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TOYS AND GAMES: College Football Season is Close

College football season is so close that most coaches are past the phase of fall practice where they tell the world their team couldn’t win a flag football championship. Remember, you always have to break the colts before you build them back up. Didn’t Shooter say that in Hoosiers?

Anyway, I really get the coming-college-football-season vibe walking through an airport, where everybody already seems to be wearing their colors. Though I wonder if the guy in the Ohio State shirt had on an Alabama shirt a year ago. We do love our winners.

Speaking of the Buckeyes, I thought what they accomplished last season was impressive, particularly when they were down to their third-string quarterback during their most significant stretch of games. However, anointing any team as the national champion on August 20 is always a little risky. I’ll have more on that in my coming college football rant. Also, take note of “Southern Football Friday’s,” a new feature for my blog I’ll be writing this fall that will appear, you guessed it, on Friday’s.

Recently ran into a law professor from the south side of Chicago. The self-professed liberal began a story with, “When Obama was elected, I told my wife, ‘I never thought I’d live to see the day…’” He paused to cough and at that moment I’m sure the thought bubble above my head read: “A black President.” Then I realized he was jerking my chain when he finished: “A White Sox fan in office.”

Minute Maid Minute Maid Park

Houston is finally on the scoreboard. I’d been to the city a bunch of times, but never outside the airport. Well, this week I’ve been covering the Rays-Astros series at Minute Maid Park. That makes 44 Major League parks that I’ve had the privilege to cover games at and this one’s pretty sweet.

While out and about yesterday, I saw a man who resembled Billy Sims, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma, who also played for the Detroit Lions. I mention this because that visual jarred my memory. Sims had one of my favorite quotes in sports history when he was at the Orange Bowl waiting to play in Oklahoma’s bowl game. A reporter asked him what he’d been doing all week to which he replied: “Drinking beer and making love.”