Stanford in the mouth. Come on, tell me what you know about Franklin.”
CHS Member (sigh): “OK, first, for what you are paying Tedford (almost $3 million a year) Franklin would probably jump at the chance to coach Cal football and he is at Vanderbilt so….”
With the BIG GAME and a Stanford WIN over Cal behind all of us it is on to…
Game 6 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday night between the…
St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants
….at AT&T Park which should be a great one with the Cardinals pitching Chris Carpenter and the Giants going with Ryan Vogelsong.
The GIANTS bats are beginning to warm-up and everywhere we go in San Francisco the GIANTS fans are fired-up for what will hopefully be Games 6 AND 7 of the NLCS over the next couple of days in the most beautiful baseball park in the land.
Florida Gators CRUSH Steve Spurrier and his Gamecocks and BAD KARMA
“The Buddhist belief that whatever you do comes back to you, e.g., if you do something good, something good will happen to you AND if you do something bad, something bad will happen to you.”
After seeing the South Carolina – Florida score on Saturday…
Florida – 44 South Carolina – 11
….we here at Coaches Hot Seat could not help but think that Steve Spurrier got a taste of some…
…after the Vladimir Lenin– Joseph StalinFASCIST BULLSHIT he pulled recently on trying to get a newspaper columnist in Columbia, South Carolina fired because the columnist (Ron Morris)…
WROTE AND STATED HIS OPINION
….which the last time we checked is one of the….
…of the American Republic as enumerated in the FIRST Amendment to the US Constitution otherwise known to most Americans as…
…which OUR country fought a bloody Revolution over for God’s sake that one would think ALL Americans would have at least some respect for since they are enjoying those FREEDOMS that other Americans fought and died for while often their Precious Asses were very Damn far from the battlefield!
We are BIG believers in good and bad KARMA here at Coaches Hot Seat because we have had bad KARMA bite us in the ass many times and good KARMA come our way when we have been trying to do things the right way and certainly after two straight losses the South Carolina Gamecocks could use some good KARMA with these games left…
Tennessee Arkansas Wofford At Clemson
….which ALL seem to be very winnable games for the ‘Cocks BUT there is that little thing called…
…now hanging out there that could create some more havoc in the coming weeks and wouldn’t that be a crying shame for Steve Spurrier who for some reason seems to believe that other Americans don’t have the right to criticize him and his actions which is about the…
MOST Un-American thing we have heard in 2012
….and in an American Republic that is filled with people that don’t know their ass from the US Constitution that is saying something!
As for next week’s Tennessee – South Carolina game which has a 12:00 PM kick-off…