Jill went to the grocery store Saturday and came home looking like she went four quarters against Michigan State’s defense. What a trooper. But we have bread, milk and other stuff, so I’m confident things won’t go all Donner Party this week. Oh, enjoy those snow days, Air Force employees.
I considered doing my part to stave off the NFL’s threat to black out today’s Bengals-Chargers playoff game. I went online and found a pair of tickets in Section 312, Row 31, which are closer to low-flying planes than the turf at Paul Brown Stadium. They cost $96.25 each, so after adding up the cost for parking, gas and concessions, I figured it would cost close to $300 to see the game in person before slogging home on a snow-packed I-75. No thanks.
It’s a shame the NFL feels it has to threaten its fans. No sellout, no TV, even if it’s 10 below in Green Bay. Isn’t the point to get your product seen and build loyalty? The antiquated blackout policy doesn’t accomplish either. Extortion isn’t a good look, Roger Goodell.
It was amazing to watch how quickly momentum changed in the Yellow Flag, uh, Orange Bowl after Philly Brown couldn’t field a punt late in the third quarter with Ohio State leading 29-20. The ground game was humming and one more score would’ve clinched it. The way the Buckeyes fell apart shows they were a good team, not a great team.
ESPN’s Matt Millen is one of the most annoying college football analysts on TV. He loves to explain things to play-by-play man Joe Tessitore, whom he affectionately refers to as Tess. Tess, Tess, Tess. I counted 36 Tesses during the Orange Bowl. But I’ll give Millen credit for making a halftime adjustment. He said “Tess” only nine times in the second half.
Trending up: Derrick Henry, Mark Dantonio, North Dakota State. Henry, Alabama’s sensational freshman running back, touched the ball nine times and gained 160 yards in the Sugar Bowl. He should’ve carried it 20 times because Oklahoma couldn’t tackle him. Nick Saban proved again that he is no coaching genius. Henry should be a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy next year … if he gets the ball.
Trending down: Michigan, Jimmy Haslam, Mother Nature. The Big Ten had another subpar bowl season, going 2-5 with victories by Michigan State and Nebraska. But most other BIG teams were at least competitive. Heck, Iowa played LSU tough (21-14 loss). Michigan was the league’s only embarrassment, getting run out of Phoenix in a 31-14 loss to Kansas State in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Knucklehead of the Week
Richard Dumas helped the Phoenix Suns make it to the 1993 NBA Finals, but drugs derailed his basketball career and he was out of the league a few years later. Dumas, 44, was back in the news over the holidays, pleading not guilty to eight counts of organized retail theft. He is accused of taking $800 worth of goods from Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz., while working for a janitorial service. Police say Dumas was caught on tape taking cigarettes, alcohol, food, DVDs and shoes.