Things I wish I’d written, Sac State edition

Alarms set for 5 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Friday and Sunday have hurt my sleep cycle; apologies for this late post. In case you missed it, Sacramento State’s first-ever win over the Montana Grizzlies came in convincing fashion; the game wasn’t as close as the score (42-28) indicated. I wrote two stories that pretty much belabored the [...]

Things I wish I’d written, Eastern version

Time and opportunity ran out on now-No. 21 Eastern Washington Saturday in its 17-14 loss to No. 10 Montana, and it won’t get any easier for the Eagles, who have No. 4 Montana State this Saturday. As noted earlier, it was a bizarre game full of big plays that threatened to turn the tide either [...]

The Champs are coming to town

Here is Wednesday’s Griz Tracks about Eastern Washington, 0-2 but still ranked No. 10, and still the national champion for the FCS as it heads into Saturday’s game at Washington Grizzly Stadium (1:05 p.m. kickoff). You’d probably feel better about an 0-2 opponent if a) you hadn’t lost three pretty dang good secondary players (Jimmy [...]

Things I wish I’d written, Cal Poly edition

There was a lot to like about the Montana Grizzlies’ 37-23 victory over Cal Poly Saturday, from Jabin Sambrano’s 96-yard return of the opening kickoff to Dan Moore’s win-clinching touchdown, his second of the game. Bill Speltz mused that sophomore quarterback Jordan Johnson quite possibly “arrived” with his play in the second half Saturday. We [...]

Things I’d wish I’d written, Tennessee edition

Time for the first installment of TIWIW for 2011. The Tennessee Volunteers boast talent all over the football field and it showed in their 42-16 win over the now No. 15 Montana Grizzlies Saturday.  Vols’ sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray predicted he’d complete 70 percent of his passes against the Griz, and then made it happen. [...]

Hawaii pipeline reopens, and other news…

There’s a lot to like about Montana’s 2011 signing class; second-year Griz football coach Robin Pflugrad is certainly excited. One of the things he liked — and which I didn’t have room to expand on in Thursday’s old-school edition of the Missoulian — was establishing a Hawaii pipeline with the signings of offensive lineman Samson [...]

The pieces to pick up

Fifteen seniors, including Andrew Selle and Chase Reynolds, graduate off the 2010 Montana Grizzlies, leaving Robin Pflugrad to hit the recruiting trail and replace some excellent talent. Yet there are quite a few players ready to fill big shoes already in the system. Whether they can, or if they can rebound from injuries, remains to [...]

Going West

Here’s my feature on Severin Campbell for Saturday’s GameDay section, as well as the straight advance of the Northern Colorado game seen in today’s Missoulian. But we couldn’t stop there: Here’s the story on Montana athletic director Jim O’Day’s controversial e-mail — a dispatch he no doubt didn’t mean to go public. I think he [...]

Selle is out

Here’s the Missoulian’s brief breaking news story on Andrew Selle’s career being over with the Montana Grizzlies. He’s a senior, a captain, and at least as good a student as he is an athlete. And he’s a pretty heck-acious athlete. The news is sad, though the Griz don’t have much time to grieve. Justin Roper [...]