Maybe another list or ranking? Naw…been done already and too recently, besides. Perhaps I could construct some manner of Uber-MidWest Coast Quarterback using common household items such as a spatula and a can of solid white Albacore? Nuh uh…too primitive. So what's a Blankman to do when he, himself, draws a…blank? Why, wax poetic with his random musings, of course! Do join me, won't you as I lob up a few literary Hail Marys awaiting your metaphorical waiting arms.
- Gary Barnett
So, our favorite Buff has been reinstated and everything's peachy keen in the land of Boulder? I think not. The primary reason, some may say the ONLY reason, that Gary still sports black and gold is because, frankly, CU just doesn't have enough cash to throw at him that would result in his departure. Simply put? CU is stuck with Barnett and what will the Academic throng do in the mean time about Big Bad Gary's return? Set him up to fail. Oh sure, it'll be fun teeing off on the Buffs for a while like Jack Nicklaus did when leisure suits were today's MP3s, but he won't be around long if (when?) CU falls like a boulder (tee hee).
- Maurice Clarrett vs. Common Sense
Okay, so the question's been posed: How long is long enough for a kid to consider playing in The League? Personally? I like the Three-Years-Out-of-High-School idea best. Not to say I really enjoy it when a young man leaves for thoughts of bling bling and such, but a playa's got to do what he's got to, ya feel meh? That said, Maurice, Mike and the small gaggle of high school players who dared step up and challenge the NFL for all she's worth need to take a step back and let the following sink in: If you participate, you will depreciate. Hmm…almost makes me think I had something to do with a white Ford Bronco. Anyway, the basis of my beliefs is that football is a physical game (duh) and while Mike W. may have hops and Maurice to the C has his quicks, when they meet Ray Lewis on a hot and humid Sunday afternoon, they may very well be wishing to have their Heisman campaigns back.
- The Uniforms
Can't we go one year without rehashing this subject? This is why we can't have NICE THINGS, people! In actuality, the 2K4 Uni Change is a might interesting to the Ol' Blanker. Why, I haven't seen the dual-striped pants since I was a young lad with thoughts of Super Nintendo running through my immense cranium. I do enjoy the throwback though. A bit of a doff of the cap to T.O.'s regime by the Callahan Gang, but featuring the new and improved jersey with the singular stripe and hopefully un-bunched font. I dunno about you, but those damn numbers drove me insane last year. It looked like someone loaded up a DryVac full of starch and went plum loco. With that said, the changes (however you want to look at them) are pretty coo' and I do appreciate the retro touch. Blankman approves.
- Less is More
What's that, you say? Steve Pederson is phasing out Bob's Brill Crème from the HuskerVision screens? BULLY, says I! S.P. apparently feels that Dear Ol' Nebraska U can get a little more bang for her buck these days and I, for one, couldn't be happier if this proves to be the case. I know, I know, little Johnny is going to be absolutely distraught that he can't play the Amigo's helmet challenge or the Valentino's "What's-a-matta-you-no-like-a-me-hey-at's-a-matta-fo-you" Guess ‘Um Off, but ‘dems the breaks. After all, there is still ::shudder:: Lil Red. Besides, Johnny, you still have "Hey Baby" in the fourth. Speaking of which, anyone have a racing form?
- Final Thoughts
So here we are closing out the month of May and introducing June to the calendar. Already the pre-season magazines are starting to hit the stands and recruitniks (mahself included) are looking towards upcoming camps to see how prospects will fare. Personally, it's just a matter of time before I get the ol' withdrawal pangs again. That is, of course, until NCAA Football 2005 comes out. Regardless of the situation, folks, I think now is a good time to take stock in what we have. Take the opportunity to sit back, relax, enjoy your favorite chilled beverage and ponder, much like I have these past few minutes.
Pick a spot be it by a sparkling pool or on a grassy hill with the blades tickling your feet. Just take a moment to stop and wonder. Sure, it could be about the MWCO or Joe Dailey; it could be about the Blackshirts and Kevin Cosgrove. Then again, you could just take a cue from Blankman and do much like I plan to do this Memorial Day weekend: Just take a moment, honor those who we take the time to celebrate and then just think of…well…nothing at all. Cheers.
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