ANTE ON ROAD TRIP TO GAINESVILLE: UPPED - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - SMQ was already thinking of moseying on over to Gainesville for the USM-Florida game on Sept. 2, maybe chilling pregame if possible with Mssr. Swindle, and today comes this. As if a partisan needed another reason to make the trek to see his alma mater open its season with a respectable but sound beating in one of college football's reputedly grandest environments:
Not to get, you know, blasphemous or anything, but this ought to be about like Palm Sunday before he comes back to be crucified in November.
Potential bloodshed aside, sounds like fun if arrangements can be made for tickets and travel. SMQ has always liked Spurrier - unlike father of SMQ, a coach himself who held the Ball Coach in disdain after he sent a quarterback to a Spurrier camp and got a video back with a barefoot, wife beater-sporting coach lazily looking over stretches by kids he had no interest in whatsoever, then disappearing for good to let assistants run the show with no further insight - and actually was able to attend the impressive 1996/7 Sugar Bowl rout of FSU that earned the team its championship. This game, in fact, is the reason SMQ still considers Danny Wuerffel possibly the best college quarterback of at least that decade, a coaching accomplishment so stupendous in itself that, like Brian, he is forced to agree with the choice of Spurrier as the No. 1 fantasy draft pick right now for many, many reasons both substantial and merely for entertainment purposes.
Obviously there is no rooting against USM, and loudly if necessary, but without much expectation of Southern Miss victory, one could probably stand some scene-soaking without getting too upset at the inevitable "Hey hey goodbye" theatrics or whatever they do to playfully mock losers down there (unless it involves actual feeding of gators and/or head-shaving, it won't be nearly as humbling as Alabama's "We just beat the hell outta you!" chant, with which SMQ and all USM fans are intimately familiar). Not that he'd be sober at that point, anyway.
- - - - - Then again, who really wants to be that close to 88,547 wet dreams?
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And don't let the name fool ya - second guessing the phenomenal athletic feats and split-second decisions of college kids under extreme physical duress is for every day of the week.
AWWW!! The totally nicest people, like, ever!...
How much football does he watch? Dude's got insights on -everybody-, and by everybody, I mean everybody. Throw in some of the best writing in the blogosphere, and we're talking about a daily must-read.
- Burnt Orange Nation
SMQ starts to sound more and more like the Gregg Easterbrook of our ideal memories every day - whip-smart, systematic, omnivorous in his intellectual tastes and yet unafraid of the cheap joke.
- Every Day Should Be Saturday
Sunday Morning Quarterback is one of our favorite football blogs on the internet.
- State Fans Nation
Sunday Morning Quarterback is a killer football blog if you are a college football junkie. It is run by one of the most thoughtful, intelligent, and analytical writers in the college football blogosphere...The guy is thorough and detailed and provides a level of analysis you are not going to find anywhere else .
- Bruins Nation
Just another hack writer who hasn't done one lick of research...
...the pride of Southern Mississippi ever since Brett Favre turned into an ESPN soap opera, has the sort of prose knack that can keep you riveted to a preview about any one of D-IA's scrubbier members ... should be given gifts.