I'd mentioned previously that I would be returning to the Gainesville airwaves as a contributor on the Star 99.5 - here are the details. I will begin joining Shane Matthews and Newell Fox for a segment once a week on Wednesdays at 11:40 beginning next week. We'll focus on what's going on around the SEC. I'll also be hosting the two hour long Gator Nation Tailgate show live at the Emerson Alumni Hall beginning three hours before most UF home games. I won't be able to make Ole Miss, and potentially not LSU, but should be at the other five. Hopefully you'll be able to tune in and/or come by and say hi.
Two USA Today reporters doing a pseudo-blog on the paper's website decided to list "sleeper" Heisman candidates at the quarterback spot. Number three was Jimmy Clausen, because Notre Dame's quarterback is supposedly always a Heisman candidate. I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, boys, but it's 2008. Do you know how many Heisman winners Notre Dame has since 1964? ONE! Tim Brown won it 21 years ago. The last time Notre Dame won a bowl was after the 1993 season. Will there ever come a day that the national press catches on to the fact the Fighting Irish program is not what it once was, and it never will be again either? Jimmy Clausen might be a Heisman candidate someday, but there's not a chance in hell he will be this year.
One of the great mysteries in broadcasting is how a great franchise like the New York Yankees can have such a lousy radio presentation of their games. The Suzyn Waldman "Roger Clemens is in George Steinbrenner's box!" freakout last year was bad, but at least she knew who he was. The clip from WFAN's Boomer and Carton morning show at this link illustrates that's a little much to ask of John Sterling, the most pompous play by play voice in the world.
If I see one more report on polling about the presidential election, I'm going to lose my mind. "Obama's up five, no wait McCain's up five, no actually they're tied." Is there some reason any of us should care about polling taken before either candidate picks a VP or speaks at their conventions? Who knows - maybe Barack Obama will ditch his typical Stevie Wonder post speech music in Denver for a little Toby Keith now that the singer's endorsed him. I'm sure a poll on the endorsement's undoubtedly sweeping impact is being taken as you read this.