Quick Slants (cont.)
THE BEST WAY TO MAKE STANFORD RELEVANT WAS, OBVIOUSLY, TO HIRE AN INFLAMMATORY COACH -- DUH
If Jimmy Clausen still had his goldilocks hairstyle on Saturday, we totally would've understood Jim Harbaugh's decision to snub the young quarterback's attempt at a postgame handshake. (Seriously, you don't want to encourage things like that.)
However, as it stands, sour grapes may be the culprit.
Harbaugh's excuse was that his team was involved in a midfield fracas with Notre Dame after suffering a 28-21 defeat. Stanford offensive lineman Chris Marinelli's anti-Notre Dame comments triggered the melee, which was probably of the SAT Word Power variety. During the bedlam, Harbaugh claims he did not see Clausen's gesture because he was busy protecting his team. In all fairness, he may have been telling the truth.
But there's reason to be suspicious. While you have to respect the brand of tough, chippy football Harbaugh is trying to instill in the Cardinal program, you should also note Harbaugh's reputation as a bit of a loose cannon. His antics don't exactly scream "sportsmanship." Here's hoping he can accomplish his football goals without first turning the Cardinal into a shining beacon for unsportsmanlike conduct.
WAIT, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT FOOTBALL HERE?
Last week's quip about BYU being less-than-qualified for a top 10 ranking drew a harsh response on the e-mail front. Some said I was being dismissive. Others cited impressive blowouts against UCLA and Wyoming as well as a competitive game against winless Washington. Still others asserted BYU has as much, if not more, talent than the likes of Georgia and USC. Uh, sure.
But none of those statements really threw me for a loop. Frankly, I've met a lot of cougar fans before, but none of them were fans of the football team.
There's a first for everything.
GET OFF THE FENCE: 10 RANDOM QUESTIONS THAT COULD IMPACT YOUR FALL
1. More tolerable chick show: Desperate Housewives or Grey's Anatomy?
2. More reliable Pac-10 team: California or Arizona?
3. Better gaming system: Playstation 3 or Xbox 360?
4. Odder coach name: Steve Kragthorpe or Jeff Jagodzinski?
5. Better green tea temperature: Hot or Cold?
6. Better numbers-only helmet: Army or Alabama?
7. Better Heisman candidate: Chase Daniel (Missouri) or Max Hall (BYU)?
8. Worse football decision: Shirt-and-tie or sun dress?
9. More disappointing season: West Virginia or Michigan?
10. Likelier Saturday winner: LSU or Florida?
THREE IRON-CLAD LOCKS OF THE WEEK
Illinois (-11) vs. Minnesota
Notre Dame (+7) at North Carolina
Mississippi State (-2.5) vs. Vanderbilt
Ty Hildenbrandt writes Quick Slants every week. Check out his podcast at SolidVerbal.com or drop him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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