Nov. 16, 2012
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
If you have somehow missed our terrific Bowl Central site, check it out for official news and updates. It’s also the spot to easily place your bowl ticket order; hundreds already have indicated their needs for the bowl games we are most likely to attend. We expect to take another huge crowd to our bowl game and ask that you please make your ticket purchase through our box office. Yes, it is tempting to see if you can find a little better seat location through the bowl’s ticket office but it’s more fun sitting in the Vanderbilt section and you also help Vanderbilt meet its ticket allocation marker.
We watched ESPN’s 30 for 30 series feature “Ghosts of Ole Miss” and suggest you do the same. It gets replayed at odd times so set your television to record it. Why bother? This is an excellent documentary, written and narrated by an Ole Miss guy, about 1962 on the Oxford campus when an undefeated Rebel football team shared the spotlight with James Meredith, the first black student at the school. If you think you know a lot about the parallels or if you have never heard of James Meredith, this is an hour well spent.
Best of luck to our women’s cross country team at Saturday’s NCAA Championship in Louisville. After coming in third at the SEC finals, the ‘Dores picked a great time to have their best day when they finished second at the NCAA Regional last week, beating all the SEC teams in the process to earn an automatic qualification.
This weekend marks 30 years since Frank Mordica garnered national attention by rushing for 321 yards against Air Force. It is somewhat ironic that Mordica’s career rushing record was broken last month by Zac Stacy and also ironic that the Air Force head coach that day was Bill Parcells, who had once been Vandy’s defensive coordinator.
It will be a long time until we lose the image of NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers jumping for joy after his brother Jordan tossed that game winning pass to Chris Boyd last Saturday. The thrill of victory.
The BCS commissioners and Presidential Oversight Committee have announced a four-team playoff for the national football championship beginning in 2014. Anybody wanna wager that rather than quiet the BCS critics, the new story line will become how unfair it is that Team No. 5 didn’t make the semifinal cut?