Top Five Clever Topics For a Guy's Girl: Week 6

Hilary LiDestriContributor IOctober 7, 2010

Top Five Clever Topics For a Guy's Girl: Week 6

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    Welcome to the first Top 5 Clever Topics for a Guy's Girl. The photo to the left is me in my favorite shirt- oh, and the HOT dude whose hair I am touching? Loui Erikkson, the clearly stunning Dallas Star. In my other life, I am a professional photographer and was lucky enough to photograph the Stars calendar for three years in a row.

    I apologize my slideshow pictures are so low resolution- I'm still figuring this process out and where to find images is the top of my priority list.  

    The emphasis of these articles is to offer conversational points for women who will be in the company of men who enjoy sports. 

    I won’t exhaust any of it—as with all things So Very Clever, I will give you the broad strokes and depend on you to delve further if you are inclined. If you decide you'd like to go deeper, head to my blog for sports rules, terminology, penalties and conduct.  

    If you’ve been invited to watch the game or your man is hosting game day—you need to have some idea what is going on—unless you don't care, in which case you should not be reading B/R or www.soveryclever.com—or dating a sports-minded guy. 

    A woman who reviews these Top 5 will be ready to contribute- but remember, Clever Girls, don't assert, argue or spew stats-- it's rude, combative and you will get hamstrung eventually.  Defer to men and if you get in over your head, "What do you think" works wonders.

    Use Bleacher Report—sign up for your man’s alma mater, his favorite professional teams and receive emails daily. B/R might as well be holding your hand (the way I do).

5. The Bye Week

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    Texas does NOT play this week—so if you live there, and are invited to watch football with the guys—do not ask, “When is the Texas game?” They are on a “bye”, which is a week off play. This could be a good time for the bye with Texas it will give them time to rest (though I doubt that is happening) and gear up for what will likely amount to a good old fashioned whoopin’ by Nebraska.

4. The Les Miles Effect

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    Florida and LSU play this weekend and both teams are struggling.  Les Miles is still coaching for LSU, so it’s an adventure every week. Clever Girls, Les Miles was an assistant at University of Michigan (a great item to inquire about—note I said inquire about, not assert) and was the hopeful for coach when Rich Rodriguez (RichRod) was hired from West Virginia (a dark day). 

3. Heart-to-Heart

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    The Michigan State Spartans coach Mark Dantonio was slated to return to the field with his team for the first time since his heart attack following a win over Notre Dame.  

    Now, I personally think the overtime win itself was reason enough for the heart attack, but I think it had more to do with the faked field goal run in for a Bates to Gannt touchdown.  

    Pretty awesome stuff—the play, not the heart surgery though that is pretty impressive as well. Dantonio will be coaching from a box.

2. Emotional Rivalries

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    The University of Michigan will take on the Michigan State University Spartans. This is a HUGE college rivalry and emotion will be a factor.  I could spew stats all day long, but playing in the Big House (the Michigan Stadium) is unlike play anywhere and it can weigh heavily on the outcome.  

    Bottom line, the best defense wins. It is questionable whether Michigan’s defense can hold up against the run or the pass (RichRod’s former team, West Virginia, was not known for defense either).

    Also on the line is Michigan's opportunity to crack the top 10 (in the AP polls). It's been a while.

1. Heisman Hopeful

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    Denard Robinson is likely to be his explosive self and hold his position as No. 1 Heisman choice by the Heisman pundit poll (a selection of 13 of the final voters on the committee). I couldn’t be more proud if he were my own. 

    It is time for the University of Michigan to reclaim their former glory and produce a Heisman winner. It's been 13 years since Charles Woodson and we've never had a quarterback take it home. The closest we got was when Vinny Testaverde beat Jim Harbaugh in 1986.  

    In retrospect, it would seem like Tom Brady was under estimated.