Can you believe it's the Monday before football season?!?!
I, for one, am pumped . . . but, the moment I start to get excited, it dawns on me how much there is to get done between now and Saturday and I'm sure you're just as busy as I am, so, really, sincerely, no kidding around, there's no time to waste.
What, like there's another way to keep track of time? (Photograph from Red Zone.)
There's nothing to do but pour yourself a cup of coffee and hang on, because there's a lot for us to cover here.
Is there an East Coast bias? Nestor stated a convincing case that there is, which prompted me to offer a response in three parts, addressing attempts to compare the Pac-10 and the S.E.C., the homerism of E.S.P.N. opinion makers, and the triumph of The Narrative.
You may recall that Dawg Sports readers recently (and reasonably) voted to declare L.S.U.'s Tiger Stadium the S.E.C.'s toughest place to play. When Sunday Morning Quarterback questioned the Bayou Bengals' home field advantage, And the Valley Shook responded . . . prompting me to question A.T.V.S.'s claim that the 'Dawgs enjoyed home field advantage in the Georgia Dome. A.T.V.S. gave as good as he got, prompting another response from me, followed by another response from him, after which, mercifully, a truce was called.
Other than taking part in those two exchanges, I haven't been busy at all . . . unless, of course, you count my having joined an on-line poll to determine which player should win the Maxwell Award, criticized Southern California's decision to make its yell squad co-ed, pointed out the ongoing power shift from the punditocracy to the blogosphere, and previewed the Bulldogs' game against the Kentucky Wildcats.
One of the salient details my Kentucky preview uncovered is that, fortunately, this fearsome behemoth no longer has any collegiate eligibility left.
If you think I've been working overtime, though, you ain't seen nothing yet. Doug Gillett has given Mark Richt the credit he deserves, given the University of Georgia the credit it deserves, dissed Pluto in a chat room, and live-blogged a rain-delayed Little League game. No, seriously, I didn't make any of that up . . . really.
The burgeoning ranks of SportsBlogs Nation have swelled yet again, as Rocky Top Talk has gone live with---you guessed it---all the Tennessee Volunteers news that's fit to print. The proprietor of Rocky Top Talk, Joel, is an old friend from his days at View From Rocky Top and I'm sure we'll have some fun and insightful exchanges as the season gets underway. Give Joel's new site a look, if only to find out whether his weblog plays that dadgum song every time you click on a link.
150 wins away from passing Vince Dooley as the winningest coach in Georgia football history. Count on it. (Photograph from S.E.C. Sports.)
Paul Westerdawg has reached 1,000,000 page views, MGoBlog has reached 1,000,000 hits, Maize n Brew Dave has provided a detailed reply to Bo Schembechler, and MaconDawg has declared Cocktail Thursdays. All of these are good things.
That's probably all that you or I either one can handle right now, so let's let it go at that. Have a good week . . . kickoff is almost here!