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TOYS AND GAMES: Eat Your Way to Victory, Go Toledo, and Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

Have you ever watched your favorite team play on TV and tried to eat them to victory? I tried to do that on Saturday, devouring Jimbo’s Barbecue for the good of the squad.

One touchdown behind. Chomp, chomp.

Recovered the onside kick with the clock running down. Chomp, chomp.

In the end I came up a hush puppy short of eating Georgia Tech to a win over Virginia.

And my rationalization after the loss?

“Everybody takes a beating sometime.” “Ray Liotta Deauville 2014” by Georges Biard. “Sometimes you’ve got to take a beating.” “Ray Liotta Deauville 2014” by Georges Biard.

“Well, we might have lost, but a Tech student found water on Mars and we beat FSU.”

Pretty lame, huh? Henry Hill of Goodfellas would describe the plight of Tech fans this season accordingly: “Everybody takes a beating sometime.”

I can’t wait to watch Toledo play Northern Illinois on ESPN tonight. Rockets quarterback Phillip Ely is one of college football’s best stories.

Talk about heart.

Ely led Plant High to state championship in 2010 while earning a scholarship to Alabama, where he red-shirted as a freshman. After seeing little playing time in 2012, he elected to transfer to Toledo then sat out the 2013 season due to transfer rules.

“Ut logo pd” by Toledo University “Ut logo pd” by Toledo University

He earned the Toledo starting job in 2014, debuting with four touchdowns against New Hampshire before suffering a torn ACL against Missouri the following week. That would lead to surgeries to repair his knee as well as a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. Either injury has ended its share of athletic careers.

Remarkably, Ely’s back on the field leading the undefeated Rockets this season. I had the pleasure of running into his father, Bruce Ely, last week. I loved seeing the glow on his face when I asked about his son. I’m also enjoying the fact that I saw Bruce and his brothers play football at Plant when I was a kid. Quite a football family and Phillip Ely is quite a story.

Tonight he’ll try and keep Toledo rolling. Go Rockets!

How about the University of Kansas tearing down a goal post at Memorial Stadium? Why did that happen, you ask, after all, the Jayhawks are 0-8 this season?

Credit the Royals for affording Jayhawks students the opportunity the celebrate. The goal post came down once the Royals won Game 5 against the Mets to clinch the World Series Sunday night. Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

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