Yup, I'm headed back to Evanston, finally. I'm not saying "posting on this site might decline a bit because I'll be at college and therefore have things to do and other people to talk to as opposed to the past few weeks where 95% of my friends have left town to go to their colleges and I've been sitting in my room refreshing lake the posts and playing NBA Live 2004," but, yeah, posting on this site might decline a bit because I'll be at college and therefore have things to do and other people to talk to as opposed to the past few weeks where 95% of my friends have left town to go to their colleges and I've been sitting in my room refreshing lake the posts and playing NBA Live 2004. On to some stuff for today.
- Most important news of the day: NU's game on saturday will be on ESPN360, meaning NU gets to go a full season where none of its games are somehow completely off the grid despite the fact that we're in the height of the sports information era. Last year's game vs. Duke was the only Big Ten football game not to get on TV at all in the 2008 season, and it looked like this one would become this year's only one, but we're saved. In even better news, ESPN360 is free at colleges, where college sports are meant to be consumed, something I learned watching the Champions League during class.
- NU came out with its two-deep for this week a few days ago, and its ever-so-slightly different from the one we had in the first two weeks. First of all, Mike Bolden, a backup corner, is no longer injured, so Justan Vaughn's got company, and it was nice knowing Ricky Weina, but don't expect him to play. Steve Flaherty is officially considered Stefan Demos' backup on kickoffs this week, whereas previously nobody filled that role (I still say he should kickoff all the time to ease Demos' leg) and most notably, Sidney Stewart, who was sick last week, is apparently sick enough that he's been replaced by Demetrius Fields and backup Carl Fisher at his wide receiver slot. Hope he gets well soon.
- The JetBlue terminal here is literally one of the top five nicest places on the planet earth. Free internet access, lounge seating, ridiculous food options, I just ordered a burger with guacamole on it from a touch screen... it's pretty much like if heaven, if heaven was an airport terminal. I'd recommend flying into New York from wherever it is you live, checking out this airport terminal, and then flying back. It's that great.
- I've taken to skimming the NU Rivals boards on occasion just to get a sense of how people are feeling about the program. Anyway, I happened across this post about NU's defensive front seven, and its one of the better pure football analysis posts I've read. NU's front seven obviously performed relatively poorly on Saturday considering the skill level of the opponent, outside of Nate Williams and Ben Johnson on his pick six, but that post makes me somewhat glass half-full about the whole thing. It seems like EMU gameplanned brilliantly and had some excellent, or excessively lucky, playcalls, and that part of this gameplan was to try and outscheme our d-linemen since EMU's o-line gave up a lot talentwise to them. It's a strategy not a lot of tougher opponents will likely try, and since I'm still convinced that we have a fairly talented defensive unit, this post seems to make it seem like some good coaching a game-ready Corey Wootton will do the trick in terms of rehashing a unit that looked pretty poor against EMU.
- And re: the polls. I expected you guys to be a little less homerly after our game last week, but, 22 votes in, 22 of you say NU will win. I guess you guys aren't too concerned.