In wandering around the ‘Net, I’ve come across a few items that grabbed my attention but maybe aren’t substantive enough to merit an entire post on their own.
Let’s start with the case of Desmond Howard, rocket scientist. Here he is, giving expert analysis on the upcoming Holiday Bowl:
That’s fine – except Cal isn’t playing Texas in the Holiday Bowl. The Bears are playing Texas A&M.
Now this isn’t just a little slip of the tongue. He’s got notes. He’s referring to Texas players. The ESPN production crew (which did have the correct team referenced at the bottom of the screen, BTW) must have been going nuts.
Ignoring the first rule of holes – when you’re in one, stop digging – Howard is given the opportunity to rectify things in another broadcast the next day:
He “misspoke”. Evidently his mouth needs to get a better research assistant.
The best line on this came from Deadspin, where I saw this:
… Of course, as much ESPN is controlling the bowl games these days, we wouldn’t be surprised if they just ordered Cal and Texas to go ahead and play one another, just to make things easier.
Go, you world wide leader, you!
Next up, we’ve got the strange case of one Toby Akinmusuru, who allegedly stalked Michigan coach Lloyd Carr. Ignoring the question of why someone would choose Carr as a target in the first place, it’s obvious to me that Carr has gotten under Mr. Akinmusuru’s skin for having “baited me and played god with my life.” Playing god? Hell, Carr couldn’t even get his team in the BCS title game, dude. Talk about delusional.
I will say that Mr. Akinmusuru was pretty magnanimous in offering Carr a way out of this little dust-up:
… Akinmusuru said he’d be willing to “call it even” if the university would provide him with “a personal trainer and use of the facilities to rehab my knee.”
“Or I can haunt you,” he wrote. “Assault cases are only 1 to 4s.”
A sense of humor and a working knowledge of criminal law! Sounds like this guy is ready for a stint as a talking head on the Nancy Grace show.
And if you, like many others, are wondering if “… Georgia Tech’s Reggie Ball [was] the most ineffective big-time, four-year quarterback ever?”, College Football News is on the mother. While a need for further research into the matter is indicated, the initial conclusion looks promising for all of Ball’s fans:
I don’t want to dog a guy when he’s down, but considering the way Ball ended his career completing 15 of 51 passes for 171 yards with four interceptions in key games against Georgia and Wake Forest, to finish by being academically ineligible has made things even worse. I couldn’t come up with anyone who was even remotely close to being as ineffective on such a big scale.
Bonus points for the “dog” reference. He’s inviting reader comments on the question; needless to say, I’m looking forward to next week’s column.
Last, but still worthy of consideration, I want to know if this crosses into “methinks thou doth protest too much” territory:
“I guess I have to say it,” Saban said. “I’m not going to be the Alabama coach.”
“I don’t know how many times I’ve got to respond to rumor and innuendo,” Saban said. “I have no control over that. I’ve stated what my intentions are and they really haven’t changed, so I don’t know what the issue is. And I don’t know why people keep asking about it. What they talk about over there is their business. But what’s happening here is my business and our business, and that’s what we’re focused on.”
At the very least, that’s just begging for a Dienhart piece.