First of all, I need to admit something. Many of you are rightly saddened and disappointed in Cal’s performance against USC. Some of you have reacted harshly, blaming Longshore for the loss, or Tedford, or the defense that couldn’t tackle Chauncey Washington. OK, they may have played a part. But really, the person you want to blame is me.
See, if you’re not familiar with the BlogPoll, every week Brian over at MGoBlog hands out various awards to blogs whose ballots were exceptional in some way. The most infamous of these awards is the Coulter/Krugman Award, given to the blogger who has the most over-inflated opinion of the team they cover. Last week’s winner? Yup, the California Golden Blogs. I put Cal at #18. Evidently, everyone else knew better, and Cal placed 26th, just outside the poll.
The kicker with the CK Award is that, almost invariably, the recipient’s team is immediately struck down as punishment for the blogger’s hubris. Horrible, spirit-crushing losses follow the winners of this award. Seriously. UCLA in Week 2. Georgia Tech in Week 3. Alabama in Week 4. Michigan State in Weeks 5 AND 6. Florida in Week 8. USC in Week 9. And now Cal in Week 11. Ugh. I’m so very, very sorry. Cal fans, I messed up, and it’s all my fault.
Perhaps we can get Kevin Riley to fill out our ballot for next week. It seems he can do no wrong, and I doubt he’ll be busy playing quarterback.
Anyway, here’s our much-chastened ballot for this week, in which not one person voted for Cal. Good for you, people!
The California Golden Blogs Top-25
Now, Avinash of BearsNecessity went above and beyond the call of duty this week. In addition to submitting a top 25, he wrote out comments for each of the teams. Since I’m disinclined to do work that’s already been done, and you’ve already heard my opinions on most of these teams anyway, I’m just going to post Avinash’s comments as they are [plus a few of my own, in italics].
1. Oregon (It’s flattering to think we’re the only team that beat them; only reason I give them an edge is because their head coach isn’t temporally insane.) [Does that mean Miles has a skewed concept of time?]
2. LSU (They could seriously have lost five in a row. If Tedford was coaching them they’d have won their past ten games by thirty apiece. I have no idea why Michigan would want Les Miles.) [Well, part of the reason is that Miles starred at Michigan and was an assistant there.]
3. Kansas (they beat up on good opponents, they beat down on shitty opponents; can’t ask for much more) [A non-conference opponent with a pulse would have been nice.]
4. Oklahoma (*groans*)
5. Missouri (Saturday night football! Thanksgiving weekend! Kansas versus Missouri! Must see TV!)
6. Arizona State (winning in the Rose Bowl is always an accomplishment) [I’ve still never see Cal do that.]
7. Georgia (hot hot hot)
8. West Virginia (barely squeaked by Louisville. Not sure how they’ll handle Cincinnati or UConn–teams with actual defense)
9. Ohio State (this dampens the pain of this weekend)
10. USC (that offense still looks a little unsteady)
11. Virginia Tech (it’d just be fun if Virginia knocked them off)
12. Texas (just another WTF. They barely beat Nebraska and Oklahoma State. Now they’re in the top 15. Doesn’t make any sense at all.)
13. Cincinnati (Beat Oregon State by 31, took out Rutgers in Jersey, beat South Florida, crushed UConn; but they also lost to Pitt and the Wannstache. Saturday’s game with West Virginia looking mighty interesting)
14. Florida (I might just leave them here for the rest of the year. No matter who they lose to.)
15. Boise State (Unlike Hawaii, at least they /attempt to play/ defense) [Yeah, but did you see their game against Nevada, in which they set the modern D I-A record for most points in a game?]
16. Clemson (CLEMSON? They put 3 points on a terrible Georgia Tech team! Now they could be in the ACC title game by beating BC. I hate the ACC.)
17. Virginia (Lost to Wyoming, lost to NC State, but eviscerated the Orange Bowl. Sound like a top 25 team?)
18. Illinois (Prepare to waterski) [Waterski? I have no idea what that comment means.]
19. UConn (That was a beatdown)
20. Boston College (Goodbye, good riddance)
21. Tennessee (Just waiting for them to lose so they can join us on Misery Street. Who will be the executioner, Vanderbilt or Kentucky?) [I’m gonna guess Kentucky. No way Fulmer loses to Vandy again.]
22. Wisconsin (looks like it’s Outback Bowl time)
23. Auburn (pretty thoroughly beatdown by the mad dogs)
24. Michigan (could they really go to the Rose Bowl and lose there again? God.) [Seriously.]
25. Kentucky (Sure, why not. Everyone has to get Croomed.)
Omissions? Hawaii. Fuck Hawaii. If they beat Boise State they get to go in.
Penn State. They beat Wisconsin. Does that mean something?
Miss State. Their 4 losses? LSU, at South Carolina, at West Virginia, Tennessee. But they beat Auburn, Kentucky, and Alabama. Very respectable showing. If they beat Arkansas, I’m putting them up there. Screw the haters.
All dropouts: Cal, Alabama.