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Saturday, September 11, 2004

Gore Wins It in Florida

If only that had been the storyline four years ago.

The reference, instead, is to Miami running back Frank Gore's game-winning touchdown in overtime earlier tonight. Florida State must have played the most pathetic overtime I've ever seen in a collge football game, and Chris Rix, the Seminoles' QB, has somehow now managed to lose to Miami five times in his college career.

Two questions I wanted answered by the broadcasters tonight: is the Moss guy who caught the TD for Miami late in regulation related to Santana Moss (he must be)? And what's up with Bobby Bowden being an alum of Howard? Was it not a black school way back in the day, or has Bobby Bowden got the same skin disease as Michael Jackson?

It's a crazy 24 hours of football in south Florida as the Dolphins will be playing tomorrow in a game moved up on account of the approaching hurricane (insert pun on the University of Miami nickname here). Perhaps it's not too late for the Fish to get Frank Gore in uniform, given the void left by Ricky Williams?

On Williams for a second, I think a lot of people have given him a bad rap about quitting the NFL basically so he can smoke pot. He's not your typical hippie--most such guys can't run for 1800 yards in an NFL season--and remember, Williams suffers from a social anxiety disorder. I'm sure he's tried legal drugs for that, but it's entirely possible weed is the most effective way for him to balance things out. Plus, this way he'll be able to walk when he's a 50-year-old man, which is always nice, and he's got plenty of money already, so why not quit? Anything that hurts the Dolphins is something I'm in favor of, not that Miami was ever able to make the playoffs with Ricky either.

All that said, though, I'm going counterintuitive with a Miami pick to beat Tennessee on Saturday afternoon. I doubt the Titan offense's ability to do much of anything versus the Miami D, and that should let the incompetent Dolphins' offense be enough. Miami managed to win games back when they had no Ricky Williams or David Boston a few years ago, and I think they'll still be decent this year too, while Tennessee is looking rather long in the tooth. They lack weapons with the loss of Tyrone Calico and the retirement of Frank Wycheck. To recap then:

Pick: Dolphins

Have a happy Terrorism Memorial Day everyone!