Note: Remember "Thinking of Nov. 26?" It had some pretty glaring errors which I should have caught. Mea culpa. Let's try this again. Thanx. BHNP.
It seems as if Lord Delany's plans are bearing fruit. A new rival, the Nebraska Cornhuskers, is gathering strength on our southwest border. Our beloved Hawkeyes will meet them on -- Let's make sure I get it right this time -- Nov. 25 in Lincoln. What a day! Leftover turkey and the evisceration of Taylor Martinez. Surely the football gods favor us.
But that's not all. The Big 10's regular season comes to a close on Nov. 26, a Saturday. Check out this slate of games: Wisconsin v. Penn State, Minnesota v. Illinois, Indiana v. Purdue, Michigan State v. jNWU and Ohio State v. Michigan. What a weekend! (Note: Indiana v. Purdue may contain artificial football flavoring only.)
The idea all along has been to make that last weekend of games a showcase for The Greatest College Football Conference in America. If the season plays out to form some of these games could serve as unofficial semifinals for the Big 10 title game, including a certain contest played on the wrong side of the Missouri (You may not like the guy, but I recall reading recently that Tom Dienhart thinks a 9-0 start is possible for the Hawks. Dust off your swagger, or throw up in your mouth. Your choice.)
Thanksgiving 2011 will be our War of the Titans. We'll be there, 4Loko in hand, watching it all play out. But, believe it or not, these games will need to be sold to the rest of the American sports-viewing public. If there's anything America does better than violence as entertainment, it's corporate marketing-speak to scare up some dollars and, in this case, eyeballs.
The sloganeering is on the way, do not doubt this. Think Super Sunday, Taco Tuesday, or Wife Swap Winter Solstice. If Big 10 honchos have a say -- and they will -- expect something so anodyne-as-to-be-offensive such as Legends and Leaders. Which group is Iowa in again? Our rival is Purdue? Whatever. We know it's going to suck donkey junk and surely will be mocked by the rest of Blogistan. So my question to you, Super Friends*, is how do you want this weekend sold to the wider world?
I'll post a few choices of my own below. My list is by no means exclusive. If you like something better, let's hear it.
*Yes, Rambler, you can be Solomon Grundy.