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Pertinent excerpts from this AP report on a Clemson study of the dangers of beer pong:
• “More research found that dangerous bacteria such as salmonella, listeria, e. Coli and staph on the balls end up in the beer when players make successful tosses into glasses.”
• “The students found the most extra bacteria — 3 million of the tiny organisms — on balls being used in an outdoor beer pong game. A ball being used in a game played on carpet had 200 bacteria on it.”
• ”It’s about the competition of throwing a ball in a cup, not about the alcohol,” Gains said. “We actually threw away a considerable amount of beer at our last tournament.”
Three power college football conferences — the SEC, Pac-12 and Big 12 — will outfit players with monitoring devices during the 2013 season, and not for the usual court-mandated reasons! Electronic trackers will relay players’ actions on the field as if they’re dangerous and mysterious wild critters with inexplicable movements and consumptive habits to be studied. We’re not really kidding; to hear Steve Shaw tell it to AL.com, at this point the experiment will be science for science’s sake, which is always interesting:
“I think it really is more for tracking how fast a player is moving and the direction of his movements so you have an electronic signature of all of that … Then what you do with that, we have to figure that out. You could track speed before a collision and that sort of thing. To be honest, I’m not sure what all of the applications are. But it has potential benefit in player safety, so I think it’s worth taking an initial step to see what the technology does.”
While we’re looking forward to the herd of Jurassic Park jokes this will unleash (they spared no expense!), our one regret is that this endeavor launches too late to enable a full study of the aerodynamic properties of Will Goggans’ beard.
Unfamiliar with Wake Forest’s Michael Campanaro, currently a national top-15 receiver in yardage who is averaging more than 125 all-purpose yards per game? This video should fix that, indelibly. [Via @DHPIV.]
• Be warned, these people do make soup from frogs. TCU announced Tuesday that the Horned Frogs will play LSU in the 2013 season-opening Cowboys Classic. They’ll presumably face off in prime time, against Alabama and Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff.