Heisman Watch: Week 7

Week 6 of college football marks halfway through the season for the majority of teams in the country and for a lot of these Heisman hopefuls, the stat-padding portion of the schedule has come to an end. With conference play heating up and an abundance of games left to play in top-heavy conferences, here’s where Partika Post has Heisman candidates ranked:

1. Tua Tagovailoa (Quarterback, Alabama)alabama
QBR: 98.5
Passing Yards: 1,495
Touchdowns-to-Interceptions: 18:0
It’s simple. The man throws around 16 passes a game, scores touchdowns, doesn’t turn the ball over, and wins football games. His QBR is not only the top in the country, but it’s on pace to put him at the top all-time (and it’s not even close). He doesn’t play in the fourth quarter and he has the big-play effect of just about any player in the country. The bulk of his schedule is yet to come with LSU and Auburn (and probably Georgia), but Alabama (and Tua) can probably afford a loss and still remain the favorites for the title and the Heisman trophy.

2. Dwayne Haskins (Quarterback, Ohio State) ohio state
QBR: 87.1
Passing Yards: 1,919
Touchdowns-to-Interceptions: 25:4
It’s hard to make a case against Haskins, who is the only player in the country to rank in the top 5 in QBR (5th), passing yards (3rd), and touchdowns (1st). He throws dimes out of the pocket and looks to be the best quarterback Ohio State’s had . . . ever. He’s statistically proficient and continually acts as the coach on the field for Urban Meyer. He’s maneuvered through TCU and Penn State, but his touchdown count will have to outweigh Tua’s efficiency for him to be holding the Heisman at the end of the season.

3. Kyler Murray (Quarterback, Oklahoma) oklahoma
QBR: 96.8
Passing Yards: 1,764
Touchdowns-to-Interceptions: 21:3
If he runs through the Big XII the way he has so far, Mr. Do-It-All for Oklahoma will put himself in great position to be a finalist come December. His speed, mobility, and running ability (5 rushing touchdowns) make him the most versatile quarterback of the bunch. He looks poised to have another shot at Texas if he wins out, which could push him over the edge with a win in the Big XII title game.

4. Laviska Shenault Jr. (Wide Receiver, Colorado) colorado
Receptions: 51
Receiving Yards: 708
Touchdowns: 6
It’s hard to really determine how good Colorado and Shenault could be in the Pac-12, but the season is just starting. Shenault is the go-to man for the Buffaloes every time he steps on the field. He has at least 1 touchdown in every game this season and averages 10.2 receptions per game. He’s had at least 10 receptions and over 120 yards in every game this season outside of Colorado’s blowout win over New Hampshire. If these numbers continue, he can be in the Heisman conversation with any player of any position.

5. Will Grier (Quarterback, West Virginia) wvu
QBR: 86.6
Passing Yards: 1,819
Touchdowns-to-Interceptions: 21:6
At this point in the season, Grier is the 4th best quarterback in the Heisman race due to the godly numbers of Tagovailoa, Haskins, and Murray. Regardless, he has thrown for almost more yards than anyone in the country with one less game (NC State was canceled) and he has 21 touchdowns. He’s been playing good football and winning games, but Texas, TCU, and Oklahoma loom in November. If he can put a shortage to his interceptions (3 against Kansas) and prove his name belongs in the conversation, he could have West Virginia playing for a spot in the playoff.

(Phase 3)

Sitting, patiently – in the street
A special figure she plans to meet
Over and over of shuffling cars
A man steps out, ready to greet

Standing quite tall – in draping dress
A man unowned and speaking less
His arms reach out like open bars
To fix once more the grateful mess

Talking through – in straight line
Of all the moments she said ‘it’s fine’
Bottled up in empty jars
Wondering why there was no sign

Rolling hills – inside the cave
Never once was she this brave
Letting emotions take more control
As she left her words at his grave

(Phase 1)

A storm as big as a wave
Commencing over itself in time
Pressing loudly in massive form
The sea as a musical chime
Deciding on who to save

She sat atop the dense rock
This was hidden through the trees
It was often dark in there
Nature was all she sees
Eyes set on wooden dock

So much does not matter
On the ink laid upon her hand
Her written truth comes out
Arising from the dirt sand
Climbing up the ladder

Commanding the tide is her key
With pen in hand and wet feet
Dawning on the sunset new
She wonders when her life will meet
She writes once more “you and me”

Headache on High

Simple sickness
Living in hearts
It is called a cold
Very young it starts

Heavy, holding
The headache on high
Aching, swelling
Dropping down from the sky

The simple falter
Multiple times a year
Ultimate pain
Fringing in fear

Floating, withering
That dreadful headache on high
Confident in struggle
Not the least bit shy

Even when physique
Is in top gear
The head still pounds
Like a frightening shear

The mentality it holds
Aided by the pill
Is not a sickness at all
If the person remains still

That damned emotion it seems
Is blocked by the minds
That the headache on high
It touches and finds

Reaching further inside
It goes deeper it seems
Growing vastly enough
The headache on high beams

When it finally leaves
To return another day
The headache on high
Finds its next prey

Forgive to Forget

The window only opens half-mass
As he lays in his bed – sweating, panting
He looks to his left to view an empty glass.
Was it the big one or small one?
Or was it the thought?
But the memories are gone . . .
He had said this a lot.

