Quick Slants (cont.)
IF EDEN HADN'T HAD THOSE APPLES, ADAM NEVER WOULD HAVE SINNED...
Two weeks ago, I put out a call to any and all fans planning to watch the maligned "Apple Cup" between Washington and Washington State. My feeling was watching the game would be about as enjoyable as working disaster relief in a third-world country. So, you can imagine my excitement upon receiving an e-mail from Steve M., a Washington student and current Peace Corp volunteer who is, you guessed it, doing actual relief work in Benin, an actual third-world country! Quick Slants: Entertaining hapless Husky fans in Western Africa since 2007!
An abridged version of Steve's synopsis of the game:
I suppose I should have known what I was in for after the Huskies returned the opening kickoff 58 yards, only to have the return nullified by a personal foul. I should have realized then that I would end up writhing on the ground in agony by the time it was over. But it takes a very special brand of gutlessness to have the lead and the ball with under a minute to play and still manage to lose (albeit after two spectacularly unspectacular overtimes).
Yup, Washington lost 16-14 in double overtime. Steve, perhaps you can recruit some Beninese to come back to Seattle and help with the cleanup of the football program.
IDEAS FOR NEW ESPN-BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES COMMERCIALS!
With ESPN preparing to broadcast the Bowl Championship Series starting in 2011, I have one question for the four-letter network: Can you use your global reach and marketing genius to come up with one decent commercial for the BCS? Sounds ridiculous, but I'm serious. In light of Fox's half-hearted ads that were set to Fall Out Boy tunes and jammed between Animation Domination commercials, ESPN needs to do something more to make people care and forget about the system's injustices. Especially now that the most powerful brand in sports media will be crushing any and all anti-BCS sentiment for the foreseeable future. Might I suggest reviving the old "Y2K" SportsCenter commercial and repurposing it with a BCS context? Seems like it'd work.
GET OFF THE FENCE: 10 RANDOM QUESTIONS THAT COULD INFLUENCE YOUR DECEMBER
1. Better Tennessee decision: Hiring Lane Kiffin or firing Phil Fulmer?
2. Better bowl sponsor: Gaylord Hotels or Roady's?
3. Better French fries: McDonald's or Burger King?
4. Better NCAA first name: Quan or Jacquizz?
5. Smarter TV mammal: Flipper or Lassie?
6. Quirkier formation: Pistol or flexbone?
7. Likelier Charlie Weis fate: Fired or retained?
8. Likelier Britney Spears fate: Low-budget Cinemax movies or VH-1 reality show?
9. Better rivalry name: "Bedlam" or "Civil War"?
10. Better NCAA '09 maneuver: Jumping the snap or attempting the "sway pitch"?
THREE IRON-CLAD LOCKS OF THE WEEK
Florida (-9.5) vs. Alabama
Oklahoma (-17) vs. Missouri
Virginia Tech (+1) vs. Boston College
Two weeks ago: 0-3. Season: 10-11.
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