Don't know about y'all, but that pretty much sums up my sentiments about Saturday afternoon. My lucky underpants didn't do a damn bit of good.
Morning Linkage, Etc.
Ugggghhhhh - You know, scouring the internet for MSU-related morsels isn't usually an emotional experience. You find some interesting sound bites from players and coaches, you luck out every once in a while with some insightful strategic analysis or breakdown of the box score, and, frankly, you sift through a lot of regurgitated garbage spouted out by talking heads, bloggers, former college athletes, and sportswriters.
Well, today's different. It's just sadness, y'all. Sure, people have praised Dak and 95% of the defense's performance. But for the most part, the internet has given no solace. So I'm keeping the meaningful stuff short and sweet, and only from the horse's mouth.
Yaaaayyyy! - Can't end on a bummer, though, can we? So, ladies and gentlemen, Ben Howland:
My most substantive take-away from the basketball game Friday night was the fact that "defense" as I know it may no longer exist. If the officiating in that game is indicative of what we're going to see all season, be prepared for lots and lots of lightly contested layups. Howland is totally right—if you even touched a guy on his way to the basket, they called a foul. Weird, weird stuff. But at the same time, it's exciting and up tempo. So I guess as long as we can continue to keep up—in case you hadn't already heard, this was first time we've scored over 100 points since 2011—bring on the offense!
Missed the basketball game? No worries. - Because we play again tonight! Hit the link for a quick preview of the game with Southern. Tip is at 7:00 p.m. (CST) at the Hump. The game will be televised on the SEC Network+, which I think is an online-only thing via WatchESPN. (If you did in fact miss Friday's game, you can watch the replay here.)
The ladies won, too, of course - The twenty-one-point win over Samford should keep us in the top 15 for the next week since we don't play again till Saturday. (If you didn't catch the game, you can watch the replay here.)
Little bit country, little bit soul
Guys, if you're looking for something smooth to impress your special ladyfriend, look no further than Otis Blue, one of the best southern soul records ever made. Otis is in rare form all over that album.
One track in particular, though, is especially interesting because of how iconic it's become in both R&B and country music—"You Don't Miss Your Water." Not sure why it's this song in particular that's had so much success spanning the divide. Great lyric, melody, and sentiment, of course, but it's not all that novel, all things considered.
Whatever, though. It works both ways. Exhibit A:
And in case Sweetheart of the Rodeo isn't legit enough for you country diehards, Sturgill Simpson provides Exhibit C (which I've witnessed firsthand).
Life is a series of down endings
All the new Star Wars hoopla—and, y'all, as much of a fan as I am, the merchandising is nuts this time around—reminded me of this: