The Dean's List
Welcome to this week's Dean's List. Someone please tell Scarlett Johansson she shouldn't have married Van Wilder. She's only 23. He's 31. Scarlett, sweetheart, he's too old for you. You need to be with a young sports writer.
I've got a friend in Philadelphia whose ultimate compliment is "dirty dog." Considering Connecticut running back Donald Brown is a Husky, that's appropriate on so many levels. Brown proved against Louisville that he is a straight-up dirty dog. In a game in which his team lost its quarterback and blew an early lead, he methodically ran for 190 yards and a touchdown. He was the engine that pulled his squad to a 26-21 victory over the Cardinals. After five games, he is also the nation's leading rusher with 906 yards and 11 TDs. But the dirtiest part about Brown is that he's humble. He doesn't dance in the end zone and he downplays UConn's attempts to promote his Heisman candidacy.
We've got a warehouse full of investigators trying to figure out the last time (before Saturday) both Duke and Northwestern won conference games in the same week Florida, Georgia and USC all lost theirs. So far, no luck. Chances are it's never happened before. One thing's for sure, it most certainly hasn't happened since 2004, since that was the last time Duke actually won an ACC game. But it sure happened Saturday. Northwestern came back from a 17-3 deficit to beat Iowa and Duke exploded for 28 second-half points to beat Virginia. All of this while Florida fell to Ole Miss, Georgia lost to Alabama and USC succumbed to Oregon State. At 5-0, the Wildcats are off to their best start in 46 years and the Blue Devils, normally the tackling dummies of the ACC, haven't kicked off a season this well since 1994. Get me out of this rabbit hole.
It's rare to have one notable amputation in a month, but two ... that's virtually unheard of. Yet that's what's happened this month in college basketball. First, former Oklahoma star Wayman Tisdale, who is a three-time All-America and the Sooners' all-time leading scorer, had part of his right leg amputated because of cancer. Then, the second winningest coach in the NCAA, Northern State's Don Meyer, had his left leg amputated below the knee after a car accident. Both Tisdale and Meyer have publicly state they are relieved the procedures were successful and are recovering nicely.
All things considered, the three Oregon football players who crashed their car while street racing last weekend were lucky to have escaped with only 75 stitches, a concussion and a bruised elbow. Linebacker Eddie Pleasant was racing his Mustang with quarterback Darron Thomas and wide receiver Jamere Holland as passengers when he lost control of the car and spun into oncoming traffic. Pleasant needed stitches to close a one inch gash on his forehead, Thomas bruised the elbow on his throwing arm and Holland suffered a concussion. Just as importantly, no one was seriously injured in the car the Ducks hit. Thomas even got a little playing time in Oregon's route of Washington State on Saturday. Although, he still might've been feeling the effects of the accident. Thomas had three pass attempts and didn't complete a single one.
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