These are hitting the wires a little late this morning, for which I apologize profusely, but don't worry . . . once you've raced through the following list of quick hits, you'll be all caught up and ready to go:
- My thanks go out to the fine fellows at Burnt Orange Nation, our sister site on SportsBlogs Nation, for throwing a sliver of their traffic my way by directing their readers to the recent Dawg Sports series on conference realignment. Not only did this produce one of my best days ever in terms of site traffic (569 visits and 1,991 page views on Tuesday), it generated some useful discussion regarding realignment of a less radical sort, the problem with conference championship games, and, in the diaries, an excellent piece first published at Post Tenebras Lux proposing an N.C.A.A. tournament-style national championship selection committee. That ought to give you grist for some feedback.
- Every Day Should Be Saturday has the lowdown on Notre Dame business school grad student tailgating and the truth isn't pretty. This video is not for the faint of heart and, as much as I enjoy bashing Notre Dame, I tend to think this is more reflective of the dorkitude of business school types than of Fighting Irish fans.
The Terry College of Business, site of well-funded and hopelessly lame tailgates.
- Paul Westerdawg has your Bulldog Road Tour dates. Pick the one nearest you and go see the most likeable coach in college football, the clothes horse, and the Bear Bryant of women's gymnastics.
- Kanu has your complete rundown on the Kentucky Derby . . . and I do mean complete.
When it comes to the Kentucky Derby, Kanu ain't just horsing around.
- Sunday Morning Quarterback has read Stewart Mandel so you don't have to . . . and I thank S.M.Q. for that. He provides a primer on the new B.C.S. championship game format.
- Nico is keeping track of the countdown of the all-time top 25 college football programs and he seemed surprised when Ole Miss made the grade. Actually, I always thought the Rebels were an obvious choice from an historical standpoint, but I totally don't get how Stanford made it into the mix. In any event, if the stuff about conference realignment and championship game selections didn't give you enough reason to express your opinion in the comments and the diaries, surely the all-time top 25 argument will.