Looking back at CSU’s stellar defensive effort against Alabama, here is a montage of the first 9 third down attempts.
I know I’m late with this, but I definitely wanted to get this out there after a fantastic weekend in Tuscaloosa that exceeded my expectations.
In honor of Jared Freaking Roberts and his six points; here are six thoughts from the weekend in Tuscaloosa.
1. For whatever reason, Alabama hates freedom- I didn’t want to start off with a negative, but this was our first impression arriving in Tuscaloosa Friday night. Want to buy a six-pack of beer? Don’t go to the liquor store! Liquor stores aren’t allowed to sell beer in Alabama. All the liquor stores are owned by the state and had armed police officers outside. Inside, our entire party was asked for ID, even though only one of us was purchasing booze. Want to buy a six pack on a Sunday? Too bad. Want some weed? Illegal. Want some medical weed? Illegal. Want to just grow it? Illegal. Want to buy a beer inside the stadium? Eat shit. DID WE DRIVE TO TUSCALOOSA OR MOSCOW?!?!?
On Saturday night, a group of young adults congregated at a gas station. The numbers in the group started to swell, and out of nowhere half a dozen police cars swarmed the gas station; lights on and sirens blaring. It seemed a little excessive.
It reminded me of a time a group of friends and I were in a dance club. We were leaving the club when we were surrounded by club security and four police officers. They said we were too rowdy and caused damage in the club and needed to pay a fine or go to jail. I was in COMMUNIST CHINA at the time.
2. The 99%- The overwhelming majority of Alabama fans were incredible. I knew we were going to get hit with a heavy dose of southern hospitality; especially since CSU is harmless and we have their old coach. But I could not expect what actually happened. People on the street went out of their way to welcome us and see how we were being treated. The bartender at the Houndstooth gave us free shots. The owner of the Bear Claw bought us beers, took us BEHIND THE BAR, showed us the upstairs patio (closed at the time due to rain), and then got us some shots. The owner (I think) of Gallettes got us shots. The owner of the local brewery (forgot the name) got us a free sample of his beer that was on tap. Our CSU shirts were like keys to the city. It was insane.
On gameday, we hit the Quad and couldn’t go two feet without someone inviting us into their tent for food and beer. We were told that the tailgate was tame because of the rain (understandable) and the opponent (hey!); I would love to see their campus for a big SEC game.
I just can’t say enough about their fans. Great hosts and very passionate about their team.
This really made me rethink my gameday behavior towards opposing fans. It is infinitely cooler to treat them with respect than to treat them like shit. I hope Ram fans start welcoming other fans when they come to Hughes.
Except Wyoming. Fuck those guys.
3. The 1%- Every fan base has their douchebags, and I felt really bad for Alabama’s. What is going wrong in your life to make you get in the face of a Colorado State fan? Fortunately, these interactions were few and far between.
4. The Roll Tide thing- So everyone says “Roll Tide” around here. It’s kind of like “aloha” because it can mean different things. I thought it was cool at first, but it got old pretty quick. They were saying “roll tide” for everything.
Do you know what it reminded me of? Have you ever seen those YouTube videos from Syria where the combatants say “Allah Akbar!” for everything? Blow up a tank, ALLAH AKBAR! Duck for cover, ALLAH AKBAR! Eat some food, ALLAH AKBAR! Get shot in the face, ALLAH AKBAR!
Honestly I had no problem with it; except for the people who would wait for you to walk past them and then say “roll tide” passive-aggressively behind your back. Really? You’ve won back-to-back championships; it’s okay to say it to my face.
5. INSIDER INFO FROM MY SOURCES- Every good blog has sources, so I’ll share mine and even give you their names.
Ran into Brett Freaking Anderson in The Quad. He was on a fact-finding mission with his staff. Finding out what works, what doesn’t work, tent rentals, power hook-ups, etc. CSU’s tailgating spot will be the IM Fields. The grass there is more durable than The Oval and it’s closer to the stadium.
Doesn’t sound like they’re going to ask the public for donations any time soon. They need to bag donations from the big fish to make sure they’re moving forward with the project first. Right now they don’t want to get a bunch of three and four figure donations and have to figure out what to do with them if the stadium doesn’t go through. (Charitable donations can’t simply be refunded to the donor.) Right now CSU is talking to 100 rich people.
The timing of the volleyball game was unfortunate, but there was nothing they could do because ESPN announced the Alabama game time so late. They didn’t want to disrespect the volleyball team and push their start times around for an away football game.
I sat next to Charles Lovett’s uncle at the game. Lovett’s injury is in his knee, and he doesn’t know where all the bruise stuff came from. Lovett was going to play against Alabama, but re-injured it in a collision during practice.
6. The game- Everyone was making a big deal about McElwain’s return; but I’m surprised I didn’t hear anything about the Donnell Alexander/Derrick Thomas connection.
