Morning after, I'm President Linkin'
If I'm tossing out links, I better start with my own paper: here's our game story, another strong column from John Romano, a Ben Moffitt sidebar from Brendan Galella, our game notes, and all kinds of multimedia: photo galleries from the game and of fans, plus video clips. This is how newspapers are supposed to cover big events online, with a little bit of everything and stuff you can't get anywhere else.
But yes, other people are writing about the Bulls, so we selflessly deflect your loyal attention elsewhere:
-- Even with Friday's baseball, the Bulls were the main story Saturday morning at CBSsports.com, which had national writer Dennis Dodd in Tampa, impressed by the Bulls. And check this photo of kicker Delbert Alvarado, who got the words "FINISH STRONG" shaved into the back of his head. I don't have the real estate back there to do that.
-- ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel was also in attendance, writing that as quickly as you want to tell USF fans to act like they've been there before, you realize they haven't, and let them celebrate like they did. SI.com had two photographers from SI on hand, but has wire coverage otherwise. Fun to read 600-plus in-game comments on their ViewCast feature.
-- My neighbor Rick Brown of the Lakeland Ledger says everyone can stop calling USF a sleeper, that the Bulls are eyes-wide-open legitimate. The Orlando Sentinel had Bucs writer Chris Harry cover the game, writing that USF "looked right at home in college football's big time Friday night."
-- Even the backup kickers are celebrities today. We quoted Morgan Riley, who showed how Rich Rodriguez's "It's like the Yankees" quote struck a nerve with the Bulls, and the front page at ESPN.com has backup punter William Criswell celebrating the big win.
-- Rivals.com has a big writeup, wondering if it's time to talk about USF in the national championship picture. Probably ought to save that at least until after the Rutgers game ...
-- Harsh words back in West Virginia, understandably. The Times West Virginian writes that "the Mountaineers failed to show up," and correctly points out that Friday's game broke a USF record for combined turnovers. Same paper shafts the record crowd by 10,000 fans.
-- I offer this link to The Money Times if only because its UPI feed -- I honestly didn't realize UPI still existed -- calls the Bulls quarterback "Matt Dorothea."
Lots more to link to, so I might come back with a second batch tonight. For now, I'm enjoying a rare fall Saturday off ...