Friday, July 25, 2008

Subpoena or not subpoena, that is the question

SEC Media Days wraps up today. Day two featured no celebrity skaters, although Jesse Palmer was in attendance and hearing lots of lame Bachelor jokes from people. The highlight of the day was clearly Phillip Fulmer being served with some sort of papers in a lawsuit involving a former Alabama booster. Fulmer had blown off media days three years ago to avoid the possibility of something like this happening. He says it wasn't a subpoena, but the signed document I saw sure looked like one. It wasn't a good day all around for the Vols - I was sitting next to running back Arian Foster when he learned via cel phone that someone back in Knoxville had towed his car away. He was rather upset about this news - good thing we weren't live on air.

Give Steve Bartman credit. As happens fairly regularly, someone tried to lure the Cubs fan into discussing his nightmare evening when he got in the way of Moises Alou making a potential catch during game six of the NLCS. Once again, Bartman turned them down. Not a lot of people pass up a shot at celebrity status and attention these days, even if they're famous for something bad. This guy could cash in and hasn't, which I admire.

The future of college football could be the A-11 offense - two quarterbacks and every other player on the field is a tight end or receiver. It's an interesting concept - the gist of it is that anyone can carry the ball on an end around or reverse, "linemen" included, and anyone can catch a backward pass. UF has run a play like this before, with an offensive lineman running a backwards pattern and nobody covering him because of it. What if that play wasn't being run with Drew Miller as the lineman target, but someone like Cornelius Ingram after he lined up as a lineman? The possibilities are intriguing, although I'd have to see how you can run a whole game full of nothing but plays like that.

Perhaps it appears to you that Big Ten football features slower players than the SEC and Pac-10. This is likely because you have eyes. Or, says retiring Purdue coach Joe Tiller, it could be because you've been reading blogs about it. As a result, he wishes those could be shut down. The capacity for denial of some in the Big Ten is amazing sometimes.

The three most popular teams to play with in EA Sports NCAA 2009, according to one of the game's developers monitoring online play, are 1. Florida, 2. Ohio State and 3. LSU. Your three least popular: 118. Tulsa, 119. New Mexico, 120. Louisiana Tech. Not sure what you can do with that information, but it seemed worth passing along.

We wrap things up here today, then it's goodbye to Birmingham for another year. The featured amusements will include Steve Spurrier as well as Tommy Tuberville and Backstabbin' Bobby Petrino in the same place at the same time. The big news will be the unveiling of the predictions and the all-SEC preseason teams. We've had at least one goofy surprise per day - maybe someone like Jared the Subway Guy will show up too.

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