Football is not a game but a religion, a metaphysical island of fundamental truth in a highly verbalized, disguised society, a throwback of 30,000 generations of anthropological time. - Arnold Mandell
And it begins.
Should Case McCoy play early?
"Do you put him in the game early trying to get him experience," Brown asked. "There's a lot of unsettling things this week that we probably won't decide until Thursday or Friday."
It's back. The Dallas Morning News has decided that Muschamp is not taking over for a while.
There's a lot of love in Norman.
If you're mad at your kid, you can either raise him to be a nose tackle or send him out to play on the freeway. It's about the same. -Bob Golic
The Big 12-2 opens tonight with the Cyclones. The guys over at Clone Chronicles are pumped.
I am so pumped that football season is here! 36 hours from now, the Cyclone and Huskies fans are going to be locked in, rooting their eyeballs out in what is a big game for both teams.
This game is huge for Iowa State. If the Cyclones are going to somehow get to 6 wins, this has to be one of them. On one hand, it kind of stinks they play such a tough opponent, and their season in a way could be determined in Week 1. On the other hand, it's fun to see a game in which two teams are close skill-wise, and you don't really know who's going to win. As a football fan, I like seeing teams that are good, instead of the cupcakes we typically see. If you can't beat good teams, you just aren't that good.
CC has a preview with Red and Black Attack.
You think? Bill Bryne doesn't think the Aggies were ready for SEC competition.
"I was concerned with changing conferences that we may not be ready for the level of competition if we decided to leave.I was very concerned about trying to take things slowly, and not rush."
He continued on, citing budgetary reasons: "If we looked at where we stacked up financially in the Pac 10 conference, we were about third. If we looked at where we stacked up in the Southeastern Conference, we were eighth out of 12. We didn't rank very well."
Sure, luck means a lot in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck. - Don Shula
Following that quote, you know the Cornhuskers are next. No, Bo Pelini has not announced his starting quarterback and he may not until September 18. Yes, you read that correctly. September 18.
Most of Nebraska’s nonconference schedule allows the opportunity to play different quarterbacks in different situations without much risk.
But what about that one potentially dangerous nonconference game? What about that road trip to Washington (a very noisy place to play a football game) on Sept. 18?
"I would hope it would be fairly clear by then, but if it’s not it’s not," Pelini said. "If we’ve got a couple guys that are competing for it and are doing well for us, we might need to go that way. There’s so many ifs, and things that could happen. I can’t really look into a crystal ball and figure it out. It’s a deal that you figure out as you go along."
Pelini laughed. "And I’m pretty good at that."
American football makes rugby look like a Tupperware party. - Sue Lawley
Is cornerback the next big money position?
What's your favorite scandal from this offseason of oops, hiatus of hilarity, this time-off travesty, this Summer of Sleaze? It started with a relatively low-key conference realignment. It ended with, well, the only way it does end is to finally play some football.
In life, as in a football game, the principle to follow is: Hit the line hard. -Theodore Roosevelt
Barking Carnival has this week's viewing guide.
Texas vs. Rice (ESPN) – Is this must-see college football? Probably only for myself and other Longhorns, but thanks to our undeniable national appeal and snazzy Stormtrooper away unis, we get the midday slot on ESPN, so you suckers have to watch it. Embrace your fate like Jerramy Stevens embraces the medicinal benefits of GHB in strange women. Texas is unveiling a *new* running based offense, so we’ll get to inflate our expectations about its effectiveness against teams like OU by debuting it against a bunch of white Junior High kids with high SAT scores (except Sam McGuffie). The interest here is mostly in the personnel groupings and whether or not UT’s defensive ends successfully decapitate Nick Fanuzzi when he drops back to pass. At the very least both Rice tackles will shit their pants…literally. I’ll secretly (not secretly) be hoping that Will Muschamp explodes Greg Davis’ head with mind bullets and takes control of the offense, leading us all to freedom.
The Aggie quarterback got some tough questions last semester.
Texas A&M senior quarterback Jerrod Johnson is majoring in kinesiology and education. To complete his course work last semester, he had to spend six weeks as a physical education teacher at an elementary school in the College Station area.
He would have rather spent six weeks escaping the Big 12's top pass rushers.
"Those kids wore me out more than any football practice could," Johnson said.
Johnson interacted with between 80 to 90 kindergarten through fourth grade students every day. Some only knew him as "Mr. Johnson." Others knew that they were being tutored by the Aggies' senior quarterback.
"Some of the kindergarteners knew, because they'd come in and say, 'My dad wants to know who our new defensive coordinator wants to be,'" Johnson said. "I'm like, you can't even spell 'defensive coordinator.'"
Greg Davis. Be nice.
College football is a sport that bears the same relation to education that bullfighting does to agriculture. - Elbert Hubbard
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