I know what you're thinking - DWG doesn't cover football after TRE quit like a little girl. And you're right, we generally don't and that's only because I don't know what I'm talking about - not really. The only football preview I think I've ever written here was this year's Iowa game and that's because I was feeling all #HATEWEEK-y and then I didn't even watch the game because I was at a Meat Raffle in Aitkin. But this week I stumbled into some tickets and will be taking my son to his first Gopher Football game (he's 3 so he won't remember it anyway) but since I'm going I'm also going to write some kind of a short preview because then I will at least know more players on Nebraska than just Taylor Martinez who is actually hurt according to the internet so that sucks I guess.
Despite the Martinez injury which sounds made up, the Huskers are still an eleven point favorite even on the road against your favorite team. That's because even without Martinez they've been killing teams - really bad teams (So Dak State, Illinois, and Purdue) - but even so killing is killing as Jason Voorhees always says. Mainly they've been able to kill teams because they have an awesome rushing attack and they have two back-up QBs who can both play. Looks like the Huskers generally just play both until they figure out which one sucks and then they let the other one finish out the game. And again, it doesn't really matter who is at QB because they're just going to give the ball to one of their three awesome RBs over and over again. The Huskers are like the Gophers in that they want to run the ball like, all the time, and only pass when absolutely necessary, except the Huskers are the varsity version of that while the Gophers are the junior high squad.
And.......I'm already bored with this. I hope the Gophers win but they probably won't because Nebraska is a lot better even without their QB. I think I heard Leidner has a tummy ache so that means Philip Nelson will start which is probably good because even though Leidner is like giving the ball to an alligator Nelson is better thrower guy which the Gophers will need against Nebraska. Probably. I don't know. I'm more of a David Cobb guy. Starting to look awfully shifty out there. Is he the next Gary Russell? Yes, clearly.
- Real quick, the Cardinals are looking an awful lot like the 2006 Tigers tonight. You remember 2006, a magical season when Justin Morneau won the AL MVP, and how the Tigers looked to have the World Series wrapped up before it even started. St. Louis snuck into the playoffs with just 83 wins but then outlasted everybody else to make the World Series while the Tigers won 95 games and went 7-1 against two other 93+ win teams to make it and looked poised to stomp the Cards. Then the games started (because they aren't played on paper you know, nerd) and then in the five games the Tigers made at least one error in every game and had two games with 2 or more errors, throwing the ball all over the place, giving easy runs to the Cards, and ended up losing to an inferior team by playing like idiots.
Now the Cards have already made two errors with plenty of other mistakes including a pop-up that didn't make the pitcher's mound that fell in for a "hit." It's a total repeat of 2006 except instead of a somewhat likeable team being the beneficiary of the meltdown instead this time it's Satan's team.
Even better? In 2006 I bet on Detroit. In 2013? I bet on St. Louis. Gambling is so stupid and I hate it and you and your family.