What a pleasant surprise to see the Big Ten recover its footing and gain a modicum of respect! I've always had a soft spot for the Hoosiers, despite watching them beat us 31-0 in 1991. Still, the fans were nice.
Anyhow, it was a special treat to watch them beat Missouri on the road. Indiana's defense - their weakest point, to be sure - got a number of key stops that allowed the offense to drive the length of the field and seal the win. Thus a ranked SEC team lost at home the the Big Ten.
Well done, Hoosiers.
WHY EASTERN MICHIGAN IS AWFUL: When I was in college the first stirrings of political correctness were bubbling up from the netherworld.
These people were clearly white supremecists out to utterly humiliate minorities. The new hotness back then was to eradicate all references to American Indians from public spaces.
Yes, I know it's outrageous, but it continues to this day. These bigots are not content to slaughter Indians, take their lands and shatter their culture, no they want even the very names of the tribes wiped out.
It is perfectly okay for Europeans to have sports teams named after them - you know, like the Vikings, Fighting Irish or even the Spartans - but Indian tribes? Total obliteration.
One of the first victims of this racist purge was Eastern Michigan University, once known as the Hurons. The Hurons have long since vanished from Michigan, but Eastern kept their name alive, frustrating the white supremecists, who demand the total cultural eradication of the Red Man. Thus the EMU Hurons became the Eagles.
This naturally outraged the decent, moral alumni, who in their righteous anger at this bigotry withheld their contributions. EMU football entered a death spiral from which it has yet to recover. Even to this day, EMU alumni are divided between "Hurons" and "Eagles."
I should here mention that in the face of this racialist purge, some schools held fast to the principles of multi-culturalism. Central Michigan University at first seemed to waver, but the local Chippewa tribe demanded that they keep their name - and so the Chippewas are still honored each and every football Saturday. No doubt the Seminoles take pride in the national title their team won last year.
But the Hurons? Eradicated even in memory. It is hard to imagine a crueler fate than to have the very name of one's people expunged from popular culture. Such is the vile Euro-centric work of political correctness.
ENOUGH ABOUT THAT, WHAT ABOUT MSU? I got nothing. We played five quarterbacks. It was a romp.
MEANWHILE, IN YOU-KNOW-WHERE: You know, the Skunk Bears' awful performance has gotten plent of ink and I have little to add. I am planning on making a more detailed analysis of their plight later in the week. Suffice to say that they did indeed get blown out in a way more horrible than even I imagined.
And that's saying something.