Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Catching up appreciates understated elegance

Those are ... umm ... different: Notre Dame apparently will be celebrating its season-opening trip to Dublin (not Ohio) by looking as much like the Irish national team and as little like Notre Dame as possible:

Ehhh ... I prefer the black ones (with the Tim-Brown style ankle tape, obviously). Those things in the picture are very spirit-y but are also a little soccer-y for my taste and almost definitely won't align with anything else ND is wearing. Maybe there'll be more to the Irish flag theme; I kinda hope not. The green jerseys would be fine (maybe preferable?) but are about the extent of the uniform liberties Notre Dame is allowed. 

Oklahoma has a new receiver: From the "must be nice" file:
Jalen Saunders had a first-team all-WAC season for Fresno State with more than 1,000 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns in 2011. It's an output he will now strive to replicate in Norman.

The Bulldogs' big deep threat on the outside under recently fired Pat Hill's pro-style offense, Saunders has opted to transfer to Oklahoma.

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Saunders took visits to Washington and Texas A&M before settling on the Sooners.
FYI, Saunders was a sophomore last year and will have to sit out this season as a redshirt; he'll have two years of eligibility left starting in 2013.

What's interesting is that he was apparently less than thrilled with moving to the slot in the now-generic spread Tim DeRuyter is installing but presumably will play there at Oklahoma (that's what 5-foot-9 guys do at Oklahoma). Then again, he'll probably get a few more balls thrown his way by whoever is the Oklahoma quarterback in 2013 than he would've at Fresno. Keep in mind that he was clearly Fresno's go-to guy on the outside last year and still had only 50 catches (at 21 yards a catch!), 33 fewer than Ryan Broyles had in the spot Saunders will probably be taking in 2013. Also nice: playing in meaningful games and going to bowls with more than 27,000 people in the crowd and so on and so forth.

From an Oklahoma standpoint, adding the equivalent of a juco transfer who's already had a 1,000-yard season in a spread-ish D-I offense and is just about perfectly suited to fill a gaping hole (albeit not immediately) is pretty awesome. In other words, everybody* wins!

*Everybody but Fresno. And Texas.

Purdue might have one fewer receiver: This is why:
Purdue receiver Antavian Edison was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon, a felony, in his hometown of Fort Myers, Fla.

According to the Fort Meyers News-Press, Edison was arrested at 1:57 a.m. Sunday in Fort Myers and released later that morning on $1,500 bond.

The newspaper said cops found a loaded .38 caliber revolver lying between the driver and front passenger seats as well as 17 rounds of .38 special ammunition under the rear bench seat.
That's some Sammy Watkins-esque derpity derp. Yeesh.

Edison is about the closest thing Purdue has to a legit receiver; he had 44 catches for 584 yards and three touchdowns last year. Those numbers all sound pretty uninspiring but actually were second, first and first on the team, which is really sad if you remember when Purdue had real quarterbacks.

Anyway, neither Edison nor Purdue hasn't released any public statement yet other than Edison's odd Twitter rant about "slandering an innocent man's name." I have no idea what to make of that. It'd probably be helpful to Purdue if he turns out to be right and avoids any serious punishment, although O.J. Ross and Gary Bush are both reasonably talented and would probably be adequate replacements in an offense that's not really capable of completing a pass anyway.

Of course: Oregon's Rose Bowl rings are exactly as ridonkulous as you'd expect Oregon's Rose Bowl rings to be:

LOL WUT. Even better than the rings is the comment underneath the photo that says "understated elegance works every time."

BTW, Phil Knight's ginormous bucket of money must be getting low since those are (sadly) cubic zirconias and not actual diamonds mined from the finest diamond mine in Africa and flown in on a private jet while being polished with champagne.

Mike Leach FTW: I probably don't need to explain this acronym to you if you're reading this blog (which you are if you just read that sentence):

Yesssssssss. This should not be entirely surprising given Leach's hilarious response during a random Reddit Q&A on Monday:
How much do you hate Craig James, I mean seriously?

I think my opinion is consistent with most of the rest of America's. This is illustrated by a poll done in the Dallas Morning News where people were asked who they would vote for senator: Mike Leach or Craig James. I got 96.5 percent of the vote.
Well played. 

You know you want this: Bobby Petrino's motorcycle can now be yours if you really want a bike that probably was used for some ewww things and will cost almost $20,000 to repair:

I would add something witty here but have to cede defeat to the caption on this Yardbarker blog: "For sale for a mid-major coaching job OBO." Schwing.

I don't even know what to say: This is Terrelle Pryor explaining his willingness to accept gobs of improper benefits:
"The reason why I did it was to pay my mother's gas bill and some of her rent. She was four months behind in rent, and the (landlord) was so nice because he was an Ohio State fan. He gave her the benefit of the doubt and she said, 'My son will pay you back sometime if you just let me pay you back during my work sessions.' ...

"(The NCAA) didn't have any sympathy for me. It's not like I went there and bought new Jordans. It's documented. Whenever I write my book the proof will be in there, the receipt that the money I gave my mother was to pay the electric and heat bill. The truth is going to come out one day when the time is right. I don't think I deserved (being punished) in that way, because of the reason I was doing it. I felt like I was doing God's work in a way, and I was getting driven into the ground.
Amazing (amost as amazing as this).

First of all, this is the same mother who signed for three car purchases (!!!) in the three years Pryor spent at Ohio State; how she managed to do that but not pay her rent would be hard to figure out if this had happened anywhere other than Ohio State. Secondly, if Terrelle Pryor ever writes a book, I will buy it so, so hard, and it'll be worth every penny.


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