Saturday, January 13, 2007

All-Star Bowling

...and not the kind of bowling that involves me in a Brady Quinn-as-freshman super squat, or the kind that involves me choking and letting Sarah win.

The college football senior all-star bowl circuit started Saturday with the Inta Juice North South All-Star Classic. No Irish alumni participated in that game, however,

On Sunday the 14th, Bob Morton will be wearing his familiar #76 and playing for Mark Richt's East/Aina squad. Morton is one of only four guards on the team, so he should see very good playing time. The Hula Bowl airs at 8:30 PM eastern on ESPN.

The East-West Shrine Game kicks off on Saturday, January 20, from Reliant Stadium in Texas. The game's website lists kickoff at 6 PM, and I'm assuming that's central time. It will air on ESPN2. Dan Santucci will wear his familiar #50 for Don Shula's East team. Santucci will be one of 10 offensive lineman for the East (the roster does not differentiate between tackles, guards, and centers). Derek Landri is expected to play in this game, but as of this writing was not listed on either team roster. Landri would be the ninth defensive lineman on the East squad, or the eighth on the West.

Jon Gruden will coach the Irish! Brady Quinn, Jeff Samardzija, Rhema McKnight, Ryan Harris, and Victor Abiamiri will play for Gruden's East team in this year's Senior Bowl. Complete rosters aren't available until January 21, but right now it's known that Quinn will share playing time with Troy Smith and Chris Leak. The top-caliber bowl will also feature Abiamiri sharing time with Purdue's Anthony Spencer, and Samardzija and McKnight sharing time with LSU's Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis. The Senior Bowl starts at 3 PM on January 27. The game will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, AL, so I'm assuming that's 3 PM central time. The game will be "broadcast" "nationally" on the NFL Network. Dah.