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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.


Some Saturdays everything goes by the script…but every so often the dominoes fall in such a manner that the National Championship picture has to be completely redrawn.  When it happens in September there are shrugs because it’s still early and perhaps a team or two was over-valued.  When it occurs in November it’s seismic.  This past weekend the 2nd, 3rd and 4th ranked teams all fell…two to last-second field goals and two at home.  As fate would have it, the last time that this trifecta occurred it was 1985 and then-#2 Michigan with quarterback Jim Harbaugh fell at Iowa on a last-second field goal.  This year’s Wolverines appeared to have the game won thanks to a late interception, only to go three and out and give the Hawkeyes one more chance.  Perhaps  Harbaugh wishes he could have used some of the 59 points put on the board last week against Maryland in their 14-13 loss.  Clemson after prevailing previously in five one-possession games saw their luck run out as the Panthers win with a kick at the gun in a 43-42 shocker.  Washington saw sophomore Jake Browning throw two interceptions after being picked off a total of three times the previous eight games in a 26-13 loss to #20 USC.  Still unbeaten?  Alabama and-wait for it-Western Michigan.  With three weeks remaining before the playoff field is set…just enough chaos has been added to the recipe.


Alma Mater Update- so much for the hope of hanging a Pinstripe Bowl banner at the Carrier Dome.  Saturday’s loss to NC State means the Orange will have to beat both Florida State and Pitt in order to qualify for a bowl.  Hopefully coach Dino Babers is able to establish a firm foundation this fall…and get a program that was wandering after Doug Marrone simply up and left four years ago.  Eric Dungey remains a question mark for the game with the Seminoles…


Maryland (5-5, 2-5 Big Ten) continued its November Nightmare with a 62-3 loss to #6 Ohio State.  It was evident from the first five minutes of this game that the Buckeyes were not just on a different planet but different solar system.

Terrapin Triumphs:  Teldrick Morgan tallied 7 catches.  Darnell Savage led the bludgeoned and battered defense with 10 tackles.  Adam Greene made his only field goal attempt.

Terrapin Troubles: the offense converted just 1-of-15 third downs…as they were held to zero net yards or less on six of their first eight possessions.  The defense allowed Ohio State to score swiftly (three of OSU’s eight touchdown drives needed just four plays to reach the endzone).  And what was the deal with the all-red Swedish fish uniforms?  Can we blame the red on red on red on red (helmets-jerseys-pants-shoes)?

Next: 12 noon Saturday at #19 Nebraska (8-2, 5-2).  Please don’t wear all-red in Lincoln.


Virginia Tech (7-3, 5-2) missed a chance to wrap up its first Coastal Division title in five years…starting slow in a 30-20 loss to Georgia Tech.  They can still advance to the ACC Championship Game with a season-ending victory over Virginia.  Along those lines, the Hokies have beaten the Cavaliers every year since they joined the conference…not that anyone in Blacksburg or Charlottesville notices.

Hokie Highlights:  Jerod Evans threw for 316 yards and a touchdown…while running for two more scores.  Cam Phillips provided the security blanket with 10 catches. Andrew Motuapuaka led the defense with 14 tackles and a sack…while the D held the Yellowjackets to 4-of-14 on third down.

Hokie Humblings:  A turnover filled day began when they fumbled the opening kickoff- and Georgia Tech would score 17 points off Virginia Tech turnovers.  The Yellowjackets also blocked a Joey Slye field goal attempt.  The offensive line allowed five sacks…and didn’t get in gear until they trailed 30-7.

Next: 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Notre Dame (4-6).


Virginia (2-8, 1-5) was in position to celebrate Senior Day in Charlottesville, locked in a one-possession game at the half with Miami.  Unfortunately, the Cavaliers came up short 34-14 to clinch a losing ACC record for the fifth straight year.

Cavalier Congrats:  Taquan Mizzell rushes for 89 yards and a touchdown while catching three passes.  Micah Kiser notches 12 tackles with an interception.  Credit the offense for converting the short field into a TD…and Kurt Benkert directed a 14 play, 73 yard drive late in the first half for another score.

Cavalier Concerns:  The offense went south in the second half…converting just 2 of 7 third downs while losing two fumbles.  Five sacks allowed on the day did not help QB Kurt Benkert in the slightest. The defense coughed up 5.3 yards per carry.  Ten penalties for 110 yards?  You try winning when you’re giving up an entire football field.

Next: 12 noon Saturday at Georgia Tech (6-4, 3-4).


Navy (7-2, 5-1 AAC) once again played in the most exciting game of the day…holding off Tulsa 42-40 to cement its hold on the AAC West lead.  Barring a collapse, the Mids will play in the AAC Championship Game the week before they face Army at M&T Bank Stadium.

Midshipmen Medals:  Will Worth proves his again…rushing for 122 yards and three touchdowns while completing 6 of 8 passes for 111 yards and another score.  All told, the Mids rolled up 390 yards on the ground.  Micah Thomas paced the defense with nine tackles.  Punter Alex Barta actually got on the field…after not being needed the previous weekend.

Midshipmen Miscues: The defense allowed 40 points at home for the second time this fall…as the Golden Hurricane converted 8 of 14 third downs and averaged 8.9 yards per play.  The fact that the Mids committed two more penalties than the most-flagged team n the conference was a bit of a surprise.

Next: 4 p.m. Saturday at East Carolina (3-7, 1-5).