National Letter of Intent Day is on Wednesday. If your coworkers are needlessly edgy this week, that's why. There's nothing like worrying about the decision-making skills of high school seniors to set off an anxiety attack.
Parade has released its 2007 All American team. You can see the roster here.
Its co-players of the year are Punky QB Jimmy Clausen who is Notre Dame bound and all-purpose offensive force Joe McKnight from Louisiana who will choose from LSU, USC and Ole Miss on signing day.
The Indianapolis Colts won a strange Super Bowl last night. It was reminiscent in some way of college football's title game. We had the opening kickoff returned for a touchdown. We had a game-long answer to that return by the other team that utilized a sharp underneath passing game to mystify their opponents' vaunted defense mixed in with a healthy dose of first and second down runs.
But we also saw the favorite win, whereas the underdog won in college football's title game. Where Indianapolis had no answer but field goals in the short field red zone situations, Urban Meyer's crew wasted no time scoring touchdowns.
Congratulations to the Super Bowl champion Indianapolis Colts, although you'll have a hard time convincing me they're the best team in the NFL. San Diego and Baltimore made a great case during the regular season before the apparent randomness of playoff football saw neither team even make the Super Bowl. Remind me again why you want a playoff in college football?
Say what you want about the Gang of Six but five of the original six have now appeared in and won BCS games, including championships from USC and Florida. Three of the original six (USC, Boise State, Louisville) plus 2005 entrants Florida and Notre Dame were in this year's series of BCS games.
And about Boise State... I never got to it around bowl time, but I ended up being a year early on my whole bold prediction thing. Boise slayed their dragon alright, it just took another year and for Jared Zabransky to do something other than melt down. There was an article by Austin Murphy in last week's Sports Illustrated documenting the in's and out's of their Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma that might be worth a look.
One can be good for a long time in college football with talent and a mundane offense, but the innovators alone are the ones who move the wheels of history.