Good morning, birds of a feather. It has been said that sports are an escape from the problems of the world. I suggest that they are more important than that. We all know that this country has some problems that it needs to solve. The world of sports offers not just a distraction, but solutions.
Dependence on Foreign Energy: Political strife surrounds most of the known available oil. The Keystone Pipeline has it’s detractors, fracking causes earthquakes, and calls for domestic conservation are met with NASCAR. Where can we find the precious fuel that heats our homes and powers Grave Digger?
Well we can find the solution in the world of sports, of course. Specifically college football. We need never concern ourselves about a shortage of oil if we just drill into the souls of the three oiliest characters that we can find. There’s enough grease in these pigs to fry your bacon for a month.
Joblessness: The unemployment rate is hanging stubbornly at between eight and nine percent according to recent statistics. Jobs that would have normally gone into the domestic pile are being outsourced overseas. There is a growth industry on the horizon, though. Tim Tebow didn’t play in New England’s 40-7 loss to Detroit in game three of the preseason and, according to reports this morning, he isn’t scheduled to see action next week either. It seems increasingly likely that Tebow will not be on New England’s Opening Day roster in two weeks. Grief counselors are needed, stat!
Depression: All joking aside, anyone who has ever been a loved one of someone with depression knows that it is an awful malady that saps the sufferers will to even get out of bed. No amount of encouragement helps someone who is that far down. The good folks at FishDuck Interstellar Holdings understand and care about our readers who may be afflicted. Sometimes if you have something to look forward to it helps. To that end we offer this light at the end of the summer:
Thursday | Aug. 29
North Carolina at (8) South Carolina | 3 p.m. | ESPN
(16) Utah State at Utah | 5 p.m. | Fox Sports 1
Ole Miss at (23) Vanderbilt | 6:15 p.m. | ESPN
Friday | Aug. 30
North Dakota State at (12) Kansas State | 5:30 p.m. | Fox Sports 1
Saturday | Aug. 31
Buffalo at (3) Ohio State | 9:00 a.m | ESPN2
Toledo at (9) Florida | 9:21 a.m. | ESPN3/SEC Network
Rice at (5) Texas A&M | 10 a.m. | ESPN
Central Michigan at (24) Michigan | 12:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network/BTN2
Temple at (4) Notre Dame | 12:30 p.m. | NBCS
(22) Northern Illinois at Iowa 12:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network/BTN2
Nicholls State at (2) Oregon | 4 p.m. | Fox Sports 1
Virginia Tech vs. (1) Alabama | Dallas | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN
Eastern Washington at (20) Oregon State | 3 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Louisiana Tech at (15) Oklahoma | 4 p.m. | PPV
Wyoming at (25) Nebraska | 5 p.m. | Big Ten Network/BTN2
New Mexico State at (19) Texas | 5 p.m. | Longhorn Network
(5) Georgia vs. (11) Clemson | Atlanta | ABC
(14) LSU vs. TCU | 6 p.m. | Dallas | ESPN
(18) Boise State at Washington | Fox Sports 1
(17) Northwestern at Cal | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Sunday | Sept. 1
Ohio at (13) Louisville | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN
Monday | Sept. 2
(10) Florida State at Pittsburgh | 5 p.m. | ESPN
It’s college football season! Let’s rock!
Kim Hastings is a 1984 graduate of Northwest Christian College. He cut his journalistic teeth as sports editor of a paper in his home town of Fortuna, CA, and, later as a columnist for the Longview Daily News in Longview, WA.
He saw his first Oregon game in 1977 and never missed a home game from 1981 until a bout with pneumonia cut his streak short in 1997. He was one of the proud 3200 on a bitterly cold night in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1989 for the Independence Bowl, and continues to be big supporter of Oregon sports. He is an active participant on the various Oregon Ducks messageboards as “TacomaDuck.”
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