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Wally Watch: August 14, 2007

Wally Watch

Wally Watch: Where we read Wally Hall so you don't have to.

Welcome to the inaugural post in a soon-to-be-regular series in which we dissect, analyze and critique the writings of everyone's favorite sports editor.

August 14, 2007: "Not even McFadden can juke spotlight's glare"

Primary Theme: Darren McFadden will really get a lot of media attention this year. Not exactly the boldest statement, but we can’t disagree.

Tell Us More: Felix Jones a likely candidate to go pro, too? Wally, don’t leave us hanging!

Choice Analogy: "Saying McFadden faces large expectations would be like saying LSU fans won’t be inviting Nick Saban to a crawfish fry anytime soon."

Heartwarming Factor: 7/10. Wally isn't afraid to tug at your heartstrings by conjuring up the image of a family reunion at the Heisman presentation.

Local Names Dropped: Mini Muhammed, Cookie & Graylon McFadden, Mickey Dean

God Watch: No holy references in this column. Maybe there'll be a double whammy in the next one to make up for it.

Our Analysis: It contains some good information, but Wally slips into his bad habit of constructing a column out of several barely related trains of thought. For example, the first half that covers the media glare has only slight connection to the second half, in which Wally spins a few yarns about D-Mac’s early years and, after a few twists and turns, winds up on the feel-good note about the whole family being together at the Heisman ceremony. Overall though, not a bad effort.