The first coaches poll is out, with Georgia number one as anticipated by most. Florida is at five. A few things stand out immediately. It's a wide open year, with six teams getting three or more first place votes. The SEC has five top 25 teams (and Bama and South Carolina as the first two on the outside looking in) to start. The ACC has three in the top 25, none of which is FSU or Miami. The coaches shouldn't have a poll in the first place, but this is is the one time all year where they may have actually thought about their votes. One strange thing from the poll - no 25th place vote for Duke. Spurrier has always done that, and he has a vote. Some pompous idiots had demanded he stop because of the "integrity of the poll", but I wouldn't have thought he would change because of that.
Well, I THOUGHT the Rays front office had to get them some help at the trade deadline. The Sox get Jason Bay, the Yankees get Pudge, and the Rays... never mind. I understand not wanting to part with hot prospects, but Tampa Bay's team stagnated for several years waiting for guys like Delmon Young and Elijah Dukes to grow up and get their act together. If they fail down the stretch and look like they were too cheap to try and win, the damage this will do to the Rays reputation will be a lot bigger cost than losing their fourth and fifth rated prospects would have been.
This NY Times piece about a new football video system makes it sounds pretty interesting. It was developed as a way to try and help the Nebraska football team originally, but is now being sold on the open market. The part I like is that one of the investors who helped support it's development put in a rule that it could not be made available to Notre Dame or Southern Cal. Every now and then principles do trump money.
Les Miles's close personal friend Snoop Dogg's tour bus got pulled over. Shockingly, two people on the bus were arrested for marijuana posession. Someone would tell Les if they could only get him to turn down "Gin and Juice" blaring in his headphones for a few seconds.
Which sounds like a worse idea right now: Ghostbuters 3 or Austin Powers 4? At least the Ghostbusters idea seems like they'd be trying to mix in new characters for a new era. What the heck happened to Mike Myers to take him from being a funny guy to whatever he is now?