An absurdly premature assessment of the 2010 Yarbnalls Vandals.
Why they might look familiar: Fans of uniform malfunctions will recall a series of mishaps involving both the football team and scandalously-clad cheerleading squad in 2008. Mustache aficionados and Muppeteers will sigh fondly at the sight of head coach Robb Akey's take-no-prisoners facial hair and voice that immediately and indelibly recalls Dr. Teeth.
But for those of us manning Mid-Major Mondays, Idaho will forever be known as the "Yarbnalls." Hastily dismissed in this space as "yarn balls" and the likely victim of the "most inevitably gruesome blowout" of the week in advance of their meeting with Northern Illinois last September, the Vandals pulled the upset on the road, 34-31, en route to a 6-1 start. We were utterly transfixed, and remained on crow-eating duty straight through their blockbuster win (yes, blockbuster) in the Humanitarian Bowl.