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Below, lovingly curated light reading to speed you to your weekend:
• Reader mail: The Miracle Marriage. Our favorite response to Tuesday’s Troll Wedding Calendar came from intrepid occasional colleague Godfrey, who writes:
I used a late January business trip to London to propose, ostensibly because I could do so in unforgettable vista of the WW2-bombed ruins of a Catholic church inside the old City of London gates (#nohumblebrag) but also because the time of the proposal would theoretically not permit a big Southern wedding to planned in time for the Sept-Oct window but OH S*** I WAS WRONG SHE’S REALLY ORGANIZED.
My fandom was outweighed (read: overruled) by that whole “undying love and commitment thing, two become one in the eyes God, etc…,” and 10/23/10 was selected due to the church’s availability. The reception was held in her parent’s home (straight up North Louisiana Steel Magnolias, srsly. My future father-in-law even shot squirrels out of the oak trees that morning).
The groomsmen fan affiliation broke down accordingly: 2 Ole Miss, 1 UGA, 1 Texas, 2 LSU, 1 Louisville (/was not concerned). You’d think a 630pm wedding on 10/23/10, the heart of the season, would spell disaster, especially with three SEC teams.
Behold, a miracle:
11:00 CT – Texas vs. Iowa State
11:20am CT – Ole Miss at Arkansas
2:30pm CT – LSU at Auburn (game ended right as the limo came to take the groomsmen to the church)
6:15pm CT – UGA at Kentucky (the sole conflict, BUT they re-aired it on FSN that night at 3am in the hotel bar, because yes, he watched it then)
The only minor complaint the entire night was a sole Bama fan unable to witness a mere routine slaughter of Tennessee. ONE fan out of a group of 300.
PS – As compensation, we had all-bourbon bar at the reception. Seven top-shelf choices to assist in helping most attendees forget what day/week/sports season it was before 9 p.m.
• Just what we need, a new bagman investigation. When will the NCAA get over its obvious and reckless disregard for the state of North Dakota?
• Do you need a Little Giants reference to make it through the day? Click here and wait 15 seconds.
• An interview with Barry Switzer. That is all the introduction you require. Read.
• We heartily object to there not being a parade. Alabama’s probation lifts! Bedeck the Nick Saban statue with offerings of flowers and houndstooth bowties!
• This is going to end like Of Mice And Men. Randy Edsall just needs a little human swaddling, says Kevin Plank.
• Billboard fight! It’s Louisville versus Kentucky, for all the highway eyesores!
• From the sport that brought you 10 teams in the Big 12 and 12 in the Big Ten: Juniors in the Senior Bowl! Up is down! Down is sideways!
• Duke, you’ll never be taken seriously as a football program if this keeps up. Durham bans porch couches! Quel horreur!