“Break A Leg”
Greetings From The Booth!
Welcome to December! College Bowl season is here, as our regional teams get ready for the invaluable extra practice time, money for the schools, and swag bags for the players. Virginia Tech will compete in the Military Bowl, while UVA will play in the Belk Bowl, and WVU heads to the Camping World Bowl. What you’ll get from the teams is anyone’s guess.
Meanwhile, the post-season accolades continue to pile up for Shenandoah University quarterback Hayden Bauserman, who this week was named by the Touchdown Club of Richmond as the Offensive Back of the Year for NCAA Division 2, 3 and NAIA. The Woodstock Central product, who led the nation in several passing categories, was also named as a finalist for the prestigious Gagliardi Award, D-3’s version of the Heisman Trophy. He is the first Hornet to be a finalist for the award, which isn’t just about football. It encompasses athletics, academics, and community service. And, if you’re looking for some sign that Bauserman might win the award, the winner will be announced before the Stagg Bowl, which this year is being held in…Shenandoah, Texas.
Hopefully, a larger trophy case is on Hayden’s Christmas list.
Which brings me to this question: Why don’t the Washington Redskins give Hayden Bauserman a call?
I say that only half-jokingly. The ‘Skins actually took a look at the Hornet QB earlier this year, long before injuries decimated the team at that position. They have his phone number.
You can’t make this stuff up. After Alex Smith had his season (and maybe career) ended with a gruesome leg fracture against Houston, Colt McCoy went down for the year with a broken leg just 2 games later. Washington quarterbacks are going down faster than Spinal Tap drummers.
Now, the Redskins are pinning their hopes for a playoff run on Mark Sanchez and the newly-signed journeyman Josh Johnson (who?). Neither of those names inspire much confidence in a fan base that is crying for the team to at least reach out to Colin Kaepernick. The Anthem-thing aside, he is certainly better than any of the names the ‘Skins have looked at recently. The fact that they didn’t even bring him in for a look says that there might be something to this alleged owner-collusion.
The Redskins were the only team to claim the troubled Rueben Foster off of waivers after he was cut from the 49ers. The NFL has spent countless PR dollars to clean up their image following several instances of domestic violence. Yet the Burgundy and Gold grabbed an arguably talented linebacker when 31 other teams passed on him. If it’s just about football for the ‘Skins, why not at the very least call Kaepernick?
The Foster fiasco is just another black mark for an organization that continues to make one bad move after another. That, combined with a decimated offensive line, a secondary that can’t cover you or me, dwindling attendance, and a 1-4 stretch, the Washington Redskins are butt-fumbling away another season…
Until next time from The Booth, have a great weekend, and