Now that Urban Meyer has run off to play Hamlet with the Ohio State job, he’s left a huge, huge void in the SEC over which head coach is easiest to take offense over something silly.
James Franklin in his first season is worth keeping an eye on, though. He’s proving that nature abhors a vacuum, as his response to Tennessee’s locker room celebration after their win indicates.
Seriously, could you be more of a “it’s going to be a big deal” pompous douchebag than that? (Although I give him props for the well-played “Some people act like they won the Super Bowl and they beat a team that the two previous years had won four games total” crack.)
Next year’s game should be plenty of fun, especially when you toss in the on-field extracurricular activities.
Gah. I spent an hour on this. And like Mike Bobo on his game plan for Kentucky, I ain’t apologizing for anything.
- Boise State
- Kansas State
- Oklahoma State
- There were a lot of teams I considered this week, but two I didn’t were Virginia Tech and Houston.
- Just missing the cut were Georgia, South Carolina, Southern Cal and Wisconsin. YMMV, of course. (In fact, I’d be surprised if it didn’t.)
- The reason it took me an hour to put the ballot together was because of fretting over the last four slots instead of the usual one or two. I don’t want to think about how much time it would have taken me to construct a top 25 in order. I doubt Nick Saban has time for that shit.
— If you haven’t heard, for a memorial service the school is planning “a small ceremony”… at Sanford Stadium.
— Buck Belue’s first glimpse of Larry was certainly memorable.
“He was a legendary guy even when I was a kid,” said Belue, quarterback of Georgia’s 1980 national championship team. “I remember it was 1970 or ‘71 and my grandmother, ‘Mama Sarah,’ lived in White Columns right there on the corner of Baxter and Milledge [in Athens]. They were having the homecoming parade and I’ll never forget when Munson came by.
“He was in the back of a convertible. He had a cigar in one hand, a Budweiser in the other and cheerleaders sitting on either side of him. I asked my Dad, ‘Who’s that?’ Right then, two women streakers ran by right in front of him. That was my first recollection of Munson, that homecoming parade.”
— And don’t miss Joe Posnanski’s moving tribute here.
— This, too.