Ah, Mississippi. It was a good run for you.You discovered that America is still totally cool with the racism inherent in virtually everything associated with your school, and the fact that your state is the closest thing the U.S. has to a third world country. You were able to forget that your state has no pro sports and really no good reason for anyone to visit. Then it all came crashing down because of a dumbass decision at the end of Saturday's game. I don't blame this southern belle for her reaction in the least.
This past weekend was my ten year high school reunion. My fellow classmates and I had an incredible time and are already looking forward to 2024. So this post is in honor and inspired by the Tavares High School Class of 2004. Go Dawgs! (I was always meant to be a Georgia fan.)
The reunion began with the Homecoming football game, which was won 27-20! It was great to remember all of the good times in that stadium. Saturday night while we were getting our party on, the organizers handed out 10 Year Later Superlatives that inspired this post. Here are superlatives for the first half of the college football season.
"I ran out & screamed so I wldn't wake my kids, came in & realized I scared em half to death, rocked em 2 sleep again singin."
"I went to the fridge and took a long draw off the "Pepto-bismooth" bottle!"
Those words are from Victoria Boyce and Kimberly Tuten, Gamecock fans, on Twitter, describing her reaction to South Carolina's win over Missouri Saturday. Why do we love college football? Because kids who are not getting paid beg for a chance to play in pain because they want it that much. Because an entire season can come down to a missed 24-yard field goal by a sophomore kicker in Week 9.
In a related note, why do we hate college football? Because an entire season can come down to a missed 24-yard field goal by a sophomore kicker in Week 9. "Luke, you're going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view."
I must begin this week with a confession: my name is Allen, and I picked Maryland to beat Florida State. I was swayed by the feminine wiles of a fellow writer. This is what happens when you're a token male. In my defense, I'm still 19-7 overall in college picks this season, so if you're gambling based on my suggestions (and I know you are), your thumbs are most likely unbroken as of now.
Moving on, then, from a Terrapin team that didn't show up to a Gamecock who showed up but refused to play.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Let's just get this out of the way: Johnny Manziel is the best college football player in the world. That's right, not just America, the world. Even redshirt junior Jean-Paul Nexistepas of the Sorbonne can't compare.
Happy Monday, all. It's a great day to be a Bulldog, a bad day to be a Longhorn, a Trojan, or a Clowney, and a Fresno State offensive lineman has struck a blow for fat guys everywhere. Oh, and Notre Dame still sucks.
As the token male here at Eligible Receiver, I get the bottom end of the rankings (insert your own joke here). This year's 12-24 teams in the preseason AP rankings include a pretty prestigious group of names: since the AP started awarding national championships in 1936, these teams have won it all a total of 30 times. Yes, I counted. Yes, it took a while. These are the services I provide free of charge just for you, beloved reader. So second 12 or not, there is certainly potential here. One or more of these teams could very well end up taking part in the final BCS fiasco under the current system. Here's a closer look, and in case you missed it, check out Jacqueline's thoughts on the Top 12 here.
The Big 10 should quit right now. This year is a Pac 12/SEC showdown with a side show from the Big 12. Michigan State's victory over Boise State was underwhelming. The 'new era' of Penn State football was a shit show with a loss to Ohio. Wisconsin barely beat Northern Iowa. Only Nebraska and Ohio State looked like legitimate teams, but they were playing Southern Mississippi and Miami (OH), respectively. Nothing to brag about. Most importantly, center stage on Saturday night Alabama made Michigan look like a Division II school. So seriously, the Big 10 should pack it up after Week 1. This is only going to get more embarrassing from here on out.
Each week, I and the other college football gals (when we get 'em, still lookin') are going to pick 5-10 games that have everyone's interest peaked. Don't worry, the same thing is happening for the NFL and we are already trash talking about who is going to win this season's picks. Keep reading to read about this week's college picks and my thoughts on the USC/Vandy game last night. The return of football had me squeeing.