Daily Archives: February 17, 2007

Envy and jealousy: from the “I wish I’d written that” department

It looks like one way to a sexier blog is to introduce a recurring feature (h/t Dawg Sports).

Here’s mine. Once in a while, I come across something in a post on another blog that grabs me, because the subject matter and author’s style are compelling. I know it when I see it, as inevitably my admiration begins to fade and is replaced by a sense of “why couldn’t I have said that?”.

I figure if I can’t come up with it in the first place, the least I can do is post it here with an acknowledgement. So here goes the first in (I hope) a series called “Envy and jealousy”.

It’s from Tommy Perkins’ blog Apropos de Nada. In a post where he takes a look back at the whole recruiting scene after the parties involved have climaxed and showered, he comes up with a couple of great lines for any Dawg fan to roll around with. I knew after I read them, I wanted to take them home and make them mine :

Miami: From a Bulldog perspective, if you looked at the state of Florida as though it were Afghanistan (and I do), the Gators, obviously, are the Taliban, while Miami is whatever warlord is running things in the Northeast. The Hurricanes don’t occupy anything remotely resembling moral high ground, but they are useful.

Good stuff, Tommy. I hate you for it.

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It’s as good a reason as any.

Mississippi State is looking for a new athletic director.

Ordinarily, I could care less about that, but there’s a quote from Jackie Sherrill in an article about the change in the Memphis Commercial Appeal as to why the MSU president felt the need to remove someone who’s been by all accounts a pretty successful AD that’s worth sharing:

Former Mississippi State football coach Jackie Sherrill, who took the Bulldogs to six bowls in 13 seasons from 1991-2003, said he thought Foglesong simply wanted his own guy as athletic director.

“It’s called territorial turf,” Sherrill said. “It’s like dogs marking trees. How many trees can you mark before you say it’s your territory?

“You have a new president who has changed a lot of people there. He wants his people using his philosophies, his ideas, and his vision. The bottom line is he wants to have somebody indebted to him…”

How many trees can you mark before you say it’s your territory? Sounds positively Dylanesque…

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