Susan Boyle is a 47-year-old unemployed charity worker. A dowdy, almost aggressively unattractive woman, Boyle's never been kissed and lives with her cat, Pebbles, in West Lothlan, Scotland. She appeared last weekend on Britain's equivalent of American Idol, where she was cast as a sad sack of yet another myopic nobody. But then she sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Miserables. It was the most stunning performance the judges had ever witnessed. Simon Cowell wants to sign her to a record label. There's talk of her singing for the Queen. The point is, Michigan fans, it's time to embrace the unconventional.
This Greg Paulus talk is fascinating, no? The news now is that the former Duke guard spent all day at Michigan's last spring football practice. If he were to sign with the Wolverines, he'd have to do so as a graduate student, which would mean attaining a waiver from the NCAA and sitting out a year. That'd work to Paulus' advantage, give him time to bulk up and, you know, learn to quarterback again. But my goodness he was once a stud. The Syracuse Post-Standard's Bud Poliquin watched Paulus at Christian Brothers Academy quite a bit. "I've never seen, in person, a high school quarterback as good as Paulus, and as he was widely hailed as the finest high school quarterback in the nation, I've forever wondered why he chose the basketball path…" People forget that Paulus was supposed to be the quarterback at Notre Dame -- until he chose basketball and Duke. Now Paulus wants to play in the NFL but needs to convince scouts of his talent. (Pro football has a One-Matt-Cassel-Per-League rule, apparently.) This is how Paulus ended up in Ann Arbor.
Rich Rodriguez already has three QBs in the mix, but none of them, frankly, is all that great. In what could be the understatement of the year, Rodriguez said this week he'd like to consider other options. Paulus is as crazy a scenario as an unemployed cat woman becoming an international singing phenomenon. But sometimes crazy works.