It's preseason watch list time. Collin Klein is on the list for the Maxwell Award, while Arthur Brown and the injured Nigel Malone made the Bednarik Award watch list. It's all completely meaningless at this point, of course, but it's not a bad thing to have some players recognized.
Is the Big 12 really a "passing" league? Barking Carnival ponders that question and, in the process, finds some interesting answers for why K-State was so successful last season.
K-State used transparency and trust to rebuild from the mess left by the end of the Jon Wefald and Bob Krause era. Going to an Elite Eight in basketball and winning 10 games in football didn't hurt, either.
History of the Air Raid Offense
I haven't had time to even begin reading this, but it's a massive post from Chris Brown at Smart Football detailing the history of the Air Raid offense. It's full of play diagrams and video examples, so if you want to learn more about the Xs and Os of the game, check it out.
Prince Fielder won the Home Run Derby last night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, but the real story was Royals fans booing Robinson Cano for not picking Royals' DH Billy Butler. Cano didn't hit a home run in the competition, but took the booing with better grace than did the announcers and most of the national media.
While we're talking about Kansas City, there's nobody better at describing the place than Joe Posnanski.