Stupid Is As Stupid Does

In a word, dumb:

MSU just released the names of four more Spartans who won’t play in the Champs Sports Bowl, joining Jonal Saint-Dic. Sophomore T.J. Williams, senior Terry Love and freshman Abre Leggins also are academically ineligible, while senior SirDarean Adams won’t play after violating an unrelated team rule.

Not exactly the kind of news release MSU likes to put out on Christmas Eve. Saint-Dic is obviously the biggest loss, but it’ll hurt to not have Adams as well. Williams is playing sparingly of late at cornerback, Leggins doesn’t play, and Love’s exit means Devin Thomas will return punts — the biggest case of addition by subtraction I can recall.

Still, it’s a downer for a team that was so excited for this opportunity.

Yep, bust your ass for four years, finally make it to a bowl game during your senior season, then screw yourself out of an opportunity to graduate with an important victory.

I’m glad Dantonio is putting the screws down on these kids, but this is still really disappointing. We can’t expect the program to move forward if our guys keep making bone headed mistakes like these.

The New U2 Album

I stumbled across this story yesterday and thought I would share it for any other U2 fans out there:

U2 fans might be in for a surprise when the rockers release their next album, the follow-up to 2004’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. Frontman Bono says people will “feel the difference,” revealing that the songs will have trance, metal and Moroccan influences. Bono told The Independent, “Normally when you play a U2 tune, it clears the dance floor. And that may not be true of this. There’s some trance influences.” Bono also said there’s some “very hardcore guitar” and “real molten metal coming from guitarist The Edge. He added, “It’s not like anything we’ve ever done before, and we don’t think it sounds like anything anyone else has done either.”

U2 started the album in Morocco last year and are now working through the demos. Bono said, “We have enough material for two albums but it has to be extraordinary. And I think we’ve got that.”

Well, I actually liked Pop — although, it certainly isn’t my favorite U2 album — and this sounds a lot like a Pop-style album. I’m just hoping the band won’t repeat the same mistakes that made it something of a commercial dud.

I also wonder how serious Bono is about this vague reference to having “two albums” worth of material. Part of me thinks it would be really cool for them to do something along the same lines as Stadium Arcadium, but I certainly wouldn’t be disappointed with a more traditional ten-song album either. I guess we’ll see.