Thursday, October 23, 2008

Big Ten Bloggers Roundtable - White Out Edition

This week's questions come from the guys over at NittanyWhiteOut.

1. We're approaching week 9 now, are you pleasantly surprised or already waiting for basketball season?

Pleasantly surprised so far, cautiously optimistic going forward.

2. Describe one specific play from this season you would alter for a different outcome if you had the chance to.

Easy, Sean Lee’s knee injury coming into the season.

3. How could it (#2) possibly impact the way your season is going?

Lee and Navorro Bowman would be a deadly tandem at linebacker and would turn one of our weaknesses into a strength. On that note, there’s always next year to look forward to.

4. Big Ten player you just can't stand, why?

Damnit, I don’t want to mess with karma this week. Let’s just say someone who’s spent a couple years playing with hype that far exceeds their talent.

5. Booing your own team (we've seen quite a lot of this across the Big Ten this season), your feelings on this.

I’m alright with it, especially if you watch a team continually commit the same mistakes without seemingly trying to correct the issue.

Bonus Round
1. Number of beers or alcoholic drinks consumed by week 8 (or a good estimate)

I’ll defer to Galen, because his total will be far more impressive.

2. Most annoying commercial seen this season.

Ugh, I’m usually flipping to other games on commercials, but Penn State’s ad done by the university is the worst and I can’t figure out why since they can produce quality like the Penn State Football Story. When was the last time any Penn State ad was anything but utterly terrible and yet they run them for more than 5 years at a time.

Dear Penn State,

Either stop trying to act hip with your vacuous ads or go hire people that can do it right. I mean we have an affiliation with Nike, they consistently have amazing ads (see later in this question), maybe you should ask some advice or look into the same ad agency.


Simple is usually better, here's my favorite ad for any school ever run during football games.

Space, bitches!

For this year, the best ad I’ve seen during football is this work of art by David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en, Zodiac) for Nike:

a bookend to last year’s equally excellent ad by Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral, The Insider) for Nike:

3. Your prediction for the next coaching change in the Big Ten (Joe Tiller exempt)

I work with several Wisconsin alums/fans and let’s just say if Bret Bielema survives into next season I would be very surprised.


Greg_Dyer said...

Re: commercials, the Mann commercial features music from his 1992 epic The Last of the Mohicans. That particular segment of music is excerpted from the final fight scene between the protagonists and Mogua. The allusion to the climactic battle of an epic is pretty cool in the context of the commercial.

The Fincher commercial borrows from Ennio Morricone's score for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The segment in the commercial comes from the scene where Tuco finds the graveyard where $200k is burried, then goes careening through hundreds of tombstones to find the right grave. This leads up to the classic three man standoff. Again, a very clever reference, and it's somewhat visually connected to the action of the film.

Galen said...

I love both of those commercials and yes I hate Penn State's hip newvo attempt.

drozz said...

the Mann commercial still gives me chills. especially when played before the first game of the season.

"Magua understands that the white man is a dog to his women. When they are tired, he puts down his tomahawk to feed their laziness."

i love that quote. it's why i'm still not married. yeah, that's the reason...

Galen said...

Oh and as for the total number of drinks by week 8 - if I could remember I'd let you know.