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College football is barely a week away, and I could hardly be happier about it. Despite the loss of Ray Rice and several other impact players (Eric Foster, Pedro Sosa, Mike Fladell, Jeremy Zuttah, Brandon Renkart, Ron Girault), I have high hopes for Rutgers heading into the year (again), though I’ll keep relatively quiet on it. If you are wondering why I am doing this, simply revisit my previews from last year. Ugh. I’m not even going to reread them, mainly because I already know some of the worst things I said. For one, apparently I thought the Linebacker Fairy was going to visit the new guys from last year and turn inexperienced and/or undersized and/or injured guys into grizzled veterans who knew the defense in and out. Second, I seemed to think there was some kind of vast conspiracy to discredit the all-powerful Rutgers football juggernaut, even though our generally accepted preseason standing (around #16) proved to be absurdly generous in the end. But being embarrassed about days gone by doesn’t really jive with this look ahead, so some thoughts heading into this season coming up just as soon as I rip off TV critic Alan Sepinwall’s blogging format…
Some of you might have heard about this spinoff of The Office that actually isn’t really a spinoff but no one totally knows for sure. The latest is apparently that NBC wants a spinoff, but showrunner Greg Daniels wants to create a separate show. The article I’ve linked, which appears to be written by a reputable person, quotes a “source” as saying, “Daniels is a stubborn, stubborn guy. I bet Greg gets his way.” For the record, I hope he does, because I trust his judgment more than the network’s here. But I also couldn’t help but think…what other Gregs do I know of who are stubborn, hard-headed and always get what they want in the end? Hmm… Read the rest of this entry »
Notre Dame is America — that is to say, past its prime as a legitimate power, too proud and arrogant to admit it, and picking on the smaller guys as a last desperate attempt to feel important.
Rutgers recently rejected a bid for a six-game series that would have played three in South Bend and three in East Rutherford. Beautiful East Rutherford, home of the Scarlet… wait, something’s not right there.
Notre Dame, as it often does when trying to flex what little muscle it has left, demanded that their away games be played at a neutral site because of it’s larger capacity (in this case, Giants Stadium). And Rutgers’ Athletic Director Bob Mulcahy did what very few have before; he looked the Irish in the eye and said “No.”
Tom Ciszek – NJSportsPhoto/from scarletknights.com
When I look back at what I wrote about Rutgers football before the season began last year, I can’t help but want to punch myself in the face with a huge spiky metallic glove, like Spongebob was willing to do to please Kevin the sea cucumber.
Well, this has been an eventful day. For one, I’ve been walking outside comfortably all day in short sleeves – in February. In New Jersey. (Not really an “event,” but definitely out of the ordinary.) Then, the good folks over at Fire Joe Morgan revealed their identities for all to see. And, to top it all off, today was signing day – the first day high school senior football players can sign official, binding letters of intent to attend the college of their choice.
Rick Schultz – AP/from espn.com
Warning: this is not a timely post.