Goalposts define space. They give us something to shoot for, to aim at. They represent a known, often set against a sea of uncertainty. This week has me thinking about goalposts, both real and perceived.
Mississippi State yanked a scholarship offer from Chason Virgil, a three-star quarterback, who had been committed since May. Apparently, State has a “numbers issue” with its scholarships for the incoming class, so it makes sense that they’d pull one back from a young man set to graduate in sixteen (16) days.
Kyle Brindza may have his confidence back. As much to blame for last Saturday’s horror-loss as any of the other players or coaches, Brindza badly needs a solid outing against Louisville this week.
Florida State suffered a shooting at its library on Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The perpetrator, an alum, was killed by campus police, but only after wounding three students.
“This is what you’ve done. ” Well put. I don’t know how Golic’s butt fits into the theme of this Roundup, but whatever.
The loss to Northwestern has me questioning a lot about this year’s squad, but mostly how hard I fell for them. When I walked out of the stadium after the Michigan game, I thought they were world-beaters. Now, not so much. Instead, they are a young group, loaded with talent and some bad gris gris. Louisville should be a real test, but one that can give them a lot of confidence to round out, and win out, the season.
So what to drink? It’s autumn in America, except in Buffalo, where it’s Greenland. But here in New Orleans, the temperatures flit between balmy and chilly and because I’m turkey shopping and making pumpkin pies, I’ve got orange on my mind. Orange is a great fall cocktail color and I commend to you the Aperol spritz for your game watching enjoyment. I prefer mine in a rocks glass because something called an Aperol spritz and served in a long-stemmed glass is just a touch too fey for me. Plus, long-stemmed glasses tend to snag in my ruched shirts.
Aperol is an aperitif that begins with bitter citrus and ends sweetly. The spritz comes from prosecco and soda. You should finish it with an orange rind and serve it on the rocks. It’s festive and fun and you can go heavier or lighter on the aperol to suit your taste. Or, after Brindza puts his third field goal into the press box, you can just guzzle the prosecco. Che sera sera.