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Three random observations before I hit the road

If Snoop Dogg was an Auburn Tigers fan instead of a USC Trojans fan, how would he pronounce "Gene Chizik"?

If living in a place where the weather gets cold makes it necessary for college baseball season to be shortened on behalf of the Big Ten, why are the Oregon St. Beavers able to field a quality diamond club despite being located in the Pacific Northwest? Does it not get chilly in Corvallis?

The different treatment given to the two infamous punches I have seen thrown at the ends of college football games is noteworthy. LeGarrette Blount is public enemy number one, and has been since Bob Davie began commenting on the incident immediately after the fact. Punishment for Woody Hayes's socking of Charlie Bauman in the 1978 Gator Bowl was swift and severe---the legendary coach was fired right away---but the media reaction was quite different. The announcers covering the game did not even mention Coach Hayes's punch in the broadcast and no replay was shown during the live airing of the bowl. Blount, by contrast, was subjected to instant---and deserved---criticism from the booth while the incident was continually replayed. I will be curious to see whether Blount's punishment in the court of public opinion blunts (sorry) the sanctions he receives from the University of Oregon. We certainly have come a long way from the day Woody Hayes hit a kid with virtually no short-term on-air impact but substantial real-world consequences . . . but I am not sure in which direction we have moved.

I am off for Stillwater. Be sure to look for me; I'll be the loud one wearing red and black.

Go 'Dawgs!

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