Daily Briefing: Sunday 8/28 (Killing Time till Kickoff)

Using my pal Bruce’s method of counting days, it’s 3 days and wake up until kickoff.

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Unfortunately I did not make it out to see #1 U of L skunk UCLA, 2 zed, in the season’s soccer opener. (It was Saturday Night Datenight. The Film Babe and I took in a flick then had a lovely al fresco meal at 732 Social in the town’s new hip ‘hood, NuLu.)

I do have a couple of thoughts anyway. (Just because I didn’t see any of the game doesn’t mean I can’t comment on it. Don’t confuse me with the facts.)

Coach Ken Lolla is obviously yet another of Tom Jurich’s incredible hires. It was obvious at Akron that the guy was The Deal, and it hasn’t taken him long to vault the Cardinals to the upper echelon of college futbol.

Seven thousand plus surrounding the pitch for a collegiate soccer match in the epicenter of college hoops: Incredible.

I’ve never understood the nomenclature, “own goal.” I know what it is — inadvertently putting the ball into your own net for a score for the opponent — but the name doesn’t make sense.  Own is defined as “and adjective or pronoun used with a possessive to emphasize that someone or something belongs or relates to the person mentioned.”

I dunno, shouldn’t be a “their goal?”

Anyway the Bruins gave the Cards one of those last night. Then star Colin Rolfe tallied another.

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In case you haven’t been paying attention, baseball’s best pitcher — and Griffin McLarty’s favorite, you remember he’s the Little League kid — Justin Verlander won his 20th of the season last night. On August 27, no less, four days and a wake up from September.

The last time it happened was 2002. Curt Schilling, if want more info.

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If you notice, there’s been an eerie silence as football season draws nigh.

It’s been a Favre-free fall.

Shhhhhhh. Don’t wake the ghost.

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“No red shirts,” sayeth The Rick.

Which means there are going to be some battles in practice just to make the travel squad.

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Riddle me this.

How can Andre Drummond in one day go from a hoops recruit in the class of 2012 to a member of the class of 2011 to freshman orientation at UConn to a member of Jim Calhoun’s squad?

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COMING SOON (In a day or two in fact): The Return of Seedy K’s Pithy Pigskin Prognostications.

Each week I’ll advise who is going to win five of the best collegiate football encounters of the upcoming weekend. Remember caveat emptor is the prevailing philosophy. Wagering on college sports is illegal.

– Seedy K


  1. bob
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    Our man Rick saying no redshirts today, doesn’t mean that there will not be three tomorrow!

  2. bob
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    It means he has the same instructor as Eric & Cousins did before they attended UK

  3. Wildcat
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Permalink

    You picking against the spread this year or wimping out and just picking winners. Last time i looked, the spread was what counted.

  4. Seedy K
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Permalink

    Wagering is illegal. Being a man of the law, it would be against my sense of right and wrong to give any credence to illegal wagering. Thus, the term “point spread” is not part of my vocabulary.

  5. cbcard
    Posted August 28, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    But you just used it.

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