[1) It is SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1. Thanks to ESPN's Outside The Lines for having us on yesterday to talk about the NBA's overreactive punishment of San Antonio for resting its stars against the Heat. Not David Stern's finest moment. 2) Join us on Twitter @gregcote]
MIAMI HOSTS BCS CHAMPIONSHIP AND ORANGE BOWL, AND WE GOT WHO WE WANTED, THANKS: Alabama was favored to beat Georgia yesterday and reach the BCS National Championship Jan. 7 at Dolphins stadium, and Florida State was favored to beat Georgia Tech and reach the Jan. 1 Orange Bowl at the same venue -- and we wanted both favorites and got 'em. It was nothing personal, Peach State. Here's why we wanted the Tide and 'Noles:
Alabama d. Georgia, 32-28, SEC championship -- The winner of this game would face Notre Dame for the national title, and defending champion Alabama vs. the exhumed ghost of the Fighting Irish is about as heavyweight as a matchup could possibly get in this sport in terms of dueling tradition. The Crimson Tide also delivers to Miami the added bonus of coach Nick Satan Saban, who remains vilified by most Dolfans for the way he left the Dolphins after swearing he wouldn't. What a regal, easy-to-love-because-it's easy-to-hate matchup 'Bama vs. the Evil Leprechaun will be! Georgia Bulldogs coming here would have been a crashing letdown, a dagger in our frothing anticipation; like, how dare they deny us or right to wish ultimate dejection upon Saban!? Tide leading nation in scoring and total defense made them a safe pick, but credit the Dawgs for a helluva fight and near miss. My pick was: Alabama, 27-20.
Florida State d. Georgia Tech, 21-15, ACC championship -- The winner of this game advances to the Orange Bowl here to likely face Louisville. (Louisville isn't that special but at least features QB Teddy Bridgewater from Miami, so that's neat). FSU should have been facing the Miami Hurricanes for the ACC title, of course, but UM's self-imposed postseason ban opened the door for a hardly worthy Tech. We wanted FSU because it is a much better and more exciting team and would bring more fans. Mostly we wanted the Seminoles because Georgia Tech is now 6-7, couldn't even beat the Canes at home, and has no business even playing in the Depends Adult Diaper Bowl, let alone in a BCS bowl. Thought E.J. Manuel would swamp the Yellow Jackets' abysmal defense, but the 'Noles just got by. My pick was: FSU, 41-16.
[Elsewhere in college football, three state FBS teams ended their regular seasons Saturday, including FAU's Owls losing at home to Louisiana-Lafayette, 35-21. Bowl-bound UCF lost at Tulsa, 33-17 in OT. South Florida lost to visiting Pitt, 27-3].
EX-CANE SAPP AMONG FIRST-TIME CANTON NOMINEES: Defensive tackle Warren Sapp is one of six first-time nominees among 27 latest finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I see Sapp as a borderline candidate, likely eventually, perhaps, but not a first-ballot guy. He's the only ex-Cane on the ballot. Guys with Dolphins ties back for another try are receiver Cris Carter (played here in 2002), executive Bill Parcells (who'd probably rather forget his recent Miami term), and executive George Young (1975-78).
Poll results: Rose Hall-worthier than steroid-era guys: In the previous blogpost we asked which of four controversial baseball figures deserved to be in Cooperstown in 2013 (you may still vote), and it was 40.1 percent for Pete Rose, 16.8% for Barry Bonds, 16.2% for Roger Clemens and 8.4% for Sammy Sosa, with another 18.5% voting "none."
CHRIS BOSH IS NOT AMUSED: Told you in the previous blogpost about the animated short film, Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse. Well, Christopher is not amused. The Heat star has sicced his attorneys to try to stop the film from airing Dec. 14 in a local film festival. The attempt is nonsense, and surprising. I've always credited Bosh with a sense of humor. C'mon, Christopher!
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