Mullen, a camera, and room full of nerds - Mullen gave his game-week press conference Monday afternoon. Click the link to watch or read about it. I kind of feel bad for the guy—seems like he's getting the same kinds of questions after every game. "So, that Dak guy's good. Your thoughts?" "So, Dak's not running as much this year. Your thoughts?" "So, [insert freshman's name] made a few big plays last week. Your thoughts?" "A.J. Jefferson is a beast. Your thoughts?" Well done, media.
Dez Harris tore his ACL . . . again - In a bit of craptastic news on Monday, we learned that LB Dez Harris will miss the rest of the season with his third—yes, third—ACL injury. Man, that sucks. Godspeed, Dez. Ask the doctors to fix you up with some of those Six-Million-Dollar-Man ligaments.
Manny Diaz, a camera, and a room full of nerds - Diaz had his weekly gab session with the media yesterday. He talked about a few things of note, including the slow start last week. Actually had some substantive insight on that front. Sounds like he's attributing it as a combination of poor execution by young players on our part and some amazing feats of quarterbacking by Jeff Driskel.
Basketball is coming, people, and I can't freaking wait - I haven't been this enthused about an upcoming basketball season in years. Who knows how much better we'll be, but as of right now, all I know is that we've got a lottery pick, a bunch of seniors, and coach with more success on his resume than every basketball coach we've had in the past fifty years combined. So when there are articles floating around about Fred Thomas's development as a shooter, I.J. Ready's adaptation to being a team leader, and how a four-star forward has whittled it down to us and freaking Indiana, I'm devouring them like hungry dog waiting under the table for dinner scraps.
Of course, it's old hat for the ladies - The media has picked State's women's basketball team to finish third in the SEC, and has tabbed wunderkind Victoria Vivians to be on the preseason All-SEC team.
Dak is good - Wondering how many records Dak's broken so far this season? Hit the link to find out.
Mark Stoops talks MSU - Kentucky's always-solid SBNation site has a piece summarizing Mark Stoops' thoughts on the MSU game. Major points: Dak is good, so are State's receivers, and Kentucky's banged up.
Geeking out about Star Wars
So by now I'm sure you've all seen the new Star Wars trailer that aired on Monday. But let's watch it again anyway:
After I watched that—again and again and again—it occurred to me just how deeply ingrained those movies are in my being. The images, the sounds, the music . . . all of it pounds the parts of my brain that house sentimentality, nostalgia, and my utter geekiness. I have no idea how this movie could be bad after watching that two-and-a-half minute clip.
It then occurred to me that, for all that inexplicable love I have for a 42-year-old movie franchise, I had never seen the trailer for the original Star Wars. Did it similarly presage the glory that was about to be unleashed upon the masses? Would it tug at my fanboy heartstrings just as forcefully, compelling me to shell out whatever money necessary to ensure that I get to see those moving pictures on a huge screen?
Not so much:
I wanna walk up the side of the mountain
Looking for a repetitive children's song by an indie rock band from back in the day that's got a video with a Fantastic Mr. Fox vibe? Well, what do you know, I've got just the thing for you:
Not your bag? You feel like punching someone in the face now? Here's a Black Sabbath show from 1970 to get you where you need to go:
Man, those guys were amazing in those first few years.