Week Five Preview: And a dose of Drama...

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Week Five Preview: And a dose of Drama...

First and foremost, I'd like to take the time talk about the chaos that is surrounding the Mike Gundy vs. Jenni Carlson drama. I didn't get to read the article she wrote which so caused Gundy to lose his mind... literally... at  a post conference, so until today I reallyIcon had no thoughts. But after reading her work, and re-watching his tirade on YouTube - I realized, no WONDER he went off. Her article had to be the most immature, rumor-based piece of work I've ever seen a "professional" write - at what claims to be a respected news organization.

Quite frankly, I don't blame Gundy for blowing his top. Carlson wrote a childish article, and in my opinion she deserves to be treated as such. She went out-of-the-realm of sports, attacking personal character and principle - something I believe can be done in the pros (especially since most pros now are more of celebrity than true athlete...) but should not be done in college athletics. What angers me most, is that she says most of her article is fact - when in fact - most of her article is heresy/rumor unless she could so kindly show me signed statements by the sources acknowledging most of the materials posted. For instance...

"Word is that Reid has considered transferring a couple different times, the first as early as 2005. Reid, then a redshirt freshman, was facing competition from returner Donovan Woods, and apparently, Reid considered leaving OSU just because he had to compete for the spot"

-Word is? This isn't the grapevine NOR is this organization she writes for a tabloid. Care to say who/whom is responsible for "the word"?

"Or does he want to be coddled, babied, perhaps even fed chicken?"

-The personal attack on character, in case you wondered. This is not T.O. here people (whom a lot worse things could be uttered... and I digress...)

"Thing is, it may not be as abrupt as it looks. If you believe the rumors and the rumblings, Reid has been pushing coaches that way for quite some time.

Tile up the back stories told on the sly over the past few years, and you see a pattern that hasn't always been pretty."

-...And she said most of this was fact. OK, Ms. Carlson, let me take it back to 9th grade English. Would you care to retrieve and/or cite your sources for these "rumors and rumblings"? Or my favorite... "the back stories told on the sly"?  AT LEAST TELL US WHAT THESE RUMORS, RUMBLINGS, AND STORIES ARE.

At this point, I figured Carlson was just plain silly and had NO BUSINESS writing at ANY organization with a respectable reputation. Yet, she continues to stand by her article even with Reid's mother threatening a lawsuit, and releasing a statement/video vehemently denying "feeding her son chicken", as the article mentions on numerous occasions in a fun-picking manner. As Chris Fowler noted on his ESPN article about the topic - those in the football world know all too well of the repercussions of having your character, essentially your MANHOOD tested. Just for that - I have your back on this one, Mike & Co.

I'd also like to point out the differences in a personal attack on character and play. Yes, I feel it's ok to call out a player/ team for bad play. For instance - Notre Dame is LOUSY this year. Virginia Tech's offense? Dismal. Most quarterbacks in the ACC? Atrocious. Louisville and Nebraska's defense? Inexcusably horrific. That comes with being a football player - for when things go well, you receive praise am I correct? (I learned the hard way in high school...). But when you essentially call a player a wimp, accuse him of having no heart/"fire"/desire - THAT is when it gets personal - THAT is when you have crossed the line between athletic play and personal attributes - THAT is what Jenni Carlson did - and THAT to me is disgustingly juvenile, especially for a "professional". End of story.

And with that out of the way, let's talk a little Week Five Football...

>    The Big Four should remain relatively unscathed (note the emphasis on should, you Iconcan’t take any victory for granted these days…). The team who will have the most to watch will be Florida. Auburn is quite miserable right now, but, take a look at their stats against both Top Ten teams/ on the road games, and you'll see why Florida CANNOT take them lightly. I also know Oklahoma is at Colorado, and yes the Buffaloes are “has-beens” of late, but I know Stoops will have his team ready and not take them too lightly. Though USC should roll as well, they could have a few problems if they underestimate the Huskies at home. If you thought Husky Stadium was deafening when the Buckeyes came to town…

>    Florida State really needs the win against Alabama this weekend. In the same token, the same could be said about Alabama. Think following up a loss at home in OT to Georgia with a loss to still-struggling Florida State won't take the luster off your return to the SEC Saban, then you're as mad as some Alabama fans can be (see: fans/ student's hurl debris after Georgia loss, God I love Tide fans...).

>    I think Arizona State @ Stanford will be a lot more interesting than the "experts" (I use the word lightly...) give due...

>    Lose three ACC games in a row Georgia Tech, and you are essentially OUT of the conference race. And to think we held them so high after throttling, Notre Dame and Samford? Quite the powerhouse programs, OUCH...

>    We’ll finally know if this year’s edition of the Mountaineers are title eligible material after a sneaky trip to South Florida. I can’t WAIT to see how this one plays out, and whether West Virginia gets inducted into “The Fab Five” of College Football thus far...

>    The winner of the Oregon / California game http://bleacherreport.com/image/file/797/lead/belotti.mike.1.jpg(definitely this week's game of the week) will be in direct contention of dethroning USC. Considering the Trojans visit both conference rival’s stadiums, we could find out if either team has a shot of downing the bedeviled kings of the Pac-10. Moreover - the winner could still be on the inside tract to a BCS berth even with a loss to USC (saying they run the table in the rest of their conference schedule’s). The Pac10’s decision to go round-robin puts a heavy emphasis on every conference game, and as deep as Pac10 play has been thus far this year, it could go a very long way to what team is still in the thick for a BCS berth at season’s end...

>     Wouldn't it be nearly chaotic if N. C. State toppled Louisville this weekend? Raleigh would be at a near riot state if they did (they are surprisingly fanatical about football in the NC Triangle...). I know N. C. State has been just miserable this season - but, combine what I thought about Syracuse before this past week; it could get rather interesting at Carter-Finley come Saturday... 

>    UCLA could win big at Oregon State. Or get routed. There is never an in-between with KD's teams it seems...

>   I still don't know who to pick between Michigan State and Wisconsin. I seriously think the Spartans can pull it out, yet in the same token I think the Badgers will finally get it together and play great football on BOTH sides of the ball for once. I think this one may be a nail-biter ladies and gents, and it has huge implications for both as-of-yet unbeatens...

>    I think Indiana could pull one out against Iowa at home this week, and I'll in fact beIcon rooting for them too (I really want them to make a bowl game after all they've been through in the off-season). I have yet to be told WHY Ferentz makes the salary he does. The 2002 Co-Big10 Championship Season maybe, in which he didn't have to play the title-winning Buckeyes AND got routed in the Orange Bowl by USC? "We didn't think it would be this easy,'' said Mike Williams, who caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Palmer. "After the kickoff, they didn't do anything.'' - OUCH. (Quote citation courtesy of ESPN archives, no random rumors and rumblings here...)

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