Not to worry. Iâ€™m just filling in for domer_mq who is basking in the sun somewhere, bobbing on an inflatable seahorse, and applying sun tan lotion a little too liberally for everyoneâ€™s comfort. In the meantime, forgive my faults and get it so hype. Notre Dame plays football tomorrow.
It has begun. And One Foot Down does a nice job of breaking down last nightâ€™s games with a view from the couch. Insights of note include the way that Hawaii outgained USC last night and a brief exploration of whether Pitt isnâ€™t scary at all or Utah is really scary.
The optimists clear their throats. Would you rather lose an arm or a leg? A kidney or a lung? A tooth or an eyebrow? A Floyd or a Crist?
The Alchemist Brian Kellyâ€™s history is a tale of making whatever heâ€™s given into something successful. Like a zen koan, considerâ€¦ When you give a man a fetid turd, and he turns it into gold, what happens when you give him gold? Weâ€™re counting on some platinum, sir. Or perhaps a diamond made of gold. Do that.
Also, it will be shown in gleaming Technicolor. NBC spouts off about the unmanned drone technology that will be hovering behind the backfield at Notre Dame Stadium this year. Letâ€™s hope Tom Hammond can keep his head out of the shot. Zing!
I swear Iâ€™m on the list, man! The AP lists their Top 12 tailgating locations, putting LSU at #1 (fair enough) and Purdue at #12 because some guy turned a grill into a coffin. Not on the list: ND, Georgia, Julliard, Alabama, or Florida.
Like youâ€™re actually there. Oh wait. Michigan fans hoping to watch their team lose from multiple angles while actually sitting in their stadium will finally have their dreams come true. Pro: A bit easier to ignore the man vomiting on your shoes. Con: Pretty much everything else. Get some binoculars and a memory, son.
Time to start scouting lacrosse practice. North Carolinaâ€™s going to be down, oh, a significant percentage of their players in their opener against LSU. Theyâ€™re being held out until the university can figure out just what, exactly, the NCAA can prove.
Head for the Public House. The Wall Street Journal provides a listing of where you should go to watch your team while in New York City, regardless of who your team might be.
The Beer (kind of)
In keeping with tradition, I offer you the gluten-intolerant version of mq_domerâ€™s beer happenings.Â As I am intolerant of barley (I donâ€™t like the way it looks at me while Iâ€™m kissing its mother (wheat)) I will be imbibing Red Bridge beer, a tolerable beer facsimile composed primarily of rice and sorghum while politely refusing pita chips, chex mix, and a number of delicious foods wrapped in bread.Â I wonâ€™t care so much, though after around four bottles of this slightly-too-sweet concoction.Â Thatâ€™s why they make it.Â Go Irish!