Been holding on to most of these for waaay too long now. Link dump!
First up, the latest from yesterday's SEC Media Days:
- Verno's blog observes that "[e]lastic waistbands are in" among the media contingent.
- Okay, so Arkansas running back Darren Mc Fadden dressed up as a clown for Halloween last year. When asked what kind of clown he was, he said, "A big one." Inside Tennessee's warns of an outbreak of coulrophobia this season.
- John Adams borrows CFAJ's flux capacitor and revisits a series of coach's quotes from last year. Quote:
What Florida coach Urban Meyer said: "The University of Florida needs to get back to a championship game at some point."
What he should have added: "And when we get there, I hope we're matched up against an overrated team from the Big Ten."
- After two years back in the SEC, Steve Spurrier is beginning to rediscover his cockiness. Bad sign, folks.
- Inside Tennessee's Randy Moore says, with sarcasm, that Randy Sanders "must have picked up a bunch of IQ points when he crossed the state line from Tennessee into Kentucky 18 months ago."
On to the blogosphere:
- If you somehow missed Kyle's authoritative piece on Deadspin, ESPN, and the Sports Media Revolution, well then you are in a growing minority, and it is safe to say that you only have half a pinky toe dipped in the water of the sports blogosphere. What are you waiting for? Jump in, the water's warm, quite possibly because somebody's urinated in it, but still. Anyway, Kyle's sparked quite a lengthy discussion by blogosphere standards (going on four days now), including the fine Blogging versus Bloviating from Conquest Chronicles.
- Even bloggers are killing trees now. Peter from Burnt Orange Nation served as editor and contributor to The Eyes of Texas 2007: An Annual Guide to Texas Longhorns Football, and Brian from mgoblog did the same with Hail to the Victors 2007: An Annual Guide to Michigan Wolverine Football. Both are crammed full of excellence from many of our fine blogging brethren. Congrats, guys.
- Voluminous says that Tennessee's team for NCAA 2008 is much improved over last year's team.
- Doug has a list of SECcessories, a motivational poster for each and every SEC team.
- Finally, for today, anyway, Corn Nation is studiously working his way through his Corns of the Big 12 series. Kansas is hominy.
And finally, woo! Tennessee!
- Jonathan Hefney, who I must admit I under-appreciated until rolling out the Best Plays of 2006 bracket, is on the Thorpe watch list. Chris Brown's on the Mackey list. Jarod Parrish continues to get good reviews. Jacques McClendon's looking to live up to expectations.
- VolQuest says Chris Scott, Demonte Bolden, Brent Vinson, Eric Berry, and Jerod Mayo must rise to the top this year.
- And yes, coach Fulmer's text message to the VHTs was satire, but the referenced article about Josh McNeil is true.
- That no-huddle thing? Ainge says it will be NP for UT but a BP for OP.
- Special teams? Even more important this year with the new rule moving kickoffs back five yards. We needed help in this area last year with the old rule. Maybe Colquitt can still get it into the end zone.
- Tougher? Maybe. If so, thank Penn State's Tony Hunt for his post-Outback Bowl comments.
- Running back controversy? Jury out.
- Underrated? Maybe. If so, good.
- Secondary? ???
- Done? Yes.