Numbers game: The BCS championship aside, the bowl match-up I’d like to see – but one that can’t happen – would pair an Oklahoma offense that rang up more than 60 points each of the past four weeks against a Southern California defense giving up 7.8 points per game.
Big tests A couple of Sunday games – Redskins vs. Ravens and Cowboys vs. Steelers – will help determine whether the NFC East is as strong as previously advertised or as overrated as it has looked lately.
In a hurry There are still 19 shopping days until Christmas, but the NHL Hurricanes and Lightning and NBA Raptors have already dumped their coaches. Pretty soon a bad preseason record is going to get a coach tossed.
This again Almost every year, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster is touted for a vacant head coaching position, and each time he ends up back in Blacksburg. I’m starting to detect a pattern.
Wondering Now that O.J.’s going behind bars, who’s going to look for the real killers?
All in Michael Phelps isn’t just the first swimmer to be named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. As far as I know, he’s the only recipient who aspires to win the World Series of Poker. Makes you wonder how different Mark Spitz’s post-pool career could have been had he learned to play Texas hold ’em.
Future watch People can’t be serious when they say the Giants won’t miss a beat without Plaxico Burress. In the playoffs, on a crucial third-and-long, Eli Manning would feel a lot more comfortable with Burress flanked wide.
Grandstand play Before the media could be blamed for trying Burress’ case in public, big-mouth New York mayor Michael Bloomberg beat us to it.
Kid’s stuff The college resume of 33-year-old Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin is less substantial than the sales records for an Amish car dealer.
In the shadows The demeaning, semi-vulgar remark about his former girlfriend that NHL creep Sean Avery delivered to a TV camera has created more attention for hockey than anything else that’s happened this season. The story has NHL officials ruefully wishing for the good old days when people completely ignored their sport.
Net results North Carolina’s basketball team appears to be at least 20 points better than everybody else in the country, including the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Go figure Here’s another reason people hate the BCS more than the IRS. Penn State, 11-1 and ranked No. 8, beat Oregon State by 31 points. Southern Cal, 10-1, lost to Oregon State, but is ranked fifth.
Idle thought I’m already starting to feel sorry for the next college hotshot who will have the dubious honor of being picked No. 1 by the Detroit Lions.
Way off Former Duke gunner J.J. Redick, finally getting to see substantial action with the Orlando Magic because of injuries to teammates, has picked a lousy time to lose his touch. He’s shooting 32 percent; 29 percent from 3-point range.
Noted Seems the NBA has found itself in the midst of another embarrassing scandal. I’m referring, of course, to revelations from Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James that they both have Barry Manilow songs on their iPods. What’s next, a story revealing that Ron Artest is president of the Lawrence Welk fan club?