Sportsdrenched Today 9/7/11

As I write this we are on the eve of a new NFL season. It was a NFL season many did not think would come. But really we didn’t miss anything, except the Hall of Fame game no one watches anyway. Here on the prairie the weather has cooled considerably. Sunny skies, high’s in the low 80’s and lows in the mid 50’s. The trees being strained by drought and the historically hot summer are beginning to turn into their fall foliage. There are still two weeks until it is actually fall. It’s a little early for this to be occurring but it is defiantly football weather. I plan on attending a high school game on Friday. I’m looking forward to it.

Here’s what’s got my mind sportsdrenched today.

Conference Re-Alignment

I’ve been asked why I haven’t written more about this, surely it’s something that I’m keeping an eye on. That would be correct. However, as of right now nothing is set in stone. Just like we learned last summer when Colorado and Nebraska were exiting the Big 12. You don’t believe anything until there is a press conference. Here is what I do know. There are two sets of people who will be losers in all this uncertainty; the student athletes and the fans.

A rectangle & a square state getting after it on a November afternoon

When I say the student athletes I’m not talking about the football and the basketball players. I’m not even sure those guys go to class anyway. What I mean by student athletes are the competitors in the non-revenue sports. You know? The kids that will most likely join us in the workforce when their playing days are over. Their time away from school and exposure to jet lag is sure to increase with these larger conferences.

Where do the fans lose? The fans lose when rivalries that have gone on for generations get forsaken in pursuit of the giant TV contract. Border skirmishes between big rectangle states is part of college football’s appeal to me. If those go away I think I might lose interest and I hope I’m not alone. Four, 16 team super conferences may form for a little while but I’m not sure they’ll be any more stable than the current situation. Whatever happens, it’s not likely the fans will be winners.

Uiversity of Maryland’s Uniforms

If you haven’t seen or heard, the University of Maryland played Monday night’s opener in some new special Under Armor uniforms. You can see them here. The prevailing reaction has been that these uniforms are ugly, and than no one really likes them. The uniforms are based on the state flag of Maryland. After thinking about it for a couple of day I’ve decided that I like the concept, but not these uniforms specifically.

The problem is the Maryland flag doesn’t lend itself to trendy fashion. I do know if I were born and raised in Maryland and called Maryland home I might like these jerseys and helmets and say to hell with what the rest of you thought. How do I know this? Because if during the Sunflower Showdown KU or KSU ran out there with similar uniforms but with a state of Kansas design I’d order a jersey off the internet before the game was over.

Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attacks

A lot of things are more important than sports, but sports was an important part of returning to normal the healing of the nation. 2001 was a pivotal year in my life. 9/11 was a big part of that and it’s been on my mind lately. I’ll write more about this later. But for now, it’s time to get drenched. Sportsdrenched!

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