Campus Quick Slants
The greatest television show of all time --
This college season forever will be enshrined as one of enormous twists and turns. And with the bigger, more publicized games attracting most of the attention, it's easy to forget about the little guys -- even if they make it all worthwhile.
A decade after
Despite being the main character on a television show named after him, Jerry was arguably the most underrated and overlooked character on the program. In fact, it's easy to forget just how gigantic a role he played despite all his adventures -- you're more likely to remember the trysts of George Costanza and Cosmo Kramer.
Likewise, the Motor City Bowl was the best game this postseason that nobody watched or even knew about. Of course, that might've had something to do with the less-than-glamorous circumstances surrounding it. Think about it -- Purdue vs. Central Michigan ... in Detroit ... on a Wednesday. Sounds like a bad Big East game.
But the game was a much better contest than anyone will remember with other, more enticing bowls on the docket. Actually, with over 900 yards of total offense and 99 points, it might've been the most exciting game of the entire bowl season, ending on a last-second field goal that gave the Boilermakers a 51-48 victory.
If you're building a matrix of character traits for the cast of
Arizona State against Texas seemed to be a solid match-up ... on paper. However, as the game progressed, it became increasingly obvious the Sun Devils were, in fact, a fraud and never as legit as that No. 2 rating they once achieved in BCS standings. An 18-point loss to the Longhorns pretty much proved that.
Kramer will always be remembered for his lunacy, but at the same time, he seemed to have a keen understanding of traditional behavior, offering stunningly accurate advice for situations seemingly beyond his mental capacity.
The Gator Bowl displayed this same duality, with Texas Tech's oopty-oop offense and Virginia's conventional style of play. And likewise, this game will be remembered for its own brand of craziness in the form of the Red Raiders' improbable fourth-quarter comeback and eventual 31-28 win.
You can say what you want about Costanza being a liar and a cheat and a selfish goof; but even more so, he was always frustrated -- with work, people and life in general. And though we laughed at his shortcomings, you couldn't help but feel annoyed right along with him.
For me, this was the New Mexico Bowl to a tee. Honestly, I can't remember a more frustrating game all season -- watching Nevada's offense was like sitting through Kenny Bania's Ovaltine shtick. The Wolfpack was inevitably shut out 23-0 by a more organized New Mexico squad.
NCAA rules prohibit bowl organizers from spending more than $500 on gifts for each player involved. Yet somehow, every player in the Capital One Bowl received a $400 Best Buy gift card, Timely Watch Co. watch, Panama Jack sunglasses, Panama Jack T-shirt, cap and an assorted bag of other goodies. And guys in the Fiesta Bowl got a 20-inch LCD HDTV, a Tourneau watch, Oakley sunglasses, and a hat. Where are these organizers shopping, OffTheBackOfATruck.com?
There are, however, a few dud gifts that are likely to appear on eBay. Among other relatively meek freebies given to participants in the Hawaii Bowl were a Hawaiian shirt, beach chair, beach towel, and a calendar. Worst gifts of all? How about a free pair of cowboy boots and a belt buckle courtesy of the Texas Bowl.
So when a yell leader from Texas A&M joked at a pep rally that the venerable
The bottom line is that strange things happen when you put people in public speaking-type situations, so let's keep things in context. Without question, the young man's comments were in poor taste, but he did apologize and Paterno didn't seem to take umbrage. Texas A&M looked particularly unspectacular on Saturday, so that helped, too. Plus, there have been plenty of other far-more-noticeable debacles in front of audiences. A few of my favorites:
West Virginia fans, now might be a good time to draw the blinds, eat a few saltines, shave the stubble, and stop e-mailing me about how
Look, I understand the contempt here. Whenever successful coaches leave, it's like a high-profile divorce. But this one just feels like it's getting ridiculous -- it almost seems destined to end up on a new episode of
In the waning moments of 2007, I found myself asking one critical question: Why is
Miss Cyrus may be more talented than most other teenagers, but I think it's time people reeled themselves back. Entertaining? Sure. Worth paying hundreds of dollars to see in concert? Probably not. Worth conjuring up a fake story about someone dying in Iraq as the basis for an essay contest, going on national television to DEFEND your decision, and submarining your reputation in the process? Umm ... no.
This just in: Alabama fans did not take kindly to
You know, I expected angry e-mails from SEC country. But if I've learned anything over the course of the season, it's that female SEC fans seem most likely to be overly passionate, irrational, and willing to rip my heart out and feed it to their children. I think I'm in love. As a Georgia fan advised me earlier this season, "get a restraining order while you're still alive."