What makes TV shows or movies memorable? Usually it’s either the characters, the plot, the action, or the dialogue. Interestingly, I would say that is exactly the same thing that makes college football memorable! The action is intense. The characters/players are compelling and heroic while being flawed. The plot? Only you against the world…it doesn’t get much better than that! And the dialogue…well sometimes that gets forgotten about, but here’re some examples of the fantastic dialogue that helps make college football so great:
- “We didn’t tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking.” – John McKay, USC
- “I’ve found that prayers work best when you have big players.”– Knute Rockne, Notre Dame
- “The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.” – Lou Holtz, Arkansas
- “Football is only a game. Spiritual things are eternal. Nevertheless, Beat Texas.” – Seen on a church sign in Arkansas prior to the 1969 game.
- “At Georgia Southern, we don’t cheat. That costs money and we don’t have any” – Erk Russell, Georgia Southern
- “I don’t expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.” – Bob Devaney, Nebraska
- “There’s one sure way to stop us from scoring-give us the ball near the goal line.” – Matty Bell, SMU
- “My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor.” – Bowden Wyatt, Tennessee
- “The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb. To be a back, you only have to be dumb.” – Knute Rockne, Notre Dame
Am I right or am I right?! So college football is clearly just as compelling as a great TV show or movie. To drive that home the StM staff elected to pair a current TV show with each of this week’s games for your reading pleasure. So grab your popcorn, your remote, and enjoy…The Picks!
Until next week…The Swami!