Last week was a long week, featuring some travel down to Anaheim. Even though there was plenty of stuff running round my head, it was hard to focus long enough to get any of it down. At this point, I've probably forgotten half of the posts that I was planning for the week, but I'm going to give it a try.
LeGarrette Blount. Blount, as you may recall, is the Oregon running back who was suspended for the season when he cold-cocked a Boise State player following the Ducks' opening night loss to the Broncos. Now Oregon is talking about reinstating Blount sometime in November, leading to some healthy skepticism with the coaching staff and athletic department. Sure, now that it looks as if we might have a shot at BCS glory after all, let's bring him back. I'm a cynical guy, but I'm not quite that cynical. The seeming indecision does prove that Oregon was a little hasty in its reaction after the brouhaha. I believe I'm on record as stating that a 4-game suspension was in order, and now Oregon probably wishes they'd thought it through a little more carefully. Suspend him for a month, set some goals, and then reinstate him. Now, no matter what they do, they look like they don't know what they're doing.
Jeff Tedford. Sure, Cal's losses to Oregon and USC were incredibly disappointing. But the calls for Jeff Tedford's head are just ridiculous. Hello folks, anyone remember the Tom Holmoe era? Those years when being competitive into the second half counted as a moral victory? That year when the Bears had to win their last game just to go 1-10? C'mon folks, give him a break. Even if Cal were to somehow miss out on a bowl game this season, Tedford deserves the benefit of the doubt and another season.
Brett Favre. Things are going very well right now for Brett and the Vikings. Check back again in December, and we'll talk.