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THE CURIOUS INDEX, 6/4/2013

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THE PINSTRIPE BOWL COVERS ITSELF IN BARBASOL AND SOAKS IN THE MIDDLE AMERICAN MASCULINITY OF IT ALL

Jason Szenes

LEADERS AND LEGENDS AND PEOPLE WHO PAY $300 A NIGHT FOR HOTEL ROOMS. The Big Ten's new deal with the Pinstripe Bowl led to a Jim Delany first pitch at Yankees Stadium, and why not? With the addition of New York City's official football team, Rutgers, thousands of invisible but fervent Scarlet Knights fan in attendance had to applaud the Big Ten's embrace of long-neglected Big Apple, and its starving college football fans. Those invisible ones, who most certainly do not come from other places to begin with, and who are certainly just dying to watch a classic matchup like Rutgers playing Nebraska on November 14th, 2015.

And hey: it's in a bad part of town, something Nebraska fans are already thinking about. We're told that's Delany holding up a "Yankees" jersey, whatever that is.

PHARAOH BROWN. Feldman talked with Oregon coach Mark Helfrich, and you need to note two important things: one, that Scott Frost will be calling plays, something long awaited by those of us who wanted to see what a former Nebraska option QB would do with the Chip Kelly spread, and two, that there is a tight end named Pharaoh Brown who will likely start, and is named Pharaoh.

ALSO, BISHOP SANKEY. More than just a name, but nevertheless pleasant to see in a review of the Pac-12's pretty intimidating list of running backs for 2013.

DEAD. The reveal of Indiana's helmets to players went well, we'd say. Well, except for the man who died in the front row.

IMPORTANT BLACKSBURG NEWS. You need places to eat in Hokieville, and the Key Play has them for you.

T. BOONE PICKENS IS OLD AND WILL STILL KICK YOUR ASS. Over eighty years old and waking up to meet the personal trainer at 6:30 a.m. and let's just die at 75 because that sounds really, really hard.

ETC: Prom, Detroit-style. Don't ever let anything ruin that smile, Gregory Tibbs. Tommy Tomlinson on our committed NASCAR life partner, Tony Stewart.