Quick Slants: The Heisman Swap
If ESPN were to swap
Right now, we're living through a fascinating television era, an era when 10 good minutes of content can be miraculously engineered to last a full hour. If someone could harness and reapply this capability elsewhere, we'd all be getting better gas mileage and lasting longer in ... uh ... blinking contests. But alas, when limited to the TV world, we're stuck wading through umpteen commercials and fluff-laden segments when we only want to see the conclusion.
However, that's not always a bad thing. When networks are desperate for more airtime, strange things are bound to happen, especially when dealing with live, drawn-out programming. And though last Saturday's Heisman presentation was much longer than it needed to be, there were a few curious moments we might've missed had ESPN not spread out its coverage. Here were my favorite five:
Bradford turned 21 at the beginning of November, so we'll cut him some slack. However, it goes without saying that a little liquor from
You might be wondering, what exactly has Ron Dayne been doing since fading from the NFL? Why, it's funny you should ask. Apparently, he's been busy growing
As with any Heisman ceremony, a select contingent of living winners was called on stage and introduced before the award was handed out. But it was those introductions that provided some of the night's most subtle comedy, as each person seemed to give a signature salutation to the camera. It wasn't quite the spoken intros we've grown to love on
By now, Tebow's accolades have ensured he'll be the subject of enough human interest stories to keep
How does Billy Sims like to celebrate a fellow Sooner winning the Heisman Trophy? Clearly, by
After charting the success of SEC coaches over the last few years -- namely an over-intense coach at Florida, a two-timing mastermind at Alabama and a token "crazy guy in the fight" at LSU -- it will be delightful to introduce two new scenarios into the 2009 equation. With a few months until they actually start coaching, do you favor the "Coach with Disproportionately Hot Wife at Tennessee" or "Coach with Minimal Qualifications at Auburn" plot? It's a pivotal question.
For me, it's the
At what point does Penn State's
Two other thoughts worth mentioning: First, I've been writing all season the notion of Paterno being a true "head coach" is nothing more than an illusion. Paterno's been injured all season, "coaching" from the booth and working from home on some occasions. He's not the same coach he once was. Does it weigh on Bradley, the de facto next-in-command, that JoePa is getting credited for games he might well be winning as a de facto head coach? And secondly, when Paterno's extension expires in 2011, will Penn State finally start phasing him out by using a fake headset like the time the captain gave Dwight Shrute a fake steering wheel on Lake Wallenpaupack? Just wondering.
It's bowl time, so we're stepping up efforts here at Quick Slants headquarters and picking seven lucky games instead of our normal three. Plus, going 7-0 would put us at 20-11 for the season. But let's first mention three games we're not touching with a 10-meter cattle prod:
Onto the picks...