Happy St. Valentine’s Day to everyone. For those of you who did not have to study Lives of the Saints whilst growing up, let me assure you that St. Valentine was not the patron saint of chocolate. Today marks the death of St. Valentine in 270 AD. Purely by chance, both Oregon and Arizona became States on this date – Oregon in 1859 and Arizona in 1912.
Currently, St. Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love. To honor that tradition, I have reserved comment until today on a sports story from about a week ago. If the reports are accurate, it would seem that love is in bloom but romance is dead.
About a week ago, Bears’ QB, Jay Cutler, supposedly proposed marriage to his fiancée, Kristin Cavallari. According to this version of the story, Cutler delivered the proposal by text message as Ms. Cavallari was at O’Hare Airport preparing to leave Chicago. Then Cutler sent her the engagement ring by mail.
Please note that the report cited here quotes Ms. Cavallari as the source for how all this happened and you would have to admit that she is in a position to know. So, what might we all deduce from the events as presented here:
1. Clearly, there is no truth to the rumor that Jay Cutler can only complete passes to Brandon Marshall.
2. Clearly, he sent a traditional diamond ring because he does not have any Super Bowl rings.
3. It could have been a big problem for him if he needed to depend on Saturday postal delivery to get the ring to her.
The good news here is that Kristin Cavallari is a living, breathing woman; at least Cutler did not try to send the ring to Lennay Kekua. And speaking of “Ms. Kekua”, here is a Facebook note from Dan Daly, formerly at the Washington Times:
“Who cares whether Manti Te’o is still a 1st-round pick? The bigger question is: Will Lennay Kekua play in the next Lingerie Bowl?”
Barry Alvarez, AD at Wisconsin, said on his radio program that teams in the Big 10 would stop scheduling Division 1-AA teams in football. You can take that to be good news or bad news depending on your perspective:
If you are a football fan, you can see this as good news because there could be fewer mismatches on the college football schedule. Yes, Big 10 schools can still find patsies among the Division 1-A schools, but this move by the Big 10 might turn some of the out of conference games into interesting contests.
If you are the athletic director of a Division 1-AA school, you can see this as bad news because – even though an away game at a Big 10 school might be a 6 TD loss – your athletic program just lost its opportunity for a payday in the high six figures.
A cynic might say this is just a way for the “big guys” in college football to keep more of the money for themselves.
A realist might remind a cynic that it is never wrong to “follow the money”.
Those are all opinions; here is a simple fact:
The folks in Ann Arbor will not have to worry about going to Michigan Stadium on a bright Saturday afternoon and seeing Appalachian State leave town with a victory.
I applaud the Big 10 for taking this kind of step even though this will cut off a revenue stream for some smaller football programs. I am speaking as a fan of the game of college football and not as a fan of any particular school. I have never been able to understand how one can consider it entertaining to watch a football game where the score is 49-0 at the half even when your team is the one in the lead.
Sticking with college football, I read a report earlier this week that “Johnny Football” had spent a week in New Orleans just after the Super Bowl game there. A quick search leads me to believe that Texas A&M is indeed in the midst of an instructional term and that classes are in session. My conclusion:
It appears that Texas A&M has adapted very quickly to the way football is played and administered in the SEC.
Nick Saban has suspended four football players at Alabama indefinitely from the football team after police arrested the players on charges of “second-degree robbery”. They are all out on bail and the legal process will take its course. Nevertheless, I wonder if 75,000 folks showed up at Bryant-Denny Stadium the next day to yell:
Finally, Mike Bianchi had this comment in the Orlando Sentinel recently regarding a change in a cultural icon:
“Did you see where the makers of Monopoly are trying to modernize the popular board game so it relates more to today’s current culture? For instance, in the Orlando version of the game, violators no longer go directly to jail; they go directly a Magic-Bobcats game.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………