Oddly enough, football and politics keep shooting out parallels. Go figure. In a Denver Broncos move, Rick “I want to be Tim Tebow” Perry bowed out of the GOP race this week. (This wasn’t a given, as Perry doppelganger Nick Saban won the BCS championship.)
I’m going to miss Perry. Can’t get interested in anyone else. The California primary is smartly scheduled to be meaningless this year, since it doesn’t occur until 5 June. South Carolina and Florida will give us a good indication of whether the candidate, presumably Romney, will be selected by then.
Miscellaneous notes on primaries/caucuses: Nevada caucuses on 4 February. Washington follows on 3 March. Super Tuesday, 6 March, will see all of Virginia, Massachusetts, and Oklahoma heading to the polls. Hawaii caucuses on 13 March, Texas votes on 3 April, New York and Pennsylvania on 24 April. This is just a list of states we know TOC correspondents live in; your primary/caucus situation may vary. (Feel free to mention it in the comments.)
My bet on who drops out next: Santorum.
Now on to the football. In about 25 hours the Ravens will take the field against the Patriots. The bottom-line question on this one: does anyone think the Ravens will win? We note that Brady has been certified to play. We also perceive in his career a sort of “opposite Samson effect,” in that when he keeps his hair short, the Patriots do better. His hair has been short this year. Just sayin’.
The NFC championship game has everyone excited, pitting the scrappy Giants against the equally scrappy 49ers. Both have specialized this year in finding ways to win ugly. Giants fans are hollering “Rematch!!” (assuming the Patriots win the AFC title), with visions of another underdog victory over New England in Indianapolis. But they have to get past San Francisco first. The Giants are accustomed to playing in the cold; we’ll see how the teams hold up under the soggy, bone-chilling conditions expected in San Fran on Sunday afternoon. We here at TOC regard this one as a pick ‘em. Anything could happen.
Now, here’s the question. Why is Super Bowl XLVI being held in Indianapolis? Nothing against Indianapolis; I can even say I’ve been there. Drove through there years ago on the way from some place to another, and when the water pump on my funny old Granada failed, a garage in Indianapolis was able to replace it for me within 3 hours, and get me back on the road. There was reasonably entertaining reading material in the lounge, and a 7-11 only half a block away. I remember getting an egg-salad sandwich out of its refrigerator, and a pack of chocolate Zingers. (I was much younger then.)
Indy is a hoot on Memorial Day weekend, or so I’m told. On 5 February, however, it is likely to be showing another side of itself. But I guess the days of holding Super Bowls in warm, sunny climes are past. If it’s a New England-New York game, it will at least be pretty convenient for the fans.
Correspondent wreed has notified us that Brent Venables is headed to Clemson as the new defensive coordinator. Wonder what the sense is in Oklahoma on how Mike Stoops will do as the Sooners’ new DC.
In other DC news, Tulsa has picked up Brent Guy, which is a coup for the small TU program. Guy (whom OSU fans will remember as a Cowboy player) was DC at Boise State from 1998-2000 and the head coach at Utah State for 3 years. A lot of TU’s name talent has left in the last two years, including highly productive QB G.J. Kinne, so the coaching staff has its work cut out for it in 2012.
We also note – better late than never – that former Tulsa head coach Todd Graham, who went to Pitt after the 2010 season, was recruited to the head coaching job at Arizona State last month.
Final admin note: I’m resting my right shoulder at the moment, as it has been rather badly overstressed in the last couple of months, mainly by typing and mousing at the computer. That’s the explanation for the low blogging productivity of late. Have to keep computer time to a minimum. The talking amongst yourselves is quite robust and interesting, however. Power of the net.