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top 10 things to look forward to: week 7

October 14, 2010

10. Penn State is on the bye

Not the first thing you would expect me to be looking forward to, but Penn State’s crappy team is really starting to hit my nerves. At first, our victory over them seemed spectacular! And the striped stadium, how lovely. But then Illinois beat PSU at Happy Valley, which was awesome at first. We learned Penn State really doesn’t have it this year. But in order for our win over Penn State to actually mean anything, they have to perform in the next few weeks. They have Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Michigan State still to face. While I won’t be donning a Nittany Lions shirt anytime soon, I really hope they do something.
9. Iowa State v. Oklahoma

Just another angle at which our victory of Iowa State can mean something.
8. Law and Order: Los Angeles


I just watched the first episode this morning. SO GOOD. Not SVU good (nothing can top the superduo that is Benson-Stabler), but up there. The crimes are a lot more superficial (a celebrity’s necklace was stolen!) but the plot twists are a lot more ridiculous. Like M. Night Shyamalan pre-The Happening is writing them.

7. no. 13 Michigan State v. Illinois

Illinois could be on the uprise with their victory over Penn State, or it just could have been a fluke. Either way, Michigan State is going to be a very good test for the Fighting Irish Illini. MSU has just come off an awesome W against Michigan and can probably keep the momentum going over the next few weeks.

6. Green Bay Packers v. Miami Dolphins


Aaron is back! You guys underestimate how much I love this man.

5. Project Runway

It is getting down to the wire. There are only 5 contestants left and only 3 of the said 5 can go to New York Fashion Week. The past few seasons, Heidi Klum has “surprised” us all by letting 4 people go (it’s not really a surprise anymore) so I’m hoping this year they only let in 3. Or even 2 because only April’s clothes are wearable. In fact, Heidi should have April and Tim Gunn design clothing lines and battle it out. The episode would be so fierce that people might actually start watching Lifetime.

4. no. 15 Iowa v. Michigan


The return of the Hawkeyes! From what I can tell, Ferentz and his army of patriots have been doing work over the past few weeks preparing for this game. Michigan isn’t ranked anymore, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t Top 25 material. Because they are.

Also, the return of the USA chant. It’s Ricky Stanzi’s America and we’re all just living in it.

3. Start of crucial stretch for Iowa

This Michigan game also starts a string of super important games in which Iowa MUST perform. Away at Michigan, home Wisconsin, home Michigan State, at Indiana, at Northwestern (dundundunnn) and home Ohio State. One slip up during any of those games could mess with the minds of the players and cause them to lose focus.

2. Iowa’s defense v. Denard Robinson

We’ve seen it written and talked about everywhere: Denard Robinson, Michigan’s QB, is a hybrid man-bird-John Elway-The Flash that we have not seen in the Big Ten in ages. He holds the record for Michigan AND Big Ten record rushing yards by a quarterback: 258 yds Ksdjfr38&^#&*$^! I mean, these numbers are made up. Or at least they seem like it. And this guys is just a sophomore.

On the other hand, Iowa has, arguably, one of the best defenses in the nation right now. The most recent USA Today rankings has Iowa at the no. 4 position in total defense, behind Boise State, TCU, and Ohio State. They allow just 242 yards per game (less than D. Robinson has rushed himself per game), and has only given up 6 touchdowns, the lowest amount of any team.

It’s going to be a very interesting game to watch given the pairing of a great offense against a great defense. And I don’t mean like how the Georgia Tech game was interesting (it wasn’t). Because both are Big Ten teams and have more similar playing styles than Big Ten v. ACC.

no 1. Ohio State v. no. 18 Wisconsin

I am slightly more excited for this game than Iowa’s, but not from a fans’ point of view. Obviously, every day is an exciting day when Iowa is playing. But this game has a lot at stake, plus its a night game which means I can watch it. And for once, I’m hoping for a big Badger W.

top 10 reasons we should have seen this brett favre scandal coming

October 11, 2010

I’m going to take a short break from the Big Ten to focus on the 2nd closet conference to my heart: NFC North. I’m a huge fan of the conference in general, as I don’t have a particular team to call my own. I lost all hope in Chicago teams when I was about 10 years old. That’s when Michael Jordan retired. I took the Cubs back pretty quickly (that’s what Cubs fans do anyway), but the Bulls and the Bears still needed time. The Bulls are on their way back into my heart, but the Bears….I just can’t do it. My parents have accepted my decision, mostly because they’re glad I’m not a Packers fan. I’m afraid to tell them that I love Aaron Rodgers and his beard more than anything in the NFL right now.

