South Carolina has suffered some noteworthy injuries as they get ready for the UF game. Moe Brown's their best deep threat at wide receivr, and even though he doesn't have great hands there's at least the chance of him breaking a big play. Now it looks like he'll be out, plus the Gamecocks have serious depth issues at free safety thanks to a first half suspension and an injury. Unless UF turns it over a lot, this game won't be pretty. By the way, I'll be live at Mother's Pub in Gainesville from 4 to 6:30 Friday doing my show back to Columbia, so feel free to drop by if you feel like saying hello.
FSU's plan to wear their black "Unconquered" uniforms again this Saturday against Boston College was something I'd originally intended to mention on today's blog. Give Bobby Bowden credit for acknowledging the reason they wear them is so Nike can try and sell more stuff, even though black is not an FSU color and the uniforms look ridiculous. I was at the game in 2006 when they wore them for the first time and lost to BC at home. I thought that would be the end of "blackouts" in Tallahassee. Leave the goofy uniform crap to Oregon, who's breaking out yet another look this week. Now, uniforms might be a more minor issue for FSU as a rumble at the student union between players and the Phi Beta Simga fraternity wound up injuring four people. The word is that multiple key wide receivers were involved in the brawl - now the question is whether any of them will miss action as a result of it.
The Awful Announcing blog does an excellent job covering the sports media world, and yesterday they got ahold of an absolutely astounding casting call memo for this year's ESPNU college basketball promotional campaign. I don't want to excerpt much because you should definitely click the link to see it for yourself, but the premise of the commercials was apparently going to be stereotypical fans of various schools taking calls from college basketball fans in a call center. This was the description of the stereotype for one school...
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FEMALE. Marquette, on a scale of 1-10, she's a six. A B-, C in every category you can define a person by. Her defining characteristic is you don't really remember her. You're not breaking your arm to get to her, but you're not chewing it off to get away. She does have a winning personality though. Midwest, sweet girl.
Yeah, that sounds like a good way to portray a school's students and supporters. Trust me, there are plenty worse than that one. Since Awful Announcing got ahold of this and brought it to light, ESPNU has scrubbed the planned campaign and is claiming its marketing department didn't know about the "language and approach" of the casting call. Suuuuuure, guys. Of course you didn't.
The state of Michigan's in big trouble right now. How much help the auto manufacturers will get from the government (if any) is unclear, but it's safe to say there's no way Michigan will be on sound economic footing by election day 2010 when the state chooses a new governor. Jennifer Granholm, the incumbent, has to leave due to term limits. So who's the right person to take the helm? How's a 76 year old ex-football coach sound? George Perles's Michgan State teams were recently under scrutiny because Tony Mandarich acknowledged his extensive steroid use while playing there for him. Perles did take them to the Rose Bowl once though, so I guess he figures that all balances out. Maybe "I'll put Michigan's economy on steroids" is Perles's planned slogan?