Monday Morning Fodder – September 16th, 2013

It has been a while since there has been an official MMF here on TSB.  I am still rusty, but here is what is on my mind today.

I spent Saturday at the National Zoo in DC, which is a Smithsonian Institute.  This means it is free to get in.  Not free to park, which ran me $22.  For an extra $8 you can get some preferred parking, and I recommend spending the extra loot if you go.  Or take the Metro, which has stops right outside the gates.  I have been to a lot of zoos, included the oldest zoo in the world in Vienna, and this one gets my approval as one you should hit up.  On to sports:

It was a good weekend to be a former NC State football player.  

Mario Williams set a Buffalo Bills record with 4.5 sacks as the Bills beat the Carolina Kittens.

Russell Wilson will not be shaving off any of his eyebrows after the Seahawks pummeled the 49ers in the Sunday night game.  While RW did not have a great game, he still got the W both on the field and off.  As a side note, the Seahawks’ fans set the world record for loudest stadium last night as well.

Philip Rivers.  Philip Freaking Rivers.  A week removed from a collapse against the Texans, and in a game that the Bolts were given zero chances to win, our guy PR reminded us why he is an elite QB.  A Nick Novak field goal gave the Chargers the lead for good in what sounded like an extremely entertaining game (I listened to the second half on the radio while driving).  Rivers threw for 419 yards and three touchdowns in the win.  On the other side, Mike Vick had a career day throwing for 428 yards and two touchdowns, while also running for one too.

The Atlanta Braves continued their recent struggles, but have still worked their magic number down to four.  The Bravos now travel to DC to face the Nationals in a three game set.  If they win two of these, the division will officially be clinched and we can look forward to the inevitable October disappointment.

In ACC news, the Hokies of VA Tech barely beat ECU, closing the pie holes of many drunken Pirates fans and also Hokies fans too.  The Pirates get their next chance to knock off an ACC opponent in two weeks when they face UNC-CH (it’s football, so we can’t call them Carolina) who barely squeaked out a win against they bye on Saturday.

That is all I have time for.  Have a good day, peeps.

MONDAY fodder


For our boy Champs/Idiot/Mike, I saw this.

Super Bowl is set, Steelers vs Packers, classic teams, should be a good game. Will Aaron Rodgers break out the “championship belt” move? Will Big Ben stay away from the bar scene in Dallas?

Jay Cutler, Phillip Rivers played the entire 2008 AFC Championship game at New England with a torn ACL…just sayin’.

Sidney Crosby will not be in Raleigh for the NHL All-Star game and other festivities. Anyone going to the All-Star game?

Wake Forest is awful! They are 0-5 in the ACC. Scored 39 against Georgia Tech.  Their biggest win this year?….Iowa. They have lost to Stetson and Presbyterian.  How much longer will Dino last?

Tough stretch coming up for the Wolfpack. Three of the next four on the road, at Clemson, UNC and Duke.  Hosting Virginia Tech. Time for Sid to step up?

Roy may split who starts at PG, Marshall and Drew 2.  I say Marshall, but Im not the coach.  Don’t want Roy yelling at me.

Ryan Kelly, Mr. Perfect

Tyler Hansbrough has a Cameron Hansbrough Indoor Stadium flashback, dunks on Mike Dunleavy, his teammate.

Jerricho Cotchery has a score to settle with Philip Rivers

Former North Carolina State Wolfpack players Philip Rivers and Jerricho Cotchery will be on opposite sides of the field when the San Diego Chargers and the New York Jets meet in the playoffs on Sunday.  While they were at State Cotchery was Rivers’ “go-to guy”, he caught 21 of Rivers’ 95 career touchdown passes.  The two still talk on a regular basis, but Cotchery will have more on his mind than just beating the Chargers and Phillip Rivers on Sunday.  They were high school rivals growing up in Alabama and Cotchery still remembers a certain playoff meeting.

“It is a little weird, because we’re very familiar with each other and the chemistry we had at N.C. State was unbelievable,” Cotchery said yesterday.

“I still owe him from high school, though, because he knocked me out in the second round of the playoffs my senior year, and that still hurts. I still remember that and I’m sure he still remembers that as well. I’m trying to get some payback for that.”

Indeed, Rivers’ Athens High defeated Cotchery’s Phillips High in football. Rivers, who played quarterback and safety, actually picked off a pass intended for Cotchery in that game.

Unfortunately for Cotchery, I see Rivers team getting the best of his team again this weekend.

H/T New York Post