Picture is totally unrelated. Mr. Allison might be related to Rich Brooks, though. (Via EDSBS, as always.)If my math is correct, we are still a Mike Gundy (FORTY!) days away from the footballgasm that is Opening Weekend in the SEC. I might be a few days off, but you can blame that on my secretary. She does all my scheduling for me. Anyway, given that amount of time and the lack of anything resembling an actual game in between now and then, we might as well dissect in to tiny minutiae the young men parading around campuses (is the plural of campus campuses or campusi? Crazy Romans) in Lexington and Nashville. Here are a couple previews from Gate 21, and they're actually fair and well-written despite the author's Tennessee fanhood.
In other news, Kentucky might be trying to pee all over Nashville's resurgent football parade in the next few years. They've agreed to play Western Kentucky at LP Field in 2011 and 2013 in a four-year series with the dregs of the Sun Belt Conference. This is obviously a win for Western, but it's also good for the Cats in terms of trying to recruit the Volunteer State. I'd say this is sort of stepping on Vanderbilt's turf, but very few Vanderbilt players (or students, really) are actually from Tennessee to begin with, so it probably doesn't matter.
Finally, some quick leftovers from Media Days last week: Pat Dooley of the Gainesville Sun arbitrarily grades how the coaches did in front of the assembled media. Two notes: (1) Rich Brooks wins; and (2) it does not surprise me in the least that sports journalists don't get Bobby Johnson's jokes.