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Happy Presidents’ Day Weekend! Although it does kind of feel claustrophobic and a little unfair. Just one holiday for 44 people? For accounting purposes I’m counting Cleveland once– although Taft is often counted twice due to excessive weight. How do you breach the subject with the really good ones? It’s like lettering in track– only to realize that everybody who put on a uniform got the same honor…regardless of performance or attendance.
“Lincoln– you freed the slaves and kept the nation together… you get 2.27% of today.” Did Benjamin Harrison have the same impact as George Washington? Does James Buchanan merit equal billing with Franklin Roosevelt? Millard Fillmore is most famous for resembling the Skipper on “Gilligan’s Island”-are we really honoring Jonas Grumby?  Should we be a nation that celebrates excellence but lumps disastrous terms with nation-saving leadership is one that’s lost its way?


Solution: create an official Presidents’ Day Weekend. Let’s be honest:  most take off the second half of Friday on a holiday weekend anyways.  And separating the wheat from the chaff not only acknowledges greatness, but also gives “the other guys” a half-day in the spotlight Friday. Instead of being overshadowed by Washington, Lincoln and the like-Rutherford B. Hayes can have his semi-moment in the sun (with lemonade).

Honoring ten “Super Presidents” on Monday then gives those who deserve a whole day their due. But how do we determine a “Super President”?

1– Like stamps… they have to be deceased (sorry Bill)…

2– Mount Rushmore– if you are chiseled into the side of a hill– you qualify. Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt— welcome to the club.

3– Currency is consideration, but no slam-dunk. So just because Grant is on the $50, doesn’t mean he’s in (far from it). FDR, Wilson and Jackson make the cut though.

4– Veterans Committee– alternating underrated chief executives from the 19th and 20th centuries for a “special spot”. Example: Polk this year, Truman next year, Cleveland in 2021, Eisenhower in 2021. You get the idea.

5– Partisan Picks– in throwing a bone to both parties…Reagan and Kennedy make the list. Makes sense: Republicans are still looking for the next Reagan and Democrats are still searching for the next JFK.

So enjoy the holiday weekend… and celebrate the mediocre with the great. Because often it’s the Hoovers that make the FDRs necessary.


Bye weeks are often a byproduct of the conference schedule…so most schools don’t have the option of when they take their annual hiatus.  The September break always feels a little odd;  we’re just getting into the rhythm of the season and learning what team we’ll see on the field before we have to take a week off.  While Virginia (October 6th) and Virginia Tech (October 20th) have their byes next month, Maryland and Navy get to sit at home this week and evaluate a much smaller sampler size.

Maryland is 3-1 with impressive wins over Texas and Minnesota outweighing the tough-to-stomach loss at home to Temple.  Causes for confidence include a running game that averages 6.2 yards per carry and a defense that has turned into a takeaway machine in the second halves of games.  Causes for concern begin with the lack of a legitimate receiving threat and continues with the team committing too many penalties (their 37 flags for 362 yards are the most in the Big Ten).

Navy is 2-2 with a pair of one-point games in AAC play.  They’re very much in the West Division race, but after this start none of their league games will be gimmes.  Causes for confidence include the triple option offense that leads the nation in rushing (355.8 yards per game) while causes for concern include a defense that hasn’t allowed under 20 points yet this fall.

Meanwhile, there’s a strange occurrence in Central New York…not unlike the Cicadas that show up in the DC Metro area once per generation.  Syracuse is 4-0 for the first time since 1991 and for just the fourth time since World War II.  Just like the ’91 edition the Orange have a September home win against a school from the sunshine state (although upsetting Steve Spurrier’s Gators was a little more impressive than beating a bad Florida State team).  And just like the squad that dared to start 4-0, SU heads into the deep south for a game against a top-5 school.  Let the record show that Marvin Graves & company actually led #1 Florida State 14-7 before the bottom fell out in a 46-14 loss at Doak Campbell Stadium.  This time it’s a trip to #3 Clemson–a school that won’t be looking past the Orange after last year’s upset win in the Dome.


Saturday’s Games:

Virginia (3-1, 1-0 ACC) at NC State (3-0), 12:20 p.m. (ACC Network).  The Cavaliers’ defense is much improved this fall–and Coach Bronco Mendenhall feels they’re making better in-game adjustments as well, allowing just 16 second-half points over four games.  They’ll be hard-pressed to contain this week’s foe:  Wolfpack senior quarterback Ryan Finley leads the ACC in passing yardage and NC State converts 58.5% of their third downs to lead the conference.  UVa has also had issues on the road in league play lately: 2-18 since the 2012 season…when they went into Raleigh and beat the Wolfpack by 27.  This is the first meeting between these two founding ACC members since that game, so Kippy & Buffy go with the Founding Father inspired “Federalist Bourbon Barrel-Aged Zinfandel”.  The 2015 vintage possesses “aromas and flavors of black fruit, smoke, caramel and vanilla”.  Despite the portrait of university founder Thomas Jefferson’s rival Alexander Hamilton on the bottle, “the finish is long and smooth making this a thoroughly enjoyable wine.”  Enjoy with aged cheddar on club crackers.  Cavaliers come up short, 38-31.


Virginia Tech (2-1, 1-0 ACC) at #22 Duke (4-0), 7 p.m., (ESPN2).  Entering the season the secondary was a primary concern, which made the team’s shut-down of Florida State in Tallahassee all the more impressive.  Since then we’ve seen the Seminoles convert 1-of-14 third downs against a Syracuse team that allowed 42 points to Western Michigan, while the Hokie D earned an F in coughing up 35 second half points at Old Dominion.  They also lost quarterback Josh Jackson with a fractured fibula in that game…and former Kansas QB Ryan Willis gets the start Saturday in Durham.  The Blue Devils are also going with plan B at that position with Quentin Harris tossing six touchdowns to no interceptions in two starts after taking over for the injured Daniel Jones. Hokies suffer another September stumble, 31-26.

Georgetown slips at Brown, James Madison beats Richmond, William & Mary falls to Colgate, Towson tops The Citadel.

Last Week: 4-5.  Contemplating firing my offensive coordinator…

Overall: 20-13.