The Times Literary Supplement is back in the house. Tired of struggling to keep up with various publications, I let my TLS subscription lapse a few years ago. Then the venerable British literary journal hooked me with a special deal a few weeks ago. Yesterday, my first issue showed up in the mailbox, peeking like a shy flower from beneath crude advertsing circulars. I greeted the TLS like a long-lost friend.
What a happy day of renewal: College football also returned. The season started off crazy with Texas A&M bludgeoning Steve Spurrier's highly overrated Gamecocks. Then I turned to ESPN to see Ole Miss knock off the declining Boise State Broncos.
Suddenly, all our troubles seemed so far away. Putin? ISIS? All washed away by Texas A&M's Kenny Hill and Speedy Noil, whom I regretted LSU losing to the Aggies. I kept up with the Braves against the Mets. Compared with football, baseball is like a 19th century buggy ride.
The football debut had a few clunkers. In the boastful new SEC network's finale, Vandy got blown out by Temple at home. Temple? Guess the Commodores' brief football renaissance ended with James Franklin heading to Penn State. Not a good centerpiece for the flashy SEC network.
A long Labor Day weekend of college football ahead, along with reading the TLS and the rest of the mags scatterdd around my chair. The college game will have the football spotlight pretty much to itself, with the NFL exhibition season winding down.