Saturday, December 18, 2010

More IU Coaching News (Defense!)

According to a few reports out there Indiana's new football coach Kevin Wilson is getting closer to naming his staff. The latest news is that IU will stick with the co-defensive coordinator system and the the two guys will be...current Nebraska linebacker coach Mike Ekeler and current New Mexico defensive coordinator Doug Mallory (also the son of IU all-time wins leader Bill Mallory).

If these two are announced as part of the IU staff, Kevin Wilson is off to a great start. Both guys have been a part of winning programs in the past (Ekeler at Nebraska and Oklahoma while Mallory has spent time at numerous schools including LSU) and have extensive defensive backgrounds.

No word on when the hires will be announced but it sounds like it will be in the near future.

Also - for people who like to believe internet message board reports it looks like Coach Wilson is already putting his stamp on the IU program. A few different posts on the Indiana site have mentioned the intense offseason workouts that Wilson has already implemented at IU...the latest even mentioned that a rumored 6 players have quit the team. If you can't stand the heat - get out of the kitchen! I like that Wilson is already setting expectations. IU will be a much different team next year.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DucksNational Title Unifrom

As a follow up to yesterday's article, here is the Ducks new Uniform here's Paul Lukas' Article found on

We've had the Ninja Ducks, the Storm Trooper Ducks, and now we have -- well, what should we call these? Canary-legged Ducks? Tron-sleeved Ducks?

That's the new Oregon uniform for the BCS National Championship Game that's just been been unveiled today. Auburn is the designated home team and will be wearing blue, so it was a given that Oregon would wear a white jersey. Surprising to see them going with white pants, though. And even more surprising to see those socks, which are straight out of the school's
highlighter-yellow phase.
But wait, it looks like they're keeping their options open with
black pants and socks, so this may end up being a one of those mix-and-match guessing games that continues right up until the Ducks come out of the tunnel on Jan. 10. Seriously, will anyone be surprised if Nikegon scraps this look altogether and comes up with something entirely different for the big game in Glendale?
My initial take: Could be worse, but could also be a whole lot better. I'll have a full point-by-point Uni Watch assessment, along with an in-depth look at the new bowl game uniforms that are also being unveiled today for TCU, Florida, and Boise State, here on Page 2 tomorrow. Meanwhile, post a comment to let us know what you think, because the whole point of this uniform is to get people talking.
I like them, I am glad they didn't stray to far away from thier uniforms of all year. It's defiently Oregon though.

Tom Brady Laughing At the Bears

I was in attendance on Sunday and I'm glad to find out that I wasn't the only one laughing while Deion Branch ran 59 yards for a score as time expired in the first half.

The follow quote is from this article.

"We kept talking ... before the game, if we had an opportunity and they were in a Cover 2 look, we wanted to try to get [tight end Rob Gronkowski] up the seam, and then the outside receiver up the sideline," Brady said Monday during his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI. "And I looked at the safety [Major Wright], and he was backing straight up. He wasn't wide at all. I kind of looked at him and just gave him a little pump to kind of hold him, and to hold the corner [Charles Tillman] a little bit, and Deion raced by him. And I threw it out there. Deion made a hell of a catch and run.

"I was almost laughing. I couldn't believe it."

Monday, December 13, 2010

Another One for the Buehrle Files

From Yahoo!Sports: "Good Guys wear black: Mark Buehrle pays bills for injured dog"

Love this guy.

Big Ten Logo and Division Names

I am sure you guys have heard the names now and the new logo, but if you haven't here they are (sigh).


Ohio State
Penn State


Michigan State

Yup those are the names. Yup they paid someone to come up with them. This ESPN clip basically sums up my feelings.

I like the old logo better. What are the 4 stages I should be feeling, denial, anger something like that.

It's Official, New Jersey's for Oregon in the National Title Game

Found this quick article by Paul Lucas on ESPN:

Why stop now?

That's apparently the thinking at Oregon and at the Nike offices. With the Ducks slated to appear in the BCS title game next month, Swoosh Inc. is planning to unveil a new Oregon uni design for the big game. The unveiling, which is scheduled for Tuesday, will also feature new bowl game uniforms for TCU, Boise State (maybe it will include this white helmet design that's been making the rounds?), and Florida. But it's safe to say that most of the attention will be focused on Oregon.

For all the chatter about Oregon's outlandish uniforms, their current set with the winged shoulders is actually one of the better looks in college football. Will their Glendale uniform continue this move toward visual respectability, or will they revert to their video game look of a few years ago? What do you think?

Whatever the new design turns out to be, Page 2 will be on the case. I'll have an entry here on the Page 2 Blog soon after the unveiling tomorrow, along with a full-length Uni Watch column on Wednesday -- stay tuned

Trivia: Locations of Bears Vs Pats

The past 4 Bears and Patriots games have been played at 4 different stadiums. Name them.