Lauren Brownlow

Twitter Mailbag: Harbaugh, dunk challenge and more

Posted July 27

Back again, and you all came at me with the SERIOUS questions this week! Well, sort of. I mean, they were at least tangentially related to sports and I didn't have to compare coaches to inanimate objects, so there's that. But football season is upon us, nearly, so let's get to the extra meaty part of the preseason!

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This is referring to head coach and professional attention-getter Jim Harbaugh, who showed up at Big Ten media days as if he were a college kid dressing up as Jim Harbaugh for Halloween. He got what he wanted out of it: attention.

Look, Harbaugh is a really good coach and I'm not one of those that thinks he needs to prove himself in that arena. But have I become tired of him as a news entity? Yes.

That being said, which ACC coach would be most likely to want to draw unnecessary attention to himself for reasons other than football? I don't know that there's a good answer to that right now. Like, I honestly can't think of a coach who would do that. But a coach who forgot his suit or something and showed up awkwardly underdressed? If I had to pick one, I'd say Dave Doeren. Bad luck Dave. He'd be the guy to get LAST year's set of instructions by mistake.

Ugh, I don't like questions like this. But it does feel like that time of the offseason where people go from way-too-early picks and sleeper teams and start talking about job status. Speaking of Doeren, he's the most likely candidate – but only IF this season goes awry, and that's certainly a big 'if' at this point. Plenty more signs point to this season going quite well for both Doeren and the Wolfpack, but there's no question this is a turning point.

I think Steve Addazio is probably the best answer, which is unfortunate because I do think he's a good coach. The Eagles did make a bowl game last year and have in three of the last four years. But as Bill Connelly of SB Nation points out, their attendance has fallen by nearly 10,000 on average since 2007-08 and their offense is ... well, it's bad.

This discussion likely comes as a result of this article, which drew the ire of Georgia Tech fans as it listed Paul Johnson as being on the hot seat. (He isn't.) I saw Bronco Mendenhall from Virginia listed, and I think it's way too early for that as well. To me, the next ACC coach to get fired is likely Addazio.

Lamar in this case being Louisville quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, of course.

I saw some pushback to Jackson being chosen preseason POY, which I don't understand. At this point, there are so many unknowns with every ACC team, especially on offense, that this seems logical. And yes, it's likely an offensive player will win the award. That's the way voters tend to go.

The other reason is that to me, there are no obvious other candidates. Deondre Francois from Florida State? Sure, I guess. You could go off the board and say a defensive guy, like a Christian Wilkins or a Derwin James. But there are so many great defensive players in the league that it's hard to imagine one of them being not only good enough to win the award over an offensive guy, but also good enough to steal all the other votes from the other defensive players that would get some.

So I'll go with two off-the-board canddiates: Quadree Henderson, of Pittsburgh, and Jaylen Samuels, of NC State. Both of them are likely to be centerpieces of their respective teams on offense, and both are expected to be a part of bowl-bound teams. Henderson, a wide receiver, also averaged over 10 yards a carry last year, and he's a dynamite return man. He's a multi-purpose weapon, as is Samuels, who doesn't even have a real position and can do it all for the Wolfpack offense (except throw it, although he can technically do that too). So give me one of those guys that's going to rack up stats for a pretty solid team as opposed to a good offensive player who won't even be the best player on his own team.

As a relatively new parent who is getting older every day and finding myself increasingly drawn by the old-person allure of things like Facebook and going to bed early, I constantly try to check myself for having old-people reactions to things. One such reaction would be my immediate one to this latest Drive By Dunk Challenge craze, which was, almost literally, "GET OFF MY LAWN!"

I don't have a basketball hoop in my driveway (yet), but if I did, I can assure you that I would not take kindly to randos jumping out of passing cars, running up my driveway and dunking on my hoop. Because really, all I'm going to see is a stranger or strangers running up my driveway at full speed.

I may have a weapon at my home. I may not. Now, would I use said may-or-may-not-be-hypothetical-weapon on someone running up my driveway at full speed? No. I wouldn't. Would I at least think about it in the moment I saw strangers sprinting up my driveway? Oh yes. But I'm pretty sure that kind of self-defense is completely legal in places like, oh, Florida. And probably others too, but definitely Florida.

This is a #sticktosports safe space for you snowflakes out there, but you know what? With all of the tragic mistakes that have been made involving guns just in general in the last few years here, do we really want to exacerbate the situation by doing silly things like this? Not to mention I saw a video recently where an aspiring dunker was attacked by the family dog. It is trespassing, technically, and it just feels like a bad situation waiting to happen.

So to answer your question, I say it feels too obvious and it won't happen. But were I an oddsmaker, I'd set the over-under at 7.5 days.



Evidently, July 25, 2017, was the date that my nearly-13-month-old decided no, I will not wear pants. My nanny texted us some pictures of him running around pantsless during storytime at the library, going up to other families completely unabashedly as he usually does, and the mom of other family in our nanny share responded, "Hey, Alex lost his pants!" Oh no, our nanny informed us. He just put his foot down and was refusing to wear the pants. So rather than push it, she figured: All right. No pants. Or shorts, in his case. I'm not a monster.

I'm well aware of the fact that his impending toddlerhood means quite a few more episodes like this, and that I'll frankly be lucky if he keeps any article of clothing on, including his diaper. Speaking of that, one thing that they don't fully prepare you for is how quickly changing them goes from being relatively easy to trying to wrangle an eel.

I was okay with pants for most of my life until I got pregnant, actually. And then I became an avid wearer of dresses, a practice that I have continued to this day. Even in the winter, I'd much rather be wearing a dress with leggings underneath than jeans. Pants are restrictive, and I don't like being restricted. Who does? So I guess I am #TeamNoPants.

However, I do recognize social norms. And perhaps my son and I can compromise on his current aversion to pants by him letting us put him in a romper, which comes with little shorts attached. The pictures of his little flabby bare legs baking in the sun were almost too much for this worrywart mother to bear.

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