Conference expansion appears to be over, for the moment, with the reporting that Utah will join the Pac-10 err 12. It will be an interesting natural experiment for how one of the better of the mid-majors does now that it is in a Big 6 conference. Detractors have noted that Utah got by on a soft schedule. If they continue to amass the wins they have in the past it might oddly benefit those on the outside.
Now that everyone has played a game I have to admit I was most impressed by Germany, Netherlands, and Brazil. Biggest chokers so far are France and England. Let's see how the next set gives more clarity.
Are in order for our esteemed contributor Hitman - who recently welcomed the newest Blackhawks fan via the arrival of his daughter. As she can already spell better than I can, she has been offered a position of executive editor here at the BSD. Congrats to Hitman.