Anyway, here is a bit of background information to this post: Brett Favre is some hick from Mississippi who decided he could play ball in the Big Leagues 20 years ago. He won the hearts of many with his good looks, strong jawline, and Southern Charm. After playing college ball along greats such as Nile Kinnick, he was drafted to the Green Bay Packers, part of my fave conference. He played there for 24 years until he decided he was old and done with football. Then he played for the New York Jets (where this scandal takes place), then decided he was old and tired. Then he played for the Minnesota Vikings, breaking the hearts of people like my boyfriend, who spent a good amount of his childhood living in Mississippi before moving to Milwaukee. Favre then decided his ankle hurt and since he couldn’t take any Vicoden, he should retired. Then he decided to play again. And that brings us to right now.

If you haven’t heard yet, there is a “sexting” scandal surrounding Brett Favre that took place during his 2008 season at the New York Jets. You can read all about it here: http://deadspin.com/5658206/brett-favres-cellphone-seduction-of-jenn-sterger

Here are the top 10 reasons we should have all seen this coming:

10. He’s an athlete in the 21st century

 

i had to write a whole paper about this picture last year.

 

Athletes nowadays have to have a personal brand; they are all out to make a name for themselves rather than help their team (like LeBron v. Michael Jordan. He would never leave Chicago for Miami). The better the brand, the more devastating the scandal. I’d say Brett Favre has a pretty solid reputation (besides Benedict Arn0ld-ing the Packers) which deserves a solid controversy.

 

9. The Vikings have not been doing so well

After Michael Vick got out of the clank, he returned to the Eagle’s, took over the starting QB position, and has been playing phenomenally well this season. The Vikings have been shaky after a great run last year (and one of Favre’s best seasons), so more cowbell a scandal is exactly what the doctor ordered to fix this team.

 

8. He’s a family man.

So was Tiger Woods.

 

7. The retire/un-retire/retire/un-retire story was getting old

Every mention of Favre on ESPN in the past three years was about his ankle hurting and his retirement and which team would take him next. I could not have cared less.

 

6. His wife had cancer

 

i hope i look this good in my 40s and after surviving cancer

 

 

So did John Edward’s lady. Didn’t matter; he cheated on her and out popped a love child. Proof that public figures really don’t have any feelings.

5. He’s the oldest guy on the team

 

you could have gotten away with it if you were this young

 

 

Perhaps he was feeling left out because all of his young teammates were out hitting on women at clubs while he stayed home and hung out with his granddaughter (yes, he’s a grandpa). He just wanted to prove that he still has what it takes to roll with the boys. 90’s babies have never lived a day when Favre hasn’t play football. And they’re turning 21 this year.

4. Female reporters have been involved in all sorts of law suits.

 

this is quite similar to what i wear to job interviews

 

The latest being Ines Sainz, who claimed men in the New York Jet’s (surprise surprise!) locker room where making comments and catcalling at her while she waited for an interview with Mark Sanchez. Not to put women back 50 years, but she wears skin tight jeans and her boobs hang out of her 3-inch big tops while she’s reporting. Feminists are going to argue that a woman shouldn’t be judged by her clothing, but seriously. She wears low cut tops, posts bikini pictures, and asks to measure players’ biceps in interviews. A catcall is almost expected. The Erin Andrews scandal was even worse. She had a stalker that filmed her in a hotel room curling her hair without clothes on. She sued the hotel for $$$ for giving away her room number and one. And may I point out that she wears dress slacks, jackets, and tops that cover herself up on the job.

This girl, Jenn Sterger, was a Florida State Cowgirl (fake cheerleader) with fake boobs and a dream to pose for Playboy. Well, she did. Good for her. Then she decided she loves sports and wanted to be a reporter, so she signed on with the New York Jets as the in house reporter. But here’s where her story is different: yes there are bikini pictures of her out there. And she may not be a “real” journalist. But she rejected Brett Favre’s advances and kept herself covered while working.

3. He’s Brett Favre

 

i'm just a baby!

 

He can do anything–literally, anything– that is wrong and America’s reaction will be the same: “Aw shucks, it’s little Brett from Mississippi. He could never do something like that.” Well guess what. He did!

2. The allegations started around August.

 

his smirk is full of secrets

 

 

During the last hour of Googling my research I found that reports of this first started around August of this year with snapshots from pictures comparing the wrist watch on the hand in said photo to the watch Favre was wearing in a recent press conference. Surprise, the watches are identical. It wasn’t until now that MySpace messages (seriously Brett? MySpace? Are you 15-years-old?) and voicemails were discovered, sparking an investigation from the NFL

1. He was in New York

 

typical new york college students... gross

 

He gave of the Midwest for the East Coast. If you’ve read this blog before, you know that I despise the East Coast as much as I do Purdue (Iowa’s most hated rival). It messed with Favre’s head, gave him big city dreams. He worked hard, tried to meet the right people. He did things he would never mention again to get on top. He thought he was special from the other guys, only to find out that he wasn’t. Actually, that was last night’s episode of Boardwalk Empire.