He cannot say much
He feels no ways
But as his thoughts take over . . .
The harder he lays.

It’s an equal weight,
But an uneven bar
Because the burden of most
Isn’t seen from afar.

Many have felt it
But few have lived with
I cannot see the impact
Of saying it’s a myth.

It won’t end tonight
Or tomorrow . . . but when?
He can only wonder
As the room begins to spin.

Further – further
From life he goes
Into the shadows,
Nobody knows.

Gone – gone
Erased from the past
Everything is over
Done at last.

When something new starts
He thinks of why
Before does not matter
And the result is a cry.

Time to let go
Distance to forget
Enough with the thoughts
Extinguish the amends.

Back to bed now
Where there is only mind
A whole day is next
Time to rewind.

Forgive it all
The thoughts that abound
Forgive it all
Light shall come around.


Don’t Give In

We as a people are all sitting on the wrong side of history.  Nobody, from the left nor the right, has bettered themselves and come out as a leader in the fight against racism, incoherent nationalism, and a bigoted belief system in the neo-Nazi party.


As hateful fear-mongers came out from their shells and filled the streets of Charlottesville to scream and express their wrongful opinions, thousands of people who opposed this kind of racism filled the other side of the roads.  They were screaming right back at them.

For years, the neo-Nazi Ku Klux Klan white supremacists (yes, I am categorizing these hate groups into one, unified wrong) have been ignored by the general public – and for good reason.  They have been ignored because their message was not only denounced by everyone, but also because the best defense to this kind of unprecedented hate is silence from the other side.  By not feeding fuel to the fire, our society has silenced these groups for years.

Years went by, the social media world grew, tensions in an unordinary presidential election rose to new heights, and the wrong became more prominent.

Instead of ignoring these once silent protesters, who would often perform their sickening rituals in hidden forests across the country, people began to speak out.  People began to show their pre-existing disapproval with this racist behavior.

Although speaking out against hate and bigotry has always been the way to improving our society, this American experience is different.  The white supremacists should and have been disapproved by nearly every public official, but this experience still is different.

I feel entirely bad for these racists who exist in America.  Not only, for some odd reason, do they believe that they are the superior race because of the color of their skin, but they also believe that they can change any good person’s opinion on race in this country.

They can’t.

But changing the American opinion on race is not the only goal that these people have.  What they want is exposure.  They want the television sets to be blaring footage of their hate-filled rallies.  They want us to see that they are here.  And the sad part is, they are winning.

As they line the streets, opposition to them lines up on the other side.  We outnumber them – and they know that.  We don’t want them in our cities and neighborhoods – and they know that, too.  But we as a people can’t be broadcasting their message.  We can’t be allowing them to show what they stand for.  We know they are here, but we can’t allow ourselves to hear their voices.

Take the cameras away, ignore their calls of injustice and discrimination, and stop lining the streets against them.  Our country is against their actions, but they will never go away unless we do.

Soon enough they will be protesting to nobody.  Nobody will hear their desperate, pathetic calls.  Nobody will be standing by them, fueling their anger.

It is so critical to understand that we will never change the derogatory opinions of the monsters who are apart of the KKK, neo-Nazi, and ‘alt-right’ groups.  We never will.  Their backwards beliefs will continue to reverse their livelihood, and we will march on as a progressive society with values so deeply rooted in equality and fairness that racism will not be tolerated in the most miniscule form.  Racism and hate should never be tolerated, especially to the extent that the past year has allowed it to be.

The only way to get rid of this rearview mirror type of behavior is to spread the right message.  Spread the message of acceptance and fairness that both Republicans and Democrats know is right.  This is NOT a partisan issue.  By putting blame on one side of the aisle is to create a lie, because the only force acting on the side of the alt-right is hate.  Their hate towards people’s religion, people’s skin color, and people’s beliefs is the only fuel they have as long as we continue to not give in.

Silence out the hate and spread the right message.  Just spread love.  If all that can be done, the David Dukes and Richard Spencers of the world will crawl back into their holes and fade away.  Do not feed their fire.  They want your undivided attention, so don’t give them it.

Do not line the streets against them, because they will fade away.  Do not scream back hate in their faces, because they are not worthy.  Do not give them your attention, because you have more relevant issues in your life to cover.

Nobody wants these groups to come to their neighborhood.  By ignoring their protests and childish cries, they will fade away.  But by fueling their fire, they will only continue to grow.  We cannot let their hate grow.

To the alt-right, neo-Nazi, KKK, white extremists:  I do not want your vile protests near me.  Nobody wants your hate-filled message and nobody wants you around.  I can assure you that America has no place for you, and I can promise you that my city of Pittsburgh has no place for you.

The City of Champions has no place for losers.