A new work week is upon us and we are within 90 days of the start of football season, so chances are we're all already in "hurry up and wait" mode. If so, relax . . . there's a lot going on while we're all biding our time and here's a quick rundown of all the stuff you need to know:
- Doug Gillett turned 29 yesterday, although, being the shy wallflower that he is, he didn't want to tell anyone about it, so don't let him know that you heard it from me.
- The hot blogger bracket hasn't even been announced yet, but already the competition is starting to get fierce. After I played the kid card, Shorty fired back with a retort of his own.
Also, Shorty reportedly tortured the gingerbread man until he revealed secret details regarding the hot blogger brackets.
- Anyone who criticizes S.E.C. out-of-conference scheduling needs to take a look at the 2008 slate, when West Virginia visits Auburn, Miami travels to Florida, U.C.L.A. hosts Tennessee, Arkansas ventures to Austin to renew its rivalry with Texas, and Arizona State welcomes Georgia. Gone are the days when Southeastern Conference teams would stoop to scheduling Northern Illinois, Tulane, Western Kentucky, and . . . I'm sorry, what's that? Aw, dang!
- Just when I finished making peace with the Midwest, along came a New Yorker, who offered the following asinine comparison regarding the Bear Bryant Museum:
Is that (a) lazy writing, (b) a poor attempt at humor, (c) a bad analogy, or (d) all of the above?
Option (e) would involve a trip to Charleston Harbor.
- How is Mark Richt's decision to turn over the play-calling to Mike Bobo working out for the Red and Black? Not too badly, as a matter of fact. Not too badly at all.
- Senator Blutarsky spotted this before I did, but it bears repeating: Mark Schlabach missed his sister's wedding to attend the 2001 Georgia-Tennessee game. In his defense, the University of Georgia alumnus observed:
Half of all marriages end in divorce. Mark Richt has a .782 career winning percentage. Therefore, there's better than a 28 per cent greater likelihood of a favorable outcome at a Georgia football game than at a wedding.
- Oh, yeah . . . there was also that, dadgum it.
- Finally, I asked what I should be watching and several of you offered helpful suggestions, which were greatly appreciated and which have been filed away for future reference. Susan and I, however, decided to go with "Weeds."
The D.V.D. box set of season one arrived today.
That ought to tide you over until tomorrow. Have a good evening; I'll be back on Tuesday with more to report.