The Dean's List
In today's Dean's List, we'd like to remind Kanye that it's the large bodyguard's job to smash the expensive cameras. His job is simply to hang, look cool and post bail.
What would you sacrifice for your team to win? Your vocal chords? No doubt. Your liver? You do it every weekend. But how about your knee? That's what Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis offered up to the Gods as his Fighting Irish beat Michigan 35-17 in their home opener. As the first half was winding down, Notre Dame punted the ball and all eyes, including Weis', were on the punt return. That's when a Wolverine shoved Irish defensive end John Ryan out of bounds and into Weis' legs. In slow motion, the hit's on par with the clip of the Hungarian weightlifter who blew out his elbow during the Olympics. Weis' left knee pretty much snapped, tearing both the ACL and MCL. But the coach doesn't seem too upset. In fact, he was downright giddy in interviews after the Irish beat Michigan and avoided losing to the Wolverines for the third year in a row for the first time since 1908.
If I were to ask you which active men's basketball coach has the most wins in the NCAA, would you answer Don Meyer? Probably not, but it's true, Northern State's basketball coach has won 891 games, giving him more wins than Coach K (803), Jim Boeheim (750) or anyone other than Bobby Knight (902). He also has cancer. But, on the grand scale, things could have been worse for Coach Meyer. Back in September, as he was driving with his team, Meyer's car ran head-on into a Semi. During one of his multiple emergency surgeries, doctors discovered the cancer, which would've gone undiscovered otherwise. The 63-year-old coach hopes to be back on the Wolves' bench sometime this season.
There might be no crying in baseball, but it's not really an issue in football. Mike Sanford knows that, which is why the UNLV coach had no problem opening the flood gates after his Rebels' pulled off an improbable overtime upset over Arizona State, 23-20. UNLV's defensive lineman Malo Hercules Taumua blocked Arizona State kicker Thomas Weber's 35-yard field goal attempt in the first overtime to win the game and all but ruin any chance Arizona State had at joining the national title hunt. Of course, Sanford's lacrimal discharge isn't surprising. To understate, he's an emotional coach. Back in 2006, Sanford ordered his team not to leave the field after losing to Iowa State on an incomplete pass he felt warranted an official review. His 7-29 record while at UNLV probably has something to do with his volatile emotional state.
If there's a problem with football in the fall, it's that the game can become all-consuming. I know this because the dainty form of my posterior is permanently molded into my girlfriend's couch. Sometimes, I forget about other sports but, as Willy Loman's wife said, "Attention must be paid." So this week, we're paying attention to field hockey -- more specifically, to Lindsay McNamara, the all-time leading goal scorer in Bowdoin College field hockey history. Last season, the senior forward scored nine goals in the D-III tournament and led the Polar Bears (great mascot) to their first NCAA title in any sport. This year, McNamara's at it again. She's scored 10 goals in three games to increase her career tally to 70. And, more importantly, McNamara's team is undefeated in its last 23 matches.
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