It's just another manic Monday here in Bulldog Nation and you probably haven't even had the chance to catch your breath after a whirlwind Father's Day weekend, but don't panic . . . I'm here to get you all caught up in the time it will take you to put away that crucial first morning cup of coffee. This is what you need to know:
- The Diamond Dogs lost their first College World Series game, as did Oregon State, so the Bulldogs and the Beavers will square off at 2:00 this afternoon. In anticipation of this contest, Building the Dam and Dawg Sports have exchanged interview questions. Jake's responses to my questions were posted earlier this morning. For what it's worth, Georgia Tech was the first team eliminated in Omaha.
- There's an interesting note on the Crimson Tide's 2007 schedule over at Roll Bama Roll: Georgia plays at Tuscaloosa on September 22, one week after the Red Elephants take on Arkansas at home and one week before Alabama takes on Florida State in Jacksonville. I have to say, I like that arrangement. With the Bulldogs sandwiched in between a division rival that should give the Tide their first competitive game of 2007 and a classic neutral site showdown between 'Bama and F.S.U. to which the Tide will be looking forward, there's a chance the Red and Black could get overlooked and slip out of Bryant-Denny with a win.
Any mention of Alabama football warrants a gratuitous photograph of Birmingham native Courteney Cox.
- Be sure to check out Menelaus's Father's Day tribute. For my part, I more or less commemorated the occasion ahead of schedule.
- Block U's Fantastically Cool Person of the Week is . . . Ben Roethlisberger. Yeah, Block U basically thinks Big Ben is as big a dufus as I think he is. Meanwhile, moving from the world of football to the world of futbol, World Cup mania is sweeping the United States . . . but not Bulldog Nation. (No, we haven't seceded. Well, at least not recently.) For his part, Orson Swindle has a different take:
And if we were to assign a malady to go along with a love of college football...well, we'd put money on it being infant mortality. The US has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the industrialized world, and it's particularly bad in the Southeast.
Just an observation from someone who went nuts trying to access sport worthy of any attention in the Eastern Hemisphere.
I really didn't expect Orson to break out the H.D.I. indicators on me, but I promised him I'd share his thoughts with the rest of you, so that you could make your own decision. Naturally, you may feel free to offer your own observations in the comments below.
That's your rapid rundown of what's going on in the world. Now get to work.