Monday Notes

How bad could it get for the Sooners? They started out with reasonably high hopes this year, but the fates have conspired against them and they are just 2-2. After seeing them lose to a good but not great Miami team you really have to wonder how bad it could get for this team. A lot probably depends upon the status of Sam Bradford, but I think it has been clearly established by now that he doesn’t have the tools to work with that he did last year. Just looking at the schedule, I find it hard to believe right now that they will beat Texas. Kansas is playing very well right now, and they get the Sooners in Lawrence, so Kansas wouldn’t even have to pull off a major upset to win that one. Nebraska is also playing tough, and also gets to host Oklahoma. They also have to travel to pesky Texas Tech. And then the season ending game against Oklahoma State looms. I don’t want to suggest that it is going to happen, but it is certainly possible that a team that started the season ranked third overallcould wind up as bad as 6-6. 9-3 or 8-4 seems more likely, but no matter what this is not how Sam Bradford saw this season going when he decided to come back.

Way back in the spring when he was signed by the Dolphins I mentioned that you should be on the lookout for linebacker Cameron Wake. I had the privilege of watching the Penn State product play in the CFL the last two years. The guy was an absolute beast – dominant against the competition he was facing unlike any player I have ever seen. He didn’t play in the first two weeks for Miami, and saw very limited action in week three. Joey Porter was hurt this week, though, so that opened up an opportunity for Wake. He certainly made the most of it. He had a monstrous game – six solo tackles, three sacks, and a fumble recovery. The guy is really, really good, so this wasn’t the surprise for me that it seems to have been for some.

I am so sick of all the Brett Favre talk tonight that I want to puke. There is one stat that I find very interesting in all of the talking head chaos, though – the fact that if Favre wins tonight he will have beaten all 32 teams in the league. No other guy has done that, and if you think about it for a second that is a truly amazing stat.

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