Hello, everyone. It probably goes without saying that it's an extremely exciting day for Gopher die-hards like me; the first draft of this post was nothing but the words "FOOTBALL football FOOBAW" typed over and over. In this limited space, I can't fully tell you how excited I am, but I can express my heartfelt gratitude. No matter how the team plays, today or any day, we fans will always have the privilege of attending on-campus football. Don't think for a minute that we aren't indescribably thankful to everyone involved.
Now then: links!
Chris Brown of Smart Football also occasionally participates at Every Day Should Be Saturday. This week, his column is along the lines of, "Your Team Might Have a Terrible Offense, If... This one's required reading for every armchair college football fan in the nation. (Short excerpt: "Again, play-calling is important... but it is wildly overrated, beyond a certain point.")
*While I'm rhapsodizing about football, I don't want to overlook another weekend event: Wild training camp is starting! Hockey is back! With that in mind, Canada brings us a ten-minute short film about hockey, from 1953, helpfully entitled "Here's Hockey!"
*Adam Peterson at Twinkie Town has evidence - numerical, quantifiable evidence - that the Twins aren't doing the "little things" right. Sometimes, I wonder why some people don't find this sort of thing convincing; why are some people swayed by a manger saying, "So-and-so just didn't get the job done tonight," rather than looking at numbers which say the same?
That's enough for this week. Please, enjoy your Saturday. I'm fairly sure I will. Real live on-campus tailgating starts in a couple of hours. Real live on-campus football starts in a few more. I'm not sure whether to leap for joy or just break down in sobs.