Running off at the typewriter. …
Marc Daniels, the thundering voice of UCF, said on his radio show the other day that today's Conference USA showdown between the Knights and Tulsa is the biggest non-BCS game of the year. And after much research, I am declaring Daniels to be absolutely correct.
As he points out, neither the ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 or Southeastern Conference can match conference unbeatens at this late stage of the season. And when you recognize that UCF and Tulsa, who have been the class of Conference USA over the past several years, have their best conference records since 2007, it lends even more weight to this game.
You know it's not just another game when UCF Coach George O'Leary has used terms like "war daddy" "bow up" "slobber knocker" and "mano-a-mano" all week. Hey, Coach, is this a football game or the Battle of the Bulge?
A UCF win and the Knights will host their fourth title game in eight years and try to become the first team in league history to win three conference championship games.
I'll even go as far as to say this game is SO BIG that O'Leary might even bring himself to read the message boards if UCF wins.
Short stuff: Mikey likes: Tulsa over UCF by 3 points and 200 rushing yards, Florida over Al's Barber College by 31, FSU over Maryland by 27, Miami over South Florida by 10 (total fans at the game), Oregon over Stanford by 14, Bucs over Panthers by 5, Texans over Jaguars by 959, Sweet potato pie over pumpkin pie by at least 3 (slices) on Thanksgiving Day. … If new Florida coordinator Brent Pease's offense doesn't come alive soon, we're going to have to start referring to it as – wait for it – "The Pease Corpse." …
Did you see where Hostess, the makers of Twinkies and Ding Dongs, is going out of business? Somewhere, Phil Fulmer is weeping uncontrollably, Charlie Weis is flying his flag at half-staff and Jerry Greene is playing "Taps" on his bugle. … Let's hear it for triple crown winner Miguel Cabrera, who was voted the American League's Most Valuable Player earlier this week. In related news, baseball writers from Florida got their ballots in three days late and voted for Carl Yastrzemski. … Can you believe some anonymous members of the New York Jets told a newspaper that Tim Tebow is "terrible?" Hey, pot, meet kettle. Any member of the pathetic Jets who accuses somebody else of being terrible should be flagged and penalized for illegal use of hypocrisy. Free Tebow! …
There has reportedly been discussions between Rollins College and the Brevard County Manatees (Class A Florida State League) about building a new ballpark that would house both teams in Winter Park. Yay! Orlando, the biggest city in America without major- or minor-league baseball, should have some form of pro ball. Let's hope Rollins and the Manatees keep swinging for the fences and get this done. …Jay Leno: "What is wrong with Florida? Why is it so hard for the people down there to count votes? We're talking about a state where half the population can play 10 bingo cards at the same time." … Let's listen in on Mike D'Antoni's first day on the job as the Lakers' new coach: "Hey, Kobe, more cream in your coffee?" … According to a new scientific study in The Journal of Trends and Genetics, human beings may gradually be losing their intelligence. My question: Have these researchers been listening to my radio show again? …
Breaking news: The BCS has announced that computers, polls and the media have been eliminated from the selection process, and Jimbo Fisher will decide unilaterally who plays for the national championship! … Now the Jags have gone and done it. They have hijacked the Dolphins' offense. … Glad to see that the Amway Center will be hosting NCAA Tournament regional games in 2014. Then again, with all of the youth on the Magic roster, I'm wondering if the Am isn't already housing a glorified version of college hoops. … As Turkey Day approaches, new Magic coach Jacque Vaughn should be thankful for one thing – that he's not coaching the Lakers. If he were, he'd already be ex-Magic coach Jacque Vaughn. … Last word: "Mitt Romney has a supporter in Indiana who thought it was a good idea to have the Romney/Ryan logo tattooed on his face. Even Mike Tyson was like, 'That's a ridiculous tattoo.' " – Jimmy Kimmel.
Don't forget, you can click on OrlandoSentinel.com and read the wildly popular Open Mike blog and interactive extravaganza to get my freshest takes on what's happening in the world of sports. Here's a blog item I wrote earlier this week about FSU coach Jimbo Fisher's rant against the BCS computers.
If only FSU coach Jimbo Fisher had stopped when he was ahead.
He was making perfect sense earlier this week when he went on a 10-minute rant about the computerized chaos within the BCS rankings system. Fisher, whose 1-loss team has an average ranking of 19th in the BCS computer ratings, certainly has a right to be upset.
"I think it stinks," Fisher said. "The BCS and how we go with all these computers and stuff -- we're ruining [college football]."
Fisher is right. It does stink that some of the computer polls used by the BCS have teams with three and four losses ranked ahead of FSU. But then Fisher went too far.
He actually had the audacity to say that college coaches should have more input on where teams are ranked.
Yep, Jimbo said coaching votes should be given more clout than media votes because, "You've got to have people who have a clue. ... It's nothing against y'all [reporters]."