Maybe it's my own bias against them, but there always seems to be at least 2 or 3 mediocre SEC teams that are assumed to have great years despite recent lack of success. In the last few it's been Tennessee and Arkansas that have started high in the rankings based on expectations only to disappoint (can probably throw in Georgia now at this point given how little they've won given the talent there). I know these polls don't matter, but once the season starts no matter what the committee says they do look at the rankings when determining what a "good win" or "bad loss" is.
This is one of the best pieces I've read - not just on this site but anywhere in a long time. For someone that didn't know of this story beforehand by the end I was almost in tears at the tragic loss of someone I've only known for 10 minutes time. Great writing.
I wanted to study international business and Chinese.
Definitely has a good head on his shoulders - at his age the most concrete idea I could come up with for a major was "something to do with business."
64 yards basically from a standstill - I think some NFL team is going to take a chance on that kind of arm strength.
No dunking (just my preference, but I don't have anything against it), and take two double-stuffed to create a quad-stuffed Oreo.
Looks like that's shredded lettuce on Ohio State's? Not sure I like their choice for toppings there...
Won the ticket lottery a few years back and was able to attend with my dad for a Monday practice round. Unfortunately it started down-pouring within the first two hours they opened the gates and ended up closing the course for the day. While that was a disappointment I at least got to walk half of the course (the back 9).
My first tip to attending any golf tournament - practice round or otherwise - is to first walk the course, get a sense of the good viewing spots, soak up the atmosphere and watch some players along the way.
Second - and this was likely due to the fact that it was just the Monday practice - the players were all pretty friendly and relaxed, chatting it up with the crowds, hitting multiple balls, joking with their partners. So if you're outgoing enough (I'm not, my dad is), try starting up a conversation with them between shots.
Third - as another mentioned above merchandise goes quick so if it looks like the weather will be good and you'll have a full day hit that up first. It seems that similar to the debacle at OSU this past year, vendors come in and scoop up as much as possible, only to sell it online at a huge markup later.
Lastly - enjoy the time! I only got 2 hours, but it was 2 hours more than most people ever will so I still feel very grateful. Take it all in and spend as much of your day there as you can.
While I applaud the effort to improve player safety (although I don't necessarily agree with the ejection rule based on poor tackling, as others mentioned above), the NCAA doesn't really earn any points from me until they address the fact that some teams will basically play an NFL regular season schedule (15 games for the two teams playing in the final).
Considering how much time I spend here, well worth it!
Wow, that should definitely help keep a foot-hold in NJ / mid-Atlantic recruiting...
That's a really hard to way to end your career at Ohio State - I feel bad for him, but the punishment itself is pretty fair.
Good story...mine is more of childish hijinks that took an unlucky turn...
Me and three of my buddies are staying over at one of their houses, when we have the bright idea of crank calling people late in the night. We're only 11 years old at the time, so this is the only clever thing we can come up with. So we grab the yellow pages (am I dating myself yet) and start picking numbers at random, waiting until someone answers and then asking some stupid question (I don't even remember). This goes on for a couple of calls, when one of my friends has the bright idea to call a number he knows - he calls the number, the dad picks up and he asks if his daughter is there, he needs help with his homework (I know, really stupid, but we're 11 year old boys, not the brightest). It's 1am and the dad is obviously pissed off and hangs up the phone.
The next day I get a call from the friend whose house we stayed at - apparently the state police just showed up at his door asking about harassing phone calls. It turns out the number my genius friend called was being cranked called almost nightly (even to this day, some 20 years later, he'll never admit it, but I know it was his dumbass older neighbors who he got the number from without knowing they were bothering this poor girl). You have to remember, this is before caller ID was on every cell and home phone (it was rarely used) - apparently the father had a caller ID, gave the number to state police and was going to press charges as he assumed he finally caught the people harassing him all the time.
Once the dad found out the story he decided not to press charges, but we still had to end up doing 20 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to the dad.
While I didn't end up in much trouble, having you parents grill you, bringing up state police and possible charges, at 11 years old, was pretty damn scary.