Are you guys still around? It's an extended holiday weekend. The Fourth of July -- celebrated as much here as in London (scoreboard, Britain, scoreboard) -- happened to fall on a Thursday, which allowed for pre-gaming on Wednesday and a three-day weekend starting on Friday. You guys could still be out celebrating the greatest, freest, besterest, country the planet has ever seen, or will ever see. USA #1.
Anyway, here are some things happening, with some discussion about them.
URBAN MEYER AND ROGER GOODELL JOINING FORCES. Urban Meyer and the commissioner of the National Football League are joining forces to hold a "safety clinic" at The Ohio State University.
It will feature several health experts in addition to Ohio State coaches who will talk with the mothers of youth football players about player safety. As football begins to outpace, or even lap, baseball as the national pasttime of the country, the dangers associated with the sport only become more visible.
To better address this issue, the NFL has been proactive in supporting these types of clinics aimed at instructing youth football coaches and youth football players about the safest way to play a game otherwise based on violent full-speed collisions.
The clinic will be on August 1st and will be held at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
B1G UNIFORM POWER RANKINGS. I'm one of those rickety old fans who gets very nervous and looks for a pitchfork and torch whenever Ohio State uniforms are discussed, especially within the context of alterations. It's why, yesterday, I was searching my supply closet for these aforementioned tools when this image surfaced. I don't mind the idea, and 11W's own Walt Keys had a similar idea, but I think this falls a bit flat in presentation.
Anyway, the Big Ten Network's website recently unveiled a "power ranking" of football uniforms in the conference. Ohio State came in second. Michigan came in first.
Worse yet, they didn't invite me. Seriously, it's like the one thing that I'm programmed to discuss in a roundtable format. So, here is what would be my power ranking of uniforms in the Big Ten if I were asked to contribute.