I’m not going to recap the game because we all know what happened. The stadium was pretty cool. The walk of champions was nice and the stands were massive. It was pretty quiet in there, though; but I don’t think Alabama fans have ever really been known for their crowd noise. On the TV broadcast you could hear booing in the 3rd or 4th quarter; but I didn’t hear that in the stands.
The student section was pretty lame; late to fill and early to leave. KIDS THESE DAYS!
Alabama needs to revamp their scoreboards.
3 7 3 10 15:00 18 2 0 3??? What does it mean!?!?
We always have the “Which one of our guys would play for Alabama?” conversation. No doubt Jared Roberts would. Shaq Barrett would find himself in the rotation, especially on passing downs.
That’s all I got. For anyone who missed the game, you HAVE to go in 2015, 17, 19, or whenever the next one is. Thanks to all the folks in Alabama for showing us a great time.
Roll tide, allah akbar, beat utep.
2 for 14 on third downs? Really? Let’s go to the videotape for another edition of The Blame Game!
3rd & 5, 14:12 left in 1st quarter:
The Rams were having early success on the ground, so why not? I have no problem with the call, but it all falls apart when Weston Richburg and Joe Hansley whiff on their blocks. Considering Hansley is just a WR, I’m going to have to Blame: Weston Richburg.
3rd & 11, 11:09 left in 1st quarter:
I have to apologize to Hollywood Higgins on this one. From the 500-level it looked like he dropped it. Further review shows that the ball was tipped and could have been picked off by two different Buffs on the play. Garrett Grayson was pretty steady throughout, but this throw was horrendous. Blame: Garrett Grayson.
Every week I will dive into the internet wormhole to find how CSU’s 2014 recruiting class is doing during their final season of high school. It is surprising how little content is out there (well… free content); so bear with me.
Recruit of the Week: Trey Smith, RB, Douglas County
Smith ran wild as the Douglas County Huskies defeated the deliciously named Fruita Monument. He ran the ball 12 times for 191 yards and two touchdowns. He added two catches for 73 yards and another TD. Remember that I already dubbed this guy as Tecmo Trey Smith. Copyrighted.
John Freismuth, WR/S, Loveland (CO)- Freismuth’s Loveland Indians beat Lakewood in their season opener. Freismuth had three catches for 35 yards, according to the Loveland Reporter Herald. He also plays safety, but defensive stats weren’t listed.
Bryson Gates, ATH, Fairfield (TX)- The Eagles put up 70 points on poor Diboll High. Gates had one catch for 13 yards; a kick return for 38 yards; and 4 tackles.
Coleman Key, QB, Broken Arrow (OK)- They haven’t played yet.
Johnathan Lewis, RB, La Porte (TX)- La Porte got out to an early lead before letting it all slip away against Clear Brook. Lewis ran 19 times for 58 yards and two touchdowns. He’s #23 in this video, fast forward to 2:15 to see his touchdowns:
Zach Stefo, OL, Pomona (CO)- He plays offensive line for Pomona and I’m sure he did all kinds of offensive lineman things. Pomona ran for 252 yards in a win over Broomfield, all thanks to Stefo.
Josh Watson, LB, Blue Springs South (MO)- The Jaguars shut out Truman, due entirely to Josh Watson’s play at linebacker. He also had one catch for four yards.
Marcus Wilson, CB/WR, Valor (CO)- They didn’t play this week.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Let’s just focus on the best of times. Here are CSU’s touchdowns featuring Kapri Freaking Bibbs and Joe The Buffalo Killer Hands-ley. (I’m really good at giving nicknames.)
unexpected travel… countdown will resume in a couple days.
Brandon Haynes, OG, Senior
6’3, 303, Cedar Hill, Texas
Background: CSU signed Haynes back in the 2009 class, he picked the Rams over an offer from Northwestern (State). He’s a pretty good athlete and won quite a few track meets in high school in shot put. He redshirted his freshman year in Fort Collins and competed on the Track & Field team that season.
He was a key reserve his redshirt freshman and sophomore years, filling in for injured starters.
Last year: Started 7 games at guard, competed for playing time with Ty Sambrailo.
This year: I dunno. With tackle Joe Caprioglio graduating, the line might shift around. Sambrailo might be the full time tackle now, leaving the guard spot open for Haynes. Zerblis might play center, and Weston Richburg could move out to guard or tackle; leaving Haynes the odd man out.
It’s kind of pointless to speculate because I know nothing about offensive line play (a theme of this blog) and injuries will most likely force the Rams’ hand during the season in regards to who starts and who doesn’t.
Top five most common starting units on the offensive line last year:
- Caprioglio, Sambrailo, Richburg, Gragert, Biard (5 games, 1-4)
- Caprioglio, Haynes, Richburg, Gragert, Biard (2 games, 1-1)
- Caprioglio, Haynes, Richburg, Gragert, Sambrailo (2 games, 1-1)
- Sambrailo, Haynes, Richburg, Gragert, Biard (2 games, 0-2)
- Caprioglio, Haynes, Richburg, Sambrailo, Biard (1 game, 1-0)
The 75th result of a Google Image Search of “Brandon Haynes”:
This the profile picture of some guys MySpace page. Remember MySpace? I used to have the best profile with carefully selected backgrounds, fonts, and soundtrack.
