| Aug 4, 2013
| 4:51 PM
The Rose Bowl celebrates its 100th game this season and it only seems as if Wisconsin has been in all of them.
The Badgers have actually appeared in only eight but have infiltrated the last three, all defeats.
It would be unkind to suggest folks are...
| Aug 18, 2013
| 4:27 PM
Thirty years ago (1983) Stanford and Northwestern put their brainy football heads together to go a combined 3-19.
And no one blinked, cared, or was the least bit surprised, because mediocrity then was considered the price to be paid for academic...
| Dec 8, 2013
| 9:44 PM
There were eight undefeated teams on Oct. 27 and six left on Nov. 17 and it appeared the last year of the Bowl Championship Series might get the fist in the face it deserved.
Then Auburn's moon jumped to the seventh house, Jupiter aligned with...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 10:58 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —The final Saturday of the first Bowl Championship Series season in 1998 ended with shocking losses by Kansas State and UCLA that turned the BCS on its ear hole.
Wild endings in St. Louis and Miami that day put Tennessee and...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 6:51 PM
This season's college bowl schedule is reminiscent of how it used to be in the last months of the year in pro golf, or the last five minutes of an NBA rout.
ESPN fills airtime and sells ads, but there is no compelling reason to watch...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 7:08 PM
Turn out the lights, the parity's over. The Bowl Championship Series era of equal access and catering to college football's "little guys" ended Monday night at the Rose Bowl when Florida State ended the Southeastern Conference's winning streak. The new...
| May 7, 2014
| 6:11 PM
The celebration of the most dramatic triumph in Claire Pollard's relentlessly successful 16 years as Northwestern women's tennis coach included the obligatory dousing with the water bucket.
The difference this time was the coach wasn't the only member...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 6:05 PM
So much news broke this week it was easy to forget the reason we all get called together each fall: the games.
USC started it by calling a news conference to announce interim coach Ed Orgeron was out and Steve Sarkisian was in as head coach of the...
| Jul 28, 2013
RICHMOND — Odds are, Kirk Cousins is going to play. Not just in preseason, mind you, but in real games with considerable stakes that could determine whether the Washington Redskins reach their playoff potential.
Not to wish any harm to Robert...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 8:14 AM
STORRS — The last time the UConn basketball team missed the NCAA Tournament in successive years was 1988-1989. Bill Clinton was still governor of Arkansas. The Red Sox were still cursed. And the "Lethal Weapon" sequels had only reached 2, on their...
| Dec 11, 2013
The most strident critics craved anarchy, a farewell overdose of controversy for the Bowl Championship Series. Come Sunday, however, after 15 weeks of unimaginable insanity, the most-deserving teams for the national title game were indisputable: Florida...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 6:55 AM
I have covered high school sports around here for more than 30 years and have come to know my share of parents who have lost a sense of reality when it comes to their own child's athletic career.
But even I haven't encountered too many as out of...