Lynn recommends this BBC 4 Front Row program to Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans. I'm not a big fan of the genre and haven't listened to the piece, but Lynn's recommendatons are usually solid. If you don't have flash you can listen to the mp3 here. (about 28m)
Sukie gave me a Tom Baker Dr Who scarf. Over twelve feet long with a variety of colors. It turns out the scarves varied from season to season (the first resulted from a miscommunication with a knitter that happened to work out and become iconic). To identify which scarf type I have I found a site with more than you probably wanted to know (an even more serious site is here - probably useful if you want to knit your own)
It turns out exact matches are impossible as certain yarn colors are no longer made. Also some were made to display in a certain color on now extinct color televisions that had color gamuts that are no longer used. Mine, as it happens, is closest to the season 12 scarf.
In deciding which opponents to play, coaches and administrators may consider the merits of playing an opponent they can easily beat or a formidable opponent that will boost their strength of schedule (an important consideration in rankings). They may also consider whether they want to recruit in the locations of their away games, how to spread out their most challenging games, and whether a visiting team will help them sell out their stadium that week.
The main consideration in scheduling cupcake games is that the NCAA has no rules about playing an equal number of home and away games - or how you share revenue with visiting teams. So, universities like Ohio State that sell out their 100,000 person stadium for every game gladly pay teams like Buffalo to give up one of their own home games to play at Ohio State.
The weaker opponent may be less of a draw for ESPN and television networks, but universities are largely shielded from the financial consequences of scheduling patsy opponents as they split television revenues with their conference. Colleges pay cupcake opponents $400,000 to over $1 million because an extra home game brings in as much as $4 million to $5 million in additional revenue for the biggest programs. And during a mediocre season, that extra victory could be the difference in earning six wins and a profitable trip to a postseason bowl game.
In return, small programs receive increased exposure, a pipe dream of victory, and a check for as much as two thirds of their football budget and 20% of their athletic budget in a single game. (Head coaches are sometimes literally handed a six or seven figure check after the game.)
One has to wonder what changes would occur if EPSN was not bundled with cable - the average cable viewer is forced to pay about $60 a year for the channel and fewer than ten percent are regular viewers... Unbundling could be very interesting.