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Monday, August 27, 2007

It's game week! And it's hot hot hot around these parts.

We want Jim Bob Norman. This dapper looking fellow is a little-used Appalachian State wide receiver:

Jim Bob Norman has three first names, and his ASU bio says it all:

One of the program’s most popular players, among both home and visiting fans ... has recovered from a severe shoulder injury sustained while lifting weights last offseason ... is poised to make a run at playing time in a loaded ASU receiving rotation.

2006: Did not play (shoulder injury).

2005: Appeared in four games ... made only catch of the season in regular-season finale at Elon, a career-long 19-yarder ... always a fan favorite at home, was also the object of affection at LSU, where Tiger fans began chanting his name in the fourth quarter ... a huge ovation erupted when Norman took the field at Tiger Stadium and he also received a standing ovation when leaving the field.
Just in case anyone is interested in starting up a chant or, I dunno, bringing a student-section-sized "We Want Jim Bob" banner to the game.

I know just how this guy feels. Owners of Hail To The Victors 2007 have probably noted an extensive article on Jim Harbaugh that lionizes his Michigan career and notes the up-and-coming coach who is not a backstabbing douchebag in any way may be in line for the Michigan job if the timing is right. Yeah. About that: obviously that was written before he applied plastic explosive to his Michigan bridges. So not only did I have same experience most Michigan fans did -- I can't believe this guy -- but I also got a special dose of banging my head against the wall and moaning "no no no no" because of the article. Thanks, Jim!

Anyway, The Town Talk, a small Louisiana newspaper, has an extensive article on Mamou native LaTerryal Savoy. Headline:

Former Mamou star focuses on faith first, football second

Proverbs 3:5-6 says: "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."

For some, the above passage is just mere words on a piece of parchment.

For LaTerryal Savoy, those words provide him with comfort, guidance, strength and love.
No mention of Proverbs 6:6-7: "Yea, go unto the stadium and displayeth your wang unto the unwilling; they shall rejoice and be glad. Then hire Counterpunt." But seriously, folks!

The article does paint a picture of Savoy reminiscent of Jason Avant; even if he made an unwise move he still seems like a good guy.

Well, at least we aren't Texas. Despite all the rhetoric about a "Big Ten tax" and how terrible it is that Appalachian State is not likely to be seen by many people, there are fans in a worse situation:
The Texas-Arkansas State game on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. CT will be televised live on pay-per-view by Big 12 Special Order Sports, FSN Southwest's pay-per-view division. It will be available on participating cable television systems in Texas and Arkansas, and nationwide to satellite dish customers. Suggested retail price is $29.95.
Thirty bucks to see a Sun Belt team! I bet you could walk up and get a ticket for less than that.

Transcription. What The Deuce jotted down some notes from a DeBord appearance on WDFN. A couple items:
Chengelis: What is going on with the right side of the line?

DeBord: I'm pleased with the play of Justin Boren at center. Schilling and Ortmann are competing for the right guard spot. Steve has started to step up. (emphasis mine). Cuilla is playing right guard now. We're happy that Alex Mitchell will be able to come back. (emphasis is mine).
Further confirmation we can expect to see Schilling for the opener; Cuilla, despite his injury, looks like he will also start. Also, we have a tentative winner at fullback: Mark Moundros. FWIW.

Accursed flash. ABC 13 in Houston has a veritable treasure trove of interviews with recruits Darryl Stonum and Sam McGuffie and their coaches, plus a couple highlights from a recent Cy Fair-Woodlands scrimmage in which McGuffie broke off a couple of long runs. I can't actually link to any of it because it's all contained in one of those hateful little flash applications that's completely opaque. So... it's all here. Scroll down and find the flash app, click on "highlights from Woodlands-Cy Fair Scrimmage," and enjoy. Then scroll down in the app and click on as many things that say "Stonum" and "McGuffie" as you can find.

McGuffie says he's up to 195, BTW, from 175 last season. Hopefully he maintains his speed.

Etc.: Buckeye Commentary interviews BTN head Mark Silverman; The Hawkeye Compulsion previews State; the Hoover Street Rag proposes a Bo statue.