Here is The Thirsty Beagle’s take on news in the sporting world:
Pull your plastic fold-up chairs up to the kiddie table, guys
Action: College football officials announce developments in the plan for the upcoming playoff. Part of the announcement: The Big East has been relegated to a group of conferences known as the “Group of Five,” which also includes Conference USA and the Mountain West, Sun Belt and Mid-American conferences. One school from the “Group of Five” will earn an automatic spot in one of the top six postseason bowls.
Reaction: Oh snap. When the powers that be decide you’re on par with the Sun Belt and Mid-American conferences, you know you suck.
What could go wrong?
Action: One of the many early-season college basketball games scheduled to take place outdoors on the deck of a ship or aircraft carrier was canceled after officials couldn’t stop condensation from forming on the court. Another such game was delayed because of the threat of inclement weather.
Reaction: Who would think any problems would crop up when planning an outdoor basketball game in November?
What? Bitter? Me?
Action: Lance Armstrong posted a Twitter picture that served as a
subtle totally, blatantly and completely obvious giant middle finger to cycling and doping authorities.
Reaction: Hey, why don’t you take a picture of me kicked back on the couch and staring off into the distance. Make sure to get all my yellow jerseys in the frame. No one will think that makes me look like a total douche bag.
If only more than 14 schools played college football
Action: ESPN experts and analysts argue that a one-loss Alabama should leapfrog an unbeaten team and grab a spot in the national title game if the Crimson Tide wins the SEC championship.
Reaction: Let. It. Go. We get it, ESPN loves the SEC. ESPN types defended the system last year when it got Alabama in — can’t criticize it this year if it keeps an SEC team out.
Action: Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is upset that his one-loss Seminoles are ranked so low in the BCS standings, thanks in large part to the computer rankings — two computers don’t have the Seminoles ranked, owing in large part to their uninspiring strength of schedule. Fisher says college football should go back to the olden days, and that coaches should be entrusted to decide the national champion. Fisher then revealed that his ballot has the Seminoles at No. 4, behind only the three unbeaten teams.
Reaction: Right. Coaches would never do anything like rank their own team too high.