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30 August 2008

Confess your ignorance! I've watched college football all my life and I still do not know what a "red-shirt freshman" is.
I assume it has nothing to do with the red shirted ensigns of Star Trek.
posted by kellydamnit 30 August | 21:10
Meanwhile, Alabama is KICKING CLEMSON'S ASS.

*leaves thread to go back downstairs and watch rest of game with elizard, planning on returning later when more endrunkulated*
posted by BitterOldPunk 30 August | 21:12
*gooses BOP when he's drunk and not expecting it*
posted by BoringPostcards 30 August | 21:18
It's a gimmick at the collegiate level where an athlete can have longer eligibility to play if they practice with the team, but not play in games. So you'll have five-year seniors playing at the other end of that time.

Make sense? Whatever - it doesn't to me either.

Courtesy of Wikipedia

posted by Lipstick Thespian 30 August | 21:30
I refuse to watch football until the leaves change. With football comes corned beef, and it's too blessed hot to boil a corned beef.

I take it you're rooting for Clemson?

(About as much as I go for Ohio State.)
posted by Pips 30 August | 21:47
Besides, why watch football when there's twelve hours of US Open to enjoy? (Blake, unfortunately, seems to be getting his ass kicked.)
posted by Pips 30 August | 21:51
A redshirt freshman is a sophomore that didn't play during his freshman year. It's his "freshman" year of football, but his sophomore year of college. And like LT said, if he stays with the program, he will be in his fifth year of college during his "senior" football season.

It gives scrawny freshmen a chance to learn the game at the college level and bulk up. Also, if you really expect the guy to have a degree when he leaves, 5 years is not that uncommon no matter what these days. Throw in the time sink that is college football and it really takes the full 5 years.
posted by Doohickie 30 August | 22:28

This thread is supposed to be about confessing your ignorance, not telling me what a red-shirt freshman is. That was merely my example, to get things going. And Alabama totally kicked Clemson's ass. So there. SEC football r00lz, suck it, haters.

*gives BoPo a wedgie, cuz I'm all endrunkulated and stuff*
posted by BitterOldPunk 31 August | 00:01
My ignorance: I can never remember what "sanguine" means.

And lest this revelation seem purely theoretical, I live with someone who uses this term on a regular basis. Today, in regards to a lizard. And I know that I think it means one thing but it actually means the opposite, but I've lost track of what I think it means, so I can't remember what the opposite would be.
posted by occhiblu 31 August | 00:16
But you see, BOP, they give him this red shirt to wear and...
posted by Doohickie 31 August | 00:28
I'm ignorant of my ignorance. Could somebody enlighten me, please?
posted by Daniel Charms 31 August | 01:19
I don't really know how the horn works on my bike. I was going to fill it up with the bike pump, which is how you're supposed to do it, but the trigger is kind of attached to that - the fill valve. You press the trigger and holy fuck it's loud - 115 decibels, loudest bike horn evah. I was biking down by the waterfront and set it off and scared the poop out of this rat in the bushes, which was fun - little guy jumped four feet. It's late, and I don't want to touch the horn or even look at it because that'd wake, well, everyone. Also... the volume control switch. I can't set it because the thing's too loud, and there's no indicators showing "kinda loud", "freakin loud" or "I'm bleeding here!" And I don't know how it really works.
posted by Zack_Replica 31 August | 02:21
I think "red-shirting" means that they are bottoms.
posted by trondant 31 August | 06:51
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