Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Nappy nap time, Northwestern. Nebraska’s coming to town.

Nebraska will be in Evanston on Saturday. It's such a huge game, ABC gave it the prime 2:30 p.m. time slot, Ryan Field will exceed its official capacity of 47,130, Northwestern will break out its all-black uniforms and the players, in the hours leading up to the game, will … take a nap.

This is the result of the Sept. 15 Boston College game, also a 2:30 start. NU coach Pat Fitzgerald noticed his team came out sluggish, trailing 10-9 in the second quarter. So he asked members of his Leadership Council: "What's the deal? Why didn't we start fast?"

They told him the game clashed with nap time. NU players typically arrive at the team complex at 6:50 a.m. for meetings, practice from 8:50 to 10:30, attend class and then snooze in the early afternoon. So Saturday's itinerary will call for an early breakfast and a nap at around 9:30. Fitzgerald almost could not believe he agreed to it. "Unbelievable," he said. "This is what I get paid to do. Seriously. Create nap time. It's pathetic." A snooze-in at the team hotel six hours before kickoff? Quarterback Kain Colter loves the idea. "We'll wake up, have our pregame meal, do our mental things and then have a mandatory nap," he said. "Those hotel beds are really comfortable and the pillows are soft. … (Then) we'll come down refreshed and ready to kick some butt."

Reporters, for the love of GOD you must ask Nick Saban what he thinks of this idea.