I look how this guy has his seatbelt on in this picture. Safety first! I can proudly say that I have never taken a selfie of myself in a car.
Coming tomorrow: #74 Mason Hathaway
Nick Callender, OL, Senior
6’5, 285, Hayward, California
Background: Nick was part of Coach McElwain’s first class. He picked the Rams over reported offers from San Diego State, New Mexico State, and Sacramento State. Yes, the same Sacramento State team that beat UC-Boulder. Why does everyone keep bringing that up? Sacramento State, a shitty FCS school that would go on to end their season at 6-5? Going into Boulder and winning on a last second field goal by a walk-on kicker? Why do we always need to recap that?
Anyway, Callender went to St Mary’s College High School. What the hell kind of name is that? It’s like getting a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount Graduate Undergrad College.
I really like Nick Callender because that’s how the word “calendar” should be spelled; sparing me the humiliation of missing it in front of the entire school during the 3rd grade spelling bee.
Last year: Got his red shirt on.
This year: I don’t see him breaking into the rotation.
Top five pies from Marie Callender’s:
5) Double Cream Blueberry
3) Kahlua Cream Cheese
2) Lemon Meringue
1) Banana Cream
The 76th result of a Google Image Search of “Nick Callender”:
I honestly have no idea what is going on. I can’t even guess. This photograph is by some guy named Nick Knight who is described as a “visionary”.
Coming tomorrow: #75 Brandon Haynes
With the news of Jyaz Jones not honoring his commitment, I’m going to look back on some other decommits we’ve had over the past couple years and take it way too personally:
Tyler Shreve, QB, Utah- This little baby didn’t want to compete with Pete Thomas so we went to Utah. In the meantime, he punched a coach in the face. Now he’s at Riverside Community College, or some garbage school like that.
Jansen Watson, DB, Iowa State- I couldn’t find “backstabber” anywhere on his bio at Iowa State’s website, but I did find that Jansen didn’t start a game until his redshirt junior year. He would have played right away in Fort Collins, but it must have been fun sitting the bench for a shitty Cyclones team in Ames, Iowa. Good luck on getting those five years of your life back, Jansen.
Adarius Rayner, DL, Indiana- Adarius, who obviously doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “commitment” broke the hearts of Fort Collins by betraying us and choosing Indiana instead. Now he has to wear this during games:
Rashawde Myers, DL, Marshall- I can’t blame Rashawde for changing allegiances to Marshall and Conference USA. I mean, who wouldn’t want to play Old Dominion, UNC-Charlotte, UTSA, Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, AND Florida International. A big part of me wishes that Colorado State could take departing Tulsa’s spot in the powerhouse conference. Incredible decision making, Rashawde!
Timothy Coleman, DL, Colorado- After all we’ve been through. The ups and downs of recruitment, coaching changes, knee injuries… this is how you repay us? Really Timothy? And you call yourself a role model.
I’m not even mad. I’m just hurt. I have no idea how you look in the mirror.
Have fun going 1-11 with Mantits MacIntyre and the rest of the gang.
The Brothers Jones, Iowa- I have nothing to say other than, I’LL SEE YOU TWO IN HELL!
Coming tomorrow: I grow up, and we take a quick look at Nick Callender.
Jared Biard, OT, Senior
6’7, 320, League City, Texas
Background: Biard was part of Coach Fairchild’s first full recruiting classes and picked CSU over an offer from UTEP. He was a redshirt his first year and played in a handful of games his redshirt freshman year. He was looking good during his sophomore season, but his knee exploded during spring camp.
He is the only Ram with a parody Twitter account, which is ran by some guy who looks exactly like Jared Biard, but with an exquisite mustache.
Last year: Started 10 games at Tackle. I’m not going to pretend that I know anything about offensive line play, so I’m going to grade his performance as “Satisfactory”.
This year: Slated to be back in the starting lineup at Tackle. Call me crazy, but I’m pretty optimistic about this group and all the seniors involved.
I’m not going to pretend like I know much about offensive line play; so I don’t know if he’s going to play right or left tackle. I also don’t know if CSU is running the system that Fairchild ran where there wasn’t Left or Right, but strong side and weak side; and the tackles would flip-flop depending on the formation. I also don’t if that’s exactly how the system worked. I just don’t now, SO BACK OFF!
Top five stupid things Steve Fairchild did, just off the top of my head:
5) Didn’t have Grant Stucker run more.
4) That time against TCU where he was spiking clipboards on the ground and acting like a lunatic.
3) His preference for generic gray windbreakers on game day.
2) Music at practice.
1) The Larry Kerr Bromance.
I could go on all day, so I’m glad I limited this to five.
The 78th result of a Google Image Search of “Jared Biard”:
This little dweeb is some guy named Romain Biard. He is 29 and from Paris, France. I have nothing else to say.
Coming tomorrow: There is no #77, so I’ll make something up.