PIZZA ! PIZZA !
Oh, if only !!! We could been contenda's !!!
But no, today's bowl game (1 pm ET) features the green and white clad Ohio Bobcats versus the similarly clad green and white Thundering Herd from (we are) Marshall. Ironical, wouldn't you say??? Two green and white teams in our Pizza Bowl? bah humbug.
This game, while interesting from a football standpoint--given the strength of the MAC--actually has more drama trauma off the field. And I'm alllllll about the drama!
In case you haven't heard, Marshall's coach Mark Snyder resigned as Head Coach the day after their final game (a 52-21 drubbing by UTEP). Bummer dude. Snyder graduated from Marshall in 1988 and over his five year tenure produced a 22-37 record. Not what the Herders are used to, alas. John "Doc" Holliday will be their Head Coach Huckleberry now. Doc has been the associate head coach at (wait for it) West Virginia this past year, and was at Florida and NC State before that.
BUT....ol' Doc won't be coaching the team today. Oh no, that task will go to the Interim-Head Coach-For-A-Day Defensive Coordinator Rick Minter.
Lemme just digress here for a minute about Rick Minter.
The guy has a long history of coaching line backers from Arkansas, La Tech, NC State, and New Mexico State before going to Ball State as the assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 1985 to 1991. In '92-'93 he was a Domer and helped the Irish to a #2 national ranking. Then he becomes the head coach at Cincinnati before heading over to Pete Carroll's factory in 2004. He went back to ND before ending up at Marshall as their Defensive Coordinator. Are ya sensing a theme here?????
Anyone else thinking that WEEEE need a linebacker coach???????
Hmmm....lemme see, he's been in Detroit for the week, he's gonna be out of a job soon.....Hire the man !!! How sweet would that be? Stealing from West Virginny and the Domers all in one????? Diabolical !!!
The Bobcats are the MAC East Champions, racking up a 9-4 record. The boys from Marshall bring their 6-6 record in Conference USA to the table. Here's ESPNs take on the game.
And, of course there are two more games today too---
At 4 pm Eastern the Meineke Car Care Bowl pitting, well, um, Pitt against North Carolina.
And, at 8 pm Eastern the Emerald Bowl where Boston College has to face a pretty pissed of Trojan team.
Should be a great day !!!
Enjoy the football and the leftovers. Oh, and trying to figure out how to put all that Christmas shit together......