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Scorecard: All-Nighter

The ball games (and strangely, a Baldwin) kept coming during a round-the-clock college-sports-TV odyssey

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By Adam Duerson

The fledgling station says, "The new home of college sports." To which I said, "That sounds sooo SIOC." To see if it lived up to its hype, I spent 24 straight hours last week with College Sports Television -- a commitment I have yet to make to a girlfriend. Armed with a laptop, a cell and a ham-and-cheese Hot Pocket, I settled into the SIOC TV lounge. Here's what went down:

8:00 a.m., Sept. 4 First up: the 1975 Rose Bowl, hosted by Alec, no, Daniel, no, Stephen, no, wait ... Billy Baldwin! Why? Because when Billy Baldwin says, "Don't you go anywhere," before a commercial, you listen.

9:52 a.m. After taking in the best game on TV in years (USC beat Ohio State 18-17), Billy strikes a Heisman pose. I think I've peed myself.

10:26 a.m. I make a list: "Things I'd rather do than watch The Bill Snyder Show again." (Peel off my fingernails, lick Snyder's balding dome....) A glance at today's schedule reveals the Kansas State coach is on again at one and I inspect my nails. "God? I have a proposal...."

1:04 p.m. God clearly has better things to do. Snyder's on.

3:07 p.m. Crystal Ball's Sid Rosenberg calls cohost ex-Notre Dame lineman Aaron Taylor "devastatingly handsome." (He looks like Godzilla.) My self-esteem futures skyrocket 20 points.

3:51 p.m. Sid's crystal ball says (duh) Michigan State over Rutgers and Iowa over Buffalo. I consider asking Sid for his take on Aaron Taylor versus me.

12:01 a.m. Baldwin's back, hosting an LSU-Auburn hoops game from 1992. He's already called Shaq "physically well-endowed." I think he has the hooch I'm looking for.

1:29 a.m. My MP3s are my only respite. I celebrate a Shaq dunk by playing air guitar to Journey's Any Way You Want It. What I really want? Sleep.

8:01 a.m. LSU-Auburn again. If anything could possibly keep me here past my 24-hour sentence, it's Billy Baldwin. But sleepier heads prevail, and Billy prances through my dreams instead.  

Ask Milo: Here's Something Out of the Blue

Is it true Boise State has problems with ducks and geese killing themselves on the football field, mistaking the blue turf for water?

Your question reminds Milo of the time he tried to run a post pattern on Lake Michigan after mistaking it for Bronco Stadium. Ha. Boise State's home turf is, in fact, blue -- just like the Boise River, which runs behind the stadium. But contrary to popular sports mythology, no bird has ever been known to attempt a triple Lindy into it. The story started when Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier -- who came up with the idea of a blue field to match the team's uniforms -- joked that the newly laid turf looked just like a lake. The azure field, originally installed in 1986, is popularly known around campus as "Smurf Turf." In the end, Milo thinks it was just an elaborate plan to get one dazed QB to come to and say, "I see blue. It looks glooorious."

Got a question for Milo? Ask him anything at askmilo@sioc.timeinc.com

SI On Campus: September 16, 2003 issue 
SI ON CAMPUS
Sports Illustrated On Campus, a new magazine covering college sports and collegiate lifestyles, is available as an insert in 72 major college newspapers across the country every Thursday throughout the school year. Click any of the links below to see selected content from the latest issue:

Cover story: The Best College Sports Towns
Scorecard: An All-Nighter with College Sports TV
Road Trip: Lincoln, Nebraska
The Final: It's Getting Ugly
Previous week's issue: Sept. 9, 2003

Send your college sports questions to Milo at askmilo@sioc.timeinc.com. Your query might be answered in a future issue of Sports Illustrated on Campus.

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