B1G, if true
I'm not sure if this has already been posted but if you have been watching the news, 16 year old sailor Abby Sunderland who has attempted to sail around the world has now dissapeared some where in the Indian Ocean this morning. Her parents have lost all contact with her and in an ocean where 50 to 60 ft waves are common, this situtation has now become grave. I pray for her and her family that she is still alive.
This is my synopsis of the process of conference expansion.
Jim Delaney: We are going to study expansion of the Big Ten. It will be a thorough and deliberative process that may last 18 months. We will begin the process, involve the member schools, develop several committees, and move forward deliberatively.
Larry Scott: Hmm.
Jim Delaney: Mary Sue and Gordon, kindly contact Texas whilst I have a brandy with Jack over at Notre Dame. Cocktails are scheduled in four weeks time. You may report back then.
Larry Scott: Where did I put that number for the Texas AD?
Jim Delaney: We are in the proverbial catbird's seat! Smithers, stop that infernal babbling and pour me my brandy!
Larry Scott: If I can get Texas I can get the whole B12 South and go to 16 teams at once.
(Media reports circulate about schools discussing their options)
Jim Delaney: we are following our process, which if necessary can be accelerated from 18 months to an exceedingly brisk one of 12 or perhaps even 10. I'm waiting to hear back from Texas and then watch out!
Larry Scott (reporting back to the school Presidents): It's done. Texas, A&M, Tech, OK, OK St., and Colorado will join. Our projected revenue will skyrocket with the new contract, and we'll have 3 of the top 6 football programs in the country.
(Media reports that PAC 10 will expand by 16 teams)
Jim Delaney: Wait, what?
Larry Scott: If you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake, and I have a straw. And my straw reaches acroooooooosssssssss the room, and starts to drink your milkshake....
So this isn't entirely fair, but close enough in my view. If ND comes aboard along with Nebraska, then history will revise this view. If not, it's pretty accurate IMO.
The Dallas Morning News has dug up a 16 year old article on the collapse of the SWC and it's impending merger into the Big 8. It's fascinating how similar it all was... and yet nobody seems to be talking about this.
Check it out:
El Abuelo, 43 yr. old Omar Vizquel goes yard of Scherzer in the first... Really?
I have no idea what to think of this team, I'm all over the map...
Here is something else to discuss/help me with besides all this expansion stuff. I bought one of the small inflatable pools from Intex for my wife and kid this summer. I'm trying to fill it but I have a shallow well and its making me nervous. I only need like 900 gallons, but the pool filling places I called can only bring a minimum of 4500 gallons. Not sure what I should do. I go out and fill it for about 15 minutes and then let it sit for 30 minutes, but I'm still nervous, and at this rate its going to take a long time to fill. Any suggestions?
I know this is severely off topic, but at least it's athletically related and for a good cause. And it's not like there's anything crazy or important going on right now like conference realignments or MSU coach transfers or the World Cup or USC sanctions or anything cool like that. I'm signed up for the San Francisco marathon on July 25th, and am running with a team supporting Alzheimer's, Heart, and AIDS research at the UC-San Francisco Medical Center. I'm trying to raise $1000 for this great but underfunded cause before my race. I am reaching out to you, the interwebs, to try and help me out. Even just a couple dollars (maybe a fistful?) will go a long way. Your sponsorship is entirely tax deductible and secure, and you will be given a tax code upon donation. If you are a fellow runner or someone impacted by Alzheimer's, AIDS, or heart disease, feel free to leave a message or donate in someone's honor.
Thanks everybody, and Go Blue!
PS If this isn't cool to put on the Board (I understand why it might not be; it wouldn't be prudent for the board to fill up with everybody trying to sell their neice's girl scout cookies or something) then neg/say so appropriately in the comments and it will surely be duly deleted.