Thoughts while calculating how long Sean Sonderliter would have lasted at Princeton:
I attended Saturday's spring game. Ten things from that experience:
(1) Tailgating in spring? Fun, but not AS fun. Drinking beer before noon is exactly as great as it used to be.
(2) Any discussion of Jake Christiansen not starting the year on top of the depth chart are GREATLY exaggerated.
(3) Having a lefty quarterback may be too confusing for Ken O'Keefe.
(4) Douchebags are living in my old house. I'm not very happy about this development.
(5) Coors Light does not qualify as a non-perishable food item, and not only because of the "born on" date.
(6) Someone - ANYONE - needs to catch a pass before Christiansen commits hari kari.
(7) I'm still not entirely sure why Alex Kanellis was changed from a pretty decent defensive end to an obviously undersized offensive tackle. The obvious position change this spring would be Herb Grigsby to male cheerleader. That way, when he makes another inexcusable drop, at least someone can sue.
(8) There's something strangely comforting about having a 6-4, 230 lb. placekicker.
(9) That whole "We all hate the basketball coach" thing we had there for a while? That was a bummer. This is much better.
(10) I still love Iowa City. And I want to burn Ames to the ground. In other words, I've still got it.
This line, taken from the unusually early 2007 season preview at FireGaryBarta.com, is hilarious: "Iowa's linebacking tradition is becoming pretty well known around the country. Two linebackers from the 2005 senior class are now highly regarded in the National Football League. They are Minnesota's Chad Greenway and Green Bay's Abdul Hodge." Of course, as you know, Greenway has yet to play a down of NFL football, but his sitting in the press box really got the attention of league scouts.
OK, I think it's time we change the name of Duane Banks Field to Brad Banks Field. In fact, he should also be the namesake of an auditorium, a sandwich at the Hungry Hobo, and the river that runs through town. Those were the days...
By the way, Jack Dahm will once again be watching the College World Series at Pauli's in Omaha. Iowa baseball is 15-14, and lost to UNI last week. Panther County would be gloating if anyone cared enough about college baseball to pay attention.
I'm a Yankees fan, and I hate the Red Sox out of obligation, but if you ever needed evidence of who your typical ISU fan is modeling himself after, take a look at this:
Or how about this (by the way, the funniest thing I've seen all week, made better by the announcers, so turn up the sound):
Stay classy, Boston.
I'll be back this weekend with the ongoing Big Ten Year in Review.