Critics of the BCS are having a field day now that Southern California has left it to Hal the Computer to pick between a one-loss Florida team that hasn’t wowed anyone and Michigan, already a loser to the undisputed No. 1, Ohio State.
But here’s the deal. The Buckeyes are the best team. Playoff or not, no one was going to beat them this year. All the BCS did this year was deprive us of a more definitive way to pick the national runner-up.
AH, WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
They put up 34 points for the first time since Week 1. They scored three rushing touchdowns, were opportunistic on defense and won going away, chewing up the fourth-quarter clock on the road.
And none of it matters because the Cardinals are 3-9, out of the playoffs and, wink-wink, shopping for a new coach. Three or four of these efforts in the first half of the season, and Arizona would be fighting for the division, instead of respect.
Does beating the Rams 34-20 give hope for the future? Not for a team whose future was supposed to be now.
COMMITMENT TO WHINING
Unable to defend this year’s horrid team, the Oakland Raiders are hopping mad that their 1983 championship was ranked 20th among Super Bowl winners by the NFL Network.
The Raiders fired off an official team press release on the matter, complete with 1983 coach Tom Flores calling the ranking “ridiculous” and referring to the panel of writers, coaches and general managers who made the picks a “socalled blue-ribbon committee.”
Flores said his Raiders, who beat the Washington Redskins 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII, “could beat any Super Bowl team, from any decade, under any circumstance.”
Amazing how much time you have to watch TV when you’re eliminated by Halloween.
• Don’t feel too bad for the Fiesta Bowl having to settle for Oklahoma and Boise State. I’m sure the Orange Bowl isn’t overwhelmed to welcome Wake Forest and West Virginia to Miami on New Year’s Day. That’s a game that should be played on a Thursday night.
• After Marcel Shipp ran for three touchdowns Sunday, here’s hoping someone out there watching the free-agent-to-be Cardinals running back will give this good soldier a chance with a good team.
• Was that Chike Okeafor making big plays for the Cardinals Sunday? That’s the player Arizona signed to a five-year contract last year – who has been seldom seen since.
• Dave Roberts, who has pestered the Diamondbacks for years as a Padre and Dodger, will now be doing the same as a Giant after signing as a free agent.
• Line of the day Sunday goes to Cards radio color man Ron Wolfley, who said following a Marc Bulger sack: “In football, sometimes you’re the ding, and sometimes you’re the dong.”
I’m off to the T-shirt factory as you read this.