Issue 1: The BCS. My, sports writers have short memories. In 1990, they gave Colorado the “national championship” over an undefeated Georgia Tech team even though Colorado … (a) lost a game, (b) had another game gifted to them when the officials mistakenly gave them five downs in the final seconds, (c) had another game somewhat gifted to them on an iffy clipping call in their bowl game. Are we really expected to believe that this “system” is better than what we have now?
The other point the pundits forget: Southern Cal is No. 1 for one reason … their loss came a couple of weeks earlier than LSU’s. That’s it. They’re even more arbitrary than the computers. The writers would have you believe they spend 50 hours a week breaking down game film from every team in the Top 10 to determine which team actually plays the best. It doesn’t happen.
Issue 2: The Orioles. No, Miguel Tejada’s signing isn’t going to be enough to lift the pitching-shy Orioles over the Yankees and Red Sox in the AL East. But it’s a nice start, and you never know when a good team might go astray and leave a playoff spot open. And as the Marlins proved by winning two World Series championships before their first division title, getting in the playoffs is everything.
A better question: Where are the pundits (I’m looking at you, Mr. Boswell) who said the Orioles were intentionally sabotaging their own team to keep baseball out of Washington? Hello? Anyone?
Issue 3: Matt Millen and the other “f-word”. Dude needs to be fired, right now. The Around the Horn and PTI guys who defend it as mere locker-room banter need to reconsider the circumstances. That’s hate speech, plain and simple. And remember how the usage rules for the “n-word” changed when locker rooms integrated.
Issue 4: Spurrier. Not a great fan of the guy since he left Duke for an alleged university I won’t name, but he deserves to stick around. How good was Bill Parcells his second year?