Are the citizens of West Virginia ready for a prime-time showdown with LSU? Will they put their best face forward for the TV cameras?
Maybe, maybe not. Folks in Morgantown are nervous, which is why the city is forcing residents to remove couches and other furniture from their porches. It seems people there have a proud history of couch burning.
Outkick The Coverage Looks at West Virginia fans:
West Virginia plays LSU this Saturday night. ESPN's College Gameday will be on campus. It's an opportunity for West Virginia, the school rejected by both the ACC and the SEC in the past week, to refine its image. No hillbilly jokes, no cavity-laden teeth, no shirts with curse words on them. At least not if the school has any say in it. Recall that during the week of the West Virginia-Marshall game ESPN cameras caught a student wearing the t-shirt. Since then the image has spread everywhere. There's only one solution to remove vulgarities from in front of our children:
Welcome to the West F'in Virginia t-shirt amnesty program. Return your shirt with an expletive on it and receive an officially licensed WVU t-shirt in exchange.
WHAT’S UP WITH THE ACC?
Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi believes Florida State should make a run for the SEC if it can. ACC football no longer excites him.
“We keep hearing how all of this realignment is about the major conferences improving their football product and then what does the ACC do? It goes and raids the Big East for a couple of basketball schools — Syracuse and Pittsburgh — who bring no buzz or excitement to an already tediously mundane football league. And are you ready for this? There are still rumors and rumblings that the ACC may also go out and get UConn and Rutgers to get to 16 teams.
“Did somebody forget to tell the ACC that these were supposed to be football ‘super conferences’ and not football ‘pooper scooper conferences’? Pitt and Syracuse? UConn and Rutgers? That massive clicking sound you will hear soon is TV viewers across the country switching from the ACC Game of the Week between Syracuse and North Carolina State to a rerun of a PBS documentary on ‘The Plight of the Ring-billed Sandpiper.’”
CRUMMY EFFORT OF NIGHT
Cardinals reliever Jason Motte imploded in the ninth inning Thursday, allowing the Mets to rally from a 6-2 deficit to win 8-6. St. Louis had a chance to climb within one game of Atlanta in the wild-card berth. Instead, they fell two back with just six games to play. Ouch!
When will the Big 12’s game of musical chairs come to an end?
Was there something fishy about Notre Dame’s victory over Michigan State?
FROM THE TWEETDECK
Chase Daniel: “After just two weeks of the season, if I had to pick the toughest conference I would go with the AFC East.”
Ken Rosenthal: “Triple Crown? #Dodgers' Kemp: 1st in NL in RBIs by five, 2nd in HRs by one, 3rd in BA by four points. #MLB”
Ross Tucker: Bills haven't beaten Pats since 1st game of my 3rd year in '03. I played 4 more years & have been retired for 3. Long time.
Sooner Scoop: After all of these years, I've never seen so many fans try and orchestrate this many letter writing/phone campaigns over realignment.
Kurt Warner: Ever have some1 come up & shake ur hand then when u let go ur hand is all wet!? I am sure he just washed his hands, but really? #fb
FROM THE BLOG-O-SPEAR
Can’t Stop The Bleeding noted a certain professional wrestler’s appearance in Boston:
Mere weeks after Ric Flair’s attorney made some flimsy rhetorical gestures in the direction of Bill Simmons’ Grantland over the latter’s exhaustive detailing of the legendary grappler’s legal and financial woes, it would seem Flair has exacted some small measure of psychic revenge. NESN.com’s Tony Lee reports the 16-time world champion paid a surprise visit to the Red Sox clubhouse earlier today, sadly missing out on an opportunity to take advice from J.D. Drew on how to best sell an injury.