Five-Step Drop: Ole Miss Trash Talking 'Bama? Really?
1. Yesterday we brought you the hidden story behind Wisconsin's controversial 2-point conversion against Minnesota, with the gentle reminder that it is never acceptable to trash-talk a team that has just handed you your 11th loss of the season. Today's installment of "How Not to Fill an Opponent's Bulletin Board" comes to us from Ole Miss defensive lineman Jerrell Powe (right), who suddenly likes his team's chances against Alabama:
"I think they got exposed, you know what I mean? Showed that they're a one-dimensional team, that they run the ball really well, and I think South Carolina did a good job of stuffing the run and they really couldn't get nothing going after they got stopped."
All of that may be true, Mr. Powe, but you really can't say that during the same season your team has something like this on its resume.
2. Texas A&M will be debuting new uniforms this weekend. Or at least that's what it is claiming. They look pretty much the same as the Aggies' old uniforms, but feature a new material called TECHFIT. It must be high-tech if it's in all caps, right? The new uniforms are supposedly lighter and tighter. We'll see about that. My first thought upon seeing A&M's new getup was, "Huh, when did the Aggies sign a T-1000?"
3. The College Football Athenaeum has a few helpful reminders for tailgaters everywhere. "Broadly speaking, you need only to follow The (Al) Golden Rule. Which is comprised of three basic tenets: Have fun. Root for your team. Don't be a jerk." TCFA has some more specific advice, which I find myself in complete agreement with. I call your attention to Tailgating Rule No. 3: Trust Us. We Have No Interest In Listening To Your Crappy Music. Please, people, we don't need to see this again.
4. Paul Finebaum is an Alabama radio host and columnist who generates controversy like wind farms generate electricity. With Alabama losing to South Carolina on Saturday, Finebaum's Monday radio show figured to be a must-listen, and it did not disappoint. When Finebaum wasn't taking calls from SEC fans located at various points on the gloom-glee continuum, he was talking to Tim Brando of CBS, who told 'Bama fans they would be "clueless" to blame Nick Saban for the loss (not that it stopped them from doing so) and also said LSU was lucky to play in Gainesville this weekend rather than back home in Baton Rouge. Why? "No booing."
5. Houston quarterback Case Keenum will apply for a medical waiver from the NCAA that would grant him a sixth year of eligibility. Keenum played less than 30 percent of the Cougars' season, so he stands a good chance of being given the extra year. There's a hidden risk, though. The NCAA can decide on Keenum's waiver whenever it wants to, so there's a chance he might be denied the sixth year after the deadline for entering the NFL draft.