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Denizens, we start this week’s edition of the Perfect Football Weekend™ by mourning the passing of one of football’s greats.  Lee Roy Selmon of the Oklahoma Sooners & Tampa Bay Buccaneers, suffered a stroke last Friday and died at a Tampa hospital two days later at the age of 56.

Selmon and his brother, Dewey, were both chosen as All-Americans in 1975 when the Sooners won their second straight championship under Barry Switzer. They followed older brother Lucious to Oklahoma, and the three played together during the 1973 season.

News of Lee Roy Selmon’s stroke had already spurred tributes to Selmon on Saturday, when members of the University of South Florida’s football team wore his number on their helmet. Selmon had served as the school’s athletic director from 2001 to 2004.

“We all loved him, and we’re all deeply saddened,” said USF President Judy Genshaft. “We’re a better university because of Lee Roy Selmon. He was an incredible role model, who cared about all of our student-athletes, no matter what sport. He built an incredible legacy and he will never be forgotten.”

The Realm™ joins with the Selmon family in mourning the passing of their patriarch.  This gentle giant will be very much missed.

On to the football.  I promised you a Guaranteed Win Night™ – and, by Cthulu, my Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets are gonna deliver.  It’s the “home” opener at Farrington Field against Carter-Riverside – and no football program that takes itself anywhere near seriously ever  loses to Carter Riverside.  Jackets in a major squash.

On Saturday, Gary Patterson’s 25th-ranked (why, I have no idea) Texas Christian Horne Frogs (still no D until they show me something) are in Colorado Springs to get buzzed on a flyover by Air Force’s Falcons.  Expect AF”s notoious ground game to be shelved in favor of a bombs-away aerial attack.

Vegas has apparently figured this out, too – the line is TCU by only 2½.

Also Saturday, Fresno State gets to play the sacrificial lamb to Bo Pelini’s 10th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers.  The Bulldogs are not the pushover Chattanooga was, but then again the Huskers, with a week of competition under their belt, should be better as well.  Vegas would seem to agree here too – the line is NU by 28.

Sunday night, the Dallas Cowgirlz run into a buzzsaw – they’re playing the NY J-E-T-S-JetsJetsJets!!!, in  New York, on the 10-year remembrance of 9-11.  And  they’re going into the game banged up – Mike Jenkins, Terrance “Bust” Newman and rookie Tyron Smith are all nursing injuries, and the first-team defensae still hasn’t practiced together, I don’t think.

This ain’t gonna be pretty.

Bob Stoops’ top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners are off this week, so we’ll give Turner Gill’s UKansas Rock-Chalks a tryout.  Oddly enough – or not, given last year – the Jayhawks are a 6½ home dog to…Northern Illinois?


We’re back Monday with the recap.  In the meantime, eighth-ranked Bucky is at Camp Randall versus Oregon State, and if you think TCU’s gone belly up…the Beavers lost at home last week to that noted Div. I-AA powerhouse, Sacramento State.  So my question to HDD is…with the line at Bucky by three touchdowns, how many points do you  want?


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