Mid Week Q & A
So with that, why not cover a bunch of questions that have been asked of me over the past few months to get us back in the spirit of college football? Some of these questions are off-hand remarks by friends or co-workers. Some are based on my comments section. Some are completely made up. Regardless, it's finally April, and it's either this or I start reviewing movies and restaurants.
Q) - God you're a prick. Only a real a-hole would actually root for the College World Series to leave Omaha.
A) - I never said I wanted the College World Series to leave. I said it would be FUNNY if the College World Series left Omaha, because it would be the ultimate instance of a group of people simply loving themselves to death. Even more funny would be the realization from the "Save Rosenblatt" idiots that they actually killed the one thing they were fighting so hard to save. I'm glad the city got the deal done, despite the fact that they sold their soul to Hal Daub.
Q) - Didn't you used to be a big hockey fan?
A) - I still enjoy hockey, but two things fucked it up. First is the NHL, who screwed themselves over so bad, they ended up on the same channel with lumberjack contests. Mind you, TV hockey blows...but still. How can you possibly expect people to follow your sport on Versus? And the other person that has screwed things up is UNO head coach Mike Kemp. Coach, I think you're a great guy and I respect what you've done to build that program. But the team is going nowhere. Give somebody else a shot to break .500.
Q) - Your life is going to suck when your Tigers prove they're a fluke
A) - I'm not stupid enough to think that the old Mizzou curse won't strike back at any time. However, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how much talent they have coming back. It also doesn't take a brain surgeon to notice how much more talent they have than pretty much anybody in the Big 12 not named OU.
Q) - You're scared of Bo Pelini aren't you?
A) - If by "scared" you mean being unable to describe the antics of an unproven coach with zero experience, leading young men to the delight of fans who expect way way way too much of him...then yes. I'm terrified. (Don't forget the constant possibility of him going on a drunken binge on 'O' Street, or taking a swing at Mack Brown at midfield)
Q) - What do you think NU's record will be this year?
A) - It's way way way to early to even guess. (I hate it when teams get "better" and more highly regarded, simply because people start talking about them more.) However, if I had to go out on a limb, I'm leaning toward either 6-6 or 7-5. I realize many of you are looking for something a bit more apocalyptic, but San Jose is still San Jose, and Iowa State still plays in the Big 12 North. I guess you'll have to wait for my official preview in August. No matter what though...1997 aint getting any closer in the rearview mirror.
Q) - You have to admit, Doc Sadler is doing a great job at Nebraska.
A) - I don't have to admit jack. However, he does not suck as much as Barry Collier. I guess you have that going for you.
Q) - We know you hate the Huskers, and you apparently hate Kansas too. Who do you hate next?
A) - The Charlotte Bobcats. Fucking hate em. Hate em with a passion.
Q) - What other blogs do you read?
A) - I actually enjoy quite a few of the Husker blogs. (here), (here) and (here). Oh sure, the Kool-Aid starts dripping down your screen after about 30 seconds, but at least they're entertaining for the most part. I also like Black hearts and gold pants. Iowa people aren't talented..but they are funny. My favorite non-football blog is a tie between Rany on the Royals and KC Star columnist Joe Posnanski. Both are great writers, but they both tend to be a bit too Pollyanna for me. (And if you're writing out reasons why the Royals will win the World Series...I think that qualifies.)
Q) - What blogs do you dislike?
A) - I respect anyone who writes for the love of writing...but Every Day Should be Saturday is the most overrated one out there. And no, it's not because they made up some fictional point system that is a blatant and shameless ripoff of the scoreboard at badjocks.com. Just something about farked pictures and photoshops that are incredibly lame to me. I don't mind them from time to time, but to base 500 posts a year off of them (mixed with a whole lot of forced humor), and you jump the shark pretty damn quick.
Q) Who will be the surprise team in the Big 12 this year?
A) I don't know if they'll be a surprise, but Texas Tech is absolutely LOADED this year. (And oh yeah..they were pretty good last year too.). Mike Leach will screw it up somehow, but you've got to think the Raiders are about due for a breakout season.
Q) Ha! Did you really go to a Jewel concert last week.
A) I did, but I not only earned some fantastic brownie points from the wife for getting front row seats, but I also sat 10 feet from Jewel's monsterous rack in a tight tank-top for nearly 90 minutes. I'll surround myself with 30-something chicks and folk music for that trade off any day.
(Next week - Finally...a new list)