Dec 032014

Florida State hasn’t lost since November 24, 2012, and just beat its rival. Better drop them from #3 to #4. Yeah, yeah, Baylor beat TCU head to head, but keep TCU in and Baylor out. Ohio State is on its third-string quarterback, but…

Aren’t you glad the College Football Playoff is here to eliminate controversy and make sure a real champion is crowned?

I said from the start that it was a bad idea for the CFP committee to release rankings weekly, and this is exactly why. Only one ranking matters – the final one – so why sow discord going into it? Have the weekly CFP rankings accomplished anything but that?

More importantly, I also said that unless we agree to be fully beholden to it, which we clearly aren’t, there would be no less controversy with this playoff than there ever was with the BCS.

And here we are. Don’t you love all of the reporting on what the BCS rankings would be if we still had them?

Eight spots. Take the Power 5 conference champions and the three highest-ranked non-Power 5 conference champions using an average of the AP and coaches’ poll. Not in a conference? Get in one, or you’re not eligible for the title. Two ostensibly deserving teams in one conference? Those are the breaks. Better win your conference next year. Or, if you insist, drop it to two non-Power 5 conference champions and make the highest-ranked Power 5 conference non-champion team a wild card.

That, or something similar, or we’re just bumping along. Only the objects of our derision change.

Why did anyone really think this would be smoother?

 Posted by at 10:30 am
Dec 022014

Dan texted me Thanksgiving morning and said Kiss was lip-synching on a flatbed trailer in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Indeed.


There’s no bottom. Not with these guys. Not anymore.

(Hey, at least they were lip-synching to a live recording.)

Several times in the 40+ year history of Kiss, they seemed to wander down a dead-end road, only to inexplicably find a power-up at the end of it. Ill-considered art rock album? Churning personnel? No problem. Makeup off. Too old to be pretty or to do a credible grunge album? No problem. Reunion. Makeup on. OK, reunion done, and the “new album” was just so-so. What now? Farewell tour. You know the drill.

It took a bit more winking and nudging, particularly as the “final” Kiss tour faded into the previous decade. But there was enough enthusiasm, and maybe just enough new material here and there, to pull it off if you didn’t look too closely (and indecorously notice that neither Ace nor Peter has been in the band since 2004).

Now, in addition to taking absolutely anything (hey guys, we’ll have a new Sonic at County Line and 72 in a few months! Want to play the grand opening?), apparently, they really are proceeding with plans to become their own tribute band. The idea is that Kiss is bigger than its members, so let’s have a high-profile television show to find the next members of Kiss! The band will go on forever!

I would say I’m surprised Gene and Paul believe this is a good and valid pursuit, but could anything really surprise me from these guys today?

My sons got their Kiss show, so I’m genuinely glad the machine rolled long enough to make that possible. Just as a cringing fan, however, I wish the farewell tour had been it, and we’d been enjoying things like Live To Win for that much longer.

Who would have ever guessed Ace Frehley would be the one to escape with his dignity?

 Posted by at 7:50 am
Nov 302014

Like 1972 and 1985, 2013 was an iconic Iron Bowl year because of its unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime ending. And my team was on the wrong end of it. I certainly was tired of watching it over and over again by the time Iron Bowl 2014 rolled around last night. I wanted Alabama to win last night […]

 Posted by at 9:55 am
Nov 262014

Paula Poundstone had a great bit about naps. Basically she said they were an indicator of adulthood. When you wanted one instead of resented one, you were a grown-up. I’ll buy that. I remember my mandated naps from childhood. I went to sleep maybe once every fifteen or twenty naps. Most of the time I […]

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