The Monday Memo

Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears. ― Laird Hamilton

Today’s independent commentary deals with these people/issues:

  • Great Falls Tribune
  • FCS Football Semifinals
  • Amazon Singing Boxes
  • One More Thing

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TWW POLL: Brawl of the Wild

The University of Montana Grizzlies travel to Bozeman Saturday to play the Montana State University Bobcats in the annual “Brawl of the Wild” football game.

The Grizzlies are 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the Big Sky Conference.

The Bobcats are 8-3 overall and 5-2 in the Big Sky Conference.

The game is important in determining who wins the Big Sky Conference and for seeding in the FCS playoffs.

The game starts are 12 noon and will be televised on the ROOT Sports Network.

So this week’s poll asks, “Which team will win Saturday’s Brawl of the Wild football game?”

Click on “Continue Reading” to take the poll!

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Tuesday’s Quick Hits

Some people create their own storms and then get mad when it rains. – Unknown

Today’s quick hits deal with these important subjects:

  • Daines & China
  • Trump & Hurricane Dorian
  • High School Football
  • College Football
  • Pro Football

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ESPN: C’Mon Man!

There are 24 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) (Division I-AA) teams that will play for a national championship. The champion in this division is actually decided on the field. The games start this Saturday, November 30, and the championship game is set for January 4.

The Big Sky Conference has four teams in playoffs: Eastern Washington, Northern Arizona, Montana, and Southern Utah.

That was the good news.

It looks like most of games are scheduled to be carried on ESPN3, which severely limits who can view the games. Here in Montana, my cable companies (Bresnan – Optimum – Charter) have changed so much who knows if I can even access ESPN3.

The same situation happened back in 2011. Fans across the nation banded together, and ESPN put the games on pay-per-view, which was a nice compromise. I wrote about that situation HERE and HERE.

They need to at least do that again.

If you are a football fan, you need to get involved. Here’s how:

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Brawl of the Wild

It’s officially Cat-Griz week across Montana – this is the week when the Montana Grizzlies take on the Montana State Bobcats in a college football game called the Brawl of the Wild.

It’s the 113th meeting. Meeting 113 times for anything is pretty impressive. I will have the one key thing you need to know about the game later in this column.

This year’s game will be held in Bozeman – home of the Bobcats. The Bobcats are 7-4 overall and 5-2 in the Big Sky Conference, and the Grizzlies are 9-2 overall and 5-2 in the Big Sky Conference. A few years ago when players (and some coaches) were getting arrested frequently, someone joked that they might need to hold the game at a field near the Montana State prison. They have done better in keeping out of trouble since then, it seems.

I’m an outsider. Heck, I’m not even a 4th or 5th generation Montanan, and I don’t play one on TV. I also attended another university in Montana. So I don’t have a horse in the race although I have friends on both sides of the fight, and I watch both teams often. I do know that people take this game very seriously – and there are some great jokes told about each team during the week. The media will tell us about families who split like it’s a civil war during this week – Mom and Dad went to one University and little Billy is playing for the other.

This week you can vote for who you think will win the game – take my poll HERE. Results will be released on Friday in my “Caught My Eye” column.

If you are a politician then the “Brawl of the Wild” game is the place to be. You have to attend and shake hands with folks and wave a lot. You also have to act like you enjoy football – you have to be seen.

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Just Football…

Since we’re near the end of football for this season, the time between games allows for bigger build-up, but waiting for the games is tough.  It’s a long time until Sunday at 1:00 (Mountain Time) when the next game starts – a long time…

It seems just last month that we couldn’t turn on the television without catching a football game.  Now it’s basketball…

If you are a first-time visitor, “Just Football” is my weekly column where I look at football from the NFL all the way down to High School.  This week I take a look at the discount double choke, paranoia in Kansas City, the Harbaughs, the Rams new coach, paying to watch, final polls, and much more! Continue reading

Just Football…

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beating the Indianapolis Colts last night, I managed to pick 13 winners (out of 16) for my NFL pick the winner contests. Still no pizza…and I like pizza.

We’ve got your football right here – today I talk about my rowdy friends, the undefeated, the winless, the Big 12, the Big Sky, the Frontier, the NAIA, and a very special homecoming queen!  Continue reading

Just Football…

Although this column is called “Just Football” did you know that on this date in 1998, and after playing in a record 2,632 consecutive games over 16 seasons, Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles sat out a game against the New York Yankees.  Now you can impress your friends today…

It kind of reminds me of Forrest Gump running – he ran for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours and then he said, “I’m pretty tired…I think I’ll go home now.”

OK, anyway, today I write about NFL surprises and disappointments, picking the winners, Tony Gonzalez and the Falcons, looking ahead, college football realignment, the Big Sky Conference and more! Continue reading

Game-Viewing Shape

Oh man, I am more than ready for football season to start.  The NFL teams are in camp now and this Thursday is the first night of preseason games.  This Thursday!!

Since many of us were thinking we might not have a season, the preseason games are very much welcome.  There will be four weeks of preseason games.  You can check out the schedule HERE.

It looks like each day there are preseason games, at least one game will be carried nationally by Fox, ESPN, CBS, NBC, or the NFL Network.

Preseason is also the time for us fans to get in “game-viewing” shape.  This is serious stuff. Continue reading

Just Football…

It’s a lot more fun to write about sports than politics. So it’s time to take a time-out from politics and talk about football!

The Gunslinger:

In what would have made a great western movie, the game between the Vikings and the Packers would have been an instant classic. Continue reading