I like college football, I like the Nebraska Cornhuskers. I don’t much like Ed Cunningham. The color announcer ABC seems to curse Nebraska with constantly. It does seem to be a mutual distaste, though, he doesn’t seem to like Nebraska very much.
For one thing, despite the fact Tommy Armstrong is one of the leading quarterbacks in the Big Ten, and Ed Cunningham was a center, he continually harps about the mistakes Armstrong makes. Nobody is perfect, Ed, and Armstrong is having a great season. Yesterday, for example, Armstrong accounted 303 total yards in offense, compared to 288 for David Blough, the talented, prolific quarterback from Purdue, whom Ed Cunningham could not praise often or loudly enough. Yes, the stats are not in a completely comparable because 51 of Armstrong’s yards came rushing, and Blough lost 21, still these are the statistics and they are real. And, in the most important statistic of the day, Armstrong had 1 win and Blough had 1 loss.
Routinely, he has for the last several years, cast doubts on the teams. He has criticized the quarterbacks, the line play, and the ability to win consistently. I am at a loss. Did we do something to you, Mr. Cunningham?
In comments about Mike Riley, Ed Cunningham talked about what a decent man and knowledgeable coach he was. True on both accounts. Then he talked about how last year NU fans were not certain he was the right man for the job. Of course, he neglects to explain that Nebraska was 3 and 6 at one point. Most fans of any program accustomed to bowl trips and winning records, would harbor doubts. He also fails to explain that his alma mater, the Washington Huskies have chased high profile coaches with boundless enthusiasm, and fired them with equal fervor. In the time since he graduated Washington has been through 6 coaches, and Nebraska only 4.
It is difficult to understand what he could possibly have against Nebraska. His teams played NU, but as far as I remember they won more than they lost. And a brief search I can’t find a record of his teams losing even once to the Huskers. Most players have praised Nebraska fans as being polite, and well mannered. I remember Mack Brown, when he coached Texas, and the Longhorns snapped Nebraska’s home winning streak, largely on the legs of running back Ricky Williams. After the pair were interviewed at mid field by the press, he said he told the the running back to put on his helmet for his own safety. He was worried about missiles being hurled from the stands. He was amazed to see Williams getting a standing ovation.
I beg of you ABC, ESPN, Walt Disney, whoever makes the decision, anybody but Ed Cunningham.
Sunday, October 23, 2016
Football, Madness, Meaning and Innuendo
There is not much to say, but, for those who find any offense, please remember these are only stories, jokes, and have no relation to reality. Kind of like life.
I like life, and hope it lasts a long time, but it does require some explanation, that is why these blogs exist. To help people navigate times and events that make no sense.
Here are a few places you can find a few things.
The Original Life Explained. Where it all started, a little rambling and a lot of nothing important.
Life Explains The End Views on humanity's race to self extinction. I hope I am wrong.
Life Explains Smiles Because everybody likes it when you smile.
Life Explains Aging Getting older is not always easier, but it is worth the effort. And a few small things can make it much more pleasant.
Life Explains Traveling and Commuting Mostly commuting. Driving bugs me and working bugs me so driving to work is the ultimate insult of modern life, and I like to complain.
Life Explained Explores History. The real problem with history is there is so much of it. It is all over the place. But, if you take the time to look at the small pieces it is fascinating.
Life Explains Music Music is a universal language. I like guitar based rock and roll, but there is a little bit of a lot here.