Thursday, September 20, 2007

They're not all thugs and boors

College football has always been pretty sleazy, from the rampant cheating to the players committing crimes to the obnoxious fans. So it's worth nothing a couple of notes from my friend Kevin O'Neill's weekly newsletter:

* Most kids with a live shot to play in the NFL don’t look at the opportunity and say “I’m not interested.” But Texas A&M linebacker Mark Dodge isn’t a kid. He’s 27 and came to A&M after a stint in the Army. Despite earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors twice last season Dodge is not interested in playing in the NFL. “I don’t want to be that guy with a cane when I’m 35 and not able to pick my kids up,” explains the wise Aggie.

* As we’ll see when the Big Red people applaud USC as the Trojans enter and leave the field this weekend, it is hard to argue with the contention that Nebraska fans are the classiest in college football. So no surprise that Nebraska fans who bought Wake Forest season tickets to assure themselves a seat at the Huskers/Deacs game have made sure their tickets for the rest of the season go to soldiers at Fort Bragg and organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

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