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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Homecoming Hangover

While I don't think the term "hangover" is going to refer to the overuse of your favorite adult beverage in this blog - to some it may seem appropriate if they chose to over indulge yesterday. Nor is this going to be one of those blogs that doesn't seem to actually recall what happened yesterday much like the movie The Hangover (Mike Tyson was killer in that movie by the way).

No instead this will refer more to that fact that Eastern Illinois football showed some signs of life at O'Brien Field yesterday afternoon attempting to go toe-to-toe with Murray State's high scoring offense as the Panthers opened up their own passing offense. Unlike some other games this season when EIU was forced to primarily pass based on being behind early - this game EIU has a designed passing attack.

1.) Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 4 touchdowns and 341 yards
2.) EIU did not commit an offensive turnover
3.) Defense was able to force two turnovers both stopping Murray State drives
4.) Lorence Ricks had four catches for 114 yards

All signs pointing in the right direction. Now coming off of a tough lose at homecoming the Panthers must regroup as they face Austin Peay next Saturday in a game that could give the Panthers their first win of the season. APSU just lost at Jacksonville State. The week after EIU plays at Tennessee Sate that could be another chance for a win.

Other positives from homecoming weekend.
1.) Women's Rugby won at Illinois
2.) Volleyball won at Southeast Missouri
3.) Women's Soccer won versus UT Martin

The women's soccer team will host Murray State on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a match that has OVC Tournament implications.

Two other quick thoughts - congrats to the Texas Rangers on making the World Series (sorry Yankee fans). With Texas making its first World Series appearance now only the Washington Nationals (formerly Montreal Expos) and Seattle Mariners have not made a World Series appearance
Second and this one comes from the land of common sense. High school football officials in Washington State may be suspended for using a pink whistle during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Not sure what message the Washington High School Association wants to be sending on an issue like this.

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