This story is a classic example of a fine waste of beer, but with a twist. Speaking of hockey, did anyone catch the Winter Classic game between Chicago and Detroit yesterday? Does anyone around here watch hockey in the first place? I grew up playing hockey, so to me, hockey’s a lot of fun. I will say this of the Winter Classic, though: It was a lot cooler when it was snowing in Buffalo last year, especially in HD. Yesterday looked like a dreary day for a game, plus there’s something weird about not having fans sitting around the rink. Last year, I tuned in to the Winter Classic for a few minutes here and there, pretty much just to see the snow in HD. This year, I actually watched quite a bit of the game, mainly because yesterday’s bowl games were such snoozers. New Year’s Day is supposed to be the best day of bowl games, but man, yesterday did not do it for me. Only the Nebraska-Clemson game was really that competitive, and that game wasn’t necessarily a battle of outstanding skill. It was more a contest of who could avoid giving the game away better. Of all the games, the one I enjoyed most was the Rose Bowl. But not for the game, or the pomp and pageantry, per se. I enjoyed the fact USC looks like a dominating force and possibly the best team in the country. That first-half display essentially validated two things: 1. The Big Ten sucks. 2. We need a college football playoff. How much insane hype would there be for a game featuring the winner of Florida-OU squaring off against USC in a real championship? It would be bananas. Bonkers. Off the charts. So let’s have it, AP poll voters: Pick USC No. 1. That’ll be just the type of controversy we need.