Bandwagon of the moment

Hi. Just wanted to let you know I’m jumping on the East Carolina bandwagon. I want to make that known now, so you know well in advance of when the rest of the bandwagon will jump onboard in the coming weeks.

ECU is whipping up on West Virginia 24-3 with 5 minutes left in the 4th quarter. This team is for real. After an impressive win against Virginia Tech, ECU now seems even more poised and destined for a great season. Oh by the way, ECU is unranked (that won’t be the case come Monday), and oh yeah, WVU is #8 and a sleeper pick for the national championship. Not anymore, if the finale of the 4th quarter is anything like the rest of the game!

Other college football observations:

  • I wasn’t sure about the Dr. Lou segment on ESPN last week, but now I am. I don’t like it. It may cause the occasional “heh” laugh, but it doesn’t induce amazement and wonderment like his pep talks of last year. (Dr. Lou is Lou Holtz, and by the way, Skip Holtz, Lou’s son, is head coach at ECU.) I did enjoy that they had an “anonymous caller” who complained of migraines caused by Notre Dame football play, as it was very very obviously the voice of Regis Philbin.
  • I love ESPN commercials (duh). The latest I saw today was one with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit (the most attractive broadcaster in the history of broadcasters), and USC coach Pete Carroll. They were riding a tour bus to an unknown destination and Herbstreit was ignoring phone calls from Carroll, but unbeknownst to Herbstreit, Carroll was on the bus and caught him. Not the best of their commercials, but amusing nonetheless. ESPN commercials are reason #357 that I wouldn’t mind working for Wieden + Kennedy NY.
  • I miss the East Coast. I have such a hard time finding the games I want to watch. This week UVA was rarely televised for more than 5 consecutive minutes and Texas is on, but not until much later today . SEC and ACC games have been few and far between. Thankfully the weekend’s headliner matchup, the big Florida-Miami showdown, will be televised tonight. The Big 10 is ubiquitous, and it makes me want to gag. I was so excited when Ohio State entered halftime earlier today trailing Ohio, but unfortunately they turned it on somewhat in the second half and won by 12. But still, I would have preferred to spend my college football watching on other games or conferences.
  • The UVA throwback jerseys were interesting today. They won 16-0 in a game my cable plan only allowed me to view for a few minutes. Instead of the usual navy blue ensemble with orange splices and “V-sabers“-emblazoned navy helmets they wore orange jerseys and white pants with white helmets. The pants and helmets donned a similar blue & orange stripe. Here’s a look:


Anyway, congrats to the gentlemen in orange and blue on their first victory of the season. Onward to the next 12 wins (because they’re going to be in the ACC championship and national championship games for sure)! That was being facetious, just in case you didn’t already know.

Also if you’re interested in sports “packaging” and design, as in the study of uniforms (color/font/design choices and more) I enthusiastically recommend Paul Lukas’s Uni Watch on espn.com. I’ve been reading it off and on for quite a while, but if you’re interested in “the aesthetics of athletics” with a dose of sarcasm, Lukas is your man.

OK, back to the games. Más later.

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