** Yes, yes, I know. The Super Bowl is tonight including what is usually the most imaginative commercial ads of the year. So if one bit of entertainment disappoints, you have a second chance to be entertained.
The Patriots are favored by three and the Falcons have the hottest quarterback in the game right now, so the odds are good that it will be a good game. I'll be rooting for the Falcons while Annie-O will be rooting against the Patriots. She is a member of the ABB club, as in Anybody But Brady. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30, that is, if the pregame shows are over with by then.
** The Syracuse Orange made a terrific showing yesterday, beating 9th ranked Virginia 66-62. The win was Jim Boeheim's 1000th win...or his 899th, depending on whether you believe in the NCAA or not. After being stripped of 101 wins because of some infraction, Boeheim had a great comment about the penalty. "I know I've been here for 1000 victories even if the NCAA doesn't see it that way," he said. The ruling makes no sense to me. The NCAA says Syracuse lost those 101 games, but no one was given the wins. That means for three years Syracuse played 101 games in which NO team won. I guess that's only logical in Indianapolis, the headquarters of the NCAA. They may be good at sports but lousy at math.
Which brings me to another point: When a University gets penalized for some infraction by being barred for post season play, the coach leaves and goes to another school, leaving the team in the lurch. Doesn't it make sense that those penalties should also follow the coach too? That may help keep coaches from deserting a school because of a situation he was responsible for. And what school would want to hire a coach that would result in no NCAA tournament for the school? Guess that's too logical for the NCAA.
***THEY SAID IT***
"The Australian Open featured a match between Anastasia Sergeyevna Pavlyuchenkova and Natalia Konstantinovna Vikhlyantseva. I’m happy to report there were no injuries when the scoreboard collapsed midway." -- Brad Dickson
"The Westminster Dog Show announced it has added three new breeds. Said the dogs, “Yeah, last year’s after party got pretty wild" -- Seth Meyers
" New 49ers GM John Lynch says SF is going to “aggressively recruit” talent to “make us even stronger.” Well, it would be hard to make the team much weaker." -- Janice Hough
"Tickets for the eight-day U.S. Curling Trials in Omaha are on sale. I’m thinking watching people push a stone with a broom starts to get old by Day 7." -- Brad Dickson [To my Canadian friends: I didn't write it., I just reported it. - CP]
"Assistant coach Rocky Seto is leaving the Seattle Seahawks to enter the ministry. Every so often, the needs of the many are outweighed by the needs of the pew." -- RJ Curry