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"Practice, practice makes
Perfect is a fault
And the fault lines change….."
The greatest American-influenced, alternative
rock album of all time is R.E.M.'s 1986 release,
"Life's Rich Pageant." The
greatest song on that greatest album is
"I Believe." Hard-charging,
optimistically defiant, and emblematic of the
college rock scene of that era, the tune still packs
its original, powerful punch. Let's pay tribute.
I believe that Charlie Weis thinks he's smart and
funny and good at being a head football coach.
I believe that the best quarterback nobody's
really aware of right now is Vad Lee. Athleticism,
smarts, and the best weapon he has in his arsenal –
head coach Paul Johnson – all give the Georgia Tech
sophomore as much under-the-radar potential as any
of the autograph-signing stars across the country.
I believe that a year from now Lane Kiffin will
make for a good interview subject as the running
backs coach for an NFL team.
I believe that the conventional wisdom that says
Barry Switzer is an idiot is off base. Not too long
ago, I ate ribs with the bootlegger's son at
Chicago's Twin Anchors. After a few sodas, I asked
Switzer who the toughest coach to go up against was.
His response: "The one with the best players." Dumb
like a fox.
I believe that it's okay for me to bare my soul
to the universe and admit that I have not ever
watched one second of "Breaking
I believe that those TV stars that run around the
country and do that flashy, six-hour pre-game show
where everyone wears those Home Depot hats became
caricatures a long time ago.
I believe that the most entertaining game of the
year will take place on the night of Thursday,
November 7th. Oregon visits The Farm that
night and the game will feature two top five teams
with contrasting styles in what is one of the most
underrated rivalries going in the sport right now.
I believe that Notre Dame lived on smoke and
mirrors last season. Sure, that defense is a top ten
unit that will stymie opponents all season long once
again. But Everett Golson performed more magic
tricks last season than Golden Domers are willing to
admit. He won't be able to turn busted plays into
game-changing scores while sitting in the student
lounge with Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Anthony
Michael Hall, and the one who's related to Charlie
and Martin Sheen.
I believe that the Arizona Wildcats will take a
small step backwards this season after RichRod's
strong rebirth in the desert last year. However, I
also believe that Pac12 coaches are all trying their
hardest to act like not they're not scared of what's
coming out of Tucson.
I believe that Braxton Miller is all that.
I believe that more teams need to showcase Nike
Pro Combat Uniforms in the way that I believe that
Major League Baseball umpires should continue to
believe that fans need to believe that they are
what's holding the whole thing together.
I believe that the University of Iowa's Hawkeye
Marching Band's Victory Polka is awesome.
In heaven there is no beer
That's why we drink it here.
And when we're gone from here
Our friends will be drinking all the beer…
It isn't brilliance in the "R.E.M." sort of way –
but I believe it's precisely the sort of jam that
puts the cherry on top of a bonanza win over a
heated rival as dusk falls over Kinnick Stadium…
I will believe that someone other than Alabama
will win the coveted silver football thing this
season when I start to believe that Tiger Woods
isn't a smug fraud who won't ever win a major ever
I believe that the absolute best of time of year
is the period that starts on or around September 1st
through the New Year. I now have to sort of qualify
that belief due to the fact that the season now
extends to some weird,
inching-towards-the-middle-of-January Monday night
rather than New Year's Day but you get the picture.
My belief is that these next four months are as good
as it gets.