Shocking Reveal Had a Unique Perspective

The season ending episode of Criminal Minds, Truth or Dare, revealed a secret. Jennifer Jareau, (AJ Cook) told her close friend Spencer Reed (Matthew Gray Gubler that she’s always loved him, even though she’s married and has two sons. The reveal shocked the fan base and promises to be an important aspect for the show’s next and final season. But something that I find most interesting is that the reveal came from Jareau instead of Reed. Spencer Reed is a genius, but throughout the series he’s been socially inept, needing the guidance of the other members of the team. Jennifer Jareau is a strong confident woman, who has always played the sister role to Reed. It would be the usual way for writers to have Reed say that he had always loved Jennifer, but he was afraid to say so. For me, doing the reveal from Jennifer’s mouth made it unique and special.

AJ Cook
Matthew Gray Gubler


Josh Whitman is Invested in Lovie Smith

Josh Whitman
Lovie Smith

Last November, when Lovie signed a contract extension to be head football coach at the University of Illinois, the national media was amazed. They hadn’t done their research. March 5, 2016 was Josh Whitman’s first official day as the athletic director at the University of Illinois. On that Saturday, he walked into then head coach, Bill Cubit’s office and fired him. The next day Whitman flew to Tampa to pick up Lovie Smith and brought him back to Illinois. March 7, Lovie Smith was officially announced as the head football coach at the University of Illinois. Making Lovie Smith the football coach at Illinois was Josh Whitman’s first official act as athletic director at Illinois. It was a bold move, that remains the biggest move of his tenure. And I believe that it was part of an overall plan by Whitman to improve the football program at Illinois. Whitman isn’t just giving Lovie Smith time to succeed, he’s working with his coach to build a strong football program at Illinois. A program that Whitman himself played for. Whitman is deeply invested in the success of Lovie Smith as football coach at Illinois. The normal rules that people have for a coach keeping his job simply don’t apply. The two men are working together to make Illinois a winner on the football field.

A Different Addition to the College Football Hall of Fame

Normally a player or coach is inducted into The College Football Hall of Fame. But this time it’s a famous object that has appeared at the sites of the biggest college football games. The National Football Foundation and the College Football Hall of Fame has announced that the Goodyear Blimp will be inducted as an honorary member of the hall of fame. The blimp first produced aerial shots of college football games with the1955 Rose Bowl, and has been used at over 2,000 major college football games in the decades since then. “College players and fans know that when the Goodyear Blimp shows up, it’s a big game. Its presence is intrinsically known and tied to the traditions that make college football so great,” said Archie Manning, National Football Foundation chairman. “As the eye in the sky to college football’s greatest coaches, players and moments, it’s only fitting that the Goodyear Blimp joins the College Football Hall of Fame in a year when the game celebrates its 150th anniversary.”