SIGH. It’s always nice to get a break from a gut-twisting season like this one (SEE ALL OF THE PAST REVIEWS OF PENN STATE GAMES I’VE POSTED), but it does feel a little weird not to have a game to plan my day around. Penn State is unfortunately in the news for a terrible off-field reason, though, which would have been my Fugly had the headlines come up a few days earlier. Jerry Sandusky, a former PSU assistant coach, has been formally indicted on felony sex abuse charges AGAINST MINORS. I think I might vomit. I think when problem times for Penn State come into the news, it’s triple-disheartening for those of us who hold Penn State to a higher standard. I hope the university handles this in the appropriate ways, out of respect to any victims and their families, and out of a passion for making things right.
NOTABLE GAMES THIS WEEKEND
-This is the big one (and you have to wait till 8 PM tonight) – #1 LSU visits #2 Alabama. Both teams are undefeated, both 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the SEC. This is huge. I don’t know how else to describe this game. Can’t wait.
-Another 8 PM kick-off – #14 Kansas State visits #3 Oklahoma State. Oklahoma State is putting up insane numbers this year, and Kansas State is coming off a rough loss to Oklahoma last week that pushed their ranking down. Can they bounce back? Or does another team from Oklahoma spoil their day?
-#9 South Carolina at #7 Arkansas, kick-off at 7:15 PM. This is a tough SEC match-up, and one that the Gamecocks have struggled with in recent years, having lost four of the last five match-ups. Arkansas only squeaked by Vanderbilt last week, so this is a prove-yourself game for both teams.
I’ve been hearing complaints (from my conscience) that I do not post enough. To quell this disapproval, I’m implementing a mid-week sports feature called “The Good, The Bad, The Fugly”. I want to touch on a few stories, major headlines or not, that fall into those three categories. For those of you struggling to understand the word fugly, it’s a mash between fuBLEEP and ugly. Get it?
Welcome to the first edition.
–Sue Falsone was named head athletic trainer by the Dodgers on Monday, making her the first female in all four major professional sports leagues to assume that title. Props to Falsone for clearing being kickass at her job and achieving professionally what no other female has yet been able to, and props to the Dodgers for being genderblind in recognizing the best option for their staff. THE BAD
-The sanction-laden Ohio State Buckeyes football program had a huge win at home against Wisconsin last weekend, but the good news has turned sour once again. Sophomore RB Jaamal Berry has been suspended from the team following a misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct charge. Lots of the word alleged being thrown around, but read the link for more details. THE FUGLY
-I am not a fan of Denver QB Tim Tebow, but last weekend, the Detroit Lions took their celebratory mocking to an awkwardly ugly level. Most notably, after sacking Tebow in the 2nd quarter, Detroit LB Stephen Tulloch genuflected, mocking Tebow’s prayer pose. I should rephrase… it’s not so much the mocking of a pose, but the fact that Tulloch (and a few other Lions) mocked Tebow-in-prayer (because Tebow prays a lot. Whatever. That’s his deal.). There has been a lot of back and forth on this, and everyone seems divided on the subject. Mocking and celebration is a big part of football these days, but this just seemed a little classless.
Today, I spied this New York Magazine slideshow – John Hodgman’s Handy Guide to Mustache Etiquette. John Hodgman is probably best known for his role as “PC” in the Mac vs. PC commercials where Justin Long plays the Mac. I know him best for his role as Louis Green, Jonathan’s arch-nemisis on Bored to Death. ANYWAY. Here’s a fine example from Hodgman’s upper-lip-facial-hair guidelines:
“…DO groom with a Zen Garden rake. It leaves soothing tracks while clearing your mind to ponder such philosophical questions as, ‘Van Dykes: What’s the point, really?'”