FSU Game Ball

I’m a little late to post this, but nonetheless, wanted to touch on a certain person that has gone under noticed.

There were many noteworthy plays and noteworthy individuals who deserve the distinguished honor of tobaccordshow’s game ball, but I’m going to forgo the obvious choices:

  • Russell Wilson – Didn’t have the sharpest hand last night. But we all know that when RW isn’t on, it’s difficult to win a game. Russell was on last night, and it was with his ability to make the plays with his feet.
  • Nate Irving – Absolute beast last night. Fell on the game clinching fumble.
  • Mustafa Greene – Almost everyone else had difficulty with the slippery pitch but Greene was moving as agile as I’ve seen any Wolfpack Running Back since TA McLendon. He made fantastic cuts and made plays with his feet and his head.
  • Dana Bible – Gutsy call. We now know that when the kicking team came on, Bible was yelling into Tom’s ear “IT’S ONLY 6 INCHES” yet we know those six inches were difficult to come by on two quarterback sneaks and an over the top Washington lunge. Great play call.
  • George Bryan – Could deserve the game ball all on his own for not pulling a Zack Pianalto (recall that the Tarheels were in the same situation v. LSU and Pianalto TWICE dropped the game winning pass).

Although the game ball could deservedly go to any of those individuals who, without their efforts, this game would have most certainly gone into the “other column” I wanted to hit on one person who I think made THE play of the game.

Earl Wolff

Aside from having an absolute perfect name to be a Wolfpack player, Earl Wolff made THE play that very well could have saved this game for the Wolfpack. It was Wolff who stopped Taiwan Easterling after a Ponder pass for a gain of 29 yards. It was a huge play for the Noles, but recall that Wolff made initial contact on Easterling, held on by the back of his jersey, pulled himself up using Easterling’s jersey, and finished the tackle which resulted in ONLY a 29 yard play which could have been the game winning touchdown cementing a would-be Florida State victory. My hat goes off to Wolff who made a hell of a play when moisture had been a consistent problem the entire night. He held onto a wet jersey with wet hands and did not give up on the play. For this I salute you Earl Wolff.

So when the Wolfpack Faithful take I-85 South to Death Valley, we need to start a new cheer:


And now on to more of a personal note.

1 year ago this weekend, I held my new born son on the third floor of Rex Hospital watching the Florida State/NC State game over a standard definition feed while sitting on subpar furniture which I also had to sleep on. He had on a tiny red toboggan as he started his life learning what it was like to be a Wolfpack fan.

The game was exciting, as most of you will recall. We ended up losing the game on a night which was eerily similar to last night. After the game, I looked down at that little guy and said to him, “well son, you’re going to have to learn disappointment early. This is the price you pay to be a Wolfpack fan.” But it was at that moment where he taught me a life lesson: he made me realize what was truly important. Any other year, I would have been yelling and cursing at the TV and my entire day would have been ruined. That 45 – 42 loss was at the back of my mind that day.

I was born in 1983, the last year that the Wolfpack did anything of real national relevance. I’ve never known a great Wolfpack team, only flashes of what could have been great teams. I was gearing him up for the disappointment that has become my second nature when it comes to Wolfpack Athletics.

He wasn’t up for much of the game last night nor would he really have known what was going on. What he does know is his little red and white football that he can’t sleep without at night. What he does know is that when you yell “TOUCHDOWN WOLFPACK” with the right amount of excitement and volume, he’ll throw both hands right up into the air to signal a touchdown on his part too. I’m raising this boy to follow in the same fashion as another young Wolfpack friend, Locke, who took YouTube by storm in 2007.

Tomorrow, my son Ethan will turn 1 (pictured proudly and happily wearing his Wolfpack blanket as a cape). He doesn’t know it yet, but he’s a Wolfpack fan through and through.

Every game is a big game. Next weekend will be tough, but we control our destiny. Next week, Ethan will be somewhere in Raleigh wearing his little red shoes and a onesie with the throwback strutting wolf logo throwing his hands up in the air for every Wolfpack touchdown. Let’s go Pack and Happy Birthday Ethan!

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20 Responses to FSU Game Ball

  1. TOBtime 10/29/2010 at 5:59 PM #

    Way to go Ethan! Awesome pic.

    Earl Wolff is going to be as much of a defensive stud as Mustafa Greene is an offensive stud. Terrel Manning will be right there with them both. We absolutely have some young playmakers.

