Before we get to the Big Bottom thing, I wonder if Brian Kelly will find himself on the hot seat at LSU after week one? … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 386 of The Daily Dirt.
1. Sit back, relax and enjoy. We have 10 more of the strangest town names America has to offer:
Bono, Ind.: Bono was once considered to be Indiana’s state capital. Obviously, that was well before U2’s first hit record.
Good Grief, Idaho: This little dot on the map was once saluted on the old “Hee Haw” television show.
Nothing, Ariz.: It is now officially a ghost town in Mojave County. Its population is fittingly listed as “0.”
Zero, Mont.: The name of the town also represents its current population, much like Nothing, Ariz.
Blue Ball, Ark.: Blue Ball’s name originated from resident Salina Millard, who awoke on a cold morning and noticed how the mountain directly in front of her house looked like a large “blue ball.”
Hopeulikit, Ga.: The town is actually named after an old dance hall.
Cool, Iowa; Carl, Iowa: These should absolutely be sister towns.
Pig, Ky.; Hippo, Ky.: Same here.
Big Bottom, Wash.: Yes, this town has always been the butt of a lot of jokes.
Worms, Neb.: The town was reportedly named after Worms, Germany. Apparently, Paris, France was the runner-up choice.
Zap, N.D.: The town of about 200 is famous for being overrun in 1969 by 2,000 drunken college students.
Wide Awake, S.C.: There is a national outdoor sculpture competition this week in Wide Awake.
Bar Nunn, Wyo.: The next time you are in Casper, Barr Nunn is just down the road.
2. This is the first big weekend of college football. Here are three of the most interesting games and predictions:
Ohio State 35, Notre Dame 17: The Buckeyes are absolutely loaded and as much as a 17.5-point favorite heading into this nationally televised (ABC) game Saturday night. Obviously, this is not the ideal opener for first-year Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman. This could get ugly. Real ugly.
Georgia 24, Oregon 7: The game’s in Atlanta, which is basically a home game for the Bulldogs. Georgia will win, probably with relative ease, but I’m sure Oregon will have the better uniforms.
Florida State 21, LSU 17: This is a Sunday nighter on ABC, and even though it’s being played in New Orleans my gut feeling is Florida State will spoil the debut of Brian Kelly as LSU coach. Kelly will immediately join Nebraska’s Scott Frost on the hot seat.
3. Today’s little-known fact from pop music history:
The biggest drop from No. 1 a pop song ever experienced was Billy Preston’s “Nothing from Nothing” in October 1974 and Dionne Warwick and the Spinners’ “Then Came You” in November 1974. Both songs fell from No. 1 to No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Steve Thought O’ The Day — While there are plenty of outstanding college football broadcasters, it’s still tough to say anyone has ever been better than the late, great hall of famer Chris Schenkel of ABC. Schenkel died in 2005 at age 82, but I still think of his voice every Saturday afternoon this time of the year.
Steve Eighinger writes daily for Muddy River News. He obviously forgot about Keith Jackson. Whoa Nellie!
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