Orson Swindle and Stranko Montana, the dynamic duo of college football tomfoolery, moderate this edition of the BlogPoll Roundtable. As Stranko puts it so elegantly, this edition of the Roundtable:
. . . is designed to either refresh everyone’s recollection about our fellow participants or give us a greater insight into the deep dark psyche of each of us.1. Education
List the region of the country you were born in, what universities you attended and at least one other you would have attended if your alma mater didn’t exist.
Oh, man. This question absolutely merits a quote from the Steve Martin classic The Jerk:
Anyway, I was born and raised in southeastern Connecticut. There is not a lot to do in southeastern Connecticut except plot and plan to leave southeastern Connecticut when you graduate from high school.
Huh? I am not a bum.
I'm a jerk.
I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends, and . . . uh . . . my thermos.
Huh? My story? Okay.
It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi.
Thus, upon receiving my diploma, I enrolled at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. I received a bachelor of arts in political science from Syracuse in May of 2002. Upon realization that a degree in that particular field of study is pretty much worthless, I enrolled at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut. In May I received my juris doctor, cum laude, from Quinnipiac with honors in taxation. In the fall, I plan on enrolling at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. as an L.L.M in Taxation candidate.
If Syracuse did not exist, I probably would have attempted to enroll at a preppy New England liberal arts school like Wesleyan or Middlebury. I am not particularly sure why, but it just seems to fit my personality.
2. Sports Affiliations
List your top 10 favorite teams in all of sports in decending order. For instance, your alma mater’s football team may be number 1, but perhaps there is a professional team that squeezes in before you get to your alma mater’s lacrosse team.
10. Takeru Kobayashi - IFOCE Competitor
9. USA Curling
8. Quinnipiac University Men's Ice Hockey
7. Joe Gibbs Racing
6. Boston Bruins
5. New York Giants
4. Syracuse Men's Basketball
3. Boston Red Sox
2. Syracuse Men's Lacrosse
1. Syracuse Football
List the movie you’ve watched the most, your favorite sports related movie, the movie you secretly love but don’t like to admit it (possibly a chick flick or b film), and the movie you were (or still are) most looking forward to from this summer’s season.
Movie Watched the Most
I am not a real big movie guy, but I do believe the movie I have watched the most is probably The Natural starring Robert Redford. It is classic cinema.
My favorite movie, however, is probably A Few Good Men. Written by Syracuse graduate Aaron Sorkin, it is a masterpiece. Plus, Demi Moore is smoking hot.
Favorite Sports Related Movie
Movie I Secretly Love
I am obsessed with teen movies. In no particular order, I love: Ten Things I Hate About You, Can't Hardly Wait, She's All That, and, of course, The Breakfast Club.
Movie I'm Looking Forward To
Since I am a displaced redneck, I am dying to see Will Ferrell's new movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
List your favorite band from middle school, high school, college and today. Also, as with the movies, include the song you secretly love but don’t like to admit. If Nickleback is involved in any of these responses, please give a detailed explanation as to why, god, why.
There is one band that fits all four categories: The Presidents of the United States of America. Reel Big Fish, while debuting when I was in high school, is a close second place. Also, Suburban Legends is a supremely underrated band.
A song I secretly love, eh? I guess that would have to be anything by Elton John.
Favorite book you’ve finished, worst book you’ve finished and the book you really should read but haven’t gotten around to it.
Favorite Book Finished
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
And no, I am not a serial killer.
Worst Book Finished
Anything by Shakespeare. It is just not my cup of tea.
Book I Should Read
Anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald. As arguably America's finest novelist, Fitzgerald is required reading for every literate American.
Favorite city you’ve every been to and the one place you still must visit before you shuffle off this mortal coil.
Austin, Texas. That place is some sort of awesome. New York City is an obvious second place finisher.
Must Visit City
Vancouver, British Columbia.
What do you love most about college football in 20 words or less?
The fact that my favorite university sucks at it, and I still can't get enough.