The text came midafternoon on Saturday, somewhere around the halfway point of Jim Harbaugh's arugula-bitter post-The Game news conference. It was from a longtime friend who is a proud Michigan grad: THIS IS B.S.! PLAYOFF'S GOTTA GO TO 8 NOW!
I'm not great with emojis, so my response took a while. I finally settled on the crying girl, followed by grapes, a lemon, a thumbs-down, a big number 4, a finger pointing at that big number 4, and a football. Translation: Stop crying over sour grapes. Four is the perfect number for the playoff.
As it turns out, my little line of digital hieroglyphics came in pretty handy. A few hours later, as Colorado celebrated its Pac-12 South title, I received another "gotta go to eight!" text from a USC friend, and I pasted in my response, as I did for a Florida Gator pal that night. I could have used it earlier in the week as well, for friends and Tweeps from Nebraska, Louisville and Oklahoma State.
To any and all, I'm sorry your...