Another Tuesday, another edition of EDSBS Live! this evening with Orson and I.
Tonight we head to the north and east, taking a close look at what's quickly become a very good conference at the top: the Big East. In the process, it's also become a bit of an undervalued commodity. There's your theme for tonight: undervalued.
What: EDSBS Live! online radio. Big East/undervalued edition.
Where: At NowLive, where you can chat with each other and the show hosts throughout the broadcast in the online forum (which has gotten damn lively). To phone in to the show, just call (310) 984-7600.
Who: Tonight's special guests are Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times (The nation's very best newspaper, according to Orson. New to me: it's funded by a large private trust. Also, it is not Gannett.) and Mike from Card Chronicle, a damn good Louisville Cardinals blog.
Four Questions: As always, our four questions for the night.
1. Who you got for your undervalued team heading into 2007? I'm literally throwing up all over myself as I write this, but the Texas A&M Aggies look to me like a much better football team than most realize. Some are discounting them because of their schedule, some because a Teletubby is their coach. Fewer are noting the nine returnees on offense for the Aggies, including a stacked offensive line and dynamite thunder-lightning combo in the backfield. With six starters also returning on defense, an improvement in the 4-2-5 wouldn't be surprising. I hate to say it, but the Aggies should be good this year.
I can't stop throwing up.
If you need a "commercial break" from BON, I'll understand.
2. Give us one underrated coach and one underrated announcer. No danger of talking Aggies this time.
Coaches are talked about so often in these parts that it's difficult to come up with an original answer to a question like this, but I will say that one coach has a chance to change a few minds this year - Les Miles. Many (myself included) have sort of waited for him to implode down in Baton Rouge, but it hasn't happened yet. He's recruiting well and this season finds himself with enough talent to earn a trip to the BCS Title game. He may prove underrated yet. (He may also still implode. I'm not yet sold...)
As for announcers, college football fans can't complain as loudly as fans of other sports can. We've been blessed with some damn good ones - from Ron Franklin to Keith Jackson. One guy who does as steady a job as any is Brad Nessler, who at the least manages not to offend with regularity.
3. Give us a piece of advice you undervalued and now wish you hadn't. So, so many. Oh, so many.
"Break up with that girl; she's crazy."
"If you just go to class in college, you don't really have to study that much."
"Try not to start this at the last minute."
If the Bits of Wisdom bookshelves weren't so over-crammed as it is, I'd start putting pen to paper tonight.
Not that you'd listen.
4. Tell us an undervalued sexual asset (e.g. hand strength, ownership of a quality bed).
Peronsally, I love me a woman who knows how to work my ears. BON groupies, take note. The best way to make an advance at a tailgate is to whisper in my ear. And then lick it.
See you tonight at 6:30.