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Before you get in your obligatory half hour of zoning out at your desk, take a short stroll through some of the MSU-related and maybe-not-so-MSU-related miscellany that the internet has to offer today.

Morning Linkage, etc.

Apparently Mullen's done an okay job at State - Hadn't really occurred to me, but the win at Missouri last week was State's 20th in the last 25 games. That's the best stretch in program history alongside a few years in the early 1940's.

If it's good enough for the Seahawks . . . . - You've probably read on this site or on other depositories of internet wisdom that Coach Diaz changed the team's tackling technique this year to keep up with the latest in defensive defensery. Hit the link for a more in-depth look at how Diaz started the ball rolling. The technique, known as "hawk tackling," has been championed by Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks and has been successfully adopted by a number of college programs, including La. Tech. under Diaz and some team from Ohio that won some kind of title last year. If you're interested in learning the ins and outs of this newfangled form of tackling, here you go:

More on the Josephs - Click the link to get Bob Carskadon's nice piece on the Josephs. And here's more from the Sun Herald out of Gulfport.

Howland's first post-game press conference - Yeah, it was an exhibition game. But who cares. So it begins:

Lots of stuff going on at Mizzou - For good primers on what's happening in Missouri, visit Rock M Nation for multiple perspectives and updates. For a more national perspective, here are pieces from the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Remember the Zune?

Yeah, I don't really. But damn if Microsoft didn't have an awesome commercial for the device. Not too many bands like the Black Angels I can claim to have first heard on a commercial for an mp3 player.

Catch-22 Excerpt of the Day

"About how long will I have to wait before I can go in to see the major?"

"Just until he goes out to lunch," Sergeant Towser replied. "Then you can go right in."

"But he won't be there then. Will he?"

"No, sir. Major Major won't be back in his office until after lunch."

"I see," Appleby decided uncertainly. "I think I'd better come back after lunch, then . . . ."

"He'll be back right after lunch. Then you'll have to go right out and wait for him in front till he leaves for dinner. Major Major never sees anyone in his office while he's in his office."

"Sergeant, what did you just say?"

"I said that Major Major never sees anyone in his office while he's in his office."

Appleby stared at Sergeant Towser intently and attempted a firm tone. "Sergeant, are you trying to make a fool out of me just because I'm new in the squadron and you've been overseas a long time?"

"Oh, no, sir," answered the sergeant deferentially. "Those are my orders. You can ask Major Major when you see him."

"That's just what I intend to do, Sergeant. When can I see him?"

"Never."

Epic Beginning to an Epic Week

It's time to start getting ready for an amazing football game, people. It's only five days away. Rock out accordingly.

And, as always, be excellent to each other.