Hooray, it's finally September! I've been jonesing for football so bad that I caught myself watching the second half of last year's Michigan/Illinois game. And I knew what the final score was going to be!
The early season games are difficult to pick for this column, since last year's usual suspects could very well improve, or someone decent could fall on their face. So, without further ado and very litle research, let's get down to it.
Bowl Recap: Wyoming and Freson State played an entertaining 2OT game, with Wyoming coming from behind to win 35-28. Minnesota and Iowa Stateclunked around, with Iowa State winning 14-13. So Congrats to Minnesota for finishing sub .500 even with a bowl game. South Florida beat the crap out of Northern Illinois 27-3. When you have almost as many yards punting (233) as total offense (238), the fans are in for a long night.
But we're going to put the past behind us, and look forward to a bright, shiny, new 2010 season. Minnesota manages to get noticed again, mostly for starting on the road against Middle Tennessee. Middle Tennessee was 10-3 in the SunBelt last year, so this is no cupcake for Minnesota, who struggled with the #109th best offense last season. Bonus: it's on Thursday on ESPNU.
Also on the road, Arizona travels to Toledo. Arizona is probably still smarting after getting hammered by a pissed-off Nebraska team in their bowl game, but Toledo had the #13th overall offense last year, despite finishing 5-7. Toledo knocked off Colorado, and should be looking to do the same to Arizona.
Colorado versus Colorado State in the Rocky Mountain Showdown is nothing if not entertaining. Last year, Colorado lost to CSU again. This is the same CSU team that finished 3-9 and lost their last nine in a row, including such powerhouses as Wyoming, UNLV and San Diego State. Colorado looks to counter Dan Hawkins with returning talent at RB, but nothing can counter Dan Hawkins.
I know there was already a thread about Jeremiah Masoli walking on at Ole Miss after being dismissed from Oregon. This isn't about breaking that news.
What this is about, is the aftermath. We all predicted that Ole Miss would take a hit for accepting him, even if they don't have the highest standards anyway. But that's not what I see. I was just watching College Football Live, and they all took the position that Ole Miss was doing a service to the rest of the players (if Masoli could help them win) and that it wasn't a big deal as long as they have a zero-tolerance policy (unlikely).
I'm not really sure if this reaction is widespread, but my question is: "What?" Didn't we get a ton of bad press over recruiting a guy that had possible run-ins with the law (read: no actual run-ins) and another that had academic issues? Keep in mind, these kids were recruits. What that means is, they didn't even get their chance yet. This guy has had multiple chances, was recruited despite high school expulsion, and was dismissed for 2nd degree burglary AND a later charge of marijuana possession.
Now I don't care that much about Ole Miss and I already know the SEC is a little shady to begin with. But the prediction was that they would take a big PR hit, and it turns out everyone is supporting their move, and predicting Masoli to start! Why is there this huge double standard?
I fear I already know the answer, and I assure you I've prepped my tinfoil hat.
I want the contents this guys medicine cabinet!
Or just his wife...
Yesterday afternoon, I was boredf watching the 1997 M v. ND game (Oh, how I miss a dominating defense) on BTN. The game was being announced by Keith Jackson and Bob Griese.
I found myself being reminded of why Keith Jackson was my favorite announcer of all-time and how much I miss his call on a Saturday afternoon. The way he told the story that was happening on the field, the quirky things he would say, and just the fond memories I have of him announcing Michigan games really stand out for me.
So, I wanted to know from the MgoBlog community, who are your favorite sport announcers/broadcaster of all time?
USC's 13 year-old recruit's school is in hot water. When it rains, it pours.