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Tomrrow is college football day

Tomrrow is college football doy I hope that it is Alabama vs. Tennessee a that Alabama wins.

Tomrrow is college football doy I hope that it is Alabama vs. Tennessee a that Alabama wins.

By the time Friday came around, politics was the furthest thing from my mind. The weekend was coming! That meant Football Day on Sunday, preceded by its crazy, more-exciting-but-less-good cousin, College Football Day on Saturday. Lacking at the time even the slightest inkling of how I might go about finding out which games were on the slate, I, like so many children around the world, had nothing but hope. A full twenty days earlier, Alabama played Tennessee, and won, 17-10. Drawing on my experience playing football in the backyard, my brother my only adversary, I assumed that college football teams must too suffer from the same lack of variety, facing the same opponents week after week with the same result - a win for the guy with the red head!

I’ve always quibbled with my teacher’s quibbles with this entry. While appending “the game” to the sentence makes the antecedent clearer, I don’t think there’s any English speaker to whom the meaning would have been unclear! If you were to take issue with anything, it would the initial vague construction - “I hope that it is” - that introduces the ambiguity and makes me sound like an idiot! I understand that there’s a correlation between teaching a man to fish and the infinite duration of his subsequent ability to feed himself, but if you give him a rotten fish, you’re standing there while a guy vomits in a lake.

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