Thunder basketball: It’s fantastic! Well, not really. What kind of beer are they serving at the Ford Center these days? Because I suspect there are a lot of Thunder loyalists who may be trying to drown their sorrows as the season continues. But take heart, fans. Even though the team is 1-11 and on a pace for no more than seven wins this season, ESPN’s John Hollinger has a much more appealing number. He projects there is better than 20 percent chance the Thunder will win it all.
Meanwhile, The Thirsty Beagle will continue my crusade against the college football BCS. Today, I’d like to talk about the coaches poll. Hey, here’s a great idea: Let’s have coaches with obvious and blatant vendettas — hello, Howard Schnellenberger — decide who should play for the national championship. I mean, this system is just a joke. And I will again suggest that the idea a playoff in football would diminish the regular season is a useless idea. Take this weekend for example: If OU loses to Tech, there’s a good chance they would not only be playing themselves out of the national championship picture, but also out of an eight-team playoff scenario. Having an eight-team playoff does not mean any old team can just waltz into the playoffs regardless of how they did during the regular season. And the too many games argument: That can go out the window as well. I don’t hear the old Division II folks complaining. That’s the thing, there already is a college football playoff, in Division II, or as it’s called now, the FCS, and it works great. Let’s keep chipping away at the old guard here, folks. And while I’m at it, let me throw in a plug for The Thirsty Beagle Beer Championship Series. I’m planning to release the bracket on Monday. Check back daily and vote so we can crown a real champion!