  2. wufpup76 10/29/2010 at 6:03 PM #

    Great call on the play by Earl Wolff. Huge effort and didn’t give up on the play.

    And nice pic 🙂

  3. ChiefJoJo 10/29/2010 at 6:09 PM #

    Another player who had a huge impact on the game but rarely gets much attention was DT Natanu Mageo. He batted down at a pass (at a critical time IIRC–3Q I think), had two sacks (out only two of the night), got backfield penetration other several times and held the point of attack pretty well all night with his interior mates. He deserves a game ball.

  4. wulfpacker 10/29/2010 at 6:24 PM #

    To Russel’s credit he made the tackle that prevented a pick-6 after the interception. Pretty gutsy.

  5. bigdudenc 10/29/2010 at 6:31 PM #

    I agree with all that and more. Too many heroes and heroics to raise one above the others. IMO the play of the game (not player) was RW’s pick and then RW making the saving tackle to stop the pick six. But then put that play up against the 4th down TD pass and the Ponder fumble. An absolute treasure of memories. Go Pack

  6. Alpha Wolf 10/29/2010 at 6:42 PM #

    CJ Wilson made a great stop on a 3rd down pass too. He’s young and learning but the kid has a lot of promise.

  7. Texpack 10/29/2010 at 8:05 PM #

    Happy Birthday Ethan!

    You’ll never have a better job than being a parent. As a kid who was raised by a State graduate myself, I can especially appreciate how much Ethan will enjoy Wolfpack sports.

    As for Earl Wolff, I couldn’t agree more.

  8. tjfoose1 10/29/2010 at 9:44 PM #

    The OL deserves consideration.

    That there are so many candidates for game ball is indicative of the team win. Ideally, it should be this way every game.

  9. travelwolf 10/29/2010 at 10:43 PM #

    I believe that Wolff’s play (and the entire team yesterday) embodies V’s quote: Never Give Up – and Wolff certainly didn’t. That’s the kind of play that should have made the top 10 on ESPN although it probably didn’t.

  10. WolfEyes 10/29/2010 at 10:46 PM #

    My son and I usually change the WOLF-PACK chant to WOLFF-EARL about halfway through. Cracks up the folks sitting near us.

  11. lumbee wolfman 10/29/2010 at 11:06 PM #

    Check out this link of highlights from the ACC Sports Channel!!


  12. Pack84 10/29/2010 at 11:33 PM #

    Was glad to see that someone else recognized Earl Wolff. His determination to stay with that tackle was the absolute game saver. Without his effort on that play last night we most likely lose.

  13. rtpack24 10/30/2010 at 1:49 AM #

    Everyone mentioned played a great game last night. I do hope after last night our coaching staff realizes how good,no make that great running back Greene is, all he needs is to play. Why we play him behind Haynes and Washington is beyond me. The kid is the best running back we have had since Ted Brown. If we give him the ball on the goal line at the end of the game, we would have scored right then. Great win and opens the door for a great season.

  14. MrPlywood 10/30/2010 at 3:09 AM #

    I loved that play – well, the end of it anyway. Many guys would have given up, but it did indeed save the day.

  15. choppack1 10/30/2010 at 8:17 AM #

    rtpack – pass pro – that’s what Mustafa doesn’t start and Dean did.

  16. GoldenChain 10/30/2010 at 9:55 AM #

    Great point on Wluff. I was amazed that he was able to hold on to his shirt tail and eventually get him dowm. don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. I’ve seen plenty of shirt tails slip out of hands.

  17. RegularExpression 10/30/2010 at 11:50 AM #

    Watch Earl Wolff on special teams as well. There was one punt where he was the first man down and he took on the lead blocker and got taken out. I took my eye off him to look at the punt returner and next thing I know he was making the tackle, not 2 seconds later.

    Him and Taylor Gentry and fantastic to watch on special teams.

  18. tjfoose1 10/30/2010 at 11:57 AM #

    I watched the game on DVR. Wow. Wolff was making plays all over the field, all game long.

    Excellent choice.

  19. old13 11/01/2010 at 8:41 AM #

    Wolff certainly deserves the credit. But I like the way our entire yound defensive backfield is shaping up. They should be one of the better units in the ACC next year.

  20. section2chuck 11/01/2010 at 8:41 AM #

    I would like to give credit to the C-F crowd Thursday night, because I still say the crowd booing is what changed TOB’s mind on not kicking the FG, and instead having some balls, and going for it on 4th and goal…

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